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Like most things in our world, we had to cancel our upcoming MarieTV shoot in New York City due to the coronavirus pandemic. But this cancellation came with a clear silver lining. It’s given me an extraordinary opportunity to experiment with lots of ideas for MarieTV and The Marie Forleo Podcast

Including one enticing idea I got during my worldwide Everything is Figureoutable book tour last year.  

While on tour, I discovered that I love doing radio shows — chat shows in particular. I thought, “Oh my goodness. Having my own radio-style chat show would be SO much fun, but my plate is super full. It’s not something I can commit to right now.” 

Enter coronavirus, stage left.

Like many of you, I’m committed to staying home to help flatten this curve and protect the vulnerable. Currently, I’m in LA with Josh and Kuma, and I don’t know when it will be safe to head back to New York City. (Though I’m 100% inspired and glued to the screen watching Governor Cuomo’s daily press briefings. THE BEST.) In the meantime, I’ve set up a little DIY podcasting studio in my kitchen and I’m simultaneously filming on my iPhone.

In times of crisis, the antidote to hopelessness is often helpfulness. Click To Tweet

In a messy, who-knows-what-the-hell-this-will-turn-out-to-be-way, I’m getting a chance to experiment with some of my radio show fantasies — like getting to connect with YOU on the air.

I want you to leave me a voice message. 

If you have a question you’ve always wanted to ask or a topic you’ve always wanted me to tackle, now’s your chance. You’re going to help decide what we talk about on upcoming episodes of The Marie Forleo Podcast and MarieTV.

Your question can be about business, life, relationships, beauty, whatever. We can debate the best zombie movie or the #1 pizza place in NYC or whatever your heart desires. Nothing is off the table. 

To get a taste of the vibe we’re playing with, watch or listen to today’s episode. 

Here’s what we cover:

  • 4:40 — The antidote to hopelessness. 
  • 5:40 — 3 inspiring business owners who are turning pandemic-related obstacles into opportunities for growth and contribution. 
  • 10:27 — How to find or create meaning out of unavoidable suffering.
  • 13:40 — The story behind my radio chat show fantasy.

After you watch or listen, scroll down to leave your voice message.

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How to leave your voice message for Marie:

Step 1) Craft a 60-second (max!) question using the following format:

“Hey Marie, it’s _______ and I’m from ________, and here’s my question for you: _______.”

Step 2) Grab some headphones and a desktop/laptop if possible. (Some phone users will have no problem, but we’ve found that recording works best if you use a desktop or laptop.)

Step 3) Find a quiet area where you won’t be disturbed, then record your question!

We’re looking for fresh, new questions that we haven’t already covered in our library of 400+ MarieTV episodes

Note: By recording a voicemail you grant consent for its public use on air.

Thank you so much for playing along. I’m really excited to hear your voice and excited to tackle some fresh questions. If you haven’t already, please subscribe on your favorite podcast platform so you don’t miss an episode: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts

Now, I’d love to hear from you. How are you finding encouragement and connection during this time? (If you haven’t yet seen it, be sure to bookmark our Coronavirus Support Guide.)

Share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration and your words may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough. Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be deleted as they come across as spammy.

Take really good care of yourself. Stay strong and if at all possible, please stay home. We got this, as long as we all do it, together.  

With all my love,

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  1. Cecy Ríos

    Marie: I JUST WANT TO T H A N K Y O U FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR BEING WHO YOU ARE AND DOING WHAT YOU DO. You really have no idea the way your creativity, curiosity and interviews have impacted my life. I am a 47 year old teacher who decided, three years ago !!!!, to quit my job. I felt overwelmed, worn out, not appreciated, tired of working so hard and receiving so little, and getting done just a tiny fraction of what I wanted to do. Like if my talents were; you know, wasted. Of course EVERYONE told me I was crrrrrraaaaaaazy. Then, my dear mentor Ophra introduced me to you and I felt in love with your phylosophy, your work and, Marie TV of course. I´ve been watching your videos for around 2 months now ( probably 3 or 4 everyday!!!) , and the way you think has resonated with me so much. I´m an MF insider , of course, and wanted so bad to get to B School but I found out about it when the classes had already started. Anyway, just want to remind you that what you do is important, meaningful and outside the box. You have become one of my favorite people in the planet. Please keep up what you do and, if you have the time, get in touch, it would mean the world to me. Cecy Ríos from México City. XOXO

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for these kind words, Cecy! They’re so appreciated in these hard times. We’re so honored and delighted Marie’s work has impacted you so profoundly and we’re deeply grateful to have you in our community. Keep shining your light! ?✨

  2. Laura Horne

    Hi from the UK!
    I think the live “radio chat show” is a great idea!! Yes, yes & yes!
    You could run competitions & play games etc? This is exciting!
    I’m not on social so I’m so so happy that you’re doing this 🙂 (Off of social!)
    I’ve chosen to stay offline as much as possible. (Fortunately, I don’t have an online business, yet, so I can go offline.) However every Tuesday I login into my emails on the laptop to get my weekly dose of Marie TV.
    Thank you for brightening up my morning.
    I’ll be back next week!
    Keep safe.
    P.S Just about to re-read EIF!

