Over 50 & Thriving Series

Over 50 & Thriving Online

April 12, 2018
Over 50 & Thriving Online

Over 50 & Thriving Online


What I love about the Over 50 & Thriving series is the amazing women I am meeting.  Some I have known for some time, others I’ve only just met.  I am learning so much from them all and feel inspired that all of them have such a positive attitude to being Over 50.  I know it is a wonderful phase of life but I’m continually encouraged to see that others agree.

Have you ever wanted to change career or direction after 50? My guest, Lise Galipeau did just that and shares her story with us today.

This week’s guest, is Lise Galipeau, from Simply Lise.com  is a blogger from Montreal, Quebec, who I have only recently met.  In this Over 50 & Thriving Series, we read recently a contribution from Linda Hobden of Boots, Shoes and Fashion about 5 Tips for Thriving in the Job Market at 50+.

Lise has not only turned 50 and is thriving, but has also actually started a new career and in a completely new industry, proving we are definitely all capable of learning.  She shares her experiences here today and I’m sure you will be inspired to maybe start that new career you have been thinking about for some time.  You can learn more about Lise and connect with her at the end of her article.

Lise writes:

Way Over 50 & Thriving Online


Over 50 & Thriving Online

Turning 50 was the second biggest turning point in my life.

First one happened at 42 when my one and only child, a daughter, was born.  You can imagine that it completely changed my life.

When she was a baby, I literally was afraid to leave the house and forgetting her.  Think about it, for at least 25 years, I only had to check if I had my purse or bag when getting out of the house.  Now it was a whole new ballgame, just going to the store was a big deal, especially in winter.

When she was older, I made sure I was involved in a lot of activities at school, because I was older than the other mothers.  I didn’t want her to feel different.

But having a child at 42, no matter what, it keeps me young still.  And now I’ll be a brand new  ‘young’ grandmother  in May.

Turning 50 was a big milestone, a big number and a scary one!

My husband asked me if I wanted a party or go away.  So I turned 50 on a train in Alaska, now that’s something I’ll always remember.

When we came back from that trip,  I asked myself the big question:  What do I want to do with the rest of my life?

I figured, if lucky, I could have another 20 years to live a productive life.   I didn’t have to work but I wanted to do something I loved.  I have a creative side, I did oil painting since I was young and I can also draw using charcoal.  So I knew I had an eye for colors.

So first new thing I thought about was to try my hand at interior decorating.  I took an online class and repainted my whole house, moved furniture around, etc.  But I realized that it would be impossible to go into that field at my age.  I didn’t want to work for a company, and I had no connections at all.

Often an opportunity presents itself that will change your life, except you don’t know that when it happens, only later, much later.

This was 2001 and a friend and I were part of a team of reps for a company manufacturing and selling non toxic, natural products based on Melaleuca oil.  We would spread the words about these great products to everyone we knew.  Facebook didn’t exist then (it was founded in 2004) so networking was really hard.

My friend and I decided to create a website to inform and educate people.  We never sold these products, only let people know they existed.

Neither one of us knew how to make a website, now remember this was before WordPress, before drag & drop builders.  We had a computer at home, but I had no idea how anything worked on it.  We had an email address that came with our internet provider, but I never used it, didn’t even know how to use it.

Crazy right that I would think I could build a website!  What was I thinking?  I didn’t even know what a directory on my computer was!

I did some research and found a site that offered a course to build one.  I asked the gentleman who gave the course how long it would take to finish the course.  His answer was about 1 month.  AHAH, it took me about 4 months!

But I succeeded in learning to code html at 54.  My first website was called Women’s Corner and each page was dedicated to a health topic geared towards women.  And this is what my site looked like the summer of 2003 🙂




Over the years, I kept learning more and more coding, and when CSS came out, I learned that too, all on my own, well not quite, with the help of online tutorials.

I was sending a newsletter every 2 weeks and eventually got over 500 subscribers.  And one day, one of them asked me if I could build a website for her.  And that’s when my 3rd career (first a secretary, 2nd a travel agent) started.

I love love the internet and everything it helped me accomplish and still does .

I love that every day I can get to ‘play’ online and actually know what I’m doing.

I’m pretty sure I’m the oldest web designer today.   I love how I can meet and work with people from all over the globe.

