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Linda Chase, 59-year-old from Portland, Oregon, will work 52 jobs in 52 weeks throughout America immersing herself in a process of re-discovering, re-defining and re-envisioning herself and life. Anybody, anywhere in America can offer Linda a job for one week and she will share her journey through personal reflections, photos, and video posted in the blog.
After raising my two children, working a variety of jobs, being unemployed and underemployed (despite being highly educated), seeing long-held dreams slip away, and losing my life partner to brain cancer, I began wondering, ‘Now who am I? And where do I go from here?’
Along with this floundering, I realized that I was beginning to feel somewhat diminished, less confident and less relevant approaching the age of 60, despite having amassed many valuable life and professional skills. I’m committed to make a change in my life – to live each day fully and to keep my dreams alive.
I don’t profess to have all the answers, but in finding the courage to reveal my vulnerabilities and to share my story openly and honestly, I hope to create a safe space to have this conversation and to inspire the millions of other Americans who can relate to my story… that it’s never too late!
The One-Week Job Project was created in 2008 by Canadian resident and recent university graduate, Sean Aiken, who struggled to answer the question, “What should I do with my life?” Determined to discover his passion, he embarked on an epic journey throughout North America working 52 jobs in 52 weeks. His book was published by Random House in 2010 and feature length documentary film released in 2011.
The One-Week Job Project is an idea that resonates, regardless of age. It strikes a chord that is intimately human – at some point in our lives we all must look deep inside ourselves to answer the question, “What should I do with my life?”
And yet it’s not just a question faced by recent college grads. Linda’s story is one that is shared by millions – empty nest parents who sidetracked their career to raise a family, those starting over after a divorce, or recently laid off, or retired – it’s a question we’ll continue to face at different points throughout our lives.
Today, many baby boomers are very active and want to get involved to make a difference. At the same time they may also be experiencing the difficulty of reconciling past dreams that are no longer possible, finding the strength to create new dreams, and to summon the courage to pursue them.
It’s an important conversation and a transition that currently many feel they must face alone. Linda’s courage to be vulnerable and to share her journey is sure to bring inspiration to all those who find themselves a little bit older with well earned life experience, and who refuse to believe that the best part of their life is behind them. As Linda says, “It’s never too late!”
Linda will be supported throughout her One Week Job experience by Life Coach Savannah Mayfield who will lend her insight and perspective as Linda embarks on this incredible journey.