Louisa is a writer and the author of this blog, My Midlife Mayhem. The shocking discovery that she is expected to contribute to the roof over her family’s head has recently forced her into actively seeking paid writing opportunities, so please see details on her contact page if you have any empathy for starving writers.
A shameless procrastinator, who moaned convincingly for years about all the reasons she couldn’t write, Louisa finally dived headfirst into this blog five years ago. Now she has the literary version of verbal diarrhea – although is still unable to spell it.
My Midlife Mayhem is her first literary baby and her manuscript, Opening The Box, in its final decade of editing, is her second. She toyed with an online magazine for a while, but it felt too much like hard work. She is also working on a YA fiction once she discovers a convincing plot.
Her blog is a high-five to all those women, like her, stuck in the confusing arena of middle age, who may or may not share her bittersweet acceptance that having it all and maintaining one’s sanity is simply too hard. Topics dissected, include teenagers, empty-nesting, menopause, mental health issues, body issues and, (shall we say?), evolving relationships.
Occasionally, Louisa also forgets that she is not a political journalist and dips her ignorant toes into highly uncontentious topics such as feminism, discrimination, and mental health – for which she usually receives generous feedback for her input.
Alas, she is no spring chicken, (see photo), so when she started searching for a niche for seemingly invisible women like her, (with their own special brand of humor and the customized baggage of middle age), initially, she had her doubts. Who would want to read about the mundanities of her life, self-doubt taunted her each time she admired her reflection in the mirror? Did anyone really care about her frustrations with aging: the wrinkles and the bladder leakage, entitled teenagers, the nutter antics of her ADHD son and the day-to-day challenge of keeping her marriage alive?
But as she so succinctly put it in an interview with Time Magazine, ‘there is a whole army of women dealing with this menopausal shite, giving fewer fucks,’ and she remains eternally grateful to her supporters, and in particular, for their generosity with wine.
So if you feel the need to belly laugh like you did when you were young and attractive, (in the way deemed by society), and had the world at your feet, or you take pleasure from knowing that someone else’s life is more fucked than yours, join Louisa on her journey.
Disclaimer: Yes, Louisa’s profile photo is photo-shopped – because she can.