Bonnie enjoyed chair massages offered by her company and loved giving shoulder rubs to weary coworkers. It would take a note from one of these to convince her to sign up for massage school (yes, in midlife) and leave her corporate job to start her own massage therapy business. She shows us how it's never too late to honor a new passion!
An Expert Interview with Psychotherapist Debbie Augenthaler, Author of You Are Not Alone: A Heartfelt Guide to Grief, Healing, and Hope
You suffered the tragic loss of your husband when you were 36 and he was only 45. What prompted you to write about your experience of grief and healing?
Grief is universal, but we’re not born knowing how to cope with it. As a psychotherapist who’s worked with many grievers, I know that when faced with overwhelming grief, many people feel like they are alone in what they’re experiencing and can feel like they’re going crazy.
A bout with cancer in midlife started Phyllis thinking about the future, but it wasn’t until she retired from her long career as a college math professor that she found her next pursuit, leading Servas, a cooperative cultural exchange network that connects hosts and travelers worldwide. Their goal is to "create peace in the world, one friendship at a time" -- love that!
After a career in PR, it would take the encouragement of a fellow writer for Lisa to take the plunge. She completed an MFA in writing at 48 and had her first book—a memoir about her journey to rediscover her dad after his death—published 10 years later.