Why do you consider yourself to be anti-age limits?
I feel like at 34 years old, I’m still learning and growing and developing as a human being… even more than I was in my twenties! Every day it seems, I learn something new – whether it’s about myself and what makes me happy, or something new that will help me grow my business. For that reason, I find POND’S® new “Anti Age Limits” campaign to be really inspiring.
What inspires you the most about the POND’S® anti-age limits campaign?
That life is meant to be lived, period. We all have our own path, and your age, whether it’s “too young,” or “too old,” should never define or dictate your choices. For me, this message is particularly relevant in that I have essentially changed careers four times. Each one of those career changes complemented the next, and now it feels like it was a (somewhat) clear trajectory, but at the time it didn’t feel that way!
What life-changing choices have you made that made you think twice if you were the right age for?
I worked in marketing and brand management in the beauty industry for almost six years. During that time I started a blog, just for fun. And on that blog, I featured a tiny, relatively unknown startup I’d seen in a magazine… BaubleBar. That (very early!) blog post led to meeting the BaubleBar cofounders, which led to them asking if I’d ever consider leaving to run their social media.
At the time (this was over five years ago!) the idea of being able to do social media as a career sounded totally crazy (and awesome). I was so nervous (and scared… I was 28… it felt like I was too old to make such a big career switch… again), but I also had this feeling in my gut that I had to do it. So I did.
I left a very stable job (and took a 40% pay cut!) and off I went… from the very structured corporate world to the wild west of startups. It was crazy and amazing and one of the best decisions I ever made.
What is the one message you’d like to get across to women like you?
That age is irrelevant. Our paths are all completely different. For some of us, the best path is a very linear trajectory… working for one really great company for our entire career. Others need to jump around a bit. But at the end of the day, you are never too old to continue growing and learning… or to make a big change.
Learn more about Grace’s story on her blog post here