A PODCAST TO inspire YOUR POSSIBILITIES

Each week Dr. Cecilia Dintino and Psychotherapist Hannah Murray Starobin will speak with women who have twisted their plots and discovered that life after 50 can be filled with imagination, inspiration, laughter, and endless possibilities.

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 Feb 27, 2020 |  20 mins

#73: Starting Over, with Sydney Price

Today we speak with another one of our twelve women who will be creating something that matters in twelve months’ time.  Up until now, Sydney Price’s life was moving along nicely.  Her identity was defined by the possessions she owned, the jobs she held, the relationships she had.  Then suddenly, it seemed, everything changed.  A divorce, the closing of two businesses, a move to a new apartment and the loss of a loved one brought her to a crossroads.  She feels stripped down and uncertain.  Now what?  What’s next?  So Sydney joined our 12 in 12 cohort and is working on something that matters a lot: the trash that surrounds us.  Put another way, our planet.  Sydney is studying recycling, composting and other ways to translate social awareness into community action, and tackle a growing problem.  Tune in and hear what she has to say.  Sydney is a force and as her daughter reminds her “she always finds a solution.”  

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 Feb 25, 2020 |  40 mins

#72: Twist Your Body Image with Dr. Leslie Faerstein

Do you ever have feelings about your aging body? Do you want to have a better relationship with your knees, stomach, wrinkles and hair? Are you tired of hiding and feeling less than?

Dr. Leslie Faerstein has some answers for you. She spent four decades working as a psychotherapist pioneering social programs for eating disorders and serving as executive director for various nonprofit organizations. Today, almost 70 years old, she is twisting her plot by starting consciousness raising conversations for older women who want to change the way they see, think and feel about their bodies. This is a huge social issue, and we are thrilled that Dr. Leslie is taking the lead.

https://www.lesliemfaerstein.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/leslie-morrison-faerstein-7923471/

 

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 Feb 20, 2020 | 10 mins

#71: Re-Storying Our Lives

Often the stories we tell ourselves about the past are frozen in time. These fixed narratives keep us stuck, and can block us from new possibility.  If we open ourselves to other perspectives and diversify the narratives, we will make room for new future identities, experiences and expectations. So, try this: Take a story from your past and rewrite it from three different points of view.  For example, retell the story through someone else’s eyes, or from another part of yourself.  Maybe even reframe the story from your future-self perspective.  See what you discover. Twist your plot.  It’s your story to write.

 

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 Feb 18, 2020 | 37 mins

#70: Divorce. Done. Differently. With Sharon Count

Sharon Count’s divorce took ten years to play out.  It was harrowing, traumatic and very costly.  Since then, she is dedicated to helping couples and families navigate the process holistically with one-stop legal, emotional and financial guidance.  It’s a plot twist we wish we didn’t have to bring up. But so many of the women we meet arestruggling to navigate what is known as a “gray divorce.”  Statistically, the overall divorce rate has declined in the past 20 years, but it has more than doubled for couples over 50.  Getting divorced at this stage of life can undermine financial security and be devastating to one’s identity and support system.  Sharon gives us smart advice and plenty of hope.

 https://centerfordivorceresolution.com/

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 Feb 13, 2020 |  19 mins

#69: Uncover, Discover and Recover: 12 in 12 interview with Maria Dintino

Maria is breaking through with momentum and vision.  

For her project, she is developing an on-line program for individuals to uncover, discover and recover creativity and passion. As a part of our February work, Maria imagines her future self as a guide in this process. Future Maria feels whole and listens closely to herself and others. She creates ripples of community that inspire and connect. We can already feel her effect in our 12 in 12 group.

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 Feb 11, 2020 |  36 mins

#68: Finding Your Inner Athlete with Heidi Michaels

What happens when you decide to enter a triathlon even though you are terrified of swimming in open water?  Heidi Michaels did just that.  She was a Mom of five in her 50’s looking to evolve herself.  In the process of overcoming her fear, she discovered her “inner athlete.”  This led Heidi to make a twist.  Now she is a coach and personal trainer and helps other women face fears, overcome limits and get strong. She tells us how working out is both a mental and physical challenge.  Heidi discusses how to transform negative self-chatter and set clear, specific, fitness goals for yourself.

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 Feb 6, 2020 |  11 mins

#67: Lead with Strengths

Too often we are more focused on our shortcomings and we overlook our strengths. Make this twist: identify your strengths, own them, make friends with them, and then lead with them. It’s a bold move. Instead of hanging back or thinking that we aren’t worthy, let’s assert ourselves and become the leaders, inventers, and creators we are meant to be. Let your superpowers be your guide.

