We are so glad you are here! This podcast is a place filled with real stories, raw hearts, and redemptive resilience. We hope you are inspired and encouraged by these episodes and reminded that your story matters too. We each have unique experiences to bring to the table to share and help others along the way.
When is the last time you felt like you took the WRONG step? Maybe you showed up and thought, wow, I am not the right person for this job, responsibility, or place in life. I am not qualified or cut out for this?
In this episode, Sam shares how those experiences in life were the exact lessons he took from the collegiate and then professional soccer fields and how they have helped him to have a positive mindset. That shift in mindset made all the difference moving forward and equipped him in order to show up strong as a husband, parent, and in the business world.
Sam Fink is a devoted husband, father, son, professional soccer player and insurance agent.
To find out more information how Sam can help you with insurance needs visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFMn1sQPSU0
Are you truly Growing in your life? Are there new hobbies or interests you have always wanted to try? Are you currently DREAMING? Have you ever decided to completely change your trajectory but it seemed like a big scary step?
In this episode, Whitedove shares how the lessons she learned on starting a sustainable farm have helped her to see the possibilities of learning new things and digging in while being in a completely different world. Using these lessons has helped her to grow her business after the farm and in this episode, she shares honestly what that looked like.
Whitedove Gannon is a wife, mother, author, podcaster, and business strategist. Her creativity in seeing the possibility for entrepreneurs and help others blast through the status quo and propel them into growing their business moving forward.
To find out more information about the book "The Farm that Built Me: Learn to Lead Others By First Leading Yourself" https://www.amazon.com/Farm-That-Built-Me-Yourself/dp/B091WFG85B/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1632104204&sr=8-1
Parenting teens can be very difficult and tiresome waters to navigate, but it doesn't have to be. Dr. Cameron Caswell tells us "Teens act out because they feel misunderstood. Teens feel misunderstood because they ARE misunderstood. If we learn to understand our teens we remove their need to act out. Then we can change our focus from reining them in to rising them up."
In this episode, Dr. Cam. offers hope to parents as to what their teens desire in relationships with their parents, ways to Show Up Strong for your teens, and how we need to do less of the doing and more of the listening and supporting during this season of parenting.
Cameron (Dr. Cam) Caswell, PhD is an adolescent psychologist, family success coach, teen translator, author, and the host of “Parenting Teens with Dr. Cam” podcast. She is on a mission to help parents build strong, positive relationships with their teens through improved communication, connection, and understanding using her PRIME Parenting Method. Dr. Cam is the mom of a teen too, so she not only talks the talk, she walks the walk!
To find out more information or contact Dr. Cam visit askdrcam.com.
To listen to Dr. Cam's podcast visit https://www.askdrcam.com/podcast.
Content Warning: This episode covers topics of Sexual Assault and PTSD.
Have you ever felt the need to build brick walls around your heart? Around your mind? Have you locked doors to protect your heart?
How does it feel to live locked behind those doors?
What happens when those doors come blasting open and how do you deal with that?
In this episode, my guest, Kim Lengling, talks about how a sexual assault as a young woman had her become a 'wall builder' and how she dealt with that wall crumbling. Her story is one of resilience, self worth, and showing the power of taking control of a very difficult situation.
Her story shows how the power of healthy healing can change your life and how finding peace can truly shift your heart at a soul level.
Kim Lengling is a Christian and veteran living with PTSD from MST (Military Sexual Assault). She began writing in 2004 and is an author and freelance writer. She has found over the years that her writing is cathartic. She believes sharing her story as well as other's stories, helps to provide a light where there may be none. She believes in changing the world, or someone's world, one story at a time.
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What kind of words did you hear as a child? Were they uplifting? Encouraging? Discouraging? Demeaning? How do you feel when you hear someone tell you that you 'CAN'T' do something?
The words that fill our brains as children truly do register and formulate the beliefs we hold closely. It is crucial that children hear positive encouraging words because those words are the seeds that start to grow within our hearts. With the right nurturing, those seeds will create an amazing harvest!
In this episode, my guest, Chris Tice, talks about his childhood and how that affected his beliefs about what he 'could' do and what others felt he wasn't able to do, and how that affected him.
But one person made all the difference! Listen how the positive words of one person literally change the trajectory of his life, his future, and his parenting!
Chris Tice is a leadership coach focusing on leadership communication, training and development, and safety/crisis management and avoidance. He is also an inspirational speaker in which he focuses on mindset and forgiveness to live a healthier inspired lifestyle. Chris has been in leadership for the last 20 years and enjoys helping others to become greater servant leaders. Chris along with his wife Micaeh, founded EagleFire Enrichment as a leadership solutions company.
