Signing up for unemployment was a new experience for author Jo Howell.
Career & Business

Am I ready to accept the financial help of the Job Centre?

Ushering in the 50s - Experience #37 Signing On at the Job Centre When I was made redundant in July, the thought of signing-on at the Job Centre didn't really enter my head. I don't know why — maybe I thought I wouldn't need to; didn't have to or maybe…
  • Jo Howell |
  • October 14, 2019
Second Acts

Just an Average Jo becomes a Motivational Speaker?

50 Ways to Leave Your 40s - #29 & #30 I'm cheating a little by combining these two 'new experiences' but they are sort of related, so I figured why not?! One blog for the price of two and all that. I started having some coaching sessions earlier this year…
  • Jo Howell |
  • July 22, 2019
Beauty & Fashion

Tattooed and 50? Absolutely!

Since my Mum passed away 8 years ago, I've had a burning desire to have a tattoo. A simple, precise dedication to the beautiful woman who raised me and made me who I am today. Just 'Mum' in black italics, nestled on the side of my foot. Although, I hasten…
  • Jo Howell |
  • February 27, 2020
Personal Growth

Rediscovering Myself as a 50 Year Old Burlesque Dancer

Ever since I first watched the film Burlesque with Cher and Christina Aguilera, I was quite fascinated with this style of dance. There was something intriguing about it. Something that would bring out all sides of your personality. And something I would love to try. However, as many a burlesque…
  • Jo Howell |
  • February 11, 2020
Finding Balance

What Can Golf Teach Me About Patience?

Growing up with a family of golfers, I'm more than surprised it's taken me until 49 to pick up a club and try and hit a golf ball. My Dad, his brother, my brother and many friends’ husbands, have all enjoyed the game for many, many years. Up until last…
  • Jo Howell |
  • January 23, 2020
expectations vs. reality
Books and TV

Are Some Things Better Left to the Imagination?

I read a rather wonderful book back in the balmy long days of summer, that was not only written by a local Author but based on a local tourist spot. The book was called The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow. And it set a lovely scene, but which…
  • Jo Howell |
  • January 9, 2020
Jazz dancing at the local recreation center sparked joy for author Jo Howell.

Bring on the Jazz Dancing and All That Jazz

Ushering in the 50s Experience 36: All That Jazz! It's no secret that my favourite experiences this year has been learning to dance; I adored my salsa lessons and definitely found "my thing." Like many of us in the UK, I love watching Strictly Come Dancing on BBC every year…
  • Jo Howell |
  • October 7, 2019

Only Treats Coming Your Way in October!

Hello, everyone! How was your September? Does anyone else feel as though Autumn has snuck up on us?  Is it your favorite season, too? We simply adore the color shifts, the changes in the silhouettes and textures in fashion (hello comfy and cozy everything!), and it is the perfect time…
  • Prime Women |
  • September 30, 2019
learning makeup over again for my new age
Skin Care & Make-Up

Re-learning Makeup and Making a Discovery

  50 Ways to Leave Your 40s Experience 35: The Make Up Lesson I've always been fascinated with make-up, albeit I've probably never appreciated — or used it —to my advantage. Pots of eye colour, jars of foundation, glosses to make lips sparkle, shine and, if required, seriously pout. A…
  • Jo Howell |
  • September 16, 2019
sand boarding

Would the “thrill” of Sand boarding be too much?

  50 ways to Leave Your 40s - Experience 34: Sand Boarding I've never been an adrenaline junkie. I am far too scared and/or relaxed to do anything crazy like throwing myself out of a plane or bungee jumping. And to be honest — and no offence if it is…
  • Jo Howell |
  • September 9, 2019
Flotation tank therapy is a good way to clear your mind.

Does the Floatation Tank deliver the tranquility it promises?

  50 Ways to Leave Your 40s Experience #33: The Floatation Tank I really had no idea what to expect with this floatation tank experience. I couldn't visualise it at all. Would it be dark? Would it be a big space to float around in or the size of a coffin?…
  • Jo Howell |
  • September 1, 2019
Jo Howell was made redundant, but it isn't slowing her down.
Career & Business

Made Redundant?!? And…now?

50 Ways to Leave Your 40s - Experience #32: The Big R Being made redundant wasn't exactly on my list of experiences this year. However, not so many years ago I did put it out to the Universe that I didn't want to be working for the now ex-employer by…
  • Jo Howell |
  • August 26, 2019

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