My Reinvention After 50: Featured on Interprize Blog

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersThis week, I was pleased to be interviewed by Bill Magill, founder of the Interprize Group. Bill contacted me several years ago as he was evolving his organization to talk about how I was evolving my life after 50. He had read about my background and asked if I would share more about my reinvention on the Interprize blog. We finally had a chance to catch up and chat virtually.

Bill is a reformed Silicon Valley venture investor now living simply in the south of France. (Lucky, lucky Bill to live in such a beautiful part of the world.) He also directs start-up activity at the INSEAD business school as Director of Science Entrepreneurship. As Bill says, “I am fascinated with the notions of self-realization, positive psychology and how we flourish; of personal worth as opposed to acquired wealth.”

Reinvention After 50: A Boomer Blooms

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Bill Magill is founder of Interprize Group, helping post career individuals achieve their grand, legacy ambitions and live mindful lives.

It was a gratifying experience to look back over the past seven years as I answered Bill’s questions. He wanted to know about my core career, what precipitated my new direction, and where I’m headed in the next five years. He asked me about what processes and resources I used to create a plan for change.

Bill inquired if I had adopted any new life practices as I pursue my different interests and what advice I would give to others considering a new and grand ambition, or a dramatic shift toward a new direction.

All good questions for this point in my life. (Maybe there is a memoir or self-help book within these words of wisdom.)

 

I hope you will take time to visit the Interprize blog and read my interview at:

Judy Freedman on Reinvention After 50: A Boomer Blooms

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Like the changing seasons, I’m continuing to reinvent my life after 50.

Let me know what you think. Leave a comment or share your thoughts about how you are changing post 50.

Helpful Resources For Post-Career Individuals
There are lots of helpful resources and insights on the Interprize Group website, including recommended reading, positive psychology resources and events, and holistic health and wellness tips for post-career individuals pursuing a more meaningful life.

Plus, there’s information about The Interprize Accelerator Program. I haven’t participated in this program — but it sounds fantastic. You’ll learn all about what it takes to become an interpreneur.

As part of this process, Bill and his team help “post core-career clients achieve their grand, legacy ambitions while leading deeper, more mindful lives.” They help you “sharpen your ambition, frame an execution plan, and then support you through launch and realization of your new venture. Their process is dynamic and evolving, based on positive psychology and holistic principles, entrepreneurial expertise, and a supportive community network.”

It sounds like a fulfilling adventure to become an  interpreneur. Last year, one of their workshops was held in Aix-en-Provence! (Oui, oui, oui.)

Postcards from a Runaway
In his spare time, Bill also writes a blog, Postcards from a Runway, and composes music. In fact, he featured my interview on his blog along with some fun music and drink to go along with the theme. Check it out.

I told Bill that sometime I would like to interview him for a feature on my blog. However, I may have to take a trip to Provence for the interview. Don’t you think? Better study up on my French – n’est-ce pas?

Judi 

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Buzzing About New Books At 2015 Book Expo America

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersWhen I was a young girl growing up in the Bronx, NY, I loved to go to the public library. My mom would drop me off at the library and then go shopping at the supermarket.

The library was my babysitter. I’d head over to the “NEW BOOKS” display and scan the binders and jackets of each book. I liked the fresh smell and feel of new books — there weren’t any dirty fingerprints all over the shiny covers.

My mom would return after an hour or so. I’d check out my books and then we would stop at the bakery for a big sprinkle cookie (a large round shortbread with chocolate sprinkles on top) to eat on the walk home. Ah, the simple pleasures of life.

When I grew up and had kids of my own, I often took my daughter A and son D to the library near our home in Cherry Hill, NJ. Once again, I’d wander over to the shelf that said “NEW BOOKS” and pick out the pretty picture books. There’s nothing as wonderful or as relaxing as the joy of reading a book to a young child.

Going To The 2015 Book Expo America
These days I never go to the library. I purchase most novels on Amazon and download them onto my Kindle. I do still adore books, especially new ones. That’s why I was delighted to attend the 2015 Book Expo America (BEA) at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC last month. The BEA is where publishers showcase their upcoming releases for the year.

