Foreword by Nancy Levin

Master Integrative Coach, teacher, radio host and best-selling author of Worthy: Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth

" You’ll be moved by the messages from women who allowed themselves to be guided by courage to approach life on their own terms, taking action to live aligned with their truth and desires, standing solidly in their self-worth. Allow this book to serve as a compass to lead you back to yourself, with an invitation to find and trust your own voice as you dive deeply into your desire.”


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“Transformative! It takes courage to step through your fears and trust the wisdom of your soul. The powerful stories shared in Midlife Transformation will remind you that when you harness your personal power, commit to living authentically, partner with the Divine, and bravely venture into the uncharted, magic happens!” ~ Colette Baron-Reid, Intuitive, spiritual teacher, psychic medium, author, and founder of Colette Baron-Reid’s Oracle School

“Courage is not always easy, but it is critical to living a life filled with love. Listening, and following our inner wisdom and guidance, requires us to build that muscle of courage. This is a wonderful book, full of inspirational stories to awaken women to their own inner wisdom and courage to live a life full of love, joy, and abundance.” Christy Whitman, New York Times best-selling author of The Art of Having It All.

“When stories are written in the language of the soul, they have a way of resonating on a deep level. Each woman in Midlife Transformation has told her story from a place of truth and authenticity, making this book one you will cherish and connect with. This beautiful resource inspires women to listen to their inner guides and live fully now.” ~ Emily Madill, certified professional coach and award-winning author of Fall in Love With Your Life, One Week at a Time

“Wow! I couldn’t put down Midlife Transformation! The stories these courageous women share are incredibly inspiring. If you need inspiration and support in changing your life and choosing your soul’s journey, this book is for you.” ~ Margaret Paul, PhD, author of Inner Bonding and Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By God?

“An incredible guidebook to realizing that you are not alone. Midlife brings such rich and yet challenging choices front and center in our lives, and knowing that it is possible to transform and flourish during this time is beautifully captured in the intimate, soulful stories in Midlife Transformation. Brava to the courageous women who have shared their transformational stories!” ~ Marianne MacKenzie, founder of Radically Engaged Living™, international best-selling author of Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness

“What a joy to read stories of empowered women transforming their lives in midlife and redefining their own value and what is important to them! I was so inspired by the risks each woman took to grow, and by the self-awareness, courage, strength, and willingness that were required to express their authentic truths. Reading this empowering book was deeply nurturing, and I loved the reflection questions at the end of each chapter. I strongly recommend including both in your self-nurturing practice!” ~ Kelley Grimes, MSW- counselor, international best-selling author, speaker, and self-nurturing expert.

"The new book Midlife Transformation is an essential read for anybody in, or approaching, that time of life. It's full of wisdom and inspiration everyone will enjoy." ~ Amy Leigh Mercree, Best-selling author of The Chakras and Crystals Cookbook, Joyful Living: 101 Ways to Transform Your Spirit and Revitalize Your Life, and A Little Bit of Chakras

Midlife Transformation is a poignant collection of short stories that highlight the gifts of self-awareness and personal empowerment. Each author shares a personal midlife experience that offers us (the readers) an insider’s view to the proverbial fork in the road that we all eventually face: the choice to give up and give into our circumstances or the opportunity to keep going and discover what waits for us around the bend. These stories share common themes: faith that there is more to what is merely apparent in any given situation, and strong desire not to just “get through it” but to surpass our circumstances, making us so much more for having had the experience. This book teaches us that true empowerment rests in one simple decision: to refuse to allow any situation to limit us or de ne who we are.”  ~ Paula Houlihan, The Money Alchemist

“Wow! Linda Joy has done it again. The stories in Midlife Transformation are so inspiring, and I love the journaling prompts following each story that help me to take the lessons from each of the amazing authors to a deeper, more personal level. The themes that stood out for me across the stories were learning to love ourselves, releasing fear, and finding courage to live life on our own terms. As a fifty-two-year-old woman, I found it easy to relate to these stories and find hope for my own transformational journey. If you are looking for a great read full of inspiration as well as some support for your personal journey, don’t wait, buy Midlife Transformation today!” ~ Dr. Minette Riordan, CEO and Founder of The Path to Profit Academy.

