Friday, January 13, 2012

Inspired by Ofelia de LaValette

In last month's Psychology Today magazine, I read about an amazing woman who reinvented herself in her late thirties.

Born to struggling Cuban immigrants, Ofelia de LaValette dreamed of becoming a dancer, but her family couldn't afford the expensive lessons. Ofelia married young and built a successful career as an insurance agent. At age thirty-four, she wanted to get rid of some stubborn baby weight and decided to take her first dance class. She enjoyed the classes and threw herself into training during the evenings and weekends. At one point, she was taking a dozen dance classes per week.

In her forties, she decided to close down the insurance agency and began teaching professionally. At age forty-seven, she opened her own studio, Dance 101, which is geared toward adults.

Inspiring quote

I wanted to teach people that it's never too late to discover a new passion in your life. The age you start is just that: a starting point.

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