Welcome to the Gap Year For Grown-Ups podcast, hosted by Debbie Weil

A podcast for those who believe you can take a timeout to reinvent your life, to explore, to find meaning and purpose – and yes, happiness! – especially when you are 50+ and figuring out what comes next.

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What Listeners are Saying

What about a gap five years? Good interviewer keeps it moving. Makes me think. Reviewer on iTunes

About Season 1

Can grown-ups take a timeout from real life: for a reset, for renewal, to find meaning, to find a new purpose? The answer is yes, but it’s a bit more complicated than it is for students who only have to sling a backpack over their shoulders. Debbie talks with her guests, including her husband Sam Harrington, about the money question, decision-making, the process of change, bucket list adventures and the pursuit of happiness. Stay tuned! In Season 1, a new episode will be published every two weeks.

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Welcome to our sponsors

Welcome to Modern Elder Academy, our newest sponsor! A program dedicated to navigating mid-life transitions, the Modern Elder Academy provides the place and the tools to start reframing your lifetime of experience. Grow whole, not old. Founder Chip Conley is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning hospitality entrepreneur and a rock star of the mid-life transition movement. His newest book is Wisdom @ Work: the Making of a Modern Elder.


Next For Me is an important new resource for the 50+ crowd focused on rewriting life. Taking a gap year or timeout may be the best way to figure out "what's next" when you're in this stage of life. Founder Jeff Tidwell explains, Next For Me "connects and inspires our generation to evolve our post-50 lives through new work, a new purpose, or a new social contribution."