over50feeling40: 2016...Boldness, Perseverance, and Wisdom
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Jan 1, 2016

2016...Boldness, Perseverance, and Wisdom


I celebrate with great apprehension.  2015 was an amazing year for me…noteworthy in so many ways…Can't imagine it could get better, but hopefully 2016 holds more...

I began the year HERE with a declaration of COURAGE, and opportunities to step out in courage began immediately.  Just three weeks from the official resolve to be more courageous, I was asked to fly to LA and be part of a national campaign for Walmart and Depend.  It was a surreal experience.  You might ask why did it require courage?  Well, I confess I am not the best person to have next to you on a plane…not a fan of flying.  Also, it does take some courage to go public with a struggle like incontinence.   But, I would not have missed this for the world.
Next, I flew into Nashville just after one of the worst ice storms to hit the state; and, again, I would face one of my most significant experiences as an attendee and speaker at the first Bloggers of Midlife Conference (BAM).  I learned skills there and made relationships which would take my blogging to another level. 
As I entered spring, I fully believed I would teach high school journalism for another year (that would have been my 19th year in private education)…but certain wording in a new contract made the decision for me.  It was time to have courage and do something new.  The voices in my head kept saying…You are in your sixties…Time is up…you must have a guaranteed paycheck…no one will take you seriously…However, my husband gave me the determination to be courageous when he read the contract and said, “You can’t sign this.  If not now, (to see if you can make self-employment work), then never…now is the time.”

In June, I walked into a new world.  A world where the paycheck does not come on the first and the fifteenth…where my husband’s paycheck is now less since I had to be added to his insurance…where I never really know what is around the bend.  But, I will say, since I began, there have been new brands to work with on a regular basis…a new business relationship with a wonderful blogger has come my way…I had an incredible client to work with as a marketing consultant for three months…I have joined the staff of a successful local magazine publisher… wrote for the Huffington Post..ventured into Pinterest and touched upon video, attempted Blab, was active with the San Antonio Fashion Society, interviewed some amazing people, and continued to extol I MATTER and, so far…knock on that wood…the bills have been paid!  I was MC for a Goodwill Fashion Show and MC for an online talk with a female OB/GYN about incontinence...kind of a strange theme going here!  I was a speaker for our local Newcomer's Group.
(last pic I am interviewing the legendary Fern Mallis, Creator of New York Fashion Week!)

If you are a fan of Gilmore Girls, you will understand when I say that I am KURT.  The guy who shows up in town in a variety of places with a different job every episode.  What will the writers write for me today?
Those are the highlights…of course, the year had its challenges and downs as well as ups.  Leaving co-workers and students at my school was not easy and there was a grief period.   But, all in all, I did begin again and I have been able to light a fire under my desire to write more and to work in publishing and marketing.  It just took courage, determination and diligence.
So, I face 2016 with this in mind:
1.        I must resolve to be BOLD and step out into new opportunities when they arrive. Courage is important, but boldness takes more…a combination of courage, confidence and determination.
2.       I must resolve to PERSEVERE.  Unfortunately, I will begin this new year, next week with surgery which is followed by a 7-10 day recovery period.  I cannot allow the costs or the recovery to discourage me. Also, the age discrimination-thing in the marketplace is real.  I just choose to bulldoze my way around it and not get discouraged. But Press On...
3.       I must resolve to be WISE.  While I said yes to many opportunities last year, I said no, more often.  I must continue to be wise for the sake of my own brand and for the sake of my family finances.  I cannot ask too much of my husband when we still need my income. That means moment to moment wise contemplation of what I am doing.
Do I still believe I can do this?  Face something new each day and bring in income?  You bet…I resolve to be FIERCE, CONFIDENT, JOYFUL, and STRONG!  I wish that for all of you! 
I saw this sign in a store recently and it fits me perfectly...should have bought it...but a picture works just as well!
Happy 2016!  Here We Go!

22 comments:

  1. Cheering you on! I love how brave & full of joy you are. Would love to interview you or have you guest post on my blog. You inspire me. Cathy@mysideof50.com!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy! Just email me at over50feeling40@gmail.com!!

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  2. Pam, I know you have the strength, courage, wisdom, perseverance and determination to make 2016 a great year. Happy New Year to you!!

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    1. Thank you, Susan! I think it will be a significant, wonderful year for all of us!

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  3. Happy New Year! You've got this and 2016 is gonna "rock your socks off"

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  4. Those are great, empowering words and I look forward to seeing how you use them in 2016! Good luck with the surgery. Sending out lots of positive thoughts!

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    1. Thank you, Lois...I appreciate the encouraging words.

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  5. Wow! 2015 WAS amazing for you. Cheers to 2016 and all it will bring!

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    1. It was such a great year and I am very thankful! I do hope 2016 holds even more fun! Thanks Jacqueline!

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  6. Happy New Year! I enjoyed reading about your past year's adventures and your successes. (I should borrow some of your words for 2016 myself.) Hoping 2016 holds more for you!
    Mary Lou

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    1. Thank you Mary Lou...may 2016 be great for you as well...these are powerful words for any of us to aspire to.

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  7. I've been away for a bit, but I couldn't wait to see what you were up to. Happy New Year and may the journey be filled with all that you could ever imagine.
    Barbara@www.allmylivesnow.com

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    1. Welcome back, Barbara! Happy New Year to you as well..may it be full of lots of joy and smiles!

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  8. Happy New Year! I love your words for 2016 and I'm sure they will serve you well.

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  9. What a lovely lovely summary article. I read so much of your path this year and it's fun to see it all in one place. My year was painful on many levels. Not sure I will summarize but hope to have a great 2016! Many blessings Pam!

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    1. Shelley, I am so sorry to hear that last year was difficult...but you are such an amazing, diligent, creative woman that I am certain 2016 will be better and hopefully full of joy. You are an encouragement to so many...never forget that!

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  10. Pam you have been such an inspiration to me over the last 12 months and it's been really good fun watching you blossom in fulfilling your dream. 2016 will certainly have its challenges but I think you are well and truly ready to tackle them head on (and I'll be cheering in the sidelines!)

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    1. I need all the cheerleaders I can get...my husband has set a high bar for me this year...we will see if I hit it. Thanks so much for the encouragement, Leanne!

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  11. Pam - you are an inspiration. Keep it up and I hope you sail through your surgery and recovery.

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  12. My dear I salute you. Reading this post, it makes me realize how brave you are. How much more brave than I am. You venture into such amazing projects. You have so many new experiences. That is what I call living ! You deserve a medal. I think you are an example to all of us.
    Greetje

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