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How to Reinvent Yourself at 50 (or any age really!!)

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Before we begin I have a secret to share with you. You don’t have to stay the same person for the rest of your life, especially if you’re unhappy and hate your life. Shocker! I know! I’m gonna be honest, I had no idea change was possible, until it was. Today we’re gonna talk about how to reinvent yourself at 50 but really, this is possible at any age.

The first thing to understand is that change is possible. Without a doubt. It’s up to us to make changes to our lives so we can be happy but one thing keeps stopping us. Well, 2 things actually.

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  1. We don’t know how, and
  2. We’re really scared.

Seriously. That’s it. It’s scary and we don’t know what we’re doing. So we don’t do anything and we just stay the same. Boring right?

You might really like this article from my sister site on how to stop fear from robbing you of the life you really want.

How can I reinvent my life after 50?

Let’s first understand what this means to reinvent yourself. I think it means a lot of different things to everyone. Some people go under the knife and totally reinvent the way they look. Others reinvent themselves by changing careers. I mean you can reinvent yourself a thousand ways when you think about it.

Here are a few more examples:

  • moving town/country/continent
  • changing your religion or beliefs
  • completely overhauling your friend’s list
  • changing your entire wardrobe or style
  • changing your diet and your physical health

And that’s just a few different ways you can reinvent yourself.

So what does it mean to reinvent yourself?

It simply means that the person you are or were doesn’t make you happy anymore (for lack of a better word) or you’re just plain tired of the person you used to be and you truly desire to be someone you’ve always wanted to be: like a free person!

You’re not stuck in the way you live your life now. You can totally start making some changes. I remember when I left my relationship and sat and looked back at my life, one of the biggest questions I asked myself was “How can I reinvent my life after 50”?

I was sure it was too late. I was positive I was too old. Neither was true. I was just beginning!!

How I reinvented myself back in 2015

So the Reader’s Digest Version of my life goes something like this:

  • at 51 yrs old, left my abusive relationship with no money, no job and no belongings
  • after being a hairstylist for 25 years I traded that in and became a freelance writer
  • spent a year doing deep healing and personal growth
  • left my country (Canada)
  • bought a one way ticket and flew to Guatemala (I’m still here)

As you can see, I completely reinvented my life and who I was. I had over 50 years to unplug from and reinvent. It was fun and scary and so rewarding. Beyond belief. I never once thought in a million years I’d be living the life I have now. If I knew it was this easy I would have done it sooner.

Over on my YouTube channel I discussed how to start over at 50. You might like this video. This is actually a new channel and I barely had any subscribers but over 12,000 people watched and loved this video (maybe more by now!!)!

I also wrote this blog post that resonated with so many readers. You can check it out here:

How to Start Over at 50 With No Money

and this recent post is almost viral

How to Dress Over 50-10 Things You Should Never Wear

How to reinvent yourself physically

I’m kinda in the process of doing just that now, yes even at 59 years old. Truth be told, and something very few people know about me, I used to be serious into bodybuilding (I wish I still had some photos to show you). I was in my 40’s, working at the YMCA as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor and just became obsessed with bodybuilding.

I reached a point and then just tapped out but have tried to take care of my health off and on since then. I’m back in the gym now, 5 days a week, I just quit smoking (1 year down so far-yay me!!) and am eating way healthier than I have in a long time. So you could say I am reinventing myself physically. Sorta.

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I would say it’s harder to reinvent yourself physically then it is to just make a few changes in your life (ie clothes, hairstyle, religious beliefs, etc). When you are overhauling your physical health, it takes an awful lot of discipline and determination.

Both are not so easy to come by.

I would recommend if you want to know how to reinvent yourself physically, read some fitness blogs, watch some good fitness and healthy eating videos on YouTube and then set a date and do it.

Unless you’re going under the knife and totally reinventing yourself with plastic surgery then you should def watch some videos on that. Know what you’re getting into before you spend all your money on that stuff please. Please.

You should watch an episode of Botched. For real.

How to reinvent yourself at 50 (or any age really)

I could say that it’s easy to reinvent yourself at 50 or any age but it’s actually not. I mean, wait, it is but it isn’t. Then again, all depends on what exactly you are reinventing. If you look at my history, I completely reinvented my entire existence from my job to the place I live.

It was not easy, it took some time, it was scary af all the time, but I did it. I know without a shadow of a doubt if I can do it so can you ( I know I know so cliche). But honestly. I want you to go watch some other videos on YouTube or wherever about people who have reinvented their lives and see that someone is already doing what you want to do.

So it’s not impossible. It’s just gonna take a bit of work.

5 steps to help you change your life at 50

1 Recognize you aren’t happy

The most important thing is to recognize that you aren’t happy either with your life or the way you feel/look. For me, quitting smoking was important because I am getting older and it’s starting to take its toll on me. I didn’t like how my skin was starting to look, not to mention my breathing was bad and I stunk all the time.

I knew I had to make big changes physically and for my health.

2 Decide what needs to be changed

Decide which areas of your life need an overhaul. Is it physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, professional or demographic. Also please note that while we are making changes to be happier, you can’t chase happiness. You have to do and find the things that make you happy, that make your heart sing. Does that make sense?

Start doing more things that bring your joy. Things you haven’t done in a really long time for whatever reason, or things you just need to do more of. Some changes may require a little work and effort which brings us to #3.

3 Do some research

The third thing you need to do is research to find out what you have to do to make some of the changes you want to make. Find and follow people (like me!) who have already done what you want to do, send them emails, comment on their stuff and get answers.

How hard will it be? How easy will it be? Do you need money? How much? Find out all these things and more.

4 Understand friendships

Something you’ll need to know as you start life transitions is that you will lose people along the way and that’s ok. I lost most of my friends and half my family. It is what it is. Yes I’m sad about this but I’ve made new friends along the way and sometimes friends become family.

Not everyone in your life is on the same path as you are. Many people don’t want to change for whatever reason, so while you are growing and evolving and making some awesome life changes, your friends may fall to the wayside. That’s ok. You’ll make new ones!

5 Take action

Once you’ve decided which areas need an overhaul, you’ve done some research to see how to do it, it’s now time to start taking action and actually doing it.

That’s the scary part. That’s the part that will make you lose your breath, make you feel like you want to throw up, make you cry and may even make you stop and change your mind. It’s ok to feel any or all of that. Feel it, go through it, embrace it and know that when you come out the other side you are going to love your new life.

I think you might really like my new signature course Mighty Midlife Makeover. Click the link to get more details about it. I structured this course to help you not only get the most out of midlife, but also to help you make some big scary changes too!

Reinventing yourself at 50-it’s time to take action!

That’s honestly the hardest part: taking action. So many don’t and it hurts my heart. I get emails all the time from women who are so inspired by my story yet they don’t follow through with what they tell me they are going to do. It’s so sad. The only thing standing in your way is you and the stupid excuse that you can’t.

You can.

Please check out my Mighty Midlife Makeover course!! Seriously!

Do you want to spend the rest of your life living in regret? Oh HELL no you don’t. I know you want to change your life. I know you want to be happier. I know you don’t want things to stay the way they are now. I know all that and so do you!!!!

I can’t even imagine what my life would be like right now if I was still freezing my butt off in Canada, working to build someone else’s dream and being miserable the whole time.

Yuck.

If you’re there, at the miserable stage, it’s your sign, your time, to make changes. Step into your power and reinvent yourself and your life the way YOU want it. The way you truly want it. Face the fear and do it.

You so got this.

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