This Is 30 (Years of Marriage)

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Married Couple of 30 years by d by denise

Last week, I celebrated 30. Not turning 30 years of age, but celebrating 30 years of marriage with my husband, partner, champion, supporter, and best friend Michael. It happened slowly and yet so fast, all at once.  I’d be lying to say marriage is easy, but in reflecting on 30 years married to my high school sweetheart and having reached … Read More

Feedback: Are You On The Same Side of the Table?

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feedback - giving and receiving - d by denise

Have you ever experienced a derailed feedback attempt, where you felt personally attacked and had to shield yourself in “armor” to fight back tears (or, did you just do that too)? Done well, feedback is expressed as a function of respect and is not supposed to cause shame, but instead raise an opportunity to engage in productive, balanced conversation and … Read More

Behind Curtain Number 6: Realizing Our Best Asset

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Benefits of meditation-woman meditating

A couple weeks ago, I celebrated turning 52. In the days leading up to my birthday, my General Physician referred me to a Gastroenterologist for a routine colonoscopy. He called it an “early birthday gift” that was well-deserved, now that I am “in my fifties”. This present did not come wrapped in a pretty box with ribbon, but instead a package … Read More

The Modern, Young Professional Woman: Are We Adding Pressure?

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The young modern professional woman - mentorship

To state the obvious, today’s young, modern professional woman has it different than we did. There is greater speed and pressure in her world than when we were her age, and more specifically, she: grew up in a digital world with the entrance of social media, instant feedback, and information,  has witnessed significant fear in the world, due to rising violence … Read More

The Ultimatum I was Forced to Face: Career or Family?

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Family - d by denise

A number of years have passed, but I remember the details as though it were yesterday… Late January 1999, I was working into the early evening prepping year-end statements as a Corporate Controller. At this point in time, I’d been with the company for eleven years and was working for a relatively new General Manager (compared to other tenured members of … Read More

Shades of 50s Gray

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Unlike my husband who was full salt and pepper by his late 30s (he claims it was because of me!), I luckily inherited my mother’s genes and didn’t see the introduction of gray until this past year. Now, as pieces of silver begin to peek out, I am giving more thought to this change. I have a couple of girlfriends, … Read More

Old Prints, New Appreciation, Same Middle-Aged Grace

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Spring Office Style - Modern Woman

At one point in time, I used to relate floral prints as something “my mom and her friends would wear”!  Now, whether the visual of budding trees or spring flowers beginning to peek out from the ground, I’ve become obsessed with floral prints in my spring wardrobe! I newly appreciate bold 60s prints in modern silk and breezy cuts. And I … Read More

One Powerful, Middle-Aged Trip Around The Sun… And Here’s What You Told Me, Sisters

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Happy Anniversary - bubbly

This week marks the one year anniversary of D by denise! It’s been an exciting year celebrating all that is the modern middle-aged woman, from lifestyle to fashion. When I originally wrote My “Why”, I wanted to acknowledge being “middle-aged”, but I also wanted to acknowledge our sense of confidence, fitness, and feeling sexy in this stage. It is none the less … Read More