To discover more about a person’s professional achievements you can usually look them up on LinkedIn. When you search for Karen Batson’s page, however, there is just one word — Cookie. Yet that word alone speaks volumes and she has no need to advertise her skill set. Cookie has become a cult Melbourne institution since it opened its doors in 2003. Tourists mark it as a must-visit in their guidebooks, Melbournites flock there for an after work cocktail, and foodies bolt there to sample her innovative Thai cuisine.
Many older women are turning to alternative income streams and flexible living arrangements as they adjust to changes in circumstance, be it through separation, divorce, retirement, or simply the need for a change of scene. For writer Nadine Cresswell-Myatt, housesitting offers a way to keep living costs down between larger trips, with a few amusing anecdotes to boot.
Increasingly, women over fifty are turning to alternative, supplementary income streams such as Airbnb, to assist with the rising cost of living. As a result, mature women are the fastest growing segment in this unique hosting community, and are often the highest-rated hosts on the platform. Our own Airbnb aficionado, Nadine Cresswell-Myatt takes a look at some of the benefits of becoming an Airbnb host, and the many ways it is empowering older women financially.
She seemed trim, together and still beautiful. But then she hit me with the clanger – ‘I’m actually in my mid-70s. How did I get so old? It just happened. I lost six years of my life.’
‘It was my mother,’ she said. ‘She went into high care and lived until she was 96. I lost the years, visiting daily, spoon-feeding her meals, and staying on top of her myriad medical issues. Then before I knew it I too was getting on in years.’
When my brother set off for his backpacking adventure in the 80s I was at Melbourne airport, blubbering. His friends thought I was going to miss him. But no. I was howling because he was going, and not me.
Decades on and history had repeated itself. This time I was seeing off my 18-year-old son. He was off for the summer, backpacking through Europe. My concern for him was stabbed with feelings of jealousy. Why did the males in the family have all the adventures? What about me? When would I ever get to travel solo?
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