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The Geeky Grandma with an Encouraging Nudge

The Geeky Grandma with an Encouraging Nudge

By Jill McCarthy
A women's empowerment podcast for empty nester & soon to retire women. Now it is YOUR turn to go for the desires of your heart.
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"I'm 65 and I did it...what is your excuse?"

The Geeky Grandma with an Encouraging Nudge

I Know My Boundaries Now
Biography Ruth has been a yoga and meditation teacher for over 14 years, and guiding others as a mindset and life coach for 8 years.  She started living out her dreams by opening her own yoga studio which she had for 11 years, and now teaches yoga and meditation online in addition for her full-time coaching business.  Her divorce in 2010 was the catalyst for her own reclamation and since then she has been passionate about helping women heal their stories and reclaim their true selves so they can live their most fulfilled lives.   While she loves to dive deep, she also enjoys finding the simple pleasures in daily life  (which usually includes green tea, dark chocolate, red wine, and a good snuggle with her dog and/or husband). Website: Facebook: Instagram: The Geeky Grandma Editing
May 06, 2022
It Is Up To Us to Choose
Martha Davis Alexander JD, Mediator, CFLC, Adult Children of Divorce Biography: Martha spent 50 years figuring out how to leave her parents’ divorce to parents and not carry around the guilt, anger, and trepidation that remained from their divorce. She went to law school and spent decades practicing family law to stop the emotional backlash from the divorce crash into the kids. Now, she helps individuals of divorced parents of all ages break free of the emotional remnants and constraints of their parents’ divorce. She has dedicated her life to “fixing” divorce. Kids of divorced parents can have all the joy and support of a family, without the divorce fallout. Martha knows that individuals of divorced parents can celebrate holidays, birthdays, and all their life achievements without a thought to their parents’ divorce. Martha knows this is possible because she has done it! Let’s make sure your parents���divorce does not continue to deplete your energy, focus, and joy or unnecessarily impact your children. Email: Website: Podcast: Courageously You with Martha By WGSN-DB Going Solo Network 24/7 Live Streaming Radio, TV & Podcasts - #1 Internet Singles Talk Network ( The Geeky Grandma Editing
April 28, 2022
"I'm 65 and I did it...what is your excuse?"
Inger Nordin is from Sweden and she has 35 years of experience in corporate. She retired at age 65, but soon found out that she was bored with life. Her slogan is "It’s never too late to start over - I did it when I was 65 - what’s your excuse?," as noted in the title. She knew that she had more in her to give.  She is a life-long learner, and she started taking various courses after she retired. Among the areas she studied was the teachings of Advanced Coaching & Leadership Center, ACLC, in USA (originated from Alan C. Walter’s teachings) She bases her services on that training.  Inger found the pandemic as a good time to learn how to interact with others via the internet. The Facebook tribe "Your Power - You Matter“ was started by Inger in July 2020.  She’s just starting a book study of “The Science of Getting Rich”, by Wallace D. Wattles, together with a friend running another tribe. She is very savvy about keeping her financial records.  She believes too many women have skated by not really understanding their financial situation. She will email you a template that she uses to keep track of her finances if you contact her at Inger’s book “The Power of You2 - Create a Power Patch of Success (Personally & Professionally) is based on her life experience. Inger has written chapters in two other conglomerate books.  Inger is moreover featured in Global Woman Magazine  This is Inger's mission statement for IN Life Amplification program: I help women step into the spotlight so they can maximize success success in business and life without feeling stuck and compromising their femininity.                                                       Facebook: Website: LinkedIn: Instagram: Amazon: Email: The Geeky Grandma Editing
April 13, 2022
Miriam's Drum
Eliana Gilad's Biography: Healing voice mentor, therapeutic singing pioneer, author and creator of "Find Your True Voice", Eliana Gilad helps heart-centered professionals to embody their voice and confidently express it, no matter what “they’ll say”. Having lived through three wars and social unrest in the Middle East, Eliana knows how to thrive through uncertainty. Gilad developed a medically proven healing voice system over 20+ years to reduce anxiety, increase focus and inner calm. Nominated for L.A. Mayor Garcetti’s Small Business Award for Innovation, Eliana has presented with Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Bobby McFerrin and trained 10,000+ health, wellness and feminine leadership professionals. New Book: WEBSITE: The Geeky Grandma Editing
April 13, 2022
Giving Hope for Healing
Biography Linda Bjork is a best selling author, speaker, host of "Linda's Corner" podcast, and founder  of Hope for Healing non-profit charity.  Some of her books include “Crushed: A Journey Through Depression,” and Amazon best seller “You Got This! An action plan to calm fear, anxiety, worry, and stress.”  Linda’s personal mission is to empower people to become their best selves. The Geeky Grandma                                                    Editing                                                   
March 15, 2022
"I Always Wanted To..."
