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    Jul
    2016

    Coach’s Corner: How I moved through fear—and you can, too.

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    Coach's CornerThis is the first of a regular series, where I share lessons learned as a life coach—based on my coaching practice and training, my personal experiences, and my favorite books.

     

     

    Earlier this year, I was asked to give a keynote speech on the subject of what I’d learned after interviewing 100+ women about their midlife awakenings and reinventions—and how I’d transformed my life in the process. I wanted to say no. I voiced my doubts that I’d be a good candidate, but was pressed to reconsider.

    What was holding me back? In one word: Fear.

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    18
    Jul
    2016

    Opening a Coffee Shop at 47: Vicky’s Story

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    MoneyMagPhotoShoot-headshot (1)The death of her brother was the catalyst for Vicky to take that leap of faith. She left her high tech career behind and opened Mazama Coffee Co., a specialty coffee house and micro-bakery in the suburbs of Austin, Texas.

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    14
    Jul
    2016

    Let’s Hear from an Expert: Kelly Epperson, Nonfiction Ghostwriter

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    kellygrayhairYou are a ghostwriter. Tell us more about what that means.

    People are always intrigued when they hear the word “ghostwriter” and some actually do think that I write ghost stories. (Nope!) As a ghostwriter, I am the wordsmith and strategy mentor to take you from idea stage to completed book.

    Many people find it overwhelming to think about how to structure a book and that is okay! It is normal! We don’t do our own taxes or fix our own plumbing, so there is no guilt in hiring someone to help you with your book. There is no shame in not knowing how to do something. Most celebrities, athletes, and politicians use a ghostwriter. So do many professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives.

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    11
    Jul
    2016

    Becoming an Abstract Painter at 60: Brigitte’s Story

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    FullSizeRender_3~4When Brigitte saw an announcement for painting classes in the window of her local gallery, she signed up on a whim. Little did she know how freely and easily she would paint, launching her next act as an artist.

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    5
    Jul
    2016

    Becoming a humorist in midlife: Elaine’s Story

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    elaine ambrose portrait #1[1]A surprising breakdown in midlife led Elaine to come to terms with the past and create a new future for herself. She became a prolific humor blogger, author, and speaker, and even went on to launch her own publishing company.

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    30
    Jun
    2016

    Connecting with Audiences Through the Art of Taiko: Iris’s Story

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    Iris_Print[1]A desire to reconnect to her heritage in midlife led Iris to try her hand at taiko, a modern drumming practice with Japanese roots. She was hooked and soon founded an ensemble dedicated to the teaching and performance of taiko.

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    27
    Jun
    2016

    Let’s Hear from an Expert: Maureen Tillman, Founder of College with Confidence

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    10475444_10153478110556844_5775376731084125317_o-3You are a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 35 years of experience working with adolescents, families and adults. Why did you feel a particular need to support young adults and parents through the college experience, and into adulthood, with your practice, College with Confidence?

    I created College with Confidence about 13 years ago when I experienced an increase in students coming to me for therapy, who had a crisis in college and needed to return home. The students were devastated and the parents were confused and extremely worried. I decided to create a proactive college transition service for high school students, as well as help college students become emotionally stable and resilient and decide on the best path from there. I have always felt dedicated to helping support people with transitions, feeling strongly that preparation creates confidence, going all the way back to my Master’s project in 1975: A handbook for new stepfamilies.

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    23
    Jun
    2016

    Writing a Novel About Alzheimer’s: Marianne’s Story

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    Marianne Sciucco, Author(2)Marianne had always dreamed of becoming an author. It took an encounter with an elderly couple, in her capacity as a nurse, to help her complete her first novel, Blue Hydrangeas. She is now working on her second.
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    20
    Jun
    2016

    Launching a Handbag and Accessories Business: Julie’s Story

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    Screen Shot 2016-06-19 at 11.59.57 AMAs her oldest child was applying to college, Julie realized she needed to plan for her next act. She rekindled her passion for fashion and launched J. Markell Designs, with the goal to provide more reasonably-priced exotic-skin handbags and accessories.

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    16
    Jun
    2016

    Giving Former Inmates and Teen Mothers a Chance: Susan’s Story

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    Susan-Garcia-TrieschmannWhen her beloved brother-in-law, Curt, passed away too young, Susan reevaluated her life, got involved with restorative justice, and opened Curt’s Café, with the mission to help at-risk, underserved young adults coming out of the prison system. Three years later, she opened a second location to help teen mothers as well.

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