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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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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…

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.

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.

Spring’s Fashion Staple
The one thing that every wardrobe needs for Spring is a Trench Coat. Whether to protect yourself...
Reading: The Next Chapter by Debbie Travis
Do you remember Debbie Travis? In the late 80's/90's she introduced North America to faux painting...
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.

Me: Becoming #sociallybrave

I think everyone has something going on in their lives, maybe something they are struggling with. No one’s world is perfect but by sharing a bit of yourself, being somewhat vulnerable, but mostly being willing to uplift and empower, we connect as women, as friends.

Do You Have a Signature Fragrance?

I have always loved fragrance.

In my garden, I plant the most fragrant roses and jasmine. I love the smell of fresh cut grass and walking through the woods after a fresh rain. In my home, I like to burn a natural lavender or tuberose candle; it evokes

Benefits of Olive Oil

What is EVOO you may be asking me. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the first cold press, meaning there is no heat involved during extraction, and the oil is of highest quality: below 1% acidity. A producer uses fresh olives in good condition. The…

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...

Hope is vital these days. We hope we don’t get sick. We hope no one else gets sick. We hope those who are sick get well. We hope those in charge are doing what they need to, to manage this pandemic. We hope our health providers stay healthy and are able to cope with the many demands of this crisis. We hope this goes away soon. 🙏

Faith. More than hope, we have faith. We are doing what we need to be doing, we have hope and so we have faith that soon, one day one tomorrow will be worry-free and it will be brighter because we will so appreciate all that that tomorrow holds. 🙏

As I heard somewhere this week (I am paraphrasing): hope is opening your heart to the possibilities, while faith is knowing that possibilities are endless. 🙏


#staypositive😊 #bekindtooneanother #hopeishere #hopespringseternal #isoulation
#faithoverfear #prayersforhealing #hopeandfaith #believeintomorrow #positiveliving
#inthistogether #supportoneanother #stayinghome #simplereminders #stayhealthymyfriends #quarantinelife #flattenthecurve
#lifestyleinspo #lifebydesign #livingmindfully #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration
#hopequotes #faithquotes #quotestoliveby
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Never before has hygiene been as important as it is today. 🧼🚰

As importantly, as washing our hands, we also need to pay special attention to how clean our electronic devices are. Laptops, keyboards and phones need to be cleaned thoroughly and often these days.⌨️💻📱🖥

Check out my blog for more detailed cleaning info. Link in profile. 💙💙

#goodhygiene #sanitize #stayclean
#washyourhands #stopthespread
#inthistogether #supportoneanother #stayinghome #simplereminders #stayhealthymyfriends #quarantinelife #flattenthecurve
#lifestyleinspo #lifebydesign #livingmindfully #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration
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Ventured out yesterday to get groceries. My favourite fresh food market also has a fabulous greenhouse. @rootcellar Thought I’d get some seeds to get a start on growing some veggies in the garden. 🥬🥕🧄🧅

If I can tune out the news reports, it is actually very peaceful here at home. The birds are chirping and tweeting, the dogs are laying out in the sun and each day more and more blooms are appearing. 🌺🌸🌿

Reminder that this too shall pass. Stay in the moment. Be grateful. Pray for those who need, help where/how you can, and stay safe and be well. 🙏💚💚🙏


#plantseeds #lovemygarden #growfood #groworganic #growityourself
#staypositive😊 #bekindtooneanother #hopeishere #hopespringseternal #faithoverfear #prayersforhealing
#lifestyleinspo #lifebydesign #livingmindfully #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration ⠀⠀
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my Irish friends! 🍀. Celebration is subdued this year and that is okay. All around people are canceling plans by choice or by necessity. This is really good, too. We all must get behind this so that we can #flattenthecurve.

We are staying at home. It is warm outside so we are starting to work in the garden. Exercise and fresh air. Buds are out on the trees and some flowers are blooming. 🌸🌺🌿

Books, movies, games, projects, cooking. Keeping busy. Staying positive. 📖📚

Checking in on friends by phone, text, email, FaceTime. 📞💻📱🖥

Sending love and light to all. 💕💕🙏🙏


#socialdistancing #stayathome #staywell #showkindness #bekindtooneanother #healthfirst #preventativehealth #prayersforhealing ⠀⠀
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So much uncertainty, so much fear. This global pandemic has made it necessary for all of us to retreat, to isolate ourselves so that we can stay healthy or get healthy. It is so important that we all remain positive and hopeful. 🙏💖

Many of us are also dealing with other life issues that are testing our strength and resolve.

