My daughter has changed jobs. She’s been telecommuting for a long time but her new job may require her to work in a cubicle. A former co-worker asked the question, “Will you still be wfh?” I’m not proficient with texting lingo but it wasn’t hard to figure that one out.

For almost a quarter century I worked in an office setting. Day after day I would get up before daylight so I could put on my “big girl” clothes/makeup and look professional. It was my dream to Work From Home.

It really seemed unattainable. When one of my co-workers found out about my desire to design web sites she encouraged me to quit my job and go for it! The security of getting paid every two weeks, insurance and a retirement fund kept me from ever considering it. She poo-pooed the idea that I wouldn’t be able to make it. I don’t know whether I would have or not because I didn’t try.

How I Dress for Work!Several years later, after she’d left for another job, I retired. I’d jokingly said I could get a position at Walmart as a greeter but I had no intention of being anything but a retiree.

The engine in my car had barely cooled when I had a visitor. It was a partner in a construction company. Now that I was retired (it was inferred “and had nothing to do”), would I set up a web site so their potential customers could see their work? Just like that, I was in business.

Every morning, I get up and access a site set up for systematic Bible study. Years ago I had promised the then editor that I would help with whatever needed to be done after I retired. Well, I had a job now so I really wasn’t retired.

Not knowing how to leave well enough alone, I would use the “contact” button to notify the staff when there was an invalid link or error. Before long I was asked (by the now editor) to join the team. Rather than send her whatever needed to be corrected, I could send it direct.

One error had me stumped. I let it slip. I knew a bit of HTML. That’s when I was moved to proofreader and was given access to correct errors myself. Life has a way of making me keep my promises.

Now I volunteer as Associate Editor of the Online Lessons and have written articles for the blog. I can work in my jammies and no one cares whether my hair is combed or not.

In addition to the two jobs I have now (both WFH), there’s another one being offered. I’ve learned it’s never too late to realize your dreams. Have you been considering opening a new door and following your dreams? Read below to find out how you can enter for a chance to win $10,000 to make your dreams a reality.

Merck Consumer Care, the makers of OXYTROL FOR WOMEN – the first and only over-the-counter treatment for overactive bladder – and MORE magazine are launching the “Open A New Door” program to help women 50 and over overcome barriers when pursing their passions.1,857 women 50 and over on MORE’s reader panel were surveyed to reveal what dreams they want to pursue in their second stage of life and what barriers they would face trying to reinvent themselves. In a perfect world, 97% of the women surveyed would choose a variety of ways to reinvent themselves in the near future. However, nearly 9 out of 10 (89%) of these women admit they would face obstacles in their quest for reinvention.

One woman who enters the “Open a New Door” contest will be awarded $10,000 to help her realize her reinvention goals in the areas of professional development, volunteerism or travel, in addition to a personal coaching session with Pamela Mitchell, founder and CEO of The Reinvention Institute. Women 50 and over can visit to enter. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN IN THE OPEN A NEW DOOR CONTEST. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE THE CHANCE OF WINNING. Starts 8:00:00 am ET on 5/20/14, ends 11:59:59 pm ET on 6/30/14 (“Promotion Period”). Open to women who are legal residents of 50 United States and District of Columbia and 50+ years. Void where prohibited. Subject to the Official Rules, inclusive of the entry judging criteria, available by visiting during the Promotion Period or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope for receipt by 8/4/14 to: Open A New Door Contest RULES, P.O. Box 13106, Bridgeport, CT, 06673-3106. Sponsor:  MSD Consumer Care, Inc.


2 Responses to WFH

  1. Jammie June 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    I would love to be able to open new doors and follow my dreams.

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