"When the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear:

I’m not screwing around. All of this pretending and performing – these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt – has to go. Your armor is preventing you from growing into your gifts... You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think...Courage and daring are coursing through your veins. You were made to live and love with your whole heart. It’s time to show up and be seen."

Brené Brown

I get how you want more from life.

I understand that feeling that keeps niggling away, telling you there's so much more you can be doing than living the life you've got. It might look great. on the surface, but it's not cutting it with your soul anymore. It's just not enough. 

Perhaps you want to make more of a difference in the world. Perhaps you're already thinking about your legacy. Perhaps now the kids have gone, you've time for you at last and you want to make the very most of it. Maybe, having hit midlife, you're aware the clock is ticking and if you're going to make changes, now is the time to be getting on with it!

But it's all too easy to get stuck in the day-to-day isn't it. To buy in to the negative stereotypes about being an older woman and stay glued to the treadmill of fulfilling everybody else's needs instead of your own. And that's wearing you down and you're so not ready to be feeling like this. 

Whatever's causing you to do some discontented soul-searching, now is your time to shine. And the world needs you to - seriously! 

To become who you were always meant to be.  

I'm Rachel Lankester, the founder of Magnificent Midlife. It was that same niggling feeling that led me to where I am now. I've had several careers, including banking and PR, none particularly inspiring, but I LOVE what I'm doing now - helping like-minded women in midlife and beyond feel great and live life to the fullest. 

How did I get here? Let's rewind a bit. 

I went through early menopause at 41, devastating at the time, as I was trying for a second child, but in retrospect, a positive experience.

It took me down my own journey of introspection and soul-searching. Now at 53, I'm better and bolder than ever. Though still battling those self doubt demons!  

I'm passionate about helping women navigate the often murky waters of midlife and beyond. So you can thrive not just survive. And become the woman you were always meant to be. I learnt the hard way - you don't have to! 

I challenge the status quo and in particular I want to change negative stereotypes associated with older women. I believe we just get better with age, not worse. And I believe the older and more experienced we get, the more we have to offer the world and especially those women coming up behind us. 

But I don't believe in denying we're getting older or hiding it either. I'm not ashamed to be a midlife woman. I'm proud of it. I think I've earned those midlife stripes just as much as I've earned the laughter lines around my eyes. They don't diminish me in any way.  These are the best years of my life. So far anyway ;)

I share fabulous stories from wonderfully inspiring women in midlife and beyond on the Magnificent Midlife Podcast. For a quick dose of inspiration it can't be beaten.

I'm also the founder of The Mutton Club, an online magazine celebrating women 40+. You might like that too.

I can help you get clarity on where you'd like to take your next chapter and what you want the rest of your life to look like - or at least the next stage.

Let's have a chat and explore how I can help you take the next step. Just click here to read more and get started. 

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changing the midlife status quo!

5 fun facts about me....

Standing Around

It took 8 years of trying but I can now stand on my head. I need a wall for confidence but my feet don't usually touch it! 

She-Shed Dweller

Magnificent Midlife HQ is a gorgeous wooden office in my garden. If it had a loo and a shower I'd live in it permanently. 

Cat Cuddles

I have two rescue cats, a big ginger tom and a little black and white girl, who are the real rulers of my household. Gotta love 'em!


Never athletic in my youth, I ran my first half marathon in my 50th year. It nearly killed me but boy was it good to finish!

China Talk

Believe it or not I speak Chinese! I studied it at college and occasionally still get to show off in Chinese restaurants! 

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Just half an hour a week could make a magnificent difference!