Formidable Over Forty ~ Meet Claire Johnson

Over 40 and Fabulous?  Sadly not everyone feels that way.

In my role as a 1 to 1 Life and Business Breakthrough Coach I meet many women who have reached midlife and are feeling stuck, at a crossroads, and in need of some inspiration, motivation and support.

Understanding they have possibly more time behind them than in front of them they want to break free and claim back some time for themselves. They are tired of making do, they want to realise their potential.  Does this resonate with you?

They want to be free to live a life they truly love, not just a life that conforms to facilitating every other persons’ needs.

It is time to reframe their goals!

With this in mind, I thought it would be wonderful to interview a number of women who truly are "Formidable Over Forty" - women who can offer inspiration and show that you are never too old and it is never too late.


I am now delighted to introduce Claire Johnson and share with you her inspiring interview with me!


Inspiring age?    51

Where is home?    Amble by the Sea, Northumberland

What is your day job?    Clinical Hypnotherapist & Holistic Therapist

What did you want to be when you were growing up?    A Nurse


Lessons in Life/Business or both!

Many of my female 1 to 1 coaching clients share with me that they hit a block in their forties, they feel that they have lost a sense of purpose, often when their children grow up and become more independent, or they find themselves stuck at a crossroads, many suffering from imposter syndrome which has been a key factor in their selflimiting beliefs. They now realise they are getting older and want to break free. Freedom is a word they crave. 


Tell us about life over 40, how has life changed for you?

During my 30s I thought I was living my best life. I was happily married, had 2 beautiful children and a lovely family home.

I had qualified as an Holistic Therapist and had set up my business working from a room in the house. 

Then at the age of 39 my world came crashing down! My marriage ended, much to my surprise! As a result, the family home was sold which meant that I was also losing my business workspace.

The following year was a challenging time but through sheer determination and grit I found my inner strength.

The week of my 40th birthday was monumental for me. I moved into new business premises, I had found a new home and at my surprise 40th birthday party that friends had organised,I met the most amazing man who I am delighted to say is now my husband. For me life really did begin again at 40.

Over the last few years, whilst running my successful Holistics business I also studied and qualified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Specialist Hypno Menopause Practitioner.

What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome on your journey?

I’m naturally an introvert so for me it’s difficult to “shout out” about my business. I still struggle with networking events.

How did you overcome it?

Realising that the service I offer truly helps people move on in their lives and therefore It is so important that I let people know about the work I do.

Breathing exercises help too.

What is your greatest strength?

Compassion. In the words of Ronan Keating “ Life is a rollercoaster, just got to ride it”. Nobody gets through their life journey either emotionally or physically pain free. We are all just trying our best and I hope I am a support to anyone who may need a helping hand.

Who inspires you?

My Dad,he passed away 2 years ago but he will always be the person who inspires me the most. 

What advice would you give your 15 year old self?

This is an easy question for me to  answer...Don’t worry so much. 

One of my favourite quotes is “ It will be alright in the end because if it’s not alright it’s not the end. 

Finally - What advice would you give someone who is reading this who is stuck and believes that it is too late to follow their dreams, to grab that freedom in order to live a life they love?

Honestly, follow your gut instinct and if it feels right that’s because it is right.

It’s never too late. Go for it. 


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