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Active After 35 Thrive To 105 Highlights Amazing Women. Motivational and informative stories from all the decades and around the globe.
Other Stephanie Kay Atwood at go@Gowowliving.com
Phone/Text 510 261-8671
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Podcast Website: Activeafter35.com
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Coming July 25 – Episode 21 Uphill in Both Directions with Nancy Phelps
Nancy Phelps is a self-described eclectic who is also a hiker, climber, mountaineer, psychologist, and more.
Nancy and Stephanie became friends when they both attended an Outward Bound School in the Pacific Northwest in 1969, the first-ever “girls’ course” offered. The girls hiked, climbed and explored the mountains while, at the same time, learning how to dig deep for confidence and trust as they faced wilderness obstacles throughout the 26 day course.
Nancy and Stephanie loved being in the mountains and hiked the Pacific Crest Trail together in the early 1970’s.
Listen to the interview that starts with Nancy as a little girl and moves throughout her life through today. From Mt. Washington on both coasts to the Grand Teton in the middle of the country, Nancy loves those mountains!
She and Stephanie had a lot of laughs when discussing some of the old memories…
Note: Outward Bound is an international, non-profit, independent outdoor-education organization with approximately 40 schools around the world and 200,000 participants per year. Wikipedia
Previous episodes (all available on iTunes and our website)
001 – Welcome
002 – Fat Myths and Truths
003 – Stephanie Atwood Still Running Marathons at 65. Her Story
004 – Bev Short Fat &amp; Old to Fit &amp; Fabulous After 50. Her Story
005 – Kathrine Switzer Celebrates 50 Years Since First Running the Boston Marathon
006 – Laura Dempsey Natural Healing and Multiple Sclerosis
007 – Holly Haley Discusses Loss of More than 100 Pounds and Surgical Skin Removal
008 – Irma Jennings is the Bone Health Lady
009 – Author Jennifer Adams Shares “Sleeping Apart Not Falling Apart”
010 – Dr. Sandy Baird Talks About Running Injuries
011 – Karen DeBolt, Born Without Legs. Awesome Rebound
012 – Podcast Host Stephanie Kay Atwood Reflects on the First 11 Episodes
013 – Julia Stamps-Mallon Outessa Co-founder, Champion Runner, Super Mom
014 – Not White but Not NOT White with Rosa Kadera-Redmond
015 – Periods, Pee, and Poop with Miki Agrawal
016 – The Golden Age of Women’s Climbing
017 – Sharon Wood Climbs Mt. Everest
018 – Sharon Wood and Life Beyond Everest
019 – Oakland Rising with Ayana Labossiere
020 – A leap of Faith with Tricia Cepeda
Episode 20 – A Leap of Faith with Tricia Cepeda
Tricia Cepeda, a single mother of 4 recently decided to change careers and dedicate her work to her passion – health, wellness and breaking down barriers that hold us back from experiencing true freedom in our lives.
Tricia retired from a 25 year career as a State Certified in-home child care provider so that she could pursue her passion for helping others to become their best selves through behavioral changes and transformation.
She recently started her own business called NewDay2Dance, and will be sharing the ups and the downs, the goods and bads, the journey that brought her to this part of her life.
Active After 35 Thrive to 105 co-hosts Ayana Labossiere and StephanieKay Atwood share the interview and gain valuable insight into the strength of character needed to make this kind of mid-life change.
Coming July 11 Episode 19 – Oakland Rising with Ayana Labossiere
Ayana Labossiere is one of the podcasts co-hosts and has lived in Oakland almost all of her life. Her story is about thriving. Even through the very difficult role of care-giving to her mother, who suffers from a chronic disease, working through the grief of a best friend who was murdered, and becoming a new mother, Ayana has persevered and thrived.
A graduate of Columbia University, Ayana has chosen to be a Health & Wellness Coach, providing self-care strategies to overwhelmed and underserved people. She speaks to groups, does trainings, and provides individual coaching, helping her clients create more fulfilling and balanced lives.
Ayana and Stephanie discuss growing up in Oakland, relocating to New York, returning to Oakland, and learning how to cope with life’s curve balls.
