50 After 50

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50 After 50

Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life

Maria Leonard Olsen, Susan Boyce

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At age 50, Maria Leonard Olsen drank her way out of her 25-year marriage. She had, against advice, put all her eggs in the motherhood basket, willfully derailing her successful law career. As teenagers, her precious children did not need her in the hands-on way they previously had. Her husband and she had grown apart because, among other things, they failed to nurture that important relationship. She was depressed and stuck.
When she turned 50, she had the distinct feeling that she was on the downward slope of her life. Actuarially speaking, she was. So when she turned 50, her gift to herself was to go on a crusade to make the most of whatever time she had left. She set out to do 50 new things that were significant, at least to her. The list spanned physical challenges, adventure travel, and lifestyle changes. Each taught her something about herself and about how she wanted to lead the next years of her life to come. 
This work follows the work she did to accomplish those 50 new things and shows readers how to make their own action lists - whether it be joining a knitting club or hiking the Himalayas, every item has significance for each individual and speaks to her needs and desires. The list is the match to spark the fire that will light the years after 50. Readers will hear about Maria's adventures and the rewards of each. Accomplishing new things, learning new skills, deepening personal and spiritual relationships, and seeking out challenges will add the spice to a life that may feel repetitive, insignificant, inauthentic, or just plain boring.


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Maria Leonard Olsen:
Maria Leonard Olsen graduated from Boston College and the University of Virginia School of Law. She is an attorney, radio talk show host, writing and women's empowerment retreat instructor, editor, and public speaker on diversity issues and living a life authentic to one's values. Her work has been published by The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Bethesda Magazine, among others. She served in the Clinton Justice Department prior to having children, and recently returned to practicing law now that she is an empty-nester. "Mommy, Why's Your Skin So Brown?" about being mistaken as the brown-skinned nanny of her lighter-skinned children, is her first children's book. "Healing for Hallie," about the importance of expressing feelings, is her second. Her first adult non-fiction book, "Not the Cleaver Family--The New Normal in Modern American Families," was released in 2016. "50 After 50--Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life," was published by Rowman & Littlefield in June 2018. 



Maria Leonard Olsen graduated from Boston College and the University of Virginia School of Law. She is an attorney, radio talk show host, writing and women's empowerment retreat instructor, editor, and public speaker on diversity issues and living a life authentic to one's values. Her work has been published by The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Bethesda Magazine, among others. She served in the Clinton Justice Department prior to having children, and recently returned to practicing law now that she is an empty-nester. "Mommy, Why's Your Skin So Brown?" about being mistaken as the brown-skinned nanny of her lighter-skinned children, is her first children's book. "Healing for Hallie," about the importance of expressing feelings, is her second. Her first adult non-fiction book, "Not the Cleaver Family--The New Normal in Modern American Families," was released in 2016. "50 After 50--Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life," was published by Rowman & Littlefield in June 2018. 

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