Self-Help

The LifeBeats Project with Briana Johnson: Pursuing the Art of Living Extraordinarily

Briana Johnson: Creator of The LifeBeats Project - A Movement to Change the Way We See Ourselves

Connecting and inspiring people one story at a time to help illuminate the extraordinary that already lies within them

Episodes

Teaching our children not to fear what is different and creating anchoring points in a life of change | with Melissa Dalton-Bradford the Global Mom (TLBP #86)
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Teaching our children not to fear what is different and creating anchoring points in a life of change | with Melissa Dalton-Bradford the Global Mom (TLBP #86)

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How you can help shape the world by teaching your children not to fear what is different, the power of the family dinner table, anchoring points in our life of change, and the strength of community during times of loss are topics for today’s podcast episode.

Melissa Dalton-Bradford also known as the Global Mom has spent 25 years raising children internationally in 9 different locations.  She has chronicled in written word what she has learned and is an author and a consultant for globally nomadic families.

She and her husband grew up in small farming communities but both parents’ instilled in them a love for other countries as they broke down fear and the sense of “otherness” and brought people from other cultures into their home.  Melissa shares the importance of parent’s values in helping to broaden a child’s view of the world outside of their own community through simple things including the language you use, how you talk about things that are different and how we be humble and can learn from others without jeopardizing our own patriotism.  She tells of their Norwegian farm table that became a physical axis in their home centering them and bringing learning and people to the table of each cultures were they moved: Norway, France, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Switzerland.  We also tenderly discuss her faith as an anchoring point during the loss of her oldest son to a water accident and the power of her community and grieving together on her journey toward gratitude.

Listen and be inspired to create greater compassion and curiosity toward things that are different within yourself and your children, and identify what are your own anchoring points in a life of change.

Show Notes:

Melissa’s Facebook pages: personal, Global Mom: a Memoir, On Loss and Living Onward

Melissa’s Instagram feed

Melissa’s article “Set your table, set your roots”

Melissa’s books “Global Mom: a Memoir” and “On Loss and Living Onward

Be a part of my 14 Day Booster Course “Project Wax On, Shine On” for Sept 22 – Oct 5.  Join us now for $26 OFF any purchase with code “WAXON” here

*Some of the above links contain affiliate links that give me a thank you if you decide they are right for you.  Thank you friends for your support.

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Surrendering, being led instead of driven, foundational doctrines binding an inter-faith marriage, and music as personal revelation | with Paul and Tina Cardall (TLBP #85)
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Surrendering, being led instead of driven, foundational doctrines binding an inter-faith marriage, and music as personal revelation | with Paul and Tina Cardall (TLBP #85)

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Friends do you have a dream that you are pursuing or wanting to pursue?  Have you ever experienced letting go of fear and surrendering to feel God’s peace in your life?  Have you ever wondered what makes an inter-faith marriage thrive?  We will be discussing all of these on today’s episode with Paul & Tina Cardall.  I am so honored to have them on the show.  Paul has been named the American Pianist as a Billboard chart topper for both the new age and classical categories having 3 consecutive No. 1 albums.  I’m so excited to be able to share a small sampling of his inspiring music on the show as well and tell how it has impacted my life.  Tina Cardall is a music executive for Paul’s record label Stone Angel Music and has an background in finance on Wall Street to working at Saddleback Church in Orange County with ministry trips to countries around the globe to aid with microfinancing, and help those in orphanages and those who have been trafficked.  You will be inspired by this humble power couple as we discuss topics at the heart of our souls:  surrendering, letting go of fear, pursuing a dream, discovering whether we are being driven or being led.  Paul shares the peace that he experienced in the most difficult of times,  waiting 385 days to know if he would receive a heart transplant and the relationship he developed with God during that time.   We discuss religion in this episode more than we have on the show, so invite you to explore that with us even if that’s not part of your core beliefs, that you’ll embrace the good that is in the episode.  We discuss Paul and Tina’s inter-faith marriage and how their personal relationship with God drew them to each other.  We also talk about expanding our view on worshipping and the power of music in communicating messages from God, including an incredibly touching story about a boy in Baghdad and the power of God in communicating to us one by one.

Listen and be inspired to open your mind and heart to all the good the world has to offer and know that what you truly desire is on the other side of fear in the arms of God and the peace that only he can bestow.

Show Notes:

Paul Cardall’s website

Look for Paul’s music on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora

Paul’s Facebook page and Instagram feed

Song played in the episode : “Life and Death”

“One by One”

“Come Thou Fount”

Stone Angel Music

Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City

Mormon.org

Saddleback Church

Tom Jackson

Be a part of my 14 Day Booster Course “Project Wax On, Shine On” for Sept 22 – Oct 5.  Join us now for $26 OFF any purchase with code “WAXON” here

The role of therapy in healing, creating healthy boundaries, and guiding our children to be emotionally intelligent | with Rachel Guenther (TLBP #84)
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The role of therapy in healing, creating healthy boundaries, and guiding our children to be emotionally intelligent | with Rachel Guenther (TLBP #84)

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Rachel Guenther was our Story Search Selection and on today’s podcast episode share pieces of her intense story that inspired us to select her to share her story with you.  Rachel grew up in a lonely home, suffered every type of abuse, was removed from her home at age 10,  and was suicidal as a teen.  She shares the role of therapy and faith in her journey of healing as well as her own decision to take control of her life to be the best she could be.  Rachel was always looking for connection.  She realized as a young adult that she wanted to help people emotionally with pains that weren’t visual.  It was her own drive for self-improvement and continuation on the path for more healing that led her to where she is today, an incredible marriage and family therapist.

She shares some keys to recovery and healing as well as sharing how she is raising emotionally intelligent children demonstrating how to guide and not fix.  She talks about boundaries: feeling with someone instead of taking it on to fix it as well as her unique perspective on the marriage of neuroscience and faith in regards to the plasticity of brain and its capability to overcome challenges, heal, and recover.  She also gives suggestions to those considering therapy or wanting to start letting others in.

Listen and be inspired to look for ways to create connection in your life as well as create healthy boundaries.

A big thank you to Jordan of Jordan Bree Photography for providing a beautiful photo session for Rachel as part of her being selected as our Story Search winner!!

Show Notes:

To enter my giveaway for 5 pairs of tickets to Project Eternity click here

To learn more about Project Eternity click here

To be a part of Project Wax On, Shine On and use code “WAXON” to get $26 OFF ANY TICKET click here

Rachel’s Instagram feed and Facebook page

Addo Recovery Clinic

Root

Bloom

EMDR

Brene Brown’s books

 

*Some of the above links contain affiliate links that give me a thank you if you decide they are right for you.  Thank you friends for your support.

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LifeLine 12: Jumpstart to discover your own story by examining defining moments, passions, and truths | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #83)
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LifeLine 12: Jumpstart to discover your own story by examining defining moments, passions, and truths | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #83)

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On today’s LifeLine podcast episode I guide you through a series of 3 prompts to help you begin or expand on discovering our own story.  I invite you to extract and deconstruct it by examining a defining moment, what you are passionate about, and sort through your truths.  We discuss whether you are allowing others’ stories to inspire you or make you feel worse about yourself as well as some  invitations and cautions for beginning your own story discovery.  I also share more about my upcoming 14 Day booster course Project Wax On, Shine On if you are looking for some support in this process, if you want to dive in deeper with me, if you are ready to start seeing the good inside of you, if you have been stuck, if you have been lost, if you are ready to feel differently about yourself, I invite you to join me!  Its an opportunity for you to start illuminating that extraordinary that already lies within you.  Sign up today here and join me on this adventure!!  

We are just going to start with 3 prompts today to help you discover your story;  we can do 3!!!

*Choose a defining moment – just start with one – Why was it significant?  What did it teach you about yourself? How did it change the course of your life?

*What is something I am passionate about? – don’t think too hard about this one at first – got it?  now… dig deeper:  Why am I passionate about it?  Why does it fill me?  What need is it satisfying?

*Sort through your truths – Which ones can you keep?  Which ones don’t serve you anymore and aren’t who you are?  Where do they come from?  Why have you adopted them?  Which ones have you adopted from others that are actually not truth, but lies?

YOU GOT THIS FRIENDS!

Show Notes:

Join us and Purchase Tickets for the 14 Day booster course Project Wax On, Shine On here!

Seeing yourself as you really are and embracing your superpower | with Briana Johnson of The LifeBeats Project (TLBP #19)

LifeLine: a new series to help you discover your own story and illuminate the extraordinary within | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #34)

Shawn Achor “Before Happiness”

A mindshift to an awakening of who you were born to be and the power of music in communicating love | with Sam Schultz and Aaron Watene of Culture Crew (TLBP #77)

Briana’s Favorites: Top 5 transformative episodes that have changed my life and how I view the world (TLBP #82)

The transformative power of dressing to your strength and recognizing resistance with Stasia Savasuk of Stasia’s Style School (TLBP #15)

Come here me speak at a marriage conference Project Eternity on writing our marital story one chapter at a time and overcoming resentment and finding joy and healing right now wherever we are on our marriage journey.  Get your tickets here!

More about Project Wax On, Shine On:

Friends do you want to rise higher? Are you feeling stuck or lost or like you’ve hit a wall in the way you see yourself? Do you want to start seeing the good and feeling differently about yourself but you just don’t know where to start? Well think of me as the friend at the wall with my hands interlaced and open ready to give you a boost on over!!

Project Wax On, Shine On is just what we need.

A 14 Day Booster Course designed to ignite you on the path to illuminating the extraordinary that already lies within YOU! Yes YOU my friend!!

With the moon as our inspiration, we will follow its waxing phases from new moon to full moon beginning from Friday September 22 and ending on Thursday October 5. We know the moon always exists in full but its only as it waxes that its surface becomes illuminated to us little by little until it reaches its fullness. This is a visual representation of my goal for this booster project, that a little more of the goodness that already exists inside of you will become illuminated to yourself more and more each day.

You are enough. The extraordinary already exists within you, you just need to see it. Life’s experiences and challenges can create layers of darkness that cloud and warp the the way we see ourselves. My hope for you is that as you participate each day in the project, you will have a boost and a breakthrough and those layers will begin to peel off to reveal more and more of your own goodness.

What you will receive:

*Boosts and breakthrough prompts through daily emailed videos, content, and encouragement

*Access to a private Facebook group for the Project Wax On, Shine On Community for peer to peer support and encouragment

*Facebook Live chat and Q&A with me on Days 1, 7, and 14

*Optional visual boosters: “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt and LifeBeats necklace (as seen in photo above)

Ways to be a part:

* “Count me in!” Ticket includes full particpation in Project: $49.00

* “Count me in! And I want a shirt:)” Ticket includes full participaton in Project plus custom designed “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt: $77.00

* “VIP right here! I want it all:)” Ticket includes full participation in Project plus customer designed “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt and LifeBeats necklace- (Very limited quantity) – $97.00

I can’t wait to help boost you over that wall!!! Grab your ticket and I’ll see you soon!!

*Some of the above links contain affiliate links that give me a thank you if you decide they are right for you.  Thank you friends for your support.

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Briana’s Favorites: Top 5 transformative episodes that have changed my life and how I view the world (TLBP #82)
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Briana’s Favorites: Top 5 transformative episodes that have changed my life and how I view the world (TLBP #82)

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For this week’s podcast episode I have selected the Top 5 episodes that have transformed my life and changed the way I think, the words I use, and how I view myself and my world: from an answer to my healthy journey woes -to- how to start my day prepared for what it will through at me -to- giving myself grace for setbacks to learning to honor the dark times of life as much as the light -to- taking time to not only consume but to process and discuss what we are consuming, to see that there is growth in the silence -and to realize that my children learn more from their observations of how I live my life than what I tell them.

These 5 highlighted episodes are a great place to start for a new listener!

Listen and be inspired to look at see what transformational lessons you have learned from the content you consume.

Show Notes:

Preventing perfectionism from robbing us of growth and how to neutralize emotions behind food | with Monica Packer of About Progress (TLBP #75)

The transformative power of dressing to your strength and recognizing resistance with Stasia Savasuk of Stasia’s Style School (TLBP #15)

Pivoting from just existing in the status quo to truly living in purpose and with passion | with Tahaji Felder of Goose & Gander Brand (TLBP #36)

Learning connection through being broken open: how cancer gave me my voice | with Michelle Marthia of Heal Courageously (TLBP #26)

Unlearning everything you know to learn about your true self and to connect as a couple | with Karan and Kerry Bajaj (TLBP #24)

Purchase Project Wax On, Shine On course here

Friends do you want to rise higher?  Are you feeling stuck or lost or like you’ve hit a wall in the way you see yourself?  Do you want to start seeing the good and feeling differently about yourself but you just don’t know where to start?  Well think of me as the friend at the wall with my hands interlaced and open ready to give you a boost on over!!

Project Wax On, Shine On is just what we need.

A 14 Day Booster Course designed to ignite you on the path to illuminating the extraordinary that already lies within YOU!  Yes YOU my friend!!

With the moon as our inspiration, we will follow its waxing phases from new moon to full moon beginning from Friday September 22 and ending on Thursday October 5.  We know the moon always exists in full but its only as it waxes that its surface becomes illuminated to us little by little until it reaches its fullness.  This is a visual representation of my goal for this booster project, that a little more of the goodness that already exists inside of you will become illuminated to yourself more and more each day.

You are enough.  The extraordinary already exists within you, you just need to see it.  Life’s experiences and challenges can create layers of darkness that cloud and warp the the way we see ourselves.  My hope for you is that as you participate each day in the project, you will have a boost and a breakthrough and those layers will begin to peel off to reveal more and more of your own goodness.

What you will receive:

*Boosts and breakthrough prompts through daily emailed videos, content, and encouragement

*Access to a private Facebook group for the Project Wax On, Shine On Community for peer to peer support and encouragment

*Facebook Live chat and Q&A with me on Days 1, 7, and 14

*Optional visual boosters: “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt and LifeBeats necklace (as seen in photo above)

Ways to be a part:

* “Count me in!” Ticket includes full particpation in Project: $49.00

* “Count me in!  And I want a shirt:)” Ticket includes full participaton in Project plus custom designed “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt: $77.00

* “VIP right here!  I want it all:)” Ticket includes full participation in Project plus customer designed “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt and LifeBeats necklace- (Very limited quantity) – $97.00

THIS WEEK, use the code ECLIPSE to get $26 off any ticket!!!

I can’t wait to help boost you over that wall!!!  Grab your ticket and I’ll see you soon!!

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Community Favorites: Highlights of 5 of the most downloaded, most commented about & most loved episodes (TLBP #81)
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Community Favorites: Highlights of 5 of the most downloaded, most commented about & most loved episodes (TLBP #81)

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On today’s podcast episode I share highlights of 5 of our most downloaded, commented about, and loved episodes for our growing community to have a place to go back and listen amongst our 80 episodes!

Listen to these incredible guests and be inspired to find hope in even the darkest of circumstances and to see that you have strength already inside of you to rise above any challenge that comes are way.  One of the most incredible young women I have met in my life is Payton Bailey.  She has risen above such tragedy in her short life.  Last night on her Instagram she shared a quote that I love by a man of God named Russell M Nelson.  He says, “The joy we feel has little to do with circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.”

I think you will find a common thread in these 5 episodes, these 5 incredible guests have chosen to not let the events of their lives swallow up the light and joy, but have chosen – made a conscious choice – to focus on those things that have helped illuminate  that light and joy that remains and has shined in the form of people, their own inner strength, their faith, their God.

Show Notes:

Podcast Library

“Choosing to fight for your life and to not let the hard times rule you” with Bre Lasley of Fight Like Girls – episode #44

“Learning that kindness is a strength and not a weakness, especially when you are hurt by others” with Nicole Hudson of Bot Communiations – episode #55

“Free at last: The power of words in healing and how to be a safe haven for others” with Elizabeth Frazier of Hero Bands – episode #58

“Keeping perspective when there are things you can’t change” with Mike Johnson – episode #2

“Finding joy in a life full of imperfections and learning to appreciate the moment we are in” with Tessie Friedli – episode #67

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Keeping a marriage together after loss by grieving separately to give space to heal together | with Rachel Gainer of Rachel Rebuilt (TLBP #80)
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Keeping a marriage together after loss by grieving separately to give space to heal together | with Rachel Gainer of Rachel Rebuilt (TLBP #80)

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We have pivotal experiences in our lives in which we witness quintessential moments of love & sacrifice, but also grief.   Sometimes those that experience them with us process the experience very differently than we do .  This becomes especially difficult when the experience involves grief and the person processing it differently is your spouse.  We will be exploring that today.  On today’s episode I am honored to introduce to someone who has quickly become one of my closet friends, Rachel Gainer is a mother of 4 plus an angel and the amazing fitness & mindset coach behind Rachel Rebuilt.  Rachel shares her story of being drawn toward adoption even before experiencing infertility issues that left her unable to have a child 6 years into her marriage.  She tells of their rocky journey to adopt but the heavenly moments she experienced as she held her daughter for the first time and then witnessed quintessential love & sacrifice watching the birth mom lovingly prepare to pass her daughter off to Rachel for a lifetime.  She then shares the almost sacred journey with her second daughter, the leap of faith to adopt her, her fragile health, and her eyes that captured Rachel’s love.  And after 2 months into her life, their final moments together as a result of a congenital heart defect.  Rachel shares the grief that struck her and her husband’s hearts and the strain that their differences in grieving took on their marriage but the key things they did that ultimately gave each other permission to grieve separately while taking their family to a place of healing together.  Rachel tells of trying to find herself again after such a loss over many years and how she rebuilt that hope & identity and how now through her coaching business she shares with women the process she experienced of coming to know and love yourself.

Listen and be inspired to cherish those moments of joy and to navigate moments of difficulty and grief individually as well as in a relationship, as well as to remember that in order to love others unconditionally, we must first love who we are.

Learn more about Rachel’s BodyLove Bootcamp beginning September 11:

  • a 12-week online coaching program that helps women set & achieve fitness goals from a place of self-love and respect
  • weekly workouts, nutrition coaching & mindset coaching to help you cultivate self-compassion and self-love
  • ongoing support through a private FB group, live video conference calls & one private coaching session.
  • if you are looking for a quick fix -this is not for you, but for those ready to start making some big changes in how you treat & talk about your body,
  • She is offering The LifeBeats Project listeners $25 off your registration fee by using the code LIFEBEATS (all caps)

Show Notes:

Learn more about BodyLove Bootcamp here

Rachel’s website

Rachel’s Instagram feed

Rachel’s blog of Daphne

Rachel’s video of Daphne

Breaking free from the darkness of burying emotions and addiction to discover what we are capable of | with Hannah Bleak of Bleak Designs (TLBP #79)
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Breaking free from the darkness of burying emotions and addiction to discover what we are capable of | with Hannah Bleak of Bleak Designs (TLBP #79)

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Friends today we will be discussing ideas of why and how we bury our feelings and through what means do we seek to gain control in our lives. As well as the resiliency of the human spirit and learning what it is capable of both good and bad.  Due to some of the things we will discuss, you may want to be mindful of little ears listening in.  This week I have the absolute honor of bringing you another story that has remained untold but whom my friend has entrusted me to share with the world.  Artist and graphic designer Hannah Bleak of Bleak Designs shares the story of her 8 year drug addiction that nearly took her life.  Its a story of trying to bury feelings, a story of anxiety, of trying to get control.  But it is also a story of resilience and acceptance.  Hannah shares the freedom from anxiety she first experienced when she began experimenting with drugs and why she loved being invisible.  She tells of raiding medicine cabinets at parties, beginning to deal drugs, and how that feeling of control she first felt transformed into a feeling of out of control as she began waking up in houses she did not know with people she had never met and seeing videos of herself doing things she never thought she was capable of.  She shares why she decided to quit and the journey of withdrawal and trying to stay clean, including the roles of several people who helped save her life.  She tells how she was able to start coping and healing, what she learned about herself and how she has come out of the darkness to start seeing things in a different way.

Listen and be inspired to evaluate the things in your life that you may be doing to create control that may be leading you to actually losing control and how we can give grace more to others as we just don’t know what they are going through.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who wants to break free from burying emotions, especially through substance abuse or perfect for someone who wants to understand more from a perspective of

Show Notes:

Hannah’s Instagram feed

Email Hannah at hannahbleak@gmail.com

NA – Narcotics Anonymous

LifeLine 11: Discovering your story a chapter at a time & why my current chapter is crushing me | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #78)
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LifeLine 11: Discovering your story a chapter at a time & why my current chapter is crushing me | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #78)

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On today’s LifeLine podcast episode designed to help you see the extraordinary inside yourself, embrace your journey, and discover your story, we will be discussing how we often discover our story one chapter at a time and how life is a series of adjustments.  I describe the unfolding of adjustments in our life since my husband Mike’s diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis and the current chapter we are in that is the hardest one that we have gone through, one that is crushing me.  I also share one of the ways I have worked to change the way I see our current chapter inspired by a TED talk called “How to make stress your friend” in which health psychologist Kelly Magonigal shares how we can reprogram the way we see stress and situations in our life to create a biology of courage.  I invite you to create an equation of happiness and think about how you have resilience in your life.

Listen and be inspired to evaluate the way you approach adjustments in your life and how are they written into the chapters of your own story.

Show Notes:

My Instagram post that sparked this episode on talking about sharing the heavy things in my life

Stiry video on Mike and I “The Couple that Life Can’t Beat”

TED Talk “How to make stress your friend”

My “15 year: take it slow” playlist on Spotify

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A mindshift to an awakening of who you were born to be and the power of music in communicating love | with Sam Schultz and Aaron Watene of Culture Crew (TLBP #77)
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A mindshift to an awakening of who you were born to be and the power of music in communicating love | with Sam Schultz and Aaron Watene of Culture Crew (TLBP #77)

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On today’s podcast episode we are talking about not only being givers, but also receivers of service, and the life transformation that can occur because of that.  Discovering your own worth as something no one else can define for you.  As well as the role of music in healing as a means of communicating love.  We will also have live music on the show!!  You know how much it speaks to my soul!!  Today on the podcast we have the band members of Culture Crew, Sam Schultz and Aaron Watene who are both single dads who share the role of their own parents in shaping their own lives through their example of hard work and service as well as through music.  They also share the pain they have experienced in their own personal relationships but the transformation and awakening of themselves that came when they remembered who they are and that no one else can determine their own worth,  in part because of one another’s willingness to care and help each other rise out of some really dark times.  This acoustic soul pop band with island vibes leads out with a movement they call, “Be Love & Influence”.  That love is an action and we can help others to have a mindshift in remembering to love themselves.  They share from their own experiences how they have seen that fear is a barrier to believing that love and joy are real, and how they have observed that out in the world as well as in their own personal experiences.  So what they are about is sharing that this love and joy are real through the messages of their music and their call for others to be a part of their movement “Be Love & Influence” whether through visiting homeless shelter or  water filter projects throughout the world.  Listen to them play two of their songs live in my studio (and hear my groupie scream), “You Are” and “You do You”.

Listen and be inspired to create a mindshift in the way you view yourself and the world around you, that although your circumstances may stay the same, you can see that you are in charge of how you view them.

