over50feeling40: My Gift From the Inspiring DVF
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Oct 17, 2015

My Gift From the Inspiring DVF

Toward the end of 2013, I began to desire a return to the professional world and an exit from education.  It took me over a year to actually plunge as I wrestled with my age and wondered just how much of a deterrent it would be.  A few months later, Diane von Furstenberg released her book, THE WOMAN I WANTED TO BE  So much of the book resonated with me as she is a woman who has faced, persevered, and overcome through many trials and circumstances.
Here are a few of her quotes on aging which I underlined at the time:
“Things got better when I hit 50.  I went back to work, creating a new studio environment and repositioning my brand….I embraced my age and my life.  It was the beginning of the age of fulfillment, which continues…To embrace your age is to embrace your life…What is important is to live fully every single day of every period of every age, so that no time gets wasted. Because the time goes by, faster and faster.”
I confess there were many voices in my head when I decided to work for myself at age 62, and DVF was one of them.  Which brings me to last week.  Working as an independent contractor is not easy.  I absolutely love it and believe I have the skills to do many types of jobs; however, the financial concerns are real and sometimes feel overwhelming.
It was that cloudy, overwhelming feeling I carried with me when I went to work last Thursday.  The day ended at SAKS FIFTH AVENUE with the event I wrote about HERE.  At the end of the DVF Fashion Show, one of her New York representatives, Lauren Brunwasser drew two names out of a bowl for special door prizes …and I was one of those names.

I won this gorgeous DVF clutch…and it means the world to me.  Once again, DVF gave me encouragement to carry on and persevere…though she knows nothing about this.  But, it was a day I needed a smile and now will carry that smile with me as I remember her words:
“Clearly confidence is everything.  Confidence makes us beautiful, and it comes from accepting yourself.  The moment you accept yourself, it makes everything better.”


Thanks, Diane.


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17 comments:

  1. I read her book a couple weeks ago. She is a fascinating woman, her own woman, and I admire that so much. I"m also a fan of her TV show. I love that she is a senior citizen alive and accomplishing still.
    Carol
    http://carolcassara.com/ignorance/

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    1. I love her TV show as well and love to see how she interacts with these ladies from a business standpoint! I am ready to be the first over 50 intern!!

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  2. A clear reminder for you to continue in your new direction.

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    1. I plan on it, Glenda. It is a one day at a time focus and challenge...but I have hope!

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  3. I've been a fan of DVF for quite a number of years - I guess when the wrap dress first became popular. She is so inspiring and I love to watch her on her tv show as she tries to find a DVF Brand Ambassador.

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    1. I know, Gail. It is fun to see how she handles these fiesty young ladies. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Well , i think then it was meant to be for you to win that bag! I love her wrapdresses and think she is a beautiful women!
    www.de.com

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    1. I felt like it was just the encouragement I needed at the right moment! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I just wrote about this book on my latest blog post (where I was recommending some of my favorite/inspiring but unusal book recommendations for blogger ;-)

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    1. I really like the book! I underlined so many quotes! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Your journey is so inspiring Pam - like Diane's. I saw her discuss her book in NYC last trip and she was stunning as well as smart. See you later at Vis Mon!

    PS thanks for the offer on the C serum, I ordered it and can't wait to use.

    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. I would love to see her speak...for now, I love the purse! But seeing her is my next goal! Thanks Patti!

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  7. (((Pam)))

    don't ever forget that you have more friends and more fans than you will ever know...
    Janice

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    1. I so appreciate your kind words, Janice...you are a friend!

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  8. Thank goodness for the internet. :) So many of us are in this over-50 journey and need to know we're not alone. I just found your blog and it was so great to read your story. I quit my corporate job when I was 52 to run my own business and I've never looked back. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. So happy you are here, Theresa! Would love to hear more of your story. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I must read her book, I love DVF. I just turned 5o last month and am loving it! Congratulations on your win!

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