Feature Stories & Blog
Steve Barkley inspires people to Live Forever Young through martial arts features go-getters Sep 12, 2022

Steve Barkley grew up in Sunnyvale, Calif., the heart of Silicon Valley, in the late 1950s and 60s when the area consisted of big orchards and open land.

After graduating from college with a bachelor's degree in business administration, Steve went to work for Advance Micro Devices (AMD) during...

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Rich Avery shepherds pastors toward enhanced purpose features go-getters Aug 31, 2022

Forward From 50 has featured some incredible stories of men and women whose lives have gone in completely different directions after passing their 50th birthdays. Rich Avery is different.

He knew early in his life what his purpose was and he hasn't deviated much from that. For many years, Rich...

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Gill Bentham: Finding real love, awakening long-dormant dreams features go-getters Aug 13, 2022

Born in Lancashire, England, and now living in Yorkshire, Gill Bentham went into nursing directly out of high school. She loved the whole idea of being involved with people, especially one-on-one.

Gill’s parents supported her career decision, although her art teacher was extremely unhappy...

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Jeanette Finn: Helping sex abuse victims to find innocence again features go-getters Aug 03, 2022

A resident of Vancouver, Wash., Jeanette Finn was born in Germany in 1963 while her father was stationed there courtesy of the U.S. Army.

After her 17-year-old mother discovered she was pregnant, Jeanette’s dad insisted the young woman get an abortion. When she refused because of her...

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Faye Bryant: Helping others by sharing stories features go-getters Jul 28, 2022

Faye Bryant was born and raised in Florida. But, she moved to Tennessee after turning 25, fell in love and has been there ever since.

Prior to turning 50, she worked for the U.S. Post Office and spent time working at a bulk mailroom for a small college. She also worked as restaurant server,...

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Janine Pettit: Launching a movement to help women camp like a girl features go-getters Jul 06, 2022

Born in the Midwest, but growing up in New Jersey, Janine Pettit has impacted hundreds of thousands of women, but her real impact wasn’t felt until after she turned 50.

Janine and her husband were married in 1983 and started a family the following year when their first daughter was born....

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Eric Pearson: Putting his decades of training, experience to work as a substitute teacher features go-getters Jun 16, 2022

Eric Pearson spent much of his life in Maryland where he did a lot of things, but at a slower pace. For example, it took him 15 years to finish his undergraduate degree, and another 12 to get his master’s degree.

A radar engineer by trade, he also worked as a mechanic and, in his early...

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Michele Stanford: Helping people live longer with a healthy diet, better choices features go-getters Jun 11, 2022

A native of Georgia, Michele Stanford lives in South Carolina where she works as a functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner. It’s a job she has done for almost three years after serving as a certified health coach before turning 50.

In her job, Michele helps people regain, restore and...

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Jim Akers: Have ‘Godfidence’ to pursue your purpose features go-getters May 10, 2022

Jim Akers grew up in Spokane, graduated college and moved to southern California where he lived until his granddaughter was born a year ago, which prompted a move back to the Pacific northwest. There, he spent 35 years in the paper industry, 25 of them as a senior corporate executive.

He started...

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Betty Mills: The mutual benefit of mentoring teens features go-getters Apr 08, 2022

Photo: Betty Mills, right, with her protégé, Maggie, and the horse that connected them, Legacy Danseur.

A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Betty Mills spent much of her career working as a human resources manager for several big automotive groups in the Norfolk area.

When she was 52,...

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