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Publisher's Letter

Our Summer Issue Proves You're Never Too Old, Or Too Young, To Realize What's Important

What do a drag racer, a dog walker and an owner of a day spa have in common?

They all had the fearlessness and fortitude to look their previous careers in the face and tell them to “take this job and shove it!” They all had an “aha” moment and realized they weren't happy or fulfilled and that it was time to make a change.

Thus, they are the inspiration behind “Career Switch," proving you're never too old, or too young, to realize what's truly important in life. 

For some, it's not the income, it's the outcome—their happiness quotient, their well-being and their quest for balance in life that made them take that leap of faith and change careers. For others, it's moving into a more rewarding career that allows them to measure success differently than before. Whatever the motivation behind the decision, their confidence and courage to pursue their dreams and follow their hearts had tremendous payoffs. I hope they inspire you to get out of that rut you're in, and follow your own passions and be the driver of your own destiny. Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” It's never too late to make that choice!

Joyce Gugel, founder of the Beyond Blind Institute, knows firsthand what it's like to switch careers, having experienced more than seven vastly different and successful careers in her 63 years. No, she's not a perpetual quitter—quite the opposite. She is a fiercely determined master of her own destiny, orchestrating a gratifying life in the face of her visual challenges. Her vision for the blind community extends far beyond her line of sight—her plans are to incorporate the sighted community as well as the visually challenged with the new LaPlaza Performing Arts Theater and Cultural Center in Palm Beach Gardens. Her final career could very well change the face of blindness forever.

Changing how we, South Floridians, think of sun exposure is baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, who after being diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma, is now crusading for sun safety and the addition of sunscreen dispensers at beaches and parks.

The summer sun is at its peak, which means summer travels are upon us. Journey to Rio de Janeiro with us, the city of this summer's 2016 Olympics, and experience Brazil's exciting culture and nightlife. If you enjoy a slower pace, take the scenic route down country roads through the Shenandoah Valley on your way north for the summer or back south for the winter for outdoor adventure and a history lesson. This issue will be out for the entire summer, so we'll see you back in October with our season kickoff Charity Datebook issue.

This summer, take some time to reflect on what's important in your life, and remember, life has no remote control—you have to get up and change it.