There are many motivational quotes out there…enough to fill shelves of self-help books.  But this one is my current favorite.
Eleven years ago, I began a midlife reinvention.  4 ½ years ago I began a blog.   Today, I begin a new chapter.  I hope this journey is one that motivates many of you.  You can begin again.  You can go from the frumpy to the fabulous… from exhaustion to exhilaration.  You can go from invisible to visible…from defeat to strength and from one career to a new.   And yes this can all happen after age 50.  I know.  I have been in all of these places.

Today, I will be flying from Texas to LA.  Not as easy for me as it once was.  During my budding career after college, I flew constantly and thought nothing of it.  As a mother and grandmother, I now struggle with fear…I honestly think it comes from watching too much news…which I do all day as a journalism teacher. By the way, I turned off that video yesterday from Taiwan..just had to turn off  all of the news.

 It was refreshing to me to read the opening Letter from the Editor – in – Chief, Lesley Jane Seymore,of MORE MAGAZINE.  She confessed to a fear of flying. She wrote in the February issue, ” As I have mentioned, I am not a happy flier. I am a triple type A personality with trust issues, and I hate placing my life in the hands of an anonymous person;however soothing his voice is on the intercom.”  Nice to know I am not alone, Lesley. 

But, I knew in my heart of hearts, this was a big year for me.  It would be a year which required much courage.  So, here I am boarding a plane.  I have been selected for a national ad campaign and will be at the photo shoot over the next three days.  Go figure…they picked me (and two other bloggers).  This mild mannered high school teacher, known as Gigi to her grandchildren is going to be a model at age 61!  Who knew this was possible! 
When I began my reinvention journey, I did not know where it was headed and still really do not exactly know.  But I do know it is fun. There have been so many obstacles, and scoffers, and I have made many, many mistakes as I struggle with technology and to balance several fronts so late in life.  But, with hard work, just about anything is possible….and I have been willing to work hard.  My goal is simple…to inspire women to feel and look their best; and to pursue dreams after 50.  I knew it would take daily posting in order to build an audience, and have honest discussions.  My love of writing and reporting spurred me on.  

Why am I facing my fears head on and not just staying at home and living my little life?  Because I MATTER…and I hope many of you will face your fears and go forward as well.  Do not listen to those naggy voices which say YOU CAN’T…with hard work, there are no limits.

My online friend, Catherine Robinson, recently wrote this on her blog, CASHMERE LOVER, Don’t you just love it when plans start to come together…plans that have been years in the making, of course, long hours, hard work, the inevitable emotional roller coaster…but you can finally see that little glimmer of where you want to be…just waiting for you. Never give up, maybe tweak things here and there but believe in yourself and remember to enjoy yourself along the way…hard work is always rewarded…just sometimes it takes a little longer than we had hoped… or maybe it waits until we’re ready…until we’re honest with ourselves…until we love what we do and then we see our perspective on life change.”  (I believe this posting was for me!)
What fears are you ready to see in your rear view mirror?  Tell us, then go enjoy the blogs of Katie’s Favorite Things Blog Hop! And please remember, not to just hop on, but read and comment on a few others so that the hop experience will be a good one for all of us!

Have a wonderful day no matter where you are!!
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Photo of Lesley Jane Seymore taken by Ari Michelson/MORE Magazine

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