Dotsie Bregel: Founder of the National Association of Baby Boomer Women

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Dotsie Bregel is the Founder of the National Association of Baby Boomer Women, www.nabbw.com, and www.boomerwomenspeak.com, the # 1 site on all search engines for “baby boomer women.” She is a writer, speaker, and expert on all issues concerning her generation of women. She is the go-to person for those interested in learning more about baby boomer women. Dotsie is passionate about giving women a voice, and educating and empowering her generation of women. She believes sharing our stories allows opportunities for healing. Dotsie believes healing occurs when women connect, encourage and support one another in life.

Dotsie has been mentioned in Time magazine, AARP Bulletin, the LA Times among dozens of newspapers across the nation. She frequently does radio interviews and has been interviewed for many publications. Dotsie was also invited to appear in the outside audience of The Early Show (CBS) with Dave Price. She has also helped connect women for a segment of the NBC Nightly News. Dotsie is on the editorial board for me*magazine, writes book reviews for boomer magazine and Central Iowa Boomer, and blogs weekly at www.boomerbabesrock.com/blog/ and monthly for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and keeps up with her three children while they are away at college. You may contact her at dots@boomerwomenspeak.com or call her toll free number, 1-877-bboomer.

Read how her midlife crisis became her midlife passion:

Some people might think I'm crazy because I tend to reveal a little too much about the details of my life. You know the saying "TMI — Too Much Information?" Well, that's me. Maybe I disclose too much, but you know what? I think that's why I have friends. Sharing the intimate stories of my life makes me human and allows others to open up to me.

I've been blessed with a loving family and great friends. My relationships make me thrive. Being in relationships with others is exciting. I feel fortunate and fulfilled when I listen and share with others. There is peace in knowing that others trust me with their stories and I feel comforted when others listen to mine.

Following Mom’s death and facing the empty nest caused me to hunker down in prayer seeking guidance and direction for the next season in life. I struggled with this question: What do I want to be when I grow up? Yes, I was a 44-year-old baby boomer and was still searching! I'd loved being a mom who stayed home to make a difference, but shortly they'd all be in college and I'd be out of a job. Since I enjoyed my friendships with women and liked us to feel connected and encouraged, I chose to launch a Web site that would do just that. A site that allowed us to share our stories and give everyone a peek into our hearts and lives would help enlighten ourselves and others about our generation of women.

I’m now the founder of the # 1 site for baby boomer women and the National Association of Baby Boomer Women. I’m a Christian, professional homemaker happily married to the love of my life for 26 years. Managing both sites, keeping track of my children and making time for my husband fills my days. When the children were younger I spent my time on ball fields or in gyms, at swim meets or skate parks, and volunteering. I’ve always enjoyed walking, gardening, cooking, reading, writing, and getting together with family and friends. Life has changed. The kids have grown. Now I’m living another passion.

I believe strongly that love and connections heal people. My desire for others to feel supported inspired me to launch this both sites. See what a little self reflection and prayer can do at midlife? My prayer is for my generation of women to live our passions.