Over 50 & Thriving Series Over 50s Lifestyle

Realising I am never too old and it’s never too late

November 21, 2018
Never too old and it's never too late

We all have dreams but sometimes we might feel that life has passed us by and we are too old.  However, my guest this week on the Over 50 & Thriving Series, lives by the mantra ‘I am never too old and it’s never too late’.

Apart from being the Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Fashion Editor, Christine Blundell is also a friend of mine.  Although I’ve only known her for a year, Christine has fulfilled her dream of becoming an Image Consultant and shares her story with us today.

Realising I am never too old and it’s never too late.

Do you have dreams and unfulfilled desires in your heart that you have put up on the shelf of Someday?

Something you always had a passion to pursue or somewhere you always dreamed of visiting, but because of life and commitments those dreams have become faded and dusty?

I was married at 19 and we were focused on setting up our home and wanting to pay off our home in those days our house cost the grand sum of $14,000!) Then along came the family and I was a stay at home mum to our 2 beautiful children and of course becoming involved in their school and sport life and also very involved in our Church, particularly in Women’s Ministry.

Over the years I always had a passion for colour and style and read and learned everything I could about them. I also became a Nutrimectics Consultant and still am after 25 years.

Due to bringing up our family and financial commitments, I was unable to do any official training as an Image Consultant.

I had been doing some modelling for a local Knitwit store and they invited me to be a model fora Colour Analysis and much to my shock discovered I had been wearing all the wrong colours!

As I began changing the colours I wore, people began commenting how lovely I looked and asked me to help them work out their best colours and so began my determination to become trained and I found an online course in America that was very low cost, but having completed the course and receiving certification, I realised that there was so much more for me to learn, but was it too late? Was I too old?

Over the years my self esteem had been chipped awayand I felt that my passion to see women become all that God created them to bewas going to remain unfulfilled.

Then much to my amazement, a local High School somehow got my name from somewhere and rang and invited me to take a class of Grade 9 girls on Colour and Body Image and with fear and trepidation I accepted, but wondered how they they would feel about a sixty something lady speaking to them about these things. Well it turned out I loved them and they loved me and I am now in my 3rd year of going to each Grade 9 twice a year!

Last year the amazing Image company I am with began online Image training at an amazingly low introductory price and deep down I felt this was my time, but the voices in me kept saying

“ you are past doing anything like that, you are too old, it’s too late and the course is too difficult “

and the old low self esteem kicked in again. After much wrestling with myself and lots of love and encouragement from my beautiful sister I signed up.

Well, it was a difficult course and at one stage I thought about giving up, but after 60 lessons, 14 assignments and 5 post course assessments- I graduated and became Certified.

The feeling of achievement was and still is wonderful. I finally realised that I AM NOT TOO OLD AND ITS NEVER TOO LATE! I am planning to complete another certified course next year.

Since completing the course I have been given the opportunity by my lovely and special friend Sue to be Fashion Editor for Sizzling Toward Sixty and Beyond and connecting with so many amazing women. I am so grateful.

I think that as the years go by, we learn wisdom from our life experiences and we have so much to offer each other and the younger women. More and more I am discovering women over 50 who are reinventing themselves and loving it! My best friend in her late fifties has left secular employment and enrolled in Bible College to study for a Bachelor of Divinity.

What is your unfulfilled dream?

Don’t pass on from this world with the music still inside you. Go for it!

