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Forty Thrive

Author: Jackie MacDougall

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If you're a woman over 40 looking to improve your wellness, mindset, career and more, Forty Thrive is for you. You'll meet experts and discover the resources you need to not just survive midlife, but thrive.

Whether you're facing the madness of menopause head on, looking to make a big life transition or just want to feel like the best version of yourself, Forty Thrive is all about real life solutions to everyday problems women in their 40s and 50s face.

Hosted by Jackie MacDougall
125 Episodes
Why would you start to use cannabis at this age?! Before you judge, just listen. It could seriously change everything for you. We're not talking smokin' out under the bleachers here. Cannabis can be used to manage so many (peri)menopause symptoms and help you feel like yourself again -- without actually getting high. Meet Carrie Mapes and Patty Pappas, founders of Hello Again! They're busting cannabis myths and answering your questions. Carrie and Patty go way back – twenty years ago the duo met when their oldest children started preschool. Friends ever since, Carrie and Patty have always been adventurous and open-minded – but it wasn’t until they became empty nesters that they decided to explore local dispensaries. Quickly, they realized that cannabis was uniquely suited to address many of the challenges they experienced during menopause. Patty and Carrie searched for a single product geared to address these challenges, but there was nothing in sight. Naturally, their problem-solving instincts lead them to take matters into their own hands – by building their own product from the ground up. Cannabis. Vaginal. Suppository. Some might read those words and think “crazy talk”, but for Carrie and Patty these same words represent the future of women’s wellness. Carrie’s creativity combined with Patty’s attention to detail make them the perfect pair to spearhead a movement to educate women about menopause and the non-psychoactive use of cannabis for wellness at any age. Carrie and Patty founded Hello Again in 2019, after extensive research and development. The duo is committed to offering solutions for women to improve both mental and physical health and feel like themselves again. As Carrie and Patty say, their grandmother’s tolerated, their mothers medicated, and they CREATED. Hello Again! Related Episode: Cannabis and CBS as Midlife Medicine About Our Guests: Carrie Mapes is committed to helping women through the challenges of menopause. After struggling with memory fog and energy shortages, Carrie understands how confusing it can be to associate menopause with its symptoms. Through her creativity and relatability, she strives to reach women who face the challenges she once did - and to introduce these women to a product that can make them feel like themselves again. Carrie currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and has two adult children. When not working at the intersection of cannabis and menopause, Carrie spends time developing her art. Patty Pappas aims to introduce a product that changed her life into the lives of women everywhere. After experiencing years of uncontrollable mood and temperature shifts, Patty started experimenting with cannabis products to tackle her menopause. Her knowledge of symptoms and personal encounters with relief practices have provided Patty with the expertise and vision for Hello Again. Patty is happiest with her husband George in Los Angeles, where they have raised their three daughters. There, she promotes women’s wellness by advocating for the use of natural products to address menopause. Connect with Hello Again on their website, on Instagram and Facebook.   
A while back I  asked women in the Forty Thrive community something they’ve always wanted to do but just need a little push to do it… and many women talked about finally writing that first book! Well you’re in luck! Meet Jennie Nash, founder of the Author Accelerator. Jennie has spent 30 years on all sides of the publishing industry and is the author of four novels, three memoirs, and one self-help book for writers. Not only does Jennie’s company coach many people how to write their book, but she also trains people to become book coaches to support writers through the entire creative process. Could becoming a book coach be your next big career move? Check out Jennie's programs here.  Speaking of books, check out our Forty Thrive bookstore where you’ll find all the books written by Forty Thrive guests — from personal development, to great reads about menopause, money, memoirs, marriage and so much more! If you prefer to listen to books — like I do — you can also get a FREE month of Audible. I love my Audible books! I listen in the car, on walks, or just doing chores around the house. I mean you already listen to podcasts - its an easy transition. Visit for your free month of Audible and a FREE audiobook download.  About Our Guest:  Jennie Nash is the founder of Author Accelerator, a business that has trained more than 50 book coaches to support writers through the entire creative process, and matches writers with the right coach that can give them the sustained editorial support they need to complete their book projects. Jennie’s book coaching methods bring back the powerful and time-tested concept of artistic mentorship – which has been largely squeezed out of a publishing industry hungry for the next big, fast hit. Jennie has spent 30 years on all sides of the publishing industry and is the author of four novels, three memoirs, and one self-help book for writers. Connect with Jennie on or Mentioned in this Episode:  Escape from Cubicle Nation Pia Silva
Have you ever tried on an outfit and thought "who the heck was this made for?" Today's guest certainly has. But the difference is, she took it a step forward and actually created accessible styles for women of all shapes and sizes. Caren Lettiere is Founder and President of Democracy Clothing. She's passionate about celebrating women, helping us feel our most beautiful and confident.   Save 25% site-wide at with promo code: FortyThrive. We're gifting five Forty Thrive listeners with a pair of Democracy Jeans. Visit our free and private Facebook community to learn more! About Our Guest: Caren Lettiere is the Founder and President of Democracy Clothing, the casual lifestyle brand designed for the modern, multitasking woman who grew up with fashion, then got busy with life. Best known for its “Ab”solution jeans with fit technology, Democracy Clothing embraces women of all shapes and sizes, providing them with confidence-building clothing that helps them look good and feel good, while doing good. Alongside Democracy, Caren’s proudest accomplishment is the fulfilling family life she’s built with her husband of 30 years, David, and their amazing kids Nicole and Josh. Connect with Caren and Democracy on Instagram and Facebook.
