‘Hot Women At Menopause’ Introduces …

Alison Brown

Jane Midwinter

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Alison Brown, Personal Image Consultant with Aeracua Image, tells us why her image and colour consultancy is important to her, how she keeps well, and shares with us one of her pearls of wisdom!  Read on …

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Alison Brown, Personal Image Consultant

What is your involvement with Hot Women at Menopause?

Guest Speaker at HWAM events.  As a Personal Image and Colour Consultant, I love helping women feel and look super confident in how they look. I often see clients who are struggling to come to terms with pre and post menopause body changes. It can be a challenging time in so many ways but looking and feeling great in what we wear can have a huge impact on how we show up to the world. I offer tips and advice on picking the right colours to make your skin glow and the right shapes and styles to take you effortlessly through every day. I am also a natural, vegan, skincare and makeup advisor so I will have some fabulous products for you to try.

How would you describe yourself in just five words?

Gosh, I had to ask my friends this one. They came up with:

Smart.

Open Minded.

Classy.

Motivated.

Kind.

Why do you do what you do and why is it important to you?

I am fascinated by how much what we wear affects our lives on a daily basis. The incredible impact colour can have on the way we feel and the way we project ourselves to others. As a result, I always feel more energetic, optimistic and confident when I wear my ‘right’ shapes and colours, my wish is the same for you too.

How do you keep well?

I eat well; organic when I can. I like to apply the 80/20 rule in everything I do, particularly with diet and exercise. I do regular Yoga, Pilates and strength-based fitness classes each week.

What do you do to destress/relax?

Yoga, meditation, reading and having a glass of fizz with good friends.

What is your greatest strength and what is your weakness?

Resilience.

Getting sidetracked.

If you could interview anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

Dead: Anita Roddick.  Alive: Oprah Winfrey.  Both are remarkable businesswomen who are pioneers in their own fields and so inspiring to others.

Do you have a favourite quote or saying and if so, what is it?     

Dream – Believe – Achieve.

What, if anything, makes you angry?

Bullying in any shape or form.

Unnecessary chemicals and pesticides used in the food chain and in the formulation of personal care products.

What makes you laugh?

Funny stories about everyday life. Stories that conjure up hilarious images of ordinary people doing and saying hilarious things.

What would be the luxury item you would take with you to a desert island, and what would be the song you’d choose to play and the book you’d choose to read?

Arbonne moisturiser The Oogum Boogum Song – Brenton Wood Slight Edge – Jeff Olson

Would you say that menopause is a taboo subject and if so, why do you think this is?

I believe it has been, but things are definitely improving. Women can be embarrassed and feel that they are losing some of their femininity and in many cases, men are not happy to discuss it. Platforms like Hot women At Menopause and more coverage and openness in the media are moving things forward in leaps and bounds.

Do you have any pearls of wisdom to share with other women?

Breathing through a hot flush and cardigans! If you feel a hot flush coming on, try and slow down your breathing. For me deep, slow breaths really helped shorten episodes and they were less intense. Take a cardigan everywhere, even if you take it off and put it on over and over.  So what, layers are the answer!

What would you say to encourage women to come along to future Hot Women At Menopause events and how do you think women will benefit from attending?

 If you are peri-menopausal, menopausal or post-menopausal, or close to someone who is, come and learn from the experts, have fun and share stories with like-minded women. Together, let’s link arms and banish the awkwardness, embarrassment, and discomfort many women feel through this season of our lives. Let’s look at all the positives and learn how to deal more effectively with the negatives. Years ago, people didn’t talk openly about being pregnant, that’s changed. Not so long ago, menstruation wasn’t mentioned on TV, that’s changed. Talking openly about the menopause is going to change too. Let’s all be pioneers?

For nearly 20 years I have been helping women look and feel better.  Firstly through complimentary health and Pilates when I created the Natural Fitness Centre and more recently through my Personal Image Consultancy, Aeracura Image.

How we look on the outside can have a profound effect on how we feel on the inside.  Science has proved that the colours we wear affect our health and  I believe that being super confident in how we look has a huge impact on our performance at work and at home.  Being postmenopausal myself I totally understand the issues around self-image at this time of our lives. I love seeing women embrace their own uniqueness and start to feel really good in their own skin, whatever their age.

