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      A funny thing happened on my way to middle age: I reinvented my groove (and I don’t even know Stella).   I think most women (and probably some men- maybe- perhaps- occasionally) can relate to this.   As a woman you are constantly juggling more then one hat: Eternal Girl, Grown Woman, […]

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  • Suzy Turner - Absolutely brilliant! I must say I’m loving your blog, I think I’ll stay around for a while 🙂

    • Cheryl - Well you just made my day Suzy! So wonderful to have a new reader and you should stick around- I throw good parties! Hahaha.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Ambrose - Excellent! We are warriors, indeed! When do I get to see you again. Think of all the trouble and mayhem we could cause…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m hoping to attend the Midlife conference in Vegas. I’m bring bail $.ReplyCancel

  • tam Warner Minton - No worries, I’ve been feisty for most of my life. I have lived the “usual” woman life while also living outside of it and never being truly a part of it. Make sense?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Perfect sense. You know the dance steps but have your own song playing in your head. I GET it.ReplyCancel

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry - Cheryl, I am not surprised, I love reading you. Great job 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I love how in this book, “feisty” is demonstrated in so many different ways. MANY ways. Because feisty is in the eye of the beholder. And in the eye of the fiesty one. Speaking as a Feisty Over 45er. Yeah, in the book. Elaine is like the producers who get that women over a certain age can act and need roles. And content that serves our age group. So glad she’s there for us!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth A. Havey - Your writing style will fit right in. Sex kitten I don’t think I ever was. LOL. Wishing you the best.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - Yay you!! Can’t wait to read this one!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - You go girl! I can so relate, except no one famous called me. I do the the feeling of success though. There is nothing like getting an Amazon Best Seller Badge–unless it would be a call from a movie producer, but I’m not holding my breath. You be feisty! I’ll do it my way!ReplyCancel

  • Mary La Fornara Gutierrez - I like Holy Crap, too! Congratulations! Looking forward to it!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - Wow, best seller cred! I really need to grab a copy and read it soon. Best of continued luck with it sweetie! Oh and yes, Holy Crap!ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - “Holy crap which is my way of saying Amen.” LOVE it. I’m in this book too and I can’t wait to read it. I’m in excellent company. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - So great to have so many feisty voices out there. This is not our grandmothers’ midlife!ReplyCancel

What is it about seismic shifts that we never see them coming?   They just sorta happen- willy nilly, when we’re least expecting them. You feel something moving underfoot but you don’t quite lose your balance. Yes, there are objects tipped on their side but maybe there’s a reasonable explanation. You think “I’ll keep an […]

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  • Carla - And simply reading this made my day brighter and me smile.
    <3 <3ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - ANd ‘heart’ you back Carla! You just made mine.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - Yay for you! You’ve inspired me to change some bad, deep-seated habits – it CAN be done!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’ve got plenty more bad habits but ya gotta start somewhere-non, Sheryl?ReplyCancel

  • Krista Williams - I loved the flow of this post! Congratulations – how incredible and amazing!

    It’s so true, that small habits make your life and who you are – I think this is a great reminder. I love it.

    • Cheryl - Thank you Krista! The coolest thing about this is that I didn’t think I could do it— and I am!!!ReplyCancel

  • Steena Hammer - Good for you! Making the change isn’t always the hard part – sticking it out past the one week mark is. With 16 days in, you’ve got this!! Can’t wait to see you in that dress!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And I WILL post photo’s! God help me but I will. Thanks for stopping by Steena. Much appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I get it. I do. Similar things are going on in my world, My doc, “mean mommy” gave me a stern lecture. My now dead friend, gave me advice. It all worked. It IS working. Still. Yes, girl, rock on!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh, I KNOW you ‘get it’. I think you ‘get’ me as a matter of fact. Loved your post today btw. You’re an interesting woman Carol. Very interesting….ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - Sounds wonderful and congratulations on your upcoming event.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - Cheers! I’m so happy for you that good and positive avalanches have come your way — and your hard work is paying off. Keep it up, my friend!

