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What Needs to Happen for you in 2009?

Posted January 13, 2009, 12:07 pm
Growing Bolder asks leaders, thinkers, writers, life coaches, entertainers and role models to weigh in on issues affecting our lives.

It's not going to be an easy year, which means we'll all probably have to bear down and focus more than ever before. So, what do you need to accomplish before the year is out?


christopher-hopkins-3x4.jpg Christopher Hopkins
My visibility needs to increase. That means I'd love to be doing more and more public speaking. That's how I can reach the most people and be the most effective. And as my speaking engagements increase, that will decrease my dependency on cutting hair.


About Christopher Hopkins
The "Makeover Guy," knows how to revive the looks of boomer women. He believes women become more beautiful as they age. His new book, "Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women over 45," is a guide to looking modern, not foolish, at an older age. It helps older women find solutions to their aging issues and talks about how although they are busy with life, there are simple, quick ways to keep your aura shining bright.


Lou Whitney Lou Whitney
Like most everyone, my wife, Sky and I are concerned with the economy. We've felt the effects already in 2008, and don't see any real positive indicators for near-term improvements in 2009. 

We're both beyond the normal retirement age, but find that social security and a modest pension does not support the active life style that we would like to continue.  

I have my own web design business, which has already felt the effects of the economic downturn.  One of my major clients went out of business after 50 years, and others have cut back on the website activities.  I find myself having to ramp up my marketing efforts just to replace the business that I have already lost. 

My wife works at Universal Studios, and luckily she has been able to work her normal hours, but Universal is also feeling the pinch of the poor economic situation, so who knows what the future will hold.

As you know, I love to explore the back roads of North America on my motorcycle, but I don't see another 10k or 12k adventure in 2009.   With gas prices going down, I am definitely planning some kind of ride, but it will involve a lot of primitive camping and less motels and KOA type campgrounds. 

We have vowed not to touch our IRA's (except as required by IRS) and other investments that have been negatively affected by the economy.  We're going to ride them out in hopes that some day in the future they will return to their previous worth. 

Since Sky will not ride with me on the back of my motorcycle (I don't blame her), we do other traveling together, but that traveling entails hotel and motels, and not primitive camping.  Her idea of primitive camping is a Holiday Inn Express.    Instead of traveling, we will probably do more local things with the kids and grandkids.

Medical and health costs is another big issue, and we've decided to go a different direction with our health insurance, which could save us some money over the next year or two while the economy is down.  Of course, this means that I can't spend another seven days in ICU, and we must work hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The bottom line is not too bleak for 2009, but we definitely have to make some changes.  All I have to do is look around the world to see how other people have to live, and I am thankful that we live in such a wonderful country.  We are truly blessed.


About Lou Whitney
Now in his 70s, Lou does things people much younger could not. Whitney is not only a pioneer in Veterans Motocross racing -- he's a competitor. Whitney is a part of the fastest growing division of the sport, and staged the Veterans Motocross Championships in February of 2008. He also does another type of riding -- adventure riding. He goes on an annual ride to places like Mexico, the West Coast and Canada.


Jean-Newell-3x4.jpg Jean Newell
What needs to happen for me in 2009 is to finally break down the national marketing door and be recognized as a Boomerpreneur. My goals are to appear on the national news or talk shows to help inspire and educate the millions of unemployed boomers to recognize their self-employment potential.


About Jean Newell
It isn't easy to take an idea and turn it into a tangible business, but that's what Jean Newell did. And on the road to turning her dream into a reality, she turned herself into an entrepreneur. Her product " the PUP: Personal Utility Pouch " has gotten her on QVC and countless network TV shows. Now, the self-made businesswoman is using her road to success as inspiration for a new book, "The Barefooted CEO," to inspire others. Her invention, triggered by necessity, is a high-tech tool belt that solves a personal need. And her product proved to be needed " the first time she was featured on QVC, she sold 4,000 PUPs in seven minutes!


Ted Skup Ted Skup
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that 2009 will be an economic turning point and I could pass my baton off to someone in need of a job.


