interview

Melanie Isis Tinken

“I am a late bloomer”

After losing her relationship, job, and home in her mid-thirties, Melanie spent nearly a decade devoted to healing, self-discovery, and acceptance. In midlife, she has begun to own her story and her non-traditional path. She has found her life partner at 50, a joyful creative expression, and dedication to spirituality and self-care.
Gail Gensler

“Don’t give in to the archaic thinking that midlife signals an end”

At 60, Gail Gensler is in “beast mode”. She is passionate about fitness and aspires to change the narrative for both younger generations, so that they won’t fear growing older, and for her peers. She is as fierce about fighting ageism in marketing and branding as she is about her fitness.
e bond

“Sometimes the way forward isn’t always forward”

After 20 years of friendship, community, artmaking, and being a professor, e sold her life and drove across the country at 38 years old to do an MFA in Creative Writing and Book Art. She now lives on an island in northern California that is the polar opposite to her previous life in Philadelphia, working in design, making art, and navigating the changes of perimenopause.
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."
Marci Warhaft

“Turning fifty gave me a sense of confidence and strength that I had yet to experience”

Marci Warhaft faced unbelievable trauma and tragedy in her first half of life that included losing the people she loved and counted on. As a consequence she developed an eating disorder that she struggled with for 20 years. Turning 50 gave Marci the strength to share her story and focus on both her own recovery and helping others. This is a story of immense courage and reckoning that has allowed Marci to follow her own authentic path to joy.
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.
Lina Ramona Vitkauskas

“Shed illusions and get real with yourself.”

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.
Natalyn Bradshaw

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

Natalyn Bradshaw 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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