This article is part of our #40over40 series.
This is our time! We’re stronger when we work together to lift other women up. Evolve is creating the list we've been waiting for -- the first-ever 40 Over 40 list! We're curating profiles of women who have or are in the process of reinventing their careers in their 40s, 50, 60s and beyond. We're thrilled to share these stories of reinvention - women returning to work, pivoting careers or launching new ventures!
What prompted your career reinvention? Divorce after a 34 year marriage (40 year relationship!). I did not see it at the time in the midst of the pain, but the universe did for me what I would not have done for myself.
What's the best thing about midlife career change? It's not what I planned but it's what life had planned for me. It's scary, uncomfortable, challenging, envigorating, surprising and fun all at the same time.
What's the biggest challenge? I have a unique situation in that the new phase in my career is with the same company I've been with for over 30 years, but in a totally different role. It's challenging to balance the two yet stay productive and effective at both.
What's your personal mantra or mission? Why? To live in the present and in gratitude. To not let my age define who I am and what i'm capable of doing.
Your best career advice for other women at midlife is... To believe that you can when you're told or you tell yourself that you can't. To realize that we have choices (what a concept!), and if you do make a choice and it doesn't feel right you can always change your mind. We are constantly evolving, at any age or stage of our lives.
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