051 Rebecca Whitehead Munn

 

Rebecca got divorced with two young children.  Her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  This enabled her to reconnect with her mom.  Rebecca shares these wonderful nuggets of wisdom:   look inwardly, become aware of your fears, face your vulnerabilities, let go, allow life to unfold, enjoy what comes, be in the moment, be grounded and get to know your loved ones.

Rebecca Whitehead Munn is a healthcare change catalyst and value creator, author and speaker. Her goal is to inspire others to be courageous and learn about their loved ones’ wishes, while creating life-long connections. Her debut memoir, The Gift of Goodbye: A Story of Agape Love, was released July 18, 2017. Kirkus Reviews says her memoir “tells of her own journey of self-discovery after learning of a parent’s terminal illness. Rather than give in to grief, she embarked on what she calls a ‘heart-opening journey’, one that she deftly and intensely recounts in this memoir.”

https://rebeccawmunnauthor.com/
https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Goodbye-Story-Agape-Love/dp/1631522302/
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-gift-of-goodbye-rebecca-whitehead-munn-mba/1124824551?ean=9781631522307
https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781631522307

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050 Linda Atwell

 

As a child, Linda’s inspiration, leadership and determination enabled her and her siblings to win all-inclusive trips for her family to Disneyland for 3 consecutive years!  Linda shares this wisdom: you can make your dreams come true, don’t be afraid to try new things and set the goals that you are most important to you.  Linda has a daughter with special needs. Her advice to caretakers? Recognize that you will have your hard days. Put one foot in front of the other, give it your best shot, don’t give up and keep trying. Good things will happen.

Linda Atwell lives in Silverton, Oregon with her husband, John. She earned her BA from George Fox College, but it is her entrepreneurial and adventuresome spirits that have inspired her career goals. Atwell 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 first book, Loving Lindsey: Raising a Daughter with Special Needs was recently released by She Writes Press and was the selected Winner in the 6th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards in the categories of Relationships and Parenting & Family. Loving Lindsey was also selected as a Finalist in the 2017 Best Book Awards. In addition, her award-winning work has appeared in print and online magazines. Atwell irregularly writes a blog about her daughter with special needs. She is happiest traveling the world and hopes to get fifty stamps in her passport before it expires.

http://www.LindaAtwell.com
https://twitter.com/outoneear
https://www.facebook.com/outoneear/
https://www.instagram.com/linda_atwell_writer/

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

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049 Sheila Grinell

 

Sheila felt compelled to write her mom’s story after her stroke, otherwise it would disappear. She then realized she wanted to write more, so she wrote a novel called “Appetite”. Sheila’s advice to caregivers is to find a support group and do something you love. Her advice to writers is get going, write, there’s no perfect first draft and enroll in a class.

Toward the end of her forty-year career as a leader of science museums, Sheila Grinell began to write fiction. Her debut novel, APPETITE, was published in May 2016 and she has just finished writing another. Sheila talks about how her second career as a novelist helps her meet the challenges her husband’s Parkinson’s disease has imposed.

https://www.sheilagrinell.com/
https://www.amazon.com/Appetite-Novel-Sheila-Grinell/dp/1631520229
https://www.barrowneuro.org/get-to-know-barrow/centers-programs/muhammad-ali-parkinson-center/

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048 Leah Reinhart

 

Leah got into drugs and became pregnant, when she was 20.  She turned her life around, which set her on a path that was more constructive and gave her life meaning.  Leah’s story highlights:  face your fears / don’t blame others / you are in control / you have the power to change things / get yourself to that happy place / you attract what you focus your attention on / true love comes from within.

Leah E. Reinhart is a hairstylist, Angel card reader, and now author of her first book Manifesting Me: a Story of Rebellion and Redemption.

Leah has learned the value of the law of attraction and how it works. What you focus your attention, you will attract. Think of riding a bike; you don’t want to hit that big rock, but if you keep looking at 9 times out of 10, you’ll hit it. If you focus where you want to be and look ahead and past the rock on the trail, you’ll more than likely not hit the rock.

When Leah Reinhart was six years old, her family moved to an unlikely neighborhood on a hill much like the country— a place where everyone dressed and lived like they were living a real-life Little House on the Prairie. Yet their new home was in Oakland, Ca, and everything surrounding Leah‘s neighborhood was the polar opposite of their old-fashioned lifestyle. As an already scared little white girl, Leah quickly learned that if she didn’t face her fears in this new town she would get eaten alive. But in her search for acceptance, she unknowingly joined a cult–and she spent much of her life afterward trying to break free of the damaging patterns she was taught.

