your guidebook for Exploring & Creating Community!

Helping you define how and with whom you want to live out your later years . . . years filled with companionship and security, infused with a profound sense of home.

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Thrilled with this book!

If ever there was a book to guide you through the process of deciding if living in community is a good fit for you . . . this is it! Not only does Marianne (and her awesome alter-ego “The Grand Nudge”) help you to see if community living is right for you at this time, she also leads you to discover who you might want to live with, what kind of living situation would best suit you, the location that would be best for you. . . . she’s got all the points covered, many of which I had not considered to this depth. Basically, this guidebook is helping me to get real about the details of this dream that I have had for years and encouraging me to take steps in the direction that will ultimately help me find (or create) MY ideal community! I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone considering community living.

Vicky Goodridge

Must have for successful shared living of any sort.

Really asks the very important questions we may not have thought of ourselves.
Vital tool for researching ourselves & others to achieve successful living arrangements.

Donna Laughlin

This interactive book really does "nudge!"

Marianne definitely earns her nickname “The Grand Nudge” with this book/guide. Even though I was familiar with many of the topics, her organization and requests for commitment and action nudged me into clarifying both my concerns and my next steps. If you have ANY wish to live in a more connected community, get this book.

I read parts of the book to the couple with whom we plan to share our home/property. They agreed, and we have planned more joint activities to be sure we are ready to make the move. If you feel frustrated or stuck, Marianne will help.

Bill S.

About The Book

Chances are, if you are on this website and are curious about this book, you have entertained the question of living in community.  Or at the very least, have wondered what it’s all about.

In this workbook, Marianne Kilkenny has laid out steps for you to take, questions that need answering, and ideas to ponder . . . all to help you define and then create the community you want to live in.  Full of exploratory exercises and powerful content, this guidebook is a necessary companion for anyone who is seeking out their happily ever after.

Who Needs This Book

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Why I Wrote this Book

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Marianne Kilkenny works each day to fulfill her dream – a world where people can age in grace, dignity and peace surrounded by friends, family and community.

Combining more than 25 years experience working in corporate, Marianne relocated to Asheville, NC and took the first step toward realizing her dream when she founded Women for Living in Community (WLIC) in 2007.  Since that time, WLIC has grown from an online website to a complete network of individuals, families, groups and professionals, which focuses on the power of women as advocates and leaders for alternative housing choices.

Marianne became an accidental spokesperson for Boomer women when she was dubbed by NBC as “the real life Golden Girls,” a trend of Boomer women living in shared housing, which is one form of Aging in Community she advocates.  As a spokesperson, she is regularly interviewed by the media and in countless articles and publications.  She gladly shares her experience to those willing to listen.  But it’s more than that as she will tell you time and time again.

“Aging in Community is more than shared housing. It’s refocusing our outlook on aging from one that is medical and healthcare-centric to one that focuses upon community.  Wellbeing is more than healthcare; it’s emotional care and that kind of care comes from being surrounded by people we know, love and trust, not just by nurses and planned activities.”

Due to the great interest expressed by people of all walks of life, Marianne put her lessons in an easy to use, practical guidebook, Your Quest for Home: A Guidebook to Find the Ideal Community for Your Later Years. To keep in touch with readers and the network, she maintains a blog where she provides information, resources and just funny stuff about Aging in Community.

About the author.

Marianne Kilkenny

Aging in Community Pioneer & Founder of the Women Living in Community Network

Introducing

The Grand Nudge

First of all, what is a nudge? In it’s active state, it acts as a prod, a way of gently pushing or nudging someone (usually with an elbow) to draw attention to something. As an object, it is a person or thing that is the push or prod.

Nudge Caricature_edited-1The Grand Nudge is Marianne’s alter-ego, a combination of her corporate straight-forwardness that pushes and prods one to action but with a personality that is outlandish and funny.

In her former corporate life, Marianne’s bluntness and decision making skills helped her to be a success in achieving company objectives. Today, Marianne uses those skills as the Grand Nudge to help other women achieve their community. However, unlike her corporate role, Marianne tends to be shy but as the Grand Nudge,  has the freedom to express her funny and outlandish personality.  Her caricature depicts The Grand Nudge wearing a boa.. a bossy diva with a fun streak.

What does she do?

The Grand Nudge acts as the rather direct, demanding and sort of pushy friend or acquaintance who gets you going.  You would like to ignore her but you know she is right and only there to help you. In this way, you don’t mind her because she helps you get the job done and this case, that means finding your community.

The Grand Nudge also appears at workshops and conferences, often adding humor delivered with a little bit of pushiness. After all, we all need to laugh at ourselves even when life is serious.

The Grand Nudge plays an important role in the guidebook, “Your Quest for Home” where she offers tips and nudges you along the way as you find your ideal community. You see her throughout the pages, giving insight and directness.  

The Grand Nudge is there to help you. Plain and simple. Watch out because you never know where she will appear!

What’s inside

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Chapter 1 - How to Use This Book

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Chapter 2 - What Is In Your Knapsack?

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Chapter 3 - Commitment Page

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Chapter 4 - Does This Sound Familiar?

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Chapter 5 - A Fairy Tale

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Chapter 6 - Your Unique Quest

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Chapter 7 - Connection, Information, & Action

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Chapter 8 - Self Discovery

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Chapter 9 - Dragons & Ogres

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Chapter 10 - Your Quest...ions

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Chapter 11 - Why?

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Chapter 12 - What?

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Chapter 13 - When?

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Chapter 14 - Where?

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Chapter 15 - Who?

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Chapter 16 - How?

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Chapter 17 - Finding Your Community

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Chapter 18 - Throw Out the Net

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Chapter 19 - Invite People to the Table

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Chapter 20 - Finding Common Ground

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Chapter 21 - Identify Members of Your Community

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Chapter 22 - Taking Action With Your Community

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Chapter 23 - Resources

Chapter 1

Marianne: Todd can just paste a sample right here. Doesn’t have to be Chapter 1, but it couldn’t hurt. 

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Chapters

Pages

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