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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
113 Episodes
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?
Who Are You Really?

Who Are You Really?


As we wrap up the year, I’ve got an episode for you that’s short, sweet and impactful. Janet Ioli is the author of Less Ego More Soul: A Modern Reinvention Guide for Women and the creator of 2021 Power Presence Practices calendar journal. Both of which she’s generously giving away to one of our lucky Forty Thrive listeners.   Have you ever seen those posts where people choose a word that sort of serves as their compass for the year to come?   I love choosing a word each December . Something that inspires me to try new things and have new experiences. My word for 2020 was Connection. Little did I know that circumstances would make that a little bit more difficult. But it was a great reminder when things got crazy that I could still create connection, it just might look a little different.    My word for 2021 is CURIOSITY. My plan is to come from a place of curiosity. To hear people out. To discover things about myself that I maybe haven’t yet tapped into. What’s one word you’ll carry into 2021?   Pop into our free and private FB group and share in the dedicated post I created there. In fact, when you comment on that post, you’ll be entered to win both Janet’s book, Less Ego More Soul, as well as her 2021 Power Presence Practices calendar and journal.    Please take our Forty Thrive listener survey!   About Our Guest: Janet Ioli has been helping people and organizations make changes and maximize their impact for over 25 years. As a former leader inside four Fortune 200 companies, she understands first-hand the complexities and realities leaders face leading their organizations.  Grounded in real experience working with thousands of leaders in different industries and countries and having provided over 10,000 hours of coaching, Janet has earned a reputation as an extraordinarily talented, highly results-oriented and sought-after leadership coach, change strategist, speaker, and organizational advisor. Forbes has recognized Janet as one of the country’s leading business coaches with membership in the Forbes Coaches Council.  Janet’s wealth of practical experience is backed by continuous and robust educational substance and focus, in addition to thousands of hours of self-study in psychology, leadership, change, neuroscience, and human development. She has master’s degrees in both Public Administration and Business, an undergraduate degree in Business, and has extensively studied Human Development and Adult Learning at the Doctoral academic level. Janet also holds a certification from the National Board of Medical Examiners as a health and wellness professional. Janet is certified as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation and has an Advanced Executive Coaching Certificate from the Smith School of Business and a Certificate in Positive Psychology and Well-being Coaching.  Janet partners with major universities as an industry expert in women’s leadership— she is on the faculty of American University’s Key Executive Leadership Program for government leaders and is a designer and speaker for the University of California at Irvine’s Women in Leadership Certificate Program. As a recognized thought leader on leadership, self-development, and change, Janet is a contributor to Forbes and Thrive Global. She is the author of The Cure, Power Presence for Women, and Less Ego, More Soul. Connect with Janet on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. 
We don't often hear the words "delightful" and "aging" in the same sentence, but today, we're changing that. Stephanie Raffelock is the author of A Delightful Little Book on Aging. (She Writes Press, April 2020). A graduate of Naropa University’s program in Writing and Poetics, she has worked as a freelancer for The Aspen Times and The Rogue Valley Messenger. She’s also written and blogged for Nexus Magazine, Omaha Lifestyles, and, to name a few. The new co-host of Yak About Today, Stephanie can be heard on i-Heart Radio, station WCZR 101.7 in Florida. Or you can listen to the podcast version, available wherever you get your podcasts. Stephanie is a popular public speaker for Employment Relations Groups. She talks about the changing issues of midlife women. She’s given keynotes for Breaking the Glass as well as Charles Schwab. A recent transplant to Austin, Texas Stephanie enjoys an active life with her husband, Dean and their Labrador retriever, Mickey. Connect with Stephanie on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. 
