Plan Free Mum is dedicated site for women over 40. That said, you don’t have to be a mum, or free or even over forty to take advantage of our website – if you need the support our community offers then please join in. Plan Free Mum was born during the year my first child left for university. I was literally blown away by my reaction to her leaving. I hadn’t expected to feel her loss so much and the more I discussed it with other women the more I realised just how common this is. It is not so much that you miss the person, although clearly you do, it more the feeling of the end of an era. Nor was it simply that my nest was empty, it felt like a life changing event, an ephiany, and it really made me think about what to do with the rest of my life, another 40 years perhaps, which stretched out before me.
It wasn’t until I started doing some research that I realised that there is little or no support out there for women our age. We are quite unique you know. We are the forgotten age, the in-betweeners. We are not young mums, we are not pensioners, we sort of fall through a gap in the middle and we are, on the whole completely ignored! Hence Plan Free Mum: I was a redundant Mum, I was Free and I needed a Plan. One of the advantages of being older is that you make a few contacts along the way. My own background is in the hair and beauty industry, so lots of good advice there. However, I have managed to pull in some other experts who are keen to contribute to Plan Free Mum articles, including a female GP, a counsellor, a nutritionist, a career coach life coach and a fashion stylist, amongst many more and the list is growing.
However, it is you who make our site what it is. Plan Free Mum would be nothing without the community of women who comment on our forums every day, email us with ideas for topics and blogs and provide virtual tea (or gin) and sympathy for each other. Women who inspire each other, help each other through difficult times, share opinions, agree to disagree on almost everything and who sometimes simply make each other laugh. So come on in. You have the rest of your life to live. Let Plan Free Mum be a part of it. Have Fun!