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7 Natural Ways to Make Friends as an Adult Over Fifty

It's National Make a Friend Day, Y'all! That's right. There's actually a whole day of the year, completely dedicated to the task, the joy, the vulnerability and the adventure of making a friend.. It sounds easy, and really, it was a pretty simple thing to do when we were in kindergarten. However, now that we're adults, making friends can feel a little intimidating. If that's how you're leaning, don't worry. Here are 7 natural ways to make friends as an adult. No overthinking necessary. Friends from Home My first friend was my

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5 Easy Ways to Add More Adventure to Your Life

If someone asked you to pick a number between 1 and 10 that denotes how much adventure you're experiencing these days, what would it be? That's an interesting question, isn't it? Some of you might be squirming a little right about now, because no one wants to be seen as altogether un-adventuresome, but on the other hand, you like being homebodies and don't want to judged in your jammies! Others of us are constantly on the move or planning the next adventure. What is an adventure anyway? Should it be something like climbing a

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#1 – Moved to Dallas, The Home of Sue Ellen Ewing (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

Finding people in the workplace who dressed up on Halloween was once pretty hard to do. Now, it's the norm. Our entire law firm did it when I worked in Amarillo. One person decided on the theme and divvied up the parts. After that, it was our job to follow orders and show up in a good costume on October 31. One year I got to be The Queen from Alice in Wonderland, which I loved. "Off with your head!" I practiced on the kids. The next year, they assigned me the part of the old aunt from Wizard of Oz, which I did not love

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#2 – I Read the Whole Bible (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

Consistently ranking high on the list of New Year’s Resolutions for many people is one thing that not all that many of us ever actually complete. Read the Bible Through Ever since I was a little one in Sunday School and sang the familiar song, I've loved the Bible. The B-i-b-l-e, yes, that's the book for me. Thanks to those terrific teachers, we in the childrens’ ministry of the Baptist church learned our way around this magnificent book very early in our lives. I can rattle off all 66 books of the Bible like nobody’s

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#3 – A Big Reveal Times Two (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

For me, the last year was marked and defined all the way through with firsts of so many kinds of experiences. One First Topped the Others We tried new restaurants and enjoyed scenic spots we’d never seen before, but one of the year’s firsts topped all of those by a Texas country mile. It was The Big Reveal, a party for our friends Shaneen and David, who were about to become parents for the very first time. Why Didn’t We Think of That These reveal parties all over social media are such a great idea. After all, everyone

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#4 – Study Buddies Got ‘er Done (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

This year goes down in the annals of family history as the one in which our middle reached her biggest educational goal. When it was all said and finally done, her sweet hubby threw the most amazing party, and we were a family bursting with pride. Especially me. My daughter and I had been study buddies for 10 whole years. She Was One of Those Who Knew When the highlights of her elementary school summers involved bandaging a little brother's cuts and scrapes, the family thought we might have a budding medical

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#5 – Water, Water, Everywhere (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

On Monday morning, October 22, 2018, our Houston-based daughter called to make sure we knew not to drink the water. Yeet! she said. The Pots Were On the Stove All of our cooking pots are on the stove, full of almost-boiling water, I assured her. We're fine. Ain't no thang but a chicken wang. We be good. Don't worry, be happy. All's well. It's all good in the neighborhood. Or so we thought. We Were Boiling Our Water Unprecedented flooding in the Texas hill country had precipitated a water-boil mandate from the City of

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#6 – Culinary Firsts (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

Everyday Intentional Adventure One of the easiest ways to add adventure to your life is to find or create new culinary experiences. Here at Texas Over Fifty, you'll find plenty of encouragement to do just that. Culinary Experiences Can Be Big Texas Adventures For those of us who live in Texas cities, the chance to try something new in the foodie world is probably never further than up the street or down the block. Austin's restaurant culture has become world-famous, and Fredericksburg is in the top 10% of restaurant sales at

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#7 – Birthday on a Boat (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

When we moved to Austin from the Panhandle, we envisioned a lot of change, expected a little weirdness, and then we embraced the challenge of setting off from the familiar to the unknown. Armed with recommendations from the Pinterest boards of Austin's food and travel bloggers, we set out to enjoy restaurants like Clark's Oyster Bar and scenery at spots like Krause Springs. Against the backdrop of what we saw in those pictures online, we could easily insert mental images of our own selves, living our dreamy best life in the

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#8 – Mornings by the Pool in Austin (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

One of my favorite authors is Jan Karon. She wrote the most wonderful bestselling set of stories called The Mitford Series, in which the central character marries a lovely, petite woman with a glorious exuberance for life. If Cynthia thinks she likes something, what she says is that she loves it. The whole series is a joy to read, but I especially loved those bits of dialog when Cynthia blurted out her love for first one thing and then the next. It kind of bugs her husband who reserves love for things more important than

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Hi, there! I'm glad you're here! My name is Brenda McDearmon, and this website is filled with my own personal brand of encouragement for you, from me. Welcome!