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I'm Rachel Lankester

Hi there. I'm the founder of Magnificent Midlife. 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? I went through early menopause at 41, devastating at the time, but in retrospect, a positive experience. Now at 52, I'm better and bolder than ever. I'm passionate about helping women navigate the often murky waters of midlife and beyond.  So you can thrive not just survive. 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 ;)


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


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!

Runtastic

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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