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Episode 168: DNA surprises, identity, healing and growth with Maria Leonard Olsen

Maria Leonard Olsen

This is such a fascinating podcast! Maria Leonard Olsen is a lawyer, an author, a TEDx speaker, and a mentor to women in recovery. She wrote 50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life and is host of the Becoming Your Best Version podcast. She’s had a very full and fascinating life – so far. She has so many enthralling stories to share.

We talk about:

  • Maria’s background and passion for travel
  • Exploring other cultures and overcoming historical prejudices
  • The power of continuous growth and trying new things
  • Racial prejudice and mixed heritage identity
  • Unveiling family secrets: Maria’s DNA test surprise
  • Navigating the legal and emotional implications of misattributed parentage
  • Connecting with a previously unknown biological parent
  • Grappling with changed heritage and identity
  • Maria’s difficult journey to sobriety
  • Breaking the silence on sexual assault
  • The importance of self-care in midlife
  • What somatic healing means to Maria
  • Lifelong learning

And more!

Maria’s website: www.marialeonardolsen.com

Book: 50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life

Podcast: Becoming Your Best Version

TEDx Talk: Turning Life’s Challenges Into a Force for Good

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Other resources mentioned:

Remote Year (Travel group)

23andMe: DNA Genetic Testing For Health, Ancestry And More

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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 in the desert by Somali land pirates, and her dramatic rescue by US Navy SEAL Team VI.

Pole dancing over 50 with Makeda Smith

Makeda Smith is a celebrity publicist, pole and exotic dancer. She began her pole and aerial training at the age of 50 and created her own exotic dance brand called FlyingOver50.

The joy of adventure with Alice Morrison

Alice Morrison is an adventurer. She’s the Indiana Jones for girls. She’s done so many things that would test anyone’s endurance. The Marathon des Sables, the Tour d’Afrique, she was the first woman to walk the full length of the Draa River in Morocco where she lives.

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Episode 166: Writing about Jewish culture with Lynne Golodner

Lynne Golodner is a novelist writing about strong Jewish women and Jewish culture. She shares her background and journey as a writer, her focus on writing about Orthodox Jewish life, and the challenges and research involved. Lynne recently set up her own independent publishing house for women over 40 with strong voices that need to be heard. Her first novel, Woman of Valor, joins two poetry collections and six nonfiction books, including Hide and Seek: Jewish Women and Hair Covering and The Flavors of Faith: Holy Breads. This is a fascinating dive into an often hidden culture.

We talk about:

  • How Lynne became a writer
  • Writing about compelling Jewish characters
  • Educating others about Jewish culture
  • The role of food in Jewish culture
  • The significance of hair covering in Jewish culture
  • Becoming religious and then leaving Orthodoxy
  • Career pivots and founding a publishing house
  • Differences in perceptions of older women across cultures
  • Benefits of self-publishing and challenges in the publishing industry
  • Lessons learned in midlife

And more!

Lynne’s website: lynnegolodner.com

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Podcast: The Make Meaning Podcast

Mentioned in the interview: Beattie Deutsch | @marathonmother

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Maturing into hagitude with Dr Sharon Blackie

Dr Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer, psychologist and mythologist, and the author of Hagitude: Reimagining The Second Half Of Life.

Choosing to live in the Arctic with Laura Galloway

Meet Laura Galloway author of Dalvi: Six Years in the Arctic Tundra, a heart-rending memoir and a love letter to the landscape.

Making the most of your heart beats with Julie Owen Moylan

Julie Owen Moylan is the author of That Green Eyed Girl and 73 Dove Street. We talk about life, writing, ageing, authenticity and lots more!

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Episode 165: Midlife update, solo with Rachel

Rachel Lankester

A midlife update from Rachel on what’s been happening lately and what’s coming up for her as we move towards summer. 

