over50feeling40: Change,, Chico's, and Curtains!
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May 24, 2015

Change,, Chico's, and Curtains!

Everything changed last week...I mean everything...and I will be blogging about this change more than once this week.  On January 23, my friend Catherine Robinson wrote these words on her blog (CASHMERE LOVER)...
"Don't you just love it when plans start to come together...plans that have been years in the making, of course, long hours, hard work, the inevitable emotional roller coaster...but you can finally see that little glimmer of where you want to be...just waiting for you.  Never give up,maybe tweak things here and there but believe in yourself and remember to enjoy yourself along the way...hard work is always rewarded...just sometimes...it takes a little longer than we had hoped for...or maybe it waits until we're ready...until we're honest with ourselves...until we love what we do and then we see our perspective on life change."
Her words really struck me, so I taped them inside of my new yearly planner...not really sure what they meant in my own life.  I always planned to teach journalism until another job or opportunity opened and I knew in my heart I was to follow it.  For most of this year, I thought I would teach at least one more season.

But, suddenly I left teaching last week.  I will write more specifics later.  The big change at this moment is that after sixteen years, I must find new employment and seek another way to generate income.

And I hope to share the entire journey with you here.  Maybe someone else needs to know...we can begin again!

I am not a teacher by profession...I am a writer, a communicator, a publicist, an editor, a marketer, and a businesswoman.  So, why not be looking for a job now?  I have drawn the curtains on one career...

But, I seem to remember another way to look at curtains....
Wasn't it Vivian Leigh in Gone With the Wind who fashioned curtains into a fabulous gown in order to find a man??  Oh, yes, and Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music took her bedroom curtains and fashioned them into children's play clothes in order to capture the hearts of the Von Trapp children!
Curtains may have closed on one ACT of my life...but I fully intend to make something new and enjoy each and every moment going forward.  I am tired and riding the emotional roller coaster, but really at the core, I am excited to see what is out there.  As Catherine said, hard work is always rewarded and I have worked hard for many years.  Let's see where it takes me!

I recently purchased THIS WAVY JACKET FROM CHICO'S on sale.  Remember Passport membership gives you extra savings and free shipping.  I really like the seams and pockets in this jacket and know I will wear it often! It will work across any season! There are still sales happening right now with great savings.  You might be amazed at some of the prices you find.

Have a fabulous week, everyone.  Keep smiling....I know I will!

Time for....
This week hosted by Barbara Hannah Gufferman of FASHION FLASH AT THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AFTER 50



  1. Pam, I know you are a smart, hard-working, determined woman, and I believe you will find success in whatever endeavors you take on. Fabulous necklace, very bold just like you!

  2. WOW! Pam, I'm SO EXCITED for you! Congratulations on this big step forward. It's going to be such a tremendous ride and I can't wait to see where it leads you. I bet you can't either!
    Looking forward to hearing more about your plans. Happy Holiday Weekend!
    Kimberly XO

  3. Wow... that is some decision. To leave teaching. I will follow your journey with great interest. I am not that courageous (yet?) but who knows? Love the necklace (as the necklace lover that Iam) and the shoes.

  4. Good luck in what ever endeavour you move onto next. I know you be a huge success in what ever you choose.

    X x

  5. First let me say - welcome to the club (officially!) and I'm sure your journey will be full of surprises and you'll have a new career before we know it. Secondly - I love the fabric of your jacket (even nicer than the curtains!) Exciting times ahead!!!

  6. I know the feeling of Big Change... the mix of anticipation and excitement with a tiny little sliver of fear... but that little bit of fear is a good motivator. You will handle whatever you decide to take on with the same aplomb as you have faced previous challenges. AND! You have a huge online cheerleading squad behind you, so go forward with strength and grace. xx

  7. Whatever caused your decision (and you said you will write more about it later), I am sure this will be the beginning of an exciting new chapter in your life, Pam. I have been reading your blog for quite some time now and I am always inspired and love your motivational posts!

    Annette | Lady of Style

  8. Congratulations Pam! How exciting! Can't wait to see where this new journey takes you...

  9. I love the analogies with curtains. I believe your professional skills as editor, writer and communicator at this time in your life will take you places you never imagined.

  10. life is never boring, is it?! Iiwill be tuning in to see where your next adventure takes you. what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. and Lord knows I love a strong woman!
    God Bless.

  11. What a wonderful quote! I have noticed, as I get older, that 'plans' are really just a suggestion... the person who can keep their plan or dream fluid, allows that plan to evolve...well, they are just happier and more easily find a new path. Best wishes on your changes!

  12. Best wishes for a bright and happy future.

  13. It's a new adventure, Pam! Can't wait to see what's in store for you next!
    P.S. My favourite 'curtain' scene is the one with Carol Burnett and her re-enactment of the Scarlett O'Hara drapery dress!

  14. Good luck to you on your new endeavor! I know you can do whatever you desire. I know because...I did it! Best wishes. :)

  15. Congratulations Pam. I know you are headed to amazing places - and I can't wait to follow along!

  16. I'm so excited for your new adventure to begin. It will be amazing!!! xoxox

  17. So excited for you Pam! Wishing you all the best in this next chapter of your life!

  18. Pam, I hope you find something that brings you great joy and allows you to spread your creative wings. You have so much to offer! Hugs, Susan

  19. I'm so happy my words resonated with you so much Pam...I'm looking forward to hearing more of your story...you have created your own 'voice' in the blogging world and I think this is only going to develop and who knows where it will take you next...it's exciting...keep your passion and soar!
    With love C xx

  20. Confession time: I am 45 and have read your blog for about two years! You captured my interest with your attitude, determination and ability to learn and grow through all kinds of life situations. You are a model of resilience and choosing joy 😎. Thank you for putting yourself out there as a mentor and friend to your blog community. Here's to you and your new chapter-the best is yet to come!

  21. Catherine's words ring so true and I am
    excited to follow this next adventure Pam!!

    The Arts by Karena
    Coco Chanel

  22. Wow, Pam, a really big life change! I can't wait to see what you do next. xx

  23. Now I have chills reading this, Pam! Wow! I am so excited for you to pursue your dreams. Can't wait to hear about the journey and the next chapter. You've done your time-a new adventure awaits. Cheers my dear friend!!
    xx, Heather

  24. Congrats for going after your dreams! Just do it as Nike would say! I tagged you in a post if you want to play along.
    Deb xo

  25. You will find the right professional match! Major change like that can be challenging and somewhat scary. Blessings to you, my friend. xoxo, Brenda

  26. Good luck with your new ventures Pam! This is the second post about curtains I have come across today. I am feeling a gentle nudge to make the curtains for my son's room that I have been procrastinating about!

  27. Wow Pam! You could knock me over with a feather. I didn't see that coming at all. I can't wait to hear the rest of the story. But either way, hugs to you and I know you will be successful in all you do!

  28. Pam, love the jacket on you too, but even more the message. I am looking forward to hearing your change. I taught for some years, then worked as a musician, now doing a blog, I think it isnever to late to do new things, grow etc.

    Thank you for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesaday!
    jess xx


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