Posted on 03/01/2018

My Journey to Self-Employment: Work in Progress

We are all works in progress, growing and flowing, experiencing daily shifts in emphasis or focus. Keep going. Stay on your path.

Keep Going. Stay on Your Path

Aren’t we all just works in progress?

Did I ever mention I once worked three part-time jobs? Well, I still work three part-time jobs, all while trying to build a business and maintain a running dialogue with myself about who I am and who I want to be in the world.

Let me explain…

I am over 60 years old and I am “interestingly” employed. None of my jobs alone could support me, but combined, they provide me with a livelihood, variety, fulfillment, and a modicum of entertainment.  However, my dream is to make my own way, cut the cord to the “employer-employee” model, and make my voice heard.

For weeks, I’d been running from pillar to post and doing lots of work from home, and this week I just got tired of it all. I had an opportunity to get away for a minute and I took it. I decided to take a holiday weekend and join my best friend from college for a concert we’d been talking about. I packed up a container of frozen homemade butternut squash soup and got on a bus bound for New York.

My friend is an academic, accustomed to cerebral conversations about all manner of esoteric ideas. Although I no longer dwell in that space because I’ve been focused on survival, when we’re together, we go deep. We clown, shop, sip coffee and tea, and eat well, but we also talk about the important stuff. We talk about our children’s futures and the future of our communities, the world we are leaving to them, and the contributions we are making to their well-being.

You are here to enrich the world.

In the company of a good friend, you can reminisce about who you were and reflect on the greatness of who you are. You can be loud and wrong or vulnerable and needy, and you won’t be judged  for it.

Do this for yourself

Immerse yourself in the warmth of an environment that encourages your dreams, supports you in being who are, and cheers you on to becoming who you will be. We are all works in progress, growing and flowing, experiencing daily shifts in emphasis or focus. Keep going. Stay on your path.


See related blog posts: My Journey to Self-Employment

Michele Higgs

Blogger Profile: Michele Higgs is on a journey to self-employment with the help of AARP Foundation’s “Work for Yourself@50+” program. In this blog series, Michele will describe her experience with the program, and will walk through the Five Steps to Self-Employment which provides guidance and advice on self-employment. This is the first of a series of blogs she is writing about her experiences with the program.

*Updated 03/02/2018

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