I’m so grateful that my brain is younger than my body LOL

I have come a long way since I turned 50 and I’m going to keep doing it until I can’t anymore.

Meet Lise

Hi! I’m Lise.  I live with my husband and 2 dogs in a small town near Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  We have a grown up daughter and we’ll be grandparents for the first time in May.  Very excited.  I’m a WordPress web designer and most days, you’ll find me at my computer, in p.j.’s

I also try to find the time to write posts on my personal blog.  I hate cooking, with a passion.  We love cruises and have been on many over the years.

We also traveled to places like Israel, Egypt, Europe, Morocco.

I love watching TV series, like all the cop shows, Grey’s Anatomy, Survivor, Big Brother.

Connect with Lise

Web Design: https://galidesigns.com
Blog: https://simplylise.com


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  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle April 12, 2018 at 10:34

    Wow Lise – go you! Lovely to meet you. Thanks for introducing us to another fabulously inspiring 50+ lady Sue! #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2018 at 10:42

      I am meeting some wonderful women through this series, Min. It is the best idea I’ve had for a long time. I am learning from each and everyone of you which is great!

    • Reply Lise April 12, 2018 at 23:15

      Thank you Min. It’s very nice meeting you as well. Checking out your blog now. 🙂

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au April 12, 2018 at 12:00

    I want to say what Min said – Wow Lise!! HTML just does my head in. I must say that I understand it and can play with it a little bit (prior to blogging I didn’t even know what it meant!) but I would never choose to do anything that involves coding. I’m pretty OCD so it would probably suit me, but to learn it like you did and to use it as a career just blows my little Midlife brain! I love reading about women who step out and learn new stuff and show that we’re never too old to start something new!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2018 at 17:05

      Lise is great isn’t she Leanne. I, like you have tinkered with HTML but not in any great details. Imagine making a living from it? Lise is one clever lady.

      • Reply Lise April 12, 2018 at 23:19

        Oh gosh Sue, you’re making me blush now 🙂

        • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2018 at 12:35

          You deserve it Lise you have shown us that we can do anything that we put our minds to. 🙂

          • Lise April 14, 2018 at 00:00

            Thanks Sue 🙂

    • Reply Lise April 12, 2018 at 23:19

      Thanks Leanne, absolutely, never too old to start learning something new….I think it’s a good way to stay younger. And I’ve got to be honest, it blows my mind too that I did learn it. LOL

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl April 12, 2018 at 19:53

    Lise, I am in awe regarding how you learned to code. It was lovely to read your story here this week.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Lise April 13, 2018 at 01:40

      Thank you for you comment 🙂

  • Reply Deborah April 12, 2018 at 20:31

    I turned 50 at Christmas and – like you – feel like I did things older than many of my contemporaries. I tried to have a child in my early – mid 40s… when many of my friends had kids finishing school. I’m still gobsmacked now (at 50) that I have friends who are grandparents. Their lives seem a world away from mine and I struggle with it sometimes.

    I love that there still seems to be so much more that we can achieve…. #teamlovinlife

  • Reply Lise April 13, 2018 at 01:55

    Deborah, I was definitely in the same boat as you, friends my age have been grandparents for a long time, so I’m getting lots of advice 🙂

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee April 13, 2018 at 07:25

    It’s great not to be scared of change and give things a go – regardless of age!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2018 at 12:39

      Exactly Lydia we need an Ageless Attitude and that helps us overcome our fears. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! xx

    • Reply Lise April 13, 2018 at 13:03

      Lydia, it can be scary but so much fun in the end 🙂

  • Reply Jo Tracey April 13, 2018 at 08:07

    I marvel at how many inspiring people there are out there, Sue …and you’re getting to meet them! Go Lise!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2018 at 12:43

      I’m loving the series myself Jo because I’m meeting wonderful women who are inspiring and teaching me.

    • Reply Lise April 13, 2018 at 13:04

      Agree with Jo and Sue, so many inspiring women. Thanks.

  • Reply Jennifer Jones April 13, 2018 at 14:41

    This is such a fabulous post Lise. You are proof that we are not washed up after 50. We can do whatever we put our minds too. Thanks for sharing your story with us. Will look forward to following your adventures on your blog.

