Over 50 and Phenomenal Women’s Circle

Imagine being over 50 years old, and being the subject of this Maya Angelou poem:

 

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.

I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.

I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.

They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.

When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.

I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.

I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou wrote this poem to illustrate how the real beauty in a woman lies not in society’s standards or beliefs, but by the inner knowings of the woman herself. Though the poem was written for all women, I am including the poem as an inspiration for women over 50.

Our modern society places a lot of emphasis on outer beauty, youth, material contribution and success in the world, and often discounts the unfathomable gifts that women over 50 possess and give. Ironically, women over 50 often discount themselves as they get older. They discount themselves because they think that age will affect their ability to have the life they want.

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They start to feel more pressure regarding:

1) having a committed, loving relationship,

2) financial security,

3) menopause’s effect on their bodies and minds,

4) their changing physical appearance,

5) having a fulfilling work and life, and more.

However, women over 50 have a good chance of living into their 100’s! According to Dr. Christiane Northrup, there will be 75,000 new centenarians cropping up each year from now until 2050. If you can imagine living 50 more years from now, how would you want to live your life?

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If you had the possibility of creating your life in a way that brought more joy, awakenings, and celebration, would you? If you had the chance of creating new relationships (or creating fulfilling old ones), pleasure, ageless beauty, as well as manifesting financial security and a fulfilling life at home and at work, would you?

That is what the Over 50 and Phenomenal Women’s Circles are about:

To support women over 50 to feel rejuvenated, renewed, and reignited in their lives. If you are a woman over 50, these circles help you:

Favicon Step into your Queen-dom, so you can embrace and honor all that you’ve lived up to this point, with no regrets or second-guessing, but with gratitude, inspiration, and celebration.  Integrate the lessons you’ve learned in life, and turn them into gifts for yourself and your world

Favicon Push the refresh button on your love life and relationships so that you feel enlivened by them once again

Favicon Let go of the fears, doubts, and conditioning that weigh you down, and become a confident ambassador of your own life

Favicon Redefine and embrace what sexuality means to you, with your changing body, libido, and perspectives around it

Favicon Transform ageism beliefs that don’t serve you (e.g. you’re not attractive enough, you’re too old to start a new career or start a new relationship, you’re too old to have financial security, etc.) into beliefs that reignite you. Explore a new meaning around love, relationships, health, your body, and livelihood to re-inspire you to live the later years of your life in abundance and enthusiasm

As much as we love our under-50-year-old girlfriends, there is something about being in the loving company of women over-50 who are going through the same phase in life as us, that feels comforting. We can truly empathize with each other, and perhaps laugh, cry, and source from over 50 years of experience of becoming who we are today as a woman, together.

We are a circle who:  shares our deepest hearts together, move our bodies in honor of our own individual rhythms together, express the sweetness of our longing together, laugh unabashedly together, and more.  We all are given an opportunity to deepen into the core of who we are as a woman, regardless of our age, our beliefs, our doubts, and history. We turn fear into curiosity, resistance into manifestation, and isolation into celebration.

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This is a committed circle series, meaning that all women must make a commitment to attend all the circles, with a maximum of two absences.

This is to create a safe and trusting container, so that women can feel that they are there for each other, and more importantly, that they are there for themselves. The time you take for the circle is the time you take for yourself. Plan your life around the circles, and your life will shift.

What we do in the circles will be customized to the specific needs of the women in the circle each time. This is not like a workshop where there is a strict itinerary. That is why it’s important that all women be there. We will be co-creating this together, sourcing from our deepest longing, and our deep rootedness as women. Each woman, in the circle, matters! YOU matter.

Details:

The circles will take place every other Monday evening, starting on April 27, 2015 and complete on August 31, 2015.

The specific dates are: 4/27, 5/11, 5/25, 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/17, and 8/31.

The time will be from 7:15pm – 10:15pm and take place in San Francisco (location given upon registration).

Space is very limited and is by application process. The cost of the series is $450 ($45 per circle for 10 circles). You can pay in full or in payments to make it financially easier for you.

Over50CircleCI’d love to have you join us!

Being 56 years old myself, I am on fire about turning ageism around. And it starts with us. How do we believe in ourselves so that society’s pressures on being a woman over 50 become more of a thing of humor rather than a source of pressure? How do we support each other so that this earth comes alive with our life force energy and wisdom? How do we prove to ourselves that we have everything we need inside us in order to have the lives we want, but we just need to let our blind spots be revealed, our doubts be caressed into love, and our magnificence be expressed?

If you are ready to step into your power of your later years, and let the beauty of sisterhood support you in doing so, click on the button at the bottom of the page below. We will get back to you within 48 hours once we receive your application!

I look forward to being on this journey with you!

Much love,

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