001: Top 10 List: Best Things About Being Over 50 and Karen Introduces Dawn

In this episode I introduce you to my sidekick Dawn. Dawn and I talk about how we first became friends more than 20 years ago working in the legal field, how we re-connected just a few years ago when we again worked together, and how we have been BFFs ever since! We also discuss a top ten list I created after getting input from several women I graduated from high school with about what we love most about being over 50. This list is as follows:


10.   We now realize that worry is worthless and just a waste of                                time and energy.
9.     We can now focus on taking care of ourselves, while our 20s,                            30s, and 40s were spent taking care of our families.
8.     We now have time to follow our dreams and do things that                              bring us joy.
7.     We don’t need the approval of others anymore and are much                          less concerned about what other people think of us and whether                    or not they like us, etc.
6.     We realize the importance of cultivating good friends that make                      us happy, don’t judge us, and will be there no matter what.
5.     We aren’t as afraid of taking risks and can try new things without                    the paralyzing fear of failure.
4.     We decide who and what we want to be, not what others expect                     us to be, whereas when we were younger the pressure put on us                   by family, parents, our job, our culture, and society many times                       shaped and molded us into what we didn’t necessarily want to be.
3.     We are no longer afraid to say no, or many times hell no!
2.     We finally realize our own worth and value.
1.     We can finally say “I love who I am!”

Check out The New 30 Podcast website at www.new30podcast.com and leave a comment about what YOU love about being over 50. Thanks for listening!

About the author, Karen

Karen Barrett is a life coach and the host of The New 30 Podcast, a weekly show for today's 50-something woman. She lives in Oregon and has 3 kids, ages 26, 19 and 8.


  1. Sally on 01/11/2018 at 5:18 PM

    I really enjoyed listening to you and Dawn! I could relate to a lot of what both of you said. Looking forward to more of this, Karen!

    • Karen Barrett on 01/16/2018 at 4:52 AM

      Thank you so much Sally!! So glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Layne Linebaugh on 01/12/2018 at 12:59 PM

    I’m so excited for you Karen!! Love this! Love you!1

    • Karen Barrett on 01/16/2018 at 4:51 AM

      Thank you so much Layne! Can’t wait for your episode to air! Love you!

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