    • Reply Lise April 14, 2018 at 02:56

      Thanks Jennifer and now I’m almost 71 and still thriving online! 🙂 Will see you on my blog.

  • Reply Miriam April 13, 2018 at 15:38

    What a wonderful and inspiring story Lise has. Oldest programmer ever, whoah, I’m so impressed. Fantastic post and proof that we can all do anything we put our minds to. Thanks Sue, I loved this.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2018 at 16:42

      I’ve had some very inspiring guest writers Miriam in my Over 50 & Thriving series and I’ve learned so much from each of them. Glad you enjoyed Lise’s story she really is great! x

    • Reply Lise April 14, 2018 at 02:59

      Thanks Miriam…we can absolutely do anything we want, no matter what age 🙂

  • Reply Debbie April 13, 2018 at 15:44

    This is such an inspiring post Sue! What a wonderful career Lise has had and she is amazing! It’s so good to get to meet new people in your series, thanks for introducing another fab role model for us all.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2018 at 16:48

      I’m loving the series Debbie and will be continuing indefinitely at least until the end of the year. I am meeting so many inspiring women all with positive messages and new learnings. Its great!

    • Reply Lise April 14, 2018 at 03:00

      Thanks Debbie, so nice to be amongst these other fab ladies.

  • Reply Beverly April 14, 2018 at 00:52

    I loved this. I was so happy when I turned 50 (7 years ago). It was liberating for me. I still haven’t decided what I want to be when I grow up but now I have the freedom to explore and discover who I am. I know what I won’t be and that’s just as important. I’ve got some things up my sleeve and it’s so fun to think of the possibilities. I think the best is yet to be and I’m definitely looking forward to thriving as I get older.
    Thank you for this series Sue and thank you, Lise, for proving that you can find your passion at any age.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 14, 2018 at 11:45

      Hi Beverly! Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment. Like you I never feared turning 50 and last year I turned 60 and the world didn’t stop turning LOL:) I love that you haven’t grown up yet and possibilities are always exciting aren’t they. I love your attitude to life and so pleased you are enjoying the series and also Lise’s story. I’m constantly learning from all of my guest writers and I look forward each Thursday to when the next guest is published. Enjoy your weekend xx

  • Reply Kathy Marris April 14, 2018 at 16:41

    This is an incredible story and one that I can identify with because I also changed my career in my mid fifties. I applaud anyone who has the guts to get out there and decide to learn a new skill or take on a new career over the age of fifty. It just goes to show that we mature ladies have still got brains! You’re an inspiration Lise. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 15, 2018 at 10:11

      We certainly do have brains Kathy! I’m just loving meeting so many inspirational women. Our generation is certainly leading the way that is for sure xx

  • Reply Victoria April 15, 2018 at 04:19

    I think it is so wonderful that you are web designing. I wish I was taking to the internet as well as you are. Daughter and I have been blogging for a little over two years and I still am pretty clueless about all of it. It isn’t that I haven’t tried but the terms seem to boggle my mind.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 15, 2018 at 09:37

      Isn’t Lise fabulous to be tackling Web Design and HTML? It can be quite overwhelming once we get into the technical side of computer language can’t it, Victoria? That’s why we have people like Lise! Hope all is well and you have a lovely weekend. xx

  • Reply Lise April 17, 2018 at 01:48

    You’re welcome Beverly and yes absolutely fun to come up with all kinds of possibilities. And you have more of those now than I did a long time ago. Good luck!

  • Reply Lise April 17, 2018 at 01:50

    Awh! Thank you Kathy, glad you too had the guts to change career. Hope you’re having fun too 🙂

  • Reply Lise April 17, 2018 at 01:53

    I never thought I would be an internet addict LOL – but it’s not for everyone, just like cooking is not for me at all…I hate it! Thanks Sue for making me blush again

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit April 17, 2018 at 07:51

    Hi Lise! Great to meet you. I’m also grateful my brain is younger than my body. That’s always a good thing. #teamlovinlife

  • Reply Lise April 17, 2018 at 09:28

    Nice to meet you too Leanne. Absolutely, always a good thing! I would have thought that in 2018 there would be places where we could go and exchange our old parts for new ones LOL

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