One small change – lit­tle moves that make a BIG dif­fer­ence

Woman & Home - - Editor's Letter - ED­I­TO­RIAL DI­REC­TOR

AFEW MONTHS AGO WE WERE IN THE OF­FICE DIS­CUSSING THE NEED FOR GUID­ANCE IN OUR MID­DLE YEARS – A ROADMAP TO HELP WOMEN LIKE US FIND A NEW WAY FOR­WARD.

WE ARE SO DIF­FER­ENT TO OUR MOTH­ERS’ GEN­ER­A­TION – THEIR LIVES WERE MAPPED OUT MUCH MORE CLEARLY – AND TO­DAY THERE’S NO SUCH SATNAV. THERE ARE END­LESS POS­SI­BIL­I­TIES, WHICH IS WON­DER­FUL, BUT WITH so MANY ROADS, IT’S DIF­FI­CULT TO KNOW WHICH ONE TO TAKE. THIS MONTH’S BONUS: MIDLIFE WITH­OUT A MAP (P65), WILL HELP YOU FIND A NEW ROUTE

AND FEEL FUL­FILLED. OUR BRIL­LIANT LIFE COACH, CA­ROLE ANN RICE, EX­PLAINS WHY SO MANY OF US EX­PE­RI­ENCE A WOBBLE WHEN WE HIT A MIDLIFE POINT, AND HER FOUR-POINT PLAN IS A GREAT PLACE TO START AD­DRESS­ING THAT.

ONE PER­SON WHO HAS FOUND A NEW DI­REC­TION IS BAR­BARA WIL­SON, A SO­CIAL EN­TRE­PRE­NEUR WHO STARTED WORK­ING WITH CAN­CER, AN OR­GAN­I­SA­TION HELP­ING PEO­PLE WITH CAN­CER BACK TO WORK, WHO I HAD

THE PLEA­SURE OF MEN­TOR­ING. SHE’S

ONE OF THREE WOMEN (P160) WHO HAVE PUT DO­ING GOOD AT THE HEART OF THEIR BUSI­NESS – THEY’RE TRULY IN­SPIR­ING. I DID LOL WHEN I READ NEW GRAND­MOTHER KIM CAR­ILLO’S AC­COUNT OF WHEN SHE AND HER HUS­BAND AGREED TO LOOK AF­TER THEIR NEW GRAND­SON FOR THE NIGHT (P148). FIRST CAME THE IN­STRUC­TIONS, THEN THE EQUIP­MENT

AND THEN THE HOURS SPENT TRY­ING TO AS­SEM­BLE IT. FOR­GET DOWN­SIZ­ING, YOU’LL NEED AN EX­TEN­SION, SHE SAYS! AS A “GAN-GAN” TO TWO ADORABLE GRAND­SONS I EMPATHISE BUT OF COURSE, LIKE HER, WOULDN’T CHANGE IT FOR THE WORLD.

I’M AMAZED AT HOW

MANY WOMEN BE­LONG TO BOOK CLUBS – IN­CLUD­ING MY FRIEND ORLA, WHO HAS BEEN GO­ING TO ONE FOR 25 YEARS! BOOKS ARE THE GLUE THAT STICKS THEM TO­GETHER, BUT THEY SHARE SO MUCH MORE – FIND OUT WHAT ON P54.

IF YOU’RE PART OF A BOOK CLUB, ONE BOOK I CAN THOR­OUGHLY REC­OM­MEND IS OUR BOOKS ED­I­TOR FANNY BLAKE’S NEW NOVEL, Our Sum­mer To­gether. SHE TALKS ABOUT IT ON P198, AND IT’S ABOUT A WOMAN N OF A CER­TAIN AGE WHO IS COAST­ING THROUGH LIFE WITH NO EX­PEC­TA­TIONS. HOW­EVER, A CHANCE MEET­ING SHOWS HER THAT IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

DE­MEN­TIA CAUSES MUCH ANGST AMONGG FAM­I­LIES, AND IT WAS JENNIE PRICE, CEO OF F SPORT ENG­LAND, WHO GAVE ME THE IDEA FOR OUR FEA­TURE, LESSONS WE LEARNED ABOUT DE­MEN­TIA (P60). SHE TOLD ME HOW HARD SHE FOUND IT MAK­ING THE TOUGH DE­CI­SIONS WHEN YOU’RE CAR­ING FOR A PAR­ENT. SO WE ASKED HER AND THREE OTHER WOMEN FOR THE AD­VICE THEY’D

GIVE OTHER FAM­I­LIES. I HOPE YOU FIND IT BOTH MOV­ING AND USE­FUL.

DO YOU FEEL, LIKE ME, THAT

YOU KNOW FIONA BRUCE (SEE P16) BE­CAUSE SHE’S CON­STANTLY IN YOUR HOME, EI­THER READ­ING THE NEWS OR PRE­SENT­ING An­tiques Road­show? FIONA LOOKS FAB­U­LOUS, GLAM­OROUS AND RE­LAXED ON OUR COVER, AND AS SHE SAYS, “I AM THE PER­SON I AM, AND THAT’S ALL RIGHT” – AND I TO­TALLY AGREE WITH HER – ALTHOUGH I’D SAY SHE’S A LOT MORE THAN ALL RIGHT!

“If you’re at a cross­roads, our Bonus will help you find a way for­ward”

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