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086 Spencer Gorman-Prow

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Executive Chef Spencer experienced and overcame sexual abuse as a child. The chaotic nature of a professional kitchen enabled his journey of healing, health and happiness. Chef Spencer’s book “Solace in Chaos, A Chef’s Memoir”, a therapeutic journal, inspires and helps others find their own coping strategies within the context of their professional passions. Cooking provides him with a space for creativity. In his kitchen, Chef Spencer surrounds himself with his like-minded staff. He shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– each of us has a gift, e.g. something to offer the world
– each of us deserves to be happy
– find your passion
– find out how you can create that space that will allow you to be truly content
– it is OK to express yourself and to be your true, authentic self
– each day is a new challenge
– build on what you did the day before
– seek a trusted friend or colleague
– verbalizing a traumatic incident with a trusted advocate may alleviate the pressure that you may be feeling

https://www.amazon.com/Spencer-Gorman-Prow/e/B078VGYCGR

https://www.facebook.com/spencer.gormanprow

https://www.facebook.com/SolaceInChaos2017/

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

https://twitter.com/ChefSpencer68?fbclid=IwAR0C44tSAIrGjA8eC7GlsHPl8-fwTQZSoFM1j-KJ3GfTitd7v5ndEk_qwkA

https://www.instagram.com/solace_in_chaos_memoir/?fbclid=IwAR0iZscGhjkXq2ds2YYbPTJPxJWxGqXeuymLhmh3r0NykkXEgFdwGcJfVFo

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085 Holly Worton

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Holly experienced low confidence, self esteem and self worth. Also, her business partner’s views were misaligned with her integrity, values and beliefs. Holly was in a dark/difficult place and felt out of touch with herself. She took inventory of her life, made some life changes and empowered herself to transition to a place that is aligned with her integrity and values. Holly shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:

– meditate by walking in nature
– disconnect from technology
– connecting with nature enables you to connect with yourself
– pay attention to the red flags
– don’t sweep problems under the rug
– respect your intuition and gut feelings
– take inventory of your life
– whatever you may be experiencing, it’s possible to turn it around
– you have the tools to change your beliefs and mindset
– if/when you’re ready to make a change, ask for help
– make decisions based on your highest values

Holly Worton is an author and podcaster. She writes books about mindset and about her outdoor adventures.  She is also an avid hiker, walker, and camper. Nature walks are her way of reconnecting with myself. Nature is sacred, healing, magical. Being out in nature is deeply nourishing to her.  You may know her as the Business Mindset Alchemist. Things are changing and so is her website. She’ll be focusing more on Nature and less on business. She’ll continue to talk about the transformational power of changing our mindset, but for a while she’ll be blogging and podcasting about a variety of things.

http://www.hollyworton.com/ 
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QQBB23F/ 

If Trees Could Talk: Life Lessons from the Wisdom of the Woods by [Worton, Holly]

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084 Jake Carlson

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Jake shares a lesson in gratitude. As a tax attorney in corporate America, he felt he wasn’t there for his kids. Jake decided that the quality of his time with his family was important to him. He took his kids out of school and his family spent the next year living in 12 countries. Through this journey, Jake learned that we tend to focus more on quantity (e.g. we collect a lot of stuff) than on quality. Visiting a WW2 concentration camp, a trip highlight, was a humbling experience. Jake shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– when life kicks you, keep the perspective
– take inventory of what you already have
– be grateful for the blessings and the opportunities that you have
– be clear on what you want
– continue persevering through the challenges

https://jakeacarlson.com 

To take Jake’s free leader super power assessment:  https://familybeforefortune.lpages.co/stories-that-empower-podcast-guest-page/ 

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083 Edward Ahern

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Ed lost his dad, when he was 10yrs of age. His mom single handedly raised 3 children. Ed feels that he was the beneficiary of his mom’s story of empowerment and determination. He strives to model his mom, as a parent. Ed used this podcast interview as the opportunity to publicly thank his mom for her sacrifices and her love for her family. He shares these nuggets of life wisdom:
– it’s ok to make mistakes, as we are human
– let’s strive to forgive ourselves and learn from our mistakes
Ed Ahern often detours into literary fiction, but he’s best known as an innovative genre writer and poet. He’s tucked away several awards and honorable mentions for several of his published seventy-nine short stories, seventy-one poems and three books. The stories have appeared in ten countries and, counting reprints, a hundred sixty-three publications. His stories can be listened to through Audible and the New York Public Library. He started writing fiction at sixty-seven, and poetry at seventy.
His editorial skills are based on a degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and extensive experience at the Providence Journal. Ed’s been honing the skills for several years at Bewildering Stories, where he serves on the review board and as review editor with a staff of five. (Bewildering Stories is widely known for the author-friendly quality of its critiques.)
Ed also serves as the newsletter editor for the Connecticut River Salmon Association. He’s a member of several writing groups, including the Fairfield Scribes, where he’s known for his tough-love comments.
He has his original wife, but advises that after almost fifty years together they are both out of warranty. Two children and five grandchildren serve as affection focus and money drain.
His work career after university has been an enjoyably demented hopscotch game. U.S. Navy officer (diver and bomb disarmer); reporter for the Providence Journal; intelligence officer living in Germany and Japan; international sales and marketing executive at a Canadian paper company (twenty- three years, seventy four countries visited, MBA from NYU); same job for the company that also owns the New England Patriots; and retirement into writing to make up for lost time.