If there ever were an episode that made me go "wait, WHAT?" it's this one. When I heard today's guest helps women fix their marriages with no effort from their spouse, I was like I am ready to debate! But that's not what happened. Take a listen and hear for yourself! Mentioned in this episode: The 5 Love Languages Connie Schultz About Our Guest: New York Times bestselling author Laura Doyle was the perfect wife...until she actually got married. When she told her husband how to be tidier, more romantic, and more ambitious, he avoided her. So she dragged him to marriage counseling and nearly divorced him. In desperation, she asked happily married women for their secrets, and that’s when she got her miracle: the man who had wooed her returned. Laura’s books have been translated into 19 languages in 30 countries and accidentally started a worldwide movement.  Laura’s mission is to end world divorce. She is the founder of the international relationship coach training school Laura Doyle Connect, the star of Empowered Wives on Amazon Prime, the Creator of The Ridiculously Happy Wife program, the host of The Empowered Wife Podcast and she has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America and The View. She has helped over 15,000 women fix their relationships--even the hopeless ones--without their husband’s effort. Connect with Laura on The Empowered Wife Podcast, her website, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Get a FREE audiobook download for FREE with a free trial of Audible.  Access the Audible Plus Catalog Unlimited listening to select audiobooks, Audible Originals, podcasts, and more. 1 title of your choice per month Get a credit good for any title in our entire premium selection—yours to keep. No commitments Cancel your membership at anytime. All titles purchased with a credit are yours to keep forever. You have absolutely nothing to lose — except maybe your excuses for not reading anymore. Check out
What if the whole concept of finding "balance" actually isn’t just a load of BS? What if you could feel better, healthier, more at peace? Today’s episode can help you move just a little bit closer to that. About Our Guest: Want to be a rock star at work and at home? Cherylanne Skolnicki has the playbook. As an entrepreneur with a husband and three kids of her own, she knows exactly how it feels to have too much to do and not enough time to do it. It's exhausting, it's stressful, and it can be tempting to just give in to the chaos. Like most children of the 80s and 90s, Cherylanne grew up believing she could have it all. She started her first business while still in high school, and dreamed of one day becoming a CEO. After graduating from Cornell, she went to work for Procter & Gamble where she spent the next 15 years climbing the corporate ladder and managing a portfolio of well known consumer product brands (one had more than $1 billion in global sales). Despite her demanding work schedule, she still traveled, ran marathons, and volunteered like a boss. And then she had 3 children. All of a sudden, the unrelenting pace she was running at felt unsustainable. That’s when she knew she had to reorder her life so all the pieces would truly fit - including not just a thriving career and family life, but also a good night's sleep and some time to herself! It wasn't easy at first, but she finally discovered a set of practices that truly worked. That prompted her to found Brilliant Balance, and her playbook has helped thousands of professional women reclaim rock star status over the last decade. Her company, Brilliant Balance, offers work-life mentorship and coaching programs to help you have a fulfilling career, a thriving family life, and a strong sense of self. Cherylanne is a sought-after speaker and hosts the top-rated Brilliant Balance podcast. Her work has been featured in Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Women’s Day, and Cincy Chic. She appears on TV news shows as an expert on work life balance, productivity, and purpose. Cherylanne graduated from Cornell University in 1995. She holds an MBA from the Goizueta School of Management at Emory University. She is a member of the Female Founders Collective, one of Cincinnati’s 100 Wise Women, a Forty Under 40 Honoree, a happy wife, and a proud mom of three. Connect with Cherylanne on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Grab one of Cherylanne's freebies below: Learn the 3 Keys to Work Life Brilliance Stop Feeling so Tired all the Time - 8 Hacks for Working Women that Really Work Calendar Control - Align your time with your priorities and turn your TO DO List into a DONE list Learn the 3 Signs You may be ready for a Career Change
I'm willing to bet you haven't heard a conversation quite like this one. Meet Stephanie Dodier, a Clinical Nutritionist & Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, speaker, podcast host and Creator of The Going Beyond The Food Method™️. In this episode, we tackle so much: What intuitive eating is… and what it isn’t Understanding diet culture and how it’s creating needless suffering How "good girl syndrome" plays into how we show up Body positivity and why it’s the topic of some major debate Fat phobia  The problem with BMI measurements Join us in our free and private Facebook group to continue the conversation. About Our Guest: Stephanie Dodier is a Clinical Nutritionist & Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, speaker, podcast host and Creator of The Going Beyond The Food Method™️ a global coaching and online education platform focused on helping women make peace with food and their body so that they can live a fulfilling life… right now! Stephanie has been recognized as a leading expert in the field of eating psychology and her weekly podcast Host of The Beyond the Food Show has been ranked a top 25 wellness Apple podcast. Stephanie created The Going Beyond The Food Method™ an integrative and comprehensive approach focus on helping women free themselves from the shackles of diet culture and finally engage with food and their body from a place of compassion and absolute confidence.  Stephanie's first diet was at 12 years old and her last one at 38 years old.  Her 25-year dieting career is what is fueling her passion. She shares her personal journey as a source of inspiration while educating and empowering women to reconnect with their power and live their life to the fullest. Connect with Stephanie on her website, Facebook and on Instagram.
