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Celebrating women in midlife and beyond, challenging the status quo and bashing negative stereotypes about being a bit older. Over the hill? On a downward slope? Nope, we get better with age not worse. Rachel Lankester talks all things midlife, sharing fabulous stories of magnificent women doing very cool stuff. Now's our time!

Magnificent Midlife Rachel Lankester

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 33 Ratings

Celebrating women in midlife and beyond, challenging the status quo and bashing negative stereotypes about being a bit older. Over the hill? On a downward slope? Nope, we get better with age not worse. Rachel Lankester talks all things midlife, sharing fabulous stories of magnificent women doing very cool stuff. Now's our time!

    Living the dream in the desert with Sam Walker

    Living the dream in the desert with Sam Walker

    Meet Sam Walker, host of the fabulous Sam Walker’s Desert Diaries podcast, which she started to document her move from Manchester, UK to Phoenix, Arizona. Sam is a master storyteller, an award-winning radio and TV broadcaster, a multiple podcast producer and presenter, a writer with a book being published next year and a woman who’s encountered coyotes, snakes and scorpions in the desert. Since we recorded this she won three (yes three) awards at the British Podcast awards!
    We talk about:

    Why Sam decided to up sticks and move from Manchester to the desert How she pushed through the fear both before making the move and after, given all the issues she has faced Having support when making a big life change Trusting the universe when there are signs along the way The importance of trying to live our dreams no matter how big or small those might be The difficulties and highlights of her life in Arizona The many quirky things about adapting to US life Trying to function in the US without a credit history The delights of the US medical system The beauty and history of US landscapes Whatever brings you joy is what is right for you The importance of following your dreams whatever they are Getting rid of the word should How Sam stays upbeat despite the many setbacks she’s encountered How it’s been coping with Covid as a Brit in the US Coping with being away from sick loved ones Coming to terms with gun culture Realising her white privilege when things got really tough Being grateful the basics What Sam has learnt by making this huge change in her life
    And lots more!

    You can find out more about Sam:

    Sam Walker’s Desert Diaries

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    You can find out more information and get the show notes to every episode at magnificentmidlife.com. That’s also where you’ll find strategies, support and resources to help make your midlife magnificent. There’s a midlife wellness program, courses, midlife mentoring to help make the most of your next chapter and our online Members Club. If not now, when?

    • 47 min
    The joy of walking cities with Lisa Weldon

    The joy of walking cities with Lisa Weldon

    An interview with Lisa Weldon, a writer who’s created a fascinating life for herself in her next chapter, by walking cities! This was recorded pre lockdown when travel was still normal but seems super relevant now that walking is a much more comfortable option than public transport!
    We talk about:
    How and why Lisa started walking cities How she decides where she’s going to walk Why she chose to go to Shanghai What she does when she first arrives at a destination What it’s like travelling alone What she loves about walking cities Being more confident and outgoing when we’re abroad The most interesting things she’s discovered about a city that only walking could make happen Lisa’s favourite city to walk and why Getting used to eating alone Lisa’s narrow escapes. Fortunately, not too many! Lisa’s favourite walking footwear What this experience has taught her about herself Lisa’s advice for a woman in midlife who’s stuck and in need of an adventure And lots more!
    You can find out more about Lisa:
    Lisa’s Website
    Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening. Find out how to leave a review here: bit.ly/leavepodcastreview
    You can find out more information and get the show notes to every episode at magnificentmidlife.com. That’s also where you’ll find strategies, support and resources to help make your midlife magnificent. There’s a midlife wellness program, courses, midlife mentoring to help make the most of your next chapter and our online Members Club. If not now, when?
     

    • 39 min
    Creating the Feminista Film Festival with Laurie Mucha

    Creating the Feminista Film Festival with Laurie Mucha

    An interview with Laurie Mucha, the charming founder of the Feminista Film Festival. This interview was recorded as coronavirus was kicking off in the UK, but before lockdown. My, how things changed quickly after that! Laurie shares all about how she came to set up her own film festival and the lessons she has learnt.
    We talk about:
    The need to learn on the job Creating a vehicle to share great stories about women Setting up something from scratch Coping with pandemic anxiety (at the beginning) Learning on the job how to set up a film festival Imposter syndrome and working beyond that The value of not knowing what you’re doing because it brings a new perspective Not allowing imposter syndrome to be an excuse Vocal ticks that we use to put ourselves down Stopping the self-sabotage How we are all able to do hard things Being open to learning new things Accepting that it’s OK to not know everything when starting a business Feedback is an opportunity to learn Being prepared for not everyone to like what you do – otherwise it would be vanilla How to prevent overwhelm as a business owner Focusing on the things that will have the biggest impact Balancing creativity and being emotional Coping with popcorn/monkey brain The joy of a garden office The challenge of working from home especially with other people around Don’t wait until you’re ready before getting started on your venture Don’t make decisions out of fear And lots more!
    You can find out more about Laurie:
    Website: Feminista Film Festival
    Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening. Find out how to leave a review here: bit.ly/leavepodcastreview
    You can find out more information and get the show notes to every episode at magnificentmidlife.com. That’s also where you’ll find strategies, support and resources to help make your midlife magnificent. There’s a midlife wellness program, courses, midlife mentoring to help make the most of your next chapter and our online Members Club. If not now, when?
     

