Approaching age 50, Boston College graduate Maria Leonard Olsen found herself at a crossroads. She had taken a break from her career as a lawyer, but now her children were older and didn’t need her so much. Her marriage was dissolving and her drinking was out of control. At 50, and in recovery, she set out to do 50 new things—physical challenges, adventure travel, and lifestyle changes—that were significant to her. In her new book, 50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), Olsen shares her adventures and how accomplishing new things, learning new skills, deepening personal and spiritual relationships, and seeking out challenges can add spice to a life that may feel insignificant, inauthentic, or boring. A civil litigation attorney, Olsen is also a cohost of the “Inside Out ” radio show on WPFW-FM in Washington, D.C. She has written for the Washington Post, Washingtonian, Bethesda Magazine, Parenting, among other outlets. Her previous publications include Not the Cleaver Family: The New Normal in Modern American Families and the children’s books, Mommy, Why’s Your Skin So Brown? and Healing for Hallie.
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