Over 50s Lifestyle

My Midlife Career Change – Be Adventurous

July 11, 2016

Our next guest writer in my Midlife Matters series is Rev Crouse from Hobsess.com. Rev is all about crossing things off her bucket list and encouraging us all to do the same.

Her website’s tagline is ‘Where Hobbies Meet Obsessions’ and provides a wealth of information from how to find a hobby, to interviews with experts and loads of other inspirational and motivational information to get you off the couch and enjoying life.

I actually took Rev’s ‘Hobsessment’ to help you create your bucket list and find hobbies that may interest you.  It was fun and informative!   Why not give it a try!

You can read her bio and find how to follow her on social media at the end of the article.

In her article, Rev writes about making the huge decision to change careers from a well-paid executive role to something that ‘brings her joy, peace and contentment’.  You can read what that is in her article below.

find your passion

Rev writes….

I remember the day it happened just like it was yesterday instead of five years ago.

My boss told me she was leaving and wanted me to take her place.

“Her place” was powerful, influential and demanding.

I had been working hard for years only to be promoted into positions that I didn’t like.

The paychecks grew while my interest dwindled.

As I climbed higher up the ladder, I came to despise the tasks that went along with it.

But it wasn’t just the work. It was the constant realization that no matter how many hours I put in, I really wasn’t making a meaningful impact. Sadly, it’s very typical in a large, bureaucratic environment.

I just kept thinking, “Is this it? Is this all there is to life? Is this what midlife means?”

And now here I was faced with a decision of moving right on up another miserable step but instead I did what very few would in a shaky economy.

I turned it down.

Was this a midlife crisis?

Maybe.

But it was the beginning of my journey to find work that would bring joy, peace, and contentment during the second half of my life.

And that, I found, was the most important thing to me.

“Don’t you have to work for a company, get promoted, and make a six-figure income to be considered successful?” the nagging little voice in my head would say. Shut up!

I found myself in midlife redefining what “success” means.Click To Tweet

I needed change. Major change.

I tried a couple other positions in the organization but was unable to find the joy I was searching. I took a job I knew would end and when it did, I was ok. Actually, better than ok. I was relieved.

So, now what?

Next came the most important decision. Be employed by someone else or go out on my own? I chose the entrepreneurial route.

I will add that I have an incredibly supportive husband who has encouraged me every step of the way which, consequently, made the decision of taking the first step out there on my own so much easier.

I eventually landed on creating a website and blog as my business adventure. Throwing my thoughts and ideas out there seemed so very freeing.

But what would I write about?

What would I contribute to an already crowded web?

I decided to seek out the one thing that I never allowed my busy self to do.

Have a hobby.

And not just any hobby, but one where I could grow and improve my mind, body and spirit.

Okay. Wait.

I might need three hobbies.

I had neglected caring for myself while giving my all to “the man” so I decided that this would be a fantastic opportunity to not only find activities to better myself but also try to help as many others who had walked in my high heels do the same.

That’s how Hobsess.com was created.

Hobsess.com is a place for exploring new hobbies, interviewing experts to inspire beginners and a collection of ideas to move a hobby into business. The perfect resource for midlife explorers, experts and entrepreneurs.

I was the first explorer.

My first hobby was website design. I have always been interested in technology and making it work as a necessary tool.

But can you teach an old brain new tech tricks? Oh, yes, you can.

I’m not going to lie.

It’s hard for an extrovert to be confined to the computer for hours at a time but the bright spots have been the many online friends and groups I have found. I also go out to craft fairs, festivals, networking events, etc. to socialize.

I am still learning and loving it.

My new hobbies currently are walking, meditation and yoga but I intend to try as many activities as possible before I get off the planet.

I cringe when I think back to what my life would be like now if I had said yes to the unwelcomed opportunity.

And I do think about my former over-worked, over-stressed colleagues occasionally as I’m out in the boat on the lake in the middle of the week.  Nothing can compare.

Getting my time back to spend it how I want is a sweet reward for ignoring the nagging voice in my head.

Every day, I become more confident that this change was the right decision for me.

Midlife it's your place in the world

I learned a valuable lesson here in midlife.

Life is short and we have to cram as much fun, adventure and joy in as we can.   No one can do that for you, except you.

Meet Rev

Revina Crouse Hobsess

Rev Crouse is a midlife blogger at Hobsess.com. She is the Hobby Queen and writes about hobbies to explore, interviews hobby experts, teaches how to make money from your hobby and highlights just how awesome life is during the second half.

Get your bucket list ready or go to Hobsess.com and create one.

Aren’t you ready to begin your adventure?

