Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Today's guest post is by Tamara Elizabeth, author of the self-help book Fabulously Fifty:

Moving Forward Through a Midlife Transition 

In the first 50 years of my fabulous life, I wore many hats in different styles, sizes and colors.  All were neatly stored in the hatbox called motherhood.  I have raised a total of seven children and have loved every moment.  I wouldn’t trade any of them for a paid career.  But at the midpoint of my journey, with all my children grown and gone, I found myself asking one simple question: “What do I want to do when I grow up?”

Most of us have made the mistake of attaching our worth to others at some point in our lives, and I am no different.  Now I felt stuck in my journey - one of my dainty size 7 stilettos firmly planted in the past and the other cemented right in front of me.  How could I move forward?

As I "shopped for one" in the fruit section, I reflected on my worries.  Suddenly, I imagined myself as an orange, that amazing miracle of Mother Nature which grows on a tree with a face full of sunshine.  I decided right then and there that my life was no longer just a pile of orange pieces--some full of pits that choked my desires and goals; others as dry as cardboard because I hadn't drunk enough from the abundance this wonderful universe had provided me.

Now I saw all the pieces back they belonged, covered with the protection of a beautiful bright orange rind, full of zest, color, flavor and aroma.  I could feel every drop of juice nourishing my dreams and encouraging me to move forward, and I could see every pit as a seed of creativity stoking the fires of my determination with enthusiasm and humor....

I finished my shopping exercise and stopped to look inward at the dreams and goals I still wished to achieve.  I decided at that moment to re-evaluate each on a regular basis and shift my energies to bring joy and balance to my life.  The robust orange has become a symbol of the moxie that I have had all along.  My peel has grown strong enough to shoulder the load I must bear and shield me from the opinions of others.  I am full of love and, most importantly, I am brilliantly me, as brilliant as the orange on my countertop.

My stilettos are now moving forward!

Tamara Elizabeth is a speaker, author, self-love coach, radio host, master motivator of women in transition, conductress of motivational seminars, professional photographer, small-space designer, lover of social media, mother of 5, and a fabulously loveable woman after her first 50 years.  She is determined to create a revolution of women.  She started her life over at fifty and believes that if she can do it, any woman can.  That’s when she decided to share her experiences in her latest book, Fabulously Fifty and Reflecting It! – Discovering My Loveable Me.

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  1. Thank you, Prill, for hosting my post. Have a wonderful day.

  2. My pleasure! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you so much for hosting Tamara today, Prill! *hugs*