The Midlife Movement

The Midlife Movement
For women who want to make the most of life after 45 - whatever that means to you! I’m Jo Blackwell and this podcast is part of my business, The Midlife Movement. We make the midlife transition easier through support and community & via the fabulous courses & resources, delivered by hand picked coaches. It’s about so much more than menopause, though, of course, we deal with that too! Our aim is to help as many women as possible see the opportunity rather than the crisis in midlife! Original Music:

Stop Dieting and Start Living! With Carol May
Feb 13 • 25 min
Carol and I talk about body confidence, the fruitlessness of diets and how to empower ourselves in midlife. Find out more about Carol and her body positivity programmes.
Making a Wellbeing Space at Home with Shiree Segerstrom
Feb 6 • 20 min
Designer, Writer and Wellness devotee, Shiree Segerstrom shares her love of home design and her tips for creating space for self care. Find out more about Shiree’s work on her website and her “Joy of Nesting” blog.
Adrenal Fatigue with Dr Sharzad Green
Jan 30 • 20 min
There are many reasons for chronic exhaustion. Dr Green talks to me about how we can support the function of our adrenal glands. Dr Green can be contacted by email: [email protected] The book she mentions, by Dr James Wilson, can be purchased on…
“Me and my Menopausal Vagina” - with author Jane Lewis
Jan 23 • 29 min
Jane Lewis campaigns to educate and inform about women’s vaginal health post-menopause, a hugely important subject that needs to lose its taboo status. In this episode, Jane explains the importance of knowing what is normal and what to do if you notice…
Healthy Ageing with Phillipa Taylor
Jan 16 • 15 min
Philippa talks about the role of oxidation in the ageing process and how we can “bio hack” our bodies with nutrigenomics.
Weight Loss Mindset with Clair Mackenzie
Jan 9 • 22 min
Clair is a Weight Loss Mindset Coach - helping women get to the root cause of over eating. In this episode, Clair shares her own story with us and sheds a little light on why we overeat. “I help women in midlife learn how to love their relationship with…
Intuitive Astrology and Coaching with Laurel O’Sullivan
Jan 2 • 29 min
In this episode, Laurel O’Sullivan shares with us how she uses astrology to help her clients navigate change. A former Lawyer, Laurel calls herself a “soulful pragmatist”. You can find out more about her work here:
Christmas Memories - with Sally Christie and Caroline Lane
Dec 19, 2019 • 29 min
For this week-before-Christmas podcast, I asked my sisters, Sally and Caroline, to chat with me about memories of our childhood Christmases in the sixties and seventies. Wishing you the kind of Christmas that makes your heart happy. x
Recovery from Chronic Illness with Elizabeth Gordon
Dec 12, 2019 • 24 min
Elizabeth tells us how she recovered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome step by small, consistent step. By putting self care first, she is able to manage her condition and live a life more aligned to her values, something she now tea he’s other women as the…
Where did my Libido go? with Dr Sharzad Green
Dec 5, 2019 • 26 min
Consulting Pharmacist, Dr Green and I talk frankly about the fluctuations in sex drive we can all experience, and what can be done to help when our libido leaves the building. I must confess, I come from a background where we didn’t even have proper names…
Alternative Ageing with Suzi Grant
Nov 28, 2019 • 28 min
Author, Broadcaster and Blogger, Suzi Grant is embracing the third age of her life and living it to the full! In this broadcast, Suzi describes how, after a successful and glamourous TV career, retirement was never really on the cards - she has too much…
Recovery from Stress and Burnout with Jane Durston
Nov 21, 2019 • 17 min
Retired doctor, Jane Durston shares her own experience of workplace stress and depression and how she now helps others recognise and recover from burnout. Find out more about Jane and the services she offers on her website.
Surviving Widowhood with Jan Warren
Nov 14, 2019 • 38 min
Jan describes how she has navigated losing her husband, David, to Motor Neurone Disease. She now works as a Trustee for the Motor Neurone Association, using her knowledge and experience to help others going through the same ordeal.
Developing your Career after Redundancy with Anne Gould
Nov 7, 2019 • 24 min
Like many midlife women, Anne has turned what might have been a crisis into a huge opportunity. Redundancy has given her the chance to develop the work she loves - helping busy owners to “master the digital maze”!
Opening your Heart to Self Acceptance. with Caroline Palmy
Oct 31, 2019 • 25 min
Author, Speaker and Healer, Caroline Palmy, talks to Jo about her emotional journey to self acceptance, and how learning to love and care for ourselves can free us to live our most fulfilled life yet. You can find out more about Caroline and her work on…
Campaigning for Fair Pensions for Women in the UK, with Carol May
Oct 24, 2019 • 33 min
The Back to 60 Campaign recently took the UK Government to court over the decision to raise the pension age for women born in the 50s and 60s. At the time of this conversation, the case was in judicial review. The Supreme Court ultimately ruled for the…
From Worrier to Warrior with Vanessa Wallace
Oct 17, 2019 • 19 min
Psychotherapist, Vanessa Wallace, introduces the course she has put into The Mid-life Movement Membership called “From Worrier to Warrior”. Find out more about Vanessa’s Anxiety and Depression Recovery Retreats.
