"The path to our destination
is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong
road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn't
matter which road we embark on. Maybe what
matters is that we embark." ---Barbara
In the course of a day, I correspond with many women from our generation. While some are thrilled with midlife and all it offers, others are down in the dumps, feeling stuck and considering how to make a change. The above quote reminded me that sometimes, all we need to do is make one little change to set life in a new direction. I encourage all of us to be brave and consider doing just one new thing that may begin a new path for us. Embark!
Reading the articles this month was amazing because almost every single one of them shares insight on the embarking process. Whether it has to do with health, caring for our aging parents or assessing midlife, they are all call to action articles. Prill Boyle offers Part II of Moving Forward, while others used terms such as: conscious living, balancing your dreams, clinging to comfort zones and mapping out our caregiving activities. I invite you to browse and take action.
Looks like boomer women will be taking in the Vegas sites the weekend of April 11-13, 2008. The The Forum Community has been hounding me for an opportunity to meet face to face. Many of us have met as we've traveled the US and Europe, but it's time for us to gather for a Girl's Weekend Get-Away, nothing but fun. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in joining us.
Onward with grace,
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Carol Sorgen, www.carolsorgen.com
Carol knew from the time she could hold a pencil that she was going to be a writer. "My favorite toy was a typewriter," she says. (In fact, she now has a collection of antique toy typewriters that remind her of her youthful passion!)
From serving as editor of her school papers to earning her M.A, in Journalism to a 30-plus-year career in journalism, Carol continues to "work with words." After freelancing on the side for a number of years in "real world" editorial/PR positions, Carol decided to become a full-time independent writer almost 20 years ago. She covers a broad range of topics--from healthcare to the arts, travel, architecture and design, business, education, and more. Her articles appear in such publications as The Washington Post, WebMD, La Vie Claire, Maryland Life, Chesapeake Home, Today's Diet & Nutrition...to name just a few. She is also an enthusiastic globetrotter, and serves as executive editor of the travel web 'zine, JustSayGo.com (www.justsaygo.com), and is the co-author of The Travel Writers' Guide to Their Favorite On-Line Travel Sites. You can read more about Carol at www.carolsorgen.com.
The National Association of Baby Boomer Women, and www.boomerwomenspeak.com are excited to announce Jane Howard as the winner of the ...
NEW WRITING CONTEST!
I recently attended Rain: The Beatle's Experience. If this show comes to your town, see it! The walk down memory lane was exhilarating. Being amidst all the hair dye, highlights, gray hair, and balding men tickled and energized me. Stiff, conservative men in their button down, oxford shirts were belting out lyrics and chair dancing like I've never seen before. This was my generation at midlife acting just like we did as teens. I was feeling more groovy than I had in years.
Flashbacks to the Ed Sullivan show, men walking on the moon, Prell commercials, the white album, flower power, peace signs and so much more rushed through my mind. For two hours, I was stuck in the 60s. It was a trip.
So I got to thinking... how about a contest that takes us back to the good old days of dancing and screaming at concerts...
Here's the contest. You have 500 words to tell us your favorite concert memory. Lay it on us. Knock yourself out. Take us back. Who were you with, what were you wearing, and what music were you jammin' to?
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Deadline - April 15th
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NABBW MARCH 2008 TELESEMINARS - Midlife Entrepreneurs: Launching Boomer Businesses
If you are unable to listen in on any of the seminars, or if you prefer to hear them at your leisure, visit the NABBW and sign in on the Member ONLY page which provides links to all our teleseminars. As a bonus, you can now choose the audio file or download the PDF (document) version and read the entire teleseminar. These are great to listen to while you are working or playing online. Just another benefit of NABBW!
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Reviewed by Melinda Cianos
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After the suicide of her son, Ryan, author J. Deelstra wrestles with pain and searches for meaning. During the time that follows the tragic event she begins searching for deliverance from her grief and sturggles to understand. Blessings in the Mire offers Deelstra's healing reflections as she employs what some may consider unconventional approaches to dealing with her loss: she calls on the synchronicty of the universe, the presence of angels and astrological teachings. Her philosophies are thought provoking yet calming and peaceful. She offers expressive words and poetic imagery as she describes the myriad of emotions she experiences and creates a marbled effect: beauty lying beside devastation, chaos intertwined with order, peace laced with upheaval.
