The Fabulous@50 Re-Experience: It's never too late to refresh your mind, body and spirit, and you don't have to do it alone

The Fabulous@50 Re-Experience: It's never too late to refresh your mind, body and spirit, and you don't have to do it alone

by Dianna Lee Bowes, Deborah Smith


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991766512
Publisher: Creative on the Move
Publication date: 01/13/2016
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Dianna is a shining example of how to get the most out of life as a "seasoned" woman. At a time when most of us look to relax in front of the TV, she is out in our Alberta communities creating a dynasty! And in her "spare time," she turns her time and talents to family and friends, graphic design, painting, biking, cross-country skiing and fulfilling a host of volunteer commitments.
Though Dianna is now a successful entrepreneur and inspiration to many, she had to overcome many barriers to get there. Raised by grandparents in a dysfunctional family, Dianna was shy and lacking in self-confidence as a child and young adult. She married at 20, but tragically her new husband was killed in a explosion within a year. She remarried a few years later and was blessed with two children who are the light of her life. But the marriage was rocky and further eroded Dianna's self-esteem. A serious health problem (tumour on her vertebrae) in her 40s brought things to a head and the marriage ended. Rather than wallow in despair, Bowes decided to take control of her life. She recreated herself into the woman she always wanted to be by focusing on personal development and coaching. When her 50th birthday was approaching, she started Fabulous@50 (a community for seasoned woman) and has never looked back. Now confident and poised, Bowes is dedicated to helping other women through their life changes and challenges. Bowes has won numerous awards for her work: a 2014 Leader of Tomorrow Award from Business in Edmonton, 2011 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award (Turning Point category) The 2014 New York Stevie Awards in two categories: Women Helping Women (Bronze) and Best Event (Gold). 2015 New York Stevie Award - Top Canadian Entrepreneur (Bronze).

