If you’re a mom over 40, it seems all the talk, blogs, TV shows, magazine articles, books, and other media output in mid-August are about back-to-school topics, and attention must be paid. While you’re still trying to get all the sand out of your Spanx-enhanced “maillot,” you’re being bombarded in every direction with must-see info about what schoolchildren will need or want in order to be in step, in style, in the loop or whatever “in” they’re in or want to be in!
Even if you’re not a mom about to send her boisterous brood back to campus, this time of year brings with it the shorter days that are the sure signs of fall and the wake-up call that vacation is definitely over. Maybe you’re thinking that this fall could be the start of something new – for YOU too.
If you’re a woman over 40 longing to DRIVE and ADVANCE something new for you this fall, but not sure where to start, you’re not alone. Starting something new over 40 can be anxiety-inducing. Believe me, I know! But there are scores of women over 40 who are crafting new dreams and desires, dealing from their strengths, and designing a plan to get there. Here are just a few of the books that have helped me and other women over 40 DRIVE and ADVANCE something new. Not a definitive list, but it’s a Start.
- The Breaking Point: How Female Midlife Crisis is Transforming Today’s Women, by Sue Shellenbarger. The Wall Street Journal career columnist illuminates through anecdotes and excellent reporting, the many types of work, avocations and fun that women have started after they hit 40.
- A Whole New Mind, by Daniel H. Pink. Full of ideas to think differently, explore all types of intelligence (artistic, physical, etc.) to innovate, pursue meaningful work, and stay relevant.
- I Could Do Anything, If I Only Knew What It Was, by Barbara Sher. One of the best, most honest books on helping you visualize your “perfect life” – delivered in an empathic, amusing style.
- Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. Exercises to plumb your deepest needs and how to tap into your unconscious for ideas your editing mind won’t allow.
- Jump Start Your Brain, by Doug Hall. Promises to make you 500% more creative – from a marketing guru who creates products and campaigns that convince us to try, buy and stay loyal to stuff we never even knew we needed let alone wanted.
- AHA! 10 Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit and Find Your Great Ideas, by Jordan Ayan. Not just 10 ways, but thousands! Has unstuck even the most tenacious, stubborn, blank, fearful minds.
- Write It Down, Make It Happen, by Henriette Ann Klauser. A free-association guide, with prompts, questions and lists to encourage you to think differently, identify goals and aspirations, and, yes, make them happen.
- Second Acts, by Stephen M. Pollan and Mark Levine, attorney and author/ collaborator. Guides you through what they call “sources of dissatisfaction” so you arrive at your personal hopes and dreams.
- Six-Week Start Up, by Rhonda Abrams. An easy-to-complete workbook for launching a new venture, whether a business, nonprofit or other creative endeavor, especially if you don’t have the time or inclination to pour thousands of dollars into B-school, psychotherapy, or other forms of long-term torture.
So, fill up your brain, put it in DRIVE, develop your road map, and get an ADVANCE on your Fall! We DARE you!