 

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 Feb 4, 2020 |  29 mins

#66: Make Something Important – The Many Roles of Tina Sloan

Tina Sloan plays many parts and confronts a lot of drama as an actress and author. Among her many roles in film and television, Tina spent 26 years portraying Lillian Raines on the CBS soap The Guiding Light. Over the course of time, she watched Lillian’s character get fewer and fewer lines and become more and more invisible. At the same time her personal life took twists. While caretaking her parents and seeing her son shipped off to the war in Iraq, she spent less time turning the lens on herself. Her extraordinary remedy? Run in several marathons, climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, write a book in her 60’s, and tour a one-woman show. Tina’s life picked up and, not incidentally, so did Lillian’s plot on the soap.

Today, Tina talks with us about her second book, Chasing Cleopatra,a novel that launched this month on her 77th birthday. And she’s not done yet. Tina Sloan is a twister supreme.

http://www.tinasloan.com

Chasing Cleopatra: A Novel of Love Betrayal and Suspense

Changing Shoes: Getting Older – Not Old – with Style, Humor and Grace

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 Jan 30, 2020 |  23 mins

#65: 12 in 12 podcast interview – Principal Marianne

Marianne Franzese, grade school principal, is on board the 12 in 12 train.

She joins us because she has always thrived in circles of women. And because she is ready to do something bold.

She’s been going through a lot of change, experiencing loss, feeling vulnerable. having to let go. Her creativity has been dormant.

Now, she’s ready to let her creative process emerge from what she calls, the “fertile void.”

She asks herself: What does it mean to be a leader at my age? Can I create something of value at this point in my life? How can I become a destination and make something that people want to come to?

Here’s what she is considering:

A TV show in which we are all called to the Principal’s Table.

The show will explore a new take on visiting the principal. For most of us, a slip to the principal’s office meant trouble, humiliation or punishment. But Marianne wants it to mean much more. She believes your visit with the principal should bring some whimsy and joy.

Of course, children will lead the way.

Stay tuned and root for our own Mr. Rogers.

Principal Marianne. We look forward to your wisdom.

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 Jan 28, 2020 |  44 mins

#64: Where Did I Go? When Caretaking Becomes Your Identity, with Eszti Roemer

This week’s podcast guest, Ezsti Roemer shares how seven years ago she was living her life, taking care of her children, seeing her friends, and enjoying her husband, when her mother had a sudden and unexpected stroke.  In a moment’s time the self-sufficient mother that Eszti counted on for her entire life, was gone.  The mother that remained, needed Eszti for constant support.  Eszti showed up for the challenge.  But she lost herself along the way.  She shares her story, her regrets, and her insights with us.  

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 Jan 23, 2020 |  11 mins

#63: Twist to Curiosity

The curious mindset puts us in wonder and keeps us out of catastrophic predicting.  By being curious we also stay out of stuck, rote experiencing.  We see things differently, notice new things about those we love, and feel more alive.  Make this twist: choose awe over automatic.  It makes life so much more interesting.

 

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 Jan 21, 2020 |  41 mins

#62: Vigilante Momma: Embracing the Wild with singer songwriter Lilly Cataldi

Late one night, Lilly’s Muse gave her a shove and woke her up to make art. So she dove into her ancestral energy, conjured up her feminine power and started to sing. And howl. For Lillian Cataldi, the chapter beyond raising children, caretaking aging parents, and working to live, is a wild one. Lilly embraces her Crone power, listens closely to her inner voice, and is having a blast becoming the next version of herself. Listen to our conversation with Lilly and hear a recording of her song, Vigilante Momma at the end of the show.

You can follow Lilly on Instagram @lillycataldi

Listen to Vigilante Momma on SoundCloud

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 Jan 16, 2020 |  13 mins

#61: 12 in 12 with Jane Emmer

Jane Emmer is making some big shifts. She is leaving a full time job as a school director to go out on her own.

She is entering the world of the social entrepreneur.

It’s a big move.

For decades Jane has assisted children, teens, and young adults in understanding and improving their executive functioning skills. She helps students get organized, focus their attention, and sharpen their capacity to take in information and learn.

Now she is planning to hone her years of knowledge, research and wisdom and share it with others eager to help children learn and grow. She is going to create dynamic, interactive workshops for teachers and administrators.

Jane is stepping into a new role, a new kind of leadership, and she is eager for the energy that comes from starting something new.

She joined 12 in 12 to grow community, be inspired, get pushed when needed, and find support.

We are excited for her.

And we’ll will keep you posted.

