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Forty Thrive

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
95 Episodes
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.”
Meet Dr. Paria Hassouri, a pediatrician, mother of three, transgender rights activist, and author of Found in Transition: A Mother's Evolution During Her Child's Gender Change. I met Paria in 2019 while my family was going through our own transition, when one of our children came out as transgender. Paria and her family were a little bit ahead of us, going through a transition of their own with their teenage daughter. Now while you may not be familiar with transgender children or transgender issues and challenges, Paria's story is universal to any mom, really any human, who at one time believed that life would look one way until a bomb is completely dropped. Through Paria's story, you can feel her slowly begin to grow, find acceptance and express the unconditional love that was always within her. But it wasn't pretty and it wasn't easy. Get Found in Transition absolutely free with a trial of Audible. Your FREE 30 day trial comes with: 1 credit good (2 for any Amazon Prime member) for any premium selection titles you like -- yours to keep. You also get the Audible Plus Catalog of podcasts, audio books, guided wellness and audible originals. Listen, all you want. No credits needed. And... you'll get a friendly email reminder before your trial ends. How many times have you done a free trial and end up paying for the thing that you don't even want because you forgot to cancel it Audible will actually send you a reminder. No risk! CLICK HERE About Our Guest: Paria Hassouri is the author of Found in Transition: A Mother's Evolution During Her Child's Gender Change. A pediatrician, mother of three, and transgender rights activist, her essays have been published in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Huffington Post. A proud Iranian-American, she spent her formative years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and currently resides and practices in Los Angeles. Resources:  GLAAD National Center for Transgender Equality The Trevor Project CDC PFLAG
If you're on the search for a new job opportunity, want to get further in your current career, or just start over doing something totally different, this episode is pure gold.    Amber Beam is on a mission to eradicate soul-sucking jobs everywhere! With 15 years in HR as an I-O Psychologist, she’s seen it all! Now she’s throwing back the curtain to reveal what you really need to know to win over skeptics in HR. If you're thinking “it’s too late” or “I don’t think I have enough experience,” we're about to kick those thoughts to the curb.   In this episode, we talk: How to stand out among the crowd when searching for a new job or gig What do do when you keep running into the O word — overqualified How to use your “soft skills” to rock any interview How and when to take a position that may be a step backward 4 simple steps to win anyone over on linked in Featured Review   Thank you, Kinmaine, for this awesome review on Apple Podcasts!    This podcast is the manual for finally living in alignment and living YOUR best life. Jackie is an incredible interviewer with a true gift for clarity, hilarity and asking the questions we all want to ask. I highly recommend adding this one to your library.   If you'd like to be featured on a future episode, leave a review where you listen to Forty Thrive. It's so appreciated!   Get Amber's FREE and paid resources at Connect with Amber on Facebook and Instagram.   Join us in the Forty Thrive FREE and private community!
What is Human Design and how can you use it to become the most successful and fulfilled you?   According to today's guest, Human Design Reader, Certified Coach and Podcaster, Kelsey Abbot, Human Design is a system that combines astrology, the chakras and the Kabbalah Tree of Life.   Kelsey adds, "This is how I describe it: Years ago, your soul got called to Earth School, but before it enrolled, it selected your blueprint, your style and a whole bunch of gifts. And then it decided exactly when and where it would come to Earth. Human design allows us to see all the choices your soul made for you."   About Kelsey:   Kelsey Abbott is an intuitive Human Design Reader, a Certified Professional Coach, Instigator of Joy and the host of the Find Your Awesome podcast. She helps spiritual adventurers remember who they are and why they’re here so they can up-level with ease. She believes that the universe wants us to be sparklyAF and that joy is our natural state. When Kelsey isn't playing in her business, she's bringing curiosity, play and joy to triathlon--a sport she races as an elite amateur. Connect with Kelsey on her YouTube channel, Inspiration Station.
Are You Ready?

Are You Ready?


