I suppose I could retire and move to a warmer climate. It would be such a joy to dress in lightweight layers all winter!
Instead of taking a trip to Paris for my 60th birthday, I started a new company. I genuinely enjoy my work, so the thought of retiring does not appeal to me yet. I know that if I had an unfulfilling job, I would indeed be looking forward to that day. But then what would I do all day? Get dressed up, go out to lunch, and spend the afternoon shopping? Travel alone or as part of a tour group? None of these options seems particularly appealing to me. Some of my friends are retiring in their early 60’s and taking care of parents or grandchildren or playing golf or tennis on most days. These options certainly do not apply or appeal to me. I could volunteer with a charity and help a few people locally. Donating to organizations that support women and girls and small businesses has been very important to me for several years. To continue doing so on the same scale, I need to generate income to donate.
Several of you have written to ask for more information about starting a blog or opening a shopping site. Since I have just completed this project, all of this information is fresh in my mind. I will share with you some of what is involved. As a successful blogger, you will need to have a strong command of your language, basic knowledge of HTML code, photography, layout, and editing skills, and share information of value with your readers. I study much more now than I ever did while I was in school! Creating original content is vitally important to the success of your blog. You will need to consistently build your brand across all social media channels and use search engine optimization (SEO) for your blog to be found among the millions of other sites.
Hiring a professional photographer can make your blog beautiful, but it also adds to the expense of creating it. Mr. Mickey and I take most of my photographs.
As I begin my third act, I want to remain productive, proactive, and positive. (Many of us live thirty years longer than our ancestors did, thus the third act.) I plan to continue to share what I learn and inspire you to enjoy every day to the fullest. Older women are now the largest demographic globally, yet we are rarely represented in advertising, and the fashion industry mostly forgets about us. I never focus on showing you all the latest trends, but it’s nice to know a little about what is going on in the style world to look current. At this stage of life, our goal isn’t always shopping for more as much as it is using what we already have in creative ways to look our best.
I have come to terms with the fact that bundled up will be my look for another winter.