Multiple Streams…


Re-inventing ones self at age 63 doesn’t especially happen over night, but to some may be necessary.

We are living in a critical time when Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age.  Many are being forced into retirement before they are ready.

The question is:  what do I do now?  What is my life purpose?  Have I already lived it, or is there something more for me to do?

What floats my boat?



Let me tell you…

It’s a new path of discovery, it’s a chance to do something you’ve always wanted to do. It’s a chance to re-invent yourself.  And make some extra money in the process.

In the last century we worked for large corporations and thrived.  The money was good and the stress levels were high.

Now, if we think about all of the skills we’ve garnered up to this point, the hobbies that have held our interest, a pattern will emerge.

We will start to see something taking shape.

For me, I love painting and refinishing old, classic furniture.

Buffet in back of photo


And I love decoupage….



Laura Vano 002



Happy Chair

I love stencilling….


But at this time in my life, I don’t have alot of room for that.

So, I’ve discovered doll furniture, smaller items that I can paint and decoupage and stencil.





There is so much information available nowadays, where we can learn something new. Youtube, Kahn Academy, the local library…

I once read a story about a woman who started a website selling tumble weeds.  She did it as a joke, but her business took off.

Then there’s the guy who started trading up on Craigslist.  He started with a Red Paper Clip ( which is also the name of his book) and ended up with a house!

It took me a long time to get my nerve up to open an Etsy store.

Now whenever I make a sale, I get so excited.  My photos aren’t the greatest and I need to work on that, but i’m selling stuff.  My top seller?  Walnut shells!  Who knew?

I’m seeing a trend of new entrepeneurs emerging.  Small business owners are picking up speed across the country.

People are creating little villages of people that include friends, family, and strangers across the globe.  And it’s all done by internet communication.  There is so much kindness and goodwill among people on the web.  A new global community, where it doesn’t matter the color of your skin or what you look like, how old or young you are.  There is so much support from others in the same boat, and there is enough room for everyone, each and every individual who wants to give.

It took a couple of years for me to start blogging.

Now I really feel like I’ve accomplished something when I post a new blog.  Even if no one reads it.

My pictures aren’t the best, but that’s something I have to work on.

It’s a process….

The point is ~~~ it doesn’t have to be perfect…..

Life is a process….

The time to get started is now….

What do you like to do that can bring in a stream of income?

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How many of us long for our own comfy cottage in the woods? I know I do! We can make our own comfy cottage, right here, right now, no matter where we live. I'm a mother of two, grandmother of two boys, interior designer who thinks out-of-the-box, up cycler, and interested in just about anything related to living comfortably and finding contentment, connecting with the Great Spirit in the natural world and respect for all beings who walk the earth.

6 thoughts on “Multiple Streams…”

  1. Wow. I love the Happy Chair! You would do great with a little business selling the redecorated doll furniture. The tiny china cabinet is adorable.


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