August 20, 2022

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This PROFILE first appeared on Midlife Cues, a weekly newsletter about intentional living and living our best in the second half of our lives. 

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Canadian Lisa Reshaur came to the US for graduate school and ended up staying. She’s lived in lots of places on both the East and West Coast and as a result, has many friends all over the country that she can visit. Lisa loves to travel, explore different cultures and meet people. She’s been to over 60 countries, and her philosophy is that you need to plan for your next vacation while you’re on your current one.

Lisa enjoys the outdoors and anything to do in and around the water. In these adventures, she’s often accompanied by her fur baby, a rescue toy poodle. They’ve gone kayaking together, biking, and hiking. Lisa’s been told that she has got too many hobbies, and she looks forward to a time when she can do them all. Case in point, she likes to paint — though she hasn’t been able to do much of it lately because of workload — and she’s got a number of canvasses and ideas ready to go. 

Lisa and her fur baby reside in Seattle, Washington. You can connect with Lisa on LinkedIn.

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IN WHICH GENERATION DO YOU BELONG?

Gen X: 1965 – 1980

DO YOU WORK? IF SO, WHAT DO YOU DO?

I work at Microsoft, where I lead a Risk and Resilience team. The Risk side of this is Governance, Risk and Compliance for our internal cybersecurity team, which includes privacy for our internal systems. The Resilience side is resilience for the company — everything from classic disaster recovery and business continuity, to how we think about our always-on services to support customers, to how we respond to crisis events globally. This could be anything from COVID, to political unrest, to major outages.

HOW ARE YOU MOST DIFFERENT FROM THE 25-YEAR-OLD VERSION OF YOU?

Clarity and confidence. I have clarity about what I love to do and what my strengths are, and I have more confidence in myself. I think these go hand in hand. When you can play to your strengths and find something you love to do, it improves your confidence.

WHAT ABOUT MIDLIFE IS EXACTLY LIKE YOU IMAGINED?

My initial reaction to this question was “nothing.” But I should caveat that I am more of a live-in-the-present person and not someone who sits and visions out my long-term future a lot.

That said, in thinking for a few minutes, I would say a few things are as I imagined:

  • a strong relationship with my family, particularly my brothers, who I not only love but actually like, and we enjoy going on trips together;
  • a wonderful group of friends who bring a lot of different experiences and joys into my life; and
  • no children and a great dog.
GOOD OR BAD, WHAT ABOUT MIDLIFE HAS SURPRISED YOU SO FAR?
  • That I would lose distance vision again after having LASIK 😊. They warned about reading glasses but not this!
  • This is probably more a function of COVID lockdowns but something good to learn in mid-life: that even as an extrovert, I am ok spending larger chunks of time on my own and actually enjoy it. This was a big change and a big surprise to me.
  • That I still haven’t figured out the perfect balance, and there is always too much to do and too little time.
WHAT ONE HABIT ARE YOU ACTIVELY WORKING ON THESE DAYS?

Learning to meditate and building in time for it.

WHAT BRINGS YOU THE MOST JOY THESE DAYS AND WHY?

My fur baby. He is always happy to see me no matter how long I have been gone. He was my constant companion during COVID, even when I was working 15-hour days, 7 days a week, supporting our crisis response, plus the rest of my job. He became the team mascot. And he’s a 5lb cuddle monster. How can that not bring you joy! 😊

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT THESE DAYS?

Excited to get back to traveling, both for the adventure and to get back to seeing family and friends who I haven’t seen in a few years.

Work-wise, I am leading an effort around manager excellence for our security teams, and I am excited about that. With all the changes that have happened with our move to a more flexible/hybrid workplace, a lot has been placed on managers. We need to work on how we, as managers, can do our best without being overburdened due to timezones, multiple requirements, etc.

IF YOU COULD GIVE A 20-YEAR-OLD PERSON SOME WORDS OF WISDOM OR PIECE OF ADVICE, WHAT MIGHT IT BE?

I think I give a different answer to this every time I am asked. Right now, I think I would say, don’t be in such a rush to get to the next step/level/achievement. It will all come. Spend more time having fun and enjoying the process along the way.

AND THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION: WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE SINGER/BAND GROWING UP?

I am a product of the 80s, and there were so many. But I will go with INXS as I was just listening to them recently, and they are still great.

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About the Author: Lou Blaser

A former management consultant and IT leader, Lou Blaser is the editor of Midlife Cues and the host of the Second Breaks podcast. She is also the author of Break Free: The Courage to Reinvent Yourself and Your career. Lou’s work is focused on exploring how to navigate, thrive, and turn midlife into the best phase in our life.