Finding Your Passion

Discover a Whole New You!

I was thinking this morning about my own employment history, and I performed a variety of jobs. Most were in the clerical field as a receptionist or typist, and it was a way to keep a roof over my head and the bill collectors off my back. Most of the jobs were not that enjoyable with the exceptions of working at a mortuary and a temp job where I tied ribbons on candied apples. We dressed in Wizard of Oz costumes, carried a small dog dressed like Toto, and went from office to office passing out these Halloween treats.

I was just grateful to have a job, but now people are thinking more outside the box, and want to work at something they are passionate about.  Here are four benefits of finding your passion:

Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

You probably have a set routine every day, but now you’ll need to be open to new opportunities and possibilities that may send you in a different direction. This is a deal-breaker for some people who decide it’s easier to stay where they are instead of trying something that may not work.

Improved Mental Health

Nothing saps your energy quicker than working a soul-sucking job in which you feel trapped. However, the excitement of finding that special passion can make you feel more energetic.  You may have to continue working at your job for a while, but now you may have new opportunities on the horizon.

Learning More About Yourself

As a life coach, I am continually amazed that so many clients don’t know what they want out of life. There are many helpful tools out there such as passion quizzes, aptitude tests, and making a list of your strong interests to see what motivates you.

Meeting Others on the Same Journey

As I have pursued my passion of writing, I have connected with others who are on the same journey. There are some people who have always known what they are passionate about, but the majority are just like you and me. It takes a voyage of self-discovery which may include prayer, a willingness to experiment, and some good old-fashioned patience.

The journey to finding your passion may be a long one and you may feel like it is never going to happen, but don’t give up. What is waiting for you on the other side will be well worth it.

4 Mistakes Women After 50 Make

Thankfully They're Easy to Fix!

Getting older doesn’t have to suck. You may get to retire, do some traveling, or volunteer with your favorite charity. Gone are the days when you had to rise at the crack of dawn, commute in heavy traffic, and get in a good mood by the time you hit your desk.

However, like everything else in life, getting older means you may have more wrinkles, and your hair is turning gray. It is frustrating when you are piling on the pounds even though you are still watching your diet and exercising.

You still want to look and feel your best, and by changing up a few things, you’ll feel better about yourself.

Here are four mistakes women make after 50:

Dieting

I’m not naturally thin and it seems I am constantly counting calories, and balancing things out when I eat something more fattening.  If you concentrate on just eating specific foods such as low-carb, it may work at first, but eventually you want more carbohydrates and you may end up heavier instead of thinner.

Small frequent meals of lean protein, whole grains, and dark leafy greens will help keep hunger away so you can lose those stubborn pounds. If you slip up and eat something sweet, don’t feel guilty, just get back on track.

Wearing Wrong Bra Size

I was surprised to hear that most women wear the wrong bra size. Your clothes fit and look better if you are wearing the right bra.  Department stores may offer free bra fittings a few times a year and there is an expert on hand to take proper measurements.

If you are wearing white or light-colored tops, buy bras that are close to your skin color.

Wearing Baggy Clothes

You don’t always feel like showing off your body when you’ve packed on extra weight, and dressing in baggy clothes makes you look even heavier. You want a garment that is not too tight, and defines your waist. If you need help achieving that look, consult a tailor who will take measurements and make sure you look your best.

Dying Hair One Color

No one seems to be a fan of gray hair, and you may want to do the 50-yard dash to your hair stylist for an immediate color job. It’s tempting to go with one solid color, which may end up looking too light or dark.  It can also make your face look older.

If you use highlights with your natural color, including the gray, it blends in better, or you can try mixed highlights.

Learn to embrace this time in your life, and go for your dream life.

 

 

Is Your Retirement a BIG FAT BORE?

Folllow These Tips To Quickly Turn Things Around!

The day I retired was one of the happiest days of my life. No more long commutes, office politics, and putting up with annoying bosses.

However, not everyone is happy being retired. If you were looking forward to traveling, it can be mighty expensive to take that cruise or dream vacation that you’ve been looking forward to. Since you’re trying to get by on less money, you may find yourself searching out free things to do, or just staying home.

Other retirees may not have money problems, but you miss that interaction with co-workers and feeling like you were making an important contribution to your company. If one spouse is used to being home alone, having the other spouse there all day can really set your nerves on edge.

The good news is that if you would like to reenter the workforce, there is always something you can do.

It’s natural to want to go back to the place you retired from, but that isn’t always possible. Asking yourself some important questions will help you zero in on your dream job. What kind of work would you like to do? How much money would you like to make?

Do you want to work full-time or part-time? Are you willing to train for a job or would you like to own your own business? Do you prefer a job greeting the public or do you prefer to work alone?

If you like to travel, consider joining a tour company as a guide. Cruise ships are often hiring and you could be an activities director or work in the gift shop. That way you get to see some beautiful country and make money at the same time.

If you like to camp, working as a campground host not only allows you to enjoy the beautiful scenery year-round, but you will also meet different campers from all over the United States.

Do you enjoy swimming and being out in the sun? Apply for a lifeguard job, and you’ll meet a lot of interesting people to swap stories with. You’ll also have time to work on your tan.

