Comment from Beegirl: Where can I find a clip of the "Today Show" segment?
Pauley: You can find our Your Life Calling segments at our web site: www.aarp.org/jane. We archive all of our segments here, and they are actually a little longer than the Today Show versions, with more information about the subject's reinvention process.
Comment from Susan: I just got laid off from my job, and am trying to figure out what I want to do next. What advice can you give me on how to get started?
Werley: First, look at this layoff as an opportunity. It’s a time to take stock of who you are now, and what your options are. As Catherine’s story shows us, a new path can be very life-enhancing.
Next, do a realistic financial assessment. How much money do you need to live – at your current standard of living or a lower level that allows you more financial flexibility? (Chris Farrell’s book The New Frugality – How to Consume Less, Save More and Live Better is a great resource.)
Other nonprofits that can connect you with a new group of women (and men) are: Project Renewment (primarily southern California), WomanSage (primarily Southern California, Shift (co-ed, based in the Twin Cities) and Discovering What’s Next (co-ed, based in the Boston area). You can also check with local Ys, JCCs and continuing education programs to find groups who are thinking about reinvention after 50.
Comment from Lori: THANK YOU ALL! Jane & AARP these are great segments you do, so very inspiring! Jane, you set a good example.
Comment from Lauren: Catherine you are AWESOME, and thanks Jane, for bringing this kind of story to us!
Pauley: It looks like the hour is upon us! Great chat today everybody...loved all of the great questions and responses.
Zimmerman: Some final thoughts on the future: this is just the beginning. My mission is to plant, or inspire others to plant, a million meadow habitats across America in the next 10 years. My main focus will be in schools where our future stewards of the environment can plan their own meadow eco-system and explore the natural world.
My book, Urban and Suburban Meadows, Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces, is a complete guide to help anyone create a meadow habitat and restore their patch of earth. Join me in the movement to make natural landscapes the new landscaping norm! Go to http://www.themeadowproject.com.
Werley: It was a privilege to be part of this wonderful conversation. We accomplished a lot today!
Catherine and Jane are really inspiring role models - we need all the role models we can get. The Your Life Calling site has excellent resources to refer back to. And I hope I've inspired many of you to check out The Transition Network (www.thetransitionnetwork.org) and local groups in your area, so you build your own community of learning and support.
Pauley: Thank you so much for participating in this chat as a part of our “Your Life Calling” series on the TODAY Show and here on aarp.org. Catherine and Betsy – thanks for being with us! I hope you enjoyed the conversation as much as I did. See me again on October 12 on the TODAY Show where I’ll be bringing you another great story about someone who is hearing their life calling in a new and different way.
Also, on Thursday, September 30 you can catch me “live” in Orlando when we take Your Life Calling on the road as a part of AARP’s member event, Orlando Life@50+.
Stay tuned to aarp.org/Jane for more resources and inspiring stories on reinvention!