To learn more about the work Chris does please visit: Www.eaglefireenrichment.com
When someone asks you what you are doing what is your answer? Do you say your are busy? Do you wear that phrase as a bad of honor?
In this episode, my guest Stephanie Miller shares about her journey and realization that she was wearing the badge of being busy as an honor. But was it really serving her and her family? The answer for most of us is a resounding NO! However, many of us struggle with balancing what we really need to do versus what we think we HAVE to do.
Stephanie Miller is a personal and spiritual growth coach, author, and speaker. Her coaching ministry, Butterfly Beginnings partners with women who are ready to transform into the person God has called them to be! She seeks to encourage growth and transparency among women in all different ages and stages of life. She also is an Army wife and the mom to two toddlers.
To get a copy of Stephanie's book "The Butterfly Blueprint: How to Renew Your Mind and Grow Your Faith" go here:
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What dreams of yours have you kept from the world safely tucked in your heart? What has seemed like a far fetched or way off dream that you have let sit for far too long? What needs to come to light to inspire others and bring your gifts and talents to the world?
Tracey Nolin Beerman is a mom who had this exact thing happen to her. After six years she finally took the first step and made her dream a reality during a season that needed positivity.
In this episode, Tracy shares about her journey of self discovery, breaking her life apart, looking closely at what she wanted for herself, moving forward with dreams, and how she wants to showcase more women and moms doing the same thing.
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One thing in life is certain.....that nothing is absolutely certain!
Our lives are filled with so many twists and turns that constantly throw us into situations that we would have never imagined navigating.
However with all the changes and flips we experience in life we can decide how we are going to react and move on from them.
In this episode, my guest Chris Gordon, shares how a normal day of putting his son in his car seat turned into a long windy journey as he battled with necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria).
That single event would leave him bearing physical scars, however, these scars, are not what he has decided to focus his future on. Instead, he has made it his mission to live a life focusing on the Attitude of Gratitude.
His story is one that reminds us that regardless of the uncertainty we will face, and we all will, that we can walk boldly in seeing, being, and doing the good.
For more information about Chris Gordon's podcast Scar Bearers go here:
Imagine one day you are heading to work, living your life, feeling like you have it together, only to have a major health issue force you into a psych ward by the afternoon!
If that wasn't enough, the doctors don't listen to you about your health history, and because of one doctor's decision you are catapulted into living a life completely different than your previous one.
This is exactly what happened to my guest, Alice Sydow. In Episode 21, Alice shares about her life as a prominent entrepreneur in the fashion world when it all came crashing down around her and how she lost her 'voice' and was not heard by her doctors.
However, Alice knew this was not the kind of life she wanted to live so she took back her health and wellness to recreate a life that she knew would be healthier for her body, mind, and spirit.
Alice shares how taking back her power, changing her mindset, health, and focus has completely changed the trajectory of her life.
In this episode she gives us tips and steps that we can all apply to our lives in order to do the same for the areas of our lives that have gotten out of control or are not serving us anymore.
Alice began a Facebook group to share all of her amazing finds that helped her transform her life and you can follow her on Instagram @empoweredalice.
For more information about Alice Sydow check out her Fb Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/149998686605295
To learn more about how you can help Girl Pride Africa visit: https://www.girlprideafrica.org.za/
Self worth is something that many of us struggle to fully grasp. Despite our upbringings it is one of the T.H.I.N.G.S. that can be either completely elusive or too heavy to fully carry.
In Episode 20 my guest, author, entrepreneur, father of three, devoted husband, business owner, motivational speaker, and recovering addict Jeremy Van Winkle shares his journey of "Overdosing and Dying to Overcoming and Thriving".
In this powerful message he shares how he has recreated and redesigned his life after realizing at a pivotal time in his life that he needed to basically "Sell Himself to Himself". He needed to make changes so he could live the life he desired and was worthy of.
Jeremy shares about how his low self worth brought him to a tipping point with his young family and when he decided he wanted to live his life with a vastly different trajectory than where it was headed. In the last three years Jeremy has rebuilt relationships but first started with himself.
He shares about the power of believing in yourself, forgiveness, and the transformative power that we all have if we are willing to make the decision to walk a different path.
For more information about Jeremy Van Winkle and order a copy of his book, "Selling Yourself to Yourself: Recreate Yourself to Crush it in Business and in Life" visit https://www.jeremyvanwinkle.com/suhome
Do you know your WHY? When you think about the reason for why you do what you do is it clear? For many of us we have a vision of what we are supposed to do, but often times that conflicts with what we desire to do or how things need to shift when our seasons of life change.
