A Call to Further Becoming
The New Declaration from WOMEN OVER 50
“A stunning achievement … not only a call, but a summons to all of us to live boldly into a new narrative that embraces all we are capable of becoming.”
~ Pam Noble, author, Becoming Tree
“This book should be one of Oprah’s top picks for 2020.”
~ Gael McCool, author, Be Wise Now
About the book
In this groundbreaking book, Sue Brightman beckons us into timely and promising news about women over 50: it’s not about aging, it’s about becoming more of who we really are and doing what we’re called to do. Based on 100 interviews with women age 50-70+, Brightman discovers emerging themes of burgeoning creativity, spiritual growth, and a zesty freedom to experiment with new roles, new businesses, and new priorities. Blasting out of the water the old narrative about disengagement and decline, this exciting and spiritually rich stage of life comes alive page by page with women’s stories, pithy quotes, and Brightman’s insightful narrative.
“Sue Brightman’s book should be on Oprah’s top picks for 2020. It is so full of deep wisdom that resonates at every level. Its interviews show women aging with grace and power, declaring and defining themselves on their own terms. Sue has done a brilliant job of harvesting the uniquely feminine themes that unfold within each decade. Women over 50 will see themselves in this book, and younger women will be inspired by it too.”
~ Gael McCool, author of Be Wise Now: A Guide to Conscious Living
“When you open this amazing book you will find the voices of women who offer beautiful pieces of their stories in a chorus of strength, courage, humor, diversity, and compassion. Sue Brightman is the master choir director who brought these voices together as a gift for this very moment!”
~ Elizabeth Fuller
~ Dawna Markova, Ph.D., author of Living a Loved Life: Awakening Wisdom Through Stories of Inspiration, Challenge and Possibility and I Will Not Die An Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion
“This book is a stunning achievement by a woman who has deeply listened to a diversity of women … It is not only a call, but a summons to all of us to live boldly into a new narrative that embraces all we are capable of becoming.”
~ Pam Noble, Author of Becoming Tree, Mystical Wanderings in Nature Through Essays, Poems, and Art
Welcome to my work and this site!
After 30 satisfying years in Conscious Business consulting and coaching, I’m thrilled to have established this site to reflect the shift in my professional focus to women: specifically women over 50 who represent the whole new phase of life called Adulthood II or the “age of active wisdom.”
At this time of massive upheaval in 2021, we need women’s wisdom. Women are being called as never before to tap the universal truths they’ve lived over the decades and hear the individual ways they are being called to create, flourish, live fully.
This in turn helps to further the goodness, truth, and beauty needed urgently in the world right now.
I’d already been witnessing what was happening with women in their 50s, 60s, 70s — navigating the big “what now?’ with its challenging questions about identity and purpose. That was before the global pandemic and rising of urgent social and economic justice issues arose with dramatic attention in early 2020. I interviewed over 100 women to discern the themes at this stage of life in order to help myself and other women. With diligent listening and analysis I heard ten distinct themes about the new tracks we’re laying down at this stage of life — defining them as we live them. Now in 2021, I’ve led four Women’s Groups through the 10 Declarations and can see how they provide guidance through the wilderness of career/life transitions ~ like a light on the path during dark times. The Declarations in my book help us to hear our callings and contribute to a better world, no matter how seemingly small our contributions may be.
The reality is: we have retired the word “retirement” in its traditional definition. I believe women are leading the way.
Finding a new way forward in the way we define family, work, community, and global citizen is clearly needed. The pandemic and other institutional and systemic upheavals are calling for re-form that will require the wisdom of women.
So, welcome to this site. I’m so glad you’re reading this! Look for the 10 Declarations from 100 women over age 50 on the book page. And buy the book to read encouraging stories of how women are re-pathing vibrant and meaningful lives in their 50, 60s, 70s. I’m here to support you in your “further becoming” as we lay down exciting new tracks for ourselves and the women coming behind us.