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Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  546 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
In this inspirational book, beloved broadcast journalist Jane Pauley helps people in the middle of their lives successfully navigate a“reinvention” phase and build a positive, powerful future.Everyone is talking about “reinvention.” President Obama used the term nine times in a State of the Union address. Magazines, newspapers, and online blogs frequently devote coverage t ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
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Mar 01, 2014 Celia rated it liked it
The best parts of the book are where Jane Pauley writes about herself. I did not know she was bipolar. She also talks about herself and some of her insecurities.

The book is highly anecdotal. I felt the book should have been divided into two sections with one section about people pursuing new interests and another about people pursuing new careers.

Many of the people in this book I would say are in retirement-they don't have to worry about money. I think that is a common form of reinvention-peopl
Jul 20, 2014 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Don't read this book looking for advice on how to reinvent yourself in middle age. This is not that type of book. The only guidance given was to "connect the dots" from your past experiences in life to look for what has had meaning and passion for you. And, to not be afraid to try something new...fear of failure can be paralyzing.

I did enjoy reading about Jane Pauley's life and the vignettes of the people she interviewed who did reinvent themselves at a later point in life - the dancer who beca
Lynne Spreen
Jul 16, 2014 Lynne Spreen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: midlife
The objective of this book, according to the author, is "to inspire people through storytelling to imagine their own future in powerful and positive ways." Pauley weaves her story into the telling of those anecdotes, so there's a nice rhythm. She's relentlessly cheerful and self-effacing, and uses her broadcaster cadence in telling each story. The result is a kind of tonal flatness, no real highs or lows. Yet there is still enough in this book for me to feel it was worth reading.

Here are some t
Jan 20, 2016 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
I expected more from this book. As I recently entered my 50's and my roles are shifting, I thought this would be a timely read. The book includes stories of people who have made happy transitions along with some reflections on Jane Pauley's own journey. But there just really wasn't anything I haven't heard before, and although she comes across as very friendly in her writing, I honestly didn't find Jane Pauley very interesting. The structure was more that of just free writing, and the book just ...more
Mary Kenyon
Jan 25, 2014 Mary Kenyon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I like this book so much because I am living it. I now have a life I could not have imagined even ten years ago. Sadly, part of the impetus to change has been loss. I lost my mother on my 51st birthday and reading her notebooks and papers made me get serious about writing. Then I lost my biggest supporter in that endeavor, my husband, and have since signed three book contracts, began a job as a library director, and do writing and couponing workshops. I am living my dream, but without th ...more
Apr 18, 2014 Greg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are some nice stories in here. Some are even inspirational. But ultimately, I'm not the right target audience for this. Maybe I'll pick it up in another 15-20 years.

Jane Pauley is shouting from the rooftops that it's never too late to change your career; that things like service and self-fulfillment should be the driving force in your second act, and money can take a back seat; that you can find your life's calling even after retirement. And I think she has such enthusiasm for her message
May 11, 2014 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very interesting to read about Jane Pauley..a fellow Hoosier who we watched on TV from her first days in Indianapolis.. and she relays many thoughts and facts about her life.. I think someone in her place - lifestyle, experience, etc... would not have trouble 'reimagining' her life as the resources available to her all probably almost endless.. I think retirement calls for 'reimagining' of one's life but not always on such a large scale as this book reflects.
Alison Haldimann
I enjoyed the stories of individuals who made life changes - found them to be interesting and sometimes motivational. Jane's interlaced anecdotes of her own life showed too much self-aggrandizement for my taste. I often felt she used the book's topic as a means to place her own life on a pedestal.
Mar 21, 2014 Pamela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed in this book. It's choppy and didn't flow well. She speaks candidly and I like that, but there were a lot of vignettes about people she's interviewed. The theme of the book, baby-boomers are now over 50 and reinventing themselves, is interesting. But the delivery of the message is garbled. She writes in a gossipy, chatty way that I became bored with. And my final complaint is that the people she chose to chat about all seem to be quite wealthy -- money is not an issue in anyon ...more
Marilyn Willison
Apr 10, 2016 Marilyn Willison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those of you who are either looking forward to the next chapter of your life—or already in the midst of it—an excellent book to help you “reinvent yourself” is Jane Pauley’s “Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life” (Simon and Schuster, $26.00, 253 pp).

