Health & Wellness Menopause

Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause & Beyond – Part 2

August 29, 2022

Menopause is a hot topic at the moment and it is great to see that women are starting to speak out about their experiences. There is so much more information and resources than when I went through this transition in life.

In Part 2 of a two-part episode of the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast, my guest is Rachel Lankester, founder of Magnificent Midlife and author of Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause & Beyond. Rachel is passionate about encouraging women to be Magnificent and is such a delightful and inspiring woman.

If you missed Part 1 you can listen or watch it HERE

I recently read, Rachel’s book and wished that she had written it when I was experiencing perimenopause. Her book is a combination of her story plus extensive research, Rachel has undertaken to provide the reader with practical and easy to understand advice on coping with the big ‘M’.

The good news is that the transformation from pre to post menopause can be an exciting time of life, despite the hot flushes & mood swings and loss of libido.

Rachel’s book is not just for women in perimenopause but there is valuable information on life after Menopause, how to age well and making the most of this Magnificent time of life.

During the conversation Rachel and I discussed:

In Episode 1

  • Her experience of a diagnosis of menopause at the age of 41
  • Overcoming the negativity and cultural attitudes to menopause and aging.
  • Messaging matters
  • The importance of being informed and staying curious- not just you but your partner
  • Natural ways to live with and through menopause
  • Sex and Relationships

In Episode 2 we discuss:

  • Mindset – Transforming your Middle Years, Midlife & Beyond
  • Positive Post Menopause – looking forward to a magnificent life
  • Rachel’s top 5 strengths
  • Life can be Magnificent – it’s your life
  • The ‘Whale’ Story – coming into our leadership phase.
  • Life is a Cake – why menopause should only be a couple of slices of our midlife cake

Listen to the Podcast

Watch the Video

Read the Book

Meet Rachel

Rachel Lankester is the founder of Magnificent Midlife, an online hub celebrating and empowering women 40+. She’s the author of Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause and Beyond and host of the Magnificent Midlife podcast. After a shocking early menopause diagnosis at 41, she scratched her own itch and created what she wasn’t able to find to help herself. This includes 1-1 and group mentoring, educational resources, and an online membership to help women vibrantly transition through the sometimes messy middle of life

Connect with Rachel



Midlife Mentoring | Membership Program | Resources 

My book: Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause and Beyond

My podcast: Magnificent Midlife

I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments on your experience of Menopause.

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Erica/Erika August 29, 2022 at 10:26

    I agree with you, Sue, how it is great the subject of menopause is more main stream. As you describe here, supporting each other, embracing this time of life, and sharing information is key. The concept of cultural differences is always interesting. I love your word “enrich.” Thank you for sharing Rachel with us. xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2022 at 12:36

      Hi Erica when I was going through menopause there still wasn’t really that much exposure. No one really talked about it, but since I started blogging I’ve noticed that women are starting to share their stories and what has helped them during this transition. xx

      • Reply Erica/Erika August 30, 2022 at 23:52

        You make a great point, Sue. We are part of a sharing platform. xx

  • Reply Retirement Reflections August 29, 2022 at 14:07

    Hi, Sue – I agree. We do have so much life experience and wisdom that we should put ourselves forward and impart to the younger generation. Thank you for another great podcast.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2022 at 12:35

      We certainly are wise women aren’t we, Donna? xx

  • Reply Antoinette Truglio Martin August 29, 2022 at 20:49

    I was force into menopause 14 yrs ago due to a cancer treatment. I have been “melting” ever since but very reluctant to play with hormone therapies since the cancer conti ues to lurk.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2022 at 12:35

      Hello Antoinette, you’ve certainly been on a journey haven’t you. I hope that you are keeping well and I can understand your reluctance to ‘play with hormone therapies’ because of the cancer. Take care and thank you for sharing your story. xx

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