The experience of adopting in midlife led Cyma to research and connect with hundreds of women across the US and beyond in order to share their stories of midlife motherhood (and later fatherhood). Cyma would become a blogger, writer, speaker and activist in the process.
When Adela’s father asked her to write his life story, little did she know this would be the catalyst for an active writing life, including blogging and publishing two books.
After receiving tenure as a college professor of sociology, Ada felt restless. Taking an improv class was the catalyst to her reinvention as a performing artist, storyteller, and show producer.
Many women in midlife think about blogging. What is the appeal?
I think that women of a certain age have raised families, had careers, etc. and realize they have a lot to say, but no one to listen—so they turn to blogging. They have many experiences that could help someone else who is struggling so they begin another type of mothering, but on their own terms. They want to make a difference in someone’s life.
You are a Writing Coach. Tell us how you help people tell their stories.
I help people get out of their own way and write the story/book that wants to be written versus the one they think they “should” write.
So many people come to writing with an agenda, which at its root literally means, “list of things to be done.” Nothing freezes you up or causes writer’s block more than having an agenda about what you should write. (more…)
Compliments on a pair of pearl earrings Diana re-envisioned would lead her to embrace a new creative career and eventually begin her own jewelry company focused on unique, elegant, wearable designs.