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It’s Never too Late to Start!

by habituallychic

04 . 17 . 08

For all those who depressed to learn that Michelle Adams started her company Rubie Green at the age of 25, did you know that Julia Child didn’t start cooking cooking until she was 37? She started taking classes at Le Cordon Bleu after she moved to Paris with her husband when he took a diplomatic post. Her first book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking wasn’t published until 1961 when she was 49 years old! I’m sure finding her passion was what also led to her living to be almost 92 years old. Or maybe it really was the French food! Whatever the case, the moral of my story is that it’s never too late to begin anything. Who says you can’t learn Spanish at 42? Wanna learn to ride to a horse at 57? Go for it! People run marathons in their 70’s! You can too! (Although, you might want to check with your doctor first on that one.) Michelle’s already told you how to start your own business so you have no excuses! So just do it!

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  1. Rita G. Patel April 17, 2008 | 4:15 am

    great post. it really is never too late, and it is soooo exhilarating when you do! I started at 36. and probably would have been different if it was a decade earlier because all of my previous experiences have led me to this point & makes it all richer. so forget about age, and as you say ‘just do it!’

  2. Anonymous April 17, 2008 | 1:48 pm

    RJH dl H

    One is never too old to dream a new dream!

    It’s nice to see you taking the blog in new directions!

    Broadening ones horizon gives such pleasure!

  3. MABELLE April 17, 2008 | 3:24 pm

    Haha- thanks for the shout-out 😉 I honestly didn’t plan on starting my own company until I was at least in my mid-30’s, but then the eco-market exploded and it didn’t make sense to wait. But I agree, it’s NEVER too late to pursue your passion! I always enjoy reading Country Living’s Women Entrepreneur articles for inspiration, and the women featured are of ALL ages (and very few young ones in fact!) http://www.countryliving.com/women/

  4. N2Design April 17, 2008 | 5:59 pm

    What a inspiring story. I too dream of changing careers or owning my own store. I am 34 (almost 35 – ugg) and I would love to get into interior design. But I have no formal training, just a love and passion for everything design. Ah, to live the dream would be great. Now I just need to figure out how to transition from lawyer to designer.

  5. LondonCalling April 17, 2008 | 7:10 pm

    Good to hear! So I’m not completely over the hill. Thanks for this series. Started my own company once 3 years ago. I’m so ready to change focus to something more creative and follow my heart.

  6. so_chic_darling April 18, 2008 | 12:58 am

    I opened my own business in my late 30s.No it’s NEVER too late.

  7. Anonymous April 18, 2008 | 1:35 am

    I’m 53 and just starting a new, risky venture. Ladies/gents…age is a number, nothing more, nothing.

  8. Beth April 18, 2008 | 2:11 am

    I think this is the best post I have read lately. I’m looking at 39 this year, but I am still excited about what might be around the corner.

  9. Magnolia Wedding Planner April 18, 2008 | 8:06 am

    Hi! My name is Silvia and I’m from florence (Italy) and I came here from a link in Turquoise’s blog. I think your blog is fantastic . I never finish to find something really stunning clicking on links :-P. Great post indeed as you are perfectly right. I’ve restart my own life all-over again at the magnificent age of 34..and I’m still learning lots of things.
    I left a serious job for a (as they call it here) a joke one! But as some post behind I’m trying to “become my dream”!
    I’ll put you in my feeds!

  10. Sacheverelle April 18, 2008 | 5:44 pm

    Isn’t that wonderful?
    I was surprised when I learned design legend Elsie deWolfe didn’t even begin her decorating career until age 40.
    It’s like getting a chance to start a brand-new phase II of your life where you know what you’re more confident & have a lot more life experience to guide you tha when you were 24.

  11. Anonymous April 18, 2008 | 10:16 pm

    The only thing holding me back from doing what I want to do is family responsibilities … I can’t just change jobs midstream and do what I want to do and still support my spouse and child … It frustrates me daily and secretly …

  12. Jessica April 19, 2008 | 12:00 am

    It must be something in the stars – I sat myself down last weekend and asked myself if I could continue in my career path for another 10 years. The answer was a resounding NO! So why bother for another five? The decision was made to quit my job at the end of this year, when I’ve saved up enough of my pennies and pursue my creative endeavors.
    I’ve never been so happy!

    To everyone out there, JUST DO IT!

  13. Sumeba Miyako April 19, 2008 | 6:46 am

    My mom just called me YESTERDAY to tell me this fun Julia Child fact. How funny! What a great message to pass on to your readers!

  14. Teal Chic April 20, 2008 | 1:30 am

    Thanks for the post…I’ve been getting discouraged lately, and I needed to read this 🙂

  15. Fifi Flowers April 23, 2008 | 5:02 am

    This post sure makes me feel better… there is hope for me! I thought I was starting too late in pursuit of a new career… but if Julia Child can do it… we all can! I never knew what I was missing before I started blogging… this is a whole new world with positive input! Thanks for the post!

  16. The Lil Bee April 27, 2008 | 4:43 pm

    Your site is so fun, but this post really made me smile. I love it! So inspirational. Thanks, HC!

  17. Poppy May 3, 2008 | 8:47 pm

    Thank goodness! I am almost 44 and still trying to get it all straight!! Phewwwwwwwwww!!!