Joan Anderson on Midlife Magic

The Finding Magic in Midlife Radio Show was produced and archived by Exceptional Wisdom Radio from August 2008 through June 1013, when EWR went off the air. I’m moving the show archives to Choosing To Be Fit because much of the wisdom I’ve gained about creating a body- mind-spirit fitness lifestyle came from reading books by and talking with these exceptional midlife women. The interviews are timeless. I hope you will get to know some of these brilliant, talented, and inspirational women and learn from them as I did.

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Joan Anderson was interviewed on the Finding Magic in Midlife Show in October of 2009.

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Joan Anderson

Joan Anderson is a journalist and the bestselling author of A Year by the Sea, An Unfinished Marriage, A Walk on the Beach, and A Weekend to Change Your Life. She lives with her husband on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and conducts weekend workshops for women around the country.

When Anderson came to a crossroads in her own life, she took off alone for a year by the sea in a rustic cottage on Cape Cod. That year away not only repaired, regenerated and renewed her spirit but also became a source of creative inspiration. A Year by the Sea is a story of Anderson experiences, thoughts and insights. The book spent 30 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and led to talk show invitations, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “The Today Show.”

According to Anderson, even a brief time away can begin a process of change that continues long after the experience is over. Anderson believes that a shift in perspective can definitely take place in a day or weekend. “You can begin a change with a word, an intention, a new way of being,” notes Anderson. “Action is what creates change, and action gets a reaction, such as an accidental meeting.”

Anderson has had her own pivotal accidental meetings on the beach, the most profound of which was with her late friend and mentor Joan Erickson, wife of psychologist Eric Erickson. Erickson, who was 92 years old when the two women met, offered her lifetime of wisdom about the meaning and identity of life’s stages. “I was going through my own identity crisis when I managed to bump into someone who had done so much work in that area. It was pure serendipity,” recalls Anderson.

2 comments so far

  • K Says: December 26, 2014 at 1:33 am

    How do we know what Ms Erickson taught you? What book is that in?

    • Kat Says: January 19, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      We talk about this in the interview — the book about her relationship with Joan Erickson is “A Walk on the Beach”. I loved this book.


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