Decades without a #WOMANUAL: My TWENTIES

My twenties included my first divorce, a second husband, a second baby and the purchase of two houses.

Our homes were revolving doors for younger siblings, friends, and well-intentioned in-laws, and often the social hub of our community.

I always worked full-time, pausing only for three months post-natal leave. As exhausted as I often was, I loved the challenge of learning new skills and adding to my QBE credentials. As it happened in my teens, I would again become the primary breadwinner of my family in my twenties. I had plenty of motivation to up-level my income.

Our first home, a new build, three-bedroom town house, cost $38,000.00. The mortgage terrified me, but it was a wonderful education on investing wisely in real estate. I regret that most young couples do not have this starting advantage today.

The mid 1970s to mid-1980s were a wonderful time to cultivate friendships with other young families, share resources for childcare, power tools and entertainment on a budget. We...

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Woman Under Construction

 

I've been feeling restless and indecisive lately. My current state of mind resembles the general condition of 2020 to date.

There has been so much uncertainty and unrest in the world, and I am feeling the same way mentally.

I understand what is happening to me. This isn’t the first time I’ve experienced this condition. It happens every time I need to change and grow again.

I know that I am ready for new challenges and new experiences in my life but I’m still hesitating a little – not 100% sure of what is the first right step to take.

I am fortunate to have so many opportunities.

And I am overwhelmed because I have so many possibilities.

I am impatient and scared at the same time.

I authored a book last year and shared my story of how I have reinvented and transformed so many times in my life.

And here I am again wondering “Who Am I Now?”

I know that I am on the verge of another transformation.

I am a Woman Under Construction.

And that is...

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Me

Leonardo DiCaprio and I have a lot in common

The 2002 movie, “Catch Me If You Can”, starred a young Leonardo DiCaprio, playing the part of Frank Abagnale Jr.

This award-winning film directed by Steven Spielberg, was inspired by the true story of a young man who successfully posed as a teacher, a doctor, an airline pilot and a lawyer. He so convincingly assumed each role that few questioned his authority to hold these positions.

 

In each identity, he leveraged his love of learning, powers of observation and personal confidence to adapt and function as different people.

My interpretation of the story is that Leonardo, aka Frank, succeeds in each impersonation because he immersed fully into each persona, believing he was that identity and didn’t need to act. He became that individual and stayed in character until there was a reason to transform.

This is why I think Leonardo, or at least his...

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