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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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My Ossobuco with Creamy Polenta

My Ossobuco with Creamy Polenta

I love comfort food.  There is something about a hearty slow-cooked meal that just soothes me right to my soul.  Hearty does not necessarily have to be unhealthy so I've adapted these recipes to suit my preferences.  Both of these recipes are super easy and especially...

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The key to success is to start before you’re ready 

Marie Forleo
“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.

Your Easy Fall To-Do List
Fall here on the Pacific Northwest typically comes in gradually.  Temperatures start dropping with...
2020 Fashion Accessory of the Year

Different colours, different fabrics, different fit.  I do like to coordinate with what I’m wearing but more importantly I want to wear a clean mask.  That’s why I have one for each day.

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. 

What Is Sexy?

I think for me it is something . . . . . . It has a lot to do with feeling confident and feeling beautiful. All of it comes from what is inside of you.

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...
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...
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.

Pantone’s 2020 Colour of The Year

The colour is Classic Blue. “It’s a colour that anticipates what’s going to happen next,” said Laurie Pressman, the vice president of the Pantone Colour Institute, which selects the Colour of the Year.

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…

What is in your heart? Is your heart full? 💖🙏

Every day is a great day for gratitude, especially today as my American friends prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving. What is in my heart is an appreciation for all the good that is around me that fills and sustains me.

For this, I am choosing to forgo the big Black Friday sales and instead find small or local businesses to support. With new Covid restrictions, shoppers are not venturing out as much so we can recognize how difficult this is for small businesses. I know that many are doing what they can to make shopping more convenient and accessible during these trying times, including curbside pickup and free or inexpensive delivery.

I encourage you to consider doing the same. I appreciate my community so very much and especially when I consider the year past. What’s in my pocket is going to support what’s in my heart.

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#appreciatelife #appreciatewhatyouhave #somanyblessings
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#findthegood #showupforyourself #prioritizeyourself #worthiness
#midlifetransformation #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
#supportlocalbusinesses #supportsmallbusinessowners
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Staying at Home 🏠

We’ve reached another serious juncture in this pandemic. We are being encouraged to up our efforts in stopping the spread. For us this means no social gatherings outside of our immediate family, no travel and most importantly, wear a mask. 😷

Personally, I am limiting my outings again. In fact, I just discovered that @costco #notanad delivers so I was more than happy to not have to go do my monthly staples trip. Many of my local shops deliver too or at least offer a curbside pick up. I will be taking advantage of some of these services. When I do go out, I am going at off-peak times to avoid crowds. 🛒🛍

Whatever you are doing, do it with care for yourself and for others. I encourage you to wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands and don’t touch your face. 😷

Have a great week and stay safe.

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#doyourpart #wearyourmask #stopthespread #covid19awareness #keepthemaskon
#covidessentials #stayathomestaysafe #staysafestayhome #staysafeandhealthy
#stayhomestyle #wfhoutfit #casualoutfits #wfhlife
#middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
#50s #fiftyandfabulous #over50andfabulous #50plus
#fashioncanadians #canadianstyle #canadianfashion #westcoastfashion
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You absolutely have it in you! 💪🏼💪🏼

You absolutely have the strength, courage and confidence to do exactly what it is that you need or want to do. I know because I have experienced this throughout my life and this never goes away.

Part of it is just believing in yourself and trusting that you have what you need to handle what is in front of you. If you believe in yourself you will find the resources and the support that you need to prevail.

We are in that chapter of life where we will encounter many difficult life situations or events: children leaving home, caring for aging parents, relationships changing or ending, illness or deaths of loved ones, our own health challenges and changes, career changes or endings, on and on. What I know is that you can handle all of these and more.

You have a lifetime of knowledge and experience and what you don’t have, people around you will help you with. You just need to be open to receiving. It may not be easy but step by step you will survive and you will thrive. Then, when you are on the other side of this, you will be amazed by what you did and how you did it. The best part will be when you can share your story and inspire or help another.

