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EP #46: Why I Left Teaching & Moved Home after my Husband Died, Interview with Jen Mowrer

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • What it’s like to question your happiness in your career when you have a stable teaching job.
  • What it’s like to be a widow in your 40s.
  • What dating in your 40s is like as a widow.
  • How working with children helped me cope after my husband died.
  • How discovering Reiki helped me shift my thinking about my teaching career.
  • How thinking about my community helped me re-evaluate my life.
  • How embracing fear head-on helped me dream.
  • How energy work helped me heal.
  • How I reinvented my skill set as a teacher.
  • How I got the idea to move back home after 30 years away.
  • How starting over can be just what you need.
  • Why it’s important to take a leap when you’re stuck and in a midlife funk.


Welcome to another episode of the Women in the Middle podcast!

This week’s episode features an interview with someone who made a huge change in her life after her husband died at only 38 years old; she quit her job as a classroom teacher to move back to her hometown after 30 years away. The interview is part of the mini-series, Getting Real with Women in the Middle, where you’re introduced to an amazing woman in the middle who made a big scary decision so that she would be happier in midlife.

Jennifer Mowrer is a woman in the middle. She had a lot to handle after her husband died of cancer at such a young age, on 38 years old. She was only 40 at the time.

Teaching saved her life. Being with kids offered her a lot of positivity and distraction when she needed it most. However, Jen eventually realized that she couldn’t do it anymore. She was in a midlife funk and she needed a change.

She discovered Reiki and started to open her mind to other opportunities. She eventually realized she COULD make a big change and decided to reinvent herself professionally and take a big leap.

Jen decided to quit her job, sell her home, move back home and become an entrepreneur; she doesn’t have any regrets. She’s so much happier now and is totally loving her midlife.

Don’t miss this episode!

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