Yvonne van Leeuwen (Street Articles Author)

I am excited about the future in a way I haven't been for a long time. It is almost like landing on another continent that you have never been to before. Every smell, every plant, every bug, everything is different and new. I love change and I am ready for a big change in my life.

Recently I was released, let go, set free from a job that I held for the past 5.5 years. In reality I was let go of a career that was 30 years in the making. Advertising. It was a fun, exciting career with many ups and downs but the time has come to find a new career. At least that is my not-so-secret desire. I know it's late in my life (I am 52) but I am adamant on exploring other options, even if it means several unemployed months of stress and financial woes, taking new risks, making less money.

I joined Street Articles to partake in the 30 articles in 30 days challenge. For me, it is an opportunity to explore my talents as a writer, research topics I would not have otherwise, and exercise a very under used creative muscle. I hope to learn and be exposed to many different things and people through this site.

I am currently living in Toronto, Ontario. I have 3 dogs, 1 cat and a 24 year old daughter finishing up her last year in university. I also live with a guy, who was my better half for the last 13 years but as of the last 2 has become, more or less, my roommate.

Let the fun begin.

Next Steps
ive been walking down the aisle way wondering when things would go my way what to do and how to get it done? sometimes all i want to do is run than i see the setting sun and for a moment i thought i won then i wake up and…
By:  in  News and Society  >  Pure Opinion   Mar 31, 2016  
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My First Car
Everyone remembers their first. First date. First boyfriend. First home away from home. First kiss. First job. I remember all of these but my most memorable first was my first car. I was 18 and I paid $600. The guy that sold it to me was buying a muscle car…
By:  in  Automotive  >  Classic Cars   Mar 23, 2012  
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New York Times Launches Facebook Timeline
Did you know the New York Times published its first crossword puzzle on Feb. 15, 1947? Neither did I. Always the trendsetter, the newspaper recently launched New York Times Timeline on Facebook. The paper's timeline goes all the way back to 1851 when the paper was founded. In 1896 The…
By:  in  News and Society  >  International   Mar 07, 2012  
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Are You Aging Gracefully?
When I was in my 20s I thought people who were 50 or over were "old people". People over 70 didn't really even register in my feeble brain as 3D beings, rather just an old face with an old life blurred into the background on the landscape of life. I…
By:  in  Health and Fitness  >  Anti Aging   Mar 06, 2012  
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Stuck In the Mud When I Was Fired at 50+
4 weeks ago I was let go from my job that I had held for 5.5 years. I was a studio manager in a small advertising company. Their reason: downsizing. My position as a studio manager had become redundant. It was nothing personal they said. This is not about you…
By:  in  Self Improvement  >  Empowerment   Mar 05, 2012  
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