GENERATION AGELESS: JO MOFFETT

We’re talking to people with a positive attitude to mid-life, doing things differently, changing their pace of life, their priorities, reflecting on what’s gone before and the new opportunities and challenges to come...

Jo Moffett is director of Leaf Training, offering forward-thinking solutions in employability skills, business training and quality assurance assessments. After 30 years in the NHS, Jo was ready to start up her own venture. Her sessions span across schools, hospitals, rural communities and both large and small business.

She is well into her first year in business and is eager to expand and share her knowledge, helping to make people feel at ease – getting the best out of them at any age, whatever it is they do.

I USED TO DO THIS…

I worked in the NHS from age 19 – 50, when I took early retirement to follow my dream of being my own ‘boss’ and forming my company ‘Leafftraining.co.uk’ (Leadership Engagement and Future Focus).

Whilst I loved my job as part of the education and workforce team at the Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust, I felt something was missing and longed to be more in control, not just of my work life, but also my home life.

I am sure many women of my age will agree that at times you feel like you are on a treadmill on speed nine – and need to slow it down a little. So I took the brave, crazy and very exciting decision to step away from job security and routine, and venture into my new world of spontaneity and challenge.

NOW LIFE IS ABOUT… 

Primarily, me! For the first time in many years – if ever – I am putting my needs first and I think this is the joy of increasing age.

You can become more attuned to what makes you happy. But whatever the reason, I am wallowing in this wonderful tub of feeling great, independent and just grabbing life and hugging every minute out of it.

My new job is very much about encouraging everyone to be the best they can be. More importantly, not waiting until you are over a certain age to do or feel this great.

With every session I design and deliver, my main aim is to ensure all attending go away with something to help them as individuals as well as their business. The benefits are: improved morale, positive thinking and a greater understanding of the importance of health and wellbeing in the workplace and at home.

THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IMPORTANT TO ME…

My parents, who taught me values from the very start – treat others with respect and always look out for those in need.

FAMILY IS ALL ABOUT…

Being active. My husband is a keen cyclist and uses exercise to ‘unwind’. I always know if he’s having a tough time at work when he disappears for a 70-mile bike ride!

My oldest girl Sophie, 13, is a keen horse rider and my youngest girl Maisie, is very like me – feisty, driven and a fabulous dancer. The one thing we do not have in common is her footballing ability.

As a family, whenever we can, we escape to our happy place in Seahouses – my favourite place in the world. As we drive in and see the wonderful Bamburgh Castle, you can feel the worries of the week drift away.

I’M LUCKY I CAN… 

Take a step out of security and create this new business. This feels like a new start, a new beginning. And whilst, at times, my body is saying slow down, I refuse to give in and continue to push forward with new ideas, energy and a lust for life!

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ME… 

Up at 6.30am to welcome husband and dog back from their walk, get three lunches ready, leave for school and then – if I survive the school run – back home to check emails, create new sessions, squeeze in a run and check social media.

If it’s a weekend, the main focus is dinner out – favourite hangouts being ARLO or Sale Pepe in Jesmond. As a runner, I love a quick five-miler around Jesmond whilst listening to my dance tunes and rocking a beat.

I THRIVE ON…

Knowing I am loved, valued and safe.

WHAT MID-LIFE MEANS TO ME… 

Being able to take time to reflect on what I have achieved, spending more time with parents, and feeling confident in everything I do. Don’t allow your mental or physical energy to be wasted in the wrong situations or with the wrong people and grab each day with energy. Don’t live for Fridays, give a bit of love to a Monday!


leafftraining.co.uk 

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