Do you find yourself stuck somewhere in the middle of life between what, on the one hand is familiar and safe and on the other hand leaves you longing for things to somehow be different?
This feeling of “stuck” in middle life can show up in your relationships (with a partner, family, friends, or even yourself), your work, your playtime, and in your spiritual and emotional well-being.
I like to think that if you’re here on this Explore Life website, in this moment, that somehow it was meant to be. I’d like this to be a safe place for you to explore, get some of your questions answered, and feel connected, knowing you’re not alone in your experience.
Even if you don’t know exactly what it is you’re looking for, maybe this space will guide you to some answers to the questions that have been spinning in your head.
Feelings of being lost, stuck, unconfident, misaligned, exhausted, misunderstood, and bored and confused, are all things that go along with middle life. It’s that place between our learning from experience in our youth and creating a life of purpose and meaning as we age. It’s the time in life to build the bridge between our past and our future.
I want you to know that if this describes you, you’re not alone or crazy in having these feelings and you don’t have to navigate this significant life transition on your own.
For the accomplished, successful, strong woman, these feelings can be particularly alarming. For them, life has followed a predetermined path, mapped out for them since they were young girls. Get an education, get a career, get married, buy a house, have kids, and do some fun stuff like travel along the way. Things have gone as planned to this point. Suddenly, in middle life, they’ve come to the edge of the map. There are no more destinations indicated. No more plotted roads to travel. The map is now useless and the lost feelings surface, not knowing where to start or where to go.
I’m Patti Phillips, certified Life Re-Creation Coach. I help women who become unsettled when they find themselves feeling lost, probably for the first time, in middle life. Together, we explore a new path for what’s next in her life through the life coaching process.
We can explore:
- specific plans to re-create your career (or life after career)
- how to re-align your actions to match your deeply held values
- relationship decisions and reshaping
- strategies for downsizing and simplifying life
- re-designing your time to make life more meaningful.
We’ll reconnect with your authentic self – explore the things and experiences your spirit longs for that you may have forgotten or never had the chance to explore – and then we’ll re-create the path.
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. You have to do hard things to be happy in life. The things no one else is doing. The things that frighten you. The things others can’t do for you. The things that make you question how much longer you can hold on and push forward. Why? Because those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between existing and living – between knowing the path and walking the path – between a life of mediocrity and a life filled with happiness and success.” Beverly Sills