Pauley addresses the issue of “the demographics of aging,” which has added decades to what we refer to as “midlife.” If you’ve ever found yourself yearning for something more out of life, then this book is for you. Pauley intervi
Oct 18, 2015 Lynetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am Baby Boomer anxious about the future of our economy. I'm not quite at retirement yet, but inflation rises is subtle ways. I am one of the multitude looking for ways to earn enough money to get by. Jane Pauley has stitched a bunch of interviews of people who change careers in both un/expected ways.

One woman had a huge amount of stress and her doctor said she'd die if she didn't quit the job. She had wanted to make chocolates, took classes, succeeded as Antoinette Chocolatier. One man decide
Jul 04, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engaging collection of stories of midlife "reinvention", interspersed with tales from her own eventful career and family life. Some of them were living on the edge (e.g., a couple who sort of dropped out to go tour the country in an RV), but mostly first-world. In this regard, my favorite line concerned a couple who had moved to Tuscany and started a business as middle people for cooking lessons by the local older ladies--when the wife became homesick and wanted a US base again, "she surprised B ...more
The concept of the book is good but it ends up being a safe packaged formula written in plain Jane style that will feel comforting to older readers but do little to get them off the couch. The idea here is to tell stories of people who changed their professions or became active in a new field later in life. Most seem to be taken directly from TV segments she has done for the Today Show, and the book feels ghost written and distant.

Pauley has always seemed to have a giant egotistical elitist wal
Jun 15, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure how I found this book, perhaps it was from my local library's newsletter, or perhaps the NYT Book Review, but whatever the source, am glad I followed it! Pauley is four years ahead of me in age and her stories of "what's next" resonate.

Pauley shares stories of people who, for a multitude of reasons, found themselves reimagining the next steps in their lives. Often, those next steps seemed dramatically different from the life paths they had been on, yet just as often, when looking backw
Feb 14, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Jane Pauley has written THE book on reinventing yourself, and her reading of the audio book “Your Life Calling, Reimagining the Rest of Your Life” isn’t a CD you’ll just want to listen to once. It’s a keeper — one to invest in — a recording to relish with a pen in hand to capture the wisdom Pauley shares. Words delivered in that soothing voice so many of us appreciated when she co-hosted “Today” and was an anchor on “Dateline.”
In fact, Pauley’s new book/CD was spearheaded by “Your Life Calling,”
Jeff Crosby
Feb 09, 2014 Jeff Crosby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Your Life Calling" is a book containing more inspiration than instruction, from the pen of long-time Today Show journalist Jane Pauley. She profiles a host of people from varied ethnic, socio-economic, work and geographic backgrounds (their photos are on the front and back endpapers of the book) who have two things in common: They are baby boomers, and they have "reimagined their lives" in some way...and often, a quite dramatic way.

The stories have appeared in a different form on Pauley's Toda
Aug 16, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Pauley writes in a very conversational tone, is funny and humble. She shares stories from her videos that are produced in conjunction with AARP. The people in the book found ways to reinvent themselves in retirement or after a layoff. I'm hoping in a few years I'll figure out what I want and can do next, food for thought.
Sep 06, 2015 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book provides numerous examples of how other seasoned people have identified what they really wanted to be doing. Pauley writes casually as though talking to a friend. She repeats herself, etc., when explaining her own opinions, but I found I could easily overlook that because the people she described were very creative and realistic.
Scott Oney
Disclaimer: I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

I have to say I was a little disappointed with this book. Based on the title, and brief synopsis, I thought I would like this book. I didn’t even realize who the author was before I added this book to my reading list. I think if it was an unknown author, the reviews would probably be worse.

