A Lesson in Blowing Up Your Life


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This might not only be one of my all time favorite podcast conversations… but one of my favorite conversations — period. If you’re ready to get real… raw and work through some of the pain you’ve been holding onto, THIS is the episode for you.

But don’t be fooled — it’s also filled with a whole lot of laughs and some seriously colorful language. So headphones are a must if you’re at work or around the littles. 'Cause in this episode, we #sharetheshit

Meet Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Melody Murray Parks. Not only does Melody work as a mental health evaluator in a Seattle ER while also running her own private practice, she’s also had an eventful career in TV, worked as an actor, hosted a children’s show and performed standup comedy. Two minutes after meeting Melody, you’ll be all “of course she did.”

Read Melody's post: A Therapist’s Journey to Radical Self Care

Plus, Melody answers questions from the Forty Thrive community:

How to deal with anxiety

How to deal with being laid off

Are women in midlife over medicated? Why?

About Melody: I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Child Mental Health Specialist in private practice. I also work as a Mental Health Evaluator in the ER at Seattle Children's Hospital and co-facilitate Suicide Assessment and Treatment trainings for the nursing staff. I also do presentations on topics including: Suicidal Ideation, Self-Care, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Mental Health & Social Media and Secondary Trauma.

I am a solution-focused clinician with a direct, casual, yet interactive approach. I help my clients learn positive ways to manage negative thought patterns, unwanted behavioral responses, process experiences that create fear, shame and sadness. I help my clients love and accept themselves again OR, for the very first time.

Before becoming a therapist, I spent several years working in film, television and casting as a producer and director. I was also an actor, hosted a children's show and performed standup comedy.

I have a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles. I am a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the Producers Guild of America.

I am currently writing a book on Adolescent Suicidal Ideation.

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Thriver of the Week!

The other thing I announced last week — I am really stoked about. THRIVER of the WEEK!

Each week, I’ll be featuring one woman from the Forty Thrive free and private Facebook community as our Thriver of the Week. One of the things I most love is that our Thriver is SELF submission only. What does that mean? It means you gotta get over the fear of being too extra and show up and tell us all about what makes you so damn special. I know it’s tough for a lot of women to embrace that badass, confident side so I think it’s awesome how many women have nominated themselves for this honor. To nominate yourself, go HERE.

This week’s THRIVER of the WEEK is...

Heather Stewart

About Heather: At the age of 44, I started taking improv classes at Second City Hollywood. Not because I want to act or needed to take classes, simply because it sounded fun and I had an affinity for it. I've been going non-stop since Feb 2018. I have had to do my first auditions (ever), get headshots made (just to move up in levels) and have found SO MUCH JOY!

I began my graduation process by presenting an original sketch show with 7 other super talented women. We're called Jane Fonda's Cellmates because it's the first title someone came up with that made us all laugh hysterically. We're arrestingly funny.

I took a chance and did something because I thought it would be fun. Did I think about my age? Of course. Did it stop me? NOPE!

Find a way to do the things that bring you joy regardless of how old you may be!


And if you’re in the LA area and want to check out Jane Fonda’s Cellmates in person, CLICK HERE.

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