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 January 14th, 2020 | 35 mins

#60: Re-Start Strong.  Second Career Entrepreneurs with Andrea Minkow

Starting over or starting up isn’t easy but when you work withAndrea Minkow, things seem possible. She helps women start second career businesses and she makes sure they start strong.  Andrea is a master in getting women to own their expertise, confront fear, be creative, and do the hard stuff. She is an invaluable source of energy and has spot-on advice. Listen in as she teaches us how to stop comparing ourselves to others and avoid the perils of the “cool girl swirl.”

https://andreaminkow.com

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 January 9th, 2020 | 7 mins

#59: Make Art Of Change

Why do we resist change as we get older?  It’s not going to stop, no matter how hard we dig in.  Instead, we can embrace change like the artist, creators and evolvers that we are.  Here’s a creative action for all of you.  Take an object, something, anything static.  Disrupt it.  Destroy it.  And then… make something new of it.  Life is a mosaic.   Be an active work of art. Send us a description and a photo of your creation hello@twistingtheplot.com so we can share it and twist our plots together.  It’s not easy, but we persist, creatively.

 

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 January 7th, 2020 | 32 mins

#58: Zen Bender with Stephanie Krikorian

On this week’s podcast, we speak with the wise and funny Stephanie Krikorian, author of Zen Bender: A Decade-Long Enthusiastic Quest to Fix Everything (That Was Never Broken).  Stephanie had been a successful news producer when she found herself facing a major life twist. In the effort to reinvent herself, she started ghostwriting books for self-help experts. This new career led to a curiosity about all facets of self-help and quickly spiraled into a decade-long quest to fix everything there was to fix about her life. Then, one day, she realized that her efforts to self-improve were keeping her from the one thing that mattered most – herself.

http://stephaniekrikorian.com

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 December 17th, 2019 | 47 mins

#57: Twisting Gender Assumptions with Navah Steiner

Today we expand the conversation to consider gender and inclusivity. We ask ourselves: who gets left out by the binaries we set Psychotherapist Navah Steiner joins us and shares her thoughts about why we should slow down, listen better to each other, and take in other ways to be. Navah, who identifies as genderqueer, shares the experience of finding liberation and joy by living truthfully and aligned. Navah helps us move beyond our gendered assumptions and embrace the value in learning and growing from each other. “We don’t liberate ourselves in isolation, we are interconnected and influence each other… none of us can do it alone.” Navah’s twists enlighten us all.

https://www.navahsteinerlcat.com

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 December 10th, 2019 | 33 mins

#56: Understanding Menopause, a fresh take with Darcey Steinke, author of Flash Count Diary

On this week’s podcast, we speak with Darcey Steinke, author of Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life. When menopause hit, she set out on a quest to better understand what was happening to her body and her identity as a woman.  The result is an extraordinary memoir that is morethan personal.  It is a cultural quest to examine menopause through the lens of science, history, animal nature, and supernatural and patriarchal systems of belief.  For Darcey, hot flashes became a conduit toself-discovery.  Perhaps menopause is more than just a cluster of symptoms, but rather something vast and deep for us to experience.

Darcey is also the author of Easter Everywhere and five novels: Sister Golden Hair, Milk, Jesus Saves, Suicide Blonde, and Up Through the Water.

https://www.darceysteinke.com/index.html

Flash Count Diary is available on Amazon or at your local book store.

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 December 3rd, 2019 | 45 mins

#55: Boldly Quiet: How to lead with Lorraine McCamley

Early on in her corporate career Lorraine McCamley was identified as an introvert.  She thought she had to overcome this tendency in order to excel as a leader.  Eventually she realized that stereotypes don’t serve anyone.  Lorraine cultivated her own unique talents and strengths.   Shediscovered that there are many ways to have a voice, to be heard and to lead others.  Now shehelps other quiet professionals become successful leaders.  She is a coach and the author of a newbook, Boldly Quiet.  Listen as Lorraine enlightens us with her Boldy Quiet Manifesto, a pronouncement for all introverts who are leaders and leaders who are introverts.

https://boldlyquiet.com

https://boldlyquiet.com/boldly-quiet-book/

 

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 November 25th, 2019 | 44 mins

#54: Is Your Life Working?  Thoughts from Arlene Wanetick and Wilma Nachsin, the inspiration behind Chicago-based Life Working

On this week’s podcast, we speak with Wilma Nachsin and Arlene Wanetick co-founders of Life Working, a company that guides the process of career and job change. Arlene and Wilma believe in next chapters.  They invite us to imagine the difference that a new outlook on life, career or even just a new resume can make. They also share their own stories about what it’s like to start a business as women in their sixties.  Crazy, right?