https://www.amazon.com/Witches-Bane-Edward-Ahern/dp/162989253X 
https://www.amazon.com/Ed-Ahern/e/B07D1SHRBQ%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share 
http://www.bewilderingstories.com/bios/ahern_bio.html 
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5260562.Edward_Ahern 
https://www.pw.org/content/edward_ahern 
http://www.fairfieldscribes.com/edward-ahern.html

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082 Garine Isassi

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Garine felt she didn’t fit in a rural Texas community, as a semi ethnic woman. Then, when she wanted to be involved in the music industry, she realized she was entering a male dominated environment. Garine decided to figure out how to fit and where she fit. She convinced people that she needed ‘to be in the room’. Garine made herself fit through perseverance. She got past stereotypes and moved into why we are here. Garine shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– learn who you are inside
– be persistent
– if you really want something, keep ‘knocking on doors’
– if you feel you don’t belong, then listen intently to the message of the person speaking with you. Often times, this will allow you to see them as an equal. Also, they will feel that you respect, trust and understand them.

Garinè Isassi is the author of the award-winning novel Start with the Backbeat. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she is a lover of music, chocolate, and altruistic sarcasm. She is of Armenian heritage and grew up with one foot in Texas and the other in New Jersey, battling the stereotypes of all three of those cultures as woman trying to make it in the male-dominated music business (and other industries). 
She currently lives in Maryland with her family, where she works full time in marketing communications, sings in a gospel choir, and is the Workshops Chair for the Gaithersburg Book Festival.

https://garinethewriter.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/Garin%C3%A8-B-Isassi-196432960402836/ 
https://twitter.com/garineisassi 
https://www.amazon.com/Start-Backbeat-Garin%C3%A8-B-Isassi-ebook/dp/B01C3Z45XC/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Start+with+the+Backbeat.+book&qid=1554051436&s=gateway&sr=8-2 

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081 Linda Strader

Linda experienced harassment, as one of the first women on a U.S. Forest Service fire crew. The more they harassed her, the more she didn’t want to quit, e.g. fires were not the only things she fought. When Linda encountered an obstacle, she would come up with alternatives. After losing her job, her mom, getting divorced, she rebuilt her life for the 3rd time. Writing her book enabled Linda to reconnect with her 20s and remind her that she is tenacious and resilient. She reinvented herself and starting teaching others. Linda shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– we are more resilient than we think
– figure out what’s holding you back
– confirm assumptions that explain why you’re stuck
– don’t let people stop you from what you want to do
– permit yourself to say no
– trust your gut
– there are always options

Originally from Syracuse, New York, Ms. Strader moved to Prescott, Arizona with her family in 1972. In 1976, she became one of the first women on a U.S. Forest Service fire crew in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson.

Summers of Fire: A Memoir of Adventure, Love and Courage is her first book. She is currently working on a prequel.

In addition to writing, Ms. Strader is a landscape architect, certified arborist, and watercolor artist. She currently lives in the same area where her Forest Service career began.

https://summersoffirebook.blogspot.com/ 

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080 Christie Garcia

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Christie had a life changing fall from a 30ft fire escape. Luckily, she walked away damage-free and a reality check to start living her next chapter. Christie courageously left corporate America and started her leadership coaching business. She shares these nuggets of life wisdom:
– trust your inner voice
– be brave, courageous and follow your north star
– you have the tools within you to make it work
– don’t be afraid to fail
– learn to identify the difference between excitment and anxiety
– through mindfulness, get clear on what story you are telling yourself
– identify the value that you bring to the world
– increase your awareness to see the opportunities presented to you

Christie Garcia is a Leadership Coach, Speaker, Facilitator and Founder of Mindful Choice. Christie has 15 years of experience in sales, recruiting, and coaching. Eight years ago, Christie had a life changing fall from a 30ft fire escape. Luckily, she walked away with no physical damage and a huge reality check to start living her next chapter. She courageously left corporate America and started her leadership coaching business, Mindful Choice. Over the last 7 years she has worked with leaders from fast growing organizations including Airbnb, Twitter, Oakley and Sunrun. Christie builds programs that help individuals and teams maximize their impact through self-awareness, ownership, communication, alignment and accountability. Her services include: Leadership and Management Development, Productive Communication, Ego and Self-Management, Team Building, Offsite Retreats, Speaking, and Event Facilitation. 
Christie’s newest project is called, The MANifesto. This leadership program supports the growth and success of all good men who want to be better leaders, husbands, dads, friends, and men in our world. As a strong confident woman, I recognize the confusion on masculinity and the role men play in today’s world. I know that we need strong confident men to do business with, to raise families with, and to support us when life gets hard. One of my super powers is bridging the gaps between feminine and masculine energy so relationships thrive, and communication is productive. The MANifesto is designed to give men back their voice, so they can show up 100% and use the strength of their masculinity to empower our businesses, families, and communities to be more successful. This is a modern approach that is designed to be simple. You just have to choose to be 1% every day.

https://www.mindfulchoicecoaching.com/ 
https://www.mindfulchoicecoaching.com/the-manifesto 

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

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