Coming July 4, 2017 Episode 18 – Sharon Wood, 21st Century Mountain Woman
In our series on Mountain Women in the Golden Age (1960 – 1990), a big part of what makes these women stand out is that they remain active mountain women in the 21st Century!
Sharon Wood is a perfect example. In 1986 Sharon was the first North American Woman to stand on top of Mt. Everest. While this is no small accomplishment Sharon considers her biggest successes as raising 2 boys and creating an alternative K-12 school. Her humble attitude about climbing the tallest mountain in the world is something I see in most of the women I interview.
They are humble and sometimes even apologetic for what they have attained. I am inspired and yield to this fact as (possibly) a female characteristic. There seems to be a level of gratitude for the opportunity to prove through through exceptional endeavors beyond a need for validation that they have done something great.
Thus, in 2017 I am conducting a second interview with Sharon Wood. This one skips over Everest and covers other parts of the story.
Sharon and I met in 1974 at the Canadian Outward Bound Mountain School where she was a student of mine. We only reconnected recently and I am so glad we did!
Enjoy this story of the adventures of Sharon Wood, Mountain Woman who has chosen to make the mountains an integral part of her life.
Coming June 27, 2017 Episode 17 – Sharon Wood, First N. American Woman to Climb Everest
Pioneering Mountaineer Sharon Wood – The First North American Woman to Climb Mt. Everest Successfully
And this was way back in 1986
On the Active After 35 Thrive to 105 Podcast host Stephanie Kay Atwood and Mountaineer Sharon Wood go over the three periods of climbing Mt. Everest.
- The exploratory period when the question was “Is it possible to get to the to top”?
- The best method period when the question was “What is a better, more efficient and challenging way to climb the mountain”?
- The commercial period when the question was “How much will it cost to get me to the top of Everest”?
They will discuss Sharon’s own experience from 30 years ago and will also cover climbing ethics and today’s commercialism on Everest.
A brief bio of Sharon Wood:
Sharon is an ACMG certified Alpine Guide with over four decades of experience in mountain guiding and instruction. Her approach is rooted in work with worldwide organizations, Outward Bound and the YMCA.
Sharon is best known for becoming the first woman from North America to climb Mount Everest. She and her small team did so by a new route and without Sherpa support. However considers her greatest personal accomplishment as having raised two high-spirited boys, and her role as co-founder and chairperson of an alternative fully-accredited private school in Canmore, grades K through six.
Sharon divides her time between mountain guiding and climbing instruction, writing, inspirational speaking, and climbing and hiking in mountain ranges throughout the world. She remains ever passionate about helping others realize their mental and physical potential in the mountain environment. Having just broken into her sixth decade, she is particularly interested in supporting her current clients between the ages of fifty and eighty-five years of age, achieve a graceful transition from a drive to thrive state of being. She is co-author with Pat Morrow of i-book, ‘Everest – High Expectations’ and is working on another book.
“My goal is to stay in the adventure of life, where every day asks something new of me to unwrap and fulfill.”
June 20, 2017 Episode 16 – The Golden Age of Women’s Climbing
The Golden Era of Women’s Climbing is the topic of Stephanie’s intro to the episodes highlighting pioneer women climbers who climbed simply for the love of it. During the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s climbing meant something very different than it does now.
This is especially true for the women who made incredible strides and took incredible risks BECAUSE they loved being in the mountains!These women took risks, not to further any cause, but to pursue a dream and see what they were capable of, in the mountains.
Stephanie introduces the subject from her unique perspective of both rock climbing and mountaineering, when the term climbing meant something quite different than now.
Go WOW Living www.gowowliving.com
Sharon Wood www.sharonwood.net/
Arlene Blum www.arleneblum.com/
Molly Higgins Film http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100697/
Laurie Wood https://www.facebook.com/laurie.wood.5815
Nancy Miniszek Phelp http://mindbloggling76.com
Watch for the interviews of several of these amazing climbers, and more!
