I hope you’re loving this new series “Women Over 50 Tell Their Stories, as much as I’m enjoying compiling it.
It’s lovely to be able to feature women over 50, telling their stories about life, love and work. We have so many different stories, such varying opinions and fascinating life history amongst us.
Today I’m handing you over to the inspiring Jan Robinson who lives in Queensland Australia. I’ve known Jan for a few years as a fellow travel blogger, although we’ve never met in real life. But I think it would be safe to say we’ve got to know each other quite well via social media, and I’m sure you’re going to enjoy her story as much as I do.
Over to Jan ….
When I was a fourteen year old there was a television advertisement for Mum Deodorant. It featured a beautiful young girl typing at an office desk. I thought to myself “that’s what I want to do”.
I had no high-flying aspirations!
Around that time, the wanderlust inherited from my Grandmother gained momentum. Geography was my favourite School Subject and I’d won an award – it was an intoxicating (to me) book about Brazil. From that moment I knew I would travel to places very different to my home in Australia.
I did become that girl typing away in an office and I have travelled the world, although not yet to Brazil.
Working forty years in Office Administration saw me doing everything from making tea, to taking minutes, running accounts payable and organising events. It was far more challenging and fulfilling than I ever imagined.
At one of my Admin Jobs where I started as a temp and stayed for years, I met my husband, travelling partner and blog photographer Marty. We’ve had some incredible times in the forty years we’ve lived together.
When our kids were little I started my own mini-catering business. This gave me the freedom to stay home during the week and the opportunity to meet a lot of people. Although there was considerable prep time involved, I only worked outside the home one day each week. That was a good era too.
To this day I am hugely interested in the various ways people earn a living.
For the past six years I’ve been a travel-blogger. Blogging has expanded my world amazingly. I’ve met new friends, developed a different skill set and learned much about the world and where I want to travel next. Travel Blogging feels like a totally natural progression of our lifestyle.
It is interesting to contemplate the What If’s.
What if the Internet had been around, when I started travelling as a 17 year old?
What if cheap flights had opened up the world back then, like they have today?
What if I had taken up blogging as a young woman and walked a different path?
Isn’t life grand?
You can find Jan’s blog at Budget Travel Talk where she offers some great tips and ideas for budget travel around the globe.
Jan also wrote a blog post on Lifestyle Fifty, way back when I first created this blog in 2013. You can find it here: Grandmother’s legacy
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