Today, I’m particularly delighted to connect with you straight from south western France, in the heart of my sister and brother-in-law’s magnificent vineyard.

And oui, it’s been a wonderful vacation! French food, lots of wine, and, most importantly, connecting with my beloved family has been good for the soul.

But what I wanted to share with you today isn’t so much about the obvious joys of France (of which there are many); rather, it’s something that I’ve noticed in the last ten days: how incredibly HAPPY everyone is!

Yes, HAPPY. My sister, her husband, and their two beautiful girls are genuinely happy! And it’s not just them. The neighbors who came over for dinner are, too. And so are the people on the street.

Advance warning: today’s Jacquie Straight Up may ruffle your feathers and stir your emotions. I’m weighing in on the controversial subject of domestic abuse, sparked by NFL star Ray Rice’s recent assault on his finance.

Admittedly, my opinions on the root issues here may have you nodding your head in agreement, or perhaps sputtering in disbelief…but either way, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a sobering topic that demands our attention, reflection, and action.

Now to my thoughts on the matter…

So much has already been said about what punishment is appropriate for a guy like Ray Rice. And so much has been said about his then fiance and now wife, Janay, who went ahead and married him after the assault happened, and is now standing by her man.

This week on Jacquie Straight Up, I’m paying a special tribute to the extraordinary Joan Rivers. Love her or hate her, there’s no denying that “Joan the Great” was an unstoppable force, and her sudden departure has left a rather gaping hole in an otherwise carefully managed, PR-sanitized, and decidedly inauthentic media landscape. (And no-one is going to miss her searing red carpet critiques more than me!)

Joan Rivers lived a remarkable life. She always had us talking, she demanded our attention, and as far as I could tell, she lived as authentically as she possibly could, embracing her flaws, plastic surgeries and all. My kind of woman!

Joan Rivers is an inspiration to me, and on today’s Jacquie Straight Up, I share the top three cage-rattling lessons her incredible life can teach the women of today, and future generations to come.

This week on Jacquie Straight Up, I’m going to get on my broom stick and fly around a bit.

You’ll have to excuse me, but I kind of enjoy the news of Beyonce’s recent relationship troubles, and call “BS” on Elle MacPherson and Christie Brinkley’s “secrets” to anti-aging.

And then when I’m through with them, I fully admit to be pumped FULL of Botox.

But before you tune out this seemingly self-centered rant, just see it through. I’m going to make a big point you’ll probably appreciate…and it’s likely not the one you are expecting.

Beyonce’s “relationship” with Jay Z and Christie’s “agelessness” are examples of carefully cultivated images of perfection, and in my opinion, are phony, disingenuous, and misleading. And they are all indicative of a much larger issue: the detrimental portrayal of perfection in our society.

Finding “THE ONE” is a complete and utter crock of manure.

Yup…you read correctly! Society’s obsession with finding “THE ONE” person required to “complete” us has us all messed up. And on this week’s Jacquie Straight Up, I’m fired up and ready to set the record straight…

Here’s the big issue: for many of us, it’s drilled into our brains that the key to happiness lies in finding our soul mate — the “one.” We are told that then — and only then — will we be truly happy.

So, in an effort to create our “perfect life,” we (particularly woman) go on an all-out campaign to find this elusive and enchanted “one” person who will make everything “right.”

People market themselves, misrepresent themselves, and do whatever it takes to catch their “one.” And then, once they’ve nailed the one, so many people spend the rest of their lives desperately trying to hold on to him or her, so they never become what we were fully meant to be.

WORRY.

It’s real. It’s not fun. And, if you’re like me, it’s probably a reality for you, at least in some capacity.

Just recently I learned a really big lesson about the negative side effects of worrying…it’s really a gross waste of energy!

But here’s the amazing thing: through my personal challenges, I discovered — out of sheer necessity and determination — some amazing antidotes to worry…ones that I’m delighted to share with you today!

So if you, or anyone who know, struggle with worry, I know you’ll really appreciate today’s episode. Click above to watch.

I dig deep into my antidotes in today’s Jacquie Straight Up, but one of my big take-aways is this: the best way to kill worry and to serve those around you, is to focus your energy on being the best you can be.

Today on Jacquie Straight Up, we’re taking on the age-old debate: does “like” attract “like,” or do opposites attract?

This is a big issue for me, because my husband and I could not be more different.

To start with, he is 17 years younger than me, comes from totally different cultural and socioeconomic background, and our political views are completely incompatible. The list goes on and on, but you get the point.

When the shit hits the fan in our relationship, it’s very easy to say, “We made a mistake. How could this POSSIBLY work?”

Well, I was watching Jack Canfield on YouTube last week, and he was talking about the Law of Attraction — he believes that it’s misguided to think that “like” attracts “like” when it comes to relationships.

You may recall that a few weeks ago, I shared the news that my second book, My Crazy Little Rule Book, was picked up by a New York publisher and will be hitting bookshelves in April of 2015.

Your response to my posting simply overwhelmed me with gratitude!

I received so many “likes,” personal notes, and kind words of congratulations…my heart is full. I feel truly blessed and connected to you, and I’m so very grateful. Thank-you so much for your support. (Watch the video above to hear more of my heartfelt thanks.)

Counting your blessings and expressing gratitude on a regular basis is one of oh-so-important factors for creating the successful life you want and deserve. Another big part is living your life with CONSISTENCY, and this is the second piece of today’s episode — a lesson inspired by one of my recent hiking adventures.

It’s time to keep an open mind, suspend judgement, and hear me out as I pose the following question:

What would you do if your long-term partner wanted to open things up in the bedroom, and asked to bring in a “third” or play with another couple?

A three-way? Swinging? Opening things up? REALLY? Yes, indeed. These are all cage-rattling questions — straight from a viewer — that I take on in today’s Jacquie Straight Up. And, yes, things are going to get a bit steamier than usual on this week’s episode!

Sheri wrote in:

Dear Jacquie,

I have been in a relationship for seven years with a man I love. My partner has now expressed that he would like to spice things up in the bedroom, and wants to bring in a third, or maybe another couple.

DESIRE.

Now THAT can be a loaded topic. But the DESIRE I’m diving into today on Jacquie Straight Up is the type that is absolutely essential to your success.

The great author Napoleon Hill put it best:

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement. Not a hope. Not a wish. But a keen pulsating desire that transcends everything.”

WOW. I love that.

It’s truly incredible what you can accomplish when you have a BURNING DESIRE to make it happen. Just think about it — I’m sure you’ve experienced this to some degree in your own life. I know I certainly have. In fact, in today’s Jacquie Straight Up, I share with you one of my own BURNING DESIRES, one that was directly related to the photo-shoot I talked about during last week’s episode.