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Second Acts

When 50 Is the New 50

Lori Sokol | Posted 04.07.2013 | Fifty
Lori Sokol

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.

Find Out Why Leeza Gibbons Is A Master Of Reinvention At 55

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 02.05.2013 | Fifty

Plus, the two "F" words she uses every day.

Why You Must Indulge In Your Friendships Today

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 04.03.2013 | Fifty
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

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.

Finally Home

Gary Burr | Posted 04.02.2013 | Fifty
Gary Burr

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."

Finally Home

Georgia Middleman | Posted 04.01.2013 | Fifty
Georgia Middleman

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.

Finally Home

Kenny Loggins | Posted 03.30.2013 | Fifty
Kenny Loggins

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.

The Secret Ingredients To A Successful Second Act

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 03.30.2013 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

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

10 Stars Who Quit Their Day Jobs

Posted 01.28.2013 | Fifty

Stars... they're just like us -- and in more ways than one. A MetLife study found there are more than 9 million Americans between the ages of 44 and 7...

Turning a Creative Outlet into a Second Act

Marlo Thomas | Posted 03.26.2013 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

I love a good story about someone who changes paths in midlife and completely reinvents him- or herself. Andrea Bocelli was working as a lawyer in Italy when he was discovered. Harrison Ford worked for years as a carpenter before getting his big break. And Julia Child was forty before she ever took a cooking lesson.

How This Woman Turned 'Shark Tank' Cash Into A Booming Cake Business

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 01.14.2013 | Fifty

South Carolina mother of three Kim Adams Nelson, 50, had done just about every job one could do in the food services industry -- catering, waitressing...

Is Your New Year's Resolution a Thought or a Commitment?

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 03.02.2013 | Fifty
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

How do you plan to approach the New Year? With all the good intentions of reinventing some part of your life and a huge commitment that in the back of your mind you just know you'll have a hard time sticking with?

Shooting for the Top by Aiming for the Bottom

David Besnette | Posted 02.12.2013 | Fifty
David Besnette

There's a scene in American Beauty where Kevin Spacey's character applies for work at a fast food restaurant. They assume that "Lester" is inquiring about a management position, only to be met with his classic reply, "I'm looking for the least possible amount of responsibility."

Kenny Loggins: How I Climbed My Own Personal Everest

Kenny Loggins | Posted 01.30.2013 | Fifty
Kenny Loggins

I've allowed myself this feeling only a few times in my life. It's a moment when suddenly, unexpectedly there is nothing to plan or do, and nothing to fear. All of life is distilled into here and now. I am no longer concerned about tomorrow. Everything I need is all around me.

How To Make Money While Following Your Passion

U.S. News And World Report | Posted 11.29.2012 | Fifty

When Marva Goldsmith took a buyout in 2001 after a 20-year career at a Detroit utilities company, she moved to Washington, D.C., in search of a job th...

Why Halloween Is The Worst Time of The Year

Greg Clarkin | Posted 01.02.2013 | Fifty
Greg Clarkin

I used to like Halloween when I was a kid. Now Halloween means one thing. Layoffs. It's become National Layoff Day.

Kenny Loggins: Advice To My Younger Self

Kenny Loggins | Posted 12.24.2012 | Fifty
Kenny Loggins

A few days ago it came to my attention that a fellow HuffPo writer named Ilene Angel had written a very flattering review of Blue Sky Riders. In the post, she asked me the questions she wished she'd have asked me backstage. I figured it might be fun and informative to print her questions here, with my answers, too.

From Cabbie to Best-Selling Author: Steve Pressfield on 'Turning Pro'

Greg Clarkin | Posted 12.16.2012 | Fifty
Greg Clarkin

Big changes are taking place in the global economy today that tell us over and over that we cannot rely on any force that we ourselves can't control. All of us need to begin to think in terms of our own inner strengths, our resilience and resourcefulness, our capacity to adapt and to rely upon ourselves and our families.

Kitchen or Man Cave? Take Your Soul Searching Any Way You Can Get It!

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 12.09.2012 | Fifty
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

Whatever we choose as our sanctuary, we should retreat into it often enough to do a little soul-searching and make sure that we're checking in with ourselves and our happiness.

'Set For Life': Film Profiles Boomers Struggling With Unemployment

Susan Sipprelle | Posted 12.09.2012 | Fifty
Susan Sipprelle

I thought I was set for life is the most common phrase I heard in interviews with older Americans who lost their jobs as a result of the recent recession. Over their careers, they had received promotions, praise, and bonuses. Then one day, sometime after the economic downturn began in 2008, they were told they were no longer needed and ushered out the door.

You Can't Go Home Again (But I Did)

Gary Burr | Posted 12.06.2012 | Fifty
Gary Burr

I had dropped out of college, gone to California, come home, gotten married and had two kids and was now making $278 a week. I was also writing songs in my basement every night after the kids were asleep. In my heart of hearts I knew that THAT was what i was put on this planet to do.

The Real Thing

Kenny Loggins | Posted 11.27.2012 | Fifty
Kenny Loggins

Even though you may have put in years of sweat to attain your goal, there always seems to be this bizarre sense of surprise, right at that moment when it all comes true. Even though every bone in your body knew it was just gonna happen, when it actually does, I guarantee shock and awe.

Ann Brenoff

A Near-Death Experience Inspired Her To Chase A Dream

HuffingtonPost.com | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.15.2012 | Fifty

I had my wake-up call. I faced my own mortality and realized that I never really had done what I wanted to do.

Ann Brenoff

A Tragic Loss Made Him Choose A More Meaningful Second Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.14.2012 | Fifty

I realized that I didn't want to spend the second half of my life the way I had spent the first. I just had no passion left for what I was doing. I wanted to do something more meaningful, to improve things.

Let's Start a Band

Kenny Loggins | Posted 11.04.2012 | Fifty
Kenny Loggins

Suddenly, I had a new musical style, a new band behind me and by the end of the year, a new marriage. I was ten feet tall and bullet-proof and, like most young, stupidly successful musicians, I just naturally assumed it would all last forever.

Midlife Change-Agent: 'In Times Of Uncertainty, Passion Is Your Greatest Security'

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 10.26.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

"In times of economic uncertainty, true passion is your greatest security," Kieves said. "Connect with your passion and strength. Then you will have more resources to draw from. When we are in our creative, passionate minds, we think in another way."