Alison offers highly qualified, personalised style, colour and makeup advice to women of all ages.  She helps women understand which shades of colour and which fabrics suit them best and how to choose clothing that flatters their figures.  Alison also helps women de-tox their wardrobe and, to complement her other services, offers personal shopping trips for women to put her advice into practice.

Alison understands the importance of looking and feeling good and how this increases confidence in every area of our lives. Having been a health expert for many years, she believes that looking great improves our overall health and happiness. 

She will guide women to get the very best out of their wardrobes for every single occasion. 
For more information and to book an appointment with Alison, visit her website here: http://aeracuracolour.co.uk

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Katie Day

Jane Midwinter

Monday 21st January 2019

Katie Day, RDPI (Realising Dynamic Potential) reveals her greatest strength, who she would like to interview given the choice of anyone in the world, and a few pearls of wisdom!  Read on …

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Katie Day, Director RDPI

What is your involvement with Hot Women at Menopause?

“Event speaker, supporting another local woman.”

How would you describe yourself in just five words?

“Supportive, encouraging, open, complex (aren’t all women?!) compassionate.”

Why do you do what you do and why is it important to you?

“I have been working with women in one form or another for over 30 years now. I have always had a driving passion and motivation to support women, empower them to own their brilliance and shine in the world. This comes from a somewhat troubled and confusing childhood and teenage years that left me with low self-esteem, resulting in bad decision making in my younger adult life. I had this fire within me from that moment that no woman would ever doubt for a second how powerful, beautiful and amazing she is.”

How do you keep well?

“I’ve never smoked, I rarely drink alcohol and I eat as healthily as I can, most of the time. I also allow myself caffeine and chocolate when the urge arises. I only do exercise that brings me joy, I only have people in my life who share my values and we connect on a deeper level, I love freely and have learnt to receive back. I try to always be a half glass full kinda woman, sometimes that can be exceptionally challenging when life throws you a curve ball, however, many years ago I learnt to move away from blame and rather see life experiences as part of the bigger picture. I can learn from them if I choose to.”

What do you do to destress/relax?

“Walk, walk and walk! I love it and feel so blessed to live where I do where I can walk along the seafront every day. I knit (I have just taken this up again, I haven’t knitted since I was a child).”

What is your greatest strength and what is your weakness?

“My greatest strength is seeing the positive in times of adversity and the ability to turn things around and flourish. I see myself as a phoenix as I’ve risen from the ashes on a number of occasions in my life! My greatest weakness. Hmm, I don’t have one. This isn’t arrogant, simply with years of running personal development programmes for women, I tend not to use that word. I prefer thinking about ‘points to polish’ or ‘things I could do a little better if I choose to’. So, with that in mind: I can be far too trusting. This tendency has come to bite back at times. Still, I would rather keep the naivety and trust instead of going too far in the opposite direction!”

If you could interview anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

“Rosa Parkes. I would want to find out more about that spark of fire within her that gave her the courage to do what she did and discover the power of the gentle feminine. If we all embody that gentle feminine strength, I’m pretty sure we could turn this world around!”

Do you have a favourite quote or saying and if so, what is it?

“Always be true to yourself, everyone else is taken.”

“Women are like teabags, they only know their strength when put in hot water.”

(That’s 2 Katie … but we like them both!)

What, if anything, makes you angry?

“Injustice. Bullying”

What makes you laugh?

“Myself, on a regular and frequent basis, I can be utterly ridiculous sometimes when I catch myself having certain thoughts about myself. I am continuous work in progress. Dinner Ladies and anything that Victoria Wood wrote and performed in.”

What would be the luxury item you would take with you to a desert island, and what would be the song you’d choose to play and the book you’d choose to read?

Luxury item: body and face cream;

Song: Heather Small – ‘Proud’;

Book: ‘Wild Swans’. A book I read when I was in my 20’s, it still has the same power now as it did then, true female strength and grit.

Would you say that menopause is a taboo subject and if so, why do you think this is?

“I don’t think there are any taboos in today’s society. In some areas the menopause represents a subject that not everyone feels comfortable with, however with the open discussions around mental health over the last few years, it has become much easier to have open conversations around the menopause, and of course, the andropause.”

