As I have said many times before, I love podcasts. I listen to all sorts too. Whether it’s a show dedicated to solving real crime mysteries or one intended to expand my knowledge on an exciting topic, I’m an avid listener. But my favorite shows are about creating and growing successful businesses. So, in my quest to add quality shows to my audio library, I thought I’d make a list of the most potent podcasts for you; the businesswoman over 40.
#1 About That with Marga Ortigas – This show is about professional and personal transitions at midlife and beyond. Guests discuss how they have successfully navigated life’s changes.
Favorite episode: Breaking Ground with mental health professional, Darby Latshaw
#2 Your Next Avenue with Richard Eisenberg – This inspiring new podcast focuses on the work and careers of people fifty and over. The show is hosted by the Senior Web Editor of Next Avenue, one of my favorite media websites.
Favorite episode: Finding Meaningful Work with author Shawn Askinosie
#3 AgeWYZ with Jana Panarites – This weekly broadcast deals with the emotional topic of caregiving and provides resources to those struggling to balance work life and the duties of caring for an aging family member. It’s perfect for the businesswoman over 40 who is tending to the needs of elderly parents.
Favorite episode: The Legacy with caretaker Maggie McClane
#4 The Second Act with Benita Adams – This one isn’t actually a podcast. You can listen to Benita’s radio show or watch her on TV or catch episodes on YouTube. Either way, you’ll be entertained by her stories and interviews with reinvention experts. Check out Benita’s show in this video: What Would I Tell My Younger Self?
#5 Feisty Side of Fifty with Mary Eileen Williams – Mary dedicates her show to boomers and gen Xers who embrace positive change in all aspects of life and look forward to the years ahead. It’s a real ‘life is just beginning’ type of podcast.
Favorite episode: Interview with Betsy Werley of Encore.org. This show is especially poignant for the businesswoman over 40.
#6 Women in the Middle with Suzy Rosenstein – The host, Suzy, is a Master Certified Life and Weight Coach who’s areas of expertise are midlife and transitions. Her podcast encourages “frustrated women to get excited about their lives again.”
Favorite Episode: Why You’re Miserable at Work and How to Change It
#7 Second Act Stories with Andy Levine – In each new show, (offered every other week) inspiring people recount their experiences of making a significant career change in pursuit of a rewarding professional life.
Favorite episode: Ready for Some Expert Advice? with author Marci Aloboher
#8 Forever Fierce with Catherine Grace O’Connell – Each week Catherine is joined by a co-host to discuss a wide range of topics that midlife women find quite interesting. The show can be heard live Tuesdays at 2 PM EST on LA Talk Radio or downloaded from iTunes or Stitcher.
Favorite episode: Interview with the woman who stood up to Tony Robbins on the #metoo issue: Nanine McCool
#9 Experience 50 with Mary Rogers – Mary is on the same mission as me; helping midlife women succeed in business. So, I naturally gravitated toward her show. If that’s the type of help you need, have a listen.
Favorite episode: Rebranding Midlife Women with Juju Hook
Related Reading: 25+ Terrific Gen Xer, Midlifer, and Boomer Blog to Love
#10 Advice to My Younger Me with Sara Holtz – I love the concept of this ‘pay it forward’ show. Older, wiser, more experienced guests discuss strategies to help younger women achieve career success. This podcast is all about the things you wish you had known as a professional in your 20s and 30s.
Favorite episode: How to Have a Good Day with Caroline Webb
#11 Women Killing It with Sally Hubbard – Sally is an investigative journalist who has created an inspirational broadcast that celebrates and features rockstar businesswomen. They share what has worked in their careers and what pitfalls to avoid to thrive in any job.
Favorite episode: How to be Confident with Regina Huber
I hope I piqued your interest with a few of these podcasts for the businesswoman over 40. Let them motivate you to reach for the stars in your quest for success. If you have any suggestions for new podcasts we should listen to, please leave a comment below. And, as I always say…
Life is better when we lift each other up.
