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Midlife isn’t the end of meaningful life, just the end of the first half rehearsal. Listen, laugh and be inspired as Rachel Lankester, author, mentor and founder of Magnificent Midlife, interviews women in midlife and beyond living authentic, empowered lives, not disappearing into obscurity. From round the world yachtswomen to 60 year old pole dancers, from palliative care doctors to sustainable food evangelists, this podcast explores the myriad things older women get up to and the issues we face. We challenge the status quo and bash those negative stereotypes about being an older woman. Need some inspiration about what’s possible for you when you're over 40, over 50 or beyond? These women will show you anything is. Need help overcoming your own limiting beliefs about getting older or struggles with menopause? Learn from women who’ve experienced the same but found ways to thrive and become who they were always meant to be. Learn their life-hacks and how they do what they do. This podcast is all about celebrating women in midlife and beyond. We’re not over the hill or on a downward slope. We get better with age not worse. We talk all things midlife, about issues that matter, and share fabulous stories of magnificent women doing very cool stuff. Now's our time! Find out more at magnificentmidlife.com.

Magnificent Midlife Rachel Lankester

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 51 Ratings

Midlife isn’t the end of meaningful life, just the end of the first half rehearsal. Listen, laugh and be inspired as Rachel Lankester, author, mentor and founder of Magnificent Midlife, interviews women in midlife and beyond living authentic, empowered lives, not disappearing into obscurity. From round the world yachtswomen to 60 year old pole dancers, from palliative care doctors to sustainable food evangelists, this podcast explores the myriad things older women get up to and the issues we face. We challenge the status quo and bash those negative stereotypes about being an older woman. Need some inspiration about what’s possible for you when you're over 40, over 50 or beyond? These women will show you anything is. Need help overcoming your own limiting beliefs about getting older or struggles with menopause? Learn from women who’ve experienced the same but found ways to thrive and become who they were always meant to be. Learn their life-hacks and how they do what they do. This podcast is all about celebrating women in midlife and beyond. We’re not over the hill or on a downward slope. We get better with age not worse. We talk all things midlife, about issues that matter, and share fabulous stories of magnificent women doing very cool stuff. Now's our time! Find out more at magnificentmidlife.com.

    Revolutionizing ageing for women with Dr Amanda Hanson

    Revolutionizing ageing for women with Dr Amanda Hanson

    Dr Amanda Hanson is on a mission to revolutionize how women age and how society feels about older women. She believes midlife should be a time of power and joy, rather than crisis. She's a clinical psychologist and coach. She's the high profile Midlife Muse on social media.

    We talk about:
    - Recognizing and fighting the narratives about women and age
    - The role of misogyny
    - Breaking free of society's expectations for older women
    - Lessons from going grey as a woman
    - The work of Mama Gema
    - How we can be all the things as we age - we don't trade sensuality for wisdom, for example
    - Stepping out of fear when it comes to ageing
    - Going viral on TikTok
    - How perceptions shape our reality
    - Moving to a sense of abundance about ourselves
    - Choosing to age differently to what we see as the norm
    - A radical approach to changing the narrative about women's reproductive rights
    - Women taking care of their own sexual needs
    - Refusing to be a victim even though it's easy to do that
    - Taking radical responsibility
    - Building a plan for the menopause transition
    - Staying curious and proactive about menopause
    - The power of the feminine
    - Finding your tribe of women and opening up conversations

    And more!
     
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and leave us a 5* review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening.
    Order the ebook or audiobook (narrated by Rachel) versions of Rachel’s book, Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause And Beyond at magnificentmidlife.com/book
     
    The paperback can be purchased on Amazon or other online retailers:
    UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    US & Canada: https://www.amazon.com/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    You can listen to all the other episodes and get the show notes at magnificentmidlife.com/podcast.
    Recommended by the Sunday Times.
    Feedspot #3 in best midlife podcasts and #12 in best women over 50 podcasts worldwide.
    You'll find lots of strategies, support, and resources to help make your midlife magnificent at magnificentmidlife.com.
    Check out Rachel's online Revitalize Experience, a 6-week intensive small group mentoring experience or 1-1 Midlife Mentoring.
     
