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A podcast for women navigating the rollercoaster of midlife and menopause. Each week, you can expect inspiring stories of midlife women doing amazing things and expert insights on topics covering all things midlife, peri/menopause and personal development.
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Rock 'n Roll Ghost is an entertainment podcast specializing in interviews with people in the film, TV, music, literary and restaurant worlds. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/brett-hickman/support
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Welcome back to the Rock ‘n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Michael John Warren about his new Paramount+ docuseries Lolla: The Story of Lollpalooza which chronicles the creation and evolution of the music festival created by Perry Farrell. Warren discusses his history of going to that first groundbreaking…
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On today’s Monday Motivation, Lucy and I are talking all about friendship. Friendships come and go during the course of our lifetime, and that’s ok. Some people stay with us for the duration, and others just stay for a season. The most important thing to ask yourself is this: how do your friends make you feel? Do you come away feeling uplifted, or …
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This week on Thursday Thoughts, Lucy and I dive deep into the topic of showing up as your authentic self. We unpack what authenticity really means and explore the reasons why we often shy away from expressing our true selves. We also chat about the positive outcomes of embracing your true self and share some practical tips for helping you shed the …
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I can't believe I've been putting out weekly episodes of this podcast for the last 2 years! But now it's time to take a little break. Tune in to hear why I feel it's time. The good news is you can still listen to Lucy and I chat on a range of different topics in our weekly Thursday Thoughts! 💛💛💛 Support the Show. To find out more about Just Breathe…
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On today’s Thursday Thoughts, Lucy and I talk about journaling. We discuss our own journaling practices, some of the benefits of journaling, as well as different types of journaling. We hope you’ll find something useful in here. Love, Polly & Lucy x Support the Show. To find out more about Just Breathe and to join the Just Breathe community go to: …
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Do you find you often run out of time for the things that YOU want to do? Perhaps you skip yoga because you've got to finish off that email or you're breathwork/meditation practice goes out the window because there's a pile of laundry that needs folding. Maybe you cancel that massage you've been looking forward to because your teenager has forgotte…
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Welcome back to the Rock ‘n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with Bear McCreary about his new concept album, graphic novel and future tour (with a preview performance at the Fonda Theatre on May 12th), The Singularity. McCreary, who you may know for his scoring work on The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, The Lord of …
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On today’s Thursday Thoughts, Lucy and I are talking about learning and growth mindset. Having a growth mindset means that we understand that our abilities can be developed, and that we can actually get smarter. Unlike a fixed mindset that keeps us stuck, believing that our level of intelligence and capability is set in stone from birth, and determ…
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Welcome back to the Rock ‘n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with filmmaker Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) to discuss his new film,, The Greatest Hits, from Searchlight Pictures (now streaming on Hulu). Benson talks about the making of the film, from the writing stage to filming during Covid and getting …
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This week I chat to Caroline Kopp, a master Pilates trainer and health coach, about her personal story of overcoming chronic fatigue and pain through Pilates. Pilates literally changed Caroline’s life as it allowed her to move in a way that maintained and and even increased her energy levels without the burnout associated with high-intensity workou…
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On today’s Monday Motivation, Lucy and I are talking about strength training. It’s important as we age that we’re incorporating some strength training into our exercise routines, not least to protect ourselves against osteoporosis. Polly and I talk about our own strength training routines, and Polly shares some useful tips on how we can add it into…
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Welcome back to the Rock ‘n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with chef/restaurateur John Manion (El Che Steakhouse & Bar) about his newly opened restaurant Brasero in Chicago's West Town neighborhood. Manion talks about how Brasero came to be and what diners can expect when visiting. The restaurant has strong ties to Sou…
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Have you ever considered how something as automatic as breathing can hold the key to a healthier, happier you? In this episode, we'll continue to dive deep into the world of optimal and efficient breathing, revealing the secrets to transforming your relationship with your breath. I unveil 4 simple techniques you can easily integrate into your daily…
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On this week’s Monday Motivation, Lucy and I are talking about why investing both time and money in yourself is so powerful. We also discuss how often the transformation is in the transaction, and how investing in ourselves has created amazing new friendships. Enjoy! Love Polly & Lucy xx Support the Show. To find out more about Just Breathe and to …
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Have you ever stopped to think about how you breathe? It's something we do unconsciously, around 23,000 times a day! But what if you're not doing it right? It's thought that over 50% of us are breathing dysfunctionally and studies suggest that up to 75% of people with anxiety also have dysfunctional breathing patterns. And the truth is, even withou…
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On today’s Thursday Thoughts, Lucy & I are talking about complaining. We all love a good moan, but there’s a difference between getting something off your chest, and constantly complaining. We all have a choice as to whether we want to be a ‘drain’ or a ‘radiator’; whether we set the thermostat in the room, or shift our state of being to the temper…