In this episode, Kristen Knowles, shares how her years of leadership development and observing what made some leaders and their teams rise to the top and thrive in a healthy environment and others fall far short of their desires.
Her knowledge and insight can help us look carefully at what we are doing and why we are doing what becomes normal behavior in parenting. When we look closely at the WHY, it allows us to examine the pieces of our lives more closely and more purposefully.
Knowing our Why is a powerplay for us all. It allows us to gain focus and purpose for the journey.
You can find more information about Kristen and how she helps leaders find their purpose here: https://www.kristenknowles.co/
What kind of dad did you have? Was he encouraging and engaging? Did he pour into you and tell you that you could do "All the Things" your heart could imagine?
Well that is NOT the kind of dad Kyle Devine had, BUT that is not stopping him from pouring into his daughter in the mightiest of ways.
In this episode, Kyle shares with us how a traumatic life experience as a child changed his trajectory when he became a single girl dad seven years ago and the conscious decisions he makes each day to make sure his child knows he loves and supports her.
His enthusiasm and love for his child is contagious and he shares practical ways that dads can 'get in the game', be the dad they desire to be, and the type of dad their children deserve to have.
Do you have a child who struggles with learning? Are you feeling like you just aren't getting the support your child needs? Do you wish that you had someone who could walk with you on the journey and truly help your child to thrive and find success without breaking the bank financially?
Michael Mooney is one of the people who was pivotal in our family with supporting our learner on the journey when we felt like all the avenues were just not cutting it.
Michael shares about his personal journey of being a struggling learner himself and what he learned that has helped him to pour into the children and families who he serves with his Non-for Profit Delta Genesis. Delta Genesis offers Brain Integration Therapy that families can use at home to help unlock the blocks of learning.
You can find more information about Delta Genesis: https://www.deltagenesis.org/
For information about resources for primitive reflexes: https://www.healthline.com/health/baby/primitive-reflexes
Do you struggle with feelings of isolation? Do you feel like you aren't seen when you are devoting time and effort to your daily challenges? Have you felt the judgment of others weighing heavily on your heart in the daily challenges of parenting? We all have different "things" that challenge us daily in our parenting journeys.
In this episode, Veronica Robeson, a mom of 8 shares openly about the needs that parents have. She shares candidly about the support that is needed for parents of children with special needs.
You can find more information about Veronica's Bubbling Up Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173517350652809
For information about resources for children with special needs check here: https://www.especialneeds.com/
Have you found yourself in a space where you need to pivot or take action with your small business? Do you desire to learn more about marketing your ideas and want to get it out there in the digital space?
Join this episode with Michael Thandi as we talk not only about how he has grown his business and how he helps others do just that, but he also shares his own personal journey of growth and change.
You can find more information about Michael's SMILE podcast here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-o5jFAKfsEd-XImCWmhE0Q/featured
You can visit Michael's site on business and professional coaching services here:
Have you ever found yourself just going through the motions to get through the day? Have you ever gotten to a point in your life where you just threw up your hands and asked yourself "Is this it?" Today's guest, Nelia Hutt, shares openly about the loss of her father and the effects that loss had on her journey.
She shares honestly and openly about how she had to dig down deep and decide how she wanted to move forward in life and what she wanted to do to live a life without regrets. She has done great work and she is doing mighty things friends! With her new podcast "Giving Starts with You" to her recent mission trip to Guatemala for her "Ukulele Project" I guarantee you will be inspired by her heart and openness!
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When you think of the word “Legacy” what do you think of?
A quick Google search defines the word as a noun -- “an amount of money or property left to someone in a will.” But that seems such a shallow view of something we want to leave behind. Is money or property all that defines us? Does it capture the true nature of our hearts, dreams, passions, and all that we were created to bring to this world?
I this episode, I welcome my special guest, lifestyle business coach, entrepreneur, and inspirer, Steven Norrell. Steven has established himself as a motivator, dreamer, inspirer, and works each day to push people to LIVE BIG through his work and find their own way to leave a legacy that truly exemplifies their heart and life’s work for the world.
You can find more information about Steven Norrell and the LIVE BIG Project by visiting:
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From the beginning of life, our mothers are the foundation of connection for us. It starts long before we take our first breaths, or wail our first cry. We are connected for 9 long months in ways that scientists are still learning about in terms of the senses of babies in utero.
And when we grow and mature that connection deepens and matures. Often times as mom’s our moms take on a new role of helpmate once their grandchildren are born. And when we have those moms who are there in a moment’s notice, it can be a cruel reality when they are gone. It can become unbearable and scary to think of mothering without our mothers.
