My Unconventional Journey to Happiness in My 50s: No Marriage, No Kids, No Regrets

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In a world where societal norms often dictate the path to happiness, I stand proudly in my 50s, unmarried and childless, and I can genuinely say that I am happy. While many might find it unconventional, my journey has been a fulfilling one, filled with unique experiences, self-discovery, and personal growth. In this episode, I want to share my story and celebrate the happiness that can be found outside the traditional framework of marriage and parenthood.

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Breaking Free from Societal Expectations

Society often places immense pressure on individuals to follow a particular life script: graduate, find a partner, get married, have children, and live happily ever after. But what if that script doesn’t resonate with you? What if your happiness lies in a different narrative altogether?

I always knew, even as a small child, that I wasn’t made for this kind of conventional life. I never dreamed about the house with the white picket fence, the big wedding party and the happy-ever-after with 2 children.

I wanted to see the world, build a career, and more than anything, I always wanted to be independent.

Self-Discovery and Personal Growth

Being unmarried and childless has given me the freedom and opportunity to focus on self-discovery and personal growth. I’ve been able to explore my passions, travel extensively, and invest in my career without the responsibilities that often come with family life. This has allowed me to become the best version of myself and continuously evolve as an individual.

Cherishing Independence

Independence has been a cornerstone of my happiness. I cherish the ability to make decisions and pursue my interests without needing to consult or consider the needs of a partner or children. This freedom has allowed me to take risks, seize opportunities, and live life on my own terms.

Embracing Unconventional Relationships

While I may not have a traditional family unit, I’ve forged strong bonds with people who share my values and interests. These unconventional relationships have brought immense joy and fulfillment into my life. I’ve learned that family and love can take many forms, and I’m grateful for the deep connections I’ve formed over the years.

In a world where the pursuit of happiness is often linked to marriage and parenthood, I stand as living proof that there are countless paths to contentment. Being in my 50s, unmarried, and without children has allowed me to embrace a unique journey of self-discovery, personal growth, and happiness. I’ve learned that happiness can be found in unconventional places and that the most important thing is to live life authentically and on your own terms. So, to those who may doubt the possibility of happiness outside the traditional norms, I say this: I’m living proof that it’s not only possible but also incredibly rewarding.

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Hi, I'm Susanne.

I’m here to help you turn your passion into profits and build a successful online business.

I went from working in digital advertising to become a yoga teacher, move to Bali and build my online business that allows me to work from anywhere in the world. Now, my mission is to help you do the same. I want to empower you to embrace the transformative potential of midlife and menopause, build a purposeful online business and create your unique legacy.

I’m also obsessed with my little terrier Luna, love traveling in my campervan, and am happiest when I can wear yoga pants all day long. 

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