To my old Thriving Life subscribers
A new page has been turned in my life and I hope you will continue to follow me
Dear Newsletter subscribers of Thriving Life. Today I launch a new way of communicating with you. Looking ahead I will be using Substack to send you newsletters. Substack is a newsletter- and blog platform in one. It has been specifically designed for writers, journalists and the like for whom quality is more important than quantity. It is not about getting hundreds of thousands of likes, but rather to engage with a select group of truly interested people. I hope to be able to connect with people with similar interests to mine and create a community where we can discuss, inspire and learn from each other.
So what is the subject we will discuss here? It will still be mindfulness, but it will be specifically aimed for people aged 50+.
Thriving Life has developed quite a bit in the last couple of years. When COVID came I decided to make the most out of the restrictions and went back to university to do a Master of Vitality and Ageing at Leiden University. As part of my Master thesis I created, taught and researched an 8-week course called Mindfulness Based Vitality and Ageing. The course was well received, so much so that I am now in the process of writing a book on Mindfulness & Ageing to spread the word on how mindfulness can help us adapt to the challenges that comes with ageing but also make the most of the opportunities it brings.
At the beginning of this week I signed a publishing agreement with Practical Inspirational Publishing in the UK and this newsletter/blog is part of the process of writing the book. Twice a month I plan to take up various of themes from the book and hope that you as readers will engage and give me some feedback, and maybe share some ideas and stories. You know the saying that “it takes a village to raise a child”, I believe it takes a community to create a relatable and interesting book - especially when the subject is something that we all have experience in: living and ageing. My main message is that ageing is not something we should run away from, but rather embrace. We are constantly told that young people by default are better, happier and more beautiful, but this is simply not true. Ageing is just another word for living, and while our age is definitely a part of our sense of self, it is not the only thing that defines us. Please click on “About” to read more about what to expect from these newletters.
Substack allows me to import old emailing lists, and you are getting this newsletter because you once subscribed to Thriving Life. I realise, that new angle of this newsletter, might not be of interest to you. If so, please feel free to go and unsubscribe and I apologise for the inconvenience.
I hope you stay. If so, welcome to the community of AgeingUpwards.
PS. finally, just on a personal note, for those of you who have been with us from the very beginning and know Tuire, I would like to add that she gave birth to a healthy baby girl on the 2nd of May. Welcome to this beautiful world Lily!! 🤸♂️💃🍾
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