Call me naïve but I have always known my life would improve with age and it has.
I was raised in Waikiki Beach and turning 20 in Hawaii is the equivalent to 21 anywhere else. And at 20 I was a dedicated free spirit. But by 22, I was already thinking “what is my life going to be like at 30”? Of course I didn’t know. But I did know that I did not want to be hanging out on the beach during the day and be a highly educated cocktail waitress at night. So I flipped a coin; heads San Francisco, tails Los Angeles and 10 days later found myself at LAX heading to 30 in a new land. 30 finally found me 8 years later having spent 7 years in the music business and 1 year traveling through Mexico, central and South America with a girlfriend.
When I returned to Los Angeles something was brewing inside me and it was my ambition. After a short time I found myself in the catering dept. of a 5-star hotel near UCLA and soon discovered I did not have the temperament for the bride or her mother and proposed a corporate program that not only led to an astonishing increase in sales for the catering dept., but a whole new vista of opportunities for me to explore.
And that was just the beginning. My ambition brought me to publishing at the number one “teen” magazine in the country and later to a ground breaking woman’s magazine.
During this extended time my free spirit was hibernating just below the surface and reemerged with a nagging frequency for me to break away from the corporate world and find my creativity. And with the mantra “I am open to whatever comes my way” I began my quest. And here I am 20 years later totally immersed in design and product development for decorative home accessories.
When I think about my life the three things that have remained consistent have been my belief that I was never too old to start a new career, my willingness to put myself on the line and break out of the familiar and my love of writing.
So here I am breaking into unknown territory once again at an age when society is shouting “this time, you really are too old start a new career”. But my spirit is drowning out the naysayers and I am determined to explore my possibilities and jump into the deep end of the blogosphere. I am going to write about my personal philosophy on ageing and hope to hell to defy the odds!