What Have You Done for You Lately?
So, growing up, I was a dig in the dirt kinda girl. When we were little, my mom gave us a designated place in the yard where my brother and I would try to dig our way to China with our plastic shovels. I think we both secretly knew we'd never actually dig more than a foot down much less all the way to China.
While I wasn't a tomboy, it took a holiday for me to put on a dress and pink wasn't really my color. My bedroom was yellow.
My colors became purple, black, red, royal blue. My family ancestry is Italian and I got my Sicilian complexion from my father's side of the family. I kind of always known I was a 'winter', so when my oldest son got married in 2013, it wasn't a surprise when I had my colors done. Purple, yes. Black yes. Red, yes. Pink, not so much.
As I got older, I still wasn't much into pink until one day I was at a makeover and the gal hosting the makeover handed me pink lipstick. I was hesitant, and didn't feel comfortable saying, "Thanks, but no thanks, not my color" soI figured, "Why not?"
I put on that pink lipstick, looked in the mirror and I'm not going to say I was magically transported to a world of pink, but I will say I really, really liked it!
The purpose of this story? I think at this point in our lives, we've become comfortable with certain things we've always done, worn, hair, etc., that we're skeptical of trying new things. But, isn't that what this chapter is for?
Isn't this time of our lives all about self-discovery and reinvention? I think so! I have dark hair and olive skin, so the pink was a hit even though I thought it wasn't for me. Yes, I was absolutely surprised. So were friends and family when I got my first tattoo the summer before I turned 55, but that's a story for another day.
Today, I want to encourage you to try something different. Something you never thought would look good on you or something you thought you really wouldn't like.
You never know, you just may suprise yourself! Plus, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. It's your life and you are amazing.
Until next time ...
Patty Gale, CFEI, is a Certified Financial Educator and Financial Recovery Counselor for smart, fearless midlife women who don't have million dollar retirement accounts. She is the creator of the financial program, Rediscover, Reignite and Reinvent, which is redefining financial wellness for women 40+.