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  1. Mary Jardine – Turning a passion for handbags into a business in her 50s

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Copyright Albanpix.com-Picture by Alban Donohoe As Mary approached her 50th birthday she decided she wanted a new challenge in life. Her boys were now grown up, and she was aware she wanted to live her dream rather than be a spectator. Having worked in the world of fashion , running her own modelling agency at one point, Mary was constantly drawn to handbags- something she had always been passionate about. But how could she create a handbag that was stylish, but different? Inspiration for her bags Although admiring handbags from a distance, Mary herself was often put off by flashy branding, and so decided to create quality, stylish, understated handbags. Mary based her branding on the Jardine Star...
  2. COLOURING IN MY OWN STORY

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    By V. L. Heathcote (author of ‘Colouring In’ and ‘More Colouring In’ books 1 and 2 of The Harlequin Triangle trilogy) I’ve been writing all my life but it has taken until my sixty-eighth year to finally decide that maybe I’m good enough to do something with that skill. Derr! Honestly, you’d think after writing scripts for puppet shows aged ten, winning the prize for English at my grammar school, creating numerous hand-made cards with personalised poems, writing a letter which brought an estranged mother and daughter back together and having a couple of articles published in magazines, I might have had some inkling of what sort of career path to follow! But no, my lack of self-esteem and a mum who, sweet and wonderful as she was, did not encourage any...
  3. Patricia Ferguson: An introduction to be being Fit and Fabulous at 50

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    Article by Patricia Ferguson   My name is Patricia Ferguson and I am 50. I feel privileged to receive compliments about my improved appearance which I mostly attribute to a change in diet (i.e. what I eat, not dieting!) which is mostly raw vegan, a small amount of cooked food and 1 or 2 portions of meat or fish weekly, plus the occasional treats.   Ten years ago, at 40, I was heavier and beginning to look frumpy. I felt unattractive and “invisible” to the opposite sex. The turning point came when I had some professional photos taken in 2005.  They were disappointing and unflattering.  I made up my mind to do something about it. I was further motivated by the fact that most of the women in my family...
  4. The time is now! Following an abandoned dream: Hannah Fielding shares her writing dream

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    Article by Hannah Fielding I have wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember. There is a strong writing tradition in my family – both my father and my grandmother were published authors – and I grew up surrounded by books: books in my bedroom, in the living room, in the kitchen, in the garden, even, on a balmy hot afternoon. It seemed the natural progression that I would grow up to write. Certainly in my teens, when I stumbled into the world of romantic fiction, I was set upon the course of romance novelist. What better job in the world could there be, I thought, than dreaming up love stories to inspire and entertain? What better way to spend the day than lost in an exotic fantasy world...
  5. Maggy Whitehouse, training as a BBC Radio presenter in her 50s

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    Article by Maggy Whitehouse This week I started training at the BBC as a local radio presenter. Again. It’s 29 years to the month since I left local radio. Back then it was all vinyl and eight-track cartridges and I had a magnificent curly perm (but not, thank God, a mullet). Nowadays it is high-tec computers and the faders on the desk go the other way, dammit! Okay that’s not as critical as 3rd September 1967 when everyone in Sweden had to change over to driving on the right side of the road instead of the left — a procedure descriptively and probably very accurately known as “Högertrafikomläggningen” — but it is counter-intuitive for an old-timer like me. I’ll be sixty in April. Tradition says I...
  6. Midlife reinvention: Maggy becomes a stand up comedienne in her 50s

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    Article by Maggy Whitehouse Maggy regularly responds to posts on the Fab after Fifty page, but was her post in response to a discussion about new careers over 50 that piqued everyones interest. Maggy became a stand up comic, taking to the stage at the age of 56. Here Maggy shares her story I’m an independent Catholic priest – which means I’m ordained into an aspect of the Church which isn’t recognised by Anglicans or Roman Catholics. We work mostly with folk who have been hurt by traditional religion. Apart from that, I’m a 59-year-old writer who lives on Dartmoor in Devon with my much-loved third husband, Lion and two beagles. My first husband died and I haven’t worked out what to do with the second one yet… Henry died...
  7. Writer Anne Stormont shares her Story behind the Stories

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    Article by Anne Stormont Anne Stormont lives in the Scottish Highlands and writes contemporary women’s fiction. She describes it as Romance Plus. So yes, there’s a romantic love element , but the main characters are also facing life-changing situations and dealing with all sorts of mid-life challenges. Her protagonists may be middle-aged, but they’re still capable of thinking, changing, making mistakes, and falling in love. They show there is life post fifty. Hello, my name is Anne and I’m a writer. I do love saying that about myself and I still find it hard to believe. I didn’t publish my first novel until I was 54, but now, five years and two novels later, I am a writer. Yes, in some ways I wish I’d done it sooner, but I...
  8. Jane Lambert on midlife reinvention and writing her first book: Learning to Fly

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      Article Jane Lambert     About me:   I studied French & German then travelled the world as cabin crew before making the life-changing decision to become an actress. I have appeared in “Calendar Girls”, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” and “Deathtrap” in London’s West End. “Learning to Fly” is my debut novel.   What inspired me to write:   At 50 my life fell apart when I discovered my husband was having an affair. With my confidence at an all-time low, my acting career then took a nose dive. I thought I would never feel happiness again. During my painful divorce I found solace in writing, and to my surprise a romantic comedy began to unfold. Through my novel I was gradually rediscovering my sense of humour and my self-esteem. With a stronger mental attitude,...
  9. Mandy creates financial freedom over 50 by building a property empire

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      Article by Mandy St John Davey Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun.  I can truly say I am happy and enjoying my fab life at 50… something. Having left school with albeit a handful of 0’levels I forged a way ahead working up the corporate ladder pretty much learning on the job.  Looking back it was tough, exciting, eventful and hugely enjoyable. A successful career built up in H.R., Training and I.T. within blue chipcompanies, law firms and local government. Having achieved so much only to be scuppered by a diagnosis in my 30s, of the hugely debilitating illness know as M.E. or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  Recovering briefly, only to be struck down again with the same thing again in my 40s ! Forced into refocusing both my career and life-style, a...
  10. Going to University in your 50s: Angela shares her story

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    Article by Angela Atkinson Life after compulsory retirement ‘Oh my God, I’m fifty-three and it’s tough out there now. What on earth am I going to do?’ That refrain went round in my head on an endless loop following the news that, after sixteen years or so in my place of work I was being forced out. Compulsory early retirement. It sounds horrible – and it was. I was devastated and totally terrified. The future was a bleak blank canvas stretching endlessly out before me. But then came salvation in the form of my wonderful daughter: ‘Mother’. I’ve got an idea. Why don’t you apply to go to university? You’ve always wanted to do a degree in English’ – this was true – ‘you can get a loan and...
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