A Love Note

A Love Note

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A Love Note

At my feet sat a treasure trove of memories:  a box of photos that had somehow been stored with archived documents for decades.

As I flipped through them, I saw a black-and-white portrait.  “Rio de Janeiro, 1965.”  Looking all grown up, but still a big kid.  (Yet a big kid who had already weathered far too many adult situations.)

I stared at my high school yearbook picture and allowed myself to fade back to that time, to experience how it felt to be Sharon O’Day at 17.   And to see how many of those emotions had survived the next 46 years.

I would graduate the next year, full of adventurous energy, but no real focus.  I knew I could do anything I wanted, and could survive most anything because in my young mind I already had.

My father’s adventures had dragged the whole family onto a financial rollercoaster that had whipped us from Jaguar-wealthy to ‘hand-me-downs’-broke.  And on to “we’ll be fine” … more than once.  I had seen my mother dressed up for a night on the town in a cocktail party dress with her favorite aquamarine-and-diamond earrings my father had bought her.  I had watched my parents fly off to Paris.  And I had seen my mother sit in her favorite chair, day after day, wondering how to keep the lights on.  And wearing a look of worry that marred her beauty too many of her years.

So where am I today?

The four-and-a-half decades in between have been filled with ups and downs.  (Are you surprised?)  I adopted my father’s spirit of adventure and of being able to turn around whatever the consequences of my decisions.  All my adult life, I’ve had people marvel at how much I had already packed into whatever my age was then.  “You ought to write a book,” they all said.

From mundane jobs to hanging out of helicopters as an aerial photographer.  From buying a restaurant on an island off the coast of the Yucatan to bird hunting with a French count in the southwest of France.  I lived ‘The Bucket List” before I had ever heard the phrase …

And today, only just slightly less of an adrenaline junkie, I have finally found my true passion.

It is you.  And your relationship with money.  It is taking everything I learned from the peaks and valleys, the pinnacles and the disasters, my MBA from the Wharton School of Finance, and sharing it all with you.

And it is remembering the look of worry on my mother’s face … seeing it on the face of so many other women … and wanting to replace it with a look of serenity.

This is actually a love note.  It is a thank you for allowing me into your life and for listening to my silly stories.  It is for taking action when something I suggest makes sense to you.  It is for trusting that things can change … because they truly can.  As they have for me.

And as I reach my hand out to you today, and offer you encouragement if times are tougher than you remember them being in a long time, I ask you to do the same.

Look around you.  See who needs a kind word, a hand on the shoulder, an “I know how you feel, because I’ve been there too, but it will get better.”

Because it will.

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Bio:  Sharon O’Day lost everything at age 53: her home, her business, everything. But how could that be? She’s an expert in global finance and marketing with an MBA from the Wharton School. She has worked with governments, corporations, and individuals … yes, she was the secret “weapon,” if you will, behind many individuals in high places. But yet she did! Since then, Sharon has interviewed countless women and done extensive research to understand how that could have happened, especially with her strong knowledge of numbers and finance.

The surprising answers will be shared in her upcoming book “Money After Menopause.” Today her mission is to show as many women as possible how to become financially free for the long term, through her “Over Fifty and Financially Free” coaching programs.  She has developed a step-by-step plan to get past all the obstacles that keep women broke and scared … and from reaching the financial peace of mind they so deserve.

  • Anonymous

    Sharon, it is people like you have the power to create real change in our world. Reaching out to people and knowing from your own experience what they need…then being so open and willing to offer “the best of you” is something we are all grateful for. Thank you for sharing your amazing insights and wisdom 🙂

    • If I trip and fall, learn from it, and never tell anyone, who benefits?  One thing to remember is that I get as much out of sharing as I hope others do!

  • Sharon, I so appreciate you sharing your story, as it is always an inspiration to read how other people have lived, lost and conquered the challenges throughout their lives. Again, thank you and may others be blessed by your love note today.

    In health and wellness, Sharon Wegner

  • Dear Sharon, What a lovely note. Your caring and kindness are present in every word. Helping others in such an critical area of their lives is so important and how lucky for all of us that you have the knowledge and the desire to help.
    Thank you.

  • Monica

    Thanks for the beautiful message today Sharon!

  • Thanks Sharon for being so open!

  • It’s great to hear more about you. Thanks for sharing.

  • This love note is very special Sharon, especially having heard you read aloud to me. This did take me back, back to the days of the librarian reading to us over the summer. Your stories are far from silly, I hang on every word. Thank you for not only writing about your life stories, but taking it a step further and reading to us. A step back in time without leaving my office. Kudos, my friend.

