Jennifer Cheyne Jennifer Cheyne recently earned her B.A. degree at UC Berkeley, at the age of 51. Before resuming her education, Cheyne renovated houses in Los Angeles, raised her son, and was a longtime executive assistant at Twentieth Century Fox. Now single and with an empty nest, she is headed to Paris to live for a few months, and then . . . the renovations will continue on her new life. You can follow her here on WVFC and on her blog "No More Wishful Thinking."
Money & Careers

Opening Your Life to Magic

By Jennifer Cheyne
By Jennifer Cheyne

Now that I'm not young, there is so much more “me” inside than there used to be. That primordial mom that we all psychically cling to is in there now. A file cabinet full of experience and self-knowledge, too. A woman needn’t seek support for her right to claim a moment as her own—she can make it so.

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Money & Careers

Learning French at 50

By Jennifer Cheyne
By Jennifer Cheyne

It became kind of fun to recount the stories of my escapades and mishaps. I felt as if I lived in an "I Love Lucy" episode half the time, especially when I got my papers back with notes like, “I’m pretty sure this is a good point, but this sentence doesn’t actually mean anything in French.” Whoops!

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Books · Emotional Health

Look Deeper, and Your Resolutions May Stick This Time

By Jennifer Cheyne
We have underlying beliefs about what it means to be organized (cold), or to skip dessert (deprivation), or to take action immediately (fear), Marilyn Paul, Ph.D., points out in her book "It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys." There is an internal state we fight against—an unease—when we try to change our lives. Instead of sitting with the discomfort and trying to face it, we surrender (quit) and call ourselves failures. . . .
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Family & Friends

Holiday Gatherings: What You Need Is Verve

By Jennifer Cheyne
Wouldn’t it be lovely to enjoy the day this year, rather than simply “spend” it together? Could this be the year when you turn off the television set and GATHER? The mental challenges these games pose can trigger wit, imagination, and wholehearted participation in shy guests who otherwise sit, nearly mute, through obligatory holiday gatherings.
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Fashion & Beauty

Older Women: The Bonus Evolution Hadn’t Planned On

By Jennifer Cheyne
The world believes what the TV set tells it, and this affects the work we can do and the money we can make. But if we can become a sort of unofficial club, we could acknowledge, at least to each other, that we have a secret knowledge others can’t imagine. The knowledge of women who have seen much, lived much, survived much.
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