Did I want to jump aboard a catamaran with a couple of South African strangers and sail from Greece Headed To Australia? Sure, why not?
In search of designing my second half of life I'd come to Greece for a month of rock climbing and sailing, and it was really time for me to be heading back to Colorado. But then came the opportunity my heart had yearned for.
In that moment, I knew with every ounce of my being that this is what I wanted to do: to work and travel, at the same time, all over the world. It was the most sure I’d ever been in the eventful 50 years I’d lived.
Not Your Regular Backstory
I’d love to tell you a tale of a relatively normal content life, interrupted by a tragic/magical event that changed everything, leading to a shift in direction, transformation and a new sense of purpose.
But I can’t tell you a story like that, because my life was unusual from the moment it began.
For many little girls, their father means everything to them. But my Dad wasn’t just my universe; he was Mr Universe. Chuck Sipes, “The Iron Knight”, 1959 Mr America, 1960 Mr Universe, 1967 & 1968 Mr World.
Growing up, I didn’t love school, and college was boring so I dropped out. Despite the fears and forewarnings of my elders, that did nothing to hurt my success. I carved out a very successful career in the video conferencing and distance learning industry, and became a top 1% earner. I had everything: big houses, luxury cars, fancy clothes, horse ranches, complete with expensive horses imported from Germany...two divorces (OK, so it wasn’t all great)
And then in 1993, my father took his own life. I could see that with all the fame stripped away, he had nothing of himself left. I didn't want to be dependent on external happiness, so I knew it was time for a big change.
I quit my lucrative career and started my own high tech company. As the CEO and founder, I built the business to $5m in sales in just 4 years. (I know, this is sounding so promising, like the happily ever after you just knew was coming. But wait. I’m not done with this story yet).
Here Comes The Kicker
I lost the company and a good chunk of money in divorce #3 (OK, that’s as low as I got, the story’s taking an upward tick now so you can put your tissues away).
I knew no material possessions or financial success would help me feel better in the long-term. I needed to do the work within.
Finding My Inner Compass
After a 10-day silent meditation retreat, I was inspired to travel to Greece for a rock climbing trip and to sail (I had raced sailboats in California).
And so that’s how I got there. With my new South African friends, offering me the chance to join their crew on a 7-month trip from Greece to Australia.
It had taken me 50 years to listen to my inner voice and find out what I really wanted.
50 years of listening to how things should be done, trying to please others, being the good girl, working hard, aiming high, ticking the boxes, and ultimately all that had led to was grief and disappointment.
But now I knew I wanted to use my business skills to develop an enterprise that would be online, and could travel the world with me.
Rock The Second Half of Life With No Regrets
I don’t want 50 year old women to live the same year 75 times and call it a life! I don't want woman to become 80 and look back on their lives and be sad about the story they see. I want us to be conscious about what is next. With the end in mind; plan, and live that life today. All things are possible and all things are figureoutable! I want to do what I can to help.
I want women to use growing older as a positive force for the world and for those who touch their lives. I want us to face the new and unknown, discover the true self within, embrace intimacy, sensuality and sexuality, have relationships with passion, let loose creativity and desires for service, design their lives to be filled with happiness, satisfaction, fulfillment and peace.