Hi, I’m Emma Thomas and I started the Middling Along podcast as a companion to my blog: www.middlingalong.com. Often, we find as women hitting a ‘certain point’ in life, that we are so used to people-pleasing, and making sure that everyone else is OK, and their needs are met, that we have lost touch with what we want, what we need, who we are… I started the Middling Along blog with the aim of reclaiming my own ‘midlife’ and finding my happy. I wanted a way to celebrate stories of women just like you and I, finding out what really brings them joy, and doing more of it. Join me as we speak to a wide range of different women about their unique stories.
Dr Mridula Pore on Peppy Health and supporting women through the moments that matter
Such an inspiring Episode (lucky no 13!), I talk to Dr Mridula Pore, the CEO and co-founder of Peppy Health, a mobile app which aims to transform digital healthcare in the areas of infertility, pregnancy + early days of parenting, and most interestingly to us, menopause. We discuss how Peppy supports users, her journey to founding the company, how she sees health-tech democratising access to health care and support, and how apps like Peppy can help ensure that talented women don't drop out of the workforce at the peak of their careers.
Siobhan Daniels on the 'retirement rebellion' and solo travels around the UK
Siobhan Daniels is a retired BBC journalist and pro-age campaigner, part of the retirement rebellion. Almost two years ago she gave away her non-essential possessions, bought a motorhome, and started her solo travels around the UK. Not long afterwards, the global pandemic hit, and her plans came to a dramatic halt. Now that she is 'on the road' again, I catch up with Siobhan to talk about why she decided to rebel against the stereotype of a quiet retirement of gardening and crosswords, what is was like surviving lockdown alone in a campervan, and how picks the next spot on her almost-completely-unplanned route. We also cover positive aging, why we need to challenge ourselves as we age, and the book she is working on to inspire other women to take a chance and take on new challenges.
Emma Bardwell talks about The Perimenopause Solution, co-authored with Dr Shahzadi Harper
In this episode I chat to Emma Bardwell, registered nutritional therapist and co-author of The Perimenopause Solution, written with menopause specialist Dr Shahzadi Harper. The book is designed to be easily accessible, and evidence-based, with a really nice bullet point summary at the end of each chapter to refer back to, and a whole chapter helping the reader to 'eat to beat their symptoms'. We touch on topics such as why lack of oestrogen has such a wide-reaching impact on the body, and the effects of stress on perimenopause symptoms. Emma strongly recommends making small, incremental changes, to help support our bodies with positive nutrition.
Ekua Cant on career changes and confidence
Maybe midlife has you pondering a change of direction and you want to start something new? Or maybe your career path suddenly feels a bit...meh? Join me as I chat to career and confidence coach Ekua Cant, author of 'Be your No 1 Cheerleader', about how examining our values can help us dig into what we want, and how to build 'positive mental muscle'. We also discuss the need for women to shout about their successes and celebrate wins along the way - something I for one need to work on!
Dr Beth Thomas talks about how to approach your GP and the risks and benefits of HRT
Join me as I chat to all-round awesome GP, Dr Beth Thomas, who also happens to be my sister-in law! We discuss how best to talk to your GP (and what to do if you feel that you're not getting anywhere); different types of HRT and risks vs protective benefits (especially regarding breast cancer); the difference between body identical and bio identical HRT; how to assess your osteoporosis risk; how and why your GP might prescribe testosterone; and why hormone testing is not helpful if you are over 45
Fiona Walker talks about her novel 'Woman of a Certain Rage'
Eliza Finch is having a bad day, scratch that, year. Her dog just died, her mojo is MIA, and her teenage daughter may have just live-streamed her menopausal meltdown to the whole internet...join me as I chat to novelist Fiona Walker, about her new novel 'Woman of a Certain Rage' as we cover the ups and downs of midlife menopausal mayhem, coming up for air 'on the other side' and the power of a good story - and a good (belly) laugh.
An excellent listen!
So great to hear interesting women talking about the amazing things they are doing during this ‘middle phase’ of life. A very inspiring way to spend half an hour.
I really enjoyed listening to this. It was great to hear so much positivity and passion come out of what has been a very strange time. So uplifting!
I middle along
From the title music to the relaxed chatting style of the interviewer - I love everything about this podcast and blog. ‘Middling Along’ is where I’m at and this makes me feel better about being there.