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Book Review: AMAZING GRAYS: A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO MAKING THE NEXT 50 THE BEST 50 by Maggie Rose Crane

amazing-grays5Amazing Grays: A Woman’s Guide to Making the Next 50 the Best 50
Maggie Rose Crane
Self-Help
FTA Press
281 pages

Maggie Rose Crane has written an informative and engaging book for boomers who are unwilling to become feeble old women with boobs in their laps, dreams on the shelf, and “Memory Lane” their only destination. This book is for maturing women who are staking their claim as part of a dynamic and growing movement of ‘Amazing Grays’, women who want to challenge stereotypes about aging and amazing-grays1create a fresh start for the second half of life – but aren’t quite sure how to pull it off.

When an epiphany in the hair salon convinced Maggie to try life without hair dye, she found herself face to face with the fears and questions that unsettle many maturing women living in a culture obsessed with youth and manufactured beauty…
Who am I now that I’m no longer young and fertile? Will I still be desirable as I age? Will I be invisible? Is this the beginning of the end? Is it too late to make a difference? And how on earth do I stop coloring my hair if I want to?

Balanced somewhere between a memoir and a how-to, Maggie uses her personal journey as a springboard to shatter stereotypes about aging. She shares her most poignant insights and experiences on what it means to be a woman “of a certain age,” and offers suggestions on how to mindfully chart a graceful course through the physical changes, emotional challenges and mental gauntlet of aging. With honesty, humor and plenty of research, Maggie lights the way for women who want to live with vibrancy and joy – regardless of their hair color!

In this provocative and touching book, Maggie explores, with humor and compassion, the many aspects of growing older – from changing social and family roles to changes in body and appearance, even changes in perspective and purpose. She shares how redirecting her focus from her packaging to her essence gave her the perspective to age mindfully and joyfully (after, of course, a bit of kicking and screaming).

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to do something so outrageous that it didn’t matter what anything thought, you were going to do it anyway because you knew it was the right thing for you to do?

For years, Maggie Rose Crane colored her hair, until one day she declared her independence and gave up the dye to become the person she really wanted to be. What happened was a transformation took place that even Maggie didn’t know would happen.

In her book, Amazing Grays: A Woman’s Guide to Making the Next 50 the Best 50, Maggie shares her journey as she transforms from someone she thought she had to be into a woman she know she had to be. It is in her book that she shows other women how to be the women they are meant to be, too, despite time not being on their side.

Written for baby boomer women everywhere, Maggie explains why it doesn’t matter what color your hair is or how many years the clock says you are, women of a certain age can still be “vibrant, healthy, wise, engaged with life, sexually active, spiritually connected, physically fit and alive well past 100”!

Maggie’s book is a guide for baby boomer women that will lead them down the right path to fulfilling their life’s goals, even when they have declared themselves “a certain age.” She shows us how to become body wise and how to navigate through the changes. She explains how we age and the key factors in aging. She explains why we need to keep moving and how to deal with menopause that often slows us down.

Maggie Rose Crane opens our eyes to the simple fact that aging does not have to be something to dread once we understand what is going on with our bodies. She helps us learn what we can do to make this time of our life the best time of our life.

I fully recommend Maggie Rose Crane’s Amazing Grays: A Woman’s Guide to Making the Next 50 the Best 50 if you are approaching your 50s or already there.

What I love about this woman is that she’s daring. I love her chutzpah!  I have colored my hair for years and still I could not have the courage this woman had to completely give up the bottle.  I so admire women like that!  Maybe one day!

The book was expertly written; no typos or grammar flubs.  This is the kind of book I love having come across my desk.  Such a joy to read!

The fact there is no part II?  Maggie?

Purchase Amazing Grays: A Woman’s Guide to Making the Next 50 the Best 50 at the author’s website by clicking here!

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Maggie Rose Crane Week Continues: Self-Improvement – Who Needs It?

I hope you enjoyed Maggie Rose Crane’s interview on Monday. I’m happy to say she’s back with a great guest post for us on the subject of self-improvement!

Everyone wants to improve themselves whether it be for themselves, their business, or their career. Maggie Rose Crane gives us another viewpoint on self-improvement that I believe you will enjoy. Maggie will be stopping by periodically over the day so if you have any questions you’d like her to answer for you, leave your question in the comment section below. Welcome Maggie!

Self-Improvement – Who Needs It?

by Maggie Rose Crane, author of Amazing Grays: A Woman’s Guide to Making the Next 50 the Best 50

maggie_crane_1_smAs we age and cross over into new possibilities, many midlife women are beginning to understand that our attempts at “self-improvement” are futile. Efforts to improve ourselves often have the opposite effect and keep us spinning our wheels in a quagmire of self-hate. Rather than spend our precious energy trying to “improve” ourselves, we are learning to express the authentic self that is already there – intact, whole, capable, intelligent and wise.

How much of our precious life energy is squandered because we believe the stories we tell ourselves about our supposed inadequacies? You’re not good enough. You’re a failure. You never do it right. We are repeatedly told by our inner voices that we are not meeting a certain standard; that we’d better try harder. So, we do. We try and try to do all the things that society says will make us better, acceptable, and worthy, and yet our inner voices continue to tell us that we’re still not good enough.

amazing-graysIf you’ve found yourself trudging away on the treadmill of self-improvement, it might serve you to ask which “self” you are trying to improve. The ego self? The product of years of faulty programming?

The underlying assumption of self-improvement is that there is something wrong with us that needs fixing! Who said so? Our past programming. (Not a reputable source.) The chatter in our heads would have us believe there is always something wrong (with us, others, the world) and that there is never enough (love, money, time, resources).

Well, here’s a radical idea. What if there is no self to improve? If you look at who you really are – the true, authentic you – you’ll see that you’re not defective or broken, and you never were. There are wounded aspects of our selves that need to be embraced and accepted, and there’s the chatter of our conditioning.

That’s it.

Once you silence all the inner voices that loudly proclaim your inadequacy, who is left?

In the stillness, you will know.

You can visit Maggie Rose Crane’s website at www.maggiecrane.com. Stay tuned tomorrow for my review of her book, Amazing Grays: A Woman’s Guide to Making the Next 50 the Best 50!

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