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Growing (B)older with Gratitude, Gusto, Grit, and Grace

Growing (B)older with Gratitude, Gusto, Grit, and Grace by Minx Boren is a journey into the experience of growing through midlife and beyond. It is an invitation to look back over all that brought you to this time and place, standing at the crossroads of here and now, while also looking to the future with hope and determination. It contains a wide swath of reflections about what it takes to grow boldly. The book explores how you can remain involved and engaged in what matters and counts for you as well as connected to others and to the larger communities in which we all participate. The core theme revolves around the quest to see each new day as a gift and an opportunity to live in a way that is meaningful, purposeful, joyful, and fulfilling.

Written from the perspective of a longtime Master Certified Coach (MCC), Growing (B)older is meant to evoke curiosity and inspire clarity and commitment rather than offer prescriptive advice. Using a coach approach, Minx includes questions to consider so that you can discern your own ideas and strategies about to how to thrive through this time of life. There is also a downloadable list of journal and conversational prompts to invite you to enter more deeply into this provocative process of growing (b)older.

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I so enjoy good and feisty words
the kind that convey far and away
more than a dictionary
definition can possibly capture.

I am thinking about gutsy
rolling the letters around on my tongue
letting its guttural sound
vibrate around in my throat.

If only I could swallow it whole
and embody that quality
of clear and courageous presence
by simply willing it into being…my being.

But it takes grit and gumption
a clarity of conviction and
the will and willingness to step up
ever so boldly and embody my Truth.

No matter the gusty winds
that howl relentlessly at my most
strongly held beliefs and my most
deeply felt inklings and knowings

gutsiness is about holding fast
to values, standing up
to the vicissitudes of life and
facing the prickly fickleness of fortune.

And so I must make time
to step out beyond the ongoing
onslaught of conflicting ideas
and everyone else’s good intentions

in order to seek my own plucky way
through the forest of advice
and flurry of information that threaten
to obscure my very own path.

And all this must be done with grace
and true graciousness
with the sincerity of my own gratitude
and the ongoing opening of my own heart.

from the heart, mind, and pen of Minx


Photography credits: Katie Deits and Lynn Hernandez