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How to Change Careers in Midlife (My First Interview!! – Video)

Hello, Beauties

I’ve shot and edited my first interview with dear friend Jeannine Chanin Penn, who has decided her 50s are the perfect time to pursue a long-denied passion for art.

I’ll give you a small taste of what you’ll see if you watch our interview below:

How to change careers

Jeannine’s grandmother.

This interview is a must-see for anyone wondering how to change careers at any time of life and whether there’s a responsible way to do it.

Jeannine is building a name in the art world for doing what she calls, “Legacy Art.”

I’ll allow Jeannine to tell you what inspired her to begin this journey into the past to give it new life in the present:

Legacy Art: {legacy imagination celebration}

We may not have all crossed paths but we are family.”  

~ Jeannine Chanin Penn

As a child my mother would sit me down and show me the beautiful photos of her mother (the grandmother I never met) in the grand hats she made, with her impeccable style and beauty.

She’d share many other amazing family photos from many generations including ‘cabinet’ cards from the 1800’s of distant family from Russia.

She’d share photos of her youth (including the scores of friends, family and many boyfriends she had), her travels to places like Bermuda with her stylish swimsuits and fashions of the time … and narrate the memories and stories she experienced as we flipped through the pages.

In my mind, these things came alive and I imagined being there and being part of the story.

Unfortunately, my mother passed away almost 30 years ago, and those stories are faded memories in many ways.

But the photo albums are mine, and I often look through them, piecing together and recreating my own version of those moments and stories.

I have since had a son, gotten married and tell my own stories of my parents (my Dad passed away when my son was only one) hoping to paint a picture for my son and my husband of the parents I loved, the past family I never knew, the countless relatives I’ve had in my life that they never got to meet.

I still wonder what it would have been like to be at that club in New York City with my Mom and Grandmother, drinking whiskey sours and listening to big bands.

What it would have been like to have my parents walk me down the aisle.

What it would be like to have a tea party today with my nieces, my mother and my wealthy great aunts that I barely knew.

What it would be like for my son to stand next to his grandparents at his graduation.

My stories taken from these photos now have a place outside of a drawer or a shelf basically hidden away and often forgotten.

For me, it is a healing and a generally a happy place (although sometimes bittersweet) to think of the generations coming together whether it’s a visit to something past, a visit from the past to a present moment or any combination of that.

We live in this moment and collectively come from the people before us… some we knew and some we didn’t … but we are part of them and their stories and they are part of ours.

What Legacy Art Is:

Past, present (and future) generations converge on unique artworks where visual stories, paint and pictures create a living legacy.

Contemporary mixed media art combining materials including acrylic, photography, special objects, collage and more.

You can find Jeannine at her ART SITE and on her DESIGN SITE.


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  1. Izzi
    Izzi 24 February, 2017, 16:26

    I loved your interview and was touched by your remembrances of your wonderful mother (and my dearest friend). As I approach my 91st birthday I can relate to your search for a midlife career change. Trust me…it’s never too late to do this. Love you, Jeannine. Please keep in touch!! Isabel

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 24 February, 2017, 19:15

      Izzi so lovely to see you here.

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      • Jeannine
        Jeannine 28 February, 2017, 10:39

        Isabel was and is still in her heart my Mom’s best friend. She and I have remained close throughout. Thank you Isabel for your lovely message xo

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