50 Shades of Brave: This woman spent 2016 doing 50 amazing things to mark end of her marriage – Mirror.co.uk


One woman thought 2016 would see her celebrating her 50th birthday and 20th wedding anniversary.

But when her marriage ended the previous year she decided instead to start a new chapter in her life.

Justine Swainson told herself she would carry out 50 challenges to “mark the beginning” of her journey – titled 50 Shades of Brave.

Kicking off her challenge by buying a copy of The Big Issue in January, she then went on to become the first Welsh woman to climb to the summit of Mount Everest.

No.27 – Throw a pot

Throughout the year Justine got her ears re-pierced, braved public speaking, parasailing and off-roading.

“I was turning 50 in 2016 and it was also meant to be the year I was celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary, but instead I got divorced,” Justine told Wales Online .

“But rather than spending the year being miserable, I thought I’d take my mind off things…



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