    Carla
    http://CarlaJGardiner.com

  • AJ

    Giving back, or even just thinking of others can be a challenge. Thanks for the reminder on why we do it.
    AJ

    • AJ, somehow we have to keep finding time to think beyond ourselves, whether in the form of giving back or just thinking of others.  It’s what keeps the fabric of humanity strong …

  • Great post Sharon and I just wrote one myself today on this subject.  One of the greatest gifts I believe is encouraging someone–may be through a phone call, an email, flowers, a card, a hug or however that relates to you. Make it a daily habit. 

    • … an outstretched hand.  And I know, Carol, that you are one of the world’s great “encouragers!”  I know I appreciate all the support you’ve given me.

  • Your story is so amazing! I love that you are sharing part of it! I’m looking forward to reading your book! Love you my friend!

    • Love you back, Scarlett.  As you well know, our stories are how the world learns from what we learn …

  • Sharon thank you, for being you, for getting ALWAYS – one more time. I appreciate you and I appreciate your message, passion and giving heart.

    I have been thinking so much lately about my personal relationship with money, I am looking forward to learning more from you!I can’t wait until your book comes out.

    Much love, Deb

    • Deborah, although I’ve never had kids, publishing my book is worse than what I hear about labor pains!  My teleseminar is now out, my virtual workshop is in its sales phase … so the book now has a clear path!  Thanks for your patience!  😉

  • Sharon thank you, for being you, for getting ALWAYS – one more time. I appreciate you and I appreciate your message, passion and giving heart.

    I have been thinking so much lately about my personal relationship with money, I am looking forward to learning more from you!I can’t wait until your book comes out.

    Much love, Deb

  • Thank you so much for sharing your story Sharon. It’s because of what you’ve been through that you are such a blessing to others. You’ve written a beautiful love note.

    • Beth, I cherish the relationship I have with my readers.  The feedback from readers, as well as from my coaching clients, is what keeps the creative fires stoked!  And occasionally I feel the need to let them know!  Like any good relationship, it takes nurturing on both sides …

  • I’m honored to be connected with you, Sharon!  Looking forward to our joint adventures! 

    • Lourdes, I look forward to the call we’ve set up … and to what we can achieve together!

  • Wonderful words and message! Yes – life will work it out – faith in better future is what makes us turn around. Great story and I think many people can relate to it.

    • Solvita, I think it’s so important to identify what truly drives us.  It took me a long time to go from big, grandiose statements … to the look on my mother’s face … as the thing that moves me.  Seemingly something minor, but amazingly powerful because it touches my soul.  And with each person’s story that I hear, and each success I see that in some small way resulted from my gentle nudge, I realize that there really is a better future for whose who act.

  • I loved the story you read!! Your voice is so soothing to listen to that I could see the story come to life. My dream is to have no money worries at all – not to spend in abundance but to live with out worry – The love note was awesome

  • I loved the story you read!! Your voice is so soothing to listen to that I could see the story come to life. My dream is to have no money worries at all – not to spend in abundance but to live with out worry – The love note was awesome

    • Thank you, Ms. Angela!  I know the path you’re on, step-by-step moving towards fulfilling your potential, doing your part to ensure your family wants for nothing.  But you’re absolutely right about your dream:  it’s not about abundance.  It’s about peace of mind.  I hope you’ll come back to visit often, and I’ll keep reading your stories … 😉

    • Thank you, Ms. Angela!  I know the path you’re on, step-by-step moving towards fulfilling your potential, doing your part to ensure your family wants for nothing.  But you’re absolutely right about your dream:  it’s not about abundance.  It’s about peace of mind.  I hope you’ll come back to visit often, and I’ll keep reading your stories … 😉

  • Carmen

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story.

    • If it can serve as inspiration for anyone else, Carmen, I’m thrilled! 😉

  • I love your spirit of ‘Been there. Done that!’ Your passion for life and helping others shines through. Expert advice can be learned but it is much more powerful if it has been lived. And you certainly have lived Sharon. Thank you for your love note!

    • The love note went out to all, but especially to those who have shared these past few years so generously, Carolyn!

  • Susan Schiller

    I really like how this lovely old photo ushered you back in time and how you took inventory of any residual emotions. Like so many other people you’ve mentored, I really hope a book comes out of your reminiscing… you have lived so much life in every decade. I, for one, would really love to read your whole life story… and get to know you even better. I would really love that…

    • It wants to come out, Sue. In fact, I think the manuscript edits itself at night … but I need to have more time to give it justice. I’ll let you know when!

  • Thanks for sharing of Yourself and with us, those make the best of posts

    • Thanks, Carly. I agree, one way to reach across the distance created by the internet is to share a relevant part of us …

  • Kathy Hadley

    Lovely! 🙂