Andrea Dean couldn’t get with the “easy-breezy” attitude some of her friends had about turning fifty. She was barely keeping her head above water, trying not to drown as she approached this midlife milestone. In her inspirational memoir Fifty Days to 50, Dean documents her inner exploration—and how she learned to cross the fifty mark with pride and confidence.
Dean celebrates the fifty days leading up to her fiftieth birthday in a series of selfie-style images coupled with bits of her story. Each day, she looks inside herself and creates an image to fit the mood. She covers themes like needing to reboot, being tired of being Superwoman, counting her blessings, and connecting with her feminine power.
Dean’s collection is as much about celebrating the power of being a woman as it is about emerging from a midlife crisis. She pays homage to motherhood, female independence, body issues, and other joys and concerns shared by women. It’s fun and easy to read—and packed full of powerful photographs that speak directly to the heart.
If you’re a woman approaching fifty or going through other transitions in life, let Fifty Days to 50 help guide you through.
“Clever, insightful, wise and funny!”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Michael
A poetic and revealing examination of one of life’s major transitions, this book artfully crafts poignant words to brilliantly creative images that convey the depth of each life lesson. The images can often stand alone without the narrative, which is a testament to their effectiveness – they’re clever, nicely designed, often humorous, and sexy. We can all learn something from this honest and endearing self-reflection, regardless of your age or gender. A tour de force!
About the Author
Andrea Dean celebrates people and the planet both in her personal and professional life. She is the founder of Sustainable Initiatives, a company that spearheads community projects including eat and buy local campaigns, promotion of traditional foods, agricultural tourism, and expanded access to locally grown foods for low-income populations.
Dean, expressing her dedication to the spiritual journey, views storytelling as a way to understand herself better. She wrote Fifty Days to 50 to connect with her feelings as she approached her fiftieth birthday. An upcoming book will share personal essays about the struggle of a New York girl trying to live a spiritual and sustainable life in Hawaii for twenty-five years.
She currently splits her time between an off-the-grid farm in Hawaii and a fully electrified condo in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Twitter and Instagram @andreaswandean