Core Values

We explore ideas that help make decisions about your encore career. We include spiritual principles to help you achieve a more productive and abundant life. We provide a community where, Mindful Elders (that we call ‘Melders’) can learn or discover how to express their full potential.

About Samela

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M. Samela Dingus, M.F.A., is a free spirited, exuberant, lover of life. Her goal is to inform, educate, inspire and motivate multicultural individuals over 55 and to empower women across generational and racial lines in a call to action and participation on issues and options for ageing in the new millennium.

In the course of a series of anti-ageism dialogues, encore career conversations and other issues of mid-life questions that matter, we offer like-minded individuals who are vital, contributing members of their communities an opportunity to determine what each of us could do to make this world a better place.

She has created this organization, Your Next Option, which hosts classes and workshops to develop the means for purposeful employment, optimal health, and community connections to meet the needs of "Melders" (Mindful Elders) in transition.

The idea of doing something sustainable on her way to and beyond retirement is when she attended her first conference in Mesa, Arizona in 2014. The conference included individuals from all over the country who were ‘of a certain age’ in the midst of their Second Act – or just discovering - their Encore Careers. This event motivated her to join the movement to a new definition of Ageing in America.

She became an advocate for individuals 55 years and older in support of local and community projects.

We all have two lives, the second one starts when we realize that we only have one.
— Tom Hiddleston