How to Start A New Career after 45

How to Start A New Career after 45

The idea of switching careers after 45 can be daunting. You have been working at your career for years and are likely very established. It is risky to make a change. If you are thinking of switching careers it is probably because you are not happy or fulfilled in your current situation. So, how do you navigate the process of changing careers after 45? We have five tips for you to make the journey as easy as possible.

Do the Math

Make sure you know how much you need to earn to cover your bills and lifestyle. Before you make any moves, you need to know your bottom line. If there are areas that you can cut costs make those adjustments before you leave your job. The #1 reason that women do not make a career change is because of money. If you are realistic about what your financial needs are and what your earning potential is, you can make career decisions with a clear idea of your financial needs.

Start A Business

If being an entrepreneur interest you, but you cannot afford to leave your job consider starting a business. You can structure it around your work schedule and do something that you really love. As your business grows you can ease out of your full-time job and into running your business full time. Or, you can have a side hustle that is where you gather fulfillment, while maintaining the financial stability of your job.

Contact Your Network

Social media keeps us all super connected. We have access to people we used to work with, old supervisors and well-connected friends. Reach out to your network and let them know you are looking at making a career change. You never know who knows of a great new job.

Know Your Worth

Women are notorious for undervaluing our skills and experience. Before you begin looking for a new position take stock of what you bring to the table. When applying for positions leverage your abilities to paint a picture of how you can fit and thrive in the position.

Update Your Skills

While going back to college may be unrealistic at this stage of life, you can always brush up your skills. If you are seeing requirements for certain computer programs or technology take it upon yourself to learn. Not only will new skills make you more employable, but they will give you confidence as you apply for new opportunities.

There will be challenges to changing careers after 45. You will be competing with younger people; you might need to brush up your skills and it is daunting to change paths. Even if you have fears, there is a lot of reward to finding something you are passionate about for the second act of your working life.

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Karen Rae

I was becoming an empty nester, a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? I was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

I noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why I created my Fave Lifestyles.

Fave is for the woman who wants to call Fave her community of women who support, uplift, and make her feel better about herself. I want to create a place where we help her answer life's questions and just do life together!

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8 Blogs for Midlife Women

8 Blogs for Midlife Women

We LOVE finding other blogs and websites serving women in their midlife years. We have scoured the internet and gathered eight blogs that we love! Covering topics from fitness, parenting adult children, menopause and fashion. These sites are full of great articles we think you will love!

A Well Styled Life

Since 2012, Jennifer Connolly has been helping women over 40 be their confident, stylish, best selves through her blog, A Well Styled Life. A certified personal stylist and image consultant with decades of experience in wardrobe styling and beauty, Jennifer helps her readers navigate new trends and timeless truths – providing ready-to-wear ideas for every budget and accessible, honest lifestyle advice with a focus on self-care, nourishment, and wellness.

Viva Fifty

Viva Fifty is a bilingual and multicultural community that celebrates life and the joy that midlife can entail. Writers, bloggers and readers alike share their stories and ideas on how to live life to the fullest, because fifty is not the new thirty. Fifty is the new fifty. And life at fifty plus is grand!

Fab & Fifty

Redefining how we women over 50 see ourselves- and how we are viewed by others. We are changing perceptions of women over 50. Let’s laugh together, cry together, inspire each other, but most of all be fabulous together. With one in seven women turning 50 this year likely to live to be 100, let’s live our next half century to the full.

Ageless after 50

An Ageless Body isn’t about being skinny, being about to leap tall buildings in a single bound or outrun your grandkids. It’s about living and loving life and being your healthiest, fittest and happiest YOU.

Sizzling Toward 60

If you are struggling with the ’empty nest’, not sure of your direction in life or you need feel healthier and more active, then I’m here to help. The website will provide resources to enable you to be inspired and motivated to live your best version of YOU.

Chic at Any Age

Chic At Any Age is a fashion resource for women over 50 who want to learn more about style, fashion and what will suit them as mature women.  If you want to continue to look good and have fun with fashion you have come to the right place.

