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What if you could hear stories of wise women who have STOPPED apologizing for having big dreams and STARTED boldly pursuing them? What if you could see a part of yourself in their stories? And what if that sparked new possibilities for your own life, moving you closer to your dreams and desires, whether you’re 50 or 90, or somewhere in between? Welcome to Reinvention Rebels. Stories of unapologetic women, 50-90 years young, who have boldly reimagined life, on their own terms, to find new purpose and possibilities. These women don't have all the answers but they're figuring it out. They've got interesting, insightful, and inspiring stories to share. They are up to amazing things - living life with joy and purpose. These Reinvention Rebels are going for it, not holding back, claiming joy, unabashedly glowing, and embracing being older with reckless abandon! At 55 I’m embracing my inner Reinvention Rebel and I have a hunch, that you just may be too, no matter your age. I invite you to join me on this journey every other Friday. Let’s become Reinvention Rebels together.

Reinvention Rebels Wendy Battles

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    • 5.0 • 90 Ratings

What if you could hear stories of wise women who have STOPPED apologizing for having big dreams and STARTED boldly pursuing them? What if you could see a part of yourself in their stories? And what if that sparked new possibilities for your own life, moving you closer to your dreams and desires, whether you’re 50 or 90, or somewhere in between? Welcome to Reinvention Rebels. Stories of unapologetic women, 50-90 years young, who have boldly reimagined life, on their own terms, to find new purpose and possibilities. These women don't have all the answers but they're figuring it out. They've got interesting, insightful, and inspiring stories to share. They are up to amazing things - living life with joy and purpose. These Reinvention Rebels are going for it, not holding back, claiming joy, unabashedly glowing, and embracing being older with reckless abandon! At 55 I’m embracing my inner Reinvention Rebel and I have a hunch, that you just may be too, no matter your age. I invite you to join me on this journey every other Friday. Let’s become Reinvention Rebels together.

    Courageous and Bold Reinvention Rebels: Season 3 Highlights Episode!

    Courageous and Bold Reinvention Rebels: Season 3 Highlights Episode!

    What kind of reinvention magic is possible when you lean into your purpose and passions?

    Talk to any one of my Season 3 Reinvention Rebels, the unapologetic and bold women between 50 and 90 that I interview, and they'll tell you "anything."

    The truth is simple.

    You can be as badass as you want to be.

    You can invite in more joy and fun.

    You can make the biggest or tiniest dreams a reality.

    You can kick limiting notions of how women age to the curb.

    You can own your greatness and shine your light on your terms.

    There are limitless possibilities to be who you want to be as you age!

    Reinvention Rebels should know. They've truly leaned into their purpose and have amazing reinvention stories to share.

    Ready for some serious inspo? You'll love this season 3 highlights episode. A little taste of the amazing women who graced me with their presence this season.

    Check out these fabulous highlights and then listen to the full episodes - again, or for the first time!

    Episode 1: Reinventing 62: From Courtroom Counselor to Community Collaborator with Michelle St Jane
    Episode 2: Reinventing My 50s: Creating Community & Cultivating Joy with Tracie Momie
    Episode 3: Recipe for Reinvention: Reinventing Yourself Means Learning to Let Go
    Episode 4: Running to Reinvent: Newbie Runner at 55, Global Marathoner at 71 with Mary Newell
    Episode 5: Reinventing My 50s: Self-Compassion is My Superpower with Dr. Ellen Albertson
    Episode 6: Reinventing and Almost 80: How I Created an Award-Winning Travel Podcast with Lea Lane
    Episode 7: Recipe for Reinvention: Don't Go it Alone - How to Build Your Reinvention Dream Team!
    Episode 8: Reinventing My 80s: How I Thrive at 89 - Curiosity, Community & Connection with Elaine Battles
    Episode 9: Reinventing Entrepreneurship - Innovation, Improvisation & Figuring S**t out at 61 with Ellen Feldman Ornato
    Episode 10: Reinventing 50: The Show Must Go On – From Opera Singer to Mental Fitness Coach with Franzie Jean-Louis
    Episode 11: Midlife Reinvention: How I Got My GED at 43 and Became a Best Selling Author at 52 with Jill Carlyle

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    Going on hiatus for this summer, can't wait to return with Season 4. Good news: I'm never too far away from your earbuds, you can listen to any of the fabulous, inspiring episodes from the first three seasons. And if you can't get enough, please review the Reinvention Rebels podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Podchaser. Thanks!