Barb Eastman, Betsy White, Annie Whitehouse, Catherine Cullinane
June 13, 2017 Episode 15 – Periods, Pee, and Poop with Miki Agrawal
Active After 35 Thrive to 105 interviewed successful entrepreneur, innovator, and philanthropist Miki Agrawal who has accomplished an amazing amount for a woman under 40. Her story includes surviving 9/11, competing on a professional soccer team, starting 4 businesses (thus far), and becoming a new mother in a few month. There is quite a bit more to this young philanthropist who did not come by money without working hard for it. Read on and listen to the podcast for more details.
From Miki’s Bio:
“Miki Agrawal is a force of nature.” She was named 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the World Technology Awards and her Company THINX was named Time Magazine’s 25 Best New Inventions of 2015.
She is the CEO and Co-Founder of THINX, a high-tech, beautiful underwear solution for women to wear during their periods. Here is THINX’s 13-minute documentary breaking down the menstrual taboo, an entertaining, educational, extremely well produced film that will pique your interest every minute of the film.
Miki has delved into the light bladder leakage problem that women are facing today, giving women who leak the ability to feel like themselves again. 1 in 3 women pee a little when they laugh, jump, jog, sneeze or cough. So she and her team created a special gorgeous patented underwear called ICON to remind these women that they’re powerful women. For every Icon sold, Miki’s company funds the Fistula Foundation to fight the fistula crisis in Africa and other developing countries.
Her most recent side project is called TUSHY: For People Who Poop aiming to upgrade the American bathroom experience (alleviating U.T.I.s, hemorrhoids, yeast infections and gross butt syndrome) while helping fight the global sanitation crisis that affects 40% of the world.
Miki is also the Founder of the acclaimed farm-to-table gluten-free pizza concept WILD and has opened several successful restaurants in the US and abroad.
Miki is an identical twin, half-Japanese, half-Indian French Canadian, former professional soccer player and graduate of Cornell University.
June 6, 2017 Episode 14 – Not White but Not NOT White, Rosa Kadera-Redmond
Stephanie interviews Rosa Kadera-Redmond in this episode of #ActiveAfter35 Thrive to 105 the Podcast
When Rosa Kadera-Redmond and I ran long miles together we had hours to discuss whatever came to mind. I was intrigued by a comment she made that was later followed up by our podcast interview. What is it like being raised as a woman of color, not black, not white, but both?
Rosa lost her mother at the age of 12 after spending a good part of her childhood in California. The death of her mother sent Rosa, her brothers and sisters to live in the midwest with the white side of her family, separated into two households.
One time I spoke with Rosa, on a long run, and she was reflecting on a college course assignment that was related to a student perspective on daily life, media, and responses. The professor didn’t even seem to understand, when Rosa raised the question, that things might be different for a person of color than the greater population of the class that was white. This intrigued me.
Rosa was willing to interview for Active After 35 Thrive to 105 and I am pleased to share her story. A recent news title of “Not white but not NOT white” was so succinct in encapsulating what Rosa has shared that I took the line directly from a KCBS newscast.
Thank you Rosa for the time and thought that went into the interview…
May 30, 2017 Episode 13 – Julia Stamps-Mallon, Outessa Founder and 6 Time National Champion
Stephanie interviews Julia Stamps Mallon in this episode of #ActiveAfter35 Thrive to 105 the Podcast
Julia is Founder of Outessa, an all Women’s Outdoor Weekend which she and her Business partner created in 2015. In a very short time she gathered 40 of the top outdoor companies for two weekends of teaching, sharing, and educating women of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors.
Julia also has over 20 years of running at an elite level. She has competed on 5 US World Teams, 2 US Olympic Marathon Trials and was a 6 time All American at #Stanford University.
Recently Julia began running trails and finished 7th female in the North Face 50K in her first Ultra.
One of Julia’s true passions is enjoying the natural beauty of Northern California State Parks and sharing the wonders of a life outdoors with her two young girls.
May 23, 2017 Episode 12 – And the Winner Is…
Stephanie Recaps the first 11 episodes and introduces the next series for the podcast Active After 35 Thrive to 105
“And the Winner Is” describes the incredible gifts bestowed on host Stephanie Atwood as she interviewed the awesome women who were part of the first series of episodes of Active After 35 Thrive to 105. Not tangible gifts but treasures of inspiration, motivation, and humor Stephanie recaps the first 11 episodes and introduces the next series of episodes.
