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Nicolette Beard
Digital Marketer. Passionate Writer.
Interests: marketing, psychology, cooking, reading, hiking
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What is the single insight that most changed your life? This question was posted on Quora, the popular Q&A forum, where anyone can post and answer any question. This one question resonated with dozens of people. But one person, Marshall Karp, tapped the midlife Zeitgeist in a way others had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at man-o-pause
Read this inspiring poem composed by the Los Angeles-based non-profit, GetLit, dedicated to increasing literacy, empowering youth and inspiring communities through poetry. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at man-o-pause
Can't add much more than that! Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at man-o-pause
I found this cartoon strip on a personal website called The Oatmeal. If you're looking for mild amusement, check out Dogs as Men, Part I & II. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at man-o-pause
I recently subscribed to Maria Shriver's newsletter, Sunday Paper. (You can subscribe here .) In one fell swoop, she coalesced for me what I and apparently many others have been experiencing — the sense that we're living in a parallel universe. We seem to be living in a world of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at man-o-pause
Every time I find myself feeling miserable, I look to see how I'm arguing with reality. As soon as I acknowledge the reality of the situation, I ask myself the only question that brings me back to reality...Is it true? Living in reality is the kindest thing we can do for ourselves. Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 25, 2017 at man-o-pause
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Oct 31, 2016
The term "mansplaining" received the high honor of being nominated as one of the “most creative” new words at the American Dialect Society 2012 Word of the Year vote. In addition to being creative, this term, particularly the -splaining part, has proven to be incredibly robust and useful as a... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 11, 2013 at man-o-pause
People searching the term“quarterlife crisis” started finding this blog. While not quantified in medical journals, enough 20-somethings experience something akin to a midlife crisis for the term to have gained traction. Now comes the movie, Frances Ha, which is, as one film critic described it, “a refreshingly contemporary film, exploring... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at man-o-pause
I began updating blog posts and checking for broken links as part of my effort to reengage myself with I just added photos to a series of posts I wrote in 2005 on Masculine Virtues, so imagine my surprise when today I read that 60 Minutes, the popular news... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2013 at man-o-pause
Part III - Expression Men are exuberant. Men are free spirited and playful. Men are charismatic. Men like to celebrate. Men are spiritual. Men have deep feelings. Men are open and expressive. Men communicate directly. Men are witty. Men move people with their words. Men are passionate. Men enjoy sex.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2013 at man-o-pause
A survey came across my desk that had me wondering, "Is there a Men's Movement today? And if so, what shape has it taken?" David Thorpe provides some categories to ponder. Here are his definitions. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2013 at man-o-pause
In honor of Father's Day, I'm reposting one of my favorite posts from 2007. I believe that fatherhood requires more than contributing DNA. To all the unsung heroes out there, this one's for you. Newly hatched sea turtles possess instinctual survival behaviors that cause them to pop up through the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2013 at man-o-pause
In honor of our 23rd wedding anniversary, I'm republishing a post I wrote six years ago. I still get goosebumps when I reread it. I hope my experience inspires you to rekindle your relationship, whether newlywed or in a long-term committed relationship. If you do, I'd love to hear your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at man-o-pause
Whether you’re single and sixteen or single and sixty, hooking up or dating can provoke a certain amount of anxiety. Of course, depending on how long you’ve been single may determine whether you experience the tingling excitement of a potential new partner or a full blown panic attack accompanied by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at man-o-pause
A lot has changed online since I launched this blog in 2005. Blogging was perceived as a narcissistic pursuit and today every college graduate blogs to gain a leg up in the job search. Smart move. In this era of interconnectedness, your reputation truly does precede you, so you better... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at man-o-pause
Consistent with the U-shape in human well-being, researchers discovered evidence for a midlife crisis in apes. Here is the abstract from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Recently, economists and behavioral scientists have studied the pattern of human well-being over the lifespan. In dozens of countries, and for... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 8, 2013 at man-o-pause
More than one author/researcher questions whether a “midlife crisis” exists. I wrote about it a year ago here. Psychology Today outlined the Top 10 Myths about the midlife crisis, citing a number of books and studies corroborating that a midlife transition represents only one of several guideposts we experience in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2013 at man-o-pause
It's amazing the new blogs I'm finding now that I've put my mind to it. Here's Rodney in Hawaii reminiscing about life. Calling his blog Midlife Crisis Hawaii seems like an oxymoron. You live in Hawaii!! That's like me saying living on the Paradise Coast (Naples, Fla.) is hell. We've... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2013 at man-o-pause
The Good Men Project is a well-written, thought provoking digital magazine which challenges the cultural norms of what a "real man" should be. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at man-o-pause
On the Everyman blog, David suggests this new year to resolve simply to make a personal effort for your own good and the good of “the status of men.” Here are my two favorite suggestions he offers. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2013 at man-o-pause
The Huffington Post published their Top Midlife posts for 2012, all but one of which was written by a man, Jed Diamond, who wrote the book on Irritable Male Syndrome , literally. While I may expand this blog to focus more on the transformational aspects of midlife for both men... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at man-o-pause
I haven’t been doing much original blogging, relying mainly on “reblogging” type posts. After 7 ½ years of blogging, I guess you could say I feel the itch to change things up, but every time I attempt to change the look and feel of this blog, I circle back around... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at man-o-pause
Losing a job at any age can be a trying period. This is especially true during midlife, when you likely have many financial obligations to meet. It can also be very difficult to leave a job that you held for a number of years. You have not only developed a... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2012 at man-o-pause
More and more men entering middle age are finding themselves looking for a new job, either voluntarily or involuntarily, and it’s scaring the hell out of them. Here's advice that can help. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at man-o-pause