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    Midlife Reinvention: How I Got My GED at 43 and Became a Best Selling Author at 52 with Jill Carlyle

    Midlife Reinvention: How I Got My GED at 43 and Became a Best Selling Author at 52 with Jill Carlyle

    What if you listened to your inner wisdom as a guide to pursue your biggest midlife dreams?

    What if you kicked naysayers to the curb, ignoring their self-limiting beliefs about what you can achieve?

    And what if you believed in yourself like never before?

    That's just what 52-year young Reinvention Rebel Jill Carlyle has done!

    This fierce Rebel has gone for it when others told her not to and she's reinvented herself in bold, brave, and empowering ways.

    She's grown into her authentic self, finding her voice and sharing her story with the world.

    She not only got her GED at 43 but has gone on to earn multiple degrees and become an adjunct professor.

    And now she's added bestselling author to her list too, having published her memoir, Finding Fifty.

    But the path to greater self-permission and self-empowerment wasn't easy. 

    She's overcome huge obstacles and worked through multiple issues to get to where she is today.

    Her story is about victory, overcoming odds, and being true to oneself, no matter what others think.

    I love what Jill shares about:

    ✅ How faith and hope motivated her to keep moving forward and get her GED at 43
    ✅ Why we have to stay focused on our own journey, not someone else's
    ✅ How she built her "knowing" muscle to live life with more certainty
    ✅ Why finding inner peace has brought her the most joy
    ✅ How writing her book helped her transform her life
    ✅ Why starting small and taking baby steps is so important
    ✅ How we can all inspire ourselves forward
    ✅ Why she rejects society's limited notions of women as we age

    There is so much joy and inspiration in a midlife woman rising. Jill's reinvention story is testimony to what's possible for any of us when we choose to move forward with certainty and wisdom.

    What's your reinvention story? What would be possible if you were willing to step into your own greatness?

    Connect with Jill:

    Instagram: @jillcarlylewrites
    Facebook: @Jillwritesabook
    Facebook Group: Finding Fifty
    Website: jillcarlylewrites.com
    Website: www.theempoweredpress.com

    Mentioned in the episode:

    ✅ Franzie Jean-Louis episode
    ✅ Arlene Walker episode

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    Your feedback means everything to me! If you enjoyed this episode please rate and review on Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Spotify or leave a comment at reinventionrebels.com

    Let's Stay in Touch!

    Visit me at reinventionrebels.com
    Check out other things I'm up to here: http://linktr.ee/reinventionrebels

    I'm building an empowering community of midlife and older women (aka Reinvention Rebels) on Instagram - I'm
    Going on hiatus for this summer, can't wait to return with Season 4. Good news: I'm never too far away from your earbuds, you can listen to any of the fabulous, inspiring episodes from the first three seasons. And if you can't get enough, please review the Reinvention Rebels podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Podchaser. Thanks!

    • 56 min
    Reinventing 50: The Show Must Go On – From Opera Singer to Mental Fitness Coach with Franzie Jean-Louis

    Reinventing 50: The Show Must Go On – From Opera Singer to Mental Fitness Coach with Franzie Jean-Louis

    How does a burnt-out opera singer reinvent herself as someone who uplifts souls and helps people shine?

    An interesting journey of self-development full of twists and turns, that's how.

    50-year young Franzie Jean-Louis is living on purpose in "rebelicious" ways!

    The self-proclaimed Mental Fitness Coach is on fire, sharing her light and radiance in the world and helping other people find their inner light too.

    But it wasn't always this way.

    Franzie dreamed of making it big in the opera world, yet struggled with perfectionism and "getting it right." So much so that by 22, she'd lost the desire to perform.

    Humbled and unsure, she slowly carved out a new path, making discoveries about herself along the way.

    Hers has been an unfolding, multi-year reinvention journey to arrive at her current destination. Each step of the way uncovered a piece of the puzzle in finding her true purpose. Along her path, she learned to trust her inner wisdom, overcome perfectionism, and live with joy.

    We had the best conversation about reinvention and her evolution. I love what she shares about:

    ✅ Why she was burnt out as an opera singer by 22 and what she learned about herself
    ✅ How perfectionism thwarted her opera career
    ✅ Why it’s important to build a “go with the flow” muscle to combat perfectionism
    ✅ How she missed the step of “just being Franzie” and the impact that had
    ✅ Why we need to listen to the clues that are in our reinvention path
    ✅ How focusing on others, instead of herself, helped move her forward and nurture compassion
    ✅ Why we should pay attention to those things we can do with ease
    ✅ How we can improve our mental fitness daily to remain in the driver's seat of wellness
    ✅ Why our mindset matters as we reinvent ourselves

    And so many more insights and nuggets of wisdom!

