Women of Balance: Gina Mitchell can help you create a Midlife Mindset


Tell us a little bit about yourself and your current job?

I am a life coach and have helped people with their lives to be the best version of themselves for the past 7 years. My niche is midlife women, in particular those going through menopause.

I have a science and education background and I taught secondary school science for over 30 years until 3 years ago. Suffering from challenging menopause symptoms myself and what I learned from the experience is the reason I help other women going through this stage of life now.

What is your goal/ what are you passionate about?

I am passionate about many things! Where do I begin?? …. The environment, animal welfare, social justice…..

As far as my work goes, I am passionate about helping women going through the often difficult stage of midlife and menopause. There is not much dialogue ‘out there’ about it really…although it is getting much better. I want to open the conversation and not just talk about it in ‘hushed tones’! Women need information about how to deal with it.

It is not just the physical issues that come with menopause, but it is the emotional journey that can affect so many aspects of life, including relationships, career and finances. I want women to not just survive but to THRIVE midlife and menopause.

What are the most challenging things about your life?

At this stage of my life (I am almost 60), it’s the changes that have happened to me since entering midlife. I wish I had been better prepared! Even though I pretty much have it under control now, sleep has been a big issue for me personally.

Also, having ageing parents is a bit of a worry. Having said that, I am so glad that I still have them both in my life.

What are the most rewarding things and what achievement/goal are you most proud of achieving to date?

I wrote a book called ‘Ignite The Spark’ about relationships for midlife women. I have a wonderful relationship with my husband. I have wonderful relationships with my immediate family. I taught science (another passion) for over 30 years. I have travelled much of the world alone. I am a vegetarian (almost vegan) due to the cruelty involved in many farming practices.

How do you find balance?

I have practised TM (transendental meditation) for the past 25 years, I have exercised regularly (4-5 times per week) for the past 35 years, I love to socialise with my family and friends and I love a good glass of wine! Oh…and dancing!

Do you have any mentors or people who inspired you to follow your dream?

Absolutely! Firstly, as a coach, I need to practice what I preach so I have my own coach. I also have mentors whom I am around as regularly as possible. There are also the mentors whom I know through reading their books eg Bob Proctor, Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer, Brene Brown, Rich Litvin, Simon Sinek, Marie Forleo and the list goes on!

What is inspiring you at the moment (reading/ watching/learning)?

I am a life long learner. At the moment I am reading, The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason (an oldie but a goldie), The Prosperous Coach by Rich Litvin and Steve Chandler and Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. Am my guilty pleasures are watching Netflix movies and series eg Shameless, Suits etc.

Do you have a message for women over 40?

I recently wrote a blog called ‘How’s Your Internal Bullshit Detector Meter?’ Click on the link below to see it. It is a pretty direct way to say that this skill becomes honed as you get older….and that’s a really good thing!

Also, I encourage women to educate themselves about what may happen to them during peri-menopause and menopause so as it won’t be such a shock when it does happen! (I can help with this). And…manage stress as stress makes menopause so very much worse.

How’s Your Internal Bullshit Detector Meter?

What does the future hold for you?

Growing old ungracefully (joke … sort of) and helping women do the same by helping them to find THEIR truth…whatever that looks like to them. Travelling with my husband to lots of great and interesting places. Hanging out with my family. Living closer to the beach (as much as I love the inner-west of Sydney – so fringe and accepting of different sorts of people, including ‘oldies’ like us).

Balance Team

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