After switching careers from music to psychology, Dr. Margaret was seeking a new creative outlet. She found it in her blog, where she writes about mental health (especially what she terms “Perfectly Hidden Depression”), midlife, and relationships.
After she got a handle on her son’s medical issues and homeschooling, Anne finally put down on paper the story that had been percolating in her mind. She is now shopping her lesbian novel to agents and publishers.
I thought I was really good at prioritizing—until I read Stephen Covey’s perennial classic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. As part of his Habit 3, “Put First Things First,” Covey lays out his Time Management Matrix along two dimensions, Urgency and Importance. The more urgent, the more time critical. The more important, the more results-oriented and high priority.
After her daughters left for college, Cynthia knew she needed to find work that provided her renewed meaning and fulfillment. Having felt the power of dogs to soothe the losses of her brother and her mother, Cynthia founded a nonprofit that provides animal-assisted therapy wherever it is needed.
You recently founded Après. What need did you see that you are seeking to fill?
We founded Après to connect women looking to reenter the workforce with companies seeking talent and diversity. There are more than 3 million college-educated women in the U.S. looking to reenter the workforce. But before we launched Après, it was difficult for women with resume gaps to get noticed. At the same time, it is proven that companies that enjoy gender diversity in mid- to senior-level positions will outperform less diverse competitors.
Caring for her mother in her final years helped Carole find her mission later in life. She is helping others in the Sandwich Generation cope with the challenges of caring for their loved ones, while celebrating the privilege of being a Caregiver to her elderly parents.
You recently released your first book, Who Stole My Spandex?: Life in the Hot Flash Lane. Tell us more about this collection of stories and what inspired you to write it…
Whenever I related a family story to friends or relatives about the strange antics occurring in my home, their first comment was usually, “Did you write it down? You have to share this!” I did record some of the funnier stories in a spiral notebook, but they remained neglected under my bed for years with a growing colony of dust bunnies. My parents and my sister were very supportive of my writing and urged me to put together a book, but I was too busy raising four children and running a business out of my home. I put off the project until eight years ago when I lost both my father and my sister unexpectedly. The best way to honor their memory was to complete the task I’d promised them. Spandex was written for them, and for my children, to help preserve the memories of our family for generations to come.
One more naysayer was the final straw for Lynne to quit her job and devote herself full time to writing, in her 50s. She became passionate about empowering women to celebrate growing older through her writing, both fiction and nonfiction.
With her kids in high school, Mylene needed to find a new pursuit. And because her husband is in the Army, she needed to be able to work anywhere. A chance to get some business advice convinced her to start her own agency; she puts her research and planning skills to good use while helping her clients realize their travel dreams—affordably.
Welcome! My name is Hélène. I’m 51 years old and I live in Chicago with my husband, twin daughters, and our dog Rocky. This blog is a place where I share stories about women who have reinvented themselves in midlife, whether in big ways or small, and provide resources for those of you pursuing similar journeys. I hope you’ll enjoy these inspirational stories. Thanks for stopping by!