Dr. Michele Cooley-Strickland is not only is she brilliant at what she does as a psychologist, researcher, professor and podcaster, she’s actually masterful at adding and subtracting things to her life when she wants more — or less –– and not settling for meh.    In this episode, the multi-faceted, multi-talented and multi-passionate Dr. Michele inspires and provides step-by-step tools to take the leap into the life you truly want. If you don’t yell "hell yeah" at least a dozen times during this interview... well, I just don’t believe you.    About Dr. Michele: Michele Cooley-Strickland, M.Ed., Ph.D. is an award-winning licensed psychologist, professor, researcher, and podcast co-host. She’s been on faculty at UCLA since 2009 and is a Project Scientist in the David Geffen School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences. She’s also been on faculty at Johns Hopkins University since 1996, first as an Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor, and now Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Michele is a therapist in her private practice – Doctor Michele, LLC – specializing in helping people – women in particular – build life skills that empower them to become their best selves. Her personalized approach is tailored to help each client achieve emotional and behavioral health and wellness in a way that’s authentic, sustainable, and joyful. Dr. Michele has appeared as an expert psychologist on KTLA-5 (Los Angeles) and the nationally syndicated Extra! television show as an Extra! Life Changer. She has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s Today Show, CNN, and CBS Early Show to discuss her family’s relation to our third American president, Thomas Jefferson. Dr. Michele is the seventh generation descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Dr. Michele is the co-host of “The She Built It Podcast with Melanie & Dr. Michele,” which began in January, 2019 and airs in over 40 countries. The weekly show targets women to help them take leaps in their life, career, and community. Sponsored By: This episode of Forty Thrive is sponsored by Kindra. Feel like yourself again with Kindra’s estrogen-free menopause supplements, expert advice, and powerful community. Get 20% off of Kindra site wide! Click here and use promo code: FORTYTHRIVE20    
At one point or another, I think we've all uttered those three toxic words, "I'm too old." Annie Gaudreault, holistic nutritionist, speaker and wellness coach flips "too old" on its head and says "hurry up." If you've been thinking it's time to align your food with what your body truly craves, this episode is your first step. There are so many helpful (and truthful) nuggets here, you'll be well on your way to wellness in just 45 minutes! Get Annie's Guide to Thriving at Home! Get Annie's Straight Fats Guide About Annie: As a healthy aging expert and nutritionist, Annie Gaudreault founded VEEV Health & Wellness to support smart and successful mid aged women to lose weight, sleep better and get more out of life. An endurance athlete with 12 marathons and 3 Ironman triathlons under her belt, Annie lives what she preaches. A prior 25+ year career as a brand consultant working with executives of Fortune 500 companies gave her a solid background to serve the wellness needs of those living busy lives. And for the past 19 years she has proudly lived the life as an entrepreneur. She is a regular speaker to the media, corporations and lifestyle organizations on various topics of health and is a healthy aging expert. Connect with Annie on Facebook and Instagram Sponsored By: This episode of Forty Thrive is sponsored by Kindra. Feel like yourself again with Kindra’s estrogen-free menopause supplements, expert advice, and powerful community. Get 20% off of Kindra site wide! Click here and use promo code: FORTYTHRIVE20 PLUS… we’re giving away the whole Kindra product suite — a $170 value!  ENTER TO WIN HERE. The gift includes:  • The Daily Vaginal Lotion + Aurora applicator • The Energy Supplement • The Sleep Supplement • The Core supplement.   
One of the reasons I love December is that it’s the perfect time to prioritize and plan for what you want in the new year. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to start and live the year in a strong financial position.    Katy Chen Mazzara is here to help! Katy is a certified financial coach and graduate of UC Berkeley’s Personal Financial Planning Program. As a former journalist, TV producer and award winning documentary filmmaker, Katy understands the balance between dreaming and doing. She helps creative, freedom seekers make MORE, worry less and achieve financial freedom, so they can create the life they truly want to live!   Join Katy! If you’re a freelancer… a business owner… entrepreneur… creative type… Katy has something awesome coming up you’ll want to check out.    Katy’s FREE masterclass "6 Awesome Ways to Create True Financial Freedom" will help you obliterate money blocks, manifest abundance, set a financial foundation and spend consciously so you never regret a purchase again. But the thing I love most is that Katy’s not one of those "don’t enjoy life, save every penny" types. She’s masterful in combining the practical with the purposeful.   REGISTER HERE!   Connect with Katy on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and in her Facebook group! Sponsor: This episode of Forty Thrive is sponsored by Kindra. Feel like yourself again with Kindra's estrogen-free menopause supplements, expert advice, and powerful community. Get 20% off of Kindra site wide! Click here and use promo code: FORTYTHRIVE20   PLUS... we’re giving away the whole Kindra product suite — a $170 value! ENTER HERE. • The Daily Vaginal Lotion + Aurora applicator • The Energy Supplement • The Sleep Supplement • The Core supplement. 
