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How Fervor, Friendships and Faith Took Me to The Second Act

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In this funny and inspiring memoir of change and growth, publicist Mindie Barnett shares the secrets to keeping the faith and managing to thrive while starting your own second act.  

After finding the courage to leave her perfect-on-paper marriage, Mindie Barnett shifted the spotlight to herself. An expert at helping her clients pivot and put their best foot forward, it was now time to focus on her own second act. She committed herself to opening her heart and mind and bringing uplifting experiences into her life—even as it turned upside down. From tap lessons at her daughter’s dance school to a mid-life Bat Mitzvah ceremony, from running a half-marathon to seeking help from beyond the grave, from traditional talk therapy to consulting the angels, her journey covered all the bases as she juggled owning a business, the kids’ new schedules, and dating all over again in the age of texts and Tinder.

Sometimes, the show must stop before it can go on. In Intermission, Mindie provides an inspirational guide to kick-starting your life that will resonate with women everywhere facing big life changes.     

"Any woman who has ever reached for the proverbial brass ring and discovered it wasn't enough to make her happy needs to read this book!"

– Jenice Armstrong, metro columnist, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

"... Intermission is the break we all need to take. As a true empath and authentic connector, Mindie Barnett shares invaluable lessons from her heart and soul that are extremely applicable to one's personal and professional life..."

– Lou Diamond, International Speaker, Best-Selling Author, Founder & CEO of Thrive

"Mindie's background as a reporter comes through clearly as she eloquently describes the painful emotional challenge experienced before ending her marriage. Mindie's decision to share her insightful and relatable struggles will resonate not only with mid-lifers, but with any life phase that requires you to stop, pause and ask yourself what do you really want out of life. This book highlights the theme how 'perfect on paper' rarely reflects 'perfect in life.' Mindie leads the way for both herself and others in how to bravely carve out the life that you want and not let anything or anyone get in your way, including yourself."

– Dr. Robi Ludwig, best-selling author and CNN, Fox News contributor