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  1. Inspirational Interview with Artist Janice Sylvia Brock – her journey from Painting by Numbers as a child in hospital to her art hanging in the White House

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I am so fortunate to be able to connect with so many inspirational women through Fab after Fifty. Janice’s story is one of the most moving and inspirational I have shared to date. I am now a very, very 69 years young. I was born in Manchester with my two sisters Suzanne (who is a dancer and choreographer) and brother Stephen (who trained as an architect and musician), and Julie,(who achieved her degree in languages). I knew immediately that painting would become my major passion. Paint flows in my veins…. I have been married twice and suffered an abusive relationship for many years after that. I met the love of my life, Roy, in 1996 and he passed away from cancer in 2012. We...
  2. Shaking Life Up a Bit: Combining Travel with Volunteering

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    Article by Diana Hudson Life is busy with work and managing families, and we can sometimes lose sight of what really excites us. We put our own lives on the back burner, always waiting for that “opportune” moment when we promise ourselves that we will do something for ourselves again. But how likely is it that the opportune moment will present itself? Imagine if you were chatting to a friend who needed to have a change of scene. You would be full of ideas of how this could be done: make a few plans, swap with colleagues and friends, pull in a couple of favours, cook up some dinners and pop them in the freezer. A few weeks wouldn’t be too much to...
  3. Karen transforms her health and her life in her 60s by taking up fitness and a healthier lifestyle

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   When I posted a question in our Fab after Fifty Facebook community , about what epitomised being ‘Fabulous over 50’ there were some truly inspirational responses. One was from Karen Robertson, who at 63, started a fitness regime, and now 65 she has lost nearly 4 stone and gone from a size 22 to a size 12. This is how Karen responded to the question: “For me it is being fab after 65 – I was overweight and very unfit all through my 50’s resulting in two hip replacements, type 2 diabetes and HBP. Last Feb when I was 63 I was size 22 and 15.5 Stone I...
  4. Katherine: Midlife Reinvention. From working in Public Sector to becoming a garden designer

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Katherine Hathaway share her reinvention story, as she leaves behind a career in the public sector to follow her dream of becoming a garden designer About Katherine I live and work in Chippenham which is on the borders of the Cotswolds about 20 minutes from Bath. I’m engaged to a lovely man called Chris and I have a beautiful daughter who just turned 18 and  is about to sit her A levels. What were your main activities (job, commitments etc) before turning 50? In my career I have worked in temporary help provision, in a manufacturing business, in Government and for a University. I’m pretty eclectic! In my late 40s, I was a senior civil servant working at the heart of Whitehall advising Ministers, designing and implementing new Government...
  5. Maggie Cox: writing a book about fashion in her 60s

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon The latest of our ‘Fab Women’ sharing her midlife journey with Fab after Fifty is Maggie Cox, who has just published a book about fashion for mature women. About Maggie I worked as a newspaper reporter and commercial writer for many years before taking up a second career as owner of dress shops in Broadway and Stow on the Wold.   From my home in the Cotswolds I write about fashion and am passionate about helping older women find their own individual style. When did you start to write? So…. I have been writing ever since I was twenty, with my first job as a reporter! What have been the challenges for you? The biggest challenge when writing a book was finding my own individual voice.  It’s a totally different way of writing, much more chatty and easy,...
  6. Why Side-Gigs are not just for Millennials: Ann Bennett becomes an award winning writer

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    Article by Ann Bennett Until a few days ago I had no idea what the phrases ‘side-gig’ and ‘side-hustle’ meant, but I realise I’ve been doing just that for several years now. I can proudly count myself, a fifty-seven year old solicitor and mother of three twenty-something sons, a member of the gig-economy – normally thought the exclusive province of millennials. It started out as a hobby that I dabbled in whenever I had a spare moment, but has grown into something I take quite seriously as an additional income stream to build for the future. I’ve loved telling stores since childhood and used to produce my own little illustrated books about witches. At school, English was my favourite subject, but being practically...
  7. Midlife Reinvention: Karen Horsley launches Clockface Beauty Skincare just after her 60th birthday

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon In the latest of our ‘Fab Women’ interviews, we catch up with Karen Horsley – Co Founder of Clockface Beauty Skincare – who launched her business just after her 60th birthday- showing that it’s never too late to follow your passion and set up a business. A little about Karen I am 60 years old, from and live in York. I have two daughters Louise and Sarah and three Grandchildren, Alfie 3, Matilda 2 and Henry has just turned 1. My daughter and I started developing our launch products for Clockface Beauty during my late 50’s. We finally launched on 1st October 2018, which was one month after retiring from my 30-year career as a Specialist Biomedical Scientist and one week after turning...
  8. What inspires a woman of 65 to run marathons?

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    Article by Annie Moore   Some may say I’m mad running another one in at my age! Well first I don’t do ‘age’! Second a little ‘madness’ can go a long way towards helping to cope with the sorrow and heartache of losing my son to a dreadful blood cancer disease. I have always been into fitness, in my youth it was pretty singular, keep fit classes and Jane Fonda videos, in the old days, when you kept going till you felt ‘the burn’… As time went on I gravitated towards yoga and meditation, regularly going to classes and developing self-practice at home. Yoga changed my way of thinking. It changed my attitude towards health in general, bringing awareness to my spiritual side, helping me to connect with my body, mind and soul. Today I enjoy teaching both...
  9. Midlife Reinvention: Setting up Cucumber Clothing in their 50s

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Eileen Willett & Nancy Zeffman share their experience of setting up Cucumber Clothing, using innovative fabrics to combat hot flushes, in their 50s About Eileen and Nancy Eileen is a transplanted Japanese-Canadian and Nancy is a born and bred Londoner. With one dog, three children, and a husband each, they are respectively 53 and 52. What were your main activities ( job, commitments etc) before turning 50? We both juggled family and work. Nancy’ background is in advertising, working at Saatchi and Saatchi and then in the charitable sector for many years; Eileen helped start up Nicole Farhi Menswear then created her own successful brand of accessories, Wada Bags and Accessories. What have been your main activities ( job, commitments etc) since turning  50? Cucumber...
  10. Interview with author Christine Webber on her career and inspiration behind her latest book Its Who We Are

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon   I caught up with Christine Webber, on the inspiration behind her latest book, It’s Who We Are, and the life issues it explores for women over 50. When did you start to write? As a child, I was always writing stories. I also wrote plays – usually with a good part in them for me! One of these – which owed much to the plot of the Nutcracker Ballet – was called ‘Midnight in the Nursery’ and it was put on in my junior school.  Quite a proud moment.   What have been the challenges for you? My first book was a novel, published by Century Hutchinson in 1987. At the time of writing it, I was a television news presenter at Anglia Television. I had intended...
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