Believe in yourself, I do. 💖✨








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#confidenceiskey #confidencefromwithin #trustyourself #trusttheuniverse #trustandbelieve
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#wordsofwisdom
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2020 fashion accessory of the year. 😷

Different colours, different fabrics, different fit. I do like to coordinate with what I’m wearing but more importantly I want to wear a clean mask. That’s why I have one for each day.

Your mask should be cleaned or replaced daily and immediately, if it is damp or soiled. To wash your mask, you can put it in the wash machine in hot water or you can wash by hand using soap and hot water, then allow it to dry thoroughly. If you have a disposable mask, make sure that you dispose of it properly (in a closed trash receptacle) and wash your hands after handling it.

The importance of wearing a clean mask is not limited to minimizing virus transmission but also to prevent dirt and oils of previous wear from coming in contact with your facial skin again.

Also, consider not wearing makeup underneath to prevent skin breakouts. I use a good moisturizer and instead of wearing lipstick or lip gloss, I simply use a lip liner rubbed gently into my lips. I write more about this, click on the link above ⬆️

We are in a very serious time of this pandemic. This virus is everywhere. I encourage you to be vigilant. Wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands and don’t touch your face. Do your part to keep yourself and others safe. 😷🙏

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A lot of discord this year.

The pandemic, race relations, hurricanes, floods, fires and politics have affected all of us profoundly.

As one can expect, you see the best and the worst in people in these situations. I completely agree with Canadian scientist and environmental activist, @davidsuzukifdn @david._.suzuki . When calamities occur and people come together for the greater good, positive changes do happen.

My wish is that instead of focusing on how different we are, we focus on our commonality. Basically, we all want to feel safe and secure, loved and happy. From this, we should be able to come together to do good. Or do better.

You and I don’t need to do grand things. Simply helping a neighbour, extending a kind gesture to a stranger and embracing our loved ones will go far to initiate change. It is this coming together in a spirit of goodwill that will move us forward in a good direction.

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#positivechange #positivechanges #cometogether #bekindtooneanother
#bekindtoothers #togetherwearestronger #togetherstronger #togetherisbetter
#reclaimthehappy #livingmindfully #hopeforthefuture #hopeandfaith
#election2020 #pandemic2020 #positiveintentions #pursuitofjoy
#midlifejourney #midlifewisdom #midlifewoman #middleoflifeinspiration
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What a week!!! 😢🥺🤦🏻‍♀️

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to put this week behind me. As if to punctuate this sentiment, I noticed this unexpected but glorious bloom on my gardenia plant in the garden.

Apart from it’s beauty and inimitable fragrance, the fact that it’s blooming in November serves to remind me that there are miracles happening all the time. Hope never leaves.

I wish you a good weekend. Take time to nourish your mind, body and spirit. Make a point of sharing some kindness and goodness with someone who needs a bit of uplifting. You’ll both feel better for it, I assure you.

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#reclaimthehappy #livingmindfully #hopeforthefuture #hopeandfaith
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#midlifejourney #midlifewisdom #midlifewoman #middleoflifeinspiration
#lifestyletastemaker
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Not Saving These Boots for a Rodeo 👢🤠

I love Cowboy Boots and have a bunch of styles and colours. Lucky for me, they are on trend this fall. 🤎

Wearing them with my @zara knit joggers and from my closet @bcbg Leopard sweater coat.

I’d also wear these with my jeans tucked inside the boots or with a sweater dress or with a tiered skirt. Hmmm . . . Maybe the brown cowboy boots next week??

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#fallfashioninspo #fallvibes #itsfallyall #autumnfeels #autumnfeeling
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#fallstyle #fallstyleinspo #autumnoutfit #autumnlove
#middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
#50s #fiftyandfabulous #over50andfabulous #50plus
#fashioncanadians #canadianstyle #canadianfashion #westcoastfashion
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Hope transcends optimism. 💖

Many of us would call ourselves optimists, right?! We’re generally positive and expect good outcomes from situations. I think it’s almost a detached feeling of wishing for the best.

