Dr. Barbara Collins | The Journey to Discover your Natural Strengths
Dr. Barbara Collins is a midlife transition expert.
Midlife, Tranisition, Menopause
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The Journey to Discover your Natural Strengths


A woman was unfortunately laid off from her job. She did not receive a severance package, just a goodbye and a thank you for her 15 years of service. She needed to pay her bills and rent. Survival was her main goal.

This woman loved baking bread for her neighbors, family, and friends. Her fresh baked bread was so delicious, and hard to resist with butter. It never occurred to her that she could potentially make money from doing what she loved, baking bread. I helped her write a business plan to earn enough money to pay her phone and rent for two months. With a lot of work and determination, she sold her bread to local stores, family, and friends. She was able to pay bills for the next two months!

I met a another woman who created a plan to supplement her retirement by doing something she loves. She discovered that she loved making candy, especially peanut brittle. Selling her peanut brittle to local stores, farmers markets, and vendors proved lucrative. Her natural strength was a wonderful discovery.

Another woman I met at a workshop was a physician who plans to take a cooking class when she leaves medicine. She plans to increase her culinary skills and in some form use cooking to supplement her retirement.

Discovering natural strengths is a wonderful way to begin exploring ways to increase income. Writing, teaching, creating a business, or an artistic strength, whatever you discover on your journey is worth exploring.

I am on the continual path of discovering who I am. I believe the old adage that when you do what you love, the money will follow. Through this process I have discovered four natural strengths. I am able to use each strength to increase my income.

What are your natural strengths?

Five ways discover your natural strength:

1. Listen carefully when someone says,” You make it look so easy.” That “it” could be a clue to explore.

2. Ask coworkers to observe what you do well. Are you a good negotiator? Do you solve tough issues in teams? Are you a good organizer of events?

3. Talk to high school friends. What was your best subject or activity in school? (Check out my book: “It’s Your Turn: Find Your Authentic Self and Go Fetch It.” )

4. Ask your parents what did you do that was amazing when you were young. Of course they may be a little bias. It’s still a good clue about your DNA.

5. Observe what motivates you to spend hours making something. This is a BIG clue that it could be your natural strength. Even better, someone may want what you made!

Share your journey as you discover your strengths. Your story may help a woman who needs encouragement to find her strength.

Happy exploring!