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Your Life Calling with Jane Pauley

A Natural Work in Progress Live Chat Transcript

If you missed the online chat with Jane and her guests, Catherine Zimmerman and Betsy Werley, you can catch the conversation here.

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 FrugalityHow 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!

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