Cresting the Hill

There’s so much more to Midlife than having a crisis, or being in menopause, or crying over an empty nest. It’s time to focus on freedom, re-discovery, and becoming the best version of ourselves. 

Over 50 Feeling 40

The mission of Over 50 Feeling 40 is to inspire women over 50 to look and feel their best, to strive to be women of strength and dignity and to enjoy every single day of life, one day at a time.

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Karen Rae

I was becoming an empty nester, a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? I was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

I noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why I created my Fave Lifestyles.

Fave is for the woman who wants to call Fave her community of women who support, uplift, and make her feel better about herself. I want to create a place where we help her answer life's questions and just do life together!

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5 Ways to Be a Confident Woman

5 Ways to Be a Confident Woman

One of the missions of Fave Lifestyles is to help women gain confidence in their lives. Whether it is in your career or your personal life being confident is important to being comfortable in your life. We have compiled five things that confident women do every day of their lives for you to incorporate into your own life.

Don’t Say Yes Unless You Really Want Too

It can be really hard to say no. Often we find ourselves saying yes to things we really don’t want to do at the expense of our time and well-being. A confident woman knows that saying no to certain things means saying yes to themselves, their families, friends and goals. Be comfortable saying no!

Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life

When we realize that we are 100% responsible for our lives we gain confidence in our decisions and our feelings. Of course, there are situations and circumstances that are out of our control, but we can control our reactions. If we are responsible for our reactions, we can moderate our feelings and make decisions from a place of control instead of emotion.

Listen More than You Speak

Confident women listen more than they speak because they feel that they have nothing to prove. Women with confidence know that by actively listening and paying attention to others, they are much more likely to learn and grow.

Support Other Women

Confident women support and celebrate the success of other women. They know that there is enough success to go around and we do not have to tear each other down or negate the success of others to elevate ourselves.

Don’t Over Apologize

If you have actually done something that warrants and apology, then you should say you are sorry, but many women use the word sorry way more than they should. Have you found yourself prefacing an opinion with ‘sorry, but I think that_________.” Why do we feel the need to apologize for an opinion? Confident women do not feel the need to apologize for thoughts, feelings or opinions. They state what they think and move on.

Most women struggle with confidence in some area of their lives. Confidence can ebb and flow based in the situation and phase of life you are currently in. By building confidence in these five areas you are on a good path to feeling confidence throughout your entire life.

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Karen Rae

I was becoming an empty nester, a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? I was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

I noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why I created my Fave Lifestyles.

Fave is for the woman who wants to call Fave her community of women who support, uplift, and make her feel better about herself. I want to create a place where we help her answer life's questions and just do life together!

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10 Podcasts for Midlife Women

10 Podcasts for Midlife Women

Have you jumped on the podcast train yet? There are so many amazing podcasts available! It is hard to know where to start. We have put together a list of popular podcasts geared toward middle aged women and the challenges they are facing. If you have never listened to a podcast before, this is a good place to start!

Fit n’ Chips Chats with Amanda Thiebe

Amanda Thebe is a force of nature for women who are experiencing menopause hell and want to start feeling healthy and fit in their 40s and beyond. Through her very frank articles, hilarious social media posts and inspirational and entertaining talks, she’s here to help you find the tools to have more energy and zest for life, while making you laugh like a 20-year-old throughout the process.

Forever Fierce with Catherine Grace O’Donnell

Forever Fierce is an all video talk show hosted by Catherine Grace O’Connell. She is joined each week by a diverse series of guest co-hosts of all ages and genders to keep the show fresh … and Fierce. This show is the definitive talk show/podcast to fiercely empower women of all ages through the lens of Midlife.

Midlife Mix Tape

A podcast to celebrate GenXers at midlife, with humor, heart, and a really good beat. In each episode, writer Nancy Davis Kho of MidlifeMixtape.com interviews fellow GenXers about how they’re thriving in the years between being hip and breaking one.