I am definitely the target reader for this book as I am approaching 50, but it really didn’t inspire me the way I thought it might. In the intro, Pau
Feb 19, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book for its uplifting stories of men and women who manage to reinvent themselves and their careers or a life passion. I have never watched Jane Pauley or the Today show so I was not quite sure what to expect. Actually she did a pretty good job. In her own career she has had the opportunity to meet some amazing people who have turned their lives around and it is these people she has written about. I always thought that the Oprah show was at its best when she interviewed real honest ...more
I read the book because I heard Jane Pauley speak and it piqued my interest. This is a summary of her investigation into various people’s mid-life crises – how they reimagined themselves into their true passion. Jane Pauley is a force of nature. She denies it, though, and this is where the book was ultimately unsatisfying. I felt she was lying when she said she was the luckiest person in the world, fell into a broadcasting career, and lacked driving ambition. Those of you who know me realize tha ...more
Bill Landau
Feb 25, 2014 Bill Landau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am glad Jane Pauley wrote this book. Second careers and life after retirement ideas are getting more and more popular and they help people get out of the mindset that you have to have the same occupation all throughout your life. This is not a foreign idea to me because I spent several decade as a professional photographer and now I am a professional librarian. The best of both worlds! Ms Pauley did a great job of presenting a variety of interesting case studies along with her own testimonial ...more
May 13, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the CDs in my car over several days. I enjoyed Jane Pauley as the narrator, weaving a series of short inspirational stories of encouragement for those readers near 50. This book will appeal to Pauley fans and those that are looking for a bit of adventure in their final third of their lives. A good read even for those not quite to the retirement phase of life; as sometimes life throws you a curve and you can end up having several different career paths. The audio book works well bec ...more
Feb 12, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! Thoughtfully written, filled with stories full of ideas for reinvention after retirement, suggestions for how to prepare and encouragement to take a few risks along the way. I highly recommend Pauley's book to anyone unsure about how to spend their retirement years and also to anyone faced with the necessity of making a life-change due to job loss. I'm SO looking forward to retiring from my job at the neighborhood library in 16 months (not that I'm counting!), and I have some ideas a ...more
Oct 17, 2014 Tama rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interested in this book because I always liked Jane Pauley and because the book focused on people reinventing themselves after fifty. Although I liked the premise of the book and most of the stories, I was not very fond of the writing style. The book went back and forth from Jane Pauley's voice to someone's story. At times it seemed like an autobiography with these side stories thrown in. But it does make me think about the opportunity to create the next stage in my life. If I only knew what I w ...more
Barb Wiseberg
Jul 10, 2014 Barb Wiseberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
As the last of the baby boomers turn 50 in 2014, many of us look back on our professional lives and wonder, what's next.

Some may be fortunate enough for "freedom 55" but for many of us, work is something we will likely always be involved with - for financial, intellectual and personal fulfillment.

I will be 50 in December, about 6 months away. I'm not certain what the next chapter of my working life will be, but this book gave me courage and inspiration that whatever it is, things will continue t
Susan G.
Jul 02, 2014 Susan G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to agree with reviewer Mary Kenyon that I may indeed be enjoying this book so much because I too am living it.

Pauley summed it up when she wrote in the chapter titled The Gift:
Self-discovery is the reward for taking a step toward reinvention. And even a false step may give you a fresh perspective on yourself. But having that perspective articulated in a phrase (each of which she describes in stories earlier in the chapter) "help others shine" . . . "make people comfortable" . . . "see t
I saw Jane Pauley speak at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women and promptly put this book on my to-read list. It was immediately available from the library and I snapped it up, eager for inspiration. I'm 42, which mathematically qualifies as middle age, although I suspect the Boomers have wiggled that definition a bit.

This book is half auto-biographical and half stories from other people (most of whom were profiled in Pauley's project "Your Life Calling" sponsored by AARP) who reinvented thems
While I enjoyed this book and found it helpful and inspirational, it wasn't what I was expecting: it's really a series of loosely-connected vignettes about people who've reinvented themselves in middle age. While their stories are varied and intriguing, there's not a lot else going on here. In other words, if you're looking for a self-help book or a "how-to" guide to changing careers, this isn't either of those things. What's interesting about reading it, though, is discovering the radically dif ...more
Apr 26, 2014 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never looked toward my later years as “retirement” – I bristle at the word. Instead, I looked forward to the day when I could work fewer hours, accept less pay and do more satisfying work. I thought that day would be 10 years in the future. I wasn’t planning on the company I worked for closing their doors leaving me unemployed. A disaster or an opportunity? I wasn’t sure. This book came along at the right time for me.

I now believe it’s never too late to reinvent yourself. The problem is moment
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Margaret Jane Pauley is an American television journalist, and has been involved in news reporting since 1975. She is most known for her 13 year tenure on NBC's Today program and later 12 years of Dateline NBC, and has acknowledged publicly her struggle with mental health and bipolar disorder.
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