Hello and welcome to Splendor in the Sticks, a site devoted to “women of a certain age” who yearn to find balance in their overly-busy lives. We once knew how to play and take care of ourselves, but as we grew up, we took on more and more responsibilities in eleventy-hundred areas and we sort of . . . forgot.
It’s high time we remembered what amazing, incredible, and downright magnificent creatures we are!
You can use the buttons above Marilyn to navigate around the site, but here’s the lowdown.
The idea for Splendor in the Sticks has been brewing for quite a while. For ten years (an astronomically long time in internet years!), I kept a blog called Mockingbird’s Nest. Over the years, it developed a lifestyle focus, especially as I got older and began to grapple with the challenges that come with transitioning from the final blush of youth to middle age. I’ve really enjoyed keeping the Nest, but it was time to move beyond the confines of that platform.
Splendor is designed to take the best of what I’ve learned and put it out there for others to use and explore. I recommend books and movies that I found especially useful (Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame was a revelation!) and I also have a series of weekly “Diva Drills” with simple exercises that are designed to help women who, like me, found themselves at their wits’ end, wondering why we felt so gray-and-drudgy all the time. As part of this journey through my life’s “second act,” I took up painting – you can buy those over on the “River of Cream” tab, but don’t worry – you can visit without any obligation to buy anything!
I truly believe that we are meant to “scatter joy” (thanks, Emerson!) throughout our lives. I also subscribe to the idea that we will get more work done, of a higher quality, and with less fuss, if we go about our days feeling joy. We are incredible, magnificent creatures and we have too much work to do in the world to forget that.
If you’re still undecided about committing to taking care of yourself so you can take care of others, I suggest you click here – it’s a post from the “Diva Dispatch” blog section and has helped other just-a-touch-hesitant Divas-in-Training realize that yes, you are worth self-care! Once you’ve made that decision, you’re ready to start exploring the rest of Splendor!
Be sure to explore the “Resources” tab – that’s your one stop Diva Media Center where you’ll find suggestions of books and movies that celebrate strong women taking care of themselves, along with a “Home Luxuries” section designed to help you transform your home into a soothing nest of comfort, calm, and respite – at least for a few minutes every day.
The “Resources” tab is also home to the “Diva Drills” section, which I’m especially proud of creating. These drills are designed to teach you the fundamentals of how to put yourself on your “to do” list by providing you with four weeks of directed self-care lessons – at absolutely no cost to you! Think of them as “Happiness Homework.”
So please – enter! Feel free to leave comments – Splendor loves hearing from Divas-in-Training! Follow us – there’s a link on the home page. Splendor also has a presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram – just click on the buttons at the bottom of the page to be added to those platforms!
Come on in – and brace yourself for success!