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
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
Shopping the sales after 50 takes dedication to the deal.

The Big Sales. Worth an early rise?

50 Ways to Leave Your 40s – Experience #31: The Big Early Sales The sales — any kind of sales — have always fascinated me. But more importantly the BIG sales really, really fascinate me. Boxing Day, New Years, Summer Sales with their big red signs and stickers, luring you…
  • Jo Howell |
  • August 21, 2019

Too Late to the Les Mis Party?

50 ways to Leave your 40s: Experience 28 - Les Miserables Ok, ok, I know I'm very late to the party with this one but all the best things are worth waiting for, right? Jobs, friends, relationships, marriage.... surely the longer you wait, the sweeter the outcome. Well, I certainly…
  • Jo Howell |
  • July 15, 2019
Personal Shopper Advice 50 Ways to Leave Your 40s

Will Personal Shopper Services be stylish and age fitting?

Series: 50 Ways to Leave 40s Experience 27: Personal Shopper Services As a rule, I don't shop in River Island. It's bright, shiny, loud and full of young trendy things. It's no place for a 49 1/2-year-old who listens to Radio 2 and wears clothes that are comfortable, cover as…
  • Jo Howell |
  • July 8, 2019
Pool Workouts Feature
Personal Growth

50 Ways to Leave Your 40s: #3 Running In (Not On) Water

Since I ruptured my ligaments in my ever-weak ankle back in August, my running days came to an abrupt halt. To this day I'm still not sure how it actually happened - there wasn't a great fall from grace as I pounded the streets and I didn't fall over Harley…
  • Jo Howell |
  • December 2, 2018
Mott & Bow Women's Jeans Ad