Paula Hardin obtained her doctorate in education from Northern Illinois University with a research emphasis on adult development, particularly the choices of midlife that shape the second half of life. For her post-doctoral master’s in pastoral studies from Loyola University, she focused on stages of spiritual development as found in religious literature.
Dr Hardin a teacher, writer, and lecturer, directed Midlife Consulting Services and the Hardin Generativity Trust in Chicago. She has trekked with her husband, David, and dear friends around the world from the Himalayas to Botswana. Now an elder in her late 80’s she is enjoying her extended family, kayaking, cats, nature, solitude and writing.
The choices we make in our middle years contribute to the quality of the rest of our lives. Those that served us well in the first half of life may not work for us in the second. Dr Hardin, founder and director of Midlife Consulting Services, wove together research personal experiences, stories, and exercises to show how to live and age well. She wrote the book when she was in midlife herself. Now in her late 80’s she says she is finding life richer, more fulfilling than she thought possible. She encourages us to embrace our aging: unexpected joys await.