An A-Z List of Words to Inspire Unparalleled Midlife Growth

Midlife can sometimes feel like a time where nothing new happens and everything bad happens all at once. Your job can start to feel mundane and boring and yet your family life can be changing drastically (or vice versa). So today I am bringing you an A-Z list of words to describe the way things … More An A-Z List of Words to Inspire Unparalleled Midlife Growth

What is the Surprising Meaning of the Odd Phrase “Back Forty”?

When interacting with partners, sponsors, customers, members, and The Back Forty community in general, there is one question that gets asked over and over. What does “back forty” mean? Usually by that point, whoever I’m speaking with knows that our company, The Back Forty, is about making your second half of life your best half … More What is the Surprising Meaning of the Odd Phrase “Back Forty”?

This Midlife Crisis is Just a Game: Want to Play?

Today I bring you some amusement from the past. Behold, Mid-Life Crisis, the game! Nearly 35 years ago, in 1982, this game graced the board game shelves. Its tagline was “can you survive your mid-life crisis without cracking up, breaking up, or going broke?” The game was produced in California by The Game Works, Inc in … More This Midlife Crisis is Just a Game: Want to Play?


“If nothing ever changed, there would be no such things as butterflies.” -Wendy Mass Things are going to change.  Jobs will be gained and lost.  Loves will be embraced and released.  Businesses will thrive and dissolve.  Residences will be moved into and out of.  Health, finances, plans, will go this way and then that. Change … More Agile

Reclaim Your Playful, Passionate, & Purposeful Future

  So many people think that they don’t have control over their future once they find themselves in the midst of midlife. We want to change all of that. The Back Forty teaches that: “The only way you will ever be able to create your own radical future of play, passion, and purpose is by … More Reclaim Your Playful, Passionate, & Purposeful Future


Often when we step off the non-thinking train that’s been running since… …we started in a particular career that we never left …we had kids and then spent 18yrs giving them wings …we began a relationship or marriage that got caught up in the swirl of the items above …we developed financial security that disappeared … More Re-Evolution


The late Alvin Toffler, futurist and author of FutureShock, The Third Wave, and Powershift said: “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” Throughout our day, we are making lots of little choices that we can mostly fall unconscious to. … More Directionality

Playing Dirty

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan  We all want to come out of the starting … More Playing Dirty