 

Show Notes:

Culture Crew’s website

Culture Crew’s music

Culture Crew’s new release with Biz Markie “You Are”

Be Love & Influence

Culture Crew’s tour page

Culture Crew’s video on water filter projects

Culture Crew’s social media feeds: Instagram, Facebook

Culture Crew on iTunes

Team “Let It”

YouTube Channel

The Jets

Ubuntu philosophy

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Overcoming resentment & loss of identity in motherhood, and keeping big picture thinking | with Kristi Montague of Montague Workshop (TLBP #76)
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Overcoming resentment & loss of identity in motherhood, and keeping big picture thinking | with Kristi Montague of Montague Workshop (TLBP #76)

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For all the mamas out there, if your transition into motherhood wasn’t actually what you thought or who you are as a mother isn’t exactly what you had envisioned, then this episode is for you.  Kristi Montague of Montague Workshop the creators of Kid President, openly shares some things about her difficult transition into motherhood addressing concerns that are not talked about enough but are so common for new moms, such as the fear of losing yourself and having your pre-motherhood life be erased and replaced by a new identity you haven’t figured out yet, the feelings of resentment that can come as you sacrifice for your family, and feelings of loneliness that come from not having a true perspective of what is normal and wasn’t isn’t not only for the phases of your child, but for you.  Kristi shares her passions and life that created a career she loved and developed in the 9 years of marriage before having children, including more about their experience with the spotlight from the Kid President video and how they determined to keep to their philosophy that “every one matters” and we should treat “everyone like it is their birthday.  Kristi shares how she found purpose an peace with motherhood and how looking at the big picture has been a theme inside and outside of raising her children.

Listen and be inspired in your own life to speak up and talk about your own struggles to give hope and help to others that they are not alone.

Show Notes:

This episode is sponsored by Bumbelou Children’s Clothing and Accessories.  Hear founder Jenna Odegard’s story on today’s episode. Head to Facebook here to win a $100 store credit to the Bumbelou store!!

Bumble giveaway 100 dollar store credit children's clothing

Kristi’s website Montague Workshop

Kristi’s YouTube Channel

Kristi’s Facebook page and Instagram feed

Kristi’s Blog

Soul Pancake

Kid President “Pep Talk” video

Mother Hustle article “Miles of Ambition”

Tosh.0 blog

“The Conscious Bride” book

A “Pep Talk about a Pep Talk” video

#becauseyouwere video

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Preventing perfectionism from robbing us of growth and how to neutralize emotions behind food | with Monica Packer of About Progress (TLBP #75)
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Preventing perfectionism from robbing us of growth and how to neutralize emotions behind food | with Monica Packer of About Progress (TLBP #75)

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Do you suffer from being an over-achieving or under-achieving perfectionist?  Do you know of someone who has suffered from an eating disorder perhaps begun by their own good intentions of being healthy? And how do you view failure in your life?

In today’s episode we will be talking with fellow podcaster Monica Packer of About Progress as she shares why she is so passionate about helping others to embrace the messiness of life as we seek self-improvement and progress and what it means to be trying instead of holding ourselves up to the unobtainable and destructive goal of perfection that we may draw out from what society, social media, or our own inner voice tells us that we not only need to do it all, but we need to look good doing it.

Monica shares how her life-long obsession with perfectionism infiltrated all aspects of her life that not only manifested itself through an eating disorder, but affected her self-identity, her spirituality, her relationship with her husband.  She shares those things that she learned in her 11 year journey to break free of this cycle as she battled eating disorders and how neutralizing and removing the emotion associated with foods, running straight into fear to embrace failure, looking to the future to see who she wanted to become for her future family and looking to the past to see how far she had come – all helped her to keep going on her progress.

Listen and be inspired in your own life to not measure your own worth based upon successes or failures and to embrace the progress you are making.

Instagram Live this week will be on Wednesday July 5 at 9:00 pm MDT due to the holiday on Tuesday July 4.

Show Notes:

This episode is sponsored by Bumbelou Children’s Clothing and Accessories.  Hear founder Jenna Odegard’s story on today’s episode.  Enter the code: LIFEBEATS for 15% off all purchases made through the Bumbelou store.

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Monica’s podcast “About Progress”

Monica’s website “About Progress”

Monica’s Instagram feed and Facebook page “About Progress”

Blog article “Here lies Monica, She had an amazing body”

Monica’s podcast episode “Sometimes, You Don’t Make the Cut”

 

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LifeLine 10: New Listener? Start Here: When the painting we envision of our life turns out differently than we had imagined | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #74)
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LifeLine 10: New Listener? Start Here: When the painting we envision of our life turns out differently than we had imagined | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #74)

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If you’re new to The LifeBeats Project this is a great first episode to introduce you to this podcast.  On this LifeLine episode we will discuss this idea of LifeBeats, how to avoid the isolation trap, more of my personal story that inspired this work, how the painting I had imagined for my life looks very differently than I had imagined, how sparks of action can save you from self-sabotage and barbed-wire fenced dreams, and one uncomfortable challenge that can change the way you see yourself.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • idea of our vision of our life as a painting
  • what are LifeBeats
  • my invitation to listening to the podcast with an openness to learn and connect with someone else’s story
  • the isolation trap
  • how we can be resources, tools, and community for each other
  • invitation to look for connection in your own community, own life, invite people into your home
  • how our life changed in 2009
  • how my painting of my life felt as if it had been erased
  • finding out I was pregnant the very same day Mike was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
  • mad at God but did not doubt in Him, I doubted in myself
  • battling self-sabotaging thoughts
  • how I needed to break down the wall around my heart and the barbed-wire fence around my dreams
  • how I didn’t let myself dream or hope after Mike’s diagnosis
  • how sparks of action brought big change
  • invitation to write down your sparks
  • how we can change the way we look at our painting of our life to not focus on external circumstances but how we have been transformed
  • challenge of seeing yourself as you are, perhaps for the first time

Show Notes:

The LifeLine Episodes

Interview with Mike “Keeping perspective when there are things you can’t change” 

50th Episode “LifeBeats and where to find them: laughter, tears, and secrets revealed in my answers to your questions”

Blog post “Self-sabotage and barbed wire: fighting the battle within”

Giving a broken marriage a second chance through healing as individuals before reconnecting as a couple | with Tiffini and Jason Denham (TLBP #73)
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Giving a broken marriage a second chance through healing as individuals before reconnecting as a couple | with Tiffini and Jason Denham (TLBP #73)

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Tiffini and Jason Denham together courageously share their story that has never been told publicly before, their 14 year long journey of marriage including a decade of emotional abuse endured by Tiffini as a result of Jason’s wake of explosive anger, followed by silence, and his hidden pornography addiction, and what they have battled through and for to build a new marriage based upon their separate personal discovery of who they are as an individual, breaking patterns of co-dependency, focusing on their relationship with their Higher Power, Jesus Christ, and being patient through their process of forgiveness, regaining trust, and absolute dedication to reconnection to one another.   And friends they do this by sitting side by side, holding hands on my sofa in my studio, exchanging glances, breathing deeply as they answer some tough questions I felt nervous asking.  Tiffini shares how she had reached a point in which her physical health broke as a result of her emotional abuse that she left a note for Jason and left with her children knowing she would never come back.  She tells why she decided to give it another chance and what she and Jason both learned and did to be able to heal separately in order to reconnect and create a stronger relationship together. Jason shares some incredible insights on what he needed to do to look at life, love, and even religion in new ways.  I was absolutely fascinated at what that process looked like for him.  They also share that they are able to now say that they are both completely new individuals and their future is bright together.  Listen and be inspired to discover for yourself the power that can come from learning of your own worth in order to strengthen your relationship with those you love.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This podcast is perfect for someone who has healing to do from a relationship and is looking for inspiration on what one couple did to heal and reconnect.  It is also perfect for someone seeking to understand one perspective from an abuser and pornography addict and what helped him to change and see life & love with new eyes.  It is also perfect for someone wanting to incorporate faith into their healing process.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • why Tiffini called their first year of marriage a gift
  • what changed after 1 1/2 years and how Jason’s feeling loss after a rejection put Tiffini in the crosshairs
  • a wake of emotional abuse Tiffini endured for over a decade – what that looked like and how she kept going
  • why Jason was not aware of the effects he had on Tiffini
  • what was the very first thing that Jason did to start changing his life
  • how the emotional abuse Tiffini had endured finally broke her physical health causing her to be in bed most days
  • the point Tiffini left a note for Jason and took the kids and left knowing she would never return and would file for divorce
  • why Jason was confused and surprised that Tiffini had left
  • the effect that Jason confessing an addiction to pornography on and off throughout their marriage had on Tiffini’s feelings of worth
  • why Tiffini would give their marriage a second chance
  • what co-dependency looked like for both of them
  • the power of emotional release for Tiffini
  • how Tiffini and Jason both had to heal individually before they could reconnect
  • how faith in Jesus Christ was central to their healing
  • how Jason had to let go of control and how he discovered who he was
  • when Tiffini finally allowed anger to surface
  • their suggestions to couples on how to create reconnection
  • the role of positive music and elevated thoughts in Jason’s healing his addiction to pornography
  • the importance of remembering that mistakes will come but to celebrate the small successes as you progress

Show Notes:

Tiffini’s emotional release business : Luminosity: Energy & Emotional Transformation –

LifeLine episode #7: “When you want to escape: choosing paths of avoidance or clarity through mindfulness, and embracing your struggles as part of your story”

LifeLine episode #8: “When you can’t share your story”

LifeLine episode #9: “When you have lost your mojo, 8 things to help jumpstart out of a funk”

 

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Finding happiness now when your happy ending hasn’t come | with Katrina Morriss of Operation Orphan No More (TLBP #72)
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Finding happiness now when your happy ending hasn’t come | with Katrina Morriss of Operation Orphan No More (TLBP #72)

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Katrina Morriss of the blog Operation Orphan No More shares her story of trying to find beauty in the rain while waiting for her rainbow during her 5 year fight to bring home her special needs daughter Natasha from Russia through adoption.  She tells of the beautiful experience finally visiting her in Russia and of completing all of required paperwork only to be cruelly separated from her due to the Russian ban on adoptions from American families.  Katrina has marched on Washington, spoken in front of Congress, been on Russian news and documentaries, American documentaries, and has organized many letter writing campaigns – all in an effort to not let these children who have been caught in the ban become forgotten.  She shares how she always has loved happy endings and how she has had to work hard to be happy where she is at even though she has not received the happy ending she was expecting.  She tells of a miracle in which a series of strangers helped transport hats as Christmas gifts from the United States all the way to Natasha’s orphanage and how this story has now become a children’s book.  Katrina why she has now shifted her focus to what she can control, supporting organizations in Russia that provide resources to families with Down Syndrome children, and how this book is doing just that, and that the best way to help orphans is to keep them from becoming orphans in the first place.  One of most touching parts of the podcast is when Katrina tells of reading their children’s book to her daughter Nevaeh who did not understand why this story didn’t have a happy ending either.  Katrina teaches her the importance of sad stories getting told and how sad stories have good parts in them too.  Listen and be inspired to focus on the happy things in your life instead of the unfairness or heartaches in the world, to see what you can do in your circle of influence, and how you are making a difference.

This podcast episode is perfect for someone who has been struggling for a long time waiting for something that hasn’t happened yet, their happy ending, or for someone who’s path has gone an unexpected direction.  It will help them to see that they can find happiness now and focus on the things that they can control.  It is perfect for someone who wants to learn more about the Russian adoption ban on American families and what it is like in Russia for some children with Down Syndrome.

Show Notes:

Katrina’s blog Operation Orphan No More

Purchase Katrina’s book “Natasha and the Christmas Wish” here

“Natasha and the Christmas Wish” book trailer

“Natasha and the Christmas Wish” Facebook Page 

Reese’s Rainbow

Parents United for Russian Orphans Facebook page

“Children of The State” Russian documentary

“To the Moon and Back” American documentary

Holding onto hope by searching for the silver lining and the power of your instinct | with Savanna Tate of The Hayes Tough Foundation (TLBP #71)
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Holding onto hope by searching for the silver lining and the power of your instinct | with Savanna Tate of The Hayes Tough Foundation (TLBP #71)

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Savanna Tate of the Hayes Tough Foundation gives us a window inside the world of childhood cancer, a world that can be beautiful and hopeful despite the pain and heartache.  Savanna shares the 11 month battle of her son Hayes, one of her triplets, with a rare form of brain cancer that began at the age of 10 months, and the role that “mom gut”, hope, faith, gratitude, and fight played in their family’s journey.  Savanna tells how after her triplets were born- children 4,5,6- she felt what others had described as “feeling complete”.  This is what her life was about, being a mom to these 6 children and being genuinely happy.  She tells of the role of what she calls “mom gut” played in diagnosing Hayes and getting him the care he needed.  The idea that moms know their children the best and they can tell when something is wrong and if you have to fight to get the care they need from experts.  Savanna shares how after she continued to recognize unusual behaviors and lack of behaviors in Hayes how she pressed the doctors until they received an answer, one that was devastating and her initial instinct was to take her baby and run away from, but one she decided she needed to face and fight.  Savanna shares of learning to enjoy each moment-even the oatmeal covered eyelids ones, that hope is all she had control over, and that there is always a silverlining to every experience we go through.  She also tells of her struggle with faith upon learning that after all of their fight and hope for healing that her baby was dying.  She honestly cries out “what’s the point of faith if you can’t control the outcome” and tells of what helped her to switch her mindset from anger to gratitude.  Savanna shares why she started the Hayes Tough Foundation and how she is able to be a voice for the thousands of children and parents to bring awareness to childhood cancer.  She shares how we can become involved to help give them some joy and provide a silverlining in their life that they otherwise would not have.  Listen and be inspired to aggressively seek out the silverlinings in the experiences you are going through, to grab onto hope and not let it go.

 

Show Notes:

Savanna’s blog

Savanna’s Instagram feed

The Hayes Tough Foundation website

Hayes Tough Facebook page, Instagram feed

News stories on Hayes and Tate Family here and here

Tate Family Documentary

LifeLine podcast episode #9 “When you have lost your mojo, 8 things to help jumpstart out of a funk | with Briana Johnson”

LifeLine 9: When you have lost your mojo, 8 things to help jumpstart out of a funk | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #70)
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LifeLine 9: When you have lost your mojo, 8 things to help jumpstart out of a funk | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #70)

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Have you been feeling not quite yourself or just unmotivated?  Are you in a funk and not sure how to get out of it?  On this month’s LifeLine podcast episode, Briana shares an experiment that she did after feeling like she had lost her mojo and was ready to jumpstart out of a funk.  She shares 2 things that didn’t work and 8 things that did work to get her on the path back to feeling like herself again.  She shares the key to this experiment as becoming aware of your state and then paying attention to each thing that helps you feel slightly better each day, to transition from a subconscious existence of mundane, disconnection, and complacency to becoming actively conscious of those things that are reenergizing, satisfying, and self-affirming- however slight the improvement may be.   Briana tells why this key works as explained by the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon in which your brain draws attention to and helps you notice those things you want to see.  Briana shares why at first this became more painful but how these eight things transitioned her on a path of returning to a fullness of living.  Listen and be inspired to identify those things in your life that bring you connection to your health, your relationships, and to yourself, to help you achieve a feeling of fullness, energy, and self-satisfaction.

Show Notes:

The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

Chainsmokers “Don’t Say” lyrics

Chainsmokers “The Last Day Alive” lyrics

Savanna Tate of the Hayes Tough Foundation

Wax On, Shine On Illumination Challenge

Creating a fulfilling family lifestyle and teaching others to lift themselves | with Greg and Lucy Jensen of Cultiva International (TLBP #69)
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Creating a fulfilling family lifestyle and teaching others to lift themselves | with Greg and Lucy Jensen of Cultiva International (TLBP #69)

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Greg & Lucy Jensen of Cultiva International share their story on today’s podcast of why they decided to leave their life as they knew it here in the United States and drive down to Guatemala with their van packed with their family of 6 and all the rest of their belongings to start a new life there.  Together they share that what is right for your family may look very differently than everyone else’s and that finding a way to create the family culture you desire is worth every effort.  Greg shares how he never felt fulfilled in any of his “good” jobs and why he is so passionate about telling young people that there are so many options besides just getting a job. Lucy shares how she wanted more for her children than just the bubble they were living in and how moving to Guatemala has been the best thing for their family despite the hiccups and adjustments.  Greg tells how creating a lifestyle that you desire for your family does not require a move out of the country and shares the principles of how to do it.  They share about the circumstances of chronic malnutrition in Guatemala as the 4th highest in the world and what poverty means to them versus what it means to North Americans, explaining it in terms of internal emotions such as shame, sadness, and hopelessness instead of our typical idea of lack of material things.  They share how they have come to learn the guiding principles on how to do humanitarian work effectively to teach the people how to help themselves and what Cultiva International has done to help over 350 families to create sustainable change and empowerment in their lives.   Listen and be inspired to mold your activities, your job, your school to your relationships and your life’s desires instead of the other way around and to see that the way that things have always been done or the way others do them isn’t necessarily the best way for you and your family.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is thinking about making any real change, especially one involving their family lifestyle.  It is also perfect for someone wanting to know more about effective humanitarian efforts and more about malnutrition in Guatemala.  It is also for those who are looking more inspiration to live a life differently than the norm, to pursue a dream, and to take action on creating the family lifestyle you desire.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how Greg and I know each other
  • what running taught Greg from a young age
  • Lucy’s desire to be different from an early age
  • Greg and Lucy meeting in Guatemala and then later running into each other on a 30,000 student campus in Utah three times in one week
  • what Greg’s motivation for living abroad as a family and what it is about the Latin culture that he loves
  • why Greg is so passionate about teaching youth that there are other options besides just getting a job you don’t like
  • how Greg feeling unfilled in his job and Lucy wanting more for her children led to their decision to move their family from the US to Guatemala
  • why they didn’t tell people for a long time and what it felt like to sell all of their belongings
  • what their plan or lack of a plan looked like before they left and why they were ok with that
  • the adjustments of being together as a couple and a family all day long, especially in another country
  • how they created a family lifestyle they were so happy with and how we can too without needing to move out of the country
  • why they would never regret going
  • how they created a lifestyle of service instead of just scheduled service and the process of discovering the best way to do humanitarian work that creates sustainable change to help others help themselves
  • Guatemala as the 4th highest country in chronic malnutrition and how poverty is defined by the people
  • what inspired the work of Cultiva and stories of Juan and Mayan women who have inspired them to keep going
  • how we can become involved in Cultiva
  • the Youth Humanitarian Leadership Week with Clint Pulver and Cultiva in August 2017

Show Notes:

Greg & Lucy’s YouTube Channel for Cultiva International

Cultiva International Website – to learn more about how you can become involved

Greg’s website for more information about the Youth Humanitarian Leadership Week

Cultiva’s Facebook page and Instagram Feed

Greg’s Instagram Feed and Facebook Page

Clint Pulver – top youth motivational speaker

The LifeBeats Project podcast episode with Karan and Kerry Bajaj “Unlearning everything you know to learn about your true self and to connect as a couple”

Adjusting our expectations, living on less, and making things work as a team | with Sara Miedema of Tiny Home Dream (TLBP #68)
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Adjusting our expectations, living on less, and making things work as a team | with Sara Miedema of Tiny Home Dream (TLBP #68)

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Friends on today’s episode I have the honor to introduce you to Sara Miedema of Tiny Home Dream as she shares her story of learning to adjust her expectations and approaching life with a “can-do” attitude as she recounts their experience deciding to purchase and renovate a 300 square foot RV for their family of 4 after her husband lost his job.  Sara shares the foundation she received from parents who taught her that they could figure anything out together and make things work.  She shares of the importance of her university years in becoming confident in who she was and making her faith her own as well as in meeting her husband Austin.  Sara shares the role that expectations played as a new wife, a new mother and then when Austin lost his job and how she communicated with him to feel like they were working to find a solution as a team instead of allowing the stress to tear them apart.  She shares why they decided to purchase a RV (in fact a moldy RV the salesman tried to talk her out of) instead of taking out more loans or living with their family and why it wasn’t about what they were giving up. She talks about what they didn’t give up, the lessons of living on less and how this has brought them closer as a couple & a family, the joys of retaining their independence and becoming debt-free as well as the realities of tiny living and winter hiccups of broken pipes and hauling snow in to wash dishes.  Listen and be inspired by this can-do woman to readjust your expectations, to see that you can make things work in your life through perhaps unexpected ways, and to see that you can be what your family needs, not things, but you.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is faced with a difficult situation and is looking for some motivation on how to make things work.  It is perfect for someone interested in tiny living and learning to live on less.  It is also for someone who is looking to strengthen their relationships.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • growing up with a father as a pastor and a family that had a “we can make it work” attitude and their experience fixing up a home
  • what she loved and learned about herself during her University experience
  • how that prepared her for marriage and what attracted her to Austin
  • the adjustment of expectations upon becoming married and then with a new baby
  • the difficult year after Austin lost his job and the dialogue between the two of them as they looked at different solutions for their finances
  • their decision to purchase a RV to renovate instead of taking out loans or living with a family member and how they wanted others to see their decision
  • the most exciting part about their decision – having more freedom and independence
  • the night Sara found the moldy run-down RV on Craigslist and her experience with the salesman who tried to talk her out of purchasing it
  • why Sara was beaming about purchasing it and what she saw in it
  • their experience getting rid of 90% of what they owned and how it felt
  • my own experience getting rid of things to move to Utah
  • how they decided where they would park their RV
  • what renovations did they need to make
  • what they gave up and didn’t give up
  • Sara’s favorite moments from living there – watching her children work together, having time to enjoy one another
  • the winter hiccups and feeling like they are a team that can make anything work
  • how surprised Sara was to learn that she doesn’t need as much space as before
  • how living this way has adjusted the way they look at their next step in their future
  • how Sara does not judge anyone for the way they live and that she realizes that the way they are living is not for everyone
  • how people miss out if they worry too much about appearances and expectations they set
  • the benefits to her marriage from this experience

 

Show Notes:

Sara’s blog Tiny Home Dream

Sara’s Instagram feed 

Sara Miedema Photography website

Finding joy in a life full of imperfections and learning to appreciate the moment we are in | with Tessie Friedli (TLBP #67)
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Finding joy in a life full of imperfections and learning to appreciate the moment we are in | with Tessie Friedli (TLBP #67)

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Tessie Friedli’s life became something quite different than she imagined when her husband became blind and her son suffered permanent brain damage.  Her idyllic childhood and early adulthood was filled with beautiful family bonds strengthened from hard work, achievement in many aspects of her life, and a joy filled marriage high with hopes of breezy years ahead.  Within 2 years of marriage Tessie’s husband Zach, who had lost sight in one eye at the 15, unexpectedly lost sight in his other eye making him permanently blind.  1 year later their 2 year old son Dakota suffered permanent brain damage after being crushed under a fallen fence without oxygen for 26 minutes.   Tessie shares the details of both of these experiences with deep emotion and how the pain, the moment-to-moment hardship, the heartaches, the fear have become the lessons of hope, of survival, of gratitude, of happiness.  That only when everything was nearly taken from her and she had to battle for life every day for her family did she finally begin to appreciate what she had.  And how truly she can feel joy on a level she never felt, not because life has become easier, because it has only gotten harder, but because she can appreciate the simple moments of being a wife and mother more than she ever did before.  Listen and be inspired to take a look at your own life and identify distractions that may be preventing you from truly learning to live in the moment for those things that are most important.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Tessie’s life growing up with a big family and what she learned from them made her want to do her best and work hard at things
  • her life in sports and rodeo
  • how she met her husband
  • her husband’s experience at 15 after coming up out of the pool with blurry vision in one eye -optic nerve swollen
  • losing his sight in one eye – had to give up sports, no depth perception
  • Tessie’s expectations of marriage and family life and what she and her husband liked to do together before kids
  • In 2009 when Zach could tell cars were passing him but couldn’t’ see them and finding out his optic nerve in his other eye was swollen
  • losing his sight in the other eye after 2 weeks and the dialogue and emotions between the Tessie and Zach
  • coming home from the hospital and those things that were most difficult for Zach and most difficult for Tessie
  • losing his independence and the changing of his demeanor
  • Zach’s determination to finish school and continue his landscape business and how Tessie helped him
  • learning to laugh about it : a story about a mirror in Old Navy
  • the day Dakota was found under a fallen fence and without oxygen for 26 minutes
  • Dakota’s lack of progress that led to being sent home
  • Tessie’s fear when coming home – he looked different, acted different, they asked her to do things she had never done to keep him alive
  • her daily survival mode to and how hard and lonely it felt
  • feeling angry that God kept him alive for this life
  • turning point came over time when Dakota began to smile again
  • his progression has helped them to accept this plan that is very different than the one they had for him
  • finding so much joy living with imperfections
  • Tessie’s story of a girl who had everything but didn’t appreciate it until she almost lost it all
  • when you’ve experienced real pain, you know what real joy i like
  • being in the moment more
  • encouraging people who are going through struggles to write down their experiences.  write your heart.  blog greatest resource to see how she has grown – process of healing

 

Show Notes:

Tessie’s Instagram Feed

Tessie’s Blog

 

Finding emotional connection, how to be truly loved, and peace through vulnerability | with Hugh Vail (TLBP #66)
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Finding emotional connection, how to be truly loved, and peace through vulnerability | with Hugh Vail (TLBP #66)

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Do you want stronger relationships? Are you struggling to give or receive emotional connection from your partner?  Hugh Vail is the co-founder of the largest family preparedness website “The American Preppers Network” and is a key member of Operation Underground Railroad directly supporting its founder Tim Ballard.  Hugh is one of the few men who have been on the podcast and his insights will have you sharing them with anyone- man or woman- who is looking to improve their relationships and achieve real emotional connection.  Hugh shares his story of growing up in a home with an absent father and a mother with an addiction to prescription drugs.  He tells of running away from home at 16 and of an unlikely friend who facilitated a pivotal moment in his life.  He shares how he tried out a new thing called prayer and how the answer he received brought him back to his family’s home 18 months after he had left only to be greeted by his mom siting the conditions of him being able to stay as living in the 3-walled barn in the back property and paying rent.  Hugh shares of putting up his hammock and getting to work to save money to serve a church mission.  He then discusses how the dysfunction of his family later impacted his  marriage by teaching him to shut down emotion, demonstrating that when self worth is low, ego is high to compensate.  Hugh shares how his refusal to be vulnerable for fear of being alone, ended up leading to a divorce that was very lonely.  He tells of his commitment and recommitment over and over now to always be vulnerable.  He shares his belief that you cannot fully know how much you are loved unless you can be you just as you are, that happiness is when others see how screwed up you are and still love you.  He sites honesty in owning up to your screw-ups as a qualification for someone he is looking to be with, saying that if you will own them, you will fix them.  He discusses his belief that the peace that Christ offers is actually emotional connection, that no matter the darkness that happens in the world around us nor what we have done, Christ will give us emotional security and an unfailing love.  Listen to this tender hearted single dad and be inspired to take a chance on being vulnerable in your relationship to see what that opens up to you.

