The Galapagos - Still a Love Story!

engagement love travel Apr 11, 2022

THE GALAPAGOS: MY LOVE ADVENTURE

BY ARDITH BOWMAN MARCH 27, 2022 First published in SixtyandMe. https://sixtyandme.com/galapagos-love/
 

The Galapagos trip turned out to be the consummation of the Love Story article series I wrote for Sixty and Me, which covered self-love, love for friends, and mature love.

This article will describe a little about the adventure as well as the Valentine’s marriage proposal.

Spoiler alert: I said “Yes.”

Getting There

It was a long day! I flew from the west coast in the US. Most flights connect through Panama, a delightful airport. Then it is on to Guayaquil, Ecuador. If you make the same trip, I recommend spending a day there if you can. It is the largest city in Ecuador. Enjoy walking the Malecon along the Guayas River and find a good place to eat. You will enjoy the street performers and Ecuadorian people.

Then on to the Galapagos, usually using LATAM airlines. It is a two-hour flight.

The...

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Your Love Story - Mature Love

intimacy love romance Feb 28, 2022

YOUR LOVE STORY – MATURE LOVE

BY ARDITH BOWMAN FEBRUARY 13, 2022 First published at https://sixtyandme.com/love-story-mature-love/ 

Finally, we arrive at truly intimate committed love as the third area of bringing love into your life. Our journey to expand and deepen love in life has taken us from self-love to heart-based friendships. Now we will consider committed, intimate relationships.

Notice that in the below exploration of committed intimacy, does not need to include romance. These healthy, deep relationships can exist without a romantic aspect. Still, if you are looking for romance, certainly committed intimacy should be expressed in the love you are seeking.

If you are in an established relationship, consider what it might mean to deepen it and fall in love all over again.

What Is an Intimate Committed Relationship?

Intimacy implies that you, as a mate/lover/companion, are truly authentic and vulnerable with your partner; your...

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Be a Friend

friendship love Feb 20, 2022

YOUR LOVE STORY – BE A FRIEND

Originally published at https://sixtyandme.com/loving-your-friends/
 

This is the second of three articles to help us create more love in life. A life filled with love vibes will help keep you healthy and happy. Spread the love.

We are all familiar with the adage, “If you want a friend, be a friend.” I am living proof that it is true! The second step I took on my journey into love was to mindfully nurture and expand my circle of woman-friends. Remember, this is after spending time learning to love me… the real me.

Since the last article about the value of self-love, you have tuned into loving yourself. Hopefully, you have found some ways for your self-love to flourish. Know that others recognize the energy of self-love and that it is attractive. Others are drawn to it. With it you are more available for friendship.

What Is the State of Your Friend Love?

If you are anything like me when...

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Begin with Self-love

Uncategorized Feb 08, 2022

YOUR LOVE STORY BEGINS WITH SELF-LOVE

This is the first of three articles to help us create more love in life – healing, calming, joyous, revitalizing love. After all, we are getting ready for Valentine’s Day! This was first published in Sixtyandme https://sixtyandme.com/love-story-self-love/https://sixtyandme.com/love-story-self-love/

According to Harvard Health, social connections and support can improve health and increase longevity. Of course, we enjoy being in good relationships, but did you know they can influence our health just as sleeping and eating well?

Clearly, there is value in ensuring we are happy and complete on the relationship front. Where to begin?

Love Is a Three-legged Stool

We are defining ‘love’ broadly – love for yourself, love in close personal relationships, and intimate relationships such as romance.

Each is an essential component of a life rich in relationships and love. We will explore each in the order of how...

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"So Now What?"

Uncategorized Jan 25, 2022

Originally published at https://sixtyandme.com/retirement-purpose-question/

“SO, NOW WHAT?” RETIREMENT QUESTION #2

BY ARDITH BOWMAN OCTOBER 15, 2021 LIFESTYLE
 

In earlier stages of life – adolescence, young adult, midlife – our life focus usually is prescribed by society and family values. Thus, we generally know what is expected of us. For example, upon graduation from high school, we go on for more education/training/apprenticeship.

Admittedly, some of us may have been rebels, but in the end, most of us followed the norms, albeit stretching those norms just a bit as our generation has been known to do.

 Then, we arrive at our 60s and 70s and face some of the most momentous transitions of life, such as children leaving home, divorce or loss of a spouse, and retirement. What do we have to turn to for guidance? As one woman said, “(it) feels like nothing else is left in life. So, now what?”