In this episode, Morgan, I have known long before she was a mom, but I have had the opportunity to see her grow, mature, and navigate mothering. Her story today speaks to those listeners who are mothering in a state of grief and loss. For those listeners who have lost a parent this topic may be a sensitive one, but we hope that Morgan’s story will be one of hope and a mother’s steadfast love and devotion.
Books that Morgan found helpful on her journey in healing are:
Healing after the loss of your Mother by Elaine Mallon
Chicken Soup for the Soul Think Positive
I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye by Brooke Noel & Pamela D. Blair Ph.D.
Fearless in 21 Days by
Sarah E. Ball
All the Things by
Kristen L. Schindler
Before we become parents there is so much advice from so many different angles. We literally feel like we need ALL THE THINGS for when we bring this tiny human home. However, once home all bets are off as to how this human is going to navigate their environment. For many parents, things go smoothly and they feel like, yes, this is like everyone said it would be. There is Bliss.
However, for other parents ‘life at home’ is nothing like what other people said. The advice is not working. The baby or toddler is not reacting like other children their age. This can often lead to parents feeling like they are missing something or doing something wrong.
In this episode we are diving deep into an area of parenting that really tests the limits, grace, and energy of many parents who parent “Highly Sensitive Kids.”
In this episode, my dear friend Katty Sievers will be sharing about her journey with her children, the pitfalls she found herself navigating, the resources that she found life changing for her family.
For more information on how to support your highly sensitive kids:
Check out Lysa TerKeurst's book: Unglued Devotional: 60 Days of Imperfect Progress
This is Dr. Aron's website: https://hsperson.com/ with a list of books, resources, how to find a therapist, and more, including the direct link to the self-test for adults and children: http://hsperson.com/test/
Here's the empath TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi4JOlMSWjo&list=PLKWm5eLHR15hu9oNmy-n0OuwCJ42AZ3Gj&index=141
Marriage is hard work! I truly believe that is why old ladies cry at weddings! They see the beauty, brilliance, and boundless love on wedding days but they also know how much work is going to be needed into keeping that 'garden' of marriage weed free, pest free, and producing a bountiful harvest. Is it doable? Absolutely! Is it hard work? You bet every ounce of those vows you said on Day 1.
In this episode, I am joined by my friend, Lucille Bolton Shannon, as she talks about her journey in marriage over the last 38 years and how a new season has begun with an upcoming Masterclass called "The Marriage That Works". For those of us in the trenches it is always refreshing to hear of others who can help us navigate paths they have already trod. Lucille is a wonderful guide for just that!
For more information on how to support your marriage visit: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/
Music is something that transcends all geographical borders, historical timelines, and socioeconomic classes. It can be the simplest of forms with the humming of notes born from quiet reflection or so complex that it takes hundreds of instruments to bring it to life.
We know that music is often the soundtrack of our lives. When we are happy we blast tunes that echo that feeling and when we are sad, the lyrics we are drawn to often resonate so deeply with our intimate thoughts we feel the writer must have some super power of being able to literally look into our souls. They capture on paper and in sound what our bodies can’t find the words or language to express.
But what if music did even more than that? What if it was medicine for our physical bodies and our minds?
Episode 9 will focus on the our nervous systems and the healing power of music when dealing with grief, trauma, and stress.
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In Life, We have two choices when we are confronted with challenging situations. We either remain in the current situations or we decide to separate ourselves from the situations and move forward. Some of these situations are simple like having a job we dislike or is unfulfilling, or living in a town that doesn’t really fill our heart and inspire us.
However, others find themselves in more drastic circumstances like marriages that are either emotionally or physically abusive. When individuals find themselves in these situations many remain in those situations because they don’t feel they have a choice, support to move forward, or the resources to rely on when familial support is lacking.
Others however, choose to remove themselves from those situations knowing that for their emotional health and physical safety it is not an option to remain. This step, although a positive one in the long run, is extremely frightening and takes an immense amount of bravery and grit.
Episode 8 will focus on the healing and moving forward after experiencing domestic violence and how we can all have a heart of compassion and empathy when we find ourselves supporting those we love or those who cross our paths who have found themselves dealing with the fall out of domestic violence.
For more information on Domestic Violence support Please visit:
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Here is a list of National Domestic Violence Shelters
We all have those hills and valleys in life. Those times that we can see clearly and far and the sweeping vistas take our breath away with their beauty. Our souls are filled and we feel full.
Then there are other times when we find ourselves buried under boulders we didn’t see coming and the valleys are so deep and dark there doesn’t seem to be a way out.
In this episode, my guest, Christi Sheroky, will share her journey that started right after her wedding day, to how she has navigated those difficult struggles, heartbreaking losses, and finding how to find joy again in the helping of others.
