Entering the Age of Excellence

In counseling and psychology, we often “reframe” our life story and personal experiences into a more palatable and uplifting version of reality.  This is what today’s guest blogger, Chloe Jon Paul, has created in her new book, Entering the Age of Elegance: A Rite of Passage & Practical Guide for the Modern Maturing Woman

Chloe Jon Paul has led an illustrious and impressive life. Here are just a few of her accomplishments.

  • In 2003, she earned the title of Ms. Maryland Senior America.
  • In 1996. she received the Fullbright Fellowship Seminars Abraod award to South Africa
  • For 10 years, she was lead facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project in prison and community workshops on conflict resolution
  • She has been a world traveler, visiting all 7 continents

On Tuesday, June 7, 2011, from 12:30 – 1 :00 PM ET, I will be interviewing Chloe, about her new book and some of her tips for moving into the Age of Elegance.  Please mark your calendars and click the link to my upcoming show at Healthy Baby Boomers Network Blog Talk Radio.

Question: What prompted you to write this book?

Chloe Jon Paul: After speaking with many women here and abroad, I discovered that there are many women out there who don’t have a clue as to who they really are at an age when it is so important to have a true identity.

Question: What qualifies you to write this kind of book?

Chloe Jon Paul: While I don’t consider myself an “expert”, I feel that I’ve had enough experience in all the areas that I cover in the book that enable me to share lots of valuable information. Additionally, my ability to do the research required is a plus.

Question: Is there any one thing in particular that you hope to accomplish through your book?

Chloe Jon Paul: I want to see women defy the myths of aging and embrace this stage of their lives graciously and enthusiastically.

Question: Why did you decide to treat it as a “travel guide”?

Chloe Jon Paul: As a seasoned traveler myself, I know the importance of a good travel guide. Since entering the age of elegance is such an important journey, it seemed logical to me to write it in that fashion. While testing out the book’s potential, I got a “thumbs up” from countless women (and men!)

Question: What do you say to women who are afraid of getting old?

Chloe Jon Paul: I think that if they read my book, they’ll get all the answers they need. In one section of the book I discuss the ten major fears women have about aging.

Question: What do you consider the most important statement you have made in this book?

Chloe Jon Paul: I think it is well-defined in the Epilogue. (This can be read aloud)

Question: What can you share about your own journey into the Age of Elegance?

Chloe Jon Paul: Do you have another two hours to spare? It has been a fabulous journey for me. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t had my share of problems and disappointments. I have learned to visit those four rooms that I talk about in my book daily and it has made all the difference in the world. * Author would explain “those four rooms” in detail.  My bio actually shows what I’ve accomplished since the age of 55.

So, according to Chloe Jon Paul, life does not begin at 40 or 45 or even 50.  Life begins at 55.  Do you believe that?  Come and listen to the radio show Entering the Age of Elegance

Schedule a private in-person counseling or online coaching session with Dr. Erica to help you move gracefully into the age of elegance: DrEricaWellness.com


Dr. Erica


1 Anne Perez { 05.19.11 at 6:30 am }

I love to hear that: Life begins at 55. What a future ahead of me then! I love the phrase entering the age of elegance. It’s so beautiful and Chloe Jon Paul encapsulates the theme. Thanks Erica for sharing. It’s set me up for the day.
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2 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 05.19.11 at 3:38 pm }

It really is true for many people who seem to finally come into their own as the years progress. What is essential to discover your own unique purpose, value and perspective on life and live authentically.



3 Aline { 05.20.11 at 4:08 am }

The age of excellence, how interesting a title… and yes past 55 we enter that sacred space of alchemy where we distill our experiences and attempt to make sense of our lives to gather its wisdom. Then turn it outwards again and share it with the world. And I agree with Chloe that so many women are still in need to find their true identity. For women to find their true authentic self would have major impact the world over and positively influence the balance of power in dire need of reassessment!…
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4 Dr. Debra { 05.20.11 at 10:25 pm }

Dr. Erica,
Thank you for bringing Chloe to us. Her book sounds empowering and uplifting. I am eager to read more. Chloe, you really embrace the life I am living sharing my wisdom with younger women to encourage them to step up and out into the world and be heard. Thank you for leading the way for women over 55 to do it with elegance.
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5 Chloe JonPaul { 05.23.11 at 9:40 am }

Ladies ~
Thank you for your lovely comments. I invite you to visit my web site where you will find some freebies and Teleseminar replays.
My philosophy of life is simply this: find a need and fill it. I believe that I have been able to do that with this book.
If anyone wishes to speak with me personally, you can reach me at 1-888-498-4443.

6 Yorinda { 06.29.11 at 8:55 pm }

Hi Erica,

thank you so much for sharing this interview.
Turning 58 today I feel that I am in the Age of Excellence.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have some of the peace of mind and wisdom earlier in life. I suppose there is a reason for that, since it all unfolds perfectly.
I very much appreciate you sharing this article.
Love and Joy
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7 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 06.29.11 at 11:29 pm }

Happy birthday and welcome to the Age of Excellence. We really do develop wisdom that we can’t possibly have when we are young and inexperienced and foolish. I guess if we had all this understanding way back then, we might have missed out on a lot of fun times and maybe avoided some of the pain.

8 Angela Arnold { 07.02.11 at 12:35 pm }

I love this post. I definitely feel that a new phase of my life is starting. Now, I am old enough and wise enough to recognize it and to capitalize on it.

So, I wouldn’t say that life starts at 55. I’d move the starting point to 60 years old. At this point in our lives we are free enough and confident enough to more more effectively and more efficiently towards our goals.

Thank you so much for elevating the mature woman.
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9 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 07.06.11 at 1:44 am }

Unfortunately, many people in their 50’s and 60’s, instead of becoming more confident actually become more insecure. it takes a lifetime of learning and doing to have the confidence that builds over the years.


10 Ann alka WorkingBoomer { 09.20.11 at 1:10 pm }

This is wonderful infomation for all people as we age. Keep up the good work!

11 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 09.20.11 at 3:17 pm }

@ Ann alka WorkingBoomer:
Thanks for your supportive comment. Chloe Jon Paul is a role model for what is possible for all of us to be as we deal with the aging process.