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Grab a cup of tea and join me ☕️ Let’s be friends we can chat about life, photography, parents, adulting, hitting rock bottom, tea testing, morning routines, being single (was on that train for 21 years...that makes me an expert), recipes, bad jokes, being clumsy and basically anything that pops into my mind!
 
Meagan & Ward are a husband and wife team of Warcraft players and all around nerds. Tune in weekly to hear about their WoW adventures and assorted other silliness, like Warcraft parody music, lore discussions, and tangential ramblings. If we're not off the rails we're not on the Meagan & Ward track!
 
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I have a few big numerical milestones going on right now: I just turned 45 (yesterday!). My middle child is heading off to college in the fall. And in 5 years, I’ll be celebrating 30 years of motherhood and I’ll be right on the cusp of an empty nest. In this episode I’m joined by Sarah Powers, my friend, business partner, and co-host at The Mom Hou…
 
Losing your mom at any age is hard, but when you begin to approach the age your mom was when she died, it has special significance. In this episode I’m joined by Hope Edelman, bestselling author and creator of the Motherless Daughters community, to talk about her work with women who have lost their mothers and why midlife can be a particularly frau…
 
When Rebecca Woolf’s husband, Hal, died just a few months after his cancer diagnosis, at age 44, Rebecca’s community rallied around her. But what most on the outside didn’t know was that their marriage had always been complicated and was drawing to an end when he was diagnosed, and that Hal’s diagnosis and death put Rebecca in the complicated posit…
 
As a mom who performs on the road, mezzo-soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen has a unique definition of what it means to be a “working mom.” And as an Asian-American singer who has experienced her share of typecasting, Nina has an insider’s view of how far we have to go when it comes to bringing diversity, equity and inclusion to performance – particularly…
 
Between the reversal of Roe and the Jan. 6 hearings, it’s been a wild few weeks. We’re all experiencing big feelings right now, and the tendency to lash out – or retreat into silence – is hard to overcome. But Sarah Stewart Holland believes there is another way, though she admits it’s a difficult path to walk. Sarah, along with her business partner…
 
When it comes to midlife health and wellness, it’s easy to internalize a “no pain, no gain” mentality. But what might our relationships with our bodies look like if we were able to truly accept ourselves while also making positive changes? Today I’m excited to bring Rachel Hughes back to the show for a deep dive into some of the more touchy-feely a…
 
The traditional narrative looks something like this: start work in your 20s, spend your 30s raising a family (while also working), and ramp up even more at work in your 40s as your kids grow more independent. But what would it look like to flip the script, spending your 20s traveling, your 30s building a business, and then your 40s scaling back at …
 
Laura Cepeda grew up immersed in tea culture. Her grandmother Modestine modeled a respect for tea and rituals around serving it on the Caribbean island where she grew up, but it took Laura a while to see past what she considered “stuffy” tradition and really recognize the power of a tea-based self-care ritual. Now, as a certified tea sommelier and …
 
Is sending your only child far away to college supposed to be devastating? Not for Karen Walrond, whose daughter Alex just graduated and, this fall, will be heading from the family’s home in Texas to art school in Chicago. As the parents of an only child, Karen and her husband Marcus are facing down an empty nest, and honestly…they are feeling pret…
 
Tara Garrison is a living embodiment of tapas – the Yogic concept of the “burning enthusiasm” that’s associated with discipline and, well, sweat. As a mom of four and a holistic health and fitness coach, Tara does not gloss over the fact that she works HARD in the gym. But it’s also evident how much she loves it – and the life she’s created through…
 
Taking a business from bootstrapped beginnings to multi-million dollar acquisition may seem like a dream, but it really happened to Julie Cole: mom of six, speaker, author and co-founder of Mabel's Labels. In this episode Julie and I discuss the business's trajectory from its humble start in her sister's basement (then, a slightly bigger basement),…
 
