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About Face in Midlife

About Face in Midlife

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. 


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?
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
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“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.”

Menopause Mythbusters

Menopause Mythbusters

From Brains to Breasts, Heart to Hot Flashes, Bones, Thyroid, even Eastern vs Western therapies Dr. Soma Mandal shares her brilliance and new book Dear Menopause, I Do Not Fear You: A Modern Woman’s Guide to Thriving Through Midlife. It’s jam packed, super easy to read and complete with funny comics (which Gen Xers will love). Get your copy today!
In this episode:
— We bust myths that women are believing about perimenopause and menopause
— We go beyond nutrition and exercise to discuss what else we can be doing
— Dr Soma shares the most important things we should do when talking with our doctor
— And she answers the supplement question: Should we be taking them?
Widely regarded as one of America’s top physicians in midlife women’s health, Dr. Soma Mandal is a board-certified Internist who has helped thousands of women to successfully navigate Menopause and reinvent themselves along the way. Earning her MD at New York University School of Medicine, and a prestigious research fellowship at Oxford University in England, Dr. Mandal brings a fresh perspective to the topic of Menopause, particularly for women of color. 
Fusing traditional Western medicine with her Eastern roots, Dr. Mandal’s approach combines the best of both worlds. Her unique approach provides women with a much-needed, easy-to follow process, making the forties and fifties plus, fabulous.”
You can connect with Dr. Soma at
Bonus Meditation Episode

Bonus Meditation Episode

Recently, Katie Krimitsos of Women’s Meditation Network came into the Forty Thrive community to provide us all the opportunity to tune back into ourselves and regain focus and clarity on our lives. 

Through her Release, Surrender and Glow guided meditation, Katie helps you ease into the natural rhythm of your life, helping you let go of all those things you’re desperately trying to control and instead tune into your own inner voice so she can guide you confidently through these moments.  

Enjoy this wherever and whenever you need a little break in your day. 


The Coping Technique that Will Change Your Life

The Coping Technique that Will Change Your Life

Sometimes there are moments in life that feel like they were created by an act of divine intervention.
This is one of them.
I read this blog post by Dr Rachel Barbanel-Fried (AKA Dr. RBF) entitled Things That Bend Won’t Break. It really spoke to me at a time I needed it. Little did I know, it would become the mantra for getting through the next several weeks for all of us. 
If there is one episode you may need right now, it’s this one. Right here. For you. 

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About the guest: Dr. Rachel Barbanel-Fried, aka Dr. RBF, is a clinical psychologist, writer, and optimal performance consultant based in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. She consults with executives and organizations looking to elevate performance and reach new levels of success in the workplace and beyond. She also sees individuals, couples, and families in a therapeutic setting who are looking to move forward towards growth, change, and healing. Dr. RBF utilizes an evidence-based, collaborative approach. She’s direct, down-to-earth, and non-judgmental, specializing in working with people from diverse backgrounds. She is also a consultant with the Flow Research Collective, a peak performance research and training organization. 
Some of my favorite quotables from this episode:
“The best exercise is whatever you like.”
“Take the moment of suck and come up with other options.”
“People are not broken, we may feel broken.”
“We all think that whatever happening in our heads is true.”
“The feeling itself is just a feeling but then we get caught up in our judgement of feelings, that’s when we get stuck.”
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How to Ignite Confidence over 40

How to Ignite Confidence over 40

Are you ready to make your next chapter your BEST chapter?

Courtney Townley is here to help you do just that! In fact, she’s taking it a step further and invites you to the Confident Women Rising Summit, a FREE online event happening April 20-24. Learn from 16 leading experts, what it really takes to reclaim your health, your happiness and your confidence after 40. Register HERE.

SPECIAL OFFER: Get the Confident Women Rising Backstage Pass A backstage pass to this event grants you access to all of the video interviews, audio files, and additional bonus materials so you can go through them at your own pace once the event begins on April 20th. (Only $34 thru 4/22!) Get it HERE!

Mentioned in this episode: Confidence Code

What the hell has happened to me?

What the hell has happened to me?

Ada Cal­houn is author of the New York Times best­seller Why We Can’t Sleep: Wom­en’s New Midlife Cri­sis, an expan­sion of her viral sto­ry for Oprah​.com and a ​“gen­er­a­tion-defin­ing explo­ration of the new midlife cri­sis fac­ing Gen X women and the unique cir­cum­stances that have brought them to this point.”

Buy the Book on Amazon or listen to Ada’s book for FREE! Visit

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4 Simple Steps to Make it Stick

4 Simple Steps to Make it Stick

Hey, thanks for listening! I’ve been leading this community of incredible women since I launched the group in 2017 and since then, I’ve been asking a lot of questions and listening to the needs of this growing community. Time and time again, I’ve had the opportunity to understand your core challenges — let’s be honest, your challenges are my challenges.

Two and a half years later, with just over a year of the Forty Thrive podcast under my belt, I know one thing for sure. Women over 40 want to feel better. That’s why I’m partnering with some amazing experts who will help you do just that.

If you’ve been part of Forty Thrive long enough, you know I love me some Courtney Townley. Courtney is the Founder of Grace and Grit and host of the podcast of the same name.

Not only was Courtney a huge hit at our very first Forty Thrive live event in 2018, she’s been on the podcast twice before. And what she has to offer is so much more than weight loss advice. Clients who’ve worked with Courtney have gone on to do some big things — leading their lives with confidence and of course, Grace and Grit.