    Follow Rachel on:
    Facebook: facebook.com/magnificentmidlife
    Instagram: instagram.com/magnificentmidlife
    Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/rachellankester
    Twitter: twitter.com/MagnifMidlife
    Pinterest: pinterest.co.uk/MagnificentMidlife1
    Youtube: youtube.com/channel/UCEteu6Z2mW1z1wnHiVB08uw
    Tiktok: tiktok.com/@magnificent_midlife

    • 42 min
    Menopause and nutrition with Karen Newby

    Menopause and nutrition with Karen Newby

    Karen Newby is a nutritionist who’s been practicing nutritional therapy for over 10 years. Her area of specialism is women’s hormonal health, especially menopause. She's the author of The Natural Menopause Method, a nutritional guide to perimenopause and beyond. This woman knows so much about nutrition and women’s hormones. This is a brilliant and empowering conversation.

    We talk about:
    - How we can best prepare ourselves for perimenopause
    - The first signs of perimenopause that Karen sees and what can be done about those
    - Good and bad estrogens
    - What we can learn from other cultures in terms of food and hormones
    - The importance of phytoestrogens
    - Food as medicine
    - How to stop sugar cravings and why they happen
    - Why modern life can make menopause worse
    - Why women may get heavier periods as they move into perimenopause
    - The importance of maintaining blood sugar levels
    - The role of the adrenal glands
    - Why we need to get better at managing stress
    - Why there is no easy fix when it comes to menopause
    - The six easy shifts to make to support us in perimenopause
    - Why we need to start putting ourselves first

    And more!
     

    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and leave us a 5* review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening.
    Order the ebook or audiobook (narrated by Rachel) versions of Rachel’s book, Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause And Beyond at magnificentmidlife.com/book
     
    The paperback can be purchased on Amazon or other online retailers:
    UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    US & Canada: https://www.amazon.com/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    You can listen to all the other episodes and get the show notes at magnificentmidlife.com/podcast.
    Recommended by the Sunday Times.
    Feedspot #3 in best midlife podcasts and #12 in best women over 50 podcasts worldwide.
    You'll find lots of strategies, support, and resources to help make your midlife magnificent at magnificentmidlife.com.
    Check out Rachel's online Revitalize Experience, a 6-week intensive small group mentoring experience or 1-1 Midlife Mentoring.
     
    Follow Rachel on:
    Facebook: facebook.com/magnificentmidlife
    Instagram: instagram.com/magnificentmidlife
    Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/rachellankester
    Twitter: twitter.com/MagnifMidlife
    Pinterest: pinterest.co.uk/MagnificentMidlife1
    Youtube: youtube.com/channel/UCEteu6Z2mW1z1wnHiVB08uw
    Tiktok: tiktok.com/@magnificent_midlife

    • 52 min
    How to be a glorious broad with Maryjane Fahey

    How to be a glorious broad with Maryjane Fahey

    Maryjane Fahey is a creative director, writer, storyteller, published author, and founder of Glorious Broads. Her mission is to inspire older women to live full authentic lives with no limitations. And younger women to live free of fear of getting older. This is a funny and inspiring conversation about how to be a glorious broad!

    We talk about:
    - Ageism and how it impacts healthcare
    - The insidious intersection of sexism and ageism
    - Giving women great examples of older women
    - Finding glorious broads around New York
    - Reducing the fear around ageing
    - Deciding to go grey
    - The power of acceptance
    - Reinventing ourselves multiple times
    - Doing the work to enable an authentic, limitless life
    - Enjoying great sex as we age
    - The other great things that come with age

    And more!
     
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and leave us a 5* review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening.
    Order the ebook or audiobook (narrated by Rachel) versions of Rachel’s book, Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause And Beyond at magnificentmidlife.com/book
     
    The paperback can be purchased on Amazon or other online retailers:
    UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    US & Canada: https://www.amazon.com/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    You can listen to all the other episodes and get the show notes at magnificentmidlife.com/podcast.
    Recommended by the Sunday Times.
    Feedspot #3 in best midlife podcasts and #12 in best women over 50 podcasts worldwide.
    You'll find lots of strategies, support, and resources to help make your midlife magnificent at magnificentmidlife.com.
    Check out Rachel's online Revitalize Experience, a 6-week intensive small group mentoring experience or 1-1 Midlife Mentoring.
     
