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Julie Shifman’s Act Three: Create the Life You Want After Your First Career and Full-time Motherhood

By Beth Hall

656_1343405050For women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s looking to “find themselves” after the kids have left the nest (or just don’t need them as much), there are likely two roadblocks to figuring out what’s next ~ struggling to both imagine what they could do next in life and then doing it ~ achieving their next act.

Welcome to your “Act Three,” a time of transition, self-exploration and unlimited possibilities. For most, this time can be plagued with doubts about how to succeed in the next stage of life, but it can also be an opportunity for immense personal growth, believes sought-after inspirational speaker and coach Julie Shifman; in her own “Act Three,” she made it her mission to help women find what inspires them. In her new book, Act Three: Create the Life You Want After Your First Career and Full-time Motherhood (Greenleaf, September 2012), Shifman offers simple, powerful tools to help women on their journey to creating a fulfilling life in the next act.

“I have spent years working with women across the country helping them to define this next stage in life,” said Shifman. “This book is the culmination of years of extensive research and proven exercises that will help guide women along the path to identifying and achieving their goals.”

Each chapter follows a systematic process Shifman developed based upon her coaching practice. As Founder and President of her company, Act Three, Shifman has helped hundreds of women, through seminars, workshops and individual coaching sessions, discover their own passions. The detailed exercises start by first helping women unlock their inner desires, gifts and motivations, then the book offers techniques that have helped so many others achieve their dreams. Shifman also introduces three revolutionary concepts: the “Power Equation,” developing a “Portfolio Career,” and the importance of getting in “Change Shape.”

Informational, encouraging and inspirational, Act Three will teach women to:

  • Identify their “Gifted Passions” ~ the things they love and have talent for
  • Pinpoint their biggest motivators
  • Ready themselves for the big changes “Act Three” will bring
  • Take “baby steps” to achieve their goals
  • Proactively address what might hold them back
  • Overcome the obstacles that they will inevitably encounter along the way


Shifman shares her own personal story of imagining and profiles other inspiring women who have achieved their dreams in their own “Act Three.” These stories of courage, perseverance and breaking down barriers illustrate that women can do anything they desire, at any time in their lives. Shifman profiles an award-winning documentarian, the founder of an African orphanage, a fitness guru, a nationally syndicated radio host, and more ~ all of whom started the journey wondering what they would do next.

Be it starting a new business, rediscovering a long-forgotten passion, charitable work or another venture that fulfills ones soul, Act Three provides the tools and support to equip any woman as she embarks on her third act.

For more information on Julie Shifman, her speaking series, coaching business and Act Three: Create the Life You Want After Your First Career and Full-time Motherhood, please visit www.actthree.com and www.imaginethendoit.com. Act Three is available at major booksellers across the country as well as www.actthree.com, www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.

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