126 episodes

If you're asking yourself questions like who am I now? Where have I been? Where am I going? Am I happy? And, if not, what am I going to do about it? You need to subscribe to this podcast!

Like all transitions, midlife can be messy and sad and glorious all at once, leaving many midlife women feeling rather alone and somewhat invisible. But what does this transition we are experiencing lead to?

I'm here to remind you that if we manage our health and embrace it, growing older can lead to one of the greatest periods of growth and transformation of our lives.

I'm Jo Blackwell, a photographer, author and coach for women who want more from their lives post 50. This podcast is part of my business, The Midlife Movement, on a mission to make the midlife transition easier through coaching, information and community.

My aim is to help women step into a starring role in their own lives - whatever that means to you. The Midlife Movement was created to change minds about midlife and growing older, one story at a time. Because we only become invisible when when we stop seeing ourselves.

email jo@joblackwell.co.uk to take part in the podcast.

Browse the website to see how I can help you to become more visible in life and in business.
Original Music and Production: Dan Blackwell

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If you're asking yourself questions like who am I now? Where have I been? Where am I going? Am I happy? And, if not, what am I going to do about it? You need to subscribe to this podcast!

Like all transitions, midlife can be messy and sad and glorious all at once, leaving many midlife women feeling rather alone and somewhat invisible. But what does this transition we are experiencing lead to?

I'm here to remind you that if we manage our health and embrace it, growing older can lead to one of the greatest periods of growth and transformation of our lives.

I'm Jo Blackwell, a photographer, author and coach for women who want more from their lives post 50. This podcast is part of my business, The Midlife Movement, on a mission to make the midlife transition easier through coaching, information and community.

My aim is to help women step into a starring role in their own lives - whatever that means to you. The Midlife Movement was created to change minds about midlife and growing older, one story at a time. Because we only become invisible when when we stop seeing ourselves.

email jo@joblackwell.co.uk to take part in the podcast.

Browse the website to see how I can help you to become more visible in life and in business.
Original Music and Production: Dan Blackwell

    FaceWise Intelligent Skincare with Sharon Maughan

    FaceWise Intelligent Skincare with Sharon Maughan

    Award-winning British actress, director, producer and entrepreneur, Sharon Maughan developed health problems in 2009 due to a reaction to salicylates, known as salicylic overload. Suffering from symptoms including breathing problems, nasal polyps, eczema and incredibly sensitive skin, she had major surgery and was warned to make significant lifestyle changes, and drastically limit her salicylate intake or risk the condition returning within 6 months.
     
    Salicylates’ common presence in cosmetics, food, cleaning products, perfume and more, means many others have also developed reactions and salicylate build up can affect sufferers with a varying spectrum of severity over time. Following her struggles, since 2012 she has been on a journey to develop a line of skincare products that can help to provide the solution. Using the best natural ingredients, Sharon has developed FaceWise, the go to for intelligent skincare.
     
    In this conversation, Sharon shares a little of her life as an actress, her journey back to health and how she came to develop FaceWise with encouragement from friends.
     
    Find out more about FaceWise intelligent skincare on Sharon’s website: https://facewiseskincare.com/
    About the Midlife and Beyond Podcast Like all transitions, midlife can be messy and sad and glorious all at once, leaving many midlife women feeling rather alone and somewhat invisible. But what does this transition we are experiencing lead to?
     
    I'm Jo Blackwell, a photographer, author and coach for women who want more from their lives post 50 and I'm here to remind you that if we manage our health and embrace it, growing older can lead to one of the greatest periods of growth and transformation of our lives.
    The Midlife Movement was created to change minds about midlife and growing older, one story at a time. Because we only become invisible when when we stop seeing ourselves.

    email jo@joblackwell.co.uk to take part in the podcast or suggest guests. 
    See The Midlife & Beyond section of my website for more information and resources to help you navigate change with less stress and more joy! www.joblackwell.co.uk

    • 32 min
    From MS to Weight Lifting Champion with Kim Rahir

    From MS to Weight Lifting Champion with Kim Rahir

    Kim is a 60 year old mother of three who was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago and decided to ignore her then doctor's advice and muscle her way back to a happy life. Last year she became European Champion in Masters Weightlifting in her age and weight category. Her journey inspired her to leave her career in journalism in her 50s and become a health coach for middle aged women - with a big focus on reactivating and rebuilding muscle. Today, she helps women tap into an abundant source of vitality by reactivating and maintaining their muscles, while ditching diet culture conditioning to actually eat to nourish and flourish.
     
