Edging into forty-something, Karen and Pam found themselves in a state of stuck. They had checked off many of their major life goals—career, husband, children, friends—but they’d lost momentum. After griping over drinks one night, they came up with a plan to face their fears, rediscover their interests, try new things, and renew their relationships. They challenged themselves to try one new thing every week for a year—from test-driving a Maserati to target practice at a shooting range to ballroom dance lessons—and to blog about their journeys. They quickly realized it was harder than they ever imagined but came through it with a sense of clarity and purpose that has them itching to share the possibilities with the millions of middle-aged women out there who feel the same way about one or many areas of their lives.
Getting "unstuck" doesn’t have to mean running a marathon, traveling the world, or ending a relationship with your partner. Through their experiences and a good dose of no-nonsense advice, Karen and Pam show readers how achieving small goals can give you a renewed sense of accomplishment and how you can keep growing, learning, and moving forward at any age. Interspersed with personal stories is expert advice from doctors, psychiatrists, artists, and even a poker diva (who also happens to be a Fortune 500 executive).
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About the Author
Karen Amster-Young is a marketing and public relations veteran and has amassed many awards for her work in public relations, including a spot on PR Week’s “Forty PR Stars under Forty.” Karen lives with her husband and daughter in New York City.
Pam Godwin began her career as a caseworker for a nonprofit refugee resettlement agency. After getting her master’s degree in elementary education, Pam was a classroom teacher and literacy specialist in the New York City public school system. She lives with her husband and children in New York City.
Table of Contents
Foreword Barbara Hannah Grufferman ix
Note to the Reader xiii
Chapter 1 Trying Something New 1
Chapter 2 Wellness 17
Chapter 3 Just for Fun 44
Chapter 4 Arts & Culture 65
Chapter 5 Relationships 84
Chapter 6 Facing Fears 107
Chapter 7 Giving Back 128
Chapter 8 Reflection 150
Chapter 9 Changing Course 169
Chapter 10 Flying Solo, with Jami Kelmenson 193
Chapter 11 Your 52 218
Meet the Experts 253
Changing Course Worksheets 266
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A funny, inspiring read that motivated me to get "unstuck" and move me out of my comfort zone. At a certain point, we all need a little push (or kick) to reclaim our life and get back to looking forward again. This book is this year's birthday gift to all my friends who suffer from a case of inertia! DD