Formidable Over Forty ~ Meet Sue Hitchmough

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

In my role as a 1 to 1 Life and Business Transformation 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 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 Sue Hitchmough and share her inspiring interview with me!


Sue Hitchmough

Inspiring age?

  46 (47 in July)

Where is home?

Southampton, Hampshire

What is your day job?

Solution Manager for a software company

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

Manager (of something)!

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 self-limiting 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?

I feel as if my life started when I turned 40.  It took a while, but I have grown in confidence.  I started going to the gym which became a hobby, took part in Spartan races and even took up pole fitness, just over a year ago.  Plus, I started paddle boarding last year.

I’m enjoying the outdoors, and am now happy to now wear my hair up, no make-up on and wear shorts and t-shirts.  It sounds silly but a younger me would never have done this.  

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

I had to have a full hysterectomy at the age of 44, and I really struggled with this.  Not only the changes happening to my body, as I went into the full menopause within 24 hours, to understanding that part of the reason for me being a female was to have children.  And although I had 2 wonderful boys, I wondered what my reason and purpose was in life.

How did you overcome it?

I read up on the menopause and started to follow ‘This Girl Is On Fire’ on IG and it made me realize that I wasn’t the only one feeling like this.  I talked to my husband and mum about how I was feeling, and they were really supportive.  I started to look at what I could do, and focus on the things that I always wanted to do … and just went for it.  I started to feel proud of my age, who I was and what I had been through.

What is your greatest strength?

Supporting others and always trying to find the positive.  

Who inspires you?

My mum is my No 1 inspiration.  She has overcome many obstacles in her life, is so supportive and looks amazing!

I think all strong and confident females are such an inspiration to me.

What advice would you give your 15 year old self?

Live life, create and set your own goals, but most of all just be YOURSELF!

I think I finally understood what I wanted just after I turned 40, and I wish I had understood this when I was younger as I feel I’ve wasted time in my early years … but I’m making up for it now!

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?

Believe in yourself!  Things are never too late, the only limit is the limit that you place on yourself.  Remember that every small step towards what you want to do or try, is a victory.  Be yourself and live life, its never too late.  You’ve totally got this.

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