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imagesHappy Holidays!

I launched Next Act for Women in January, 2015, and am thrilled to report I will have published over 100 interviews, each one more inspiring than the next, when the New Year rolls in.

On this Thanksgiving weekend, I wish to express my gratitude to the women I interviewed for opening their hearts and sharing their journeys, along with wonderful advice and useful resources; they inspire those of us embarking on our own paths of self-discovery. And to my readers, thank you for embracing my mission with such enthusiasm.

As we celebrate the holidays, I thought I’d share the most popular books and products recommended via my site over the past year, all endorsed or produced by women in midlife. They make great gifts!

I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and hope you’ll keep coming back for more inspiration and resources.




AnnOBrien-Misommer1Ann Patrick O’Brien: Two-dimensional art





Carol-Greenwood-Windy-Red-artCarol Greenwood: Oil paintings





C_HeisingerEveningForest1Chris Heisinger: Stained glass mosaic windows





SanTropezShawlFoxy G Knits: Hand-knit, one-of-a-kind shawls, wraps, and scarves





Haraleet-Weintraub-models Haralee Sleepwear: Moisture-wicking pajamas, nightgowns, and pillowcases





-RqlUMIwYpk1rKxSC1rNJVydY1fGOfF4gw8K2c_gj-EKuhfs: Design accessory to be worn on your boots, jeans, leggings, etc.





SFHrGnQ9EX5lkwFLjSyZIewpdBdiy1MZ3A0M0epF3bULaura Tanner Jewelry: Handmade artisan jewelry





Full Set in CaseLazy Perfection Makeup brushes by Jenny Patinkin





uWZelE-kCCny-HEX9PPTd9uf1Oh1ba7w3DtxLnQI5FUPocket Poppet: Packable clothing for women on the go





Image 2_3Puppy Hugger: C-shaped dog beds and other pet products





Screen shot 2015-05-24 at 12.11.51 PMRobin Chocolates: Artisan chocolates, confections, and pastries





colbertb1000X1251Sybil Sage: Mosaic art





Screen shot 2015-11-22 at 3.52.27 PMYasou Natural Skincare: Eco-luxe small-batch products







51qylLvsyXL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Getting the Job You Want After 50 For Dummies by Kerry Hannon





51JG2drcxsL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Work Reimagined: Uncover Your Calling by Richard Leider and David Shapiro





indexBest Home Businesses for People 50+ by Paul and Sarah Edwards





indexFinding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want by Martha Beck




418pl3dM4RL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Get the Guy: Learn Secrets of the Male Mind to Find the Man You Want and the Love You Deserve by Matthew Hussey




51eh60BVfWL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Have Him at Hello: Confessions from 1,000 Guys About What Makes Them Fall in Love . . . Or Never Call Back by Rachel Greenwald




41d0t0efHaL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities by Richard Leider and Alan Webber





indexAARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life: Smart Choices About Money, Health, Work, Lifestyle … and Pursuing Your Dreams by Bart Astor and Gail Sheehy




indexSocial Security For Dummies by Jonathan Peterson





indexThe Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron





indexThe Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life by Marci Alboher




51Nkqvbb07L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman and Nan Silver




indexWhat Color Is Your Parachute? 2016: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Bolles




indexWhat’s Next? Updated: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond by Kerry Hannon




518Czq-HSPL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy … And Pays the Bills by Kerry Hannon







indexBecky Blades: Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone





indexLiz Brown: Life After Law: Finding Work You Love with the J.D. You Have





indexJudith Henry: The Dutiful Daughter’s Guide to Caregiving: A Practical Memoir





indexDr. Nancy Irwin: YOU-TURN: CHANGING DIRECTION IN MIDLIFE: Over 40 Stories of People Over 40





indexDianne Bischoff James: The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now





514tLRlEhGL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Kathy Kaehler: Fit and Sexy For Life: The Hormone-Free Plan for Staying Slim, Strong, and Fabulous in Your Forties, Fifties, and Beyond





indexSusie Middleton: Fast, Fresh & Greenand Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Storiesand The Fresh & Green Table: Delicious Ideas for Bringing Vegetables into Every Meal





indexPatti Sherry-Crews: Smoke Damage and Love with an Expiration Date: The Selkie Series Book I Dublinand Pairings and Patrick III: A Quest Tale





indexCorie Skolnick: Orfan and America’s Most Eligible





indexTina Tessina: The Ten Smartest Decisions A Woman Can Make after Forty: Reinventing the Rest of Your Life




indexDensie Webb: You’ll Be Thinking of Me






You might also wish to consider a donation in someone’s name to one of these wonderful nonprofits, all launched by women in midlife:



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8 Responses

  1. Many great gifts. Most people like to receive multiple small gifts instead of just one gift. For everyone there is something they will like. But most people like the chocolate things anyway 🙂 especially the children.

  2. Corrine Leslie

    I subscribe to the concept that the best things in life are not things. Giving to local charities like an animal refuge within your community or the local chapter of CASA or neighborhood food pantry supports those less fortunate and keeps your investment with your community. Who would not appreciate a donation in their name directed to their passion for dogs, food, gardening etc.

  3. Helene,
    Thank you for including Kuhfs in your Holiday gift guide. It was a pleasure sharing my story with you and to be included with all of these amazing women, including you!

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