Self-Discovery Thought Leader: Joan Senio
As we turn 50, many of us become more reflective on our lives and also begin to contemplate our next act.
Whether it is triggered by an empty nest, retirement, a health scare or simply a desire to try something new, this phase can cause us to be more introspective than usual.
It may also bring on some grief or sadness related to missed opportunities or unwanted change. Grieving past losses is essential and healthy, and it is good and right for us to honor these and all of our emotions. After allowing ourselves the time and energy these thoughts deserve, it’s also key to begin to consciously shift our focus onward, incorporating our added wisdom from lessons learned and our increased confidence from obstacles overcome.
As we search for new meaning and purpose in our lives in midlife and beyond, let’s commit to one another to keep our outlook optimistic and authentic. Because we all need support, and we’re in this together. And because the best is truly yet to come.
“Grieving past losses is essential and healthy, and it is good and right for us to honor these and all of our emotions.”
Refresh Your Life and Purpose in Mid-Life and Beyond:
Who are we, really? And who do we want to be in the second half of life that remains?
There are no wrong answers – and only one rule worth following. Approach this new stage with all the excitement and enthusiasm you can muster – because a new and fulfilling phase of personal growth and self-discovery awaits. Embrace change. One of the keys to refreshing our lives after 50, and a wonderful place to begin this transformative experience, is to embrace and accept change.
By now, we’ve weathered more than a few storms. We know change is inevitable, and by accepting it, we open ourselves up more fully to new experiences and opportunities. After we accept that we have reached a new phase in life, our true growth and evolution begins.
1. Fall in Love with Yourself:
Additionally, it is essential to accept ourselves and who we are, fully. Let’s each reflect on our unique qualities, strengths, passions, talents, gifts, faults, and challenges. They are all part of who we are, and who we must love, all-in, unconditionally, if we are to be 100% authentic.
Once we do – it’s time to celebrate – all of it. Who we are, what we have achieved, the lessons we’ve learned, even the missteps along the way. This self-acceptance will provide a solid foundation for the next chapter.
2. Reflect on Passions and Interests:
The next sound second step is to reflect on what truly excites and fulfills you. Think about your hobbies, interests, and activities that bring you joy. Consider what you used to enjoy in the past and whether there’s an opportunity to reconnect with those passions.
Identify what truly excites and motivates you. Create a vision board that emphasizes these things and other areas of interest and exploration and keep it somewhere you will be able to reflect on it often.
“Break these goals down into smaller milestones and celebrate progress along the way.”
3. Set New Goals:
Setting new goals can give us a renewed sense of purpose and direction.
Whether it’s to learn a new skill, pursue a life-long dream, or to make an impact at the office or in the community, creating specific and achievable goals that align with our values and interests helps to keep us focused and inspired. Break these goals down into smaller milestones and celebrate progress along the way.
By setting and working towards new goals, we find a sense of purpose and fulfillment that can bring a different type of excitement and meaning to our life.
4. Cultivate a Healthy Lifestyle:
A healthy lifestyle is so important to our overall well-being, especially as we age. We must nourish our bodies with nutritious foods, stay physically active, and get enough restful sleep.
Regular exercise not only benefits our physical health but also boosts our mood and enhances cognitive function. Additionally, we must prioritize self-care activities that bring joy and relaxation. Whether it’s practicing meditation, indulging in a hobby, or spending quality time with loved ones, taking care of our mental and emotional well-being is just as important as taking care of our physical health.
5. Seek New Experiences:
We can refresh our life by seeking out new experiences and stepping out of our comfort zone. This can mean travel to new destinations, trying out a new activity, or learning something new.
By exposing ourselves to unfamiliar situations, we stimulate our mind, broaden our perspective, and discover our hidden passions or talents. We can also refresh our life by researching different fields or industries that capture our interest. Volunteer opportunities, part-time jobs, or courses in a new subject we know nothing about are other ways we can experiment with novel areas and broaden our horizons.
“Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something completely different.”
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something completely different. Embrace the joy of learning and the unknown. It’s never too late. And this time of life is our chance to pursue what truly excites us!
6. Connect with Like-Minded People:
Building meaningful connections with others who share similar interests or goals can greatly enrich our lives. Seek out community groups, clubs, or online communities to connect with like-minded people.
Engage in conversations, share experiences, and support others on their journey, too. When we surround ourselves with positive and supportive people, it can help motivate and inspire us and help us to feel a sense of belonging. These connections can help us stay focused on our goals while fostering a sense of community and camaraderie.
7. Invest in Personal Development:
Personal development can be illuminating as we refresh our life and purpose and embark on our next act. Consider investing in courses, workshops, or coaching programs that can enhance skills and expand knowledge.
These opportunities may boost confidence and also may makes us more marketable and adaptable to new opportunities, should we choose to pursue them. Learning should be a lifelong process, and acquiring new skills helps us to keep expanding our horizons.
8. Refresh Your Life and Purpose by Considering Entrepreneurship:
If you’ve always had a business idea or a passion project in mind, now is the time to explore it further. The digital age has made it easier than ever to start a business from the comfort of your home.
Research the market, identify your target audience, and develop a solid business plan. With determination and the right resources, entrepreneurship can be an exciting and fulfilling path to explore.
“Research the market, identify your target audience, and develop a solid business plan.”
How to Refresh Your Life and Purpose in Midlife and Beyond:
Turning 50 marks a new chapter in life, filled with opportunities for growth, self-discovery, and purpose. Welcome the changes that come with this milestone! It’s never too late to refresh your life and find new meaning and fulfillment.
Additional resources can be found in Joan’s bio below.
About the Author:
Joan Senio’s professional career includes 20+ years as a private sector health care facilities executive and 15 years (and counting) as a consultant. Joan’s current consulting work is focused on strategic planning in energy, environment, and sustainability infrastructure resiliency.
Joan founded KindCompasCoach to provide free, on-demand, kind, compassionate coaching via an openly accessible platform. KindCompasCoach articles and resources are well-researched and provide facts and knowledge as well as tips, guidance and advice for those who need support to address obstacles and challenges to their personal development and fulfillment. Areas of focus include mental health, physical health, well-being and relationships, just to name a few.
To learn more, visit KindCompasCoach. You may also connect with Joan on Twitter (@KindCompascoach). Want to take the next step on your journey of self-discovery? Learn more about your authentic self today by reading this: Your Personal Mission Statement. Would you like to work with KindCompasCoach? We enjoy working with authors, coaches, bloggers, and advertisers and will consider a wide variety of collaboration opportunities. Contact us today and let’s talk about the possibilities!