I am living proof that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. I will be 50 in a few short months. Yep, 50. A lot of years behind me, and hopefully, a lot of years ahead of me. I am chasing my dream of being a writer, being an entrepreneur and becoming financially independent.
So, how did I get to this point you ask? Why am I still chasing? Grab a cuppa your favorite and get ready…
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This all started with school. Ugh. I was not a great student because I just did not put the effort in. I liked high school well enough, the classes anyways. I am not a big social girlie person. I could not wait for those four years of my life to be done, gone, over with.
So after high school, I went to a four year college, well, because doesn’t everyone go to college after high school? It wasn’t even a choice. I had no idea what I wanted to do. And it certainly showed in college. One year wasted.
So I got a full time job. And then went back to school part time at night. And still did not finish that. After I got married, I went back to school again to try to finish my degree, because that’s what everyone did right? A degree would make everything better, I was just sure of it. I would feel fulfilled and happy. I am still not finished.
I never believed in myself enough to finish anything. School, projects, goals. (My kids might have nicknamed me “Ima Gonna”) I just let them all slide, because I didn’t think I was good enough to succeed. I have realized this during the past few months of reflection as I turn 50. I am not going to blame anyone else but myself for not finishing. I was always in control of my success and failure. Me. I control my destiny.
I honestly do not know a single person who succeeded at every single thing that they set out to do. There will always be setbacks on this road that we are on. Always bumps, or splits or even crossroads and we have to make choices.
I never felt I was really worth all that effort. Why bother? But you know what, I AM WORTH IT!
I am worth the long days and sleepless nights. I am worth the ten thousand notebooks on my desk. I am worth all of those lists I have made. Repeat this with me, I AM WORTH IT!
And you know what, I almost gave up on this too. This blog. I tried to find any excuse on why it would not work: not experienced enough, no one wanted to listen to my story, everyone already knows this stuff. But a few months ago, I said NO! I am going to do this, I am going to SUCCEED. This blog is really important to me. I want to share my story, both personal and financial, and if I can help just ONE person, it will all be worth it.
My year number 50 is all about success.
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My dream is to be a writer. I want to not only write on this blog, but I want to write books. I want to be published. I want to hold MY book in my hands.
My dream is to be an entrepreneur. I want to rock this business of mine. I want to support my family, I want to be the breadwinner.
My dream is to be financially independent. I want to be the financial example to my children that I should be. I want to be able to take my family on vacation on a whim.
So you know what? I am doing it. I am working on that book. I am working on this blog and I have a plan for financial independence. I want my dreams to come true. It is hard work, I am not going to lie to you. I balance taking care of a home, a husband, a part time job and three very active teenagers that are on the cusp of adulthood, besides following my dreams. I want to be the best example I can be to those three kids of mine, that you should never give up on your dreams, no matter your age. I want to be proof that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.
And you know what?
You can do this too. You can follow your dreams. Continue.
Do not stop.
Do not look back.
Do not give up.
Kick those excuses down the road.
Leave the regrets in the past, don’t let them get to you, and change your future – Follow your dream!!
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