065 Paige Davis

As an entrepreneur, Paige was on the verge of burnout. She was desperate for peace in her life. Then, Paige was diagnosed with breast cancer. She practiced meditation, mindfulness and visualization. Paige saw her cancer journey as a love journey, e.g. saw it through a compassionate lens.

She shares this wisdom:

  • our connections to ourselves, our spirits and others is most important
  • the importance of self care, which is nourishing our bodies, minds and spirits, so that we can be there for others in a more meaningful way
  • explore meditation and mindfulness 
  • let’s be kind to ourselves

Paige Davis is an entrepreneur, writer, cancer survivor, mindfulness facilitator, and meditation teacher. She leads and facilitates meditation and mindfulness programming for companies, teams, and individuals seeking more patience, productivity, and present-moment awareness. Paige is also co-founder of social impact brand, BlueAvocado. The company’s thoughtful designs and creative solutions invite people to live a greener, simpler, and more mindful life. Paige received a BA in Journalism and Environmental Science from the University of Indiana and holds certifications from the Mclean Meditation Institute, Western School of Feng Shui and Pilates Center of Austin. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen.  She is the author of “Here We Grow: Mindfulness Through Cancer and Beyond”.


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064 Doug Bopst

Doug Bopst is an award-winning personal trainer, author, speaker and business owner. He is a former felon and drug addict, sentenced to years in jail due to his poor decisions.. He is the author of two books: “From Felony to Fitness to Free,” and “Faith Family Fitness,” He has appeared on WBAL, WJZ, ABC and FOX 45, as well as been a recurring guest on National Substance Abuse Expert Mike Gimbels “Straight Talk” show discussing fitness for addiction recovery. He’s also been featured in the Baltimore Sun, PFP Magazine, Towson Times and voted as one of Baltimores 12 Fitness Heroes in 2015.


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063 Diane Pomerantz

Dr. Diane Pomerantz is a clinical psychologist who has been in practice working with children, adolescents, and adults in the Baltimore, Maryland area for over thirty-five years. She has done extensive work in the area of trauma and child abuse and research in the area of personality development of abused children. She currently runs Healing Through Writing groups in her practice. She is a breast cancer survivor and has two wonderful grown children. She and her shaggy dog, Rug, live amidst tall trees on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland.  She published her first book, a memoir called “Lost in the Reflecting Pool”, which tells her story of her 20 year marriage to a malignant narcissist.


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062 Amy Dresner

Amy Dresner is a former professional comic and recovering drug, booze and sex addict. She’s been the top columnist for the addiction/recovery magazine TheFix.com for over 6 years, also writing for addiction.com, Vice, Psychology Today, After Party Chat, Refinery 29 and others. Her first book, “My Fair Junkie: A memoir of getting dirty and staying clean” was released by Hachette in September 2017 to rave reviews.




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061 Lizbeth Meredith

Lizbeth Meredith is the author of Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters, a 2017 IPPY silver medalist. Her work has appeared in Sunlight Press and Feminine Collective. Now working as a probation officer in Alaska, her now grown daughters live nearby.


“Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters” Amazon link: smarturl.it/PiecesOfMeLM

Audiobook: http://www.vibrancepress.com/ 
Fun essay: http://www.herstoriesproject.com/2018/05/conscious-unhovering/

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060 Marlena Chertock

Marlena Chertock has two books of poetry, Crumb-sized (Unnamed Press, 2017) and On that one-way trip to Mars (Bottlecap Press, 2016). She lives in Washington, D.C. and uses her skeletal dysplasia and chronic pain as a bridge to scientific poetry. Her poems and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Breath & Shadow, The Deaf Poets Society, The Fem, Paper Darts, Wordgathering, and more. 




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059 Kathryn Taylor

Kathryn’s spouse abandoned her and just walked out. She experienced the following: loss of clarity, felt debilitated, was isolated, felt shame and lack of worthiness. So, she journaled. A friend came to her rescue and “saved her life” by empowering her and reminding her that she is better than this and stronger than this. Kathryn shares these wonderful nuggets of life wisdom:
– each of us has a vast amount of untapped strength
– we have the ability to remodel and reshape our lives, if we are willing to work hard and persevere
– asking for help is not weakness, but rather a sign of strength
– let’s take stock of what we are facing and what we need; then seek someone that can guide us to get us through it
– we are not alone

Kathryn Taylor was born at the Great Lakes Naval Station near Chicago, Illinois and spent much of her life in the Chicagoland area. She is a retired teacher and had taught in the schools of Illinois, California, and Virginia before her retirement and relocation to South Carolina. It was there where she wrote her book, Two Minus One: A Memoir following the unexpected abandonment by her second husband. An avid reader, enthusiastic traveler, and incurable beach lover, she resides outside of Charleston, SC, which affords her the opportunity to enjoy all three of her favorite past times.

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