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I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz on social media about how “spring is the real New Year.” For some, celebrating a new year in the doldrums of winter just doesn’t make sense.

And that makes sense to me because winter is when nature takes a rest in preparation for spring, and humans would do well to do the same. Living in harmony with nature seems logical to me.

So now that spring is here, maybe you are looking to start fresh. You know, rebirth and all that stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

It had me thinking about choosing to reinvent ourselves. That can be done seasonally, with a fresh start and some spring cleaning, or it can be much bigger by making major life changes.

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Some of us may want to reinvent ourselves, but then we start telling ourselves lies like we’re too old, too set in our ways, too this, too that, all excuses.

I’ve always been a big fan of taking opportunities to move another direction. It’s one of the reasons I started this blog. My daughter had entered college and everyone starts calling you an empty nester.

I didn’t and still don’t like that term. It makes it sound like once your children leave the nest, you just wither and dry up. That’s why I decided to call my blog The Full Nester because I think you can now fill your nest (that you’re still in, so it’s not empty ๐Ÿ™‚ ) with all sorts of different things of your choosing.

I started my Amazon business when my daughter was still in high school so that I could have it up and running once she went to college, both to give me something to do and also help pay for college. It has been a successful choice on both fronts.

I am part of an online community of Amazon sellers, and one of the ladies in the group didn’t get started with Amazon until she turned 71! I really love that. She even expanded her business to include opening a prep center to help other Amazon sellers prep, pack, and ship their inventory to Amazon.

I read an article last week about a 100-year-old man who recently got his diploma after deferring everything to go into the military when he was younger. I LOVE that.

Julia Child wrote her first cookbook at the age of 50 and went on to have a very successful career as a chef and author.

John Glen was the first astronaut to orbit the earth in 1962. He had already established himself as a successful fighter pilot. You’d think he’d done enough with all that, but decided to run for the U.S. Senate at the age of 53, and served for 24 years. He even returned to space on the Space Shuttleย Discovery at the age of 77! He just kept on going.

Martha Stewart worked as a model before becoming a stockbroker on Wall Street. She then published her first book on entertaining at the age of 41. She’s had a pretty successful run. ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s 82 now, still posting thirst-trap selfies, posing on the cover of Sports Illustrated in a swimsuit, cohosting the Puppy Bowl, and hanging out with Snoop Dog. And some of this has been done AFTER a stint in prison. ๐Ÿ™‚

Vera Wang was a figure skater and a journalist before trying her hand in the fashion industry at the age of 40. She’s 74 now and still going strong. I’d say she’s done pretty well for herself. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ronald Regan was a successful Hollywood actor before becoming President of the United States at age 69.

Colonel Harland Sanders, or Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, held several jobs early in his life. He worked as a steam engine stoker, a streetcar conductor, an insurance salesman, and a gas station attendant. He also practiced law for a few years. He was 62 when he started KFC. He remained active until a month before his death at age 94.

Grandma Moses, the famous painter, didn’t paint her first piece until she was 78 years old. She had previously worked in housekeeping and farm labor.

You can find countless examples of people who chose to reinvent themselves, sometimes more than once. You only have to look if you’re seeking inspiration.

I was thinking back over my own choices and it’s a pretty diverse list. I worked in a corporate buying office right out of college. I’ve worked at a megachurch, a nonprofit, a mediation firm, taught Music Appreciation, been a wedding coordinator, worked for J. Crew and American Express, and in administration at a private school.

Since starting my Amazon business, I’ve expanded to blogging, affiliate marketing, starting my own Shopify site, and publishing books on Amazon.

I don’t know about you, but I think retirement is WAY overrated. I’ve watched more than one person retire, then just descend into madness as they sit around and wait for others to make their life exciting. I think it can be okay as long as you have a plan and retire TOWARD something, rather than away from something. I say go out with your boots on, still kicking. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I had a very high six-figure sales goal in mind when I started my Amazon business, and I am probably going to reach that within the next month. At that time I plan to reevaluate and decide if I still want to continue or go another way. My publishing efforts are really beginning to pay off, so I may focus more on that, or do something altogether different. I don’t know yet, and that’s okay.

Reinventing doesn’t have to equate to a job change. There are lots of ways to reinvent yourself:

  • Reevaluate relationships and declutter the ones that are no longer healthy for you
  • Set some boundaries for yourself and stick to them
  • Change your eating habits
  • Begin a regular self-care routine
  • Take up a new hobby
  • Invest in yourself by learning a new skill
  • Attend a Rage Ritual ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Travel to a place you’ve never been before and immerse yourself in the culture

The list is endless, really, and can look like whatever you want it to be. You get to decide what reinvention looks like for you.

So have you been thinking it was time to reinvent yourself? What is holding you back? I urge you to examine everything in your life that you feel is serving you well, and those things that are not. Decide if it is time to make a change. Of course change is scary, but can also be invigorating, especially if you have stagnated.

 

I have put together some inspirational cards for you to help you start thinking.

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There are twelve in all, and you can get the whole set for free by simply entering your email address in the form below. They will be delivered right to your inbox, and you can print them out or save them to your phone for quick inspiration and get going on your reinvention!

“Anyone who stops learning is old, at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”ย  ~ Henry Ford

Have you been thinking about reinventing yourself? Let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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