Reinventing My 80s: How I Thrive at 89 – Curiosity, Community & Connection with Elaine Battles

Reinventing My 80s: How I Thrive at 89 – Curiosity, Community & Connection with Elaine Battles

What if your 80s included ample amounts of art appreciation, community involvement, and pursuing those things that light you up?

What if being 89 meant vibrant living, memoir writing, and inspiring others about what’s possible?

This is the story of my very special guest, my mom, Elaine. ❤️

In addition to mom, I also call her an almost-90 phenom.

She is quite the Reinvention Rebel.

She’s excited about life and new possibilities.

She’s not afraid to carve a new path.

She’s taken cool classes like memoir writing to curate and leave behind our family history.

She’s a patron of the arts, stimulating her mind with new ideas and experiences.

She’s reinvented herself many times in many different ways over the years. And she’s got some wonderful, sage words to share including:

✳️ Why role models are key to her development and her ongoing reinvention journey
✳️ How we can reinvent ourselves throughout our life, no matter our age
✳️ Why reinvention can happen in both big and small ways
✳️ How her curiosity has expanded her life to see new possibilities
✳️ Why you shouldn’t be afraid to take chances
✳️ How she’s leaned into her interests to support her many reinventions

And so many more stories of self-discovery, resilience, and family history.

I couldn’t help but soak up our family stories, learning some new things along the way. We laughed, tried not to cry, and delighted in this shared mother-daughter experience. A precious conversation I’m honored to have had and will always cherish. 🥰

Sit back, lean in, and take a listen to this special episode about what’s possible when we lean into curiosity and approach life with a sense of wonder and appreciation.

Mom reminds me that there are endless possibilities to find joy, practice self-love and lean into our abundant gifts and talents.

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3 comments on “Reinventing My 80s: How I Thrive at 89 – Curiosity, Community & Connection with Elaine Battles

  1. Sheila Wakeley says:

    Just listened to the interview with Elaine Battles!! What an inspiration she is to all women who have ridden to waves of life through marriage, relocations, childbearing, career, divorce, and retirement. In fact, she brings new definition to retirement and aging which have often been characterized as boring, reclusive, self-limiting, etc. Instead, she is living her life with energy and excitement–following where her curiosity leads her, even at age 89! Kudos Elaine!!
    Thanks, Wendy Battles-Plasse, for such an engaging interview!!

  2. I honestly can’t remember when I’ve loved a conversation more. Not only have you been given the blessing of such an amazing mom who is so accomplished and inspiring, but you’ve captured her powerful voice and her spirit to carry with you until the end of time. A mother’s love is so special. You have an amazing bond, and it shows. She makes me want to do more, be more, see more, celebrate life more, and love more. Bravo to you two dynamic ladies. This is an episode for the history books!

  3. Calvin Fuller says:

    Your interview with Elaine Battles was one of the most informative and incredible interviews ever! I enjoyed learning more about our family history and have been inspired to do more with my own life. Being actively engaged in various projects after retiring just makes me feel good. Thank you for sharing Wendy, your Podcasts are the best!

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