Turning 50 doesn’t mean we suddenly become grey-haired old ladies. It means the world is opening up to us in a whole new way. Let’s raise a glass to new beginnings.
I’ve had the writing bug for as long as I can remember. As a child I had my own little world and would pen stories and hide them away between pages of books or at the bottom of my t-shirt drawer. I loved the time “away” in a fun fantasy realm while my pencil moved furiously across the lined the paper.
At some point I read somewhere that to be a successful writer, you had to read all of the time. I decided I would be a great author, because all I did was read. By the time I was 19, I had a few great ideas bubbling and I was convinced that I was going to sit down and write a best-seller in 6 weeks. I am smiling here, because I remember how positive, brave and completely naive I was.
I typed and typed. I organized and reorganized. I went back over each chapter as soon as it was finished and edited, edited and then edited again. I think by the time my 6 weeks had gone by, I finished perhaps three short, heavily edited chapters.
The reason I am telling you this story is because writing was something I had wanted to do since I was a young girl, so I felt I had the desire. I jumped into it with gusto and exuberance, so I felt I had the right amount of enthusiasm. Desire, enthusiasm and then the killer, a complete lack of planning.
I had a head full of ideas and didn’t take the time to sort them out. I jumped in with both feet before organizing, mapping out and setting my course. I wasted my time and all I did was spin my wheels. Eventually I became discouraged and all those pages went into an accordion folder where they reside to this very day.
Those pages are here with me. I don’t look through them, yet I keep them as a reminder. Desire, enthusiasm and most of all, proper planning are essential for any project no matter how big or how small.
- Identify your vision
What are you doing? Take your general idea to paper. Look at it and broaden the idea, then do it again. Widen your vision.
- Assemble your team
Are you working solo or as part of a team? On a portion of the project or throughout it’s entirety?
- Create and prioritize your timeline
Each project has steps. Take your time and create a time limit or target date for completion of each step. Be realistic so that you don’t compromise or sabotage your project before you even begin. Give yourself enough time not only to complete each set step, but to handle issues should they arise. We all need a bit of wiggle room.
- Issues and risk assessment
Where do you see possible problems? How can you stop them before they appear? Are they worth the end result and if you do have issues or pushback, what is your plan B?
- Complete and Close
Tie up your loose ends, thank your teammates and share the credit. A job well done by the team deserves a celebration shared by all.
I was nearly 50 when I decided to write Genesis Project, raising a glass to new beginnings. I didn’t do this out of a sense of romanticism or urgency, I decided to write this book, because the time was right. I had the desire, enthusiasm and most important, I am now a big fan of proper planning.
What is Genesis Project? Let’s be honest here.
As we age, the world around us changes daily. Once familiar images and language have an entirely different meaning than they did when we were young. Example: Thongs. If you’re old enough, you understand what I’m saying.
The workforce is not only different, it seems to be a little unfriendly to older generations. So what do we do? Where do we belong? How do we navigate in a world that seems to change at a quicker pace than what is comfortable for us? And most importantly, now that we have experience and are well-seasoned, why do employers suddenly think we can’t handle the job?
We need to adjust in an ever-changing workplace, learn to navigate in a world with annual contracts presented by companies that no longer hire actual employees and handle being interviewed for work by young people fresh out college with little practical workplace experience.
Lost your job? Let’s get to work.
Let’s talk about this, because it’s actually the perfect time to do our research and start our own companies. The internet makes anything possible. Let’s get back to work.
Companies don’t even really market to people my age. I see the same type of advertising aimed at my demographic that I saw aimed at my grandparents. If you’re unsure of how long ago that possibly could have been, do the math. We are definitely not our grandparents and companies who market for women in the 50+ category, need to step up their game.
Peace and happiness
How do we re-invent ourselves to climb out of our daily routine and maximize our joy in both our personal and professional lives? As our children move on with their own lives, we should indulge in the joy of life. Raise a glass to new beginnings.
The joy of sex or no sex
Dating? **eye roll. Those apps though.
- Genesis Project is a guide on self-preservation in an age where our age is no longer viewed as viable in the workplace.
- It’s a coming of “into our age” story, indulge in the joys of life!
- It’s an every woman story.
- It’s available for pre-order for $16.99