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Real Women Reveal How They Successfully Made Major Life Changes

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    How many times have you said to yourself, "If I could just (fill in the blank), then life would feel happier and more fulfilling," but something held you back?

    Get inspired by the following women, profiled by Woman's Day for switching career paths or making major life changes at ages when they were supposed to have everything "all figured out" (and who really does, anyway?). Read their advice for some reinvention inspiration and find a new sense of satisfaction in your own life.

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    Diana Cosby, 51, transitioned from being a naval officer to a novelist after returning to her lifelong dream of being a writer. "My military training taught me to dream big, but also to break down goals into a series of bite-size steps," Cosby says. "Since churning out an entire novel sounded terrifying, I focused on one smaller, more feasible goal: Write a few pages a day. It's not as overwhelming."

    Cosby's advice: Find mentors. "Many writers helped me along the way, like Shirley Rogerson. She'd just published her first romance novel when I met her, and we became fast friends. I asked her to critique the book I was writing, and I did the same for her. You can use local groups and your own social network to connect with people who do what you dream of doing. Pick their brain, but make sure to offer something in return."

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