    This episode will inspire you about the possibilities that exist within you already. Franzie proves that midlife women are only getting started. That we can reinvent ourselves at any age or any stage, no matter our circumstances.

    Lean in, listen and soak up her immense wisdom and then consider how you can flex your mental fitness muscles to reinvent yourself too!

    Connect with Franzie:

    LinkedIn: Franzie Jean-Louis
    Instagram: @franziecoaching
    Facebook: Franzie Jean-Louis
    Franzie's Book - Potential is Boundless
    Franzie's Music on Soundcloud

    Mentioned in the episode:

    ✅ Kim Boudreau Smith episode
    ✅ Elaine Battles episode
    ✅ Ellen Feldman Ornato episode

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    Your feedback means everything to me! If you enjoyed this episode please rate and review on Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Spotify or leave a comment at reinventionrebels.com
    Going on hiatus for this summer, can't wait to return with Season 4. Good news: I'm never too far away from your earbuds, you can listen to any of the fabulous, inspiring episodes from the first three seasons. And if you can't get enough, please review the Reinvention Rebels podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Podchaser. Thanks!

    • 57 min
    Reinventing Entrepreneurship - Innovation, Improvisation & Figuring S**t out at 61 with Ellen Feldman Ornato

    Reinventing Entrepreneurship - Innovation, Improvisation & Figuring S**t out at 61 with Ellen Feldman Ornato

    What kind of reinvention magic can we create in our 60s?

    What if we leaned into our inner voice, trusted our gut, and created something that added value to the world in fun and inspiring ways?

    And what if that creation included working side by side with our best friend to help women find their empowered voices through comedy improv?

    Such is the awakened and adventurous reinvention journey of 61-year young Ellen Feldman Ornato.

    This fierce, fabulous and empowered Reinvention Rebel knows a thing or two about reinvention.

    Like many of us, Ellen has reinvented herself many times as an adult. But her current reinvention as co-owner of Bolder Company (don't you just love this name?!) is definitely her best and most fulfilling.

    How cool is it to have an expansive Reinvention Rebels mindset where age is simply a number, not a limit?

    Where new possibilities abound if we seek them out? 

    Where we can keep on dreaming and making those goals a reality, along the way uncovering our wisdom and a deep awakening about how we shine?

    There are so many nuggets of wisdom and deep insights in this episode. I love what Ellen shares about:

    ✅ How having fun and leaning into her non-linear career path helped lay the groundwork for her current reinvention
    ✅ Why consistent action is key to moving forward with our reinvention dreams
    ✅ How midlife women can build in more fun and develop their self-expression muscle
    ✅ Why "what are you afraid of?" is a key question to ask yourself as you reinvent
    ✅ How you can spark joy through building new, creative muscles
    ✅ Why improv is a gateway to self-expression and helps us find our authentic voice
    ✅ How we can use improv as a way to elevate and support one another
    ✅ Why women need to learn to find their bold voices and let them out to help change the world.

    Ready for a big dose of inspiration to fuel your midlife reinvention path? This is the perfect elixir, full of delight and possibilities! You can't help but connect with Ellen's interesting life and reinvention path, and see a part of yourself in her story.

    Connect with Ellen:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ellen.ornato
    Instagram: @emfo444
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellen-feldman-ornato/
    Website: https://www.theboldercompany.com

    Mentioned in the episode:

    Reinventing My 80s: How I Thrive at 89 - Curiosity, Community & Connection with Elaine Battles (Wendy's mom)

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    Let's Stay in Touch!

    Visit me at reinventionrebels.com

    I'm building an empowering community of midlife and older women (aka Reinvention Rebels) on Instagram - I'm
    Going on hiatus for this summer, can't wait to return with Season 4. Good news: I'm never too far away from your earbuds, you can listen to any of the fabulous, inspiring episodes from the first three seasons. And if you can't get enough, please review the Reinvention Rebels podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Podchaser. Thanks!

    • 57 min
    Reinventing My 80s: How I Thrive at 89 - Curiosity, Community & Connection with Elaine Battles

    Reinventing My 80s: How I Thrive at 89 - Curiosity, Community & Connection with Elaine Battles

    What if your 80s included ample amounts of art appreciation, community involvement, and pursuing those things that light you up?

    What if being 89 meant vibrant living, memoir writing, and inspiring others about what's possible?

    This is the story of my very special guest, my mom, Elaine. ❤️

    In addition to mom, I also call her an almost-90 phenom.

