A few of my readers have asked me about the workshops I intend to run based on some of the pointers in the books. One of the questions posed was ‘why workshops’?
The simple answer is that I run across people around my age all the time who either aren’t spending their retirement in a fulfilling way or find that their lives lack balance. They want to plan a meaningful retirement – i.e. one that has MEANING for them, and for others it’s often about resolving certain issues so they can move forward and feel at peace in this very important time of their lives.
In order to help with overcoming these challenges, I will be facilitating workshops and offering strategic life coaching sessions.
I’ve also been asked about my interest in coaching and conducting workshops and what this has to do with writing age positive books. It may seem like a professional leap, but I see this as a natural progression from what I am currently doing.
Before I was a writer, I was a speaker and trainer. For a number of years I was a corporate trainer, then a training manager (working in Australia and overseas), before I started my own speakers and trainers bureau and also diversified into running workshops for mature age employees – which became a passion!
After some 23 years I moved to the mountains and started publishing books ... compilations of stories written by men and women in their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond, about what they are doing at this stage of their lives, how they are feeling about it and what keeps them motivated.
This has motivated me to go to the next step of offering workshops and coaching to those readers who have read the books and are now saying ‘I’d like to be motivated like that’ or ‘Where do I start?’ or ‘How do I work out what I need to do?’.
Which brings me to my next big adventure! Workshops and coaching will begin when the distancing restrictions ease. Watch my Facebook page or my website, www.julieankers.com, for updates and announcements.
Julie Ankers, author of Bold, Brave & (bloody) Brilliant, is speaking with the amazing Barbara Lepani, who's story features in the book. Barabara is passionate about making things happen, culturally, creatively, and personally. She is not one to let life stagnate!
Julie Ankers speaking at the Margaret River Library
While launching your book there’s always the adrenalin rush followed by a slight feeling
of despondency when all the excitement starts to dissipate.
That’s the time to hit the libraries and groups with book presentations. But what if the libraries are shut and group meetings aren’t happening? You don’t despair!
This is the time you develop your online presence and become familiar with what’s available.
Your marketing plan helps to keep you sane because you have planned for moments like this!
Mother's Day is coming up in a few days, and I thought I would share some of the wonderful contributions from Feisty, Fabulous & 50+ that acknowledge the love and sacrifices of motherhood...
Right from Day 1 in 1940 my family needed to make way for me into their home. My mother had married a widower with two children. And they had to move over for a baby girl, their step-mother’s only child, at a time when life was less than easy at the beginning of World War II.
The relationship floundered, however, and it appeared to me that my career was getting in the way of the marriage, which had by now produced the real loves of my life, my two children. The kids were doing very well, with full lives and enjoying the extra benefits of attending good, but expensive schools. So I made an attempt to save the marriage by returning to university to study – yes, Words again: English and Philosophy. My logic for this was, if I had to make a choice – often demanded by my then husband – between being present at a business dinner and completing an assignment, only I would suffer if I skipped the assignment – something that does not apply when one has work commitments.