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Forty Thrive

Author: Jackie MacDougall

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Forty Thrive gives a bold voice to the badass ladies in midlife. If you're a woman in your 40s, 50s and beyond, it's time to break through the status quo and leave your invisibility at the door.

Host Jackie MacDougall takes you on a candid, compelling joyride as she connects you to experts, resources, and an abundance of strategies to rock life over 40.
78 Episodes
Be You, But Better

Be You, But Better


Are you at a crossroads? Are you trying to figure out what’s next What if there were a way to understand your strengths to help you maximize those next steps? There is.  Today’s guest is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach who is here to help us thrive in business and our personal lives through the power of knowledge.  About the guest: Jenny Ketchepaw currently serves as the Vice President of Talent Engagement for a local bank where she manages Training and Leadership Development. She has been working in the financial industry for 22 years, serving in various leadership capacities. Jenny is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach.    The Gallup Strengths Assessment is a powerful tool that helps individuals identify, understand, and maximize their strengths. People that focus on their strengths are more likely to be engaged in their jobs and more likely to report having an excellent quality of life. Most people try and fix their weaknesses but by taking a Strengths Based approach and focusing on what you do well you have exponential success in those areas. We all have natural talent. The idea is to tap into that talent and invest time and energy into what comes naturally to us to really build our strengths. There are 33 million combinations of your top 5 Gallup strengths so truly nobody is as good as you are at what you. There are 34 talent themes total. We are all uniquely different and the more we can capitalize on those differences, the more successful we are in levering our talents on our teams.
Have the last two months taught you anything about yourself or shed light on something going on in your life? I asked this question to the Forty Thrive community and the answers were profound.  Today, I highlight two of our community members who have come together to connect us all through storytelling and the human experience.  Kim Lamontagne is a certified speaker and state trainer in the “In Our Own Voice” program through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Hampshire chapter.  Kim is also a NAMI NH support group facilitator and a certified teacher in the Family to Family program.   Pam MacDougall is an Emmy-winning writer/producer and chief visual storyteller at Promission Productions, where they believe doing good is good business.     Together, Kim and Pam have created Wall of Hope: Voices of Gratitude, a Facebook community that celebrates the humanity, strength, and selflessness of doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, first responders, military personnel, farmers, maintenance workers, and so many more, who are putting our well-being ahead of their own.    They share their story of serving others and creating a positive space for people during this time in history. 
As we approach mothers day 2020, I wanted to take the opportunity to talk with three of the most important humans in my life — my sons. As a family, we’ve been through a lot over the years… health issue, special needs, adoption challenges are just a few. I don’t want to dive too far into any of it out of respect for their privacy. Also, I call each of my kids by their first initial, per the request of one of my kiddos. Speaking of privacy, I asked the ladies in the Forty Thrive community if they could ask their kids one question — that they’re actually afraid to learn the answer to — what question would it be? From sex to drugs to parenting mistakes… the community certainly has some questions. No matter what you ask your teens, grown adult kids or littles, this time together could be a perfect opportunity to connect. Grab a phone or recording device and ask them questions. Tell them about you… see how you’re alike and different. Whatever happens here on out, we’ll never get this time back. What a gift it could be to you, your kids and future generations to learn more about you and who you were in this ever changing world. THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR: This Mother’s Day episode of Forty Thrive is supported by the Mom’s Meditation Bundle from Women’s Meditation Network. This special bundle of meditations will calm and center you during the most exciting, the most mundane and the most stressful moments of motherhood. Plus, the bundle includes journal prompts, affirmations and more! Give yourself the gift of peace this Mother’s Day. Plus it makes an amazing last minute gift for a mom you love. And it’s only 10 bucks! Get your Moms Meditation Bundle here!  
Menopause Mythbusters