If money is not a problem, consider volunteering at an animal shelter. There are always dogs that need to be fed, walked, and just shown some affection. If you are a dog owner, you may be able to use him as a therapy dog and visit nursing homes and hospital patients.

What kind of work would you like to do in retirement?

Is Your Job Getting On Your Nerves?

4 Tips for Taking a Mental Health Day

 

When I was in the work force, there were days that were so stressful I was about to snap. I worked the phones for a large insurance company, and guess who was often on the other end of the line? That’s right, customers who were irate about their insurance premiums, and it was my job to calm them down and resolve the problem.

I definitely needed a mental health day where I could just take off work and do something fun, and try to forget what a bitchy office I worked in. According to workplace help expert Brandon Smith, “there are four signs that you need a mental health day.”

You Can’t Sleep

It’s not always possible to leave your problems at the office, and you may find yourself stewing over a work problem to the point that at bedtime you’re tossing and turning, and can’t fall asleep. If you do fall asleep, you may wake up in the wee hours of the morning with your mind still racing.

(Who Cares) Attitude

I remember when I would get multiple rude customers, I developed a (who cares) attitude, and wasn’t as worried about giving the right information. I even entertained the thought that I might be fired, and then I could find a less stressful job.

You’re Cranky with Friends and Family

This one is always a catch-22 because you may feel you can’t blow up at your boss, but taking your frustrations out on your friends and family doesn’t solve your work problems. Activities that you used to enjoy are not fun anymore if you’re constantly thinking about what is going on at work.

You’re Stressed About Past Problems

It was hard for me to shake off the rude callers, and I would still be stressing over what happened a week ago. Very few of my calls were people who were praising the company, and it seemed like I never could take a break from all the complaints.

Don’t feel guilty about taking a mental health day. If you’re sick you take off to go to the doctor and take care of yourself. Your mind also deserves a rest. Listen to music, exercise, shop, hang out with friends, or just relax with a good book. You’ll be in a much better frame of mind when you return to work.

What do you like to do on mental health days?

3 Tips to Prevent An Aching Back in the Workplace

You Won't Feel So Wiped Out at the End of the Day!

I worked a desk job like many other people, and sitting eight hours was the norm. Sure, I could get up and take my breaks and lunch, but that still added up to a lot of sitting time. It seemed like my back hurt from the minute I sat down until I finally clocked out for the day.

If I knew all the tips and tricks that I know now, I could have saved myself a lot of pain. Here are three tips to prevent an aching back in your workplace:

Ergonomic Chair

According to the Cleveland Clinic, poor posture raises the risk of sprains and strains, and can cause unnatural wear on the joints.

More employers are stepping up and making sure that you have the right equipment to do the job and do it comfortably.  Ergonomic chairs are high enough to support your whole back and can also help prevent a stiff neck. Best of all, you’ll be sitting in a chair that has extra depth, so your hips won’t be aching at the end of the day.

Lumbar Cushion/Roll

I use a lumbar cushion to support my lower back and it makes a world of difference in my pain level. Your chair may have lumbar support built into the back of the chair, but that doesn’t give you adequate support.  A lumbar cushion or roll allows you to sit deeply into the chair which supports better alignment of your spine.

Footrest

Once you start using a footrest, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it. If your feet are not properly supported, you can develop circulation problems and strain your lower back muscles. Purchase an ergonomic footrest that is adjustable and supports your entire foot. You’ll be able to sit all the way back in your chair and still be comfortable at the end of the day.

 

5 Creative Things To Do in Retirement

Including Some Freebies!

 

Retirement is everything I thought it would be and so much more.  No boss to answer to, beating the crowd for restaurants and shopping, taking trips whenever, and there is a check waiting for me each month. What a life!

However, not everyone that is retired is happy with their situation, and they miss being out with people and feeling like they are making a contribution to the world.

Here are five creative things to do in retirement:

Sing in a Chorus:

Sure, you probably sing in the shower, but now that you have more free time, consider joining a chorus. Pick a group you are interested in and attend a few performances. Some choirs are more professional, while others just want to have fun. You might even be interested in joining your church choir.

Theatre or Concert Usher

You’ve probably got a list a mile long of shows or concerts you would like to see, but they’re too expensive to get good seats. Volunteer to take tickets at the door or show people to their seats. Once the show starts, your job is usually over, and you can sit back and enjoy these talented performers.

Take a Cooking Class

Yes, you probably have been cooking for years, but you can always learn something new. Holiday baking is popular, or you can learn how to work the grill when it’s barbecue season. There is always an option you will enjoy, and it’s a chance to meet new friends.

Campground Docent

Do you like to travel to state or natural parks and stay for extended visits? All that beautiful scenery, being out in the fresh air, packing a picnic. It all sounds divine but expensive.

Instead of coughing up all those camping fees, volunteer to lead nature walks, assist with cleaning up campsites, or just be a friendly welcoming face as people arrive.

Reconnect with Your Spiritual Side

Now that life isn’t so hectic, you may find that something is missing in your life. You may feel the need to meditate, pray, or doing something to help others.

If you’re interested in being part of a community, consider going to a church, mosque, or synagogue.

What creative things have you done in retirement?