Have you ever wanted or been told to ‘remake’ yourself? To reinvent YOU?
Today I’m going to tell you Do NOT reinvent yourself! Rediscover yourself! You can do this! Discover who you are both on the outside and the inside and live the best life ever. Pursue your passions! Change your career! Move to a new city or state! It doesn’t matter what your age is. It’s never too early and it’s never too late.
The process of rediscovering yourself will help you learn about you on the outside and the inside. The possibilities are endless of what you can discover about yourself. The possibilities of what you can achieve are endless.
Today you are different than you were a year ago so take the time to get to know who you are. The you that is alive today, the you that is different than the you of yesterday.
Ok stop, do not make a list of everything you want to change. Rediscovering yourself is about action. Taking action.
Let me illustrate this for you. Let’s take me and make up. I see people who are beautiful and their make-up looks fantastic. It brings out all of the greatness of their unique face. I often wonder how long it takes them to do that. I think I don’t have time. I don’t like the feel of heavy make-up. I don’t know how to put it on to accent any part of my face much less my whole face.
For years I’ve only put on mascara and moisturizer. I decided to see if I still felt the same about make up. I found a brand that had a powder foundation and the eye shadows were light colors. I applied it for a few days. First, I found that after some practice it didn’t take me quite as long. I also figured out how to apply it so that it was light and my skin still felt like it could breathe.
BAM! I discovered something. At 55 I’d learned that make up was ok for me. As long as I do it my way and not try to reinvent myself to look like somebody I’m not. Let’s face it, wearing make-up is not going to make me look like Jennifer Aniston.
Maybe it’s your style of clothes or your hairstyle. Let’s get out there and actually discover what we like and how we can make it work for us!
So, let’s let my hair grow long, make it blond and a soft curl. I’ll go get a few cute sundresses and those fancy sandals with bling. OMG I’d look so cute!
Let’s do a short hair cute with a strip of green in my hair. I’ll grab some jeans with bling and a blouse that’s low cute in the front and back and show off my tattoos. Who am I now?
I think I’ll do a medium cut with my natural hair color with jeans, t-shirt and tennis shoes or boots. Now this is what I find most comfortable.
Don’t get me wrong. I do believe there is appropriate dress and behavior in different situations in our daily lives. I certainly would not show up to a formal dinner in my jeans and boots. You are also not going to see me bouncing around town in a dress and heels. I’m would be very uncomfortable and I wouldn’t be me.
I’m not reinventing me. I’m rediscovering me. I’m not changing what I like, I’m discovering what I like today. You can too! Get out there try on some new styles, cut your hair maybe even color it.
Maybe it’s taking a trip some place new. Trying new foods and new cultures. Adventure! Go grab it!
Let’s move on to passions and dreams.
When was the last time you set a goal? When was the last time you tried something new?
Make your goals realistic. If I set a goal to make my bed everyday I’d fail. LOL Unless it’s a habit I’m trying to change, then it’s going to be my top goal of the day. Set one goal today. Write it down and when it’s completed cross it off and pat yourself on the back.
Why do I think you need to set goals? Because we all have passions and dreams and without goals to reach them that’s where they stay; passions and dreams. But if you set even one goal a week to reach them BAM they are now reality.
OH, you’re not sure what your dreams and passions are? Then get out there and try something new. Or try something old that you haven’t done in a long time. Rediscover what you enjoy!
It’s never too early and it’s never too late.
I started on this path of rediscovering myself as I was turning 50. When I turned 50 I decided that I was not going to be old and cranky just because my age had hit a milestone. So, I started trying new adventures, new food, and I started documenting those experiences on my social media. I became determined to achieve more the last half of my life than I had the first half.
My first half of life had not been bad at all. It was quite good. I happened into a career I loved and was passionate about. This provided me with a means to raise a healthy boy into a strong young man. I was fortunate enough to travel for my career and take my son. We have visited about 25 different states. I bought a house and a new car.
I also wanted to be more social without hitting the night life so I started selling Scentsy. Ten years later still loving it and my customers are now friends.
But at 50 I set a goal to try at least one new thing each year. So, my 50th birthday party was pole dancing. Yes, we did have fun but I discovered I could never ever be a pole dancer or walk around in heels. LOL, I tried blueberry picking and corn maze walking and both have become an annual event for me and my friend Kari. I made blueberry jam and apple butter. Both I’d do again. In fact, I’m going to grow some of my own vegetables to do more canning.
So that sets the tone for the second half of my life. What else have I achieved? I took my parents on an all-expense paid trip to Missouri while stopping at places like Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, The Grand Canyon. I went deep sea fishing and can’t wait to go for a third time.
I discovered my love for writing….yes, I am a published author. AT 56 I’m contemplating a career change. I became a licensed Realtor 3 years ago, I became a notary public 2 years ago and I’m writing like a mad crazy person. LOL
Here are a couple of links to my book if you’d like to check it out. It was written by me and illustrated by a friend who is a local artist, Jennifer LaMere, who is awesomely talented in so many ways. She’s an artist, a writer, and she has a beautiful voice.
Dream big. Take action by trying new things. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t!
I’m 56, if I can do it so can you!!
I retired from my traditional job to explore, practice, and create stories for people of all ages.