is an online community seeking to provide
encouragement and hope for women who are
approaching or are already in their second half of life. This includes
those who are just beginning to think about
mid-life issues, those who are in mid-life, and
those who have rounded the bend and are living
life to the fullest in their golden years. We hope you enjoy your
time at our website. Beyond the Bend was created
by me, Patti Chadwick.
So you can know me better, let me tell you a bit
about myself. I've been a WAHM (work-at-home mom) for
the past 24 years and live in
with my husband John and three children in
varying stages of independence. Over the
years I've embarked on several business ventures, some
achieved a higher level of success than others.
It was during this time that I became a freelance writer,
online magazine editor, and small business
owner. I've been working online for about
years now. I am the editor of
an online magazine highlighting the
extraordinary achievements of women throughout
history. I also own
a small publishing house and bookstore that
helps self-published authors get their books
into print and in the marketplace as well as
Book Bargains & Previews, which is a new
site that is an offshoot of
Publications. I have also
created several other websites and online
magazines, which I've sold as I've "outgrown"
During the years I spent raising my family and
working from home, I also pursued my education
and ended up with a M.A. in Biblical Studies.
After completing my degree in Biblical Studies,
I found myself led to pursue a career in Human
Services and went back to college to pursue a
degree in that field. I just B.A. in
Community and Human Services and this Fall I will begin work toward my
Masters Degree in Social Work. I have a real desire to
help women become all that they can be.
Beyond the Bend
is my latest endeavor. Since I'm in my 40s
(I turned 46 this March), and now all my kids are nearly
grown, I am about to enter a new season of my
life. I know so many other women are in
the same boat, and I don't find many resources
online to help guide us around this
bend in the road of life, coming out successfully on the other side!
I decided that I wanted to help put resources at
the fingertips of women, so the idea
Beyond the Bend
On a more personal note, I became a Christian 24
years ago so my writing is from a Christian
worldview. I think you should be aware of
that so you are not surprised when you click
through the site. My faith influences my
I hope you enjoy the time you spend at
Beyond the Bend.
As I build the site, I hope to add articles from
a variety of people with different areas of
expertise. If you'd like to
contribute articles, see our writer's guidelines
page. And remember to visit the
for some great books at discount prices!
You can reach me by email at