Retiring beyond Cleveland was one thing. Retiring overseas was something else entirely, an idea that, when she began planning for her retirement, didn't even occur to Alice.
Put dating in perspective and see it for what it is: not just a chance to meet new people, but as an opportunity to reconnect with your authentic self.
Umbrellas implode. Socks and gloves disappear. Car keys jump from pockets. Phone numbers written on scraps of paper flutter away. Dreams fade. Love dies. By the time we reach mid-life, there is a long list of absences -- people, opportunities, aspirations -- due to departures, gradual or sudden.
If you think that you're no longer valued in the work world, it's an awfully big challenge to present yourself as a confident, can-do candidate.
One of the important truisms of moving ahead into the new life stage that awaits us is that nothing changes if nothing changes.
In order to capture the depth of nausea that I felt on the day that I got fired, you need to picture me sitting across from my boss in his glaringly sunny office. Then you need to envision giant tufts of wiry white hair sprouting out from the neck of his company polo shirt.
My reinvention journey entered a new phase this year, and I'm not the only thing to have changed. While I've gone from free agent to salaried employee, the corporate workspace has moved from assigned seating to free-range squatting.
I have recently discovered that I am not the only post-50-year-old woman who recently began to embark on a new level of professional success once I focused primarily on my own needs, rather than the needs of others.
When was the last time you gathered a group of your various close friends together? Just stopped the madness and everyday stuff and took a step back to enjoy the people in your life that you forget to make time for so you can rekindle that spark, a conversation, the interest and the escape.
That's what I love about this moment. I see the names all linked for all time. There's my name right next to the name of the woman who became my wife in the middle of all this craziness. There's Kenny Loggins' name. Proof that he did indeed call one night with a "crazy idea."
In this band, I can use every aspect of what I do and love as an artist. I don't have to make myself smaller to fit in; I just have to have the courage to put it all out there.
When I look back, I can see that I've been searching for home since I started out in '71. It seems my life has been an endless quest for home, searching for that place where I know I belong.
From the first tentative baby steps of 'I think I might' to the giant leap spanning 'I will...and I am,' a lot of territory is covered. At midlife, if we take our dreams seriously (and if not now, then when?), it is sobering to think of all it will take to achieve them
When I ran into my own life crisis around age 49 -- a divorce and losing my job for the first time ever -- I took the time to sit and consider what I wanted more of in life. I decided I wanted more fun and meaning, but I did not realize at the time how much courage these goals would require.
How can you maximize the hiring opportunities that abound at this special time of year? Here are three powerful resolutions that can make a major impact on your Job Search 2013.