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“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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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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Mercedes Findlay

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

Power Profile with Mercedes Findlay: When Mercedes 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.
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Shari Walczak

“Imposter syndrome doesn’t really hold me back anymore.”

Power Profile with Shari Walczak: Shari veteran of the advertising industry, entrepreneur, and mom of two boys. In this profile, she shares her thoughts about aging in an industry that puts youth on a pedestal, imposter syndrome, and the framework she uses to make big decisions in her life.
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Debra Christmas

“I’m a happy woman and that is a choice every single day.”

Power Profile with Debra Christmas: Debra is a ball of energy in her early 60s who is determined to live another 40 years. She talks about what it was like 20 years ago juggling the end of her marriage, and taking care of her kids with her demanding career and travel schedule. Debra also shares what growing up in a Montreal's black community taught her about the importance of contribution.
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Robin Whalen

“I decided years ago to just be myself.”

Power Profile with Robin Whalen: Robin talks about what's it's like to be a woman and over 40 in advertising, the defining experience of losing her first husband to Leukemia when their kids were small, and the positive impact aging has had on her confidence.
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Cheryl Himburg

“There will never be a perfect time.”

Power Profile with Cheryl Himburg: Cheryl's 20s and 30s brought her more change and challenge than most of us will face in a lifetime. In wasn't until after she turned 40 that she realized that she could design a life she loves.
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Denise Boomkens

“I’m fuelled by a drive to change the current view of society on aging.”

Power Profile with Denise Boomkens: After spending her younger years traveling through Europe, modeling and photographing, Denise had her first and only baby at 40 years old. She also started her photography project that is aimed at changing the way society views aging.
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Michelle Osbourne

“I just woke up and said, ‘I’m going to be victorious.'”

Power Profile with Michelle Osbourne: Michelle was 38-39 when her marriage of 12 years ended sending her into a phase of self-discovery and self-exploration. During that time she met her current partner, relocated to be with her, giving up her high powered job and life in Toronto and moving to Quebec City without knowing the language. Michelle's 40s have been about reinvention, authenticity, and new motherhood.
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Kathy Cano-Murillo

“The biggest shift has been my kids being old enough to move out of the house.”

Power Profile with Kathy Cano-Murillo: When Kathy's kids moved out of the house she and her husband were inspired to use the extra space in their lives positively. She's made a career and business out of her creativity and has great tips for anyone who is looking to achieve their goals.
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