Colorado Springs, CO
I was 58 years old when I started Fishbowl Cards. Most of my friends were talking about retiring, and I was talking about starting my own business in a scary economy.
When my company's president announced that the satellite office where I worked was closing down, it came as a shock. To make things worse, it was a week after my mother died and two weeks before Christmas.
But it also became an opportunity for me. For 10 years I'd dreamed of starting a greeting card company with a focus on kids with special needs. There was nothing like it in the marketplace and my goal was to change that. I had the experience, the passion, the creativity and the work ethic.
The only thing I didn't have was a product line, but that didn't stop me. I signed up for a trade show scheduled to take place three months later. I worked day and night to create a line of 24 greeting cards that I knew people with disabilities their families, friends and caregivers would embrace. And while I knew nothing about business, I researched, read and implemented a "how to start your own business 101" action plan.
We introduced Fishbowl Cards in 2009 at the MedTrade show in Las Vegas. The response was amazing and I was proud of what I had accomplished. I was 58 years old when I started my company. Most of my friends were talking about retiring, and I was talking about starting my own business in a scary economy. Yes, I will never forget that moment.
The decision to close our office was the fire I needed to start my own business. I never looked back and kept focusing on the future. I was excited and terrified at the same time, and I truly believe both were necessary for me to carry on.
I realized that I can do anything I put my mind to, at any age. All I needed was the passion, the commitment, the drive and the absolute love of what I do. I have all of those. My 29-year-old daughter has been right by my side throughout this incredible journey and I have been humbled by how proud she is of what I accomplished. Through this, I know she learned that she, too, can accomplish anything she's passionate about. That might just be my favorite accomplishment of all.
After leaving her husband, one woman learns that starting over can be a success at any age.
Writer & Activist