35 episodes

SEASON 2: This podcast is about more than taking a gap year after the age of 50 or 60. I'm on a mission to end the tyranny of learn / earn / retire as life's stages, so this is about taking a look at all the aspects of "what’s next" when you are in midlife and beyond.

The term gap year symbolizes so much more than taking a time out. It is a frame for examining all the topics that relate to living well in this stage of life, such as reinvention, a new purpose, aging with wisdom, trying new things, bucket list travel, a new approach to health and well-being, and more.

My guests in Season 2 will be a mix of inspiring individuals who are taking or have taken grown-up gap years along with well-known authors and experts on all the topics I’ve mentioned. Join us!

MEDIA PARTNERS: Encore.org, Modern Elder Academy and Next For Me.

Gap Year For Grown-Ups Debbie Weil

    • Personal Journals
    • 5.0, 16 Ratings

SEASON 2: This podcast is about more than taking a gap year after the age of 50 or 60. I'm on a mission to end the tyranny of learn / earn / retire as life's stages, so this is about taking a look at all the aspects of "what’s next" when you are in midlife and beyond.

The term gap year symbolizes so much more than taking a time out. It is a frame for examining all the topics that relate to living well in this stage of life, such as reinvention, a new purpose, aging with wisdom, trying new things, bucket list travel, a new approach to health and well-being, and more.

My guests in Season 2 will be a mix of inspiring individuals who are taking or have taken grown-up gap years along with well-known authors and experts on all the topics I’ve mentioned. Join us!

MEDIA PARTNERS: Encore.org, Modern Elder Academy and Next For Me.

    Seth Godin on Taking a Gap Year, Changing Your Mindset, and Why He Isn’t Pausing

    Seth Godin on Taking a Gap Year, Changing Your Mindset, and Why He Isn’t Pausing

    Debbie Weil interviews the one and only Seth Godin. They talk about his definition of a gap year, whether he's ever taken one himself (yes and no), what he's been up to over the past several months of social distancing (he has not paused), aging (but not yet), and more.

    • 29 min
    Rep. Genevieve McDonald on Stepping Into the Role of Fierce Female Leader During a Pandemic

    Rep. Genevieve McDonald on Stepping Into the Role of Fierce Female Leader During a Pandemic

    Rep. Genevieve McDonald of the Maine State House has stepped up into an expanded role during the pandemic, reinventing herself as a leader and a lifeline for hundreds of her constituents. She and Debbie Weil talk about how she answers 100 emails, calls, and text messages a day while also taking care of two-year-old twin daughters and lobster fishing out of Stonington, ME, as captain of her own boat.

    • 21 min
    Anne Fadiman on Writing: Taking Risks, Improving, and Witnessing History

    Anne Fadiman on Writing: Taking Risks, Improving, and Witnessing History

    Debbie Weil speaks with Anne Fadiman, a brilliant author and beloved writing teacher, about the writing process and how we should all be a witness to history, as writers, during this unprecedented time of a pandemic.

    • 40 min
    Debbie & Sam on the New Normal, Quarantines, Immunity Passports, and Masks & Gloves

    Debbie & Sam on the New Normal, Quarantines, Immunity Passports, and Masks & Gloves

    Debbie Weil & Sam Harrington talk about their evolving state of mind in the continuing pandemic and what the new normal of social distancing and quarantining means.

    • 23 min
    Kim Klaft on a Global Gap Year and Living Without Regret

    Kim Klaft on a Global Gap Year and Living Without Regret

    Debbie talks to Kim Klaft, a 63-year-old woman who spent 2019 on a self-organized global gap year, traveling and volunteering in 25 countries. Kim quit a well-paid position as a nonprofit executive near Detroit, MI to work in soup kitchens, food banks, homeless shelters, orphanages and in hurricane relief efforts as she moved around the globe.

    • 38 min
    Peter Corbett on Mortality, Dying, and a New Life of Service

    Peter Corbett on Mortality, Dying, and a New Life of Service

    Debbie talks with Peter Corbett, an old friend from her DC tech days. Peter is an ex-CEO who made a boatload of money when he sold his DC-based tech company, iStrategy Labs, in 2016. He moved to Brooklyn and completely changed his life, becoming a Zen hospice practitioner and volunteer. A perfect example of a life reinvented.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Podcasto ,

So approachable and inspiring

I’m not yet 50 but I just love the approachable, inspiring advice this podcast offers. It makes me look forward to becoming increasingly inventive as I age.

Sagitar Bailey ,

Excellent introduction to Gap Year concept

I’ve just binged on the first dozen episodes of Debbie’s Gap Year for Adults podcast. It’s a fantastic introduction to the range of Gap approaches one can take at any age. I’m looking forward to getting caught up and making it part of my regular listening. If you’re wondering “what’s next” for your life, Gap Year for Adults is a good place to feed your mind.

Mikey G ,

Great conversations

I love this show. As a 39 year-old dude, I am not the target audience, I'm sure. But I learn in every episode from the interviews. Debbie's style as the host does such a great job at bringing out great specifics and details from her guests.

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