From time to time, we all experience feelings of boredom, dissatisfaction or even exasperation in our jobs. Most of us muddle through, knowing these feelings ebb and flow, as they often do throughout a long career. But what should you do if those feelings persist and grow stronger with each passing week? When you are longing for change and beginning to resent work, you might be on the road to a professional midlife meltdown. In other words, you’re approaching career burnout.
You realize it’s important to be careful in this situation. You’ve probably known people who faced a similar dilemma and took leave, not only of their senses but their jobs as well. These restless souls decided suddenly to resign and jump without looking. Gutsy and a bit foolish, yes? But that’s not you. At least you don’t want it to be.
Well, what can you do to keep from going through this type of crisis? Let’s break it down. There are five steps you can take to avoid a midlife meltdown, thus saving your career, relationships, and mental state.
#1. Acknowledge Your Feelings
As the old saying goes, “Perception is reality.” You don’t need anyone else to validate your emotions or tell you that you’re wrong. There’s a reason for your angst or malcontent, even if you haven’t discovered what it is yet. Let the feelings flow, and you may discover the cause of or solution to your problem.
#2. Add a Few Minutes of Mindfulness to Your Routine
Mindfulness is a therapeutic technique used by successful professionals to avoid stress, negativity, and frustration. When you focus awareness on the present, it becomes impossible to dwell on the regrets of your past or the worries of your future. Meditation, yoga, and relaxation exercises are all popular forms of mindfulness. Consider adding one or more of these activities to your daily regimen to stave off a midlife meltdown.
#3. Determine if the Situation is Temporary or Not
Once you have accepted and pondered the situation for a while, consider whether it’s a temporary irritation or one that’s bound to continue. How long are you willing to tolerate the current state of affairs? If your job is unbearable or you dread Monday mornings, it might be time to make a plan or take action and make positive changes.
#4. Investigate a Different Career
Do you daydream starting a more fulfilling career? If so, check out this epic list of potential jobs and resources: 11 Midlife Career Change Ideas that Don’t Suck. These positions take less than two years of education and pay a starting salary of 40k – 76K. You may discover a more satisfying professional life is not out of reach.
#5. Plan to Become the Entrepreneur You’ve Always Wanted to Be
If, however, you long to start a side-hustle or become a full-time entrepreneur, you will need to do some investigation and devise a plan. Do you know what type startups to consider? If so, have you researched your competition? How much money can you get your hands on to fund a potential business? How long can you afford to go without a steady income?
All are critical questions to answer before leaving your current position. Check out this basic guide from the Small Business Administration to help you start a business plan. While some people don’t think a structured plan is critical to success, I firmly believe even a shortened version can save you thousands of dollars and countless headaches throughout the first few years of your startup.
Following these five steps regarding your career can help you steer clear of a midlife meltdown. You can have a satisfying professional life again. But it will take patience, research, and commitment. Let’s face it, anything worthwhile does!
Remember, life is better when we lift each other up.
Throughout her career as an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and director, Caytha Jentis has focused her attention on stories of interest to moms and women in general. In her latest project, the popular Amazon series The Other F Word, she shines her spotlight on midlife and the joys and pains that come with it. While the ‘F’ could stand for the word forty or fifty, it might just as well stand for fun or friendship or fearlessness.
The show humorously addresses the issues near and dear to women over forty who are, as a group, woefully neglected by the entertainment industry. Caytha’s main characters attempt to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the middle years with help from well-known actors like Judy Gold, Steve Guttenberg, and others.
I spoke with Caytha Jentis about the series and the difficulties she encountered launching it. Not surprisingly, she faced an uphill battle getting this project off the ground. Yet, her grit and determination paid off; to the benefit of fans around the world.
Jen Monks: What was the inspiration behind The Other F Word?
Caytha Jentis: I was looking for the next great story to tell. My two kids were getting older, and I said, “Wow, this is a really interesting chapter in life.” Parenting older children or becoming an empty nester wasn’t anything that was being covered episodically at that point. My children were coming of age, and I felt like I was, in a way, coming of age too.
JM: What reaction did you receive from your industry when you were pitching the show?
