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    3 Gifts for a 20-Something

    WIshlist-3 Wishes ImageWhat three “gifts” would you give a 20-something if you were a “Forty-Godmother”? Here, 40-somethng women share the three things to help 20-somethings get a head start on perspective and gain confidence to make decisions that are right for them. No more woulda, coulda, shoulda.




    1. Don’t deceive yourself. For so many reasons!

    2. Appreciate others in all life situations. There is a good probability that at one time in your life you will be in their shoes. If you never are, you are either lucky, or you missed an opportunity to learn and grow.

    3. Allow yourself to feel, experience, and process through hardship. It can be much more painful to deal with in the future if you suppress it. You can pay for counseling, treatment, etc., now or years later when you will likely have compiled regrets and also lost precious time.

    – Heidi from Spokane WA

    Today’s 3 Gifts came from a reader submission. Share your wisdom…. what are your 3 Gifts?


How Wrong Actually Means Right

There are good things and bad things that I have learned…like everybody else. But one thing I wish is that I had a little more time in my twenties. I see it in 20-somethings today. We are in such a rush to take on so much responsibility. We lose the space to learn. It’s like children…we […] Read more…


Learning to Draw Outside the Life Lines

In your twenties, you’re consumed with figuring out what you want to get done. There is a lot of mental energy that goes into this developmental task. Ticking off the boxes. Getting to the next level. You are creating a picture in your mind of what the perfect path for you may be and then […] Read more…

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3 Gifts for a 20-Something (193)

What three “gifts” would you give a 20-something if you were a “Forty-Godmother”?  This is where I ask 40-something women to share 3 things to help a 20-somehting get a head start on gaining confidence to make decisions that are right for you. No more woulda, coulda, shoulda.       1. Don’t deceive yourself. For […] Read more…

Social Media Week

7×7 Mentoring: How to a Build Business and Brand Identity

Today I’m sharing another edition in a series of posts based on a 7×7 Mentoring Salon I did for SMW. It’s where seven up-and-coming entrepreneurs pose a question to seven experienced leaders. While the session was focused on entrepreneurism, the issues facing these 20-somethings are similar to those many women today. I’m inspired by the honest, […] Read more…


Lessons in Resilience and Moving Forward

Today I’m sharing some insights from over 40 Women I have spoken to lately…some in person and some through our work with the 40 Women To Watch Over 40…all excellent perspective from the other side of our experiences: Whenever many of us take on major challenge, there can be feelings of self-doubt and serious self questioning, […] Read more…

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Three Gifts for a 20-Something

This week I have a special 3 Gifts from Whitney Johnson, my co-creator in 40 Women to Watch Over 40 and a true embodiment of a woman disrupting after 40 as an investor, entrepreneur, author and coach. Her class  Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship is now available on Lynda.com…another gift for 20-somethings and women of all ages. First, Whitney’s three gifts to help […] Read more…


Looks Matter

Today’s 40-something post is from a 40-something who has grown to realize that yes, looks do matter. Left Out, An Essay by Sarah Gormley  My neighbor was the first person who told me I wasn’t pretty. She didn’t mean it to be cruel, it was just a matter of fact observation. Theresa was sixteen, and my friend […] Read more…


Learning To Love Imperfect

So many people I‘ve spoken to react negatively to the idea that a relationship or marriage is “work”. Yet the people who are in a long-term relationship are the most consistent in saying that it’s not always easy. It’s not necessarily like a wine that improves with age. It may go through a weird period that just […] Read more…

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