I have a young friend who told me a while back about how, when she started her first year at a prestigious university, she went into it committed to reinventing herself. Prior to college she had been very successful and was well respected, but she just wanted to be a slightly different person as she started down the path towards her career.

I used to think the term “reinventing yourself” was cliche’. Then I had the conversation with my friend. That kick started me to thinking about myself and where I was at that point in my life. I have so much to be grateful for and I don’t really have any regrets, but I do think almost daily that I can do better, do differently, and do more. If nothing else, I am always open to trying new things. My most recent effort would be launching Magenta Plum and seeing where it takes me. It is rewarding to actually write down what I am thinking and then share it. Perhaps it will lead me to writing a book; I have many ideas for one! We’ll see.

I used to think the term ”reinventing yourself” was cliché.

I recently read an article in the Washington Post profiling a few women age 50 and over who thoughtfully and successfully found new meaning in their lives. They dug deep and realized what it was they really wanted to do. I have so much respect for that kind of thinking and even more for the changes these women made. Beyond the questions from friends and family, there are the time, financial, and let’s face it, energy level obstacles. Reading about these women and how brave each one is has really made me think. And thinking can lead to action. Take a moment and read this piece and see how it affects you.

And my friend? She is well on her way to becoming a doctor, and obviously making me very proud that she has found her way at such a young age.