Baby Boomer Woman Shares Her Journey

by Anne Holmes on December 14, 2009

Amy Sherman is a member of the National Association of Baby Boomer Women because she has a business that revolves around our generation of women. She has a Web site called BummedOutBoomer where she shares personal thoughts, articles and her expertise about finding joy through optimism. I hope you enjoy getting to know her.

Using one paragraph, tell us a bit about yourself?

I am a licensed mental health counselor in FL, with a special focus on the issues baby boomers face.  My website, Baby Boomers’ Network (, addresses the many challenges we are going through, including the empty nest syndrome, dealing with aging parents and young adult children, our retirement years and coping with our own aging process.  I am an author, a professional speaker, an educator and a seminar leader and I enjoy doing what I can to make a difference in other people’s lives.

Tell us about your family; married, divorced, children, grands, boomerangs or parents living with you, etc.

I am married and have two grown children.  My son recently received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering and he is happily married and living in Gainesville, FL.  My daughter is an artist/actress and is currently a host for a popular college video website.

What qualities do you have that speak of our generation of women?

I like to inspire women to be all they can be and I do that by being empathetic, supportive, encouraging and hopeful.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by nature.  I just love to sit quietly in the woods or by the ocean, and connect with the powerful feeling of peace that pervades my entire body. I truly feel a unity and that is very inspiring to me.

What brings you the most pleasure in midlife?

My kids, my cats/bird, my home and recognition of all the blessing in my life.

Do you have a favorite book or movie? If so, tell us why it’s your favorite.

I recently finished reading Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth and I loved it. It inspires you to live in the “now” with acceptance, enthusiasm and joy and teaches you how to do that by being in a state of awareness that transcends the dysfunctional ego based consciousness. I am so much more in touch with my thoughts and feelings and find it most helpful when things are not going as planned.

Do you travel and if so, who are your favorite travel partners and where do you like to go?

My husband and I go to National/State Parks a lot to go hiking, kayaking or canoeing.  I love the Grand Canyon, Smoky Mountains and some local state parks here in Florida.

Do you practice preventive medicine? Please elaborate.

I am a strong believer in preventive and alternative medicine.  I take my vitamins daily, plus minerals and herbs and always refer to my Nutritional Healing books for remedies if I should get sick.  Of course, I get my annual checkups, but my first passion is to always refer to my nutritional resources and spiritual books for special guidance.

Is it important for you to retain your youthful looks, and if so, to what degree are you willing to go?

Fortunately, people are still saying I look younger than my stated age.  I go to gym 4 days a week and walk the treadmill 6 days a week.  I keep my weight down by being aware of what I eat and stay pretty disciplined.

Have you re-invented yourself, and if so, how?

I’ve written an ebook for boomers, “Distress-Free Aging: A Boomer’s Guide to Creating a Fulfilled and Purposeful Life” and another I co-write, entitled, “99 Things Women Wish They Knew Before Dating After 40, 50 and Yes, 60!” Both books have inspired me to keep writing and I’m finding it very fulfilling and rewarding work.

Do you plan to retire?

Not any time soon.

Are you doing anything to GO Green?

I recycle paper and plastics and I buy Green products.  My whole house uses energy-saving florescent lights

Can you pinpoint major turning points in your life that led to your life’s work/play at midlife?

My spiritual journey started when I was pregnant with my son 30 years ago and was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.  At that time, I sought out alternative medical care and that put me in touch with the Law of Attraction principles and other spiritual teachings that I still practice today.  Therefore, the body/mind connection is very important to me.  My clients, friends, family and acquaintances are always getting a “dose” of that special wisdom from me.

Do you still have unfulfilled dreams, and are you doing anything to accomplish them?

Still working on growing my practice, increasing my connections with other like-minded people and developing new affiliations with other businesses/groups.

Who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?

The great spiritual leaders – Wayne Dyer, Chopkra, Marianne Williamson, Eckhart Tolle, Gary Zukov – have influenced my thinking, plus the principles in The Secret all have a strong influence in my life.

If you were to have a personal mission statement, what would it be? Feel free to be as serious or fun as you choose.

I believe that anything is possible.  Therefore, it is impossible to fail if faith is present.

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