Mid life decisions…what to do?

Published by Amanda on

I don’t know if it’s because the children have left home, I’m over 50, I’m having a midlife crisis or it’s January, but I feel I’m at a crossroads. For the first time since my early twenties, I can do what I want to do. The realisation is both amazing and frightening but where do you start?

  1. Learn a new language
  2. Learn to play a musical instrument
  3. Volunteer for something
  4. Tidy the house/organise cupboards, etc
  5. Write a book

All perfectly possible. But life continues at its hectic pace and doesn’t wait for you to catch up. And so I found myself trying to do everything, but not achieving much. Then I listened to an episode on the podcast thecreativepenn.com

Joanna Penn is a writer and entrepreneur I have been following for years. And she is a genius. In this episode she discusses whether it is better to start from scratch or (and I love this word) pivot.

She explains how building on your expertise can be far more valuable and though you can start something new, thinking about the things you know, what you’ve learned and what assets you already have can be more helpful. The phrase ‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water’ is very true.

So my New Year’s resolution is to pivot.

Ten years ago, I began writing, formatting, adding images to text, uploading documents, working with CreateSpace (now KDP), creating a website and although I’m not technical, I did it. I wrote four children’s books and self-published, learning as I went. They are not New York Times bestsellers, but they do still sell and I created them.

I realised I could do more with the assets I had. I just needed a nudge in the right direction. Thank you, Joanna.

As a result, I have rewritten and reformatted my first ever children’s ebook, Before Cell Wars and as a thank you for reading this blog, it is free. I hope you and your children enjoy it.

And while we are on the subject of learning to pivot, I had to include the fabulous scene from ‘Friends’. Just brilliant!


Jo · February 1, 2024 at 1:17 pm

Thanks, Amanda, and I am so glad to help with your midlife pivot 🙂 All the best! Thanks, Jo

    Amanda · February 1, 2024 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks for your comment. And thanks for all your help.

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