Still grappling with the age-old question of what you want to be when you grow up? If so, you’re not alone! Over a decade ago, in my mid-forties, I found myself plagued by a gut feeling that there was something more waiting for me. And I know many of you can relate to this sentiment. But what often follows this realization?
For most of us, the knee-jerk reaction is to engage the left side of our brain – the logical, analytical side – in an attempt to decipher our purpose and passion. We ask ourselves, “What do I want to be? What do I want to do? What do I want more of in midlife?” I too fell into this trap. However, the answer lies in tapping into the right side of our brain, often associated with feminine energy and creativity. It holds the key to unlocking our true potential.
And this is precisely what our guest today, Sally Jean Fox, is here to discuss. A writer, performer, artist, and coach, Sally specializes in guiding women to reconnect with their creative essence and rewrite the stories of their futures.
She invites us to turn off the logical side and allow our creative instincts to take the lead. Are you ready for creativity beyond midlife? Sally Jean Fox is here to show you the way.
In this episode
[03:33] What brought Sally to where she is today, writing a book and talking about our muse?
[06:39] Sally explains why we all live within stories and these stories limit our ability to create.
[10:41] “Part of that being creative is claiming who we are.” – Sally
[13:26] Sally defines the term muse and how each of us carries the muse within us.
[17:31] Get in touch with what that story is that’s keeping us small, preventing us from calling on our muse.
[21:20] Don’t sugarcoat aging even with the ageism in our culture and investing in our creative selves will pay off for the rest of our lives.
[21:51] Sally’s amazing dare for the audience this week.
❤️Your Dare for this week is to listen to that one creative thing you’ve always wanted to do and to go beyond what you think you can’t do to reinvent your story. Reclaim the creative self that is just waiting to come out.
About Sally Jean Fox
Sally Jean Fox, Ph.D. is a writer, performer, artist, and coach who supports midlife-plus adults to shape their narratives about the future and design more artful and creative lives.
She is the author of Meeting The Muse After Midlife, a memoir about finding hope and meaning in the second half of life—particularly through creative expression.
An engaging and dynamic speaker, Sally shares in a way that feeds the spark in others.
She has helped hundreds of clients find their authentic voices, share their stories, and design their lives.
Her long-running weekly Engaging Presence blog offers hope and inspiration to those who want to live meaningfully in changing times. Her Vital Presence podcast highlights those who are “Shaping the stories that are shaping the world,” with a focus on becoming more creatively expressive in the second half of life.
In her earlier career, Sally directed innovative leadership programs, both as a consultant and a university professor and department chair, training professionals. She coached hundreds of professionals, from all walks of life, to lead with passion and presence.
She holds a doctorate from the Fielding Graduate University and an M.B.A. from Yale.
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The 7th LIVE Virtual Vision Board Workshop
Reconnect to your purpose! The 7th LIVE Virtual Vision Board Workshop is an all-immersive 1-day experience for moms and midlife women ready to ditch rigid resolutions in favor of a crystal clear vision of your best purpose-led life (and how you can make it happen)!
Saturday, February 10th, 10:30 am-3:30 pm EST (online via Zoom)