Episode 40 – Maria | My Body. My Story PODCAST| 45 Over 45 chapter

Updated: Jun 27


🎧 Believe in yourself and make self-care a top priority – is the main message of the episode.


In this episode we will hear how recently being diagnosed with ADHA, divorced after a long-lasting marriage, being redundant, all that just prior to the beginning of COVID, made Maria take that unexpected break to re-think, change her mindset and her career, betting on her strong qualities, and not limitations.


 

10 Facts About Maria

(at the time of the project)



1. 47 years old.

2. Maria is Australian, and her cultural background is Italian.

3. Maria has a 19-year-old son.

4. She is an account administration manager.

5. Just recently, Maria has decided on a career change and became certified as a results coach and is just about to start up her own coaching business.

6. Maria loves traveling, trying new things, and has a passion for learning.

7. A year and a half ago, Maria has got diagnosed with ADHD. So, she really wants to help other people, adults with ADHD to realize that it's not even about surviving with ADHD, it's about thriving. And, you can have an amazing life with ADHD, you just need to change your mindset, and use your strengths.

8. The things that Maria has achieved in just the last six months through her personal development, and personal growth, it's more than she has done in her whole entire life.

9. Biggest challenge at this age – “My biggest challenge at this age is I'm almost divorced. So, starting a new relationship. And I haven't had a first date since I was 20. And now I'm having a first date at 47. And my 20-year-old body is quite different from my 47-year-old body.”

10. Positive change with age – “Realizing that you don't need to worry about other people's opinions of yourself, your opinion of yourself as the only one that counts.”



Watch Maria's VIDEO interview HERE

 

LISTEN TO THE EPISODE:

 

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT (auto-generated) :


Hi, you are listening to My Body My Story podcast,


Make self-care a top priority. And don't leave it until your kids are older. Because it's just absolutely crucial and everything with relationships and your health as you're getting older, it's just so much easier to start looking after yourself as much as you can when you are a lot younger.


This is the 45 or 45 chapter where we celebrate rule breakers and role models, the women who inspire us to live life our way and to show that sensuality, beauty, soul and true essence. Here we talk about what it's like to be 45 Plus, adjusting to the changes that come with time, and will listen to the stories of our participants. If you have an interesting story to share, we would love you to participate, you can email us on info@aleksandrawalker.com or visit our website, www. aleksandrawalker.com


Hi, Maria, welcome to our studio, and welcome to our project. And while you're sitting in the makeup chair, and Diana is doing makeup for you, I'll be asking you a few questions.


And tell us a bit about yourself.


Yeah, hi, thank you for having me. So I'm 47 I have a 19 year old son. I am an account administration manager, that just recently, I've decided on a career change and became certified as the results coach and just about to start up my own coaching business that I'm really excited about. And I love travelling, trying new things. Lots of new adventures. Yeah, and just a passion for learning.


So what are you most passionate about?


So, most passionate about is the learning side, and helping other people. So that's why I decided to move into coaching. Because a year and a half ago, I got diagnosed with ADHD. And so that's been an amazing journey, learning all about that. And I just really want to help other people, adults with ADHD, just realize that it's not even about surviving with ADHD, it's about thriving. And, you know, you can have an amazing life with ADHD, you just need to change your mindset, man, some strategies that work for you. And just, you know, use your strengths. So yeah, I'm just, you know, really keen and moving in that direction and helping other people just like me realise their potential and not be held back by it.


So when you said that you just gone through the coaching course. And have you started your practice?


No, I haven't yet. And that was a not long ago. I haven't set anything up yet. In the process of it. Maybe after the Christmas break, I'll get it all happening.


Okay, perfect. So let's talk about age and changes which come with age. And what positive changes have you experienced so far?


It's more realizing that you don't need to worry about other people's opinions of yourself, your opinion of yourself as the only one that counts. And just spending time when self-awareness, working out what you want out of life, and it's all about you making yourself a priority. When you're younger, you just seem to worry about more what other people think. And then getting older, you realise - Well, no, it's more about me now.


And what is the biggest challenge at the moment?


I guess my biggest challenge at this age is I'm almost divorced. So starting a new relationship. And I haven't had a first date since I was 20. And now I'm having a first date at 47. And my 20 year old body is quite different to my 47 year old body. So that's a bit daunting. But that is what it is and you just use what you've got.


So what can you describe your greatest accomplishment so far?


So six months ago, so my husband and I have been separated for two years, but six months ago, we sold our house and we both moved away from each other. And two days later, I was made redundant from work. And pretty soon after we went into lockdown, so I pretty much had nothing at that point. And I just decided to use that time and thought was a great opportunity to really get to know myself who I am, what did I want? And the things that I've achieved in just six months. Like personal development, personal growth, it's more than I have done in my whole entire life. So it's been a busy six months, I'm just really focused on pushing myself outside my comfort zone, which is why I'm doing this. So yeah, I'm gonna put myself in apartment started in your relationship, just yet. 180 degree turn, and nowhere near the person I was six months ago.


Seems like you've had a very productive lockdown.


I did, I made the most of it.


Good on you. And if you could travel back in time and meet your 30 year old self? What advice would you give her?


Believe in yourself, and you'll be unstoppable. Don't let anyone tell you who you are, you know who you are yourself.


And what advice would you give younger women who will eventually undergo this changes, they reach this age and undergo the changes?


Make self care a top priority. And don't leave it until your kids are older. Because it's just absolutely crucial and everything with relationships and your health as you're getting older. It's just so much easier to start looking after yourself as much as you can when you are a lot younger.


So, if we will, if we will talk about body image and perfect body image. Where do you think this idea comes from?


I think it's just brought down from generation to generation. It's always been there. It's nothing new. Yeah, it's just, I mean, I suppose now we've got more technology and magazines, but I think it's always been there. I think it's always been a focus, and just keeps carrying down from, you know, one person to the next generation.


And what is your perfect body? In like, what is your idea of a perfect body? What do you think is perfect body for you?


Whatever you feel comfortable in. But if you feel healthy in when you can move around and feel great about yourself, then that's the perfect body for you.


It was always like that? you had this thought always?


No. No, I was very skinny when I was in my 20s. And now I'm double the size. But I have lost a bit away. But yeah, there's a lot of, you know, not feeling confident in myself. So, but it is what it is now and make the most of the bits that you do like.


So. What does it mean to you feeling good and looking good? What do you think comes first? Well,


When you're feeling good, it makes you look good, because it comes out in your eyes and your smile in your skin. And I think being sexy too. It's what you feel inside. It's yeah, how you feel it. I think being sexy is an energy it's not a look. So you've got that happy, confident energy. It looks sexy.


That's true. And what makes you feel the most beautiful.


When I'm doing whatever I want, I feel free and safe to be my authentic self. And I'm not worrying about what anyone else is thinking about what I'm saying or doing just the freedom to be me.


Do you have any favorite quote or saying or maybe it's the thought about being a woman?


Probably just the most basic is - You are enough.


The most basic and the most important one. Thank you Maria for joining our project and sharing your thoughts and your story and I hope you will Enjoy the rest of the day in your photoshoot. Welcome again.


I'm sure I will thank you so much for having me.


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