CJ: I just want to acknowledge that selling television is hard for everyone. Even Norman Lear had a tough time selling a show that dealt with older people. I was routinely told my idea was good, but I was pitching a tough demographic. I didn’t know what that meant at first. It’s code for, “Your characters are too old.”
The other thing I ran into was a perception that my demographic watches traditional television but they’re not on YouTube, and they’re not using digital content. It’s a fallacy that we don’t watch or can’t figure out how to stream Amazon.
JM: Why do Hollywood executives avoid series aimed at women over forty?
CJ: I had this profound realization that, in this industry, you are either prey or you’re put out to pasture. There is a little space for women like Sarah Jessica Parker or Reese Witherspoon who have broken through.
I don’t think it’s all entertainment’s fault, per se, but it’s just this larger thing. Advertisers don’t want their sexy Lexus next to a commercial about Depends. Besides, advertisers don’t think they need to court us. They think we will just buy regardless.
“In this industry, you are either prey or you’re put out to pasture.”
JM: Has it been difficult to find sponsors for your show?
CJ: No, but some brands stay away from my type of material. My characters sometimes swear and talk about sex toys. I want to tell my stories fearlessly. Many companies don’t respond to that.
JM: What kind of reception have you received from your audience?
CJ: I’ve been overwhelmed by it. The success has been huge. We have been able to reach nearly a million people. And you have to go directly to Amazon to watch the show, so it’s amazing to me. With a minimal marketing budget, we have been able to grab so many people.
I feel like our success is a success for all women in this pivoting and reinvention phase. If I can persevere with this impossible dream, then maybe I can inspire others.
JM: What type of show is The Other F Word and what topics do you cover?
CJ: I wouldn’t call it a comedy. It’s humorous, but it’s totally driven by drama. There are so many relevant themes going on. The four main characters deal with death and parenting and separation and health. It’s about change and transition.
JM: How has creating this show affected you?
CJ: I used to write to run away from my life. Then I began to look into my own world and experiences for material.
I have been so profoundly changed by the people I have met. It’s been a great place to be positive and open a dialogue. And many of the themes we cover are universal. All generations can connect with our stories.
JM: What advice would you give people who want to reinvent their career?
CJ: Do your homework. You need to have passion and fearlessness. Don’t be afraid to cry and get up and go for it again. It’s now or never.
Related Reading: 5 Hottest Franchise Opportunities for Successful Women
JM: You recently released season two of the series. How can we ensure there will be a season three, four, and five?
CJ: My simple ask is to watch the show and if you like it, share it with your friends. There’s nothing else out there like it.
Things are beginning to change for our demographic and women are all a part of that. Hopefully, if we keep driving these big numbers, we can’t continue to be ignored.
JM: Thank you, Caytha. I hope you’re right.
On the heels of my first post in a series of resources for Midlifers and Boomers, I’ve composed a list of targeted Facebook pages for the woman over forty. They range from well-known, popular pages to obscure, smaller ones. As long as each is useful or entertaining, that’s all that matters.
The topics covered vary widely as well. From pressing health matters to funny memes, you’ll get a little bit of everything with this list. Consider it a Facebook buffet. Are you ready to eat up?
Humor and Inspiration
Rocking Over 40 encourages you to be bold and own your age while striving for personal and professional success. Very empowering messages found here!
Amazing Women 50 and Better is a blend of positivity and humor. Stop by when you need a little ‘pick-me-up.’
Purple Clover has a sarcastic and clever vibe. I simply couldn’t leave this popular page off the list.
Midlife Mayhem is interactive and entertaining. Join in and answer questions or laugh at pictures and memes.
Life Starts After 50 inspires and helps you feel better about getting older with themed days like ‘motivation Monday’ and ‘feel good Friday.’
Aging Abundantly shares uplifting cultural stories and thought-provoking ideas about midlife and beyond.
Sad But True Life of a Middle Aged Woman is, you guessed it, funny with a dash of unfiltered attitude for flavor.
Women After 50 boasts well over one million followers for two reasons; it is witty and covers all the topics close to our hearts.