 Do you have any pearls of wisdom to share with other women?

“Don’t wait until you hit your 50’s to realise how utterly amazing, magnificent and powerful you are. Stop living your life to constantly please other people. If you’re not happy no one around you will be happy. Putting yourself first is selfless, not selfish.”

 

Katie Day started her training and motivational speaking career in 1989 and runs a speaking, training, coaching and consultancy company, RDPI Ltd.

She has been interviewed many times on radio in the UK, USA and Australia and India and has appeared on television in Canada and Dubai speaking on women in the boardroom.  Her signature programme, ‘Women in Business’, has been running for over two decades and has been delivered in the UK, USA, India, and the Middle East.  Her first book, ‘The High-heeled Leader’, led to book-signing and appearances all over the world. 

Katie is a leading voice on menopause in the workplace and is a member of the British Menopause Society.  She works in close collaboration with leading clinical partners in Harley Street and University College London Hospital.  She runs a number of programmes under the banner ‘Midlife Matters’ for public and private organisations throughout the UK.  Katie is on the board of Trustees of the charity Wayfinder in Eastbourne, and on the board of directors at the Foundation for International Collaboration. Katie is a sought after global speaker, often appearing as the Keynote at conferences in the UK, US, Europe, India, and the Middle East.  Her new book, ‘No One To Fall Back On … behind every successful woman is herself’, came out at the end of October 2018.  

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Kathy Abernethy

Jane Midwinter

Friday 11 January 2019

Kathy Abernethy, Chair of the British Menopause Society and Specialist Menopause Nurse shares her favourite quote, one of her pearls of wisdom, and discloses what she would take with her take to a desert island!  Read on …

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Kathy Abernethy, Chair of British Menopause Society

What is your involvement with Hot Women at Menopause?

“Event speaker and participant.”

How would you describe yourself in just five words?

“Determined and enthusiastic about menopausal health (OK, that’s 6!).”

Why do you do what you do and why is it important to you?

“I have seen so many women improve their lives around the time of menopause, with good healthcare advice and strong support, that I want other health care professionals to be proactive in informing women of ways to improve menopausal experiences. I also want women themselves to consider how they can make sometimes small changes to improve health around the time of the menopause and prepare for the years beyond.”

How do you keep well?

“I don’t always practice what I preach! I eat a healthy, varied diet and I do keep moving, stairs instead of lifts etc. At 50, I took up jogging, and three years later had a serious fall which put me off that. I watch my weight and alcohol intake and do not smoke. I need to find an exercise that I enjoy.”

What do you do to destress/relax?

“A long hot bath with Molton Brown. I read in the evening and hardly ever watch TV.”

What is your greatest strength and what is your weakness?

“That sounds like an interview question! I am persistent (some would say stubborn) – I guess that’s a bit of both.”

If you could interview anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

“I would like to meet Michelle Obama and ask what it was like to be hidden behind your husband’s role for so long. I was given her book for Christmas so maybe I will learn more.”

Do you have a favourite quote or saying and if so, what is it?

“No.”  (I’m wondering if that is Kathy’s favourite saying, or if she doesn’t have one!  If it is her favourite saying, I could learn from it! JM)

What, if anything, makes you angry?

“At work, it is young women who are left unsupported and untreated though a young menopause – there is no excuse these days with lots of specialists around the UK if GPs are unsure.”

What makes you laugh?

“My children 🙂 not children any more though – all grown up, but always my children.”

What would be the luxury item you would take with you to a desert island, and what would be the song you’d choose to play and the book you’d choose to read?

“It would probably be Molten Brown bath shower and gel.  Not into songs really.  And as well as the usual Bible allowed, a very long and complex crime story would be good.”

Would you say that menopause is a taboo subject and if so, why do you think this is?

“Compared to some years ago, menopause is not taboo; it is talked about everywhere now which is really positive.  However, there are pockets of places where it is not mentioned so readily; one is workplaces and the other within families – I think husbands, partners and children need greater understanding.”

 Do you have any pearls of wisdom to share with other women?

“Only to look after your health carefully, it has to last a long time.”