About Ted Skup
Ted believes that with obesity levels at an all-time high, fitness needs be a national priority. He says despite the fact we have an arsenal of exercise options at our disposal, the ultimate choice is, the simple push-up. Skup takes on the 35-billion-dollar fitness industry and explains why it is failing us, with its bogus claims, magic bullets, and quick fixes. Although the fitness industry may not want to hear it, push-ups are free, no equipment, no gimmicks and totally portable. He is the author of Death, Taxes & Push-ups.


Bobbe Lyon Bobbe Lyon
What needs to happen for me in '09?  Mundane, I know, but the answer is... continued good health and humor.


About Bobbe Lyon
Bobbe Lyon, M.D. (mirth dispenser) is a believer and practicioner in the power of humor. She thought her life was over at age 45 when her husband died. After wallowing in despair, humor became her primary tool for survival. It worked so well the Laughing Lyon earned a BA in Journalism and an MA in Counseling. Soon she decided to take her humorous ideas public. She has been a National Speaker ever since.


Howard-Stone-1x1.jpg Howard Stone
As a newly trained (January) Laughter Yoga practioner, I want to help as many citizens as possible take themselves less seriously and enjoy the health benefits laughter offers.

About Howard Stone
With Americans living longer, healthier lives, the conventional idea of retirement is obsolete. Millions of Americans are working past the age of sixty-five - not because they have to, but because they want to. Many, like Howard and his wife Marika, discover second careers, start their own businesses, or go back to school. Howard enjoyed a long career in international advertising sales and magazine publishing before he became a certified life coach at age sixty-four. Marika is the editorial director of 2young2retire.com and has been a journalist, English teacher, public relations account executive, and small business owner. She is also a certified Kripalu yoga teacher.


Susan Silver Susan Silver
I now am thinking that the best husband material would be my very own doctor! That would make me feel really safe and that is my goal in 2009... to find one to marry! And on a world level... I believe we will all have to re evaluate our financial needs and scale down and try and relate to others in the community in whatever ways we can to improve all our lives. I think a call to service is going to be answered now.


About Susan Silver
Susan was a writer for many of the greatest TV shows of all time, including "The Bob Newhart Show," "Mary Tyler Moore," and "Maude." These days, she writes a hilarious relationship column called, "The Search for Mr. Adequate." She is a frequent guest on the Growing Bolder Radio Show.


Bob Becker Bob Becker
I'd like my Florida Relay Series to be a great success with the runners, and to see the message spread that running team relay races with friends is a user-friendly and fun alternative to individual half-marathons and 10Ks.
I hope to remain sufficiently injury free to run the 100-mile route of each of my four races about a month in advance of each to promote the event and confirm the safety (and lack of road construction) along the route.

About Bob Becker
He was 57 before he ran his first marathon, only 26 miles just wasn't enough for him. He became an ultra marathoner and was running strong until he was hit by a double whammy that nearly ended his running career and perhaps his life. He's overcome having a steel rod inserted into his leg in 2005 and a fight with prostate cancer in 2006 to set an inspiring and hopeful example for us all. Now 63 years old, Becker is back!


Sherrie Mathieson Sherrie Mathieson
I hope my newest book reaches many and is successful. It was the project of my life--and very challenging to accomplish.

We need to sell our lovely house in CT--and move to NYC, and finish our place in AZ.

Health, safety, wisdom and---and I know this is a tall order--we all need peace!


About Sherrie Mathieson
She's made an indelible mark as an award winning Costume Designer and Fashion Stylist. You've seen her work in countless feature films, TV shows, music videos, commercials and print. She's styled Academy Award winning actors, sports figures, rock stars and many others. Now, she's offering to style you! Sherrie created a manual to help bring you and your clothes into the 21st century. Her book, "Forever Cool: How to Achieve Ageless, Youthful and Modern Personal Style" is tailor made to give baby boomers a tailored look! Don't wait too long to read it because she has a new book due out this spring!


 
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