Meet Leah Hadley, a best-selling author, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) and an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC), she’s all about helping her us make wise financial decisions as we begin the next phase of life with the strongest possible financial foundation.  Leah wasn’t always a financial wiz, in fact she was an instant parent of three when she and her husband adopted a sibling group. But then it wasn’t soon after that she was going through a divorce. So she gets the struggle. Leah is brilliant when it comes to managing money during and after divorce so stay tuned for that, but I also wanted to talk about managing money as a couple when you’re still together — hopefully well enough that you can avoid that divorce.  We talk setting financial goals, getting on the same page — communication around goals, oh my gosh so important, becoming an entrepreneur after working at a “safe” job for years, and managing finances through huge transitions — most of us have had one or there’s one right around the corner. This isn’t one of those heady or boring financial conversations but Leah provides some super simple real life tactics to empower you to make the most of your money. Oh and how to recognize the red flags when you reach out to a financial planner — when to run like hell  If you like what you hear and want to work with Leah, she’s offering you a free introductory call. Just click HERE. Just be sure to let her know you were referred by Forty Thrive.  About Our Guest: Leah Hadley will tell you she's had a lot of challenging financial times in her adult life-becoming a parent of three overnight, getting divorced, and losing her job, to name a few. These have been times when her ability to hunt down appropriate resources and careful financial planning was critical to her peace of mind. Now a best-selling author, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) and an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC), Leah is the founder of Great Lakes Divorce Financial Solutions and Great Lakes Investment Management. She uses all of her knowledge and 15 years of experience to help her clients make wise financial decisions so they can begin the next phase of life with the strongest possible financial foundation. Leah is committed to strengthening families through financial wellness. Connect with Leah: Website, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook
50 is here, baby! And I've learned a few things in my 50 years on this beautiful planet. Today, I'm sharing 10 of those hard earned lessons in hopes that they can help you too. Psst: This is a great episode to share with your younger friends. (I'm like the ghost of Christmas future over here). Mentioned in this episode:  Check out this post in our Forty Thrive FB group! Join the Forty Thrive Hive! Check out these reads by Forty Thrive guest authors! Get a FREE month of Audible HERE.  Top 10 Lessons from (My First) 50 Years It’s my 50th birthday. The big 5–0. Half a century. Fifty shades of somethin’. As a woman who’s had her fair share of life experiences, I feel like I’ve got some things to say, so sit your young self back and take a listen. The stuff you’ve been through — the challenges, the set backs, the unanswered prayers — they have all brought you to where you are today. And it’s those experiences that provide us the greatest lessons and wisdom. So as a new silver-haired, card-carrying member of AARP, I’ve learned a few things in my 50 years on this beautiful planet and today, I’m sharing 10 of those hard earned lessons in hopes that they can help you too. Psst: Feel free to share with your younger friends, too. (I’m like the ghost of Christmas future over here.) 1. You are not for everyone. This is something I tell my creative coaching clients all the time. I actually tell my kids this all the time. It is okay if someone just does not prefer you. Just keep being yourself, showing up and doing you. Say it with me: I. AM. NOT. FOR. EVERYONE. The sooner and more often you remember this, you’ll be given a sense of freedom no longer worrying or even wondering what everyone else thinks. 2. You’re leaving a lot of progress on the table. I love my trainer, Joan. She’s awesome. I see her three times a week. And when I’m there, we do all the sets and reps and what not that you’d expect from a training session. But one day, I noticed as she counted down three, two, one…I’d actually put the weights down on three. And then I started doing math. 3 seconds x 12 exercises per section times four (or five or six) sections, that equals 144 seconds at the very least. 144 seconds of a missed strength-building opportunity. Multiply that by three days, we’re talking 432 seconds per week, almost 1900 seconds per month, that’s almost 7500 seconds per year — over two hours! It may not feel like a lot but when we give up too early, we’re missing out on some serious progress. 3. You have everything it takes within you right now to do the thing you want. Unless you’re going for a big degree that’s necessary, you probably don’t have to learn more. You don’t have to be more. You don’t have to wait until you’ve lost the weight or you’ve moved houses or whatever it is… you have everything it takes right now. So what are some really small steps you can take to get started? Stop putting things off until everything is aligned, because you know by this stage of your life, it’s probably not going to happen that way. I meet women all the time through my work in the Forty Thrive community or even IRL (not online)…we’re just constantly waiting until we are “enough” or at some magical place before we even get started. I just think it’s time to let go of that whole idea and just know that whatever it is we want, let’s just start small — but start. Let’s do the damn thing. 