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Oh Crap - I'm 50! A Journey from Fearful to Fabulous (Sometimes)

How do you feel about growing older? We all know it’s better than the alternative, but still, most of us tend to pause around the time of our 50th birthday and reflect. Where have I been? Where am I now? Where am I going? Am I happy? If not, what am I going to do about it?

At 49 the author was feeling old, unfit, overweight and irrelevant. Throw in hormonal upheavals, multiple bereavements and a rapidly emptying nest and you have a recipe for personal disaster.

Figuring there must be others “out there” who felt confused and fearful about getting older, she started to pour out her heart in a blog that she called project50. What happened next changed her life.

A mixture of articles, musings and personal letters, this is a compilation of the best posts.

“In the end I’ve come to the simple conclusion that life is simple. It’s about family, friends and community. It’s about being useful. It’s about having an open heart as well as an open mind. And I’ve realised that I’m ok, just as I am. Which is really quite important.”

This is a book to inspire women and to reassure everyone who loves them!

Jo Blackwell is a Portrait Photographer and Writer and is the Founder of The Midlife Movement, which exists to help women create their best life in their midlife.

Paperback, 221 pages

A selection of Amazon Reviews:

Jo’s down to earth observations had me chuckling out loud. The wit and honesty are refreshing. I finished this book feeling like being that woman of a certain age isn’t so bad after all. A highly recommended read.

Kathryn Slack

I loved this book, it's funny, brilliantly written and so relatable! A must read for anyone approaching or passing 50 ... it will lift your spirits by looking at the funny side to our changing lives, hormones and bodies and make you realise that there is a lot of positive stuff you can do with all your wisdom and knowledge that comes with age.

Annette Waters

As soon as I saw the title of this book I knew that I was going to enjoy it and I wasn't wrong! It's not often that you come across a book which is a) written from the heart and b) makes you laugh out loud, nod your head in agreement and bring a tear to your eye. For anyone either side of the big 5-0, this is a great read to either devour all in one sitting or to dip into when you want to take a few minutes for yourself. Highly recommend this book.

Philippa Taylor