WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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commerce retailing entrepreneurship keeping track business startups investments Just Go For It Local women discover rewarding new careers J E N N I F E R B L E C H E R writer capital just go for it is the resounding advice of four local women to anyone who is considering making a mid-life career change, to anyone who has that tiny feeling deep inside that there is something else they're meant to be doing, to anyone who has a long-stifled talent they can no longer ignore. PHOTOS BY MAURA WAYMAN Sound a little naive and new-agey? Not when you've got the experience to back it up. Judy O'Neil Labins, Laurie Grossman, Joan Murray, and Cynthia Curtis all took big risks, investing time, energy, and resources to turn a hunch that there was something else they were meant to be doing into a rewarding new career. They don't look back often, but when clockwise from top left: they do it's with no regrets about the paths that led them to where they are. Because there's Judy O'Neil Labins, Cynthia Curtis, Laurie Grossman, and Joan Murray one more thing they all agree on: changing careers involves taking on new challenges, but also incorporating what you've learned in the past in unexpected ways. Trusting Your Instincts Judy O'Neil Labins, owner of Shafer O'Neil Interior Design in Wellesley, is not afraid to follow her instincts. Her career-launching job began with a knock on the door of a broken-down We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 warehouse in Waltham. Labins, at the time a recent college graduate with a degree in painting, had seen an advertisement in the local newspaper for an importing company called Boston Warehouse that was looking for its first professional hire. The company's owner was eccentric and the surroundings were dim, but Labins immediately liked the energy and realized that it was a place where she could make a difference. Twenty-three years later, Labins was executive 138

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