4. It’s okay to change your mind — and more than once. I’ve talked about this on the Forty Thrive podcast for so long. Sometimes we have an idea; I want to be a teacher, or I want to work in television… I want to be a nurse or [insert idea here]. And then down the road, you’re not really feeling it anymore. But many of us don’t even consider that it’s okay to divert from the original plan. If you decided when you were 30 that you wanted to live in a certain area and no longer want to live there, cool! It’s okay! People evolve and change and our minds do too. I know I am not the same as I was when I turned 40 — so much life has happened and I’ve had so many experiences. If I expect to want everything in my life at 50 that I wanted at 40, that will just lead to frustration and disappointment. Would you ever expect a 20 year old to want exactly what they wanted at 10 years old? That would be ridiculous. So don’t do that to yourself. It’s okay to change what you want and pivot into a new course. And if someone questions your decision, just let ’em know I said it’s okay and to take it up with me. 5. You can make time for health or you can make time for illness. Read it again: You can make time for health or you can make time for illness. I know so many people, myself included, who have allllll the excuses we can’t make time for health. No money… no time… other people come first. Listen, if you have money for three bottles of wine per week and time for Netflix or Candy Crush, you have money… and time. And there are more free workouts online than ever before. Your excuses suck. It’s time to put yourself first on the list. Fuel that mind, body and soul so you’re the strongest, happiest human possible. 6. Move your body. This isn’t about body building contests or the Peloton leaderboard, unless you’re into that kind of thing. (There are huge benefits to strength training as we get older) Getting up and moving your body every day; walking the dogs, dancing in the kitchen. jumping on a trampoline, taking a sunset hike, walking the beach; whatever makes you feel good — do that. Moving our bodies helps physically and mentally. We always talk about living longer, but it’s very rare that we talk about living longer, better. Wouldn’t you rather be that sassy mall walkin’ granny than the one hunched over in the rocking chair? Same, girl. Same. 7. Take care of your skin. I really wish someone had drilled this into my head and shown me a crystal ball revealing what my skin would look and feel like. My chest is like wrinkled tissue paper and at least once a year, I have something surgically removed from way too much sun exposure. Sunscreen, hats, glasses… they make moisturizers and lotions with sunscreen in them — there are no excuses. There is absolutely no reason that we can’t protect our skin. It’s not too late, even for us, the baby oil and tanning mats generation. 8. Life is too short to sit in “what if?” Stop taking a passive role in your own life. There is something out there you’ve been wanting to do, it may be deep down (because we’ve been pushing stuff down order to take care of everybody else, haven’t we?) but there’s power in “what if?” It’s an opportunity to ask yourself what you truly want. Don’t just sit in it, use it for action. Use it for inspiration. Use it to move forward. You deserve what’s next. What if you dreamed a little and then put those dreams into action? What if, indeed. 9. Love yourself as is, exactly as who you are right now, where you are right now. We have been programmed as women to only love ourselves if we are making a certain paycheck or we hit a certain number on the scale, or we’re in the perfect romantic relationship, the mother of 2.2 kids and an Instagramable dog. No, no, no, no, no. You right now are the most lovable, incredible human ever exactly where you are and who you are. We are no longer going to listen to that BS programming that we have to achieve or accomplish something for us to be of value. I can’t say this enough. You are incredible and amazing and beautiful and lovable and valuable. Right now. As yourself. Exactly where you are. 10. It is not too late. If you are reading this right now, you are breathing. Yay, you! You are living. You are here for a purpose. If you are approaching 40, 50, or even 80, it doesn’t matter. If you have a dream or a goal (or a thought or a wish or something you want to try), it is not too late. It’s not too late to build that business. It’s not too late to run that race. It’s not too late to volunteer with that organization or travel the world. When we look at these things in front of us, they seem so daunting and overwhelming. “Oh, I can’t do that. It’s too late for me.” There are likely people much older than you (possibly even with less talent, skill and opportunity than you have) doing incredible things. When you use the excuse that it is too late, that you’re too old, all you’re doing is letting yourself off the hook and setting yourself up for regret. Listen, you will never be as young as you are today and you will never be as capable as you are today. It’s a fact. Everything you’ve ever wanted is right there in front of you. Are you ready to go for it? Pulled from Episode 101 of the Forty Thrive podcast.