    • 42 min
    Learning to prioritize yourself with Linda McLean

    Learning to prioritize yourself with Linda McLean

    An intimate chat with Canadian singer songwriter Linda McLean, opening up about life, music, writing and what makes her tick as an older woman. This interview includes a reading from Linda’s forthcoming book all about making yourself the most important person in your life.
    We talk about:
    Learning to prioritize ourselves and speak our truth The emotional power of music and words Going on new creative journeys as we progress through life Thinking about what really matters in life Taking up space in our own lives Fighting the cultural imperative for women to put others first How our life anchors can shift in midlife Learning to share our stories and acknowledge the impact those can have on others Moving on from a maternal role when children leave home Finding the spark in inter-generational sharing Rationalizing our many varied roles as women Thinking about what we’d do if we were to die tomorrow Learning to live in the moment and do what we most want to do Finding answers inside ourselves and taking responsibility for our lives Moving beyond victim-hood and acknowledging our power The importance of yoga and meditation in Linda’s life What it’s like being a touring musician The impact of Alexander Technique and getting more aware of posture How the body wants to fix itself and get us into balance And lots more!
    Be sure to check out Linda's three beautiful albums on Spotify
     
    Find out more about Linda:
    Linda’s Website
    Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening. Find out how to leave a review here: bit.ly/leavepodcastreview
    You can find out more information and get the show notes to every episode at magnificentmidlife.com. That’s also where you’ll find strategies, support and resources to help make your midlife magnificent. There’s a midlife wellness program, courses, midlife mentoring to help make the most of your next chapter and our online Members Club. If not now, when?
     

    • 40 min
    Creating a different world, solo with Rachel

    Creating a different world, solo with Rachel

    A solo catchup episode with Rachel.
    I talk about:
    Adapting to a Covid world Visiting my mum Staying as healthy as possible Some of the recent podcast highlights The impact of the Black Lives Matter movement My BLM podcasts What I have learnt about being anti-racist Understanding what white privilege is Tone policing and white fragility How white silence is racism Layers of prejudice and how the focus on BLM may also help fight ageism Making the most of our heart beats Expanding our mental and emotional world despite the restrictions on our physical world 2020 – the year to reassess everything Looking inside for our inner sense of strength and knowledge Morning pages and how powerful that can be Taking time to think about what you want going forward Making the most of our power and making our voices heard Stepping into our feminine power to make a better world And more!
    Resources
    Books mentioned in this episode:
    Me And White Supremacy
    Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race (Race in the UK)
    Listen to the podcasts mentioned in this episode:
    Putting on a sell-out show about menopause with Claire Hodgson
    Menopause, hormones and immune systems with Angela Counsel
    Making the most of your heart beats with Julie Owen Moylan
    Confronting anti-Black racism with Kimberly McCormick
    Why Black lives matter with Kwavi Agbeyegbe
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and maybe leave a review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening. Find out how to leave a review here: bit.ly/leavepodcastreview
    You can find out more information and get the show notes to every episode at magnificentmidlife.com. That’s also where you’ll find strategies, support and resources to help make your midlife magnificent. There’s a midlife wellness program, courses, midlife mentoring to help make the most of your next chapter and our online Members Club. If not now, when?

    • 27 min
    Putting on a sell-out show about menopause with Claire Hodgson

    Putting on a sell-out show about menopause with Claire Hodgson

    Meet Claire Hodgson MBE, one of the stars of the fabulous play Mid Life which had a sell-out run at the Barbican in London. She’s the founder of Diverse City, the Bristol theater company behind this production and the co-founder of Extraordinary Bodies, the UK’s leading professional integrated circus company.
    In this inspiring and empowering interview, we talk about:
    Claire’s passion for diversity in the performing arts and theater in particular Institutional and systematic racism in our society and hoping that we are at a time of real transformation How it’s time for white people to do something about racism because black people are exhausted and broken How often big moments of change in social justice come very quickly and white people need to act now How it’s important to have everyone’s story told and for everyone to be represented in life to validate our identity and experience The good things that can happen for us when we just say yes The importance of intersectionality and levels of prejudice dependent on our experience The many different stories around menopause and midlife How disabled people may be used to having restrictions on them, so lockdown was nothing new for them The difficulties of being in the live theater industry under Covid How much support the theater industry in particular needs from government and society Ways actors and performers are getting creative to continue showing their work Drive in theaters over the summer to get around restrictions Needing to be creative about how theater is presented may actually result in greater audience diversity and bigger audiences Claire’s own experience of menopause and why she wanted to make the play Mid Life How we care less and can get clearer about what we do and don’t want as we age Unveiling the big secret in the show! The power of midlife reflection and transformation The powerful role midlife women can have in creating the new normal And lots more!
    Find out more about Claire:
    Diverse City (founder)
    Extraordinary Bodies (co-founder)
    Claire Hodgson Linkein, Claire Hodgson Twitter
    Diverse City Facebook, Diverse City Linkedin, Diverse City Twitter
    Extraordinary Bodies Facebook, Extraordinary Bodies Twitter, Extraordinary Bodies Instagram
    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, share it and maybe leave a review on iTunes or wherever you’re listening. Find out how to leave a review here: bit.ly/leavepodcastreview
    You can find out more information and get the show notes to every episode at magnificentmidlife.com. That’s also where you’ll find strategies, support and resources to help make your midlife magnificent. There’s a midlife wellness program, courses, midlife mentoring to help make the most of your next chapter and our online Members Club. If not now, when?

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

QueenTea1961 ,

Great podcast

So glad I’ve found this podcast. Great guests - older woman who don’t let their age define or limit them.

ActuallyMummy ,

Exactly what I needed!

So good to find something I can relate to as a woman who doesn’t feel like she should be sliding into slacks and comfy sandals just yet!

Mairi T ,

On point and great guests....

so how excited was I that I stumbled acroos this podcast via LinkedIn and LOVE it. A British presenter as to date everyone I've had to listen to on the subject matter of menopause has been American or Australian - all great people, all great info - but love that there are now emerging podcasters from the Uk bringing ths subject to life.

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