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My Autobahn Birthday: How to Pass a Self-Imposed "Speed Limit"

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

Vroom... Vroom.... I woke up this morning to my "speed limit" birthday. You know the one they also call "double nickels" or, on a more somber note, ...

4 Reasons Why Our Longer Lives Are Going To Be A Blast

John Tarnoff | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Our generation is going to have a longer period in which to make a lasting impact. For some of us, it is going to mean that we're just going to be able to keep on going, and to maintain our direction and our output for longer.

Learning To Live Out Loud In The Second Half Of My Life

Linda Wolff | Posted 10.18.2014 | Fifty
Linda Wolff

Learning to live out loud in my second half wasn't originally my goal, but it happened anyway. I pretty much spent a lifetime fluffing the pillows in my cushy comfort zone. But all that changed four years ago when I took a chance as the empty nest began to creep up on me. Fueled by hysteria and impulse I decided to pursue my first love ... writing.

How This Man Became A Boomer (Re) Inventor

John Tarnoff | Posted 10.14.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

There are usually two inspirations for great inventions: 1) The Epiphany, where a brilliant idea appears seemingly out of nowhere in our consciousness (and if we're smart, we'll write it down and figure out a way to make it happen), or 2) The Inspiration, where we meet or listen to someone, or witness an event that fires us up sufficiently that we just can't get the idea out of our minds.

How To Face The World After You've Been Downsized

John Tarnoff | Posted 10.07.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Over the course of my 2.5-career reinventions over the past 25 years, my three top lessons have been the following.

IF I COULD, I WOULD... Time to Reinvent Your Life?

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 09.29.2014 | Fifty
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

Do you want to live a life of few regrets? Do you want to live with passion and fulfill some of your dreams? Well, it won't happen all on its own. You have to consciously create your reality and your life to make it what you want.

The Resume Secret It Takes A Lifetime To Learn

John Tarnoff | Posted 11.23.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Many of us go through life and career believing that the track we're on is cast in stone. We have become so used to the job, the company and the routine, that we mistakenly think that these define us and what we are capable of doing. We become identified with the job. But we are not our jobs.

Stress Keeping You Up At Night? 10 Tips To Calm An Anxious Mind

Kat Forsythe, MSW | Posted 11.21.2014 | Fifty
Kat Forsythe, MSW

When we start over in life, irrational scared-to-hell fear is bound to happen. After all, the many emotional challenges we face are immense. During the day, we can train our brains with the power of positive thinking -- or at least manage the demons of doubt.

Increasingly, Retirees Dump Their Possessions and Hit the Road

The New York Times | David Wallis | Posted 08.30.2014 | Fifty

SOME call themselves “senior gypsies.” Others prefer “international nomad.” David Law, 74, a retired executive recruiter who has primarily sle...

Yagana Shah

100-Year-Old Paperboy Reveals The Secret To Longevity

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.25.2014 | Fifty

Next time you're struggling to get out of bed in the morning, think about Walter Sharp. At 100, he just might be the world's oldest paperboy, and he's...

TIME OUT! This is Your Life. Reinvention Inspiration

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 10.11.2014 | Fifty
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

If you start with this gift to yourself -- the gift of time and reflection -- you'll be on the way to creating a profound change that you never realized was possible.

Meet 10 Inspiring People Who Transformed Their Lives After 50

Posted 08.07.2014 | Fifty

Huff/Post 50 recently asked readers to submit nominations of people who've reinvented themselves for the better after age 50 as part of an initiat...

Meet 10 Inspiring People Who Followed Their Passion After 50

Posted 08.06.2014 | Fifty

Huff/Post 50 recently asked readers to submit nominations of people who've reinvented themselves for the better after age 50 as part of an initiat...

Meet 10 People Who Prove You Can Reinvent Your Career After 50

Posted 08.05.2014 | Fifty

Huff/Post 50 recently asked readers to submit nominations of people who've reinvented themselves for the better after age 50 as part of an initiat...

How This Woman Launched A Sweet New Career After Being Laid Off At 57

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 06.20.2014 | Fifty

Barbara Schechter of New Jersey was 57 when she lost her job of 30 years as a marketing professional. Instead of letting it get her down, though, she ...

The Life Lesson We Can All Take From The Fresh-Faced High School Grads

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 08.11.2014 | Fifty
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

Need inspiration? Take a page from the young high school graduates and it will remind you of something we all need more of - a degree if innocence, optimism, belief and adventure... We, as adults, have lost sight of the wonder, the hopefulness, the vision and the world of opportunity that we once looked through the lenses of when we were younger.

How One Simple Move Changed The Course Of An Orphan's Life In Rwanda

T.P. Allen | Posted 07.24.2014 | Fifty
T.P. Allen

By the time Justus was 8, he had meandered more than 100 kilometers, ending up in the garbage dump for Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Amid that stench was the buffet he ate from every day. His home was a stripped out, tireless car, in which he slept on and under pieces of cardboard.

How This Woman Restored Her Mother's Mobility -- And Reinvented Her Career Too

John Tarnoff | Posted 07.20.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Mary's story is another simple example of how there are resources and outlets available to all of us at every turn. Many of my fellow Boomers are struggling to follow a narrow career reinvention path that they believe is all they can do -- but that path is merely shaped by their past experience.

The Best Advice My Father Ever Gave Me

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 06.12.2014 | 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 06.08.2014 | 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 05.31.2014 | 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 05.25.2014 | 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 05.20.2014 | 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 05.17.2014 | 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 04.22.2014 | 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.