Hi, my name is Melissa and my purpose is to empower women entering or in midlife to thrive by being relentlessly unapologetic in pursuit of aging gracefully and advocating for their well-being.
As a single mother of two children, working full-time and attending online evening classes from 2000; by 2010 I needed to pause my classes and attend to personal obligations.
In late 2011at 46 years of age, I found it difficult to wrap my mind around believing I could earn my college degree and obtain a promotion earning a higher salary. So I didn't bother to go back to school because I let society dictate what I thought my value was as I entered mid-life and believed I could not promote it because of my age. No one in the workplace talked about or advocated for older workers and their value and the need for them to utilize their degree or go back to school with a mindset to promote.
In early 2012 I attended a work in-service on the value of a multi generational workforce and the need for older workers in the workforce. That was the catalyst for me in researching the multi-generational workplace and gave me the confidence to go back to school.
In late 2013 at the age of 48, I received my BS in Business Management. Fourteen months later in 2015, I promoted three levels up. Mission accomplished! From that day forward I never let fear, self-doubt, or anyone write my story. It was in the six years following the promotion that I worked some of the most challenging and consuming responsibilities as a wellness program manager. I learned so much about my power within, perseverance, and made a vow to bet on myself always.
I learned that I write my story and I can take up space by advocating within a community that can ultimately be a trajectory for growth, preparation, and opportunity for the goals I desire.
Lastly, as a wellness professional, I learned that one must first fill up their own cup by, identifying and implementing self-care goals that benefit the whole of their being and bring joy! You cannot show up your best self and serve others if you are not caring for yourself mind, body, and soul.
In June of 2021, MelJoi Lifestyle launched, an online company focused on empowering women entering or in mid-life (age 40+) to age gracefully through a positive aging mindset. I became so passionate about our midlife journeys that I enrolled in an integrated nutrition health coaching program earning my certificate in the fall of 2021. I get to hear the life stories of women and help them to imagine the possibilities and set goals to begin achieving their dreams.
I am so happy you are here - Welcome!
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