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Seeing the possible

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I have a post-it note stuck to the side of my computer screen that reads “Inspire Possibilities.”

Some time ago, it was one of those inspirational quotes that you sometimes see when a friend shares a Monday morning meme on Facebook or Instagram.

The thought seemed to fit what I try to do here at Prime, so I made it my own.

I think that quote is a perfect fit for the story of Christina Bozza’s midlife career change from corporate insurance specialist to entrepreneur running her own custom spice blending company, which I chronicle in this month’s feature story.

After all, there’s nothing more inspiring to those of us who are boomers – or even a bit older – than to see a contemporary who is making a success of following their dream.

Making a career change at any point in one’s work life takes courage. Doing it at mid-life – and in Christina’s case, walking away from a successful career path that had given her stability and security – is something entirely different.

But there’s something to be said about wanting to do work that feeds your soul, not just your pocketbook.

I think it’s a sentiment that echoes with more and more of us as we reach mid-life, and beyond.

Christina  – or Tina, as she prefers to be called – noted that though she was putting in nights and weekends working on her last big corporate project, she sensed the work was a dead end, something that might never come to fruition.

If you’re going to work that hard on something, why not have it be for yourself, was her decision.

That’s a sentiment I’ve heard over and over from the many entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed over the years.

It seems that old adage is eternally true  – anything worth having is worth working hard for. And, to get what you want, you have to takes risks.

It helps however, if you have a well-thought out plan – as Christina plainly had – and plenty of support.

Still, I think her story of taking her passion for flavors and custom spice blending and turning it into a business is the perfect example of Inspiring Possibilities.

I hope it helps some of you to revisit those deferred dreams of you own.

Thanks for reading,

Debbie Gardner