Forties Stories

Forties Stories

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What are 40-something women thinking, feeling, and doing as they navigate midlife? Forties Stories is the place to find out – and get inspired! Each week host Christy Maguire invites a woman on the show to share her experience and wisdom. We’re in the business of promoting connection + compassion - one story at a time. Busting negative stereotypes along the way. Please hit subscribe, leave a review, and share with a friend!


Building Healthy Boundaries: Helen Snape, 43
Nov 5 • 41 min
Today we are talking about the insidious business of people pleasing. It’s something that so many of us do without even thinking. It’s become a habit that my guest Helen Snape gently reminds us that we can change. She’s been there herself….
A Reinvention Story: Manuela Powell, 46
Oct 22 • 44 min
What do you want? Manuela Powell asked herself that very question and then totally disrupted her life. We talk about how her life changed at 39 when her mom came to visit, a recent solo adventure she challenged herself to do, and how awareness is the…
The Amazing Power of Being Honest: Judi Ketteler, 45
Oct 8 • 55 min
Are we telling ourselves the truth? Today we dive into the topic of honesty, which is the subject of Judi Ketteler’s forthcoming book, “Would I Lie To You? The Amazing Power of Being Honest in World That Lies.” Judi and I talk about the roots of…
The Importance of Showing Up as We Are: Jackie MacDougall, 48
Sep 24 • 45 min
Jackie MacDougall, fellow midlife podcaster, and I had a really honest conversation. We talk about the mixed messaging women hear, how she feels about aging, and about our shared passion in elevating women’s voices in midlife. We also talk about why…
An Announcement
Sep 17 • 4 min
I’ve been on the air for six months now and it’s been an incredible journey. However, find out why I’m moving the show to a biweekly one. I have a great episode for you next week with Jackie MacDougall of Forty Thrive, whose announcement on her…
A Holistic Journey: Lizbeth Ericka, 40
Sep 10 • 36 min
Life is a journey. What a cliché, right? But as Jack Kerouac said, “all clichés are truisms, and truisms are true.” If we think of our lives in those terms though, we start to appreciate that where we are today, doesn’t mean that we’ll be in…
Bonus: Sisters in Conversation with Sandi Reinardy and Barb Dvoracek
Sep 5 • 38 min
Today is the final part in our special 3-part sisters’ series. The series includes episode 20 with Sandi Reinardy and episode 21 with her older sister Barb Dvoracek. Sandi and Barb talk about their relationship, how they consider spending time with…
In the Sandwich Generation: Barb Dvoracek, 47
Sep 3 • 41 min
Today’s episode is part 2 of 3 of a special sisters’ series. Part 3 is a bonus episode that will air this Thursday, September 5th. My guest Barb Dvoracek and I talk about how she is balancing priorities as part of the sandwich generation, why we…
Childless By Choice: Sandi Reinardy, 41
Aug 27 • 41 min
Today’s episode is part 1 of a special sisters series. It will continue through next week and will include a bonus episode on Thursday, September 5th. My guest Sandi Reinardy and I talk about her decision to not have children, about how she is using…
When the Nest is Empty: Alice Agnello, 46
Aug 20 • 42 min
Transitions are often a good time to pause and see if you are on a course that is fulfilling and important to you. And, as my guest Alice Agnello says, the possibility exists to thrive with change, to embrace and enjoy it. Alice and I became friends…
Exploring the Future: Heather Thorkelson, 40
Aug 13 • 41 min
This week I’m talking with Heather Thorkelson, a spirited explorer. In this episode you’ll hear how Heather took months of deep work to discover what she wanted her future to look like. She also shares how her difficult childhood shaped her and…
Being Active One Day at a Time: Lyn Lindbergh, 46
Aug 6 • 43 min
Whether you already lead an active life or want to begin, Lyn Lindbergh says that if we listen to our body with honor to see what it can do today, and have compassion for its limitations today, then that is success. In this episode, Lyn shares how she…
Stepping Outside: Robin Kleisler, 40
Jul 30 • 45 min
Getting outdoors without distraction, even for a few minutes a day, is rejuvenating and good for the soul. Its benefits are similar to meditation. This week, Robin Kleisler and I talk about the growing trend of wilderness therapy, the benefits of…
Putting Joy into Practice: Phoebe Farag Mikhail, 41
Jul 23 • 38 min
Being joyful is a thoughtful practice, although it’s not something we’re typically focused on. However, my conversation with Phoebe Farag Mikhail left me thinking about joy, and I hope it will do the same for you. Phoebe and I talk about how joy…
10 Years to Goal: Julie Zuckerman, 49
Jul 16 • 37 min
This week, Julie Zuckerman talks about the goal she made shortly after turning 40. We also talk about a major life decision she made after graduating college, a typical day in her life, and how she deals with rejection. Though an avid reader…
The Art of Nurturing Ourselves: Doña Bumgarner, 46
Jul 9 • 43 min
