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Listen in as author Linda Sivertsen (aka Book Mama) brings together the world’s most beloved bestselling authors to chat about writing, publishing, deal-making, spirituality, activism, and the art of romancing creativity. Now streaming on American Airlines, these up-close conversations are a fan favorite, downloaded millions of times, and frequently profiled on “Best Podcast” lists (i.e., The Motley Fool’s “10 Best Podcasts for Women”) while gracing the "Popular Podcasts, Books" (formerly Li ...
 
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Own Your Throne

Pirie Jones Grossman, Diane Chandler

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Whether it's because our kids have flown the nest, our work has been put on hold, or our marriage hasn't gone to plan, by the time we hit our 40's, we can't help but ask ourselves, "Who am I now?" Through this show, you will meet inspiring women who have recreated and redefined what it really means to thrive and age gracefully. You will be inspired to look deeper into yourself and determine what you want from this next chapter in life. Your hosts are Pirie Jones Grossman and Diane Chandler. ...
 
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Today's a very good day! This Book Mama is giddyhappy. Since meeting Jenny Lawson over five years ago, I've ached to have her on the Beautiful Writers Podcast, and it's finally happened on this, my post-book-delivery return to the show. After taking months off, I couldn't be more excited to be back with this literary lovefest! Jenny, who's on tour …
 
“Integrate grief and transition into a new space.” The difference between a step and blended family (2:31) Tools for a new spouse to navigate the divorced couple (8:31) The importance of good messaging to children of divorce (14:21) How to approach discipline with step children (20:12) How to navigate the children’s best interest (28:31) How to ble…
 
"I'm glad I'm not competitive," Elizabeth Gilbert said when listing her dear friend Marie Forleo's assets and calling her a "quintuple threat" before adding how incredibly loyal, decent, and giant-hearted she is. It's with that kind of feel-good sisterhood that we kick off this first episode of the Beautiful Writers Podcast for 2021. Two #1 New Yor…
 
“There’s something for everyone out there.” How she got started with her interest in fitness (3:31) How Kim got started with Fit Factor (7:24) The importance of connection, commitment, and consistency in good fitness (12:31) How she has adjusted her fitness to the pandemic era (16:36) The tips for staying healthy through the holidays (20:18) How sh…
 
It's here—our 4th annual Beautiful Writers Podcast "Best-Of" episode! Just in time to save your creativity in the New Year from all that binge-watching and doomscrolling. It's been a year—2020 (hence why this Summer episode's dropping in Winter). I don't have to tell you what kind of havoc the pandemic has unleashed on our best-laid writing plans a…
 
“The goal is to age gracefully and naturally.” How Tess got into dermatology to begin with (6:31) Some of the “time machine” procedures she’s developed (13:21) Tess’ thoughts on accutane (24:31) The advice and products to help with hair loss (29:52) The “v-time machine” procedures for the vaginal area (32:21) Tips for rejuvenating your eyes (43:11)…
 
“It all starts with a healthy canvas.” How Michelle got her start in doing makeup (2:51) Some ideas and tricks for ladies to glow and look younger (13:21) How an oxygen facial works (16:21) Some of the finer tips to applying makeup for Michelle (28:21) The biggest beauty mistakes ladies over 50 make (34:42) Some ideas for holiday parties and Zoom l…
 
“Resilience is so important.” Tracy discusses her troubled childhood (3:51) How her development shifted with reform school (10:31) How she found herself in meditating upon love and joy and honesty and finding her own spirituality (21:41) How she reconnected to her feminine side (29:42) Tracy shares valuing her worth through transitions in her love …
 
“We have so much more information compared to six months ago.” How a potential vaccine works (2:56) The pandemic trends we’ve seen with kids since March (19:52) Dr. Shakha’s thoughts on school lockdowns (27:23) The steps to avoiding transmission within your community (33:41) The efficiency of masks in society (39:35) How to get together safely outs…
 
“I don’t make friends with failure, but I’m humbled by it.” How Danielle’s journey started (5:30) What she learned looking back at her teenage years (10:31) How Danielle used her experiences and adversity to learn (16:36) How the hardest time in a relationship helped her to see her vulnerability and potential and how she healed from it (22:31) How …
 
