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Just imagine if we had a crystal ball that worked—like, really worked—and we could understand and trust the visions it showed us about our future. You’re peeking into this mystical orb, and there it is—your life, unfolding over the next two decades. What do you see? It’s an intriguing thought.

But let’s be honest, while most of us don’t have a crystal ball to spill all the secrets of what’s coming our way, we’re definitely not just along for the ride either – we’re more powerful than that. Life’s a bit like an impromptu dance: sure, sometimes the music changes unexpectedly, and we might miss a step here and there (hey, who doesn’t?), but we’re still the ones moving our feet, setting the pace, and feeling the rhythm. That means we have a pretty solid say in how we shape our future.

This whole crystal ball exercise is not just a fanciful daydream—it’s about digging into what really matters to you. When you look into that reflective sphere, do you see yourself soaking up the little moments, those everyday joys with family and friends? Or do you find yourself all consumed by work, lost in a sea of endless tasks, missing out on the heart-to-heart connections that make everything worthwhile?

Choosing to chase the almighty dollar might seem important now, but fast forward twenty years (or even just 10 years), and you might wish you’d hit the pause button more often. Work, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t the be-all and end-all. Any company might appreciate your hustle, but at the end of the day, if you’re no longer there, they’ll keep the wheels turning, one way or another. We’re all unique, but in the corporate world, it’s tough to be truly irreplaceable.

Yet, we have to earn a living. Bills don’t pay themselves, and the pantry doesn’t magically restock (if only!). It’s about striking that sweet spot—a harmony between making a living and creating a life filled with love and laughter with the ones who matter most. Jobs and income can come and go, but the moments with your loved ones, your tribe? Pure gold. Unrepeatable.

And here’s a little secret—spending time with your people can open doors you didn’t even know existed. Maybe you’re not over the moon about your job, but you stick with it for the paycheck and security. But then, through your network of friends and acquaintances, you stumble upon something that sparks a fire in you. It’s amazing how often these chance encounters can lead us to paths we’d never considered if we’d stayed cooped up in our work bubbles.

Now, I’m not saying you should see friendships as networking tools—nah, that’s not the vibe. But it’s a beautiful side effect, isn’t it? Friendships blossom into partnerships sometimes, and that’s just part of the magic. Besides, the joy and support you get from true friends, that’s something a job can never provide. You might find buddies in the break room, sure, but those deep, soulful connections, they’re usually made outside those office walls.

So let’s take this ‘crystal ball’ as a reminder to cherish what’s truly irreplaceable—our connections, our joy, our peace of mind. And who knows, by doing that, maybe that $150K goal and empowering more amazing women 50+ will just fall into place in the most wonderfully unexpected ways. Here’s to crafting a future that’s even brighter than any crystal ball could predict!

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About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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