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122 Paul Maskill

Paul was taught to get a corporate for 40 years, then retire. He realized that this wasn’t for him. Paul wanted to enjoy life each day. He empowered himself to start his own business of coaching and consulting others. Paul shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– it’s all about the journey
– see where your path takes you
– have an open mind
– allow momentum to take over
– keep doing what you enjoying doing
– stay focused
– map out a vision of your life

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https://buildingabetterculture.com/

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121 Sheila Grinell

Witnessing her mom’s health after a stroke, Sheila felt compelled to write her mom’s story, then realized she wanted to write more. She transitioned from her first act to her second act as an author or dreamer, where she does not experience objective measurements. Sheila is very passionate about language, as she loves the way words and images resonate. She feels that writing is a way to share what experiences have taught her and to express her truth. Sheila shares the following powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– a book is the heart that beats in the chest of another
– don’t be afraid to make mistakes
– don’t second guess yourself
– just keep going
– transition takes time and can’t be rushed
– make decisions that bring you joy
– for those that are transitioning from act one to act two:  you may not see the new work coming, embrace the surge, recognize that it will take time, the new work does not invalidate the old, it builds on it. Also, if you choose to take pursue a second act, then you get to keep your passions, you get to revise your purpose and find a payoff that you might not have previously anticipated.

Writing as a “second act” is thrilling and humbling. Sheila uses skills and work habits learned in her first act to express thoughts and feelings–the fruit of decades–that she hadn’t articulated before. She’s still engaged with the world, but she’s exploring in a different dimension. In addition to career and motherhood, she’s practiced yoga, hiked, and dabbled in foreign languages. Born in a taxi in Manhattan, she studied at the Bronx High School of Science, Harvard University, and the University of California at Berkeley. She continues to live in Phoenix with her husband and her new, rescued dog.

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https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheila-grinell-041b915 
http://experiencemattersaz.org 
https://designingyour.life/ 

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120 Katherine Jansen-Byrkit

Katherine knew some things were brewing in her life; in her marriage, her father’s alcoholism and abandonment of the family. She developed a food addiction and attempted suicide. Then, Katherine had a wake up call. She began a journey of healing her body and heart. Katherine changed her relationship with food and body. Now, she helps people with the process of healing from the inside out. Katherine shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– don’t let your pain act itself out
– we still have to do the work
– our pain can be a part of our path
– hope is truth that is still more
– hope is healing when we are hurt and injured
– real people telling real stories is inspirational
– we have such capacities within us, beyond our own resilience
– be patient with and trust the process
– be in the company of others
– challenge the thoughts that are not true

For many, counseling offers the possibility of making lasting, positive changes in life and in relationships. For others, it offers the realization that by dissolving old patterns of thinking and believing, life is perfect exactly the way it is. Ultimately, it is about helping others live and love as their most conscious self.

For those interested, she provides a powerful mindfulness ritual at the beginning of each session, which can help clients be more present for the session and more connected to themselves throughout the process. Her overall approach is direct, interactive and collaborative with a goal of creating greater sense of personal and relational well-being.

After enjoying years of working in the field of Public Health, she experienced an inner stirring….like the wind at the change of a season. What ensued was a process of reflection, curiosity and ultimately trust. It became clear that Public Health was not her final stop and that what was right and true was to follow in the footsteps of her father and become a therapist.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she loves bringing the ideals of Public Health together with her work as a counselor, offering to those she serves a holistic approach that includes celebrating diversity in all its forms.

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119 Mary Corning

Mary experienced addiction, alcohol, failed relationships and a father dying of cancer. Through meditation, she had an awakening and realized what she’d been escaping from. Mary’s partnership with horses taught her to accept and not judge herself. Even though she’d always been authentic, she started becoming comfortable with her authentic self. Once Mary did that, she accepted herself and others. She transitioned from being authentic to accepting life and who she was. Mary shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– relating is how we can grow with each other
– be authentic in all situations
– when we are authentic, then we are living from our hearts
– don’t follow traditional paths if it doesn’t feel authentic to you
– seek to be a partner with your life, don’t try to control it
– heart is the important difference
– it’s OK to be afraid
– we can be afraid and still take steps to heal
– feel acceptance for who you are
– self judgement and self doubt come from fear
– go inward to get answers

https://marycorning.com/

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118 Kate Kaufmann

Kate found out how different life is as a non-mom after she and her former husband abandoned infertility treatments, quit their corporate jobs and moved from a suburb to a rural community to raise sheep. So began her quest for identity as a non-mom in a culture high on family. Kate shares the following nuggets of life wisdom:
– there are more ways to look at life, giving and connecting than just biological
– we are so much alike, than different,
– there is so much opportunity for us to learn in our lifetimes
– curiosity, heart and openness create bridges between the largest gaps that we might imagine
– our stories can be a source of understanding, identity and a feeling of being heard
– we have the opportunity to define ‘the path’
– be open to the wisdom of elders

Kate Kaufmann is fascinated by how women who don’t have children craft their lives. There are no navigation charts for life outside the mainstream of motherhood.