Menopause Mythbusters


From Brains to Breasts, Heart to Hot Flashes, Bones, Thyroid, even Eastern vs Western therapies Dr. Soma Mandal shares her brilliance and new book Dear Menopause, I Do Not Fear You: A Modern Woman's Guide to Thriving Through Midlife. It's jam packed, super easy to read and complete with funny comics (which Gen Xers will love). Get your copy today!   In this episode: — We bust myths that women are believing about perimenopause and menopause — We go beyond nutrition and exercise to discuss what else we can be doing — Dr Soma shares the most important things we should do when talking with our doctor — And she answers the supplement question: Should we be taking them?   Widely regarded as one of America’s top physicians in midlife women’s health, Dr. Soma Mandal is a board-certified Internist who has helped thousands of women to successfully navigate Menopause and reinvent themselves along the way. Earning her MD at New York University School of Medicine, and a prestigious research fellowship at Oxford University in England, Dr. Mandal brings a fresh perspective to the topic of Menopause, particularly for women of color.  Fusing traditional Western medicine with her Eastern roots, Dr. Mandal’s approach combines the best of both worlds. Her unique approach provides women with a much-needed, easy-to follow process, making the forties and fifties plus, fabulous." You can connect with Dr. Soma at
Sometimes there are moments in life that feel like they were created by an act of divine intervention.   This is one of them.   I read this blog post by Dr Rachel Barbanel-Fried (AKA Dr. RBF) entitled Things That Bend Won't Break. It really spoke to me at a time I needed it. So I invited her onto the podcast.   Little did I know, it would become the mantra for getting through the next several weeks for all of us.    If there is one episode you may need right now, it's this one. Right here. For you.    About the guest: Dr. Rachel Barbanel-Fried, aka Dr. RBF, is a clinical psychologist, writer, and optimal performance consultant based in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. She consults with executives and organizations looking to elevate performance and reach new levels of success in the workplace and beyond. She also sees individuals, couples, and families in a therapeutic setting who are looking to move forward towards growth, change, and healing. Dr. RBF utilizes an evidence-based, collaborative approach. She’s direct, down-to-earth, and non-judgmental, specializing in working with people from diverse backgrounds. She is also a consultant with the Flow Research Collective, a peak performance research and training organization.    Some of my favorite quotables from this episode:   "The best exercise is whatever you like."   “Take the moment of suck and come up with other options.”   "People are not broken, we may feel broken."   "We all think that whatever happening in our heads is true."   "The feeling itself is just a feeling but then we get caught up in our judgement of feelings, that’s when we get stuck."   Are you ready to start a podcast or just thinking about it? Join me for the 5-Day Podcast Clarity Challenge! It's FREE! 
Recently, Katie Krimitsos of Women's Meditation Network came into the Forty Thrive community to provide us all the opportunity to tune back into ourselves and regain focus and clarity on our lives.  Through her Release, Surrender and Glow guided meditation, Katie helps you ease into the natural rhythm of your life, helping you let go of all those things you’re desperately trying to control and instead tune into your own inner voice so she can guide you confidently through these moments.   Enjoy this wherever and whenever you need a little break in your day. 
Are you ready to make your next chapter your BEST chapter? Courtney Townley is here to help you do just that! In fact, she's taking it a step further and invites you to the Confident Women Rising Summit, a FREE online event happening April 20-24. Learn from 16 leading experts, what it really takes to reclaim your health, your happiness and your confidence after 40. Register HERE.    SPECIAL OFFER: Get the Confident Women Rising Backstage Pass A backstage pass to this event grants you access to all of the video interviews, audio files, and additional bonus materials so you can go through them at your own pace once the event begins on April 20th. (Only $34 thru 4/22!) Get it HERE!   Mentioned in this episode: Confidence Code  
Are you ready to actively cash in on life’s lessons? Are you ready to own your special brand of crazy? Rocki Howard, founder of Grown Woman Life, is here to show us how to do just that. In this episode, we talk: • The core principals of Grown Woman Life • How finding your “complementary crazy” comrades makes all the difference • Why impact means nothing if it’s not combined with this Guest: Rocki Howard is a Senior Leader for a global recruitment process outsourcing firm by day. She has interviewed thousands of people in the span of her 30 year recruitment career. She has certifications in project management, HR and lean methodologies. During the day her love for people’s special brands of crazy have translated into her being named Global Manager of the Year and being acknowledged as one of the top 100 Global Minority Executives by EmPower 2 years running. Rocki’s passion around empowering women has resulted in her launching the Grown Woman Life platform where her mission is to highlight, engage, educate and inspire bold, brilliant, badass professional women over 40 with the goal of changing the narrative on what it means to be a professional woman over 40. Register for The Confident Woman Rising Summit! Learn from 16 leading experts, what it really takes to reclaim your health, your happiness and your confidence after 40. Support Forty Thrive: Visit our Patreon page for more info Mentioned in this episode:  The Reason You're Broke with Denise Duffield Thomas
Sibling Revelry

