Passion lives in your heart and when we choose that which has greatest meaning to us,
it creates a path of least resistance.  We can do less and accomplish more.”
~ Bestselling author, Janet Atwood, author of the Passion Test


With so many of us finding ourselves either working from home or without a job, this might be the perfect time to explore how to turn your passion into profit. This quote from Janet Atwood is more than just finding your passion and the money will follow, but you also need to identify what you are great at … and then do THAT. Period. I believe these two ideas together are the magical ingredients to creating an encore career where you can get paid to do what you love with ease, while you are also making a difference.

Recent studies show that 95% of Baby Boomers say they will continue to work in retirement. Some because they need to so they can supplement their pensions, Social Security, and savings, but for many, it’s an opportunity to clarify and bring to the world that dream that still resides inside of them.

Exploring your purpose and understanding your unique ability before you retire is truly the key. However, I’ve talked to too many women who left their corporate careers with a dream of becoming an entrepreneur, speaker, author or coach, only to run through all or much of their retirement savings.

So where do you start?  I’ve got some great news for you because I’ve actually taken my private coaching materials where I help you do just this, and I have put them into our free group coaching program at the Smart Women’s Academy.  At first, I was afraid to do this, but I decided that this would become part of my legacy, and I never looked back.

Today, it’s getting exciting!  We have over 500 women from 16 countries who have joined our free group coaching program, and now, we are adding more courses on topics like taking charge of your finances, getting and staying healthy, and soon, you will be able to learn how to launch your own encore career!

So please come join us and check it out at   We are launching a new course each month in the Smart Women’s Academy, where you can connect with women all around the world and access live coaching.

This month, I’m interviewing two experts who can help you pause and assess before you take the leap into an encore career.  What I’ve found is that when women reach midlife, they are at the peak of their careers, and most have created a nest egg so they have a sense of security.  This gives them the ability to leverage their wisdom and experience to enter the expert industry which includes  coaching, consulting, speaking, and writing.

Our guests this month can help guide you to do just that.  I’ve invited the highly acclaimed and award-winning writing coach, Lisa Tener, to share her wisdom on what it takes to write and publish a book. I’m also interviewing Dolly Garlo, a career transition coach and business strategist who will help you find clarity for that encore career as well. Be sure to join us this month and don’t forget to sign up for our free courses at the Smart Women’s Academy! Be sure to join me the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 3:00 pm ET for Chat with Kat on the Smart Women’s Empowerment FB page.


Katana Abbott, CFP®, is a Retirement Coach, founder of the Smart Women Companies, and the host Smart Women Talk Radio with over a million subscribers.  For over 30 years, Katana has shown women how to take charge of their life and finances and believes it’s never too early to plan for expected and unexpected events like retirement, encore careers, moving abroad, or preparing for long-term care.  She has written several books, created a financial literacy course, and is a popular speaker. Katana has been honored by NAWBO as one of Detroit’s Top 10 Business Women, receiving the Breakthrough Award. To download her new ebook, The Five Biggest Money Mistakes Women Make and How to Fix Them, visit