Dr. Sally Gelardin is author and editor of books, journals, print and online newsletters, articles, social media, and manuals. She authored three books, contributed to eight books, and wrote over 100 published articles.
As our population ages, the time has come to empower the shadow workforce – the over-worked, underpaid population of family caregivers. This wonderful book provides a unique and powerful contribution of care to caregivers—highly recommended.
- Dean Ornish, M.D.
Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
author, The Spectrum
Do traffic jams drive you crazy? It’s just going to get worse, unless we do something about it now. Similarly, it makes sense for communities to prepare for eldercare long before baby-boomer traffic causes a major bottleneck on the roads, in the hospitals, in the housing market, in the family, and in the workforce.
The time has come to empower the “shadow workforce” – the overworked, underpaid population of family caregivers.
Like other life and career roles, caregiving is an opportunity for learning, for enhancing the care of loved ones, for self-care, and for deepening family relationships.
You are invited to journey through these pages to pick up whatever life lessons you would like to carry and to leave behind baggage that you no long find useful for your career, caregiving, and care-receiving journey.
Mother-daughter relationships may be among the most complicated, enduring and influential relationships imaginable. Daughters may see their mothers as role models to emulate, and at the very same time, as figures in cautionary tales, figures whose behavior must be avoided at all costs. Mothers may see their daughters as the opportunity to re-do their lives, creating new scenarios of success in areas in which they feel they have failed. Or they may see their daughters as having opportunities unavailable to them for a variety of circumstances in their own lives...In developing her ideas, Dr. Gelardin draws on current scholarship in career development, her substantial research into mother-daughter relationships and careers, and her own life experiences.
Deborah P. Bloch, PhD
Professor of Education, Emerita, Department of Leadership Studies, Organization & Leadership Program, University of San Francisco
Yoga teaches us to pare away the inessential and hone in on the core of an experience. On the Fourth of July, Annie, my Pilates teacher, combined her class with a Yoga class. Just as Annie deftly combined two body-mind classes, Yoga and Pilates, into a “Yoga-latte” class, so I seek to synthesize life with work. This means working and conducting my personal life in a sane way that incorporates a healthy body, mind, and spirit. I am not only concerned about how I am leading my life, but also what kind of example I am setting for my daughter.
By reading my story and performing the activities at the end of selected chapters, you have an opportunity to make sense out of your story and to reflect upon what you would like to pass down to your daughter or to other young women.
I like this book, a lot! I like it because more and more workers these days are attracted to the idea of running their own business, but lack lessons in how to do that. Now, however, they can listen in, as it were, to interviews with people who have gone down the road before them, successful, articulate, smart, reflective people talking about how they started their own business. (I know two-thirds of them personally). Required reading, if you are even thinking about starting your own business.
- Richard N. Bolles, author, What Color Is Your Parachute? (9 million copies in print)
Entrepreneurs learn from their own experiences and, maybe more importantly, from the experiences of other successful entrepreneurs. The key value of this monograph is that, collectively, it contains wisdom gained from literally hundreds of years of career development entrepreneurial experience.
If you are thinking about becoming a career entrepreneur, or if you are in the midst of grow a business, I invite you to “play ball” in the entrepreneurial playing field. You are welcome to join in this competitive, but exhilarating ballpark, where dreams become reality through long shots, foul balls, frequent strikeouts, far-reading catches, dust and grime, trial and error, and an occasional home run. As the quintessential “Job Joggler,” I invite you to throw your balls into the air and practice the entrepreneurial juggling act under the tutelage of experts. May you find peace an purpose between the rising and falling.
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