Two of the top-selling YA Fantasy authors of ALL TIME give us a master class on earning, output, and living as epic a life as the stories they’re writing. On this fifth birthday of the Beautiful Writers Podcast, these #1 New York Times bestselling novelists—Nigerian-American Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone and Children of Virtue and Vengea…
 
“We want to be the tuning forks of goodness.” How to see the time we are in right now as “this great pandemic pause” (4:36) How the CZU fire affected Joan during this time (11:21) How important it is to make a difference during this trying time (18:31) How we should own our negative emotions to give us greater freedom of choice (22:26) How we can l…
 
“Don’t wait on fate.” The difference between vedic astrology and regular astronomy (5:45) How vedic astrology explains the current pandemic (9:45) How this can help us to prepare during our current condition (18:14) Difference remedies for autoimmune diseases (23:34) Gender disparities during the pandemic across the globe (28:14) How Carol has help…
 
“Go where the fun is, go where the juice is, go where the joy is.” How Linda dealt with her split with her husband during the recession (2:45) How she pulled out of the darkest of dark places (8:45) How she found an assistant for her book writing (17:18) How she first found herself to be an author (22:31) How Linda uses writing to help humanity (30…
 
“Sometimes you need to leave a smaller dream for a bigger dream.” The nuance in the definition of “fearless living” (4:15) How Rhonda grew up with and managed fear losing her parents early on (8:10) How she came up with her exercises (10:23) Where our fear comes from and how our brain processes it (14:15) How awareness plays in identifying our self…
 
“People connect to your authenticity.” How Kym and Pirie met each other at Oral Roberts University (3:09) How Kym got started in LA (6:14) How ageism has shifted over the years (10:12) Kym’s battle with breast cancer (14:25) How Kym learned to find confidence (18:12) How Kym heard the beauty secrets to put in her book (25:15) Kym’s beauty tips for …
 
“The science doesn’t match what we’re doing.” How things have changed since the pandemic started (4:01) How understanding this strain of influenza is different (10:10) How it has been dealing with kids with COVID (14:12) What it’s like for kids living with with this virus and others (19:31) The connection between Sweden and California’s decision to…
 
“In every acorn there is a forest of oak trees.” How Kelly has let her light shine through her life (3:35) The events that inspired her to make the HEAL documentary (7:26) How Kelly found herself in directing (13:01) How Kelly found her inner voice (16:45) How to generate your own joy (20:09) How meditation can help you to visualize (22:12) How bec…
 
“Everything on your body is reflecting what’s happening internally.” How Natalie turned her life and body around at age 35 (5:13) What it means to age in reverse (6:30) How Natalie responded to getting an auto-immune disease (20:45) The keys to teaching yourself to hope during challenges (24:36) Why Natalie educated herself in order to change her b…
 
“The very thing that you think you are going to get rejected for is the very reason that somebody who is right for you is going to be wildly attracted to you.” The biggest misconception about women dating after 50 (0:50) Why thinking about your romantic image is so important today (2:35) The first step in using a love coach to change your relations…
 
Chris Jackson, legendary publisher and Editor-in-Chief of One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is here with Valarie Kaur, one of his star authors—or, as he prefers to see his writers, who include Trevor Noah, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jay-Z, and Mira Jacob, “superheroes.” After all, changing the country is not for the faint of heart, and Chris lo…
 
“Through storytelling we touch the masses.” How Sarah’s business got started (3:33) How an authentically authored brand has been built by a female majority owned company (6:01) How finding Little Fires Everywhere helped to build the brand (10:14) How the business has shifted to the consumer in the last ten years (17:41) How Sarah follows her intuit…
 
“You can’t do anything in a vacuum and make the world a better place.” What inspired Christy to work with pregnant mothers as her mission (2:01) Why so many pregnant women die in childbirth even today in the US (7:28) What inspires Christy to keep re-creating herself in every new chapter (12:12) How to learn to be your authentic self (15:25) Where …
 
