Stigmulate ~ Monday’s Midlife Made-Up Word

If you’re a regular reader here or on my Instagram page, you know I like to make up words. “Trumpectomy” and “Back-to-normaling,” for example. Every Monday I’ll feature a new word here for open minds. Any suggestions? Would love those, too.


Today’s made-up word is stigmulate (v): to activate guilt — feeling bad about something you did — or shame — feeling bad about yourself.

Derived from stimulate (to activate, arouse, or awaken) + stigma (a mark of guilt or disgrace).


Saying no to stigmulation.

All images are my own.

The Hot Goddess

Instagram: retired_rewired_inspired

If you enjoyed this please remember to Share, Like, Follow, Subscribe. (This is my “call to action” I’m supposed to include in every post. Thanks so much for your support!)❤

Copyright ©️ 2021-2022 All rights reserved.


  1. Ugh this word hits too close to home!

    Also pffftttt to whoever reacts negatively! You’re living your dream! They are probably just projecting their fears/jealousy of not living theirs. Also they really should be seeing this as a great excuse to travel to Portugal/I mean visit you 😉

    Liked by 2 people

    • Thank you so much for this! 💜💜 I have fallen prey to stigmulation most of my life, so it feels good to stand up to it now at 62. I think we should create a Stigmulation Slayer sash for Badasses 💥😂🦸🏽‍♀️


  2. Not sure how anyone can criticize us for the choices we make. Part of life’s beauty is exploring and challenging ourselves with rich new experiences.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. I get it … family never likes change that is in our best interest. I am hopeful that your friends and family will eventually get on board and be a tremendous support in your journey. You are awesome and I know that will want to maintain that relationship and perhaps be “stretched” to grow themselves. Also, you are amazing and this journey is leading you to your best life. Go For It!!! Best Wishes! Leigh

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s