Losing Myself in Caregiving

After I moved across the country to care for my parents, more than five years ago, I put my heart and soul — to say nothing of my energy and time — into my role as a caregiver. As many of you know, it’s an all-consuming responsibility, one that can soon overwhelm your sense of self. For me, I felt my identity slipping away. I feared I’d lost myself in caregiving. So I thought about who I really am and why …

Sandra Cisneros inspires Crowd at Life@50+ in Los Angeles

“I am a chingona,” said Sandra Cisneros, acclaimed author of The House on Mango Street, at this year’s AARP Life@50+ National Event and Expo in Los Angeles. Nervous laughter and anticipation filled the room. But as Sandra’s embodiment of the word began to unfold, a feeling of inspiration swept over the crowd. At 56, Sandra’s spunk, guts and artistry are simply infectious. Watching her, it became clear, that her magnetic energy and thoughtful insights on life are truly representative of …

Write your life.

Check out these tips from AARP on how to write about your life story, whether it be a memoir, personal essay, or something entirely different. This simple advice can send you on your way to a beautiful piece to share with your loved ones, or a best-selling book to share with the world! Here’s one: Start with gripping. Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert didn’t begin Eat, Pray, Love with the prosaic sentence “I was born in Waterbury, Connecticut.” Her first chapter …