Welcome to Forty Thrive's 100th episode! 100 episodes featuring experts, resources and badass women (and a couple of dudes) with incredible stories. This week, guest co-host Kim Goldman joins Jackie to talk the one year anniversary of the pandemic and all the non-stop changes that have happened to the ladies in the Forty Thrive community. In this episode: • How to foster friendships, even when you want to crawl into a hole • How to take on changes, even those that blindside us. • Using our challenges to our advantage -- today and everyday. Join the Thrive Hive! Become a Forty Thrive supporter! Related Episodes:  Confronting OJ Simpson on Forty Thrive Abundance and Prosperity? Yes, Please! About Our Guest: Known nationwide as a victims' rights advocate after her brother's murder in the infamous O. J. Simpson murder trial, Kim Goldman spent the last 15 years as the Executive Director of The Youth Project, a non-profit organization that provides free counseling, support groups, crisis intervention, and education and outreach to thousands of teenagers, since opening in 2000. Outside of her work with the Youth Project, Kim travels the country as an impassioned public speaker on victims' rights, the role of the media, judicial reform, and other related topics. Some speaking highlights include: Keynote Speaker at numerous National Victims' Rights Week Events, Parents of Murdered Children Victims Conferences, The FBI National Academy Conference, The Department of Justice (OJP), Speaker at Governor Wilson's Conference for Women, Domestic Violence Symposiums as well as partnered with MLB's Kansas City Royals, and guest speaker/panelist at universities and national events and will be attending CrimeCon in 2021. In 2016, Kim joined the nationally syndicated, Daytime Emmy nominated show, Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen as a Special Correspondent dedicated to telling stories from a victim's perspective. As an accomplished writer, Kim has appeared twice on the New York Times Bestseller list with His Name is Ron, Our Search for Justice, and If I Did It, Confessions of the Killer. In 2014, Kim authored her memoir Can't Forgive, and in 2015, Media Circus, A Look at Private Tragedy in the Public Eye. Kim is the Executive Producer and Host of Confronting: O.J Simpson Podcast series, which launched in June 2019 and was named #4 of the Best 100 Podcasts of 2019, with more than 8M downloads, and was previously the co-host of Broadscast, a radio show/podcast for and about women and is currently in development for a new podcast/television series. Kim is the founding Co-Chair of The Ron Goldman Foundation for Justice, the Co-Chair of The National Center for Victims of Crime after serving as Vice-Chair for many years. She is a past Advisory Board Member for Habitat For Heroes, Advisory Board Member for Survivors Empowered, Vision 21 Committee member, and has collaborated with P.A.V.E (sexual assault prevention and awareness), Crime Survivors Inc., and other non-profit organizations dedicated to serving victims of crime. Kim contributes to a variety of national media outlets and has been a guest on news programs such as Oprah, 20/20, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dateline, Primetime Live, Dr. Phil and others. Kim's commitment to youth and those in need has positioned her as a leader in her community where she was recognized by Soroptimist International with the Making a Difference for Women award, honored as one of "40 under 40 Leaders" Business Professionals, nominated for Leadership in Non-Profit, received a "Going Above and Beyond" award from Crime Survivors, recognized as one of 51 Most Influential Leaders in Northern Los Angeles, and is a recipient of the Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award. She is currently a resident of Greater Los Angeles where she raises her son. Connect with Kim on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
If you're running a business with your significant other or even just sharing a home office, this episode is for you. Naketa Thigpen knows the challenges of running a business while trying to keep a relationship thriving. Naketa gets how exhausting things can be right now and how when we're pulled in too many directions, often a marriage or a long-term partnership is the first to take the hit. If you’re tired of choosing between energy for your business and energy for your marriage, you’ll definitely want to join Naketa for her Free 5 Day Experience: The Joy Map Method Masterclass for Married Women Entrepreneurs Who Want More... Register here  Get Naketa's book Selfish and all of the books written by Forty Thrive guests in our Amazon store.  About our guest: Naketa Ren Thigpen helps exhausted power couples and married women entrepreneurs reconnect with their forever love and amplify their intimacy, when they find themselves sacrificing their relationships because they’re so consumed with the wild success they’re experiencing in business. Naketa’s become known as the #1 Balance and Relationship Advisor in the World. As an International Best-Selling Author of the book Selfish, Keynote Speaker, Podcast Host and CEO, Naketa’s equipped countless high-profile women (and a few brave men) with tools to recalibrate their power dynamics, redefine their romance, and close the love gap to achieve WHOLE SUCCESS! Connect with Naketa on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.   
The Six Habits

The Six Habits


When I say habits, you may think yeah, yeah, I’ve heard all about habits. The best seller shelf, TV self help experts… habits are old news. Not even a little bit. Not only does guest Laura DiBenedetto have a fresh take on habits -- the way  she combines very specific habits is nothing short of life changing Don’t believe me? Take a listen. About Laura: TEDx Speaker,#1 Bestselling author of The Six Habits and Life Mastery Coach, Laura DiBenedetto teaches us how to create the life of our dreams without sacrificing what we love. Connect with Laura on her website, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn   Get The Six Habits on Amazon Download The Six Habits on Audible FREE with a FREE trial.  Get instant access to Laura's life-changing Six Habits Mega Download Bundle! This includes: Laura's signature 90 Day Habit Mastery Program The Six Habits Audiobook The Six Habits eBook Plus, enjoy the full set of 4K Phone Wallpapers to keep you on track!