 

Christine Blundell  x

 

 

Connect with Christine

Realising I am never too old and its never too lateIf you are ready to find your best style then contact me by email:

chris_b66@hotmail.com

Or to create your own personaIised Style program in the comfort of your own home for a low price of only $89 and you will have lifetime access to this fantastic fully colour illustrated style profile go to:

www.christine.myprivatestylist.com

Follow me on Facebook: Savvy Style at 60

My Nutrimetics website: www.nutrimetics.com.au/christine blundell

 

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply Donna November 22, 2018 at 06:32

    Hi, Christine – Congratulations on all that you have accomplished! Your post deeply resonates with me. Just after my husband turned 50, he shared that as a young lawyer he had dreams of working in China….but now it was too late. Singing your mantra, I replied that it was ‘never too late’. One year later, we were both happily living and working in Beijing, China….where we remained for fourteen years!
    Hi, Sue – Thank you for featuring Christine today. This is an awesome Guest Post!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2018 at 07:47

      Hi Donna, I know Christine will be thrilled to read your comment. You and your husband have also proven it is never too late, we just have to take a chance sometimes, don’t we? I loved Christine’s message and it is a great mantra to live by. Have a fabulous week! xx

    • Reply Christine November 22, 2018 at 14:41

      Hi Donna, thank you so much for your lovely words and encouragement! I love hearing your story of moving to China for all those years! It really is never too late, and we start on some wonderful adventures if we feel the fear and do it anyway! Christine x

  • Reply Joanne Tracey November 22, 2018 at 08:20

    I’m in awe. Thanks Sue, for introducing us to Christine. My Nan decided at the age of 80 that she wanted to start a new career as a volunteer – and was the oldest volunteer at the Sydney Olympics. After that there was no stopping her – she did the Easter Show every year, the tennis & whatever other event she could get involved in. It’s never too late & you’re never too old.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 22, 2018 at 08:35

      Hi Jo! What a wonderful role model your Nan was and I hope I can be like her for my grandchildren. I love Christine’s post and she is really shining in life now that she has found her passion. It is never too late is it? Have a fabulous week. xx

    • Reply Christine November 22, 2018 at 15:21

      Hi Joanne, what an awesome example you Nan is! I love this! Certainly does prove my mantra. Christine x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee November 22, 2018 at 09:15

    Absolutely never too late! All the more reason to just do it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2018 at 05:23

      Hi Lydia I just love Christine’s post and have always believe that it is never too late to start anything. Have a great weekend. x

  • Reply Natalie November 22, 2018 at 09:21

    Congratulations, Christine, for pursuing your passion and achieving your certification! It’s never too late and you’re never too old. Thanks, Sue, for featuring Christine here. #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Christine November 22, 2018 at 15:24

      Hi Natalie, thank you so much for your congratulations! I love sharing my story and I know there are many women doing much more amazing things. Christine x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2018 at 05:25

      Hi Natalie, I enjoy all of my guests and their stories and Christine’s has really hit the mark, hasn’t it? We just need to grab each opportunity and forget about time or age. We can’t control the aging process or the amount of time we have but we can control the choices we make and the opportunities we take. Have a great weekend. xx

  • Reply Deborah November 22, 2018 at 10:02

    Oh I love this. There are still things I want to do – ie. write for a living – and I just hope I eventually get brave enough to properly try.

    I’ve just read Jo Tracey’s new book and I loved that the main character has a sense that there’s still time to do something new, but as importantly that it’s not too late…. especially for romance which is something I hope for.

    • Reply Christine November 22, 2018 at 15:39

      Hi Deborah, just go for it! Feel the fear and do it anyway is a great book by Susan Jeffers you might find helpful. Christine x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2018 at 05:26

      Hi Deb, I just finished Jo’s book – couldn’t put it down and yes, I loved the way Kate didn’t give up despite the setbacks. Nothing is ever too late so go for it! Have a great weekend, Deb. xx

  • Reply Nancy Dobbins November 22, 2018 at 10:52

    I totally agree.
    You are never too old and it is never too late.
    Not. Done. Yet.

    • Reply Sydney Shop Girl November 22, 2018 at 12:50

      I love those final three words, Nancy.
      Not. Done. Yet.

      So much truth and hope in those words.

      SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2018 at 05:26

      I love ‘Not.Done.Yet.’ just perfect, Nancy! Also love the name of our website. Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a beautiful weekend. xx

  • Reply Vanessa November 22, 2018 at 11:38

    The first time I ever thought “I’m too old and it’s too late” was when I was about 14! I there was an actress (I can’t remember who or what) that was in a big movie and only a year or two older than me and I remember thinking that I was “behind”.

    • Reply Christine November 22, 2018 at 17:51

      Hi Vanessa, it’s funny how we used to think when we were so young isn’t it?! Thank goodness you realised differently! Christine x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2018 at 05:28

      We can’t help but compare ourselves, can we, Vanessa? I totally agree with Christine’s message and one that I try to live by. x

  • Reply Jill November 22, 2018 at 12:23

    What a wonderful and empowering person Christine is, and such a shinning example to all of us, and I probably know more than anyone how hard she has worked to achieve her dream, as I’m a very lucky women to have her as my sister.
    I am in my late fifties and worked in Hospitality in every capacity most of my working life, however I felt I should have done more with my life but it was too late. But due to her support, encouragement and shining example I have taken a leap of faith and changed my career path and am now doing volunteer work in a school whilst I study to obtain my Diploma in Education, a career I had never really considered, but now realise I find this is so rewarding and eventually want to work with children with special needs. I had such low self esteem that I was too scared to even think about a career change at my age, thank you beautiful sister for having faith in me and motivating me to see what I was capable of.

    • Reply Christine November 22, 2018 at 17:55

      My beautiful sister! You words and encouragement mean the world to me and I am so proud of your re invention. You are amazing xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2018 at 05:30

      How wonderful, Jill and congratulations! Christine is such a beautiful soul and I’m so pleased she has inspired you to take the leap of faith. You will feel so fulfilled and proud of yourself. Isn’t it wonderful that we can take opportunities and enrich our lives. Well done with the volunteer work and the decision to commence studies. I’m a little teary reading your comment but I’m sure Christine,in particular is very proud of her sister. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au November 22, 2018 at 15:42

    I love reading about people who found what they loved and had the courage to pursue their dreams – well done for doing exactly that Christine. You could have stopped at any point and still done a good job, but to be certified is such an affirmation of your skills and gives you a great qualification. My husband went back to full time study at 52 and is now a fully qualified Family Counsellor – he loves it and his career has longevity where many of his previous jobs were biased towards younger people. We’re never too old and it’s never too late!

    • Reply Christine November 22, 2018 at 18:01

      Hi Leanne, Thank you so much for such special words. I read your blog posts and feel that we have very similar thoughts and values. It was great to hear of your husbands career change and your point about having longevity in his new career is a very good one and he is touching many lives in his role. Well done! Christine x

  • Reply Kathy Marris November 22, 2018 at 20:12

    Congratulations on your achievements Christine. It’s women like you that are truly inspirational to those around you. My biggest passion is to travel and see more of the world and to become a better photographer. I’ve been putting off that photography course for a long time. Maybe next year! #TeamLovinLife

  • Reply Bethany @ Happily Loco November 23, 2018 at 01:16

    I have met so many people in the boating community, who have left to sail full-time in their 50’s or older! I think as we get older, we can become more brave and less afraid of clinging to “security” and the familiar.

  • Reply Samantha Smith November 23, 2018 at 05:48

    What a great post Sue! Congratulations to Christine and what a lovely story 🙂 Wow Sue, you have a Fashion Editor – that’s wonderful for both of you 🙂

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb November 24, 2018 at 04:11

    Thanks for sharing Christine’s post today Sue.

    Christine — congrats on following through on your dream! Like Deborah above, I have always wanted to write for a living. While I’ve never felt too old, and I have continued to write (as part of employment and for leisure) – I knew I had to be intentional in making it happen – so I’m doing that now. Focusing time, resources in the writing process and perfecting the craft — but also in learning more about how I want to move into the industry. I appreciate that your transition was a bit gradual – gives me the inspiration to keep taking steps!

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