Power Profiles

“I’ve finally realized, at age 50, that it’s ok to prioritize me”

Power Profile with Kaori Noguchi: After a turbulent time in her 40s that was focused on raising her young son, taking care of her mother, and struggling with burnout and health challenges, Kaori had a hip surgery that opened up an opportunity for a meaningful midlife career change.
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Naomi Parness

“It’s a great feeling to have so much of life behind you.”

Power Profile with Naomi Parness: What happens when your dream stops feeling so dreamy? Having celebrated her 40th birthday last year in lockdown, Naomi has made big shifts that feel aligned with who she is and who she wants to be.
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Johanna Reynolds

“I try and do something every day to push my own boundaries.”

Power Profile with Johanna Reynolds: In her late 40s, Johanna is celebrating finding success as a full-time professional painter. She says her shifting her mindset and finding the confidence has been fundamental to being able to make this shift.
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Portrait of Photographer Melanie Gordon

“I’m putting a lot of time and thought into how I am living my life.”

Power Profile with Melanie Gordon: Melanie was a new mom of a 20-month old when she found a lump in her breast. This forced her from new mom mode into survival mode. Her experience with cancer made what was important to her very clear and she's been spending her time since recovering focused very intentionally on those things. Melanie is also one of my collaborators for the Midlife Milestone Sessions (coming this week) and I'm very pleased to introduce you to her.
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Janice Mendes

“My 40’s have been a decade of finding my voice and growing my confidence.”

Power Profile with Janice Mendes: At 48, with no experience in Film and Television, Janice signed with an agent and within 16 months had worked on 30 projects. An unwavering belief in herself and a desire to have a life that inspires and fulfills her is what's behind her ability to leap.
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LINA RAMONA

“Shed illusions and get real with yourself.”

Power Profile with Lina: At almost 47, Lina is planning a move from the United States to Canada, growing in her creative life as a poet, and pushing the boundaries of her art by exploring new artforms and collaborations.
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Marina Dempster at her exhibition in The Lyceum Gallery.

“I decided to take full responsibility for my own joy.”

Power Profile with Marina Dempster: In her mid-forties Marina, a self-employed visual artist, mentor, and photographer felt like she was constantly busy but not seeing the results of all her efforts. She had dealt with some major losses and upsets and was ready to fall back in love with her life and work.
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Natalyn Bradshaw

“The biggest shift after turning 40 was coming into self-love and acceptance.”

Power Profile with Natalyn Bradshaw: Natalyn is a multi-disciplinary artist who wants others in midlife to give themselves permission to do what they want with their lives. Her life and work is an example of choosing to live a creative life with self-awareness and self-care.
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Portrait of Monique Kavelaars, client of Sara Smeaton Coaching

“10 years from now, what will you have wished you’d done?”

Power Profile with Monique Kavelaars: Monique is a former Olympic athlete, wife, mom, and entrepreneur who became pregnant with her first child at 39 years old and is now helping teams and groups of people work better together.
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Portrait of Sara Smeaton in her garden, photographed by Amber Ellis

“I started to hear a little voice inside me asking ‘what else?’.”

Power Profile with Sara Smeaton: I finally turned the tables on myself and answered my own questions about midlife and my story. I talk about my challenges with a very rare congenital issue that cost me my first pregnancy, our early challenges with our daughter's health, and the shifts that propelled me into my midlife transformation.
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