Michele Reinvents Herself By Taking These 3 Risks

I decided to follow up yesterday’s “No Guts, No Glory” post with one about a few risks I have taken since Joe passed.  This list is by no means all inclusive.


I took a risk in January 2011 when I started this blog.  Did I know where blogging was going to lead when I started it? No.  I saw a need for uplifting support for widows and tried to fill that need.  Little did I know it would lead to a magazine article.

I took this risk because:

  • There is a need for positive support for widows.
  • Society needs educated about grief and what a grief journey entails.

Tastefully Simple

Starting my Tastefully Simple business was a risk because other professionals think we are the scum of the earth selling products at home parties.  When I tell people at different networking events I sell Tastefully Simple, their response is usually “Oh, you are one of those people.”  Yes, I am and damn proud of it.

Heck it is a different way to network and I never know who will be attending a party.  Then again, I might get this Tastefully Simple business to be so successful there will be no need for a “regular” full-time job, chained to a cubicle and waiting for management to install catheters.  That way people will not have a need to get up and use the bathroom so much.

I decided to sell Tastefully Simple because:

  • It is a different way to network.
  • There is always something in the pantry to take to the GriefShare support group I co-facilitate.
  • I love the products. Especially Lemonade Fruit Dip, Spinach & Herb dip mix and Bold Buffalo Blue Cheese dip mix. (Guess you can call me dippy.)


I use to have longer hair in a bob that was a little bit past my chin.  I grew it that length because Joe challenged me.  Well in 2010 I got sick of working with it and decided it was time to do something different but did not know what.  Then Halle Berry appeared on the September cover of Vogue Magazine.  She had short hair similar to mine.

I took that magazine in to my hair stylist and she said I could pull it off but we needed to soften up the edges as Halle’s edges were very blunt.  So I followed my hair stylist’s advice and we cut it.   I love it as it requires less maintenance.

I took the risk in cutting my hair because:

  • Styling long hair was never my forte.
  • Now-a-days, everyone needs to freshen up their style so they do not look like they stepped out of the ’80’s.

The Tip Of The Iceberg

These are just 3 risks that I have taken to reinvent myself.  Just like an iceberg, there are more risks you do not see.

What risks are you taking? 


“No Guts, No Glory”

I recently read “5 Steps to Reinvent Yourself for a new Career Direction.”

However, there were two words that stuck out when I read the title and they were “Reinvent Yourself.”

How many of job seekers are willing to reinvent themselves?  The answer is not many.  Most job-seekers are too scared to undergo a radical change.  It is just too, too risky.  Even doing just one new thing in their search is too risky.  They are content to sit by the phone waiting for their dream company to call them with a job offer.

Success = Risk

To be successful in finding a job now-a-days requires taking risks which means you need some guts.

Whether it is:

  • Blogging
  • Updating your 80’s hairstyle
  • Participating in LinkedIn groups
  • Answering questions on LinkedIn
  • Starting your own consulting business
  • Attending networking events, seminars and luncheons
  • Becoming involved in a home based business such as Avon, Pampered Chef or Tastefully Simple etc…
  • Joining job search groups and having your personal information put on a list of job seekers and that list is distributed among the entire group.

If you refuse to take even small risks, well I hope you have a very fat bank account because you will never work again.

So step out there and take a chance or two in your job search, you never know what rewards will come your way.  They will come but in God’s time not yours.


“No Guts, No Glory”

(More on  Risks and Reinvention  Tomorrow)


Mad Chef Michele’s Update – White Lemonade Jello

A few weeks ago, I tweaked my mother-in-law’s recipe for White Jello.  I did this by mixing Tastefully Simple’s Lemonade Fruit Dip mix to the cream cheese and marshmallow creme called for in the recipe.


Well I made it last week for our Griefshare Potluck.  This time I tweaked it some more by adding in 2 cans of crushed pineapple and about 1/4 bag of “Baker’s Secret Flaked Coconut.”

I still only used 1 package of the Lemonade Fruit Dip (2 come in a box).

The result was better than the first time.  Everyone loved it because it was so light and refreshing but not too sweet.

Mad Chef Michele’s Recommendation

Use 2 cans of crushed pineapple and add in as much or little coconut as you prefer.

This dessert will be a hit at parties and family reunions.