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    2016

    Becoming a Poet in Her 60s: Molly’s Story

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    molly-lynn-wattWhen the Twin Towers came down, Molly decided to make a change. She quit her job, started writing, and eventually found her way to poetry. She is now a published poet with several books and anthologies in print.

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    Launching a College Financial Aid Advising Business: Jodi’s Story

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    pic-2When her youngest child was in high school, Jodi began to plan her life after the empty nest. She tapped into her passions and skills around education, business, and finance to found her successful business, College Financial Aid Advisors, and has released a new book as well.

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    Let’s Hear From an Expert: Walker Thornton, Sex Educator

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    151106_walker_t_0412-1You write and speak about sex in the hopes of educating your audiences. You also counsel midlife women (and men) about sexual issues. What have you found are the most common challenges when it comes to sex for women in midlife?

    The biggest challenge I see for women, partnered or single, is adjusting to their aging bodies—menopause, body image, life stressors and their impact on our bodies and our sexual desire. I speak to women who seem to have shut down at some point and they want to figure out a way to enjoy sex again but often don’t know how to begin. How do women find the answers to deeply personal questions? I think that’s one of the biggest challenges given our reluctance to talk about female sexuality in an open and positive way.

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    Writing a Spiritual Memoir in Midlife: Patricia’s Story

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    patricia-02-07-2016-1mb-copyAfter several failed marriages, Patricia went back to school in midlife and became a psychotherapist. It would take a lengthy correspondence with her aunt, a Franciscan nun living in Central America, to coax Patricia into writing her memoir, Motherlines

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    Becoming a Filmmaker in Midlife: Caytha’s Story

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    screen-shot-2016-11-05-at-5-40-31-pmAfter a “Mommy midlife crisis,” Caytha started writing again and went on to write and produce three feature films. Her newest work, The Other F Word, is a webseries on Amazon that explores four women’s midlife journeys.

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    Becoming a Stage Actor at 67: Judi’s Story

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    unknown-10After selling her successful PR firm at 64, Judi revisited her childhood dream and started taking acting classes. She is now a busy stage actor and even performs her own show, “Husbands: An Owner’s Manual.”

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    Becoming a Triathlete in Midlife: Lisa’s Story

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    profileA difficult breakup at age 50 led Lisa to take a hard look at herself and her life and start a serious workout regimen then challenge herself further by signing up for triathlon training. She’s now a competitive triathlete with aspirations to combine this passion with her love of travel and her desire to support women.

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    Oct
    2016

    Hedonic Adaptation—or Why Moving to California Won’t Make Me Happier

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    coachs-cornerMy husband Peter and I love the sun and the ocean and have made it a tradition to take a beach vacation nearly every year since we met in 1993. After we got married, we explored moving away from Chicago, with weather a key driver of our potential destinations. After visiting both the San Francisco and San Diego areas, a combination of factors (work, friends, familiarity) kept us in Chicago.

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    2016

    Becoming a Freelance Writer at 46: Linda’s Story

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    lindawolff_hsWith the empty nest looming large, Linda channeled her love of writing into a professional career. She writes about parenting, kids in college, women in midlife, and the empty nest on her own blog and other big name publications like Huffington Post and The Washington Post.

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    2016

    Let’s Hear From an Expert: Bobbie Carlton, Founder of Innovation Women

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    bobbiec-headshotYou founded Innovation Women, an online speakers bureau for entrepreneurial and technical women. What need did you seek to fill with your company?

    It’s 2016 and we’re still attending events where all (or at least most) of the speakers are “all-male, all-pale” or the same 5 women are on stage. The event managers pick up new speakers from each other’s events. This perpetuates the same voices, the same stories, the same content, and a lack of diverse opinions and viewpoints.

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