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What's Next : Women Redefining Their Dreams in the Prime of Life Paperback – Bargain Price, April 1, 2001
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"What do you want to do? How do you want to be remembered? What are you waiting for?" Answering these questions is the first step to answering the larger question of What's Next?: Women Redefining Their Dreams in the Prime of Life. This spiritual and practical guide for women seeking change at midlife draws on inspiring anecdotes about famous (Anna Quindlen, Beverly Sills, Julia Child) and ordinary women. Whether readers choose to change careers or finally follow their deep-seated passion, Rena Pederson, an editor with the Dallas Morning News, and Lee Smith, a psychologist and executive coach, guide and encourage readers in taking the next step.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When regular women are looked at, the examples seem far fetched. For instance, an older woman who always liked to sing decides to just up and move to Nashville. Through what I would consider a bizarre series of coincidences (running into people she knew in another state who had known her through her previous job), she ends up making a record. Ummmmm...not likely. In another example, a woman who had minimal food experience except for her recent job running a school nutrition program, decides to open up a commercial restaurant, which seems preliminarily successful. How does she do it? Her relatives are lawyers and CPAs, who helped her (again, not realistic for average people to have a personal supply of these rather high billing folks), and then, the food is very fresh. Oh. Okay. Now I understand everything. Another woman, a former teacher, goes to an incredibly expensive law school in her 50s, moving out of state to do so. As an attorney myself, I can tell you the chances of firms hiring newly minted 55-60 year old attorneys are very slim--unless you have some sort of connections or business to bring into the firm--and paying off that kind of debt (130 grand, probably, for 3 years at a private law school) would sink most women of that age, as it means signing up for 30 years of giant, non-dischargeable loan payments.
The other thing that rankled me was that the book is really Christian, but it isn't labeled as such. But, there are frequent references to prayer, spiritual aspects, and God. In fact, I was so annoyed at the end of the book about this that I ran a test--I randomly kept opening the book to see if I could find the word prayer, spiritual, God, or minister. 80% of the time I opened the book to a page with one of those words on it.
Finally, be aware that most of the women profiled are mid to late 40s at earliest, so if you are struggling earlier than that, don't expect a lot of help.
If you are struggling with a mid-life crisis, let me suggest a very thoughtful book by Gail Sheehy, called "Passages." It's an old book, but it's still remarkably on target. It profiles different crisis periods in people's lives, for both men and women, and how to re-integrate and invigorate yourself. This book is largely Christian fluff with some inspirational examples and a few helpful exercises.
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