Middle Aged Womens Stuff: Making the Most of Midlife

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Menopause,Marriage and Motherhood

Boys Need Rules

I’m going to talk today about the big topic of motherhood. I’ve been online for about three and a half or so years now. And I generally avoid the topic of motherhood, and particularly the parenting side of motherhood. I’ll talk about the things that have happened with my children. But I don’t like giving …

Menopause, Marriage and Motherhood

When Your Child Is Diagnosed With Cancer

When I started this podcast, one of the things I wanted to do was chat to my friends so they could share their stories. I love listening to people’s stories and I’m always left feeling deep respect for the things they’ve dealt with in their lives and the way they’ve dealt with them. Jo Dolan, …

Menopause, Marriage and Motherhood Podcast Ep 8

Depression, Sleep, and the Need to be Social

Podcast Episode 9 It’s well known that insomnia can lead to depression and anxiety and vice versa, but there are a few things about sleep that I’ve discovered recently, along with the impact that social isolation can have on our mental & emotional state. Listen to the latest episode here: DON’T MISS AN EPISODE! CLICK …

Menopause, Marriage and Motherhood

Should You Have To Parent Your Partner?

I got asked an interesting question: would I expect to have to parent my partner? I have strong opinions about this aspect of Australian culture that’s always been a source of irritation for me. Plus Part 2 of my learnings and experience during the amazing Persistent Pain Management Program that I’m lucky to be a …

Menopause, Marriage and Motherhood

Persistent Pain Management

Podcast Episode 7 Persistent and chronic pain is something that a large number of women live with from a variety of causes: migraines, fibromyalgia (Lady Gaga is a sufferer), cancer, arthritis, or, in my case, pelvic mesh that has gone horribly wrong. What I’ve come to realise is that persistent pain is very much a …

Menopause, Marriage and Motherhood

Are you acting like the adult or is your kid in charge?

I just found this article, and, to me, it’s spot on. I’ve had several conversations with friends who have younger children who’ve commented that the parents telling the children what to do is “old fashioned” and that parents these days “discuss” things with their children. There’s nothing wrong with discussion, I always explained what and …

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Losing a child – with Deborah Ann Corbin

This wasn’t a planned conversation. Deborah and I had planned to talk about something completely different, but the death of Kobe Bryant just a few hours before our chat brought all the emotions and grief back with a vengeance. Deborah’s son, Graham, died a few days before Christmas in 2017. He was in a different …

French Chic with Marie-Anne LeCoeur

There aren’t many people who are willing to even consider chasing their dreams, particularly not when it entails giving up your sole stable source of income, but Marie-Anne did exactly that.   “You only live once, Ka-REN” (say in a strong French accent) “And, like most people, I felt like I had a book in …

Woop Woop!

“Hmm, where’s Karen got to? I haven’t heard or seen her online for months. Maybe she’s given up on the whole blogging thing?” I’m sure HEAPS of people have been saying EXACTLY that, I’m sure of it. I’ve been busy doing new stuff, in particular, learning how to podcast, and today’s the big day, the …

Episode 2 - Choose How Your Day Goes

When Life Doesn’t Go To Plan

When we get up in the morning, most of the time, we don’t even think about what’s going to happen in the day ahead. We don’t know, we can’t see the future, so we’ll just deal with it as it happens, right? When we get out of bed and get on with the day, life …

Podcast Episode 1: Welcome to Midlife

This inaugural Episode is where I give you a bit of background about me, my life, my family, the whole getting rich thing, real estate adventures, what happened when midlife hit and why I started blogging and now podcasting.   I have to say, this was by far the most difficult and confronting episode to …

I don't think the world should be vegan

NO VEGAN DIET FOR ME

I DO NOT THINK THAT THE WORLD SHOULD CHANGE ITS DIET TO A VEGAN ONE. There. I’ve said it. I’ve come out of the meat eating closet. Anyone who wants to unfriend or unfollow me because they can’t condone my cruelty to animals, go right ahead. I love my animals and I take care of …

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Lucky B***h

Listen to my review here: ***This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link on this blog. I would never recommend a product I don’t use or love myself! You can read the long, boring, legalese disclosure …

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100 S**t Hot Journaling Questions

***This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link on this blog. I would never recommend a product I don’t use or love myself! You can read the long, boring, legalese disclosure here.*** As soon as I …

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Have yourself a Miracle Morning

***This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link on this blog. I would never recommend a product I don’t use or love myself! You can read the long, boring, legalese disclosure here.*** Back in 2016, I …

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I Am A Hot Rock Chick

I found out something interesting yesterday. And I’m not very happy about it. Here I was, sitting back, smugly enjoying the fact that I can completely justify every single resentment that I hold, every grudge, every regret, when someone pointed out that (in the English language at least) we “harbour” them all. We pride ourselves …

Back off, Vegan Warriors!

How can you tell if someone is a vegan? There was a rare but companionable lull in the conversation between my friend and I as we sat having lunch one sunny day. Both of us love people watching and we soaked up the opportunity for a bit of observation, until suddenly she said, “How can …

I Just Don’t Like Music… Apparently

I love it when life presents me with new ideas, new skills to learn, new things. While I might get a bit scared at first, I love strapping on my big boots, picking up my rucksack and heading off into the Great Unknown looking for the Next Big Adventure. Which is why I’m now the …

Australia is big. I mean, really big.

Australia is big. That’s stating the obvious, right, but it’s all very well to know that in an abstract, classroom kind of way; it’s quite a different thing to experience it. Australia is big. The advantages of living in the EU When we lived in the UK, John and I would get in the car, …

(Potentially) Harmful Habits

Out of the blue A couple of months ago, an old friend, Jane, got in touch with me completely out of the blue. In one of the bizarre twist s that life likes to put on us, we discovered that we were both going through pretty much exactly the same things in our lives. The …

The mind blowing angst of trying to pick a name

Laughing at life I rarely take life seriously… That’s a complete lie. I try not to take life seriously but sometimes (quite often), I do take things very seriously as they happen, but when I look back, then I see the hilarity in life. I mean sometimes, yes, I totally get the whole inappropriate giggles …

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A 30 Day Challenge

A 30-Day Challenge As I was moseying through Pinterest today, I came across a post titled “30 Day Challenge – Day 3 – A Picture Of My animals” I assumed that it was a photography challenge. I think I’ve been tagged in a fair few of those and not realised because 1) I don’t read …

How to be playful

Regrets Between you and me, I’m seriously regretting certain of my actions right now. An old friend got in touch with me completely out of the blue and I was so impressed by her energy and attitude to life that, before I knew what was happening, I’d signed up to join her on a personal …

A moral dilemma

Moral dilemma The universe recently presented me with a very interesting moral dilemma. A big one. It’s really, really fascinating to see what went through my head. And, by the way, my kids are going to be mortified when they read this, but that happens sometimes in life, doesn’t it? I don’t want to name …

Switching off Running-On-Adrenaline Mode is quite tricky

I’m avoiding things. I’m not procrastinating, of course not. I’m simply avoiding. I’m doing things that are easier, things that I don’t have to think about, things that involve automatic doing, not things that require me to switch my brain on. Actually, it’s less about switching my brain on, because it’s definitely on, as evidenced …