Welcome to Season 2 of Forty Thrive! We're back and more committed than ever to provide you the tools you need to thrive in midlife and beyond. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Forty Thrive on your favorite podcast app! Featured Review: Thank you, Janelle, for the kind words! I'm so glad I found this podcast. Jackie style is direct on point and easy to listen to. The content is rich and relevant for women navigating life after 40 I'm in my sixties now, but these topics still relate and are so uplifting and positive. This is a must podcast for any woman over 40 and beyond. Join our FREE and private community!      
You Deplete Me

You Deplete Me


It's our Top 10 Forty Thrive episodes of all time... with the insightful psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser.  ------------------------ We’re taking on some of the biggest challenges women over 40 face every day with psychotherapist and relationship expert, Stacy Kaiser. Stacy is just as passionate as I am in helping you live the life you really want — and she’s got some amazing experience to help make it happen. Some of the topics we cover: Dating over 40 and the red flags you should definitely notice What we can do NOW to create a future of happiness The secret we can learn from millennials Why we’re depleted and what we can do about it The Power of NO And why late afternoon pajamas are the best idea EVER About our guest: Stacy Kaiser is a licensed psychotherapist, relationship expert and media personality and author of How to Be a Grown Up: The Ten Secret Skills Everyone Needs to Know. Stacy was the resident psychotherapist on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, Lifetime’s DietTribe, Investigation Discovery’s Fatal Vows, parenting expert on The TODAY Show and Good Morning America, and regular guest expert on Steve Harvey and The Doctors. She’s worked with the FBI, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Unified School District… but her most coveted role is as my guest on today’s Forty Thrive podcast (well, duh!). Are you enjoying the Forty Thrive podcast? There are three things you can do that will make all the difference! SUBSCRIBE – it’s literally one simple button and will allow the show to automatically be updated on your favorite podcast app SHARE IT WITH A FRIEND — you know the one, she needs this episode! And to make it easier for you, you can always share it directly from HERE RATE AND REVIEW — Apple Podcasts and other apps are all about confusing algorithms. So the more activity they see, the more people will discover the show. Everything helps!
What's Happening to My Skin?

What's Happening to My Skin?


The ladies in our community loved this #2 episode. If you're ready to improve your skin health from the inside out, this one's for you! We all want to have better skin as we age over 40, 50 and beyond. It’s possible! Our Forty Thrive skincare expert reveals the secret to a plump, youthful complexion. Plus, are you making this common mistake during your skincare routine? She says it’s quite possible! Mentioned in this episode: Colorscience Sunscreen Daily UV Essentials Find an Osmosis Beauty skincare expert near you Osmosis Skincare Enzyme Cleanse Osmosis Skincare Nourishing Moisture Osmosis Skincare Growth Factor Serum Osmosis Skincare DNA Repair C Serum Calm Vitamin A Serum LED (Light emitting diodes) Nelly De Vuyst BIO FEMME Elle Cleansing Foam Bio Medical PH Toner  Meet Our Guest: Kathleen Szabados is a licensed Esthetician, Make-up Artist and Pilates Instructor. Kathleen takes great pride and pleasure in helping her clients look and feel their very best.  With the proper products, skin care routine and fitness program, everyone can achieve this goal at any age.  She continues to stay on the cutting edge of new technology and skin care treatments, constantly evolving her service offerings.  She feels very lucky to have cultivated such a fulfilling career in skincare and is extremely thankful for her fantastic and loyal clientele.  Kathleen’s Wellness Center is based in Santa Clarita, CA and can be reached HERE.
Share the Sh*t

