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.instagram.com/linda_atwell_writer/?hl=en

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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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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