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Facing the Fear of Leaving a Relationship

Silke Schwarzkopf
By Silke Schwarzkopf |Laguna Niguel, CA


My journey to recreating life after 50 began when I made the decision to finally face the fact that I was extremely unhappy in my 25-year marriage.  As I look back, this is one of my few regrets in life, waiting so long to confront what I knew to be true.  But how could I rationalize leaving?  I wasn’t in an abusive Facing the Fear of Leaving a Relationshiprelationship.  I had a beautiful home and financial security.  On the outside, it appeared we lived the American Dream.  On the inside, I felt I was slowly dying.

Fast-forward 5-years, my concern for hurting my husband, my family, or worrying about what my friends would think was largely misplaced.  While our split was not without emotion, we quickly arrived at an amicable solution. He was miserable too. And my friends and family didn’t care.  In fact, they wondered what took us so long!

In a recent interview with Paige Valdiserri, we discuss the concept of “getting in touch with our inner knowing” to create the life we were meant to live. Evaluating our present circumstance doesn’t always have to result in a parting of the ways.  It could bring us closer together.  The only wrong decision is ignoring the situation.  I hope you enjoy our conversation.  If something you hear resonates, know that you are NOT alone! Paige is a wonderful resource to guide you through life-changing events.  Feel free to contact Paige.


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Silke Schwarzkopf
Silke Schwarzkopf |Laguna Niguel, CA
A seasoned video producer, Silke is an entrepreneur specialized in script-to-screen production of corporate marketing, training, and communications programming. For nearly two decades, she co-owned and operated Jones & Rister, Inc., an award-winning agency best known for the production of healthcare, health and fitness, and pharmaceutical programming. Shortly after her 50th birthday, Silke took a leap of faith, left an unfulfilled 25-year marriage, and returned to her hometown in SoCal to follow her dreams, rediscover happiness, and pursue the development of original programming most pertinent to her evolving reality – recreating life after 50! A life-long advocate of health, fitness, and living life to the fullest, Silke founded 2nd Act TV, a digital channel focused on redefining life after 50 and taking charge of your physical, emotional, and sexual health. As Executive Producer and Host, Silke is living her motto: "It’s never too late to be the person you always wanted to be."

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