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So much has been given to me; I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.

Helen Keller

The Strength of Our Anchors is a collection of personal stories told by Dawn M Bornheimer, Erin Antroinen, Jackie MacDougall, Emily Clark, Kim LaMontagne, Leia Lewis, Natasha Novak, Anna Owusu, Kathy Clark, and Tina Paulus-Krause. Their stories are woven with the challenges they’ve overcome, lessons learned, tools acquired, and the perspective that comes as a result of their willingness to reflect.


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In the chapter entitled “It’s Been a Wonderful Life,” Jackie shares her unique journey through grief and gratitude and how the two have collectively shaped her entire life.

Life can kick us around once in awhile. It’s crazy to believe we can live without adversity. But it’s that adversity that has actually brought me to my own purpose, passion and peace. I have faced the dragon and I’m still standing. I no longer look at my personal challenges with that “why me?” attitude, but see them all as an opportunity to become more of the person I’m meant to be — to choose gratitude above all else.

Jackie MacDougall

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ABOUT JACKIE: Born and raised in Boston, Jackie MacDougall packed everything she owned (with $700 bucks to her name) and hit the road for Los Angeles. Since then, she’s worked for over two decades in TV and digital marketing, creating content for women with some of the most recognizable and innovative names in entertainment like Queen Latifah, Harry Connick Jr., Tyra Banks, Chrissy Teigen and Sharon Osbourne.While her passion for all things entertainment brought her to LA, it’s what she’s experienced personally and professionally that brought her true purpose. Now instead of just creating content for others to market to women, the award winning blogger and community builder taps into her own personal insight and voice to connect with women — online and in person — helping them find their own distinct voices and use that voice in a way that’s authentic and effective. 

Jackie, the founder of Forty Thrive and host of the Forty Thrive podcast, lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three kids.