Career Reinvention: Entering New Phase + The Blog Hop!

2016 is in full swing and for me brings many new challenges with the career reinvention.  This is my first year completely on my own with self-employment, and I am constantly learning and tweaking.  When you dive into something new after age sixty, there has to be a huge learning curve…

1. Flexibility…it is a must.  I have to be willing to do a variety of different jobs and not attempt to shove it all into one small box.
2. Perseverance…the year started with small surgery, and taxes due.  But, I must keep going on…
3. One day At A Time…If I only concentrate on making this one day successful, then I don’t worry about the future and get discouraged.

4. Focus…while flexibility is important, I must also make sure I focus on my business, strengths, and experience.  I cannot allow myself to chase rabbits on other trails and which might cause the main business to suffer. I also need to focus on learning more and staying educated.
5. Family…Now that the business is ME, I have to make sure I shut it down every day (physically and mentally) and give my family priority time.  I cannot allow those relationships to suffer in the pursuit of financial security.

Finally, I must be frugal and wise with fashion choices.  I may be self employed and currently working mostly at home, but, I still want to dress well every day because no one knows what the day will bring.  I found this Chico’s jacket at a wonderful re-sale shop in our area called CLOTHES MENTOR. All other pieces have been in my wardrobe for a while. One great piece purchased from re-sale/consignment can keep the wardrobe fresh for less.

I hope to encourage more of you that career reinvention is possible later in life…not necessarily easy, but possible.  Now, please go enjoy the wonderful blogs of the Thursday Blog Hop!!

Enjoy each moment of this day!
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  1. That's a great little jacket, Pam. I think it will look good with jeans and your other pants too. Agree that prioritizing is SO important. It's so easy to just keep working, working, working, but we all need some family and down time too!

  2. I am like you. Career reinvention at age 57 as a blogger, writer & speaker working from home. It is a challenge to,shut it down at night! I love your blog & your wisdom & your style.

  3. I do enjoy your prospective on life. I am new to the blogging world, so it is sometimes all consuming. I still work full time, so when I come home it is like I am starting my 2nd job. I need to find a happy medium to balance everything. Thanks for the encouragement.

    1. For five years I came home from teaching high school to work long hours on the blogging and learning about it. It is hard to find a balance when doing that…you just have to persevere and make downtime part of your priorities…I confess when working too jobs it was much, much harder. Hang in there…you can do it!

  4. Pam, your post could not have come at a better time! I too am in the process of reinventing my career and life. I was laid off from my job at the end of October and for the first time in my life I am having trouble finding a job. I am working on starting a social media management business but it's been slow going. Mostly because I am also still trying to find a job and I'm scared of failure. Your words were so inspiring for me! Thank you!

    1. I have felt every single feeling you are expressing here. I have had to be flexible and be willing to work where I can find it while doing the work I love. That's why I tell people I am currently a jack of all trades because I will work a little retail, do a little marketing consulting, coach public speakers, write, and blog all at the same time. One day at a time…the bills are currently paid. Try not to let your fears consume…focus more on possibilities!

    1. I hope so Barbara…it is a journey with victories and challenges. Learning to be self employed over 60 takes constant encouragement…I just try not to focus on the problems. I am having fun though!

  5. You are a brave one- very courageous, I believe. That aside, I love your outfit- the key is the jacket, but the basics of good tights and shoes that you can wear with everything are key too! Keep on, keepin' on!

  6. I found your blog by fluke and I am so glad I did Pam. I really love this post. It doesn't matter what age you are when you reinvent yourself, what matters is that you can, you will and you did. I love your outfit and makeup! You look smashing and you definitely have a new follower! All the best.

    1. Thanks Erica…welcome…hope you will be here often. I took the plunge so brave, stupid or not…I am in this to win this (heard that before) and hope to encourage others. Thanks for the kind words!

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