    Follow Rachel on:
    Facebook: facebook.com/magnificentmidlife
    Instagram: instagram.com/magnificentmidlife
    Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/rachellankester
    Twitter: twitter.com/MagnifMidlife
    Pinterest: pinterest.co.uk/MagnificentMidlife1
    Youtube: youtube.com/channel/UCEteu6Z2mW1z1wnHiVB08uw
    Tiktok: tiktok.com/@magnificent_midlife

    • 38 min
    Coping with grief Silke Herwald

    Coping with grief Silke Herwald

    I’ve talked about death on the podcast but not yet grief, so I was delighted to welcome Silke Herwald to talk about this important topic. Silke is an experienced grief specialist and hypnotherapist, working especially with subconscious processes. She’s assisted hundreds of clients with grief and anxiety often drawing on her personal experience. Grief is often a big part of midlife. The more we love and the older we get, the more we will grieve. Knowing there are resourceful ways to grieve gives people relief and hope.

    This is a beautiful and empowering conversation about a difficult topic.

    We talk about:
    - Why we're so bad at dealing with grief
    - The things to not say when someone dies
    - How other cultures do grief and Rachel's experience of a Chinese funeral
    - How Silke helps people who are paralyzed by grief
    - The five stages of grief and why they’re not for everyone
    - How Silke helps a person who doesn’t want to stop grieving
    - How we can help a grieving person as a friend
    - How to deal with the loss of a loved one
    - Rituals that can help
    - Differences in the response to grief in Australia and Germany
    - Going through grief as the only way to 'do' grief

    And more!
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and leave us a 5* review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening.
    Order the ebook or audiobook (narrated by Rachel) versions of Rachel’s book, Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause And Beyond at magnificentmidlife.com/book
     
    The paperback can be purchased on Amazon or other online retailers:
    UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    US & Canada: https://www.amazon.com/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    You can listen to all the other episodes and get the show notes at magnificentmidlife.com/podcast.
    Recommended by the Sunday Times.
    Feedspot #3 in best midlife podcasts and #12 in best women over 50 podcasts worldwide.
    You'll find lots of strategies, support, and resources to help make your midlife magnificent at magnificentmidlife.com.
    Check out Rachel's online Revitalize Experience, a 6-week intensive small group mentoring experience or 1-1 Midlife Mentoring.
     
    Follow Rachel on:
    Facebook: facebook.com/magnificentmidlife
    Instagram: instagram.com/magnificentmidlife
    Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/rachellankester
    Twitter: twitter.com/MagnifMidlife
    Pinterest: pinterest.co.uk/MagnificentMidlife1
    Youtube: youtube.com/channel/UCEteu6Z2mW1z1wnHiVB08uw
    Tiktok: tiktok.com/@magnificent_midlife

    • 46 min
    Midlife musing solo with Rachel

    Midlife musing solo with Rachel

    A solo episode with Rachel, musing about midlife and what's been happening in her world.

    She talks about:

    - How difficult it can be when we have to pivot in how we interact with our older loved ones
    - The beginning of her journey into studying Gerontology
    - What successful aging really means/ looks like
    - Finding strategies to cope with loss as we age
    - The importance of thinking creatively about how people age
    - Enabling people to age as they want to age
    - Dodgy menopause data
    - Challenging narratives
    - Recent podcasts
    - Learning from adversity
    - How to create magnificence in midlife and beyond
    - What you can access at magnificentmidlife.com

    And more!
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and leave us a 5* review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening.
    Order the ebook or audiobook (narrated by Rachel) versions of Rachel’s book, Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause And Beyond at magnificentmidlife.com/book
     
    The paperback can be purchased on Amazon or other online retailers:
    UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    US & Canada: https://www.amazon.com/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    You can listen to all the other episodes and get the show notes at magnificentmidlife.com/podcast.
    Recommended by the Sunday Times.
    Feedspot #3 in best midlife podcasts and #12 in best women over 50 podcasts worldwide.
    You'll find lots of strategies, support, and resources to help make your midlife magnificent at magnificentmidlife.com.
    Check out Rachel's online Revitalize Experience, a 6-week intensive small group mentoring experience or 1-1 Midlife Mentoring.
     
