over50feeling40: Career Reinvention: Use It or Lose It!
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Aug 12, 2015

Career Reinvention: Use It or Lose It!

Since I began working retail this summer, I will leave the boutique each day, exhausted from standing 5 hours on my feet, and look up this staircase where my car waits at the top.  Use it or Lose it….this is what goes through my head each time…and what I repeat mentally to get me up those stairs.  Oh, there is a choice…the elevator doors are to the right. But, Use or Lose is the message that resonates most. If I do not bend those knees, they will gradually cease to work.

The same is of our mental capacities…Use It or Lose It.  That is why I plan to work as long as I am physically able.  I watched relatives deteriorate mentally…choosing too often to take the elevator through the end of life and mostly sit before a television.  There is always a choice.

For the last sixteen years, I have been at my desk in a high school during this week preparing for the school year….but now, I have gone from the high school hallways to the business bi-ways and for the first time decided to take a risk.

Starting a new business venture in your sixties may not make sense to many, but I have done this because I MATTER.  And here is why it makes sense to me:
1.       Life is short!  My classroom did not even have windows…it was time to see the world again.
2.       I enjoy work.  I really enjoy using my gifting every day…that is not work to me.  Remember….Use it or Lose it!
3.       If not now, probably never.  I faced the decision that if I did not take the risk, and begin my own business now, it would probably never happen.

4.       So many people yet to meet.  I loved my students, but there was a desire to meet and experience new people again.  I worked in marketing and public relations prior to teaching and to return to this world again is very comfortable for me.
5.       Growing the Blog.  This blog began to thrive five years ago and it did not make sense to put a lid on it because I was a teacher during the day…it was time to allow it to grow unhindered.
I share this with you, because there may be some considering taking risks.  You have to weigh it all from finances to lifespan and quality of life.  I am blessed to be married to a CPA who will watch all of the finances and hold me accountable.  But, he also played a huge role in encouraging me to do this.  He looked at the numbers, and said, let’s give it a try.
My largest client has a small work area for me and it is surrounded by huge windows!  It’s time to look out and see what else is happening in the world.    Why?  Because I MATTER and I desire to use it….and not lose it!

Linking up today with Midluv Linky Party


  1. I hope that Katherine's illness is not serious, Pam. Now...do tell. What is this career change of which you speak? I am catching up on blog reading and find I am way behind the times!

    1. Hi Susan, I followed your journeys this summer...what a great time! I have left the guaranteed paycheck world, and started my own business! I am a marketing and public relations consultant, freelance writer, and professional blogger...today, making the money we need and taking it one day at a time. And it is fun!

  2. Good for you, Pam! Yes, use it or lose it. I've often observed that an active engagement with life is what keeps people from deteriorating with age.

  3. You are so inspiring. I'm in a career funk, myself, have big decisions to make.

  4. Oh no I am so sorry to hear that is not well, love and prayers to her! She is always a burst of sunshine!! And of course Pam, inspiring me always!

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  5. I think it was the founder of McDonald's who said, When you're green you grow, when you're ripe you rot. Variation on use it or lose it--stay green. And keep that blog as fresh as it's been. you are my fashion guide.

  6. Ha! in the last few years I did the opposite. I quit 17 years of retail to stay at home. That's been a big change too. I blog to keep my sanity when I'm not educating my kids....which gets us out and about to a lot of places.

  7. I'm loving being a part of this journey you're on - thank you for being so open and sharing all the steps. I've owned my own businesses for over 30 years now, and it's been such a fun and rewarding journey. You go girl!

  8. I am so happy for you Pam! I hope you soar as high and take the business world by storm!

  9. Congratulations and best of everything to you, Pam! Exciting developments are ahead. xox

  10. Yay Pam! You're awesome. You're a fabulous writer and I'm glad yiou made this choice!

  11. Lovely message, Pam! I've been contemplating a career change for some time now. I know what I am meant to do will come to me clearly--when it's meant to. Thanks for hosting this link up, T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  12. You go girl! I love that we're finding this stage of life so empowering and freeing! ~ Leanne

  13. Pam good luck and so sorry to hear of Katherine's illness. Hope she will get better soon! Sending love. Oh, yes career changes: things will lead you where they are meant to be. I started off as a publicist, went on to train as a yoga instructor, teach English now and am back to working as a fashionblogger and publicist. So good luck! Sabina | Oceanblue Style

  14. Cheers to you, Pam! I'm excited for you as you take the next steps in following your dreams. It really sounds like so many pieces are falling into place. I have returned to my position as a school psychologist this week-but enjoyed every minute of my beautiful 7 week summer vacation. I will continue to make the most of my creative/entrepreneurial endeavors on my Fridays off. Thank you for sharing your journey into this next phase of life--we are cheering you on!
    xx, Heather

  15. Pam, this is so brilliant! I love how you are sharing your journey and leading by example that it's never too late and that you matter! I would love it if you added this to my linky as well. Everyone needs to read this!

  16. Pam, this is so wonderful. Thank you for sharing your journey and leading by example that it is never too late and that you matter. I would love it if you would add this to my linky as well. Everyone needs to read this!

  17. Hi Pam,

    "Use it or lose it"...such a great reminder. I appreciate how you are now using your new experiences to encourage other women by example. Stopping over from #midlifeluv


  18. Starting a business does feel like a leap - I started mine 5 years ago! But I love it, love the people I've met, worked with, and am grateful for all I've learned. Sorry to hear Katherine isn't feeling well :( Wishing you all good things with the new venture!

  19. A classroom without windows? Oh, horror! I don't think I could have survived that either.

  20. I can totally relate Pam. I was laid off from my job of 18 years this summer and I am trying to blog and do social media management full time. It is very scary, especially since it's just me!


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