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I’m Hélène Stelian, the Midlife Mentor with a passion for facilitating personal development in women 40+. Through my THRIVE Courses, I help introspective, curious, action-oriented women 40+ deepen their journeys of self-discovery and growth—and create their next chapter with courage and intention.

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My Favorite TV Shows

My Favorite TV Shows

If you know me, you know I love TV. There's nothing I like better than cozying up on the couch after a long day of work or play and sinking into a great show. I really do believe we are going...

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Don’t Mind Me…

Don’t Mind Me…

In my last blog, I mentioned that I'd joined a pickleball Meetup in Chicago. Here's what I didn't mention: I had a bad fall. Now I'll admit I'm a bit klutzy but the court has been painted on cracked...

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The 2 Words I’m Learning to Say Less

The 2 Words I’m Learning to Say Less

Continuing on my journey to challenge myself and try new things, I recently joined a pickleball Meetup here in Chicago. (Haven't heard of pickleball yet? You will! It's kind of a cross between ping...

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13 Ways I Challenged Myself

13 Ways I Challenged Myself

I preach the importance of getting out of our comfort zones, of challenging ourselves, at any age. But let's face it, as we hit midlife and beyond, it's tempting to stick to our familiar routines,...

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This idea blew my mind!

This idea blew my mind!

I subscribe to many email newsletters. They have to do with current affairs, history, women, midlife, psychology, community, entrepreneurship, life hacks, and other sources of learning and personal...

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Marriage Is F—ing Hard!

Marriage Is F—ing Hard!

Here's my experience, and that of most of the women I talk to: Marriage is F—ING HARD. I have had this conversation with many of my girlfriends as well as members of my THRIVE membership for women...

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I was afraid to show up alone

I was afraid to show up alone

We are spending the winter in a wonderful community in Sarasota, Florida, with 120 homes and an active homeowners' association. Last Thursday, there was a bluegrass band on the beach complete with a...

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The two principles my Uber driver lives by

The two principles my Uber driver lives by

I am writing this as I travel to Los Angeles to visit my daughter. The short ride to the Sarasota airport flew by thanks to an enjoyable conversation with my Uber driver, Nixon, a 50-something man...

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I Was a Bystander, and I Am Sorry

I Was a Bystander, and I Am Sorry

During a Zoom meeting with the leaders of an all-volunteer women's nonprofit, I witnessed one woman (we'll call her Karen) lash out against another woman (our leader no less, let's name her Susan),...

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