Okay ladies, if you’re in midlife (officially 40 – 180) it’s a good idea to gather a tribe of others your age around you who will raise you up when you’re feeling down, inspire and encourage you, make you laugh hilariously, let you cry on their shoulders and give you the courage to make it through even the toughest of obstacles. I was honored to meet a whole slew of midlife bloggers like myself for a weekend conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Let’s face it, we usually outlive our men. I did, at least. It’s sad but true. My husband left the planet when he was 49. A good set of midlife+ girlfriends will help you carry on no matter what crap happens and they’re fun to be around if you find the right tribe.
In Okinawa, where many women live well into their 90’s and beyond, women get together with friends they’ve known all their lives to socialize, commiserate or just hang out. It’s one of the things that keeps them alive so long. That and lots of seaweed.
Navigating our vast hotel under a dome
We stayed at the enormous Gaylord Opryland Resort which is almost like staying at Disneyland. I stayed at the hotel once before for another conference. It’s an amazing maze of buildings, restaurants, stores, and a riverwalk all under a huge glass dome and it’s easy to get lost. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like because it’s always the same temperature. The only problem with being inside a dome is that the air circulation system tends to dry out your skin, so bring plenty of moisturizers.
Meeting my tribe of midlife women over 40
All of the women I met at the conference were fabulous and accomplished. Many were published authors as well as bloggers. Even though we only spent the weekend there I knew they would become my compadres online for life. (And so far, that’s been true) Many thanks to the organizers: Anne Paris – Midlife Boulevard, Beth Rosen, and Teresa Kindred.
Normally, when I attend blogger conferences, I’m the oldest person there. At this one, I was thrilled to be amongst a bevy of interesting and accomplished women all over 40. They’ve all had vast life experiences and have gone through multiple re-inventions.
It was way too short of a visit but after the conference ended we had a little time to explore. One of my new found friends, Dee Morales, and I took a taxi to downtown Nashville to look around before our planes took off that afternoon. Nashville was in the midst of a snowstorm the day I arrived but the next day it was fairly warm.
We had brunch at The Rock Bottom Brewery and we both decided to try shrimp and grits. I’d never had grits before and despite what I’ve heard about them, they were scrumptious with the shrimp sauce on top. Apparently, creamed grits are the best and that’s what they served.
We strolled Main Street to see some of the sights and I took a bunch of pictures. You can’t say Nashville isn’t colorful. There were all sorts of fun characters hawking their wares and businesses.
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Just before we left we grabbed a cab and were fortunate enlist an enthusiastic driver who took us to Two Rivers Mansion and let us get out to take some snaps. It was built in 1859 (before the Civil War) and is a prime example of antebellum architecture.
If you’re heading to Nashville and want an awesome taxi driver, call this guy.
Steve Parker – 615-578-3991
He’s incredible. I wish we’d found him before we hit downtown. Next time I’m staying longer.
Have you found your midlife girlfriends tribe yet? Who are they and what do you do together? Like-minded women together are unstoppable.