She talks about:

  • Cherishing loved ones and coping with grief
  • Recent podcast episodes
    • Being a veteran
    • Black menopause and staying curious
    • Staying strong and healing
    • Embodied experience of postmenopause
    • Discovering the joy of volunteering
    • Finding what works in midlife
    • The power of herbs
  • Questioning big claims about hormone therapy and future health
  • The Mind Body Spirit Festival (London) and Everywoman Festival (Cardiff)
  • Poverty in later life being a gendered issue
  • The growing concern of digital exclusion

And more!

Mentioned in the podcast:


Let’s Focus On Known Facts About HRT | MenoClarity IG

Jean Hailes research

Everywoman Festival | Mind Body Spirit Festival

This podcast is dedicated to Rachel’s friend Uwe Mathon

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The embodied experience of postmenopause with Stella Duffy

Talking to writer and psychotherapist Stella Duffy about her PhD on postmenopause and the impact of gendered ageism on women’s third act.

Staying strong and healing well with Dr Kristie Ennis

Dr Kristie Ennis wants to empower people to do more than they think they can and realize they are stronger than they think.

The power of herbs for menopause with Hannah Charman

Hannah Charman is a medical herbalist specializing in helping women who prefer a natural route through menopause.

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Episode 150: Finding the true truth with Ann Marie McQueen

Celebrating episode 150 of the podcast with a very special guest. Ann Marie McQueen is a journalist on the world stage, focused on menopause and on a mission to cut through misleading narratives and dodgy data. She founded HotFlash Inc in 2020 to cover the latest clinical studies, treatments, products, guidance and more via a weekly research letter, podcast and across social media. She’s also one of the founder members of MenoClarity.

We talk about:

  • Why and how menopause became Ann Marie’s focus
  • Living in the Middle East as a Canadian expat
  • Cultural differences around menopause narratives
  • What annoys and concerns her about how menopause is portrayed
  • Issues around the impact of social media on menopause narratives
  • The oversimplification of menopause messages
  • Ann Marie’s struggles with ill health and separating that out from hormonal change
  • The impact of belief systems and trauma on menopause
  • The impact of early parental bereavement
  • How her view of menopause has changed
  • Understanding research and what it’s really saying
  • Being sceptical about big promises that make people money
  • Menopause narratives that don’t empower women
  • Menopause as a hero’s journey

And more!

Anne Marie’s website: hotflashinc.com

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Podcast: The Hotflash inc podcast

Resources mentioned:

Hotflash inc episode 73: I had a good mother

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Being wiser about menopause with Tania Elfersy

Tania Elfersy talks about how we can be wiser about the menopause transition, so we suffer less and feel its power more.

How To Manage Menopause Without HRT

It is perfectly possible to manage menopause without HRT. Diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes can all have an enormous impact.

Normalizing menopause with Prof Martha Hickey

An important conversation with Professor Martha Hickey about normalizing menopause. It may be difficult for some, but is completely normal.

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Episode 149: Creating a career you love with Carolyn Parry

Carolyn Parry is the founder of Career Alchemy, helping early-stage and established professionals escape from a job they hate and create a career they love, on purpose.

She’s an award-winning career coach, a TEDx speaker and host of the Change Your Story podcast. She is the President of the Career Development Institute and based in Wales.

We talk about:

  • Carolyn’s own career crisis
  • Knowing what you don’t want is as important as knowing what you want.
  • The emotional labor that women do in the office
  • How technology has changed the workplace
  • Why women have an advantage over men
  • The importance of investing in yourself
  • The three types of people you find at work
  • The choice of what story to write
  • How to reconnect with what really matters
  • The impact of imposter syndrome
  • Maintaining a sense of purpose is important for mental health
  • Finding the courage to change track
  • How to pivot into a new industry
  • Exploring ways to do life differently
  • How to become a non-exec director
  • How to get involved in your community

And more!

