Author: Donna Goodaker

Journey to Peace With Aging  –  Part 6 | Simple thoughts on aging well.

This took so long to write, it could’ve been called my most complicated thoughts about aging. Aging itself is simple. Really simple. All you have to do is breathe to make it happen. How difficult it is is directly proportional to how well you want to do it. I want to do it well. Mightily well. Superwoman well. Nobel Prize well. Or at least New York Times bestseller well. I want to live long, make a difference, be strong, be funny, create beauty, fight injustice, love well, be happy, and a bunch of other things. Here’s are a few...

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Journey to Peace with Aging

Part Five: The changing face of retirement and defining legacy I’m less than 6 years away from traditional retirement or about 8 years away from what is becoming a more common retirement age. I’ve been thinking about these upcoming years and asking myself questions. Many of the answers remain elusive. Question: Do I want to spend these years doing the work I’m doing now? Answer: Probably not. Question: What am I looking for if I make a change? Partial answer: More flexibility, less ongoing stress, fully funded retirement account. Question: What do you really, really, really want to do? Answer:...

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Journey to Peace with Aging

Part Four: Older is wiser. It’s true. With age comes wisdom. Who knew that would turn out to be true. I finally figured out if I’m awake, I’m learning. Even the least productive days leave me with new pieces of information. This week I learned mustard greens, a cold weather crop, will not survive 5 days of sub 32-degree weather, but spinach will. Sadly, I had a 4’ x 4’ box full of mustard greens and about 20 leaves of spinach in another box. Now I know to harvest all those greens before the box becomes arctic tundra. Sometimes life hands...

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A 10-Part Journey to Peace with Aging

Part Three: What is a relationship supposed to look like at 59? Get caught up on the journey with parts one and two here. Relationships. My relationship history has been, what…successful/not successful? Not unusual? A crooked path? Win some, lose some? I was married for 12 years. For many, the first year can be the most difficult, but for us, it was the best. We were crazy poor — he was a graduate student, I was working — and crazy happy. The next few years were good. I did my graduate school thing and we had two babies. Babies...

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A Ten Part Journey to Peace with Aging

Part Two: Seven Stages from Athlete Girl to Athlete Woman My sole purpose in this series is to be transparent, writing with some humor and exposing some anxiety, about particular phenomenons of aging as I experience them. In part two, my experience is this: after a hard-fought battle to transform myself from gawky non-athlete girl to athlete woman, I now have to learn to motivate older athlete woman in new ways. Athlete Girl Stage One I am not an athlete. Everyone says so. I’ve played a lifelong fact or fiction game with my sense of self as an athlete. I...

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