Diane Sanders Finds Fulfillment as Author and Consultant
Writer / Renee Larr
Carmel resident Diane Sanders is living proof that life after 50 is filled with new horizons. After a career in corporate America, Sanders decided she wanted to make a change in her business life.
“After a while I started feeling very stressed,” Sanders says. “I had never had any physical problems before, so I decided to find out what was the root cause of the extreme stress. I started researching on my own. I ended up getting a massage, and it changed my life.”
After her experience, Sanders became a certified massage therapist and later a certified nutritionist.
“Becoming a massage therapist opened up great opportunities working with corporations, doing lunch-and-learns about what people could do to take care of their body,” Sanders says. “From there, I started consulting at a local health food store about nutrition.”
During that time, she realized many of the people she consulted about nutrition also had emotional issues.
“They would share with me things that were going on with them emotionally,” Sanders says. “It became fascinating to me that nutrition was connected to emotional well-being and your physical well-being.”
Sanders went back to college to obtain a degree in psychology and advanced studies in nutrition.
“Being a Christian, I recognized there were biblical principles that connect our soul, mind and physical well-being,” Sanders says.
She felt compelled to start Living Strong After 50. Services include nutrition and inner healing consultations, and life coaching.
“Most of my clients are in their late 40s to 90s,” Sanders says. “A lot of the topics we talk about are a lack of confidence, not feeling loved, or not knowing their purpose in the next season of their life.”
These discussions inspired Sanders to pen her book, “Twenty Decrees and Declarations for Women: The Power of God’s Word and the Power of Your Voice.”
“I chose 20 topics I felt most women could relate to throughout their life,” Sanders says. “In the book I explain what a decree and declaration is and use scriptures from the Bible to support those. I put them in the very simplest terms so they can read it, proclaim it and speak on it. If we speak our words, our thoughts begin to follow.”
Sanders wants others to know you’re never too old to do something new.
“I heard from some of my colleagues when I went back to college that they wanted to go back but felt too old,” Sanders says. “It just touched my heart. If you have something in you that you want to do, it’s time to do it. Whether it’s changing careers or writing a book, it’s time to do it. The reward for me has been awesome.”
Sanders realizes sometimes people just need encouragement to make a change.
“Sometimes people just need someone to tell them to take the risk or offer advice,” Sanders says. “I hope I can be that person for other people.”
For more information on Living Strong After 50, or to purchase Sanders’ book, visit livingstrongafter50.com.