Follow Rev

Website:     http://www.hobsess.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/hobsess/

Pinterest:   https://www.pinterest.com/hobsess/

Twitter:       https://twitter.com/Hobsess

LinkedIn:    www.linkedin.com/in/revcrouse

 

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25 Comments

  • Reply Edye July 11, 2016 at 10:08

    What an inspiring story! So true that we should always choose what makes us happy 🙂

    Blessings,
    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 13, 2016 at 08:30

      It isn’t always an easy decision to make is it Edye? However, once we do take the leap of faith so many opportunities open up to us. Have a great day!

    • Reply Rev July 14, 2016 at 01:22

      Thanks, Edye. The decision to change is the hardest part. Once that’s done, the happiness flows.

  • Reply Debbie Rodrigues July 12, 2016 at 00:30

    Great story, Rev!
    My career change happened at 40yo. It was indeed the feeling that life was too short to be wasted that motivated me (and a brain tumor surgery).
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

    • Reply Rev July 12, 2016 at 12:49

      Thanks, Debbie. And what a story you have! Congrats on your change and I hope you have a very healthy future.

  • Reply Dee Hightower July 12, 2016 at 14:01

    Well done honey! I’m very proud of you and your accomplishments!

    Love you!
    Mother

    • Reply Rev July 14, 2016 at 01:15

      Best. Mom. Ever. <3

  • Reply jeffiepriya July 12, 2016 at 18:55

    Thank you for having taken your time to provide us with your valuable information relating to your stay with us.we are sincerely concerned.., Most importantly, you Keepit the major

  • Reply Angela J Smith July 12, 2016 at 22:05

    Wonderful story Rev! When I was in my 20’s & 30’s, I also thought you had to be promoted into the 6 figure income before being considered successful. Then through the years that I was there, I realized that all I was doing was giving my life up for the company. No time for me, mentally or physically. I freely walked away from it all also. While reading your story, it made me feel good to know that I was not the only one that had felt that way.

    • Reply Rev July 14, 2016 at 01:17

      And you don’t know how excited I was just now reading your story. I, too, have felt like the only one who has made such a dramatic change. Glad to know you, sister!

  • Reply Carol Cassara July 13, 2016 at 08:02

    I finished my career(s) and now am doing something I love. And that’s the most amazing thing about being almost 65.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 13, 2016 at 08:36

      Way to go Carol you inspire me with each of your posts. You have it all when you do something you love! Have a great week!

    • Reply Rev July 14, 2016 at 01:18

      Congrats to you Carol! Way to go.

  • Reply Cheryl Nicholl July 13, 2016 at 08:53

    This ‘service’ is a revelation! Someone who can HELP with a re-invention. Bookmarking this. Thank you.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 13, 2016 at 17:07

      Yes it is great isn’t it Cheryl!

  • Reply Ellen Dolgen July 13, 2016 at 10:03

    It is so important to enjoy what you do. The goal is to want to get up and go to work each day. Have it be fulfilling and nourishing to your soul. Good Luck!!!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 13, 2016 at 17:08

      So many of us just put up with our jobs and don’t have the courage to make a change. I thoroughly enjoyed Rev’s story and felt inspired by her. I know she will do well. Thanks for stopping by xx

    • Reply Rev July 14, 2016 at 01:20

      Right? Not wanting to get up and go do what you feel like you HAVE to do instead of what you WANT to do is a terribly depressing place to be. Now, let’s go nourish our souls…

  • Reply Lois Alter Mark July 13, 2016 at 13:47

    This is a great reminder that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. For many of us, midlife is the stage of our life that we finally have the time, money and confidence to pursue our passions – whatever they may be!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 13, 2016 at 17:09

      Exactly Lois. I’m loving introducing my guest writers who are all happy with midlife and have inspiring stories to tell. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day. x

    • Reply Rev July 14, 2016 at 01:21

      So true, Lois. Much happiness to you.

  • Reply Rev July 14, 2016 at 01:24

    Thanks, Sue for asking me to share my midlife experience. It has been an honor.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 14, 2016 at 06:42

      It was my total pleasure Rev. Your experience has certainly been appreciated by many and given others hope that they can do more with their life. I’m still working on finding some hobbies but at least I know where to look!

  • Reply Wendy July 17, 2016 at 07:01

    I am right there with you, Rev, and loving every bit of the opportunity this stage of life provides. I was just talking with my younger sister this week, who is still in the “small children” phase, and honestly, feeling very guilty that I’ve got the time to do some of the things I’ve always wanted to try. Then it hit me: we are in different seasons. I’ve already BEEN there; I can move on now (and I don’t need to take the guilt with me!). Sure, once a mom, always a mom, and even always needed to some degree. But the reality is, this is a beautiful stage of life where we can learn to fly all over again! Like you, my husband is extremely supportive, and that does make a huge difference – for that I am extremely grateful. So great meeting you here in Sue’s series!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 18, 2016 at 12:41

      I’m glad I could introduce Rev to you Wendy.

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