over50feeling40: Career Reinvention: Meeting Powerhouse Women and Learning Lessons
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Sep 13, 2015

Career Reinvention: Meeting Powerhouse Women and Learning Lessons

Hope all of you are enjoying a little touch of autumn this September day. I just came in from sitting with my grandbaby boy on the patio to watch the sunrise.  It was precious.  Now, I am learning to adjust daily to a new life as an active professional and small business owner.  It means learning to prepare for chance encounters on a daily basis.
Last Friday, my calendar showed I was to weigh-in, and run a few needed errands (after working at home on projects).  On paper, it appeared to be a casual day.  I am like everyone else who weighs in weekly in a weight loss program, I dress as light as possible!  I did not leave the house looking awful…just very casual, in lightweight capris and sandals.  Thank goodness I had it somewhat pulled together with a nice top and scarf.

One of my errands was to stop by the local magazine I now write for, SAN ANTONIO WOMAN, and pick up something.  However, much to my surprise this led to a meeting with the publisher and lunch with a powerhouse woman doctor, Lillian Chou, who runs one of our best cancer centers, AURORA CANCER CENTER.

 Working for this magazine has opened so many new opportunities to meet impressive women doing significant work.  Dr. Chou not only is making a difference in medical circles, but she also has a passion for edible, organic gardening and Farm to Table restaurants. She had me eating flowers in her garden I would never think to pop in my mouth… have you ever tasted a rose?  Raised as one of seven in Taiwan, she farmed from a young age and still loves it today at age 60.

If I had known this luncheon would be on my calendar, I would have dressed much differently I would have worn something I felt very confident in and which I believed communicates …a professional, creative, strong, woman.  Perhaps similar to this outfit I am wearing today.

My family said, YOU LOOKED FINE.  Fine is not enough for me when building a business and seeking a professional reputation on a new career path.  From now on, I will make sure during the work week, I look better than fine and also, prepare for the unexpected!
What’s on your calendar this week?


BIG BUDDHA BAG...this is a great business bag...beautiful, creative, and easily carries my papers, and tablet...they sent this to me for review!  Sorry it isn't stuffed for the picture!
Statement Necklace recently purchased at a jewelry table display for aChamber of Commerce luncheon

Leopard Flats by Rampage (older and originally purchased at ROSS)

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Have a wonderful Monday, everyone!


  1. Lovely, Pam! You have such a glow. xo

  2. That jacket is a gorgeous color on you, Pam! You always look pulled together so I'm sure you did look fine, but I agree that making an effort to dress in a way that conveys confidence and competence is never a bad idea.

  3. Oooooo lovely! That necklace was just MADE for you. xx

  4. Love this outfit! This is your blue!

  5. You amaze me and inspire me every single time I visit! Thank you Pam!!

    The Arts by Karena
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  6. I think you always look lovely! This outfit is so pretty - love the necklace.

  7. I ate rose flavoured ice cream when I lived in Japan!

    Elaine @ Following Augustine

  8. I love this. Your jacket is a stunning colour. Your statement necklace is eye catching, and your handbag is lovely, the perfect size for work!

  9. I'm sure you looked lovely and I do love the blue of that jacket. I think your confidence would take any outfit to the next level - you obviously impressed them enough to take you out to lunch!

  10. How funny, Pam ... I was just sitting here thinking about what to wear today and feeling like being lazy and sloppy ... and now I'm inspired to dress up a bit! You never know what the day holds! Excited for you and your new professional adventure! Love this outfit ... what a stunning necklace and fab bag!

    Dawn Lucy

  11. Thanks for the perspective for this Quilt Artist with a home studio but has unexpected encournters as well.

  12. You looked great, I love the jacket and shoes, beautifull. Thanks for linking up at the Thursday Favorite Things. Hope to see you next week!

  13. My beautiful friend I am sure your family is right about you looking just fine. Please know that the women you meet are impressed and drawn to you for your wonderful personalty and knowledge.Thank you for sharing at the hop. Watch for your feature on Monday


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