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Mar 15, 2024

In this episode of Flourish-Meant, host Tina Yeager engages in a heartfelt conversation with special guest Sally Cressman about flourishing in life's second half. Sally, an award-winning writer and children's ministry veteran, shares her inspiring journey of starting a writing career at age 40, learning to swim at 57, and publishing her first book at 64. Through their conversation, they delve into the deep-seated passion driving Sally to help others find purpose and fulfillment in their later years. From wrestling with new skills and technology to addressing emotional healing and physical well-being, Sally paints a portrait of holistic flourishing in the second half of life. As they wrap up, Sally shares insights about her upcoming children's Easter book, "The Dance of Easter," and how to connect with her. Tune in to this episode for wisdom and encouragement on embracing the fullness of life's second chapter.

Sally Cressman found herself at a crossroads when her children grew up and left home, facing the empty nest with a mix of uncertainty and opportunity. With a newfound sense of freedom, Sally asked herself a pivotal question—what next? This marked the beginning of her journey into the realm of writing, a path she recognized would demand not only her time but a willingness to embrace learning new skills.
When faced with the comfort of a quiet, conventional retirement versus the challenge of pursuing her passions, Sally chose the latter. She resolved to be a lifelong learner, refusing to let the prospect of idle days dampen her spirit. Sally's desire to stay active and engaged with her interests reflected her zest for life and her unwilling desire to simply "sit home and wish" for things that could be.
Instead of waiting for the next chapter in her role as a grandmother, Sally Cressman decided to author her own by crafting words and stories, illustrating that for her, personal growth and enrichment went beyond the traditional expectations during the twilight years. Her decision illuminated her belief that it is never too late to reinvent oneself and pursue new dreams.

Key Takeaways from the Podcast:

- Embrace the New: Decision and determination to learn new skills and pursue passions

- Press Through Setbacks: Expect challenges and build a supportive community to overcome doubts and obstacles

- Embrace Holistic Wellness: Focus on emotional healing, physical health, and relational connections

Sally Cressman's book, "The Dance of Easter," a children's Easter book, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and through her publisher, Endgame Press. Visit for more information and to preorder a copy.

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