About Dr. Kay Bloom
Hello, I'm Dr. Kay Bloom. My early years were immersed in the meticulous world of nuclear chemistry, where I had the honor of unveiling a new division in actinide chemistry. As a professor, academia wasn't just my career—it was my world. But while my heart belonged to the atomic wonders and the bright minds at the University of Miami, the universe had other plans.
For years, I navigated the academic labyrinth, fighting the rampant sexism that plagued a domain brimming with men inching towards retirement. Picture this: conferences where I stood as the lone female voice, asserting my worth in a world that often sought to diminish it. Despite my career trajectory surpassing even my husband's, societal pressure became my compass, guiding me to follow him to Ohio State—a move that proved bittersweet.
At Ohio State, I cherished the students and reveled in the vibrant tapestry that was the city. Yet, the environment I found myself in was far from welcoming. In a tenure department marred by strife, visions of a stellar environmental science program were eclipsed by personal vendettas and myopic views. My once fervent passion for research waned in the shadows of uncooperative colleagues. There were days when the glaring realization hit me: amidst the vast sea of academic achievements, I didn’t have a single girlfriend to share a cocktail and a laugh with.
Life has its ways of shaking us awake. Leaving Ohio State meant jeopardizing my marriage, but it also marked the inception of a journey towards self. The universe threw curveballs—a challenging divorce, financial hurdles, and embracing motherhood solo in my mid-40s. Yet, every storm cleared a path, leading me towards a profound self-awareness and a circle of friends who became my sanctuary.
Then came my 50th. In society's mirror, I was fading, grappling with the physical and emotional ebbs of aging and menopause. Yet, inside, a metamorphosis was underway. A newfound self-worth burgeoned, defying societal norms. Observing the dichotomy of women's experiences post-50—some lamenting, others celebrating—I was gripped by curiosity. My academic instincts kicked in, and from extensive research, the LifeBloom method was birthed. And just like that, we all became part of the empowering Bloomer Brigade.
For a deep dive into the science of positive aging, grab a copy of my book [here]. My life, with its trials, triumphs, and transformations, is penned down [here] for those eager to embark on a similar journey.
Dr. Kay Bloom