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 forced her to actively seek paid writing opportunities in recent years, so please don’t ignore her details on her Contact and work with me pages if you
have any empathy for starving writers, have any content writing needs.
A shameless procrastinator, (who moaned convincingly for years about all the reasons she couldn’t write), Louisa dived headfirst into this blog five years ago. Now she has the literary version of verbal diarrhea – although she 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 – Cowface Magazine – but it felt too much like hard work. She is also the creator of another blog, The Styling Consultant, and is working on a YA fiction (once she discovers a convincing plot) and a non-fiction book about parenting kids with ADHD.
Her blog is a high-five to those women stuck in the confusing arena of middle age, dissecting the impossibility of having it all, whilst maintaining their sanity. She covers teenagers, empty-nesting, menopause, mental health, body issues and, (shall we call it?), evolving relationships. Occasionally, she forgets that although she is a bit of a leftie, she is not a political journalist, and dips her ignorant toes into highly contentious topics such as feminism, discrimination, and mental health – for which she receives generous feedback.
No spring chicken, when she started to search for a niche for mature women like herself, (with their own special brand of humor and the customized baggage of middle age), she had her doubts. Who would want to read about the mundanities of her little life, self-doubt taunted her each time she admired her reflection in the mirror. Would anyone really care about her frustrations with aging – the pressure to look younger, 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 her interview with Time Magazine, ‘there is a whole army of women dealing with this menopausal shite, giving fewer fucks,’ and she dedicates her survival to her friends/readers and their generosity with wine.
So, if you like to belly laugh like you did when you were younger and had the world at your feet, or if you take pleasure from knowing that someone else’s life is more fucked than your own, I suggest that you tune in.
Disclaimer: And yes, Louisa’s profile photo is photo-shopped – because she can.