https://lifeworking.com

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 November 21st, 2019 | 38 mins

#53: Karanga, Ingrid Helander’s Mysterious Message in the Night

At the end of our last podcast Ingrid Helander told us she had a story to share. Well, we never pass up a good story. So we brought her back.  Listen, as Ingrid tells us of a message she received in the night and learn how it set her on a mysterious new path.

https://ingridyhelanderlmft.com

https://ingridyhelanderlmft.com/calm-your-worries/

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 November 19th, 2019 | 42 mins

#52: How to Calm Your Worries. Help from Ingrid Helander

Does it sometimes feel like your brain has been hijacked by a worry machine? On this week’s podcast we get help from Ingrid Helander, psychotherapist and author of CALM YOUR WORRIES: Unlock You Secret Code to Lasting Stress Relief and Self-Confidence. Ingrid gives us a new ways to understand our worries, and she helps with tips on how to relax and ease our nerves.

https://ingridyhelanderlmft.com

https://ingridyhelanderlmft.com/calm-your-worries/

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 November 12th, 2019 | 36 mins

#51: Consciousness Raising, a conversation with Ashton Applewhite.

This week, we had the distinct pleasure to speak with Ashton Applewhite, activist and author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.  In this podcast, we engage in aconsciousness raising conversation about aging and the otherimplicit biases in our culture.  Applewhite asserts: “When we work against any form of oppression, we chip away at the fear and ignorance that underlie them all.” Please join us.  Listen to this inspirational activist on the front lines of changing how we look at aging.  It’s a conversation that’s right for today, a plot twist for all of us.  

Thischairrocks.com

Oldschool.info

 

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 November 5th, 2019 | 50 mins

#50: What Are Your Strengths? with Carrie Skowronski

This week Carrie Skowronski talks to us about personal strengths, how to identify yours, and how to lead with them.  Carrie is an executive coach and the founder of Leadology.  She gives companies tools to build stronger leaders, and create positive, passionate workplaces.  Carrie is masterful at helping us understand our own strengths and shows us ways we can put them into action. She also says, “strengths never leave us, instead they ripen.”  And that’s good news for all of us.  

https://www.getleadology.com

 

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 October 29, 2019 | 44 mins

#49: Leap into the Extraordinary with Lottie Moore, Master Firewalker

There are many ways to change our mindset and get beyond our limitations.  But this week is quite the twist. Lottie Moore talks to us to her from her home in Oxfordshire, England.  At midlife, a low point in her life, Lottie picked up and moved to West Africa as part of a volunteer program. It was a leap.  But it put her on a path of self-discovery and adventure.  Now, she helps other mid-lifers take leaps into the extraordinary. She coaches while summiting the highest peaks in the world, creates fire rituals, trains firewalkers and encourages us all to walk paths less traveled.  Lottie’s mission is to help us all find personal freedom, success, adventure and inner peace.  She’s a lot of fun too.  

https://lottiemoore.co.uk

https://mindsetmetaphors.com

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 October 22, 2019 | 49 mins

#48: What Can Only You Do? Finding purpose with Indrani Goradia.

This week we sat down with a true powerhouse, Indrani Goradia.  Indrani is a philanthropist and advocate for women’s health and empowerment.  As a victim of severe childhood abuse, she created Indrani’s Light Foundation, an organization committed to caring for survivors of domestic violence.  Her mission is to stop generational abuse and empower women to change their lives.  With her warmth, humor and honesty, Indrani shares with us how shefelt lost and unsure of her purpose in midlife when she was asked a simple question:  “What can only you do?”  This question and her answer startedher on a path that includes a TED Talk, a partnership with the global health organization PSI, an address to the World Women’s Health and Development Forum at the United Nations and a life filled with meaningful direction.

http://indranislight.org

TedX

Talk Indrani Goradia addresses the United Nations

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 October 15, 2019 | 62 mins

#47: Twisted Family Values with V.C. Chickering

This week we sat down with a real twister, V.C. Chickering.  She is the author of Twisted Family Values, a novel that spans fifty years and four generations, spinning a tale of privilege, dysfunction, family ties, and social taboo.  In V.C.’s books, and in her life, there are more than a few plot twists.  V.C. talks about the many roles she has played throughout her own life and shares how creativity and play have always been her main guides.  You don’t grow up in a home with a rotating mirror ball over the dining room table and not know how to play.  

