By this time next week I will be 5,001 words into my novel. How can I be this precise? Because every November I join the legions of writers who commit to writing an entire 50,000 word novel in a month. It’s called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I have “won” for the past five years.
Your second act is a continuation. I like to say it’s a rebirth with a memory. You’re reborn as a new being, but your memory is full of experiences from that ‘before’ time. Your memory serves as your guide. It helps you be what you want to be, and to shed the failures of yesterday.
Is it the new life in my life that is sparking my ideas? Is it the idea of “holy shit, I’m a grandmother — how did I (and my daughter) get old enough to be a mother and grandmother?” Is it a combination? I don’t know, but I am working on big ideas, overflowing with creativity and creative thoughts.
One woman, after hearing me talk about nurturing others as they move into a second act, pulled me aside and said, “I have never heard that concept before, but it’s fascinating. I mean, when you first said it, I thought you were talking about teaching us how to get into theater work.”And how delightful would that be? Theater work, acting, or directing, or being stage manager, is a great second act idea.But that’s not what I mean when I say second act.
Over at Guidant Financial, they say “finding happiness and profitability” are the reasons many of us give for starting a small business as a baby boomer. When you put it that way, it sure seems like a great idea to me!entrepreneurs over the age of 50 are creating a significant impact on the landscape of small business: baby boomers born between 1946 – 1964 accounted for 54 percent of current small business owners and 43 percent of aspiring entrepreneurs.
During my childhood my mother worked for a brief time at Fisher Price Toys and at a company that made swimming pool solar covers. For the most part though I remember coming home from school to fresh baked cookies or bread or my mom in front of the television watching General Hospital and ironing laundry.
And maybe best of all, I bring the passion of helping our sisters in business go from side hustle to serious business; from dream to reality; from planting that seed to seeing it bloom - in wonderful full color delight!