Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life

Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life

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by Jane Pauley

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This is the awakening of a generation to the opportunities that lie ahead. Research has shown that people in their fifties are more vital now than they were only ten years ago. They’re saying, “I’m

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This is the awakening of a generation to the opportunities that lie ahead. Research has shown that people in their fifties are more vital now than they were only ten years ago. They’re saying, “I’m game, I’m up for it, I want to do more.”

Jane Pauley, one of America’s most beloved and trusted broadcast journalists, gives voice to the opportunities of her generation—and the next one too—offering humor and insight about the journey forward. Your Life Calling is a fresh look at ideas that have been simmering since boomers first entered midlife with a different perspective on the future than any generation before: that there was more to come—and perhaps the best of all.

Jane is not an advice giver but a storyteller. Here she tells her own and introduces readers to the fascinating people she has featured on her award-winning Today show segment, Life Reimagined Today. You’ll meet Betsy McCarthy, who traded in her executive briefcase for knitting needles; Gid Pool, who launched a career as a stand-up comic; Richard Rittmaster, who joined the National Guard Chaplain Corps; Trudy Lundgren, who took her home on the road in an RV; Paulie Gee, who opened a successful pizzeria in Brooklyn; and many more. Their stories are delightful, compelling, and inspiring for anyone asking “What am I going to do with my supersized life?”

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Former NBC news anchor Pauley shares stories of mid-life personal reinventions, many from people featured on her eponymous Today show segment. Paul Giannone worked in information technology before realizing his dream to open a pizzeria and now feels that, despite spending seven days a week there, he does not “work” at all. Gid Pool began his career as a stand-up comedian at age 61, while Kirk Rademaker quit a stressful job to be a full-time sand carver. Some find their calling helping others, like Jan Erickson who used her experience as an elder-care minister to launch a wellness clothing line. Jan remarks, “everybody comes to this planet with something to give.” Jenny and Richard Bowen wanted to help abandoned baby girls in China so they adopted one. Later, feeling she had to do more, Jenny established the Half the Sky Foundation for training child-care professionals to nurture children in Chinese institutions. Pauley also shares her story of taking over for Barbara Walters on Today at just 25 years of age, and the “guilt and self-doubt” she experienced as a working mother. She addresses the controversy surrounding her replacement by Deborah Norville and her struggle with bipolar disorder. Readers seeking new directions will find a wealth of inspiration. (Jan.)
Linda Ellerbee
"Sadly, we're too old now to believe we're going to live forever. But we ARE going to live longer than any generation in history. So what shall we do with that information? Jane sees opportunities I'd missed until I read her book. Not only did she cheer me up about aging; she inspired me. But Jane has always done that."
Tom Brokaw
“Jane Pauley is America’s baby boomer—taking us through those formative years to what next? Here she tells us in instructive, humorous, and utterly useful ways. I learned a lot—and so will you.”
Michael J. Fox
“Jane Pauley is a wonderful guide to all the different ways you can open new doors in life, many of which lead to unexpected places. She shows with humor and a great generosity of spirit why the journey to reinvention can come from all kinds of places and produce all kinds of joys.”
Abigail Trafford
“Jane Pauley speaks for boomers—the regeneration generation—who are exploring new lives in their bonus decades of vitality before traditional old age. Her moving personal journey, woven into the inspiring stories of men and women across the country, gives hope to all of us who ask: what next?”
Marc Freedman
“Beautifully written, filled with rich and compelling stories, and immensely practical, this book is destined to become a classic—the indispensable companion for all of us navigating the great gift of longer lives.”
Jim Lehrer
“Well, here it is—finally. The guide for baby boomers on getting from here to there—from a state of panic over how to live the rest of their lives to a state of passion and performance as they do so with grace and pleasure. Read it and then go!”
Marci Alboher
“In her early career, Jane Pauley was a role model for generations of women forging their paths in the workplace. Now, in her encore career, she’s a role model again, guiding millions of boomers as they reimagine their lives.”
USA Today
“Compelling . . . . Pauley's book is chockablock with keen insights for career transitions.”

Jane Pauley's first book in ten years tackles a topic that she has contemplated more than once during her long life in the public eye: What do I do in the next phase of my life? Her own well-known willingness to change gears and careers serves as a prototype for her message, but she doesn't linger here on autobiography and self-congratulation. Instead, she draws on her expertise as a television journalist to share the stories of women and men who have made satisfying mid-life switches. Certain to receive strong media attention.

Library Journal
Just in time to help baby boomers find themselves and their passions over again comes broadcast journalist Pauley with her own and others' inspiring stories of making it in the second half of life. The good news, according to Pauley, is that people now have the opportunity to reinvent themselves, and there are many midlifers who have successfully managed to do that. One of the great things about a do-over is not only that it can help others but that it also involves being reintroduced to oneself. The opportunities are endless, and the examples Pauley provides are most stimulating. VERDICT A wonderful title for boomers, Generation Xers, and others who are interested in personal reinvention.

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Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I am a baby boomer and unemployed. I needed to open my mind to new ideas that will help me figure out what my second act might be. I like the book as it gave examples of individuals pursuing their passion.The book made me think outside the box.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the best part of the book are where Jane Pauley talks about herself. However, I did not find it helpful to me as an older person trying to reinvent themselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago