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No "Out There" » Encore Careers: Coping Strategies When Life Throws You A Curveball

Encore Careers: Coping Strategies When Life Throws You A Curveball

Life can throw us a curveball when we least expect it, never more so than in your encore life or encore career.

Sue is single, and was inspired by Jean Shula’s journey in The Coming of Aging. Remember how after Jean’s divorce, she bought a camper and embarked on a year-long adventure traveling around the country? Well, Jean’s story sparked something deep inside Sue, and she decided that when she retires next year, she’s giving herself the gift of a year before creating an encore career and going on her own great adventure.

Sue started researching recreational vehicles, rented one, and drove to a women’s RV weekend a few hours from her home. She had such a good time, she couldn’t wait to get home and put the wheels in motion for the transition to her new life.

But, then the curveball — a heart attack. It was mild, but a set-back just the same. Sue, though, didn’t see it as a set-back; she saw it as a wake-up call. First, to take better care of herself; second, to make sure that she follows her heart to the adventure she envisions. There’s not a doubt in my mind — or Sue’s — that this dream will become a reality.

Mary and her husband, Joe, had their ideal retirement plan in place, were five years away from financial readiness, and were eagerly counting the days until they could take off into this new dream life. Then, Joe died unexpectedly. Devastated to lose her life partner in her 50s, it took Mary two years to go through her grieving process, and start to regain her equilibrium.

While Mary loved her work as a nurse, she was burned out and ready for a change. Without Joe’s income feeding their nest egg, the “ideal” retirement they’d planned was no longer a reality. It was clear to Mary that she needed to leave her current career and move into a new career that would give her the freedom she craved, while earning a good income.

It would have been easy for Mary to feel cheated that she wasn’t going to have the life she’d planned with Joe. That would have kept her stuck and angry, and that’s NOT the kind of life she wanted for herself. So, Mary’s currently exploring ways to take her wealth of nursing knowledge and apply it in new and exciting ways. She’s considering writing and speaking, becoming a medical advocate, and consulting.

Don’t let the curve balls in your life derail your encore career. Get back on the horse, set you goals, and persevere until you reach them!


Lin Schreiber, host of the popular The WOW Zone! radio show http://www.TheWowZoneRadioShow.com and author of the ABC’s of Revolutionizing Retirement, loves helping self-reliant Boomer women reinvent themselves in Encore Careers in the stage of life formerly known as retirement. Want more tips like these that work for creating your encore life? Claim your free Encore Career Starter Kit at http://www.EncoreCareerStarterKit.com
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