By Nancy Burns
Fall in love with yourself, perhaps for the very first time. The ‘Second Half’ is a definition of what comes after the time of transition in mid-life. Retirement, empty nest, divorce, job loss, and a host of other life changing events during mid-life are an opportunity to change the course of your life. You can create unexpected pleasure from the most difficult of life’s challenges… if you choose.
Take some time for yourself to complete these 5 steps and you’ll be on your way to your vibrant ‘Second Half’.
- KNOW YOURSELF
This is the essential step! Without self awareness, you cannot move forward with creating your ‘Second Half’. Write a detailed description of yourself, from your perspective, and what you value most.
- RECLAIM YOUR PASSION!
It is illuminating to remember what excited you most in your past. Get in touch with your strengths and your desires now. Make your list of each of the following:
- Weaknesses or dislikes
- Dreams from your past
- What you love now
- What would you do if there were no limits
- BE CREATIVE
Consciously design your future. Take all your lists and study them. Think creatively. How can you incorporate your dreams with your strengths and the things you love now? For example, if you loved Art History in school, have traveled a lot over the years, and have great organizational skills, why not create European Tours for groups interested in learning more about Art? Do this without thinking of all the reasons it won’t work.
- BECOME ENGAGED
Now that you have a beginning of a plan, get out and get involved. Join groups, talk to people, network… get involved. As you meet new people and reconnect with old acquaintances new opportunities will present themselves.
- HAVE COURAGE
Remember the old saying, ‘It’s always darkest before the dawn’? This can be the case when making changes in your life. It can upset you as well as those around you. Change demands sacrifices and life may become temporarily more difficult. Don’t let this discourage you. Go back to what you wrote as you reclaimed your passion (Step 2) and keep that passion at the forefront of your mind. Believe it is your reality and it will be.
Going it alone to find and define the next step in your life can be daunting. HOURGLASS WORKSHOPS™ is your opportunity to delve into the details of each of these five steps and reveal to yourself those hidden dreams. You will become acquainted with your unique style and all secretly desire but have not yet dared to reveal to yourself.