Bridging the Gap: Life Lessons

“You are never too old to be what you might have been.”

George Eliot

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.

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.

3: Listen.

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.

If you are present for your life, moment to moment, you will have fewer regrets, less anxiety, less anger and make far fewer “mistakes”. You’ll see that your power is in the present–that’s where thoughts form ideas, actions, and direction in life.”
Now that you’ve met my partner in the Bridging the Gap campaign,
head on over to Sharing a Journey to learn a little bit more about me. 
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13 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    November 21, 2017 / 11:56 am

    I’m always a little sad when your blog hasn’t been updated in a while.

  2. October 24, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    Kait, I am so grateful that you pushed past the initial hesitation and joined me in this campaign! And what a fabulous and powerful woman you were able to connect with! Thank you for sharing some of Nina’s wisdom with us.

  3. nifty50girl4237
    October 19, 2017 / 6:27 am

    Love the Life Lessons and Nina’s advice- words of wisdom

  4. October 17, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    I have followed Nina for awhile now and love her grace and style. So happy you were able to connect with her during the BGC…heading over to her blog post now to read more on you!
    xx
    Suzanne
    http://asksuzannebell.com

  5. October 17, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Love these life lessons and getting to know Nina! Such a fun campaign to be apart of

  6. October 17, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    Great post – I love all of the life lessons!!! So happy to be part of this amazing campaign. Love your blog 🙂

  7. October 17, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    So happy you were connected to Nina, a fierce 50 sister.
    I can’t wait to learn more about you Kaitlin and so happy Catherine convinced you to join us!

    Hugs,
    Robin

  8. October 17, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    I loved learning more about Nina. I can’t wait to read her post and get to know you better, Wait. I have enjoyed this campaign so much and it’s great to meet so many new blogging friends.

    • October 17, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      I’m so glad you’re going to head over to her page!

  9. Jodie
    October 17, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    We are so glad you joined us Kait!! I think the best thing about blogging is meeting these other women, and creating such great friendships!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • October 17, 2017 / 3:06 pm

      It was a fun campaign with a unique goal! Love you babe. Hugs, Kait

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