 

Books:

“Twisted Family Values” by V.C. Chickering on Amazon

“Nookietown” by V.C. Chickering on Amazon

  

More V.C. Chickering:

http://www.vcchickering.com/

V.C. Chickering on Facebook

V.C. Chickering on Instagram

V.C. Chickering on Twitter

  

Tori Erstwhile & The Montys:

Tori Erstwhile & The Montys on Youtube 

Tori Erstwhile & The Montys on Facebook  

 

 

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 October 8, 2019 |  52 mins

#46:Tales from the Road with Betty Buckley

On this week’s Twisting the Plot podcast, we chat with the “Voice of Broadway.”  Betty Buckley, award-winning actress, with a decades-long career that has encompasses TV, film, stage, and concert work around the globetalks to us about her many plot twists. Betty sat down with us during the final week of a year tour as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! We discuss the hard work, discipline and absolute delight she experiences when reaching deep and bringing to life new roles for the stage and screen.  As an actress, Betty is always twisting her plot, her voice, her body and her point of view.  As a woman she is relentless in her mission to keep evolving and growing.  Betty has released 16 solo albums and will be performing with her quartet in Costa Mesa and Beverly Hills this fall. She can currently be seen in the hit TV series “Preacher. We are so thrilled to share her wise musings with you.

http://www.bettybuckley.com

See Betty live in concert at:

The Segerstrom Center of The Performing Arts in The Samuel Theatre Costa Mesa, CA. Featuring musical direction by Christian Jacob and a quartet of gifted musicians.
Oct. 17, 18 & 19 

https://www.scfta.org/events/2019/betty-buckley

The Saban Theatre Beverly Hill, CA. with an opening set by the brilliant Saxophonist Tom Scott. Featuring Musical Direction by Christian Jacob and a quartet of gifted musicians.

November 2.

https://wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com/events/betty-buckley-beverly-hills/

 

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 October 1, 2019 |  45 mins

#45: Jenny Velarde: Artist as Guide

Meet Jenny Velarde.  In her own words, she is a psychotherapist, and just as importantly, an artist.  According to Jenny, art isn’t a luxury, but both the means to survive and also to thrive. With Artist as Guide, Jenny offers us a toolbox of wisdom, practical application, and the opportunity to be the creator of our own potential.  

https://www.artistasguide.com

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 September 24, 2019 |  39 mins

#44: Living in Two Worlds: with Dr. Michal Seligman

What happens when you don’t twist your plot, even in small ways?  Israeli-American Psychologist Michal Seligman talks about the influence of community on how we experience life and aging. We learn how immersion in another culture increases our flexibility and provides us with a deeper understanding of ourselves.

 

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 September 17, 2019 |  55 mins

#43:Meaningful Communication Matters: Life lessons from La-Verna Fountain

“Underneath the communication is our place of connection.”  Listen to the unfolding story of La-Verna Fountain as she describes a lifetime of walking through doors and facing the challenges that greet her.  A black girl from a small town in rural Pennsylvania, La-Verna moves into a career of politics and embraces her life’s purpose. As founder and president of Meaningful Communication Matters, La-Verna makes it her business and her mission to help us all listen, really listen, and connect with one another.

http://meaningfulcommunicationsmatter.com

La-Verna@MeaningfulCommunicationsMatter.com

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 September 10, 2019 |  31 mins

#42: Magnificent Midlife with Rachel Lankester

She’s bashing negative stereotypes and helping us rethink what a postmenopausal woman can be and do.  We speak with Rachel Lankester, our plot-twisting sister from London. Rachel shares her story, discusses her beliefs and proclaims her mission to transform the way we approach aging and menopause.   

https://magnificentmidlife.com 

https://themuttonclub.com

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 August 6, 2019 |  36 mins

#41: The Gift of Aging:  It’s Now or Never.  A talk with Sonja Martineau

“I am not brave, I am doing what I must.” Hear Sonja’s story about how she is going after what she wants, including getting her BA at age 61.  It’s not easy.  There are many obstacles.  But “everything changes,” and so must she.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sonja-martineau/

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 July 30, 2019 |  51 mins

#40: Understanding Intersectionality.  A lesson with Britton Williams.

What is Intersectionality? And why is it important?  We learn from Britton Williams about social-cultural identity, biases and how our multiple identities influence the way we age.  Britton is an educator, a creative arts therapist and a writer.  She is willing to enter these conversations with openness and curiosity.  She is also a wonderful storyteller.  So much fun, and so much wisdom.   Enjoy.

http://www.thehealingstage.com

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 July 23, 2019 |  28 mins

#39: Changing Careers with Nicole Fanelli-Burke

Meet Nicole Fanelli-Burke, a self-described “Career Changer” and mother of three. Nicole tells us the story of waking up at 50 with the realization that she had “no more time to complain or wait” for what she wanted. Faced with many obstacles, Nicole shares how she has learned to move forward one step at a time. 