  3. Laura

    I wanted to add to my previous message to share how I’m spending my time. To hopefully give you some ideas if you’re “bored”

    – Everything Is Figureotable
    – Becoming (michelle obama)

    – Becoming Journal (michelle obama)

    – PE With Joe (Joe wicks is streaming live workouts monday – friday 9 am bst for kids on his youtube channel the body coach, adults can do them too.)

    – The Beauty Chef
    – Whole 30
    – Lot’s of Soup

    Cleaning & Decluttering
    – Konmari Style

    Time with myself drinking my favourite cacao turmeric latte

    – Almond Milk
    – Cacao Powder
    – Maca Powder
    – Turmeric
    – Cacao Butter Or Coconut Oil

    Warm almond milk in the pan until it starts to froth up. Pour into a blender, add 2 tsp cacao powder, 1/8 tsp maca powder, 1/2 tsp of coconut oil or cacao butter, a sprinkle of turmeric and blend. Drink and enjoy!

    How about you?

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Laura, it sounds like you’re honoring exactly what YOU need during this time in life and we celebrate that! You’ve got a special combination of things you’re doing and not doing and we say BRAVO! Thank you so much for sharing them with us and for taking the time to be here on Tuesdays. That means more to us than you’ll ever know.

      Sending you loads of Team Forleo love. xo

  4. You just share the main information that really needed thanks to keep writing good work.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Thank you for being here and for your kind words, John. We appreciate it so much.

  5. Love you Marie, Heather and Team! We’re under a pretty strict quarantine here in Bogota, Colombia. And our curve is flattening. Because it’s flatter it will probably take longer. We’ll be in this until June. I’m so glad you’re doing Marie TV in this way!
    After all, with all the fears, we all have loved ones who may not have seemed “vulnerable” but are more susceptible to this. So I love your non-COVID content as well (AMAZING episode for writers last week!!! Thank you thank you thank you!).
    But I also love taking advantage of this totally unique time. You might not be able to do shows like this again. I’ll never have this opportunity to really teach my 5-year-old how to add and read, and I’m sooooo grateful. He’s an only child and I know as a family the three of us will remember this forever, as a time of building values and bonds. Love Viktor Frankl. He’s one of my biggest inspirations too.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Emily, it’s always lovely to see your smiling face here. Thank you for always sharing your heart and time with us. We love to hear about the magic you’re creating with your son- what a beautiful response to a hard time. Thank you for always being a source of shining light here. xo

  6. Andrea Baines

    Hey Marie, love this new up-to-the-minute way of hearing from you! You managed to pack a ton of super useful info into just 20 minutes. The 3 stories you shared were amazing, so creative and inspiring. It’s always really helpful to hear how others have used their initiative and out-of-the-box thinking to adapt to new challenging, and completely unprecedented, circumstances, whether that be in business or life. The idea of you doing this regularly as a radio show is very exciting! Chris Evans better watch out!! I’ve recorded a business question that I hope will help others in a similar situation. Thanks again for all the help and support 🙂

  7. Andrea Baines

    Oh, and to add to my comment… I managed to buy EIF from a local book store just before it closed down 2 weeks ago. Couldn’t have come at a better time! Thank you Marie!! xx

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Thanks for calling in and asking a question, Andrea! We are excited to hear it 🙂 So glad you were able to grab a copy of the book- it truly is the perfect source of inspiration during this time. We hope it serves you and your heart well. Stay healthy and strong!

  8. Dear Marie,
    If the term ‘role model’ could be appropriate in such unprecedented times, you are one! Loved your Saturday Self Care session with Josh, your Podcast, your Book, Marie TV and always, all that you have shared.
    As we navigate this new world with daily changes you are a beacon of light, support, creativity, inspiration and above all, Love.
    Thank You

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Oh, Sharyn, your words are so kind and generous. We love hearing that Marie’s work is touching your life during this time in our lives. Please know that we’re sending you so much love with everything we’re doing. Stay safe and healthy. xo

  9. Oh Marie… Love this so much! You speaking from your kitchen… sharing from your heart, and all your new creative ideas. You are such an inspiration! Thank you for all you do and for creating B School and our community of precious souls! Blessings Always!
    Rene Cerrito

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Rene! We appreciate you <3

  10. Jennifer Reyes

    Thank God for the internet and Marie B school! Marie, I definitely think it’s a great idea. This is one example of why we must see the good during the bad circumstances. Your destiny is steering you to a different path that is molded just for you, a destiny that sticks and will succeed even better!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Beautifully said, Jennifer!

