by Deborah Knox on December 22, 2012

12-12-12 – SOLSTICE- 12-21-12  The dates all run together since I fell and broke a bone in my right foot on 12-1-12 and badly banged my left shoulder, wrist and OOHH the ribs!  YIKES.  Just two weeks out and I am more mobile everyday thanks to my little Roller Aide Scooter as well as the following:

Prayers, hugs and drugs  ***  Johrei and reiki treatments ***Great EMTs and ER experience *** Alternative treatments including acupuncture at home from Nancy and Linda, *** as well as homeopathic remedies, flower essences, etc.  Not to mention the care and delicious foods from Jeanne, Ila Mae, Katelin, Mariah, Jennfier, Penelope and Suzy – I couldn’t have done it without you.  It’s been so lovely to be at home and have people come and we really get to visit!  Please call or come by!!!

And so, 2012 comes to an end with a contemplative whimper for me. I’m unclear about what’s next, but then again, aren’t we all? Some highlights for me in 2012 include the following:

The publishing of my book PUT YOUR SPIRIT TO WORK: Making a Living Being Yourself in 2012 brought me new opportunities to communicate with so many of you about finding and creating meaningful, sustainable work at this stage of our lives.  We’ll be needing that roadmap more and more in the months and years ahead.

It’s not too late to order http://www.amazon.com/dp/1604946601/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

or to take advantage of my



for you or a loved one

I experienced the thrill of being part of a Creative Retirement Panel when 5 of us presented in Kennebunk Maine, and Portsmouth New Hampshire local bookstores last summer to standing room only crowds.  These women and their books are the best! Find some good reads at the links suggested below.

On June 22, over 100 people came to  Antigones the local independent bookstore here in Tucson AZ  to learn more about putting their spirit to work… since so many in the audience were already doing what they love! We had a follow-up event at Bookmans in October and will be getting together on a quarterly basis in 2013.  To be sure to receive a notice, sign up for my newsletter and forward this to your friends who might be interested.

Friends and family in the Northeast and Southwest continue to bless me and I am grateful to you all.  I had some great visits with old friends, near and dear and I thank you for sharing your rich lives with me.  I miss my dear friend Nancy but we had a splendid ceremony on the banks of the Charles River in Brighton MA in July where her career counseling buddies gave a joyful farewell. Who will ever see a red cardinal and not think of her?

So as we move slowly toward the solstice and the turn of the New Year, I wish you all

Joy and peace

              Love and understanding, and

Many meaningful work opportunities to share your gifts





Creative Retirement Collaboration

For help crafting your own creative retirement each of the authors and their books offer a unique perspective.  The Creative Retirement Collaboration is the brainchild of five published authors, all experts in the art of personal and professional reinvention. They came together in 2011 with a shared vision to collaboratively offer a program to help people navigate retirement transition and design the next chapter of life. Their panels attract standing-room only audiences eager to develop a satisfying and rewarding second half of life.


Gail McMeekin, Author, 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women, 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women, 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women Journal, www.creativesuccess.com

Helen Rivas Rose, Author, Brave: A Memoir of Overcoming Shyness

Roberta Taylor, Author, The Couple’s Retirement Puzzle: 10 Must-Have Conversations for Transitioning to the Second Half of Life. http://www.couplesretirementpuzzle.com/

Amy Wood, Author, Life Your Way: Refresh Your Approach to Success and Breathe Easier in a Fast-Paced World, www.amywoodpsyd.com

Deborah Knox, Author, Put Your Spirit to Work: Making a Living Being Yourself, www.lifeworktransitions.com


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