Mastering Self-Doubt & Ageing Gracefully With Dr Susan Hardwick-Smith

Dr Susan Hardwick-Smith

It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.


These words are so poignant and such a beautiful reminder of what truly matters and how to handle the challenges that come our way as we go through life.

Sometimes, it feel like we’re all unwilling participants in some kind of competition about who ‘does’ life best. Everything feels under examination- our physical appearance, careers, relationships, etc. This gets worse as we get older, and our age starts to make visible changes to our body.

With each advancing year, we should all be glad for the wisdom and experience we’ve collected with each preceding year, we should revel in the self-knowledge that allows us to make better choices and only choose adventures that speaks to our soul. Unfortunately, too many of us are worried about becoming irrelevant, losing our love for life, and losing the energy and drive that makes us interesting.

I know that a lot of people after a certain age feel exactly like that and while, it’s natural to fear the change that age brings with it, at the same, I really want each and every one of us to embrace those very changes with grace and remember that none of it actually defines us; it doesn’t dictate who we get to be with each new day which is what we’re talking about in today’s episode.

About the guest-

Dr. Susan Hardwick Smith is an award-winning, Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynaecology physician, author and life coach based in Houston, Texas. In addition to starting one of the largest all female OB/GYN groups in the country, she is also the founder of AGIL, a line of skin care products and certified organic transdermal hormones that support optimal ageing.

Susan is passionate about helping women navigate midlife while remaining vibrant, connected and sexually satisfied. She has done extensive research on the subject of menopause and sexuality and has written a book ‘Sexually Woke’ which talks about exploring the need for a deeper connection with oneself and others in order to join the “Sexually Woke,” a group of over 1,000 women surveyed who have discovered vibrant sexual and spiritual lives in midlife.

Dr. Susan has herself gone through an awakening in her 50s that led to the kind of change that demanded a complete upheaval of all things comfortable and familiar, but Dr. Susan handled it like an absolute badass and did whatever was necessary to create a life that she adores.

Shownotes -

  • Dr. Susan’s awakening at 53 to the desire for a different life, and the journey that followed
  • Making big changes in your 40s and 50s
  • Handling the limiting beliefs and self-doubt that come with advancing age
  • Caring about external validation without ignoring our own needs
  • Techniques that can help us attain and maintain clarity
  • Does it matter if we live our lives by a timeline and achieve everything as planned?
  • Coaching exercises for us to live a more empowered life
  • Running an honest assessment and making conscious shifts 

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