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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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,...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Kasha Grimes on winning Mrs UK Globe Classic 2015 at the age of 53

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    Article by Fab after Fifty Let’s welcome back Kasha Grimes, business entrepreneur and recently crowned Mrs UK Globe Classic 2015. We chatted to Kasha back in March this year and fell in love with her zest for life and desire to get us 50-plus ladies firmly on the global (pardon the pun) map. This is what Kasha had to say: I was extremely honoured to be approached back in March by Fab after Fifty to share the chronicles of my life with other like-minded ladies who are looking forward to living life to the full in the next half of the century. It certainly has been a busy time, carrying out all my commitments at work and home, as well as fulfilling my continued passion for pageantry. For those ladies who did not see my previous...
  7. Midlife Reinvention: I Launched My Own Textile Range After an Accident Forced Me to Give Up My Career

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    Article by Lisa Todd It’s always to get inspiration from others who have reinvented their lives and careers midlife. Lisa shares her own midlife reinvention story when an accident forced her to change her life. This Spring Lisa Todd launched her new floral textiles collection Boho Naïve, from Lisa Todd Designs at www.lisatodddesigns.com. This is the culmination of a journey that has been both physically and mentally challenging. After suffering a devastating life changing accident in 2003, I was diagnosed with Cervical Dystonia, a rare disease that affects just 18 000 people in the UK. This is a debilitating painful neuromuscular condition and its effects meant that I had to give up my lovely, sociable and active profession as an interior designer, and had to completely rethink my life life as I knew it. I...
  8. Kasha on life and confidence over 50: Entering a Beauty Pageant at 53

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    Article by Kasha Grimes Kasha Grimes shares her tips to look fab over 50 and her philosophy on life over 50. Kasha shares how she has always worked hard to achieve her goals in life – and the confidence she has gained in entering her first Beauty Pageant at the age of 53! I firmly believe that if you look good you feel good so I take real great care of my appearance. I have a daily beauty regime which I follow religiously. I exfoliate, moisturize and never go out without a SPF factor. My nails are manicured and my hair is always washed, conditioned and shiny. I love wearing make up but equally I have the confidence to step outside my front door “all natural”. I do not smoke, drink or sunbathe as...
  9. Tricia Cusden, setting up Look Fabulous Forever MakeUp for Older Women in her 60s

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I love to interview inspirational women over 50. I had the opportunity to meet Tricia Cusden, founder of Look Fabulous Forever makeup. Tricia founded her makeup brand in her 60s, when she realised that there must be many older women, like her, who were finding it difficult to find makeup that suited mature women. In our video interview Tricia shares the story behind her makeup business, the challenges and highs and lows of setting up her business. In our interview I ask: What prompted you to start a makeup range for older women? What were you doing previously? Which of your skills – or previous experience were you best able to use in your new venture? What have been the greatest challenges? What surprises...
  10. Going Gypsy: a video interview with Emptynesters and Gypsynesters David and Veronica James

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon I love to share stories of people who inspire. I first connected with David and Veronica James about 5 years ago when they had started on their adventure after their kids leave home. As they launch their first book talking about their travels and new life, I caught up with the Gypsynesters in a video interview. They are great fun and I hope you enjoy my vdeo interview as they share their highs and lows, and Veronica shares her story from being a helicopter mum to jumping out of a plane in Australia.   These are the questions I put to the Gypsynesters about their fabulous midlife adventure. Most people become emptynesters when the kids leave home – but you left home too. How did that come about? What was it like having ‘no nest’ at all? How did your kids react to you leaving home? What was...
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