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  1. Sue-Anne, founder of SisterStay talks about setting up her innovative travel business for women over 50

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon In our latest midlife career reinvention interview, Sue-Anne talks about the business she set up specifically for women over 50, combing travel with the opportunity to forge new friendships. Tell us a little about yourself I’m Sue-Anne, Founder of SisterStay. I live in Kent with my husband and for the past year or more, during lockdown, all three adult children too! I grew up in Australia and have spent several fabulous years in Japan, but have called England my home for the past 30. I love being surrounded by beautiful green countryside and old buildings and I love living so close to the rest of the world. I’m a big fan...
  2. Ruth Vallis on not letting her blindness stop her from following her dream and publishing her first book

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    Blind before the age of three, Ruth Vallis went on to overcome tremendous odds and defied the expectations of others. She went on to move by herself to the U.K., biked from Ottawa to Toronto, completed a Master’s of Science degree online before technology accessibility was legislated, and become a successful physical therapist. She is now sharing her inspiring journey of overcoming the odds in her new book, Love is Blind. In Love is Blind, Ruth takes readers on her incredible path of trailblazing for the disabled all over the world, and showcases the power of tough love. Ruth shares her personal inspirational story I am a 61 year old single, blind woman, living in Toronto with my fourth...
  3. Midlife Reinvention: Gillian Young talks about how having cancer took her life in a different direction

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    Article by Gillian Young My name is Gillian Young and I live in Worcestershire with my family. Throughout lockdown, I’ve been working on my latest book. Being an author has been a dream of mine, but reaching this point has not been easy. Instead of focusing on the negatives, I like to dwell on the positives – and there are plenty of those. Family. Friends. Home. Health – well, kind of – my dogs, and my books. I’ve always loved writing, but it wasn’t until I became a Mum that I considered publishing my stories. At the time, my children loved Beatrix Potter and every night I’d read Tales of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and Squirrel Nutkin to them. I...
  4. Midlife Reinvention: Karen Espley on starting a new business and changing her life over 50

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon In the latest of our ‘Fab women’ interviews, Karen Espley talks about the changes she has made in her life since turning 50, including travelling,  setting up a business and how she pivoted during the pandemic to not just survive but thrive! A little bit about you Karen Espley, 58, single, no children, two cats (!) and living in Horsham. What were your main activities ( job, commitments etc) before turning 50? 25 years in the corporate world and then freelancer for many years and just prior to 50, I was the director and part owner of a consultancy business that got sold to a larger company at the end of 2012. What have been your main activities (...
  5. Midlife Reinvention: Barbara Clarke publishes her memoir exploring mother daughter relationships

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon In the latest of our midlife reinvention series, Barbara Clarke talks about becoming a published author as her intimate memoir depicts change and discovery between mom and daughter — and how it’s never too late to come of age Tell us a little about you I am Barbara Clarke, author of The Red Kitchen, living in Bellingham, Washington. I have moved over 60 times in my life, starting in childhood, and finally happy to call the Pacific Northwest home.  I work part-time as a grant writer for several non-profit organizations and volunteer for various writing organizations. When did you start to write? I wrote the title story of The Red Kitchen in 1960 as a sophomore at the University of Missouri...
  6. Midlife Reinvention: Julie Ryan McGue publishes a memoir detailing the search for her birth family following a health scare

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon As you know I love to share inspirational midlife stories where women over 50 follow their dreams. Today Julie Ryan McGue who was adopted when young talks about the path to writing her memoir  which details how a health scare led her on an amazing search for her birth relatives Tell us a little about yourself I am an identical twin. My sister and I were adopted at three weeks old and raised together. By the time I was thirteen, my parents had adopted again–this time a boy–and after that they conceived three biological children. We were a blended family, and I never sensed that my folks played favorites. I always knew I was adopted and that I was loved. Researching...
  7. Midlife Reinvention: Sabrina Zeif sets up a business as the Midlife Food Guru following redundancy over 50

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon   As you know, I love sharing midlife reinvention stories that inspire women to live their best possible life over 50. Today Sabrina shares how she turned redundancy into an opportunity to follow her dream of setting up her own business . Tell us a little about yourself:  I am Sabrina Zeif. I live with my husband and rascal rescue dog, Billy, in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, for the past nineteen years. I am originally from Trinidad in the Caribbean and have lived in Texas, New Orleans, San Francisco and Switzerland. Our daughter just had her first baby. I am a very smitten “Nana”. What were your main activities  before turning 50? Before turning 50, I worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 25 years. My last role was as a...
  8. Midlife Reinvention: Susie Whitfield Sets Up an Online Baking School

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon   I love to share inspirational midlife reinvention stories. Today, Susie Whitfield shares how she followed her dream as she approached 50 to set up her own baking school The Cotswolds Baking Workshop.  Susie is currently offering baking workshops via Zoom – which I thought was a fabulous idea – ideal for those looking for an idea for a birthday get together! I caught up with Susie to talk about the inspiration behind her midlife business venture.   A little about yourself:  I live on the edge of the Cotswolds in Shipston on Stour with my partner Jake who is a photographer.  I am 52.   What were your main activities before turning 50?  I originally got my BA in education and trained as a primary school teacher.  After moving to...
  9. From acting to writing. Actress Melanie Chartoff shares her midlife reinvention story

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I love to share inspirational reinvention stories. Actress Melanie Chartoff talks about her journey from actress to writer and why she truly believes its ‘never too late’, marrying for the first time at 65! Tell us a little about yourself I hail from New Haven, CT, lived in New York City where I began performing on and off Broadway and in nightclubs. I started working bicoastally in Los Angeles in television in my late 20s. I bought my first home here in Los Angeles in 1991, a house built in 1921, with lots of character. It felt from the first moment I stepped inside it like my first real home. Still does, even more so since my brand new husband...
  10. Interview with KeraHealth hair growth system founder Fay Afghahi

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Thinning hair is a problem faced by many women in midlife and beyond. Fay Afghahi experienced the problem first hand, and founded product range to combat hair loss and promote hair growth. Fay shares the story behind her products with Fab after Fifty.   What is the story behind the KeraHealth brand? The brand really came about quite organically. My experience as Editor In Chief of Elle Arabia had given me a great insight as to what women were looking for in terms of beauty products and also meant that I had the opportunity to try nearly all of the beauty innovations as they launched. I realised that the best results I always seemed to get was when I was supplementing or...
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