The Magnificent Midlife Podcast - celebrating women

The Magnificent Midlife Podcast celebrates, champions and empowers women in midlife and beyond. We challenge the status quo and bash those negative stereotypes about being an older woman. We’re not over the hill or on a downward slope.  We’re just getting started! Rachel Lankester talks all things midlife, about issues that matter, and shares fabulous stories of magnificent women doing very cool stuff. 

Episode 90: Emotional eating and drinking with Vicky Midwood
Vicky Midwood is a health, nutrition and lifestyle coach who specializes in helping people with disordered eating or drinking. I[...]
Episode 89: Understanding Our Many Hormones with Nicki Williams
Nicki Williams is a nutritionist, author, speaker, and women’s health expert. She’s the author of the excellent book, It’s Not[...]
Episode 88: Midlife transformation with Deb Johnstone
Deb Johnstone is a transformational coach, a professional speaker, a mindset coach amongst other things, and recently, a qualified yoga[...]
Episode 87: Midlife Women Rock with Breeda Bermingham
Breeda Bermingham is a social entrepreneur, founder of the Midlife Women Rock Project and has just published a wonderful book[...]
Episode 86: I wrote a book! Solo with Rachel
A solo episode with Rachel talking about her just-published book, Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause and Beyond! She[...]
Episode 85: How to keep your brain healthy with Susan Saunders
Susan Saunders is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Age-Well Project, and author of her latest book, The Age-Well[...]
Episode 84: Living agefully with Mariann Aalda
Mariann Aalda is an American actress, a performance artist, a stand-up comedian, and an age-full evangelist. She considers age to[...]
Episode 83: Making the most of midlife with Karen Skidmore
Karen Skidmore is a marketing consultant and business advisor with a particular interest in helping midlife women scale their small[...]
Episode 82: Coping with an addicted child with Michelle Weidenbenner
Michelle Weidenbenner is an author, speaker, and podcaster. She's also the proud mother of a recovering addict. She has made[...]
Episode 81: Choosing to be brave with Alexandra Boyd
Meet Alexandra Boyd, a woman of many talents! She’s an actress, in Mr Holland’s Opus, Titanic, and Coronation Street to[...]
Episode 80: How to do a midlife refuel with Maryon Stewart
Maryon Stewart is known as the pioneer of the natural menopause movement. She created a non-drug but scientifically based program[...]
Episode 79: Making dietary restrictions work with Ricki Heller
My guest today is Ricki Heller, cookbook author, holistic nutritionist and anti-candida crusader. She's the ultimate expert I reckon on[...]
Episode 78: Empowering women financially with Rebecca Robertson
Meet Rebecca Robertson, an independent financial advisor who set up her own business, Evolution Financial Planning specifically to empower women[...]
Episode 77: Triumph over adversity with Elizabeth Solaru
An interview with Elizabeth Solaru, the founder of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium and maker of luxury wedding cakes. Elizabeth has a[...]
Episode 76: How to age well with Susan Saunders
Meet Susan Saunders, co-author of the best-selling book, The Age-Well Project and author of her latest book The Age-Well Plan,[...]
Episode 75: Midlife lately solo with Rachel
A solo episode with host Rachel Lankester talking about midlife recently, why she does what she does and the launch[...]
Episode 74: Getting real about long-term health with Sam Palmer
Sam Palmer is a menopause fitness expert. She’s passionate about getting women in their best shape so they can thrive[...]
Episode 73: Understanding the power of hormonal change with Becky Quicke
My guest today is Becky Quicke who describes herself as the Menopause Psychologist. She’s dedicated to helping women cope especially[...]
Episode 72: How to simplify your life with Kay Newton
Kay Newton is the midlife strategist. She’s a speaker and author, and she helps women over 50 get their mojo[...]
Episode 71: Staying fit and healthy through menopause with Tania Dalton
Tania Dalton is a healthy aging coach and fitness trainer who’s passionate about redefining age. Tania has a massive following[...]
Episode 70: Letting your life speak with Mari Smith
Mari Smith is one of the foremost experts in Facebook marketing and is often referred to as the Queen of[...]
