Welcome!

I am Christina McDermott.

My intention for this space is to serve as inspiration and community to us as women, at this middle point of our lives, where we are not just managing, but we are thriving.

Life is beautiful. Live each day with passion and purpose.

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Self-Care Is a Non-Negotiable for Middle of Life Women

Self-care is not selfish. Instead, it’s about taking care of yourself so that you are replenishing your reserves so that you are then able to care for others from a place of strength and happiness.

I’m Going to Marie Kondo My Life

I need to get rid of all of the things that are weighing me down. Things that I’ve outgrown, things that bring me down, and things that don’t bring me joy. I want space.

Tie Die is Summer’s Hot Trend
Believe it or not, the '60s and '70s are hot again in the form of Tie Dye. Before you roll your...
“A Change is Gonna Do Me Good”

I have had to make some major decisions and choices. I am now starting to feel that the changes that I have been forced to make are actually an opportunity for me to move into my true self and to live some of those dreams that I have been holding on to.

Spring has Sprung
Spring is a wonderful time for renewal. I spent the afternoon in the garden yesterday taking...
Matcha Tea: You Should Be Drinking It

Matcha tea has recently become popular in North America but it was originally brought to Japan by Buddhist monks thousands of years ago.  Used in tea ceremonies before meditation, it was found to elp with calmness and alertness.

Inspired by Men’s Wear: What Every Woman’s Closet Staple Should Include

Yes, it’s your classic white button down shirt. You can dress it up, you can dress it down. It is exactly right under a jacket with slacks or a skirt for the office. Make it casual by donning it with your favourite skinny jeans…

The Girl Code at Mid-Life

Those unspoken yet clearly understood by all women of all ages rules that women consider a code of conduct.

It Took a Pandemic To Make Us Slow Down

Living socially-distant, isolated in our home, leaving only to get groceries and one urgent visit to the vet. There has been no need to . . . .

Garden Tomato Pasta Sauce

I was shown this way of making pasta sauce by an Italian friend ages ago.  She made it frequently and I remember remarking to her that making sauce was so much work.  She laughed and said watch this. 

I am exactly where I need to be. 💖

Do you ever get that feeling?

I marvel at all that has passed before me in this past year. I’ve survived it all and where I stand today I am so appreciative.

I am excited for what the future holds but in this moment, I am standing exactly where I need to be. 🙏💖




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Love is In the Details . . . 💛💛💛
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I absolutely love details on clothes, architecture, interior design, furniture, etc. In all these, detail is impressive to me as there is great craftsmanship involved in making these details.
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There is a fascination and great appreciation that I have when I see and feel this kind of quality because I think of the creativity, artistry, innovation, talent and skill that must go into crafting all these things.
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The details too, are important to me when I do things. No matter if it’s preparing a meal, welcoming guests, putting together a gift; it is the detail that makes it special, that makes it memorable. 💝
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This is what I love about this dress. It is made up of suede pieces held together by crocheted delicate yarns. What strikes me as innovative and skillful is how all of it is structured and put together to fit so perfectly and feel so comfortable.
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How about you?
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#loveisinthedetails #designdetails #fashiondetail #dressdetails #specialdesign #suededress
#suedefashion #danier #westernoutfits #chicwestern
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#midlifestyle #midlifefashion
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Have you ever been called “difficult”? ⁉️🆖
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Yes, that word has been thrown at me a few times. Professionally and personally. I find it irritating. Just because I don’t agree with something or I am not willing to settle for something, does not make me difficult.
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I have knowledge. I have experience. I have ability. I have talents. I have values. I have integrity. I have standards. I have opinions. I have desires.
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All of these are valid.
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I get to choose when I’m going to compromise. If I’m not willing to compromise, that does not make me difficult. It simply means that I am a woman willing to stand up for what I believe in and what I want.
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Nothing difficult about that, is there?!
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#knowyourownworth #knowyourworthladies #strongwomanquotes #empoweryourself #ownyourworth #youarepowerful #youarecapable #stepintoyourpower
#liveyourpurpose #listentoyourintuition
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#positiveliving #positivemindset #positiveenergy
#middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
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Sexy??? Do you still feel sexy? 💃🏻
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It’s funny, I get a bit of that feeling when I put on these outfits. I find it interesting because I haven’t felt that way in a very long time.
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They remind me of a time when I was younger, carefree and felt more within my power. They were happy times, filled with laughter and love.
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What happened? What is sexy, even? I don’t think it’s about being provocative, it’s greater than that. 💖
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I talk about it in my blog. I’d love to share my thoughts with you, click on the link in my profile to read. 💖