For some, this topic will rekindle emotions of loss and sadness. We hope that by having Christi share her journey today, you will find a sense of connection to others who have traveled similar roads. Healing comes for people in many different ways, however, authentic connection and feeling you are a part of a community who understands are critical. We hope that today we can be a small part of that healing for our listeners.
Check out Christi's website: https://www.teamfaithfullyempowered.com
Check out her husband, Brett Sheroky's music here:
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One truth that we all can agree on is that life is filled with both joy and loss. Regardless of where we live, who we are, or what we do our lives are a constant swirling of both joy and loss.
When the seasons of our lives change, and sometimes abruptly, the support of friends, professionals, and loved ones is paramount to healing. However, often times friends and loved ones do not always know how to support someone in a healthy manner.
In Episode 6: Life After Loss I am honored to share the space with my dear friend, Sarah, as she shares her heart about the loss of her sweet daughter, Ellie. In this episode Sarah shares openly how the loss affected her family and marriage, as well as honest talk about the pressures people feel in the season of grieving.
She also discusses what was helpful in the form of support from others, how to take steps to grieve in a healthy way, and most importantly the honoring of a loved one in a way that brings peace and meaning to your family.
Note: Due to the sensitive topic and adult language listener discretion is advised.
For more information on the Share Community for Pregnancy and Infant Loss support please visit: http://nationalshare.org/share-walks-across-nation/
Another resource that Sarah found helpful for reading to her son was the book Heaven is for Real for Kids: A Little Boys Astounding Story to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo.
What does the role of a dad and father look like to you? Does your view look differently from what you grew up with? How do those views we grow up with shape our roles as parents in the future?
In this episode, I am joined by my former student and now parenthood friend, Miles, as we talk about "All Things Stay at Home Dad related", entrepreneurship, balancing it all, and embracing the paths that we find ourselves in with enthusiasm, grace, and love.
For more information on Miles and his "Rich Dad Society" brand, merchandise for dads, and his podcast check him out at https://www.richdadsociety.com/
Being heard and understood is a foundational part of being human. However, oftentimes the way we communicate is vastly different from those people in our families and workplace.
These differences in communication cause awkward tense situations and hurt feelings when those barriers fly up and our ability to communicate effectively shuts down.
In this episode of "All the Things with Kristen Schindler," we will analyze the four different communication styles of Analytical, Driver, Amiable, and Expressive. We will discuss both the positives aspects and pitfalls of these types of communication styles and how they can help us and how we can use those differences to effectively communicate with those we come in contact with each day.
If you would like to contact my guest Tiffany to get more information feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
To access the Communication quiz visit:https://www.thevantagepoint.ca/sites/default/files/High%20Performing%20Teams%20-%20Self%20assessment%20handout.pdf
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What is your 'love language'? How do you communicate love to those you care about? Do you sometimes think the people you are closest to just don't always 'get you' or show you their love?
Join us in Episode 3- "The Love Tank" as we investigate the five love languages according to the New York Times Best Selling book and Free Online Quiz by Dr. Gary Chapman.
Knowing how we feel love is crucial to us being able to communicate with those we care deeply about. Knowing the ways people both feel and show love will help strengthen relationships and break down the barriers that damage and cripple our ability to move forward.
To take Dr. Gary Chapman's free "5 Love Languages" online quiz visit: https://www.5lovelanguages.com/quizzes/
Often times we have something placed on our hearts that seems to be in line with our desires and calling. However, before we know it our excitement can be crowded out by self-doubt and words of others.
Sometimes the words from others are exactly what we need to help us persevere and push through the unknowns. They are supportive, life-giving, and fill us with hope.
However, other times our own voices or those of others cause us to stop, wonder, and sometimes question whether our plan is really the right one.
In today's episode, I welcome my best friend, Elisa, as she shares a big decision she and her family made that was filled with unknows and self-doubt. She will also share the path she took and how it helped her to navigate that time with grace and understanding for her family and the others involved in the change.
Remember those feelings as a child when you just wanted to do what your friends were doing? It wasn't because they were doing monumental things or even things that you would choose on your own.
The fact of the matter is that even as adults we sometimes find ourselves back in our childlike shoes when it comes to living "our" best life versus the one that the media tries to feed us. Not to mention how the 'parental peer pressure trap' can ensnare us and affect our parenting because we don't want OUR kid to miss out.
Join us for our debut episode as I welcome my dear friend, Julia, as we delve into The Peer Pressure Trap, how to navigate it, how to see it for what it really is, and how to get out on the other side with grace and honesty.