Episode 69: Menopause whilst Black with Karen Arthur
Karen Arthur is an educator, fashion designer, dancer and a podcaster. She’s the host of the Menopause Whilst Black Podcast[...]
Episode 68: Living a Kuel Midlife with Jacqueline Perez
Jacqueline Perez is the founder of Kuel Life, an online magazine and shop for women over 45. Her mission is[...]
Episode 67: Changing the world through food with Gilly Smith
Gilly Smith is an award-winning food writer, broadcaster, university lecturer, a retreat host and most recently podcaster. She’s written lots[...]
Episode 66: Turning midlife into prime time with Juju Hook
I interview Juju Hook, author of Hot Flashes, Carpools, and Dirty Martinis—The Quintessential Guide for Turning Midlife into PrimeTime. There[...]
Episode 65: Seeing light at the end of the tunnel solo with Rachel
A solo catchup episode with Rachel talking about: My joy at the US election resultNot taking democracy for grantedLife under[...]
Episode 64: Making a difference in the world with Alisoun Mackenzie
Meet Alisoun Mackenzie, coach, author, retreat leader, yoga teacher and speaker amongst other things. She’s passionate about enabling all of[...]
Episode 63: Pole dancing over 50 with Makeda Smith
I interview Makeda Smith, celebrity publicist, pole and exotic dancer. She began her pole and aerial training at the age[...]
Episode 62: How to have a happy menopause with Jackie Lynch
Jackie Lynch is a Registered Nutritional Therapist who’s written a very interesting book called The Happy Menopause. It’s specifically about[...]
Episode 61: Surviving a Somali desert kidnapping with Jessica Buchanan
Meet the remarkable Jessica Buchanan, the NYT bestselling co-author of Impossible Odds, a memoir that details her 93 days held[...]
Episode 60: Coping with dementia with Feyi Raimi-Abraham
An interview with Feyi Raimi-Abraham, founder of a fabulous new company called The Black Dementia Company, set up during lockdown[...]
Episode 59: Managing anxiety with Trish Beauchamp
Trish Beauchamp is a coach who helps women navigate change in relationships due to divorce, death or disconnection. She spent[...]
Episode 58: Ditching imposter syndrome with Clare Josa
Clare Josa is an author of 8 books, a speaker, an NLP trainer and a leadership mentor. She started out[...]
Episode 57: Help for toxic relationships with Dr Rhoberta Shaler
An empowering discussion with Dr Rhoberta Shaler, the relationship help expert. She helps people to recognize and recover from the[...]
Episode 56: Challenge and resilience, solo with Rachel Lankester
Every season I do a solo episode. I'm in contemplative mood again thinking about the challenging world we're living in[...]
Episode 55: Fighting for social justice with Iffat Shahnaz
Iffat Shahnaz is a lifelong campaigner committed to social justice and equality. She works with organisations committed to social change[...]
Episode 54: Women and leadership with Dr Joanna Martin
An interview with Dr Joanna Martin founder of One of Many, a women’s leadership community which started in the UK[...]
Episode 53: Hot Flashes and Cool Topics with Colleen and Bridgett
Meet the co-hosts of the Hot Flashes and Cool Topics podcast, Colleen Rosenblum and Bridgett Biagi Garratt. We talk about:[...]
Episode 52: Midlife sex with Dr Sonia Wright
Meet Dr Sonia Wright, the Midlife Sex Coach. She's also a medical doctor, radiologist and life coach, and tremendous fun.[...]
Episode 51: Creating your next chapter with Angela Raspass
Angela Raspass is my mentor and she works with women to find, create and grow their next chapter in business[...]
Episode 50: 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[...]
Episode 49: 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[...]
Episode 48: 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[...]
Episode 47: 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[...]
Episode 46: Creating a different world, solo with Rachel
A solo catch-up episode with podcast host Rachel, up close and personal, talking about adapting to the world we now[...]
Episode 45: Putting on a sell-out show about menopause with Claire Hodgson
An extraordinary interview with Claire Hodgson MBE, one of the stars of the fabulous play Mid Life which had a[...]
Episode 44: Menopause, hormones and immune systems with Angela Counsel
An interview with Angela Counsel, naturopath, kinesiologist and mindset coach working particularly with women in midlife. Like me, she’s on[...]