“Powerful personal stories of courage and transformation that are inspiring gifts for the soul! It takes great bravery, confidence and determination to take your power back, listen to your heart and own your truth so you can transform your life. These stories are evidence that, no matter where we are in life, we can always claim the joy, abundance, purpose and freedom that are our birthrights.” ~ Patricia Young,CPC, GCHC, international best-selling author

Midlife Transformation is proof that you can truly create the life you desire at any age. The stories shared by these inspirational women will open your eyes to the possibilities present in your own life. I highly recommend this book!” ~ Cortney Chaite, The Coach for Sensitive Entrepreneurs and Sensitive Women Who Love to Eat

“This empowering book will be your go-to guide for inspiration in creating your greatest possible happiness, peace, love, and fulfillment during what can be the best time of your life!” ~ Kristi Ling, best-selling author of Operation Happiness

What's In the BOOK ?


Linda Joy discusses the concept for Midlife Transformation: Redefining Life, Love, Health & Success and shares her personal experience with expansive transformation in midlife.

Chapter 1



What are you secretly afraid of―and how does that fear hold you back? Authors Stacey Martino, Lizete Morais, Shawn Shaw, Dr. Debra L. Reble, and Lisa Marie Rosati share how transforming their fears opened doors in their lives that they never could have imagined.

Chapter 2



What happens when we find ourselves on a life trajectory that no longer serves us? Authors Michelle Lemoi, Dr. Colleen Georges, Karen Spaiches, Katrina Burton, Dr. Angela M. Joyner, and Shelley Riutta, MSE, LPC shifted their perspectives and redefined their purpose in truly inspiring ways.

Chapter 3



A big change is needed―but what are you going to do about it? Authors Laura Clark, Dr. Bonnie Nussbaum, Elaine Gibson, Kailean Welsh. MS, LPC, Lara Jaye, and Felicia Baucom share how taking inspired action can radically shift the way we experience life, love, work, and being.

Chapter 4



The ways in which we define ourselves can shape our entire experience of the world. Authors Lira Kay, Jami Hearn, Monica Dubay, Kimberly Tobin, Felicia D’Haiti, and Mal Duane show how shifting our unhelpful self-identifications can transform our relationships with ourselves and everyone else in our world.

Chapter 5



Even when we can’t see them, our lives are full of powerful gifts. Sheila Callaham, Ann Sanfelippo, Janet G. Nestor, Beth Tunis, MA, LMFT, Lore Raymond, and Cindy Hively open up about how the gifts they couldn’t see were, in fact, the gifts that would empower them to change their lives.




Editor Bryna René Haynes shares her thoughts on the stories in this anthology and their transformative potential for readers.

Journaling Prompt Pages

Dive deeper into the wisdom and lessons contained within each woman’s story.

Three Journaling Prompts after each story help you delve deeper into the vital lessons these women’s experiences have to offer.


“You’re never too old to transform your life―and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You might have heard the term ‘Midlife Crisis,’ but what if you really saw it as a ‘Midlife Transformation’ instead? These powerful stories inspire you to shift your awareness from what people might term a crisis to an awakening, and help you take those first steps to really creating the life you are destined to have. Perhaps you are hiding your brilliance in fear of being judged, perhaps you believe you’ll never be a success like others, or perhaps you are tired of wearing the daily mask dying to be free. The powerful courageous stories shared by these incredible women will not only inspire and motivate you but also provide you the opportunity to reflect on where you are ready to redefine yourself and your life. It is time!” ~ Di Riseborough, Intuitive Life Strategist

“A powerful and inspiring read! Twenty-nine courageous midlife women share their intimate and gripping stories about how they connected with their true selves, let go of their pasts, and changed the course of their lives. Reflective questions at the end of each chapter offer the reader the opportunity to dive deeper if they choose. Midlife Transformation is recommended for women of all ages―and men who want to understand them better.” ~ Pamela Thompson, BN, MSc., #1 Best Selling Author of Learning to Dance with Life: A Guide for High-Achieving Women, President, Creative Life Coaching Inc., founder, Creative Living Community

“There comes a time when a part of ourselves has to be released for something new to be born. Midlife Transformation is full of courageous revelations from twenty-nine extraordinary women who experienced a deep calling to transform their lives. It takes a great deal of courage to switch things up midlife; these stories celebrate the magic and mystery of taking a leap into a bold new adventure.” ~ Shann Vander Leek, Producer, Voice Talent, best-selling author

“The magical part about being in one’s midlife is the empowerment you receive. You learn from your past, and you get the courage to step forward into your truer self. This empowerment comes alive through every beautiful story in Midlife Transformation. These women pour their hearts and souls into each story, and we, as readers, reap the benefits. Highly recommended!” ~ Jill Celeste, MA, international best-selling author, marketing teacher, founder of the Celestial Marketing Academy

