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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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,...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 1000 miles, 200 plein air paintings and one donkey! Sharon Bamber’s artistic journey through France and Spain

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    Article by Sharon Bamber Hi everyone, I thought you might be interested in my incredible 1000-mile walking and plein air painting expedition with my donkey through France and Spain and over the Pyrenees!   This is me I’m Sharon Bamber, an artist living in British Columbia, Canada. I’m a Signature Member of the Artists for Conservation and the Federation of Canadian Artists. My work has been recognised internationally, with awards including first place in the Pastel Journal’s International Pastel 100 Competition, Pastels USA and BBC International Wildlife Artist of the Year. It can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, UK, France and USA. On my 51st birthday, I’ll be taking the first step on the most ambitious art project I’ve...
  10. Gina Potter reinvents her career over 50 as she turns her hobby into a business

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I connected with Gina on social media in the early days of Fab after Fifty.  Gina has turned her love for art into a business- designing and selling art prints and  fabulous T-shirts. Gina shares her midlife reinvention story. A little about Gina I live in seaside town of Bangor in Northern Ireland, but was born in Dublin and lived there until age 16.  I’ve been married for 34 years this month. Unfortunately due to various health conditions I don’t have any children, but have many wonderful nephews, nieces, great nieces and great nephews! What were your main activities  before turning 50? I was a secretary for 35 years before leaving to re-start my art as a hobby, which has now turned into a small business which...
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