Aging in Style with Lori Williams
Aging in Style with Lori Williams

Episode · 1 month ago

085. I'm trying something new!

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

I have an announcement to share with you, and I hope you’ll be as excited as I am.

If this podcast has a theme, it’s that you’re never too old to try something new and find your purpose. That purpose will sustain you and create a ripple effect of good in the world.

I’m finding myself having to practice what I preach as I start my newest journey: writing a book.

There are now nearly 100 episodes of this podcast. Through all the interviews, guests, and personal stories I’ve shared, there’s a treasure trove of tips for people who want to learn about topics pertaining to aging - from senior living to Medicare, and even skydiving for seniors.

It’s important that everyone has access to this information in a variety of mediums. My book will help provide a written resource for those who are aging and their loved ones.

But it won’t stop there. Reach out to let me know what your questions are and what you’d like to learn more about! I look forward to providing a comprehensive resource for you.

Takeaways from this episode:

- There’s a lot of confusion about senior living and what services are available. People also worry their lives are over once they retire. This podcast addresses these questions.

- Imposter syndrome is when you mistakenly worry you don’t know what you’re doing, that no one will listen to you, and that you don’t have anything to offer. Don’t listen to that inner voice and keep going to reach your goals.

Topics discussed:

- Senior services

- Questions about senior living

- Senior books

- Writing a book

- Imposter syndrome

- Finding purpose as we age

Send me any questions, ideas, or thoughts for my book at Lori@LoriWilliams-SeniorServices.com or https://loriwilliams-seniorservices.com.

And being the eternal optimist that I am, is sometimes not a good thing, because I thought, okay, got this book planned out, I know what I want to talk about, I've done what they call mind mapping. I've done all of that. I know what I wanted each chapter and I'm going to knock this out in a long weekend. Yeah, that's not how it works at all. So it's a much harder process because you know you have so many thoughts you want to put out, but then you want it to be sort of, you know, cohesive also and that it is something that people are going to enjoy reading to. And I have a lot of stories through the years that kind of illustrate the different things were talking about. And I have to remind myself of that, that it's a marathon. We're not going to be there in a weekend writing a book. You know, we think we can do things much faster than humanly possible. Welcome to aging in style with me, Laurie Williams. I'm an optimist by nature and I believe you can follow your dreams at any age. My grandmother's journey with dementia...

...ignited a passion and need to work with seniors I've spent the past thirteen years learning about seniors and aging. In my mid S, I followed my own dream and found it my company, where I use my expertise to help seniors locate housing and resources. On this podcast, we cover all aspects of aging. Joins each week to meet senior living experts and inspirational seniors who are following their dreams. The fact is, we're all aging, so why not do it in style? Hi, welcome to aging and style. I'm so glad you're here today because I have a very special announcement. I have been working on something. Actually, I have been thinking about this project for years and I finally decide it to say, what the Heck I'm going to do this project. I'm just going to get over myself and do it. So the end of January I decided to start writing a book. And writing a book,...

...as I said, is something that I've always wanted to do. Actually, since I was a child, I've always enjoyed writing and reading but, you know, never really had a story to sit down and tell. And what's been in my brain and what's been, especially since doing all these podcasts for the last almost two years, so much knowledge that I have about senior living, along with the knowledge that I have learned from all of our guests, from our seniors we've talked to. We've talked to some super cool seniors in their s and s who have shared just some amazing insight into the aging process and about retiring and volunteering and just continuing to grow as a person. And so I decided the time is right. Well, honestly, the time is never right, but you just have to push yourself to do this kind of thing. But I thought at the time is as right as it's ever going to be and I decided that I'm going to a book about senior living...

...and share all that that I have learned through the fifteen years I've worked and senior living, the information like, as I said, that I've learned from our incredible guests on the podcast, and also take in the last fifteen years, the families. I mean I've worked with thousands of families and all different types of situations, all different phases of their lives and in the aging process and different types of situations. You know, some people had money and could go to assistant living, some people were trying to stay home, some people had limited budgets and I've just had so many people that I've had, you know, the honor of working with through the years and each day we get questions and questions from people and a lot of times they are the same questions. You know, there may be put in a different way, but they're definitely the same questions. And I know there's a lot of confusion out there about senior living. There's a lot of confusion about what services are available.

