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Midlife women, whose ranks are growing daily, want and deserve more than their Mother’s Midlife. These late boomers did not follow their Mother’s rules for dating, marriage and motherhood and they are not content to follow her script for Midlife.

Just Push Play- on Midlife provides a new playbook to help Midlife women discover and blend together all the lessons learned over time.

Just Push Play is an interactive journal to help women map their happiest, most fulfilling and playful midlife. Each chapter explores, through personal reflections and creativity-sparking activities, “Nine Pillars” to establish a new foundation for midlife. Through its playbook format and activities, the book is also reminiscent of the diaries and scrapbooks this generation created as young girls.

Co-authors Leigh Morrow, 59, and her younger friend by nine months Crystal Buchan, 58, discovered that the “middle years,” as currently defined, were not big enough to hold all the passion, purpose and play they wished to experience in this new chapter of life. Over the course of a year, they independently wrote about their midlife experiences. Without seeing what the other had written, they began to compile their ideas, in the process learning as much about each other as they did about the midlife world they were navigating. Just Push Play shares their dreams, disappointments and discoveries and motivates readers to make their own—about themselves and what they desire for their midlife.

Although the book has a workbook format, its activities feel more like play. Psychologists recognize that play is the best way to evoke emotion, deep understanding and intuitive self-knowledge. Just Push Play calls on women tap their creative impulses and expand and define their personal values and vision. Yes, it affirms, it’s okay to think about yourself for a change! Isn’t it about time?

Just Push Play pushes the boundaries of paper journals, offering a refreshing reprieve from the digital world. Its content is also targeted to women who grew up thinking they could—and should—make a difference in the world.



For many reasons, midlife is truly the best time for women to re-examine their lives. Just Push Play, written by two best friends who have taken this philosophy to heart, provides a template for personal growth and societal change. It enables readers to create an individual, personalized script intended to make their middle years the best years of their life.

                                               Just Push Play- On Midlife


By Leigh Morrow and Crystal Buchan

If you feel your Midlife is not big enough or loud enough to hold all the passion, purpose and play you need, hang onto this book.


You have found the 9 essentials for a new Mindset for Midlife.

Sparking creativity, you will color, paint, jot, journal, cut, paste and even rip some pages out making this playbook uniquely yours.


In short, honest personal accounts, you share our Midlife dreams, disappointments and discoveries, from “Not becoming your Mother” to coloring back in your invisibility and scripting your own Midlife Matinee.


As Midlife women who did not follow our mothers’ rules for dating, marriage and motherhood, why would we now be happy to follow an out-dated script for Midlife?


Just Push Play is for Midlife women who grew up with autograph books and secret diaries, and who know the power of penning words to paper, painting powerful pictures, and playing for no other reason than the sheer joy of it!


Just as your ancestors may have recorded pilgrimages or transoceanic voyages to new lands, with Just Push Play –On Midlife, you will also create, in one book, a detailed account of your midlife journey for yourself and for those who come after you,



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