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While it was just a TV show, that little speech at the beginning of the original Star Trek show really did do a good job of capturing our feelings about space. It is those feelings that drive our love of astronomy and our desire to learn more and more about it.
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My personal adventure began in 1991, when I was going through a challenging time in my career. I finally admitted to myself that on some level I was not truly happy in my position as an assistant high school principal; a position that I had fought to achieve and through which I had received much recognition.
My position didn’t allow me to tap into my creativity, my unique gifts, values, or personality. I had to choose between a great salary – or my life. I wasn’t happy and I knew I needed to take a leap of faith. Feeling stifled, restless, empty and increasingly disenchanted, I opted for early retirement. I was nervous walking away from a great income, but my life and happiness were more important. I knew in my gut that I was meant for a bigger calling and greater impact that would make a difference in the world – but what?
What would this next chapter look like? I had no idea.
Fortunately, my life has been all about reinvention – and it hasn’t been a smooth ride. From figuring out how to re-sew school uniforms as a 12 year old to make them look new since I grew up with little money in St. Vincent to arriving in America at age 19 with no money, no car and no clue how to get a higher education, I learned to never give up and to be creative about how to arrive at my destination.
Another reinvention occurred when after 12 years of marriage and three daughters under the age of 10, I was faced with a divorce and became a single mother with no child support. For decades, I blamed my ex-husband for everything - the struggle to support three kids on a small salary, to feed and clothe them, to figure out house repairs and how pay for their college educations. Decades later, I was able to re-evaluate my life see the gifts that my struggle brought me. I reminded myself that the people who hurt us, help shape our whole future. If I was going to blame him for all the “bad” things that happened, I had to blame him for the “good” too.
I realized my drive, my determination, my willingness to fight to be all I could be was because of my divorce. It was my struggle that made me who I am – an extraordinary and the successful woman who emerged from the storm with a new vision for my life.
After recalling my ability to reinvent myself in the early days of my early retirement, my calling soon became evident. I was moved by a research study by AAUW (American Association of University Women) called “Why so few women are in science, technology, engineering & math (STEM).” A light bulb went off. I decided to join the movement to help close the gender gap in the sciences. I found my purpose and passion and realized that all of my previous training as a teacher, counselor, and administrator had exactly prepared me for this second career. So I founded Saturday Academy to empower young girls to blaze their own path in STEAM fields and my efforts have since been recognized and featured in CBS and honored with Community Innovation & Leadership Award. The biggest recognition of my work was the AARP Purpose Prize award. More importantly, approximately 40,000 elementary, middle and high school girls have gone through our programs and are better prepared to meet 21st century challenges.
Retired educator still helps girls with her nonprofit, Amazing Girls Science
Acts looks at the varied paths peoploe are taking in their 50's and beyond. I was one of the features articles in this section.
As my retired colleagues started seeking my advice on how to stay so alive and vibrant, I began helping Women over 60 reinvent themselves and discover how they can unlock their personal treasure chests of experience, skills, and wisdom. Suddenly I was leading a movement to re-fire, not retire! I watched with delight as these amazing women pressed the reset button and started living a life of no regrets and looked forward to creating an exciting, compelling future.
Over the years of working with hundreds of women, I’ve developed a reputation for teaching things “action-by-action,” not just “step by step” and to teach how I’ve personally reinvented myself multiple times in the last 7 decades of my life.
So if you’re here to feel confident about this “second half” of your life…
If you’re ready to take your big stand to live with more purpose, passion and a zest for life…
Then let’s take REAL, momentum-building action steps for reinventing a life you will love together.
“If You Want To Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want To Go Far, Go Together.” – African Proverb You DO NOT have to do it alone. You don’t have to go it alone. It is a strength to be able to ask for help on your journey.
Discover And Cultivate Your StrengthsIdentifying and paying attention to our strengths can unlock the door to a more fun, energetic and successful life. Focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses. Do what you do best and what you love to do.Your Values are Your Foundation To build a fulfilling life, you must discover your values and use these as a foundation so you can make better choices, honor your true self, and direct your life toward new opportunities.Gratitude: Live Your Life as a Thank you Imagine living as if each day were a gift. Studies show that gratitude is a key component for personal happiness. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude goes beyond giving thanks on holidays or for gifts. Have an attitude of gratitude - stop focusing on what you don’t have, and start focusing on what you do have. Celebrate every day. Give BackPeople who give back by volunteering or participating in their community choose hope over despair, optimism over cynicism, and crying over indifference. By serving others, they often report that the biggest beneficiaries of their charitable activities are themselves! Live a Purpose-Driven Life People often climb to the top of the mountain only to discover that they’ve climbed the wrong mountain. Don’t want to end up at the top of the wrong mountain? The key to getting to the right place is to know, fundamentally, who you are and what your life’s purpose is. It’s Okay to Just “Be”You don't need to become anyone, you don’t need to achieve anything; it’s ok to “be.” There’s nothing more powerful than being fully and authentically YOU. Your greatest contribution to the world is simply being you. Fully, without shame or embarrassment…and definitely without holding back. Self-Care is a MUST Make self-care a priority in your life. When you begin putting yourself first, you will have more energy, feel better about yourself, and enjoy better health. Taking care of yourself should be your #1 priority. Dream Big Whether you already do or if you’re ready to step into that place, I invite you to think of a dream that will be a gift to the world — a dream that truly will touch, inspire, impact, and maybe even create a legacy open to the bigger dream. Believe in Yourself Our beliefs are our own opinions and judgments or the opinions and judgments we’ve inherited from others. But, for some strange reason, we often seem to forget we can choose them. In any given moment and in any given circumstance, we choose what we believe. If we choose a positive belief, we will move forward on our dreams. If we choose a limiting belief, then we simply won’t. This is how we get stuck and sabotage our goals. Lifelong Learning Is The Fountain Of Life The greatest keys to the fountain of youth is learning – what would you be inspired to learn in this new phase? Let’s discover it together. So what are you waiting for? We’ve got places to go, people to see and a powerful impact to make on this planet of ours. Let’s join forces together – and have a blast while we’re at it! THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE CAN BE THE BEST HALF.I HAVE NO DOUBT.
I AM LIVING IT AND PLANNING IT AND DISCOVERING IT. If I can do it, so can you. If you resonate with my story and are ready to re-fire, please contact me to schedule your complimentary, 30-minute consultation to discuss how we can unlock your stumbling blocks and free your spirit to soar!
INSPIRING AND SUPPORTING women over 60 to create the freedom-based lifestyle of their dreams, change lives, and make a difference in their next chapter. It’s time to refire and reinvent ourselves towards making their greatest life contributions!
NURTURING retired women to develop a purpose-driven life of your design, one that speaks your truth, helps change lives, and reflects your innermost desires and passions.
CUSTOM-CRAFTING irresistible experiential exercises to help women over 60 live boldly, vibrantly, and passionately. And, most importantly, to have fun doing it!
TAKING courageous, audacious action to use your voice, talents, and resources to make a difference on the planet.
GIVING BACK to the world by actively pursuing a cause you are passionate about.
FOCUSING on authenticity by seeing and living who you really are and by using those gifts that are exclusively yours.
DISCOVERING new possibilities by re-firing, reinventing and re-imaging your next chapter.
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