About Me

 

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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.

Backstory

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.

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34 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Greetings from a fellow mid life kicker and screamer, and thanks for following my blog! I’m looking forward to reading more of yours.

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  2. Hi there – I just nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger award.
    If you want to accept it, click below for details.
    http://narcissista.me/2012/08/09/with-gratitude-for-other-bloggers/

    No worries if you’re not into the award thang:)

    Becca

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  3. Hi. Got access to your blog through bloggers.com. No, am not middle aged and not going through its crisis but i totally love your blog and writing and am following it. Well done.

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    • mymidlifemayhem said:

      Thanks so much for your support. It’s really great to know when someone enjoys it. I hope I’m not scaring you off middle age – it’s really not THAT bad!

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  4. Thank you for visiting and liking my last post. Appreciate your time to do so 🙂

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  5. unfetteredbs said:

    love your about ramblings.. right there with ya!

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  6. Just found you, devouring your posts, and liking and following you and and signing up for emails all over the place!

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  7. Love your ramblings and brutal honesty. Can totally relate. I’ve channelled my energy away from chardonnay into cooking. Helps block out the mayhem in our very busy household with three hormonal teenagers. Love them dearly but they do my head in. Of course all that eating has not been kind to my waistline so like Princess I’ve
    embarked on the 5-2 diet. Perhaps I should have stayed with the chardonnay…

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  8. Hey Louisa, came across your blog & love what I have read so far. Looking forward to more!

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  9. Oh dear; yet, I can relate in many ways.

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  10. I love your blog. It makes me want to re-do my format and make it a lot funnier, and expose my feelings more, become more succinct, and I could go on with the list. I’ll get there eventually I suppose.Great job – I will return to enjoy more of your posts.

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  11. sweetaboutme said:

    You write so well! The honesty and humour is refreshing.
    I just celebrated my first wedding anniversary but can relate to soooo many of your posts!
    Looking forward to reading many more 🙂

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  12. Georgina said:

    I woke up yesterday after years of having quashed the desire to write with an unhealthy obsession with work, and decided i would blog. No idea why or how but checked out meetups and found yours on June 9. Love your work so far!

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  13. Hi Louisa,

    I found your blog through a ‘Midlife’ search on FB, I’m looking at as many Blogs along this line as possible as my own new Blog is telling the story of people who have made lifestyle changes, career changes, travel…..all good Midlife issues. Really enjoyed your blog, I am similar in many ways in that who would want to read anything I have to say, but after getting a couple of poems noticed and published I thought why not! I’d be grateful if you or any of your readers have a wee nosey and leave critique if you/they want, it all helps. Here’s a link if you fancy a look.

    Thanks Drew.

    http://www.themiddlecorner.com/2015/09/27/the-west-coast-wanderer-mclean-scotland/

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  14. Hi. I’m also a middle aged woman. I call myself a middle aged woman gone wild

    https://confessionsofamiddleagedwomangonewild.wordpress.com

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  15. Hi Louisa, love your blog ! I just came across it by accident on Linkedin.
    Hope all is well with you and yours.
    Cheers Louise (Brawn)

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  16. Sounds like a normal family to me.

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  17. Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that the link ’17 Parenting Mistakes…Daughter’ says ‘Not Found’ when clicked. Not sure if the post is gone or if there’s a mistake in the link, but whatever the issue, the link is broken. 😦

    Namaste

    A.

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  18. Oh my days I have only recently started blogging but I wish I’d started ages ago so that I could have read your stuff before now!

    Priceless, I absolutely love it!

    My blog is a little different in subject (as in, polar opposites given that I blog on living with bipolar), but definitely we have the same sense of humour!

    Plus the muddling through life bit is spot on!

    Thank you for entertaining me, Louisa, and keep well. And funny. 😉

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  19. Hot Flushes, Wrinkles and Fizz said:

    Hi Louisa. I am really new to this blogging thing but think we’re singing from a similar hymn sheet. Seems to me that “middle age”, albeit a bit shite at times, can be a good excuse to finally be and do what you want, sort of!
    Looking forward to reading you more.

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