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Tinka Markham Piper

“For me, finding joy in small moments is so essential to everyday life”

Tinka Markham Piper is the epitome of someone who has combined experience with possibility, especially in the business she created nine years ago. Taking her skills from her previous careers and following her passion for home transformation, Tinka became what she calls a "chaos counselor."
Johanna Reynolds

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

In her late 40s, Johanna Reynolds 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.
Melanie Gordon

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

Melanie Gordon 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.
Janice Mendes

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

At 48, with no experience in Film and Television, Janice Mendes 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.
Marina Dempster at her exhibition in The Lyceum Gallery.

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

In her mid-forties Marina Dempster, 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.
Portrait of Sara Smeaton in her garden, photographed by Amber Ellis

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

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.
Photography of Yvonne Heath giving a presentation.

“I realized I am capable of so much more than I ever dreamed of.”

Yvonne Heath had been working as a nurse since 1988 when at 50 years old, she was called to try to solve our society's problem with grief. Her message to talk about prepare for and be with people in grief is one she is spreading through her book, talks, online course and more.
Melinda Thomas

“The biggest shift for me, after 40, was my power to create the life I want to live.”

Melinda Thomas is a former actor in her 50s who left New York after 20 years and followed her heart to Birmingham, Alabama where her boyfriend lives. She also followed her heart away from corporate America to to entrepreneurship. The power to create the life she wants has been one of the biggest shifts she's experienced in midlife.
Mercedes Findlay

“There is a sublime comfort that comes with 40.”

When Mercedes Findlay was laid off from her television job in her late thirties, it was the catalyst for a major midlife shift that helped her find unknown depths of strength, skills, support, and maybe most importantly, her voice.
Amy Gidden

“I wanted my work to align with the things I care about in the world.”

When Amy Giddon was in her early-50s she took a huge leap to become an entrepreneur. Moved by her deep concerns about the tribalism and us versus them-ism and othering that's going on in the world today, Amy created an app that fosters empathy and connection. It was an unexpected shift but one that was made possible because of the life stage in which she found herself in her early 50s.

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