Meet Catherine Balsam-Schwaber. She's smart, successful and CEO of Kindra, a company that just might rock your world.  Together, Catherine and I bust the lid off menopause, including sleepless nights, hot flashes, mood swings and (believe it or not) the benefits of being a midlife woman in the midst of this change.  About Our Guest: Catherine Balsam-Schwaber is known as a dynamic, results-oriented leader with a track record of delivering exceptional results in high pressure environments. She has extensive experience in business transformation with complex multi-platform products, strategy, marketing, creative leadership, revenue growth, media + advertising, subscription/OTT/DTC, communications and ecommerce. Catherine is the CEO of Kindra, an innovative self-care company for women in menopause. A life-long advocate for women’s health, Catherine joined Kindra to break down the stigma surrounding menopause care and support and empower women in mid-life through Kindra's science-backed formulas and community-building initiatives. In celebration of Forty Thrive's partnership with Kindra... Enter to WIN the full Kindra product suite ($170 value) including: • The Daily Vaginal Lotion + Aurora applicator • The Energy Supplement • The Sleep Supplement • The Core supplement.  ENTER HERE!   Plus, get 20% off Kindra site wide! Visit and checkout using promo code: FORTYTHRIVE20 Mentioned in this episode: Join Kindra's online community  
Katy Garretson is a highly sought-after TV director and USC professor. But you may know her as host of the new podcast, Mojo Girl Madness. Katy is also one of my star amazing podcast launch students / clients who I've been working with for the past several months.  In this episode, we dive into: What is Mojo and how do we find it? Authenticity and vulnerability and why it's the key to human connection. How finding balance is an inside job.  Get 50% off my DIY podcast launch program through FYV Academy! About Katy: Katy Garretson has worked in film/TV production for 30 years. Her directing credits include last season’s BROKE and CAROL’S SECOND ACT, TWO BROKE GIRLS, THE COOL KIDS, FULLER HOUSE, THE ODD COUPLE, YOUNG & HUNGRY, REBA, GEORGE LOPEZ, SCHOOL OF ROCK, TITUS, GIRLFRIENDS, the new PUNKY BREWSTER reboot coming in 2021, and a bunch of shows you’ve likely never heard of. Katy is incredibly proud to have spent three seasons directing the PBS Kids’ series, SID THE SCIENCE KID, which was created using motion capture and digital puppetry. Katy has been nominated for a DGA Award for Outstanding Comedy Direction and several of her guest stars have been nominated for and/or received Emmy Awards. Along the way, she has also been an active member of the DGA – as an Associate National Board member, on numerous committees, and she also Chaired the AD/UPM Council for three terms. In 2012, Katy was honored with the DGA Frank Capra Career Achievement Award for both her long list of credits and her service to the guild. Beginning in 2013, Katy also produced a successful series of movies in Vancouver for The Hallmark Channel. Midway through her seventeenth movie of the series, though, her star was indicted in the college admissions scandal and... that was the end of that. She also took a break from showbiz for four years to be the CEO/Executive Director of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation, an educational non-profit for inner-city kids. Currently, in addition to directing, Katy teaches a graduate course on directing in the School of Cinematic Arts at her alma mater, the University of Southern California, and she hosts the new podcast MOJO GIRL MADNESS, now available on all major podcasting platforms.
Today's episode kind of blew my mind and I think it might really be able to help you as well. Over the summer, I was feeling professionally stuck -- honestly, business felt like it was a little bit all over the place. I had a lot of things going on, but it just felt like a lot of struggle with not much gain. And so I invited Feng Shui expert Patricia Lohan into my office. To say that her simple tips changed everything for me is not an exaggeration.  With her guidance and expertise, I've made some small changes throughout my home to create more harmony and balance and prosperity and abundance. Today, Patricia shares how you can get that as well. Join the Forty Thrive free and private community! Support Forty Thrive! About the Guest: Patricia Lohan is the creator of Feng Shui Mastery and Author of The Happy Home: A Guide To Creating A Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Life. Patricia Lohan helps women make their home magnetic to money, luck, and blessings. She shows you what they don't teach in school, what lies between the lines, your top secret tool for success. She is a feng shui expert, a healer, and a passionate female entrepreneur who has shaped her dream life living in Bali with her husband. Patricia has a gift at making feng shui simple and easy to understand and implement. She has helped thousands of people across the globe embrace feng shui and create lasting changes in their homes, lives, and businesses. Patricia has seen firsthand the power of the mind, surroundings, and inner healing, clearing and aligning everything so it works holistically.  Connect with Patricia on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn or in her Powerhouse Feng Shui FB group.
Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton are real life best friends who met at the world famous Second City Theatre and became what we know today as FRANGELA. But what I thought would be a funny, entertaining conversation — oh and it is — became so much more. We talk mental health, "cancel culture," why Frances wants to confront Val Kilmer and one of the most important questions you could possibly ask yourself. Our chat is lively, it’s super fun and it’s a huge opportunity to learn and grow — something as a woman nearing 50, I hope to do each and every day. About Frangela: You may recognize this genius duo from NBC’s “Bring The Funny,” or  "I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here." They were featured on The Oprah Show on the “Best Standups in America” episode. They are well known for their commentary on VH1’s Best Week Ever and hilarity on the big screen in the hit films He’s Just Not That Into You and Slow Learners. They are also recurring fan favorites on HULU’S Quick Draw. Currently, they are appearing on The Sexy Liberal Virtual Tour, go to for tickets. Listen to their podcasts “The Final Word” and “Idiot of the Week” where you find all your favorite podcasts. Connect with Frangela: Facebook Twitter Instagram Mentioned in this Episode:   Forty Thrive: Midlife Crisis or Midlife Awakening Forty Thrive: Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life Forty Thrive: How to Start Over The Driven Woman Podcast   If you're struggling with anxiety or other mental health challenges, the following resources are available to you.   Better Help National Alliance on Mental Illness National Institute of Mental Health
Meet Kwavi Agbeyegbe, she's a life coach who believes women deserve to feel energized, confident and fiercely happy in their lives. Who doesn't want more of that?   In this episode, we talk:  • Maximizing Midlife • Giving up Alcohol • Mindful Eating • The Toxic 5 (foods we all should avoid)   About Kwavi: Kwavi Agbeyegbe is a Certified Weight Coach/Life Coach and Retreat Creator that helps successful women manage their health, mindset and waistlines. Her passion is helping women in their 40’s and beyond master their health and wellness.    Join Kwavi for her upcoming live virtual event "Now Is the Time" happening 11.7.2020. The event is focused on celebrating how far we've come and not letting the narrative surrounding midlife prevent them from going after what they want. REGISTER HERE   Connect with Kwavi on:  YouTube Instagram Facebook   Featured Review: Amber B CC   Forty Thrive is EXACTLY what you need if you’re feeling a bit lost in midlife. Jackie’s authenticity and generosity make you feel like a part of a secret club where your age is an advantage! This show is CAN’T MISS and should be added to your favs pronto!
Why Bother?

Why Bother?


Why Bother? Who knew two little words could have so much power? On this week's episode, Jackie talks with author Jennifer Louden, author of Why Bother? Discover the Desire for What’s Next.    If you're feeling stuck or wondering what your next move should be, this one's for you.    Join our Forty Thrive free and private Facebook group!   About Jennifer Louden: Jennifer's a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the concept of self-care with her first bestseller, The Woman’s Comfort Book.    Since then, she’s written six additional books on well-being and whole living, including The Woman’s Retreat Book and The Life Organizer, with close to a million copies of her books in print in nine languages. Her newest is Why Bother? Discover the Desire for What’s Next.    Jennifer has spoken around the world, and has written a national magazine column for a Martha Stewart magazine, been quoted in two of Brené Brown’s books, and has appeared on hundreds of TV programs, radio shows, and podcasts—even on Oprah.   Connect with Jen on her website, on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.   Get Why Bother? FREE with a 30 day trial of Audible!   Your free trial includes: 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.   Plus, a friendly email reminder before your trial ends. Visit    
Raise your hand if you've ever looked at a woman who does yoga and envied not only how grounded, centered and balanced she is, but those arms and shoulders are serious workout goals.  Same.  Now imagine the results you could see if you were to do Face Yoga. Yes, face yoga. It's a thing. The team at Face Yoga Method reached out to me a while back and introduced me to this phenomenon. Led by founder Fumiko Takatsu, Face Yoga Method is an all natural practice that consists of non invasive facial exercises that tone facial muscles, improve complexion and smooth wrinkles. It’s a holistic approach focusing on mind/body/spirit and boasts side effects like amazing posture and more self confidence. Yes, please! I will admit. I was skeptical. But take a listen to my interview with Fumiko and it’s like DUH! Of course this works!   They’re about to announce a big sale over at Face Yoga Method, including their flagship 6-week Face Toning Bootcamp that can take 10 years off your face. TEN YEARS. Are you ready to get a full face and neck transformations in LESS THAN 2 MONTHS?   Join Fumiko Takatsu and Jackie for a LIVE Face Yoga Method session in our FREE and private Facebook group Friday, October 16th at 2:30pm PT / 5:30pm ET.   About our guest:   Fumiko Takatsu (founder and CEO) of the Face Yoga Method brings her 15 years of practice and personal experience into the Revolutionary Pro-Aging Method that has been impacting thousands of lives, hers included! Following a nearly fatal car accident that threw her hip, shoulder and head off-kilter, Fumiko developed what is today The Face Yoga Method. With over 80 facial postures geared toward working on any area of the face, she has helped men and women worldwide replace cosmetic procedures 100% naturally!   Connect with Fumiko at Instagram Facebook Face Yoga Method Community YouTube Pinterest   Featured Review: MelW010 (Canada) “Thank you Jackie for being the voice for all of us on the Forty Thrive Podcast. I truly admire you and everything you have done throughout your career and on. Just when I was ready to close the door on podcasts for me - over forty mom, I found you just in time. Thank you for making me feel normal, valuable and heard.”
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