S2-EP6: Debbie’s Story: What Happens When You Connect the Dots Backward

Dec 20, 2019


In this episode, host Debbie Weil performs a five-minute personal story about what happened, beginning at age 25, when her life didn’t go as planned. Things look different when you connect the dots backward.



As a special episode to celebrate the conclusion of the first year of this podcast, host Debbie Weil shares her own story.

At her recent college reunion, she performed a five-minute story on the theme of picking up the pieces. That means finding happiness after a setback or a challenge or, in the case of some of her other classmates who told stories, a personal tragedy.

Debbie’s story starts when she is a young mother and takes us up to the present day. Don’t worry; it goes fast. Her story unfolds with some unexpected twists and turns. We knew this story had to air on the podcast because it’s a version of one we hear over and over from so many: what happens when things don’t go as planned?

Tune in to hear a story of how life can lead you down a path you never could have imagined. Debbie’s is a story of dreams fulfilled after the age of 60. It’s a story that proves it’s never too late to reinvent yourself.

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