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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 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 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 145: Leaning into midlife, solo with Rachel

A solo podcast from Rachel with more midlife musing on life, the universe and everything in between! Let’s lean into midlife and our wisdom years!

She talks about:

  • The new BSI Menstruation and Menopause in the Workplace Guide launch with Mariella Fostrup
  • How we need a revolution in how women especially older ones are viewed in the world
  • The inaugural MenoClarity Live summit in September
  • Out and about talking about midlife and menopause
  • The podcast season so far
  • One year off the booze!
  • How we only make change when we decide to

And more!

[The BSI Guide] Menstruation, Menstrual Health And Menopause In The Workplace

[Register Here] MenoClarity Live: Menopause Without The Hype | Friday 29th September 2023 | 9.30-17.00 UK Time

Time Magazine: Now’s The Time To Bring Up Menopause At Work

100 Days Without Alcohol

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Caring For Older Parents With Liz O’Donnell

Liz O’Donnell is the founder of Working Daughter, a community supporting people caring for loved ones and especially older parents.

What Happens When You Mix Menopause And Alcohol?

We may like a drink, but is menopause and alcohol good for us or a mix to be avoided? Here are some things to consider.

Emotional Eating And Drinking With Vicky Midwood

Vicky Midwood talks about disordered eating or drinking, and understanding the impact past behavior can have on us in midlife.

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Episode 137: Being wiser about menopause with Tania Elfersy

Tania Elfersy

Tania Elfersy is a transformative coach, speaker and award-winning author, specializing in midlife women’s health. She’s spent years researching what causes and what can relieve symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause and became free of her own physical and emotional symptoms naturally and simply. Rachel quoted her extensively in her own book. Tania set up The Wiser Woman project in 2015 to help women transform their experience of midlife change. She’s the author of a brilliant new book, The Wiser Woman’s Guide To Perimenopause and Menopause.

We talk about:

  • What lead Tania to the work she does
  • How the body doesn’t malfunction suddenly in midlife
  • The innate brilliance of the body and what that means for menopause symptoms
  • The difference between how we respond to issues in pregnancy and menopause
  • The importance of focusing on the emotional and spiritual side of the midlife journey
  • The insight that allowed Tania to free herself from her own menopause symptoms
  • The interplay between Mind, Thought and Consciousness
  • Tania’s concerns about the narrative in the UK
  • Difference between the UK menopause narrative and North America
  • How women can best help themselves during midlife change
  • Tania’s thoughts on the Davina McCall documentary Sex, Mind and the Menopause

And more!

You can read a full transcription of this podcast here.

You can find out more about Tania:

Tania’s website: thewiserwoman.com

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Tania’s book: The Wiser Woman’s Guide To Perimenopause and Menopause

Additional Resources:

14 of Tania Elfersy podcasts interviews

Calm after the storm: perimenopause, menopause, the brain, HRT, dementia and Alzheimer’s

Menopause in the workplace: a podcast and call to action!

Davina McCall: sex, myths and the menopause

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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: 

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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 128: How to be a glorious broad with Maryjane Fahey

Maryjane Fahey

Photo by: Christopher Scalzi/Distilled Studios 

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 126: Midlife musing solo with Rachel

A solo episode with Rachel, musing about midlife and what’s been happening in her world.

She talks about:

  • How difficult it can be when we have to pivot in how we interact with our older loved ones
  • The beginning of her journey into studying Gerontology
  • What successful aging really means/ looks like
  • Finding strategies to cope with loss as we age
  • The importance of thinking creatively about how people age
  • Enabling people to age as they want to age
  • Dodgy menopause data
  • Challenging narratives
  • Recent podcasts
  • Learning from adversity
  • How to create magnificence in midlife and beyond
  • What you can access at magnificentmidlife.com

And more!


Rachel’s message on World Menopause Day on Instagram – Happy World Menopause Day! I’m having a rant!

Rachel’s research about the 900,000 women have left work figure.

Rachel’s interview with DiverCity podcast: Focus on the menopause and reframing the narrative

Revitalize Self Study

Order the ebook or audiobook (narrated by Rachel) versions of Rachel’s book, Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause And Beyond at magnificentmidlife.com/book

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Episode 123: How to find your soul mate with Katie Phillips

Katie Philips

Do you dream of finding your soul mate? Do you think it will be just too difficult in midlife? Listen in to Katie Phillips to find out how to call in your person. Katie is the founder of The School of Self Love. She’s a Women’s Empowerment Coach, Love & Dating Mentor and author of ‘The Self Love Affair – A Woman’s Guide To A Daring & Mighty Life’. Her passion and expertise is inspiring midlifers that they can create a life they love and call in the love of their life without burn-out or guilt!

We talk about:

  • What inspired Katie to help women call in their soul mate
  • What life experience led Katie to what she does
  • Why self-love is important when it comes to dating
  • The secrets to calling in a soul mate
  • The blocks women put in front of themselves
  • How women can get better at finding their soul mate
  • The self-sabotaging beliefs women have
  • How to make a success of online dating
  • How to stay motivated when it comes to finding your soul mate

And more!

Find out more about Katie:

Katie’s websites: daringandmighty.com | theschoolofself.love 

Katie’s book: The Self-Love Affair: A Woman’s Guide To A Daring & Mighty Life

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Join Katie’s ‘MEET YOUR SOUL MATE EXPERIENCE’

FREE 5-day challenge reveals how midlife single women can boost self-confidence, self-trust, and self-worth TO ATTRACT YOUR SOUL MATE by taking you on an empowering inner journey.

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