Transformation Stories

I was childless and heartbroken. Nature healed me

Like nearly half of my generation I haven't had kids. Nature, wild swimming and the sea healed me

'I left my life to work at a magic mushroom retreat'

Denise Rue felt she'd lived small...then left her comfortable life to work at a magic mushroom retreat in Jamaica

Why I left the FT for the classroom and set up Now Teach...

After 31 years as a top journalist, Lucy Kellaway quit to take up teaching...

Our Founder's tale of the life crisis that inspired Noon

Career change, illness and a looming empty nest prompted Eleanor Mills to start her next act

My new chapter - novelist at 78

All her life Kirsteen Stewart had wanted to write. It's never too late...

Party girl to clean living mum

A chronic health condition forced Emma Nyman to reconsider her priorities

Don't make me laugh...how I became a comedian at 60

Val Lee on conquering her fears and taking to the stage at 60

My menopause: not a journey but a full-on car crash

GPs only receive basic menopause training, so Kate Muir's doctors seemed to be in the dark

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The earthquake wrecked the life I'd built but saved my marriage

When the 2011 earthquake hit New Zealand, Emma and her husband lost everything. But there was a silver lining...

I had two kids, no parents, no husband and no idea how to pay the mortgage...

Tillie Harris on surviving a midlife meltdown

Clean living made me ill

Amy's obsession with healthy eating and exercise derailed her life. This is how she recovered.

Clean living made me ill

The doctor said my son, 3, wouldn't live beyond 20. My world fell apart

Emily Crossley's son was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, she refused to give up

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