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Second Acts

The Best Advice My Father Ever Gave Me

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 04.13.2014 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

Dimes sit on seat cushions and pop out from under items on the grocery shelves. I do not find them every day; I can go dime-less for a month or two. Then dimes will appear every few days for several weeks. Each time, I take it as a 'sign' from Dad.

Courage: A Small Dose Will Help With Your Reinvention. Do You Have It?

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 04.08.2014 | Women
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

Where does one gain the courage to make a change? It's a great leap of faith and takes courage to define and explore your wants and needs in life. Whe...

The Art of Downsizing

Kate Cox | Posted 03.31.2014 | Fifty
Kate Cox

Our parents' bookshelves were portals into their lives as teacher and journalist, into their married life and later, their lives as separated people.

How One Woman Left Nursing To Follow A Courageous New Career Path

John Tarnoff | Posted 03.25.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Of all the profiles that I came across while compiling information for this series on boomer and reinvention, Patrice Fike's was the most unique.

The 6 Steps To A Successful Second Career

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 03.20.2014 | Fifty
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

When I left a career in academia to pursue humor writing, there were plenty of outspoken and silent skeptics questioning my motives. Why would a 40-something woman with a Ph.D. (and a clinical psychologist at that) walk away from a steady paycheck? What kind of woman, after years of training and building a résumé in science, would shift gears and pursue a future in comedy? The answers were simple.

The Key to Reinvention

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 03.17.2014 | Fifty
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

If you listen carefully to yourself, you'll start to notice the cues that will lead you to what you wish you were doing, creating, living and being.

Can Your Passion or Hobby Lead to a Reinvention?

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 02.20.2014 | Fifty
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

Often, as we get older, priorities shift and we start to let go of those things that are important to us -- we take care of others in our lives and we commit to our jobs and careers, which often aren't related to our hobbies or interests, but are simply a means to an end.

The Risk I Was Willing To Take After Turning 50

Jeannie Borin | Posted 04.14.2014 | Fifty
Jeannie Borin

So many things had me start a business after turning fifty. I must have had something powerful hit me to work as hard as I did and want more. I am a college counselor and had an interest in everything college admissions, but it was more than that. I wanted to prove something to myself and the timing was right.

How One Man Ditched His Life Chasing A Corporate Carrot

John Tarnoff | Posted 04.13.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Over a century ago, a Parisian lawyer named Paul Gauguin chucked everything in the name of freedom and moved to Tahiti to become an artist. I don't know if Arnie Cogan is also an artist (he does list himself as a photographer...) but he is definitely a Boomer whose reinvention expresses the same quest for freedom.

How This Man Went From Laid-Off Engineer To Successful Comedian

John Tarnoff | Posted 04.05.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Comedian Dan Nainan is someone who had the opportunity to develop and nurture his skills, and then, when circumstance (or perhaps fate...) pushed him out of his job, he was prepared to make the leap into an entirely new life. His story puts a new spin on the idea of 'portable skills,' and shows us that it is possible to apply talent and enthusiasm beyond just one industry or job category.

Be Career Nimble Throughout Your Life

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

No matter where you are in your lifetime career journey, you need to remember that you always have options and you can design your career trajectory.

Message from the Mountaintop: 'Thou Shalt Not Fall'

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

I went up a mountain and received a message not on stone tablets or from a booming voice, but tattooed on a bicep.

This Can Make Or Break Your Chance At Job Search Success

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Savvy job-seekers know that there are several ways to prepare for the job interview. Applicants must thoroughly research the company, understand the competition, and be knowledgeable as to the current conditions of the industry/field.

She Traded In A Big Job For A Pair of Ruffled Bottoms -- Now This Mom Of Two Is Running A Multi-Million Dollar Business

Posted 01.23.2014 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to han...

Torn Between Her Family and Career, A Small Town Vet Finds Balance When She Meets A Dog Named Morgan

Posted 01.23.2014 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to han...

Giving Your Relationship a Second Chance

Deborah Hecker, Ph.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Divorce
Deborah Hecker, Ph.D.

Many separated couples frequently reach back to make their relationship work out and "try really hard" to get it right this time around. Why are some couples successful at reconciliation and others are not?

On The Verge Of A Diabetic Coma, She Realized She Couldn't Wait Any Longer To Take Off The Weight

Posted 01.25.2014 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to han...

Why I No Longer Want To Be Defined By My Children

Barbara Wasserman, LICSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Wasserman, LICSW

The other night, our book group welcomed a new member. It's been a long time since we added someone to our group, so we decided to spend a minute introducing ourselves. You know, the usual drill: tell a little about yourself, like the names and ages of your children, where they go to school or work, etc.

Teach For America: It's Not Just For Twentysomethings

Next Avenue | Marci Alboher | Posted 10.25.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Marci Alboher If you thought Teach for America was just for high achieving twentysomethings, think again. Teach ...

Blurred Lines -- Who Are You? Are You Still In There?

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 12.14.2013 | Women
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

Do you have a clear-cut definition of who you are and how you want to live? Have you defined your personal self apart from your work self? Are they one and the same?

Afraid Of Living Her Life On Medication, She Lost Over 100 Pounds

Posted 10.14.2013 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

Why Middle Age Is The Time To Kick Booty

Deborah Gaines | Posted 11.25.2013 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

I'm using my newfound perspective to find joy in the life I've got now, every glorious day of it. It's not more time and it's certainly not more money. But it's more than enough for this badass 53-year-old.

Finding your Personal Brand Through Reinvention -- Back to School, Reality, Project 'You'

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 10.19.2013 | Women
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

Regardless of whether you enjoyed a long, lazy vacation or glimpses of sunshine and soulful weekends, there's no denying that "back to school" season puts a charge into the universe that says "get back to it all!"

9 Incredible Women Who Succeeded Later In Life

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 08.08.2013 | Women

Our society perpetuates the idea that success can only be obtained in youth -- or, if it's obtained later in life, it's the product of years of linear...

On the Back Nine, Part Three: Careers

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 09.29.2013 | Fifty
Laura Berman Fortgang

I'm not alone. A 55-year-old looking to land a new job is considered 'old' and certainly, expensive. The longer we are living in our modern day and age, the more urgent it is becoming that 'old' be defined by something other than a number.