What if the key to aging well is simpler than we thought - and available to everyone? Dr. Lisa Leslie-Williams began her career as a pharmacist, where she noticed that many customers were filling prescriptions to treat chronic illnesses that were preventable by making different lifestyle choices. She found that she felt more called to help people l…
 
Have you ever felt ignored - or worse, condescended to - by ads for the products you use every day? While there's been an influx of indie brands and direct-to-consumer companies specifically targeting midlife women in their product lines and advertising, as a whole, big brands - and their storytelling - haven’t quite caught up with the reality that…
 
Prior to the pandemic, Tracey Tee's career - as co-creator and co-star of the nationally-touring The Pump and Dump Show - was on fire. But after COVID-19 brought live performance to a halt, for a moment Tracey felt more like a dumpster fire. While Tracey made tough decisions about her future, she began to feel she was either having a spiritual awak…
 
Have you ever found yourself reaching for a glass of wine when you're stressed or bored - even though you aren't sure you actually want it? Has alcohol become a habit in your life, rather than something that's mindfully chosen? Or have you worried about the health affects of alcohol (or just find that your hangovers are getting worse!) in midlife, …
 
Discussing pain and stress management with Fran Garton, plus so much more including deciphering emotions, dealing with relationships and boundaries, trying new things, and finding coaches and exercise you love! More about Fran Garton: IG:http://www.instagram.com/frangartonpaincoach/ http://www.frangartoncoaching.com/ lyf_podcast_fran_garton_-_2022-…
 
Gicela sheds some light on starting over wherever you may be, truths about being a new mom and what mommy guilt is all about, living in your wholeness, embracing all aspects of you, and lots more! Gicela is a writer, life strategist and business coach. She has created a brand dedicated to sharing her wisdom through stories, lessons and a perspectiv…
 
I chat with one of my besties, Sabine about motivation, online fitness, the power of music, incentives, balance, and so much more! ​Sabine Saroyan is a Toronto-based Fitness Icon, Dance Legend, Karaoke Master and Entrepreneur who is passionate about working with Toronto’s non-profit sector. Follow Meagan on IG at http://www.instagram.com/itsmeaganh…
 
World-renowned dance artist, Yasmina Ramzy chats about the magic of raqs sharqi (bellydance), the power of feminine energy, and more! lyf_podcast_yasmina_ramzy.mp3File Size: 54455 kbFile Type: mp3Download FileΑπό τον Meagan Hesham
 
Seva Ram Spronk tells us how Kundalini Yoga, Breathing, Meditation, and Sound Healing can help us de-stress, feel great and even change our lives. We also talk other topics like trying new things, being kind to yourself, and lots more! lyf_podcast_sevaramspronk.mp3File Size: 78518 kbFile Type: mp3Download File…
 
Talking to the uber-talented and inspiring Teria Morada about the magic of dance, body image, overcoming obstacles, and following your dreams! lyf_with_teria_morada.mp3File Size: 74856 kbFile Type: mp3Download FileΑπό τον Meagan Hesham
 
Meagan and Will talk candidly about couples fitness stuff. How you can push each other to the next level, get consistent together, and the systems they use! lyf_podcast_with_will_-_feb._23.22_-_2022-02-24_7.44_am.mp3File Size: 68722 kbFile Type: mp3Download FileΑπό τον Meagan Hesham
 
Sophie talks epic self care, breaking rules, finding yourself after becoming a wife/mother/etc, tips on how to integrate your true self into relationships and daily life, finding your true desires, and so much more! lyf_podcast_3_-_feb._16.22_.mp3File Size: 99490 kbFile Type: mp3Download FileΑπό τον Meagan Hesham
 
In this episode, I catch up with the ever-inspiring Christine LadySpartan Wilson! We chat pandemic fitness, loving the journey, and lots more! lyf_2_-_feb._8_22.mp3File Size: 69198 kbFile Type: mp3Download FileΑπό τον Meagan Hesham
 