Liz Sumner is on a mission to help people feel good about themselves and their accomplishments. She works with women who are fed up with feeling stuck and disappointed, and who are ready for support to feel productive and deeply satisfied. A recovering procrastinator herself, Liz understands women who struggle with motivation and are quick to say, “It’s probably too late.”   But that’s not true. In her podcast, I Always Wanted To, Liz interviews people who are doing things that others long to do. Her guests demonstrate just how possible it is to go after your dreams and learn new tricks. An ICF-certified coach with a Master’s in Organization Development, Liz is also a certified Designing Your Life Coach. She lives in a lovely medieval village in central Italy, sings with a jazz orchestra, and does her best to communicate in Italian. Liz has a fantastic podcast called: I always wanted to. You can reach Liz via: Jill McCarthy Facebook: Empowering Women Instagram: Pinterest: LinkedIn: Email: Editing: Jill McCarthy  Affiliate link:
March 09, 2022
Turning Your To-Do List Over To God
Biography Margaret Agard is an award-winning author, former executive in the high tech industry and mother of eight children, step-mother to seven (they were never all at home at the same time!) She is a Christian mystic and Reiki Level II Healer.   She is currently writing her third memoir titled Love: Becoming One with Parker, from her house next to a lake in Florida– viewing lake, not swimming in the lake because, well, alligators. In this podcast you will hear the gentle words of this mother of eight, high tech executive, and author tell about when her to-do list got overwhelming how she turned it over to God to help her get through her day to day life. Podcaster: Edited by: Affiliate link:
February 20, 2022
Sarah Olivia's Memory Quilt
Missy Quinley Bauder, Author. Misty Bauder found her retirement path by doing the things she loves to do and by paying attention to the things she values most. Here is her biography: I worked for 33 years in the VA Public School system in 5 different localities across the state. I began my career as a teacher working with students with special needs at the middle school and high school levels then transitioned into administration.  I retired as a middle school administrator in 2012. After I retired, I went back to work part time for another year or so working at the local administrative building, but after that time, I decided to retire full time and explore other areas of interest. I always loved to sew and began sewing toys and doll clothes for the grandchildren which eventually led to a small scale crafting business. I’ve always loved writing and growing up, my English classes were always my favorite.  During my time as a teacher, I took a writing class for educators. I had developed a unit in my middle school sixth grade class for teaching students to write by using a Me Book format and I wrote a paper on this for the class I was taking. My paper was later published by a state university in their English Bulletin. This love for reading and writing eventually led me to write a couple of children’s stories including Sarah Olivia’s Memory Quilt. I believe you will enjoy the genuine love and charm in MIssy's voice as she shares stories based on family and faith. Listen to this podcast as MIssy reveals her heart's desire which later becomes a reality after the recording of this episode. Amazon: Barnes & Noble:  Facebook: Email address: Jill McCarthy  Facebook: Podcast: Instagram: Pinterest: Email: 
January 21, 2022
Hypnosis with Melissa Conkling
Melissa Conkling is a Certified Hypnotist, NLP Practitioner and Life Coach. Driven by her intuition and her own personal transformation, she takes pride in providing the best hypnosis possible, guiding her clients to create powerful changes in their lives. As a hypnotist, her goal is to empower women to become the best versions of themselves and live their lives from a place of confidence, joy and authenticity. Melissa was named one of the 10 Best hypnotists by Natural Nutmeg magazine in 2020 and 2021. Jill McCarthy   Facebook:  Podcast: Instagram:  Pinterest:  Email: Edited by: Caro Makena
January 21, 2022
Holistic Life Coach and Healing Artist
Our guest for this episode is Lori Pino. She is an author, holistic life coach, and healing artist from the San Francisco Bay Area, whose mission is empowering others to live on purpose with purpose. She has just published a book titled Haight Words: Voices from the Street, wherein she attempts to bring light to the depth of humanity existing before our eyes--the homeless in our communities--compelling us draw on our own compassion and help bring voice to the silenced. Book Link: Haight Words: Voices from the Street: Pino, Lori: 9781646633449: Books Lori Pino is a holistic life coach, healing artist, and social justice advocate from the San Francisco Bay Area. She co-authored an article in the Journal of Chiropractic Education about a day-labor service-learning program she cofounded and is a contributing author of Collective Wisdom: Powerful Stories and Practical Advice for Achieving Success. Website: Facebook:         Instagram: Linkedin: Editing by:  Caro Makena of Mombasa, Kenya Recording & Mixing by Jill McCarthy Emails Address: Facebook:
November 26, 2021
The Video Mentor & Generations of Strong Women
In today's episode Jill McCarthy interviews Rene Estes, who is also known as The Video Mentor. Finally, the "GEEKY" Grandma interviewed a kindred soul allowing their mutual love of photography, still, & video, software & editing to come out and play. Rene begins by sharing tell us about chapters in her life as a means of background information. That helps us to see the path see took on becoming The Video Mentor. Jill compared her own teaching young children's writing to Rene's creating a video project. That conversation led to a detailed discussion and comparison. After discussing encouragement in Rene's life...we hit the jackpot talking about the generations of strong women that have inspired Rene, her life, and career. It sounds like Rene's female lineage had a head start compared to the rest of us in acting on their inner strength, and for not tolerating inequitable treatment. Be sure to check out these links below to discover more about Rene Estes and her work. LinkedIn: Facebook: The Video Mentor: Rene Estes: You Tube: Website: Patreon:
