Carol Morley on Midlife Magic: 3 Ways to Ignite Your Purpose


As we reach our 40s and 50s, it’s not uncommon to crave a deeper sense of purpose and intention in our lives. Research has shown that when we live with a sense of purpose, we are more likely to adapt to change and grow in positive ways that support our health and wellbeing.[1]

But where should you start if you want to live more intentionally and realise these positive benefits? The best place to start is by reconnecting with yourself – through cultivating a growth mindset, nurturing self-discovery, and then sharing authentically with others, you’ll rediscover your true self and what it needs for ongoing fulfillment.

Cultivating a Growth Mindset

To enrich our lives with purpose and intention, it’s essential to adopt a growth mindset. This means believing in our ability to learn, adapt, and overcome challenges, even in midlife. Embrace the idea that it’s never too late to try new things, learn new skills, and redefine ourselves. Challenge that self-limiting voice in your head that says, ‘it’s too late’, or ‘I’m too old.’ By staying open to growth, you create opportunities for personal and emotional development and the joy that comes with mastering new skills and knowledge.


Nurturing Self-Discovery

Ongoing self-discovery is crucial for bringing more purpose and intention to our lives. Take time to reflect on your passions, values, and goals. Consider exploring new hobbies or interests that align with these values. Engage in mindfulness practices, journaling, or therapy to gain a deeper understanding of yourself. As you discover more about who you are and what truly matters to you, you’ll find it easier to make intentional choices that enrich your life.

Connecting with Others

Sharing our journeys with others can help us find support and encouragement as we navigate midlife. Join a book club, volunteer for a local cause, or connect with like-minded individuals online. These connections can foster personal growth and offer valuable insights into our own experiences. Remember, we’re never alone on this journey, but we may need to take the first steps to find our community. Sharing with others may take you out of your comfort zone, but the benefits of connection are so worth it!

How have you embraced a growth mindset and self-discovery in your own life? Share your experiences and inspire others in the comments below!


By Carol Morley


About the author:

Carol Morley is co-founder and Moment Maker at Me Moments Inspired, a subscription box membership for women wanting to support self-discovery and growth in midlife.

With a certificate in the Science of Wellbeing and over 20 years’ experience in helping people be their best selves, Carol is known for providing research-backed and effective wellbeing and self-care advice.

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[1] Matthew J. Bundick , Kathleen Remington , Emily Morton & Anne Colby (2021) The contours of purpose beyond the self in midlife and later life, Applied Developmental Science, 25:1, 62-82,

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