Carolyn’s website: careeralchemy.co.uk

Podcast: Change Your Story

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Resources mentioned:

Thinking, Fast and Slow | Citizens’ Advice Bureau

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Making The Most Of Midlife With Karen Skidmore

Talking to consultant Karen Skidmore about the shifts we need to make in midlife so we make the very most of this transformational time.

How To Prepare For A Midlife Change Of Career

Changing career in midlife might be scary but it’s not impossible. Here are top tips for how to go about a midlife career change.

Turning Midlife Into Prime Time With Juju Hook

Juju Hook, author of Hot Flashes, Carpools, and Dirty Martinis, tells us how to get out of our own way when trying to make change in midlife.

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Episode 136: Midlife update, solo with Rachel

Rachel’s back with a solo update on what’s been happening in her world and the exciting launch of MenoClarity.

She talks about:

  • An update on her mum post breaking her hip
  • Adapting to a new way of living
  • The fluctuation of mental capacity
  • Digital exclusion and Internet upgrade issues
  • Levels of customer service for older people and how those need to change
  • The wonders of the Amazon Alexa Show
  • Her trip to the Philippines
  • Working remotely and more wonders of technology
  • Setting up MenoClarity – who the team is and their aims
  • Creating unbiased balance when it comes to menopause
  • Stopping the climate of fear and creating better narratives for all women especially young ones
  • Questioning the over promotion of hormone therapy and especially as a preventative medicine
  • The original source of the menopause as a hormone deficiency narrative – the 1966 book Feminine Forever, financed by HRT manufacturers
  • How the women in the Blue Zones do not owe their long healthful lives to hormone therapy
  • Use of the phrase medical gaslighting to shut down discussion
  • International Women’s Day and what older women need to thrive
  • Equity versus equality

And more!

Resources mentioned:

Amazon Alexa Show

MenoClarity

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Episode 135: Living the dream in the desert with Sam Walker (Re-Release)

Sam Walker

Sam Walker started her Sam Walker’s Desert Diaries podcast to document her move from Manchester, UK to Phoenix, Arizona. Sam is a master storyteller, an award-winning radio and TV broadcaster, a multiple podcast producer and presenter, a writer, and a woman who encountered coyotes, snakes and scorpions in the desert. This is such an inspirational gem of a podcast, I just had to re-release it!

We talk about:

  • Why Sam decided to up sticks and move from Manchester to the desert
  • How she pushed through the fear both before making the move and after, given all the issues she has faced
  • Having support when making a big life change
  • Trusting the universe when there are signs along the way
  • The importance of trying to live our dreams no matter how big or small those might be
  • The difficulties and highlights of her life in Arizona
  • The many quirky things about adapting to US life
  • Trying to function in the US without a credit history
  • The delights of the US medical system
  • The beauty and history of US landscapes
  • Whatever brings you joy is what is right for you
  • The importance of following your dreams whatever they are
  • Getting rid of the word should
  • How Sam stays upbeat despite the many setbacks she’s encountered
  • Coping with being away from sick loved ones
  • Coming to terms with gun culture
  • Realising her white privilege when things got really tough
  • Being grateful for the basics

And lots more!

You can find out more about Sam: 

FacebookInstagram | Twitter

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Episode 133: Making the most of your heart beats with Julie Owen Moylan (Re-Release)

Julie Owen Moylan

I interview Makeda Smith, celebrity publicist, pole and exotic dancer. She began her pole and aerial training at the age of 50 and created her own exotic dance brand called FlyingOver50. She’s over 60 now and still pole-dancing!

We talk about:
• How Makeda came to start pole dancing at age 50
• How pole dancing changed her life
• Why sexy never gets old
• The Everybody Visible movement on social media
• How women in midlife and beyond can stay feeling sexy
• How to get over the fear of injury when staying active as we age
• Taking the fear out of the pole aspect of what Makeda does
• Cultural differences in responses to older women being sexy
• Balancing PR and pole dancing
• Those very high shoes Makeda wears
• Adapting to classes in a Covid world
• Awakening the sleeping goddess in all of us

And more!