  11. Hi Marie, my name is Kelly, I just want to say, thank you, and let you know how much I appreciate you and your team for all your love, support and valuable resources throughout this time.

    My partner is still going to work everyday, his company is re-tooling their manufacturing division and making parts for ventilator machines…he called at lunch today to say that one of his coworkers have tested positive for the covid 19 virus….it’s a very scary situation..

    So happy, I enrolled in B-School this year, it’s really helping me to focus on something else besides worrying about my man, and all the other front line workers that are risking their health and lives everyday going out to work.

    P.S. Your radio show rocked!!

    Take care xo

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thank you so, SO much, Kelly. And please thank your husband for the important, life-saving work he’s doing as well. We sincerely hope the person with coronavirus at the factory will be okay and that no one else was infected. We’ll be thinking of you both and sending healthy vibes your way.

  12. Aimee C.

    I love this radio call-in show idea. I agree, you would be so good at it!
    So exciting…. I can’t wait to hear it!
    Love & thanks,
    -PS, the Instagram LIVE “workout/Q&A” with Josh was amazing. Really powerful.

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      We’re so glad you loved the Instagram Live! Thanks for joining us, and we hope to see you at the next one, too 🙂

  13. Claire

    Thank you Mary. I really needed that. Switch from helplessness to helpfulness. You make such a difference. Thank you.

  14. DNN

    hi Marie,

    I think this is a great way for you to personally stay connected to your audience, and a way to let them know that you’re still a down to earth person that didn’t let success go to your head. Additionally, opening yourself to allowing people to leave voice messages for you is also a great way for you to stay on top of your content marketing game to keep your blog regularly updated with informative content by answering people’s questions. Thank you for keeping me inspired for taking the side hustle to the public ninth step. 🙂

  15. Rachel

    I love, love, love this whole network and Team Forleo! It’s turning into my one-stop shop for becoming a better employee, a more spiritually-connected person, and just an overall happier individual! Thanks so much for putting out so much quality content on a wide variety of topics. 🙂
    To stay encouraged and motivated, I limit my news time first of all. Yes, I keep up with it, but just to stay mentally healthy I have to do things that remind myself that there is, and will be, life beyond this crisis. Before limiting the news time, I found that I just did not want to get out of bed in the morning.

    Recognizing that this was an expression of depression, I meditate more regularly, I read more, I exercise, etc. Things that make me feel mentally good end up making me feel encouraged because it brings a sense of normalcy.

    For the crisis, I also seek out stories of people doing good. The headlines can be frightening, but I am encouraged by the healthcare professionals, grocery workers, truck drivers, delivery people, etc. who are pushing through. I am also encouraged by so many people in the U.S. and elsewhere who are lending a helping hand, whether that be something big like distilleries pumping out free hand sanitizer, or something small like people putting out Christmas lights to bring a smile to the neighborhood. I do what I can in my little corner to help out.

    I also remind myself that people have been through thousands of terrible, terrible things throughout history, but we got through it!

  16. Thank you for creating this space Marie and Team Forleo!
    This might sound strange but the encouragement that I found all over the wide web and especially on social has been overwhelming.
    As a Highly Sensitive Person it all felt too much and it felt pressuring instead of encouraging.
    So my biggest act of self are has been putting the phone away and start painting. I’m allowing myself to take it slooooow and eat delicious fruit (I’m in Brazil). And wouldn’t you know it, in the midst of total relaxation came the idea for a new business idea which got my all motivated and revisit the BSchool modules.
    So my encouragement would be: take it as slow as you need to, don’t force yourself to make the most out of it and really listen to your needs ?
    Sending love and hope to you all!

  17. Juliet Chelton

    Hello Marie,

    I live in England and absolutely adore Chris Evans too. He used to be on an extremely popular breakfast television show way back in the 1990’s called “The Big Breakfast”. It was a zany mad programme and probably well up your street, I’m sure you’d be able to find clips on YouTube if you’re a little bit bored right now ha ha! I’m so pleased you enjoyed been on his current Virgin radio show and it inspired you with such a fantastic idea for adding your own disc jockey broadcasting string to your bow!