Parenting, Grandparenting, and Family Life
Grown and Flown gives parenting advice and support to those with older teens and young adults. An empty nest doesn’t mean your worries stop.
The Midlife Mamas shares the most interesting family-oriented posts on the web. I can quickly get sucked into the feed on this page if I’m not careful.
Daily Caring gives practical tips and advice to those caring for a parent, spouse or sibling. Such a good resource!
Fabulous Grandma is the page you follow the second you find out you’re gonna have a grandchild. This is THE feel-good place for grandmothers!
Travel and Leisure
My Itchy Travel Feet is for boomers who have wanderlust and long to find inspiration through adventures.
Mid-life Cruising! shares the experiences of a couple as they live their lives sailing the Caribbean. Bon voyage!
AARP Travel Center is a partnership between AARP and Expedia that offers member discounts on travel to locales all over the world.
Money, Business, and Career
iRelaunch educates and supports professionals attempting to return to work after a career break.
Boomer Benefits empowers those new to Medicare and unsure of what it covers. Use it as a resource to compare benefits and prices.
Life Wise Lady is my page (not so subtle #humblebrag). I help women over forty create and grow successful businesses of their own.
Related reading: 25 Fantastic Facebook GROUPS for Midlifers and Boomers
Health, Wellness, and Food
Just 2 Sisters – Midlife Healthy Living posts recipes, humorous memes, and videos inspiring you to eat cleaner.
Ellen Dolgen provides guidance and support to women navigating the often bumpy roads of perimenopause and menopause.
Viva Fifty in English celebrates the healthy lifestyles of midlifers and boomers alike. Additionally, you can find posts on the topics of money, travel, and more.
Mid-Life Croissant, Healthy Food + Cocktails makes me hungry every time I visit this page. The recipes sound great and the pictures and videos will bring out the chef in you.
This is a mere sampling of the many wonderful Facebook pages dedicated to midlifers and boomers. You can find hundreds, if not thousands, of others to follow. As a matter of fact, if you would like to share your favorites, mention them in the comments section below.
Life is better when we lift each other up.
To whom do you turn for support and resources as a woman over forty? Do you confide in family members, neighbors, co-workers, or high school friends? Perhaps the answer is no one.
As midlifers, we experience daily challenges particular to our situations and ages. The sandwich generation, as we are sometimes called, is pulled in multiple directions as we caretake our parents and children, our jobs and romances, our changing bodies and plummeting hormones. We yearn for emotional support and comradery to maintain a sense of balance and clarity.
Thankfully, with the rise of social media, we no longer rely on proximity to establish connections to people with whom we can relate. Facebook groups is a prime example of a tool that can help us find quality connections. According to Pew Research Center, only eighteen percent of Facebook users are women ages forty-five to sixty-four. However, there is no shortage of groups dedicated to midlifers and boomers. In fact, the task of narrowing down hundreds or thousands of social groups is daunting.
But fear not my friend. I have narrowed the choices by eliminating groups of less than two hundred people and those that allow men to join. Sorry, fellas! My list of 25 fantastic Facebook groups for midlifers and boomers is for women only. Of course, the exceptions are groups created for singles and finding romance.
Update: I have added a few groups to this post and started my own FB group. It is a community of businesswomen and bloggers over forty who want to share their wisdom, products, and services with each other. Join Life Wise Lady!
Support of All Sort
The Latte Lounge (Top Tips 4 Women Over 40!) This “virtual coffee shop for all women over 40, 50, and BEYOND” is a delightful forum to contribute interesting articles, health recommendations, advice, and news. It was formerly called Top Tips 4 Women Over 40.
Over 40, Fearless & Free (Women’s Group) is a safe place to share inspiring books, tips, and delicious recipes. There is a maximum of six posts per day to keep down the number of notifications you receive.
Fab Women Over 50 is where to go to chat about issues important to you at this stage of life. It’s an active community of positive, like-minded women who encourage and engage each other frequently.