Sibling Revelry


Welcome to this special episode of Forty Thrive. What makes it so special? Well I’m glad you asked. First of all, April 2, 2020 is my 49th birthday. That’s right, it’s my last year in my 40s. To celebrate, I invited five incredible women on to the podcast for this episode. These women are resilient…they’re smart… they take no BS… and they are like sisters to me. Actually they’re more than like sisters to me, they are my sisters. To give you some context to the conversation you’re about to hear... The six of us also have 7 brothers — so yeah, there are 13 of us in total. There were 11 kids originally when my mom died from breast cancer at the age of 39. She’s the mother of the first 5 sisters you’ll hear from today, I was the baby. Two of us — including myself — carry the genetic mutation that led to our mother’s cancer. My dad remarried a little while later and they had two more kids. That’s where girl #6 comes in. Are you following? So you’ll hear from six women ranging from 42-64; kickass women who work hard, crack inappropriate jokes and who have experienced a whole lot of life between us. Here’s a little cheat sheet. — Two of my sisters are now sober — One of them stayed sober even after experiencing the tragic and sudden loss of her 30 year old daughter in a car crash — One of my sisters is currently fighting glioblastoma, an incurable brain cancer that she’s been battling for over two and a half years. — Our father died four years ago from Alzheimers. This was after suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes for decades. He was the strongest, biggest personality we’ve ever known and I’m willing to say, the most influential human being in all of our lives. –– We were raised in the suburbs of Boston. They all live in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I live 3000 miles away in California. –– We recorded this with a studio audience — okay, not really… but we did have some family members sitting nearby and heckling at times. Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to Forty Thrive wherever you listen to podcasts! 
At this point of the game, couldn't we all use a little lighthearted laughter? I invited comedian Tammy Pescatelli into the free and private Forty Thrive community for a chat I thought you'd enjoy.  You may know Tammy from Last Comic Standing, the new Showtime special More Funny Women of a Certain Age or on talk shows like The Tonight Show, The Talk and The View. Tammy was also the star of A Stand Up Mother on WETV, which was all about her life as a mom, wife and comic.  Download Tammy Pescatelli's Way After School Special on... Apple Amazon Vimeo Vudu
When I discover a woman’s voice — especially over 40 — who has found an impactful, creative way to share her story through the power of podcasting, I can’t help but yell it from the rooftops. Now more than ever, elevating each other’s voices is hugely important.    I met Nikki Boyer probably 7 or 8 years ago when she was involved with a TV show I was working on. Nikki’s an Emmy Award winning TV host, actress, voice over artist…and life coach.    You may recognize her from Wendy Williams show, Access Hollywood, countless TV shows or on Straight Talk with Ross, the podcast she co-hosts. But it’s her new 6-episode podcast series, Dying for Sex that we’re going to dive into today.  Start your free 30-day trial of Audible ✓ Free membership for 30 days with 2 audiobooks + 2 Audible Originals. ✓  After trial, get 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals each month. ✓  Exclusive guided wellness programs. ✓  You will get an email reminder 7 days before your trial ends.   About Nikki Boyer: In my 20 years in the entertainment field, I learned that my favorite part about interviewing people was creating a connection and having meaningful, deep conversations.  With my life experience and certified life coaching tools, I'd love to help you through challenging times as well as expand your experiences. Talking about your most vulnerable thoughts is powerful.  So often we push those thoughts aside to protect us from fear.  We can work on creating a safe space, getting clear about what you want out of life, and changing your mindset.  I believe that together we can communicate and work in a way that frees you up to make space for new habits and new ways of thinking.   Together, we will Talk it Out.    About Dying for Sex:  When host Nikki Boyer’s best friend Molly is diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer, she decides to do something bold. She leaves an unhappy marriage and embarks on a series of sexual adventures to feel alive.
Angela Chee’s mission is to help people break through their barriers, step into the spotlight and live their legacy. Now she’s highlighting those people in her brand new — and soon to be wildly successful — podcast the Power of the Only.    We talk the evolution of women, how fear presents itself when we’re over 40 (vs when we were younger) and getting comfortable with our own voice, in whatever life’s season we find ourselves in.    If you’ve ever felt like “the only” — the only woman, the only person of color, the only anything… in your work, community or family… I think this episode — and Angela’s message — will resonate deeply.    Speaking of resonating deeply… a few days back I shared three key ways to support Forty Thrive and help me to build a team of women over 40 in creating more resources for YOU. The response did not disappoint!    Want to learn more? Visit the Forty Thrive Patreon page!   Huge thanks to our "Three-vers" Barbara, Pam, Julie, Courtney, Lisa, Karly, Andrea, Delisa   Our new book club members! Emily, Laura, Rocki,    And… before our FT membership is even launched, a huge welcome to Christine and Amy!   