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Author: Jackie MacDougall

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The Forty Thrive podcast connects women over 40 (and beyond) with the experts, resources and tools they need to thrive. Join Forty Thrive founder and creative coach, Jackie MacDougall, for candid conversation, compelling interviews, and an abundance of strategies and tools to rock life over 40.
31 Episodes
If you spend any time online. you’ve probably witnessed a kerfuffle or two. Isn’t that a great word? 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. Click here to download... Mentioned in this episode: Forty Thrive Episode 12 (with Elsie) Day One App FRIENDS! The Musical Parody Get 20% OFF* Select Main Floor Tickets (Regularly $65, $45)Available performances: July 16 - August 1st Sunday - Thursday evenings only Use code: ROSSANDRACHEL 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.
Shut Up, Roberta

Shut Up, Roberta


Have you ever set a goal or had a dream, only to be completely interrupted with that voice — you know the one, the voice that tells you "you’re too old" or "you're not good enough." It’s a voice that’s so strong, it has the power to stop you from even trying. Until now. Click here to download... In this week's episode, I talk with Wendy Miller, an award-winning, writer, producer and creative powerhouse, working with media giants like NBC, Lifetime and Oprah Winfrey. She's also spent over seven years as Head of Programming for Playboy TV, before launching the hilarious and thought-provoking podcast, Sex Ed the Musical. Wendy and I talk openly about the nagging voice that keeps us from living the life we truly want. Wendy even has a whole persona for her voice! You definitely want to hear Wendy's brilliant and effective ways to quiet the voice and help you move forward in doing anything and everything you’ve ever desired. Mentioned in this episode: Episode 2: Let's Talk about Sex (over 40) with Wendy Miller Sponsored by: Find your voice through podcasting, my personal small group program that will take you from idea to launch in three months or less. You could certainly find the nuts and bolts of podcasting through a google search, but my super power is pulling the very best, unique and special you out of you and helping you to create a podcast that stands out from the rest and positions you as the expert you are. To find out more about how you can join my summer session —starting next week — click here! Let's get together! I'll be in the audience at the MILF podcast LIVE event (featuring Wendy Miller) happening in LA on July 24. Host Jennifer Tracy has extended an exclusive Forty Thrive promo code to save you 50% off your ticket. That's right, you can get in for just TEN BUCKS! For tickets, click here and use promo code: FORTY10
This summer on the Forty Thrive podcast, we're focusing on our bodies and how to look and feel our absolute best. No better time than the present to get that started! Alicia Schoroth is the owner of a platform that provides effective online programs for fitness, weight loss, and wellness with a focus on hormone balance.   Click here to download... In this episode, we talk: • How our bodies react to exercise differently as we age. Are you feeling frustrated with the lack of results; caught in a cycle of over-exercising, creating stress and perpetuating the lack of results. • How to feel better today than you did in your 20s. Alicia started bodybuilding competitions in her 40’s simply to show women what we are capable of in fitness and how important mindset is. • How to shift from eating from foods for weight loss to foods for hormone balancing - (psst: this actually leads to weight loss anyway) Eating for hormonal health makes weight loss and muscle growth possible. About Alicia Schoroth: Alicia left a 15-year career in the finance world, after the birth of her son.  When she was 41, she founded HER Power Lifestyle to help other women achieve their health and fitness goals.  She wanted to provide a program that addresses what others haven’t in the past.  She combines her knowledge from her own personal struggles and expertise on hormones and women’s changing nutritional requirements and reaction to stress and exercise as they age. Alicia is a certified trainer, Certified Health & Nutrition Coach, Certified Hormone Specialist, Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert, Fitness Nutritionist & holds other fitness certifications including Pilates and Level 1 Kickboxing. To prove that we cannot be limited by our age and there is power in our mindset,  Alicia decided to enter her first body fitness competition at the age of 42.  In her first 2 years of competing, she earned five top 5 finishes and four 1st place finishes. Last year at the age of 45, she captured 3 Pro Cards (defeating women half her age) Alicia is also a published Fitness Model, and regular contributor to women’s fitness magazines.  She was named in the FAB 40 over 40 by D’FYNE Fitness magazine.
When it comes to shaking things up over 40, Samantha Kemp Jackson is living proof that anything is possible. From switching careers -- not once, but twice -- to starting over in parenting, Sam is all about reinvention and following your dreams. A Parenting writer, media commentator and creator/host of the Parenting Then and Now podcast, Sam is the mother of four children, ranging in age from adult to elementary school. Find Sam online at her blog, Multiple Mayhem Mamma or writing over at Medium or on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Meet Our Sponsor:   Today's episode is brought to you by a super fun Forty Thrive giveaway. We're giving away two pairs of tickets to FRIENDS! The Musical Parody running July 16 – August 4, 2019 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, CA. FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the comedic musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV’s Friends, celebrating the adventures of your favorite group of 20-something friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. It’s a typical day at New York’s only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear! The new musical recreates our favorite moments from all 10 years of Friends through an uncensored, fast-paced, music filled romp. Enter to win one of two pairs of tickets to Friends: The Musical Parody! For more info, head to our private Forty Thrive FB group. 
