It’s never too late to be what you might have been.

Author Catherine Palmer laughing as she sits amidst a pile of self-help books

If you’ve ever liked this quote on Instagram, saved it to a Pinterest board, or bought a magnet version for a friend, this newsletter is for you.

If you cringe whenever someone asks about your retirement—I am not retired! I’m reinventing!—this newsletter is for you.

If you think the whole notion of chasing what “might have been” and “finding your purpose” is just some marketing scheme to sell books and magnets, you’re probably right. And, this newsletter is for you too.

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Who am I to write this?

I’m living it, babe.

Seriously, I’m only the expert in my own life, but since I left my job four years ago, I’ve learned a crap ton about the pleasures and pitfalls of ditching a business career. I’ve also realized that reinvention is a continuous process.

If you’re like me, you’ve reinvented yourself so many times, you’ve lost track of who you are.

When I was in high school (class of 1980), my mother told me, “Learn to type, and you’ll always have a job.” For decades, I typed my way up the ladder from secretary to senior marketing manager. I used to help technology companies tell their stories. Now it’s time to tell my own.

When I quit my marketing job, I spent months on a frantic quest for purpose—that elusive thing I was “meant to be.” I bought an old farmhouse in Vermont, hired a life coach, and sweated through menopause without finding it. Then I started to write.

Six months before my 60th birthday, I earned my MFA in creative writing. I am published in a few literary magazines and in AARP’s online magazine, The Ethel. My memoir, Typing Lessons, is a work in progress.

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Catherine H Palmer
Mom said, "learn to type." I typed my way up the ladder. At 56, I left a three-decade marketing career to test the theory, "it's never too late to be what you might have been." My memoir-in-progress is called “Typing Lessons.”