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  1. A New Reason to Declutter! Swap or Recycle for a Good Cause

    Article by Fabafterfifty How to declutter, swap and donate to a good cause,all in one go! Do you find it difficult to throw things away? It seems you’re not alone, with 4 out of 10 women confessing to having cupboards which are bursting at the seams. I’ll be the first to put up my hand and say that I hang on to things ’just in case’ ! So why do some of us find it so hard to part with things? The biggest reason for hanging on to unwanted items isn’t laziness, according to 95% of women. Instead, hoping that things will come in handy (53%) or not wanting to waste something still works (29%) are the real reasons our cupboards get clogged up. More than four in ten women...
  2. Its Not too Late to Learn to Play Tennis in your 50s! Wimbledon Anyone?

    Guest Article by Mike Bear   My love of tennis began when I was lucky enough to see Bjorn Borg play his first ever Wimbledon Centre Court match while on a school trip!  Every summer I am tempted to pick up that racket – despite the fact that I am definitely challenged when it comes to hitting the ball! So as tennis is so much more than Andy Murray, strawberries and Pimms, I asked LTA coach Mike Bear  to tell us how we can still turn player rather than spectator over the age of 50! How many of us look forward each year to watching Wimbledon and Queens Club tennis and think “I used to be able to do that” or “I wish I could do that” Maybe you...
  3. Susan Boyle bridges the Generation Gap and sings with Young Star

    Article by Fabafterfifty Susan Boyle Collaborates With Simon Cowell’s Youngest Artist Can music bridge the generations?  When America’s Got Talent met Britain’s Got Talent got together the result was music to cry to!  Susan Boyle’s new song with the 11 year old  Jackie Evancho who captured the hearts of America…. Global singing sensation Susan Boyle has lent her support to up and coming 11 year old Jackie Evancho who is launching her first album in the UK. After meeting Jackie backstage at the Oprah show in Chicago in October 2010, Susan was over the moon to be asked by Jackie to perform a duet and immediately agreed. The pair sing “A Mother’s Prayer” on Jackie’s UK debut album  Dream With Me...
  4. Is Twitter the new Marmite?

    Guest article from an anonymous (former) Tweeter From twitter to marmite. A former tweeter shares her twitter journey from love to hate , and why bullying meant she had  to tweet her last tweet: Yes I confess, I have been having an affair with twitter for the past three years! I didn’t need to take out a Super Injunction as my other half is also a keen Twitterer although friends have always though me a bit mad or strange so maybe I have had to keep it a bit of a guilty secret! How my affair started seems to be in todays terms Really Trendy as we clearly met on the internet! No dressing up in smart clothes or slapping on layers of makeup to impress, no nervous pre dinner...
  5. Following my dream: to be a published Novelist

    Guest article by Kay Beer I’ve written short stories for many years as I love the immediacy of a short tale. As I drove over the South Downs I recalled the day I’d hit a deer. (It was a harrowing experience.) But my story telling mind kicked in and I began to wonder what if a character had been up to no good… been with somebody they should not have been with… how would my character break the news that her car had been written off? This new short story was written and several people at writing group told me it was the opening chapter for a book! And so I took on board those comments and began to develop the idea. And my second novel grew and grew, from...
  6. Is Retirement the End of the World?

    Guest Article by Pat Cox We’ve had a great response to our 50 Small  Steps to being Fab after Fifty initiative, and Pat was keen to point out that she is definitely a believer in making changes large and small after 50! Pat shares her own personal experience of the changes she’s made since turning 50 with us. Well, no not really – my retirement was slightly premature, I could have retired at 60, but had resolved to work until I was 65. Money being the main object really. You see I finally left a horrendous marriage at the age of 54, I know I should have left earlier, but I had only just built up enough self belief to do it....
  7. How one poem bridged the decades

    Article by Sue France Sue France runs Forward Ladies networking on Merseyside and Cheshire. Sue had already been a member of Yorkshires” Forward Ladies” for 6 years when she retired in July2010. She had been working in West Yorkshire and was returning to Cheshire. When she rang Etta Cohen ,the Founder of Forward Ladies to say goodbye she ended up agreeing to bring Forward ladies to Cheshire and Merseyside and she has been enjoying the challenge ever since. Sue’s only worry in taking on the networking group was that because she herself was 62, she would not attract young women to her group.  As Forward Ladies ethos is all about empowering women in business through knowledge and friendship, this was a concern as she particularly wanted to help...
  8. Lesley’s Journey

    Article by Lesley As she approaches 60, Lesley sets herself some special goals and shares her journey with us Hi. My name is Lesley and I am 57 (and a half) years of age. I hesitate to say 57 years old – because I’m not – old that is. I am twice divorced, and the last ex left me with massive debt that I can never hope to repay. Two and a half years ago I was made redundant and as a result of that and the economic downturn I now earn half what I used to as a Finance Manager. In two and a half years time will be 60. Let me tell you what I am aiming for. I am planning to go to New York for a few days – alone if there...
  9. Could the Firewalk Change Your Life?

    Article by Lindsey Agness  Imagine a stunning retreat called Lendrick Lodge at the side of a loch and crisp frosty weather and you start to get close to the setting for our firewalk last weekend. Take yourself back to the moment you walked on fire  The firewalk is an amazing metaphor for change.  If you take something that you used to believe was impossible and you do it then you reframe all the other challenges in your life that you believe are impossible.  It’s also a great resource anchor when you need to dig deep inside yourself to deal with a tough scenario.  You take yourself back to the moment you walked on fire and think to yourself ‘If I can walk on fire I can deal with this challenging conversation with...
  10. Sex and the Sidalceas

      Article by Penny Thornton I had a dream. Actually, it was not so much a dream as a disembodied voice whispering in my ear as I lurched into wakefulness one early autumn morning. “Mr Osaka is tending your garden”, it said. So, Mr Osaka is tending my garden. I thought my herbaceous borders were being looked after by Susie Bower. Who might Mr. Osaka be? Later that day I remembered that Osaka was a city in Japan, a cultural capital and proud host of the Maishima Sludge Centre, for the centralization and efficient treatment of sewage. Still no illumination. I’ve never been to Japan, don’t even have a yen to go, even to see the mysterious Mr. Osaka. But the voice kept insinuating itself on and off all...
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