When I was younger, around age 16 I was discovered walking down the street by a model scout. Although it was a long time ago and I had much success as a model, I put it on the back burner to pursue my career as a journalist and author. From time to time I still get calls asking me to share my story for an editorial spread.
Recently, I had the great honor of being interviewed by Founder/CEO, Brenda Coffee and love the great photos taken by Noel Sutherland and stylist, Mark Grischke. If you’re over 40 and have looked online for fashions and smart content that would interest you, then you know it’s hard to find and that’s why #WhereStyleIsAgeless http://www.1010parkplace.com is amazing. What I love about 1010 Park Place is that Brenda honors women of all walks of life and backgrounds. She is a true leader.
Women sometimes feel invisible. A lot of that has to do with how they feel about themselves. A recent study by Princeton University found that women are less inclined to seek out leadership roles than men, and are subject to much more insecurity about their abilities. I started doing research into other cultures around the world.
Other cultures celebrate aging but also respect their elders and put them in leadership roles, which shows that aging is not only biological but also cultural.
If you want to stop feeling invisible (or just want to reinvent yourself :), find places, cultures, organizations and people where you feel vital and alive. Look for ways to become leaders in your community, regardless of age. We have to ignore our insecurities and look for opportunities to become visible and find ways to take control of our lives– run for local office, get on a community board, get involved in a charity, start a program or business – and be as creative as possible.
Try to spend time with people who really see you, and less time with people who don’t. Even if it’s only for a few hours a day, reach out to old friends, go online and communicate with like minded on social media and get involved in activities you are interested in. You will find in time that people are not only listening to your wisdom but also seeing you! You are a creative, beautiful, interesting person that has so much to share with the world. Remember that!