Show Notes:

Hugh’s Blog

Hugh’s Instagram feed, LinkedIn

Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

The American Preppers Network

Operation Underground Railroad

Deer Vally Ski Resort

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Spiritual Roots for Human Relations by Stephen Covey

Dr. Steven Stosney

*Some of the above links contain affiliate links that give me a thank you if you decide they are right for you.  Thank you friends for your support.

 

LifeLine 8: When you can’t share your story | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #65)
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LifeLine 8: When you can’t share your story | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #65)

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In today’s latest installment of the LifeLine podcast series in which I help you to discover your own story and see the good that already exists inside of you, I address a different group of you than I have ever addressed before, those of you who cannot share your story, in particular those who cannot share their story because they are in the depths of it right now – and sharing it right now may alter a preferred outcome – or it may involve others who would be affected by sharing – or it may not be safe to share –  or it may be so heavy on your heart that you don’t even know how to start talking about it or may not have someone trusted to talk about it with.  I share that although I am very open with my life there are things that I don’t share and recent events have created a deep sense of empathy to those who may fall into this group.  I want you know that you are not alone and that I am white-knuckling onto gratitude and hope right alongside you.  I share that although I know that you may not be able to share your story right now, one day you will be ready to share or perhaps you won’t feel ready but someone will come into your life that needs to hear it and you know you can help them and so you break the silence. 100% do I believe that your story is worth sharing – that what you are going through right now, those things you are currently silent about, those hard lessons you are experiencing, how you are stumbling, how you are rising, how you are putting one foot in front of the other, those things are things that inspiring stories are made of-your story is inspiring wherever you are on this journey.  And when the time comes for you to share, whether or not you feel your story is ready to share, whether or not you feel like you have reached a happy ending enough to share, your story is worthy of inspiring others – your story will lift others, inspire others who need to hear it.

So my friends, this episode is for you.  With all the sensitivity in my heart to what you are going through, I want to share with you 5 things you can do right now in the midst of whatever it is.  I understand everyone’s circumstance are different, but I believe this things to be of universal application and I hope that something I will share with you will be of benefit.
The 5 things we will discuss are:
1. Learning to be proactive instead of reactive
2. Making time in your day to expand your thinking and challenge inner negative thoughts
3. Journaling
4. Looking for the good like crazy
5. Drawing someone you can trust into your life

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is unable to share their story because of the varying circumstances that cause them to keep silent.  It is perfect for those who may be in the depths of a difficulty too painful to talk about or not safe to share.  It is for those who want to find ways to not feel alone and want to find strength, hope, and perspective during a difficult time.

What is this episode about?  In this episode you will learn about:

  • our local Utah Meetup
  • the various groups of people who fall into the header of ‘can’t share my story’ and how I have addressed two of the groups in previous LifeLine episodes but this final group I am addressing for the first time
  • I address those who cannot share their story because they are in the depths of it and it may not be safe to share or it may involve others who would be affected or if may alter a preferred outcome by sharing
  • how torn I felt saying that some may not be able to share their story right now, when a main message of mine is ‘share your story, share your story’
  • why I emphasize the words ‘right now’ and how I believe you will eventually share your story
  • how this episode is inspired by events in my life and how I am right alongside you in this
  • 5 things you can do in the midst of your difficulty
  • 1 – Learning to be proactive instead of reactive – based upon philosophies of David Byrd
  • 2 – Making time in your day to expand your thinking and challenge inner negative thoughts – and what you can do to invest in yourself and when you can fit it in
  • 3 – Journaling – the benefits of writing stuff down
  • 4 – Looking for the good like crazy – in your world around you and in yourself
  • 5 – Drawing someone you can trust into your life – whether that is through setting an intention or prayer
  • why wishing I could change your circumstances may be like wishing to deprive you of something you need
  • a song that has been an inspiration to me – Oceans {Feet May Fail} by Hillsong United and how we may find our feet wandering deeper than we would have ever gone ourselves
  • my confidence in you that you will rise

 

Show Notes:

all of the LifeLine episodes

David Byrd

Nerium skincare

Time Out for Women

Lisa Valentine Clark

My Spotify account

Oceans {Feet May Fail} by Hillsong United

My personal blog “Journey with Johnsons”

Blog post “Trust Without Borders”

Blog post “To simply begin, one branch at a time”

Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable and beginning again after loss to find the beauty in the broken spaces of your life | with Tanya Smith of A Widow’s World (TLBP #64)
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Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable and beginning again after loss to find the beauty in the broken spaces of your life | with Tanya Smith of A Widow’s World (TLBP #64)

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Friends on today’s episode I am grateful to be able to introduce you to Tanya Smith of A Widow’s World and Addelise Inc, a remarried widow and mother of 2 with a passion for not only supporting widows in their journey of healing, but also to help other women entrepreneurs reach their full potential and see that you can find beauty in the broken spaces of your life.  Tanya shares her story of an unraveling family life in a small midwest town that left her feeling that she would never rely on a man or put trust in a relationship.  Seeing her mother work hard for her family and learning that life is hard but is what we decide to make of it, she worked 3 jobs to put herself through college.  She met John who drew trust out of her and helped her to believe in real love that could last a lifetime.  After one year of marriage and seven years together they were getting ready to break ground on their property to build a home when John was stung by a bee.  Tanya shares the heartbreaking events of losing him and the conflicting emotions of helping to transport his harvested heart in a cooler to an airplane bound for New York to help save someone else’s life.  She tells of the days and years ahead full of hope, support, but also self-destruction, and not wanting to go on without him.  She shares what she began to do to heal and to learn to trust her inner self to step into who she was meant to be. She explains her term for widows as keepers of the flame and helps them and others to understand that the loss and love is never going to leave and they will never get over it but they can embrace their story and they can find love again.  She explains how it is possible for her to love her first husband and now love her second husband.  She tells of her experience on the 10th anniversary of her first husband’s passing and how she was able to look back at her broken self and see who she has become and how important it is that we acknowledge and take pride in seeing what we’ve overcome.  Listen and be inspired to began again and see beauty in our brokenness.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who has lost someone they love, especially a spouse and is looking for support, hope, and evidence that love is possible again.  It is also perfect for anyone who is looking for a new beginning, who is wanting to heal, and is ready to make a choice to make life what they want out of it.  It is also perfect for someone wanting to understand the widow’s heart and how it is possible to love more than once.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • why Tanya left being an executive at a multimillion dollar company to begin her own marketing company to support entrepreneurs build their dreams and why she began A Widow’s World
  • putting yourself out there and being so vulnerable and why hitting publish can be so scary
  • how Tanya learned that no one is going to hand us a thing, we really have to put out what we want to get
  • Tanya’s lesson to get comfortable with the uncomfortable and how every next level of yourself will demand a new you, a better you, and a more learned & attuned you
  • how she grew up in small midwest town with a graduating class of 18
  • how at the age of 13 parents’ marriage unraveled and how she felt like she was the one that needed to hold things together
  • how her mom worked really hard and rooted them in belief system and faith
  • how Tanya pushed through her independence and learned that life is hard but its what we decide to make of it
  • John, her high school sweetheart and how he drew trust out of her because after her dad left thad thought would never rely on a man or put trust in a relationship
  • how John made her believe in real love that could last a lifetime
  • Tanya and John being together for 7 years, including married for one
  • how they were preparing to break ground on their property to build a home when John was stung by a bee that caused him to code even though he was not allergic
  • how Tanya had a panic inside but believed everything would be ok
  • John coding twice but then came back for 3 days in the hospital until there was no brain activity
  • how he helped save 6 other people through organ donation
  • the events of Tanya watching through a chain linked fence as John’s organs were being brought to planes and how she herself carried the cooler with his heart in it
  • a rainbow of peace that appeared between the two planes
  • how John wanted to be a storm chaser and how Tanya had worried about them dying together, but how she then wished they could have
  • Tanya’s concept for A Widow’s World of keepers of the flame
  • how Tanya and many other widows have moments where don’t want to go on living without their loved one
  • Tanya recalls the first time someone calls her a widow
  • how we have the power to take what happened to us and do something good with it
  • how we have to start trusting our inner selves and stepping into who we were always meant to be
  • the first thing that helped Tanya heal was thinking about how would John want me to live me life
  • her self destructive stage when she fell down stairs and the thoughts in her mind that  “you can’t live in this place, this is not who you are”
  • the importance of journaling to heal, including writing down funny memories like their waxing eyebrow story
  • knowing in your heart you will never get over it
  • how widows are scrutinized by everyone on everything in regards to healing or not healing
  • how it was weird to feel a spark when she began to date Dave
  • the strange feeling realizing loved him but would always love John
  • how John never feels like she is holding back and how important it is for her to to be able to give him what he deserves
  • her advice to widow’s to share your story in the beginning when dating and whoever is strong enough will remain
  • why she began a Widow’s World and her desire to support and share others’ stories
  • her purpose for her new company Addelise: to help people build their dreams
  • going back to a place 10 years later after her first husband’s death to see who she was then and then seeing who she has become
  • her advice to say to go back to those places, face those fears & hurts or you’re never going to be able to live wholly or fully
  • her advice to find pride in seeing what we’ve overcome and owning what we have done, sharing how it helps others

 

Show Notes:

A Widow’s World website – her heart is to help empower and inspire other women through loss. She would love to connect with you here

Addelise Inc website – She is offering a free consultation to help you with business development ideas and discuss branding questions you have.  If you use her service to do your website, she will provide free social media branding.  Reach out to her at tanya@addelise.com and let her know you heard her on today’s show.

Tanya’s A Widow’s World Instagram feed, Facebook PageFacebook Group, and Google Plus account

Gift of Hope – Organ & Tissue Donor Network

***Do you want to come to our local Meetup?  RSVP at our Eventbrite event here!

 

You are meant for more: owning your whole story and purposing your heartache to bless others with Ashley Mitchell of Big Tough Girl (TLBP #63)
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You are meant for more: owning your whole story and purposing your heartache to bless others with Ashley Mitchell of Big Tough Girl (TLBP #63)

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Ashley Mitchell of Big Tough Girl is an advocate for not only birth mothers who have placed their babies for adoption, but for all women who have experienced hard things and are looking for a place of support and healing.  On our episode today we will be discussing some very difficult subjects, including abortion, and I would ask that you are considerate and respectful of her experience and her opinion which may differ from yours.  Ashley shares about growing up believing that her worth and power were tied into the way she looked and how that played into a marriage she feels never connected beyond a physical relationship.  She tells of becoming pregnant after her divorce and how she hid it from her family for nearly 8 months.  She recounts her thought process and experience going to an abortion clinic and the moment that changed her life when the nurse told her that she was too far along to have an abortion.  Ashley shares why she decided to place her child for adoption and her unexpected experience at the hospital after giving birth. She tells of the years of self destruction that followed filled with casual relationships and substance abuse as she avoided having to feel the grief and loss.  She shares why a breakdown that led to an ambulance ride and stay in the hospital was the best thing that could have happened to her and some of the key things she learned that helped her to finally be on a path of healing including acceptance, accountability in owning your whole story, and the power of sharing it.  Ashley talks about the community Big Tough Girl and the group of women who have come to find support and skills to overcome anything and how being able to help others avoid the self destruction she experienced has brought purpose to her brokenness.  Listen and be inspired to accept yourself in the truth of your story and feel hope in what your future looks like.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is wanting inspiration and ideas on how to overcome hard things and who may be looking for a community of women to receive support through it.  It is perfect for someone who would like to find out someone’s experience and opinion about abortion and more about what it feels to place your child for adoption be a birth parent.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • why Ashley grew up believing her worth and power were tied into the way she looked
  • how that affected her first marriage
  • her experience in her 20s of standing in front of a mirror wondering who she was
  • how she handled emotion by not talking about it
  • why she decided to get an abortion when she was single and pregnant
  • her experience of being in the abortion clinic and finding out she was too far along to have an abortion
  • what she believes God was showing her at that moment and how that changed her life
  • the lengths she went to hide the fact that she was pregnant from everyone and how her mom finally found out at 8 months along
  • her decision to place the baby for adoption
  • her unexpected experience in the hospital and cherishing that time of being her son’s mom fully
  • the moment of leaving her son with another family
  • the years of self destruction from substance abuse and casual relationships that followed due to grief and sorrow
  • why hitting rock bottom and ending up in the hospital was the best thing that could have happened
  • the very best step she took to recovery and how she began to take accountability for her whole story
  • how she began to share her story and create a community of other birth mothers
  • how all women who have experienced hard things were attracted to her message of a Big Tough Girl
  • creating a lifetime support for birth mothers
  • the purpose of preventing just one other person from years of self destruction by being a voice for others
  • the Big Tough Girl community and the support it provides

Show Notes:

Big Tough Girl website

Adoption division of Big Tough Girl

Ashley’s Instagram feed @bigtoughgirl

***Do you want to come to our local Meetup?  RSVP at our Eventbrite event here!

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Turning from the brokenness of surviving to a joy of thriving: a unbelievable tale of a broken woman’s discovery of her worth | with Becky Erkkila of Thriving Survivor Tips (TLBP #62)
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Turning from the brokenness of surviving to a joy of thriving: a unbelievable tale of a broken woman’s discovery of her worth | with Becky Erkkila of Thriving Survivor Tips (TLBP #62)

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Due to today’s content you will want to be mindful of little ears.  Becky Urkuhluh shares of being a beaten women both emotionally and physically who escaped with her life after she was kidnapped, raped and nearly killed by her own husband and the journey of healing that she feels compelled to share.  Becky tells of becoming broken and lost from her first marriage after enduring verbal and sexual abuse.  Being divorced with 4 children she was financially unable to take care of her family and felt like no one would want her so she needed to take whoever came along who was willing to take her which very soon was the man who would become her second husband despite many red flags.  His controlling and abusive nature escalated from threatening looks and throwing things to choking her nearly to the point of passing out to having him pull a loaded gun on himself and then on her.  Becky shares the rationalization she convinced herself of that it was fine that he has hurting her as long as it wasn’t her children.  She tells of beginning to see her worth and ability to provide for her family as she started taking classes for nursing school and excelling.  She tells of a series of events that led to the miracle of him leaving and how she finally felt hope for the future as she and her children moved into her parents’ home and got a restraining order.  Becky recounts the day after class that her husband and a 15 year old boy kidnapped her from the college parking lot.  She tells of pleading with the boy to let her go after being beaten and raped by her husband in the van and later at a hotel.  She tells of her face being taped and not being able to breath and going to a happy place in her mind after begging God to let her die.  She recounts being rescued by the police and the fog of denial and trauma she experienced in the months and years ahead.  She tells of her journey to healing and the words of a counselor that changed her life to help her chose everyday to get up and live and do her best.  She shares why she is sharing her story instead of staying quiet in her new town.  And her strong desire to help everyone know that you can thrive in hard times, you can find joy and happiness because that it is a choice you have the power to make.  She shares more about the tools and resources to hope you can find on her website Thriving Survivor Tips and new book My Journey to Hope.  Listen and be inspired to face the hard things in your life choosing happiness, by choosing what you are going to focus on.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who wants to feel there is hope after experiencing something so horrific or difficult and how that is possible.  It is perfect for someone who does not feel worth in their relationships and may even be experiencing abuse.  It is perfect for someone wanting to understand the mindset of a loved one who stays in an abusive relationship.  It is perfect for anyone who has experienced hardship in their life.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how Becky grew up oldest girl of 10 children with lots of responsibilities
  • how after high school she had a great desire to get married and got married at 19 despite concerns from parents and her knowing it would be a hard road
  • her first husband was verbally abusive and later sexually abusive and it broke her down and she had lost who she was
  • why Becky can understand why women go from one broken marriage to the other
  • how she thought “who would want me?”, “who would want someone with 4 kids?”, “so I guess I should just take whoever comes along and is willing to take me”
  • how she was financially unable to take care of my family and felt like getting married was her only option and why she married her second husband despite red flags
  • husband at first showed evidence of controlling through looks, threatening to hit her and throwing things
  • the escalation to physical abuse but how she rationalized it because he was not ‘hurting’ the kids, just her and how she only saw what she wanted to see
  • what she would have said to herself if she could go back
  • how financial aspect was breaking point – husband kept getting fired over and over and it was always my fault- tired of not being able to provide for the kids
  • why she decided to do pre-reqs for nursing program and how that saved her and was a turning point in her life
  • why the abuse escalated when she was doing well in school and what he did to regain control of her
  • how he had choked her to point of nearly passing out and had cocked a gun and pointed it to his head then turned it on her
  • what happened when he left to go take a test and why he eventually decided to leave the house for awhile
  • how Becky began to feel hope for a brighter future
  • the day her husband one day and a 15 year old kidnapped her after class from the college parking lot
  • how she was beaten and raped in the back of the van and later at a hotel
  • how Becky begged the 15 year old to let her go
  • how her face was taped up and she couldn’t breath and begged God to let her die
  • went to another place in her mind – bright & happy with lots of people & activity – don’t know how long she was there
  • how the police rescued her from the report of a woman who witnessed the kidnapping
  • how she got through one day at a time through the words of a rape counselor
  • beginning to see and recognize her worth and feeling joy from accomplishing a goal of school to provide for her family
  • why she decided to not hide in her new town but what compels her to share her story
  • thriving by choosing what you are going to look at, what you are going to focus on
  • her new book “My Journey of Hope” with more details of the steps she took to find hope in her life

Show Notes:

Becky will be giving away 2 audio recordings and 2 of her new books “My Journey to Hope” – check out my Instagram @lifebeatsproject for more details

Becky’s YouTube Channel “Thriving Survivor Tips”

Becky’s website Thriving Survivor Tips

Email Becky at thrivingsurvivortips@gmail.com

Becky’s book “My Journey of Hope”

Becky’s Audio Recordings: “Thriving Survivor Vol. 1”

Fisk Photography

Christian Fisk’s Instagram account for Fisk Photography

Movers + Doers

Legacy Tale’s Family Storytelling Retreat – buy tickets here

 

Photos donated to Becky from Christian Fisk of Fisk Photography

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LifeLine 7 | When you want to escape: choosing paths of avoidance or clarity through mindfulness, and embracing your struggles as part of your story with Briana Johnson (TLBP #61)
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LifeLine 7 | When you want to escape: choosing paths of avoidance or clarity through mindfulness, and embracing your struggles as part of your story with Briana Johnson (TLBP #61)

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Have you ever wanted to run away from it all?   In today’s latest installment of the LifeLine podcast series in which I help you to discover your own story and see the good that already exists inside of you, I share with you some real feelings brought on by some current events in my life that has given me an understanding as to why people turn to different types of escapes to cope with hard things in their life.  We explore what causes us to turn to our escape, the paths of avoidance or dealing with the pain and identifying which one we are on, as well as examining our healthy ‘clarity giver’ types of escapes versus the unhealthy types that only numb or delay.  We talk about 6 different skills of mindfulness that help create a state of mental awareness and focus without becoming attached to what we have experienced.  We talk about the idea of leaning into and embrace the hard things in our lives instead of separate ourselves from.  I share with you my period of resistance during the initial transitory time of going from a stay-at-home mom to then trying to create a successful at-home business that would have allowed me to remain home to then needing to go outside of my home to become the sole provider.  I share how I fought so hard that this was not my story but learning to let go of the past and to embrace our struggles as part of our story to allow them to refine us and give us the experiential knowledge that we can build upon and will strengthen us, that will create empathy inside us and they have a purpose even if we have to create one. I share my favorite quote with you that reveals a connecting pattern between us of adding to the things that we have been given and then passing them on to others.  Friends I hope something I share today will help you to see that you can take on those seen and unseen battles you are fighting, that you are not alone, that there are tools, people, communities, and a God that are here to help you through it!

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who has ever wanted to escape from the reality of something hard in their life, someone who is looking to find answers on how to get past those feelings, or someone who would like to learn skills of mindfulness that will help them learn to cope with hard things.

