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Is Golden Girls Living Right For You?

Golden Girls

Roommates Bonnie Moore, 69, Lori James, who is in her early 50s, and Gloria Holloway, 63. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Are you wondering if sharing a house and household duties with like-minded women and men over 40 would work for you? Check out our list of qualities that make for a great housemate.

 

You’re looking to re-invent yourself. Perhaps you’re questioning the circumstances, meaning, and direction of your life and resolving to do things differently. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to surround yourself with other people seeking change? Sharing your home and life with other Golden Girls who are “reinventing” provides laughter, companionship, and financial and emotional support as we go down that crooked path called life.

 

You have an extra room where you live. That home with all of those wonderful memories can begin feeling a little haunted when you’re the only one roaming around in it. Sharing a room in your home, townhouse, or apartment with a Golden Girls housemate will give you someone to say “hello” to at the end of the day, someone to share your grandchildren stories with and someone to call when your car breaks down.

 

You enjoy home-based activities. You enjoy cooking a meal and doing some gardening and getting some exercise. Now imagine how much more fun the meal planning and dirt digging and taking a walk could be with another person. Golden Girls Network allows you to find like-minded people who can help transform the household duties into household delights.

 

You are healthy and not ready for assisted living or moving in with your children. The momentum we had as younger adults can feel like it’s stalling as we age. The end of a marriage and childrearing and a career can leave us wondering what is next. We’re here to tell you that it is not a retirement home. Golden Girls Network can help you arrange a living situation that will provide an exciting next step in your life.

 

You would like to make new friends. Perhaps that one person who received all of your unconditional love – a spouse, a child, a parent, a best friend – is no longer around. But we all deserve lives filled with laughter, joy, and companionship. Golden Girls Network can connect you with people who share your interests and value the unique qualities you bring to a friendship.

 

You can no longer afford to stay in your home by yourself. All kinds of circumstances – job loss, a divorce, an economic downturn – can make keeping that home you love difficult. By inviting a Golden Girls housemate to live with you, you can gain the confidence of financial stability while creating a welcoming environment for someone who might become a lifelong friend.

 

You are feeling a lack of community. Golden Girls Network can help you build your own “community” using the resource of your home. Find individuals interested in the same passions you have like cooking, the environment, or spirituality. Or, if you’re new to an area, you can quickly integrate into a community by becoming a member of a Golden Girls household.

 

You feel like you’ve become too focused on your job. If your job or volunteer position or hobby feels like the only activity you have to occupy your time, your Golden Girls housemates can bring new energy to your life. Inspiration from others is what keeps us from stagnating.

 

You like activity in your home. If you’re the kind of person who likes to have a friend over for dinner, host a committee meeting, or invite a crowd at Thanksgiving, then you are a perfect Golden Girls housemate. All housing situations are different, but the best ones thrive on the energy of like-minded people living and having fun together.

 

Ready to get started with your own Golden Girls home? We wrote the book on it! Get your copy of  “How to Start a Golden Girls’ Home” here and learn all the ins and outs of getting going.

10 Reasons Why Your Golden Girl Friends Make the Best Valentine’s Day Dates

Girl friends Make the Best Valentine’s Day Dates

They will enjoy a gorgeous evening out. You won’t have to spend your Valentine’s Day with someone enduring the holiday. Golden Girls jump into an evening of fun like we do our friendships – with unabashed enthusiasm. As mature women shed of the fussiness and fear of judgment of our youth, we loudly “ooh” over the food and “aah” over the wine and wax rhapsodic over a beautiful setting. No detail of a perfect evening goes unappreciated with our lady friends, and while you may not be gazing into each other’s eyes, everyone around will feel the love.

 

They will embrace Valentine’s Day fun. “Too” and “sappy” are words never used by women on Valentine’s Day. You want to ride a horse-drawn carriage? That’s an excellent idea! Make reservations at a tony restaurant? Your friends have always wanted to try it. Cook heart-shaped cookies for all the grandkids? Your friends will bring the sprinkles. Great friends are up for exploring instead of judging, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to embrace fun and feminine activities.

 

They will tell you how pretty you look. With our eyes for detail, women friends will always notice that new haircut or that flattering dress or the smoky eye shadow you’re trying out. More importantly, great friends focus on your inner glow, and their warm support and encouragement will make it glow that much brighter.

 

They’ll appreciate a pressure-free holiday. Just want to spend Valentine’s Day in your pajamas? Your Golden Girls are right there with you. Plan a pajama party with your housemates, rent some tear-jerkers or romantic comedies, ask everyone to contribute wine and chocolate, and your friends will remember it as one of the best Valentine’s Days they’ve ever spent. Enjoy one of the benefits of having close female friends: the opportunity to physically and psychologically let your hair down.

 

They will understand if you decide to skip Valentine’s Day this year. Can’t stand the “V” word to be uttered? Your Golden Girls friends will button their lips with understanding. You can ignore the holiday entirely or celebrate an anti-Valentine’s Day – raise a glass to the end of those bad relationships and toast the freedom you have now to pursue your own interests, education and hobbies.

 

They will give you lots of hugs and sympathy if it’s a rough holiday. If this is your first Valentine’s Day as a widow or someone unable to spend the day with your love, your friends will listen. They will understand. They will provide tissues and wine and, the most valuable thing, a sympathy that doesn’t judge or try to fix you. Your Golden Girls housemates will be the warm blanket surrounding you and the thick mattress that holds you up and comforts you to face another day.

 

They’re up for sharing the Valentine’s Day goodies. Want to indulge in the onion soup, filet mignon, lava cake and a box of chocolates? Trust me, so do your girlfriends. But we women love “just a taste.” With your housemates, you can split the indulgent meal and share the chocolatey treats so you’re not left regretting your food choices until St. Patrick’s Day.

 

They’ll happily listen to stories of Valentine’s Days past. Pull out all of your love stories – the highs, the horrors, the box of homemade cards from your kids – and share them with your Golden Girls. Your friends love hearing all those stories that help to create the incredible housemate they have the good fortune to live with. Their happiness will help keep those wonderful memories close, and their laughter will help you smile at that Valentine’s Day when you received a George Foreman grill.

 

They’ll eavesdrop with you. On a regular evening out, it’s sometimes difficult not to spy on that adorable couple so obviously in love or that uncomfortable couple simmering for a fight. So what better time is there to indulge in your eavesdropping tendencies than on Valentine’s Day? Give yourselves a green light to keep an eye on all the loving couples and make a game of it: whoever spots the first date, cutest couple, most awkward couple and couple destined for happiness gets a chocolate.

 

They give the very best gifts. Empowerment. Lack of judgment. Zany fun. Companionship. Trust. Sympathy. Love. No box of chocolates or a dozen roses could ever compete with the wonderful gifts you receive from your Golden Girls friends.