Career Reinvention later in life certainly is a challenge
clothed in moments of fear and anxiety. 
Yes, there are people out there who will scoff at age…there are people
we are invisible to…and there are businesses with new financial challenges which are restructured so most of the workforce is part time with no available
benefits.
I have to dig deeper than ever before to drink from the
perseverance well.  A second interview
with Valerie Ramsey last week was certainly timely in my life.  She is someone who persevered through many
challenges and has shared all of her lessons in two books. She reminded me of
the need for humility and a willingness to start at the bottom if
necessary.  She said, “Sometimes this is
the ladder to our dream career and we learn new skills in order to achieve what
we really want. It is often necessary to look backwards in order to step
forwards.”  She is someone who began in
her late 50s to work a cash register in the Pro-Golf Shop at Pebble Beach
Resort.  It became her ladder which would
lead to her to become Public Relations and Media Manager for the resort…then to
be discovered there as a professional model at age 63 and now an author and
inspirational speaker at 75.
So, I am giving her advice a try.  While I continue to fill out resumes,
freelance write, and blog, I also started last week to work the first retail
job since I was 16!  I went to one of my
all-time favorite stores, SOFT SURROUNDINGS, and I am currently training to be
a sales associate.  We will see how I
survive…this is hard work, ladies!!  I
have a new respect for everyone who works retail!! I am attempting to spin many
plates, so it really is a one day at a time walk!  But, I know I will learn much from it and
will be writing about those lessons.
Something you MUST have when working retail, are comfortable
shoes, so I was elated when ROCKPORT sent this LAND BOULEVARD CROSS SLIDE SANDAL IN PEACOAT BLUE.  I am allowed to wear sandals at work and
these are perfect…made my tired feet very happy and look great!  Such well-constructed, beautiful shoes.

Anyone else learning about humility these days??  Would you like to share your thoughts?

I am linking up today with SHOE AND TELLMONDAY MINGLE

Find out more about Rockport sandals HERE, and links to 
Valerie’s books below!

Disclaimer:  Rockport provided me the sandals, but the words of the post are entirely my own!

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