“One must learn how to live. Not just make a living, but how to find a path of beauty in this life. We begin by knowing who we are.” Powhatan Chief Wahunsunakeh
Found this quote over 20 years ago while in High School. Something about it always captured my attention and helped refocus what was important. While I was in high school, my oldest sister learned calligraphy. She wrote this saying out and framed it for me as a graduation present. That frame traveled with me to college, to my first apartment, my first condo, stayed with me while I navigated my path of teaching in Juvenile Justice Commission. Somewhere along the way I lost that frame and my path.
My life took a drastic turn in my early 30’s. Something that scarred me worse then I realized. Mostly because I never realized how much I kept in from my earlier years too. Though it was that event in my early 30’s that knocked me off the precipice I was climbing.
Don’t misunderstand some amazing things happened in my 30’s. I met my partner, we now have two amazing kids, a home we are proud to have people come to and I found out which paths were not meant for me, no matter how hard I worked on traveling them, something always held me back. Turns out they just were not the right path of beauty!
Soon after turning 40, I started direct sales business and really working on carving out time to write in addition to my full time job and spending time with the kids. The world of direct sales is tricky, it definitely is not a passive income many tout it to be! If someone is claiming passive income, run away, it’s a scam! What it did for me was open my eyes to another path to take, one that allows me to use my renaissance style skill sets to make my path!
Don’t get me wrong opening my eyes to seeing the possibility of this path is not easy, nor is it main stream so many people in my worlds are skeptical at first. But once I show them the possibilities and run cost figures to profit in addition to explaining I am not leaving my full time income ( yet 😉 ) they come on board. Helping me navigate this path and being an amazing sounding board is another Momma and lifetime long friend, Joanna. She and I talk almost everyday, even if just sending funny meme’s to say hi. Recently we decided to read a book, Defying Gravity: A celebration of Late Blooming Women by Prill Boyle. This book helped me have some major “Ah-ha” moments. Most importantly it reminded me it’s never to late to find my path of beauty and really know who I am! For almost 10 years I tried to become what others thought I should be or what I thought others thought I am , convoluted right? Yet I was not true to myself. That is changing. #fortiesandfabulous is not just a hashtag, it’s life. To all my other Late Blooming Women. we got this and the world better watch out, we are strong, determined, and have each other’s backs!