Second Acts That Can Change Lives: Making a Difference in the World

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Conari Press, Mar 1, 2009 - Self-Help - 176 pages
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Are you realizing that the first half of your life is over and you’ve been so busy concentrating on building a career or raising a family, or both, it has suddenly dawned on you that you may have lost yourself in the process and that the dreams you had when you were younger were set aside for more immediate concerns? Or are you frustrated that you have not had the time to truly give back? Mary Beth Sammons offers readers a chance to change all that in Second Acts That Change Lives. The book offers a collection of honest and inspiring stories delving into the lives of a community of mid-life trailblazers who wanted to make changes in their lives and found that as they reached inward for the strength to change, almost unanimously reached out to share their better self, their skills, their talents to make the world a better place.

Second Acts That Change Lives is a wake-up call, an intervention of sorts to help prod readers to pursue their dreams—to turn the “someday I’d love to” into “today I will” and, by doing so, make a profound difference in the world.


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Wake Up Lifes Half Over What do I need to do to make a difference?
But Now What? One day you discover something is missing in your life like a life
Begin Again The power to transform your life is much closer than you realize Here are some surprising lessons in getting unstuck and on track and t...
Reconnect with the Source of Your Creative Spirit What do you want? What are you good at? Tap into your hidden talents
Dream Dreaming of what can be is the catalyst for us to use our gifts the best we can strive for what we thought we never could do and learn the pow...
Identify the Next Steps Do your homework Ask for guidance within yourself and through the research you do Listen deeply Solutions emerge wher...
Find Your Personal Best Ask yourself What am I capable of?
Put Your Passions Out There New beginnings are subtle and take much patience and persistence
Become a Little Engine that Could Develop that I think I can attitude
Stay Focused You can make it to the finish line
Make the Change You Want to See in the World Youve accomplished the feat that you set out to do Now what?
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Mary Beth Sammons is an award-winning journalist and women’s issues columnist whose work appears frequently in Family Circle, the Chicago Tribune’s lifestyle section, and leading consumer women’s magazines. She is currently the “Finding You” editor for and writes for various health and business publications. As an editorial vice-president, Mary Beth launched the editorial departments of the largest consumer health on-line Web site— and its subsidiary,, for which she writes separate blogs. In addition, she is currently working with the Stanford Research Institute as editorial director of a storytelling project focused on consumer health and wellness. Mary Beth specializes in stories that inspire ordinary people to do extraordinary things from a place deep in their hearts. She has written six books in the women’s self-help and mind;body;health field including, We Carry Each Other: Getting Through Life’s Toughest Times (Conari Press, 2007). She lives in Chicago’s suburbs with her three children.

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