In Vermont, sowing a vegetable garden in spring is part of the curriculum, like stacking wood in the summer, raking fall leaves, and or shoveling snow. And yet, I’d felt only ambivalence about the soil where so many others found solace, joy, and purpose.
On Saturday I watched Miss Americana, the new Taylor Swift documentary on Netflix. In it, Taylor bemoans, “We exist in this society where women in entertainment are discarded in an elephant graveyard by the time they are 35.” And yet, the next day, on Superbowl Sunday, there was 50-year old Jennifer Lopez putting on anContinue reading “Reinvention Part 1: Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, and Me”
Call it a midlife crisis or a midlife reinvention or a reaction to the turbulent time in which we are living, more and more people are reevaluating their careers and their lifestyles, and thinking longingly about dreams deferred by choice or by circumstance. If you’re lucky enough, you leave your job and set out toContinue reading “Five Midlife Reinvention Strategies”
“Go ride your bike!” I heard this a lot from my mom when I was a kid, squirming in her shadow and whining, “I’m so borrrrrrred … .” And ride our bikes, we did. My pink Schwinn Sting-Ray with the sparkly banana-seat and white plastic wicker basket took me wherever I wanted to go, multi-coloredContinue reading “Ten Life Lessons from Mountain Biking”
Those of us who have opted out of the corporate world – parents, creatives, entrepreneurs, or retirees, for example – must establish other methods for receiving feedback. That’s why I crave Instagram likes.
As a child, I mugged for the camera, but somewhere along the way, I began to see photos of myself differently. Maybe it started when, at seventeen, the photographer taking my Senior pictures asked me if it was possible for me to smile and keep my eyes open at the same time. Many years later,Continue reading “More than a photo |the transformative value of professional headshots”
When you’re in the Bahamas for Christmas, far away from home’s single-digit temperatures, and you’re miserable, it’s probably time to reflect. I brought all my work-related anxiety with me on that holiday and couldn’t find the right mix of tropical rum drinks and dunks in the cyan sea to wash it away. That’s where myContinue reading “Five things I didn’t expect from my life coach”
I’m on the hunt for that next career that ticks all the boxes for personal and professional fulfillment, and I’m sure I’m not alone. According to a 2017 Gallup Poll, only 30% of American workers love the jobs they have; the rest are either somewhat disengaged or downright miserable. My guess is that this groupContinue reading “Choosing a Career Path | When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
re-in-spire-ment | Where inspiration meets reinvention. A purposeful retirement from one’s professional career in order to pursue self-discovery and explore all the beautiful possibilities life has to offer. Usually undertaken by women in midlife. This blog is my story of how I got here, to this point of midlife inspiration and desire to reinvent myContinue reading “My reinspirement | a midlife discovery mission”
You won’t find the word protirement in Webster’s dictionary, but I’m predicting it will be there before too long. A neologism meant to convey one’s leaving a steady career in the pursuit of something more fulfilling, protirement usually comes with a substantial amount of anxiety and abundant freedom and possibility. Four months ago, I announcedContinue reading “Redefining retirement | what it means to protire”