Second Acts That Change Lives Making a Difference in the World [NOOK Book]

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Are you realizing that the first half of your life is over and you've been so busy concentrating on building a career or raising a family, or both, it has suddenly dawned on you that you may have lost yourself in the process and that the dreams you had when you were younger were set aside for more immediate concerns? Or are you frustrated that you have not had the time to truly give back? Mary Beth Sammons offers readers a chance to change all that in Second Acts That Change Lives. The book offers a collection ...
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Overview


Are you realizing that the first half of your life is over and you've been so busy concentrating on building a career or raising a family, or both, it has suddenly dawned on you that you may have lost yourself in the process and that the dreams you had when you were younger were set aside for more immediate concerns? Or are you frustrated that you have not had the time to truly give back? Mary Beth Sammons offers readers a chance to change all that in Second Acts That Change Lives. The book offers a collection of honest and inspiring stories delving into the lives of a community of mid-life trailblazers who wanted to make changes in their lives and found that as they reached inward for the strength to change, almost unanimously reached out to share their better self, their skills, their talents to make the world a better place. Second Acts That Change Lives is a wake-up call, an intervention of sorts to help prod readers to pursue their dreams—to turn the "someday I'd love to" into "today I will" and, by doing so, make a profound difference in the world.
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Editorial Reviews

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It may surprise many people to learn that most women age 50 and over are rediscovering themselves more than settling down. So writes Levine (Inventing the Rest of Our Lives), the first editor of Ms. magazine, who uses personal observations and case studies to encourage women to change what has not worked in their lives, develop connections with like-minded women, and take responsibility for their practical and emotional lives. Award-winning journalist Sammons (We Carry Each Other) covers some of the same territory but employs stories of both men and women to illustrate that it's never too late to reinvent one's life. The outcome is a manual of sorts to help readers dream, stay focused, and make the changes they want to see in the world. Both books are recommended for libraries seeking to augment an existing boomer collection.


—Deborah Bigelow
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609250034
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 483 KB

Meet the Author


Mary Beth Sammons is an award-winning journalist and women's issues columnist whose work appears frequently in Family Circle, the Chicago Tribune's lifestyle section, and leading consumer women's magazines. She is currently the "Finding You" editor for www.BettyConfidential.com and writes for various health and business publications. As an editorial vice-president, Mary Beth launched the editorial departments of the largest consumer health on-line Web site—RevolutionHealth.com and its subsidiary, CarePages.com, for which she writes separate blogs. In addition, she is currently working with the Stanford Research Institute as editorial director of a storytelling project focused on consumer health and wellness. Mary Beth specializes in stories that inspire ordinary people to do extraordinary things from a place deep in their hearts. She has written six books in the women's self-help and mind/body/health field including, We Carry Each Other: Getting Through Life's Toughest Times (Conari Press, 2007). She lives in Chicago's suburbs with her three children.
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Among the stories included are:



* A 60-yr old divorced mom and grandmother, blind in one eye, who sets up a program for single mothers in Nicaragua to teach them how to make quilts that will financially sustain them.



* A single woman and high-powered career person who met the love of her life at 50. He dies two months later when hit by a car while training for a triathlon. She went to Russia and adopted two children and brought them home to raise in Michagan.



* A 45yr old attorney who love to swim as a child. He returned to school for a degree in physical education and now teaches swimming lessons.
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Table of Contents

1 Wake Up! Life's Half Over! 11

What do I need to do to make a difference?

2 But Now What? 25

One day you discover something is missing in your life-like a life.

3 Begin Again 43

4 Reconnect with the Source of Your Creative Spirit 60

What do you want? What are you good at? Tap into your hidden talents.

5 Dream 72

Dreaming of what can be is the catalyst for us to use our gifts the best we can, strive for what we thought we never could do, and learn the power of letting go.

6 Identify the Next Steps 92

7 Find Your Personal Best 106

Ask yourself, What am I capable of?

8 Put Your Passions Out There 119

New beginnings are subtle and take much patience and persistence.

9 Become a Little Engine that Could 133

Develop that "I think I can" attitude.

10 Stay Focused 145

You can make it to the finish line.

11 Make the Change You Want to See in the World 159

You've accomplished the feat that you set out to do. Now what?

Books to Inspire and Guide You 174

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