 

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 July 16, 2019 |  36 mins

#38: Renaissance Man a conversation with John-Richard Thompson

He’s traveled from Asia to South America.  He’s written books, plays and short stories.   He’s a life long learner.  Now his plot’s been twisted by an unexpected turn.  For all you who have asked “what about men and twisting the plot,” we bring you John-Richard Thompson. 

https://www.j-rt.com

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 July 9, 2019 |  33 mins

#37: When Menopause Hits You Like a Brick Wall (and changes everything)

Listen to health and wellness coach Diana Bishop share how she let menopause be the catalyst to change her relationship with her body, her connections with others, and her sense of self.  “Let’s go,” she says to all of us, “our past can be our doom or provide us with the tools to learn and serve others.”  

https://www.linkedin.com/in/diana-bishop-a68a0026/

https://www.welcoa.org/welcoa-summit/

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 July 2, 2019 |  31 mins

#36: Set Your Soul on Fire, with change maker Shae Sterrett

What do you get when you have twenty years of corporate experience combined with training in the Eastern arts of yoga, meditation and mindfulness?  You get Shae Sterrett, healer, community builder, and change maker.  Business. Body. Life. Made Better is her slogan.  

https://www.shaesterrett.com

 

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 June 25, 2019 |  41 mins

#35: “She’s the Master of Disaster” with Deb Yeager

When hurricanes, tornados, and fires strike, hospitals, schools, and public facilities have to be ready. Deb Yeager has made a career helping organizations prepare for the unexpected disaster.  Now she has to prepare for her own unexpected twist.

linkedin.com/in/deborah-yeager-bb68969

 

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 June 18, 2019 |  46 mins

#34: What Women Want with Founder and CEO, Judy Goss

Cecilia and Hannah speak with Judy Goss, Founder and CEO of What Women Want Networking about her journey from Editor at More Magazine to creating a women’s networking organization.

https://www.whatwomenwantnetworking.com/about/

https://whatwomenwantconf.com

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 June 11, 2019 |  39 mins

#33: Wisdom from the Middle with actress Lauri Landry

Cecilia and Hannah speak with actress Lauri Landry about what she has learned while in the “Belly of the beast” including to “let go and let angels catch you” and the importance of listening to yourself. 

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 June 6, 2019 |  9 mins

#32: Own Your Story Part 4: The Biology Of Story

Hannah and Cecilia talk about how our brains release cortisol and oxytocin into our bodies when we listen to and tell stories.  We are biologically wired for storytelling…..and drama.

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 June 4, 2019 |  34 mins

#31: Everyone Has a Story to Tell with Nancy Kessler, Founder of Memoirs Plus

Hannah and Cecilia speak with Nancy Kessler, Founder of Memoirs Plus, about the importance of exploring your own story through the process of writing a memoir.

http://www.memoirsplus.com

 

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 May 30, 2019 |  11 mins

#30: Own Your Story Part 3: The Crisis in the Middle

Cecilia and Hannah discuss how transitions, the creative process, and all stories have a middle.  And the middle is hard.

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 May 28, 2019 |  29 mins

#29: Positive Psychology, what research tells us about happiness and well-being with Emiliya Zhivotovskaya MAPP, PCC, ERYT

Cecilia and Hannah speak with Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, Founder and CEO of The Flourishing Center. Emiliya discusses how research in positive psychology provides a blueprint for increased happiness and well-being through purpose, connection and vitality.

https://theflourishingcenter.com/

 

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 May 23, 2019 |  12 mins

#28: Own your story 2: Complexity and Nuance

Hannah and Cecilia talk about the value of adding complexity to our stories.  Black and white stories may be easier and simple, but they don’t help us be resilient and live our lives fully.  There is no single feeling, there is no single interpretation, there is no single story.

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 May 21, 2019 |  27 mins

#27: No White Lies:  The easiest tough conversation you’ll ever have with Stephanie Omens, LCAT, LPC, RDT-BCT, 

Cecilia and Hannah speak with Stephanie Omens, an innovative psychotherapist who helps families convey difficult information to children of all ages.  Stephanie is the creator of NoWhiteLies: a therapeutic approach that uses captivating and unique stories to help children, parents, and grandparents understand catastrophe, and heal from loss and pain.

nowhitelies.com

 

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 May 16, 2019 |  16 mins

#26: Own Your Story Part 1: A Life Review

Hannah and Cecilia discuss the value of reviewing your life so far.  We can’t change what happened, but we can see our experiences from a new lens.  Discover the possibilities of who you have already been, and get excited about who you can be next.  