    Follow Rachel on:
    Facebook: facebook.com/magnificentmidlife
    Instagram: instagram.com/magnificentmidlife
    Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/rachellankester
    Twitter: twitter.com/MagnifMidlife
    Pinterest: pinterest.co.uk/MagnificentMidlife1
    Youtube: youtube.com/channel/UCEteu6Z2mW1z1wnHiVB08uw
    Tiktok: tiktok.com/@magnificent_midlife

    • 21 min
    Caring for a loved one with dementia with Carolyn Birrell

    Caring for a loved one with dementia with Carolyn Birrell

    Carolyn Birrell is the author of Walking with Fay, a moving book about her mother’s uncharted path into dementia. Carolyn’s writing began as a way to help her make sense of what was happening and quickly turned into the book she herself had needed, to provide relatable caregiving help. It’s a beautiful, empowering book and I really loved it.

    We talk about:

    - What led Carolyn to write such a personal and difficult book
    - Why it took so long to realize how bad things had got with her mother
    - The process of learning her mother had dementia and the early signs
    - Working out what level of interference in her mother’s affairs was appropriate
    - Coming to terms with realizing more help with caregiving was required
    - The kind of support that was needed and how Carolyn found that both for her mother and herself
    - Coping with a lack of recognition from her mother
    - The impact of the global pandemic on her mother’s care
    - What readers can expect from the book
    - Carolyn’s advice for people who fear they are starting to see signs of a parent’s dementia
    - Learning what to say and what not to say to a person with dementia
    - What makes the book different from other memoirs
    - What Carolyn hopes readers will get from the book
    - Carolyn’s advice for anyone just beginning on this path with their loved one

    And more!
     
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and leave us a 5* review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening.
    Order the ebook or audiobook (narrated by Rachel) versions of Rachel’s book, Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause And Beyond at magnificentmidlife.com/book
     
    The paperback can be purchased on Amazon or other online retailers:
    UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    US & Canada: https://www.amazon.com/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Magnificent-Midlife-Transform-Middle-Menopause/dp/173981150X/
    You can listen to all the other episodes and get the show notes at magnificentmidlife.com/podcast.
    Recommended by the Sunday Times.
    Feedspot #3 in best midlife podcasts and #15 in best women over 50 podcasts worldwide.
    You'll find lots of strategies, support, and resources to help make your midlife magnificent at magnificentmidlife.com.
    Check out Rachel's online Revitalize Experience, a 6-week intensive small group mentoring experience or 1-1 Midlife Mentoring.
     
    Follow Rachel on:
    Facebook: facebook.com/magnificentmidlife
    Instagram: instagram.com/magnificentmidlife
    Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/rachellankester
    Twitter: twitter.com/MagnifMidlife
    Pinterest: pinterest.co.uk/MagnificentMidlife1
    Youtube: youtube.com/channel/UCEteu6Z2mW1z1wnHiVB08uw
    Tiktok: tiktok.com/@magnificent_midlife

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Sandra Donald ,

How to be a Glorious Broad

It was really interesting to listen to the discussion that basically talked about I’m gonna do and be who I want to be. Not forgetting that with ageing I’m still sensual, loving caring and not all about my new found reproductive position.

It’s not about being dictated to or put in an age box that will tick off the right criteria of what society thinks or feels is or isn’t appropriate. It’s about being out of the box and fabulously tearing up that rule book in the best possible way that suits you.

Ageing is the beginning of a celebration with a new world at your disposal and a waiting platform to achieve it on.

It’s a time not to be afraid but to be seen as you really are and want to be. With the added comfort knowing experience, age and faith if you have it will take you through the decisions and actions already taken and those to come.

Now stand back and watch the Greatest Show called Ageing.

Sandra Donald

Endless time wasting ,

all the juice

I love the variety of knowledgable guests offering the juice of midlife from every possible angle. So grateful to have a resource full of inspiration.

Louise Rogers Yoga ,

Magnificent… as it says!

Love this podcast, always thoughtful questions and insightful conversations. Midlife women are incredible! Thank you Rachel, you are changing lives for the better 🙏

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