Episodes

135 Linda Atwell

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Author, Linda Atwell and Husband John

Linda, the mother of a daughter with special needs, walked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago. She realized that it’s about the journey, not the destination. The experience taught Linda to leave her burdens behind and she began to feel more at peace. She shares these powerful nuggets of wisdom:

– turn around and see how far you’ve come
– let go
– some things are outside of our control
– take one day at a time
– you don’t have to solve everything now
– decide not to give up
– pause and take a look behind you
– every step towards a goal is a step in the right direction

Linda Atwell lives in Silverton, Oregon with her husband, John. They have two incredible adult children. Linda earned her BA from George Fox College, but it is her entrepreneurial and adventuresome spirits that have inspired her career goals. She owned a successful home décor business for ten years before switching to adjusting catastrophe insurance claims and climbing roofs for a living. Now she writes. Her award-winning work has appeared in print and online magazines. She irregularly writes a blog about her daughter with special needs, travel, and other life adventures. Her first book, Loving Lindsey: Raising a Daughter with Special Needs was released by She Writes Press in September 2017. Linda is happiest traveling the world, and hopes to get fifty stamps in her passport before it expires.

http://lindaatwell.com/

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https://www.amazon.com/Loving-Lindsey-Raising-Daughter-Special/dp/1631522809/

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134 Michelle Cox

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When Michelle’s first husband died unexpectedly at the age of 32, she was left caring for a 2 year old son by herself. The experience brought her to her knees. Michelle questioned everything and felt a loss of identity. She dug herself out of that dark place. Michelle shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– there’s no timeline for grief
– be kind to yourself
– don’t rush through it
– talk through your grief
– you will get through it
– leverage your faith system
– you will love again
– there’s no limit on love
– the hole inside will eventually heal
– read books on grief
– join grief groups

Michelle Cox is the author of the multiple award-winning Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents.  She suspects she may have once lived in the 1930s and, having yet to discover a handy time machine lying around, has resorted to writing about the era as a way of getting herself back there.  Coincidentally, her books have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and many others, so she might be on to something.  Unbeknownst to most, Michelle hoards board games she doesn’t have time to play and is, not surprisingly, addicted to period dramas and big band music.  Also marmalade.

http://michellecoxauthor.com/

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133 Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy

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Growing in a family of 9 children, Cheryl learned that ‘many hands make light work’. Her parents empowered their children, then watched them rise to the occasion. Cheryl shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– train children, then trust them
– don’t do for children, what they can do for themselves
– the past can live on in memory as a source of strength
– recite comforting prayers/mantra/sayings that calm and energize you
– you are loved and will find love again

Cheryl and her eight siblings grew up with a paintbrush in their hands and a song in their hearts. As soon as they were old enough to wrench a nail out of ancient lumber―so it could be used again―they were put to work renovating old houses in Ames, Iowa. Cheryl’s growing-up years included babysitting for a local family that kept a lion as a pet. A real, adolescent-aged lion. Uncaged. Using a flyswatter to defend herself, she survived the lion, and today is a freelance journalist for The Wall Street Journal as well as the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. The Tribune distributes her articles to hundreds of newspapers and websites around the country, such as The Seattle Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Baltimore Sun, and Orlando Sentinel. McCarthy holds an MBA from City University in London and a bachelor’s in journalism from Iowa State University. She lives in Bellingham, Washington.

https://www.cherylstritzelmccarthy.com/

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132 Dr. Tim Jordan

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Growing up, Tim didn’t have a clear idea of his future. He experienced lots of anger and criticism in his home and didn’t feel safe. After becoming a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, he created summer camps, where children can experience a safe and nurturing environment, that accepts them for who they are. Tim shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– our lives unfold
– our lives are not prescribed paths
– notice the opportunities that you are drawn to
– you are not alone
– tell your story
– see and accept others for who they are
– trust your intuition
– it’s OK to make mistakes
– take time for self care
– reflect, contemplate and soul search
– notice and acknowledge children that show leadership skills

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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.

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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.”

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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/

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