May 16, 2017 Episode 11 Black, Disabled and Indestructible. The Story of Karen DeBolt
Born without legs and only partial arms most of us cannot imagine how we might function. Yet Karen DeBolt deals with this on a daily basis. Karen in also black. Karen’s story reflects on her life from being adopted at age 5 to her life now, having passed the half century mark. It has had its ups and downs, like all of us. Her story, however has added dimension due to the extreme difficulties that she has had to deal with.
Listen to Karen’s story of love, reality, and growing up as a black person, with extreme disabilities, in a white family. Learn where she is today, over 50 and making me, her big sister, so proud.
This episode is scheduled to release on iTunes on May 16, 2017 on the Podcast Active After 35 Thrive to 105.
The DeBolt Family (featured in the Academy Award Winning Film “Who are the DeBolts and How Did They Get 19 Children?) is well known for their adopted and blended children with many physical challenges. Karen DeBolt’s interview, 45 years later, is a testimony to the strength of love and bonding under the most convoluted dynamics imaginable!
We are a family of 20 siblings, 14 of them adopted. Thus, when Karen is black and I am white; when Karen is 16 years younger than I; when Karen and I grew up in a family that was far from “normal” she faced obstacles that, as her white, older sister, eluded me until I understood, much later in life, that “love does not conquer all”. Love, however does make a HUGE difference.
Karen has given birth to 2 boys and has learned to be a competent and loving mother. Needless to say, she faced obstacles that many of us have never even considered.
Karen’s story is one of hope, inspiration, and laughter.
Her laugh is contagious. When you listen you will laugh along with the two of us as we move from childhood to adulthood, from innocence to independence, from naïveté to wisdom.
I was honored to interview my grown-up sister and share with the world what a truly beautiful and accomplished woman she is. Love you Sis!
- For speaking and interview opportunities contact Karen at (903) 904-4168.
- Facebook Karen Debolt the address with the beautiful mountain scene
- Watch the Academy Award winning film Who Are The DeBolts and Where Did They Get 19 Children follow this link
- Read the book about Karen and the DeBolt Family. Available on Amazon. 19 Steps Up the Mountain.
April 11, 2017 – Episode 6
Natural Healing through Food, Mindfulness & Optimism with Laura Dempsey
“An unexpected gift.”
In 2009 Laura, wife, mother, and professional business woman was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis forcing her to re-evaluate her life and change the direction she had so carefully planned out.
Since that time Laura has managed her symptoms by implementing key lifestyle changes including diet, exercise, a mindfulness practice and the way she looks at life in general. Listen on as Laura describes how she now understands that MS offered her a gift from a very unexpected source.
Laura’s episode will be released on April 11.
Podcast Inaugural Launch: March 27, 2017 with 4 episodes released that first week. New episodes will be released weekly after that
Kathrine Switzer is 70 years old and will be sharing the story of how she ran the Boston Marathon 50 years ago when it was thought that women were not capable of going the distance. She is returning to Boston this year with several other women to celebrate how far women have come and how valuable running is for so much more than just pounding the pavement. Kathrine’s episode is due out on April 4.
Laura Dempsey, 43 was diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) at age 35. With natural healing methods including meditation, real food, exercise, and a positive attitude Laura has stopped this chronic illness from progressing and has even seen some reduction of scar-like brain lesions. Laura’s episode will be released on April 11.
The podcast also shares the story of Holly Haley, 36 who lost more than 100 pounds and chose to have extra skin surgically removed. Holly discusses the pros and cons of her decision. Holly’s episode will be released on April 18.
Irma Jennings, 65, is known as the Bone Lady. Irma offers education and warnings about bone loss, when is the best time to start thinking about strong bones, and how to take control of your own health. Irma’s episode will be release on April 25.
Active After 35 Thrive to 105 Founder and host Stephanie Kay Atwood, 66 and co-host Bev Short, 53 both share their stories in individual episodes as well. The two women are currently doing very similar things but arrived at this point from very different backgrounds and different locations. Stephanie lives in Oakland, California. Bev lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Their episodes are to be released on March 29 & 30th.
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