Episode Summary

I’m so excited to bring you my conversation with TV presenter and journalist, Andrea McLean, because there couldn’t be a better way to start the year.

Not only is Andrea a huge presence on TV as co-host of Loose Women but she’s also the author of a new book – Confessions of a Menopausal Woman – which tells the story of her own abrupt menopause and what the experience is teaching her (and us).

Episode Notes

Welcome to a new season of the A Brilliant Gamble Podcast for 2019! I’m so excited to bring you my conversation with TV presenter and journalist, Andrea McLean, because there couldn’t be a better way to start the year.

Not only is Andrea a huge presence on TV as co-host of Loose Women but she’s also the author of a new book – Confessions of a Menopausal Woman – which tells the story of her own abrupt menopause and what the experience is teaching her (and us). She’s also launched This Girl is On Fire as a place where women can find information, fun and inspiration whatever stage of life they’re at.

In this conversation, we not only talk about The Change, of course, but about how hitting midlife provides a brilliant opportunity to take life by the horns and make some bold decisions about how you want to live and work.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Menopause, signs and symptoms

  • Mid-life crisis and mid-life awakening

  • Authenticity and discovering who you are

  • Being brave

  • What ageing means to us

  • Our thoughts about success and failure

  • Our love of dogs (with a special outtake at the end of the show!)

You’ll love this episode if you’re at a crossroads, want to make some bold changes in your life, have made any new year resolutions, want to live more authentically or want to embrace getting older and wiser!

Talking of which, A Brilliant Gamble Online is a development programme designed specifically to help you make your bold ideas become reality. Based on the tools I used to make The Big Trip and start our Smallholding Adventure and tried and tested by people going through real, practical changes in their lives, this programme helps you stay on track when you want to give up, gives you the tools to enjoy the process of change and understand how to get out of your own way, and encourages you with inspiration and practical ideas. If you’re alone you’ll go home, so get some support and make 2019 the year you change your life for good!

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About the Show

Do you struggle with work life balance? Are you excited to get out of bed and work on something you truly love, that feeds your creativity and passions and that allows you to make an impact? Or do you feel success in one area of your life requires sacrifice in another? Well, work doesn’t have to be this way.

What if you didn’t have to sell your soul, compromise your values or forgo professional success to achieve work life balance?

Join former BBC journalist, best-selling author and digital nomad Blaire Palmer and her guests as they share inspirational, honest and real conversations. A Brilliant Gamble is a great resource for those seeking real-life advice and insight based on the actual experiences of people just like you who are re-thinking how to balance work, life and self.

Learn practical strategies that will help you design a blended life - integrating work, family and self - to create a work life you love. You’ll hear inspiring interviews with entrepreneurs, creatives, leaders and others embracing new ways of working to design a life they love.

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