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Forty Thrive gives a bold voice to the badass Gen X ladies in midlife. If you're a woman in your 40s and 50s, 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.

Forty Thrive Jackie MacDougall

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Forty Thrive gives a bold voice to the badass Gen X ladies in midlife. If you're a woman in your 40s and 50s, 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.

    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.

    • 46 sec
    When You Feel Like Blowing Up the Internet

    When You Feel Like Blowing Up the Internet

    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.

    • 46 min
    Help! I Have an (Almost) Empty Nest

    Help! I Have an (Almost) Empty Nest

    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 AudibleTrial.com/fortythrive.  
    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:  

    • 37 min
    Stop Making Weight Loss So Damn Hard

    Stop Making Weight Loss So Damn Hard

    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. 
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    Why You're Not Getting What You Want (and How to Change That)

    Why You're Not Getting What You Want (and How to Change That)

    To celebrate summer, we're looking back at the Top 10 Forty Thrive episodes of all time.
    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
    Ask Like an Auctioneer

    • 48 min
    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: 
    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

    • 1 hr 14 min

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