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Fun at BEA 2015: I met Tom Foreman, author of “My Year Of Running, A Dad, A Daughter and A Ridiculous Plan,” and Diana Nyad, swimmer and author of “Find A Way.”

The BEA Book Bloggers Conference
On day one, I attended the BEA Book Blogger’s Conference with fellow midlife blogger and friend Helene Bludman Cohen of Books is Wonderful (a great place to go for book recommendations). It was interesting to hear the cognoscenti of the book blogosphere share their passion for books. We also heard self-published authors talk about the triumphs and challenges of being a writer. (Okay folks, I’ve now added ‘writing a memoir’ to my bucket list. I just have other things I want to accomplish first!) Continue reading

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Conquering My Fears At SUP YOGA

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer wellness“What time is yoga class?” I asked the nice instructor at the Adventure Center at the The Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort in St. Thomas, USVI, while I was visiting for my niece’s wedding. “It’s at 7:00 a.m.,” said Katie. “Ooh, that’s very early. A little too early for vacation,” I replied.

“You should try SUP YOGA VI,” said Katie. “It’s so much fun. I teach it at 9:00 a.m. at the Cove beach.”

“What is SUP YOGA?” I asked. “SUP YOGA Stands for Stand Up Paddle board yoga,” said Katie. “We paddle out on the water to nine feet and then we do yoga on our boards. You just need to know how to swim.”

Nine feet deep. Uh-oh. Oh-no. Asanas on a paddle board on the water. I’m not the greatest swimmer. Uh-oh. Oh-no. Should I? Would I? Could I do SUP YOGA?

My body tensed up as Katie put the sign-up sheet in front of me. “I’ll go with you for moral support,” said my son D. (What a nice son. He doesn’t even practice yoga.) “All right then,” I said, “I’m going to conquer my fears. Let’s do it.” (Go Judi! Go Judi!)

“You’re going to love it,” said Katie. “SUP YOGA on the water is so relaxing.”

A New Level of Mind, Body, and Spirit
The next morning I awoke early, put on my swimsuit (and lots of sunscreen) and headed down to the beach. Katie provided each of us a board with a paddle and guided us out onto the water. She showed us how to paddle forwards, backwards, and turn our boards around. Then we were on our way.

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My son D and I got ready for SUP YOGA with our boards and paddles. Poses were done on the ocean water.

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NYC + Food = A Perfect Combination For A Wonderful Day

life after 50, boomer travel, over 50If you’re a foodie headed to New York City any time soon, then you’ll want to click on my guest post “Exploring NYC’s Fabulous Food Halls and the High Line” featured on My Itchy Travel Feet.

Earlier this spring, I visited the new Le District market in the financial district filled with foods from France and the Ganesvoort and Chelsea markets in the Chelsea part of town. I also walked the High Line, a public park built on former railroad tracks looking out over the Hudson river — to get lots of exercise after eating so much good food!

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I walked the High Line and visited NYC food halls and markets.

My Itchy Travel Feet
After you read about these NYC hot spots, you’ll want to spend some extra time perusing the rest of this boomer travel blog. My Itchy Travel Feet, The Boomer’s Guide To Travel is written by a husband and wife team from Montana, Donna and Alan Hull. Donna is the writer and Alan takes all the photographs. They highlight a range of domestic and international active adventures for the second half of your life. As Donna says, “Boomers bring energy to their travels. We’re willing to try new activities and embrace new experiences with an open mind. Boomers have a zest for life, both at home and on the road.”

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Simple Ways To Stay “Skin Smart” In The Sun

boomer beauty, life after 50, makeup for 50+ women, over 50I’m gearing up for summer. Bright sunshine is a welcome relief after the cold and snowy winter. My boots are packed away and now it’s time for swimsuits and shorts.

I love being outdoors, especially at the beach. I have fond memories of going to Long Beach, N.Y. My family rented a flat there each July and August. Who knew from SPF during the 60s? My mom used to slather greasy orange Ban d’Soleil over her body and my dad’s too. Sometimes my sister N would sit with a metallic reflector near her face to catch more rays.

