My name is Karen. I’m NOT a Karen.

Welcome to 3564, a celebration of life’s juicy middle (ages 35 to 64) where the stories are as rich as they are real. We’re tackling everything from the challenges of parenting to the liberation of starting anew in both love and work. So join me as we chuckle, commiserate, and most of all, cheer each other on. Because here, in the middle, is where the zest of life’s experience gives us the best stories to share. 

Join me, Karen Stones, as I share a personal and candid reflection on my journey through middle age, from being a mother of three to life as a seasoned marketing professional. Listen in as I recount my career evolution from a sales and marketing assistant to becoming a global marketing director, all while navigating the nuances of leadership and growth with the guidance of a pivotal mentor. You’ll also hear about my ventures as a boutique marketing agency owner and the adventures that come with it. 

In this episode: 

  • Karen Stones shares insights on midlife, marketing, and motherhood 
  • Journey from sales assistant to global marketing director  
  • Personal growth and leadership lessons  
  • Current topics and trends – should we be doing these things? 
  • Subscribe, like, and send us your comments and ideas for future episodes 

ThirtyFiveSixtyFour is your weekly dose of inspiration for navigating the exciting, unpredictable, and undeniably transformative journey of midlife. Hosted by Karen Stones, founder of 13Jacks Marketing Agency, avoids the tired cliches of crisis and stagnation. This podcast celebrates the power of play, discovery, and possibility that comes with this unique chapter in life. Join us every week as we delve into the real stories, challenges, and triumphs of midlife. We’ll explore fresh perspectives, practical tips, and inspiring experiences that will help you thrive, not just survive, during this pivotal time. Ready to rewrite your midlife narrative? Head over to and be a part of the adventure! 


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About the Author

Show host Karen Stones is the creative heart of ThirtyFiveSixtyFour. Born in 1979, Karen is a child of Generation X. As a podcast enthusiast, she noticed a major void in content catering to listeners her age. Karen found existing productions were either niche, evangelized negative perspectives on aging, or hosted by a well-meaning young adult who lacked the wisdom and life experience to provide meaningful insight. Thus, ThirtyFiveSixtyFour was born. The philosophy behind ThirtyFiveSixtyFour stands in stark contrast to the conventional midlife crisis narrative, advocating instead for midlife to be seen as a time of confidence, reinvention, growth, reflection, exploration and renewal.

Karen has over twenty years of mass communication and marketing expertise. Her journey in media started early, as she interned for notable figures like Larry Morgan and Ryan Seacrest at the Los Angeles FM radio station STAR 98.7. During her university years Karen served as a disc jockey for the on-campus, student-run radio station. Following a successful career in the corporate world, she took the entrepreneurial plunge, founding 13 Jacks Marketing Agency in 2014. The agency currently oversees multimillion-dollar projects including global product launches, international events, specialized social media and advertising campaigns. Beyond her agency pursuits, Karen extends her expertise to coaching executives seeking to enhance their business strategies and personal growth. Based in Orange County, California, Karen is a dedicated mother to three and an outdoor enthusiast.