    Although I’m fully observing lockdown on my days off, I work in a busy supermarket, so still get to have the routine of going to work and helping our customers through the crisis that is COVID-19. However I just wanted you to know as well as enjoying your brilliant B-School programme, I’ve also just today signed up to train to be an Educational Speaker for the animal charity Blue Cross. I thought I could use my free time to do the training and be ready to roll on into the schools and clubs once we all emerge from the madness!

    Thank you is much Marie for all your amazing work, you really are such a stunningly inspirational lady! Hope you and your excellent team stay safe in these uncertain times for the world.

    • Laura Horne

      Hi Juliet,

      I’m from Manchester. I hope you’re keeping safe & well.
      Ahh, the big breakfast. I loved that show!

  18. Ramanda

    Hi Marie and Team Forleo,
    I am a current B-Schooler, so I am using this time very wisely… I’m knocking out the course! I got furloughed last week. It sucks, but the time at home has created an opportunity for me to focus on B-School and start a new career as a freelance art journalist.
    After reading Everything is Figureoutable and diving into B-School, I now have the focus, courage and guidance on steps to take in order to create “A business and life I love”.
    This crisis has taught me it’s time to take control of my life and financial future. I will no longer solely rely on an employer to write me a pay check and determine my financial future. I’m taking charge!!
    Thank you Marie for all that you do. Thank you for writing Everything is Figureoutable. Thank you for creating B-School, and for encouraging us all to take charge of our lives and create a business and life we love!

  19. Sarah M - Team Forleo

    You are a superstar, Ramanda! ? We are truly inspired by the way you’ve decided to lean into the possibilities of what this challenging time can hold. We’ve found that, mixed in with all the stress, there’s plenty of sacredness and opportunity to re-think and create what our lives will look like once we’re on the other side. We see you, and we hope you continue to keep us posted on how you’re doing!

  20. Caroline Rushton

    Really great to listen to your podcast Marie, I work in the supply chain so I’m working from home every other week as we go through this period and I’m volunteering with our local council to establish the most effective supply chain for food and other essential goods so that households that are shielding our most vulnerable.

    I’ve really struggled with the helplessness I feel because that there are so many people to help and so many wanting and waiting to help and the joining up of those groups seems to be so slow in coordination. I am focusing on doing that as best I can in my local communities and I’ve created a list of local groups and shared it directly with council leaders and on social media. We are doing paper drops through every street in our neighbourhoods to reach those who are not on social media.

    I’ve finally picked something to do which helps a wide group and also settled on a way of supporting those closest to me, I’m also staying vigilant for those who are changing in character i.e; outgoing to insular on social media, and reaching out to them to check in with them. #itsokaytonotbeokay #smallactionsbigdifference

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thank you for this important work you’re doing, Caroline! Your impact has a big ripple effect and I know everyone is grateful for you. <3

  21. Thank you for the opportunity to leave you a voice message Marie!

    It’s a tough time for so many people but it’s wonderful that you’re actively listening to the messages sent to you. ?
    To keep my head up, I’m giving to hundreds of children each week through Facebook Live tutorials. Seeing how much they love my videos and tips puts a smile on my face especially on those not so easy days.

    I’m also taking time to journal and read more – two things I never have time to do.

    • Jennifer - Team Forleo

      What a beautiful message, Victoria, it’s so lovely to hear what you’re doing for those hundreds of children and it’s great knowing you’re journaling and taking the time you need for yourself too!

  22. YOU truly are an inspirational woman marie forleo

  23. Hi Marie,
    I’m a recent member of EIF. A friend sent me your book when I was down, and it’s been a source of guidance since. I’ve even sent a copy to another friend to pay it forward. I’m writing this because I can’t figure something out. I recently launched a social media campaign to try and get everyone to stop blaming Asian Americans for the virus. It’s called #MaskUpSpeakUp. We’re encouraging everyone to mask up, and speak up against racism. People are suffering and this is the only thing we can do to feel in control. It’s been hard. I’ve asked my friends to help take part in our campaign, but hardly any have helped. We’ve also haven’t been able to get any endorsements from many Asian American associations. And I’m running out of ideas. Not asking for an endorsement, love one though, but genuinely curious how you would tackle launching a social media campaign like mine.
    Thanks Marie,

  24. The book that changed my life and helped nurture my creativity is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It started me on an expressive writing practice that I have tweaked in my own way and am about to start sharing with the world. My website for the online community I have created to bring people together in a practice to help them access their truth and #growforward through anything is not quite ready. But this is needed now, so I am just jumping in to start inviting people to join me on IG Live from 7-7:30am every Tuesday morning to write in community. Maybe one day, you will join me there too! @growingforwardsoulschool. Sending you so much love for all that you do to uplift and empower us all to really show up for ourselves and others. xx Dr. Stacy

  25. so excited to do this!!!

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