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Screw the Resolutions

Screw the Resolutions

Welcome to Forty Thrive 2021! Are you ready to make this year your healthiest yet? This episode is for you.

If you’ve been listening to the podcast for awhile, you know exactly who Courtney Townley is. Courtney helps women mend their relationship with their body so they can achieve true deep health and deliver their best to the things that matter most to them. She is so smart and so gifted in helping women really get honest with ourselves and move toward the best version of ourselves possible. She has been instrumental in my journey through her work on the Grace and Grit podcast, as well as within her membership site and all of her free events. Join Courtney’s Rumble and Rise membership today and rock 2021! 

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Questions to Ask Yourself: 

  1. How are you defining health currently?
  2. Keeping that definition in mind, on a scale from 1-10, how would you rate your health here at the end of 2020?
  3. What is the best decision you made regarding your health this year? And Why?
  4. In all the ways you showed up for yourself along your health journey, what are you most proud of? Why?
  5. How did you do it? What were the winning strategies?
  6. What were the thoughts that allowed you to show up
    and execute those strategies?
  7. What were the primary feelings that drove you to take
    action in that way?
  8. What is the worst decision you made regarding your health this year?
  9. What feels misaligned about your health story at the end of 2020?
  10. Where specifically do you feel unorganized or messy in your self-care?
  11. Where are you lacking confidence? What are you feeling shame about?
  12. What thoughts do you need to leave behind in 2020 to improve your health in 2021?
  13. Why aren’t you a 9/10 with your health yet, really?
  14. Imagine you are being coached by your future self who is already living at a 9/10… what advice does she have for you?

This Is What Could Be Aging You

This Is What Could Be Aging You

At one point or another, I think we’ve all uttered those three toxic words, “I’m too old.” Annie Gaudreault, holistic nutritionist, speaker and wellness coach flips “too old” on its head and says “hurry up.” If you’ve been thinking it’s time to align your food with what your body truly craves, this episode is your first step. There are so many helpful (and truthful) nuggets here, you’ll be well on your way to wellness in just 45 minutes!


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About Annie: As a healthy aging expert and nutritionist, Annie Gaudreault founded VEEV Health & Wellness to support smart and successful mid aged women to lose weight, sleep better and get more out of life. An endurance athlete with 12 marathons and 3 Ironman triathlons under her belt, Annie lives what she preaches.
A prior 25+ year career as a brand consultant working with executives of Fortune 500 companies gave her a solid background to serve the wellness needs of those living busy lives. And for the past 19 years she has proudly lived the life as an entrepreneur.

She is a regular speaker to the media, corporations and lifestyle organizations on various topics of health and is a healthy aging expert.

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Sponsored By: This episode of Forty Thrive is sponsored by Kindra. Feel like yourself again with Kindra’s estrogen-free menopause supplements, expert advice, and powerful community. Get 20% off of Kindra site wide! Click here and use promo code: FORTYTHRIVE20

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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!

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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!

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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.”

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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