What is this episode about?  In this episode you will learn about:

  • this episode was inspired by real life current events in my life
  • having feelings of wanting an escape because things in life are just so hard
  • being at a crossroads of different ways to approach dealing with hard things – exploring different paths – scenic route of diversion vs shorter harder climb that leads to a peak of perspective
  • paths of complacency, anger, control that leads to losing hope
  • shorter path that you climb it, face it, let go, embrace it, learn from it
  • what the different types of escapes
  • my turning away from emotional eating as an escape and turning toward healthier outlets
  • identifying your own escapes – healthy ‘escape’ that are actually allow you to gain perspective which are ‘clarity givers’ vs. unhealthy escapes that are an avoidance to dealing with our problems
  • fight or flight response – the emotional component: emotional reactivity – feeling deeply can lead to anxiety or aggression
  • the cognitive component of the fight or flight response – perception of control – perception of control
  • why people turn to addiction
  • truly escaping comes from facing your pain
  • mindfulness – state of mental awareness and focus
  • the goal of mindfulness to become aware without becoming attached to anything you have experienced
  • it tends to help you understand your own reactions to things – by understanding your reactions without getting attached to things you find you can let things go that you might not have been able to in the past
  • 6 different skills of mindfulness: 1. observation, 2. description, 3. participation, 4. taking a non-judgmental stance, 5. focusing on one thing in the moment, 6. effectiveness
  • spiritual aspect of mindfulness to connect with our Higher Power
  • a scripture in Romans 8 that helps me to remember that I am a spiritual being
  • paradox – a statement that seems self-contradictory but in reality expresses a possible truth
  • what an upcoming podcast guest explains about what he learned about paradoxes when it comes to a difficulty in a relationship
  • leaning into that relationship instead of separated ourselves from it – the paradox of
  • the two choices that we have when we face challenges
  • my experience of resistance in the transitory period from being a stay at home mom, to trying to work at home, to leaving the home to be sole provider
  • learning to embrace the struggle as part of my story
  • creating purpose out of hard things
  • my favorite quote – the pattern of adding to what we have learned to pass on to others

 

Show Notes:

“What is Mindfulness?” article by Elizabeth Hartney

How Can I Stop Hurting?” article

Fight or Flight Response

Romans 8:16

Hugh Vail

“I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion” by Dawna Markova

Lewis Howes – The School of Greatness podcast

Hip Hip Party Goods

Join tonight on Instagram for our Instagram Live Chat at 8:30 pm at @lifebeatsproject

Facebook Page

Email me at briana@thelifebeatsproject.com to be a committee member to mediate a night for our upcoming Facebook community

*Some of the above links contain affiliate links that give me a thank you if you decide they are right for you.  Thank you friends for your support.

Perspective: giving you power over your pain and not comparing trials or judging by appearances | with Shellie Kendrick of The Bald Bombshell (TLBP #60)
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Perspective: giving you power over your pain and not comparing trials or judging by appearances | with Shellie Kendrick of The Bald Bombshell (TLBP #60)

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Shellie Kendrick is the radiant beauty behind The Bald Bombshell who has created a community to celebrate feeling like you and wanting to look healthy while experiencing cancer through rocking the wig, fake eyelashes, and makeup.  She has been diagnosed with cancer 3 times, the first as a 13 year old with non-hodkins lymphona and is now with Stage 4 of Meta Static Breast Cancer that has spread to her bones, liver, and lungs.  Shellie shares her stories of perspective and acceptance that have come through the difficulties she has experienced from a young age.  She tells of the power of the little things in her life as a teenager who found herself in the hospital alone- a book called “The Hiding Place” and a scripture written on a piece of paper left in a basket.  She tells of the surprise of her second diagnosis of cancer and the resulting double mastectomy.  Shellie shares of seeing her scar for the first time and the resulting cathartic episode of anger and anguish that became a crossroads for her to decide what she would do with her feelings moving forward.  She tells how she hated that cancer had brought her to her knees but how it led her to God’s love and to her making changes in her life that had nothing to do with her health that prepared her for being diagnosed yet a third time.  Shellie shares of how we can’t get caught up in comparing our trials or judging others because their pain is not painful to us.  She tells of a story of being yelled after parking in a handicap space after spinal surgery because she was wearing a wig and appeared healthy and the importance of not judging by appearances, and how you can never assume anything about anyone because there is always something going on below the surface.  Shellie shares the bright spot that her Instagram community has been for her to focus on other things besides progression, scans, and tumors and help others to learn how to feel like themselves during this difficult time by enjoying simple things like wigs, eyelashes, and makeup tips that will help them feel healthy.  Listen and be inspired to allow those difficulties to shape us and keep up our hearts open to not judge or criticize others knowing that they are fighting an unseen battle as well.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone needing to see that their perspective can bring comfort and hope during times of difficulty.  It is perfect for someone going through cancer or has a loved one suffering through cancer.  It can be a comfort to those with cancer who want to feel free of shame by wearing a wig or dressing up.  It is a good reminder to all of us that we can not judge by appearances and to remember to be kind to all, for everyone is fighting an unseen battle.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Shellie’s terminal diagnosis of Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer which has traveled to other parts of her body: bones, liver, lungs
  • how at age 13 she self-diagnosed herself by the 1974 set of encyclopedias with a goiter but actually had non-hodgkins lymphoma
  • the book “The Hiding Place” and how it helped her as a teenager to accept that there are hard things but that we can have perspective:  will I let it harm me or help me?
  • the story of being in Primary Children’s Hospital alone and going to meditation room with stained glass windows of angels and how the scripture someone left a scripture in the basket changed her life and helped her feel God’s promise.
  • how little things in life and have a big effect
  • as teen couldn’t wait to get back to growing out her hair
  • how she met her husband and their early years of marriage and how she wishes she could have enjoyed it more
  • surprised when cancer came a 2nd time and how she should have gotten a second opinion
  • her double mastectomy
  • story of how she saw her scar for the first time when her bandage fell off in Nordstrom and her episode of anger and anguish
  • burning through anger and letting other things fill you
  • feeling angry at God and being at a crossroads of deciding what to do with those emotions
  • her experience with jogging past a church and feeling God’s love
  • how in Nov 2015 rediagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer when she was having back pain
  • how we can’t get caught up in comparing our trials
  • why she decided this 3rd time of being bald that would embrace ‘me’ by embracing wearing a wig
  • why she put together her Instagram page of The Bald Bombshell – to be able to focus on feeling healthy and giving wig, eyelash, makeup tips
  • the story of after spinal surgery – vertebrae destroyed – had to relearn to walk – stop in stores and sit in aisles because so tired – but looked healthy
  • woman confronting her after parked in handicapped parking space
  • being careful of appearances – you can never assume anything about someone else – there is always something going on below the surface
  • how her Instagram page has given her something to focus on other than scans, progression, tumors 

Show Notes:

Shellie’s Instagram community “The Bald Bombshell”

“The Hiding Place”  Corrie Ten Boom

Isaiah 41:10

This American Life podcast

Free Willy movie

 

4 attributes of success to set our soul on fire and keep the dreaming aspect of our lives alive with with Lauren Elizabeth the Stay at Home Mermaid from Hello Whimzy (TLBP #59)
1:00:40
2017-09-21 04:41:02 UTC 1:00:40
4 attributes of success to set our soul on fire and keep the dreaming aspect of our lives alive with with Lauren Elizabeth the Stay at Home Mermaid from Hello Whimzy (TLBP #59)

stay at home mermaid walt disney success whimsy dreams magical podcast businessFriends on today’s episode you will feel one flip of your fin closer to your dreams as I introduce you to Lauren Elizabeth of Hello Whimzy, a real life stay at home mermaid.  Lauren shares with us the importance of keeping the magical and dreaming aspects of our lives alive by looking at conflicts as adventures and doing those things that set our soul on fire, or send Kool Aid through our veins as she says.  Lauren tells of the example of her puddle jumping mother who showed her that happiness was a choice and life was worth living and full of opportunities through taking risks, embracing failure, working hard, laughing long, and dreaming big.   Lauren shares Walt Disney’s 4 attributes of success that separate the lame from the legendary and how she applied them in her own life with her Princess Party business and her Whimzy mermaid character and children’s book.  She tells of her desire to be an inspiration to others that look at her and say, ‘well if she can get away with being a mermaid, what can I get away with?  maybe I will take that leap.  “whether that is a song or book you’ve always wanted to write or a job you’ve always wanted to pursue.  Listen and be inspired to know how you can begin to make those dreams inside of you be more than wishes on your birthday candles but real and a nourishing part for your soul that will make you better for yourself, your family, and society.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who needs a little encouragement to pursue their dreams or wants to keep more of the magic of childhood as an adult.  It is perfect for someone looking to discover what that thing is that will set their soul on fire and needs a little push to realize that taking time for themselves will bless all aspects of their lives!

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how Lauren’s mom brought the magical into her childhood by doing adventures with them
  • learning that happiness is a choice from her mom
  • learning to see conflict as just an adventure and makes your happily ever after sweeter
  • how Lauren helped others to laugh and feel at ease in high school and why she had a firm self identity
  • how her parents taught her to take risks and how she is teaching that to her own children now
  • how dreaming big and taking risks played a key role in the development of her Princess Party business
  • the little girl who shaped Lauren’s business
  • her goal to help every girl know they can be whomever they want to be and that they are Daughters of a King
  • how we can keep the magic of childhood as an adult
  • embracing time for ourselves and pursuing our dreams
  • what is whimzy and why we need it
  • Walt Disney’s 4 attributes of success: Believe, Dream, Think, and Dare
  • how she became a Stay at Home Mermaid
  • her hope to inspire others : if she can be a mermaid, what can I get away with?
  • where to begin to find your whimsy
  • her children’s book and mermaid character Whimsy

 

Show Notes:

Hello Whimzy website

Hello Whimzy Instagram feed and Facebook page

Email Lauren at hellowhimzy@gmail.com

Purchase Lauren’s book “Whimzy & Fable: Fairy Best Friends” at a discount here

DIY Dragon Egg blog post

John Eldridge quote

Lauren’s potty training photo

Seaquest Interactive Aquarium

Free at last: The power of words in healing and how to be a safe haven for others | with Elizabeth Frazier of Hero Bands (TLBP #58)
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2017-09-21 04:41:02 UTC 59:04
Free at last: The power of words in healing and how to be a safe haven for others | with Elizabeth Frazier of Hero Bands (TLBP #58)

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Today my friends I am so honored to continue awareness and shine hope where hopelessness may seem like the only answer by introducing you to Elizabeth Frazier of Hero Bands. Elizabeth graciously shares her story of healing and thriving with her own family by touching on her experience of being sexually trafficked from the age of 4 until her early 20s but focusing on those heroes in her life who helped her feel safe and what she and we can be doing to band together to create real impact. Elizabeth shares how as a little girl she viewed her life as a charmed life and was told that she was very special to be loved the way that she was loved. She tells how as a trafficking victim she was used to physical pain and so as a teenager began inflicting pain on herself as a solution to dealing with the emotional pain she began feeling. Elizabeth tells of how she will never understand and know what her parents were thinking subjecting her to that lifestyle, as she has since cut them out of her life. She shares her long journey of learning what real love was after meeting her husband and starting their own family. For years she felt like God had abandoned her, but looking back she can see that he was there the whole time but knew she couldn’t feel him and so He sent other people into her life, her heroes she calls them.

She shares what we can do as community members and parents to provide safe havens for our children and the other children in our lives. Elizabeth tells of her battle with post-partum depression that brought old memories of shame to the surface but the life-altering hope and perspective that she felt through dedicated therapy, the joys of being a mother, the out-pouring of love from her community & strangers, as well as the power of words. Elizabeth shares the role that positive words played in her healing as she began wearing bands with the words ‘strong’ and ‘peace’ stamped on them and rub them throughout the day to remind her of her goals. She tells of giving them to strangers in the park and the impact they made in their lives that influenced her to start Hero Bands, inspired by the heroes in her life. She now sells these positive word bands to help those with their own battles and donates part of the proceeds to Operation Underground Railroad as she remembers as a child looking at the door and praying that someone like Tim Ballard and his team would come rescue her. She also shares about Safe Bands that others can purchase that will be taken by O.U.R. to rescued children to help remind them that there are others unseen who care about them. Listen and be inspired by her testament of forgiveness, healing, and hope and the impact that we can make on others’ lives for the better.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone wanting to feel that there is hope no matter the depth of pain they have experienced.  It is for someone looking for inspiration on forgiveness and healing.  It is also for someone wanting to learn how to protect their own children from sex trafficking and how they can raise awareness.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how Elizabeth saw her life as a charmed life and she was told she was very special to be loved the way she was
  • as an adult looking back can see that she was sexually trafficked from the age of 4 until her early 20s and how for her it was normal
  • how she is grateful for these things coming to light and the awareness because it is happening in our neighborhoods.
  • as a teen inflicted pain on herself as physical pain was easier to control than emotional pain
  • cut parents out of her life after had her first child.  she will never understand what they were thinking
  • how she longed for what she wished was real with her parents.
  • how she honestly feels like that was a separate life
  • how we all can relate to the same emotions despite circumstances being different
  • how met her husband and how it took her a long time to fully love him and to allow herself to feel his love and why she didn’t share a lot with him for a long time.
  • how for years had felt like God had abandoned her but looking back she could see him through those he sent to her and even unseen beings in the room with her.
  • what can we do to  provide a safe place for any child and as a parent what we can do to protect our own children.
  • how we must not act like this doesn’t exist.
  • how she feels accepted by the community and how she feels like she is undeserving of the outpouring of love she is receiving
  • the concept of compensatory blessings.
  • the joy she feels as a mother and that they are the reason she got out.
  • her struggle with post partum depression and how after her 2nd son, she attempted suicide.
  • what she would say to a mother who wants to have another baby but scared because of past post-partum depression
  • the role of Hero Bands in her healing and how she would rub the words ‘strong’ and ‘peace’ to feel the power of words in keeping her goals in mind.  how she would give them to others and how grateful they were to have them in difficult times.
  • how knew she wanted to help more people through making Hero Bands and how these words can help anyone with anything.  how its all about the emotions that connect us, not situation necessarily
  • how she was told about O.U.R. and wanted to be like them. how as a child prayed someone like Tim Ballard and his team would have broken down the door and rescued me
  • how she donates to them for each sold band and why she created Safe Bands for rescued children to help them know someone unseen cares about them.
  • how she named them after the Heros in her life, how they could have been doing anything else, but choose to take time for her
  • how she pictures the people who she is making them for every time she makes one

Show Notes:

Hero Bands website

Elizabeth’s story on her website

Purchase Hero Bands and Safe Bands here

Hero Bands Instagram feed and Facebook page

Email Elizabeth at info@herobands.com

Operation Underground Railroad

 

sex trafficking hero bands rescue children safe bands elizabeth frazier

 

 

LifeLine 6: Seeing more of the good that already exists inside of you: taking the “Wax On, Shine On” Challenge | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #57)
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LifeLine 6: Seeing more of the good that already exists inside of you: taking the “Wax On, Shine On” Challenge | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #57)

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Friends for this week’s episode I am on the road to California, so join me on my road trip for some podcasting in the car for our next installment of our LifeLine series in which I share more about discovering your own story and how you can see more of the good that already exists inside of you.  I am soooooo excited because I will get to share with you right in the beginning of our 14 Day “Wax On, Shine On” social media challenge beginning Monday Feb 27 on the new moon and following the lunar calendar until a full moon on Sunday Mar 12, in which every day we will be doing one small thing to illuminate to ourselves the goodness that already lies within.  I will share with you more of the philosophy behind this challenge, how you can download a .pdf to follow along with The LifeBeats Community, the daily giveaways for those participating, and the meetup afterwards so we can all gather together and celebrate in what we have discovered about ourselves during the process!!  This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time and I can’t wait to share it with you!!

Fawn Design

Jane

Today I Am Enough

Hero Bands

Glockets

Jut Made

LitJoy Crate

Classy Cozmetics

Doliray Swimwear

Emily Hayes Homes

Calligraphy.org

Little Sapling Toys

Her Name is Mud

Salis Skincare

Seaquest Interactive Aquarium

FlyBird Apparel

Lipsense by Vanessa’s VIP Lips

Ashmae Hoiland

Barri Handbags

UpZen Health

Chatbooks

Nurtured Delivery Doula Services

R&R BBQ because #girlslovebbqtoo

Canary Jane

Jordan Bree Photography

Stiry

Fresco Press

Good in Store

Marley Abelhouzen Videography

DoTerra Brianna Coles

Old Home Love

Cents of Style

Swirly Girls Bakery

Annex Recordings

Mother E Essential Oils

LuLaroe Katie Dotson

Healthy Grocery Girl

Listening to the call when God interrupts your life and learning to love yourself in order to receive love fully | with Kai A Pineda (TLBP #56)
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2017-09-21 04:41:02 UTC 1:11:12
Listening to the call when God interrupts your life and learning to love yourself in order to receive love fully | with Kai A Pineda (TLBP #56)

Kai A Pineda Unshakeable pastor singer Jesus girl podcast bridging racial divide

Kai A Pineda is a wife, pastor, singer, ministry leader, and youth speaker.  She shares her story of learning to follow the direction of God in her life, allowing Him to guide her to create something far greater than what she had in mind.  Kai tells of growing up in a home in filled with all different kinds of music – from Bach to Billie Holliday to LL Cool J – and writing her first song at the age of 12.  She tells of seeking out her dream of Grammy’s and fame in New York with associates like a little group known as Destiny’s Child, to becoming a part of a gospel singing group in Germany, to knowing that God was calling her to preach and be a pastor.  Kai shares her journey of coming back to her relationship to God and coming to know her purpose despite her 30 year struggle with low self-esteem as well as dealing with the loss of her husband which brought out feelings of anger toward God she had to overcome.  Kai shares how until she finally loved herself, she wasn’t able to truly give or receive love.  Kai tells how love found her through her current husband and the joy she now feels having found her purpose in sharing God’s love for others through preaching His word and the stronghold He must have in our thoughts.  She finishes off with singing one of my favorite songs from her new album Unshakeable called “To You Who Are Faithful”.  Listen and be ready to laugh alongside us and be inspired to live your life’s purpose no matter where it takes you.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking to feel God’s love and purpose in their life and are willing to let Him guide their life.  This episode is also perfect for someone who has struggled with long-term low self-esteem and who is ready to finally feel the depth of relationships they desire.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Kai singing and dancing at a very young age
  • at the age of 12 she wrote her first song “Runaway Love”
  • her home being filled with all different kinds of music – Bach, Bono, Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday
  • why she moved to New York City even though she didn’t know anyone
  • how she ended up working with a major music publishing house and worked with Destiny’s Child
  • why she didn’t sleep for a year and when her mother did not recognize her when she came home
  • how she learned that she needed to quit the music business
  • how her insomnia broke her open and reconnecting with God
  • how being an extra in a movie led to her touring in Germany in a gospel choir
  • why she starts laughing when she hears God calling her to preach
  • her 30 year battle with low self-esteem and twisting words to demean herself
  • how fasting for 2 weeks finally helped her to love herself
  • her two years at a bible college and why it was the best two years
  • finding love after her first husband passed away and after she kept rejecting love
  • why she had a time of anger toward her first husband and God
  • what type of stronghold you have in your life
  • where Kai’s feels the most satisfaction in life
  • my top 3 favorite songs from Kai’s new album “Unshakeable”
  • Kai sings my favorite “To You Who Are Faithful”
  • about Kai and her husband planting churches and how Kai views the definition of “church”

 

Show Notes:

Kai’s website

Kai’s Instagram feed, Facebook page, and Twitter feed

Where to download Kai’s music – metoomusic

Genesis 18 – Sarah laughing

janky

Buy your tickets for the “Wax On, Shine On” charity event here

 

Learning that kindness is a strength and not a weakness, especially when you are hurt by others | with Nicole Hudson of Bot Communications (TLBP #55)
1:11:26
2017-09-21 04:41:02 UTC 1:11:26
Learning that kindness is a strength and not a weakness, especially when you are hurt by others | with Nicole Hudson of Bot Communications (TLBP #55)

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Today I have the privilege of introducing you to Nicole Hudson of Bot Communications who shares her lifetime journey of finding a way to honor and celebrate her passion – people!  She also tells about the most devastating thing that has happened in her life and how it helped her to see that kindness is not a weakness, but the greatest strength you can possess and demonstrate to others.  Nicole shares how she grew up in chilly Canada dancing and the vulnerability which that taught her.  Her senior year in high school she created a montage of their dance trips & performances which was shown at their final recital.  Watching the emotional impact her video had on others – their eyes light up, the laughter, the tears – made her want to help people feel that again and again.  This sparked Nicole down a path, moving to LA and then to Toronto to get her degree in film, to then work in the TV world.  She soon discovered that it really was all about the people for her.  She began pursuing more of her photography but found that her clients were asking her questions about about starting a business and Nicole loved teaching them.  Nicole decided to fill the need herself for an affordable workshop for entrepreneurs to learn the basics of starting a business, and Bot Communications was born.  Nicole shares how she met a boy at the age of 19 who swept her up in a fairytale love story, whom she would marry at 23.  Nicole shares how she felt herself growing up with him, what his influence was in her starting her business, and what she was most grateful to him for.  She then tells of the series of events in 2016 in which she learned that he no longer wanted to be married to her and the 1 1/2 year long affair he had been having with someone Nicole knew.  Nicole was completely devastated and could not function.  Despite this devastation Nicole choose to treat him with kindness knowing that if she stopped being kind, he would have taken away something from her that made her her.  She had already lost of much of herself in all of this, so much of her identity and dignity, that if she stopped being kind, that would have been one more thing taken from her.  This led to her journey to understand that kindness is not a weakness but a strength.    That it takes more effort to be kind in hard situations than to not be.  From this experience Nicole has created a workshop for teen girls called Kind is Strong and a 7 day program for entrepreneurs called Find your Sparkle.  Listen and be inspired to face your world with more kindness – toward others, the planet, and yourself.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who has been affected by someone else’s choices and is looking to find the strength to respond in kindness.  It will give hope and comfort to those who may be going through relationship difficulties or a divorce.  It is inspiring for those who are seeking courage to be kind, even when its not easy.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how Nicole and I met
  • growing up in chilly Canada dancing and what she learned from it – discipline, vulnerability, teamwork, self-love
  • why she was cautious of her personal brand
  • why she is someone that other people open up to
  • how video recording her dance studio led to her decision to go to film school
  • how she discovered her passion – people
  • why she turned more to photography and then how did her business idea develop
  • what did her first workshop include
  • she favorite part of her workshops and how she is the only one that gets to witness it
  • what spurred her transition from a workshop of tangible skills to one of intangible skills
  • the boy she met when she was 19 and what drew her to him
  • how her marriage to him helped her grow up, inspired her business, and what she is most grateful to him
  • what she feels like her biggest accomplishment is during this period of time
  • what April 2016 brought in her life
  • how she responded to her husband telling her that he no longer wanted to be married to her
  • what May 2016 brought in her life
  • how she responded to her husband after finding out that he was having an affair
  • learning that kindness is a strength and not a weakness, especially when its not easy
  • her organization Kind is Strong for teen girls to share her own experience with choosing kindness
  • her 7 day program Find Your Sparkle
  • the role of her friend in her healing

 

Show Notes:

Nicole’s Instagram feed

Nicole’s website

Kind is Strong’s Instagram feed

Find your Sparkle course

Nicole’s blog post about friendship with Sonja

Altitude Summit

Buy your tickets to the Anniversary charity event here

Submit your story or the story of someone who inspires you to our 2nd Story Search to win a makeover, photo shoot, and be on my podcast.  Click here for details

