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  1. Is there ever an age to stop following your dreams? Jane’s story….

    Article by FabafterFifty Jane Lambert dreamed of living in France and finding a French lover, but she’d never been to France before, couldn’t speak French, had no money and was confined to a wheelchair. She was sixty-four years old. Disabled through polio that struck when she was pregnant with her fifth child, Jane Lambert had already survived the traumas of a runaway husband, losing her five children to the care system and ten years in hospital and rehab centres before her French dream took hold. When she retired from teaching Jane was determined to follow her dream. Encouraged by a clairvoyant who told her she might one day inherit some money, Jane searched for (and found) a will listing her as one of the beneficiaries. She found a house...
  2. An Introduction to Alison Cork, her inspiration and her work with PRIME

    Article by Fabafterfifty Passionate about home. Alison Cork has spent her life immersed in the art of home – how it should look, feel, why it is important and most of all, how to create beautiful interiors at an affordable price. From an early age, a creative future beckoned. “I do quite clearly remember my grandmother walking me round her home in Germany and describing all the interesting ornaments and pictures. She also had a glorious fabric cupboard, with double doors, which opened to reveal an Aladdin’s cave of texture and colour and seemingly endless bolts of fabric. It all made a profound impression upon me, and from that moment on, I was enchanted by beautiful things”. Inspired by her creative family, who count amongst themselves painters and singers, Alison went on to study Classics at Cambridge University and graduated in the...
  3. Judy Mansfield on reinventing her life over 50 and becoming a Dementia Champion!

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Judy’s first major reinvention came in her early 40s when she left the safety of her job in the Civil Service to and live with her husband in a cottage in France. Taking a sabbatical ( to recover from a period of ill health)  it had been her intention to return to her job 2 years later, but it only took her a couple of months to realise that going back was not for her.  When a chance meeting with a local businessman led to a request to translate his website, Judy soon found herself happily busy.  While attending a conference, Judy then met the CEO of a Foreign Exchange company who just happened to be looking for someone to expand their operation in...
  4. Christyne, changing perceptions of women and age- theatre debut in her late 60s

    An update from Chrstyne Remnant Christyne is leading the pack when it comes to changing perceptions of women over 50.  Christyne previously shared with us her experience of going to Oxford University as a mature student and finding herself as a cover girl in her 60s. Her latest update really does go to show that age is just a number! I think I must have been among the very first few “fab” women profiled on your page back in January 2011. “not that I consider myself  fab” Am now in my 69th year…. and you last heard from me in July 2012 after I had won a local model search competition, after this I appeared in fashion shoots in local newspapers in Oct and Dec 2012 My theatre...
  5. Pauline, her inspirational story of moving from breast cancer to setting up Bosom Buddies charity

    Article by Pauline Giles Pauline Giles shares her incredible journey, from being diagnosed with breast cancer to setting up a charity to raise breast cancer awareness for young women. An inspirational story of courage, laughter and determination! Pauline’s story May 2010  My mother and I attend an appointment with a Genetic Clinic my gran and mother had both had breast cancer and we wanted to know if we were carrying the BRCA gene which could mean my daughter and myself could be carriers. The lovely lady doctor explained in order to be checked we needed two surviving generations so they could check tissue. The doctor looked up and said ‘so Ms Giles, for you to save your daughter you would, in essence have to have the disease.’ 10 July...
  6. Ena, Fab after 50 and 80 years young!

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon As Ena Mallett sends out invitations for her 80th birthday next month, she wonders if she may be expected to ‘throw a man or two’ around the floor. “I think my guests might expect it” says Ena. Why? 2 years ago Ena became the only woman in the world to achieve a 7th Dan Black Belt status in ju-jitsu martial arts. Don’t even suggest to Ena that allowances have been made for her age in achieving this – the answer is a very firm ‘no’! Ena has boundless energy and a very busy life. She teaches martial arts classes to both adults and children, has started a keep fit class for ‘older’ people, works as a lollipop lady, and takes long walks with...
  7. How to Save a Life: Learning to Live Again after Blindness. Maria, 51, learns to ski after losing her sight

    Article by Maria Pikulski It is so easy to make excuses to not do things once we reach our 50s. Maria shares her inspirational story – achieving things most of us would run a mile from – despite losing her eyesight. At the beginning of 2004 I was trying to come to terms with sight loss since being registered blind in September 2003. I was off sick from work as a nurse and was fighting to try and stay employed, a fight that was to last four and a half years in total. I just wanted to give up. Then my friend who worked for Blind Veterans UK’s pension’s office told me I was eligible for its support because I had previously served in the forces. Blind Veterans UK has...
  8. Best selling business author Dee Blick talks about turning her writing ambitions into reality

    Interview with Dee Blick Bestselling business author Dee Blick, shares her story of sharing her business experience by writing two (so far) bestselling business books. Tell us a litttle about yourself… I am 50, married with two children; or rather I should say young men – Steven who is 22, Mark who is 20 and my third boy, hubby Malcolm who is 53. I live in a lovely part of the world, Horsham in West Sussex but spend an awful lot of my time in the log cabin in the garden writing feverishly from early hours to late at night! What prompted you to write your first book? I was born a writer but became a marketer. Over many years people were asking when I was going to write...
  9. Karen, turning a hobby and a passion for sewing into a business.

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I came across Karen Arthur on twitter, and always looked forward to her pictures of her latest creations. So I asked her to share her story Fabafterfifty readers. Karen has always enjoyed sewing – and has always liked to look at the fabric in her clothes and thought about how they can be used for something else. But how did she start making handbags as a business? “ A friend found a gorgeous suede jacket in the back of her late mother’s wardrobe – she asked me if I would be able to make a bag from the it, as she wanted to send it to her sister as a keepsake. It was a challenge for me as I had never...
  10. Shirlie Kemp talks about her artwork and Life after 50…

    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Shirlie Kemp talks to Fabafterfifty about her life and reinvention in her 50s. I fell in love with Shirlie’s artwork and asked so asked her to share with Fabafterfifty how her new career came about! Shirlie is no stranger to reinvention having had to change career track very early on. Known as being part of pop duo Pepsi and Shirlie, and Wham! surprisingly Shirlie didn’t set out to have a musical career – in fact Shirlie had wanted to work with horses and was training to be a riding instructor when at the age of 17 she developed terrible hayfever- putting an end to her equestrian dreams. But as one door closed another opened…as Shirlie explains: A change of career direction “ Just as was having to rethink what...
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