Happy Friday friends! How are you? I’ve missed you! It’s been a little quiet here.
I enjoyed an absolutely fantastic #wellnesswednesday with my loving, kind, generous, hilarious daughter, @amanda_siebert @scandinavewhis
A breathtaking location experiencing the benefits at the outdoor silent spa!
Did you see my photos in stories? It was an emotional, mental, physical and digital detox! A fun road trip sharing, laughing, dining @starbuckscanada @backcountrybrewing, listening to music and podcasts with Oprah and Brene Brown!
A breathtaking location experiencing therapeutic benefits at this outdoor silent spa! No phones or talking allowed.
(On a side note, I said to Amanda, Dad would love it here, because I can’t talk! 😂 Hubby laughed when I told him later and said, we need to find more places like that! 😆
Y’all need to go here if you haven’t yet! It is magnificent!
Then, there were major family situations I had to take care of. Not fun, yet important and necessary. I know you all understand. Life happens and we need to deal with it. Thankfully, I was rested and rejuvenated before this.
So, I thought I’d be open and share these little moments with you. Keeping it real. Thank you for “listening.” 😉
“It’s never too late to pursue your dreams” series continues.
See posts of August 24th and 28th; I mentioned I would feature more stories about brilliant women who pursued their dreams later in life and succeeded!
One of the most famous “after age 50 success stories” is the one of Julia Child,
(Julia Carolyn Child), American author, cooking teacher and television personality.
(August 15, 1912 - August 13, 2004)
Julia Child is renowned for bringing French cuisine to America with the release of her groundbreaking cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” as well as her popular television show called “The French Chef.” For most of the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s, Julia was a regular on television.
When she was 37 years old, she was accepted to the exclusive, esteemed cooking school “Le Cordon Bleu” in Paris, France. She promptly advanced through numerous classes. She was the only woman among eleven men in a class for restaurateurs.
At the age of 50, she launched her careers as a celebrity chef. She then wrote a cookbook, which became a bestseller when it was published in 1961, and remained the bestselling cookbook for five years. Her reputation as a cook and author grew and was sealed via several additional books, television appearances, awards and honours. It is said that she did more for French-style food preparation than anyone else in the world. She persevered even though there was a considerable gender disparity.
You may remember, she was the inspiration for the 2009 film Julie and Julia, a comedy-drama, about the life of Julia Child during the 1950’s in Paris, based on a cooking blog by writer Julie Powell. The film, which starred Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, won Streep the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and received an Academy Award nomination.
She was inducted into the Culinary Institute Hall of Fame at the age of 81 in 1993. After a 40-year career that made her famous with fine foods and placed her in the world’s most famous chefs, she received the highest honour in France, the “Legion D’Honneur. Following in 2002, an exhibit was unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Following “The French Chef” show, she hosted additional cooking shows into the year 2000, only four years before her death.
Passing away two days before she would turn 92 years of age, she showed no intentions of slowing down. Apparently in her final days, she said “In this line of work you keep right on till you’re through, retired people are boring.”
When she died on August 13, 2004, her total net worth was $38 million!
“If you have a heartbeat, there’s still time for your dreams.” - Sean Stephenson
What are you waiting for?
What are you pursuing regardless of age?
Share some of your dreams and goals below!
They could be the motivation that will encourage someone else.
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Child displays a salad Niçoise she prepared in her vacation home in southern France, circa 1978. Anonymous/Associated Press
Child with other chefs and students at Le Cordon Bleu. Photograph by Paul Child. © Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University (olvwork535349).
It's never too late to pursue your dreams.
There are many stories of people who started late(r) in life, achieved their goals, and became hugely successful. To do this, we need imagination, inspiration, vision, and focus. Passion also requires patience. Anything is possible when you truly believe in yourself. This is something I am learning and re-learning everyday.
We take on self-limiting beliefs in our childhood years. Most often it was our parents, teachers, or others who meant well, who told us we need to be realistic and "get a real job" because “dreams don't pay the bills.”
I know that I fell into this trap and listened to others about who I should be, and what I should do. It took me years to figure out that it is my decision and mine alone: who I am, who I aspire to be, and what I want to and can do is up to me and no-one else. For too long, I considered the ideas and voices of others before my own. Those days are over! My voice matters, and I inherently know what my passions and dreams were and are! I also know that I can achieve them.
When pursuing our dreams, passions, and goals, our age or other’s opinions need not influence our decisions. These are often excuses holding us back from accomplishing marvelous things.
With dreams, we find a purpose. We work diligently and walk towards them. We have a reason to wake up and live life with joy. Working in a position we don’t like or are not aligned with makes us unhappy, unfulfilled, and unwilling to wake up and seize each day.
Responsibility, continual improvement and motivation are key to achieving our goals and making our dreams a reality.
We meet other dream seekers along the way and attract people who share our values. When we decide to “go for it” and pursue our dreams, we inspire others. We all have dreams, and each of us needs to pursue our own wholeheartedly, because we’re the only ones who can.
Here are a few of my favourite poignant quotes about the pursuit of dreams. (Which one is your favourite?)
“What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.” — Julia Cameron
“Do not plant your dreams in the field of indecision, where nothing ever grows, but the weeds of ‘what-if’.” - Dodinsky
“ A life without dreams is like a garden without flowers.” - Author unknown
“Life without dreams is like a rainbow without colours.” - Greyson Chance
Imagine a rainbow without colours. How boring would that be?! We grow when we leave our safe environment, when we exit our comfort zone and jump into the deep end, immersing ourselves fully in discomfort. This is where growth happens. This is also where dreams are made.
As long as you've got passion for the path you’re on, faith in yourself, and a willingness to get a little bit uncomfortable, the pursuit of your dreams and goals will bring you to a place of inner peace and gratitude. Only through these things do we find happiness.
Fun fact: I am over 55 and am loving every minute of this journey. What are some things you’ve done late in life that you never thought you would achieve as a young person?
Stay tuned for my next post, which will feature stories about some brilliant women who pursued their dreams later in life and succeeded! Please feel free to leave your own personal story in the comments.
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