Starting a Business when you’re over 50 with Colleen Kochannek
Oct 10, 2019 • 19 min
Have you ever considered self employment? After being made redundant at 48, Colleen leapt into entrepreneurship and onto the roller coaster of self employment. Realising that what she learned could help other women, she launched “Scrappy Frontier” where…
Our Changing Faces with Lucy Boulter & Jane McCourt
Oct 3, 2019 • 19 min
On 24th September, The Midlife Movement was featured on The BBC Regional Evening News. Specifically, the. Portrait Project, Face it, Own it! was the subject of the segment. This Project aims to show the natural beauty of women 40 plus - without make-up.…
What are we putting on our skin? With Sara Austin
Sep 26, 2019 • 17 min
Teacher, Sara Austin, talks about how her teenage daughter’s growing interest in skincare and make up inspired her to start researching into the effects of toxic products on ourselves and the environment. Sara can be contacted via her Tropic website. The…
Why we need to move more in midlife, with Sam Palmer
Sep 19, 2019 • 23 min
Health Expert, Sam Palmer explains why, in Midlife, Exercise is less about gaining flat belly and more about mortality. Sam has just opened the doors to her new, 6 month programme, “Midlife Makeover” - check it out here: The…
Empty Nest with Julie Winzar
Sep 12, 2019 • 17 min
Midlife Movement Member, Julie Winzar, talked to me about how she dealt with her son leaving home for University and how she is starting to re-feather to her empty nest. The Midlife Movement helps women figure out what’s next in midlife. Join us in the…
“Wardrobe Wow”: Introducing the Midlife Movement Contributors: Stylist, Sarah Gray
Sep 5, 2019 • 25 min
In this conversation which took place during The Midlife Movement Membership launch week, I ask Sarah, what is style? Plus she tells us about her “Wardrobe Wow” - a course created especially for The Midlife Movement. To find out…
Roar! (Or 20,000 words). A Short Story
Aug 28, 2019 • 16 min
This short story is dedicated to all my midlife sisters who feel unheard. Enjoy! If you are a reader rather than a listener, you can read this story on the blog. The Midlife Movement helps women figure out what’s next in midlife. Join us in the membership…
BBC Radio Northampton - The Helen Blaby Show
Aug 22, 2019 • 11 min
Helen Blaby on BBC Radio Northampton was lovely and an excellent host. She’s going through the dreaded flushes herself at the moment so she was keen to talk about peri-menopause. The Midlife Movement helps women figure out what’s next in midlife. Join us…
7 Things I Learned at 50
Aug 20, 2019 • 4 min
A quick, tongue-in-cheek round up for the life lessons I learned at 50. What did you realise for the first time at 50? This article originally appeared in Female First on 2nd July 2019. The Midlife Movement helps women figure out what’s next in midlife.…
Freedom from Emotional Eating with Chinmayi Dore
Aug 15, 2019 • 23 min
Coach and Bestselling author, Chinmayi Dore, talks to us about emotional and binge eating and how she helps women find freedom from the destructive cycle of yo-yo dieting through her “Body Magic” Programs. Chinmayi’s “Beat the Binge” course will soon be…
Letter to my Younger Self
Aug 13, 2019 • 4 min
A 5 minute listen, no guest, just. me reading a letter I wrote to my younger self. What would you write? You can find this and other letters in my book, Oh Crap - I’m 50! A Journey from Fearful to Fabulous (Sometimes) Available on Amazon The Midlife…
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy with Kerry Sheldon-Jones
Aug 8, 2019 • 28 min
Kerry Sheldon-Jones is the Director of The Equilibrium Clinic in Shropshire, a private practice offering Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). In this episode, she describes some of the more troublesome side effects of the peri-menopause and…
Menopause in the Workplace with Julie Dennis
Aug 6, 2019 • 16 min
Julie Dennis is a Menopause at work Trainer, delivering workshops and training solutions to women, managers and the workforce as a whole. Symptoms of the Peri-Menopause such as brain fog, causing difficulties with concentration and…
Breathe. Introducing the Contributors - Dawn Wright
Aug 1, 2019 • 17 min
Dawn talks to Jo about how working with our breath can help us to feel less anxious and more alive. At 10.36 she takes us through a quick and simple breathing exercise that can be used at any time to help regain calm. (Don’t listen whilst driving!)…
Career Change in Midlife with Susan Royle
Jul 30, 2019 • 15 min
Susan Royle moved away from her successful career in the city after a gradual realisation that life in the corporate world was no longer fulfilling for her. In this episode, Sue describes how she made the leap into self employment and why she is now…
Singing for health through the whole of life with Sophie Garner
Jul 27, 2019 • 31 min
Singer and Singing Coach, Sophie Garner, popped along to share her philosophy on the therapeutic value of singing. Talking about her work with brain injury and her Masters Degree studies, she explains why we should sing with our loved ones if they have…
Interview with The Badass Women’s Hour at TalkRADIO
Jul 25, 2019 • 15 min
Listen as I beard the lionesses den on the Badass Women’s Hour on TalkRADIO! I was thrown at the start when they announced that I’d written “the definitive book on coping with a modern midlife crisis” - I haven’t, though now I feel I ought to! And I was…
Stress less: Introducing the Midlife Movement Contributors: Vivienne Joy
Jul 22, 2019 • 19 min
Introducing the Contributors - Transformational Mindset Coach, Vivienne Joy. Vivienne is a Motivational Influencer, helping stuck or start-up Business Owners, Executives & Teams to get ‘un-stuck’. She provides mentoring, public…
Ageless Style with Lisa Newport
Jul 22, 2019 • 28 min
Style Coach, Lisa Newport, talks to Jo about why fashion is fleeting, but style is ageless, and about her approach to “comfydence”! You can find out more about Lisa and her services on her website: Lisa Newport The Midlife Movement helps women figure out…
Happy and Sober - “Grey Area” drinking with Jojo Bailey
Jul 22, 2019 • 18 min
Jojo is celebrating her 6th year of sobriety. She had a wake-up call at 53 after suffering a stroke but remained in denial about her dependency on alcohol. Being reunited with her sister after 34 years was a life changing intervention. She finally…