If you’ve been wanting to lose weight and find yourself getting excited about the new fad diet, I’m here to let you off the hook. You don’t need that. In fact, I am totally against all of the crazy messages the diet industry shoves down our throats, trying to trigger our insecurities. We all know that’s what they’re doing but they craft such compelling messages, the next thing you know we’re buying a thigh master… or a bag of powder filled with ingredients we can’t even pronounce.  Meet Nagina Abdullah. Nagina lost 40 pounds over a period of several months and was going to just leave it at that. She was working long hours in her super successful day job and had a couple of kids at home. But more and more people would ask her for recipes and guidance, and Nagina followed the calling that led her to where she is now - is a health coach for women professionals, physicians, and successful entrepreneurs. She works with those who’ve found success in so many areas but just couldn’t crack the weight loss code. Maybe you can relate to that.  If you’re as inspired as I am, check out Nagina’s FREE 5-Day Slim Down for Fierce, Feminine Leaders.  About Our Guest: Nagina Abdullah is a health coach for women professionals, physicians, and 7-figure entrepreneurs and founder of the website She teaches women to lose 20-40+ pounds even while working 60+ hours a week and if they have tried everything. Nagina has a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley and has helped over 700 professional women successfully lose weight and create a lifestyle change. She has been featured in, Business Insider, and more.  Connect with Nagina on her website, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.  
Are you ready to put the sizzle back in your sex drive? Excellent, you're in the right place. Meet Maryon Stewart, the author of Manage your Menopause Naturally; The Six Week Guide to Calming Hot Flashes and Night Sweats, Getting Your Sex Drive Back, Sharpening Memory and Reclaiming Well Being. This book should be required reading for any woman facing symptoms of menopause (or peri-menopause).  About Our Guest: Maryon Stewart is the author of Manage Your Menopause Naturally and 27 other books. A world-renowned healthcare expert, she has helped tens of thousands of women around the world overcome PMS and menopause symptoms without using drugs or hormones. In 2018 she was awarded the British Empire Medal and was recognized as one of the 50 most inspirational women by the Daily Mail.  Connect with Maryon: Website Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube   Support Forty Thrive!  For $3 per month At this level, you'll get a listener shout out and monthly patron-only livestreams with podcast guests. You may think three bucks a month it's chump change, but it adds up! So THANK YOU! For $10 per month Welcome to the Forty Thrive coaching club! Grab a cup of tea (or a glass of wine) and join us on an engaging and entertaining collaborative call. Accountability and support without having to get out of your pajamas! YES!  Click here for more info!   Join our FREE and private Facebook group!   Sponsor:  Get a free trial of Audible and enjoy unlimited listening to select audio books, audible originals, podcasts in so much more. Plus get a credit good for any title in their entire premium selection, yours to keep including Manage Menopause Naturally, the book by today's guest Maryon Stewart.
Today’s episode is all about the midlife crisis. Could you or your partner be smack dab in the middle of one? It’s quite possible. What is a midlife crisis? How does it manifest in women vs men? And, most importantly, how do we deal with it? Related Episodes: Tackling the Most Common Challenges for Women Over 40 Midlife Crisis or Midlife Awakening? What the Hell Has Happened to Me? About Our Guest: Stacy Kaiser is a successful Southern California based licensed psychotherapist, author, relationship expert and media personality.  With hundreds of television appearances on major networks including NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and HLN, Stacy has built a reputation for bringing a unique mix of thoughtful and provocative insight to a wide range of topics. She maintains a thriving private practice while being a much sought after public speaker on a wide variety of topics, ranging from office, family, and personal relationship issues to trauma, sexual assault, and community related issues. In addition to her numerous television appearances, her expertise and perspective have been solicited by major corporations, public institutions, government agencies, philanthropic organizations and other media outlets, including recently working on Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly and A&E’s Undercover High. As a psychotherapist on Investigation Discovery’s Fatal Vows, VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, Lifetime’s DietTribe, parenting expert on The TODAY Show and Good Morning America, and regular guest expert on Steve Harvey and The Doctors nationally syndicated talk shows, Stacy Kaiser has gained a reputation for helping people face the truth that is holding them back from leading a life filled with a balance of responsibility, fun and freedom. In her book “How to be a Grown Up – The Ten Secret Skills Everyone Needs to Know”, Stacy opens with a provocative quiz that helps the reader gain insight into their current level of life mastery. She breaks down the reader’s strengths and weaknesses, to guide them towards improving their life skills so that they can maximize their success and ultimately their life. A passion for improving the lives of the underserved in her community led to Stacy’s work with one of Southern California’s premier family resource centers, where she worked with battered women, teen parents, abused children and families in crisis for over 20 years. She has also been engaged by organizations including the FBI, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Unified School District, Kaiser Permanente and Hughes Aircraft to implement workshops and handle third party mediations. Sponsored By: Kindra If you're ready to get a great night's sleep, feel better than ever and improve your intimacy, run to Get 20% OFF everything at Promo Code: FortyThrive20 Become part of the Forty Thrive Hive! Support the show and join us for these live events!  Join our FREE and private community!
