New Year

16 Steps for 2016!









It’s a New Year, so here are some ways to make life better for ourselves and those around us. Let’s incorporate these 16 steps for a better you in 2016!

  1. Hope and dream
  2. Accept yourself
  3. Plan to read more
  4. Pray for peace
  5. Yearn to see goodness in all
  6. Never hold a grudge
  7. Enjoy new things
  8. Wisdom prevails
  9. You can give love
  10. Eat healthy
  11. Activate the mind and body
  12. Respect your family
  13. TO say I love you often
  14. Yield to moving forward
  15. Open your heart
  16. Understand it all starts with you!

As I move forward in my journey as an empty nester, I am finding more time to focus on how to make this journey meaningful & joyful.  

Happy New Year to You and Yours!

Lori Pelikan Strobel, forever 49, loves her two adult daughters, husband of over 30 years, her dog, Louie, dark chocolate, and red wine. Lori’s work and life experience has ranged from pharmaceutical sales representative, Pilates instructor, community college teacher, to a registered animal assisted therapy team. Lori can be found at:, or on facebook. Her essay “Mom-On- Demand,” appeared in The Zen of Midlife Mothering.

By |December 29th, 2015|Categories: Commentary, Daily Living|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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By |January 2nd, 2014|Categories: Commentary, Daily Living, Mothers Over 40, Mothers Over 50|Tags: , |2 Comments

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By |December 31st, 2013|Categories: Commentary, Daily Living, Mothers Over 40, Reinventing Ourselves|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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