Thank you to everyone who has followed along with our #onekindsummer campaign. I am excited to start up our interviews again! With the spirit of self-compassion in mind, today we’re focused on the art of nurturing ourselves. Doña Bumgarner and I…
Mini Ep. 4 – The Power of Kindness in the World
Jul 2 • 10 min
Why should we be kinder to the world at large? That’s a question we’re exploring on today’s episode, which is the continuation of the #onekindsummer campaign on the pod. I’m on a 4-week break from posting interviews, but in the meantime I want…
Mini Ep. 3 – Kindness to Family + Friends
Jun 25 • 8 min
It’s been great to see so many of you following along with the #onekindsummer campaign on the pod. Last week we started the campaign with self-compassion. Let me know how you did with that. Today we are focusing on kindness toward those around you,…
Mini Ep. 2 – Self-Compassion
Jun 18 • 9 min
The Dalai Lama once said, “If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself, then you are not able of developing compassion for others.” Today is the launch of the…
Mini Ep. 1 – #onekindsummer
Jun 11 • 7 min
Sharing my gratitude and announcing our #onekindsummer campaign. This summer let’s spread kindness. This starts with kindness to ourselves first. It spreads to those around us – our family and friends. From there, it spreads to those beyond us –…
Journey to Sexual Freedom: Leah Carey, 45
Jun 4 • 53 min
After taking her own journey to sexual freedom at age 42, Leah Carey is now passionate about breaking the silence, fear, and shame around women’s sexuality and pleasure. She’s also redefining what it means to be a “good girl.” Leah and I talk…
On Being 40ish: Lindsey Mead, 44
May 28 • 34 min
Lindsey Mead is a woman, a daughter, a mother, a sister, a wife, a friend, and a writer. She is also a runner, a sometime yogi, and a disillusioned MBA. She has a blog called “A Design So Vast” where she tries to find a coherent sense of self in…
Compassion Through Curiosity: Dr. Amy Heard-Davison, 49
May 21 • 52 min
I loved talking with my guest today about the science behind compassion. Dr. Amy Heard Davison is a licensed clinical psychologist in Northern Virginia. She has extensive experience and training in working with individuals facing medical, emotional,…
A Year Later: Daree Allen Nieves, 42
May 14 • 50 min
This week Daree Allen Nieves talks about her year since losing her husband - while they were practically newlyweds – and her grief process. We also talk about the benefits of journal writing to find your voice, how personal development is truly…
Life With a Busy Career + a Toddler: Motrya Hanas Calafiura, 41
May 7 • 44 min
My guest today is rocking her voice. Motrya Hanas Calafiura is the Special Assistant to the Provost at Georgetown University. She is also a wife, a mother to a 2-year-old son, and an all-around hustler. Motrya serves on the Board of Directors…
We Should All Be Creators: Erin Prather Stafford, 42
Apr 30 • 47 min
On the show today is Erin Prather Stafford who is acutely aware that fixing gender imbalances in the media is key to changing gender disparity everywhere. Erin recently launched Girls That Create, which provides information and resources for…
Finally 40s + Friendship: Nina Badzin, 42
Apr 23 • 47 min
Nina Badzin says she was “almost relieved to turn 40” a couple of years ago. Nina is a freelance writer who has written a popular friendship advice column for years, so we dove into the topic: we talk about why Nina takes the time to make…
Getting Kids to College Then a Diagnosis: Rachel Pieh Jones, 40
Apr 16 • 35 min
This week Rachel Pieh Jones, a writer living in Djibouti with her family, shares her story. Rachel is active in helping out in the international school she and her husband founded there and makes time to run in what is the hottest country in the…
A Psychologist’s Self-Care: Dr. Sarah Sarkis, 44
Apr 9 • 41 min
My guest today is Dr. Sarah Sarkis is a psychologist, writer, and performance consultant with a private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her integrated approach is big on science, and low on BS, which empowers her clients to achieve long term change and…
A Physician Travels the World: Dr. Cori McClaughry, 45
Apr 2 • 38 min
Not all women want a traditional life. Dr. Cori McClaughry, a dear high school friend of mine, has shaped her medical career around her desire to travel. Dr. McClaughry does urgent care shift work and primary care at community clinics in the Bay Area…
Reverting to Her Maiden Name at 40: Debi Maguire
Mar 26 • 34 min
On this episode I interview my younger sister Debi Maguire. (A shout out to her for all her love and support - whoo hoo!) We talk about how she was feeling fine about turning 40 but then had a running injury that left her in a lot of pain and made her…
Starting a Podcast at 46: Christy Maguire
Mar 19 • 24 min
Host Christy Maguire kicks off Forties Stories as the first guest – it seems important for her to do if she is asking other women to share their stories. Her sister Debi Maguire, 40, interviews her in Colorado. They discuss why Christy started the…
An Introduction
Mar 11 • 2 min
What are women in their 40s doing, thinking, and feeling? Forties Stories is the place to find out. Each week we will have a 40-something woman on the show to share her experience and wisdom. The thing I love about personal narratives is their power to…