"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength." Betty Friedan
Welcome to Your Midlife Opportunity!
I’m Dr. Michelle Marks, and I'm on a mission to help women flourish and thrive at midlife and beyond! This mission is personal! You see, in the midst of my middle years, an inner voice started bugging me.
That voice was saying, "You've been everything to everyone for your entire life - and you're getting old. What about you?"
I'd been a Psychologist for decades, specializing in Positive Psychology, so I had done all kinds of self-development work already. At midlife, it was different. Something in me was demanding to be expressed in a way I hadn't experienced before - and I couldn't suppress it.
Who knew I would get to find myself, recreate myself, and flourish after 50!
Positive Psychology and Midlife!
Positive Psychology is the science of the good life - of personal flourishing!
Traditional psychology is all about reducing suffering, but not suffering isn't the same as flourishing. Positive psychology picks up where traditional psychology leaves off and helps people become their best selves and live their best lives!
That's why I'm convinced that positive psychology was made for women at midlife. Because I bet you're hearing that same inner voice I heard, and that voice is telling you that it's your time to flourish!
There's a Lot at Stake
This flourishing stuff isn't just flowery talk. Because when we don't flourish, we stagnate, and sometimes even wither, and our unfulfilled needs become our afflictions.
I've seen the physical and emotional toll that years and even decades of self-neglect can take on women. So many of us find ourselves depleted, overwhelmed, exhausted, carrying unfinished business from the past, running ourselves ragged, criticizing ourselves harshly, apologizing for being ourselves, and ignoring our own needs. We may feel small and invisible, still searching for our true identities, or we may just be going through the motions - not necessarily suffering, but not fully living.
When we're young, we may not even notice this is a problem, but as we get older, it begins to take a toll - on our health and happiness, our relationships, our ability to perform at our best, our ability to enjoy our lives, our sense of purpose and meaning, and our ability to be our authentic, best selves.
I know that every woman is born with the potential to flourish and thrive, but unfortunately, many never fulfill that potential, some struggle for decades to realize it, and others never allow themselves to take priority in their lives.
And sometimes we think we have it all figured out, and then find ourselves crashing into our own glass ceilings, or off track and in need of a course correction.
I know you may fear that it's too late to flourish. But it's not too late!
Midlife is the Perfect Time to Flourish!
Things change at midlife. The world sees you differently, or doesn't see you at all anymore, and has different demands and expectations from you.
There's a choice you have to make: Do you continue to try to silence the voice inside that wants to find out what life will offer when you allow yourself to flourish - even if it costs you your vitality and sense of purpose? Do you run out the clock on your one precious life playing it safe or just going through the motions - or do you seize the opportunity?
I'm convinced that midlife is a gift, and that right now is the perfect time for you to create a more rewarding, fulfilling, meaningful, healthy, happy, fully expressive, and authentic life!
Positive Psychology offers all the tools and strategies you need, and I've designed a step-by-step plan that shows you exactly what you need to do to experience all the rewards I've described.
I did it alone, but you don't have to. I'm looking forward to meeting you where you are on your journey and taking the next steps with you. It can be a wild and bumpy ride, that's for sure, and to be totally honest, it can be scary too, so it helps to have someone by your side!
It's time to start living the life you were born to live!
* Midlife is as you define it. If you are under 50 or don't identify as female and would like to experience a Positive Psychology based approach to flourishing and thriving, I welcome you!