The misty spring rains have returned to Vancouver and the cherry blossoms, magnolias and tulips are blooming en masse. Serendipitous timing for the first Late Bloomers Collective.

Today’s post is about a gathering I’m hosting and it would be fantastic if you could come. The details are still being finessed, but I’m super excited to be holding space for female identifying people that are forging new paths.

Do you ever feel like you’re late to the party? Like everyone else got their stuff together sometime around 2002 and you’re finally getting some clarity on your life mission? Yes? Read on and get excited. You are not alone.

I’ve started this group and event series after realizing there’s nothing like this in the Lower Mainland.

If you’re female identifying, 40+ and starting something new while feeling unmoored and confused, these groups are for you.

Maybe you’re launching a new social enterprise, writing a book, going for your master’s, directing a movie, perhaps having your first visual art show.

There’s a lack of resources for mature women who have the guts to start new ventures and I’m determined to shift that.

Events will include inspiring speakers, connecting with other courageous women, spontaneous collaborations, getting a grip on marketing/social media, and a wisdom exchange that is designed to connect you with the resources, insight, and information you need to reach your goals.

If this is your first time here, a little about me and why I’m doing this. I moved to Vancouver at 45 with a fuzzy plan to waltz on to film sets and make a living as a production assistant so I could write my own screenplays. My arrival coincided with the biggest downturn in BC film’s history (remember Save BC Film in 2012?) Jobs were scarce and I try as I might, I couldn’t find the front door. I regrouped, shot my own film (I was lucky people had time to help me out) and took work as a marketing coordinator for a corporate video production company.

Fast forward five years and I’m in another growth spurt. After taking a small business program with EMBERS, I launched my editing and writing consultancy at 50, building on 15+ years as a professional writer. By creating space for the Late Bloomers Collective, I’m merging my two passions: bringing people together and bringing stories to the world.

Let’s get together and take action on our dreams.

Cost $12 (if price is a barrier, please let me know, I have set aside some comp tickets)

Event schedule:

6:30 Mingling and snacks

7:00 Introductions

7:15 Speaker TBA

7:45 Speaker Q & A

8:00: Asks and offerings aka wisdom circle. An opportunity to share your goals/challenges and ask for feedback and insights from the community. This is where the rubber meets the road. It’s an opportunity to hear from others who share your struggles and have found solutions and resources to guide you to the next step. It’s a safe space to share your emerging ideas. If you have an insight or resource to share with the group, this also a chance to be generous and articulate your offering.

8:30 wrap

Here’s the Eventbrite page, or please feel free to contact me directly for more information. Let’s bloom it up!


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