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Your Life Calling

How's Your Reinvented Life Going?

Host Jane Pauley checks in on people who were featured on last season's "Today" show segments

Betsy Lee McCarthy — who Pauley dubbed a "knitting rock star" — spent much of the summer accompanying her daughter, best-selling author Rebecca Skloot, on Skloot's European book tour. McCarthy says it was an unforgettable experience, and it even influenced her knitting: she's begun to incorporate into her teaching repertoire "souvenir socks," like the pairs she's designed inspired by the colors of Berlin. McCarthy's book Knit Socks! was reprinted last year, and she's kept busy helping other knitters hone their craft and teaching at such prominent knitting festivals as Madrona FiberArts and the upcoming Sock Summit. McCarthy admits that when she first got the call to appear on "Your Life Calling," she was "terrified" at the thought of being interviewed on TV. But looking back, she's glad she seized the opportunity: "Like other experiences in my life, when I recognized that I was living in fear of something, I wanted to make myself embrace and get over it — and grow in the process."

• After her Today show appearance, chocolatier Antoinette Little's business has been booming — so much so that it nearly crashed her website. Online and in the store, Little's New Jersey shop, Antoinette Chocolatier, saw its busiest holiday season yet — and Little says that the "Jane truffle" has become one of her big sellers. In the rare moments when she's not filling orders, Little has enjoyed personally answering all the letters and emails she received as a result of her "Your Life Calling" appearance. "I have made so many friends all over the USA," she says. "Many, many people have shared their stories with me — wishing they could change, too, but afraid to take that first step."

• A former real estate broker who reinvented himself after the housing market crashed, Robert Rudolph found a higher calling as the music director of Messiah United Methodist Church in Virginia. "The music program here is on fire," he happily reports. Later this spring, his parishioners will welcome a new addition to the church: a custom-made $425,000 Dutch organ that Rudolph helped research, design and fund. Plus, his Today show appearance helped him spread the good word to an even wider audience: After seeing him on "Your Life Calling," the Sirius XM radio show "Seize the Day" invited him on the program.

Anthony Tata, a retired Army brigadier general, keeps moving up in the ranks of the education system: He recently took a new assignment as the superintendent of the Wake County School District in North Carolina. Now in charge of the largest school district in the state, Tata aims to provide parents and students the same focus on budget and academic achievement that he brought to D.C. public schools.

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