Cynthia K Wade on TEDx - See it here

On Thursday, December 6 at about 7:30 PM, I checked an item off my bucket list. I spoke on stage at TEDx Oak Park Women.

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Those who know me , know that I enjoy public speaking, but this was a stretch. It was hard, really hard. I learned so much. I am so glad that I did it! Watch out world. There are more TE talks in my future.

For now, here’s the first. It would mean so much to me if you could share with me what you think. Compliments are fabulous, but constructive criticism is even better.

I shared the stage that night with 8 other amazing women and 1 incomparable man. You can see their talks here.

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Be the Flower that Blooms in the Desert

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Do you wake up every morning with a smile on your face? Do you go through your day without a single worry? Do you love every moment of your life? Of course not.

Life isn’t always fun and games. Life is rough, but we get through it. Life knocks us down and we get back up time and time again.

This is resilience. Resilience is the ability to pick yourself back up after being knocked down time and time again. This can be losing your job and finding another. This can be getting your heart broken and finding love again. This can be leaving your home and starting over in another country.

No matter the challenge, you have the ability to pick yourself back up because life goes on. Easier said than done. It is not always easy to pick yourself back up after a hard fall, we need the motivation to get back up.

So how do we get back up? All our lives hold meaning. We need to recognize that and decide what that meaning is for us, then we will know why we should get back up and continue through life to take on the next obstacle that comes our way.

at we can help you re-discover meaning in your professional life.  We support people who are unemployed, underemployed and unhappily employed to find meaningful employment - meaningful in the sense that it fills both their stomachs and their hearts.  Click here to get started today!

Dare to Disrupt Aging

“I’ll never forget my 50th birthday. My husband took me out to an elegant dinner and surprised me by inviting a number of our friends, not to mention our two children. I was having the time of my life. It was wonderful. I thought to myself, Life doesn’t get any better than this! Then, I started opening my birthday cards.

“Happy 50th — You’re now officially over the hill.”

“Welcome to the Over the Hill gang.”

“Turning 50 — Don’t worry: You’ve still got it … So what if you can’t remember where it is? Happy 50th birthday.”

At first, I didn’t think much about it — just part of the ritual of turning 50. But the more I thought about it, the more uneasy I became.

I really felt good about turning 50, celebrating with my friends and being happy about where I was in life. But when I read those cards, it occurred to me that hidden within them was a not-so-subtle cultural stereotype that didn’t fit the way that I and many of my contemporaries felt. I wasn’t old. I wasn’t over the hill; I was on top of the mountain. I liked being there and planned on enjoying it for a while. In fact, I was already thinking about what mountain I wanted to climb next. I decided right then and there that I wouldn’t be defined by my age. I want people to look at me for who I am, not how old I am.

And, business and industry are seizing on this Disrupt Aging opportunity, innovating new products and services in virtually every industry to help people live better as they age. Especially exciting are technological innovations incorporating voice recognition, virtual and augmented reality, and artificial intelligence to help people live better as they age.

All of this is having a positive effect on the way we live and age. Instead of seeing just dependent retirees, we’re beginning to see a new type of experienced, accomplished work force. Instead of seeing expensive costs, we’re seeing an exploding consumer market generating $7.6 trillion in annual economic activity by people 50 and over. Instead of seeing a growing pool of dependents, we’re beginning to see intergenerational communities with new and different strengths. And, we’re beginning to realize that more often than not, what’s good for the old is also good for the young.

Our hope is to inspire you to create your own rules for living better as you age. Our vision is a world in which each of us is valued for who we are, not judged by how old we are.”

Excerpt from AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins: What 'Disrupt Aging' Is All About: Here’s what we’re doing to change the conversation by Amanda Duarte, AARP, January 9, 2019

In OUR world PIGs CAN FLY!

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In August 2014, our first success story happened. Mary Esposito Anderson was unsure of herself and lacked the confidence she needed to master the job interview process. That all changed when she became a member of Working together with our founder, Cynthia Wade, Mary not only realized she already possessed the skills within her to achieve career success, but she also discovered self-confidence as well.  To read the rest of her story, please click here.