About Angela: Angela Chee is a keynote speaker, media/communication coach, and host of  “The Power Of The Only” Podcast. A former TV news anchor and reporter with more than 20 years of media experience, she now works with visionary leaders, executives and entrepreneurs who are ready to own voice, their power and amplify their message and mission through speaking, video and media. Her mission is to help people break through their barriers, step into the spotlight and live their legacy.  Through one on one coaching, group workshops and online programs she helps her clients be clear, confident and connected and ready for any opportunity on-camera and off.   Angela's speaking career started at 15, when she was the first Asian American woman to win the title of “Miss California National Teen-Ager.”  Now Angela presents inspirational and transformative keynotes and corporate trainings for Fortune 500 companies, universities, and professional associations on topics related to leadership, women’s empowerment, communication, diversity and media.  She also serves on the Media Advisory Board of the Asian Culture and Media Alliance and was the founder of The Zen Mom®, an inspirational and informative website for moms. Born on the East Coast and raised in Southern California by Chinese immigrant parents, she is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. She is a mother of two and a healthy foodie, who loves yoga, quotes and all things inspirational. You can find her @AngelaCheeTV on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube and at
Ada Cal­houn is author of the New York Times best­seller Why We Can’t Sleep: Wom­en’s New Midlife Cri­sis, an expan­sion of her viral sto­ry for Oprah​.com and a ​“gen­er­a­tion-defin­ing explo­ration of the new midlife cri­sis fac­ing Gen X women and the unique cir­cum­stances that have brought them to this point.”   Get the book on Amazon or listen to Ada's book for FREE! Visit   Big Announcement! Forty Thrive is now on Patreon! Let's connect on a deeper level with one of three options! Support Forty Thrive for just $3 month! Join our book club! Become a Forty Thrive member! Visit   Mentioned in this episode:   Midlife Crisis or Midlife Awakening with Diann Wingert   Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life   How to Start Over  
Are you ready to get rich, lucky bitch? Denise Duffield-Thomas is here to help you do just that.  Denise Duffield-Thomas is the money mindset mentor for the new wave of online female entrepreneurs. Her best-selling books “Lucky Bitch” and “Get Rich, Lucky Bitch” give a fresh and funny road-map to create an outrageously successful life and business. Denise helps women release their fear of money, set premium prices for their services and take back control over their finances. Denise is an award winning speaker, author and entrepreneur who helps women transform their Economy-Class money mindset into a First-Class life. Find her at   Get the audio version of one of Denise's books for FREE! Visit   In this episode:   What are money blocks and how can you clear them?   How you might be sabotaging your own success   How to start building abundance, one small goal at a time   The secret to starting a side hustle   How to earn passive income sharing what you already know   Why starting is more important than perfection   How to get your mojo back   The difference between a best selling author and YOU.   Denise's books:    Lucky Bitch   Get Rich Lucky Bitch   Chillpreneur    
Welcome to Thrive in 40, a quick tip to kick start your week — in forty seconds or less. This week’s tip is provided by… Creative Coach and Host of Forty Thrive, Jackie MacDougall. For more from Jackie, visit and for more inspiration from women over 40, join our free Forty Thrive FB group at
Imagine turning 50, working in a corporate boys’ club, raising two kids and gong through a divorce. That’s not too uncommon, right? Today’s guest was doing just that when she decided to become a professional race car driver.  Born in Hong Kong to a German mother and Chinese father, Martina Kwan was destined for a life that was different. She spent her childhood in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, but credits living in war torn Beirut, Lebanon between the ages of 8-10, as an experience that defined much of her fearlessness today. Her unique path in life has shaped her into a woman of drive and determination. After earning two Master of Science degrees, she worked in the male dominated finance and accounting fields in New York City with KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Wall Street’s Lehman Brothers. Eventually, she landed Senior Management roles with Ian Schrager properties, the Hudson Hotel and the Paramount Hotel. Ultimately, Martina's strong entrepreneurial spirit led her leave the corporate world to open her own business, the award-winning furniture company, Neoteric Luxury Outdoor Collections. Daring to be different is what drives Martina today...literally! After her divorce, Martina knew it was time to take a car racing hobby she occasionally enjoyed to the next level. Proving that it’s never too late, at the age of 50, she decided she was going to become a race car driver. Since her debut as the world’s only female Chinese/European race car driver just three years ago, Martina has been a pioneer in leveling the racing playing field by becoming a 3-time champion in a male-dominated racing category. In addition, she is now a fully sponsored FIA licensed race car driver of the Saleen S1 Cup Car in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Series, and a Nationally Accredited Driving Instructor. A mother of two teenage girls, one of her goals is to inspire girls and women to have the courage to dare to be different, and to convey that anything is possible, at any age.