 

Taking risks, working hard, and finding the freedom to be who you want to be: one immigrant’s tale | with Mika Newton (TLBP #54)
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2017-09-21 04:41:02 UTC 57:20
Taking risks, working hard, and finding the freedom to be who you want to be: one immigrant’s tale | with Mika Newton (TLBP #54)

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Friends this timing of today’s episode was not planned to be in alignment with today’s world events, which makes it all the more fascinating that things lined up the way they did. Today I have the privilege to introduce you to the incredibly talented and wise Mika Newton, immigrant to the United States from the Ukraine. Mika shares her story of hard work and making a life for herself that broke outside the mold of women in her native country. Mika tells of growing up in a small farming community where there were no cars and her best friend was a little piggy. At the young age of 5 Mika decided she wanted to be a singer and began competing at the age of 9 and then winning them at the age of 12. She was told that she couldn’t be a singer, that she should just be someone ‘normal’, that she needed to fit inside this box. At 15 after continual input from judges telling her parents that something was special & different about their daughter, she moved to Kiev a big city of 4 million people to train at a special college. At 16 she found a Celine Dion cassette tape, and without the internet, had no idea who she was, just that she wanted to sing like her. Covering one of her songs she won a large city competition and soon signed with a manager that would have her change her name. She would soon sing in the biggest competition in Europe called Eurovision and take 4 place. She became a household name in Europe and lived a life of fame with a driver and bodyguards. Despite her success, Mika was not taken seriously that she wanted to pursue a career as a singer. She was looked at as only a doll and her ambitions were dismissed. She tells of the culture of her country, that remains after the old USSR in which women do not have rights and that the only thing you are to achieve was to marry a good man and take care of him. In order to pursue her career, Mika took a huge risk and moved to America to work with Randy Jackson to produce her album. Mika tells of the struggle she had with her ego when she realized she was no longer famous but just a regular person, and one that couldn’t communicate with anyone. She tells of her drive that led her to learn 10 words a day which had her speaking English in 4 months. She tells of the happiness she has found here in America by not living in her past or in here future and by enjoying the freedoms she has found here to be who you want to be, no matter your age. She shares her insights that immigrants realize how lucky we are as Americans and they are hungry for the chance to make it here. She concludes with part of her beautiful song “Angels” and shares what she hopes the listeners will take away from her message. Listen and be ready to look at the freedoms you enjoy every day in a new light and be inspired to start that thing you have been putting off.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking for inspiration to take a risk or begin something they have been wanting to do.  It is perfect for someone wanting to understand more of a perspective from an immigrant to the United States.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about how Mika:

  • grew up in a small town in Ukraine on a farm life with no cars and her best friend as a little piggy with a culture heavily influenced by the old USSR
  • at young age of 5 wanted to be a singer but everyone said “you’ll never be that, might as well have said “I’m an alien”
  • spent all her time singing and dancing at home –
  • starting competing at age 9 and then winning at age 12
  • judges started telling parents there was something different about her and to not quit
  • at age of 15 moved to big city of Kiev – completely different culture – 4 million people
  • drive to move outside of the box , Mika wanted to be a singer but people said “you can’t do that, you have to be someone ‘normal’
  • Mika shares about how her culture was influenced from USSR, low wages, and women have no rights, that her biggest success was to married to a good man and to take care of him
  • teacher taught her to just show up and not try to prove anything to anyone, just show who you are – energy of confidence
  • never approval from parents and grew up independent
  • at 16 found a Celine Dion cassette – didn’t have internet -wanted to sing like her – covered her song, took frist place in competition –
  • manager came up and asked her if she wanted to be a star-signed with him – worked together for 7 years
  • changed her name from Oksana G… to Mika Newton
  • won competitions but all people saw her was a doll, a pretty face, didn’t take her ambitions seriously
  • Eurovision – biggest singing competition in Europe – took 4 place – household face – 3 weeks of fame – drivers, body guards
  • decided to take a risk and move to America
  • just a regular girl – didn’t know how to communicate
  • drive to communicate so badly that was starting to speak after 4 months of 3-4 classes a day
  • became like that little 5 year old girl that wanted to sing – started working on it every day
  • learned 10 words a day
  • she had to put her ego aside when she arrived and went from famous to a regular- can’t live in the past, can’t live in the future –  happiness is not anything anyone can give you, happiness is something you create
  • there is no right time to start something you want to do, no matter your age, but have to accept that it will require hard work
  • immigrants realize how lucky we are in American and are willing to fight for this, they are hungry for the chance
  • no other country brings you as much freedom as being in America
  • tells women to just be who you are, make your own decisions – do it
  • sing her song “Angels”

Show Notes:

Mika Newton’s Instagram feed 

Mika’s Eurovision performance of “Angels”

Mika Newton’s wikipedia page

Mika’s song “Magnets”

Buy tickets to our Anniversary Event here

LifeLine 5: Keeping the focus of our lives by weeding out fear, shame, or social obligation | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #53)
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LifeLine 5: Keeping the focus of our lives by weeding out fear, shame, or social obligation | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #53)

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In this month’s LifeLine installment – a series dedicated to helping you see more of the good inside of you and to help you discover or expand on your story – we discuss seeing and fulfilling the true focus of our lives and those things that may distract us or hold us back from doing them, including fear, shame, or social pressure.  We discuss the magic of LifeBeats in creating a connection between two dissimilar stories to create a similar feeling inside of us that resonates with our core desires.  I guide you through a “focus windstorm” exercise to draw out those things that you give attention to and then identify those things to which your focus is most in alignment with your true self.  We look at the difference between the “should”s and our “must”s in our life through the guidance of Elle Luna’s book “The Crossroads of Should and Must” to evaluate what  you may be only doing in your life because of the expectations of others or social obligation.  We also examine the concepts of ordinary courage and shame resilience found in Brene Brown’s book ““I Thought it was Just Me (But it Isn’t)” in regards to our lack of sharing our stories due to a culture of shame, blame, and disconnection. We discuss the freedom you can grant others by sharing your story, which tells them “they are not alone”.  We discuss how we can change one small thought or action at a time, this concept of waxing as in the waxing phases of the moon.  “Wax On, Shine On” is revealed as the theme for our podcast anniversary event and more details are revealed about that night, including the ticket release FEB 1 at 9 am MST.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is trying their best to give focus to those most important things in their life but may need a little adjustment in what they are placing as most important in their lives.  It is perfect for the busy person, the overwhelmed, the discouraged, or the fearful.  It is great for someone who needs to hear that they matter and are not alone!

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • the podcast anniversary event’s ticket will be on sale FEB 1 at 9 am MST
  • being interviewed by Stiry in our home
  • how people are craving positive content
  • more about me – what I love, what my daily schedule is like
  • what are LifeBeats
  • why I went to Altitude Summit
  • what is a focus windstorm exercise
  • the difference between ‘should’ and ‘must’ – based upon the book “The Crossroads of Should and Must”
  • craving connections and shame defined as fear of disconnection – based upon the book “I Thought it was Just Me (But it Isn’t) by Brene Brown
  • courage means to speak ones mind by telling ones heart
  • making changes a little at a time – theme of “Wax On, Shine On”

 

Show Notes:

book by Elle Luna – “The Crossroads of Should and Must”

book by Brene Brown ‘ “I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)”

The LifeBeats Project Instagram Feed, Facebook Page

Subscribe to the podcast

Subscribe to our newsletter here

Personal blog – Journeywithjohnsons.blogspot.com

Past selections from our Story Search: Tami and NIkki

Divinely Feminine

Podcast with Jenica Parcell on infertility

Russell M Nelson

“Stand in the Light” by Jordan Smith

Purchase tickets at this link tomorrow, Feb 1 at 9 am MST

Podcast with Jenny Wecker founder of Fawn Design

Operation Underground Railroad

Canary Jane

 

* Includes affiliate links, so once you buy from my link, I will always be able to get a thank you from the company

The Power of Mindset and Laughter in choosing to be happy in difficult days: an infertility journey | with Jenica Parcell of A Slice of Style (TLBP #52)
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The Power of Mindset and Laughter in choosing to be happy in difficult days: an infertility journey | with Jenica Parcell of A Slice of Style (TLBP #52)

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Today Jenica Parcell, blogger at A Slice of Style, shares her infertility journey and the power of mindset, laughter, and sharing your story in choosing happiness in difficult times.  Jenica began her blog to share the things that she loved like recipes, cooking, and finding the best deals on the nicest things for women, but after years of struggling with infertility she finally decided to share her struggle to grow her family by documenting each needle, doctor’s visit, and wish for her future child during her 3rd round of IVF with us.  Today she shares why she decided to open up with such vulnerability and share such a personal process with the world and how it helped her through her 3rd round of IVF.  She tells of the various steps and procedures that happen when one someone is going through infertility treatments and her advice on selecting a doctor and clinic.  She shares a moment when she felt like God had forgotten her and how her husband’s sense of humor pulled her through it.  She tells why she did not experience very many of those forgotten moments, including the perspective she adopted and key actions that she did to get through the difficult times.  Jenica tells what she learned about herself and how she couldn’t have learned it another way as well as what she wished she would have done differently.  She speaks to those friends and family members of someone struggling with infertility as well as to the hope and heart of those going through it themselves.  She shares the joy she experienced when she finally became pregnant and then learning she would have twins.   She honestly shares the difficulties and surprises of her pregnancy and the birth as well as her favorite parts about motherhood.  Listen and be inspired about the power of your mind and its ability to choose happiness despite difficult circumstances.  Learn how to support others who struggle with trials of infertility in their own lives or learn from Jenica how those who are suffering through your own heartache can receive strength to keep going.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is currently struggling with infertility or for someone who has a loved one who is. It is perfect for someone wanting to learn more the treatment options for infertility.  It is also perfect for someone who has been enduring a long trial and is looking for some inspiration on how to keep on going.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Why Jenica started her blog and while she felt like she was living somewhat of a double life
  • Why the 3rd round of IVF easier for Jenica
  • The two main reasons why Jenica decided to share her infertility journey
  • Why she cried in her closet and how it changed her
  • The power of vulnerability and how we need one another
  • Why its ok to have hard days and hard moments
  • What the fiery potion of Satan is
  • How Jenica’s husband helps her through his sense of humor and the power of laughter
  • A step by step rundown of the possible treatments for infertility
  • Jenica’s advise for someone going through infertility in regards to people’s comments
  • a time when Jenica felt forgotten from God
  • how Jenica and her husband strengthen their marriage during their infertility journey
  • The power of mindset in choosing happiness and key things Jenica did to keep it
  • the day Jenica found out she was pregnant and then with twins
  • Jenica’s favorite thing about being a mother
  • what Jenica wished she would have done differently
  • what Jenica would say to someone going through it right now

Show Notes:

Jenica’s website A Slice of Style

Jenica’s blog post on the beginnings of her infertility journey

Jenica’s Instagram feed @asliceofstyle

Email Jenica at jenica@asliceofstyle.com

FertilityIQ.com

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Brown Eyed Quilts Etsy Shop

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Brown Eyed Quilts Instagram Feed, Facebook Page

 

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Shifting the direction of your life to discover and live the life you are meant to live | with Cyndie Spiegel of The Collective (of Us) (TLBP #51)
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Shifting the direction of your life to discover and live the life you are meant to live | with Cyndie Spiegel of The Collective (of Us) (TLBP #51)

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Today’s podcast will inspire you to ask yourself if the trajectory of your life is the path you are meant to be on and show you its possible to begin again.  Cyndie Spiegel is a speaker and coach for women entrepreneurs with a fire in her spirit that is contagious.  She is a professor at Parsons, a yoga teacher, and the founder of The Collective (of Us), an online business incubator, accelerator and sisterhood for women.  Cyndie and I met as blind roommates at the blogger conference Altitude Summit and I learned so much from her in those 3 days and her life seriously reads like a movie script.  Today Cyndie shares her story of growing up in poverty as a biracial girl with a determination to break out of others’ expectations of her and embrace her differences.  She tells of her 15 year career in high fashion working with top designers traveling the world and the pivotal occurrence when she finally discovered that she was meant to do something more in line with who she really is.  She tells of the 8 month long hard journey of question asking that opened herself up to knowing what that was – helping to empower other women to be true to who they are fundamentally in their core and to build their brand.  We discuss some incredibly empowering concepts like learning to shift the direction of your life to discover and live the life you are meant to live, being permission givers, living with the abundance mentality, learning to embrace our differences by embracing our sameness, and coming to an understanding of who you are beneath it all without the titles.  She shares how she helps women entrepreneurs through this process of answering these hard questions to direct and accelerate their business through the Collective of Us. Come listen and feel her contagious, confident spirit that comes from asking yourself the hard questions, that will inspire you to take a look at yourself in a new way and lift you in your own life’s goals.

Want to know if this episode is for you?  This episode is perfect for someone looking to live their life more in line with your beliefs and values and someone looking for courage and direction on how to do that.  It is perfect for someone struggling to find their place or embracing their differences.  And it will speak to those who want to change the direction of their life and are open to asking themselves the hard questions.  It is also perfect for someone who is wanting to break free from the expectations someone else is placing on them.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • the possibility of changing the course of your life to begin again
  • being a permission giver
  • Cyndie growing up in poverty as a biracial girl in a home full of love
  • the moment at age 13 in which she decided to change the course of her life and the decisions she made to move in that direction
  • breaking out of the life she was expected to live and overcoming bullying
  • the power of her mother’s belief in her
  • her sense of style from a young age
  • how her fashion career found her and how she found a place in the industry
  • embracing our differences through embracing our sameness
  • thinking about the benefits of our differences
  • the culture inside the fashion industry she experienced that had her two worlds at odds with one another
  • the tipping event during New York Fashion Week Spring 2013
  • her decision to leave the fashion industry to find a way to live more in alignment with who she really was
  • spending 8 hard, long months off to discover what she was good at
  • the real breakdown moment she found herself on the kitchen floor and feeling like she belonged in the garbage can
  • the question in her yoga teacher training that changed everything for her
  • transitioning at age 35 to her own business Cyndie Inc.
  • what perfection means to Cyndie: living the life you are meant to live
  • embracing that our life will look very different than someone else’s and still offer value
  • Cyndie’s coaching business : The Collective (of Us) – an incubator and accelerator for your business & connecting on a compassionate level with other women business owners
  • steps you take during the 3 months of The Collective of Us
  • the hard questions you answer
  • what Cyndie hopes you take away from being a part of The Collective

 

Show Notes:

Cyndie Spiegel’s website 

The Collective (of Us)

The Collective (of Us) Intro Video

Cyndie Spiegel’s About Page featuring quote by T. Rasor

Cyndie’s video for eBay “Find Your Perfect”

Cyndie’s Instagram feed

Click here to be added to the list to be informed early of the February launch date for The Collective of Us

Altitude Summit conference

Podcast episode with Operational Underground Railroad director Doug Osmond “On being an Abolitionist: Freeing children from sex trafficking”

Operation Underground Railroad

LifeBeats and where to find them: laughter, tears, and secrets revealed in my answers to your questions | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #50)
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2017-09-21 04:41:03 UTC 1:14:42
LifeBeats and where to find them: laughter, tears, and secrets revealed in my answers to your questions | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #50)

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Today is our 50th episode – 5-0!!  Today is also my 19th wedding anniversary – yep, you heard that right, 19! And what a fun way to honor our marriage, to have the inspiration for this podcast, my husband Mike, share in this 50th episode with me. You will quickly see why I am so in love with him and the joy and perspective he brings to my life. If you are new to the podcast, this episode is unique. I took a listener’s suggestion and had you, our community members, submit questions of what they would like to know from me. So for this our 50th episode, you are interviewing me. Mike and I had so much fun as he leads an interview on your behalf, filled with your questions- as many of them as he could squeeze in! I answer questions about Mike and I and how we met, how our life has changed with the onset of his Multiple Sclerosis. I share why I started this podcast and what keeps me committed to The LifeBeats Project despite all that is going on and what does balance mean to me and my secrets to staying positive. Mike happily asks me if I believe in aliens and what is a top of my bucket list as well as tries to get me to do rapid fire answers to questions like 3 can’t live without items and top places to travel. You will hear lots of laughter, a few tears, and probably even our children who sound like turkeys gobbling in the background. Listen and learn a little bit more about me and how you are key to keeping me going every single day.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for anyone who …(Friends I am working on finishing this!!! Check back later today)

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about Briana’s answers to your questions:

  • Q: What keeps you committed to the LifeBeats Project?  What keeps you driven when life seems to be crashing around you?
  • Q: How are you able to be so open and vulnerable with all us listeners?
  • Q: How do you do it all?  What is balance to you and do you feel like you achieve it – if so, how?
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Show Notes:

Briana’s personal blog www.journeywithjohnsons.blogspot.com

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Regaining confidence and falling in love with your story after feeling ashamed and rejected | with Ry’lee Scott of Darling Me Avenue (TLBP #49)
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2017-09-21 04:41:03 UTC 1:00:05
Regaining confidence and falling in love with your story after feeling ashamed and rejected | with Ry’lee Scott of Darling Me Avenue (TLBP #49)

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Today’s first podcast episode of 2017 is with Ry’lee Scott of Darling Me Avenue who shares her own story of transformation, of how after a divorce in her early 20s that left her with deep feelings of shame and rejection, that with the help of her parents, others who shared their own experiences with divorce, a good therapist and some of her own determination, she finally learned to own and fall in love with her own story, began to find adventure, and started living her dream of starting her own fashion boutique.   Ry’lee openly shares how she was so embarrassed and had prideful darkness that focused so much on what others thought of her after her divorce, that she would hide out in her parents’ basement and punish herself with isolation and thoughts of self-loathing.  She had taken the full blame of the divorce on herself.  Ry’lee shares how feelings of rejection exceeded that of feelings of loss.  She tells of her darkest night and how at that moment she felt a determination to help other women never have to feel this pain of such loneliness.  This was a driving force behind the mission of Darling Me Avenue, her online clothing boutique dedicated to helping women embrace their story so they can find their adventure and finally start living their dreams..  Ry’lee tells about her road to regaining her confidence and the things that helped her embrace her own story, realize that everything does happen for a reason, and create a platform to help other women not to be ashamed to share their own story.  Listen and be inspired on how you can transform your own darkest moments into light for yourself and others.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who has felt ashamed or rejected and wants to regain their confidence.  It is especially perfect for someone who has experienced a divorce, particularly in their early 20s.  It can greatly benefit anyone who has experienced a loss or rejection or finds it difficult to not care what people think.  It is for someone ready to reinvent themselves and go for their dreams.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Ry’lee’s expectations of marriage and her own marriage at a young age
  • the darkness and shame that came with her divorce
  • how Ry’lee took the full blame of the divorce and punished herself with isolation and self-loathing
  • what she discovered about herself during this time
  • how a therapist helped her
  • Ry’lee’s darkest night and how it inspired her to help others to never have to feel that loneliness
  • how her divorce was both a loss and a rejection and the difference between the two
  • how Ry’lee had never experienced a rejection in her life before
  • what prideful darkness looked like in Ry’lee’s life and how that played out in preventing her from healing
  • when someone congratulated her on getting divorced and how that really helped her
  • what Ry’lee would say to someone who is in a dark place of rejection or loss right now
  • using the pain to drive you to what you are passionate about
  • how her confidence came back – both in herself and in others
  • her passion for helping other women to feel beautiful and create a community and safe space
  • how caring so much about what other people think stand in the way of accomplishing our dreams
  • how Ry’lee came to own and fall in love with her story
  • tag #mydarlingstory to share your own story
  • hosting a pop up shop to benefit someone who needs extra help
  • mission to embrace their story, find their adventure, and pursue their dreams
  • the role of travel in Ry’lee’s recovery

Show Notes:

Darling Me Avenue website and shop

Ry’lee’s story and Darling Me Avenue’s mission on her website

Darling Me Avenue Instagram feed, Facebook page

Email Ry’lee at hello@darlingmeavenue.com

Ry’lee on Good Things Utah talking about winter fashion and her benefit pop-up shops

Creative Buffet Conference podcast episode with Ry’lee –

Eat Pray Love

Nerium

LifeLine 4: The magic switch to propel all of your goals this coming year | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #48)
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2017-09-21 04:41:03 UTC 31:27
LifeLine 4: The magic switch to propel all of your goals this coming year | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #48)

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Today is the fourth installment of the LifeLine podcast series in which I guide you through the process of discovering your own story and illuminating the extraordinary that already lies within you. As we look to a new year and what we set out to accomplish, we discuss the magic switch that will set you free from the circular track of setting the same goals over and over and propel you forward to achieve all your goals.  Think of that Mary Poppins scene when the carousel horses are freed from the ride.  You’ll be racing down the thoroughfare toward the finish line of improvement in no time.   That magic switch, or key, to achieving all your other goals in 2017 will be changing the way you see or feel about yourself.  We dive into 3 questions and 1 exercise that will help you to focus on how you can do that and most importantly, why!  I share the my answers to the questions and what I will be working on this year in how I feel about myself.  Making yourself a top priority this coming year will be that seemingly magical element that will make all your other goals happen.  Don’t skip this step. Come prepared to think, take notes, and have some fun through the exercise of creating a special screensaver for you that pairs an image and a word, a visual cue of your goals and your reasoning behind them.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for anyone who seems to be making the same goals this year as they did last year and for anyone who needs to change the way the see or feel about themselves.  It is perfect for anyone who is striving to put themselves as a priority and wants to see results from the efforts of their goal setting.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how to break free from the seemingly never ending cycle of trying to work on a goal that you keep coming back to over and over
  • what that magic switch is, that key goal, that will propel all your other goals forward
  • why this isn’t a competition and how others are supporting you
  • daring greatly according to Pres. Theodore Roosevelt
  • how working on yourself will propel all your other goals
  • 3 questions and 1 exercise to change the way you see yourself or feel about yourself in 2017
    1. How do you want to see yourself this coming year?   Or in other words, In what way do you want to change the way you see yourself?  How do you want to feel about yourself? It can be something overall or something specific.
    2. Why is that important to you? What is your ‘why’?  Drill down into those whys deeper and deeper.  What is the motivation behind what you want to do?
    3. What will you do and/or give up doing this year to see yourself or to feel about yourself in this new way?

    Create a screensaver for 2017 of an image and a word.  Select an image of yourself from this past year that when you look at it, you see happiness – even if it was momentarily.  When you look at yourself it evokes memories of something good that was happening or that you were feeling. Select a word that will inspire you to keep going on your quest to see yourself  or feel about yourself in a new way.  Now write that word atop that photo and voile it is your new screensaver!

  • Examples of goals
  • Setting reminders
  • Acknowledging our small steps of progress
  • Visual cues as reminders such as the waxing phases of the moon
  • This coming year’s visual cue – your screenshot
  • The importance of having a photo of yourself happy in your progress
  • Choosing a word for 2017 that will remind you of your goals

Show Notes:

Shannon’s photo of her #lifebeatsforme

Mary Poppin’s carousel scene

Quote by Theodore Roosevelt

The Fizzle Show – 5 Step Process to Goal Setting

Stasia Savasuk of Stasia’s Style School – Episode

Phonto app

Tag your screensaver for 2017 with #mehappyin2017 and @lifebeatsproject

Darling Me Avenue

So for The LifeBeats Project 50th podcast episode, YOU are going to interview me, led by my amazing husband Mike who inspired this whole movement.  What questions do you have for me?  You can comment on Instagram or Facebook with a question for me or email me at briana@thelifebeatsproject.com, But here’s an even better idea.  Record yourself asking me a question through the voice memo app on your phone and email it to me!!  Then you will really be interviewing me on air.  I can’t wait to hear what you would like to know.

