Welcome! Novofemina is an online space dedicated to the enlivening, complex, and perpetual process of transition in our lives.
I’m Linda Rossetti, a mother of two middle schoolers, an author, entrepreneur, Harvard MBA and former c-suite executive. I am a socially minded life-long learner who encountered transition by chance in my mid-forties – and it has made all the difference.
In 2011 this unexpected transition compelled me to start this conversation, Celebrating Women’s Transitions. At the time, I didn’t really understand transition but knew deep down that it held something special for women everywhere. It needed to move away from an environment that breeds uncertainty and self-doubt towards one of promise, possibility and purpose.
Since starting Novofemina, I’ve initiated a conversation about transition with thousands of women. More than 200 participated in my formal research that led to the publication of my first book, Women and Transition: Reinventing Work & Life (Macmillan 2015), an Amazon Top Seller with a 5-star rating! Check out the >60 reviews here.
This incredible path has allowed me to bring shape to transition in new and provocative ways. My journey of understanding is chronicled in Novofemina’s posts. You can also watch a Primer on Transition on YouTube.
My observations to date…
When I started this process, I thought transition was all about my search for a new answer, one that would integrate the demands of my professional life with the ever-changing demands of my growing family. I expected it to mean a new job, maybe a new way to think about working.
What I’ve learned is light years away from that starting point. I can now confidently tell you that transitions occur when there is a shift in what holds value or meaning to us. It differs from change but requires us to embrace change.
Transition is grossly misunderstood in our society – to our detriment! Very often we misinterpret the earliest stages of transition, a miss that can lead to stalling, disengaging or retreating from living the lives we imagine.
All sorts of life events – like marriage, divorce, retirement, career change, job loss, empty nests – or even feelings – like boredom or a desire to explore more of our potential – can lead to a transition. It can occur at any age or in either gender.
In my travels, I always hear women say things like, “I thought I was the only one.” If you’ve ever thought that, you are not alone. I’m now convinced that transition is hiding in plain sight for many of us.
I hope you enjoy Novofemina and its on-going conversation about transition. I continue to learn about transition and advance our conversation about it online through my posts. Please join the conversation or send me a note. I look forward to your voice in our on-going exploration.
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