Episode 43: Making the most of your heart beats with Julie Owen Moylan
I interview Julie Owen Moylan, a writer whose short stories and articles have appeared in the Welsh Review, Horizon Literary[...]
Episode 42: Confronting anti-Black racism with Kimberly McCormick
An incredibly powerful interview with Kimberly McCormick talking about understanding, acknowledging and taking action against anti-Black racism. Kimberley works at[...]
Episode 41: Why Black lives matter with Kwavi Agbeyegbe
2020 is turning out to be a momentous year in more ways than half a dozen! The Black Lives Matter[...]
Episode 40: Sailing the world and smashing boundaries with Tracy Edwards
I was so excited to interview the very inspiring sailor Tracy Edwards MBE, who captained the first all-female yacht crew[...]
Episode 39: Protecting your relationship under stress with Nicola Foster
An extremely helpful and empowering interview with Nicola Foster, relationship and intimacy therapist and coach. Nicola has created a Relationship[...]
Episode 38: Making the most of an empty nest with Coach Christine
A moving, thought-provoking interview with Coach Christine, the Empty Nest Coach who helps women adapt and make the very most[...]
Episode 37: Starting a business in midlife with Colleen Kochannek
An interview with midlife entrepreneur coach Colleen Kochannek on how to start a business in midlife and beyond. Colleen also[...]
Episode 36: Pandemic pondering, solo with Rachel
I'm in a contemplative mood in this solo episode, pondering the implications of the Covid19 pandemic now, soon, and when[...]
Episode 35: Zestful ageing, not ageism with Nicole Christina
An interview with Nicole Christina, a psychotherapist, and host of the Zestful Aging Podcast which is listened to in more[...]
Episode 34: Talking about death with Dr Kathryn Mannix
I was so honoured to interview Dr Kathryn Mannix who has devoted her life to the palliative care of the[...]
Episode 33: Living with kids under lockdown with Dr Orlena Kerek
I talk to Dr Orlena Kerek, a pediatric doctor turned weight loss and health coach. She lives in Spain with[...]
Episode 32: Creativity in the time of corona with Christie Glascoe
In this laughter-filled and very inspiring interview with the lovely Christie Glascoe, author, editor, screenwriter, creative coach, and professional life-lesson-learner,[...]
Episode 31: Teenagers, diabetes and coronavirus with Helen Wills
An inspiring and uplifting interview with Helen Wills, a lifestyle blogger and midlife mum of teenagers. She originally started a[...]
Episode 30: Just doing it and living the dream with Jo Moseley
Picture Credit Charlotte Graham Picture Shows A return visit from the amazing Jo Moseley. Since I last spoke to her[...]
Episode 29: Leaving medicine for yoga with Nadine Kelly, Yogi M.D.
Nadine Kelly was a medical doctor for many years but gave it up to be a yoga instructor.  She has[...]
Episode 28: Going on a Messy Middle Road Trip with Janine and Nicole
I interview Janine Queenin and Nicole Markel, hosts of the Messy Middle Roadtrip Podcast. In this fascinating and very wide-ranging interview,[...]
Episode 27: New decade musings with Rachel
This is a special New Year's Day episode solo with Rachel. She's in contemplative mood, after a decade in review[...]
Episode 26: Making what you want with Jennifer Louden
I interview Jennifer Louden, a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the concept of self-care with her first best-selling book[...]
Episode 25: Twisting the plot with Dr Cecilia Dintino and Hannah Murray Starobin
​These two are all about changing the unhelpful narratives we may hold dear and creating new stories for ourselves as[...]
Episode 24: Healing yourself through nutrition with Louise Carr
Meet Louise Carr who healed her own midlife trauma through retraining as a nutrition consultant. She has a fascinating story[...]
Episode 23: Redefining the potential of midlife with Barbara Waxman
Meet gerontologist, coach, and author of The Middlessence Manifesto, Barbara Waxman. She's redefining the potential of midlife, our power, and[...]
Episode 22: Building a business with Eileen Willett and Nancy Zeffman of Cucumber Clothing
Join me as I interview Nancy Zeffman and Eileen Willett the founders of Cucumber Clothing, designed to keep women cool[...]