There's a lot of people feel their lives are over once they retire and that's not the case. And we've had so many great episodes. We've talked about mindset and finding purpose no matter your age. We've covered, you know, medicare how that works and different types of senior living communities, red flags when it's time to move. So I just have all this information that we have put together through the podcast this, plus all this information that is floating around in my brain taking it so much room, and it's just time to get it out on paper and put it in the format of a book. So that is my exciting news that I want to tell you that that is happening. I am about a quarter of the way done of the first draft it is a process writing a book. So you can to go through this the whole like first draft section, which is just sort of like taking everything out of your brain and putting it on paper, and then it'll go to to...

...the editor and, you know, so on throughout the rest of the process. I will say this that, being the eternal optimist that I am, is sometimes not a good thing, because I thought, okay, got this book planned out, I know what I want to talk about, I've done what they call mind mapping, I've done all of that. I know what I wanted each chapter and I'm going to knock this out in a long weekend. Yeah, that's not how it works at all. So it's a much harder process. I mean it's, I'm going to say it's about, I don't know, a hundred times harder than I thought it would be, because, you know, you have so many thoughts you want to put out, but then you want it to be sort of, you know, cohesive also and that it is something that people are going to enjoy reading to. And I have a lot of stories through the years that kind of illustrate the different things we're talking about. So again, it's just it's a process and I have to remind myself of that, that it's a marathon. We're not going...

...to be there in a weekend writing a book. I don't know what I was thinking. Does just you know, there's good and bad to being an optimist, y'all. So sometimes, as optimist we think we can do things much faster than humanly possible. So I have to laugh at myself there. But anyhow, I wanted to put this out to Y'all because my goal is to have the first draft completely done, might July or August. I initially, you know, had like I said, we're just going to be done in a weekend, but I have this goal of having it maybe July or August. Then it'll go on to the next stage. So it should be out, fingers crossed, by the end of the year, if not before. But what I want to ask all I want to see what questions that you have always wanted answered. So I would love your input for the book because, I mean, I have an idea, because I know that the questions people ask me on a regular basis right, but I would love to have your input on anything that you've had questions about about senior living. I...

...mean I can't guarantee. It's going to depend what the question is and if it kind of rolls with the book, because, I mean, if you ask me something that's sort of like not senior related, than I don't, who knows, it may be something that ends up in a second book because see, look how optimistic I am. One Book and then why not start a second book? But I want your questions, I want your ideas, just any thoughts you have. Send them over to me. So I'm open to just seeing what you're thinking and making sure that that I'm going in the right direction. So if you could do that for me, send me an email. By email is Lori Lor at lri Williams senior Servicescom, or you can always go on my website, which is Larie Williams senior Servicescom. Send me those questions or ideas or thoughts, anything you have, and then also please keep me in your thoughts and pray that I get this book done. Now, I am going to get the book done, but it's a much...

...more complex process than I thought it would be and you know, kind of interesting to know side note here. When you're writing a book it sort of brings some things out that you hadn't thought about, and some things like, I believe the term is imposter syndrome, like I've actually had some moments of that, whereas where you're sitting there and you're thinking, what am I doing? I don't know, I don't know what I'm doing, no one's going to listen to me, no one's going to think this is good information, and then you just kind of have to tell your mind to just shut up and go yeah, you know, you know this stuff. You give people advice on this all the time. So it's really it's very interesting and if you've ever wanted to write a book, I would advise you to do it. I mean it's hard, super hard, but it's really very enlightening as well, and I know when the book is complete it's going to be a party. I think I'll have a party, but it'll just it'll be a relief but also a huge feeling of accomplishment and I'm excited to be able to...

...bring it to people and I feel like it's going to going to be a help because I can't reach every single person, so here's another avenue that I can reach people who maybe aren't listening to the podcast or maybe one some of the things we've talked about condensed into a book that's easy to follow, easy to read, with a lot of great tips. So that's my plan and my goal for the book and thank you all for listening and, as I said, please send me your thoughts and comments and questions, anything you want to see in the book. All right, I gotta go because I go right my book now tug jail next week. By Bye,.

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