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In Hindsight – wise money lessons I wish I could tell my younger self

Doing Midlife Your Way


Kim Potgieter

Kim Potgieter

June 12, 2024
Midlife often arrives quietly, slipping into our lives amidst the chaos of daily routines, career pressures, and family responsibilities. It’s a life phase that leaves us with mixed emotions – nostalgia for our youthful past, anxiety about the future, fear about what’s to come, regret, and, very often, a profound search for meaning and fulfilment.

Midlife is a time of significant transition. We stand at a crossroads, reflecting on our paths and contemplating the roads that lie ahead. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the myriad of changes happening all at once – career shifts, children leaving home, ageing parents, changes in our relationships, the possibility of retirement or a second career, physical changes and health concerns. And it’s easy to feel stuck, unsure of how to proceed when everything seems to change all at once – rarely do we experience only one of these transitions at a time.

Frank Sinatra’s timeless lyrics in “I Did It My Way” capture the essence of this journey beautifully. For me, it’s a reminder that while we may have a few regrets, the important thing is that we’ve lived authentically, made our own choices, shown up wholeheartedly, and grown WHOLE.

Finding the Way Forward & Recalibrating:

Midlife does give us the opportunity to redefine our goals and dreams. It’s a time of introspection and editing out what no longer serves us. Most of all, it’s a time to realign ourselves with the best version of what we can do and be in our world.

Here are some practical steps to consider:

Reflect on Your Journey: Take time to reflect on your life, acknowledging your achievements and the lessons learned from your experiences.
Embrace New Opportunities: Be open to new possibilities, whether a career change, learning a new skill, volunteering, pursuing a long-held passion, or simply saying YES more often.
Prioritize Self-Care: Take care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
Build Meaningful Relationships: Strengthen your connections with family and friends, and seek new social networks.

Recalibrate your life on your terms

If you’re feeling stuck or unsure of your next step, join me for a Midlife Recalibration Workshop inspired by my experience at the Modern Elder Academy. It’s time to pause, reflect, and create your best life. Remember, your journey is uniquely yours. And you can make choices that reflect your true self and live life on your terms.

This transition is not about achieving perfection but about embracing the journey and cultivating a sense of purpose that goes beyond ourselves – taking each step carefully – doing it YOUR WAY.

Always remember, when it comes to your money and your life, be inspired, be brave, and be on purpose.


Click here to read the Midlife Money Reflection – Packing for Your Next Chapter

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