What I love about the Over 50 & Thriving series is the amazing women I am meeting. Some I have known for some time, others I’ve only just met. I am learning so much from them all and feel inspired that all of them have such a positive attitude to being Over 50. I know it is a wonderful phase of life but I’m continually encouraged to see that others agree.
Have you ever wanted to change career or direction after 50? My guest, Lise Galipeau did just that and shares her story with us today.
This week’s guest, is Lise Galipeau, from Simply Lise.com is a blogger from Montreal, Quebec, who I have only recently met. In this Over 50 & Thriving Series, we read recently a contribution from Linda Hobden of Boots, Shoes and Fashion about 5 Tips for Thriving in the Job Market at 50+.
Lise has not only turned 50 and is thriving, but has also actually started a new career and in a completely new industry, proving we are definitely all capable of learning. She shares her experiences here today and I’m sure you will be inspired to maybe start that new career you have been thinking about for some time. You can learn more about Lise and connect with her at the end of her article.
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Turning 50 was the second biggest turning point in my life.
First one happened at 42 when my one and only child, a daughter, was born. You can imagine that it completely changed my life.
When she was a baby, I literally was afraid to leave the house and forgetting her. Think about it, for at least 25 years, I only had to check if I had my purse or bag when getting out of the house. Now it was a whole new ballgame, just going to the store was a big deal, especially in winter.
When she was older, I made sure I was involved in a lot of activities at school, because I was older than the other mothers. I didn’t want her to feel different.
But having a child at 42, no matter what, it keeps me young still. And now I’ll be a brand new ‘young’ grandmother in May.
Turning 50 was a big milestone, a big number and a scary one!
My husband asked me if I wanted a party or go away. So I turned 50 on a train in Alaska, now that’s something I’ll always remember.
When we came back from that trip, I asked myself the big question: What do I want to do with the rest of my life?
I figured, if lucky, I could have another 20 years to live a productive life. I didn’t have to work but I wanted to do something I loved. I have a creative side, I did oil painting since I was young and I can also draw using charcoal. So I knew I had an eye for colors.
So first new thing I thought about was to try my hand at interior decorating. I took an online class and repainted my whole house, moved furniture around, etc. But I realized that it would be impossible to go into that field at my age. I didn’t want to work for a company, and I had no connections at all.
Often an opportunity presents itself that will change your life, except you don’t know that when it happens, only later, much later.
This was 2001 and a friend and I were part of a team of reps for a company manufacturing and selling non toxic, natural products based on Melaleuca oil. We would spread the words about these great products to everyone we knew. Facebook didn’t exist then (it was founded in 2004) so networking was really hard.
My friend and I decided to create a website to inform and educate people. We never sold these products, only let people know they existed.
Neither one of us knew how to make a website, now remember this was before WordPress, before drag & drop builders. We had a computer at home, but I had no idea how anything worked on it. We had an email address that came with our internet provider, but I never used it, didn’t even know how to use it.
Crazy right that I would think I could build a website! What was I thinking? I didn’t even know what a directory on my computer was!
I did some research and found a site that offered a course to build one. I asked the gentleman who gave the course how long it would take to finish the course. His answer was about 1 month. AHAH, it took me about 4 months!
But I succeeded in learning to code html at 54. My first website was called Women’s Corner and each page was dedicated to a health topic geared towards women. And this is what my site looked like the summer of 2003 🙂
Over the years, I kept learning more and more coding, and when CSS came out, I learned that too, all on my own, well not quite, with the help of online tutorials.
I was sending a newsletter every 2 weeks and eventually got over 500 subscribers. And one day, one of them asked me if I could build a website for her. And that’s when my 3rd career (first a secretary, 2nd a travel agent) started.
I love love the internet and everything it helped me accomplish and still does .
I love that every day I can get to ‘play’ online and actually know what I’m doing.
I’m pretty sure I’m the oldest web designer today. I love how I can meet and work with people from all over the globe.
I’m so grateful that my brain is younger than my body LOL
I have come a long way since I turned 50 and I’m going to keep doing it until I can’t anymore.
Hi! I’m Lise. I live with my husband and 2 dogs in a small town near Montreal, Quebec, Canada. We have a grown up daughter and we’ll be grandparents for the first time in May. Very excited. I’m a WordPress web designer and most days, you’ll find me at my computer, in p.j.’s
I also try to find the time to write posts on my personal blog. I hate cooking, with a passion. We love cruises and have been on many over the years.
We also traveled to places like Israel, Egypt, Europe, Morocco.
I love watching TV series, like all the cop shows, Grey’s Anatomy, Survivor, Big Brother.
Connect with Lise
Web Design: https://galidesigns.com
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