Meet our featured beauty with brains Christina Henry, a Registered Nurse based in Gold Coast, Australia. She has a passion for health promotion and writing. Her website Midlifestylist.com combines both passions and aims to inspire other midlifers to live the healthiest version of themselves. Having overcome several health issues herself, she is able to use her knowledge of the issues people may need to overcome to achieve their goals. Christina is married to her second husband, has two adult sons and a house full of pets. She enjoys cooking, gardening and traveling.
Here is an interview with her.
- What are your goals in life? Have you achieved them?
My goals in life were to bring up my children to be the people they’re meant to be, to make a positive impact on others’ lives, and to create a life of peace and joy for myself and my family.
I loved watching my children grow up into the creative, intelligent men they are.
I realised early on that they were creative and musical so trying to force them into an academic pathway wouldn’t work. By allowing them to express themselves, they’ve both used their creativity in their own way which I am extremely proud of.
My career as a nurse enables me to make a positive impact of peoples’ lives even for the short time they are in hospital. My blog allows me to reach people on another level and hopefully inspires them to live a healthy lifestyle.
I continue to seek peace and joy for myself and my family. My home is my haven. Being comfortable in my own surroundings helps.
- Who or What inspires you?
Whenever I’ve gone through difficult periods in my life I find myself drawn to books and documentaries about people who have overcome the worst situations you can imagine. Reading how they rose above their problems and strove for a better life by finding inner strength is what drives me to find the same inner strength. I’ve had a life that’s so full of adversity and overcome more drama than most people. It has resulted in severe insomnia, anxiety and depression at times but it didn’t break me entirely. I wouldn’t be who I am today without those challenges in my life.
- What is your success mantra?
“Do what you can do rather than focusing on what you can’t”
So many people let things hold them back, things like health issues, troubled upbringing, socio-economic status or lack of knowledge. Where there’s a will there’s a way. There is so much free information available now. Focus on the things you can do, e.g. my chronic back pain and heart condition prevent me from going to the gym or doing high intensity workouts. I can walk however, and I walk as much as I can, including taking the stairs rather than the lift. My upbringing by an alcoholic father, the early death of my mother, and a marriage to an alcoholic and abusive ex-husband, could have been reason enough to go down the path of alcohol, drugs and other addictions, but I chose to not use that as an excuse. You can only blame your circumstances for so long, after that it’s up to you to fix your life.
- What is your advice to women who are too busy with family and career and unable to devote much time to health and well-being?
Your health is your most important asset. Don’t neglect it. Find some way to fit it into your schedule. After I nearly lost my life at 43 due to complications after a simple procedure, I realised how quickly life can be snatched away. My sister passed away at 44 from an epileptic fit. She landed with her head up against a door, which tilted her head forward so that she choked to death. Tragedy like that makes you appreciate life even more. I don’t want my sons being without me so I incorporate healthy lifestyle choices into my daily routine.
Feel free to check out her blog and social media:
My blog is midlifestylist.com
Facebook – https://facebook.com/midlifestylist
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com.au/chenry1320
Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/midlife_stylist
Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/midlifestylist
Email – email@example.com