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I have great memories of my summers at Long Beach, N.Y.

Sadly, later in life my mom ended up with melanoma and had to have surgery on her leg. That’s why I try to cover up when in the sun and wear sunscreen with SPF 50+, especially on my face. I also get regular checkups at the dermatologist. Continue reading

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Talking About Menopause: “Enabling The Change”

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersLast week, I participated in my first-ever Google Hangout with a group of fabulous female boomer bloggers. None of us knew each other beforehand, but we chatted up a storm. We were talking about menopause with Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Minkin is also a partner in private practice in the New Haven, CT, area and has written several books on the subject. She had much to share with us (and we with her) about the challenges that women face as they age. The Hangout was sponsored by Replens vaginal moisturizer.

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Dr. Mary Jane Minkin is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University School of Medicine.

A Large Demographic Of Women
According to Time magazine, “One of the largest demographics in America is women in their 40s to 60s, and by 2020 there will be nearly 60 million peri- and post-menopausal women living in the U.S. Because women’s average life expectancy is currently 81 years, we’re easily spending a third of our lives post-menopausal.” So listen up boomer girls, because you need to know about your body during these times of change.

A Chat About “Enabling The Change”
My fellow bloggers featured Parri from Her Royal Thighness, Shannon from The Woman Formerly Known As Beautiful, Laura from I’m So Vintage, and Claudia from Mockingbird Hill Cottage.

I don’t want to reveal too much about our chat since you can watch us in action in the taped segment. We all agreed that our years of declining estrogen have made an impact with newfound emotions, middle-aged middles, night and day hot-flashes, bouts of insomnia, plus dry eyes, dry skin, dry vaginas, and a whole lot more.

Dr. Minkin talked about things we could and should do to deal with matters surrounding menopause. For example, she encouraged us to consume foods with vitamin D and to do weight bearing exercises to build bone strength during our life after 50. I especially took note of these tips since Dr. Minkin said that “slim women tend to have more bone issues.”

Don’t worry, it’s not all bad. We had quite a few positives to add about our post-menopausal years, with more gratitude for all that we have and greater authenticity, wisdom, and openness to accept ourselves for all that we are.

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I plan to stay strong during my post-menopausal years so I can continue to climb new mountains.

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Regardless of whatever stage of menopause you are going through, Dr. Minkin reminded us to “talk with your gynecologist about your changes and ask questions.” She offered resources at menopause.org, where you can find menopause practitioners and mentioned Red Hot Mamas®, a menopause education program, where she is on the Advisory Board.

I recommend either of Dr. Minkin’s books: A Woman’s Guide to Menopause & Perimenopause and A Woman’s Guide To Sexual Health. Both are comprehensive guides.    

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“IRIS” – A Delightful Documentary About A 93 Year Old Style-Maven

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenI’ve always adored the style-maven Iris Apfel. I’ve followed her flamboyant fashions and over-sized iconic eyewear since I was in college in the 70s. As a student of textile and clothing design, it was a treat to see what avant-garde outfit and costume jewelry Iris was wearing on the fashion pages or around the streets of New York City.

Now at 93 (the same age my mom would have been if she was alive), she is the subject of a new documentary called IRIS. If you are a fashionista or creative spirit like me, you won’t want to miss this fabulous film directed by the legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (who sadly passed away in March).

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Iris Apfel in IRIS, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo credit: (c) Bruce Weber.

Who Is Iris Apfel?
For those of you who don’t know Iris, let me tell you about her. “While Iris Apfel has been an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades, her life is more than just about glamour,” as the press release states. “She continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. Her enthusiasm for fashion, art and people, reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.” Her fun-loving attitude, abundant creativity, and tireless energy are what make Iris so inspiring and the film IRIS so endearing.

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An Eye-Opening Day At Sixth Annual “Women in the World Summit”

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersLast Thursday, I attended the sixth annual “Women in the World Summit” at Lincoln Center in New York City. It was an emotional and eye-opening day as I learned about issues facing women and girls around the world.

