Who is your midlife role model?

by | Nov 11, 2020 | Blog, Menopause, Midlife Mindset, Wellbeing | 0 comments

This weekend I was fortunate enough to spend time with my mom or vroutijie as I call her (little

She moved from South Africa a few years ago and now I can be with her in an hour, what a blessing.
Not only is it a blessing to spend time with her as she’s getting older, but I am also always left feeling
so inspired by this woman I call my mother.

Here are a few things about her that when I look at her I think WOW, what a woman and when I grow up, I want to be like you!

When I want to give up, give in or complain, I always think “what would Annalie do or say”
Writing about this came as an inspiration as I ran a 5k with my 67 year old mother on Saturday and
as I watched her do a plank and push-ups like a 38-year-old, I thought “ I don’t know many women
half your age with this much energy and vitality’

Here are some of the MANY ways she is a role model for me in my midlife and how I want to age.

With courage, grace, style, tenacity, love, adventure and independence!

She never gives up, no matter what life throws at her.

  • She still works. Shifts. In a mental health community and takes shit from no one
  • She loves to adventure travel and has been to places like Okavango swamps, Peru and Turkey and many more (some solo)
  • At the age of 40 she ran the Comrades marathon in South Africa (It’s an ultra-marathon of 98km) She did this twice
  • She has never stopped learning and completed a masters degree in 2011 in psychiatric and mental health nursing
  • She never sits still
  • She knits, sews, mosaic everything that moves and has even done a reflexology course (among many others)
  • She’s hardly ever ill
  • She sold everything, packed up her life in South Africa and left friends and family behind to move to the UK at the age 65
  • She takes care of herself
  • She doesn’t take no for an answer
  • She’s fiercely independent
  • She always wears lipstick and takes care of the way she dresses, always looking fabulous
  • She’s not had an easy ride and had many many challenges along the way
  • When we’re tired she still keeps going
  • Growing up and even now, she never speaks unkindly about herself or her body
  • Food was always just food, no rules or frills or anything fancy, just, food
  • She will fly to the moon and back at the drop of a hat to take care of her babies
  • She doesn’t have much, but she always made sure we had enough
  • She’s hard as nails but brittle at the same time
  • She gets knocked down, but she always gets up again
  • She says it like it is
  • She cycles to work and runs the park run

I’m proud to call her my mother, my role model, my inspiration!

Whose role model do you want to be?

Who do you want to be in the second half of your one and only wild life?



PS. If you want to be a better role model for the ones you love and care about, but have self-doubt,
are highly critical and don’t believe it’s possible then I want to hear from you!

You can be the role model you never had.

The change starts with you, you have time, wisdom, courage and you’re reading this, so you must
want something bigger and better for yourself; what ever that is!

That change can start today, schedule a call here and let’s supercharge your midlife
mindset and wellbeing!


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