Updated: Jan 8
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!
Introducing Julie Flynn Badal. Julie is a writer, educator, and leadership consultant who explores what it means to live well in an unwell world. Her work introduces time-tested technologies that build strong communities, encourages growth, and ushers in positive change. She's especially interested in how contemplative practice can support social and ecological transformation. What prompted your career reinvention?
A need to continue to grow and learn and use a broader spectrum of my skills.
What's the best thing about midlife career change?
I'm less concerned with presenting myself as an expert in my field, and more focused on growth, learning, and figuring out how to respond purposefully to any given condition.
What's the biggest challenge?
Creating a viable platform in a market that is saturated with others trying to create platforms.
What's your personal mantra or mission? Why?
Lately, my mantra has been to simply Live in Truth. I feel life is too short to be living inside of anyone expectations, but my own. I've come to realize that the closer I come to living in my truth, the more I can connect and relate to and be of use to others.
Your best career advice for other women at midlife is...
Support other women. Continue to connect and reach out. Believe in your worth. Identify your specific gifts. And give.