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The Short Version: Dr. Gayle Carson believes that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself — or your relationship — and she spreads that message through coaching sessions, blog posts, and radio shows. As a coach, she teaches individuals and groups how to live mindfully and with purpose. Through her articles and her radio show, she engages people, provides insights, and explains her philosophy. Gayle’s work is particularly relevant for older singles and couples who may find themselves seeking new relationships and more satisfying love lives later in life.
On a recent episode of her radio show, “Living Regret Free with Dr. Gayle,” Dr. Gayle Carson welcomed guest David Karchere, a motivational speaker and author. They discussed David’s philosophy of becoming a sun.
Both David and Gayle believe that if we harness our own energy, much like the sun, we can live our lives with much more courage and authenticity.
Gayle has experienced the transformational nature of that philosophy in her own life. As a four-time breast cancer survivor, she now focuses on teaching others how to live their best lives. She also believes that health and wellness are essential aspects of a balanced life, which is what motivates her to keep visiting the gym at age 81.
“I made it through chemo. I’ve had 16 surgeries. But I still have a silver-lining mentality. No matter what goes on in your life, you have the power to overcome it,” Gayle told us.
Gayle said that’s why she recognizes that people have the power to change their lives at any age. She works mostly with men and women over 50 in her practice, and she shares her wisdom on everything from changing careers to finding new relationships later in life.
Before she began coaching, Gayle operated a chain of career schools and monitored seven offices and more than 350 employees. But she recognized that she didn’t want to spend her life in the operations industry, so she decided to switch gears and become a professional speaker.
“My speaking engagements led to coaching, writing, and all of the rest of what I’m doing now,” Gayle said.
While people may believe that they’re stuck with the same life or the same partner — or stuck without one — after 50, Gayle wants to help them change that mentality.
“I got into coaching people on how to reinvent themselves after 50 because I’m all about challenging ageism,” she said.
Gayle said she sees her role as a coach more as that of a mentor than a teacher or a trainer. Her objective is to help her clients find their passions and live their dreams.
“I’m truthful and authentic, and some of my potential clients don’t get past the first coaching session because I’m so honest,” Gayle said with a laugh.
Gayle provides private and group coaching options for her clients.
Gayle’s clients are often interested in strategies for finding love after 50. Some may have lost their spouse or have gone through a divorce. Others seek advice on growing their businesses or identifying what’s missing from their lives.
“One-on-one coaching sessions are based on what the client wants. Some of them want to work in a particular area. If what they want to change is going to be difficult, I tell them,” Gayle said.
Group coaching brings together people who want to discuss things that may be holding them back in life. These group sessions focus on teaching people how to identify what’s lacking in their lives and then find ways to address that void.
To start, Gayle may lead a discussion on mindset and what energizes people. Then, the conversation often turns to relationships, balance, personal growth, and physical fitness. Gayle works with clients to build a plan for reshaping their daily lives.
Ultimately, Gayle wants her clients to believe that they can overcome any challenge.
“People throw things at you every single day, but it’s up to you whether to let them stick or not. You absolutely need to have the mindset that you can move past anything,” she said.
Gayle spreads her message to a client base of men and women from 50 to 90 across a wide range of channels. She has multiple radio shows, including “Living Regret Free,” “Women in Business,” and “SOB (Spunky. Open. Brave.) Radio.”
As its name suggests, “Living Regret Free” is all about providing people with strategies to make themselves happier in their daily lives. Gayle brings in guests to discuss topics like meditation and improving family relationships. The “Women in Business” show invites entrepreneurs or senior managers from around the world to share their insights, while SOB Radio discusses topics — including medicine, fitness, and fashion — of interest to women over 50.
Gayle also has products designed for those over 50 who are focused on dating and how to build new relationships later in life.
“They’re all about dating after 50. I interviewed some dating experts and even a divorce lawyer,” Gayle said. “It’s all about why it’s so important to develop the right relationships and meet the right people.”
If Gayle weren’t busy enough, she also writes regularly for both her own blog and for other publications. On her website, Gayle writes about what’s happening in her own life and offers advice on particular topics.
In a recent blog post titled “Should Things Be Easier?” Gayle highlighted the importance of focusing on the good things in life, saying, “Every time you have a moment to yourself, think about the great things that happen to you and the things that give you peace and comfort.”
Another blog post, “How to Reinvent Yourself,” posed the question: “What is the one thing you want to do that you’ve been afraid to attempt? Opportunities present themselves when you become more aware of what they are.”
Through all of her programs and coaching sessions, Gayle encourages people to change whatever doesn’t make them happy, plan their lives, and live courageously. That advice especially resonates with those who want to find new relationships after 50.
Now in her 80s, Gayle certainly wears many hats as a businesswoman, coach, blogger, and podcaster. But her message and mission are always the same: encouraging people over 50 to find happiness in their lives. Gayle said that all of her projects — the coaching, the blogging, and the interviewing — stem from her interest in making people happy and seeing them live better lives.
“I want people to wake up and go to sleep every day with a smile. If I can help them do that, it means everything to me,” she told us.
Gayle’s enthusiasm for her clients and mission has earned her a devoted following. She’s even started several Spunky Old Broad Clubs around the country to inspire older women to be more like her — spunky, open, and brave.
Gayle said she knows why her fans and clients find so much relevance in her message.
“They turn to me for help because I’ve lived through everything,” Gayle told us with a laugh.