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131 Mindy Tatz Chernoff

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Even though Mindy is having to let go of her home and barn, she feels that by scaling down, she can best serve those that need to be served. She is open to what might be and trusts that she will be held. Mindy shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– when we’re suffering, we need to feel felt
– connect with others that can offer us support
– live with openness, curiosity and non-judgement
– if it is not serving you, then say no
– know and trust that you will be held
– dig deep and have spiritual tools to know that all is as it should be
– life is not about me, I am meant to be about life
– it’s going to ebb and flow, and you’re going to be fine
– be with your discomfort
– serve in love
– practice self care
– stay open
– be with those that you love
– surround yourself with those that adore you
– to create your world; set your intention, let go and let God

Mindy Chernoff, MA, provides a novel and innovative approach to healing, using horses as a context for promoting self-esteem and a sense of competence with children and adults of diverse backgrounds. With over 50 years experience with horses and 28+ years in addiction recovery, she brings mindfulness into play with her clients, all the while interacting with horses and the peaceful environment. In her experience with both children and adults, she uses animals to foster personal growth and transformation. Within a safe environment, which she has called “The Resonant Horse,” together with the horse, she explores areas of resistance, fear, discomfort, love and acceptance. Mindy feels every life lesson can be learned in the barn.

Mindy’s primary goal is to build upon each individual’s positive traits, encouraging a sense of calm, contentment, and freedom to let go. Her sessions vary in length and focus, depending on the needs and desires of the client.

Horses, in particular, evoke a strong sense of authenticity in those who interact with them, and in the horse’s environment a client is inclined to slow down, notice, feel and heal. By being in close proximity to horses, under the supervision of a trained mentor, stress levels often diminish. One typically experiences deep levels of inner awareness of his/her feelings and desires.

Mindy is a published writer and has facilitated workshops for diverse audiences, such as teenage unwed mothers, and with the Archdiocese of Wilmington. She has also presented workshops at Pendle Hill and at an International Conference in Chicago. Her post graduate training includes study in mindfulness meditation and executive leadership training.

When not attending to clients, Mindy can be found riding “Viton” her Pinto Congress two-time champion.

In her spare time, she designs and creates jewelry. Her favorite reading topics are on spirituality, vulnerability, and neuroplasticity.

http://theresonanthorse.com/

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mindy+tatz+chernoff

Mindy can be reached directly at 610-247-0408.

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130 Keturah Kendrick

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Keturah feels that some women tend to take one for ‘the team’ or have this noble honor to self sacrifice for the greater good. She realized that this did not serve her. So, Keturah has chosen to say “no thanks” to motherhood and marriage. She unchained herself from what she is supposed to be. Keturah gave herself permission to be whomever she wants. She shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– hear and own voice
– choose you
– make choices that in your best interest
– be honest with yourself
– have the courage to say ‘no thanks’
– traveling abroad gives you more of yourself
– human interaction equalizes everyone

To call her Keturah Kendrick only opens the door of discovery to this woman who cannot be defined by a name or set of expectations. While she’s a passionate teacher to her students, she’s also an inspiring writer to her readers. She fulfills her life mission as an ambassador of freedom to black women, living and loving life beyond boundaries in order to create peace.

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Keturah Kendrick’s home is the world. As a child of the south, she grew up receiving persistent and pervasive messages about her limitations as a girl and her deficiencies as an African American. However, the fires of destiny continually kept those poisonous messages at bay. When introduced to inspiring Black women authors, the fire was reignited and she knew her home could not confine her desire to soar. She was meant to be an unmarried Black woman, absent of children, living a joy-filled, fulfilling life as a resident of the world. Since then, she hasn’t looked back!

Having lived on three continents, Keturah Kendrick presently lives between Shanghai, China and New York City. She chronicles her life and those of ordinary Black women living extraordinary lives on her cutting-edge podcast, Unchained. Unbothered. Approaching its third season, Unchained. Unbothered. features women from all walks of life who find common ground in their perspectives on 21st century Black womanhood. Episodes feature interviews from an eclectic array of women representing a plethora of diverse lifestyles. While all sharing different experiences, each woman interviewed lays bare her challenges, triumphs, contradictions, pleasures and everything in between.

Keturah’s debut book, No Thanks: Black, Female, and Living in the Martyr-Free Zone (She Writes Press: June, 2019), is a collection of essays chronicling her challenges and reflections on living while Black, woman, single and childfree around the globe. On the African continent she was considered “the crazy American woman!” On the Asian continent, she was just “too much altogether!” Even in her American home, she was not quite the epitome of “good Black womanhood.” From page to page, voyage vicariously around the world as Keturah claims her freedom and lives unapologetically in it. Each discovery and rich revelation is sure to challenge your concept of what it means to be enough for yourself and others.

Whether teaching, speaking, or simply reaching women with her quick wit and discerning style, Keturah Kendrick represents one of this century’s most significant thought leaders. Overall, her chief aim is to let each person know:

“You are enough for you, and you are more than enough for me.”

https://www.keturahkendrick.com/ 

https://www.facebook.com/nothanksbyketurah/ 

https://www.instagram.com/keturahkendrick/

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129 Tanner Gers

Tanner Gers jumping across the screen as Paralympian representing USA baby

Tanner’s spouse experienced postpartum depression due to the physical hardship. Tanner was doing his best to support his extended family, work and attend graduate school. This put a lot strain on their relationship. They even considered divorce. Tanner shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
-our most precious asset is time
– when you’re feeling negative, take a deep breath, reflect on what you’ve done and refocus
– come to the table with a clear conscience
– remember how much you love someone
– the work is all worthwhile
– you are not alone
– we are human and we make mistakes
– step up
– take responsibility
– let it go
– get centered

Tanner Gers is a US Paralympian in Track and Field, 2X National Cycling Champion, and the greatest hitter in Beep Baseball (baseball for the blind)! He is a TEDx speaker, author, Executive Director of My Blind Spot, and has been known to be seen hanging out at the White House!