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We all have those things we want to do, but fear often holds us back. Maybe it's a trip you've always dreamed of taking alone, a new skill you've been wanting to learn, or simply striking up a conversation with someone new. In this episode, I explore the idea of stepping outside your comfort zone and taking on challenges even when they feel scary. …
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Welcome back to the Rock ‘n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with musician Shannon Larkin, drummer for the hard rock band Godsmack. Larkin discusses the band's upcoming Vibez Tour, which is making a stop at the Hard Rock Casino in Gary, IN (in addition to many other venues) and how this tour is different from the band's …
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On today’s Thursday Thoughts, Lucy and I are talking about social media. We discuss how it influences our lives (both positively and negatively), how much time we spend on it, and how to prevent it from taking over our lives. We hope you’ll find something useful in here! Love, Polly & Lucy x Support the Show. To find out more about Just Breathe and…
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Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death globally with more women being affected than men? In the UK, one in eight men and one in 14 women die from coronary heart disease, with more women dying from it than breast cancer. Falling estrogen levels at menopause, weight gain, high cholesterol, and increased blood pressure can all a…
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Today, Lucy and I talk about healthy eating. We discuss our own experiences of eating healthily, both good and bad and talk about some of the things we eat and try and include in our daily diets. Enjoy! Polly & Lucy xx Support the Show. To find out more about Just Breathe and to join the Just Breathe community go to: https://www.pollywarren.com/jus…
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Welcome back to the Rock ‘n Roll Ghost Podcast. On this week's episode, the Ghost speaks with James Beard award-winning chef Jonathon Sawyer of Chicago restaurant Kindling. Along with discussing Kindling, Chef Sawyer talks about his career cooking with such luminaries as Charlie Palmer and Michael Symon (even appearing along Iron Chef Symon on nume…
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Ever feel stuck in the daily grind, just going through the motions? It's easy to miss out on life's richness when that happens. This week's episode tackles the power of finding joy in the everyday. We'll explore how to transform those "just okay" moments into sparkling bursts of happiness that brighten your day. In this episode, here's what you'll …
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Today Lucy and I talk about the impact of having awareness of what we can and can’t control in life. This conversation was inspired by Viktor Frankl’s quote: “We have absolutely no control over what happens to us in life, but what we have paramount control over is how we respond to those events.” We hope you find something useful in here! Love Poll…
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Imagine one day you're living your dream life – balancing a family and a career as a journalist. Then, the next day, everything changes. You find yourself in a wheelchair, your legs seemingly useless. That's the reality Kim Rahir faced. An autoimmune disease, later diagnosed as MS, turned her world upside down. But Kim refused to let it define her.…
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On this week's Thursday Thoughts, Lucy & I are talking about patience. We discuss how often it's 'better to travel than arrive', and how the final destination is often so much sweeter having actually gone through the process to get there. We also discuss how to cultivate more patience in your life. We hope you'll find something useful in here! Love…
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This week I chat to Author and founder of Magnificent Midlfe Rachel Lankester. Given an initially devastating early menopause diagnosis at 41, which ended her dreams of a second child, but which she was able for a short while to reverse, Rachel uses her experience to help women thrive through the menopause transition and feel better about getting o…
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On today's Thursday Thoughts, Lucy and I are talking about sleep. We all know how important it is to get 7 - 9 hours a night; but there are many other things to be mindful about when it comes to optimising our sleep. We talk about going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, when to stop drinking caffeine, stopping eating a couple of hour…
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It was during midlife and menopause when things started to unravel for photographer, DJ, and good friend Hannah Sherlock. This week, I’m thrilled to chat openly and candidly with Hannah, who generously shares her experiences about her unhealthy, yet transformative relationship with alcohol. Hannah vulnerably walks us through a rock bottom moment th…
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On this week's Thursday Thoughts, Lucy & I are talking about stress. We discuss how stress is very necessary in life to keep us safe, but how it becomes a problem when we get stuck in it and can't turn our stress response off. We also talk about helpful tools to manage and build our capacity to handle stress. We hope you'll find something useful in…
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“Our ultimate sense of well-being is often found at the place where fulfilment and contribution meet.” This Quote is take from Rachel Lankester’s book ‘Magnificent Midlife’ and sums up brilliantly the story of this week’s podcast guest Kali Hamerton-Stove. In her late forties, Kali and her friend Melissa Murdoch founded the inspiring social enterpr…
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In this week's Thursday's Thoughts, Lucy and I are talking all about manifestation. The term manifestation often gets dismissed as being too ‘woowoo’; but I like to think of it as simply ‘making shit happen. When we decide what we want, believe that it’s possible for us, and start taking small, aligned actions, we will get there…IF we keep moving t…
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Stepping out of your comfort and finding your voice in order to share something you're passionate about can be daunting and damn right terrifying, particularly in midlife. But that's where this week's guest Colette McBeth steps in. Colette is an Author, ex BBC News Reporter, Storyteller and Business Owner and is a master at helping women find their…