    (I was scared at first you were going to write about BAD things that have snowballed, life changes that hurt and harm. Thankful that’s not the case!)ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I saw that that might be the way people might anticipate the post going but I really wanted to begin with the power of motion, and I tend to be d-r-a-m-a-t-i-c so there you have it! And here you have it again. Dear Lord.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - WOW, how very inspiring! I’m excited to read what diet you are on. So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne Jones - It’s so empowering to take what sometimes are baby steps toward a goal…but then you see RESULTS! Congratulations on making such progress!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - How fabulous! You have inspired me. Bad habits are hard to break. Nothing like an event to help motivate us. You GO GIRL!!!ReplyCancel

  • Joanie Killion Tamburini - This is great- so happy to discover your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Aishwarya S - Sometimes that one habit is the reason where we are going wrong. I’m glad you got it under control. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And now people around me are changing their habits! Amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Steffanci Sikorski - Oh do I feel ya’ sister. My daughter’s wedding is in 3 weeks and I’ve been behaving since last August. What amazes me is that even at our age, change can work. AND, I’ve influenced many people around me who have embraced eating cleaner and exercising. It was not my intent, but isn’t that a nice by-product?! Congrats, I’m sure you will look and better yet, FEEL amazing on the big day!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Raimondo Warren - Super post! I was LOL throught it. I hear you and once we embrace change we can accomplish so much more:) Thanks for your honesty,ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Good for you. Yes, if you are overweight, diet and exercise work wonders. So do correct meds. The knee is also better because of the weight loss. Enjoy the reconstructed you.ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn - Congrats on your shifts… Can’t wait to see the changes – I’m sure you’ll be as amazing and gorgeous as ever.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m feelin’ pretty good! Look out World! XXOOReplyCancel

  • Daniela Vaughan - Good for you!! It’s amazing the changes that can occur when you alter one habit, change one recurring thought in your head, set one new intention. The world is a wonderful place if we SHOW UP for it!ReplyCancel

  • Marianne Joyce - Awesome, Cheryl! I have no doubt that you will rock that dress!ReplyCancel

  Here’s how I started my day: naked, with a cat wrapped around my neck like a mink stole (because that’s how I sleep roll).     I shook the tail end of a dream off (That began with being seduced by Tom Selleck but ended with parking his car-WTF?) and took note of the […]

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  • Roshni - Comfort before style is my personal style too!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Comfort in the home! ps: LOVE the new pic!ReplyCancel

  • Connie McLeod - Sounds like a typical winter day in south Louisiana!ReplyCancel

  • Connie McLeod - Sounds like a typical winter day in south Louisiana!ReplyCancel

  • Connie McLeod - Sounds like a typical winter day in south Louisiana!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Exactly Connie. Bi-polar weather. I think our winter is over though.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - That cat. I mean. That cat. Not that I didn’t enjoy this peek into your hole-in-the-ass wardrobe. I did. But that cat.ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - I LOVE that cat. Would love to see a photo of you with him around your neck….ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - I admire your abition. I got dressed at 5:30 am. I’ve been in yoga pants all day. I’m having company for dinner. Hmmm. Will I change?ReplyCancel

  • Alana Mautone - Well, working in an office, I have to get dressed in work type clothes. At 6:30 am I am dressing with my eyes glued shut. Then, some days when I walk after work, I’m exercising in that same outfit. If only. Sigh.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - lol cute and adorable cat too! When I’m home working it’s always sweats and long sleeve tee…how borning but warm and toasty!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - The temperature is half-way decent here, but that wind is so cold that I have complained all day long. I want warm. You would appreciate the tanturm.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Now that’s a wardrobe I can understand! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - You and that cat are both adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - Is parking Tom Selleck’s car a euphemism? It got me thinking about how I’d like to leave my car in Jennifer Aniston’s garage!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Maybe we could both change their oil?ReplyCancel

The other week, I came across a notice of a ‘new’ plantation that had recently (December 2014) opened.   How could I have missed this? I’ve been to almost all of them between Natchez, Mississippi and downriver New Orleans.   Hell, I could give tours (And I have, but that’s another story).   What intrigued […]

