On Women Turning 30: Making Choices, Finding Meaning

On Women Turning 30: Making Choices, Finding Meaning

by Cathleen Rountree
     
 

This inspiring book is the next best thing to having a long, deep conversation about life with your closest women friends. On Women Turning 30 celebrates the complexities, challenges, and choices of this dynamic decade in a personal and joyful way. Through the experiences and insights of 15 strong, creative, 30-something women, readers gain insights on

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This inspiring book is the next best thing to having a long, deep conversation about life with your closest women friends. On Women Turning 30 celebrates the complexities, challenges, and choices of this dynamic decade in a personal and joyful way. Through the experiences and insights of 15 strong, creative, 30-something women, readers gain insights on relationships, careers, passion, love, spiritual awareness, self-esteem, success, body image, eating disorders, sexuality, motherhood, mentors, feminism, aging, living deliberately, making a difference, finding meaning, and much more.They are famous and not so famous, traditional and unconventional, single and partnered women sharing their joys, pains, turning points, choices, triumphs, and creative struggles. They talk about the need to overcome the cultural myth that women can have it all-marriage, career, children, social life-and to focus on "what it is you do well, what it is you love, and what it is you want to concentrate on. "Here's a smattering of their sage, practical advice:"Go be by yourself for awhile. Have an adventure. Fall in love with your soul. Talk to God. Laugh a lot."—Susana Herrera, writer"Instead of asking, 'What is the answer?' ask, 'Why or how can this be meaningful?'"—Katherine Spilde, anthropologist"Look in the mirror and say, 'I really love this woman that I'm looking at. Look how beautiful she is. Look at what a wonderful person she is.'"—Terry Schneider, athlete and personal trainer"Surround yourself with people who say 'yes' or 'why not?' to your deepest dreams."—Randi Gray Kristensen, professor and scholar They reveal the powerfully healing ways they nurture themselves, find support for their work, and drum up the courage to live their ideals. Their energy, wisdom, and clear focus offer encouragement for every woman to pursue her dreams.[back jacket][headline]An intimate exploration of the passions, struggles, and dreams of 30-something wom

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"This wonderful book completes Cathleen Rountree's fascinating series about the lives, minds, and hearts of women at the turn of the 21st century. Like the other works in this outstanding series, On Women Turning 30 stands as a gift not only to readers today but to generations still to come." (Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade, Sacred Pleasure, and Tomorrow's Children)

"Cathleen Rountree has done it again! Now added to her series of remarkable books on the various decades of a woman's life is On Women Turning 30. This is a must-read for every woman in her thirties as well as for those-men and women-who wish to learn about the weighty decisions and cultural expectations that accompany this dynamic and getting-younger-all-the-time age. Remember when 30 was the beginning of the And for women? Now it's the beginning of the beginning." (Liz Smith, columnist, Newsday)

"Cathleen Rountree's marvelous series on the decades of a woman's life give us all a peek at our future and our past. For me, the thirties seem like only yesterday; for those going into their thirties today, these are the decisive years-marriage, babies, and career. These are the paths that color your lifetime. For the young women of the twenty-first century I can only give one piece of advice: Be decisive-no one has as much time as they think." (Mary Travers of Peter, Paul, & Mary)

Liz Smith
Cathleen Rountree has done it again! Now added to her series of remarkable books on the various decades of a woman's life is On Women Turning 30. This is a must-read for every woman in her thirties as well as for those-men and women-who wish to learn about the weighty decisions and cultural expectations that accompany this dynamic and getting-younger-all-the-time age. Remember when 30 was the beginning of the end for women? Now it's the beginning of the beginning.
Mary Travers
Cathleen Rountree's marvelous series on the decades of a woman's life give us all a peek at our future and our past. For me, the thirties seem like only yesterday; for those going into their thirties today, these are the decisive years-marriage, babies, and career. These are the paths that color your lifetime. For the young women of the twenty-first century I can only give one piece of advice: Be decisive-no one has as much time as they think.
Booknews
Through interviews and b&w photos, the author of a decade series on women celebrates 15 first post-baby boom generation women in their 30s in an era when it is not considered odd for most to be single and childless. A few references are cited in the introduction. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787950361
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/06/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.18(w) x 9.51(h) x 0.85(d)

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Introduction



What I found during the course of interviewing a variety of women in their thirties and writing this book is that the thirties is a highly performance-oriented, pressure-packed decade. It is not a decade of leisure. Women in their thirties are supposed to have put it all together: marriage, children, and, of course, a successful career. It is assumed that they launched their career in their twenties.

seventeen left her paralyzed from the waist down is. Patricia Buttenheim and Ann Snoeyenbos, a nurse and reference librarian, respectively, from Manhattan, are ultra athletes who competed in the Double Ironman race (that's 4.8 miles of swimming, 224 miles of biking, and 52.4 miles of running-and these are consecutive events. The women's record, set in 1994, is 22 hours, 7 minutes.).

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