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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
NABBW - National Association of Baby Boomer Women

How to Put Passion Back into Your Career and Personal Life — Have an Adventure!

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By Bonnie Michaels For the NABBW Are you lacking excitement and passion in your life? Do you feel stuck in your career plan and want to reinvent it? Boomers who are in transition looking for a way to” kick start” their lives might consider taking some risks and have an adventure. After years of helping corporations and individuals with work and family issues, I took a break and went off with my husband to explore and volunteer around the world for a year. Sound crazy? It was one of best decisions I made about jump-starting my life. With one suitcase each and a round-the-world ticket, we each... (Read More ...)

Aging Boomers: Is 50 Really the New 30?

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By Meryl Ain For the NABBW The weeklong celebration of Hoda Kotb’s 50th birthday on the Today Show culminated with a congratulatory video message from First Lady Michelle Obama to a surprised and delighted Hoda. Throughout the week, 50 was celebrated as glamorous, sexy and a time for reinvention. This is all true, and I wish Hoda a happy birthday and many years of good health and fulfillment. But I have to think that it would have been nice when those of us in the leading edge of Baby Boomers turned 50 and then 60 to have had validation of how glamorous, sexy, and “young” we were. First,... (Read More ...)

Happiness and the American Dream

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Happiness and the American Dream  By Bonnie Michaels For the NABBW     “Will I Ever Be Happy Again,” was  a topic discussed at a boomer workshop and many attendees had a variety of losses that often interfere with happiness—partners, savings, jobs, health, as well as issues with children and grandchildren.  In this day and age of great change and transition, it is an important question and one not easily answered. The poignant question can’t be answered until happiness is defined.  In many instances, happiness is a personal issue. Yet, research shows there are some criteria to consider. Studies... (Read More ...)

Losing Our Parents and Keeping Their Memories Alive

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Losing Our Parents and Keeping Their Memories Alive By Meryl Ain For the NABBW I still remember the first time I heard The Beatles on the radio as a teenager. My mother had just told me that my boyfriend had arrived for our Saturday night date. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” came on the radio and I was transfixed. I had to hear the whole song before I went downstairs. It has been 50 years since The Beatles first visited the United States, but their music is as alive as ever. Although the Beatles stopped performing as a group in 1970, and John Lennon and George Harrison have passed, their music... (Read More ...)

Navigating Your Future: Thoughts From The Wisdom Keepers To Help You Minimize Obstacles & Maximize Opportunities In This Brave New World

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Navigating Your Future: Thoughts From The Wisdom Keepers To Help You Minimize Obstacles & Maximize Opportunities In This Brave New World   By George and Sedena Cappannelli For the NABBW Those of us who weren\’t born yesterday and haven\’t been hanging out with Rip Van Winkle in Sleepy Hollow, know we are in a time unlike any before. In addition to the many challenges we face — climate change, energy, education, healthcare, immigration, wealth inequality, gender and minority inequality to name a few — we are also in a demographic revolution that will, over the next several... (Read More ...)

Don’t Wait to Travel to Your \’Bucket List\’ Countries. They\’re Welcoming You Today, But May Not Be Tomorrow.

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Don’t Wait to Travel to Your \’Bucket List\’ Countries. They\’re Welcoming You Today,  But May Not Be Tomorrow. By Sandra Colony For the NABBW “The driver of our boat waved his arms toward the river’s shoreline.  He had spotted our camp site for  the night.  And it is the perfect spot, soft sand surrounded by trees swaying in a gentle breeze.  Feels so  serene, so quiet, so safe. A table is set for dinner and, as if on cue, the stars make their appearance  and soon the sky is ablaze. We open a bottle of wine and all is right with the world.” I wrote those words... (Read More ...)

Grandparents As the Voice of Reason: Let\’s Hear It for the Concept of Giving Our Grandchildren Meaningful, Sustainable Gifts — The Good Kind That Keep on Giving

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Grandparents As the Voice of Reason: Let\’s Hear It for the Concept of Giving Our Grandchildren Meaningful, Sustainable Gifts — The Good Kind That Keep on Giving By Marie Langworthy, Ph.D. For the NABBW So much is written about the luxury that grandparents have in their ability to spoil their grandchildren. Ironically, that tradition been compounded in contemporary society because of our high divorce rate, which, arguably, has reached epidemic proportions. One of the by-products of America’s high rate of fractured families is the fact that now, instead of having two sets of grandparents... (Read More ...)

Milestones Are Not Set in Stone

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Milestones Are Not Set in Stone By Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. and Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. For the NABBW If you\’ve recently celebrated a landmark birthday, you may be thinking about the milestones in your life. Crossing from one personal decade into another is a significant event and takes on a life of its own. Connecting with friends who are also making this transition can help focus on what you\’ve gained over the years – memories, perspective, wisdom – rather than on what you\’ve lost – agility, some energy, your youth! Even though the signpost for an event may be firmly... (Read More ...)

No Need to Hibernate All Winter

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No Need to Hibernate All Winter By Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. and Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. For the NABBW Were you too busy on Super Bowl Sunday watching the commercials to notice that groundhog Punxsutawney Phil had emerged from his burrow? He saw his shadow and went back in to hibernate predicting that the blistery winter weather much of the country has been experiencing will last for another six weeks. For many of us, winter weather does seem to drag on longer than we\’d like. And being stuck at home in February and March doesn\’t usually lend itself to the same kind of staycation... (Read More ...)

Three Positive Predictions You Need to Hear About Retirement

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Three Positive Predictions You Need to Hear About Retirement By Dr. Carolee Duckworth For the NABBW Retirement is not, and probably will never be, a neutral topic. Every retirement story is individual and unique. And if the person retiring happens to be you, that unique story becomes eminently significant, certainly emotional, and possibly life critical. Granted, throughout our work lives before retirement, our work may have become almost routine. And granted, we may have dreamed of the day when we could turn in our employee ID, say goodbye to our colleagues, and walk out to the parking lot... (Read More ...)