A podcast that is more relevant now than ever

We are living through a time of change and transition: a collective gap year that is both bewildering… and in some ways liberating. Debbie’s podcast is for those in midlife and beyond who want to reinvent, to find purpose, and to figure out what comes next.

About Season 2 (Season 3 coming in Oct.!)

The term gap year symbolizes more than taking a time out. It is a frame for examining reinvention, a new purpose, aging with wisdom, trying new things, bucket list travel, a new approach to health and well-being, and more. Debbie’s guests in SEASON 2 were a mix of inspiring individuals who are taking or have taken grown-up gap years along with well-known authors and experts. SEASON 3 coming this fall!

About Season 1

Can grown-ups in mid-life and beyond take a timeout from real life: for a reset, for renewal, to find meaning and purpose – and yes, happiness? The answer is yes, but it’s a bit more complicated than it is for students. In SEASON 1, 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.

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What Listeners are Saying

Debbie’s Gap Year concept was tailor-made for the Great Pause that has befallen us this year. Always some good ideas on how to approach reinvention, whether big or small, young or not. 

Reviewer on iTunes

Debbie’s podcast is interesting, timely (especially during a pandemic), and always very down to Earth.The topics and guests are worth listening to and learning from, and the host is a fine interviewer. Very personal too. Highly recommended for anyone trying to find themselves again in later life.

Reviewer on iTunes

So approachable and inspiring. I’m not yet 50 but I just love the approachable, inspiring advice this podcast offers. It makes me look forward to becoming increasingly inventive as I age.

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Debbie has a fun and insightful way of inviting her interviewees to share gems of wisdom.

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I love this show. As a 39 year-old dude, I am not the target audience. But I learn something in every episode. Debbie’s style as host brings out great specifics and details from her guests.

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Thanks to our media partners

Encore.org, our newest media partner, is an ideas and innovation hub tapping the talent of those 50+ as a force for good. Founder and CEO Marc Freedman is an award-winning social entrepreneur and author, most recently, of How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations. Looking for a great gap-year transition program? Check out Encore Fellowships, which match skilled, seasoned professionals with social-sector organizations in high-impact, paid assignments.


Modern Elder Academy is a program dedicated to navigating mid-life transitions. MEA, based in Baja California, Mexico, 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."