Find out more about Makeda:

Makeda’s websites: flyingover50.com and jazzmynepr.com

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Episode 130: Revolutionizing ageing for women with Dr Amanda Hanson

Amanda Hanson

Dr Amanda Hanson is on a mission to revolutionize how women age and how society feels about older women. She believes midlife should be a time of power and joy, rather than crisis. She’s a clinical psychologist and coach. She’s the high profile Midlife Muse on social media.

We talk about:

  • Recognizing and fighting the narratives about women and age
  • The role of misogyny
  • Breaking free of society’s expectations for older women
  • Lessons from going grey as a woman
  • The work of Mama Gema
  • How we can be all the things as we age – we don’t trade sensuality for wisdom, for example
  • Stepping out of fear when it comes to ageing
  • Going viral on TikTok
  • How perceptions shape our reality
  • Moving to a sense of abundance about ourselves
  • Choosing to age differently to what we see as the norm
  • A radical approach to changing the narrative about women’s reproductive rights
  • Women taking care of their own sexual needs
  • Refusing to be a victim even though it’s easy to do that
  • Taking radical responsibility
  • Building a plan for the menopause transition
  • Staying curious and proactive about menopause
  • The power of the feminine
  • Finding your tribe of women and opening up conversations

And more!

Find more about Amanda:

Amanda’s website: amandahanson.com

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Episode 128: How to be a glorious broad with Maryjane Fahey

Maryjane Fahey

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Maryjane Fahey is a creative director, writer, storyteller, published author, and founder of Glorious Broads. Her mission is to inspire older women to live full authentic lives with no limitations. And younger women to live free of fear of getting older. This is a funny and inspiring conversation about how to be a glorious broad!

We talk about:

  • Ageism and how it impacts healthcare
  • The insidious intersection of sexism and ageism
  • Giving women great examples of older women
  • Finding glorious broads around New York
  • Reducing the fear around ageing
  • Deciding to go grey
  • The power of acceptance
  • Reinventing ourselves multiple times
  • Doing the work to enable an authentic, limitless life
  • Enjoying great sex as we age
  • The other great things that come with age

And more!

Find out more about Maryjane:

Maryjane’s website: gloriousbroads.com

Instagram | Facebook

Book mentioned in the interview: Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Can Cultivate Desire

In the podcast, Maryjane makes reference to a TV show called “Better Things” which is available in the UK on BBC iPlayer.

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Episode 120: Finding your true voice with Hattie Voelcker (Re-Release)

Hattie Voelcker went from being a barrister to retraining as a performance coach, working particularly with singers. She’s so wise and inspiring! And great fun too. 

We talk about:

  • Why Hattie made the change from barrister to performance coach
  • The similarities between the two professions
  • The beauty of transferable skills
  • The power of understanding people’s wants, needs and vulnerabilities
  • How being a family law barrister helps her coaching practice now
  • Moving from a very high-powered career to a new and different role
  • How people of all levels suffer from impostor syndrome
  • How the real fear we feel when stepping forward is looking stupid, both for men and women
  • How our desire for perfection can hold us back
  • Vulnerability and courage as two sides of the same coin
  • Empathy starts with ourselves
  • How it’s OK, in fact, normal, to be nervous when stepping forward
  • It’s fine to be just OK and to be you, and in that is perfection
  • Life is an infinite series of nows
  • How fun is vital to life
  • The importance of pausing in midlife
  • SMOG, WELL and WISE words
  • Getting rid of the word should from our vocabulary!

And more!

Find out more about Hattie:

Hattie’s website: FindYourTrueVoice.co.uk

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Other information mentioned in this episode:

Brene Brown

SMOG words – should, must, ought, got (also have to and need to)

WELL words – want, enjoy, like, love

WISE words – wise, important, sensible, effective

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