Today I am telling you about my new interview series. I am really excited to start sharing with you the stories of so many inspirational women that I have met along the way - through my life - some are friends, some I have met through motivational support groups on social media, some through networking - but what they all have in common - is that they want to MAKE IT HAPPEN and EMBRACE LIFE (IN MIDLIFE).
A new direction in midlife?
What I have learnt since reaching the grand old age of 50 myself is that there are many women that are 40 and 50+ that are making huge changes to their lives by changing career, or setting up their own business, starting a blog, losing weight and getting fit or doing something else inspirational and challenging. Something different. They want to help others, to inspire others. They want to be happy, to learn new things and to be a better or the best version of themselves they can possibly be.
I never fail to be inspired and in total awe of these women, how do they fit it all in, where do they find the time and energy? And yet repeatedly I hear they do and they really are FABULOUS. Sometimes their stories are life-changing, they might have faced a cancer diagnosis or simply retrained for a completely new career. They might have spent many years suffering from anxiety or depression but finally found a way to face up to it and get better - inspiring so many others in the process.
In this day and age there seems to be no barriers to what we women can achieve. And I think us older ladies are a force to be reckoned with. We have life experience and a determination that we didn't have when we were younger. We might have children who are grown up and flying the nest and more time and money and opportunity available to us. And we are grabbing those opportunities.
Do something different?
I don't think of myself as one of these women and yet here I am learning a new skill, working out how on earth the technical side of blogging works, daring myself to approach brands and do something different. I am putting myself out there, out of my comfort zone at 50+. I describe myself as a housewife or a stay at home mum but I am missing so much of what I really am in that sentence. I am proud to be a full time mum of course! But I set up my husbands business, I taught myself bookkeeping and so much more, I am a director of a successful building services company and I support that business every day so that it continues to be successful. I am a blogger and I love learning this new skill. Yes my family will always be my priority and yes I am lucky to be able to 'work' at home but I am very busy and very determined.
And wow there is a huge army of women out there just like me doing some amazing things and I keep meeting them and I keep thinking I have to share what they are doing.
We are an underestimated force. As Hillary Clinton quoted 'Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world'.
This will be a monthly feature, running alongside my Being Fifty & Fab feature and my hashtag #beingfiftyandfab.
If you don;t want to miss a post then do subscribe for my email updates here. And if you are a woman who is 40-50+ and have an inspirational story you'd like to share or you are a brand that would like to work with me then please get in touch, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look out for my first interview coming later this month!
A big shout out to Natalie at PR School for helping me come up with the right title for my interview series - if you haven't found PR School on Facebook yet and you are a small brand or blogger, then you are missing out - go take a look!
Welcome to Fifty & Fab, a lifestyle blog celebrating women. I am a blogger with a passion for writing about style, beauty, health and fitness with a focus on the over 50's. I am based in Marlow but work across London and the South East.
Hi, I’m Michelle and my blog Fifty & Fab is all about my journey into and through my fifties. I share style tips, health and fitness inspiration, I talk about my holidays and days out and I tell you about my beauty regime and my lifestyle. I hope you might pick up a tip or two and get some inspiration!
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