Welcome and thank you for being here!

Have you had to reinvent yourself after the age of 50?
We are looking for some very special women for a very special experience!

The goal of the “50 over Fifty Experience” is to showcase beautifully-alive women with soul-touching photographs.  Capture and share their stories of how they have created their best lives from the changes and challenges that getting older has brought their way, and bring empowerment, hope, motivation, and inspiration to other women that may be on that same journey.

Turning 50 can begin a time of great awakening for many women. Some women realize that their lives are really not fulfilling anymore. “Is that all there is?”  Perhaps you feel that life has been wonderful, until—BAM! Something happened – perhaps a catastrophe that created a major life change to “life as you knew it.” You were forced to do something differently, something you had never planned in order to make it through. Perhaps you experienced a challenge that seemed insurmountable, but you found a way out, and adjusted to meet that challenge. Then, there’s retirement, which can bring about different desires, passions and possibilities than you may have ever experienced before. If you went toward these passions, how different has your life become?

Do any of these scenarios sound like you?
If you went toward these possibilities, how different has your life become?

We are looking for stories of women who have made the second half of their lives the best half of their lives! We are looking for stories of women who have faced major challenges, had personal victory over those challenges and now have a wonderful day to day life for themselves. In spite of adversity, such as financial, personal, family or even health issues, they’ve moved into a new, contented time of being “older” . Perhaps it was a new career choice that paid off, or a fabulous hobby that now brings great joy and they are delighted with their lives!

Does this sound like you?

Each of your stories, with the solutions that you have found, will provide resources for other women who are stuck where you were, unable to move ahead.

How can you tell if this is for you?

  • You are now over the age of fifty and your life (or a major aspect of your life) is very different now than it was prior to the age of fifty.
     
  • Perhaps you were confronted by that inner voice wanting change, and you listened. You made a conscious decision that the life you were living was just not the life you wanted to live. You then braved through and made the major life revisions necessary to recreate yourself in order create the life you desired.
     
  • You overcame a block or hurdle to get to a new place in your life. This challenge may have been thrust upon you by a person, circumstances, or even something you put in your own way, yet you were unwilling to remain there and, over time, overcame that which kept you from succeeding.
     
  • You have come to realize a “Truth” of life” that wasn’t clear when you were younger but now guides you and has changed you into a different person than you were before.
     
  • You are willing to be seen and have your story shared with others who may benefit from the exact solution that you found for yourself.

- The Process Page -

This is a life affirming process and celebration of the woman you have become in your life! We can only hint at the additional self-confidence and empowerment that participating in this process may bring to you. However, we can almost guarantee that it will expose to our viewer/readers the woman that you have chosen to be and are.

The required investment for your participation in this experience is $649.
As a special incentive, if you are one of the first ten women invited to participate, you will receive $100 off your participation cost: $549.

What you will Receive for Your Investment

Your Photograph

  • A full consultation prior to your photo session
    • – We will go over what to expect, what to do beforehand to be ready
    • – We will look at wardrobe choices and pick some great options for you
    • – We will look at pricing and options for any additional portraits that you may wish to buy
  • Your luxury “model for a day” photography studio session includes:
    • – A two-hour luxury experience photo shoot with multiple wardrobe and background changes
    • – Professional hair and makeup artistry to pamper and enhance your eyes and your essence
    • Guided posing suggestions that complement your body and elicit your best features on camera
    • – One image focused and devoted to enhancing your story photographically
    • – A reveal session: where you select your favorite image(s)
    • – My signature retouch and refinement for your images to make you look your best

Your participation investment includes your chosen image portrait to go with your story. You will receive it in digital form, AND also a 8”x10” beautifully printed and matted photograph.

[optional] Continuing your Experience with Your Story $150

(If you wish to be in the ebook and tell your story and life lessons)

  • We have contracted a professional writer (a woman over 50 with her own transitional story!) who will interview you and clarify your transitional information. From that, she will create a storyline that will be easy to grasp and appreciate. After you have reviewed and tweaked with your final “ok,”, your story is ready for use.
  • A guided questionnaire to bring out the most important elements of your reinvention to be used in your story. Included information will detail how you changed and identifies your particular resources (to share) that made the difference in you moving forward.
  • Your beautiful image and story will appear in an individual page layout in a completed pdf that you can share with others.

Kindred Connections

  • An opportunity to network and connect with other women-of-change in an online facebook community
  • An opportunity to share your business link or your passion project with the “50 over Fifty” audience
  • Your story, combined with the stories of the other 49 women available for purchase online as an ebook, (or printed book, when sponsorship for the printing becomes available)
  • Opportunities to share your story in a public venue to empower others (if you would like to do that with me, when available).

– See a sample story here –

Char
CEO to Award Winning Digital Artist

What has been an unfulfilling driving force in your life, now gone or transformed after 50?

