{My Story} Resolutions of a newly-minted (FOF) bartender

[Editor’s note: The essay below, by FOF Cheryl Rich Heisler, is part of a series of personal blogs from our readers. Have your own story to tell? Email your “What I Know Now” idea to geri@faboverfifty.com.]


By profession, I am the president and founder of a career consulting business for attorneys frustrated by their traditional career options. By formal education, I am one of those self-same attorneys.  But, by avocation, I am what I perhaps should have always been—a mixologist.


As a career consultant, I get a great deal of satisfaction helping people uncover their passions. But this past year, I decided I hadn’t realized one of my own lifelong passions–becoming an expert at making cocktails. I have poignant memories of heart-to-heart talks with my Dad over the tops of chilled martini glasses, and I get a wicked kick out of mixing and matching libations of all flavors and colors to create something new, different and kind-of clever.

However, giving up my day job to pursue this passion wasn’t a sacrifice I was willing to make. As an FOF, I realized you can have your cocktail and drink it too. While I continued my career consulting business–meeting clients in the mornings and in the afternoons–I studied for my mixology license. I love the reaction I get when I tell people I passed a second “Bar” exam. It was one of my major highlights of 2011.

But now it is 2012: how will each of us expand our horizons over the year ahead?

The lawyer in me suggests prudence:  plan better, save more.

The career coach in me says add more play, uncover a new passion, take those horseback riding lessons I’ve been thinking about.

And the bartender in me? She says lighten up, life is short.  Have a drink.  Toast to health and happiness and all the unpredictable, wonderful surprises that a New Year can bring.

Start the New Year off right with this refreshingly sweet n’ spicy cocktail shot:

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0 Responses to “{My Story} Resolutions of a newly-minted (FOF) bartender”

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  2. Carol Colman says:

    Preach it, sister! This is just what I need to hear right now, as I explore taking my side business and turning it into my main attraction. “You can have your cocktail and drink it too” – brilliant! Cheers to your success.

  3. Fred says:

    Cheryl dear:

    Thanks for sending it to me.. You made me smile. You are the prettiest mixologist I know. I look forward to a l’chaim with you again soon.

    Much luv!!!


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  4. Deborah says:

    What a great story about your professional and personal lives. Thanks for sharing it. I’m inspired to do — and drink — something new.

  5. Sally says:

    I’m going to expand my horizons in every way that you suggest. Great suggestions. Thanks!


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