Kate got her first inkling how different life as a non-mom can be after she and her former husband abandoned infertility treatments, quit their corporate jobs, and moved from a suburb in an excellent school district to a rural community to raise sheep. Everyone in the country seemed to have kids. So began her quest for identity as a non-mom in a culture high on family.

Since 2012 Kate has talked intimately with hundreds of North American women who don’t have children, ranging in age from twenty-four to ninety-one. She’s relentless in her search for pertinent data about not having kids in both the academic and popular press. Kate has also had the privilege of speaking about the childfree and childless with organizations such as AARP, the Oregon Community Foundation, and several colleges, universities, and retirement communities.

Kate has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, an M.A. in Management, and a B.A. in Psychology, as well as professional background in corporate staffing, training, and consulting. She’s lived in various urban, suburban, rural, and coastal communities and currently calls Portland, Oregon home. Kate is proud of knowing how to drive a tractor.

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117 Iris Waichler

When Iris’ friend was dying of a brain tumor, a group of friends became the caregivers. She was impressed by her friend’s courage of facing death. Iris helped her friend’s brother cope with the transition, to let go, to say goodbye and enabled them to bond. She felt privileged. Iris shares the following nuggets of life wisdom for caregivers:
– strive not to judge
– be open to listen
– be there for them
– accept circumstances that we are given
– family is a subjective word
– recognize that you may be feeling that you are losing the person that you once knew
– get support for yourself as a caregiver
– identify who will be the advocate

Iris Waichler has been a well known patient advocate and licensed clinical social worker for the last 35 years. She began her career working with geriatric patients who experienced catastrophic illness and counseled them and their families about adapting to these medical problems. She helped them understand their medical condition and counseled them about how to cope with the disease and its impact on their lives.

She continued to work on a rehabilitation unit in a large Chicago teaching hospital with patients who had suffered traumatic brain injuries, strokes, cancer, amputations, burns, and neurological diseases like multiple sclerosis and parkinson’s disease. Ms. Waichler also covered the emergency room for 13 years seeing patients of all ages with a variety of medical problems. In addition she worked with kids who had been victims of child abuse.

Her long term hospital work gave her insights into how overwhelming it was for patients and families who suddenly found themselves in a hospital setting feeling helpless and alone. This prompted her to write her first book, Patient Power: How to Have a Say in Your Hospital Stay. She understood that if people knew what questions to ask and where to go for support, it would help empower them and assist them in coping with their medical conditions and the resulting life changes.

She used these insights to supervise social work students, and teach medical students, interns, residents, and nurses about patient rights, ethics, and to help them become more empathetic and effective in their day to day patient and family care.

Ms. Waichler found herself in the role of a patient when she battled infertility for many years. The feelings of loss and helplessness she personally experienced were profound. She promised herself if she was successful in having a child she would do everything she could to help other people fighting infertility.

She authored a second award winning book, Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster: A Guide to Educate and Inspire. This book won 2 best book of the year awards. The response was so great she began doing individual and group counseling with people who had infertility. She volunteered for RESOLVE, a national infertility group, and went on to do a series of radio interviews, magazine articles, workshops, and speeches designed to inform and support men and women with infertility.

In writing her new book, Role Reversal: How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Aging, Ms. Waichler has come full circle. Her experience in caring for her beloved father, who died at age 97, triggered her passion in reaching out to others who suddenly find themselves in a caregiver role and are uncertain about what to do or where to go for help. In this book she shares her father’s inspiring story and her personal and professional experience in assuming the challenges that come with being a caregiver for an aging loved one.

Iris has been doing freelance writing for the last 15 years. The focus of her work has been on health related topics and assisting her readers gain knowledge that helps them feel less alone and empowers them in significant new ways.

Ms. Waichler lives in Chicago with her husband, Steve, and her daughter, Grace. She loves to travel whenever she can and to spend time with friends and family.

http://iriswaichler.com/

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https://twitter.com/IrisWaichler

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116 Leah Reinhart

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Leah had traumatic experiences, including the loss of her mother. She was seeking acceptance, love and validation. Initially, Leah joined circles, which led her to drugs, alcohol and violence. Then, she started to understand the energies associated with fear and love. Leah surrounded herself with supportive people and realized that she had been empowered all along. This enabled her to become an entrepreneur at a very young age. Leah is now enjoying your new journey as an author. She shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:

  • love and acceptance starts from within
  • be mindful of our energy
  • our past does not define us
  • surround yourself with those that lift you up
  • we are responsible for our own happiness
  • express gratitude
  • universe is working for you
  • find the life lesson
  • take responsibility for your life

Leah E. Reinhart is a hair stylist and angel card reader turned author. When the market crashed and business was slow, her hair clients encouraged her to write a memoir after hearing some of her stories about her unusual childhood in Oakland, California. She started writing and a whole new journey began as she began to fall in love with writing and reading. Leah E. Reinhart is a mother of two and a wife, and currently works in her not-so-ordinary salon, Wellness Garden Tool Shed.

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