the panel

As the word spread that we were going to start a community of people who wanted to re-invent themselves, a panel of people volunteered to weigh in from time to time on their personal efforts.  I’ll be introducing them through this page.

Maureen Burke, Grief Coach and owner of Anam Cara Personal Loss Support LLC in Vancouver, WA

Mission: Peace of mind, compassion, and clarity for you and your loved ones

Interests: Reading, fitness, self-improvement, spirituality

Accomplishments of which I am the most proud: Reinventing my life – learning to live from my heart in true integrity instead of the learned lessons from my head!


Twitter name: maureenmburke>



Why I’m interested in the idea of re-inventing my future: I was in corporate America for over 20 years as an operations and human resources manager. In 2005, I had a hysterectomy, was laid off from my job and my parents died 10 weeks apart in a 3 month period. I was jobless and orphaned at 45 years old – what a journey it has been!

I’m finishing my certification as a Grief Coach and working with Aurora Winter, Founder of The Grief Coach Academy to build the organization and processes to ensure its success as well as coaching clients through grief!

My favorite quote: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity….. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

and from Anam Cara by John O’Donahue:

“May you realize that you are never alone, that your soul in its brightness and belonging connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe.”  (Anam Cara means “soul friend” in Gaelic)


Gaynor, Resume Writer & soon to be self published author of “The Modern Woman’s Survival Guide” – think Bridget Jones meets Sex and the City in Melbourne, Australia

Bio: I am a writer with a penchant for vintage glamour and all things Parisian. It would be a grave injustice to describe me, without also mentioning my addiction to products – the fancier and prettier the packaging the better. A marketer’s dream, I believe all the claims on the labels, that retinol will vanish my wrinkles and the latest peptide formula will take years off my face, because, well, I want to. False prophets perhaps, but products are my religion and my faith is unwavering.

I started out my career as a Recruitment Consultant, but after traveling overseas for a year, I returned home no longer wanting to work 12-hour days in a job I no longer enjoyed. A creative person with a number of passions, I set down the path of finding my niche. I started writing my book (after the umpteenth person told me, you know you should really write a book), and quickly realized that this was what I was meant to do. My fingers struggled daily to keep up with the thoughts that desperately wanted to become words on pages, to take centre stage in a book that I knew was going to become the new voice of womankind. My calling, my destiny, my whatever you want to call it, I write because I can’t not write.

Interests: Writing, make-up artistry, vintage glamour, the art deco & art nouveau movements, exploring the fabulous city I live in, Paris, deep house, jazz, chic flicks, a good book and a nice smooth red wine.

Accomplishments of which I am the most proud: Leaving behind the corporate world, in order to follow my calling as a writer. Writing my book, “The Modern Woman’s Survival Guide”.  Setting up my own business as a resume writer, to keep me in shoe money and fund the release of my book. Staying true to who I am to live the life I want to live, by trusting in myself and defining my own values of success.



Twitter name: themodernwoman



Why I’m interested in the idea of re-inventing my future: To overcome any barriers that may be holding me back from fulfilling my creative vision.

My favorite quotes:

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun” – Katherine Hepburn

“Whatever course you decide upon, there will always be someone to tell you that you’re wrong.  There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Maybe the past is like an anchor holding us back. Maybe, you have to let go of who you were to become who you will be.” – Carrie Bradshaw.

“Glamour is what I sell, it’s my stock in trade” – Marlene Dietrich

“A girl should be two things – classy and fabulous” – Coco Chanel

“I am my own woman” – Eva Peron

“Most people die of a creeping common sense and discover when it’s too late the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes” – Oscar Wilde


Ginger B. Collins writes short fiction and creative non-fiction. Her work appears online and has been published in Freckles to Wrinkles, Silver Boomers, and the newly released Scratch Anthology of Short Fiction. She recently completed her first novel. Read excerpts at In her blog, OFF THE TOP OF MY RED HEAD, Ginger applies a past career in sales, marketing, and PR to her new role as author, sharing links and writer resources while exploring subjects like social media, agent search, and writer platforms. All writers are invited to follow the blog and share experiences.

Occupation: Wife & First Mate to Captain Mel, writer, jewelry crafter

Interests: Sailing, writing, making jewelry from bought and found objects.

Accomplishments of which I am the most proud:

1. The relationship with my daughter

2. Making peace with my mother

3. Saying “yes” to the love of a good man.


Twitter name: @gingerbcollins

Facebook: Ginger B. Collins

LinkedIn: Ginger B. Collins


Why I’m interested in the idea of re-inventing my future: To take what I’ve learned and apply it to something new.

My favorite quote:

Within every adversity lies the seed to an equal or greater benefit.


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