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 May 14, 2019 |  36 mins

#25: The Formidable Claire Jolly.  We talk with the millennial artist about battling depression and her avatars for mental wellness.

Hannah and Cecilia speak with Claire Jolly, who just turned 29 and has found ways to overcome crippling depression and start to looking forward to her future.  Her secret weapon?   Art.  Claire explains how the process of making art helps her move through darkness.  She also tells (and shows) us her collection of mini sculptures that she calls The Formidables, avatars that personify the wise mind.

@the_formidables_

@seejollyart

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 May 7, 2019 |  30 mins

#24: The Age Buster, a global perspective on aging with Stefania Medetti, Italian journalist and sociologist

Hannah and Cecilia speak with journalist Stefania Medetti, who moved to Thailand and discovered the surprising value of shifting one’s perspective.  It led her to create the fast-growing online magazine The Age Buster.

https://www.theagebuster.com

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 Apr 30, 2019 |  42 mins

#23: When Trauma is The Story, considering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Dr. Hadar Lubin

Cecilia and Hannah speak with psychiatrist Dr. Hadar Lubin about her decades of work on the conceptualization and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Lubin is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, and Co-Director of the Post Traumatic Stress Center in New Haven CT.

Trauma-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Women: A Clinician’s Manual by Hadar Lubin and David Read Johnson

Principles and Techniques of Trauma-centered Psychotherapy by David Johnson, Ph.D. and Hadar Lubin, M.D.

 

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 Apr 23, 2019 |  47 mins

#22: Becoming a Work of Art with artist Lisa Abzun

Hannah and Cecilia speak with artist Lisa Abzun about being an artist, a community activist, and her decision to become a physical work of art.

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 Apr 15, 2019 |  40 mins

#21: Embeautyment.  What is your beauty narrative?

Hannah and Cecilia speak with Nicole Cichocki – hair stylist, consultant, coach, and creator of the Embeautyment Method which integrates wellness and beauty. The Embeautyment Method is changing the philosophy and practice of beauty.

http://www.truthbeautyandgoodness.net/about

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 Apr 11, 2019 |  10 mins

#20: Who Are You Becoming Part 4

The Obstacle is the Story. Turn your obstacles into strategies and let them be the map that guides you to your future self. 

 Join us on April 13th in NYC for our Workshop Who Are You Becoming. 

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 Apr 8, 2019 |  43 mins

#19: My Future Self

with Mia Szarvas

By changing how we see life over 50, we are paving the way for future generations of women. In this episode, Cecilia and Hannah speak with Mia Szarvas – an activist, artist, and millennial. Mia shares how imagining and falling in love with her future self at age 55 has changed her outlook on life and her future.

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 Apr 4, 2019 |  10 mins

#18: Who Are You Becoming Part 3

Yes, and… We ponder about the value of improvisation.  The craft of living without a script comes in handy after 50.  Improv builds the muscles to deal with uncertainty.  

 Join us on April 13th in NYC for our Workshop Who Are You Becoming. 

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 Apr 1, 2019 |  25 mins

#17: The Power of Shared Storytelling 

with Vera Trifunovish

Vera Trifunovich, Founder and President of Bare Breasted Against Breast Cancer, shares how her breast cancer diagnosis, the support she received, and her training as a Drama Therapist lead to the creation of Bare Breasted Against Breast Cancer.

https://www.barebreastedabc.org

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 Mar 28, 2019 |  10 mins

#16: Who Are You Becoming Part 2

Imagine this…and this…join us for a chat about the value of play and the imagination.  What is it? And why is it important for our future becoming? Plus, it’s “wicked fun.”

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 Mar 26, 2019 |   42 mins

#15: Open a New Window

with Carol Lucha Burns

It’s a blessing to have a mentor and role model who guides, encourages, and supports one in life. On this week’s podcast, Hannah and Cecilia speak with Carol Lucha Burns, their mentor, role model, and dear friend of over 40 years.

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 Mar 20, 2019 |  11 mins

#14: Who Are You Becoming Part 1: Fall in Love with Your Future Self

Wouldn’t it be great to love who you are becoming? Join us on April 13th in NYC for our Workshop Who Are You Becoming. 

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 Mar 19, 2019 |  32 mins

#13: Let’s Be Part of the Conversation

with Beth Granger

Women over 50 have lots to say and we need to be part of the conversation. Cecilia and Hannah speak with LinkedIn, Social Sales and Social Media Consultant Beth Granger about how to engage in social media and join in the conversation.