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The Fabulous@50 Re-Experience: It's never too late to refresh your mind, body and spirit, and you don't have to do it alone 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
TeresaKander More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for baby boomer women (like me). Being midway through my fifties, I can relate to nearly everything the author discusses in her book. She says this time of our life should be about rediscovering who we are and what we want to do with the rest of our lives. Ms. Bowes gives us a combination of homework questions, coaching and artwork to show us that we can change our lives if we are willing to do the work and rid ourselves of our demons. There are personal stories throughout the book which are inspirational. There is also a great deal of humor to be found in the author's writing. When it comes to the questions she asks, I have to admit that some of them go VERY deep and left me staring at the page for quite some time before I could come up with a really honest answer. If you are in your fifties, or even if you're just getting close, this book is well worth reading and working through. **I was provided a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
Are you ready for a new chapter in your life? A new side of you, or perhaps the real side of you to finally come through? Although not yet in my fifties I found this book quite appealing as I am approaching that age. This was a really interesting book that encourages you whilst reading it to reflect upon on yourself, your life and situation you might find yourself in. You will find the authors advice and guidance friendly, full of positivity, holding your hand as she guides you on a new journey in your life, willing you on. The book includes journal areas where you can write down your thoughts prompted by the author or answer questions that she raises and also serves as a great reminder if you re-read the chapters to your original thoughts. I found it quite amazing how, on two fairly simple questions, I didn't know how to answer, especially as the question was about me and my feelings, I literally sat with a blank expression trying to think how to answer, followed by relief to find the author had provided some suggestions in case it proved too difficult! I did find myself smiling and laughing at the humor in parts of the book. I also found that the book really made me think and actually confirmed certain things that I already felt but brought them to the forefront of my mind as well as realizing the one thing stopping myself reaching my goals was me! The author has split the book into stages of change and has included many true stories from other affected 50'ish 'Boomer Women' (as the author describes them) so you know your not on your own and can understand how change can happen. You will find facts, quotes, drawings, references to other related reading as well as a really useful reference and resources guide at the back of the book. An insightful read signposting you to a more fulfilling, meaningful, next chapter of your life, a special time for 'you'.
hobbisl38 More than 1 year ago
I qualify as a Boomer woman (just) having in 1964 but this book and the experiences of the women within its pages spoke loudly to me. Dianna suggests that our fifties should be a time of reinvention and rediscovery of who we are, rather than a slow sinking into old age and an acceptance that nothing will ever change. Through a series of exercise, gentle coaching and personal artwork, she explains that it is never too late to change if we will only do the work that is needed to face our demons. Dianna's focus is on positive psychology - that is to say moving forward by taking our experiences as a chance to learn and reshape ourselves rather than the more typical talk therapy where bad past experiences are dredged up and in so doing we relive them in all their horror when we might actually have succeeded in putting them firmly to bed. The book teaches us to re-experience these events in our lives in a way which builds us up rather than reduces us even further. Many women of my generation were brought up to be dutiful wives and daughters, to be seen rather than heard and to know our 'place'. Peppered within the book's pages are numerous personal stories from women born in the Boomer years and many of these left me feeling either sad or angry. These are women who put everyone else first and squashed their own hopes and dreams at enormous personal cost. What stays with you is the acceptance of their lot when, had they only had some noble friends (Dianna's term for a true friend who will not shirk from telling you the truth, both good and bad), things might have been very difficult. Dianna suggests we should be our own 'noble friend' first and offers the hand of friendship and a place in her growing Fabulous @50 community. Make no mistake, however, to secure your own Fabulous @50 Re-experience, you will have to work hard and hold your past life up to the light in order to reshape it, and yourself for your remaining years. But surely living in the light has to be better than senior years spent in darkness and, if you're brave enough, this book will show you the way. I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Humber More than 1 year ago
This is a refreshing and uplifting novel that touches on pertinent topics as we travel through life’s journey. The book encourages individual creativity and shedding the things in life that simply didn’t work out. Forgiveness is key to moving forward, as well as learning to be kind to yourself and not be too critical. This book explores a wide range of subject matter that is imperative to one’s personal wellness. It is a fabulous read!
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
The golden book of inspiration and wisdom Though I am almost seven years of turning 50 years old, this book is ginormous inspiration of looking forward to that age. This is the golden book of inspiration and wisdom. It gives you the insight of problems and inspirations that Boomer women went through all the hardships and success. My favorite part of this book aside from real experiences and success is the journal. Though I never had a journal since I was in high school. It gives me a push to start writing my inspirations, sorrows and above all happiness. The book is full of chapters with solutions of how to deal with life's problem, temptation and to move on after each struggles. The book is so inspirational, at the same time educational especially with health issues and financial among the rest. It is a long book but it is worth reading each chapters. Life is short and full of surprises. Reading this book The Fabulous@50 Re-Experience is a wide opening of what ifs and what now that helps you deal and be inspired when life gives you lemon and helps you to sweeten it. Disclosure: I received a paperback copy from the author.
BookwormNM More than 1 year ago
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all opinions are 100% my own. Although I have a few years to go before I am 50, it really does not matter what age you are to enjoy this uplifting read! The book shares tips and exercises to help us find our next chapter in life, offering reminders to keep improving ourselves, and never stop learning. It is full of positive vibes, and positive real life stories of woman who made big changes in life after 50, encouraging us to never forget about ourselves while we are constantly putting others before us! I hope you will pick up this book and enjoy the fun experience and exercises of self awareness. You never know what you can achieve when you believe in yourself and trust your instincts.
Stacey06 More than 1 year ago
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions are 100% my own. This book is more for the older generation/baby boomers. I am only 29 and I still enjoyed reading this. This book gives you good advice and can help you. It gives you a good message. I think honestly this can help people in any age group in life. If you need help along the way in your life pick up this book. It gives you tips,discussions,and exercises to help you along through your journey in life.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
I am not 50. I am not nearly close to 50. BUT, that does not mean I did not enjoy this book. I think this book is great for anyone regardless of age. I am of the belief that our story can change at any time. We can choose to wake up and start a new chapter. It is never to late to go after what we want, stop living the way we are living, and try a different direction. The book is aimed at an older generation, but the message in the book was one that fit ever so clearly with me. Just the first few pages told me that this was going to be a great book and the fact that it was geared towards older women was not going to impact my opinion. I immediately connect with the author’s story, first and foremost. We had a lot in common and maybe that is why I was so drawn into the book; but I strongly believe that this book is great for anyone who is sitting there and pondering “what’s next”, “now what”? The book uses real life examples, but the author provides tips and discussion and exercises to move forward – to move through the “now what”. I strongly urge you that if you feel you are “stuck”, pick up this book and see if it helps you with what comes next.
BookMomto6 More than 1 year ago
Dianna Lee Bowes puts in writing what a lot of women my age are looking for - what to do next. Whether it is go out and do something that you have always wanted to do or "re-experience" something that has happened before, Bowes puts out there a lot of ideas for refreshing your life. A lot of women are thrown into midlife in a tizzy by divorce. People will stick around until the kids are grown. Then, the last child heads off to college. After that, the husband leaves. You know those life quizzes on the internet that rank stress. You've just topped out the stress level of your life. Do not let the stress overtake you. Take your life in your own hands and go out and discover what is next. Bowes asks a lot of hard questions in this book - questions about what you are thinking, where you want to go, what you are grateful for. There is space to write your answers right there. While I am a huge fan of e-books, I would definitely tell you to get a hard copy of this book so you can write in it. You should pick up this book if you are a Boomer woman floundering in your life. You will realize that "if not now... when?" should have been a question you were asking yourself all along. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
AButchersWife More than 1 year ago
he Fabulous@50 Re-Experience, from Dianna Bowes, is partly autobiographical, partly a self-help book and partly a led discovery of your own life. It includes many exercises to create your own wellness journal and life planner to make your dreams come true. I'm a big believer in writing things down and planning. It'ss the best way to visualise and make things happen. Bowes reminds us to let go of our plans we had made or those that didn't work out, and make room for new, better plans. But in order to do this, we need to take many other steps along the way. She leads us through this journey but allows room to make it your own. One step for me is definitely letting go of false beliefs about self-worth. Dianna addresses this with ideas about how to silence that inner critic. This is so essential if you are to move forward, I believe. Learning to love yourself is hard, but we can learn to be kind to ourselves. Bowes discusses gratitude, which has been a popular idea lately because it works. But she also talks about how our adversity can make us stronger, and that we need to express gratitude for that as well as the good things. My Nan always used to say that adversity builds character, and this reminded me of that. Throughout the book are little anecdotes and larger stories by other women, to give these women a voice and the ability to own their own story. It also reminds us, as Dianna points out many times in the book, that we are not alone. This book leads you through how to dream big and make those dreams come true by learning to think creatively. Unlocking your creativity will ultimately produce startling results in all areas of your life. In the last couple of years, I have come to accept the maxim about no emotion is a negative one, you are allowed to feel whatever you feel. If you are sad, then you are sad. The problem, of course, is learning to express emotions in a constructive rather than a destructive way. Bowes discusses how to harness emotions like anger and use them in a proactive, not reactive, manner. Another really important concept addressed is that of honouring our past and those who helped us develop. But also letting go of our past and forgiving. Dianna also tells us to be a bit of a rebel and learn to say no when it's not best for you. I have written myself a little note here that I really liked Chapter 3 and the test. Now you will need to read it for yourself and find out why. No wellbeing book is complete without discussing how we reward ourselves for doing well. There are more guided ideas and discussion around this. When you have finished you can put on your theme song and dance. :) I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.