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On this week’s Thursday Thoughts, Lucy and I are talking about trust. We discuss trusting that things always work out for you and trusting the process, even in times of uncertainty. We also talk about the power of unwavering belief and some practical tips on how to cultivate it in your life. We hope you find something useful in here. Love Polly & L…
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Last week's episode was about the impact chronic stress has on belly fat at peri/menopause. So it seemed right that this week I give you some practical solutions to help you not only release stubborn belly fat, but also to help you regulate your nervous system, reduce cortisol levels, and ultimattely achieve a calmer, happier life. In this episode …
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On today's Monday Motivation, Lucy and I are talking all about kindness. Being kind to others is a win-win, because it not only makes the person receiving the kindness feel good, it also makes us feel good. Plus...kindness has many health benefits, both physical and emotional. If we prioritise spreading a little kindness every day, we truly are doi…
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Feeling frustrated by stubborn belly fat, even though you're eating healthy and exercising regularly? You're not alone! This episode of Menomorphosis dives deep into the surprising culprit behind this common struggle for midlife women: stress. In this episode, you'll discover: 🎙️ The connection between stress and weight gain at perimenopause. 🎙️ Wh…
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On today’s Thursday Thoughts, Lucy & I are talking about responding versus reacting. We share what the difference is between the two, why responding is preferable, and some tools to keep calm during stressful moments. We hope you find something useful in here. Love, Polly & Lucy x Support the Show. To find out more about Just Breathe and to join th…
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Personal Trainer and Author, Kate Rowe-Ham, returns to the podcast to share insights from her new new book Fitter, Calmer, Stronger, and so much more! Kate is on a mission to empower women, revealing how it's absolutely possible to become fitter, calmer, and stronger, especially during menopause. Get ready for a dose of inspiration as Kate's positi…
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If you’re trying to make a change or cultivate a new habit, you need accountability. And that is exactly what Lucy and I are talking about on this week’s Thursday Thoughts. Having accountability has been a game changer for both of us. We are each other’s accountability buddies in business, and I also had a fabulous accountability buddy when I first…
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Imagine, amidst the tsunami of midlife challenges (perimenopause and teenagers are definitely up there) you also had to navigate a cross-country move, care for a sick parent and handle an ADHD diagnosis for your child. That's a lot, but perhaps not uncommon. Now, imagine receiving news that shatters your world - a tumour, the size of two fists, nes…
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On today’s Thursday Thoughts, Lucy and I are talking about purpose. We all have a mission on our heart, something we’re passionate about whether it be big or small. But are we following it? I once heard somebody say that the opposite of depression isn’t happiness, it’s purpose. And when you think about it, we all need something that gives our lives…
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Stuck on a treadmill of "just okay"? Every day feels like pushing uphill, the finish line forever fading. Happiness shimmers like a mirage, tauntingly out of reach. Sound familiar? Midlife, and especially perimenopause, can twist everything we thought we knew. Hormones shift, priorities tumble, and the world feels like a chaotic carousel. But here'…
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On this week’s Thursday's Thoughts, Lucy and I chat about letting go. We cover letting go of unhelpful feelings and beliefs, letting go of what people think of us and letting go of resentment and relationships. Enjoy! Love Polly & Lucy x Support the Show. To find out more about Just Breathe and to join the Just Breathe community go to: https://www.…
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I'm so excited to share some big news with you! My podcast of nearly 2 years, The Positive Perimenopause Podcast, is having a makeover. Just like me, the podcast has evolved and I want the name to reflect that. It's time for a fresh chapter, and I'm thrilled to announce the birth of Menomorphosis. This new name reflects not just the evolution of th…
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On today's Thursday Thoughts, Lucy and I are talking about the importance of reflecting on the past year and celebrating the good bits. We also talk about why it's good to let go of unhelpful thoughts and stories about ourselves, as well as doing some decluttering as we head into a new year. And we chat about our own goals for the year ahead. Thank…
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As we start 2024, our attention often turns to resetting how we eat, especially if we've over indulged during the Christmas season! So I'm delighted to be chatting to Nutritional Therapist and author Amanda Ryder in this week's episode. Amanda reminds us of the important of eating in a way which avoids yo yo dieting, and which is going to support o…
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On today’s Monday Motivation, Lucy & I are talking about mindfulness. We share what mindfulness means to both of us, why we think it’s important, and how we can start to become more mindful in our daily lives through savouring the small things, and finding joy in the every day. We hope you’ll find something useful in here! Love, Polly & Lucy x Supp…
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Now is a great time to reflect on the importance of movement and exercise for our overall health and well-being. In this episode, we revisit some of my favourite clips from experts in the field to motivate and inspire you to make movement a part of your daily routine. ✅ Nigel Denby, a registered dietician, talks about the importance of muscle devel…
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On this week's Thursday Thoughts, Lucy & I are talking about breathwork. We talk about what it is, some of the amazing benefits, and how it's become a big part of both our lives, particularly now I'm a a trained Breathwork Facilitator! We hope you'll find something useful in here. Love, Polly & Lucy x P.S. If you would like to find out more about b…
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