I'm middle-aged in years but 25 in my head. I still find it a shock seeing myself reflected in shop windows and thinking "Who is THAT old trout... and what the HELL is she wearing??"
I'm not traditionally much of a team player - I work from home, hate being told what to do, need to do everything myself and would rather sit at a comfortable distance and watch groups of people than interact. I'm no social retard mind you... I can play the game if I have to. I just prefer to observe. I'd rather read a book than go to a party, and I will spend my money on art materials before I'll spend it on shoes and clothes. I tend to have ten projects on the go, although I can knuckle down and meet deadlines when required.
This kind of community thing is WAY out of my comfort zone, much like the idea of pushing myself to turn my whole life upside down by creating an online business. It's the sort of thing OTHER people do. There are so many scammers out there, so many pushy sales people to whom I stupidly give my email address and then have to put up with their incessant communications about products in which I am totally not interested. (Has anyone else noticed that their unsubscribe buttons rarely work?!) I've wanted to try an online business for a long time but figured if it meant I had to be as big a pain in the ass as those people then I simply couldn't do it.
I came upon Wealthy Affiliate by accident just this morning... got up at 0530 Sydney time to watch some guy's webinar and thankfully Googled the product reviews before signing up. Found the Stop Scamming website (thanks Ian!) and headed across to WA. What a revelation! Although skeptical at first, I'm starting to think this might be the real deal. Put it this way - if these people are faking sincerity then they're doing it pretty darn successfully.
About me? I'm pretty up to date for an old broad - quite tech savvy, have created websites in the past, actually created my own app a few years ago (well, had some tech guy in India do it for me), have been self-employed for nearly 20 years and somehow managed to raise three kids on my own after my husband died in 1997. I now have a lovely partner whom I still like even after living with him for ten years! Luckily he still likes me too. :-) My kids are all grown up now and they are the light of my life. My youngest has produced a divine little granddaughter who is growing up in fast forward before my eyes - she's 18 months old now and starting to get really interesting. I'm not the cuddly grandma who will bake cookies and dress dollies. I'm the one who will teach her to paint and draw, use a power tool and (I'm ashamed to admit it) to swear. If she learns to break the rules she'll have probably got it from me.
I'm looking forward to seeing what this course and this group has to offer. That sounds really selfish and I don't mean it like that - hopefully I can give something back too. I'm looking forward to meeting some like-minded people and venturing out of my cave every now and then to play in the sunshine. At 54 years of age it is time to work out what I want to do when I grow up! :-)