NEW YEAR = NEW YOU #neverstoplearning

It’s a new year and for many of us it’s an opportunity to change and try something outside our comfort zone. Whether it’s a new way of looking at things, a career change, adopting a new process or kicking bad habits to the curb, we believe the new year is the best time to start a “new you” and create a fresh path that may lead to something amazing in 2019.

Take inspiration from these successful late-bloomers that took winding career paths before discovering their passions later in life:

Julia Child  worked as a researcher for a government intelligence agency before discovering her passion for cooking at the age of 36.

Julia Child worked as a researcher for a government intelligence agency before discovering her passion for cooking at the age of 36.

Designer  Vera Wang  was a professional ice skater and even appeared in Sports Illustrated before she dipped her toes into fashion and launched her own brand at the age of 40.

Designer Vera Wang was a professional ice skater and even appeared in Sports Illustrated before she dipped her toes into fashion and launched her own brand at the age of 40.

Photographer  Brandon Stanton  worked in finance as a bonds trader before pursuing his passion in photography with  Humans of New York , a photography project celebrating everyday New Yorkers through portraits and interviews that lead to even bigger things.

Photographer Brandon Stanton worked in finance as a bonds trader before pursuing his passion in photography with Humans of New York, a photography project celebrating everyday New Yorkers through portraits and interviews that lead to even bigger things.

Writer, Comedian and Radio Personality  David Sedaris  didn’t make his national public radio debut until he was 44 and worked as a Christmas elf (!) at Macy’s before gaining recognition in his 30s for his memoirs.

Writer, Comedian and Radio Personality David Sedaris didn’t make his national public radio debut until he was 44 and worked as a Christmas elf (!) at Macy’s before gaining recognition in his 30s for his memoirs.

87-year-old Nobel Prize-winning writer  Toni Morrison  published her first novel at age 40 as a single mom before receiving critical acclaim later in her career. On May 29, 2012, President Barack Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and most recently, she received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction in 2016.

87-year-old Nobel Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison published her first novel at age 40 as a single mom before receiving critical acclaim later in her career. On May 29, 2012, President Barack Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and most recently, she received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction in 2016.

Academy Award-winning film director,  Ang Lee   (dir. Brokeback Mountain, Ice Storm, Crouching Dragon Hidden Tiger)  didn’t screen his first big movie until he was 38.

Academy Award-winning film director, Ang Lee (dir. Brokeback Mountain, Ice Storm, Crouching Dragon Hidden Tiger) didn’t screen his first big movie until he was 38.

Blondie’s  first album wasn’t released until she was 31 and her commercial breakthrough didn’t occur until she was 33, when “Heart of Glass” topped the charts as a No. 1 Hot 100 hit.

Blondie’s first album wasn’t released until she was 31 and her commercial breakthrough didn’t occur until she was 33, when “Heart of Glass” topped the charts as a No. 1 Hot 100 hit.

48-year-old actor, director, producer and pro-skateboarder, Jason Lee didn’t discover photography until his late 30s. Now, he’s launched an entirely new photography career and chases his passion through the lens of a 4x5 large format film camera. His latest photo book,  A Plain View  is a beautiful and nostalgic homage to his new home state of Texas.

48-year-old actor, director, producer and pro-skateboarder, Jason Lee didn’t discover photography until his late 30s. Now, he’s launched an entirely new photography career and chases his passion through the lens of a 4x5 large format film camera. His latest photo book, A Plain View is a beautiful and nostalgic homage to his new home state of Texas.

And the list goes! So what we’re trying to say is that it’s never too late to change or try something new that excites you, because you’ll never know where it can lead you to next!