Welcome to Thrive in 40, a quick tip to kick start your week — in forty seconds or less.   This week’s tip is provided by… Psychotherapist Melody Murray Parks.   Sometimes we take on things that have nothing to do with us. I do this thing called X it out. You make a list of all the things that are on your mind, everything that’s causing any kind of feeling or emotion, just write it down: My kid has autism, I could get fired, my husbands overweight, I can’t pay the rent, all that stuff that's in your mind, write it all down. Put a big X over the shit you have zero control over. You can’t do something, and then put your energy into things that you can do.   For more from Melody, visit and for more inspiration from women over 40, join our free Forty Thrive FB group at
Between episodes of Grace & Frankie and starting brand new businesses, it seems women over 40 are having sex -- and lots of it. Recently, my friend, podcast launch client and host of Sex Ed the Musical and I brought our big midlife creative brains together to survey over 100 women over 40 on what's happening in the bedroom (and beyond).  The results are definitely note worthy and led to an informative, entertaining conversation about cheating, sex toys and Sam Elliot's mustache. From Wendy: Searching for truth over marketing, we asked 100 women over 40 a series of questions about their sex lives including sexual fantasies, how often they’re having sex, how happy they are in bed and how likely they are to hook up with another lady person. The answers may surprise you. PS Wendy shares slides with all of the semi-scientific data here.  SPONSOR; Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day or Singles Awareness Day, if you're a woman over 40, you'll likely need lubrication. That's where our friends at Coconu come in. At Coconu, they have one goal, to help you "Have Better Sex, Naturally." Get 10% off at Use promo code THRIVE at checkout.
Welcome to another episode of Thrive in 40, a quick tip to kickstart your week, in 40 seconds or less.  In this episode, creative coach, midlife mentor and founder/host of Forty Thrive, Jackie MacDougall,  shares a life lesson she learned from a pair of seagulls.  Recently a popular '80s band was playing nearby so a flock of us decided to go. It’s been 30 something years since their heyday and you could certainly feel it. In fact, they played one of their popular songs a second time because they kind of bombed the first time. But what stood out to me most was that they showed up anyway; they didn’t say, "Oh no one will come" or use their age as an excuse. Not only was the room packed at the end of the concert, people were lined up to meet them to buy an overpriced bobble head. This is a lesson in not overthinking it, or comparing yourself to a younger version;  just do the damn thing you want to do because life‘s too short to let it pass you by.  To get more from Jackie visit And for more inspiration from women over 40, join our free and private Forty Thrive Facebook group.       
Hey, thanks for listening! I’ve been leading this community of incredible women since I launched the group in 2017 and since then, I’ve been asking a lot of questions and listening to the needs of this growing community. Time and time again, I’ve had the opportunity to understand your core challenges — let’s be honest, your challenges are my challenges. Two and a half years later, with just over a year of the Forty Thrive podcast under my belt, I know one thing for sure. Women over 40 want to feel better. That’s why I’m partnering with some amazing experts who will help you do just that. If you’ve been part of Forty Thrive long enough, you know I love me some Courtney Townley. Courtney is the Founder of Grace and Grit and host of the podcast of the same name. Not only was Courtney a huge hit at our very first Forty Thrive live event in 2018, she’s been on the podcast twice before. And what she has to offer is so much more than weight loss advice. Clients who’ve worked with Courtney have gone on to do some big things — leading their lives with confidence and of course, Grace and Grit. Courtney's here to help you replace those bad habits with better ones and make. it. stick. Why you definitely want to listen: => That New Year's resolution is long gone => You're tired of spinning your wheels. => You want to learn how to develop habits that stick. => You know there must be a better way than extreme diets and exercise programs, you just aren't sure what it is In this episode, we answer: The biggest challenge for women over 40 when it comes to creating lasting wellness Why we struggle to be consistent? The science of behavior change Courtney's 4-Step Framework that will change the game forever Are you ready to work with Courtney and make this time... the last time? Learn the 4 Essential Practices That Make Change Stick for Good BONUS: Register for Courtney's program and I'll throw in:  — One FREE ticket to an upcoming LIVE Forty Thrive event — One FREE 30-minute midlife mentor mini session (If you’re feeling stuck, need clarity on next steps or just need to work through a challenge, I’ve got your back) PLUS, register by end of day on Thursday, February 6th and receive $100 off with code: TCCearlybird Thriver of the Week! Colleen Rosenblum, co-host of Hot Flashes and Cool Topics I nailed the adulting thing this week- juggled needs of hubby, adult children, pets and family while podcasting, blogging and learning more of social media.  Congrats, Colleen! Nominate yourself for Forty Thrive's Thriver of the Week!  In order to encourage and celebrate women who show up and speak up for themselves, this is self-submission only. No submissions on behalf of others will be considered. 
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