November 24, 2021
Your Creative Memorial Planning & Legacies
EPISODE 004 -Jenny Leigh Hodgins - Author/Composer/Creativepreneur GRIEF WARNING It has been a long time since I last posted an episode.  My mom passed away on Oct. 23rd, 2020. The very grief explains why it was so difficult for me to get through the editing of this episode. During this season of grief, I  taught a class called "NO REGRETS" in which the participants had to create a legacy project. The word "legacy" actually drew me to today's guest, Jenny Leigh Hodgins is our guest today whose Facebook group is called "Your Creative Memorial Planning."  Jenny had been put in the position of 3 times of suddenly loosing a close family member and/or friend. These people that passed had not made any end of life arrangements. Jenny was the one who put her own feelings on hold while she stepped up to the plate and took care of those difficult tasks at hand.  Jenny and a friend of hers ended up doing taking on this responsibility 9 different times.  And later Jenny actually had to plan that person's service as well. That is when Jenny realized that she had accrued a much needed talent. Her creative talents fit in by helping people design non-traditional services that are unique to the lives they are celebrating and often making it more meaningful and less costly. She now offers a mentoring service to people who would like assistance through the pre-planning process. Jenny's music and piano teaching background easily fits in with memorial services.   She teaches adults how to play the piano and she has created her own piano book. She is a blogger and a podcaster. Jenny loves nature and often works nature into whatever she is doing. She uses her pictures of nature to create calendars and other products. Below are links to Jenny's multi-faceted career. Facebook: Facebook: Book: Podcast: Blog: Twitter: Pinterest: Instagram:
November 16, 2021
Shifting Gears - Interview with Richard Haiduck
Today's episode is an interview with brand new author Richard Haiduck. Richard Haiduck is a former life sciences executive and mentor. Richard had a dream in his heart to write a book since he was 7 years old.  While that dream stayed hidden for reemerged in his retirement.  After listening to many of his buddies tell about the neat things they were doing in their retirements...Richard decided to collect these stories and fashion them into his first book.  In this episode he shares the stories of three of the women he interviewed and their unique retirement journeys.  I hope this interview sparks some dormant dreams in your heart so that they may be blossomed into fruition as you embark on retirement.  His book is called Shifting Gears, 50 Baby Boomers Share Their Meaningful Journeys in Retirement. His book launched on November 17th, 2020 and it is available in ebook and hardback at all major book selling locations.  Richard also writes a blog about his retirement adventures and can be heard as a guest on several different podcasts. If you need assistance awakening your dreams, whether from age 7 or any age,  and would like help designing a retirement to fulfill your heart's desires, then contact Jill McCarthy, or on Facebook at Facilitating Transformations for Women. or via messenger. Today's episode is sponsored by the Facebook group called: Facilitating Transformations for Women lead by Jill McCarthy. Information about Richard Haiduck can be found:
December 21, 2020
Growing with Mentors
We all start somewhere.  I started quiet, shy, and very insecure. I've been blessed with many mentors along the way.  They have helped and encouraged me in many ways, but ultimately what was always deep inside of me begins to blossoms, and I'm on my way.   I am sharing today's episode of talking with an old college friend as a demonstration that transformation is a process.  Some of us stay in the cocoon longer than others, and yet...eventually we do find our wings. My guest is a retired elementary teacher and college friend named Cheryl currently living in Zion, Illinois. My journey has included a lot of mentors, therapists, pastors, tons of radio shows, books, podcasts, webinars, and coaches...but growth does happen.  I share my example to give you hope.  Wherever you are starting out is just fine.  No matter what you have been all works together to develop you into a women who can reach her goals and help other women find theirs as well.                                                                                        Enjoy this episode, and leave comment below. Our music is from:   Our intro is called: ES_Her Majesty's Arrival - Howard Harper-Barnes and our closing music is Magic Awaits We can be found on Facebook at: Facilitating Transformations for Women   and also at: Almost Retired Christian Ladies  and on instagram:
October 03, 2020
Women's Groups is the Place for Me
Welcome new listeners.  Do you need encouragement?  Have you spent your entire life and career meeting everyone else's needs?  The kids are flying the coop, and retirement is right around the corner.  How about your dreams? Do you remember them? Would you like to find them once again?  Do you need a group of sisters or like minded women to belong to?  Are you a bit on the quiet side?  Maybe you are an HSP, an Empath, or an Introvert. Well, this is a great place for you.  I love to encourage, inspire, and empower you.  While the message is powerful...the demeanor is gentle.  Just a perfect match for you.  You might ask why do women's groups tug on my heart? The seed to find female companionship started early in my life.  It took many years to blossom. This episode is a behind the curtain glimpse of just how that heart's desire of mine got started.  I wanted to share my journey like a guide leading the way through the jungle wheedling a machete in my hands...clearing the pathway for you.  I want you to know that you too can move forward towards YOUR heart's desire.  Follow along on this journey.  I can't wait to hear about your voyages as well. 
September 01, 2020