In this inspiring episode, I chat with Lois McGuire, a 75-year-old dynamo who defied the typical norms of retirement. Lois’s zest for life and her determination to create her own path is the embodiment of the 4th quarter freedom we often talk about on Serve Strong Finish Strong.
1. **Lois’s Early Retirement Life: Why traditional retirement wasn’t a fit for her and how she struggled with the monotony of living day-to-day without a purpose.
2. The Spark of Inspiration: Lois shares the story behind her children’s book – the idea, the inspiration, and the process of bringing it to life.
3. From Book to Business: The unexpected journey of how one children’s book snowballed into a thriving business venture. Lois shares what she learned along the way.
4. The Joy of Purpose: Lois expresses her newfound happiness and fulfillment. She discusses the benefits of being engaged, active, and passionate in her 4th quarter.
5. **Advice for Late Bloomers:** Lois offers words of wisdom for others feeling the itch to start something new, regardless of age. It’s never too late to chase your dreams and find your purpose.
Remember, it’s never too late to serve strong and finish your life’s journey with vigor and passion. Until next time!
Lois McGuire has 35 years of teaching and leadership experience in the field of education. She began her career as a 4th and 5th grade teacher and retired as the Superintendent of Schools of a highly acclaimed K –12 school district in New Jersey.
Lois has a strong record of accomplishment in the areas of instructional supervision, curriculum development/direction, personnel issues at all levels, public relations, budgeting, facilities and grant writing.
She received many honors as an educator including being awarded seven Best Practices Awards by the New Jersey Department of Education, nine Awards of Excellence from New Jersey School Boards and the New Jersey Coalition of Educational Leaders Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership.
She was selected to join New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean at the Governor’s Conference in Cincinnati to discuss youth-at-risk.
She has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education and the N.J. Department of Education on such topics as parent involvement in the schools, career development for children, character education, positive communication skills and strategic planning.
Lois earned her Doctorate in Education from Rutgers University. She was an adjunct professor at Rutgers, Bloomfield College and St. Peter’s College where she taught courses in the areas of education, psychology and human relations.
Lois presently lives in Florida with her husband, Jim. She wrote “Don’t Be That KID! At School”, the “Don’t Be That KID! At School Resource Guide”, and “Don’t Be That KID! At Home” to help educators, parents and grandparents guide children through the maze of building essential positive character traits.
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