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Fabafterfifty: Fabwomen

We all know women who inspire us to take a look at our own lives. ‘Fabwomen’ is all about  introducing women who have not been afraid to try something new or different, and who’ve overcome their own fears or limitations and followed their dreams, whether stepping outside their comfort zone to take up new interests  or pursue a new career or relationship.

We hope our Fabwomen’s stories will motivate all of us to try at least one thing new!

If you have a friend, colleague or family member, whose experiences in their fifties could inspire others, why not nominate them for a future Fabwomen feature!

  1. Gigi Schilling talks about Ageless Living and her book Ageless Bride

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Today  we feature Gigi Schilling as our latest ‘Fab Woman’. Gigi is a champion of living agelessly over 50 – and has recently published her first book, Ageless Bride About Gigi I live in Miami, 59 years ageless, married and have one son, he is 20. No grandchildren. Main activities before turning 50. Traveling the world with my husband and son. Main activities after turning 50.  On 2010 — I created a group on FB named ~ Over 50 & Irresistible. It is about “ageless philosophy” and we are about 5.500 members. April 2016 — I decided to do way with the “number” and thus SoAgeless was born (even though I still have the Over 50 & Irresistible). I also created all the social media to go with it (FB page & instagram...
  2. Clelia reinvents her life in her mid 60s by moving to Italy and becoming a tour guide

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I visited Lake Levico in Northern Italy last summer ( you can read my full review of the holiday here). One of the highlights of the trip for me was a visit to Arte Sella, a fabulous art complex in the mountains featuring art in nature by world famous artists. The visit was made all the more special by our guide, Clelia Di Loreto,  whose passion for the venue, and the art shone through.  When I heard that Clelia had relocated to Italy from South Africa relatively recently, I just had to feature her as a ‘fab woman’. Clelia shares her story – reinventing her life at the age of 65! A little about Clelia My name is Clelia Di Loreto I’m 70 years old and...
  3. Janet has her first novel optioned for a film and sets up a TV production company

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon   I love to share midlife reinvention stories. Here I chat to Janet Kelly who has transformed her life since turning 50 What were your main activities before turning 50? I was self employed after having my first daughter in 1989 and my second in 1990. I worked as a freelance journalist then as a PR and set up a business providing content to the media which failed in the credit crunch which was around the time of my 50th birthday. What have been your main activities ( job, commitments etc) since turning  50? I have still worked as a PR and writer although I took a year out after everything collapsed to write a novel – having gained a place within the Faber Academy on their ‘Write a...
  4. Midlife Reinvention: Helen Sanderson talks about launching her decluttering business

      Article by Ceri Wheeldon   Our latest ‘fab woman’ Helen Sanderson shares her midlife reinvention story, as she becomes self employed as a professional organiser and creates and launches her home declutter kit. About Helen: I live in London, engaged, no kids. I am an Artist, Designer Entrepreneur and Professional Organiser   What prompted you to start your business/ take up the challenge/follow your dream? The need for freedom. I didn’t like working for other people and all the psychological dynamics that go on in the workplace. I am quite strong willed and creative. I value autonomy and creative expression highly, above security and belonging. How old were you when you started? I started my business late, when I was in my 40’s. Did you have to take any courses or training to do this? I had done several courses over the years to...
  5. Ambition has no age limit. Septuagenarian Dorah Blume publishes her first novel to critical acclaim

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Our latest inspirational Fab Woman demonstrates that there is no age limit on ambition.  Septuagenarian Dorah Blume publishes her first novel Botticelli’s Muse to critical acclaim – and shares with us her journey, and her motivation.  Just goes to show that you can be sensational over 70 as well as fabulous over 50! About Dorah ( her pen name, her real name is Deborah Bluestein) I live in Boston, Massachusetts in a 390 square foot studio condo. It is in the heart of the city a few minutes’ walk from the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Symphony Hall, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and the Boston Public...
  6. Midlife Reinvention: Tina Malhame sets up her own clothing brand in her 50s

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I met Tina recently at a show in London. Tina set up her own clothing brand in her 50s catering for midlife women, I asked Tina to share with us her story  and the story behind her brand  NoLoGo . This is what she had to say: I live near Windsor, married to a wonderful man for 21 years. We were together for 9 years before we married. We have 2 SONS, 1 at University and one in his GCSE year. What were your main activities before turning 50? I Have been a clothes designer my entire career. Before 50 I designed and supplied several well known store groups with clothing collections What have been your main activities since turning 50? Continuing working full time as...
  7. Liz, sets up a boat trip business in her 50s

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Liz Wisbach shares her midlife reinvention story as she set up a new business in her late 50s. “Last year, when I was 58, I had an idea! I am a bit of a narrowboat nerd and have my own boat (I don’t live on it yet, but would like to), which my daughter and I moved from a marina in Northamptonshire to Aylesbury in Bucks.  This is a town centre mooring owned by the Canal & River Trust. Whilst relaxing on my boat an chatting to passersby, it became apparent that something was needed in this new refurbished basin for people to do.  So, I thought, why not run a Trip Boat. Initially, whilst filling in all the forms to...
  8. Sharon, overcomes mental illness to become an inspirational speaker in her 50s

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Sharon shares with us her reinvention story as she recovered from depression and addiction in her 50s  to become an inspirational speaker, poet and author. About Sharon:  My name is Sharon Bull, and since September 2013 I have worked as an inspirational speaker, writer and poet under the banner of A Compassionate Voice. The sole purpose is to creatively help others through my own experiences with mental health, depression, addiction, recovery and well-being. From the age of twenty I had battled with mental illness, including depression, anxiety and a spending addiction incurring £50.000 debt. For thirty years, my authenticity had played second fiddle to all the mad distractions I associated with being happy, and it wasn’t until I reached my lowest point I found...
  9. Denise Scott shares her experience of becoming a stand up comedienne as she prepares for the London stage

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    Our latest ‘fab woman’ Denise Scott shares her challenges and achievements as a comedienne ahead of taking to the stage in London in her show ‘Disappointments’ with her friend Judith Lucy. A little about you: I live in Melbourne, Australia with my partner John Lane. We’ve been together 36 years. We have two children, musician Jordie Lane and visual artist Bonnie Lane What were your main activities Before turning 50? I cooked, cleaned house, shopped and gardened. I did decoupage (a set of kitchen chairs). I mosaiced (a feature wall in our kitchen, to hide some fat stains that were impossible to clean.) I ‘looked after’ my two children – specifically I willed them to survive their adolescent years. I began spending more time with my mother who was in early...
  10. Bethany Askew on becoming a published author following her retirement, and her latest book Poppy’s Seed

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    Article by Bethany Askew Bethany Askew talks about achieving her ambition to become a published author following her retirement, and the story behind her latest novel, Poppy’s Seed. I am sixty-one. Since retiring from work four years ago I have devoted my time to achieving my life’s ambition of being a published author. I have written five novels: The Time Before, The World Within, Out of Step, Counting the Days and Poppy’s Seed. I have also written a short story and I write poetry. I have two websites: www.bethanyaskew.co.uk and www.onactiveservice.co.uk I have another idea for a new novel, and also another short story, this one for the young adult market. I am married and I live in Somerset. My latest novel Poppy’s Seed...
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