This week’s guest is author of The Naked Truth, Leslie Morgan. If you’re looking for a summer read that’s got grit, a point of view and gets a weeee bit (a lot) racy, this one’s for you. In the Naked Truth, Leslie shares her story of finding herself — and a whole lot of men — after ending a 20-year-marriage. But my conversation with Leslie is about so much more than sex. Leslie shares what was happening in her marriage (I think a whole lot of women can relate) and how she felt stuck — just shy of turning 50. While the answer for her might not be the same for you, I think there are so many thought-provoking nuggets in this interview. Click here to download... If you love a good audio book like I do, get The Naked Truth FREE at Audible is the world’s largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, enriching the lives of our millions of listeners every day. They’re offering Forty Thrive podcast listeners a Free month plus one free audiobook download, just for trying them out. Leslie Morgan is an author, consultant and thought leader on women’s leadership, work-life balance, inspirational parenting, overcoming adversity and surviving violence against women. She lives in Washington, DC. She recently completed her fourth nonfiction book which explores female aging and sexuality after motherhood and divorce. Her corporate experience includes The Washington Post, Johnson & Johnson, Leo Burnett and Seventeen Magazine. Follow Leslie: Facebook LinkedIn Instagram Mentioned in this episode: The Naked Truth book Crazy Love book Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families
It’s been 25 years since Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown were murdered. Every year on June 12th, networks, 24-hour news channels and social media outlets quote Kim Goldman in short soundbites meant to captivate listeners and viewers, not to share the real story of those who continue to live with the impact of the murders. This year is different. Kim – who some of you may also know as my co-host of a previous podcast I hosted – is taking her story into her own hands, launching a brand new podcast you definitely want to listen to. In confronting OJ Simpson, Kim sits down with prosecutors, investigators, and witnesses who never got to speak and jurors who voted not guilty. In this 10-part series, Kim takes you on a journey as she reclaims and reflects on the part of her life that was changed permanently. Kim is an advocate, a speaker and a multiple NY Times best selling author. But most of all, I’m honored to call her my friend. Click here to download... In this episode: Kim reveals the catalyst for launching the podcast Who she speaks to in the 10-episode series The people who surprised her along the way The witness we never heard from during the case The ultimate goal behind the podcast (it's not what you may think) What it means to her to Forty Thrive and how she embraces life over 40 Subscribe to Confronting OJ Simpson on your favorite podcast app and connect with Kim on Instagram at ConfrontingPod and Twitter at KimEGoldman.  
Every once in a while you meet someone who stops you in your tracks and forces you to take notice. That's what happened to me when I first met Jennifer Tracy. Jen was a guest at The Self Care Project, an event I co-hosted in late 2018. Here I was, standing on the stage, watching the ladies in front of me receive all of the gifts our incredible speakers were sharing. Jennifer was light a ray of light, embracing the day like no one else. I knew I needed to meet this woman and hear her story.  Well you are in for a real treat! In this first-time-ever pod swap, the Forty Thrive podcast is being hosted by Jennifer Tracy, host of the MILF podcast. And yes, that also means you should head over to the MILF podcast and listen to this week's episode, hosted by yours truly! Special Event Jennifer Tracy presents her breakthrough podcast, MILF Podcast (that’s Moms I’d Like to Follow) in front of a live audience. Jennifer welcomes several of her MILF guests on stage to openly riff about sex after kids and, well, just sex. There will be bawdy-ness, there will be sexy-ness, and mostly there will be milf-y-ness. Oh, and also some pole dancing. What? Did you really think there wouldn’t be? Come on! Special guests to be announced prior to event. Doors 7:00 | 18+ General Admission Tickets: $20 Advanced / $25 Day Of Show* Lineup subject to change | No item minimum | No late entry TICKETS ARE NON-TRANSFERRABLE | We do NOT honor tickets through third party sellers *Day of show tickets based on availability. If an event is sold out online, there will be no tickets available at the door unless otherwise posted on our socials. About Jennifer Tracy Telling women’s stories is at the heart of everything I do. The rich, complex, and sometimes messy lives we lead as women allow us to birth remarkable stories and experiences. And those are the stories that heal us and connect us to one another. We need that more than ever. There is no “village” to raise our kids. We create the village; on the internet; in our kids’ schools. Within these communities, we find the antidote to feeling profound isolation. Providing listeners with the conversations on MILF podcast is a way for me to help mitigate that isolation for moms in all stages of motherhood. At least for one hour. I never felt so alone as when I was first home from the hospital, by myself with my newborn, and I was certain that I was already failing. No one was telling me that, but no one was there to tell me that I wasn’t. I needed support. I didn’t have it. I didn’t know how to ask for support. This is ultimately why I created the MILF Podcast, it’s why I’m a novelist, and it’s why I’m driven to bring women together to create powerful connection and community with them. (I also like to push boundaries of societal norms and what is “appropriate” for women’s roles, which is why I chose the acronym MILF as the name of the show. Not only did I want to turn MILF (and its original definition) on its head, reclaiming and redefining our sexuality as women with children, but I also had a deep desire to embolden femininity in its most powerful form (creating and sustaining life through our divine sexual bodies) and the fierce strength of that which translates to so many other creative forms. I’ve also learned everything I know about motherhood by literally Following other Moms who paved the way before me or alongside me. Much of my formative years were spent as a film student in Boston, France, and Australia, and then I moved to Los Angeles to work as an actress. I pressed pause on that path when I became a mother. After giving birth to my son in 2009, I used writing as a form of survival and therapy, exploring motherhood, postpartum depression, and its struggles. Telling my story in essays and articles online ultimately inspired me to write my first novel which ultimately led to working with other writers who are finding their voices in story which then led to starting this podcast and hearing the stories of brilliant women I’d love to follow every week who are also figuring out how to balance motherhood and their creative lives as entrepreneurs, artists, and badass women! (Yes, I love run-on sentences and I’m not going to apologize for it!) Follow Jen on: Instagram Facebook Twitter or online at and Mentioned in the episode: Strength of Our Anchors (book) Christine Joy Luck Sarno Dr. Suzanne Gilberg Lenz Forty Thrive Podcast EP 10 with Leigh Koechner
Life After The Bachelor

