What do you want to be when you grow up?

by Sylvia

What do you want to be when you grow up? | 40plusstyle.com

What do you want to be when you grow up is often a question we ask our children. What do you want to become in life? What do you want to study?

At that age and in our twenties it felt like something urgent and that we had to get it ‘right’ because that would determine the rest of our lives.

Or would it?

I remember feeling at 27 that I had nowhere to go anymore. That I was too old to study, to change my mind, to try something new.

Luckily I got over that and went back to school and did self studies numerous times.

Now that I’m 50, I STILL feel that I can change my mind, do something completely different and reinvent myself.

Remember, I only started this site 5 years ago. I started my web design business 15 years ago.

Who would have thought that I’m doing what I’m doing right now when I started out studying to become a kindergarten teacher in my teens.

This website is now my full time business and it’s a job I love, that affords me to travel around the world, that allows me to work on the beach and meet the most fabulous women worldwide.

All this would never have happened, had I not challenged myself, stepped out of my comfort zone and try something new.

Yet, I have found that many of you feel that you are too old to change. Too old to try something new or try your hands on a new career or business or even a new hobby. Too scared to do something that doesn’t feel totally comfortable. Too scared to make mistakes.

Question is: are you happy with the status quo or do you feel that there is more to learn and accomplish?

That’s why I’m asking you: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Perhaps you are 40 which means that likely you will still have the majority of your life ahead of you! What do you want to do in that time? What do you want to learn? Do you want to have your own business? Did you travel where you wanted to go? Are you challenging yourself enough?

But even if you are 50, 60 or even 70, you are really never too old to challenge yourself, to try something new, to add a new spark, to reinvent yourself.

I have met the most vibrant and energetic women who are in their seventies but are STILL learning each day and challenging themselves to achieve their dreams.

I decided that I want to help more women achieve their dreams.

I love to challenge people and ignite their spark. I love to spread the message that the world is full of opportunities to explore and seize. I love to encourage you to take responsibility for your own life and take concrete action each day to achieve your goals.

That is why I started a new project: 40+ Entrepreneur

You can already access articles on the website and a free workshop.

Soon 40+ Entrepreneur will expand with a podcast and a full training site with courses and challenges that will help you to ignite your spark and achieve your dreams.

You can watch this short video where I invite you to the new private community. It’s totally free to join and I have already uploaded a few videos where I share some of my personal stories that will help you to take steps towards your own reinvention. Get access by filling in your details on this page.

I can’t wait to start this new project with you and see how you are taking steps to achieve your dreams. No matter how old you are!

So tell me. What do you want to be when you grow up?


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Style Crone

Very exciting Sylvia. Reinvention is a life-long process! I think it contributes to one’s health and quality of life. And it’s fun!


2 Sylvia

Thank you Judith. Of course you are a wonderful example of someone who keeps reinventing herself. You are a role model!


3 Suzanne

So excited for your newest adventure!



4 Sylvia

Thanks Suzanne. I’m excited too!


5 Bisola

Well said Slyvia! Reinvention for me is all about well being. You can’t be static in life and be well… you must aspire new things, discover/create new ideas, try out things entirely different from the status quo… these new things makes us better spirit, soul and body… how old we are is merely a biological number.


6 Sylvia

Couldn’t agree more Bisola!


7 Kattis

Hi Sylvia! I thought this looked interesting so tried join. But I have a question, is this community a Fecabook group so that I need to be on Facebook to join?


8 Kattis

Ooops, ofcourse I mean Facebook group, nothing else. Sorry!


9 Sylvia

Yes, at the moment it’s just a Facebook group. It’s private though, but yes, you will need to join Facebook for this.


10 Theresa Campbell

Would love to join your group. I have reinvented myself so many times I’ve lost count! I think constantly challenging yourself to learn and try new things is necessary for a fullfilling life. Not to mention, it keeps you young at heart 🙂


11 Sylvia

Totally agree Theresa!


12 Natalie

I can totally relate to this post Sylvia. In a TED talk Jane Fonda talks about midlife and beyond as being more like a staircase rather than bell curve, always learning and challenging ourselves to become authentic. I too have some 70+ friends that are incredible women and inspire me all the time.


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