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Getting older doesn’t mean self-improvement stops. In fact, our older years offer the perfect opportunity to reflect on what you want and how you want to get there. (aff)

Aging: A great time to break free from familiar patterns and explore what brings you the most joy.

Whether it is health, beauty, sex, finances, or just the pace of the day to day, our later life stages offer an excellent opportunity to explore.

So where do you start? Do you start over?  What do you carry into the future and what do you leave behind?

These eight authors have some powerful ideas, and they are a great way to approach anything from self-motivation to reinvention.

Boomer Reinvention.  How to Create Your Dream Career Over 50.  Career coach John Tarnoff’s book will give you a deeper understanding of our economy’s shifting landscape as he lays out his methodology that will restore your confidence for pivoting towards life’s second act.

Re-Invent Yourself!: A Lifestyle Transformation Guide for Women Over 50. Cheryl Garrison wrote Re-Invent Yourself after meeting numerous women over 50 who were struggling with the reality of growing older. Career change (including downsizing or layoff), empty nest syndrome, failed retirement, failed business, failed relationships and a lack of confidence in the future are just some of the issues Cheryl encountered. Cheryl shares her personal story in the book and dives into a re-invention plan that includes exercises and tools needed to make a move.

The New Old Me: My Late-Life Reinvention. After the death of her best friend, the loss of her life’s savings, and the collapse of her once-happy marriage, Meredith Maran leaves her San Francisco freelance writer’s life for a 9-to-5 job in Los Angeles. Determined to rebuild not only her savings but also herself while relishing the joys of life in La-La land, Maran writes “a poignant story, a funny story, a moving story, and above all an American story of what it means to be a woman of a certain age in our time” (Christina Baker Kline, number-one New York Times–bestselling author of Orphan Train).

Seven Simple Ways to Rediscover Your Wow Factor. This book is a guide for women over 50 who want to enter the second half of their life with purpose, passion and play. This book will show you how not to let age define you and how to avoid feeling small and invisible.

Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. This book will help you rethink your retirement and shape it into an opportunity of new pursuits that involve earning income and exploring personal passions.

Your Life Calling:  Reimaging the Rest of Your Life.  Jane Pauley, one of America’s most beloved and trusted broadcast journalists, offers humor and insight about the journey forward. The New York Times bestseller Your Life Calling is a fresh look at ideas that have been simmering since boomers first entered midlife with a different perspective on the future than any generation before: that there was more to come—and perhaps the best of all.

Third Calling:  What are you Doing the Rest of Your Life?  A powerful book about finding purpose, passion and spiritual significance in a new season of life. Young adulthood offers opportunities to grow-up, pursue education, perhaps marry, start a family, and get established—the First Calling. Before long, it’s time to develop careers, establish reputations, raise children, and care for elder parents—the Second Calling. Then, something transformational happens; maybe the nest empties, turning a certain age is celebrated or a career ends. It is a new season—the Third Calling. It is a fresh period filled with possibilities and opportunities.

The Empty Desk Survival Guide.  A practical guide designed to assist “Baby Boomer” women navigate the difficult, often unexamined process of evaluating the possibility of an “encore career” or eventual retirement from a profession that once provided enormous fulfillment and satisfaction. The good news is that there are women willing to share their stories to light the way, and step-by-step proven-successful evaluation tools to steer the reader toward a rewarding post-career resolution based on her own unique situation.