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#confidentwomen #confidentbeauty
#liveinspired #mindfulliving #positiveliving #positivemindset #positiveenergy
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#westernwear #cowgirlstyle #westernoutfits #chicwestern
#stampede2020 #yycstyle
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#canadianstyle #canadianfashion #westcoastfashion
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Western Classic . . . 🤠🐎

The white shirt goes Western. This is a classic style that you could wear anywhere. I especially like the piping detail and the beading on the front.

It does make a statement, but that’s good. Right?! 💖




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#CalgaryStampede #stampede2020
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My favourite party of the year is Canceled!! 🙁🎪
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Starting the first Friday in July, going for 10 days, The Calgary Stampede has always been a first rate community event that celebrates the western way of life, based around agriculture and livestock. The Calgary Stampede Features one of the world’s largest rodeos, a huge parade, an exhibition, numerous big-name concerts, a huge fair with midway, agricultural exhibitions, First Nations Exhibitions and chuckwagon racing. 🎡🎢🐎🤠
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For me it always signaled the beginning of summer and my birthday usually falls during the 10 days. 🇨🇦🤠
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Having lived in Calgary most of my life, I always love how the community comes together to celebrate and welcome visitors from all around the world to join the party. It was a reason to bring out your jeans, cowboy boots and hat, because for those 10 days, everyone dresses western and gets into the spirit. Truly there was not much work accomplished for ten days. There is nothing like western hospitality. 🤠🍻
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Not without controversy, The Stampede is evolving, as society is, in it’s response to the welfare of animals especially in two of the key events, rodeo and chuckwagon racing and it’s recognition and inclusion of The First Nation’s People.
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This year as with so many other events, Stampede has been canceled for the first time in over a hundred years. Nevertheless, as with true Calgary spirit and pride, @CalgaryStampede is making do and holding Covid-appropriate events throughout the city during the 10 days.
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Makes me proud because you can take the girl out of Calgary but you can’t take Calgary out of the girl. See you next year, folks. 🇨🇦🤠
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IG Friends: you may have to indulge me for a few days as I share with you some of my #stampedefashion




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The Essence of Entertaining. . . . 💖💖💖
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This is exactly how I like my guests to feel when they are in my home, sharing time or sharing a meal. From the taste to the presentation of the food, to the ambience of my home, to the energy that I bring that day - I want you to feel special.
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If it looks like I went to some effort, I definitely did but only because I wanted to. Not to impress you as those days are long past, but because I want you to feel appreciated, loved and celebrated. I also want to share with you something of who I am, where I come from and what I value.
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Lidia Bastianich is a favourite chef because she comes from Istria in Croatia, the same region where my parents came from. Her recipes are many of the same that I grew up with and now call my own.
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What is most important to you when entertaining? 🥂🍽




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#loveheals #loveandkindness #youareimportant #livewithlove #beloving
#findyourhappiness #findhappiness #gratitudepractice
#surroundyourselfwithgoodpeople #kindnessalways #kindpeople #everydaypeople
#lifeexperiences #quotesforwomen #lidiabastianich
#midlife #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyle #lifestyletastemaker
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Stepping out of the shadows . . . 🦋

I feel like that’s what the past year and a half has been for me. What I appreciate at this moment is that I feel that I did my time of reckoning; figuring out what is important, what to let go of, and then started to gingerly step forward.

I nursed my wounds, did some healing, more still to be done. The Universe was supporting me in that it gave me some extra time and now, I feel much more ready to step out. I’m not there yet, but there are less shadows. 🦋
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I believe this is the opportunity that middle of life gives us if we are willing to take it. The opportunity to step out of the shadows (whatever those are: job/career, marriage/ relationships, health, spirit) and make this final chapter whatever you want it to be.

