over50feeling40: Career Reinvention Requires Flexibility
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Jun 19, 2015

Career Reinvention Requires Flexibility

Yes, it's fabulous Friday!  Hope your week was a good one. On Monday, I discussed how the journey toward a job change has required humility, credibility, and a teachable spirit. Plus, I learned a lot about the world of retail this week.  For example,
I now know what a Henry clothing hangar is...how to wax a bar...why you need two pair of shoes for a five hours shift...and the importance of moving garments around.  I have also learned that I am a wimp...these workers are amazing with their stamina!
I am also learning how to be flexible with my schedule.  My life was fairly set for the last sixteen years, and now I am having to learn to bend to a part time retail job, freelance writing deadlines, job interviews, the gym, and the needs of family.  It can be tricky and I confess to occasional frustration when the schedule is changed up without warning.  

But, you know, that is also what keeps life interesting and fun.  I always loved journalism, because it is not the same every day.  

Humility, flexibility,credibility, and a teachable spirit all make up my current walk toward a new career.  It is important for me to do all of them with a joyful, hopeful heart.

This is the second of two dresses I bought recently at MARSHALLS because I just want to wear dresses again after a long hiatus.  I love the color palette, and the knit is so comfy and cool in this PHILOSOPHY REPUBLIC CLOTHING dress.  It is a sleeveless dress so I paired it with a JJILL cardigan...the necklace is CHICOS....the shoes are LUCKY BRAND FLATS from Macys. (all of those purchases in the last two years)  

Any big plans, or life lessons you would like to share with us??  I do so appreciate you coming by each day.

Also, read about me today on ELEGANTLY DRESSED AND STYLISH!!  In the interview, Jessica asked me to tell her something I had not written about on the blog...click on the link and see what it is!  

Now, have a fabulous Friday!



  1. You look terrific in your dress, Pam! Great legs... :-) I've worked retail in the past, and they were among the most difficult jobs I've ever had, so kudos to you for taking that on.

  2. Pam your life sounds so interesting (and hectic) at the time being - I'm really enjoying following your journey and your interesting stops along the way - I hope you get to buy some more great clothes at a good discount where you're working!

  3. ahhh the plans.
    Im in the midst of trying to reinvent my career in a sense and here that feels as though it would be LOSING flexiblilty
    and yet?
    I need to be FLEXIBLE to lose the FLEXIBLE :-)

  4. Great post Pam - positive and pleasant! love the outfit and no doubt, comfy shoes are a must when you stand all day!! ps-loved the interview too! Annie Get Your Gun is a classic!!

  5. It sounds interesting all the things you've learned, I would have been lost. Your shoes are so cute, you look wonderful :) xx

  6. You look beautiful and your positivity is so inspiring. XOXO

  7. I love that dress! The length and neckline are spot-on for my preferences.

  8. Like the dress. It looks very soft, fluid and flattering.

  9. I love the dress and that color palette too.
    I recently went back to work after working from home for many years on my own terms. It took a few weeks to get use to being on my feet and the busing and walking added. But I feel like I have even more energy now. I bet you're having fun!

  10. I really like the ballet flats...very cute! Thanks for adding to the #funsummerfinds linkup!


  11. The necklace was the first thing that caught my eye! That's quite a piece! Hang in there... :)

  12. I really like that outfit. Congratulations on your job! I'm sure it's hard work. I have an interview tomorrow for a retail job.

  13. You look great in a dress :) I absolutely love and admire your approach to your new situation. Wish you all the best in creating your new career. My sister worked in retail for many years and I know from her experience how hard it can be.

    Have a great weekend!

    Alex - Funky Jungle

  14. Love the outfit! Good attitude to have for a new career! Wishing you great success! Thank you for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!


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