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

I’ve listened to all of the podcasts and want more. What a fascinating concept for any of us at midlife and beyond. Reviewer on iTunes

Debbie facilitates the telling of fascinating, empowering stories.

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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 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."