Are you feeling this, too? What is it for you? 🦋




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#midlife #redefiningage
#middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
#stylish50s #over50style #fashionover50 #50andfabulous
#classyandfashionable #classicstyle #casualstyle
#fashioncanadians #canadianstyle #canadianfashion #westcoastfashion
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Summer in the city . . . . . Where have all the people gone? 🌞

Well, I guess we know, don’t we?!!!

Spent a lovely afternoon downtown with my girl. The shops are open, so are some restaurants and cafes, but there are not many people. In summers past, we‘d avoid downtown because it is filled with tourists from all over but not this year. The buses, the cruise ships; all gone. 🚍🚢⛴

We won’t be traveling this summer so we are going to be the tourists in our town and frequent as many local shops, attractions, cafes and restaurants as we can, while taking all the necessary precautions to be safe and keep others safe. These businesses need us this year desperately.

I encourage you too to support your local businesses, as much as you are comfortable going out. If you don’t want to go out, maybe buy their products or even gift certificates to use later. Consider supporting them, they are the backbone of our communities. •
If you have any other ideas of how, please share with me. 💖💖




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#shoplocal #shoplocalcanada #shoplocalyyj #shoplocalyvr
#zarastyle #zarafashion
#midlife #redefiningage
#middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
#stylish50s #over50style #fashionover50 #50andfabulous
#classyandfashionable #classicstyle #casualstyle
#fashioncanadians #canadianstyle #canadianfashion #westcoastfashion
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I love my postman!! . . . . .📬📬

Every single time I see him, William is smiling and he has something really positive to share with me. Like today, because of social distancing, we couldn’t have our usual pre-Covid doorstep chat so he rang the doorbell, dropped off the parcel then waited on the driveway so that he could give me a wave. Kindness. 💙💚

We have our family and our friends who make us happy but I truly believe that if you give other people (those outside of our immediate world) an opportunity to shine, they will. I can think of many “charming gardeners” in my life. 💙💚

You must have them, too. Who are they? 💙💚




#happysouls #practicegratitude #findyourhappiness #findhappiness #gratitudepractice
#surroundyourselfwithgoodpeople #kindnessalways #kindpeople #everydaypeople
#bekindtooneanother #beloving
#loveheals #loveandkindness #youareimportant #livewithlove
#lifeexperiences #quotesforwomen
#midlife #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
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What a difference a year makes!! 💖✨

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A year ago my world had fallen apart. In the midst of trauma and grief, I turned to what had always comforted me in hard times, writing. •
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I started this thing called blogging and then, Instagram. These were both unfamiliar avenues to me.

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Truly, I don’t know what led me to these because I am an introvert by nature and have always been extremely private.

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All that I can say is that this has been an enormous blessing - all of it! It has exorcised my sadness, my self-doubt, my willingness to settle, my lack of esteem. All of these lacks eating away at me and my essence.

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Writing has inspired a part of me that has long been dormant, as has content creation for IG. More important in this journey, however, has been the discovery of friendship and uplifting that this community has provided me. From all corners of the world I have met women at this stage of life who have inspired, educated, motivated and uplifted me. I am so grateful to each and everyone of you who has reached out, and knowingly or unknowingly, supported me here on this platform.

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We are in the midst of events that are so much bigger than me and my little life but I just wanted to express heartfelt appreciation to each one of you. It has meant the world to me.





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Kindness does not make you weak. 💪

Many of us here are of that vintage, that we are familiar with the notion that to be successful, (especially as a woman!!), you had to be tough and maybe even ruthless. That was how it went, that’s how things were done. There was no deference paid to feelings and sometimes, even the line that delineated right and wrong was dangerously close to being crossed.

I am a bit of a softy (not pushover) so I was never comfortable with doing business this way. Even having my own business, I tried to surround myself with like-minded people but it was not easy nor was I always successful. Women especially could be ruthless to one another.

