My reset was forced upon me. It started the day I went for a job interview in my best interview suit and was met by a woman dressed in what looked like pajamas, 20 years younger than me, who told me that the job was already filled. I walked home from that meeting vowing to never go through that humiliation again.

I wasn’t looking for a change of that magnitude but the perfect storm of a shaky economy and a tight employment market for a woman who had just turned 50 forced me to stop looking outward and start looking inward. Scared, but empowered by the support of past colleagues, I began building my own business one small client at a time. Two months later I had my first big client and have never looked back.

I worked my heart out for them because each one gave me the chance to “reset” my career. As hard as it was, and each day was hard starting out, I am grateful to each of them for the platform they provided me and the lessons I learned along the way.

I reset my career but what that really meant was that I reset my attitude towards my career. After working for large and small companies for more than 20 years, I “owned” my own family business with my husband as my CFO.