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Not Too Old To Duathlon

Michelle - Contributer September 2016 Read this inspiring story about Michelle who in 2015 at the age of 48 unfit and overweight took on the challenge of Duathlon. Michelle’s story ….. At the beginning of 2015 I was considerably overweight and incredibly unfit, then in June last year I started to see a personal trainer, a wonderful woman who helped me to realise that life doesn’t need to be negative, that at 48 I’m not too old and that I am capable of making better choices in order to live a healthier lifestyle.…

Not Too Old To Climb

Bridget - Contributer My 60th birthday...I spent my birthday climbing the Inaccessible Pinnacle on the Isle of Skye. It is a Munro, one of the 282 peaks over 3000 feet in Scotland. I still have the ambition to do them all but have got two thirds still to go! The InPin as it is known is the only summit that needs proper ropes. You climb up a narrow ridge and then drop down a rope on the steepest side. Sounds easy but when you know you are just a slip away from a fall then even a rope and a guide does not give much comfort.…

Not Too Old To Windsurf

Carol - Contributer January 2017 Carol who at the age of 43 took to the waves and took her first Windsurfing lesson. On the morning I took my first windsurfing lesson, I turned up to the centre and sat thinking to myself ‘What on earth were you thinking?’ whilst waiting for my instructor.  I feel uneasy at best on water, and knowing how cold Lake Garda is, even in the height of summer, I kept wondering what madness had lead me to book a lesson. However, there I was!  I shared the lesson with a 10 year old boy called Patrick…

Not Too Old To Start A Business

Jill - Contributer Read this inspiring story about Jill who in 2015 at the age of 53 took the plunge and started her own Graphic Design business. I’m Jill and in Feb 2015 at the age of 53 I set-up my own graphic design business. I'd been thinking about it for a few years when I was outsourcing design work and realised I was doing all the set up and explanation and problem solving for the supplier. The idea took form when the companies I'd worked for (Cosmos Holidays/Monarch/Archers Tours) were going through hard times and…

Not Too Old To Write A Novel

Janet - Contributer January 2017 Janet a Orpington grandmother publishes 1st novel, age 67 Janet Maile, a grandmother from Orpington has just had her first novel, Second Genesis, published* at the age of 67. “I first started writing it in the 1980s when there was a lot of publicity about cryonics,” said Janet. What, I wondered, would it be like if these people were brought back to life in 2,000 years? I’d had a lot of articles and short stories published but had never attempted a novel before. I didn’t find it easy and it…

Not Too Old To Start a Gardening Business

Kim - Contributer January 2017 Read all about Kim who decided to resign from teaching career and started a Gardening Business. My name is Kim and I am 58 years old. Having been a teacher for 36 years, I decided I didn't want to continue with the stress and anxiety that is part of the profession and so in February 2016, having paid off my mortgage, I handed in my resignation. The inspiration came from other teachers who had also made the decision to leave the job, and the desire to have more control over my time. The…

Cake Decorating

Judy - Contributer Judy set up her own company teaching cake decorating ... My name is Judy Kimmins and my passion is for cake decorating/sugarcraft, something I have been doing for over 25 years. What started as a hobby soon developed further and I decided it was time to take it a step further, studying for a City and Guilds qualification. In 2007 I made the decision to take early severance from my full time job and spend more time following my passion. I had a part time job working for a local charity which opened up…

Not Too Old To Join a Choir

Jackie - Contributer Read this inspiring story about Jackie who after her husband joined a choir got the music bug as well. My love of music goes back to my childhood. I played a couple of musical instruments whilst at school and have always enjoyed participating in anything musical. About 5 years ago my husband joined a choir – he has always loved singing and had sung in a few choirs in the past. Rock Choir offers the opportunity for anyone to join – there are NO auditions or the need to read music. In fact all the…
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