“We can occupy the same spaces and live in completely different worlds.” How to be part of the solution to racism (1:57) Jeanine’s definition of white supremacy (5:47) What we are experiencing right now as a society (10:08) The myths surrounding racism (11:40) The difference between social justice work and emotional justice work (16:10) The tools t…
 
“It’s never too late to start over. It’s never too late to heal.” How Diane and Pirie met (0:55) The top 3 things Diane learned from her masters degree (12:03) The top 3 things Pirie learned from her masters degree (16:32) Diane’s background before meeting Pirie (23:50) Pirie’s background before meeting Diane (28:50) What Diane sees as her purpose …
 
The world feels like it’s exploding. With Covid-19 and anti-racism protests both raging through our streets, I had a sensitive, maybe even a bold question to ask Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Patchett, two longtime literary idols of mine. How are a couple of white women so audacious as to write books where the majority of characters are not their race or g…
 
“The queen’s number one ability is the ability to receive.” What being a queen means to different generations (1:59) Why queens are good at receiving (6:10) The importance of women giving each other permission to shine (8:30) Why you must own your worth in the workplace (9:57) The first step towards taking ownership of your life as a queen (11:40) …
 
“It’s a kiss and it’s a curse.” How Taylor’s strength in her childhood was discovering that she was special (1:31) Taylor’s parents story of hardship and how that helped her strength (6:34) How Taylor’s voice protects her now (11:24) How Taylor started her singing career with “Tell It to My Heart” (14:26) What it means for Taylor to be a mom (20:14…
 
“Go all in.” How Stephanie got into the photography business and how having a family had an impact on her career (1:30) How starting to photograph Navy SEALS and then their families following 9/11 affected her work (9:32) How her photographic essay started (14:04) Stephanie explains her independent spirit (17:14) How Stephanie found herself fightin…
 
“Do we love ourselves enough to make the changes and honor our bodies to do what they are designed to do?” What Kelly has been learning about what is happening with our planet (0:55) What happens when our bodies are in a constant state of fear and stress (7:05) How to think of COVID-19 as a pivotal change in how we deal with mental and physical hea…
 
Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace, is with us from the UK for a special eco-edition of the Beautiful Writers Podcast. I’m excited to celebrate the release of the Nat Geo film The Hope—showcasing Jane's lifetime of jaw-dropping conservation—with the use of stunning audio from the movie. Joinin…
 
“Peace is just a thought away.” The best ways to quiet your mind and calm your fears (4:50) How fear changes the brain (9:50) Why it’s so important to manage your thoughts in order to improve your mood (17:01) The difference between the right and left sides of the brain (18:35) What the 90 second rule is and how it works in our brain (22:08) Why ma…
 
“Uncertainty can also be a possibility.” What it was like for Sasha and her family to get and recover from coronavirus (2:20) The biggest learnings Sasha took from getting the virus (10:25) Tools for handling the relief and grief of the pandemic (19:49) The STEAR method of cognitive coaching yourself (23:47) Why it’s so important to acknowledge wha…
 
“The quality of your life is the quality of your thoughts.” How competing as Miss USA changed Ali’s life (1:22) What happened during Ali’s first marriage to teach her the power of taking responsibility for her life (5:15) Why Ali chose to wait to have sex while dating her husband (17:40) The story behind the movie Freedom and how it is raising awar…
 
“Instead of the COVID-19 crisis, I would love to re-contextualize it to the COVID-19 renewal.” How Lynne opened herself up to dating while being a transformational coach (3:01) How to remove the forcefield between yourself and relationships (6:31) How to trust yourself that who you are picking is the right person for you (7:49) Tips for couples who…
 
In THE interview of my life so far, Joy Harjo, Poet Laureate of the United States (the nation’s “official” poet!) is here. She’s the first Native American to hold this position, and I’ve been a weepy mess since she agreed to chat with us. As someone who lived on raw land in Northern New Mexico and studied with Native Americans, I'm deeply moved by …
 
“The spiritual opportunity in this is one for the return to love.” The best way to handle fear as the Covid-19 virus takes over (1:44) What to do when all of your insecurities are being triggered (6:54) A way to see the purpose of the virus from a spiritual perspective (11:05) How to find comfort if you do not have a spiritual practice or belief (1…
 
