Sunday, July 17, 2011

Finding Your True Calling After Sixty: Boomers Everywhere Are Discovering Rewarding Second Careers

Finding Your True Calling After Sixty: Boomers Everywhere Are Discovering Rewarding Second Careers

Mid - to later-life career changes are on the rise in the United States. As the baby boomers get close to retirement age, a large percentage of them are thinking about winding things down. Still, a significant number of boomers plan to continue working. In fact, according to a recent Merrill Lynch survey, roughly three-quarters of all boomers plan on working past the traditional retirement age. Many of these boomers want to make dramatic changes in their careers. Some lucky boomers may even find their “life’s calling” at this stage.

Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) April 2, 2006

Mid - to later-life career changes are on the rise in the United States. As the baby boomers get close to retirement age, a large percentage of them are thinking about winding things down. Still, a significant number of boomers plan to continue working. In fact, according to a recent Merrill Lynch survey, roughly three-quarters of all boomers plan on working past the traditional retirement age. Many of these boomers want to make dramatic changes in their careers. Some lucky boomers may even find their “life’s calling” at this stage.

Carol R. Baldwin, a sixty-something grandmother of 11, is one of these “late bloomers.” She began her second career ten years ago after being inspired by a startling dream. After being prodded by her husband and her son, Michael, Baldwin decided to sit down and begin her second career.

"One night after my husband went to bed, I put pen to paper, and, like a hole suddenly blown in a dam, the book came pouring out,” Baldwin says. “Sitting at a table between the kitchen and the living room, I pounded the keys for sixteen to seventeen hours a day while life went on around me. By the time the book was completed, I had lost twenty-five pounds and had eyes like a raccoon.”

Until that moment, Baldwin had never once in her life considered becoming a writer. “I never even thought about it remotely,” Baldwin says. “The cool thing about it is that once I started, the words just flew. It was like it was something I was meant to do and I have never enjoyed anything as much.”

 As she was deep in the writing of her book, The Outlaw, she realized that the Outlaw that she dreamed about was really her husband of over 45 years, Robert. Building on the essence of her dream, Baldwin created a story filled with hair-raising adventure, suspense, and romance. In the grand tradition of Constance O’Day-Flannery, Baldwin takes her readers back to the Northern Foothills of Texas in 1872. She delivers a fast-paced time-travel adventure of the American West. 

Already hard at work on her third book, Baldwin is happy and comfortable in her new chosen career. “I consider myself to be very lucky to have finally discovered my love of writing,” says Baldwin. “There is no telling where I might go from here.”

For a review copy of the book or to set up an interview with Carol R. Baldwin, please contact Sarah Van Blaricum at 727-443-7115, ext. 207

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