Phyllis King, author of The Energy Of Abundance says “This is a raw and honest sharing about love, life, and success. Reinhart skillfully takes us through a story that gently teaches that anything is possible if you always point yourself in the direction of love in your life.”

https://leahereinhart.com/

https://www.facebook.com/leah.reinhart.5

https://twitter.com/leah_e_reinhart

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/133-3010028-3907065?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Manifesting+Me%3A+a+Story+of+Rebellion+and+Redemption

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047 Iris Waichler

 

Iris’ mom experienced breast cancer. This impacted her brain and caused her personality to change. This loss had a profound impact on Iris. She learned to separate the illness from the person. Iris reminds anyone going through the same caregiver challenge that you’re not alone, to get help (e.g. a friend, relative, health care professional, clergy, online) and to find camaraderie with other people.

Iris Waichler has been a patient advocate and medical social worker for 40 years. She is an award winning author of 3 books. Her latest book, Role Reversal How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents, has won 6 major book awards. It is a memoir about her father and blends her professional experience to offer a wealth of information for other caregivers. She has been a caregiver for her mother and father. She also has helped 2 friends to die with dignity.

Her book “Role Reversal, How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents” is the winner of :
Finalist Best Book Award 2016
Finalist Indie Excellence Award 2016
Living Now Silver Award Winner 2017
Honorable Mention Readers Favorite Award 2017
Book Excellence Award 2017
Runner Up Award Florida Book Festival 2018.

Her book “Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster: A Guide to Educate and Inspire” is the winner of:
Mom’s Choice Gold Award Winner for Best Book of the Year.
Winner of the National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Award for best book of the year.
Winner of the finalist award for Foreword Magazine 2007 non-fiction Book of the Year.

http://iriswaichler.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/RoleReversal1/
https://twitter.com/IrisWaichler
https://www.amazon.com/Role-Reversal-Yourself-Aging-Parents/dp/1631520911
https://www.amazon.com/Riding-Infertility-Roller-Coaster-Educate/dp/1932279229

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046 Naomi McDougall Jones

 

Naomi, a born storyteller, shares this wisdom:
– seek the joy, over the goals
– allow yourself the pain of hardtimes and in the morning, take the next steps
– a catastophy often provides us with something better than we thought
– sometimes we get what we need, instead of what we want

Naomi McDougall Jones is an award-winning writer, actress, and producer based in New York City. She is currently in post-production on her second feature film, BITE ME, with producers Jack Lechner (The Fog of War, Blue Valentine) and Sarah Wharton (That’s Not Us), which she wrote and also starred in opposite Christian Coulson (Harry Potter, Love is Strange, The Hours), Annie Golden (Orange is the New Black), and Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story). Naomi’s first feature film, which she also wrote, produced, and starred in, was the 12-time award-winning Imagine I’m Beautiful. The film received a theatrical release and is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and GooglePlay (www.imagineimbeautiful.com).  A pilot she wrote, The Dark Pieces, is now in development for television in Canada after having been named on The 2016 WriteHer List as one of the top 16 unproduced pilots by a female screenwriter. Naomi is an advocate and thought leader for bringing gender parity to cinema. She gave a virally sensational TEDTalk, What it’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood, which has now been viewed over 1 million times and can be seen on TED.com. She is the Founder and Chief Impact Officer of The 51 Fund, a venture capital fund dedicated to financing films by female filmmakers. Naomi is currently writing a book, The Wrong Kind of Woman: Dismantling the Gods of Hollywood, which will be published by Beacon Press in 2019. More at www.naomimcdougalljones.com.

https://www.naomimcdougalljones.com/
http://www.twitter.com/NaomiMcDougallJ
https://www.facebook.com/naomi.mcdougalljones.5?fref=ts
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2314036/
http://www.bitemethefilm.com/
http://moviesbyher.com/

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045 Kelley Harrell

 

Kelley experienced chronic illness, severe pain and fatigue for nearly two decades. In the absence of elders to guide her, she practiced self advocacy and educated herself for self care. She shares this wisdom. Define and maintain boundaries, which helps you focus on what you’re good at. We don’t heal in isolation, but rather in community. Surround yourself with a supportive community.

Kelley Harrell is a modern shaman and author. Her practice is Soul Intent Arts in North Carolina. She’s read the Elder Futhark for over 25 years. Her next book, Runic Book of Days comes out from Inner Traditions in September 2018. Kelley is the host of the runes podcast What in the Wyrd.

http://www.soulintentarts.com/
http://www.kelleyharrell.com/
https://www.instagram.com/kelleysoularts/?hl=en
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/what-in-the-wyrd/id1322403741?mt=2
https://www.ehlers-danlos.com/what-is-eds/

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