Two years ago, Sheryl & Jennifer had a dream: To produce a weekly newsletter that women like us (aka midlife women who are smart, involved, curious, interested and interesting) would love to read. Even though thePause newsletter was going to be read, we wanted it to be more like you were hearing our voices -  – at times serious, sarcastic, irreverent – but always genuine.

Oftentimes as dreams go,  the fine details take time to surface, percolate and evolve. Finally, spurred by the pandemic of 2020 – if not NOW, WHEN? – we produced our very first issue. Just weeks after that, Sheryl documented her bout with COVID (we like to be trending like that…), and was interviewed for an article in the New York Times.

Jennifer has since moved on for other endeavors, but I (Sheryl) remain as the voice of thePause, bringing decades of health writing experience (and personal health experience) to share with thePause’s readership. Of course, I’m not the only voice out there, and occasionally, I’ll be adding to my voice with other experts in the field of women’s health, fitness, nutrition and more!

Each day brings new subscribers and new feedback. That makes me feel good, and it makes me feel heard, too, because, as a long-time journalist, I’m used to sitting alone behind my computer, spewing out content to (what feels like) the netherworld. And knowing that someone is really listening makes me smile, not to mention gives me the impetus to keep writing.

thePause covers a myriad of topics: menopause, weight struggles, hearing loss and self-esteem, just as a start. I talk about what’s on my mind – and what’s probably on your mind, too.

I want you to have fun, too…so, please, feel free to email with any comments, suggestions, ideas. I love reader story ideas and would be thrilled to hear from you.

We’re in this together!

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An inclusive newsletter sharing, dishing and contemplating the evolving world of midlife women's health. We might not have all the answers, but we try to figure it out.


Sheryl Kraft is a freelance health journalist and integrative wellness coach. Sheryl is founder of ThePause newsletter and co-publishes the newsletter Friendship Rules, with Irene S. Levine PhD.
Co-Founder and writer/editor focused on women, wellness and work.
The Pause is an inclusive, sassy and smart newsletter spotlighting the midlife women's health issues we all need to know more about.