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Hi, everyone! Last week I had so much fun chatting with Jane Porter for our final episode of season two. Don't worry, the first episode of The Second Chapter season three will be dropping on 11th May. This short bonus episode is a recap of where we've been so far, a look at where The Second Chapter is going and a big fat THANK YOU for listening. In our first two seasons across 20 episodes, I've had the pleasure of chatting with 17 different women, all over 35, who've made some incredible life choices. There was Julie Binysh, on our first ever episode, who started as a sex therapist but became an actor in her 40s.
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You know, obviously her needing quite a lot of extra care. You know, there was no way I could have thought about acting. For all that time, I just couldn't... And then when they were older, they were, you know, not needing so much of me. I plucked up my courage and I went along to my local theatre, and I auditioned for a local production.
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Julie is warm and funny and well worth the listen if you haven't already. I spoke with London Tube driver, Lola Keeley, who suffered from depression after spending so much time alone and underground. And who eventually emerged into the light as a novelist and TV writer.
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I guess brought up jokes about you know, not planning and stuff. I think so many people still think change is scary. I think we're kind of programmed to, but honestly, it's rarely as impossible as it looks. You can effectively throw things in the air and see where they land. And it won't always be easy. But I think sometimes people just need a nudge from somewhere. And if that, you know, comes from hearing some random person say it, then... we do only get one life like he said, if there's something you're just dying to try, then if you can make it happen, just absolutely go for it.
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Melissa Davey showed us it's never too late when she discussed leaving her job at a traditional retirement age of 65, only to become a filmmaker.
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Why did you leave a corporate job and become a filmmaker, this is amazing. Tell me how that worked. And then they got into their fears about ageing. And they got into their experiences and dealing with grandmothers or other elder women that they knew. They feel that if they didn't hear women's stories, that they would lose a lot of information that they could use now and hang on to as they got older.
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And more recently, we got to hear from Laura Garwin, who went from scientist to professional trumpeter, Lynn Keddie, who went from high-end glossy magazine publisher to artist and garden photographer, and Shelly F Knight, whose mission is to make grief something we're a little bit more comfortable talking about.
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Grief has changed over the years. Because you know, back in the day, we used to have dying loved ones at home around us and you know, we'd sort of like tend to them. There wasn't fear around death. It was almost an honour, and a really in this last century that we've seen hospices and hospitals and we've given our loved ones to like a clinical setting and there's been like medical advancements and things like that so we can prolong death almost. So having like a clinical death rather than an actual death. There's been so much change. And with that we grieve differently.
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Hopefully, you've had a chance to listen to all of our episodes. But if not, these are just a few of the fantastic stories we've heard. Get listening!
And we're starting next season with a bang, or actually a song. Singer-songwriter Lora Kelley is joining me, in addition to telling her story is treating us to a private mini-concert that I can't wait to share with you. We also have giveaways from The Second Chapter, more stories of women who have changed their lives and careers after 35 and some experts with tips if you're going through or considering your own career or life changes.
I'd like to also give a shout out to a couple of other brilliant podcasts because I'm amazed by the supportive community of really great hosts and their shows. If you can't get enough of empowering stories of change a bit later in life, I can recommend the Creativity Found podcast. It's conversations with creatives who have found or re-found their creativity as adults. And for more uplifting of women's voices, The Pod Broads, a show featuring women in podcasting, and there are a lot of us but somehow the men are still making most of the money and are two thirds of the hosts on major networks. Host Alexandra wants to change that. And if The Second Chapter isn't enough for you and you want to hear more from me, I'm the first ever guest on Footprints, a new podcast by my lovely friend, Bradley, which is releasing on the 22nd of April. He talks important issues but he also highlights music and a few other surprises. So have a listen. Finally, I just have to say thank you. The show is growing and I wouldn't be anywhere without you, the listeners. I'd love to hear from you personally, so send me an email or message me at thesecondchapterpodcast.com Let me know if you'd be a great guest. Tell me who I should talk to next, send your feedback or just say hi. And as always, tell a friend about The Second Chapter. We're not like those big major network podcasts with massive marketing budgets, so your word of mouth is the very best way to get people listening and hearing women's stories. WOO! So, all of the love to you and I look very forward to being back in your ears on 11th May. Thanks for listening.
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