The Artist in You!


Hello, Beautiful! Welcome to Fashionably LATE with Danne Reed.

When a soon-to-be or empty-nest mom decides it’s a great time for her to reinvent or to revive her dreams, she usually finds passion, purpose and fun in one of 4 ways.

She revives her dreams of being…

  • An artist
  • A champion
  • An entrepreneur, or
  • An adventurer

And sometimes, all of the above.

Today, I’m sharing the Artist model of Reinvention.

The Artist model of reinvention is all about: Creativity!

If this is you, you have creative talents that have been lying dormant for many years because you’ve been so busy raising your family.

Maybe you enjoyed…

  • Crafting
  • Painting
  • Playing the piano
  • Quilting
  • Gardening
  • Writing
  • Photography
  • Decorating your home
  • Dancing

Whether you wanted to do it as a hobby or as a career, odds are you set it aside because it felt frivolous, or self-indulgent, or you truly were too. Dang. Busy.

But here’s what you really need to know…

Whatever creative outlet...

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Allow Your Light to Shine


Hello, and Welcome to Fashionably LATE with Danne Reed.

In the previous episode, I shared with you the first element in the breakdown of what Fashionably LATE means - the "L" is Living with Passion and Purpose.

In this episode, we are covering the "A", which is Allowing Your Light to Shine.

Let's face it, over the last few years, as you've been raising your kids, the spotlight of your attention, and your focus has been squarely locked onto your children.

You have poured every ounce of energy and focus and resource that you have into making sure that your kids have every possible opportunity available to them.

And in keeping the spotlight on them, it was only natural for you to be standing, metaphorically speaking, "backstage". You were cheering them on either from the front row or from backstage, but the spotlight of your attention and really your world during this crazy busy time of life is centered on raising your kids and making sure that your kids have everything that they need...

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When Something Has To Change

In my youth, I envisioned myself as the master of my own destiny. I had things I wanted to do, and no one was going to keep me from doing them.

One of my first entrepreneurial endeavors was hosting a "kegger" when I was 16 years old.

I know, super-shocking by today's standards, but all I can say in my defense is... it was the 80's.

Hundreds of people showed up and had an amazing time, and when it was all said and done (and I had paid for damages to the venue), I had made a few hundred dollars (and earned myself a TON of street cred).

My belief in myself at the time was unshakeable and could be summed up nicely in the old saying, "The world is my oyster".


Twenty-five years later, I was driving down a country road with my 4-year-old son in the backseat, when the rear-end of the truck started bouncing sideways on the gravel.

A couple of failed attempts to correct, and one blown tire later and we flipped before I knew what had happened - but not, apparently, before I had...

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You and a Diamond Have Much in Common!


Diamonds are formed under intense pressure. So too, are we shaped and forged by "taking the heat", so to speak, of life's experiences. At our core, we're honed and strengthened by overcoming adversity and challenges.

An extraordinary, natural, somewhat violent phenomenon brings diamonds to the earth's surface where they can then be discovered and undergo the process to reveal the beauty inside. Think of your true, authentic self as that "diamond in the rough" fighting its way to the surface. There comes a time in our lives when we say, "Enough's enough". When we realize we're no longer willing to live by others' expectations and we experience a powerful desire to show up in the world as who we really are, regardless of what others will think or say. 

For me, and perhaps you can relate, this manifested in my early 40's, in the feeling that something was missing from my life, like I was partially invisible. As if, in a movie about my own life, I'd play a supporting role,...

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