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I have a confession to make. I’m feeling a bit midlife crisis-y and a little less engaged in and excited about things to do in my life. Having noticed this, I’m now leaning into trying out new things.

Together with my amazing podcast guest today I’m talking about the importance of trying new things in your 40s and reflecting on how doing so can really change our lives.

“I remind myself, I have done really hard things in the past
and I can usually do more than I expect of myself
and that’s what gives me the confidence to do that new thing”
– Amanda Sovik-Johnston

Karen Murray’s story is an incredible example of how trying something new in your 40s can change your life. She ran her first marathon at the age of 46. Now, ten years later, she’s run 314 of them! How amazing is that!?

“Take action. Stop thinking about it.
Once you take that action, that anxiety dissipates and goes away.”
– Karen Murray

I love how she talks about the pride she feels in her ability to accomplish something new and important every day. And most importantly, her story shows us that just a little bit of courage in taking a small step can truly make us happier and healthier and give our life meaning as we get older.

In this episode on trying new things in your 40s, we cover:

  • Why it’s so important to start something new in your 40s;
  • Karen’s story of how she did this and how it changed her life;
  • What inspired her to pick up running in her mid-40s;
  • How she had the courage to DO IT;
  • How having something new changed her life;
  • And more!

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More about Active & Connected Family Therapy

Active & Connected Family Therapy is a mental health practice serving individuals, families, and our community. Our practice is designed to help people at all stages and from all walks of life by offering therapists and physicians with diverse backgrounds and specialties via face-to-face, walk-and-talk, and telemedicine appointments. Throughout, we are committed to developing strengths-based, authentic, and long-lasting relationships with you and your children. We hope to provide you with the support and insight you need to help your family navigate life’s hard times and joys.

Are you or your child struggling with mental health? We have a team of psychologists and psychiatrists who can help you out. You can learn more about our practice or contact us here.

More about Karen Murray

Karen Murray ran her first marathon at the age of 46 and added on 314 marathons more in the last ten years. It changed her life, she even met her husband through it, and she’s now the race director for the Charlottesville ten miler.

You can contact Karen Murray at

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Disclaimer: Please remember we are real live therapists, however this is a podcast and is not considered a therapy session. Not only because there is no co-pay but also because we can’t speak to your individual experiences. We are here to help you keep raising healthy kids. And remember, if you are an imperfect parent, we are right there with you. If you or someone you love is in immediate danger, please call your local crisis hotline or go to your nearest emergency room.