I have noticed that the next generation of women is generally much kinder and supportive to each other. I love seeing this! Even more inspiring is the generation that is my daughter’s; there I see more equity between boys and girls. Maybe my daughter won’t be limited by that glass ceiling. 🙏

So then I think about race relations. Maybe finally, the boat has been rocked enough that a change is coming. Maybe with awareness, education, willingness and perseverance this great divide can finally be eliminated. Can we and our children, and our children’s children finally make this happen?

There is strength in kindness. I truly believe this. ✨
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#kindnessquotes #timetoreflect #endracism
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Looking forward to . . . . 💖✨

More love.
More peace.
More joy.

What are you looking forward to?




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#lookforward #lookingforward #makeyourownhappiness
#liveinspired #mindfulliving #positiveliving #positivemindset #positiveenergy
#middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
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This ripple has become a tidal wave.

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I have had a very heavy heart over the past couple of weeks. There has been rightful anger but needless violence. However, perhaps that is what was required to effect this tidal wave.

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Being the child of immigrant parents, I recall what it felt like to be discriminated against. I had my own experiences, but the stories my parents told of being mistreated stayed in my heart. Nevertheless, as a white girl I never experienced the fearful stories that people of colour share, so I cannot begin to understand the extent of that pain.

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As I go forward from this time of reckoning, all that I have seen and heard and all that I am learning, will support my desire to be more thoughtful, considerate and inclusive. It is the subtle and unconscious bias that I seek to remove from my thinking and to look for in the actions of those around me, personal and professional.

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I believe that this is not something that we can singularly change or fix but collectively, we sure can. Let’s continue to do better. All of us together.💖✨



#loveistheway #letloverule #bethechangeyouwanttosee
#standtogether #standupforsomething #standupforwhatsright #togetherwestand
#speakup #dosomething #dobetterbebetter #dowhatsright
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Serving up a bit of cheer . . . 🥂

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Enjoyed having some friends over this weekend. I must admit that it felt a bit awkward at first. People keeping adequate distance - no hugs and always allowing space including how food and beverage was served. •
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We all feel fortunate, as here in our province the cases of Covid infections have dropped significantly but we want to keep it that way so that we can move into the next Phase with more businesses opening and the resumption of more activities.

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Anyway, it felt good. I am really blessed to have an abundance of goodness, fairness, empathy and integrity in the people I choose to surround myself with. It is times like these that you see how good people bring light where there is darkness, in thoughts and in actions. 💖✨


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#consciousness #kindnessmatters #servedwithlove #lifeafterquarantine
#liveinspired #mindfulliving #lifelessons #loveandlight #soulwisdom
#positiveliving #positivemindset #positiveenergy
#middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
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Gardening clears my mind. It’s where I figure things out. •
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It’s where I work out bad energy. I’m not great at exercise. I do what I must to stay healthy but admittedly I could do more. In my garden though, I like hard work. I have dug out trees, created most of my flower beds, cut trees & branches with a saw, hauled debris and wheelbarrowed dirt (tons?). Hard work.

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I do it because I love creating beauty. I love the process. I love the challenge of not knowing how and then figuring out how. I love proving to myself that I can do it; I am strong enough, I am smart enough, and I am determined enough. I can do it. 💪

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When my world fell apart, my garden held me together. When our world closed down, my garden offered us respite, an escape. “. . . it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.” 💚

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What do you do to find yourself?



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#liveinspired #mindandbody #mindfulliving #lifelessons #loveandlight #soulwisdom
#positiveliving #positivemindset #positiveenergy
#middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
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This is going to take some getting-used-to!! 😷

Wearing a Face Mask. I must admit, I don’t like it. I don’t like wearing something on my face. It is cumbersome and restrictive. I am soft-spoken so people have even more difficulty hearing me. It is difficult to connect with people by offering a smile, instead I must try to make my eyes smile. 😃

Anyway, a mask is now recommended and required in some places of business. I am okay with this as it offers protection to us and especially to those who might be a bit more vulnerable to the virus. This is part of our new normal for now, so I encourage you all to wear yours.

You can even match it to your outfit. 😜

TIP: Make sure you get a good fit for your face, it should be nice and snug. The one I’m wearing is soft, antibacterial and breathable fabric, moisture wicking, machine washable and fits a filter @carebags7860


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