Unexpectedly discovering God and the best version of yourself – A special Christmas episode | with Al Fox Carraway (TLBP #47)
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2017-09-21 04:41:03 UTC 1:00:29
Unexpectedly discovering God and the best version of yourself – A special Christmas episode | with Al Fox Carraway (TLBP #47)

Al Fox Carraway Tattooed Mormon Christmas podcast discovering God answering prayers

On today’s special Christmas episode, Al Fox Carraway, motivational speaker and author, will be sharing her story of discovering God.   Growing up in New York Al prided herself on her independence and love for all people instilled in her by her parents.  Al shares the story of discovering for herself that God really existed, initially through the power of experimenting with prayer and trying to prove wrong those who were teaching her.  She tells of the fear she initially had that she would change into someone else when she already liked who she was.  She tells how this discovery of God and his desire to help us transformed her life, not only through the happiness and peace she felt, the overcoming of habits she thought she would be stuck with her whole life, and the uncovering of a completely new part of herself that she didn’t even know was there, but also through the loneliness she experienced as her friends and family rejected her for her new beliefs.  In her New Yorker way Al candidly answers my questions regarding how she could remain a believer despite all the difficulties that she has experienced since her discovery and commitment to God.  She shares how complete honest communication with God, including telling him when you are mad or confused, is the key to getting specific answers in our lives.  Al answers some of your questions including one from a listener who has left the faith of her family and wants to know how Al let her family know she loved them while sticking to her own beliefs.  As well as tells her secret about what she does to celebrate Christmas. Oh friends there is so much goodness in this episode through Al’s incredible perspective.   It will be a beautiful way to keep the Christmas spirit of hope, faith, and kindness this year.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is wondering if God exists and why it is even worth pursuing.  It is perfect for someone who is going through difficulties and wants inspiration on how to get through them.  It is also just for someone looking to find answers from God and wondering if he hears them.  It is a absolute inspiration for someone who is looking to increase their own faith and relationship with God and Jesus Christ.  And of course it is perfect for those of you who love Al and want to hear more of her story and insights.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • what Al’s parents were like and what they taught her growing up in New York
  • what Al thought about God and religion before
  • what Al’s fear was about changing
  • Al agreeing to experiment with prayer just to prove those teaching her wrong
  • what people started noticing about her
  • what the most personal thing is that we can ask of someone
  • what to do with reoccurring thoughts about wondering ‘if there is something more? or is there someone listening?’
  • why did she feel a need for God
  • why she believes people are afraid of there being a God
  • when things fell apart after she was baptized including losing her friends and her dad stopping talking to her
  • my own period of time when I was angry with God
  • why she continued to believe in God after things fell apart
  • what her passion is and how she is able to pursue it
  • why she is glad God didn’t give her what she prayed for
  • what she would say to someone who doesn’t know if God is listening
  • why Al would say that Christmas should be a little about yourself
  • Al’s answers to listeners questions including one who left the faith of her family and wants to know how Al let her family know she loved them while holding tight to her own beliefs
  • how Al learned to trust God

Show Notes:

Al’s Website

Al’s Instagram Feed

Al’s Twitter Feed

Email Al at mail2al_fox@yahoo.com

Al’s book “More Than a Tattooed Mormon” 

Lemonystitch Etsy’s Shop

The LifeBeats Project episode with Bre Lasley “Choosing to fight for you life and not let the hard times rule you” 

Making a difference and their mark : 9 entrepreneur stories from the Creative Buffet Conference (TLBP #46)
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2017-09-21 04:41:03 UTC 50:56
Making a difference and their mark : 9 entrepreneur stories from the Creative Buffet Conference (TLBP #46)

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For today’s unique episode, an episode aside from our normal weekly episodes, I am sharing with you a series of 9 mini-interviews I conducted at the Creative Buffet Conference I MCed this past September of entrepreneurs and their journeys.  This conference was dedicated to the creative, the entrepreneur, the small business owner and was put on by the lovely and incredibly driven Heather Rae of Heatherraeblue.  I loved being able to talk to these dream makers to learn the story behind their brand or business, the obstacles they have overcome along the way, what they have learned about themselves through this process, and what their vision is for their future.  You will hear from

1. Emily Chipman of Doliray Swimwear,

Doliray Swimwear Website and Instagram Feed

2. Kim Christenson of Talk Wordy to Me,

Talk Wordy to Me website and Instagram Feed

3. Lauryn Hock of Lauryncakes,

Lauryncakes Website , Instagram Feed , Facebook Page ,Twitter Feed  

4. Samantha Hartman of Infinite Abyss

Infinite Abyss Website , Etsy Shop , and Instagram Feed

5. Meagan Flora John of Hearts of Gold,

Hearts of Gold Blog , Instagram Feed

Email: heartsofgold@gmail.com

6. Lexie Dopp of Lexie Faith,

Lexie Faith Website , YouTube , Instagram Feed , and Facebook Page

7. Brandy Fowers of Teddy’s Timeless Treasures,

Teddy’s Timeless Treasures Facebook Page and Instagram Feed

8. R’ylee Scott of Darling Me Avenue,

Darling Me Avenue Website, Instagram Feed , and Facebook Page

and 9. Braden & Mo Bijold of On Geneva.

OnGeneva Instagram feed

Listen and be inspired to take that leap or next step in your own creative or business pursuit or just to be brave in whatever goal you have set for yourself.  This episode is coming at a perfect time to support small businesses during this holiday season.  Maybe I just helped you finish your Christmas list.  You’re welcome:)

Establishing communication, forgiveness, and faith early and often in marriage | with entrepreneurial couple Dan and Caroline Davis of Stiry (TLBP #45)
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2017-09-21 04:41:03 UTC 1:14:27
Establishing communication, forgiveness, and faith early and often in marriage | with entrepreneurial couple Dan and Caroline Davis of Stiry (TLBP #45)

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Dan Davis of Stiry which stands for Stories that Stir also has a passion for highlighting the good in life and sharing others’ stories, but for him, through video.  I was able to have Dan and his lovely wife Caroline in my studio to share their story as a couple.  For anyone is a relationship you know how key communication is. For couples on an entrepreneurial journey together, it is vital.  Dan and Caroline share how they created a standard for open communication between each other right from the beginning of their marriage and what has helped their marriage to stay strong through the rollercoaster ride of having your own business.  Caroline tells how in the beginning it was a struggle to talk about her feelings so quickly but how that saved their marriage in a very difficult time.  Dan tells how after one year of blood, sweat, and tears into starting his business he hired someone to assist him that ended up stealing his equipment and turning a large part of his clients on him and would eventually cause the downfall of that business.  Dan shares his battle to forgiveness and what he did to finally let go years later.  Caroline tells how she felt when it came time for Dan to want to start a new business and why she is supporting him.  She also honestly answers my question as to what her personal purpose is and if she feels her own personal growth has been stunted by the support she lends her husband.  Dan shares the path of why he has decided once again to start a new business, and not just any business, but his life’s work through Stiry, to tell stories of others whose stories may not otherwise get told, as well as provide everyone with what he calls ‘perspective moments’.  Listen and be inspired in your own relationships and life’s dreams and goals by this incredible couple.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking to increase communication in their relationship.  It is especially helpful for a couple in which one of them is an entrepreneur.  It is also perfect for someone who has a desire to forgive someone in their life who has wronged them.  It is also a perfect episode for someone who is thinking about starting their own business.  It also speaks to those who are unsure of their purpose yet and want to feel comfortable in that.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how they met and maintained a long distance relationship
  • how Caroline felt about Dan wanting to be an entrepreneur
  • what they did to keep their marriage a priority while Dan was in school and starting his business
  • how Caroline initially felt about Dan encouraging her to share her feelings
  • the example from Dan’s parents regarding marital communication
  • how Dan was taken advantage of by his employee which led to the closing of his business
  • how Dan was finally able to forgive him
  • Dan’s journey of getting a job and why that was so difficult for him
  • why Dan left a good paying job and didn’t accept good job offers
  • how Caroline is comfortable in not knowing what her personal purpose is and how she does not feel her personal growth is stunted by supporting Dan
  • why being unemployed allowed Dan to find himself again
  • where did the idea for Stiry originate and what is Dan’s vision for the company

 

Show Notes:

Stiry website – submit your story here

Tyler Robinson Foundation 

Video of Six Sister’s Stuff

Video of Dan’s cousin on surviving Leukemia and Breast Cancer 

Choosing to fight for your life and to not let the hard times rule you | with Bre Lasley of Fight Like Girls (TLBP #44)
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2017-09-21 04:41:03 UTC 1:27:04
Choosing to fight for your life and to not let the hard times rule you | with Bre Lasley of Fight Like Girls (TLBP #44)

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Last year Bre Lasley and her sister were brutally attacked, stabbed, and nearly killed by a man that came into their home through Bre’s bedroom window.  On today’s podcast episode Bre courageously shares with us the events of that night in a way that you will not realize that in the middle of her story I am completely consumed with it and have stopped asking her questions, because you too will be hanging on every word as she paints this terrifying scene for you.  Bre begins by sharing about who she calls Pre-Bre, the Bre she was before the attack, one full of adventure traveling the world on her own and finding joy in running outside.  She also tells us about the relationship she has with her sister and goes on to share in the interview how sisterly love is what ultimately saves them that night.  Bre then details out the attack and how she and her sister fight back against a huge, drugged up, ripped man who’s only intention for entering their home was to kill them.  She shares how she later learned that only 20% of women fight back and how her sister was in the 1 % that fought fiercely the entire time but how she on the otherhand went back and forth between the 20% who did and the 80% who didn’t.  She tells of the heroism of her sister who ran to find help and the off-duty police officer who saved her life as none of their numerous 911 calls were dispatched.  Bre shares how the fight did not end with her attacker’s life ending but how depression and anxiety have been the real battles every minute and hour of each day since then and answers several of your listener submitted questions including how she finally found hope after feeling for so long that there was none.  Bre tells why she started the organization Fight Like Girls with Elizabeth Smart to help girls everywhere fight whatever battle they are facing, whether that is depression, eating disorders, anxiety, addiction, abuse, whatever it may be.  She answers the question of ‘why can we relate to some one else’s story if our fights are so different?’  She says that we can relate to the choice to keep fighting.  Come listen with your own fight in mind and how Bre’s continual fight can inspire you in your own. Due to the intense content and implied language in this episode you will want to be mindful of little ears around you.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for anyone who is battling with something in their lives that makes them question whether there is hope for change.  It is perfect for someone who may be battling depression or anxiety and is looking for ideas on how to work through it.  It is for someone who has experienced something traumatic in their life, especially someone who may have been attacked.  It is for everyone who wants to feel inspired in their own life and wants to understand why we can relate to each others’ stories even though they are very different.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how Bre loves ‘Before and Afters’
  • Pre-Bre, who Bre was before the attack – her adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit
  • her relationship with her sister Kayli
  • the events of that terrifying night when a huge, drugged up, ripped man entered Bre’s bedroom window and attacked Bre and her sister
  • how he would use a soft voice to try to manipulate Bre into stopping fighting
  • the many miracles that happened that night including Kayli being kicked through the only wall in their house that was not brick
  • how only 20% of girls fight back
  • why Bre knows there were heavenly angels there that night
  • how several 911 calls made by herself, her sister, and neighbors were not dispatched
  • how discovering he had a knife was a turning point
  • what the saddest moment of Bre’s life was
  • how Kayli ran through the streets trying to get help and eventually was heard by an off-duty police officer
  • how Bre’s life was saved in the dark by one shot from this off-duty police officer
  • what it felt like to feel someone die
  • her experience at the hospital when they examined her many stab wounds
  • how she realized that her real fight began after the attack
  • why she felt compelled to share her story
  • why she started Fight Like Girls and what her vision is for it
  • how she eventually found hope after feeling like there was none
  • how sisterly love is what saved them that night but that self-love is what saves her everyday now
  • why we can relate to other people’s stories

 

Show Notes:

Fight Like Girls website

Fight Like Girls Instagram page

Fight Like Girls Facebook page

Elizabeth Smart Foundation

Register for Melissa Esplin’s Brush Class at My Paper Crush here

LifeLine 3: You are not alone on this journey – confessions from my own experiences with the 5 preparatory challenges | with Briana Johnson (TLBP#43)
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LifeLine 3: You are not alone on this journey – confessions from my own experiences with the 5 preparatory challenges | with Briana Johnson (TLBP#43)

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Today is the next installment of the LifeLine podcast series in which I guide you through the process of discovering your own story and illuminating the extraordinary that already lies within you.  In this episode I share the good, and not-so-good experiences I had carrying out the 5 preparatory challenges I issued our community in the last LifeLine episode to help you prepare for this process through a sort of self-assessment of your philosophies and behaviors.  My goal in sharing my personal experiences is to not just lay out my dirty laundry but to help you with 2 things: #1 to help you realize that you are not alone in the process, that we are in this together and #2 to help you see that we are celebrating the small things, the small triumphs along the way.  I share how walking out my front door in the morning and my drive to work are some of the hardest parts of my day and what I do to ward off or diffuse the wave of negative thoughts and emotions that wash over me each morning.  I share how knowing the circumstances in your day that consistently leave you feeling negative toward yourself will empower you.  I share role music plays as the means of transitioning out of feelings of overwhelm and despair to a place of perspective and reset and mention some of the music on my inspirational and ‘belt out’ and ‘busta move’ playlists.  I confess the confines of my comfort zone in how people viewed me and my home in years past and how I pressed to step outside of it recently.  I also share why I had been experiencing a disconnect with my Higher Power, my God, and the things that I did not help reconnect and share a portion of a piece of spiritual writing I did on my personal blog called “Hope Works”.  I end sharing how the final challenge proved to be the most difficult as I discovered that my thinking was flawed when it came to my personal health and that my actions revealed that I did not believe that my small decisions mattered as seen through my actions.  I share the good news about how we can get back on track.

This podcast is perfect for someone wanting to know that they are not alone in the journey to discovering their story or seeing the good in themselves.  It is perfect for someone wanting to hear first hand the struggles of another in battling negative thoughts and how they are seeking to work through them.  It is also great for someone who needs a reminder that we can celebrate the small triumphs.  It is also perfect for someone wanting to see if these challenges are something of value they would like to participate in.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • the two reasons I am sharing my personal experiences with these 5 challenges from last month’s LifeLine episode
  • #1 challenge – observe the way you treat yourself in thought and in word
  • when one of the most difficult parts of my day is and what I do to combat the wave of negativity thinking that washes over me
  • asking yourself when the most difficult parts of your day occur and be aware of it so you can be empowered to combat it
  • why it is ok for you to say good things about yourself out loud
  • #2 challenge – find that thing you do to transition you out of feelings of overwhelm or frustration and into a place of perspective or reset
  • the role that music plays in my day – both my drive to work and my drive home
  • the importance of finding that thing that is an instant mood changer for you
  • #3 challenge – push yourself a little bit more outside your comfort zone
  • my confession of having to step out of my comfort zone of how people viewed me and my home
  • how stepping outside of our comfort zone may feel counter-intuitive but may save us from ourselves
  • #4 challenge – learn how you connect to your Higher Power and practice it
  • how I had been going through a period of disconnect with God and how I reconnected with Him
  • an excerpt from a piece of spiritual writing called “Hope Works” from my personal blog
  • #5 challenge – examine your philosophy: do you believe by your actions that what you do today matters or not
  • why we often avoid examining our thoughts or behaviors
  • my struggle with flawed thinking about my small choices when it comes to my personal health
  • how we get back on track once we find ourselves not showing that our decisions matter

Show Notes:

Episode #38 – LifeLine 2: Preparing ourselves for the process of discovery

“Come Thou Fount” by Steven Sharp Nelson, feat. Paul Cardall

“Grace” by David Tolk

“Send My Love” by Adele

Carpool Karaoke with Adele and James Corden

“The Greatest” by Sia

“Lay it All on Me” by Ed Sheeran & Rudimental

“I’m Not the Only” by Sam Smith

“Chimes” Hudson Mohawke

“Bonfire” by Knife Party

“Born – The Original Mix” Mitis

Article “Hope Works” from by personal blog

Episode #29: Winning your battle with post-baby body image | with Brittany Maddux, Michelle Petersen, and Roxana Baker

Jeff Olsen author of “The Slight Edge”

 

Finding strength and learning to take care of yourself so that you can take care of others | with Nikki Stephens (TLBP#42)
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Finding strength and learning to take care of yourself so that you can take care of others | with Nikki Stephens (TLBP#42)

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Today I am so thrilled to finally get to share with you our final selection from our Story Search, in which you the listeners submitted stories of those in your life that inspired you.  Nikki Stephens shares life as the wife and caregiver of her husband who suffered a brain injury from his time serving our country in Iraq.  As a mother to 5, including one son with autism and a set of twins, she shares her struggle to balance a healthy life for her family and herself alongside the darker effects of PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury that manifested in her husband.  She shares several stories in which her husband exhibited rage in public and even a space of time he retreated from everyone and locked himself in his room.  She tells of the night that she learned that he had planned to kill his boss and how she was able to get him help.  During our interview I learned that Nikki and I experienced two of the most difficult experiences in our lives the same month, just living 5 minutes apart but not knowing one another.  Nikki recounts with gratitude her a difficult childhood upbringing that left her to raise herself and prepared her to find places of strength in difficult times.  Despite that all, she shares that life is what we make it and how she has learned to roll with the punches and keep trying.  She shares her incredible optimism but also the depression that hit after burn out and the tools that she learned through a veteran’s caregiver program that taught her how to manage her life and to realize that she needed to take care of herself in order to take care of others.  You will be absolutely inspired by this woman who has now become a fellow for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and has founded the Veteran Caregivers Society to help others realize that they are not alone and they can do it. Come listen with an open heart to see where you can ask for help in your life and how you can give yourself permission to take time for yourself.

Nikki was treated to a special photo shoot by the gold-hearted and talented Irene Gallegos Photostories, including hair by Megan Jasso near my California hometown of Wildomar.  Be sure to check out how to work with these generous ladies below in the Show Notes and see more of these photos at the end of this post.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for anyone who is a caregiver to someone they love and needs encouragement to take care of themselves.  It is perfect for those who feel overwhelmed with their circumstances and need to feel like they are not alone.  It is also just for those with military and veteran loved ones who may suffer from PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • her difficult upbringing after her parents divorced when she was 9
  • who she longed for an adult in her life to show up as the adult
  • the tragic reason her mother suffered from PTSD and how that prepared Nikki for her future
  • why she is grateful for her dysfunctional family life
  • how she was able to see the good in her life despite being surrounded by hardship
  • how she met her husband and what the 3 day rule is
  • what life was like living on base after they were married and what signs of PTSD began to manifest
  • what happened after her husband John sought for help
  • how PTSD and Traumatic Brain injury affected their lives and marriage
  • several stories of John exhibiting rage in public and how their children responded
  • a period of time when he locked himself in his room and later stopped showering or shaving
  • the night he told Nikki that he was planning to kill his boss and what she did
  • how Nikki read everything she could to understand about PTSD and TBI
  • how she suffered from depression after her twins were born and how working with a caregiver coach gave her the tools to get out of it
  • the tools that helped her to take care of herself
  • how Nikki defines a caregiver and what advice she has for them

Show Notes:

Photographer for Nikki – Irene Gallegos Photostories Website – Instagram @igphotostories – Twitter @igphotostories Facebook Page

Hair stylist for Nikki – Megan Jasso – Facebook Page –  Instagram @hairbymeganjasso 

Operation Family Caregiver

Elizabeth Dole Foundation

Veteran Caregiver Society

Rosalynn Carter Institute

Nikki presenting at the 2015 Veteran Conference video

Nikki Stephen’s Facebook page

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Living a full family life and not being held back by a diagnosis | with Oakley Peterson of Nothing Down About It (TLBP #41)
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Living a full family life and not being held back by a diagnosis | with Oakley Peterson of Nothing Down About It (TLBP #41)

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Oakley Peterson of Nothing Down About It was one of the first people I knew I wanted to interview on my podcast.  From the time Oakley was 10 until her first year in college, Oakley traveled from city to city playing bass guitar and singing backup vocals in her all sister rock n roll band called 8 Brown Eyes.  Oakley shares some of her favorite moments from her experience and how now as a mom of 3, she and her musical husband implement music into their home.  Growing up with all sisters, Oakley looked forward to the day she could have a little boy and envisioned as the little sports buddy to her husband, playing little league and going to all the sports games.  A year after their first baby was born, a little girl, a firecracker like her mom, Oakley became pregnant again and carried their second, a little boy, through a typical pregnancy.  Upon his birth and right in the middle of Oakley experiencing the euphoria of holding her son, the nurses began questioning her about her quad screening and soon took him away to be examined by a doctor.  Oakley could not stand being a part from him, so after some time she made her way down the hall, only to greet her husband coming back with the news that indeed their son had Down Syndrome.  She said she will never forget his face.  Oakley shares the moments ahead as she experienced a mourning of the child she thought she would have and the overwhelming love for the child she had.  She tells of the negativity toward Down Syndrome that generally exists on the internet and from medical professionals, and how her sorrow and fear melted after about a month of being Welles’ mom and feeling of his overflowing love, and the role that finding other moms with children with special needs played.  Oakley shares her feelings on becoming Welles’ advocate and voice in the world and the hurtful words of a friend that helped spark her to start her blog Nothing Down About It to help others to see what she sees in her son and that her son’s life is worth just as much as her daughter’s.  She openly shares her moments of fear and exhaustion, but knows that all mothers experience similar things with their children. She shares how they are the lucky ones to have him in their home and how everyone should experience this.  Her voice has been carried to millions to share the joy and life lessons she has learned from her “little professor” and how they have been able to experience everything in family life that she had envisioned and more.  Come listen ready to feel the passion and love of this advocate mama.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who wants to learn more about family life with a child with Down’s Syndrome or any child with special needs.  It is also perfect for anyone facing an unexpected change when expectations were great.  It is also great for those who believe that everyone matters and we should help be their voice.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Oakley’s childhood growing up in a rock band called 8 Brown Eyes with her sisters
  • how her parents were everyone’s favorites
  • how crazy she is about Taylor Hanson
  • how they implement music into their home now as parents
  • how she and her husband met and the early years of marriage
  • why Oakley was so excited to have a boy and what her expectations were
  • what happened in the hospital and why Oakley
  • why they call Welles “little professor” and what he has taught them
  • why Oakley started her blog Nothing Down About it
  • what a friend said that was so hurtful
  • the rich and full family life they lead
  • those things that creates worry for her
  • her biggest struggle of wanting everyone to see and love him like she does
  • her feelings about the ‘r’ word
  • Welles developing friendships
  • how does Oakley become rejuvenated
  • what she misses about life before kids
  • what she loves about motherhood and family life despite hard days
  • how having a child that appreciates things has helped her to appreciate things
  • what she expects from her future
  • her advice to new moms of children with special needs
  • her definition of real perfection

 

Show Notes:

8 Brown Eyes band

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Cake, “Never There”

Hanson, “I Will Come for You“, “Mmm Bop

Oakley’s blog “Nothing Down About It”

