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The New F Word | J D Williams


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Prepare to be inspired by these 50+ women who each have an incredible story to tell about what they have achieved over the age of fifty, proving that women are fabulous and fearless no matter what their age.

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AofA People: Ann Docherty – DJ


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Ann Docherty, 65, is a DJ from Sheffield. She heard about AoA on Woman’s Hour and filled in our Q & A. Perfect. She says she’d rather be listening to music or designing a new dress than bothering with FaceMuck…

What is your name?

 Ann Docherty

How old are you?

65

Where do you live?

Sheffield

What do you do? 

 Officially retired but still DJ’ing.

Tell us what it’s like to be your age?

If you ignore all the bits wearing out it’s brill.

What do you have now that you didn’t have at 25?

Time/confidence/money

What about sex?

 Could do with some occasionally.

And relationships?

Sacked it off last year after he threw a timmy tantrum. Can’t be bothered with that.

How free do you feel?

Every day might be an adventure.

What are you proud of? 

My children natch & playing tunes all round the world.

What keeps you inspired?

 There’s always something new to listen to.

When are you happiest?

Laughing with family & friends, bouncing off the walls when a new track rocks my head out, or when a crowd are lovin’ the tunes.

And where does your creativity go?

I like to think I’m sharing it with the people on the dance floor.

What’s your philosophy of living?

 I’m laying down a bassline.

And dying?

 Join me for my last party.

Are you still dreaming?

 Always of the dream gig I’d like to put on with my fave artists & DJs.

What was a recent outrageous action of yours?

I suspect last Saturday after playing Tramlines. After the gig I went to the 24/7 Turkish supermarket & did some shopping, jumped in a cab, got myself home & promptly fell into a large bunch of lavender outside my flat.

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Read the full story here: Thandie Newton: ‘I wake up angry – there’s a lot to be angry about’ | Television & radio | The Guardian

AofA People: Karen Liebenguth – Life Coach & Mindfulness Trainer


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Karen Liebenguth, 49, is a green space life coach and mindfulness trainer. This means ‘coaching while walking in nature’. She is a woman of grace and sensitivity.

What is your name?

Karen Liebenguth

How old are you?

49

Where do you live?

London

What do you do? 

I am a life coach, MBTI facilitator and mindfulness trainer. I work with private and organisational clients and specialise in coaching while walking outdoors because I believe that’s where insight, creativity and change can happen most naturally.

Tell us what it’s like to be your age?

 It feels exactly where I am at.

What do you have now that you didn’t have at 25?

Self-awareness, for sure!

What about sex?

 I like sex but all my life I’ve always loved cuddles better, sensuous kissing and falling asleep spooning.

And relationships?

I long to be in a relationship because I have much love to give, I like intimacy and sharing life with someone I respect, appreciate and love.

How free do you feel?

Much freer than 25 years ago but still not as free as I’d like to be from old conditioned patterns… it’s work in progress…

What are you proud of? 

 My work – Green Space Coaching and Mindfulness Training. Having had the stamina and belief in myself to get it going and to turn it into a successful livelihood.

What keeps you inspired?

My own work, nature, sunflowers and calendula flowers that I grow from seed, my Buddhist practice, the women I live with, my close friends, my teachers.

When are you happiest?

When I’m out and about in nature walking or cycling – on my own or with a close friend.

And where does your creativity go?

I feel most creative when I’m in nature. That’s where I have my best ideas. My creativity also goes into my many pots of plants on our small roof terrace. It looks rather abundant which feels deeply satisfying and delightful.

What’s your philosophy of living?

Living a decent, simple and abundant life. Decent as in being able to afford all the things that are precious to me – going on retreats, visiting my family in Hamburg, Germany, walking weekends in nature. Simple as in sharing a house with four other women and only having stuff that fits in one room. Abundant as in living a full and meaningful life with many things in it that I enjoy.

And dying?

Without death no life, without life no death. I like that with each death always something new arises. Life and death are a continuous flow of becoming and ceasing, a process…

Are you still dreaming?

 Of course! I still dream of finding a lovely man that I can have a healthy, accepting and respectful relationship with – one based on true love, ie free of expectations (a tall task). And I still dream of a cottage in the countryside with that lovely man, a horse, a dog and a cat… Makes my heart smile…

What was a recent outrageous action of yours?

I shared my grief about the loss of my father (he died in 2006 and I never met him), of the lost sisterhood with my sister (we never got on and have become estranged over the years) and the loss of my last relationship (with a man I truly loved but we couldn’t work it out together) in front of a group of 20 people (as part of a professional development course). I felt vulnerable, scared and liberated at the same time.

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