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So the kids are getting older. Now what? Whether you’re facing a mid-career pivot, health and wellness journey, divorce or blending a family, or just looking to add a sense of adventure, curiosity and courage to your everyday life again now that the little-kid stage is past, you’re a Mother of Reinvention and this show is for you. In each episode, 40-something mom of 5, Meagan Francis, shares an interview with an inspiring woman telling her own reinvention story, as well as her own insights on facing reinvention with a sense of adventure and purpose.

Mother of Reinvention with Meagan Francis Meagan Francis

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    • 5.0 • 78 Ratings

So the kids are getting older. Now what? Whether you’re facing a mid-career pivot, health and wellness journey, divorce or blending a family, or just looking to add a sense of adventure, curiosity and courage to your everyday life again now that the little-kid stage is past, you’re a Mother of Reinvention and this show is for you. In each episode, 40-something mom of 5, Meagan Francis, shares an interview with an inspiring woman telling her own reinvention story, as well as her own insights on facing reinvention with a sense of adventure and purpose.

    Meagan Turns 45! Here’s What’s Next, with Guest Host Sarah Powers

    Meagan Turns 45! Here’s What’s Next, with Guest Host Sarah Powers

    I have a few big numerical milestones going on right now: I just turned 45 (yesterday!). My middle child is heading off to college in the fall. And in 5 years, I'll be celebrating 30 years of motherhood and I'll be right on the cusp of an empty nest. In this episode I'm joined by Sarah Powers, my friend, business partner, and co-host at The Mom Hour to help me celebrate all these big milestones - and to dig into what's next for me, this podcast, and the Mother of Reinvention community. If you're trying to make sense of being in your 40s or beyond, or just want to join me in dreaming about what's next, you'll definitely want to listen in.







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    About Sarah Powers







    Sarah Powers is co-host of the popular weekly parenting podcast The Mom Hour. Together with Meagan Francis, she has grown The Mom Hour into a multichannel media company reaching many thousands of parents from all over the world. A writer at heart, hobby photographer, and podcaster by trade, Sarah lives in her hometown of Santa Barbara, CA with her husband and three children. 







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    • 35 min
    Motherless Midlife With Hope Edelman (Plus a Special Chat With Meagan’s Sister Kathreen!)

    Motherless Midlife With Hope Edelman (Plus a Special Chat With Meagan’s Sister Kathreen!)

    Losing your mom at any age is hard, but when you begin to approach the age your mom was when she died, it has special significance. In this episode I'm joined by Hope Edelman, bestselling author and creator of the Motherless Daughters community, to talk about her work with women who have lost their mothers and why midlife can be a particularly fraught time for motherless women. Later in the show I'm joined by my sister Kathreen, who is about to turn 55 - the same age our mother was when she died - to talk about our experience losing our mom young, and how it has colored our view of motherhood, aging, and more.







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    About Hope Edelman







    Hope Edelman is an internationally bestselling author who has been working in the bereavement field for more than 25 years. She has written eight books, including Motherless Daughters, Motherless Mothers, and her most recent, The AfterGrief: Finding Your Way Along the Long Arc of Loss. She offers in-person retreats, virtual support groups for women who lost mothers at any age, and online writing courses throughout the year, and has lectured and led workshops all over the U.S. as well as in Canada, the U.K., Australia, and Dubai. She lives in Los Angeles and Iowa City, Iowa. For more information, go to www.motherlessdaughters.com. 







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    Episode 21 Featuring Meagan's Sister Kathreen: Thriving After Health Trauma With Kathreen Francis (Meagan's Sister!) - Mother of Reinvention (meaganfrancis.com)

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    • 49 min
    Young Widowhood & Crafting Honest Stories About Our Lives With Rebecca Woolf

    Young Widowhood & Crafting Honest Stories About Our Lives With Rebecca Woolf

    When Rebecca Woolf's husband, Hal, died just a few months after his cancer diagnosis, at age 44, Rebecca's community rallied around her. But what most on the outside didn’t know was that their marriage had always been complicated and was drawing to an end when he was diagnosed, and that Hal’s diagnosis and death put Rebecca in the complicated position of supporting him and their family through his death and being publicly a grieving widow, while also finding relief in the ending of a relationship that had been unhealthy and unraveling for a long time. In this episode, Rebecca shares the story of that marriage, Hal’s illness and death, and how Rebecca has grappled with and ultimately embraced her young widowhood even when her experiences haven't fit the expected narrative.







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    About Rebecca Woolf







    Rebecca Woolf has worked as a writer since her teens, contributing to numerous publications, websites and anthologies, most notably her own award-winning personal blog, Girl’s Gone Child, which attracted millions of unique visitors worldwide.







    As well as launching her own successful blog and writing weekly columns for Babble.com, Mom.me and Quiet Revolution, Woolf’s essays have appeared on Refinery29, Huffington Post, Parenting and more. She currently authors the bi-weekly column Sex & the Single Mom on Romper.com.







    She is also the author of Rockabye: From Wild to Child (Seal Press, 2008) and the forthcoming memoir, ALL OF THIS: a memoir of death and desire (Harper One) which hits shelves August 16th.







