You know, when you’re in the thick of raising children, it can feel like it will last forever.
Fashioning a New Life after the Kids Have Grown
I’m a middle aged woman, now on the “other side” – living proof that there IS life after raising a family!
And I’m discovering that there is much to love about this new stage.
I am supported in my endeavours and constantly encouraged by my awesome hubster of over 25 years, and sometimes by Mr 22 and Miss 20 😉 .
Being Middle Aged is Great!
A lot of people don’t want to acknowledge or admit that they are *shock horror* middle aged. To me, middle age is the prime of life. There is a sense of freedom that comes with having grown kids, and chances are the budget is a bit more relaxed too. Did somebody say travel?!
I like to share about the various aspects of life as middle aged woman, from health and wellness, to marriage, parenting teenagers and/or grown children, career, and staying stylish.
Fashion From the Real World
I’m passionate about looking good on a budget – you don’t have to spend a million bucks to look it! I’m all about fashion from the real world, and a bit of an op shopper extraordinaire …
A Daily Dose of Cute
I was raised by a parent with a severe mental illness, and have had my own battles with depression. So I know the importance of having a good laugh, and am a firm believer in the power of a daily dose of cute! I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady (I have two fur babies, Fleur and Seth), but hey, I’m not fussy, I also love dogs, teddies, babies … you get the idea.
I’ve always loved writing, and have been published in dozens of magazines and websites. From 1998 I founded a magazine for Australian Christian women called Footprints, which I continued for 15 years. I discovered blogging in about 2007, and was hugely jealous of these young “mummy bloggers” – I knew that if it had been around when my kids were small, I would have been blogging for sure!
How Middle Aged Mama Began
I launched the blog in November 2012 as “Redland City Living”, after being made redundant from a position in government. Although I was devastated by this unexpected event, I decided it was time to follow my dreams of writing fulltime and working from home; Redland City Living was just a small part of this. My story of success after redundancy even appeared in the Redland City News magazine.
Over a year later, with a flourishing business providing writing, editing and social media services for a number of clients, and with the blog taking on a life and direction all it’s own, I realised it was time to make a change, and began the process of re-branding as middleagedmama.com.au. I found that a lot of people were missing out on my bloggy awesomeness 😉 , because the name “Redland City Living” gave them the impression that if they didn’t live in my local area, it wasn’t necessarily for them.
Why Middle Aged Mama?
As I browsed various blogs, I found very few that were relevant to me, as a middle aged woman. So I decided to step into the gap.
The other thing I love is that the definition of “middle age” is fluid and covers a wide range of ages.
Feedback from Readers
Here is just some of the positive feedback I’ve received from readers and clients …
“I have just read your post about your Mother passing away, and needed to make contact. My Mother no longer talks to me … I too, feel the stigma of telling people that my Mother chooses not to speak to me, and wanted to let you know that your post really stuck a chord with me … I just really wanted to say thank you for sharing this post and for allowing me to feel normal for a while.” Name withheld by request
“I always enjoy your posts, even though I don’t live anywhere near there. It’s great that you cover a mixture of topics. You also seem really positive and your optimism shines through onto the blog and is uplifting, especially for a negative Nelly like me.” Ness
“I love reading your blog every day as it’s always so ‘up’! … I don’t know what it is Janet but every time I read your blog I instantly feel calm.” Michelle
- Creating WordPress Websites
- Maintaining WordPress Websites
- Search Engine Optimisation – on and offsite
- Social Media setup and coordination (Facebook incl Facebook advertising, Twitter, Linked In, Google Plus, etc)
- Desktop Publishing – newsletters, brochures, forms, etc
- Mail Chimp – email newsletters, email list management
- Writing – web content, reviews, magazine articles, ghost writing, newsletters, brochures, press releases, resumes, letters, etc
- Editing & Proof Reading – business documents, reports, non-fiction manuscripts, etc
Check out some of the Aussie blogs I love!
Personal Background – Janet Camilleri
Here are some posts that will tell you a little bit more about my life story …
- My Time in Sandgate Children’s Home
- I Didn’t Talk to my Mother for over 10 Years
- I Was Homeless as a Teenager
- Why I Quit Teaching
- How I Met the Hubster
- Life After Redundancy