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Can someone walk me through this, please.  I feel I’m getting stuck in this mid-life crisis.

I quit my job after 20 years.  I’m proud of myself for doing that.  Bad timing, with the economy being in the crapper and all, but I needed to do it, and I’m glad I did.

It’s what comes next that gets me stuck.  I’m not sure how to go about pursuing what to do next.  I made a list of things I like but I don’t know how to take that list and turn it into career.

I want  to work.  I like the energy I get from working with people and with my son graduating high school next spring, I don't need to stay at home.  Not working really isn't an option for me.  I want to do something with this long list of things I like.  How?  How do I do this?  How do I take this list and turn it into a job?

I’m also chicken.  I’m scared.  It’s one thing to leave a job and be thrilled that I’m no longer doing something I hate.  It’s another thing to not have PLAN B.  I don’t know what to do next and I don’t know how to muster up the confidence to tell myself everything is going to be OK.

Ladies—how did you do this?  DID you do this?  Would you do this?  I want very much to get un-stuck.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 22, 2008
    • I want to recommend a really good book on the subject. “Thinking about Tomorrow by Susan Crandell. She used to be the Editor of More Magazine and quit to go out and do something else with her life.

      I also know there are women here who are in the expert category and write articles who can help with transitions like this. I wish I had their names at my fingertips but I’m drawing a blank right now.

      There’s comfort in knowing you‘re not alone. So many people in mid life feel a tug to do something different. The water is muddy right now but the clearing can be close at hand.

      Good luck to you
      Cynthia



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      Stellababette wrote Nov 22, 2008
    • Huge thanks!  I’ll go look for these two books right away.

      Cynthia—

      If you do run across those names sometime in the future, I’d love to get a hold of them.  No pressure, thouh.

      Teeky—

      Three times?!  That’s quite an endorsement!  I look forward to it.

      Thanks again.

      Stella



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