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The Annoying Advice My Husband Gave Me

The Annoying Advice My Husband Gave Me

Are you feeling stuck? Unsure? Detached? You’re not alone. Sometimes, it can feel like it happens overnight, but often it happens so slowly over time that we don’t even notice it. BOOM, we wake up one day and discover we’re just phoning it in… going through the motions but CRAVING SOMETHING MORE. It doesn’t have to be that way. In this episode, I’m going to share how you — yes, you! — can reboot. 

Plus, what is self love really? The Forty Thrive community weighs in! 

Mentioned in this episode: 

What Does Self Love Mean to You? 

Who Are You? Workshop with therapist Melody Murray

Let’s REBOOT! 

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Self Worth to Net Worth

Self Worth to Net Worth

One of the reasons I love December is that it’s the perfect time to prioritize and plan for what you want in the new year. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to start and live the year in a strong financial position. 


Katy Chen Mazzara is here to help! Katy is a certified financial coach and graduate of UC Berkeley’s Personal Financial Planning Program. As a former journalist, TV producer and award winning documentary filmmaker, Katy understands the balance between dreaming and doing. She helps creative, freedom seekers make MORE, worry less and achieve financial freedom, so they can create the life they truly want to live!

Join Katy! If you’re a freelancer… a business owner… entrepreneur… creative type… Katy has something awesome coming up you’ll want to check out. Katy’s FREE masterclass “6 Awesome Ways to Create True Financial Freedom” will help you obliterate money blocks, manifest abundance, set a financial foundation and spend consciously so you never regret a purchase again. But the thing I love most is that Katy’s not one of those “don’t enjoy life, save every penny” types. She’s masterful in combining the practical with the purposeful. REGISTER HERE!

Connect with Katy on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and in her Facebook group!


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Menopause, Fight Club and Brad Pitt

Menopause, Fight Club and Brad Pitt

Meet Catherine Balsam-Schwaber. She’s smart, successful and CEO of Kindra, a company that just might rock your world. Together, Catherine and I bust the lid off menopause, including sleepless nights, hot flashes, mood swings and (believe it or not) the benefits of being a midlife woman in the midst of this change. 




About Our Guest:

Catherine Balsam-Schwaber is known as a dynamic, results-oriented leader with a track record of delivering exceptional results in high pressure environments. She has extensive experience in business transformation with complex multi-platform products, strategy, marketing, creative leadership, revenue growth, media + advertising, subscription/OTT/DTC, communications and ecommerce.

Catherine is the CEO of Kindra, an innovative self-care company for women in menopause. A life-long advocate for women’s health, Catherine joined Kindra to break down the stigma surrounding menopause care and support and empower women in mid-life through Kindra’s science-backed formulas and community-building initiatives.

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What If This Was Your Life?

What If This Was Your Life?

It’s Election Day — so much is at stake for our country and its people. But as you know, this is not a political podcast. So for today, my plan was to give you a little comic relief by inviting on two hilarious, outspoken, brilliant women. Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton are real life best friends who met at the world famous Second City Theatre and became what we know today as FRANGELA.

But what I thought would be a funny, entertaining conversation — oh and it is — became so much more. We talk mental health, “cancel culture,” why Frances wants to confront Val Kilmer and one of the most important questions you could possibly ask yourself.

Our chat is lively, it’s super fun and it’s a huge opportunity to learn and grow — something as a woman nearing 50, I hope to do each and every day.


About Frangela: You may recognize this genius duo from NBC’s “Bring The Funny,” or  “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.” They were featured on The Oprah Show on the “Best Standups in America” episode. They are well known for their commentary on VH1’s Best Week Ever and hilarity on the big screen in the hit films He’s Just Not That Into You and Slow Learners. They are also recurring fan favorites on HULU’S Quick Draw.

Currently, they are appearing on The Sexy Liberal Virtual Tour, go to for tickets. Listen to their podcasts “The Final Word” and “Idiot of the Week” where you find all your favorite podcasts.

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Mentioned in this Episode:
Forty Thrive: Midlife Crisis or Midlife Awakening
Forty Thrive: Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life
Forty Thrive: How to Start Over
The Driven Woman Podcast
If you’re struggling with anxiety or other mental health challenges, the following resources are available to you.
Better Help
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Institute of Mental Health
The Toxic 5: Foods to Avoid in Midlife and Beyond

The Toxic 5: Foods to Avoid in Midlife and Beyond

Meet Kwavi Agbeyegbe, she’s a life coach who believes women deserve to feel energized, confident and fiercely happy in their lives. Who doesn’t want more of that?
In this episode, we talk: 
• Maximizing Midlife
• Giving up Alcohol
• Mindful Eating
• The Toxic 5 (foods we all should avoid)
About Kwavi: Kwavi Agbeyegbe is a Certified Weight Coach/Life Coach and Retreat Creator that helps successful women manage their health, mindset and waistlines. Her passion is helping women in their 40’s and beyond master their health and wellness. 
Join Kwavi for her upcoming live virtual event “Now Is the Time” happening 11.7.2020. The event is focused on celebrating how far we’ve come and not letting the narrative surrounding midlife prevent them from going after what they want. REGISTER HERE
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Featured Review: Amber B CC
Forty Thrive is EXACTLY what you need if you’re feeling a bit lost in midlife. Jackie’s authenticity and generosity make you feel like a part of a secret club where your age is an advantage! This show is CAN’T MISS and should be added to your favs pronto!
The Question to Ask Yourself Right Now

The Question to Ask Yourself Right Now

Why Bother? Who knew two little words could have so much power? On this week’s episode, Jackie talks with author Jennifer Louden, author of Why Bother? Discover the Desire for What’s Next. 