    She lives in Los Angeles with her son and three daughters.







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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Motherhood on Tour and Diversity In The Arts With Opera Singer Nina Yoshida Nelsen

    Motherhood on Tour and Diversity In The Arts With Opera Singer Nina Yoshida Nelsen

    As a mom who performs on the road, mezzo-soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen has a unique definition of what it means to be a "working mom." And as an Asian-American singer who has experienced her share of typecasting, Nina has an insider's view of how far we have to go when it comes to bringing diversity, equity and inclusion to performance - particularly in a primarily Western art form like Opera. Listen to hear more from Nina about mothering on the road, her work to bring more racial representation to Opera, and what she sees as her "next act" in her singing career.







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    About Nina Yoshida Nelsen







    Nina Yoshida Nelsen, mezzo soprano, is an avid advocate for equity in the arts. She is perhaps most well known for her countless performances of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with opera companies throughout the United States. Also well-known for her work in contemporary opera, Ms. Yoshida Nelsen has sung in seven world premieres as well as their subsequent productions.







    Equally at home on the concert stage, Nina has performed in world-class halls including Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and Royal Albert.  







    Nina is the Artistic Advisor at Boston Lyric Opera and serves as president of the Asian Opera Alliance, an organization of which she is a co-founder.







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    • 34 min
    Why (And How) To Have Hard Conversations, With Sarah Stewart Holland of Pantsuit Politics

    Why (And How) To Have Hard Conversations, With Sarah Stewart Holland of Pantsuit Politics

    Between the reversal of Roe and the Jan. 6 hearings, it's been a wild few weeks. We're all experiencing big feelings right now, and the tendency to lash out - or retreat into silence - is hard to overcome. But Sarah Stewart Holland believes there is another way, though she admits it's a difficult path to walk. Sarah, along with her business partner Beth Silvers, host the Pantsuit Politics podcast, where they engage in thoughtful, empathetic conversations about the issues we face today. In our conversation, Sarah is honest about how difficult it can be to ask questions and really listen to other people’s opinions and experiences, but how it’s absolutely crucial to living in a democracy - and making the change you want to see.































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    About Sarah Stewart Holland







    Sarah Stewart Holland is co-host of the Pantsuit Politics podcast, featured in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and named by Apple Podcasts as one of the Best Shows of 2021. She is also the co-author of Now What? How to Move Forward When We're Divided (About Basically Everything) (2022) and I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversation (2019), which was featured on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, received starred trade reviews, and continues to be in demand with readers, book clubs, and libraries. Sarah, with her co-host Beth Silvers, speaks frequently to universities, businesses, and civic organizations about improving political dialogue. 







    Sarah attended Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, and then received her Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law. Sarah began her career as a congressional staffer  campaign aide, before working in blogging and social media. She lives in Paducah, Kentucky, where she served a term as a city commissioner and volunteers as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for children. Sarah shares life with her spouse, Nicholas, and children Griffin, Amos, and Felix.







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    • 43 min
    How To Love Who You Are Today While Making Positive Change For Tomorrow With Midlife Nutrition And Wellness Coach Rachel Hughes

    How To Love Who You Are Today While Making Positive Change For Tomorrow With Midlife Nutrition And Wellness Coach Rachel Hughes

    When it comes to midlife health and wellness, it's easy to internalize a "no pain, no gain" mentality. But what might our relationships with our bodies look like if we were able to truly accept ourselves while also making positive changes? Today I’m excited to bring Rachel Hughes back to the show for a deep dive into some of the more touchy-feely aspects of health. We explore the questions: can changing the way we eat be fun? Can physical activity feel good? And, how can discipline and contentment co-exist?







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    About Rachel Hughes







    Rachel is a graduate of Vassar College and received a MSEd from Bank St. College, NYC, with a focus on Museum Education. She later received her license in nutritional counseling and worked with chronic pain patients for over 10 years at the New England Center for Chronic Pain in Greenwich, CT.







    After finding that her own perimenopausal symptoms were disruptive to her life, Rachel launched her own platform, The Meno Memos, a landing spot she hopes to be a lively, engaging and relatable feed for women of all backgrounds to be inspired to live a healthy, vibrant second season of life.  Rachel is also the host of “Perry Talks” a series of live interviews with physicians, experts, thought leaders and inspirational voices on all things peri/menopause, exclusively on the @ohhelloperry app and now also a podcast, Perimenopause WTF?







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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

Super cala Fraduulistics ,

Refreshing and always interesting!

I’ve been listening to Megan’s podcasts for several months now and enjoy her wide range of topics. As an almost empty nester, I can certainly relate to her and her guests! Thank you!

Colorado runnermama ,

Great host, Great topics

Megan feels like a friend as you listen to her speak with her guests. The topics grow alongside moms as they/we move into new times in our lives.

jfried2015 ,

A fun and interesting listen!

I am not yet 40 but I have loved listening to this podcast. I feel it is preparing me for what’s to come while also giving me valuable lessons for today. Definitely give it a listen!

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