Are you feeling stuck? Unsure? Detached? You’re not alone. Sometimes, it can feel like it happens overnight, but often it happens so slowly over time that we don’t even notice it. BOOM, we wake up one day and discover we're just phoning it in... going through the motions but CRAVING SOMETHING MORE. It doesn’t have to be that way. In this episode, I’m going to share how you -- yes, you! -- can reboot.  Plus, what is self love really? The Forty Thrive community weighs in!    Mentioned in this episode:  What Does Self Love Mean to You?  Who Are You? Workshop with therapist Melody Murray Let’s REBOOT!  Join the Forty Thrive Hive! Support Forty Thrive on Patreon and get an exclusive invite to join us for two monthly events!  Valentine’s Day Survey Subscribe to Forty Thrive! Are you subscribed to the Forty Thrive podcast? Well let’s make that happen!  Not only will it update you every time there’s a new episode, I’m working on some bonus content that you definitely don’t want to miss. So subscribe now!  Annnd… if you find value in this podcast, please consider giving the show an honest rating and review. I just may feature your review on an upcoming episode!
I have such a fun treat for you today. As a celebrity vocal coach, Denise Woods is the "voice behind the voice." She's worked with Halle Berry, Will Smith, Jessica Chastain, Queen Latifah, Idris Elba and so many other A-list celebrities. But here's the cool thing; Denise can also help those of us who aren't celebs use our voice to the best of its ability, actually improving our lives in the most unexpected ways.    About Our Guest: Denise Woods is a graduate and former faculty member of The Juilliard School, and a long-time faculty member of California Institute of the Arts.  One of the nation’s most sought-after voice and dialect coaches, her clients include such luminaries as Halle Berry, Will Smith, Queen Latifah, Taye Diggs, Ray Liotta, Laurence Fishburne, Jessica Chastain, Taraji P. Henson, Mahershala Ali, Idris Elba, and many others. In her brand new book, The Power of Voice: A Guide to Making Yourself Heard, Woods reflects on her journey from shy child in New York City to successful performer, graduate of and teacher at the famed Julliard School and later the California Institute of the Arts to her work with a host of legendary stars.  Providing valuable lessons and exercises to overcome common voice and speech issues and become confident, effective communicators, this first-of-its-kind guide reveals how to master the voice’s full capacity to achieve our goals and express our true selves in relationships, family dynamics, business, and more. Connect with Denise at, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  Sponsored By: Find Your Voice Academy, the one-stop online podcast launch school that will help you take that voice and get it out into the world in the form of a podcast. Through your own podcast, you can position your credibility and expertise and create a community of raving fans. It's a self-paced program that is meant to help anyone who's ready to up their game in business or in life. This episode is also brought to you by Audible. Download Denise's brand new book for FREE with a 30-day trial of Audible. Visit: Your free, 30-day trial comes with: 1 credit (2 credits for Prime members), good for any premium selection titles you like—yours to keep. The Audible Plus Catalog of podcasts, audiobooks, guided wellness, and Audible Originals. Listen all you want, no credits needed. A friendly email reminder before your trial ends. 
What if you discovered your memories are actually wrong, that what you thought you knew was actually completely inaccurate? Dr. Ginger Campbell is the author of "Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty" and she's here to help us understand our own brains.  Plus, coming out later in life. How to find support yourself and/or support those you love. Ginger talks with those who've taken the brave steps forward on her podcast, Graying Rainbows.  Guest: Dr. Ginger Campbell is best known for her highly respected podcast Brain Science, which began airing back in 2006. She has a passion for making complex ideas accessible and helps scientists share their ideas with people of all backgrounds. She is also the author of "Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty." Dr. Campbell lives in Birmingham AL where she cares for veterans at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. Plus, Ginger is the host of Graying Rainbows, a podcast and community devoted to those who are coming out LGBT+ later in life.  Connect with Ginger on social media: LinkedIn, Facebook  Mentioned:  Elizabeth Loftus Married Women Who Love Women Straight Spouse Network on Graying Rainbows She Podcasts You're Invited: Join Forty Thrive and therapist Melody Murray for Who Are You? We dive into our Family of Origin which will help us begin to understand HOW we are WHO we are.  In this impactful and empowering workshop, you’ll get tools to help the real you bust through and come out on the other side of reinvention. REGISTER HERE Join Us! Become a member of Forty Thrive's Insiders Club! For a few bucks a month (literally), you can attend a LIVE podcast episode every month. Plus, we're also hosting a monthly happy hour where you can dive even deeper into the forty thrive community and get to know other like-minded women. Go here for more!