Life After The Bachelor


Part 2 of a 2-part series: In a candid, exclusive interview, Bachelorette-turned-designer and entrepreneur, Moana Dixon, reveals for the first time publicly what really went down during her time on the Bachelor. Plus, where she is today and how you can get your hands on her incredible designs. Click here to download... Moana shares: • The lie she told that haunts her to this day • What she really thinks of Dr. Travis Stork • How being blindsided on national TV in front of 21 million people continues to impact her life • Where is Moana Dixon today? Plus, Moana shares an exclusive offer with Forty Thrive listeners! About Moana Moana Dixon spent 18 years in the wine and spirits industry before leaving her career as a senior executive to change the way you think and feel about the spaces you find comfort in. It all started when Moana began making pillows out of indigenous and vintage textiles she had collected along her travels. Over the past four years, she has turned her small company the HUNTEDFOX (also known as H|F) into a full scale custom design house that works with designers across the globe on everything from homes to television sets, weddings and events, serving clients like Gina Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson, Nobu Malibu, and The Voice. With a deep commitment to quality, detail and comfort, she and her team make beautiful home décor in downtown Los Angeles by hand.  The company delivers products right to your door and can be found in retail stores all over the US and beyond. Moana is offering Forty Thrive listeners 30 percent off everything So get shopping! 
Part 1 of a 2-part series: In a candid, exclusive interview, Bachelorette-turned-designer and entrepreneur, Moana Dixon, shares her journey from childhood to reality TV and, for the first time publicly, reveals what really happened during her heartbreaking experience on the Bachelor with Dr. Travis Stork. Click here to download... In this episode • Who is Moana Dixon? • Why she agreed to be a reality TV contestant • What really happened behind closed doors with Travis • Secrets behind the scenes in Paris About Moana Moana Dixon spent 18 years in the wine and spirits industry before leaving her career as a senior executive to change the way you think and feel about the spaces you find comfort in. It all started when Moana began making pillows out of indigenous and vintage textiles she had collected along her travels. Over the past four years, she has turned her small company the HUNTEDFOX (also known as H|F) into a full scale custom design house that works with designers across the globe on everything from homes to television sets, weddings and events, serving clients like Gina Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson, Nobu Malibu, and The Voice. With a deep commitment to quality, detail and comfort, she and her team make beautiful home décor in downtown Los Angeles by hand.  The company delivers products right to your door and can be found in retail stores all over the US and beyond. Moana is offering Forty Thrive listeners 30 percent off everything So get shopping!  Also mentioned in this episode:  Forty Thrive episode 4 with Diann Wingert  Dr. Joe Dispenza Luke Storey, the Life Stylist Podcast
Will I Even Make It to 40?

Will I Even Make It to 40?


As a podcast launch coach and online community leader, I love helping women push through the fear and do the things they were born to do. Which brings me here, to this episode. In an episode different from any other I've done, I share a chapter I recently wrote in The Strength of Our Anchors, a collaboration project I contributed to, along with several other women. In this chapter, I share my personal story of loss, love and perseverance. I hope you enjoy it. Click here to download...
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