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Thriving and Loving Life with

Jackie and Xochitl

Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Duo

Out to Transform the World. 


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Real people. Real tools. Real transformation. 

Look for our interviews, cultural myth-busters, transformative conversations and more with your Joy Gypsies Xochitl and Jackie. A daughter and mother on a Transformation Roadtrip. 

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Joy Gypsies Interview Dr. Dana Wicks, MD: Caring for Your Immune System During Coronavirus Pandemic

covid-19 health Apr 05, 2020

Joy Gypsies Interview Dr. Dana Wicks, MD: Caring for Your Immune System During Coronavirus Pandemic 

Recorded 3/29/2020 - Uploaded 4/5/2020

In our first interview with Dr. Dana K. Wicks, MD, we explore issues around our immune system and what we can do to take care of ourselves during this pandemic. Look for our future interviews with Dr. Wicks on topics of health, society, culture and transformation.

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Healing from Loss

By Jackie Ambrow, M.A., C.Ht.
A dear friend of mine lost his beloved after 37 years. As so often happens in the loss of a soulmate, his grief is still palpable and wells up, often at the most unexpected moments. This is what I wrote to him...
In the Beginning...
When our beloved physically leaves us in this life, our mind feels it has to hold onto the evidence of our beloved's existence. After all, much of our mind's identity is tied to who we are both with ...and because of... our beloved's presence in our lives.
Shared history is only one aspect of who we have become... because of our beloved. The physical pieces of evidence of our beloved may serve at first as painful reminders of our beloved's absence. Everywhere there are things, people, places to remind us of what we have lost....
When our grief is compounded by other hardships, we may feel the pain of absence and loss even more acutely...
The pain itself becomes a kind of evidence...
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On Simplicity, Forgiveness and Thriving

By Jackie Ambrow, M.A., C.Ht.
When my then 18-year-old daughter Xochitl and I sold our house and moved into a fifth wheel RV back in 2010, our remaining possessions took up not one but two 10 x 20 foot storage units. That was a lot of stuff!
We had no idea how long we might RV full time. We just knew it was what we wanted to do rather than sit around and struggle paying rent to fund someone else's mortgage after we had paid our own mortgage for 7+ years. We didn't even have a truck to pull our trailer yet.
We just had a dream of traveling and working together. It felt right. And it was.
We thought maybe we might have a place again sometime in the next couple of years and we'd furnish it then with all the things from our house that we loved.
We thought we'd get our truck to pull our RV in just a year or so when the economy got better after the Great Recession. 
Boy, were we fooled. And life kept happening while we were busy...
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