Lisa Petty, PhD 

Midlife Alchemist (Women’s Midlife Coach)

Midlife is a time when so many things change. Your body becomes a stranger. Relationships end. Kids leave home. Career isn’t satisfying.

We start to question why we’re here. We feel an urge to create or do something – but don’t know what it is.

As a Midlife Alchemist, I help women start to think about their lives in new ways. (That’s what alchemy means: turning the mundane into something marvelous!)

I got to this place as a result of a few things, including my personal journey of midlife self-discovery after a nearly 20-year career as a women’s nutrition educator and coach, and raising two children safely (yet imperfectly) to adulthood in a sole-parent household.

And my own path involved getting a PhD that centred on the well-being of women at midlife. My research doctorate made it very, very clear to me that the many social and cultural expectations on women to be, look and act a certain way get in the way of us taking care of our own well-being. No wonder you’re exhausted, confused and maybe a little bit grumpy.

Not only do we get smothered by the expectations that others have of us, we’ve bought into the messaging that we can have it all. Which, as my research has shown, is a clever way to get us to do it all – and do it all perfectly.

Instead of feeling empowered and autonomous, we can start to feel overwhelmed, confused and resentful. (And if that’s you, you’re right on track.)


And after hundreds of interviews, countless hours of conversations, my own journey, and coaching countless women through their confusion, I’ve formulated a simple, step-by-step strategy that can help you figure out who you are now, what’s next for you, and how to take the important first steps in creating the life you want.

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