Episode 21: Midlife podcasting with Sarah and Julia of Menopodcast
I had such fun meeting Julia Frey and Sarah Auerswald, the co-presenters of Menopodcast. These two first met as children[...]
Episode 20: The magic of menopause with Darcey Steinke
I was so excited to interview Darcey Steinke, author of Flash Count Diary. I loved her book and so many[...]
Episode 19: Finding your true voice with Hattie Voelcker
Hattie Voelcker went from being a barrister to retraining as a performance coach, working particularly with singers. She's so wise[...]
Episode 18: Professional bodybuilder at 48 – Amy Sutter
Amy Sutter, aka Sutter Girl, achieved her dream of being a professional body builder at the tender age of 48![...]
Episode 17: Rethinking menopause and HRT with Professor Joyce Harper
Meet the very fabulous Professor Joyce Harper, professor of Reproductive Science at the Institute for Women’s Health, University College London.[...]
Episode 16: Embracing the midlife pivot with Valerie Albarda
Meet the incredibly inspiring Valerie Albarda, founder of Midlife-A-Go-Go and podcast host.  She's on a mission to inspire women in[...]
Episode 15: Reinvention through acupuncture with Elizabeth Temperley-Shell
Meet the very lovely and straight-forward Elizabeth Temperley-Shell who went from working in corporate design to retraining as an acupuncturist.[...]
Episode 14: Fighting fashion ageism with the-Bias-Cut founder Jacynth Bassett
Meet Jacynth Bassett, the founder of fabulous online fashion boutique, the-Bias-Cut, and an avid anti-ageism activist. She's also still in[...]
Episode 13: Thriving after divorce with Rosetta Magdalen
Rosetta Magdalen is the Dynamic Divorcée. After her own devastating divorce she's dedicated her life to helping other women move[...]
Episode 12: Giggling about incontinence with Elaine Miller, Gusset Grippers
Elaine Miller is a pelvic health physiotherapist and stand up comedian. She's on a mission to end incontinence through raising[...]
Episode 11: Fighting invisibility with Jane Evans
Jane Evans is the founder of the Uninvisibility Project and campaigning to end the invisibility that hits women as we[...]
Episode 10: Ending ageism with Ashton Applewhite
Ashton Applewhite is an author, speaker and anti-ageism activist. Rachel discovered her work about three years ago and has been[...]
Episode 9: First time modelling in your 40s with Rachel Peru
Meet the very lovely Rachel Peru who's gone from nursery school teacher to successful curve and silver-haired model in her[...]
Episode 8: Staying fit and healthy long term with Lisa Swanson
An interview with Lisa Swanson, a certified health and nutrition coach, and personal trainer. She's focused on helping women in[...]
Episode 7: Travelling solo with Deborah Ives
An interview with Deborah Ives, the solo traveler behind the travel blog, Solo in Style, who's passionate about helping women,[...]
Episode 6: Changing midlife stereotypes with Kwavi Agbeyegbe
Meet midlife lifestyle coach, Kwavi Agbeyegbe, who specializes in helping women embrace midlife. She's as passionate about changing negative midlife[...]
Episode 5: Walking the world with Melissa Talago
In this episode I talk to Melissa Talago, brand storyteller and public relations wiz about her marvelous midlife adventure, setting[...]
Episode 4: Rediscovering joy after infertility with Jody Day
Meet Jody Day, founder of Gateway Women, the global friendship and support network for childless women. She’s passionate about helping women[...]
Episode 3: Getting active and happy with Jo Moseley
Meet multi-passionate, active lifestyle enthusiast Jo Moseley who, amongst many other things, is the founder of the blog Healthy Happy[...]
Episode 2: Following a digital dream with Jen Lehner
An interview with Jen Lehner, stay at home mom turned digital marketing strategist and college professor. She's the founder of[...]
Episode 1: The secrets of alternative ageing with Suzi Grant
Oh how I love this woman, the amazing Suzi Grant. I can't think of a better woman to inspire us[...]
I'm Rachel Lankester, the host of the Magnificent Midlife podcast. In this trailer I give you a taste of what[...]

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