If you’ve experienced a mid-life career transition

or change, or want to but lack the funds, will, motivation, yada, Venus Vignettes is the community for you. Too lazy to start a website blog, or tech challenged but still want to talk about your issues? Let Venus Vignettes be your site to vent, or liberate your thoughts. I may not have the most fascinating back story (whut?) so in order to provide the best user experience, we all need to share our journeys.

We aren’t talking ordinary moves from one job to another, but a whole career change or transition, something pretty much life altering.

Beach Bar Have you a mad passionate desire to end your mundane day to day job, and run a tiki bar on the beach in Bora Bora? Always wanted to have your own lawn care service, bungee dive platform or your own business? What is it, and what would you do with your life if you didn’t have to work for a living?

Now that's good disciplineOr take care of children, spouses, senior parents? What handicaps are you working with? What do you do that makes it seem as if just a few minutes have passed, but it’s actually been hours? That is your true passion!

Let’s help each other dispel all the emotional issues associated with big changes – trauma, distress, stress, anxiety, fear–FEAR be gone!

Tell us your secret wishes, hopes and desires for your life, struggles, trials and tribulations, successes, victories to celebrate. How can we help each other make dreams come true? What steps are you taking to “get there?” I’d love to hear it and probably many others in the ether will too!

My Story
I’ve always had a job starting from when I was the neighborhood babysitter at 15. Fast forward 35 years later to a cushy corporate role in a Fortune 500 company…3 days after I returned to work from a 3 week grand Egyptian adventure vacation in celebration of my 50th birthday, my manager announced that I was being downsized–15% of the department’s jobs were being cut and mine was included.

The previous year I had received the highest scores on my performance evaluation so I was lulled into a sense of job security. I should have been upset; the job was a wonderful appreciated provision, but secretly I was thrilled, like a literal weight had been lifted from my shoulders. My friends were more upset than I was.

Opportunity Is Everywhere

I knew that I could use the time as an opportunity to now, finally do something that made me happy. Using that time to get to know me, the multi-passionate woman, I started a small home-based care business from scratch, began learning about and creating websites (Venus Vignettes was the 3rd site created to document my thoughts rants and journey after the downsize), had time to volunteer, became a free-lance writer, and finally published a book. I’ve gone thru trials, tribulations and blessings during this time but have pretty much enjoyed every day.

“Exploring and Celebrating Career Transitions and Life Path Changes” was a theme I tacked on to the website name on a whim to satisfy Google, but it seemed to be a great fit as time went on. So that is the short and sweet of me, a work in progress, MIOMOT—making it on my own terms.

So if you’ve gone through or are going through a life altering transition, share with us. Are you MIOMOT? What’s the short and sweet of you? Let us cry with you, empathize with you, laugh with you, be angry with you and celebrate with you, celebrate you!

What Can I Do at Venus Vignettes?
I. Connect and Share. I’m officially coining the term, MIOMOT: Making It On My Own Terms. Let’s inspire each other! Tell us your MIOMOT, and get featured in the People section.
II. Read helpful articles. Enjoy blurbs about Art, Atlanta, Health, Business, Photography, Life Transitions, People, Events, Tech, and Writing/Books.
III. Keep up with my growth as an author and entrepreneur.

About the gorilla – Once while meditating, an image came to me, that of one placid gorilla. He (or she) stuck with me for hours afterward so I Googled “characteristics of gorilla.”  After learning about this elegant beast I choose to claim him as a totem.

From: http://www.linsdomain.com/totems/pages/gorilla.htm:
Represents: Strength, Nobility, Generosity
A Gorilla totem is a confirmation that our endeavors are solid and steady.
They remind us to stay grounded and handle our responsibilities, help us find our inner strength and our nobility of living, caring for our families and friends.
Gorillas live in troops, caring and protecting each other.
Our families and friends are our troop and we must care for them in the same way.
Use Gorilla as an example — calm, steady, strong — and you can overcome anything.

From: http://www.whats-your-sign.com/animal-symbolism-gorilla.html
…Gorillas are vastly sociable, and have intricate methods of communication with each other. Furthermore, there is a great deal of honor involved with their interactions with each other.

Gorillas are intimately aware of each member within the community. In fact, the responsibility to assist both young and elderly members of the troop (term for a group of gorillas) are shared among all the members of the community. This is a message to us to not pass over our debt to our elders – but be active participants in their final days.


  • Communication
  • Loyalty
  • Leadership
  • Compassion
  • Intelligence
  • Nobility
  • Dignity
  • Strength
  • Responsibility
  • Nurturing
  • Connectivity

When the gorilla comes into our lives it is a signal for us to raise our heads and recognize the nobility within us. This is not prideful or boastful behavior. Rather, the gorilla exudes a quiet honor and a still dignity that makes a much more profound statement than any boast. We humans (particularly this day and age) would do well to mimic such regal behavior.

As an animal dream symbol, the gorilla represents the need to take action. When we dream of the gorilla it is a signal that we’ve been resting on our laurels, and it’s time to start earning that which we want instead of waiting for rewards to fall into our laps.

Invest the time to meditate upon the gorilla. You will find this amazing creature to be quite generous with its wisdom. You may also find the gorilla to be a life-long companion; it will remain loyal and devoted to you when you grant it the same respect.

What’s more, gorilla totems often impart a protective energy to those who are attracted to them.

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Photo Credit Tiki Bar: http://www.flickr.com/photos/santea/4838751822/
Photo Credit Gorilla: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nailbender/407165520/
Photo Credit Opportunity: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wanderingforward/9935230484/
Photo Credit Ducks: http://www.flickr.com/photos/annkelliott/733990374/
Photo Credit ME: http://www.flickr.com/photos/colleendesmoulins/2595153927/






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