A weekly podcast delivering a fresh perspective on midlife living and reinvention. Join host Yvonne Marchese on her midlife journey and in candid conversations with other Boomers and GenXers who are dreaming big and achieving great things.
EP 20: Linda Ruel Flynn - A Legacy of Joy
Linda Ruel Flynn was taking care of her sick mom and was tasked with keeping her mom’s flower pressing gift business up and running when her mother was too sick to do the work. In the end, her mom passed away leaving Linda with the decision about what to do with her mom’s business. You see her mom had always wanted her to take over the business, but that’s not what Linda wanted… until she did it at the age of 50. She ended up doing things quite differently than her mother would have, finding true joy and love of the process.
EP 19: Jon Stewart - It's Now or Never
Jon Stewart of JStu Music retired early from a career in Information Security to pursue a lifelong dream to be a songwriter and now he’s released 5 albums since 2017. In this episode, we talk about how he positioned himself to meet other songwriters during the Covid shutdown and how he tapped into all the project management skills he has acquired in his career working in the IT Industry. It just goes to show that when we make a shift in midlife and jump into something new, we bring with us a lifetime of experience that we can apply to our new adventures.
EP 18: Emily Clement - Life By Design
Under the full moon in March of 2017, Despite the strong advice of a few friends, Emily Clement decided to burn a lifetime of her journals in a backyard fire. The book burning created an amazing chain reaction. Helping her to purge the toxic thoughts, beliefs and stories that didn’t serve her. She then took massive action. She quit drinking alcohol, adopted a puppy, took an intense business course, rebranded her business, let go of one-sided friendships, took herself to Cancun, and spoke at her first TEDx event.
EP 17: Doug Motel - Playing the Game
Doug Motel is an award-winning playwright & actor, author, coach, artist and a popular international speaker on the subject of storytelling for business. He’s kind of the quintessential “renaissance man”... Last year, he was leading a workshop in Hawaii and had a personal revelation… He'd spent the year exploring all his passions and going wherever his creativity took him. During that workshop, he realized he needed to “pick a lane” as he puts it. That inspired him to launch a new business, at the age of 58, capitalizing on all of the marketing expertise he’s garnered over the years and making his tools and tactics available to help new businesses tell their story.
EP 16: Kevin Lane - From Idea to Reality
Kevin Lane turned his passion for sand castles into a toy that builds not only sandcastles but family memories... and he did it in his late forties. He's the Inventor and Founder of Create a Castle which just won the coveted “Toy of the Year” award. But, he didn't do it alone. His wife, Laurie, stepped up to help make it all happen by taking on operations for their web design business, Code Hounds. Both of them had to step into being a beginner in order to keep an older business running to pay the bills while they built a new business. Who says you can't be an "overnight success" in midlife?
EP 15: Kimberly Minor - Trust your Gut
Are you one of those people who makes it look easy to do “all the things” when inside you’re really struggling? That was Kimberly Minor, my guest this week. For most of her adult life she found herself in the role of that person people look to to get through a crisis, both in her business and private life…. At some personal cost.
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Incredibly inspiring show!
Yvonne delivers time and time again and her guests have the most inspiring stories you will hear. It just proves no matter where you are in life, there’s always room to pivot and do something you love. Wonderful podcast
Late Bloomer Living is fantastic!
Yvonne Marchese’s Later Bloomer Living is a real gem! She is authentic, honest and open about her own mid life transformations and finds wonderful people to interview who are doing all kinds of cool things as they grow into mid life!! Can’t recommend this podcast enough! Really great conversations here!
I have thoroughly been enjoying this new Late Bloomer Living series. Full disclosure: I do not usually listen to many podcasts and the reason this particular series came on to my radar is due to my friendship with the host, Yvonne Marchese. But I was hooked after listening to her first podcast during which shares her own story of how Late Bloomer Living came about.
Yvonne's concept - conversing with people who have managed to somehow reinvent themselves later in life - makes for a thought provoking and inspiring 45 minutes.
I have listened to 4 podcasts so far, and what I find most unique about them is how refreshingly honest Yvonne is about her own pivots (she’s had a couple of major ones, the most recent being the decision to become a podcaster). So in addition to getting insights from people who have already managed a successful shift, Yvonne’s own journey gives her a unique vantage point from which to ask questions.
One of my favorite bits comes toward the end of each podcast when Yvonne asks what advice the interviewee would give to anyone looking to make their own shift towards some new endeavor. The answers tend to be both pragmatic and encouraging.
Given all the changes we’ve experienced with our current pandemic, a podcast series that encourages each of us to explore beyond our comfort zones couldn’t be more relevant.
I highly recommend Late Bloomer Living to anyone who is contemplating a change, either professionally or personally, or to anyone who has already made the shift and is in the process of wading through their own transition!