There is little if any...

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Believe - reframe your New Year's Resolution

Uncategorized Dec 29, 2021

HOW THE BELIEVE CONCEPT CAN REFRAME YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

BY ARDITH BOWMAN DECEMBER 15, 2021 MINDSET
First published in  Sixty&me at https://sixtyandme.com/believe-concept-resolution/
 

If you have ever shopped at Macy’s over the holidays, you know they use the word “Believe” as part of their branding. This is an invitation to bring “Believe” truly into your life in the New Year… and leave the old resolution as a goal or wish behind.

How is this different than making a resolution? Let’s take a look.

Listen

What you want to create in 2022 must come from your deep and true inner desires. Give yourself the gift of pausing in this busy time of year to love yourself. Ask yourself, your inner wisdom, what you truly desire in the coming year.

This is not what a friend is doing or fixing something that our society or someone you know has said you should do. This is your life, and you know what is...

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What is More Important Than Comfort?

Uncategorized Nov 30, 2021

Originally published at https://sixtyandme.com/comfort-and-dreams/

WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN COMFORT?

Here we are in our 60s, finally done with raising a family, if we chose to do that, and perhaps enjoying grandchildren now. We are done with the responsibilities of a professional life… or at least one that we must pursue to provide for ourselves and family and build our professional identity.

It is time to kick back, have fun, and relax. We can sleep in if we want or read for an entire afternoon. Some of us must augment our retirement income, but relative to most of the world we enjoy many privileges of the good life. This is the glorious time we have waited for all these years. We have earned our comfort.

 The reality is that this phase of life in the 21st century can last 20-30 years. Might there be more to experience than comfort? When I talk with women about what they desire to create during this era, I often (but not always) hear that they...
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What Do You Do All Day? Retirement Questions....

Uncategorized Sep 21, 2021

This article was originally published at Sixty and Me

“SO, WHAT DO YOU DO ALL DAY?” RETIREMENT QUESTION #1

BY ARDITH BOWMAN SEPTEMBER 06, 2021 MINDSET
 
 Many retired women tell me they get asked this question. The reaction to it can be a negative one. I have heard comments like, “Well, they wouldn’t ask me that if I were still working!” One of the most common responses I hear is, “Whatever I want!”

The inner voice is often reacting to being asked the question at all. Notice your own response. Are you thinking, “You tell them!” or “It is not their business?”

Let’s take a look at what might be meant by that question in the first place. It might not be about you at all, but more about the person asking. Perhaps there is a way to help others better understand retirement and what is possible. We are their role models!

Curiosity

One interpretation is that the question means, “What is...

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Choose What is in Season

Uncategorized Jul 28, 2021

Originally published in https://sixtyandme.com/wise-women-season/

WISE WOMEN CHOOSE WHAT IS IN SEASON

BY ARDITH BOWMAN JULY 13, 2021 MINDSET

So far, I have written three articles that addressed the importance of feeling a sense of purpose in life, describing the three pillars that can ignite and cultivate your purpose. We have explored:

  • Your relationship with your own wisdom and guidance;
  • Your relationship with creating with life;
  • Your relationship with creating with others.

A Season for Everything

It is said, to everything there is a season. For some of us, our purpose is focused on caring for parents, family and/or work responsibilities. Some of us are exploring what we want next in life. Such freedom is both exhilarating/exciting and perhaps intimidating. Know we each have a choice. Some of the options we choose may include:

  • Choosing to “keep busy”;
  • Choosing what seems most pleasant in each day;
  • Choosing to be without a specific direction and go...
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Wise Women Create with Others

Uncategorized Jul 10, 2021

THE THREE PILLARS TO LEVEL UP YOUR PURPOSE: WISE WOMEN CREATE WITH OTHERS

 

We continue to explore the three pillars that support you creating a life of meaning and purpose. The first pillar is strengthening your relationship with your own wisdom and guidance. The second is aligning yourself with the abundance of life.

Now, drum roll, we will examine how your relationship with others can help you attract, recognize and accept the support you need to create the life you want. Claire Zammit of Feminine Power™ says it all – You can’t become yourself by yourself.

 

Isolation Is Not the Truth

Sometimes women have a way of disappearing, resulting in a sense of isolation. One way is to always focus on others and deflect any personal attention. Another way is to buy into the story that to receive support is weak, thus our work is to not ask for – or even look like...

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