    About the Midlife and Beyond Podcast Like all transitions, midlife can be messy and sad and glorious all at once, leaving many midlife women feeling rather alone and somewhat invisible. But what does this transition we are experiencing lead to?
    I'm Jo Blackwell, a photographer, author and coach for women who want more from their lives post 50 and I'm here to remind you that if we manage our health and embrace it, growing older can lead to one of the greatest periods of growth and transformation of our lives.
    The Midlife Movement was created to change minds about midlife and growing older, one story at a time. Because we only become invisible when when we stop seeing ourselves. email jo@joblackwell.co.uk to take part in the podcast or suggest guests.
    See The Midlife & Beyond section of my website for more information and resources to help you navigate change with less stress and more joy! www.joblackwell.co.uk

    • 36 min
    Look after your Heart

    Look after your Heart

    Women are not simply small men - we often experience medical events differently to our male counterparts. This week I’m talking to Sam Palmer, about the risks and symptoms of heart attacks. Sam explained that once we lose the protection oestrogen provides, our risk of heart disease rises. Sam listed the risk factors:SmokingObesityHypertension (high blood pressure)Raised CholesterolElevated stress levelsPoor sleepSam runs an online fitness program for women in midlife and beyond (which I can personally recommend!) and advocates raising your heart rate for 20-30 minutes regularly AND practising restorative exercise, such as yoga to calm you down. Eat the rainbow - as many different and plentiful fruits and vegetables you can fit into your day - avoid excessive salt, saturated fats and processed foods as far as possible, but eat “good” fats like avocados and nuts and plenty of protein.

    About Sam
    Sam’s career started in the NHS where she qualified as a nurse eventually working as a Sister in NeoNatal Intensive Care. An award winning running coach, she underwent further training to help her clients, eventually founding Midlife Makeover. Find out about her online fitness membership here: https://www.midlifemakeover.co.uk/
     
    About the Midlife and Beyond Podcast
    Like all transitions, midlife can be messy and sad and glorious all at once, leaving many midlife women feeling rather alone and somewhat invisible. But what does this transition we are experiencing lead to? 
    I'm Jo Blackwell, a photographer, author and coach for women who want more from their lives post 50 and I'm here to remind you that if we manage our health and embrace it, growing older can lead to one of the greatest periods of growth and transformation of our lives.
    The Midlife Movement was created to change minds about midlife and growing older, one story at a time. Because we only become invisible when when we stop seeing ourselves. email jo@joblackwell.co.uk to take part in the podcast or suggest guests.
    See The Midlife & Beyond section of my website for more information and resources to help you navigate change with less stress and more joy! www.joblackwell.co.uk

    • 28 min
    Britain's most Invisible Adventurer

    Britain's most Invisible Adventurer

    Did you watch the film, “Wild” where Reese Witherspoon played Cheryl Strayed? Did it make you think, I could hike in the American wilderness on my own! NO? Me neither! Today’s guest thought just that and was inspired to walk 2,600 miles alone in midlife.
     
    In a wide ranging conversation, anonymous adventurer, Person Irresponsible, talks to me about her remarkable life. We discussed:
    the impact of boarding school on a child’s developmentthe importance of role modelsthe impact of the film “Wild” on women hikersthe perceptions we have about threat and safetythe statistics around femicide - spoiler: statistically, we’re safer outside our own homes if we live with a partner or son)Hiking the Pacific Crest TrailSerenading a bear with the National AnthemHow the pandemic kept PI on the trailThe toll a through-hike of 2,600 miles takes on the middle-aged bodyThe impact of adventure on anxietyWhy most adventure presenters are maleI hope you enjoy this inspiring conversation as much as I did! And if you need a speaker on women and courage, or - better still - are looking for a presenter for an adventure series - look no further! 


    About “Person Irresponsible” 
    Adventurer, Academic, Author Britain’s most invisible middle-aged female adventurer. First person to quad bike around the UK, first woman to jetski around Scotland… read more in her books: Everywhere I didn’t want to go (but did anyway) https://amzn.to/4cnJsvk Everything you ever taught me https://amzn.to/3ISxcoR (About PI’s adventure on the PCT)

    About the Midlife and Beyond Podcast Like all transitions, midlife can be messy and sad and glorious all at once, leaving many midlife women feeling rather alone and somewhat invisible. But what does this transition we are experiencing lead to?
     
    I'm Jo Blackwell, a photographer, author and coach for women who want more from their lives post 50 and I'm here to remind you that if we manage our health and embrace it, growing older can lead to one of the greatest periods of growth and transformation of our lives.
    The Midlife Movement was created to change minds about midlife and growing older, one story at a time. Because we only become invisible when when we stop seeing ourselves. email jo@joblackwell.co.uk to take part in the podcast or suggest guests.