Know this: these dry seasons do not last. Have faith and surrender your wishes and desires to the Universe. Soon enough you will see the change that you desire, maybe in the most unexpected way. Reach out and ask for support if you need, it is there for you. •
“The spring rains will come again”. 🌸🙏🌸



#staypositive😊 #bekindtooneanother #hopeishere #hopespringseternal #faithoverfear #prayersforhealing
#lifestyleinspo #lifebydesign #livingmindfully #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration
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Today is World Sleep Day. Perfect reminder for us during this trying time. Important that we take extra good care of ourselves by eating well, taking our vitamins & supplements, washing our hands & not touching our faces, and getting good sleep. 😴😴

To help with sleeping, make sure your linens are clean and fresh, your room temperature is cool (or as you like it) and your electronics are away; your room is peaceful. It’s great to take an afternoon nap, if you can squeeze it in. 😴😴

Stay healthy. Stay strong. 💖💖💖


#worldsleepday #healthyhabit #sleepisimportant #prevention #precautions
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Wash your hands. Soap and water, rubbing your hands together for 20 seconds. Keep your hands away from your face, too. 🤲🧼🚰🧴

I’m washing my hands so often now that they have become quite dry so hand lotion is in order too.🧴

Nevertheless, let’s keep washing our hands. Let’s stay healthy.

#washyourhands #washhands #cleanhands #prevention #precautions
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Running on empty. That’s how I’m feeling these days. Looking forward to Spring Break. Anyone else? 💙



#readyforspring #springtransition #springfeels #thinkspring #aritziastyle
#midlife #classicstyle #stylish50s #over50style #fashionover50 #timelessstyle #ageinggracefully #agelessfashion #midlifestyle #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #classicfashionstyle #wearwhatyoulove #fashioncanadians #canadianstyle #canadianfashion #westcoastfashion #lifestyletastemaker
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Don’t underestimate your strength and your resilience.

What I have learned most recently is that who I am at my core plus a lifetime of experience make for pretty strong roots that not only keep me grounded but also allow me to thrive. The problem or the situation was not greater than my capacity to handle it. I would venture to say that most of us are like this. 🌸🌺

Know that whatever trials you are facing right now, you have everything that you need inside of yourself to survive and thrive. Ground yourself in your faith or whatever sustains you, nurture yourself (mind, body and soul) and allow time to manifest what you need. 🌸🌺

You’ve got this. I’ve got this. 🌸🌺


#resilient #growthroughwhatyougothrough #youdeservethebest #lifeexperiences #midlife #mylifemyway #seekingjoy #gonnabeagoodyear #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #lifebydesign #livingmindfully #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration
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Do You Have a Signature Fragrance?

I have always loved fragrance. Here I am applying @jomalonelondon Red Roses Cologne. 🌹. For me it evokes love, purity, strength and promise. My daughter bought this for me for my last birthday and so it reminds me of her, beautiful and resilient. 🌹❤️

In my garden, I plant the most fragrant roses and I love the smell of fresh cut grass. In my home, I like to burn a natural lavender or tuberose candle; it evokes comfort and beauty to me. Same for what I like to wear. Always something soft and feminine, a light floral. 🌺

What is your favourite? ❤️


#jomalonelondon #jomaloneperfume #fragrancelover #midlifeinspiration #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #lifebydesign #livingmindfully #middleoflifeinspiration #timelessstyle #ageinggracefully #agelessfashion #lifestyletastemaker
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Having friends who are strong and independent but true,kind and loyal is a great blessing. 💖. They know me so well that they can offer me advice, solicited and sometimes not, but always it comes from a place of love. They remain true to who they are while supporting me in being the best version of me and in living my best life. On matters that are great and small my gang is not my shadow. Ever. 💖💖

What about you? How do your friends show up for you?

#loyalfriend #loyalfriends #womenwithintegrity #womenwhouplift #womenwhouplifteachother #truefriendships #truefriend #realfriend #lifeexperiences #midlife #mylifemyway #seekingjoy #gonnabeagoodyear #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #lifebydesign #livingmindfully #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
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Pure Optimism. That’s what I was reminded of on the weekend when I picked up a couple of these planters. Spring is about a month away yet the daffodils are out, so are some of the cherry blossoms. I think my gardens beckon. 💚🌿💐🌷

In that same way, I am feeling happy about what the days ahead hold. Leaving behind the dark days of winter and the year past. I think abundance in all its forms, beckons. 💚💚💚