If you’re feeling stuck or wondering what your next move should be, this one’s for you. 


About Jennifer Louden: Jennifer’s a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the concept of self-care with her first bestseller, The Woman’s Comfort Book
Since then, she’s written six additional books on well-being and whole living, including The Woman’s Retreat Book and The Life Organizer, with close to a million copies of her books in print in nine languages. Her newest is Why Bother? Discover the Desire for What’s Next. 
Jennifer has spoken around the world, and has written a national magazine column for a Martha Stewart magazine, been quoted in two of Brené Brown’s books, and has appeared on hundreds of TV programs, radio shows, and podcasts—even on Oprah.
Connect with Jen on her website, on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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Found in Transition

Found in Transition

Meet Dr. Paria Hassouri, a pediatrician, mother of three, transgender rights activist, and author of Found in Transition: A Mother’s Evolution During Her Child’s Gender Change. I met Paria in 2019 while my family was going through our own transition, when one of our children came out as transgender.

Paria and her family were a little bit ahead of us, going through a transition of their own with their teenage daughter. Now while you may not be familiar with transgender children or transgender issues and challenges, Paria’s story is universal to any mom, really any human, who at one time believed that life would look one way until a bomb is completely dropped. Through Paria’s story, you can feel her slowly begin to grow, find acceptance and express the unconditional love that was always within her.

But it wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t easy.

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About Our Guest: Paria Hassouri is the author of Found in Transition: A Mother’s Evolution During Her Child’s Gender Change. A pediatrician, mother of three, and transgender rights activist, her essays have been published in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Huffington Post. A proud Iranian-American, she spent her formative years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and currently resides and practices in Los Angeles.



National Center for Transgender Equality

The Trevor Project



The Ultimate Guide to Career Moves over 40

The Ultimate Guide to Career Moves over 40

If you’re on the search for a new job opportunity, want to get further in your current career, or just start over doing something totally different, this episode is pure gold. 
Amber Beam is on a mission to eradicate soul-sucking jobs everywhere! With 15 years in HR as an I-O Psychologist, she’s seen it all! Now she’s throwing back the curtain to reveal what you really need to know to win over skeptics in HR.
If you’re thinking “it’s too late” or “I don’t think I have enough experience,” we’re about to kick those thoughts to the curb.  


In this episode, we talk:

  • How to stand out among the crowd when searching for a new job or gig
  • What do do when you keep running into the O word — overqualified
  • How to use your “soft skills” to rock any interview
  • How and when to take a position that may be a step backward
  • 4 simple steps to win anyone over on Linked In
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Featured Review

Thank you, Kinmaine, for this awesome review on Apple Podcasts! 
This podcast is the manual for finally living in alignment and living YOUR best life. Jackie is an incredible interviewer with a true gift for clarity, hilarity and asking the questions we all want to ask. I highly recommend adding this one to your library.
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What the Heck is Human Design?

What the Heck is Human Design?

What is Human Design and how can you use it to become the most successful and fulfilled you?
According to today’s guest, Human Design Reader, Certified Coach and Podcaster, Kelsey Abbot, Human Design is a system that combines astrology, the chakras and the Kabbalah Tree of Life.
Kelsey adds, “This is how I describe it: Years ago, your soul got called to Earth School, but before it enrolled, it selected your blueprint, your style and a whole bunch of gifts. And then it decided exactly when and where it would come to Earth. Human design allows us to see all the choices your soul made for you.”
About Kelsey:
Kelsey Abbott is an intuitive Human Design Reader, a Certified Professional Coach, Instigator of Joy and the host of the Find Your Awesome podcast. She helps spiritual adventurers remember who they are and why they’re here so they can up-level with ease. She believes that the universe wants us to be sparklyAF and that joy is our natural state. When Kelsey isn’t playing in her business, she’s bringing curiosity, play and joy to triathlon–a sport she races as an elite amateur. Connect with Kelsey on her YouTube channel, Inspiration Station.
Are You Ready?

Are You Ready?

Welcome to Season 2 of Forty Thrive! We’re back and more committed than ever to provide you the tools you need to thrive in midlife and beyond. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Forty Thrive on your favorite podcast app!

Featured Review: Thank you, Janelle, for the kind words!

I’m so glad I found this podcast. Jackie style is direct on point and easy to listen to. The content is rich and relevant for women navigating life after 40 I’m in my sixties now, but these topics still relate and are so uplifting and positive. This is a must podcast for any woman over 40 and beyond.

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