Welcome to my brand new re-imagined podcast - Loving Yourself Fit! This episode introduces what will be happening here from now on as well as answering listener questions including how to love yourself through transformation, how to deal with a weight loss plateau, and how to keep up with your fitness consistently! loving_yourself_fit_-_feb_2_2022.…
 
Be honest: how do you feel about most photos of you? If the answer is "ugh", you're definitely not alone. Most women "don't exist" in photos, says Debbie Love, owner of Fifty Love Photography. Debbie knows firsthand how transformative and powerful a positive personal photography session can be and has made it her mission to take timeless, flatterin…
 
What's it really like to have a cosmetic procedure like a tummy tuck, breast lift, or liposuction, and what should you ask a surgeon to help you decide? Why are some of the criticisms of plastic surgery outdated? And can cosmetic procedures and body positivity co-exist? In this episode I talk with Terri Zomerlei, MD, from the Centre for Plastic Sur…
 
Inflammation. We've all heard we should avoid, prevent, and/or reduce it. But, where does inflammation really come from, and which diet is the right one for heading it off at the pass? Is it possible that mitigating this chronic health-threatening condition can be as simple (nobody said EASY...) as managing stress, getting enough sleep, and sustain…
 
Everything was looking up for Kathreen Francis. In her late 40s, she was finally past her "broke single mom" phase: she had a solid career, a supportive partner, her kids were older, and she was beginning to enjoy all the things in life she'd never had time for before. But at age 50, Kathreen was seriously sidelined when an aneurysm in her brain bu…
 
What are the things in your life that used to make you feel like really YOU - that you maybe let go of when things got busy? And, is it time to rediscover them? In today’s episode of Mother of Reinvention, I talk to Amy Clark, creator of MomAdvice.com, the Mom Advice Book Club, and the Mom Advice Book Gang podcast. We talk frankly about Amy’s strug…
 
Tania Dalton had always considered herself “mediocre at everything”... but then ran a marathon for the first time at 47. In this interview, Tania - who is also a healthy aging coach and personal trainer - shares her story of how it felt to get through training and then cross the finish line after decades of never feeling like she’d accomplished muc…
 
No matter what your specific religious beliefs are - or whether you have any defined beliefs at all - there is undoubtedly something comforting and essential about finding a sense of purpose, meaning, and wisdom outside of yourself. As someone who grew up in the Christian church, grew away from faith and found myself fumbling back in my 40s, I know…
 
Are carbs the devil, or a necessary source of energy? Are beans a nutritional powerhouse - or a gut-wrecking source of inflammation? Often it seems to depend on who you ask. But what if it also depends on YOU, and your unique body and needs? In today’s episode I’m talking with functional nutritionist Risa Groux, who believes in a customized approac…
 
Have you ever wondered why some habits can be so hard to change, no matter how much willpower we throw at them? The more we choose (or avoid!) a behavior, the more that choice gets wired into our neural pathways until it hardly even feels like a choice anymore. In this episode I talk with mind-body wellness practitioner Emily Huber how she helps cl…
 
When I first met Maria Rosner, she was a cool 40-something yoga instructor with older kids, and I was a mom of four kids under 11, pregnant with my fifth baby, and had just moved to a small town in southwest Michigan. Now, I’m about the age she was then, and she’s still a cool older yoga instructor embracing city life in Chicago. In this sometimes …
 
When you think about "menopause" what comes to mind? Is it "something that happens to women wayyy older than me?" If so, you may want to think again. While the average age of completing menopause is 51, most of us start the process much earlier than that - and perimenopause, the period of gradual changes leading up to menopause, often starts in the…
 
As someone who is coming to grips with the fact that I'm now firmly in my mid-40s, I want to feel healthy, active, joyful and vibrant for as long as I possibly can - so it’s time to get serious about taking care of my whole self: body and soul. And that’s the journey Season 2 of the Mother of Reinvention podcast will be taking us on together, talki…
 