40+ Women Divorce Support Group is dedicated to helping those who are separated, divorced, or widowed. You may ask questions or offer guidance to make the most out of one of life’s most stressful situations.
Rocking Midlife – Join the crowd and connect with fantastic ladies from around the world. You can indulge in humorous videos and memes or seek comfort and counsel.
Women Over 50 ROCK was established to empower women with themed days like ‘Monday Motivation’ and ‘Tuesday Tips.’ While the group is mainly one of support, you are allowed to promote your Facebook page or a product/service on Fridays.
Forever Fierce: The Midlife Revolution – The name says it all. This collaborative community was founded to “shift the perception of women at midlife and beyond.” Although this group emphasizes style and fashion, various topics are welcome for discussion.
My Side of 50 covers issues like health, retirement, food, fashion, travel, grandchildren, and aging parents. It’s a one stop shop for midlifers and boomers who want to establish virtual friendships.
The Flock (of TheMuttonClub.com) – Meet, chat up, and laugh with feisty, outspoken ladies here. Topics vary and there are no holds barred. You may also promote your business page on Fridays.
Midlife Moms is for women who have babies or toddlers a little later than most. I am not a member, but I imagine the talk and advice revolve largely around parenting small children and the struggles of midlife motherhood.
Having Babies Over 40 (Women Only) – If you are planning to get pregnant or are pregnant or recently gave birth, then you will be welcome here. It’s a supportive, friendly crowd of “kindred spirits ready to welcome you.”
Moms with College Kids – When the hatchlings fly off, you may need tips on how to handle this transition or how to accept your empty nest. Members also discuss college admissions, internships, and surviving ‘adult children.’
Health, Fitness, and Wellness
Day Off Diet Support for Women Over 50 assists midlifers in their struggle with weight loss. Everyone benefits from the tips, strategies, stories, and recipes shared amongst members.
Peri / Menopause Support Group gives direction to those in the beginning stages of menopause or those who have been experiencing this transition for years.
ForeverHer – This group focuses on wellness and exercise trends for ladies who are thirty-five plus. Members offer tips, encouragement, and reviews to inspire you to stay fabulously fit.
— Jen Monks (@lifewiselady) June 21, 2017
Relationships, Dating, and Romance
The Original- Over 40 Single Mingle is a “make friends and see what happens” kind of crowd. You are encouraged to share pictures, discuss events, and arrange meetups.
For Over 50 Senior Singles Dating is similar to the group above. However, the admins strictly forbid anyone under fifty from joining.
World Wide Senior Dating and Romance – Don’t let the name of this club discourage you from joining if you are a midlifer. Singles forty and up are accepted if they have a Facebook profile with a picture of themselves.
Style, Beauty, and Fashion
Beauty Q&A..Insider Tips – This is a U.K. only group for women to share, ask about, and learn beauty tips. They frequently discuss trends and which products and services they prefer and why.
Ageism is Never in Style – Don’t you just love the name? The group was created for women who feel ignored by the fashion industry simply because of their ages. Feel free to contribute style tips, blog posts, and inspiring stories.
Mamas Over 40 Who Love Makeup, Fitness and Fashion! – This bunch of gals is, of course, into chatting about style, clothes, makeup, and fitness. They share the latest trends and discuss releases and give reviews.
Style Your Way to Success Over Fifty was created by a midlife image stylist. Interact with this empowering tribe by giving advice, asking questions, or posting pictures of your confidence boosting outfits.
Silver Foxy is all about women (and the occasional man) who want to maintain natural, silver hair. Contribute tutorials, tips, videos, and pictures of yourself and your lovely locks.
Related Reading – Midlife Reinvention; Is it Time for a Professional Pivot?
For Writers and Business Owners
Better After 50 Writers and Friends is a forum where freelance writers and their readers connect and contribute content. Better After 50 itself is an amazing online magazine for “women entering their next phase.”
Life Wise Lady – The Community for Business Women & Bloggers Over 40 is my group. I hope the name says it all. We share tips, strategies, support, content, and more. There are designated ‘share days’ and tons of engagement in this loving and powerful group.