I’m mentally singing along with the Pointer Sisters (remember them?) …I’ve Got A New Attitude! I am feeling uplifted, encouraged and inspired this week, after a few weeks of allowing myself to get dragged into the doldrums. Sometimes I hear other women talking about ageism and discrimination of those who are older, and it causes me to think, perhaps my opportunities are over.This week encouragement has arrived on the fresh breezes of spring and one of the reasons I am encouraged is by watching other women soar. Women like my friend, Kelley Frost. She is an amazing woman who is an example of how we can do anything we put our minds too. After her youngest graduated and headed to college, Kelley returned to college to get her PHD. Her thesis was actually on opportunities for Women 50+ and I learned so much reading it. She has a heart to help those with mental health issues and is a counselor. However, she also had another passion deep within her.
“As a counselor, I work with clients to help them explore their passions and dreams. The questions I asked others kept coming back to me, and I realized I had another chapter in life to pursue. Returning to a childhood memory where I loved creating house floorplans, coupled with all the work I’ve done with friends over the years, motivated me to open my own store filled with things I love. My grandmother had an antiques shop, and my uncle had four furniture stores in Oklahoma; this is practically the family business! My husband gave me a James Avery charm of a wingback chair for our first wedding anniversary years ago, so I finally gave myself permission to turn a lifelong love of furniture and home décor into a business.
As an aside, I’d been thinking about this idea for several years and walked out of Paloma Blanca Restaurant in August to see a “For Lease” sign and decided to call. Not only was the leasing office my current landlord for my counseling practice, but I later found out that the brick used on the building came from the old State Mental Hospital. Those puzzle pieces showed me how much God meant for me to be there. I look forward to donating 10% of our sales to mental health causes as a means of supporting the work of great organizations in our community.”
Her store hosted a grand opening last week and I am not surprised. She has exquisite tastes and has always been a premiere hostess when overseeing events. Attending the grand opening was last week was almost like visiting a museum. Each piece selected with purpose has a story behind it. Of course, many stunning women over fifty attended the grand opening and joined with me in singing the praises of the store.
Kelley walked up behind me, and whispered, “It’s all about new chapters…right?” She gave me that all knowing smile as we had shared our dreams and visions for this second half of life. There is nothing we can’t do if we set our minds to it. Remember that. I am rejoicing over that very fact this week and facing the future in search of my new chapters.
For those in San Antonio or visiting the area, make sure you visit FROSTED HOME, 5800 Broadway, Suite 101. Is anyone else starting or considering a new chapter?
Let us know……………..and, remember to