Nothing Down About It – Instagram Feed

United Angel’s Foundation

Very Jane video of Oakley and Welles on their #Stronglikeyou campaign

Chatbooks app – enter code LIFEBEATS for your first book free

Time Out for Women Conference

Being happy amid the chaos and surrendering to create your life’s work | with Vanessa Quigley of Chatbooks (TLBP #40)
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Being happy amid the chaos and surrendering to create your life’s work | with Vanessa Quigley of Chatbooks (TLBP #40)

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Vanessa Quigley the Chatbooker-in-Chief of the digital photobook company Chatbooks shares how she has been able to be happy amidst the chaos of life as the oldest of 12 children and the mother of 7 children.  She shares stories of growing up on a petting zoo in Florida and how she learned from her parents to be the author of her own destiny and to take risks.  She gives suggestions for those who may be a little more cautious, in order to anchor them to allow for more risk taking and stretching in their life.   She honestly tells of the feelings she had after finding out she was pregnant early in her marriage after making plans to excelerate her professional singing career and how learning to get creative to get what she wanted prepared her for life ahead.  Vanessa shares how now as a working mother of 7 children she has stopped chasing the equilibrium between work and life, but instead embraces her ‘life’s work’ that has also become her family’s ‘life’s work’ and how they accomplish that.  She talks about structure, laughter, and surrender as key elements to maintain joy amidst the chaos.  And how the myth of the Supermom that does it all can be a dangerous thing but how we can celebrate the good and super things we are doing as moms.  She reveals how the new hilarious video from Chatbooks  is a representation of her life and how Chatbooks was born to rescue her from mom guilt and to bring back the joy of physically holding memories in her family’s hands.  Come listen ready to laugh and learn from this super mom.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking to learn from an experienced mom on some keys elements to finding happiness amidst the chaos of life.  It is perfect for someone who is exhausted from trying to be Supermom and is looking for a way to be happy with their life.  It is great for working moms or busy stay at home moms that are looking to find that illusive balance of life and work.  And it is perfect for anyone seeking for an easy solution to unseen, unprinted backlogged files of digital photos.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Vanessa growing up in Florida as the oldest of 12 kids
  • her wanting her own adventure and how she met her husband
  • how pursuing her singing career was interrupted by having a baby and how she felt about that
  • how she learned about getting creative about getting what she wanted
  • her dad bringing home animals that eventually became a petting zoo
  • how she parents taught her to be the author of her own destiny and to take risks
  • knowing their vision of what they wanted in life and creating solid structure in order to take risks
  • how someone who is a little more cautious can take steps to taking more risks
  • why she gave up on the equilibrium of work and life and instead focused on her “life’s work”
  • how her “life’s work” is her family’s “life’s work”
  • how a schedule will allow you to take more risks and will allow the things that are most important happen
  • tools to help her keep a schedule – phone calendars, phone alarms, and weekly family council meetings
  • the power of hugs
  • the dangerous myth of the Supermom who does it all and how she doesn’t exist
  • keys to finding happy amidst chaos: laughter and surrendering
  • the story of an alligator in her mom’s bed and a gerbil community living in her sister’s room
  • what she hopes her children are learning from her
  • why its important to admit what we are doing well
  • concept of letting things go or surrendering as a mother
  • where the concept of Chatbooks began when she loved doing scrapbooks
  • the story of her 7 year old son crying with a preschool photobook
  • how Chatbooks solved mom guilt

 

Show Notes:

Get your first book FREE on the Chatbooks app by entering the code LIFEBEATS at checkout

Chatbooks website

“Why growing up weird is great for your career” article

Latest Chatbooks #momlife video with Lisa Valentine Clark

Chatbooks Facebook page

Chatbooks Instagram feed

LifeLine podcast episode #38 “Preparing ourselves for the process of discovery”

Video on the 5 challenges to prepare yourself to discover your story

Email Vanessa at vanessa@chatbooks.com

Vanessa’s personal Instagram feed

How to get FIVE YEARS FREE of Chatbooks by looking for details inside the app

BIG holiday product Highlight Chatbooks, you can print 30 of your friends best Instagram images for only $15

Rifle Paper Company

Chatbooks 101 video

The LifeBeats Project Facebook page – join me on Facebook Live Nov 8th at 8:30 MST

Time Out for Women conference here in Salt Lake City – get your tickets here

Happily married on a Wednesday and a widow on a Friday: Learning to live, to honor what you have lost | with Stacy Harker (TLBP #39)
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Happily married on a Wednesday and a widow on a Friday: Learning to live, to honor what you have lost | with Stacy Harker (TLBP #39)

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Stacy Harker bravely opens up about her life and shares her heartache and comfort.  When you hear her story, it may seem familiar to you, because you may have read about it or even participated in the GoFundMe campaign that circulated to support Stacy and her three young boys after her husband was killed by a drunk driver while he rode is bike to work.   Today we will laugh and rejoice as Stacy shares the way her beloved husband Matt filled her world with adventure and love, from salsa dancing the first time they met to proposing to her on a radio station.  She shares about his love for cycling and about the special road ID bracelet that she bought him for Father’s Day and how her son now wears it every day.  Stacy tenderly recounts the events of the morning of the accident and how she first saw the effects of it on Facebook.  She shares the surreal feeling of the next two days and how bringing her oldest son into say goodbye to his dad was the single hardest moment as a mother.  Stacy tells of the letter she received from the drunk driver and how it felt to address him in court in his sentence hearing knowing that his actions were the reason her husband was gone.  Stacy talks about the silver linings that have come from this all and how staying in bed to grieve was never an option, as she made decisions knowing that Matt would want her an the boys to live the best life possible with or without him.  She shares what hiking a mountain at a widow support group retreat taught her and what she would say to someone who is going through this grieving process and to those who are not.  Come listen with a set of tissues and a grateful heart.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who has lost a spouse or a loved one, who has loved deeply and now finds themselves alone.  It is perfect for someone who is the victim of the choices of others’ actions, such as a drunk driver.  It is also for those who are ready to direct their grief toward living in a way that would honor who they have lost.  It also for a powerful reminder for those who have not suffered a loss, to treasure the moments they have with their loved one and have the hard conversations to prepare for life should one or both of you be gone.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how Stacy and Matt met and what she loved about him from the start
  • Matt’s spontaneous efforts
  • what life was like before kids and in the early years of marriage
  • why the Harkers moved to Wyoming
  • Matt’s love of cycling and the special road ID bracelet that Stacy gave him as a Father’s Day present
  • the events of the day in which Matt was hit by a drunk driver on this way to work
  • how Stacy first saw photos of the accident
  • how surreal everything felt including riding on a plane with Matt as he was transported to Denver
  • the hardest thing Stacy has had to do as a mother
  • what she learned about the driver after the accident
  • the process of his arrest and the letter he wrote her
  • what she has seen in her children since the loss of their dad
  • the silver linings she has seen in their lives
  • how she has gotten through the hard days
  • the role therapy and support groups have played
  • the best thing Stacy says you can do for yourself during grief
  • how climbing a mountain at a widow support retreat gave her strength
  • her advise to those who have not lost a spouse or loved one

Show Notes:

Stacy’s Instagram feed

Article ‘In-Depth” with Stacy Harker

Ashmae’s book pre-order and description

Ashmae’s book tour dates:

November 1st: Book Release, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Startup Building (560 South 100 West Provo, Utah)
November 2nd 3 p.m.,  Brigham Young University
November 3rd:  7 p.m., Panel Discussion, Writ and Vision in Provo, Ut
November 4th:  11:30-12:30 Benchmark Books, 7-9 p.m., Evan’s Home in SLC, Utah
November 5th: 7-9 p.m., McBaine Home, SLC, Ut
 
November 9th: 7-9 p.m., Rusty and Marguerite Hancock Home
 
November 11-12: Dallas, Texas
 
January 20-21: Phoenix, Arizona
Come see me there this Saturday Nov 5th and get your photo taken for our #lifebeatsforme campaign

LifeLine 2: Preparing ourselves for the process of discovery | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #38)
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LifeLine 2: Preparing ourselves for the process of discovery | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #38)

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Today is the second installment of my new series LifeLine, dedicated to helping you discover or expand on your story and illuminate the extraordinary that lies within you.  Today’s episode I will share what we can to do to help prepare ourselves for this process of discovery.  I talk about and issue you a challenge of 5 things that we can do over this coming in month in preparation for this journey.  I share the importance of being patient and kind with ourselves as we make changes and how we need to record over and replace that mixtape of negative thoughts we have playing in our heads.  I ask you to find that thing you do that will help you transition out of feelings of frustration, exhaustion, deadlines, whatever it is that life brings upon you, to a place of perspective and able to create a reset.  I talk about being the lead role in your life and share one of my favorite scenes from a movie, “The Holiday”.   I invite you to find how you connect with a Higher Power and how that will help you in this process, whether you believe in God or not.  I ask you to examine your philosophy to find if you believe by the show of your actions if your simple daily choices matter or not.  I share how this process may not resemble a line, or circle, but more like the path of a pinball and how the components of this journey weave together.  Whatever your ambition is in this process of self-awareness, self-love, self-discovery, you will come away feeling inspired to take some simple steps towards your goal.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone looking to make a change in the way they see themselves, to want to see the good and the gifts.  It is perfect for someone that is needing some guidance on how to prepare themselves for the process and someone who may want some practical steps on how to do that.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • why I started this LifeLine series and the listener comment that helped me determined where to focus
  • preparing yourself for the process of discovering your story and the extraordinary that lies within you by doing a self-assessment of your philosophies and state of mind
  • the importance of being patient with ourselves in this process
  • what Tahaji Felder said about not being able to quickly erase 20 years of thinking
  • recording over that mixtape of negative thinking in our minds
  • the importance of being intentional in protecting time to participate in this journey
  • being kind to ourselves when we just don’t have the mental energy to work on ourselves
  • finding that thing you can do that will help you transition from feelings of overwhelm to one of perspective and reset
  • pushing past your comfort zone
  • being the leading role in your life – as seen through a scene in the movie Holiday
  • inviting a Higher Power into this process and how that can help you
  • Jeff Olson and his philosophy of doing simple things and that what you do today matters
  • the importance of measuring so that you can improve
  • inviting you to write in a journal to give yourself a self-assessment of these 5 challenges to see the progress you will be making
  • 5 challenges for this upcoming month – do them in a day, each for a day, each for a week, or add upon each one each week:
    • 1. Observe the way you treat yourself – the words and thoughts you use – throughout your day, particularly when you perceive your falling short of your expectations.  For a period of time keep a tally of negative vs positive thinking.  At the end of the day write down one instance of negative thinking and what you could have said or done differently.
    • 2. Find that thing you do that will help you transition out of feelings of frustration, exhaustion, deadlines, whatever it is that life brings upon you, to a place of perspective and able to create a reset.  Then write it down and how that made you feel.
    • 3. Push yourself a little bit more outside of your comfort zone.  Then record those instances you were able to push yourself and how that made you feel.
    • 4. Learn how you connect with your Higher Power and then practice it and record those in your journal or notes.   How do you feel peace?  How do you feel connected?
    • 5. Examine your philosophy.  Do you believe as shown by your actions that what you do now matters or not?  By the simple choices you are making today are you showing that you understand the compound effect?  Observe your choices in the little things and see that if tens or hundreds of similar choices were made, how they would add up.  Is that direction you want to be headed?  Write them down and examine them.
  • how your process may resemble a line or a circle, but why it may just follow the path of a pinball
  • why you may not be able to master one step isolated from components of another step and why this is okay and wonderful

Show Notes:

First LifeLine Episode “LifeLine: helping you discover your story and illuminate the extraordinary within”

Podcast with Tahaji Felder of Goose & Gander Brand “Pivoting from just existing in the status quo to truly living in purpose and with passion”

The leading lady scene in the movie “The Holiday”

Article from SoberNation “Finding a Higher Power – 5 Practical Ways to Increase Spiritual Awareness”

Quote from Jeff Olson, author of “The Slight Edge”

My Instagram Feed

My Facebook Page

Email me at briana@thelifebeatsproject.com with questions or experiences

Email stories@thelifebeatsproject.com to share your story for the #lifebeatsforme campaign

My first solocast, Episode #19, “Seeing yourself as you really are and embracing your superpower”

Ashmae’s book pre-order and description

Ashmae’s book tour dates:

November 1st: Book Release, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Startup Building (560 South 100 West Provo, Utah)
November 2nd 3 p.m.,  Brigham Young University
November 3rd:  7 p.m., Panel Discussion, Writ and Vision in Provo, Ut
November 4th:  11:30-12:30 Benchmark Books, 7-9 p.m., Evan’s Home in SLC, Utah
November 5th: 7-9 p.m., McBaine Home, SLC, Ut
 
November 9th: 7-9 p.m., Rusty and Marguerite Hancock Home
 
November 11-12: Dallas, Texas
 
January 20-21: Phoenix, Arizona

Discovering your value in the midst of a dangerous obsession with perfection | with Sarah Tyau of Life is Beautiful (TLBP #37)
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Discovering your value in the midst of a dangerous obsession with perfection | with Sarah Tyau of Life is Beautiful (TLBP #37)

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Today Sarah Tyau, blogger and YouTuber at Life is Beautiful, openly shares her battle with an eating disorder and self-loathing that originated with her lack of self-confidence and her desire for a perfectionism that is impossible to attain.  She begins by sharing her experience of growing up as a minority and the positive and negative effects that had on her confidence.  She shares a series of circumstances and events that contributed to her struggling unhealthy mindset about the way she looked, including the misinterpreted words from friends, the lack of knowledge on the development of a young girls’ body, and the comments of a college boyfriend that led her to become obsessed with losing 7 pounds.  Sarah shares the night her eating disorder began as she sat in a Wendy’s parking lot and force fed herself as a punishment for ‘being so fat’.  She shares her darkest moments and how through coming to know her worth through God she was able to finally experience hope and change through forgetting herself and serving others.   She passionately shares the message that you are of worth not because of what you look like or what race you are, but simply because ‘you are’, ‘you exist’, ‘you have infinite value’.  She openly shares her continued struggle with a pattern of perfectionism and an ‘all or nothing’ mindset.   I love how honest she is to quickly tell us that she doesn’t have it all figured out, that this is an ongoing struggle.  She explains her reasoning for being so open on her blog and social media is so that no one will ever feel alone and know that their feelings of overwhelm and struggle are normal.  Listen and be ready to take a hard look at the patterns in your life and the way you view yourself, and see if they are leading to a healthy or unhealthy self-image.  Be inspired to serve others as a means to see your own value.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who struggles with the pursuit of perfectionism and an “all or nothing” mindset.  It is also perfect for someone who may suffer from an eating disorder or looking to understand the pattern of thinking from someone suffering from one.  It will also a great episode for a mother who struggles with getting burnt out.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how growing up as a minority was positive and negative for her self-esteem
  • how the question “where are you from?” can make someone feel like they don’t belong
  • why she cried every time she went clothes shopping as a young girl
  • how some Koreans greet one another and how Sarah misinterpreted their words
  • why she went on her first diet to lose 2-3 pounds in high school
  • what a college boyfriend said to make her obsessed with losing 7 pounds
  • her first time binge eating in a Wendy’s parking lot as she force fed herself as a punishment for ‘being so fat’
  • what she would say to herself if she could go back to talk to herself that night
  • how your ego is not really who you are, but who you are at the core
  • why she is grateful for going through this experience
  • her cycle of dieting and gaining weight
  • how this affected the way she viewed others
  • what she did on her darkest night in her desperation to starve herself
  • how the light returned
  • her belief in God and the way he thinks of her
  • how serving others helped her to forget about herself
  • the guilt she felt when she had moments when she regretted being on a mission or being a mother
  • how she battles with an ‘all or nothing’ mindset and a pursuit of perfection
  • she honest answer that she is struggles with this but how she is learning that a true failure is not trying
  • when she feels the most confident in herself when she’s closest to God and can look through his eyes at how He sees her
  • she talks about bodies to her own children
  • how serving others helps her to be happy
  • the people in your life that really matter don’t care about what you look like

 

Show Notes:

Sarah’s blog Life is Beautiful

Sarah’s Instagram feed

Sarahs’ YouTube Channel

Email Sarah at sarahtyau@gmail.com

 

Pivoting from just existing in the status quo to truly living in purpose and with passion | with Tahaji Felder of Goose & Gander Brand (TLBP #36)
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Pivoting from just existing in the status quo to truly living in purpose and with passion | with Tahaji Felder of Goose & Gander Brand (TLBP #36)

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I was so impressed with Tahaji Felder of the brand Goose and Gander as she spoke at an event with her quiet confidence and warm presence that I knew you needed to meet her too.  Tahaji grew up in NY, CT, and So. Florida with a love for fashion.  She shares how from a young age people would come to her for her fashion opinion or to be styled, but because of the stronghold that fear, lack of confidence, and lower self-esteem had on her, she abandoned her dreams as a designer and followed a status quo career that left her feeling very unfulfilled.  She shares her journey of learning to let go of fear, to embrace herself and realize that sharing her gift was a way for her to serve other people. Tahaji tells how after losing her job as an accountant for the second time and suffering a breakup, she hit rock bottom and had a choice to make whether it would bring her down or shoot her straight up.  As soon as she made the decision to say ‘yes‘ to her passion she was on fire and doors began to open and she founded her own company Goose and Gander.  Hear more about this clothing lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering you to pursue your passion and the incredible speaking series called Empower You she has created for teens to empower them to pursue their passion and dream big.  She has partnered in this series with a 17 year old entrepreneur who started the non-profit One Page Closer in South Florida dedicated to donate shelves of books to children and teens of low-income communities.  Listen and be inspired to take a leap over fear, embrace yourself and your gift, and make a small pivot in the direction you are headed to go from just existing but truly living.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is tired of just existing in a life and is ready to start truly living in purpose by embracing themselves and who they are as well as pursuing their passion.  It is perfect for a first year entrepreneur looking to learn from someone in the midst of it.  It is also for those who struggle with the paralyzing power of fear and self-doubt.  It speaks to those wanting to use their gifts to help the lives of others and advice on how to do that.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how Tahaji and I met and my first impressions of her
  • where her love of fashion stemmed from and her story of falling in her basketball uniform
  • what she learned from her mother and grandmother
  • how it felt to be an ‘extra’ minority growing up
  • what the role of ‘the committee’ was in her life and why it held her back
  • how women can become paralyzed in decision making
  • what role did fashion play in her life growing up
  • how even though she was asked to style others and give her opinion, she still had low self-esteem
  • why she decided to follow a status quo career instead of follow her passion
  • why her attempt at doing styling gigs did not fill her purpose
  • the story of hitting rock bottom after losing her job twice and experiencing a breakup and how it propelled her instead of getting her down
  • what changed that allowed her to finally pursue her passion
  • the role that a mastermind group had in her starting her business
  • the purpose and branding of Goose & Gander brand
  • how it was the accumulation of things that propelled her forward
  • the role fear played in preventing her from leaping into her passion earlier
  • the journey of her first year in business as an entrepreneur and those things that have surprised her and given her strength
  • what Give the Goose means
  • how Goose & Gander helps to empower people to pursue their passion and dream big
  • her work with the non-profit One Page Closer and how it will help teens learn to pursue their dreams
  • why fashion became something more to her
  • if there was a time in this first year where she wanted to give up
  • the concept of crawling before walking
  • why embracing our gift helps others
  • what she has learned about herself through this journey

 

Show Notes:

Goose & Gander Website

Goose & Gander Instagram

Tahaji’s personal Instagram

Goose & Gander Facebook

Goose & Gander Twitter

Closed Doors Don’t Matter shirt

The Creative Buffet Conference

Kingdom Driven Entrepreneurs

One Page Closer

 

 

The power of vulnerability and sealing your family through adventure | with Erynn Montgomery of Tropic of Candycorn (TLBP #35)
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The power of vulnerability and sealing your family through adventure | with Erynn Montgomery of Tropic of Candycorn (TLBP #35)

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Erynn Montgomery from Tropic of Candycorn shares her passion behind encouraging families to make meaningful memories together, particularly through travel away from their home, as she Skypes with me from Ecuador where she had been traveling with her 4 young girls for the month.  She tells of growing up with a single mom who could never afford to take her and her 4 siblings on vacation, but how a roadtrip they shared helped her to see the benefits of taking people out of their day to day environment to stretch outside of their comfort zone and connect.  As a little girl she would pray for world peace and wanted to fix things and make a small difference.  This led her to the humanitarian world to which she would become the CEO of a international humanitarian organization in Latin America, which was the hardest thing she has done in her life.  She shares the story of a 2 year old girl who fell into a pig pen and lost her arms and why years later watching her reach for a lollypop was so healing for both the mother and Erynn.  Erynn talks about the benefits of an international education and how unenrolling her children from public school is the best thing for them.  She also shares her bravery of being on the show when she reveals that she would rather shave her head or eat worms in the Amazon than share her personal story and be vulnerable, but how sharing our fears and imperfections help us to see that we are all just trying to do our best.  She shares about the Surf & Yoga retreat in Costa Rica she created for moms and what she is doing now to create that small difference through her work through Tropic of Candycorn to help families create meaningful vacations and memories and how you can too.  Listen and be inspired to create opportunities for ourselves and for our families to step outside of our comfort zones to stretch, grow, and create connections.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking to enrich family relationships and looking for inspiration for ways to create adventures together.  It is perfect for someone who is looking to give their children a broader view of the world and wanting to explore an international family experience.  It is also great for someone wanting to know more about international humanitarian organizations and how they can make a difference.  It is just for someone who wants help on traveling with children.  It is also perfect for someone who may be letting fear hold them back from connections and cultivating themselves.  It is also great for those interested in planned retreats and family vacations.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • why Erynn is in Ecuador with her 4 girls
  • why she stepped away from the humanitarian organization
  • the purpose of Tropic of Candycorn and why it was started
  • how 80% of a child’s happiest memories are outside of the home
  • life being raised by a single mom and the road trip that helped her get to know her for the first time
  • how taking people out of their environment will help them to stretch and grow
  • how kids don’t care about how much money we spend on a trip, just that we are together
  • how Erynn was a little girl that prayed for world peace and loved to fix things and how her household fostered her peacemaker role
  • her transition to becoming a CEO and President of an international humanitarian organization in the Inca parts of South America and why it was the hardest thing she has ever done
  • why some of the decisions made in the organization seem counter-intuitive
  • incredible story of a 2 year old girl who fell in a pig pen and lost her arms and how years later the sight of her reaching for a lollypop healed her mother and Erynn
  • what people should keep in mind when adding a humanitarian component to their vacation
  • how she unenrolls her kids for vacation and why their education abroad and home is more important than public school
  • how she encourages her girls to take bits and pieces of the world they see around them and create their own world
  • how brave Erynn is for sharing her story as she would rather eat worms in Amazon or shave her head
  • the role of vulnerability and sharing our fears
  • how the Surf & Yoga retreat in Costa Rica for moms began and the purpose of it to help these women get out of their comfort zone but feel supported
  • the importance of taking time for yourself, meditation, and cultivating yourself
  • travel tips and planned trips through Tropic of Candycorn
  • how Erynn will answer your questions and give you a needed nudge

Show Notes:

Tropic of Candycorn website

Mosaico Travel

“When Gummy Bears Bond” Tropic of Candycorn blog article

“Absent from School for Vacation”  blog post, survey, and letter

email Erynn: erynn@tropicofcandycorn.com

Boiler Plate trips coming soon on Tropic of Candycorn on Oct. 14th!!