Share the Sh*t


This might not only be one of my all time favorite podcast conversations… but one of my favorite conversations — period. If you’re ready to get real… raw and work through some of the pain you’ve been holding onto, THIS is the episode for you.  But don’t be fooled — it’s also filled with a whole lot of laughs and some seriously colorful language. So headphones are a must if you’re at work or around the littles. ‘Cause in this episode, we #sharetheshit Meet Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Melody Murray Parks. Not only does Melody work as a mental health evaluator in a Seattle ER while also running her own private practice, she’s also had an eventful career in TV, worked as an actor, hosted a children’s show and performed standup comedy. Two minutes after meeting Melody, you’ll be all “of course she did.” Read Melody’s post: A Therapist’s Journey to Radical Self Care Plus, Melody answers questions from the Forty Thrive community: How to deal with anxiety How to deal with being laid off Are women in midlife over medicated? Why? About Melody: I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Child Mental Health Specialist in private practice.  I also work as a Mental Health Evaluator in the ER at Seattle Children’s Hospital and co-facilitate Suicide Assessment and Treatment trainings for the nursing staff.    I also do presentations on topics including: Suicidal Ideation, Self-Care, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Mental Health & Social Media and Secondary Trauma.   I am a solution-focused clinician with a direct, casual, yet interactive approach. I help my clients learn positive ways to manage negative thought patterns, unwanted behavioral responses, process experiences that create fear, shame and sadness.  I help my clients love and accept themselves again OR, for the very first time. Before becoming a therapist, I spent several years working in film, television and casting as a producer and director.  I was also an actor, hosted a children’s show and performed standup comedy.   I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles.  I am a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the Producers Guild of America.  I am currently writing a book on Adolescent Suicidal Ideation. Sponsor: This episode of Forty Thrive is brought to you by Qunol Liquid Turmeric. Get 15% Off + FREE Shipping –   Mentioned in this episode: Inside Out (movie) Forty Thrive: From Bachelorette to Business Badass Forty Thrive: Life After The Bachelor (Part 2) Forty Thrive: Thriving through Transitions Robyn Lattaker-Johnson
If finding love is on your priority list for 2020, or ready to take your love life to the next level, then this episode is for you. Feautured Guest:  Damona Hoffman is a dating coach and media personality who starred in A+E Networks’ TV series #BlackLove and A Question of Love. Damona preciously held creative executive positions at CBS, Paramount, and NBC Universal. Now, she hosts the Dates & Mates Podcast and contributes regularly to The Washington Post, CNN/HLN,, and in addition to coaching clients.  Resources:  Damona’s Profile Starter Kit Subscribe to Dates and Mates
Starting over is nothing new for the ladies in the Forty Thrive community. New careers, new cities, new relationships and so many other big changes are taking shape. Diann Wingert is no stranger to starting over. The former therapist turned life coach recently uprooted her entire southern California life for a new adventure in Portland, Oregon. Hear what she thinks are the three things every woman over 40 must know and do before making a huge, life-altering change. Mentioned in this episode: Midlife Crisis or Midlife Awakening? Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life About Diann Wingert After two decades of being a successful therapist, Diann changed walked away from her private practice to become a masters level certified coach, helping women over 40 ditch their excuses,discover their courage and go after their most audacious goals. Diann passionately believes that this stage of life is the most powerful, if we are willing to let go of whatever is holding us back. Diann’s powerful combo of expertise on the midlife brain and menopause, coupled with her own unique personal experience makes her the go-to resource for women 40+. Personally, since turning 40, Diann has gotten divorced, raised her three children to adulthood, embraced Buddhism,   traveled the world, gone skydiving, studied German, remarried and became a first time entrepreneur.  Now in her 6th decade,  Diann is looking forward to continuing to learn, evolve and defy her own limits. To connect with Diann, visit
I Miss You!

I Miss You!


