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staying young | NEW YOU li balance fe seven steps to a new you by JEAN DUNNING


sooner or later, we all end up doing “it”—looking ourselves squarely in the mirror and realizing that it is time to take stock, evaluate our lives and redefine not only who we are, but who we will be.


For some of us, this time comes when we are in our thirties or forties, for others as late as in our sixties or seventies. While both men and women find themselves faced with this task, women, with their nurturing nature (especially moms), often have the biggest hurdles to overcome before change can happen.


Moms often give everything they have to their families including their own identity, says Chicago-area life coach Jolene Moore. “Women need to come back to who they were before they got married, before they became moms. Sometimes finding who you will be comes from revisiting who you once were,” she said.


For Moore, who is now 42 and the mother of three (ages 9, 12 and 13), rediscovering


her athletic


side and remembering how she used to love to race back in high school was what gave her happiness and a new purpose.


“I had to stop running because of a back injury,” says Moore. “Six years ago, I began to race walk ... and I loved it.” Moore has been competing since. She recently traveled to Russia to compete in the World Race in May and will head to Europe for races later this month. Her dream now is to be the best mom she can be—and to be on an Olympic team some day.


“You can’t have it all,” says Moore, “but you can have enough of each part to be a great parent and a great self.” Moore says that the key is balance ... that and the willingness to take a good hard look at yourself, where you are, where you want to be and most importantly, what is holding you back.


“SOMETIMES


FINDING WHO YOU WILL BE COMES FROM REVISITING


WHO YOU ONCE WERE.”


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