Hope, I believe, is a deeper state of optimism. It takes a degree of faith to have hope. When you hope for something, it is almost like you are offering a prayer to the universe. This emotion (hope) comes from a deep place within. You can’t control the outcome so you have faith it will be what is best.

I feel hopeful about many things these days: the pandemic, the US election, race relations, climate change, the environment and my own life. I have faith that outcomes for all of these will be positive because I see energy and effort being made to affect positive change. Short term may not reflect this but I do have hope in my heart that long term outcomes will all be good.

With hope comes love, peace and joy. 💖🙏🦋

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#hopeforthefuture #hopeandfaith #hopeandhealing #behopeful #beoptimistic
#pandemic2020 #election2020
#healingvibrations #positivethought #positivemindpositivelife
#positiveintentions #positiveliving #staypositive
#lifedesign #soullessons #divinetiming #heartspace #allthingsarepossible
#askanditisgiven #mindfulliving #pursuitofjoy #happinessiskey
#midlifejourney #midlifewellness #midlifewisdom #midlifewoman
#middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
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Comfort Food is Self-Care 🥘

Well, for me it is, anyway!! Ossobuco cooked in my slow-cooker all afternoon and then complimented it with a rich creamy polenta. Dreamsville.🥘

I was inspired by a recipe from @lidiabastianich for the ossobuco and I always do my version of @inagarten ‘s polenta. I’ll link to my recipes above.

So as these days are getting cooler, and everything around us is swirling with negativity and gravity, take every opportunity you can to soothe yourself. Reach for better-feeling emotions, and do what you can to nourish yourself. 🧡

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#foodformysoul #comfortfoods #slowcookermeals #slowcooking
#homecooking #mondaydinner #barefootcontessa #lidiabastianch
#polenta #ossobuco
#positiveliving #staypositive
#selfcarematters #heartandsoul #innerpeace #healingjourney
#midlife #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
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Feels good to let go. ✨

Really good.

All of the weight released.

Where the healing continues, something has shifted inside. An immense relief to be able to say, “The End.” An intangible, unquantifiable shift has occurred.

Now I feel the promise of good things to come; the promise of not settling for; the promise of truth, honesty, loyalty; the promise of abundance in all its forms.

The good story begins.






#itsdone #movingonquotes #lettinggoquotes
#giveityourbest #noshameinfailing #personalgrowthjourney
#lifeexperiences #createthelifeyouwant #inspiredaction #createyourreality
#soulgrowth #soulwork
#meaningfulquotes #quotesilove
#positiveliving #positiveintentions #staypositive
#selfcarematters #heartandsoul #innerpeace #healingjourney
#midlife #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
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The Chunky Sweater 🍁🍂

I think I’m going to keep wearing my white jeans (or Winter White) right through the season. However, it’s the Chunky sweater that makes it work. Easy to throw on these days while afternoons are still too warm for a coat or parka. 🍁

Being a fashion lover, fall always excites me because of the colours, textures and lines. I feel like this year, fashion has taken a backseat to everything else going on. Rightfully so but I must say that fashion lifts me up. For me, it’s a form of expression. It is also an appreciation of a form of art. 💖✨

As heavy, as uncertain and as unpleasant as the world may be, I encourage you to look around you and find beauty. Find what makes you smile. Find what fills your heart. Share that. Share that with those around you and share that here.

If it’s your style, if it’s your paintings or your photos, if it’s your words, if it’s your cooking, if it’s your gardening, if it’s your fitness - whatever your gift is, share it. 💖✨

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#calledtocreate #creativeliving #seekinspirecreate #creativemindset
#falloutfits #fallstyles #autumnlove #autumnmood
#midlifejourney #midlifewellness #midlifewisdom #midlifewoman
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#fashioncanadians #canadianstyle #canadianfashion #westcoastfashion
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Such a simple act, to be grateful. 🙏

Having just celebrated Thanksgiving, it was a good time to reflect on what I am grateful for.

