Meg has had a long career as a school counselor. In her 60's, as she neared retirement from St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, she began working on her "next chapter" as a writer. Meg has written more than 200 blogs for psychologytoday.com, & is the author of Silver Sparks: Thoughts on Growing Older, Wiser, and Happier (2020) & Changepower! 37 Secrets to Habit Change Success (2009).
One key to my resilience as I’ve aged: “the gratitude attitude”. Every
day I consciously savor the pleasures of my life, both large and small
—a good meal, a relaxing walk, a fun conversation, a small success.
I’ve even learned to be grateful for myself, with all my strengths & quirks.
Thanks to the gratitude attitude, I am happier & more self-confident
than when I was younger. The other key: purpose. Writing became
my retirement purpose. All my writing success has come after age 65.
What works for me: setting goals, chipping away at them, & following a daily
writing routine. Yes, I am a creature of habit!