Fortytude: Making the Next Decades the Best Years of Your Life -- through the 40s, 50s, and Beyond

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In her practice as a licensed therapist and through discussion groups all across the country, Sarah Brokaw has discovered that the women who navigate midlife most smoothly--who go on to prosper and to enjoy the best years of their lives--are those who foster five Core Values in themselves. In Fortytude, she shows how any woman can nourish these qualities in herself, and evolve and thrive.

The five Core Values are:

Grace - when a woman lives with integrity, capitalizing on her own strengths while admiring the strengths of others

Connectedness - experiencing satisfaction in connections with others

Accomplishment - the sense of realizing goals and getting things done--which is necessary in today’s world, when women are expected to cram 48 hours of living into every 24-hour day

Adventure - a willingness to seek challenges outside the normal comfort zone

Spirituality - a personal approach to religion, and an understanding that life has a meaning beyond the day-to-day details

In Brokaw’s reassuring voice and through the stories of incredible women from all walks of life, readers can learn how they, too, can embrace and fully enjoy their forties, fifties, and beyond.

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Sarah Brokaw is a licensed therapist with practices in Manhattan and Venice Beach, California, with an expertise in relational dynamics. Brokaw graduated from Duke University and earned a Masters in Social Work from New York University. Philanthropically, she has been actively involved with the organizations Women for Women International and Robin Hood in New York City, and she has served on the boards for the NYU School of Social Work Alumni Committee and the East Harlem School at Exodus House.

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According to Brokaw, a therapist and daughter of the former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw, turning 40 can present women with a beautiful opportunity for powerful self-reflection and self-improvement. Making the most of this critical milestone takes a kind of strength that Brokaw calls "fortytude," and she identifies five core values—grace, connectedness, accomplishment, adventure, and spirituality—that can help women thrive as they navigate the journey from age 35 onwards. She profiles American women from different walks of life: an overweight Wisconsin nurse, resolving to live her own life more fully after her sister's suicide, undergoes gastric bypass surgery; a California ceramics artist is inspired by her daughter to accept her small breast size; a brigadier general who mentors other women through the difficulties of military life and the horrors of war. Brokaw, a single woman, decides to freeze her eggs, a decision that enabled her to stop searching frantically for a partner; and a television producer honors her late mother by raising money online for nonprofit organizations. Although Brokaw's advice is helpful and inspirational, it is also generic and familiar. (Mar.)
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