“Simply illuminating! The inspiring stories in Midlife Transformation hold intuitive wisdom and liberating evidence of the beauty and magic that happens when you listen to your heart and courageously live in alignment with your soul.” ~ Stacey Hoffer, Feminine Wisdom Luminary, Self-Love Coach, founder of Soul Alignment Living

“Reading the intimate stories of each woman's pain, joy, and growth in Midlife Transformation, I heard a little voice whisper to my heart, "Me, too." It was as though my personal fears appeared on the pages before me. I felt my shoulders relax, knowing my own shame had illustrious company. No longer did I feel alone. Unique as the individual authors, these stories will inspire, uplift, and challenge readers to leave behind their comfort zones, push through their fear, and embrace a whole-hearted, integrated life.” ~ Deborah Kevin, Writer, Editor, Storyteller.

“Linda Joy and the authors of Midlife Transformation knock the ball out of the park again with their riveting, soul inspiring, uplifting messages. From the very first story to the last, you'll be filled up, brought into a deeper sense of yourself, and grow in new ways, enjoy this treasure.” ~ Lisa Michaels, author of Natural Rhythms, Nature's Success System, Prosperous Priestess Handbook, and contributing author to Embracing Your Authentic Self.

“You know when life presents you with a wakeup call until it’s answered―and from that moment on, life as you’ve known it is never the same again? As you read the beautiful and empowering stories in Midlife Transformation, you will surely recognize yourself in quite a few of them. You may even find that some of the women’s stories give voice to what you’ve been feeling or sensing, yet didn’t know how to articulate. By reading about their experiences, you’ll receive the gift of their transformation as well. I know I did. How’s that for a gift that keeps on gifting?” ~ Tina van Leuven, Joyful Soul Business Coach and international best-selling author

“If you love inspirational real-life stories from women, like I do, you will enjoy reading Midlife Transformation. Inside, you will find twenty-nine stories from women who listened to their inner call to wake up and change. As a therapist and writer, I appreciate the opportunity to reflect upon my own personal experience after each story. ~ Lisa Hutchison, LMHC, Intuitive Licensed Psychotherapist, Writing Coach, #1 International best-selling coauthor of two Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Midlife Transformation is a moving collection of different women’s turning points. In each story, the author reveals her commitment to a greater self―and there her transformation begins. These are rich, powerful stories of women who took a deep look at their lives and found strength, beauty, power, and freedom. The journal questions in each chapter lead us to greater awareness within ourselves, and open a deeper connection with each author that brings a quiet transformation of its own.” ~ Lumari, Internationally-acclaimed Intuitive Guide & Coach, best-selling author

About Publisher Linda Joy

Best-selling inspirational publisher, Radio Show Host, and Authentic Marketing Catalyst Linda Joy is one of today’s premier voices in women’s inspirational publishing and a powerful advocate for women's dreams.

Linda is the publisher of Aspire Magazine, the premier inspirational digital magazine for women since 2006, host of the Inspired Conversations radio show on the #OMTimes network, host of the Inspired Living Giveaway, host of Inspired Living Secrets as well as the Creatrix behind the eight time best-selling boutique publishing house, Inspired Living Publishing. 

Ms. Joy is passionate about encouraging women to rediscover and reconnect with their inner wisdom, and empowering them to live deeper, more authentic, inspired lives both personally and professionally--and all of her brands are dedicated to publishing and producing projects that support them women in doing so.

Her well-respected multimedia brands serve over 44,000 women and 25,000 social media fans who embrace her message of love, feminine wisdom, and self-empowerment.

About Inspired Living Publishing

Inspired Living Publishing is a best-selling boutique publishing house providing visionary female entrepreneurs, coaches, therapists and healers with high-profile publishing and marketing packages that shine a spotlight on their brand and message.

Over 180 visionary entrepreneurs have published with Inspired Living Publishing's sacred anthology division and become best-selling authors. Inspired Living Publishing's powerful Authentic Storytelling(TM) model guides their authors through a transformative writing process that brings their truth and essence to the page.  

Inspired Living Publishing recently launched a new hybrid publishing division offering solo female authors high-profile publishing and marketing packages that bring their brand and message to the global audience they are meant to serve. 

Their first two titles, Being Love: How Loving Yourself Can Create Ripples of Transformation in Your Relationships and the World by Dr. Debra Reble, (May 2016) and The Art of Inspiration: An Editor's Guide to Writing Powerful, Effective Inspirational and Personal Development Books (June 2016) topped multiple best-seller and hot new release lists within hours. To learn more about  their high-visibility publishing and marketing services visit