Hi, my name is Karen O’Connor, host of the Menopause, Marriage and Motherhood podcast and blog.
What I’m passionate about is sharing the stories, experience and wisdom of midlife women and creating connection and community.
About 4 years ago, after raising four children, I found myself smack bang in the middle of menopause and with zero idea of what to do with my life.
Depressed, lonely and majorly hormonal, I was shamefully convinced that I was the only person who felt this way, as every other woman I knew seemed to have their act together.
But as I began to talk to people, I realised that most women going through midlife experience a similar sort of thing. I also realised that even though menopause is something that 50% of the population will experience, it’s neither understood not discussed enough.
The podcast & blog is my way of doing my bit to change that.
The latest posts & podcasts...
Menopause isn’t something that’s openly discussed… at least, not until it happens, and even then, only among close friends. Which means that it’s actually very difficult to find out anything about what to expect during
According to the 2011 Census, there are over 5000 homeless women over the age of 55 in Australia, with single women being the most vulnerable group. In fact, Homelessness Australia suggests that being over the
How did an Irish girl who was working in her family’s restaurant business end up building a highly successful Feng Shui business on the internet? And when I say ‘highly successful’, some of the wins
FRENCH WOMEN HAVE WHAT SEEMS LIKE AN EFFORTLESSLY ELEGANT WAY OF DRESSING THAT THE REST OF US SIMPLY DON’T POSSESS (I DON’T, ANYWAY) Marie-Anne Lecoeur is an expert in French chic and style (as opposed
One of the reasons that I started the podcast is to share people’s stories because I believe that we all have an amazing story to share, it’s just that most of the time, we just
MENOPAUSE IS STILL SOMETHING THAT ISN’T OPENLY DISCUSSED AND, APART FROM THE UK (GO THE BRITS!), ISN’T SOMETHING THAT’S EVEN HINTED AT IN BIOLOGY OR SEX EDUCATION. SO LINDA CONDRILLO DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT
DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE AMONG MEN IS AT ITS HIGHEST RATE, BUT IT’S SOMETHING THAT STILL ISN’T TALKED ABOUT MUCH, PARTICULARLY BY THE MEN THEMSELVES. OFTEN, IT’S THE WOMEN IN THEIR LIVES WHO FORCE THEM TO
IF WE’RE ANY KIND OF ALIVE (SORRY FOR THE JUDGEMENT!), WE’RE CONSTANTLY CHANGING AND GROWING… SO ARE THE PEOPLE AROUND US. WHICH MEANS THAT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM MUST ALSO CHANGE CONSTANTLY. HOW DO WE
You probably think that the water you drink – and bathe in – and your coffee cup has an impact on your health and well being. Of course, we all know we should minimise the
WHAT KIND OF PERSON HEADS OFF TO AFRICA AT THE AGE OF 17 AND THEN SETS UP A REGISTERED CHARITY BEFORE THEY’RE 20? The answer is Lucy Obod. She’s not in my target market and
This has been a week of contrasts: some very high high points and some pretty awful points, too… Actually, it wasn’t that they were awful, they were just huge, and a massive lesson for me. If you
WHILE WOMEN ARE THE ONES EXPERIENCING MENOPAUSE, ITS EFFECTS ALSO IMPACTS THOSE AROUND US, PARTICULARLY OUR SIGNIFICANT OTHERS. Meet Robert Grimes. Robert was fortunate/unfortunate enough to start chatting to me one day about the coping
Today’s Guest: Veronica Worley Founder of Veronica’s Healthy Living Veronica Worley helps women age gracefully and beautifully by getting to the root cause in menopausal symptoms, such as bone loss, weight gain and hormone imbalance,
Today’s Guest: Liza Baker Founder of Simply Health Coaching Integrative Nutrition® health coach and nonprofit consultant, self-published author, blogger, podcaster, and woefully underpaid COO of a busy family of four spread across the globe—Liza (Leeza)
I don’t know about you, but in school, art for me was a source of severe stress and anxiety because my work was never as good as everyone else’s. So the mere thought of going
WOULDN’T YOU LOVE TO WAVE A MAGIC WAND AND HAVE EVERYTHING THAT YOU’VE EVER WANTED IN LIFE APPEAR? That’s exactly what Karen Clark realised she’d been doing! She hadn’t done it consciously or knowingly, but
WE’RE ALL DIFFERENT SO WHY WOULD WE EXPECT THE SAME KIND OF COUNSELLING WORK ON EVERYONE? Meet the delightful Shawn Matthews, a woman who really understands that there’s no ‘One Size Fits All’ when it
RETIREMENT IS NO EXCUSE TO SIT BACK AND TAKE THINGS EASY! When Heather Abbot got married at age 57, she retired. Pretty soon, she was really bored. So she started looking at possible investments to
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Is anyone in the space of “thank god that year is over”? I’m kind of not, but where I am at is, “Wow! How can so much change in ONE YEAR?” 2020
FRENCH WOMEN DON’T GET FAT! How on earth do French women eat all that rich food, those baguettes, croissants, amazing desserts and exquisite sauces and don’t put on any weight? These are the things Marie-Anne