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What's next? : women redefining their dreams in the prime of life
Pederson, Rena.
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First edition.
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New York : Perigee, 2001.
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xiv, 288 pages ; 21 cm
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Explores the lives of women including Elizabeth Dole, Mary Kay, and Jane Goodall to provide inspiration for women who are seeking to evaluate and redefine their goals and their sense of self.

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"What do you want to do? How do you want to be remembered? What are you waiting for?" Answering these questions is the first step to answering the larger question of What's Next?: Women Redefining Their Dreams in the Prime of Life. This spiritual and practical guide for women seeking change at midlife draws on inspiring anecdotes about famous (Anna Quindlen, Beverly Sills, Julia Child) and ordinary women. Whether readers choose to change careers or finally follow their deep-seated passion, Rena Pederson, an editor with the Dallas Morning News, and Lee Smith, a psychologist and executive coach, guide and encourage readers in taking the next step. ( Apr. 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Anna QuindlenJulia Child and Elizabeth DoleSusan Molinari and Amira Matsuda and Brenda BarnesShirley Hutton and Mary KaySusan Baker and Sarah Ban BreathnachMaggie Klee Lichtenberg and Becky Briggs and Joan Konner and Katharine GrahamCynthia Gonzalez and Karol EmmerichDonna Sanson and Anne Grizzle and Donna DrewesAnn Carruth and Cathy BonnerCarolyn Shoemaker and Eleanor OberwetterJane Russell and Barbara Findley and Cheri Shank and Cass PetersonBeverly Sills and Nelda CainLinda Ellerbee and Verla GillmorAlma Powell and Susan BarnesJoan Kerr and Jane Cresswell and Jane Goodall
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
1. There Is Still Timep. 1
2. Follow Your Passionp. 13
3. Give Yourself Permissionp. 31
4. Take Care of Yourselfp. 46
5. Find Time for Solitudep. 61
6. Get Good Advicep. 73
7. Know the Life You Can Affordp. 96
8. Don't Let Life Wear You Downp. 118
9. Build a Circle of Supportp. 132
10. After the Kids Leave, Launch Yourselfp. 146
11. Coordinating with Your Spousep. 162
12. Have a Series of Careersp. 175
13. Don't Be Afraid of Failurep. 190
14. Strengthen Your Spiritual Foundationp. 207
15. Start Smallp. 225
16. Just Do It! They Did It!p. 238
Epiloguep. 259
Good Companyp. 267
Recommended Readingp. 273
Bibliographyp. 275
Indexp. 277
About the Authorsp. 287