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How One Woman Made BIG Changes for a Happy Retirement

July 11, 2017 - 0 comments

She ended her marriage, moved to a farm, and launched a new business all triggered by early retirement. Why?  To follow her life-long dream. Now, she can’t stop smiling. Here’s her story…

Now’s the Time

Marlene is an intelligent, authentic, and intuitive person. You get the sense that she knows more about you than you do. She knows herself too. When the option of early retirement came, this professional project manager, knew exactly what she wanted to do.

Marlene Armstrong grew up with horses and her bond with these beautiful animals never left her. It was time to answer her equine passion. It was time to live on a farm with her own horses around her.

Be True to Your Dream

Just one problem. Her husband didn’t agree. After much soul-searching, Marlene faced a few truths about her life and her marital relationship. She realized she couldn’t sacrifice her dream and made the brave decision to part ways with her husband of 36 years and father of their two daughters.

“It was kind of an amicable split”, although there were some “nasties” in the division of assets. The separation meant that Marlene had to rely solely on her own funds to finance her dream. She had a good pension, could do contract project management work, and knew she’d launch a business involving horses.

Just Do It

And that’s what she did. She studied equine science, bought a farm, built a riding arena and brought her horses home. Her daughters, also avid riders, joined her. Soon, people were knocking on her door wanting to board their horses at Foxview Stables. But, that’s not the business she wanted to run.

Her eldest daughter, trained in equine management, runs the stables. Her second daughter, studying for her veterinary doctorate, also helps. Marlene was inspired by another idea.

Hone Your Calling

A casual conversation with a friend led Marlene to a business partnership, intense specialized training, and a very special coaching practice called Unbridled Coaching.

“People Whisperers” is the tagline. Yes, life coaching using horses. Horses, I learned, will only trust you when you are authentic and transparent. They mirror you. That’s about the best place to be in life coaching I figure!

It was during the specialized Equus coach training, when Marlene realized that this was what she was meant to do. So did her renown trainers. She passed with flying colours, and hasn’t looked back.

“I’m in my happy place.”

Lessons Learned

“Be financially prudent.” Initial investments were high for Marlene especially since she was no longer part of a dual income. Managing the financial aspect of investing and building her dream meant being adaptable to different income sources.

“Stay focused on your dream.” It’s easy to let distractions get in the way and to take you off course. When you’re focused on what you want, you can achieve it.

“Your body and heart never lie. But, your mind tells you all sorts of stories.” If you really pay attention, your body will tell you whether you’re on the right path. Take the time to pay attention to your body.

Marlene’s only regret?

“I wish I had done this 10 years earlier.”

In Her Words

“Just do it and do it now.  Follow your heart, even if you’re scared out of your mind.”

 

Marlene Armstrong, Equus Coach

Unbridled Coaching

 

How One Woman Made BIG Changes for a Happy Retirement blog was originally posted on the Next3rd website.

The views of the author are hers alone and may not represent the views of hers affiliated firms. Any data, information and content on this blog is for information purposes only and should not be construed as an offer of advisory services.

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