32 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.

    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
    Emiliana Simon-Thomas on the Science of Happiness in Times of Crisis

    Emiliana Simon-Thomas on the Science of Happiness in Times of Crisis

    Debbie Weil and Emiliana Simon-Thomas of UC-Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center talk about happiness and gratitude, resilience and connectedness, simplifying your day, and how to cope in this unprecedented time.

    • 33 min
    J-R & Alasdair on Living the Dream (or Winging It) in Guatemala

    J-R & Alasdair on Living the Dream (or Winging It) in Guatemala

    Debbie brings back J-R and Alasdair, a young couple who have deliberately stepped off the beaten path and who recently moved from France to beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala's highlands. With the lake in view, birds chirping and flowering bushes everywhere, it looks like they are Living the Dream. But are they? Debbie was compelled to ask them... certainly this is her idea of a dream life. The answer is yes and no. Like everything, it's more complicated than it looks.

    • 33 min
    Derek Sivers on Slow Thinking, Connecting, and Intentional Living

    Derek Sivers on Slow Thinking, Connecting, and Intentional Living

    Host Debbie Weil enjoys a wide-ranging conversation with online legend Derek Sivers. Known by many as the creator of CD Baby, Sivers has been living a minimalist lifestyle since he sold the company in 2008 for $22 million. Derek has, in his words, optimized his life for learning and creating. He focuses on writing and, most important, he concentrates on one thing at a time. This is an illuminating conversation with an original thinker and an inspiring minimalist.

    • 38 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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