Transformation Stories

‘It was time to give something back’

After Sue Peart's life hit a difficult patch she began to volunteer with Samaritans -- and gained a new purpose.

The butterfly of hope and the Cancer Ladies Running Club

After a cancer diagnosis, Josie Lloyd discovered a group of running friends who helped her regain gallows humour and hope.

How I learnt to nourish myself

The first half of my life was about being good, being approved of and being thin. It wasn’t until my marriage failed that I learnt what success really looked like, and how to nourish myself and the women I work with.

Picture: Sian Trenberth

For years I wanted to write a book. Now at 60 I’ve finally done it

Julie Owen Moylan always wanted to be a writer. She finally stopped listening to her doubts...and made it come true

I became a mother of twins in my 50s

Linnet Cotterill decided she wanted children and embarked on a journey of egg-freezing, genetic testing, using donor eggs and finally becoming a mother...

How I survived the pandemic & menopause as an entrepreneur

Menopause, five kids and the pandemic: how one entrepreneur has survived. Liz Matthews on a year like no other.

How forest bathing changed my life

Forest bathing is about connecting to nature. For Liz Dawes, it was a pathway to reconnecting to herself.

I was a fashion insider -- until I burned out

Gret Batchelar's job in fashion was 'perfect'. Except she was exhausted, moody and had a stress-induced ailment.

Finding confidence after 40 as a model

Rachel Peru divorced and started over...before experiencing other set-backs. Then she volunteered for a charity fashion show

Picture: Paul Felix

Coming to Britain let us reinvent what a woman could be

Our lives in the UK are now unrecognisable to those of our mothers says Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

I swapped life as a diplomat to become a junior doctor, just as Covid hit...

Victoria Whitford used to negotiate hostage release but with a small child in tow she opted for another kind of busy

There is life after drink... why sobriety is a blast

Giving up alcohol proved inspirational for the BBC presenter and author Janey Lee Grace

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