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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Amanda: Reinventing her career midlife by training as an acupuncturist

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      By Amanda Banks, who studied Acupuncture  and Naturopathy at  CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). So many women are choosing to change career midlife. Amanda shares her career reinvention story, retraining as an acupuncturist once her family were grown up. “After bringing up my family I wanted a career” I enrolled to study Acupuncture when I was in my 40s, after a conversation whilst helping my daughter choose her GCSE options. “What would you do if you had your time again, Mummy?” “Become an acupuncturist!”, was my immediate response, as acupuncture had helped my health problems. As I had told my children they could do anything they wanted to with hard work and determination, they persuaded me in turn to pursue my new career. Graduating in acupuncture and naturopathy was both hard work...
  7. Approaching 50 with the ‘F Factor’

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon As a new year starts many of us will begin January with good intentions and New Year Resolutions for our health and happiness. But what if this year also brings a milestone birthday? Do we approach years with birthdays with an ‘0’ differently to other birthdays? I asked Helen Sanderson and Monica Bell, who are both turning 50 in 2017, how they felt and how they were approaching the year of their milestone birthdays and the next decade of their lives. Helen’s approach to turning 50 Helen, who runs her own decluttering business sees reaching 50 as an exciting time of life. She feels many of...
  8. Interview with Grace Fodor, founder of age-perfecting makeup brand Studio 10

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Just occasionally you  talk to someone  where you feel you could have been twins in a previous life, as their answers to your interview questions could have been your own if the roles of interviewer/interviewee had been reversed ! I had the opportunity to chat to Grace Fodor , founder of Studio 10 , an age-perfecting makeup brand  ( watch out for my video review coming soon) about what it is like to be an entrepreneur and start up a new venture as she approached her 50s. Here is what Grace had to say:   I think there is a huge difference turning 50 to the experience of turning 40. I don’t feel any different, but as soon as you say 50 out loud it’s as though people...
  9. Jane Mackay Followed her Dream of Becoming an Artist after 30 Years as GP

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Jane Mackay shares her midlife reinvention story, from GP to artist.   About Jane: I currently live in London. I am single and I have three sisters, two brothers, three nephews and two nieces. I’m an artist, and create all my work in a converted loft studio in my house. What were your main activities (job, commitments etc) before 50? I was a doctor, firstly working as a junior doctor in several London Hospitals. I later moved to Papua New Guinea for a year and a half with the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). Once I got back to the UK, I worked in the VSO headquarters for five years, where I was planning training programmes for medics and nurses going to overseas aid projects and travelling to Third World countries...
  10. Reinvention: From Red Sonja to High School Principal and Author

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    Article by Dr Mary Reid Gaudio   Reinvention is what we do as women, whether it be in our careers or at home, we constantly have to change and evolve. Dr. Mary Reid Gaudio has gone through many reinventions herself. The high school principal recently turned author while chronicling the true story of her sister Ann’s battle and survival of leukemia in her book, The Phone Rang. Below she takes us through her reinventions in love, career, family and health. A fascinating life Before I was 50 years old I had a fascinating life. At times, it sounds like I’m making it up, but I really did everything I’m telling you about! After college, where I was...
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