"Wow, none of the things I do are actually FOR ME!" That's what our guest, Dagmara Kokonas, found herself feeling at the age of 40: filling many roles for others, but without a clear sense of herself. Then she decided to go on a solo trip that happened to include daily hikes...and that changed everything. Now, along with her business partner Jenny,…
 
Have you ever found yourself thinking it's "too late" to start a new career path or passion project? (Guilty.) If you can relate, you NEED to listen to this episode with Angeline Boulley, author of the runaway bestselling novel Firekeeper's Daughter. Angeline had the idea for her book at 18, and then, as it does, life happened. She started a career…
 
Have you ever noticed how all the pieces of your life seem to go together? When your house is a mess, your head feels like a mess; when you're worried about your relationships it's hard to focus on work or play, and all of it can drain your energy and leave you spiraling downward into negativity. In this episode of the Mother of Reinvention Show, I…
 
What if, in your mid-40s, you realized that the very way you've been trying to present yourself to the world all along...wasn't actually YOU? That’s the story you’re about to hear from today’s guest, Leah Blooms. Leah is a mentor, a writer, and artist focusing on intimacy, mental health, gender, sex, and practical self-care. Growing up in a conserv…
 
"Self care" is often associated with pampering practices like pedicures and retail therapy. But what if getting really acquainted with your finances - and what they can do for you - is one of the most important ways you can care for yourself and your future? No matter what you hope to do, be, or accomplish in the "what's next" of your life, the fac…
 
When you're already juggling a dozen projects, how do you make space and time for something new - especially if you have no idea how it's done? That's the dilemma author, podcaster, business owner, designer, and all-around renaissance woman, Christine Koh, found herself facing when she decided to add "getting bylines in major publications" to her r…
 
Injustices seem to be piling up all around us - and yet the noisy, polarized world we inhabit can make it really hard to know how or when to use our voices. So how do we find the courage and conviction to speak up and take action when we know something is wrong, while staying positive and open? Today Karen Walrond, author of the upcoming book The L…
 
Do you know when you can give more - and when it may be time to hold back? The practice of yoga - and specifically, learning to strike that delicate balance between not giving up when things get challenging, but also resting when it's the right thing to do - has been a big part of my personal reinvention story, so I'm excited today to talk to Lisa …
 
If, like me, you've ever had a bit of a cynical attitude about gratitude journals and other thankfulness projects, this episode is for you! The year she turned 50, writer and podcaster Nancy Davis Kho embarked on an ambitious project: to write thank-you letters to 50 people who had impacted her in both positive and negative ways, ultimately helping…
 
Could you pick up your family and leave life as you know it for a year - or more? Heather Greenwood Davis is a long-time travel writer, and in 2011 - when her sons were 8 and 10 - she embarked on a multi-continent, year-long trip with her entire family. Nearly ten years later, Heather shares the way that this trip was life-changing for her family, …
 
What does it mean to live in alignment? It could be literal: standing up straight, with your body's skeletal and muscular systems properly lined up. Or it could be figurative: doing and saying the things that "line up" with your values and goals. This discussion with Zeena Dhalla, founder of VerticAlign Posture Coaching, is a lesson in both. Zeena …
 
"I literally screamed like my limbs were being pulled off of me." That's how Jessica Ashley - now a divorce coach and creator of Single Mom Nation, a resource and podcast for single moms of all kinds, reacted when she first began her divorce journey. In the ensuing 13 years, Jessica has learned now only how to create a bigger, happier, healthier li…
 
Your kids are getting older. Now what? Whether you’re facing a mid-career pivot, health and wellness journey, divorce or blending a family, or just looking to add a sense of adventure, curiosity and courage to your everyday life again now that the little-kid stage is past, you’re definitely going to want to check out my new podcast, Mother of Reinv…
 
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