“Together, we’re going to parachute behind the frontline of the news. We’ll experience dramatic stories through the eyes of some extraordinary women and the men who champion them. Our guides are activists, artists, entrepreneurs, fighters, journalists, peacemakers, and rabble-rousers.,” said Tina Brown, Founder and CEO, Women in the World/Tina Brown Live Media.

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A Galvanizing Agenda
Each discussion was more stirring than the next, with subject matters ranging from gender inequities and women’s health to sexual violence and mutilation, to the importance of human rights and education for women and girls. The growing impact of climate change, caregiving, cyber-bullying, maternal mortality was also on the agenda. You can watch many of the presentations at the “Women In the World” website (co-produced with The New York Times) or by clicking on the links throughout the post.

For now, here are some of my takeaways from the day:

Cofounder of Bring Back Our Girls, Obiageli Ezekwesili, talked about the 276 Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped last year by Boko Haram terrorists. “Everyone must use your influence to bring back our girls, these girls are not back yet,” said Obiageli. “Nobody has the right to make you have to decide between education and being alive.” (Hearing this story made me really appreciate the educational opportunities we have in America.)

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Obiageli Ezekwesili (left) is Cofounder of Bring Back Our Girls, seated with panelist Alexis Okeowo, Writer, The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker.

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, moderated a panel on caregiving. “Forty percent of working moms are single. In 2000, 30 million people were over 65. By 2030, that number will double. Sixty-two percent of caregivers are women,” said Valerie. Panelist Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman, and CEO, Care.com, echoed these concerns. “Caregiving is the #1 budgetary item for working families. Investing in care drives economic growth. We have a crisis coming if we don’t take care of caregiving.” (Having been a part of the AARP Kitchen Cabinet of Caregivers, I am very passionate about this issue. Valerie asked for help: “What more should we be doing to spotlight caregiving? Send suggestions to me on Twitter at @vj44.”) Continue reading

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A Dynamic Mother & Daughter Duo

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomers“I noticed that you’ve posted interviews of women over 50 pursuing new career paths and I was hoping I could submit my mom as a future subject. My mom is Diane Yeager and she is 60 years young. Every time we think it’s time for her to slow down and retire, it’s as if she starts another life.” said Nikki.

What a nice lead-in to an inspiring story. I like to hear about positive family relationships, especially when a daughter is proud of her mom. I wanted to learn more about how Diane, a former full-time nurse and now owner of EHR Tutor, navigated entrepreneurship. I also was curious to hear Nikki’s perspective — to understand how her mom has influenced her own success.

Here are excerpts from my interviews. Perhaps Diane’s story may motivate you to become an entrepreneur during your second act. 

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Nikki (left) was inspired to succeed by her strong mom Diane.

A Conversation With Diane Yeager
Q: What spurred you to start a company during your life after 50?
Diane: “In my 50s, I was working as a consultant for a healthcare software company and found myself working increasingly longer hours. Having a 100 hour work week at the beginning of a job is something I can do, especially when I’m excited about the work. However, when I was doing overnight support shifts on a regular basis after writing training curriculum, I realized I was well into my 50s and losing time at my job instead of gaining anything meaningful in my life. Continue reading

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I Need To “Sleep Better”

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer wellnessWhen I was in my 20s, I was a great sleeper. I’d hit the pillow after a long day at work and I was out for the count. I remember my roommate W was envious of how quickly I would nod off. Not anymore. These days as a “post menopausal woman,” I rarely fall asleep even after 30 minutes of relaxing music. Some nights I feel like I barely get any shut-eye at all.

I’ve tried many remedies — from warm milk to warm bathes, from Valerian (ooh, ooh, ooh, cannot stomach that herb in any form) to Melatonin — without much success. Most evenings, I usually enjoy a cup of Chamomile tea and douse myself with lavender oil. Yet some nights nothing seems to work.

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While I do see a sleep doctor about twice a year, I’m always open to any and all sleep experts. That’s why when the team at AARP invited me to interview Life Reimagined Thought Leader and psychiatrist, Dr. Janet Taylor, and try out her new “Sleep Better” activity created for LifeReimagined.org, I said “yes.”

The “Sleep Better” Program
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