Tanner teaches people inspiring methods responsible for him becoming a professional athlete, US Paralympian, successful published author, and business owner. You will takeaway exactly how to achieve success in life quicker, influentially lead with purpose, and dominate as the Super Hero of your own life.

https://tannergers.com/

https://twitter.com/tannergers?lang=en

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128 Angela Ferrari

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Angela’s grandmother “nana” made a big impression on her. Angela shares a story of how her nana slipped, fell and broke her hip during a large thunderstorm. Nana did not call any relatives, because she didn’t want anyone to make fuss of it. Angela finds inspiration and strength in Nana’s strong constitution and resilience. She shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– it’s easy for us to get caught up in unnecessary stresses
– take a step back and think of someone that inspires you
– this often puts it all in perspective
– don’t punish yourself (e.g. be mindful of the self talk that doesn’t serve you)
– don’t take yourself too seriously
– strive to laugh at the situation

http://storyspectacular.com/

angela@storyspectacular.com

https://www.facebook.com/pg/StorySpectacular

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127 Dr. Michael Myers

Dr. Michael Myers, not only saves lives due to suicide prevention, but also heals families that have lost doctors to suicide. He feels honored and humbled to sit with grieving families, who feel that their loved ones have taken the answers with them. Dr. Myers is also working to change the stigma that is associated with physicians asking for assistance, as they may be concerned about being judged and potentially impacting their medical licences. He speaks worldwide about physician health and physician suicide. He is the author of numerous books on this subject. Dr. Myers shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– listen to others carefully in your everyday journeys
– smile to strangers
– show up
– be present
– talk less, listen more
– be kind
– be sensitive with your language to others and even yourself
– for example, some individuals are more comfortable with the term “condition” than illness or disorder
– let’s try to show respect for individuals who are suffering or have suffered, as they have the determination and fortitude to get better

Dr. Myers is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and immediate past Vice-Chair of Education and Director of Training in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated in medicine from the University of Western Ontario in 1966 and did residencies at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Wayne State University (Detroit General Hospital), and the University of British Columbia. Since completing his residency training in 1973 and until June 2008, he taught half-time at the University of British Columbia and was in private practice half-time in Vancouver. He is board certified in Psychiatry by both the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.

Dr. Myers is the author or co-author of eight books: Why Physicians Die By Suicide: Lessons Learned From Their Families and Others Who Cared (Amazon 2017); The Physician As Patient: A Clinical Handbook for Mental Health Professionals (with Glen Gabbard, American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., Washington, DC, 2008); Touched By Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss (With Carla Fine, Gotham/Penguin Books, New York, 2006); The Handbook of Physician Health (with Larry Goldman and Leah Dickstein, American Medical Association, Chicago, 2000); Intimate Relationships in Medical School: How to Make Them Work (Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks CA, 2000); How’s Your Marriage? A Book for Men and Women (American Psychiatric Press Inc., Washington, DC, 1998); Doctors’ Marriages: A Look at the Problems and Their Solutions (Second Edition, Plenum, New York, 1994); Men and Divorce (Guilford, New York, 1989).

http://www.michaelfmyers.com/

https://twitter.com/crazysocks4docs

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126 Allison Francis Barksdale

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When Allison was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she chose not to see it as a broken wing. She began to see herself as the perfect person that she is. Allison feels compelled to share her experience with others, so they can share their magnificence with the world. She does this by encouraging them to be authentic, have integrity, accept and like who they are. Also, Allison recognizes that there may be stigmas associated with mental health illness. She is on journey to change that perspective and to encourage us to love and accept people for who they are. Allison shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– something good can come from everything
– there is power in truth
– when you build a muscle in one area, you can use it in other areas and also help others grow
– meditate
– practice self care
– surround yourself with a trusted circle
– be open and accepting of people to allow them to be who they are
– let’s be mindful not to judge others without knowing their stories
– if you feel that you may have a mental health illness, seek the help of a mental health professional

Allison Francis Barksdale is the CEO of RISE LEADERSHIP, LLC. She is an accomplished leader and public speaker with more than twenty-five years of professional experience in service management, strategic planning, training and leadership development.  After a successful career in convention center management, Allison retired early to begin her entrepreneurial journey. To supplement her new business, she started substitute teaching when she was not coaching, consulting or speaking.

Working in the schools has given Allison an even bigger WHY. “The future of our youth is at stake, and by extension, our collective future. Teacher turnover is endemic and our competitiveness as a country is declining. Many school campuses are tense and some are toxic. I know that I am being called to make a difference in strengthening our collective future.”

Partnering with educators, Allison now shares Time To Teach™ strategies to help teachers teach, students learn, and schools succeed!

https://impactwithrise.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/allisonfrancisbarksdale

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125 Nicholas Harper

The abundant love given to Nick by his parents, as a child, made him feel rich. However, he realized that his family was actually poor. Nick did not allow his past to define him. He took inventory of his gifts, tools and skills. Nick worked with what he had. Through hard work and perseverance, he met his goals and built a successful chiropractic practice. Nick shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– your past does not define you
– take inventory of your gifts, tools and skills
– work with what you have
– if you’re feeling overwhelmed with a goal, break it down into bite size pieces
– take one step at a time
– aim high
– serving others is so much more rewarding that seeking our own interests

https://www.speakerservices.com/nicholas-harper-d-c/

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