Courtney’s here to help you replace those bad habits with better ones and make. it. stick.

Why you definitely want to listen:

=> That New Year’s resolution is long gone

=> You’re tired of spinning your wheels.

=> You want to learn how to develop habits that stick.

=> You know there must be a better way than extreme diets and exercise programs, you just aren’t sure what it is

In this episode, we answer:

  • The biggest challenge for women over 40 when it comes to creating lasting wellness
  • Why we struggle to be consistent?
  • The science of behavior change
  • Courtney’s 4-Step Framework that will change the game forever


Are you ready to work with Courtney and make this time… the last time?

Learn the 4 Essential Practices That Make Change Stick for Good

BONUS: Register for Courtney’s program and I’ll throw in: 

— One FREE ticket to an upcoming LIVE Forty Thrive event

— One FREE 30-minute midlife mentor mini session (If you’re feeling stuck, need clarity on next steps or just need to work through a challenge, I’ve got your back)

PLUS, register by end of day on Thursday, February 6th and receive $100 off with code: TCCearlybird

Thriver of the Week!

hot flashes and cool topics

Colleen Rosenblum, co-host of Hot Flashes and Cool Topics

I nailed the adulting thing this week- juggled needs of hubby, adult children, pets and family while podcasting, blogging and learning more of social media. 

Congrats, Colleen!

Nominate yourself for Forty Thrive’s Thriver of the Week!  In order to encourage and celebrate women who show up and speak up for themselves, this is self-submission only. No submissions on behalf of others will be considered. 

Transform Negative Energy to Positive in Seconds

Transform Negative Energy to Positive in Seconds

Welcome to another episode of Thrive in 40, a quick tip to kickstart your week, in 40 seconds or less. 

In this episode, Sandy Abrams, author of Breathe to Succeed, shares a simple way to start the day with intention. . 

Kickstart your day by starting it with three deep breaths and a positive thought. You can transform any negative energy into positive, empowering mindfulness with just three breaths and positive thought about the energy that you want to manifest for the day. Inhale the goodness and exhale anything else that’s not serving you.

To get more from Sandy, visit And for more inspiration from women over 40, join our free and private Forty Thrive Facebook group

Why Is Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop So Polarizing?

Why Is Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop So Polarizing?

Why is Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop so polarizing? We’ll hear two very different opinions about the brand. Plus, one of Goop Guides go-to healers is here in the Forty Thrive studio. Not only do we discuss the brand new Goop Lab on Netflix (spoiler: I share my own opinion on episodes 1-3), but we dive deeper into what’s really happening when we claim to be supporting each other as women. 

Plus, my big, fat mess up. I totally call myself out.

If you are part of our free and private community, I’m sure you saw the post recently about Gwyneth Paltrow’s new Netflix show, Goop Lab. The website’s been in existence for over a decade but the Netflix show just launched and is definitely getting people talking.

I asked a simple question, “How do you feel about group in three words or less?“ 

• Overpriced vagina candle

• Snake oil con woman

• Vile elitist pseudoscience 

These were just a few of the comments that were flowing in soon after posting. But not everyone was hopping on the anti-Goop bandwagon. There were actually plenty of women who shared quite positive opinions. 

• Optimizing your life

• Interesting, relevant, refreshing 

One woman shared, “She’s innovative and pushing the envelope, whether you agree with her or not.”

Dr. Suzanne Gilberg Lenz, OB/Gyn and Advocate for Women’s Integrative Health, weighs in, calling Goop “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Guest: Stacey Justis, professional intuitive tarot card reader and energy healer. She is also is certified in Hypnotherapy, past life regression, EFT and Reiki.

Goop Guide​ calls her “Refreshingly laid-back and smart, equal parts straight-up psychic and intuitive life coach.”Stacey helps private clients and groups connect with spirit through her energy work and collaborates with them to guide them to their own personal power and supports truly transformative healing. She provides insight as well as practical tools to achieve goals.She is a conduit for the journey of self-discovery and delivers messages, helps heal emotional wounds and fears, and even unlocks reasons for unexplained physical pain. Stacey is devoted to empowering her clients to create the lives they’ve always wanted and realize their true purpose and potential.


Thriver of the Week!

Julie Neale, founder / host of Mother’s Quest podcast and community

My 40’s have been a time in my life that I like to refer to as my mid-life renaissance. My life is far from perfect, but I’m seizing the opportunity to embrace who I am, share my voice, and have an impact in ways that I did not until this stage of my life. 

Congratulations, Julie! 

To be considered for Thriver of the Week, click here

Get Out of Your Head

Get Out of Your Head

Welcome to the second episode of Thrive in 40, a quick Monday morning tip to kickstart your week in 40 seconds or less. 

In this episode, Jennifer Tracy, writing coach and host of the MILF Podcast, shares her tip to get out of your head and reconnect to your body. 

Something I didn’t know or learn until I was in my late 30s was how not in my body I was, just really walking around in my head and my thoughts and not in touch with the wisdom of my feminine body. And so once I did learn that through a form of movement, it changed everything, it changed the way I told my stories, it changed the way I stood in my own story, so I just wanna invite you wherever you are to put your hand on your chest where your heart is and breathe. Just feel into your body and continue that through the rest of your day because she has wisdom to share with you and she has stories to tell.

To get more from Jennifer, subscribe to the MILF Podcast or visit And for more inspiration from women over 40, join our free and private Forty Thrive Facebook group