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The 10 Smartest Decisions a Woman Can Make After 40 Hardcover – March 21, 2001

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"Tina Tessina once again gives women practical directions to a more satisfying life. For all women who want to live happily beyond the age of 40!"‹ Daylie Deanna Schwartz, author of All Men Are Jerks Until Proven Otherwise.

"A fresh approach to midlife recharging. Both practical and inspirational, this book shows how to add both more security and more pizzazz to any woman's all-grown-up years."‹Susan K. Perry , Ph.D., author of Writing in Flow: Keys to Enchanced Creativity.

At last, a book for 40+ women that does not focus on growing old gracefully, but on finishing the process of growing up, finally becoming a fully actualized adult. The suggestions Tessina offers for creating a fulfilling life apply to all of us of any age or either sex, but particularly speak to the modern, mature woman."‹Isadora Alman, nationally syndicated columnist and author of Doing It: Real People Having Really Good Sex.

About the Author

Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., has twenty-five years of experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is the author of ten books, including The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again (1999) and The 20 Smartest Decisions a Woman Can Make Before 40 (1998). Dr. Tessina lectures and conducts nationwide workshops on all of her books and has appeared on major television and radio shows, including Donahue, Oprah, Geraldo, and Larry King.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (March 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580631819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580631815
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,802,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I just turned 40, so with this title I had to read this! I liked that the book focuses on what you can do rather than where you may have gone wrong. The author rightfully stresses that the decisions we make directly affect the quality of our lives, and encourages us to reevaluate our choices according to what we now know. Her advice is both useful and empowering. This is a great gift for anyone facing 40!
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I give this less than five stars partly because it's not the kind of book I normally read (someone gave me a copy) but I found the advice about how to be friends with your adult children useful. For example, Tessina suggests discussing adult topics with your adult child, not just family topics or questions about their personal life. Or if your adult child says or does something annoying, treat it just as casually as you would if it were someone else's adult kid saying something annoying (ignore it and don't let yourself be drawn into a family squabble).
Here is a quotation starting a chapter that catches the flavor of the book: "What we must keep remembering is that our bodies respond to the feminine principle, the goddess. They respond to rest, to nurturing, to a presence that says you are okay just the way you are." -- quoting Dr. Christiane Northrup
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By A Customer on June 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The big 4-0 can either level us or lift us up. Tina Tessina's book shows us how to embrace our life experiences, use our accumulated wisdom, and create more with the lives that we have. At forty, we're beyond the ego-centric focus of youth (or at least we should be) but we know enough to care for ourselves and make ourselves a priority. I found myself showing passages from this book to my aunts, my 40+ friends, my mother, and anyone else who would listen to me. This book helps us get our priorities in line so that we can walk up through our 40s with strength, not with shame or fear. Now, any friend of mine who's turning 40 is getting a copy of this book.
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Tessina tells you exactly how to pull the pieces of your life together the way YOU want them to be. Whether you're a touch over 40 or in your 60s,helpful guidelines explain how to make the hard decisions women face--be they about your health, your friends, finances, your values or your responsibilities. The advice on how to research and think through life changes is most valuable for executing personal decisions and achieving your dreams. She's given me the tools and confidence to go after my dreams. The book energizes you and will alter how you think about yourself and the direction of your life-all for the better.
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I read this valuable book and healing tool as part of my annual supplementary reading of a wide selection of creativity-enhancement materials on how to make better decisions--good decisions that don't blindside careers early on or in the golden years. What goes into making a good choice or better decision? It's a fresh approach to recharging plans and purpose using practical applications that solve real problems and get measurable results.

What I loved best about reading this book is the section on discovering your dreams, that there's still time to be all that you are able to be, that it is "never too late to be who you might have been." This truth can be explored as readers discover old dreams and new ones. The book defined reality for me as a connoisseur of dream interpretation books.

To allow dreams to be be aspirations for me as a reader, led to a plan. And once I had a plan, then I could take steps to make the plan happen, to create something unique. Reading this wonderful book has been a life-enhancing, creativity-enhancing choice. The material in the book is practical, satisfying, and a great healing tool in learning to believe in yourself. It helped me most in prioritizing instead of juggling.

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