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Can You Reinvent Your Life in the Midst of a Pandemic?

September '20

Are you feeling like all your hopes for an exciting midlife transition have been put on hold, and might be fading away—like air escaping a damaged tire? Maybe a year ago, you were considering a different occupation, because you were bored on the job. Or perhaps you thought about going back to school, or relocating to a different town?

Then the pandemic arrived, and all those notions were set aside as you coped with the challenge of a lifetime. After half a year of dealing with CoVid 19, these desires for something different may be re-emerging, but the possibilities for change may be looking pretty dim. I want to suggest a way you can still work on reinventing your life.

I’m going to employ a metaphor from nature to encourage you. This metaphor is often used when explaining midlife reinvention. As you might have guessed, it’s the way a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Here’s a creature that takes on a whole new form by creating a chrysalis for this remarkable transformation called metamorphosis.

Caterpillars build a little sack, or chrysalis, to protect themselves as they begin the transformation process, which takes time—just like the midlife transition does. Caterpillers don’t turn into butterflies overnight. And most women don’t wake up one morning, with a clear decision about what they want in the years ahead and how they plan to get it without time to consider the road ahead.

If you’re spending more days at home because of the CoVid 19, why not carve out a hour, three days a week, to focus on your own transformation? During the hour, you can sit in quiet without interruption and ponder your wishes, wants and possibilities—safely wrapped up like a caterpillar in its chrysalis.

If you’d like some structure for this contemplation that comprises a crucial part of any transition, you can sign up for my 9 Week Journaling eCourse, Reinvent your Life~Write Now. You will receive one week at a time, or you can order this eCourse all at once and move forward at your own pace. I’ve discounted it a hefty 50% for the length of the pandemic, because I thought it was a perfect time for such a program. Here’s a link for more information.

Who knows, just three hours a week protected in your own chrysalis might enliven your days, and produce some unforeseen results!

Enjoy this lovely time of year!





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