This intimate revealing of emotion may "not be for everyone," as stated on the back cover of the book. The author's candid assessment of life, of the people who support her and the events that unfold around her will either seem refreshing and cathartic or slightly hard to grasp, and this will depend upon the reader's perspective---as is usually the case when reviewing artisitic creations. J. Deelstra may introduce the reader to some unfamilar concepts but the outcome may be the spurring of exploration into the many varied resources available to bring rest to the heart and soul during times of turmoil.
James O Armstrong
Reviewed by Melinda Cianos
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Eleven men and eight women over the age of fifty share their stories of triumph and success. Whether it's embarking on a new career, restructuring family life or planning for retirement they are living proof that the second half of life can be a rewarding adventure. James Armstrong is the founder and president of James Armstrong and Associates, Inc., an international media representative firm. He has spent over thirty years as a marketing consultant and is also a minister at the Fresh Harvest church in Woodstock, Illinois.
In Now What? Armstrong presents the reader with knowledge of the changing job market, employment trends, career opportunties and then offers examples of what men and women all over the country are doing to reinvent themselves as they head into midlife. Concise and purposeful chapters provide accounts of the skillful navigation around life's obstacles to find a niche: Lyn Carlson, a registered nurse who decided to become a flight instruction school owner; Linda Krinop who took the plunge right before her 50th birthday and became a B&B Proprietor; John Wehling, a retired teacher, turned gentleman farmer. Their experiences offer a hint as to what can be ours if we are willing to embrace change and remain flexible.
Personal accounts are always inspiring, as they are in this compilation. The extra peace of mind that Armstrong seeks to hand us with his knowledge of job markets and trends comforts the reader who may be facing issues in this arena, and is a worthwhile addition to your library.
A Healthier You!
By Pat McGill
Reviewed by Melinda Cianos,
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A Healthier You! has been comprised of enlightening interviews with people like Dr. Deepak Chopra, "one of the world's greatest leader in the field on mind body medicine," and Billy Blanks, the creator of Tae Bo; their instruction for tapping into the inner strengths that enable wellness from the inside-out is priceless. The energy that pours from the pages of A Healthier You! is infectious. Addressing issues from low self-esteem to lower back pain; from the use of humor as the ultimate medication to tuning into your "sixth sense"---it's all here, and regardless of your station in life, your profession or your age the information serves as useful ideas to becoming a better and more fulfilled you. Contributions from professionals who have utilized the outlined skills to do things like quit smoking or combat weight issues are concise, easy to read and easily applied.
I am a huge fan of Deepak Chopra; anything he says catches my attention and moves me, so I was all too happy to read his light yet thought-provoking interview. Another feature I found especially empowering was the contribution from Dr. Helene Leonetti on learning to love ourselves. Each chapter written is authored by some of the nation's most impressive wellness and fitness experts and ends with their short biography along with ways in which to contact them. A Healthier You! is wonderful "food for thought" and practical advice that serves just about anyone on their quest to experience a healthy, vibrant life.
Organizing Yourself For The "Eldercare Stage"
By Barbara E. Friesner
It's virtually impossible to accurately predict the extent or length of the commitment to eldercare but for many caregivers, it's a lot longer than they ever imagined. In fact, in last month's column, I mentioned an interview with Roberta Satow for my Expert Interview Series (Interview ), in which she talks about caregiving as "a stage of life". She explains that, unlike our parents who provided care for their parents for an average of 1-5 years, our own parents are living a lot longer now.
