I recently posted this interview on my Transitioning to Retirement blog and decided to share it here as well :).
Lyn, what does the word retirement mean to you?
BOREDOM! I love working, simply because it is so stimulating for my brain, and it certainly gets my creative juices going! There is always an amazing experience or lesson to be learned each and every day!
What strategies have you used in transitioning from one phase of your life to the next?
Certainly staying in the workforce and working less hours. However, the remaining free days have allowed me to follow my passion in Body & Style Consulting. Assisting many women to feel more confident in themselves, and to feel less stressed about their appearance and body shape. This gives me a sense of achievement and happiness in being able to help other women to realize their full potential, to work around the shape they are and to spend less time in agonizing about their appearance.
Exercise is very important to me also. It refreshes me daily to walk in the fresh air, thank the Universe for everything I have, keeps me positive and grateful for the life I have been blessed with!
Tell me about your Image Consultancy business?
This passion of mine came about 35 years ago, when I was employed as a Fashion Consultant with Liz Davenport.
Colour Analysis was an important factor when women were shopping with me. I saw so many mistakes being made with their choices; wrong necklines, lengths and styles that were not suitable for their body shapes. So I studied these factors and did many courses, especially the colour aspect, as that really ‘sets the stage’. Now I consult in Busselton and enjoy every moment of it! Sharing my knowledge is a large part of the process.
What drives you to want to help women be the best they can be?
I think the look on their faces when they have done a Colour Consult, or Body & Style, or even had a Closet Audit in their own home. It really is an ‘ooh aah’ experience, and their pleasure and excitement certainly fulfills me.
Usually I make special friends out of my consultations, as it is a ‘personal journey’ into exploring working around the shape they are and not trying to CHANGE them.
What wisdom would you pass on to other women as they reach retirement age and beyond?
To attract positive people into your life, to make things happen, to join different clubs and organizations. This opens up a whole new world of experiences for you. Don’t sit back and wait for it to HAPPEN! Whatever your taste is …BOOK CLUB, SPORTING ACTIVITIES, CHARITY WORK, TRAVEL…….there is so much on offer out there! Read the LOCAL PAPER, that’s how I got started!
Now is the time for YOU!!
Anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
CURRENTLY, I am ‘decluttering’ my life, and it is so UPLIFTING. Also, it helps me to remember so many AMAZING POSITIVE things I have done and experienced. Dare I say, it is tempting me to WRITE about my life, as many people do in later years when they have the time.
It is so enriching, even the sad and silly times. It is always about GROWTH, and we NEVER STOP developing. There is always a SURPRISE around every corner! Sometimes a CHALLENGE …..ONWARD INTO FOREVER!!
Thanks so much Lyn. We look forward to reading your book down the track!