Are you feeling uninspired…stuck… like you're not quite where you thought you'd be at this point of your life? You are not alone. I'm Jackie MacDougall, host of Forty Thrive, the podcast that connects you, a woman over 40, with experts, resources, tips and tools to not just survive midlife, but thrive through it. This September, we’ll be back with brand new episodes that will inform, entertain, but most of all, give you that swift (but loving) kick in the butt to start living the life you truly deserve. From career changes to body changes…and all the things in between that make us wonder ”What the heck is happening to me?” Subscribe to Forty Thrive today wherever you listen to podcasts.  
The 7th most popular Forty Thrive episode could not be more timely. At a time when we're debating more than ever, today's guest has some great tips for surviving life online.  As the leader of the Forty Thrive private FB group, it’s sometimes a delicate dance when moderating a group of strong, passionate women. And I’m not the only one. Elsie Escobar not only co-manages a group of 13,000 women, she’s the community manager at my favorite podcast host, Libsyn. She’s as passionate as I am about helping women find their superpowers and share it with the world. As a leader in the online space, we’re sometimes subjected to some not-so-happy people. In this episode, I share a scenario I witnessed and how Elsie broke allllll the usual rules of the internet with her response to an angry post. Mentioned in this episode: Forty Thrive Episode 12 (with Elsie) Day One App Meet Our Guest:  Elsie Escobar is a die-hard podcast junkie who lives, breathes and works the medium, and has since 2006. Elsie Escobar co-runs the largest community for women in podcasting with a corresponding podcast (of course) called She Podcasts. Their sole mission is to empower women to continue to share their voices while creating a safe community of podcasting education and support. Elsie was one of the first female indie podcasters using audio to teach yoga. Elsie’s Yoga Class has now been downloaded over 4 million times! Elsie has the unique perspective and expertise of a podcast listener, independent podcast producer, and podcasting industry analyst/personality. You can find Elsie online on FB, Twitter and IG @elsieescobar and check out Elsie’s NEW podcast Sobre Podcasting.
If you’re a parent living in an empty — or almost empty — nest, this episode is for you. Lisa Heffernan, co-founder of Grown and Flown, has made it her life’s work to support parents during what can be an extremely difficult transition.   In the midst of guiding their own kids through this crazy transition, Lisa and her biz partner, Mary Dell Harrington, launched what has become the largest website and Facebook group for parents of fifteen to twenty-five year olds, earning them a spot on People Magazine’s 25 Women Changing the World in 2017.   Now they’ve compiled new takeaways and fresh insights from all that they’ve learned into a handy, must-have guide.   Get the Grown and Flown book today!   Grown and Flown is a one-stop resource for parenting teenagers, leading up to—and through—high school and those first years of independence. It covers everything from the monumental (how to let your kids go) to the mundane (how to shop for a dorm room). Organized by topic—such as academics, anxiety and mental health, college life—it features a combination of stories, advice from professionals, and practical sidebars.   Get the audio version of Grown and Flown for FREE! If you’re a fan of audio books like I am, you are definitely going to love this offer! Get a free month of Audible — and FREE audiobook download — at   Mentioned in this episode:   The Gift of Failure: How to Step Back and Let Your Child Succeed   Meet 100 People: A How-To Guide to the Career and Life Edge Everyone’s Missing   Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls   Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood   Find Grown and Flown on:   Facebook Instagram Twitter  
If you’re looking to feel your absolute best without beating yourself up over being perfect, this is the episode for you.   Courtney Townley, wellness expert and host of the Grace and Grit podcast is here! What I love about Courtney is how she’s evolved her business and her message into so much more than nutrition and exercise. Courtney takes such a gentle, holistic approach — she’s the go-to expert whether you’re at the beginning of your new health journey or just looking to up your game a bit.    Original Episode
To celebrate summer, we're looking back at the Top 10 Forty Thrive episodes of all time. #10 Dia Bondi is a communications powerhouse who shares her brilliant way to help women like us not only ask for what we want, but actually get it. (Hint: it’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before) About Dia Bondi   For the last 20 years, some of the most extraordinary world leaders, CEOs, philanthropists and innovators have considered Dia their secret weapon. Over thousands of coaching sessions, she’s helped them tap into their power and move their businesses forward.   Dia helped Rio secure the 2016 Summer Olympics. Her clients include a wide range of organizations in technology and beyond.  She’s coached changemakers at the Clinton Global Initiative and the Commonwealth Games Federation.   In 2018 Dia Launched Ask Like An Auctioneer, a project to help 1MM women ask for more and get it using the mental model and frameworks from the world of Auctioneering.  Her drive is to help women be more courageous in how and what the ask for, gain a sense of control and confidence in their negotiations so they can reach their goals faster.   Dia is a SheEO activator and sits on the Development Board for The Coaching Fellowship, accelerating extraordinary women leaders in social impact. In 2016, she took up the mic as an auctioneer to maximize fundraising for non-profits benefiting women and girls. Dia is direct, magnetic, fierce and insatiably curious — and she’s passionate about helping women succeed.      Connect with Dia   Website   Ask Like an Auctioneer   Facebook   LinkedIn   Instagram   Twitter
Listen and Take Action

Listen and Take Action


Those who know me best know I am a huge fan of uncomfortable conversations. (I’m sure there are some who don’t love that about me.) But I feel that growth and connection comes from rolling up our sleeves and getting comfortable being uncomfortable.   On this episode, I invite three women I admire greatly for a conversation about race as a woman (and sometimes mom) over 40. How can we better understand each other? What's the best way to take action? Join us for an honest conversation that's meant to help us understand each other and work together to improve our neighborhoods, communities and beyond.    About Wendy Rose Berry: Wendy Rose Berry (CEO) of conditionHER, a company that promotes only the best care for down there.  With their new intimate skincare line, they are also hoping to break down the associated taboos by sparking and elevating the conversation surrounding intimate care.  Wendy is a mom and self proclaimed “employed entrepreneur.” She's a Manager in TV publicity for a major entertainment company with an entrepreneurial spirit and innovative ideas, most of which are still sitting in notebooks waiting to be activated, but the idea for conditionHER is one she and her business partner just couldn’t let go.   About Melody Murray Parks: Melody 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 also does presentations on topics including: Suicidal Ideation, Self-Care, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Mental Health & Social Media and Secondary Trauma.     About Rocki Howard: Rocki 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. Check out ConditionHer! Whether you're bare or prefer hair, this moisturizing cream keeps your intimate area pH balanced, fights ingrown hairs, chafing, and helps alleviate skin irritation after waxing, lasering, sugaring or shaving. Founded by guest Wendy Rose Berry and business partner Eugenia Marshall. Mentioned in this episode:  Campowerment ConditionHer Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz Buy from a Black Woman   I Take Responsibility   A Lesson in Blowing Up Your Life with Melody Murray Parks    How to Be Bold, Brilliant and Badass over 40  
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!  
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