    See The Midlife & Beyond section of my website for more information and resources to help you navigate change with less stress and more joy! www.joblackwell.co.uk

    • 42 min
    How to be free of the Money FOG with Mikelann Valterra

    How to be free of the Money FOG with Mikelann Valterra

    Do you feel you stumble around in a money FOG - feeling Fearful, Overwhelmed or Guilty about your financial situation? Master Money Coach, Mikelann Valterra says that feelings of stress and anxiety around money are often due to financial vagueness.

    How do we get out of the fog? Mikelann identifies 3 core questions we need to ask ourselves at every stage in our lives, but especially when our circumstances change:
    What can I afford?How much is enough?What would be possible?Clearing the money fog isn’t necessarily about becoming more wealthy - it’s about gaining clarity about what you do have so that you can see possibility - even dare to dream again.

    About Mikelann

    Mikelann Valterra is an author, speaker, and master money coach who helps women around the world rise above the money fog, transform their relationship with money, and design their ideal life. For twenty-five years, Mikelann Valterra, MA, AFC has been a thought leader in financial psychology. She has written, spoken, and been interviewed extensively on powerful, practical ways to reduce money anxiety and teaches effective methods for
    earning, saving, reducing debt, and managing money. Her new book, Rise Above the Money Fog is now available online.

    Take the Money Fog quiz and Buy Mikelann's book here: https://www.seattlemoneycoach.com/

    About the Midlife and Beyond Podcast.
     
    Like all transitions, midlife can be messy and sad and glorious all at once, leaving many midlife women feeling rather alone and somewhat invisible. But what does this transition we are experiencing lead to?
     
    I'm Jo Blackwell, a photographer, author and coach for women who want more from their lives post 50, and I'm here to remind you that if we manage our health and embrace it, growing older can lead to one of the greatest periods of growth and transformation of our lives.
     
    The Midlife Movement was created to change minds about midlife and growing older, one story at a time. Because we only become invisible when when we stop seeing ourselves.
    email jo@joblackwell.co.uk to take part in the podcast or suggest guests.
     
    See The Midlife & Beyond section of my website for more information and resources to help you navigate change with less stress and more joy! www.joblackwell.co.uk 

    • 32 min
    Fit is Freedom with Kelly Howard

    Fit is Freedom with Kelly Howard

    Episode 121: Fit is Freedom with Kelly Howard

    Staying fit and strong as we navigate the midlife transition can be a challenge. Our default is often to put ourselves last and to take our bodies for granted.

    In this episode, Jo talks to fitness expert, Kelly Howard and about consistency, and the 5 “consistency killers”:
    PerfectionNot anticipating road blocksGoing beyond your tipping pointThe “all or nothing” mentalityYour personal kryptoniteKelly identifies our tendency to wait for external things to change before we are able to make the changes in our lives we need to make and discusses how habit stacking and habit shifting can help us to get strong and live long rather than fading away.

    About Kelly Kelly Howard is the Fitness Consistency Expert with a touch of Adventure and the author of FIT: Active & Ageless for Life.
    For over 25 years, Kelly has helped thousands of women prioritize their fitness so they can feel great and have more fun in this second half of life. She loves helping women get active, fit, and out of their comfort zone (if they’re willing)! Kelly’s Fit is Freedom Podcast, coaching, online courses, and retreats have changed the lives of thousands of women. She’s a frequent guest on podcasts and television shows and is even the creator of the FOX TV Outdoor Houston Adventure series.
    She currently calls Houston, Texas,home but can often be found kayaking rivers and traveling trails worldwide.
    Find out more and download your FREE copy of Kelly’s book, FIT: Active & Ageless for Life on her website: https://fitisfreedom.com/

    About the Midlife and Beyond Podcast Like all transitions, midlife can be messy and sad and glorious all at once, leaving many midlife women feeling rather alone and somewhat invisible. But what does this transition we are experiencing lead to?

    I'm Jo Blackwell, a photographer, author and coach for women who want more from their lives post 50 and I'm here to remind you that if we manage our health and embrace it, growing older can lead to one of the greatest periods of growth and transformation of our lives.

    The Midlife Movement was created to change minds about midlife and growing older, one story at a time. Because we only become invisible when when we stop seeing ourselves.
    email jo@joblackwell.co.uk to take part in the podcast or suggest guests.

    See The Midlife & Beyond section of my website for more information and resources to help you navigate change with less stress and more joy! www.joblackwell.co.uk

    • 50 min

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The perfect podcast for women of a certain age

Jo is a lovely host who creates a warm, welcoming atmosphere for listeners and guests. She brings a diverse group of women together through her podcast to improve the lives of, and expand the possibilities for, women in middle age. You'll love listening.

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