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 Mar 12, 2019 |  37 mins

#12: When Getting Old is Your Goal 

with Kim Galway

How would your thoughts about aging change if you were told that you might not grow old?  Hannah and Cecilia speak with Kim Galway about facing a life changing diagnosis and the importance of writing your own script on how to live your life.

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 Mar 6, 2019 |  12 mins

#11: Twist Your Mindset Part 4: The Psychology of Possibility 

Cecilia and Hannah discuss Ellen Langer’s 1979 ground breaking study which looked at “opening our minds to what’s possible, instead of presuming impossibility,” and was the basis for her book Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility.

Dr. Ellen Langer is a Social Psychologist and professor at Harvard University. She is the author of eleven books and numerous research articles. She has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress decision-making, and health. 

Join us on March 9th in NYC for our Workshop Twist Your Mindset

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 Mar 5, 2019 |  42 mins

#10: Managing Your Emotions

with Erin Olivo, Ph.D

Emotions can overwhelm us and become the stumbling block to reaching our goals. Cecilia and Hannah speak with Dr. Erin Olivo, author of Wise Mind Living, about learning to manage the varied and intense emotions that come with life over 50.

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 Feb 27, 2019 |  12 mins

#9: Twist Your Mindset Part 4: Let’s Grow Together

True potential can never be known. Learn how creating a growth mindset persona will help you challenge yourself.  Embrace the not yet.  Join us on March 9th in NYC for our Workshop Twist Your Mindset

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 Feb 25, 2019 |  38 mins

#8: Old Friends, New Beginnings

with Suzanne Cornelius

Hannah and Cecilia talk with their long-time friend Suzanne Cornelius (whose nickname is Sza) about finding love and starting a new life after 50.

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 Feb 20, 2019 |   16 mins

#7: Twist Your Mindset Part 3: Meet Your Fixed Persona

The first step to twisting your mindset is to get familiar with your fixed thoughts.  Who is your fixed mindset persona? Join us on March 9th in NYC for our Workshop Twist Your Mindset

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 Feb 18, 2019 |  41 Mins

#6: Paris Days 

with Jane Emmer

Hannah and Cecilia speak with Jane Emmer, wife, mother, and passionate educator who specializes in working with children with diverse challenges. Jane shares how a trip to Paris helped her survive tragedy and loss.

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 Feb 13, 2019 |   14 mins

#5: Twist Your Mindset Part 2: Evolve with Curiosity

A fixed mindset is all about outcome.  A growth mindset is more about the process.  Learn how curiosity can make your mindset more flexibleJoin us on March 9th in NYC for our Workshop Twist Your Mindset

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 Feb 11, 2019 |  51 mins

#4: The Phoenix Rising: Menopausal Power

with Maria Dintino

Cecilia and Hannah explore the topic of menopause with Maria Dintino – a writer, educator, and a “slow-to-emerge feminist”. Maria shares her insights on menopause, her mission to recover her voice, and how she is transforming herself to make up for years of silence. 

Currently immersed in a work of creative nonfiction, she’s committed to projecting the voices of powerful women from throughout history and across the globe through her website nastywomenwriters.com, which she edits and contributes to along with her sister Theresa.

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 Feb 6, 2019  |  15 mins

#3: Mindset Part 1: Twist Your Mindset

How we think influences how we approach everything in our lives. Learning to question our automatic thoughts is the road to new possibilities. Join us on March 9th in NYC for our workshop Twist Your Mindset.

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 Feb 5, 2019  |  57 minutes

#2: The Solutions Are In You

with Kathy Hayes-Bloch, MSW

Hannah and Cecilia speak with Kathy Hayes-Bloch, MSW, about how her own experience with hypnosis twisted her plot professionally and how she uses hypnosis to help women access their inner strength and uncover their own solutions.

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 Jan 27, 2019  |  47 minutes

#1: A hand in the dark

with Marianne Franzese

Cecilia and Hannah speak with Marianne Franzese, mother, author, drama therapist, ceremonialist, and co-founder of Spark Elementary School. Marianne shares her inspired journey of transformation following the unexpected end of her marriage.

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 Jan 11, 2019  |  11 minutes

Trailer: Welcome to Twisting the Plot

Dr. Cecilia Dintino and Psychotherapist Hannah Murray Starobin tell the story of how they met and decided to start Twisting the Plot. Then they share their goal in starting the podcast; to expand the narrative, explore possibilities and create cultural change for women over 50.

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