“Never let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.”
I do. in fact, it’s the reason my blog exists. Let me explain a little.Our culture elevates success and influence and paints a bright picture of the accomplished, purposeful woman. It paints in broad stokes a young, attractive woman who easily and efficiently balances both professional and family life.Do you fit the image? I certainly don’t! Success is something that I’ve rarely thought about much less pursued and life balance continues to elude me.
My life choices have been simple: a teaching career, tutoring, marriage and family, children and homeschooling, a small business and family ministry. My life has been a whirl of activities, busyness, learning and growing, and building fun memories.But my children are now grown and I have 8 wonderful grandkids. I have retired from teaching to care for my disabled husband who has struggled for many years with Parkinson’s Disease.Society’s standards would judge that the best of my life is behind me. But I disagree… strenuously.
I don’t believe my life’s purpose and direction has ended, or indeed anyone else’s in similar circumstances.I also believe this is our challenge today. Attitudes need to change. Society should be flexible enough to allow women like us to redefine success, influence and purpose.
I believe that thousands of women like me are looking ahead to the second half of life and questioning, ‘What’s ahead? What’s to come?’
The same holds true for you, too. Your best can still be yet to come. And… this is my biggest challenge. I’m discovering new and exciting ways to share ideas, fun and small moments that are filled with enormous potential for building lasting influence and creating an enduring legacy.
What’s next for me? Well, to start with, I’m learning new skills for this blog to help me share effectively, like photography, graphics, and creating visual online presentations. And I’m enjoying it.
I’m also enjoying sharing and connecting with you here and on social media- another learning curve.