Hey everyone! Meet Deborah Burns from Baldwin, NY. She’s our Featured Reader this week. Read on!
Founder, Skirting the Rules
What are you passionate about right now?
As a former media world Chief Brand and Chief Innovation Officer, I did the same for myself. Through a creative idea, I reinvented my own life around two passions: writing (my mother-daughter memoir, Saturday’s Child, is being published April 9, 2019), and helping women 50 plus reinvent for their best third acts through a program grounded by my own authentic journey.
What’s the most important thing you do every day?
Write and build ideas that serve women.
Who do you think is the best role model for Aging Boldly and why?
Jane Fonda. As I help women bring meaning to the third acts, Jane is an inspiration. She believes, as I do, that to move forward in the act three of your life you need to look back at your act one and two. That is what I have done with the memoir and continue to help other women do the same.
What’s your personal motto for Aging Boldly?
No woman ever transformed without Skirting the Rules. There’s no truer statement and Skirting the Rules is the trademarked brand that now helps women reinvent. To Age Boldly, it’s time to shed the old rules that governed you and we combine storytelling, coaching, and a unique assessment to help women understand themselves more deeply.
What movie/book/TV show are you loving now?
I love books published by literary geniuses who are 50 plus . Some recent reads that pack the wisdom of their years are Sally Koslow’s Another Side of Paradise; Caroline Leavitt’s Cruel Beautiful World; and Marilyn Simon Rothstein’s Husbands and Other Sharp Objects.
What countries are on your bucket list?
Italy again and again.
If you could live any where in the world where would it be?
Nowhere but here.
How do you cope with the current craziness in our political world?
When you are aging boldly, you’re old enough to know there is no one right way and that everything is complex and full of intended and unintended consequences. This makes me a firm independent, skeptical of extremes on both sides, knowing that neither is 100 percent right or 100 percent wrong. Both are fraught with the drivers of human nature, making decisions often compromised by the need for power and control. That said, I try to go deep, see the good and bad in everything, and come to my own conclusions.
What will you be doing in 10 years?
I will have published three more books and helped thousands of women activate meaningful third acts. Since women 50 plus hold about 70 percent of the country’s wealth and make nearly all purchasing decisions, activating this demographic around meaning, purpose, and authentic selves will benefit our world.