The 52 Weeks (Paperback)

Two Women and Their Quest to Get Unstuck, with Stories and Ideas to Jumpstart Your Year of Discovery

By Karen Amster-Young, Pam Godwin, Barbara Hannah Grufferman (Foreword by)

Skyhorse Publishing, 9781620877180, 276pp.

Publication Date: November 5, 2013

List Price: 16.95*
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Edging into forty-something, Karen and Pam found themselves in a state of stuck. They had checked off many of their major life goals--career, husband, children, friends--but they'd lost momentum. After griping over drinks one night, they came up with a plan to face their fears, rediscover their interests, try new things, and renew their relationships. They challenged themselves to try one new thing every week for a year--from test-driving a Maserati to target practice at a shooting range to ballroom dance lessons--and to blog about their journeys. They quickly realized it was harder than they ever imagined but came through it with a sense of clarity and purpose that has them itching to share the possibilities with the millions of middle-aged women out there who feel the same way about one or many areas of their lives.

Getting "unstuck" doesn't have to mean running a marathon, traveling the world, or ending a relationship with your partner. Through their experiences and a good dose of no-nonsense advice, Karen and Pam show readers how achieving small goals can give you a renewed sense of accomplishment and how you can keep growing, learning, and moving forward at any age. Interspersed with personal stories is expert advice from doctors, psychiatrists, artists, and even a poker diva (who also happens to be a Fortune 500 executive).

About the Author

Karen Amster-Young is a marketing and public relations veteran and has amassed many awards for her work in public relations, including a spot on PR Week's "Forty PR Stars under Forty." Karen lives with her husband and daughter in New York City. Pam Godwin began her career as a caseworker for a nonprofit refugee resettlement agency. After getting her master's degree in elementary education, Pam was a classroom teacher and literacy specialist in the New York City public school system. She lives with her husband and children in New York City.