Is There Life After Menopause

Transforming by lynette sheppard

God, I hope so! While I am officially post-menopausal, maladies of the change intrude every so often, capturing my attention and giving me fodder for the Menopause Goddess Blog. That was and is great.

Lately, though, I’ve been feeling restless. As the most annoying manifestations of the Big M fade into background noise, I ask myself “What’s Next?” “What will I be doing five years from now?” “Dear goddess, will I still be writing about the Pause?”

Driving to my daughter’s house last weekend, I broached the subject with my husband. “I want to write about other things that are more front and center for me and the Venuses now,” I told him. “But I sure don’t want to bail on my sister goddesses just beginning or in the midst of the Change. I’m confused and conflicted.”

“Why does it have to be either or?” he asked. “Keep the blog as is, write some about the Big M and add the relevant musings about being beyond the Pause.”

Well, duh. It was so obvious that I couldn’t see it.

So from here on out, there will be three basic themes that Menopause Goddess Blog addresses. All categories that we see now (and new ones to come) will fall under the heading of one of these three themes. The first theme is Menopause. The second is Aging Gracefully. The third is up to you all to title.

I want to focus on who we are becoming for our second half of life. What is our vision for the next fifty years? Who do we wish to be? What legacy, if any, shall we leave behind us?

At first, I thought to call this third theme “Midlife Matters”. Then my mate, Dewitt, oh so tactfully pointed out that technically I’m past midlife. (Thanks for that , sweetie.)

So I’m asking all my sister goddesses for help. Help me name this theme.
And to sweeten the deal, let’s make it a contest. Submitter of the  best name choice will receive a signed copy of The Big M. And if you already have the book? Then your prize will be a lovely wooden Big M jewel box.

I’m excited to see what you all come up with. And excited to embark upon new topics as we grow together. And hey, if you have any topic ideas? Or want to offer a guest blog post? Send them on!

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8 Responses to Is There Life After Menopause

  1. Poetikat July 24, 2010 at 5:23 am #

    Hi Lynette,

    I love the idea of this and the first word that popped into my head is the “L” Word – Legacy!

    We all want to spend the years beyond 50 developing something more of ourselves. Many of you (not myself, sadly), but many of you have children and that is the greatest legacy of all, of course, but in addition to that, aren’t we all keen to leave our mark on the world in some way? It’s not so much that we want to be “famous” in the here and now, but we DO want to be remembered and even respected for who we were as women on this earth. I think “Legacy” is the word you need to describe the next part of the adventure.



  2. goodpix July 25, 2010 at 7:55 am #

    thoughts … ” Afterpause”… YouPlay… some of the most valuable things in life you learn while playing..

  3. Ms. "V" July 26, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    My suggestion for a topic: “AARP, why me – I’m not ready ;(” I’ll be submitting an article later. Please remind me 😉 I know you can relate. Thanks for the Blog Lynette.

  4. Anne July 30, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    Wow! I missed this posting until today.”Legacy” is really nice. I was thinking: “Grace” “Wisdom”, “Evolution” “Nirvana”. There must be one word that deals w/ the happiness/wisdom/evolution/contentment that we are all hopefully approaching as our physical symptoms wane or stabilize. The aging gracefully is going to be a big one. “It’s all about orthopedics” is a popular topic in my professional practice at this age. Just mulling ideas over. You are so creative! P.S. I loved the bitch is back.

  5. dale August 2, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    Vision…I like vision…you mentioned vision in your post I believe. When we envision, visualize, imagine, etc. the perfect future (not to mention the past, and most important — the present!) it can help us make it more real and make things happen.
    Cheers M Goddess–

  6. Theresa August 5, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    oh boy – that’s a toughie. The word that comes to my mind is, “Eureka!” I guess that’s because I truly feel that there is a wonderful bliss (along with a few aches and wrinkles) coming to our lives at this stage, after years of searching. Love the term because it means, “I found it!”

  7. Theresa August 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    Okay – I got it. It came to me in the middle of the night.
    “Voila” – used to call attention to or express satisfaction over something. Legacy sounds like we are all done and simply preparing for our demise, vision sounds like there is still work to be done. But Voila sounds like a celebration. So there . . .

  8. Laura August 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    The elder Titanis goddess of sight and the shining light of heaven (“aither”). She was the mother of Sun, Moon and Dawn. Her name is also connected with words meaning “foresight” and “prophecy”.

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