[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text] The Reframe: a tool that may not be so easy, but it's really simple. In this interactive episode, therapist Melody Murray shares her brilliance with members of the Forty Thrive community, as she answers questions and inspires us all to reframe in a way that will bring more peace, understanding and sanity to our lives.  Melody is the very first guest of our Forty Thrive live series. Each month, we record one episode where we include our Forty Thrive community members and podcast supporters. Support Forty Thrive on Patreon and be part of this special series! Mentioned in this Episode: A Lesson in Blowing Up Your Life About Our Guest: Melody Murray is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Child Mental Health Specialist in private practice.  She also works as a Mental Health Evaluator in the ER at Seattle Children’s Hospital and co-facilitates Suicide Assessment and Treatment trainings for the nursing staff. Melody has a wide variety of expertise, often speaking on topics including: Suicidal Ideation, Self-Care, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Mental Health & Social Media and Secondary Trauma.   Melody is a solution-focused clinician with a direct, casual, yet interactive approach. She helps clients learn positive ways to manage negative thought patterns, unwanted behavioral responses, process experiences that create fear, shame and sadness. Melody's goal is to help her clients love and accept themselves again OR, for the very first time. Before becoming a therapist, Melody spent several years working in film, television and casting as a producer and director.  She was also an actor, hosted a children’s show and performed standup comedy.   Melody has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles.  She's a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the Producers Guild of America. You're Invited: Join Forty Thrive and Melody Murray for a special workshop called Who Are You? We dive into our Family of Origin which will help us begin to understand HOW we are WHO we are. This exercise helps us explore the Nature vs Nurture theories of who we become and why. Are we the sum of all our intentions and choices? Or are we destined to stay a certain way because of the choices made by the people who raised us? In this workshop, you'll get tools to help the real you bust through and come out on the other side of reinvention. REGISTER HERE Please take our Forty Thrive listener survey! [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]
It's Your Time

It's Your Time


If you’re a woman who’s excited to see what’s next… maybe make a pivot in your career… or even (dare I say) put yourself out there, today’s guest can help you big time. Juju Hook helps "primetime women" (that’s us!) build brands. In this episode, we talk "Breakthrough Breakdowns," six lies we’ve come to believe about aging, the 50 hour rule and so much more. Join us for Forty Thrive LIVE! Once a month, you’ll have an opportunity to join other Forty Thrive listeners for a live interactive podcast recording. Visit our Patreon page for more info! About Our Guest: Juju Hook is a consultant, coach, and speaker. For more than a quarter century she developed brand strategy for corporations. Today, through online programs, live events, and one-to-one coaching, Juju motivates, inspires, and educates PrimeTime women in topics related to business, life, and relationships. She holds a BA in English and an MBA, and is certified as a coach and a yoga teacher. Juju lives in San Diego with her husband and her son. You can find her branding blog at and her program for PrimeTime women at Connect with Juju on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Get Juju's book : Hot Flashes, Carpools, and Dirty Martinis: The Quintessential Guide for Turning Midlife Into PrimeTime Mentioned in this Episode: Amy Porterfield on Forty Thrive Fumiko Takatsu on Forty Thrive Face Yoga Method 6 Week Bootcamp Join Juju for these two LIVE events!  1. LIVE 90 Minute Masterclass on January 27th, 2021 Answer Questions Like... How do I build a presence? How do I build a platform?  How do I get people to listen to me? Can I shift from a brick and mortar to go online?  REGISTER HERE 2. If you’re ready to up your game  — you know you’re meant for great things and ready to take the leap toward it, Juju is hosting PrimeTime PROSPER-- The 3-Day Interactive Online Experience. During this event, you’ll work individually and in small groups to turn your “something special” into something truly sellable You’ll create a plan and design a platform for reliable, sustainable income doing what you love. REGISTER HERE
Screw the Resolutions

Screw the Resolutions


Welcome to Forty Thrive 2021! Are you ready to make this year your healthiest yet? This episode is for you. If you've been listening to the podcast for awhile, you know exactly who Courtney Townley is. Courtney helps women mend their relationship with their body so they can achieve true deep health and deliver their best to the things that matter most to them. She is so smart and so gifted in helping women really get honest with ourselves and move toward the best version of ourselves possible. She has been instrumental in my journey through her work on the Grace and Grit podcast, as well as within her membership site and all of her free events. Join Courtney's Rumble and Rise membership today and rock 2021!  Please take our Forty Thrive listener survey!     Mentioned in this episode:  Join our Free and Private Community Catch LIVE recordings and be part of of the show! Join Courtney for Healthiest Year Yet Challenge! Other Courtney Episodes:  The Real Reason You Feel Like Crap 4 Steps to Reach Your Health Goals with Ease 4 Simple Steps to Make It Stick How to Ignite Confidence over 40 Questions to Ask Yourself:  How are you defining health currently? Keeping that definition in mind, on a scale from 1-10, how would you rate your health here at the end of 2020? What is the best decision you made regarding your health this year? And Why? In all the ways you showed up for yourself along your health journey, what are you most proud of? Why? How did you do it? What were the winning strategies? What were the thoughts that allowed you to show up and execute those strategies? What were the primary feelings that drove you to take action in that way? What is the worst decision you made regarding your health this year? What feels misaligned about your health story at the end of 2020? Where specifically do you feel unorganized or messy in your self-care? Where are you lacking confidence? What are you feeling shame about? What thoughts do you need to leave behind in 2020 to improve your health in 2021? Why aren’t you a 9/10 with your health yet, really? Imagine you are being coached by your future self who is already living at a 9/10... what advice does she have for you?
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