Women in the Middle

Women in the Middle is a podcast for women in their 50s who don’t want to let life pass them by. You’ll learn from someone who knows what it’s like to be stuck in a midlife funk and want to change but not know what to do. Master Certified Life Coach Suzy Rosenstein shares the mindfulness skills, tools and perspective you need to live intentionally, learn how to dream again, and create a life you love. 

Experience 50- The Podcast

Here’s the thing, you are a grown up at 50. No more excuses for a life that didn’t turn out the way you thought it would. In these episodes, you are going to learn the stuff you should know by now. You will also hear stories of midlifers making pivots, reinventing themselves because they just don’t care what other people think anymore.

The Big Leap Show: Inspiring Interviews with Badass Women About the Journey From Dreaming to Doing

Ready to earn more, switch careers, start a business, or maybe even quit your job to travel the world, but scared as hell to actually take the leap? Then mama you are in the right place. Finding the courage to get outside of your comfort zone to do something new can be downright scary and overwhelming (especially when it feels like everyone is killing it and you are completely clueless).

Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert

Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert returns for the second season of her hit podcast MAGIC LESSONS, ready to help another batch of aspiring artists overcome their fears and create more joyfully.

Midlife Matters

From parenting teens to aging gracefully, Julie, Marie and Mindy discuss all the topics that keep women up at night. Let’s laugh and learn together as we journey through the middle years of life!

Menopodcast – Menopause For The 21st Century

Two modern women chatting about The Change…This Is Not Your Mother’s Menopause!

Go Solo Live

A podcast for and about midlife solo women travelers. Host Jennifer Buchholz of Transform via Travel talks to women about their solo travel experiences. It’s more than just “how to” or “where’ve you been”. It’s about their personal stories of where they were in life before solo travel, what inspired them to go, what they found on their travels, and possibly even how they found more of themselves.

about

Karen Rae

I was becoming an empty nester, a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? I was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

I noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why I created my Fave Lifestyles.

Fave is for the woman who wants to call Fave her community of women who support, uplift, and make her feel better about herself. I want to create a place where we help her answer life's questions and just do life together!

Let's Do Life Together at Fave Lifestyles

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10 Must Read Books for Midlife Women

10 Must Read Books for Midlife Women

We have some avid readers in Our Fave community, so we wanted to provide a roundup of well-reviewed books that have been recommended for women who are 45 and older! If you have read any of these books or have a recommendation leave us a comment!

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her. The book chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates

In this moving and compelling book, Melinda shares lessons she’s learned from the inspiring people she’s met during her work and travels around the world. As she writes in the introduction, “That is why I had to write this book―to share the stories of people who have given focus and urgency to my life. I want all of us to see ways we can lift women up where we live.”

Note to Self: Inspiring Words From Inspiring People by Gayle King

In Note to SelfCBS This Morning cohost Gayle King shares some of the most memorable letters from the broadcast’s popular segment of the same name. With essays from such varied figures as Oprah, Vice President Joe Biden, Chelsea Handler, and Maya Angelou—as well as poignant words from a Newtown father and a military widow—Note to Self is a moving reflection on the joys and challenges of growing up and a perfect gift for any occasion

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend,” “Plain Girl Versus the Demon” and “The Robots Will Kill Us All” Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.

You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond by Elizabeth Gilbert

This beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives.

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena—whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

Over 100 exceptional and influential women describe how they embraced their creative spirit, overcame adversity, and sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship. Media titans and ceramicists, hoteliers and tattoo artists, comedians and architects—taken together, these profiles paint a beautiful picture of what happens when we pursue our passions and dreams.

‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Maria Kondō

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). 

Becoming by Michelle Obama

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. 

about

Karen Rae

I was becoming an empty nester, a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? I was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

I noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why I created my Fave Lifestyles.

Fave is for the woman who wants to call Fave her community of women who support, uplift, and make her feel better about herself. I want to create a place where we help her answer life's questions and just do life together!

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