Entering our forties and fifties is not just a time of physical change, life in general can be in flux too. Midlife is often the stage in which women reflect on the choices they’ve made so far - career, partner, life goals, ambitions, health - and begin to rethink their purpose and values too. What does success look like for them now? Who or what makes them truly happy? Has their relationship run its course? How do they want the next phase of their life to play out? They are also as likely to be caring for elderly parents with the huge responsibility of making decisions about their health and wellbeing, alongside parenting their own teenagers.
As Generation X hit the middle years, they’re tearing up the rule book and reframing society’s expectations of what it is to be a woman right now. Perhaps they’re like TV presenter Anna Richardson, who have moved on from heart-breaking loss, found love where they least expected to, and want to focus on a well-lived and exciting second act. It can be a time to make new and surprising choices.
In life-affirming conversations, guests also reveal the changes they least expected - from writer Caitlin Moran finally falling for yoga, to Sadie Frost relishing her empty nest and taking on new creative projects after raising four children. Having the experience and resilience to adapt to change and being open to new possibilities are a midlife woman’s secret weapons!
Best-selling writer Caitlin Moran chats to Lorraine and Trish about how heading into peri-menopause took her completely by surprise, when she thought she knew everything there was to know about being a woman. Find out how she coped when her daughter battled an eating disorder, why witches are cool and how she finally gave in to yoga...
Lorraine and Trish talk to actress/producer/fashion designer Sadie Frost about her remarkable life - from the heady days of the nineties and the Primrose Hill set, through 30-years of parenting and plans for her next creative chapter. Discover the lessons she's learned along the way and how she built the strength and emotional resilience to pursue a life that's true to who she is.
TV presenter Anna Richardson joins Lorraine and Trish for a rollercoaster ride of riotous laughs and moving moments, as she reveals how she feels to be turning 50, finding love with another woman, the shocking moment she discovered she was infertilie and her tragic family history of depression.
From fear of failure and emotional stress to social pressures and financial strains, Trish and Lorraine explore the symptoms of the new midlife crisis for generation X women with American author Ada Calhoun, whose latest book explores why you’re waking up in the 4am worry zone and what to do about it.
Linda Magistris, former Grange Hill actress and founder of The Good Grief Trust shares her moving and inspirational midlife love story.
In the middle of bringing up children at one end and helping with ageing or sick parents at the other? Welcome to the sandwich generation. Lorraine and Trish talk to Jane Caldwell about the lessons she learned – and the advice she wished she’d had – while caring for her mother Olivia after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.