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Let’s talk about it…

I’ve been enjoying a very different kind of book tour for Waking Up in Winter.  I’m visiting with readers using Facebook and Zoom, appearing on podcasts, and conducting video interviews online.

It’s amazing how technology is changing the way the world works, isn’t it?

While technology opens new doors, I’ve also had meaningful conversations with people at bookstores and at in-person events.  Readers are hungry to talk about the upside of midlife and how to weather change and transition at any stage of life.

Just last week I had dinner with one of the oldest Life Makeover Groups still in existence.  These women have been meeting for more than twelve years and it was such a pleasure to talk openly and honestly about our lives.

Twelve of us sat around a table and discussed what it means to be an empty nester, the peaks and pitfalls of menopause, new ways to nurture ourselves and our intimate relationships, and the challenges of supporting grown children and older family members at the same time.

We need safe places to tell the truth, to debate, to disagree gracefully and respectfully, to admit our fears and concerns, and to tackle the uncomfortable issues that too many people avoid.

I love facilitating these real conversations about real life.

To that end, I want to invite you to listen to a podcast I did with Bob Olson from  Bob invited me on his show to talk about Waking Up in Winter, and we ventured into a variety of important topics I think you’ll find interesting and helpful.  They include:

The truth about aging – what we gain, what we lose, and the dangers of glorifying youth.

The changes that occur as we age – the ones people don’t talk about – changes in careers, tribes, energy, and interests.

How what we lose as we age is tempered by what we gain.

The way we start challenging and changing outdated family and societal rules (yay!).

Facing the loss of loved ones including our pets (Bob lost his sweet dog, Libby, before we lost Poupon so we talk about handling the grief).

I really appreciated our conversation because we had a chance to talk about subjects often ignored in the media.

So take us for a walk, to the gym, or invite us into your living room .  Sit back, relax, and listen to our discussion, here.

Or you can read the transcript of our talk, here.

xo Cheryl


P.S. – You can order Waking Up in Winter, here.

P.P.S. – This week’s Facebook Live session will be held on Wednesday at 6pm EST/3pm PST.  You can join me on my Facebook Page here.  And you can watch previous sessions on my YouTube channel at CherylRichardsonTV here.

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