Introducing The Fierce 50 and My Buddy Karen

Today, Feb 19th, 2016 marks the launch of the first annual Fierce 50 Campaign: bringing together 50 female bloggers, over the age of 50, in a celebration of midlife on the 50th day of the year!

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I?m honoured to introduce you to my Fierce 50 sister and new friend, Karen Brooks. @wearwithpassion on Instagram, and the WEAR WITH PASSION blog.

“One woman can make a difference, but together we can rock the world.”

I met Karen just a few weeks ago, when I was fortunate enough to join the Fierce 50 campaign.

Catherine Grace O’Connell had an idea of 50 women bloggers over 50 coming together to celebrate midlife on the 50th day of the year. She shared her idea with friends and fellow bloggers Cathy Williamson, Shauna Robertson and Deborah Boland, and the Fierce 50 was born!

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About the Fierce 50

You can read Catherine’s original blog post here: MEET THE WOMEN OF THE FIERCE 50

Today marks the official launch of the campaign. And let me assure you, this is just the beginning, we’re all so excited for what lies ahead!

Catherine, Cathy, Shauna and Debra

As Catherine says, the midlife we are experiencing is not what it was when our parents and grandparents were growing up. We see midlife as a powerful launching pad for the Second Act in life. It’s a time of coming into oneself and not caring what others think about you. And, it’s a time of connection and collaboration. It’s letting go of the nonsense that seemed important at the time. It’s a time of embracing purpose, creativity, joy and connection to one another.

Now let me tell you about Karen …..

Karen’s just getting started on her journey as a fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. As a busy single mum of two, she’s worked as an accountant for most of her life. Now that her kids are growing up and becoming more independent though, Karen’s decided it’s time to follow her passion.

Karen patting a dog
Karen sitting outside a cafe
Karen posing in the living room

She’s always loved photography and travel, and became more interested in fashion after starting her Instagram account just over a year ago. Karen started taking pics for fun to post on IG, and her business developed from there when she realised that people were interested in what she was doing.

Karen also loves meeting new people and making connections around the world. Her family has hosted exchange students from several different countries, and she loves the way its widened her circle and given her a kind of extended family in other countries.


Karen is developing an ongoing series of interviews for her blog, called The Passion Series. She hopes that sharing stories about people around the world who are doing what they love, will help to inspire others to follow their dreams too.

Karen in a vineyard

She doesn’t intend to stop there though. Karen’s also planning to give back by contributing to non profit organisations and businesses that resonate with her message of inspiring people to live a passionate life and featuring stories about them on her blog.

I might be biased, but I think the future’s well and truly bright for this fierce sister!

Make sure you follow her on Instagram @wearwithpassion and don’t forget to check out her blog WEAR WITH PASSION.

The Fierce 50 illustration

And finally …

Credit goes to the talented @bethbriggsillustration for this gorgeous illustration!

If you’ve enjoyed reading this blog post, please visit: MEET THE WOMEN OF THE FIERCE 50, where you can learn more about each of the Fierce 50 women.

If you or someone you know is interested in either join or support the movement, go to the FOREVER FIERCE FACEBOOK GROUP for more information.

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There are already several high profile mid-life women joining the Fierce 50 campaign. One of whom is inspirational sports journalist Hannah Storm. You can read Catherine’s interview with her here: A Conversation with Hannah Storm
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