I landed my first paying job the summer I was 14 years of age, detasseling four acres of corn in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for $100.   Riding with a truckload of farm workers, I was dropped off at the edge of a field each morning.  I vanished for hours, yanking endless tassels from corn stalks several feet taller than I.   Through the early morning mist late into each boiling afternoon, I quickly became cold and wet, then hot and filthy.  Scratches and cuts covered a good part of my body by the end of each day.  I didn’t care. It was all about the money, even then.

I worked through college, I worked in-between college, and I had a full-time job the minute I graduated.  I entered the corporate world of marketing solutions because that’s where the ‘big bucks’ were.  I later bought or built companies for many years, knowing I had more control over the amount of revenue I could earn.  Further on, I re-entered the corporate world, rising to the top as a Chief Executive Officer.  Eight years as a well-paid marketing consultant completed my career before retiring.  I was 66 years old.

Throughout all those years of work, many would say my key attributes were those of being focused and fearless.   Driven.  The fruits of my efforts resulted in progressively higher-ranking jobs, lots of accolades, bigger homes, beautiful cars and clothes, and expensive travel.  There were endless accumulations, like a $13,000 piano I couldn’t even play.  My early belief, evolving into a subconscious driving force, that lots of money yields everything worthwhile in life – including my worth in the eyes of the world and in my own eyes – had been played out.  I should be the walking definition of happiness, right?  Then why, the game done and won, did I feel empty, defeated, and devoid of joy?

What prompted the change?

On my first day of retirement, I sat silently and wondered what to do with myself.  There were no business issues to solve, nowhere I had to be, no timelines to meet, and no demands to fulfill.  Most disturbing was the fact that I had absolutely nothing drawing me forward; nothing excited me personally.  It became clear that most of my existence had been about fulfilling others’ needs for a buck, not recognizing my own needs.

I started to consciously reduce the busying I had always designed into daily activities, spending time instead completely alone and silent.  I eventually realized that what I was missing was creative expression, something not reflecting others but something revealing what was inside me.  And the hunt was on.

How did you go about it?

I was lucky.  I had a starting point.  As a hobby, I enjoyed photography.  I was a precision photographer, which means the end goal was always about perfection.  The subject focus, like a tiger, had to be situated in an ideal setting, photographed with total clarity, and a true reflection of reality.  I now started looking at other’s work, determining to what I felt drawn and asking myself why.  I found what attracted me, again and again, was not an image of reality but an image that depicted a story artistically.  I started joining international communities of photographers that were pursuing like interests.  I initiated ongoing dialogues about tools and techniques the best digital artists used. I tested different programs to see what effects could help shape an image and its story. I practiced and practiced and practiced.

Now I start every morning doing what I love as I feel it sets the tone for the coming day.  I glance through hundreds of my images, contenders for the ‘smile’ test.  If I find myself smiling at one in particular, I begin to work with it.  I know there’s something special I’m feeling about the image.  My goal is to develop artistically what my inner eye has seen.  I never know at the beginning of the process what the outcome will be.  I only know the artwork is completed when I find myself smiling again.

What difference did it make to you personally and to others?

As a digital artist, my mission is to present a powerful, positive, unique interpretation of what’s good, precious, and magical in the world in which we live.  My goal is to entertain, inspire, and educate myself, as well as others.  Beyond personal satisfaction, I am thrilled when my work is meaningful to others.  One Facebook follower recently shared, “I know what is going through the horse rider’s mind as I was that rider years ago.  Love it!” Another said, “Oh, how I love this!!  So beautiful and brings back memories of my grandma!” One triumph with this new venture into custom art was a message from a follower who said, “Char, you are inching more and more into artistic originality.  I can feel your confidence growing as you master your new skills.  It is so fun to be a spectator along for the ride!” 

It’s fun for me, as well, to be a spectator along for the ride into my mind and creativity.   I’m daily filled with joy as I consistently move forward towards creative self-discovery.

What were the keys to effective change?

Beyond those identified, the most critical aspect of seeking personal fulfillment is what I now choose to incorporate into my mind and activities every day. I continuously remind myself that my life is simply a mirror of how and what I think. I have total control.  I wake up each morning and say to myself, “Good morning, you fantastic artist!” I listen to tapes, read books, and attend courses all towards empowering myself and shifting how I look at the world.  I actively keep my body fit and healthy.  I surround myself with friends who inspire and motivate me to be the best me. And, finally, I constantly glance at two big signs on my desk: “What do I want to experience?” and “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.”

What support tools do you highly recommend for other?

If you are a woman who has transformed herself after 50 years of age, we’d like to hear your story. If this experience excites you, please be so kind as to fill out the brief questionnaire below as we compile 50 amazing women for our first edition.

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We appreciate you taking your valuable time to complete this form!
You will receive an email confirmation that we have received your form. Within 7-10 days you will be notified about your selection to participate in this experience.

Thank you for your sharing!
Karen Floyd, Photographer, and Collaborators

 
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