    She is quite the Reinvention Rebel.

    She's excited about life and new possibilities.

    She's not afraid to carve a new path.

    She's taken cool classes like memoir writing to curate and leave behind our family history.

    She's a patron of the arts, stimulating her mind with new ideas and experiences.

    She's reinvented herself many times in many different ways over the years. And she's got some wonderful, sage words to share including:

    ✳️ Why role models are key to her development and her ongoing reinvention journey
    ✳️ How we can reinvent ourselves throughout our life, no matter our age
    ✳️ Why reinvention can happen in both big and small ways
    ✳️ How her curiosity has expanded her life to see new possibilities
    ✳️ Why you shouldn't be afraid to take chances
    ✳️ How she's leaned into her interests to support her many reinventions

    And so many more stories of self-discovery, resilience, and family history.

    I couldn't help but soak up our family stories, learning some new things along the way. We laughed, tried not to cry, and delighted in this shared mother-daughter experience. A precious conversation I'm honored to have had and will always cherish. 🥰

    Sit back, lean in, and take a listen to this special episode about what's possible when we lean into curiosity and approach life with a sense of wonder and appreciation.

    Mom reminds me that there are endless possibilities to find joy, practice self-love and lean into our abundant gifts and talents.

    Mentioned in this Episode:
    Recipe for Reinvention: Don't Go it Alone - How to Build Your Reinvention Dream Team with Wendy BattlesReinventing and Almost 80: How I Created an Award-Winning Travel Podcast with Lea LanePlease Share What You Loved

    Your feedback means everything to me! If you enjoyed this episode please rate and review on Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Castbox or leave a comment at reinventionrebels.com

    Please spread the word! Let's encourage more women to unapologetically embrace their Inner Reinvention Rebel and boldly pursue their wildest dreams.
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    Visit me at reinventionrebels.com
    Check out other things I'm up to here: http://linktr.ee/reinventionrebels

    I'm building an empowering community of midlife and older women (aka Reinvention Rebels) on Instagram - I'm @reinventionrebels.

    Don't forget to visit Reinvention Rebels
    Going on hiatus for this summer, can't wait to return with Season 4. Good news: I'm never too far away from your earbuds, you can listen to any of the fabulous, inspiring episodes from the first three seasons. And if you can't get enough, please review the Reinvention Rebels podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Podchaser. Thanks!

    • 51 min
    Recipe for Reinvention: Don't Go it Alone - How to Build Your Reinvention Dream Team!

    Recipe for Reinvention: Don't Go it Alone - How to Build Your Reinvention Dream Team!

    What happens when you welcome in support to enable forward progress toward a goal or dream? It makes a difference, right?

    Reinventing ourselves and stepping into whom we're meant to be is no small task. We can go it alone or we can choose to walk that reinvention path with others.

    I believe it's deeply empowering (and more effective) when we work together toward our reinvention goals.

    This solo episode is chock full of ideas to get you thinking about how you can create your own Reinvention Dream Team.  You just may find that it's easier than you think.

    A few highlights:

    ✳️ Why "going it alone" makes reinvention tough
    ✳️ Why asking for help from others is empowering
    ✳️ Two reinvention stories - when I went it alone and when I sought support
    ✳️ How a reinvention team can help us move forward toward our goals
    ✳️ How we can invite in more support with ease (hint: it involves speaking up)
    ✳️ Why trust plays a key role in reinventing ourselves

    And many more nuggets of wisdom!

    Ready to get inspired and go all-in on yourself and your dreams with the help of others? Lean in and listen to this episode for some powerful motivation to think about your own reinvention team.

    Who would be on your Reinvention Dream Team and how can you start to assemble it today?

    Mentioned in the episode:

    Reinventing Yourself Means Learning to Let Go (Season 3, Ep. 3) - Check out the 3 ingredients you need to learn to reinvent yourself with more ease. It's easier than you think!

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    Your feedback means everything to me! If you enjoyed this episode please rate and review on Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Castbox or leave a comment at reinventionrebels.com

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    Don't forget to visit Reinvention Rebels on Facebook. And find me on Twitter @RebelsReinvent

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    Going on hiatus for this summer, can't wait to return with Season 4. Good news: I'm never too far away from your earbuds, you can listen to any of the fabulous, inspiring episodes from the first three seasons. And if you can't get enough, please review the Reinvention Rebels podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Podchaser. Thanks!

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Relatable and completely inspiring!

As a woman and mom who left her corporate career at 40 years old after plotting out my life the way I thought it should be- I can completely relate to the guests and their stories. Great podcast with REAL people!