Welcome to Grace & Grit.

The Grace & Grit podcast is your go-to resource for reclaiming, generating, protecting and expressing your power as a woman in midlife.

This show will completely change the way you think about health & well-being and help you make your second act the best one yet!

Recent Episodes

361: Daring to Fail: Betting on yourself at midlife and beyond.

The things in the hearts of my clients never cease to amaze and inspire me. They want to travel,They want to shift careers,They want to deepen relationships (and maybe start some new ones),They want to create,They want to advocate for the causes they care about, … and so many other things. In other words, they have so much life to live and express. AND… Their biggest barrier to actually doing these things is, of course,...
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360: Chasing Dreams Not Exhaustion w/ Dr. Leigha Saunders

Sleep is where so much of the magic that keeps us healthy takes place and there are so many reasons we struggle to get enough good quality sleep at midlife. Enter Dr. Leigha Saunders who specializes in helping women sleep better so they can spend more time on what matters to them MOST. With over a decade of experience in women's health, Leigha’s innovative approach to solving sleep struggles intertwines hormone health and nervous system...
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359: Power-FULL Aging (Part 4): Express Yourself

One of the most common things I coach midlife women on in my coaching practice is integrity pain, the very real discomfort that shows up mentally, emotionally and even physically, when we are not living as truly authentic and fully expressed humans. There is no shortage of things that cause integrity pain, of course, but in this episode of the Grace & Grit podcast I challenge you to consider how suppression rather than expression may...
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358: Power-FULL Aging (Part 3): Supporting Biochemistry

Losing hormones at midlife can make life challenging in so many ways AND… There are a lot of things we can do to minimize suffering as we transition through pre and post-menopause, which is precisely what we are exploring on this episode of the Grace & Grit podcast. My dear friend and functional diagnostic practitioner, Laini Gray, joins me to discuss: What biochemistry is and why it matters to the quality of the aging process....
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357: Power-FULL Aging (Part 2): Rethinking Your Approach

Attention, ladies! It's time to rethink our approach to health and wellness if we want to age power-fully. Our bodies undergo profound changes as we cross the midlife threshold, with the departure of crucial hormones like estrogen and progesterone making us less resilient to stress. Ignoring this reality makes the pursuit of powerful aging an uphill battle. Join me in this episode of the Grace & Grit podcast, where I help you to consider: The...
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356: Power-FULL Aging (Part 1): Embracing Change

Let's face it—getting older isn’t a negotiable part of life. You've got some serious control over how that aging journey unfolds. You could make it a bit of a downer, trudging through the years... OR you could make it a power-filled experience. (let’s do that!) Today's episode marks the start of a 4-part series on Power-FULL Aging, and we're digging into why change, especially during midlife, is an invitation to level up. Whether you're switching...
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355: Beyond the Surface: Deepening the relationship you have with your body.

To say that most women I have coached over the years have “a complicated relationship with their bodies” would be a massive understatement. In fact, it is a rarity that I work with a woman who has a healthy relationship with her body. What is a healthy relationship with the body? Well, that is precisely the topic of this week’s podcast episode. In this episode, specifically, I cover: Body beliefs and how they impact every...
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354: Master Key: One skill that will transform every dimension of your life.

I have been traveling in the health and wellness space for nearly 30 years (yep! I got my first job as a fitness trainer when I was 18, and I just celebrated my 47th birthday). The wellness industry is the ONLY field I have ever worked in, AND I am fairly certain this industry would not even exist if more professionals were teaching the REAL work of behavior change. You can buy an endless supply...
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353: Unlocking the Power of Nervous System Regulation at Midlife w/ Irene Lyon

She’s Baaaacck… Nervous system expert Irene Lyon that is. If you have been a long-time listener of the Grace & Grit podcast, you are probably familiar with Irene Lyon. She does the MASSIVELY important work of helping people to better understand how their nervous system works AND develop skills that allow them to more easily regulate their nervous systems. I repeatedly invite Irene back to the show because while I teach a lot of skills...
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352: Rising Strong: The Power of Reorienting at Midlife

The years between 40-65 can be wildly disorienting.  Not only are midlife women dealing with a changing hormonal landscape but the landscape of life is changing dramatically, as well. In essence, there are a lot of “microstressors” at play in this phase of life that can add up to some serious breakdown mentally, physically and emotionally if one does not learn skills that can help unpack some of this stress. In this episode of the...
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351: Dreams Interrupted: Exploring the Sleep Dilemmas of Midlife w/ Laini Gray

If there were only 1 lifestyle change a client could make to improve her health and well-being, I would focus on sleep. Why? Because sleep is where the magic of health takes place. While we sleep, our brains cache out, our systems detox, our hormones recalibrate, our tissues repair, and our immune system is fortified. AND… sleep can be really freaking difficult when you are in the perimenopausal or postmenopausal years. In fact, this is...
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350: Defying Defaults: Life on Purpose

Are you living your life by default or by design? Relatively or proactively? Your answer carries significant consequences for your overall well-being and happiness. Reactions have a place, certainly. What an awesome thing it is that the human brain can react in ways that help us improve our lives, sometimes even save our lives. That being said, the human brain can just as easily react in ways that hurt us. How the human brain reacts...
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Ready to find your midlife magic?

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Say it with me “my body is NOT the problem!”

Ahhh…doesn’t it feel great to release the chains you’ve lived with for so long?

It’s true that the wellness and diet industry wants you to believe that your body is broken—that it needs to be fixed, resculpted, and forced into looking a certain way.

The Power Years Coaching is all about ditching that narrative and nourishing your body consistently. This is what provides the jumping off point for a life of self-leadership, trust in your wonderful body, and peace knowing you’re making the most of your second act.

Are you ready to put your best years ahead of you rather than behind you?

Let’s do it!

Your guide to changing the conversation around vitality and start truly showing up for yourself. It’s all inside my FREE Midlife Magic Quickstart Guide.

Ready to make some magic?

Mend the fabric of your health story, one episode at a time.

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