Recently I sat down for an interview with Hélène of Next Act for Women. As a life coach and writer, Hélène has created a fantastic website where she showcases women, telling their stories in the hopes of inspiring other women. Next Act for Women is a great resource for women seeking advice from other women who can relate to the struggles they are experiencing as they transition to the second half of their lives.
I was honored to be featured on Next Act for Women, and spoke to Hélène about my own personal experience and my journey as a relationship coach. I explained how my divorce helped me understand what I didn’t want in my next relationship, but I still struggled to figure out what I did want. That’s when I worked with a relationship coach who helped me pursue my passions, which gave me the confidence to begin dating. That journey inspired me to become a relationship coach and help others break through their barriers so they can have the confidence to reach their relationship goals.
In the interview, we focused on the unique challenges and opportunities that women in midlife face when it comes to dating and relationships. As I explained to Hélène, many women have a tendency to put their all into their professional lives, while inevitably putting their personal lives on hold. It is easy to put off dating because you believe you will find someone when the time is right or you aren’t comfortable with it. However, I’ve seen that when women reach a certain point in their lives, they realize “life is finite and if they want a special someone to share their life with they need to take action.” This particular excerpt from the interview sums up my thoughts pretty well:
“The opportunity for women in midlife, I believe, is their determination to achieve a sort of balance between their personal and professional selves. The good news is that the traits that make them successful at their career can be put to work for their personal fulfillment through relationship coaching.”
I also gave my advice for women who are just getting back into the dating scene at age 40 or older. As I explained to Hélène, I believe women have to allow themselves to be open to whoever may show up. Don’t say no to someone right away. Allow yourself time to think it over – You never know what may happen! I also offered this piece of advice:
“Yes, the dating world has changed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t meet someone with depth and great character. And in some ways, it has been made easier because all you have to do is go on your computer and find an activity of interest and go meet people. There are also many meet-ups organized around particular hobbies and singles events. Have fun in the process!”
Thank you to Hélène for featuring me on Next Act for Women! I enjoyed speaking to her about my experience and offering advice to her readers who are interested in getting back into the dating scene.