Grab your big ass glass of wine or steaming mug of tea and curl up to binge my very best articles on living a fulfilling life; letting your 80-yo future self be your guide!

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I certainly had this fear when at 45, with most likely over half my life behind me, I had decades under my belt feeling resentful, unfulfilled, bored, and on top of it all – ungrateful because my life was actually pretty fucking great (from the outside). Can we say “miserable cow” lol? I remember very […]

Are You Worried About Becoming a Grumpy Old Woman - Coaching with Jen Vertanen

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One of the tools I use often in both my coaching and my day job (software development project manager) is the concept of reverse engineering. The technical definition is the reproduction of another manufacturer’s product following detailed examination of its construction or composition but I like to think of it as deconstructing what you want […]

A daring older woman jumping into water with the words Start With the End in Mind to Become Your Future Self with Jen Vertanen

If you have the time, space, and resources in your life, here are some ways you can start showing up for yourself and having your own back. Simple, not easy I said simple – not easy. But practice these (i.e. don’t set yourself up for failure thinking you’re going to knock this out of the […]

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My 80-year-old self. My north star. My wisest mentor.  I’ve worked hard to create a loving and productive relationship with her. She never leads me astray. She’s never unkind to me. She always guides me in the right direction. She is warm and loving and hilarious and feisty and loves to dance and sing and […]

A pair of older woman's hands clasped - she's wearing a green gingham dress with the words the wisdom of your future self

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Hello, dear fellow strong, independent, ambitious woman who mostly has her shit together…at least from everyone else’s perspective! I see you working so hard to keep it all together and be the best wife, mom, friend, sister, daughter, leader, auntie, employee, etc. that you possibly can. And I want to acknowledge it’s…a lot. (I know…) […]

A woman writing in a journal with the words a love letter to you

What do you truly & deeply value and why is it so ding-dang important to know?!? Think of values as your north star…your compass…your guide to decision-making and course-correcting. The ultimate in knowing yourself inside and out. That which brings joy, meaning, and fulfillment to your life. Pretty fucking important, amiright? That’s cool and all […]

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What advice does your 80-yo future self have for you?

Learn how to create a loving relationship with her because she is NOT messing around when it comes to her fulfillment + contentment. She holds the answers to questions like "Is this all there is?", "Is it ok to want more?", and "What's it all for?".

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