🙏 My health. Physically I have stayed well. Mentally and emotionally, I continue to move forward. Processing trauma and grief is quite the journey but remembering to stay in the moment with a grateful heart, truly helps.

🙏 My family. Unconditional love and loyalty. The ties that bind only stronger now. A deep reminder of who I am and what I stand for.

🙏 My friends. They have my back and when I am down, they lift me up. They have been here for us in so many ways. Friends here on this platform too. So many beautiful relationships forged by common values and interests, creativity and communication, kindness and compassion, inspiration and encouragement. Here for me in so many ways.

🙏 My home. The refuge that has been like a cocoon this year. Forced to shelter, we came to appreciate every corner, inside and out in ways we never had before. We appreciate its beauty, maintaining and improving because we had time and energy. When it was allowed, we opened the doors to welcome a few and share our comfort and joy.

🙏 There are a myriad of other things that I am grateful for. Simple things that each and every day I make note of, because my grateful heart turns challenges into opportunities to learn and to choose.

Truly, I am blessed.

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#appreciatelife #appreciatewhatyouhave #somanyblessings
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#findthegood #showupforyourself #prioritizeyourself #worthiness
#midlifetransformation #middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #midlifefun #lifestyletastemaker
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Have a Spook-tacular Week!!! 🎃

Brought out all my Halloween stuff this weekend. I’m not sure if there will be any trick-or-treaters this year but I do know that the little ones love seeing this. 🧡

Actually, I had someone come right up my driveway to snap a picture. I happened to be outside gardening and was a bit startled but realized it was okay when this person started snapping photos. She also let me know that it was reassuring to see a reminder of the fun of the season. 🤗🍁

A bit of normal in a time that is not. Covid infection numbers everywhere are rising. Let’s make sure that we are wearing our masks, washing our hands, and keeping our distance. 😷

I feel that we need to be vigilant again (still, but more) to ensure that we stay healthy and safe. Let’s also continue to be kind and support each other, however we can. 🧡

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#slowthespread #doyourpart #doingmypart #ournewnormal
#homedecoratingideas #homestylinginspos #decoratingideas
#frontdoordecor #curbappeal #falldecor
#seasonaldecor #pumpkinseason #pumpkinspiceseason
#fall🍁 #getreadyforfall #welcomefall #inspiremehomedecor
#middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
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Our sandal-wearing days are numbered! 🍂🍁

So, I had to wear these orange platforms one more time.

Funny: they actually add about 2-3 inches to my height so when I drive my vehicle, I actually have to adjust my seat to accommodate these babies.

Anyway, loving these colours. 🧡🧡

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#middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
#midlifestyle #50s #fiftyandfabulous #over50andfabulous #50plus
#fall2020 #fallcolours #fallfeels #fallmood #falldays
#falloutfits #fallstyles #autumnlove #autumnmood
#nordstrom #lechateau
#fashioncanadians #canadianstyle #canadianfashion #westcoastfashion
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Beautiful comes from the depth of your soul. 💖

That is your essence, that is who you are and that is what you need to bring out to the world.

Unapologetic, uncompromising and unwavering in all that you are. That is the woman that the world needs to see and that is the beautiful you. Beyond what is seen on the outside, it is what is inside that is captivating.

All the experiences(good and bad) and all the subsequent growth and change have brought you here. Be happy with yourself. With all your imperfections, you are perfect. You don’t need approval from anyone, other than yourself.

You are beautiful. Shine on!! 💖✨

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#thepursuitofhappiness #experiencejoy #movingon #reclaimthehappy
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#middleoflifeinspiration #midlifeinspiration #lifestyletastemaker
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