If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ll know how much I love a tale of reinvention. I believe that reinvention is one of the great luxuries of today’s world, and is particularly real and accessible to women who have already had a successful career and are looking for a change, or to those like myself who enjoyed a big chunk of life as a full time mom, before setting out to discover the next era in their lives.
I don’t think that our mother’s generation had these opportunities, or indeed the expectation, of a ‘next step’. Up till fairly recently, the likelihood of anyone starting a career from scratch at the age of 50+ were more remote. Internet has changed that of course, but its also our expectations that have evolved. With improved health and agility, and an acceptance of women staying active at any age, it’s a very different game today.
Over the past couple of weeks, as I’ve had the fun and the pleasure of hosting guests from all around the world on my brocante and luxury tours, we chatted a lot and reinvention has often come in to conversations.
Some ladies had turned their lives around after a divorce, or having lost their partner, and wanting a fresh start. At a period in their lives when it was important not to feel isolated, they bravely went looking for a new direction and have thrown themselves into successful careers.
Others felt that it was their age that was dictating a new direction. “I no longer looked right in that role”, or “I was looking for something I felt more comfortable with, and that allowed me to manage my hours differently”
I was asked to define the recipe for successful reinvention. At first I said it wasn’t possible to write a list that would work for evryone, because each persons tale is so personal. But actually the more I thought about my own reinvention, and the stories of women around me who have given a new shape to their lives, the more I found some common features that could indeed be put into a check list.
This is what I came up with, but I’d love to hear your ideas too, I’m sure you could improve on it.
First of all some questions to ask yourself:
what makes me happy? What do I enjoy the most?
why am I looking to reinvent myself? what is my motivation?
am I brave enough to walk through any door that opens in front of me?
do I need to earn a living, or can I take finances out of the equation?
Pointers to follow ….
This is the moment to follow your heart If you’re going to embark on a big new adventure, then you want to have some fun along the way. The starting point could be an existing hobby or pastime. It could be a cause that you feel passionate about, a local activity, or thanks to internet, it could be worldwide!
When I first started this blog over seven years ago, I had no idea if anyone would read me, and certainly never even dreamt of the doors that would open to me along the way. I am fortunate to have the encouragement of my family, and to be of a nature that loves to move forward and discover new ground. I think that ‘daring to say yes’, is a big part of any reinvention.
So now it’s up to you. Would you like to share below your own tale of reinvention, or your plans to change direction. Everyone’s story is different, and I’d love to hear yours.