“You are never too old to be what you might have been.”
When asked to join the Bridging the Gap Campaign, I was initially hesitant. However, when Catherine, of CatherineGraceO, reached out to me with more info about how the campaign was pairing together millennials and midlifers in a unique way that had the potential to impact many I knew I had to be part of it. I’ve have spent the past few weeks connecting with my Bridging the Gap partner and can’t wait to tell you more about:
Nina of Sharing a Journey.
This is one of the first pictures of Nina that I saw! I was instantly drawn to the free spirit of her smile and how she unabashedly breaks traditional style rules for midlifers by wearing fresh trends like this gorgeous off the shoulder top. Her style is chic and classic while incorporating fun spins through patterns and colors. The woman beneath the clothes is one of the most impressive and fearless women I have met! She has met life head on and whether working in the corporate world, serving in public office or starting her own business Nina has always put one thing first- her daughter. Nina is a proud mum and driven women- a perfect merger I hope to be able to imitate someday.
The woman beneath the clothes is one of the most impressive and fearless women I have had the privilege of speaking with! She has met life head on and whether working in the corporate world, serving in public office or starting her own business Nina has always put one thing first- her daughter. Nina is a proud mum and driven women- a perfect merger I hope to be able to imitate someday.
Through our time talking together, we found three main life points we felt remained unchanged as one moves through life. Nina put it best when she said, “Start with what you have and you’ll keep getting better.”
Life Lessons: From Your 20s To Your 100s
1: Some things never change.
Nina and I have audiences that differ in age, yet both are looking for the same things: to feel beautiful, be part of a community and to find their purpose in life. Just because we hit a certain number doesn’t mean we have suddenly figured everything out! Life is a constantly changing journey- perfection doesn’t come with age but experience does.
2: Life always presents the next step.
Many times we feel lost or unsure of what we are supposed to be doing. As a millennial, I feel overwhelmed by societal stress and making big decisions about family and career; as a midlifer, Nina was able to emphasize letting that stress go because life will continually move forward and the opportunities will present themselves.
The best way to learn is to listen. It’s SO important to not only listen to those with more experience than you but also to quiet your mind and listen to your heart. Nina listened to hers by choosing to leave a high paced career to raise her daughter- a decision that she says is the best she ever made.
Lastly, I want to leave with you some poignant advice Nina passed on to me:
“Enjoy and savor your life as it is today. Yesterday has already happened and tomorrow has not yet come. When we look too far forward or dwell in the past, we miss all the beauty of life’s unfolding before us.
Life has wonderful phases, being single, being in a relationship, having a family, and an empty nest. Each has certain joys, sorrows, and responsibilities–some things gained, others sacrificed–try not to rush ahead.