#wintertospring #springtransition #springfeels #thinkspring #readyforspring
#midlife #classicstyle #stylenoage #stylish50s #over50style #fashionover50 #timelessstyle #ageinggracefully #agelessfashion #midlifestyle #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #classicfashionstyle #wearwhatyoulove #fashioncanadians #canadianstyle #canadianfashion #westcoastfashion #lifestyletastemaker
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The Girlfriend Code. Are you familiar with it? Those unspoken, yet clearly-understood-by-all women of all ages, rules that women consider a code of conduct. Like the golden rule but meant to unquestionably support, nurture and commit to the success and well-being of the women in your life. 💖

Here are a couple:
1. Every woman shall support and uplift the other so that she can be her best and achieve all her dreams and aspirations. 💖
2. No woman shall date her friends’ exes: this includes husband/partner, boyfriends, crushes. If said friend gives you permission then, it is perfectly acceptable. 💖

What are some of yours? Please share with us. •
I have more on my blog, link in my profile.

#girlfriendcode #girlcodes #thewomenscode #loyalfriend #loyalfriends #womenwithintegrity #womenwhouplift #womenwhouplifteachother #truefriendships #truefriend #realfriend #lifeexperiences #midlife #mylifemyway #seekingjoy #gonnabeagoodyear #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #lifebydesign #livingmindfully #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
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Everyone wants a ride in the limo but who wants to take the bus with you? It goes without saying that life challenges and situations give the people in our lives the opportunity to step up and support us, or not. I don’t have the time or energy to invest in those who won’t take the bus with me. 🚍

How about you? What are your friendships looking like? 👭

#truefriendships #truefriend ##loyalfriend #realfriend #oprahquotes #oprah #personalgrowthjourney #lifeexperiences #midlife #mylifemyway #seekingjoy #gonnabeagoodyear #believeindreams #beginningsaremagic #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #lifebydesign #livingmindfully #livehowyoufeel #quotesoflife
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“Don’t forget to tell your favourite people that you love them.” ~Shirley Temple ❤️
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Happy Valentine’s Day. xoxo 💋 ❤️
#valentinesday2020 #galentine #galentinesday2020 #sendinglove #midlife #classicstyle #stylenoage #stylish50s #over50style #fashionover50 #timelessstyle #ageinggracefully #agelessfashion #midlifestyle #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #classicfashionstyle #wearwhatyoulove #fashioncanadians #canadianstyle #canadianfashion #westcoastfashion #lifestyletastemaker
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A friend of mind. That I appreciate. When life gets too confusing or overwhelming and you can’t make heads or tails out of it, it is wonderful to have someone who can put a bit of perspective on things. 💖💖

I feel so lucky that I have some friends who have wisdom, intelligence and grace so when I reach out, I know I am going to get exactly what I need. 💖💖

#girlfriendsforlife #girlfriendship #girlfriendsarethebest #bfftime #friendsarefamily #personalgrowthjourney #lifeexperiences #midlife #mylifemyway #seekingjoy #gonnabeagoodyear #believeindreams #beginningsaremagic #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #lifebydesign #livingmindfully #livehowyoufeel #quotesoflife
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I am loving this book!! 📘. Marie Kondo advocates a system of organizing that is category by category as opposed to room by room and only keeping things that “spark joy”. I am working this concept into other areas of my life too. I wrote a bit about this on my blog. Link in profile.

Have you read Marie Kondo’s book? 📘

#mariekondo #mariekondoing #mariekondoyourlife
#takestock #newyearnewlife #personalgrowthjourney #lifeexperiences #midlife #lettinggoandmovingon #mylifemyway #healingmyself #seekingjoy #gonnabeagoodyear #believeindreams #beginningsaremagic #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #lifebydesign #livingmindfully #livehowyoufeel #ageinggracefully #midlifestyle #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
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True, unwavering friendship is truly one of life’s greatest blessings. Those who love us and support us even when we mess up, those are true friends. They know our secrets, our failures, our mistakes and still they love us. They help us to grow past the shame or the guilt by not judging us.
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That’s a friend. You know who you are. You are the women I admire, respect and adore.
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#girlfriendsforlife #girlfriendship #girlfriendsarethebest #bfftime #friendsarefamily #personalgrowthjourney #lifeexperiences #midlife #mylifemyway #seekingjoy #gonnabeagoodyear #believeindreams #beginningsaremagic #inspire #liveinspired #lifestyleinspo #lifebydesign #livingmindfully #livehowyoufeel #quotesoflife
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