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  • Bonnie K. Aldinger - Powerful. Sounds like a excellent and thought-provoking place to visit. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It really was Bonnie. If you’re ever in the neighborhood please try to visit.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I have read exerpts from one or two the old plantation journals where the names, births, sales, and purchases of human beings were recorded. Like many Midwestern Yankees, there is a certain detachment in my viewing Southern history. My ancesters did not arrive until the 1870’s-1880’s and they settled in the Midwest. They continued to live, speak, and worship the same as they did in Germany. The South was a foreign land to them. I can really upset a True Child of the South when I say Robert E Lee was a traitor. That said, I loved this one! The architect, the sculptures all is terrific! What a fantastic place to visit. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - This is such a shameful part of our country’s history. I still can’t believe that people enslave other people. And still do in some parts of the world. I lived in Tallahassee for many years. It is less a Fla. city than it is a south Georgia one, and the attitudes were quite old-school South. It was an eye opener.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - It’s a shameful time to be a white person and the saying “man’s inhumanity to man” always applies. I’m so glad this plantation is finally giving a voice to the people who suffered the most: the slaves. Education is key to enlightenment.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - WOW. Heart-rending. Good for Mr. Cummings. Thanks for spreading the word.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - Reality can be heart wrenching but you are so right that the whole story must be told. How moving that this documentation exists. I know a history teacher who says that history is written by the winners simply because they survived. Not repeating horrible mistakes includes all the facts and seeing, in this case, from both sides of the whip. Adding this to my ever growing list of things I soooo want to do on my next trip to your great city.ReplyCancel

            I am writing this post partially in response to a request from dozens thousands of people who will be attending our son’s wedding here in New Orleans, this March.     The statement usually goes something like this:     “What should we do/see/eat/drink/while we’re there? I know-Ask Cheryl!”   […]

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  • Ellen Dolgen - I have printed this! I have not been to New Orleans! It is def on my bucket list. Thanks for the great tips.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - If you EVER show up and do not call me I will ….ReplyCancel

  • Haralee - Congratulations on the upcoming wedding. I love NOLA and I don’t drink and still have a blast whenever I am there ! It truly is “Laissez les bon temps roulez”!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Let The Good Times Roll! Thanks Haralee!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - my favorite thing to do in New Orleans is go to Harrah’s casino and gamble!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh shit. I forgot to mention Harrah’s. Try New Year’s Eve there! What a blast!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Oh darlin. I just had to Pin this so that i can refer to it before our next trip. I know I keep threatening but…soon, soon…I can’t wait to come back!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Much to my regret I have not been to your fair city. But I’m saving your post because I know I will get there!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And when you come I’ll be there to give you the Platinum tour!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - I’ve yet to get there, but I will! And I’ll have vampire tours and off-kilter museums on the must-see/do list, thanks to you!

    Fun, fun, fun!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And I hope to steer you in the best direction.ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - I have never been to New Orleans. (Gasp!) Thanks for the tips. I would love to take a ghost and/or vampire tour. That would be really fun. All my best to the bride and groom and their family members and friends on their big day. What a great venue.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - I was just in NOLA last week! If only I’d had your address then I could have popped in! Thanks for a great list for my next trip.
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  • Chloe Jeffreys - You left out meeting you for lunch and a private tour of areas off the beaten track. Truly a highlight of my trip to New Orleans!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Michelson - This is great! My daughter is at Tulane and I am visiting in the next month or so.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - I wish I knew you when we were in NOLA pre Katrina. We had a great time and never had a bad meal and found tons to do. We brought our (then) young son and he learned a thing or two on Bourbon Street!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Sigh, this post makes me sorry we are not related. That way I could be there. Have a wonderful time everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - This so makes me want to go back and spend time in New Orleans! I loved it the one time I was there but I need to follow all your tips now!ReplyCancel

  • Estelle - There is no better tour guide than a native. I’ve been to a lot of these places, and they are wonderful. Add in where to eat crayfish please. I forgot where I did that.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Crayfish is usually added to dishes in a restaurant. If you want to attend a crayfish boil- that’s more of a family matter done at someones home. We have on every year! You’re invited.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - I have never been to New Orleans but it’s on my list of places to go for sure! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos – how exciting! I’ll keep this post handy for when I do go for sure.ReplyCancel

  • abby@Midlifecrisisnut.com - Thank you for the invitation Cheryl! Best of luck to you and your love birds! And wow- what a tour! I will make sure to pay you a visit when I’m in New Orleans:) xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You’d better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XXOOReplyCancel

  • Lynn Hogue Paige - Great ideas. I’m so excited for the week. Thank you. Lots of loveReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - I am so in love with New Orleans! It is at the top of my bucket list to visit. Hmmm . . . maybe March 17 would be a good time! 🙂ReplyCancel

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