“Courageous authenticity is one of the great opportunities in aging.” How someone can jumpstart a reinvention in the second half of their life (2:30) What Mary learned from having polio as a child (7:45) How to find new gifts inside yourself (9:45) The most courageous thing women can learn to face as they age (10:55) The common thread that most wom…
 
“This is forcing us to take a look at all the distractions that we bring into our lives so that we don’t take care of ourselves.” What Elissa has been learning about the immune system during the coronavirus (1:25) How Elissa has been feeling since the quarantine period started (6:40) How to balance having your kids home again (8:36) Foods that will…
 
“I kept raising the bar on my performance level even though I wasn’t raising the bar on taking care of myself internally.” What to do when you get a scary health diagnosis (2:12) How Elissa trusted her intuition about her healing when she got cancer (8:08) The big aha that Elissa had once she dove into healing her body (10:47) What self-love feels …
 
“Getting older is like a privilege.” What made Susan believe she could start a business in the second half of her career (3:12) Why it’s so important to follow your intuition (6:03) How Susan came up with her current lifestyle business (8:01) How to jumpstart into a new chapter of your life (14:10) How to find new and upcoming trends for women in t…
 
“Don’t worry about lines and wrinkles; those were earned. We’re lucky to have them.” How Jennifer started her business during a transition in her modeling career (1:50) Jennifer’s advice for staying married for over 20 years (4:00) Where a sparkle later in life comes from (5:21) Her husband’s advice on how to handle struggles (10:55) How to change …
 
“The universe knows your heart’s desires better than you know yourself.” How to find your people and the ignition to your path (2:18) The fun part of getting older (8:40) How to navigate the end of an intimate relationship (10:30) What it actually looks like to love your partner unconditionally (17:00) What a financial collapse can teach you (26:40…
 
“At a certain point, life is supposed to get easier but it just never does. You just get more equipped with handling the fear.” What got Candace to go to pastry school after losing her banking job (2:03) What happens when you open yourself up to the possibilities of creativity (7:35) How Candace came up with the idea for Sprinkles cupcakes (11:05) …
 
“We all grow, but character doesn’t change.” The biggest family value that Rita was taught by her parents (1:40) How Rita learned to be comfortable in her own skin (4:05) How to handle doubt (7:00) What it means to reinvent yourself (10:08) How to from “I can’t” to “I will and I can and I’m going to” (14:10) What to do when challenges arise (19:20)…
 
These New York Times bestselling authors on tour meet here for the first time. Laura Munson is promoting her first novel, Willa's Grove, while Terry McMillan is about to share with the world her tenth or eleventh novel, It's Not All Downhill from Here. (She doesn’t keep count—“They’re not like children, you know.") Both women have decades of butt-i…
 
Whether it's because our kids have flown the nest, our work has been put on hold, or our marriage hasn't gone to plan, by the time we hit our 40's, we can't help but ask ourselves, "Who am I now?" Through this show, you will meet inspiring women who have recreated and redefined what it really means to thrive and age gracefully. You will be inspired…
 
In this “What would they do?” episode, I ask Oscar-nominated screenwriter, actress, & bestselling author Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Instant Mom) and #1 NYT bestselling memoirist and Oprah book club pick Cheryl Strayed (Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things) writing & career questions that stump me (and maybe you, too!). Idols to the rescue…
 
Humor writer and journalist Joel Stein has kept me laughing for over twenty years with his brilliant columns in Time magazine, the LA Times, Entertainment Weekly, and more. With his hilarious and insightful new book, In Defense of Elitism: Why I'm Better Than You and You are Better Than Someone Who Didn't Buy This Book, he's got me nerd-crushing on…
 
What's it take to make a story go viral? Global? To top the charts as word-of-mouth carries your tale far and wide—for days, months, or even years? There's no one formula. But certain things help stack the odds in your favor. Like novelty (a unique idea). Grabbiness (where your reader is instantly pulled in). Brevity (requiring no significant time …
 
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