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Moving Forward: Part II
By Prill Boyle
To be successful in any endeavor, you have to stick with it. And that's a lot easier to accomplish when you're doing what you enjoy. Passion is the purest fuel around. But even when you're doing what you love, it's easy to lose steam. Whether you're an aspiring novelist like me, an established businesswoman, or an astronaut, it takes an enormous commitment of time and energy to keep a dream moving forward. So if you're in danger of stalling, here are a few things to try:
Divide your goal into smaller steps.
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Calling all singles - Ten places where you can meet that someone special
By Mary Ann Cooper for GRAND Magazine
You might feel as if you don't know where to start looking-if you're a single grand-to find someone to share all that life has to offer you in these wonderful years of exploration and new adventures. You've done the bar scene and been "hooked up" by friends, but isn't there a better way? Yes, in fact, there are 10 different ways to meet the new special person in your life.
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Are you sneezing and wheezing?
By Robin Miller, M.D.
Spring is filled with flowers, green grass, and for some . . . sneezing, wheezing and runny eyes and noses! The most likely cause of spring allergies is tree pollen. However, mold and animal dander can also be contributing.
How can you know for sure? Get allergy tested. If your doctor can pinpoint the cause of your symptoms, the therapy can be tailored to what you need.
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Accomplishing Your Dreams Requires Balance
By Sheri McConnell
Achieving balance in our lives is accomplished by saying no when we need to and learning to set priorities. And we cannot achieve balance without understanding what our particular needs are. Balance is different for everyone. It means that you have identified your priorities and have not overextended yourself. Balance means you are aware of the dangers of burnout. Balance means that when asked the question, "Are you happy?" you can answer yes.
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Good Times for Empty Nesters
By Natalie Caine
I have received emails from parents saying, "I can't believe it. I am having fun in my empty nest." Sure their face brightens when the children call or come to visit. A father said to a friend when they were waiting in line for the movies, "Watch her face (referring to the mother in line) when I ask about how her daughter is doing. The mother instantly grins, eyes twinkle and she gets very talkative."
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Walk a Mile in My Shoes
By Georgia Richardson, Queen Jaw Jaw
It finally happened, folks. I got the midlife wake-up call from my body. I figured that once the elastic broke and the duct tape gave way, it was time. Every day, here I go; walk, walk, walk; three miles. Why me? I've wondered. I have four tiny sisters and although I've signed them all up for the Chocolate of the Month Club, the ingrates haven't gained an ounce. Life is just not fair sometimes.
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Jumpstart your Metabolism with Interval Training
By Mary Pearsall
I have heard it again and again - "I am exercising every day for an hour and I am just not getting the weight off like I was before. What is the problem?" Well, it could be a variety of things, but invariably I find that most people are doing the same kind of exercise every day with out varying any of the components - intensity, duration or mode.
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How Ill-Mannered Are You?
By Janice Taylor
After I did a bit of research on etiquette, I was shocked to learn that my family is made up of a bunch of ill- mannered heathens. And, if I were to be perfectly honest, I'd have to say that I'm in violation myself and therefore, not a candidate of the Emily Post Manner Award.
How does your family measure up?
The Rules of Etiquette
* arrive at least 10 minutes early unless otherwise specified. (Whatever happened to fashionably late?)
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The Price is Right
By Jan Cullinane
Thinking of selling your home when you retire? Recent research may help you determine an asking price. A Cornell University study, led by marketing professor Manoj Thomas in September 2007, found that people are willing to pay more for a home if the listing price is exact - that is, rather than trying to sell your home for $425,000, list it at $424,475.
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PAST OR FUTURE?
By Nan Russell
Watching a rerun of "What Not to Wear" on The Learning Channel, I was struck by the dialogue between the individual being transformed and the cast of experts.
While agreeing to follow the advice and input from these style-masters, "Joyce" was closed to the ideas presented of what she should wear, how her hair should be cut, and her make-up enhanced.
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Balancing Your Network for a Better Bottom Line
By Jennifer Kalita
The beauty of boomer women in business is their collective spirit of collaboration. Rather than being intimidated by a potential business competitor, boomer women will often seek out ways to cross-promote, pool resources, and support one another.
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2/01/2008 February Boomer Women's World