Kathy Abernethy is a Menopause Specialist Nurse.  She has extensive clinical expertise and regularly sees and advises women on all issues relating to menopausal health. An Independent Prescriber with a master’s degree in Community Gynaecology and Reproductive Healthcare, Kathy is Chair of the British Menopause Society, the professional society for healthcare practitioners.  Kathy offers private consultations at a South West London clinic and workplace sessions by invitation to improve understanding of the effects of menopause on home and work. She is a regular speaker to medics, nurses and other health professionals as well as at women’s events and is a contributor to books and magazines.  Her book ‘Menopause: The One Stop Guide’ aims to help women to make informed decisions about all aspects of menopausal health. Visit Kathy’s website at www.kathyabernethy.com 

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Kate Arnold

Jane Midwinter

Tuesday 1 January 2019

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Kate Arnold, Nutrition Consultant

What is your involvement with Hot Women at Menopause?

“I am a co-host of HWAM events and our FaceBook Page and support the Nutrition side of our members’ group: ‘Hot Women At Menopause ASK‘ .

How would you describe yourself in just five words?

“Tall, loyal, kickboxer, proactive, talkative.”

Why do you do what you do and why is it important to you?

“Health is the most important part of our life. Without it we have nothing. Wellness cannot be bought by money or power. Seeing people’s wellness potential is a truly inspiring job and I love what I do.  Getting people into peak physical and mental condition is awesome.”

How do you keep well?

“Keeping well means looking after four different aspects of our lives:

  1. Nutrition: I eat well. I haven’t eaten refined sugar in 25 years. I stick mainly to a Mediterranean/Pescatarian diet.
  2. I kickbox twice a week and walk wherever I can.
  3. I practice mindfulness where and when I can.
  4. Even if I can’t sleep, I make sure I stay in bed for a minimum of seven hours.”

What do you do to destress/relax?

“In order to switch off, I tend not to do anything around my job. So, you will find me in an art gallery, listening to jazz, at the theatre, or with my head in a good book.”

What is your greatest strength and what is your weakness?

“I have an ability to get to the solution of a problem fairly quickly.

I am a constant worrier.”

If you could interview anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

“Without question, Elizabeth I.  I would ask her what it was like to be a woman in a man’s world, how she handled stress, her relationship with Mary Queen of Scots, her love life and whether she really suffered from abdominal migraines.”

Do you have a favourite quote or saying and if so, what is it?

“’Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.’  The most evocative opening line in a book ever. It still gives me chills.”

What, if anything, makes you angry?

“Injustice.  The destruction of our planet.  The wrong people in power.”

What makes you laugh?

“Jerry Seinfeld, Joan Rivers, Mel Brooks, Billy Connolly, Woody Allen. I seem to love Jewish humour!”

What would be the luxury item you would take with you to a desert island, and what would be the song you’d choose to play and the book you’d choose to read?

“A Steinway Piano.

Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin.

Price & Prejudice.”

Would you say that menopause is a taboo subject and if so, why do you think this is?

“Yes, it’s definitely a taboo subject.  It’ s a little like IBS, no one wants to share sweating, vaginal dryness and joint pains like they don’t want to share wind, bloating and foul-smelling stools.  It’s embarrassing.  It’s also an admittance of not only aging but the acceptance of lack of fertility and most women would rather sweep this under the carpet than talk openly about it, which is understandable.”

Do you have any pearls of wisdom to share with other women?

“Women are more powerful together than forever competing against each other.  Find your tribe and be there for each other.”

What would you say to anyone who is thinking about attending a ‘Hot Women At Menopause’ event? What would you say to encourage them to come along and how do you think women will benefit from attending?

“If you are struggling with the menopause, not only physically but mentally, it can be a very isolating time.  Meeting up with like-minded women can bring a huge sense of relief and belonging that we are all in this together.  Getting all the right information about diet, nutrition, lifestyle, and exercise will give you the tools to feel empowered.  The events will include all this and hopefully, you can have a giggle as well.”

Kate Arnold Nutrition is a Nutrition Consultancy specializing in gastrointestinal health and lifestyle medicine.  For more information, articles by Kate and to make appointments, contact: katearnoldnutrition.co.uk.

 

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