Tropic of Candycorn Instagram

Tropic of Candycorn Facebook

LifeLine: a new series to help you discover your own story and illuminate the extraordinary within | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #34)
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LifeLine: a new series to help you discover your own story and illuminate the extraordinary within | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #34)

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Friends I am doing something new!  Today I share about an upcoming podcast series called LifeLine in which I share practical ways to help you discover your own story and illuminate the extraordinary within.  Although The LifeBeats Project was only launched a little more than six months ago, it has truly been years in development.  I have absolutely loved what I have been able to do so far with it.  I hope you can feel how much I love what I get to do, through my microphone.  People are amazing!!  You are amazing!!  But there is so much more I can do to help you see that.  After months of trying to figure out how I can do that better and share my passion of your extraordinariness with you… after talking with business and social media experts, my friends, family, and especially my wise husband, I have decided to implement something new starting this week.  As I have struggled to know where to begin, I will share a podcast I did in my car, that shares how one listener’s comment put a neon sign up in my mind on where I should start!  Today I share how The LifeBeats Project began, what its purpose is, who it is for, what LifeBeats are, and the levels of involvement you can have in the discovery and expansion of your own story through the podcast.  I share why our community is so important as we are all at different stages in our self-acceptance and self-awareness.  And how those who are uncertain about what their own story is have an important decision when they listen to others’ stories, either one of shame and disconnection or one of motivation and permission to let people in.  Come learn about what to expect from the series and how we will work towards a fullness of life.  I am clear that this journey to self-love does not lead us to a life of self-absorption but one that full through the serving of others.  I can’t wait to share these messages with you!!!  I will also share more about my opportunity to speak in an upcoming women’s retreat, contribute to a book, and the launch of a new social media campaign to allow everyone who wants to share their story an opportunity to do so!!

I am sooooo excited to give more of you a chance to share your story, actually anyone who wants to really!.  As of right now I am able to only share one story a week with you on my podcast.  I’ll never get through tell the stories of the world that way so here is my chance.  I would love all of you to briefly share a piece of your story on Instagram or Facebook, whatever that looks like.  And then share what this has taught you about yourself and how has it changed the way you see yourself and the world around you.  Share it in writing, share it in a video.  Take a photo of yourself holding a sign saying #lifebeatsforme.   Write your own or download mine straight from my website www.thelifebeatsproject.com  Lets be the spark to break down barriers between us, fight the urge to not share, you are so worthy of inspiring others with your story.  You need to recognize its worth and they need to hear it.  Allow the LifeBeats within you a chance to reach out to others and to connect and resonate with the LifeBeats of others.  What you have gone through, what you are doing now, the good you are doing in the world, the struggle you are currently in, your own journey is worthy of inspiring others right where you are.  Be sure to tag your story with #lifebeatsforme and @lifebeatsproject so that myself and others can find them.  Each Friday I will be selecting one of your stories to share on my Instagram and Facebook pages.

I cannot wait to read your stories.  The world needs you.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who struggles with knowing their own story or their own worth.  It is perfect for someone who is ready to discover what it is they have to offer and want support and help to do so.  It is also wonderful for those wanting to know more about The LifeBeats Project, how it began, who it is for, and what LifeBeats are.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • my story of life changes when my husband was diagnosed with an aggressive case of Multiple Sclerosis
  • what magical thing began to happen as I shared my story on my blog
  • where the passion came from to tell others how amazing their story is
  • what the purpose of The LifeBeats Project is
  • who The LifeBeats Project is for
  • the levels of involvement you can experience with this podcast
  • what are LifeBeats and how do they connect us and why are they important
  • my podcast from my car
  • what I have been working on over the past couple of months
  • how one listener’s comment directed me to know where to begin
  • the changes I will be making with the podcast each month and how it is a direct result of your input
  • why this LifeBeats Project community is so import
  • how to some is given to share their stories and to some is given to learn from them as they discover their own
  • the important decision that those uncertain about their own stories have to make, whether they will turn to shame and disconnect or motivation and letting people in
  • how we are all at different stages of self-awareness and self-acceptance
  • how this self-love does not lead us to a life of self-absorption but one of service as we move toward a fullness of life
  • how for me personally a fullness in life can only be as I see myself in relation to my God and how I believe it is only through His divine help that the illumination of my full self can begin
  • how we will explore a relationship with God sometimes but that we will be focusing on simple, though not easy, things anyone can do to help find the extraordinary
  • for those who share my belief in God, involve him in your journey
  • for those outside the belief in God, how I encourage you to connect with a higher power : the goodness of humanity, law of attraction, love, or nature
  • the Lifeline series and where the name derives and what to look forward to in the months ahead
  • the women’s retreat Divinely Feminine I will be speaking at Oct 28 and 29th
  • the book I will be contributing to Lioness Calling
  • a 4 week group mentoring course for teen girls called Confidently Beautiful
  • the social media campaign #lifebeatsforme to share all of your stories

 

Show Notes:

My first solocast: “Seeing yourself as you really are and embracing your superpower (TLBP #19)”

My very first podcast “Welcome and Introduction to The LifeBeats Project”

My personal blog Sweet Dreams are Made of These www.journeywithjohnsons.blogspot.com

My podcast with my husband as my first guest “Keeping perspective when there are things you can’t change | with Mike Johnson (TLBP #2)

Email me: briana@thelifebeatsproject.com

My Instagram account @lifebeatsproject

My Facebook page The LifeBeats Project

Shawn Achor’s book “Before Happiness”

Divinely Feminine women’s retreat

Lioness Calling blog

Confidently Beautiful 4 week series for teen girls

Elysian Events

Printable of social media campaign sign #lifebeatsforme

Turning our tears into action and treasuring each moment | with Cindy DeMint of Ataxia Walk n Roll (TLBP #33)
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Turning our tears into action and treasuring each moment | with Cindy DeMint of Ataxia Walk n Roll (TLBP #33)

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Cindy DeMint is a longtime family friend who has dedicated her life to the care of her children in a most saintly way.  She is one of the most selfless women I know!  All three of her boys grew up healthy but as teens were diagnosed with a genetic degenerative neurological disorder called Ataxia that effects fine motor skills, balance, and eye sight with symptoms similar to ALS.  Hear the story of how her first son was diagnosed in high school when a neighbor approached her that her son perhaps had a drinking problem due to the symptoms he was exhibiting.  After years of not knowing, he was diagnosed with Ataxia only to learn there was no cure.  Learn more about the disease and what daily life looks like in the DeMint home and how they bring three boys in wheelchairs out of the house.  Cindy has let her tears turn to action to become a voice and driving force for awareness throughout the country in hopes of helping to find a cure.  She shares how it could be so easy to just stay home and keep the boys comfortable, but how they are trying to push themselves to do the next thing to find the next step to bring awareness. She is confident in her purpose and relates how she was prepared in her own teen years to love people unconditionally.  She shares her feels about watching her friends’ children celebrate milestones she knows hers will not and her advice to young moms knowing what she knows now.  Listen and be inspired to treasure each moment, not take things so seriously, and to turn your own tears into motivation for action!

I am so excited to share more details of our beautiful and meaningful Story Search Soiree with you on my personal blog www.journeywithjohnsons.blogspot.com including the videos of some of the attendees sharing their stories, photos by the talented Diana Putnam Photography, and how you can be involved in my new social media campaign to share more of your stories!!

To celebrate hop on over to Instagram @lifebeatsproject for a chance to win a $50 giftcard to the Story Search Soiree sponsor who provided our decorations – darling bunting and felt ball strands, wooden flatware, …  My Paper Crush, a party and paper store dedicated to bringing you all the pretty things in one place.  Look for the giveaway post of the soiree for the details on how to enter!  The giveaway will run from Mon Sept 19th to Thurs Sept 22 at midnight MST.

Show Notes:

Cindy’s Facebook page

Brothers on a Quest Facebook page

National Ataxia Foundation website

Utah Walk n Roll event page

 

From mad to fab: Making sure fun shows up in your life and establishing joy as a practice | with Kara Kull of Fabulistas (TLBP #32)
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From mad to fab: Making sure fun shows up in your life and establishing joy as a practice | with Kara Kull of Fabulistas (TLBP #32)

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Kara Kull will have you laughing out loud and feeling refreshed with easy ideas on finding joy and fun in your own life and with your children in today’s podcast episode.  She is the sequin and hightops behind Fabulistas and HowFab and one of those people that things just happen to, like your car window exploding at a stoplight or your necklace getting caught in your tights while you are on stage giving a speech.  Today she shares how she has battled with what she calls ‘big emotions’ including anger and depression and her long journey on learning to become more in control of these emotions to become a happy and fun person and mom.  She breaks her journey down into 4 phases and shares what each one looked like and how she progressed in each one.  Kara shares those things that have helped her to manage her emotions including naming the emotion, setting alarms, and finding a job that fit who she was-and boy she has had every job under the sun! She shares how she struggled with feeling like it was ok to be who she really was and that what she is really good at is knowing how to have fun and that is meaningful. She has dedicated her life to helping other moms to make sure fun shows up in their own life and with their kids as well as making having joy in their lives a practice.  She shares lots of simple ideas that can be implemented immediately that will save your sanity and help you to be the fun mom you’ve always wanted to be.  Be prepared to laugh and feel empowered.

You my friend can follow Kara’s philosophy of running after your kids and still looking good by entering to win one of the five dresses we are giving away from Shabby Apple.  In conjunction with my fun and open podcast episode with Michelle, Brittany, and Roxana on post-baby body image, blogger friend Alycia Crowley, and Shabby Apple, the clothing store dedicated to celebrating the beauty in you, we are giving you a chance to glow this fall in a new dress!  Be sure to check out my thoughts on self-acceptance and all the fun photos of by Roxana B Photography of the five of us in our Shabby Apple dresses in my blog post tomorrow Sept 14 at www.journeywithjohnsons.blogspot.com

Then hop on over to Instagram @lifebeatsproject for a chance to win one of the five dresses we are giving away.  Look for the giveaway post of the girls and I in our Shabby Apple dresses for the details on how to enter!  The giveaway will run from Wed Sept 14th at 10am MST to Sat Sept 17th at 10 am.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who wants to incorporate more fun in their life and their life with their children.  This episode is for someone who may struggle with anger, depression, or anxiety and wants to learn how to better manage those emotions in their life, as well as learning how to accept who you are and your own personal gifts.  It is also just right for a mom looking for lots of simple fun ideas to do with their kids.  And it is especially for someone is looking for a good laugh!

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • why Kara says she is one of those people that things just happen to and her story of her window exploding and necklace caught in her tights
  • Kara’s many many jobs including pedicab and voice-over artist
  • Phase 1 of her ‘big emotions’ journey and how she felt every emotion but didn’t know what she was feeling so it came out as anger
  • why having strong emotions was challenging
  • how having a job that was a terrible fit for her increased affected her emotionally
  • how learning about herself and being ok with who she was helped her
  • why she felt like she had to hide who she was
  • why she felt guilty for feeling joy and happiness
  • how she recognized her gift
  • Phase 2 – learning how to manage these underlying emotions that often manifested as anger
  • how she worked really hard for the things she wanted to show up in her life
  • the key things her therapist helped her through
  • story of the soccer ball and how naming the emotion stopped her from spilling over
  • how she trained herself to listen to her inner voice
  • some of the things she read and listened to that helped her
  • the story of how she found her voice at dinner full of 10 3 year olds
  • Phase 3 – to make sure that joy was prevalent in her everyday life
  • how having fun with your kids doesn’t need to be a big thing
  • Phase 4 – Fine tuning and evaluating your beliefs to see if they still hold true
  • being unattractively real
  • doing things just for fun, no endgame
  • lots and lots of fun things that you can do with your kids and the magic of bandaids
  • preparing for your kids boredom when out and about and setting parameters with them
  • doing things you like to do with your kids

 

Show Notes:

Fabulistas website

Kara on Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram at @howfab

“The Soft Spoken Parent” book

“Sequins + How I’m feeling ok about being their ambassador” blog post

Martha Beck

Brene Brown

Oprah

The Bloggess

Sark

Kelly Flannigan

“25 Things to Do with Your Kids”

The Juggle is Real:  Your gift, your business, and your family with Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show (TLBP #4) podcast

A journey of healing: from eating disorders to eating real food | with Megan Roosevelt of Healthy Grocery Girl (TLBP #21) podcast

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Recalibrating true happiness, the power of one, and the reciprocal effect of service | with Lauren Foulger of Humble Hilo (TLBP #31)
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Recalibrating true happiness, the power of one, and the reciprocal effect of service | with Lauren Foulger of Humble Hilo (TLBP #31)

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Lauren Foulger is the co-founder of Humble Hilo and director of World Link Partners and has made it her life’s mission to create change in the lives of others.  I am sure you have seen Humble Hilo’s beautiful handmade textile bags, now you can hear about their story of why it began and how partnering with World Link Partners they are creating opportunities for Guatemalan women to support their families through projects in child nutrition, education and literacy for women, and microfinance loans for women to start their own small business to change theirs and their families lives which in turn changes communities.  Lauren was raised in a philanthropic home that continually served.  She later lived among impoverished villages in Guatemala and Kenya and in lands of devastation such as Thailand after the tsunami.  She has dedicated her life to improving the lives of others and has incorporated into her family life as a mother and has seen lives change through the opportunities provided through the combined efforts of Humble Hilo and World Link Partners.  She shares the story of finding a little girl’s shoe on the shore of Thailand after the tsunami and the impact that made on her life as well as recounting the stories of two Guatemalan women and not only how their lives and the lives of their children have been transformed by the goodness of those involved with these organizations, but also how Lauren has been transformed by them.  Lauren shares of the light and community that exists amongst these women that our culture often lacks.  She tells of the cyclical process of the creation of their products to the purchase of them to how that money returns to these women and villages.    You will be inspired by Lauren’s compassion and by the resiliency and courage of the many women in the remote villages of the Highlands of Guatemala.  There is so much good out there in the world my friends!

You my friends can be a part of this beautiful process by helping us spread awareness of this beautiful and high-impact business by entering their giveaway.  Enter it yourself and share it with all of your friends.  One lucky listener will win Humble Hilo’s exquisite Nieve bag, a large leather bag with a white huipil (hwa-peel) accented with a vibrant colorful pattern.  On their website it shows that the purchase of this bag would provide either feeding a malnourished child 2 meals for 3 1/2 weeks, a portion of a microcredit loan to a woman for the duration of 2 weeks, or literacy classes for a woman for 3 months.

To enter follow these simple steps and click here:

  1. Follow @lifebeatsproject and @humblehilo on Instagram
  2. Subscribe to my podcast in iTunes –  Search for The LifeBeats Project in the iTunes Store under Podcasts and then click ‘subscribe’ below Mike & I’s photo  (that’s lifebeats one word – if something long autopopulates delete it and just type in lifebeats)
  3. Look for this giveaway post on my Instagram of the Humble Hilo bag and comment with the word ‘subscribed’ and then in the same comment tag two friends who would love a chance to win!

*For additional entries tag more friends!

The giveaway will last until midnight MST on Thurs Sep 8.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone wanting to make an impact for good in the world and be involved in serving wherever they are.  It is  for someone looking to see goodness through difficulties and how those in dire situations can find true happiness in the midst of it.  It is for someone looking for inspiration and a way to feel strength in their own life.  It is also perfect of someone wanting to understand the cyclical process of the creation of their products to the purchase of them to how that money returns to these women and villages.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Lauren’s upbringing in a philanthropic home and her first experiences with serving outside her home
  • how she was transformed in high school by serving a homeless family and what helped her feel comfortable in getting to know them
  • how every time we go to serve we are the ones who come out changed
  • my story of Zinab and what she taught me
  • her experiences in college in the slums of Kenya and the devastated areas of Thailand after the tsunami
  • how finding a little girl’s shoe on the shore of Thailand forever changed how she saw people’s lives
  • her solo experience with the World Health Organization in the Highlands of Guatemala and what caused their impoverished state
  • the hopelessness she saw in these mothers’ eyes
  • what she was inspired to do once she left Guatemala that first time
  • how Humble Hilo became partnered with World Link Partners
  • story of Carmella and the transformation of her family from extreme malnutrition to thriving and why she is raising not only her own 6 children but her sister-in-law’s 5 children
  • the power of the partnership between Humble Hilo and World Link Partners on individual women and families
  • that there is a bigger plan and the little steps take us to bigger things
  • why it is a difficult transition for Lauren to go to Guatemala
  • why there is a light in the women of Guatemala
  • how Lauren defines and recalibrates what true happiness is after being in Guatemala
  • story of Manuela and the loss of her son to malnutrition and how gratitude created light inside her
  • focusing on the good despite hardships
  • the sense of community and support system among the women in the villages of Guatemala and how that is lacking in our culture
  • the purpose of The LifeBeats Project in creating community among women through the sharing of our life’s story
  • what LifeBeats are and how they can create a sense of community in our virtual villages
  • the cyclical process of the creation of their products to the purchase of them to how that money returns to these women and villages
  • what a huipil is and how Humble Hilo uses them
  • how people can see what their purchase will provide for women and children
  • the goal of Humble Hilo for sustainability in transforming these villages through education, literacy, and small business opportunity
  • how empowering women will empower children then empower communities
  • the establishment of a health and resource center to help provide education and training after 7 years

 

Show Notes:

Humble Hilo website

Humble Hilo’s Facebook page

Humble Hilo’s Instagram page

World Link Partners website

World Health Organization

Trusting in God and His plan even in times of great loss and when your plan doesn’t align with His | with Tami Schlappi (TLBP #30)
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Trusting in God and His plan even in times of great loss and when your plan doesn’t align with His | with Tami Schlappi (TLBP #30)

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Tami Schlappi is one of the selections that Diana of Diana Putnam Photography and I chose for The LifeBeats Project Story Search because of her courage and strength in the face of so many hard things.  In today’s interview Tami shares her story of, within one year, losing both her two year old son and husband, and then giving birth to her daughter the day after her husband’s funeral.  She takes us back to her family life growing up and the foundation that was laid of family, working hard, and faith.  She shares the story of meeting her husband Rich and the beautiful life they shared together and with their children, the second of which was born with a heart defect.  During times of difficulty with her son, she shares how they discovered that her husband had an inoperable brain tumor.  Tami shares her journey of faith and trust in God as times increasingly became more difficult with the passing of her son and then the passing of her husband.  Tami recounts the precious last moments with her husband and then the delivery of their baby girl the day following his funeral.  Despite these trials Tami never doubted or cursed God but has only trusted in Him and has seen blessings of love and growth come to her and her children, including finding love again in her husband Mike Schlappi, an Olympic gold medalist paraplegic who has a story of his own.  You will be inspired by Tami’s courageous story of faith and a capacity to love that grows and grows.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who has lost someone close to them and is looking for inspiration on how to keep going.  It is perfect for someone going through a difficult time and would like to feel like they are not alone and for someone seeking to understand faith and trusting in God.   It is also inspiring for someone who has lost their first spouse and wondering how they can love again.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • her upbringing that taught her about family, working hard, and faith
  • why she left a full ride scholarship to go to another school
  • the role of her faith in her decisions
  • what she loved about her husband Rich when they first met
  • their life together as a young couple with young children
  • discovering the heart defect of her second son during pregnancy
  • a turning point in her life and what she promised God
  • how they discovered that her husband Rich had an inoperable brain tumor and what they did to try to treat it
  • the circumstances surrounding little Robbie’s death
  • the final moments Tami had with her husband Rich
  • giving birth to their daughter Anna exactly 24 hours after her husband’s funeral
  • where she received her strength
  • why she was not angry at God for not answering her prayer in what she prayed for
  • what the the most difficult part of those experiences were
  • the most important lesson she has learned in her life
  • how she could love again and how she met her second husband Mike
  • what her purpose is now
  • how we can support one another as women
  • why her photoshoot was so difficult
  • what she will be focusing on now

 

Show Notes:

A big thanks to everyone involved with our Story Search!!

Diana Putnam Photography

Gabi of Studio Miranda

My Paper Crush

Sweet Saltwater Designs

Sweet Lemon Boutique

Anna Richey’s music

Mike Schlappi’s website

What Tami believes

Anna Richey music

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Me and Robbie

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Winning your battle with your post-baby body image | with Brittany Maddux, Michelle Petersen, and Roxana Baker (TLBP #29)
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Winning your battle with your post-baby body image | with Brittany Maddux, Michelle Petersen, and Roxana Baker (TLBP #29)

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My studio is full of mamas and babies as I candidly discuss experiences and feelings about body image post-baby with a panel of three incredible moms.  Michelle Petersen from The Mumsy Blog, fashion blogger Brittany Maddux, and Roxana Baker of Roxana B Photography join me as we openly share our struggles with the way we view ourselves and even moments when we have wondered who that girl is looking back in the mirror.  We dive into what experiences and beliefs have shaped our view of what we should look like and how we work on safeguarding our own children from an unhealthy body image.  What we struggle with varies but we each relate the things that have helped us through moments of definite discouragement and what we would say to someone struggling with this right now and for those still planning on having more children, what they (because you know I do not fall in that category) would do differently during their next pregnancy to prepare for their post-baby body.  You are not alone, whether you have given birth to children or not – it is something we all struggle with, and we hope our very candid responses help you to feel that!

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is struggling feeling comfortable or recognizing themselves in their post-baby body or anyone that battles with body image issues.  It is also perfect for a newly pregnant women who is looking for ideas on how to prepare for their post-baby body.  It is also wonderful for someone looking to overcome discouragement as well as a mom who is looking to find time to do those things that will rejuvenate her.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • what shaped our beliefs of what we should look like
  • how body image can mean dealing with losing weight or not putting on enough weight
  • how we have overcome discouragement
  • our experiences when we have looked in the mirror and thought ‘who is that’?
  • how visual cues can help you in handling frustration with the way you look
  • how the way we see ourselves may affect our children and how they view themselves
  • what we would say to someone who is struggling right now with their body image
  • Yogi Aaron’s definition of ‘meditate’ meaning to attend to and how that can help us address our repressed emotions
  • using self-talk and taking time for yourself to help you handle discouragement
  • how we find time to do the things that will rejuvenate us
  • what things they would do their next pregnancy to prepare for their post-baby body

 

Show Notes:

Yogi Aaron’s podcast episode “Incorporating meditation in our busy lives (TLBP #27)

Michelle Petersen’s blog  “The Mumsy Blog”

“The Mumsy Blog” Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Brittany Maddux’s blog

Brittany’s Instagram, Facebook

Roxana B Photography Instagram

Roxana Baker’s Instagram

Shabby Apple

Diana Putnam Photography

Studio Miranda

My Paper Crush

Creating a family identity from blending different cultures | with Brittany Muddamalle of The Almost Indian Wife (TLBP #28)
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Creating a family identity from blending different cultures | with Brittany Muddamalle of The Almost Indian Wife (TLBP #28)

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Brittany Muddamalle, the Almost Indian Wife, shares the joys and challenges of having a multicultural family, she being American and her husband from East Indian.  The insights she shares on how they have developed their own family identity and culture can not only be applied to into interracial couples, but to anyone who is blending two different cultures/upbringings into one relationship.  Brittany talks about being raised by a single mom and the relationships she developed with both her step and biological dads.  She shares how she met her husband and why they couldn’t start dating right away.  She talks about how most of their blending of cultures came after they had kids and the intentional plans they made to create their own family identity.  Brittany shares how to deal with outside pressures and how to help your children deal with teasing and to feel pride for his culture.  She also gives advice on how anyone can approach interracial couples with questions as well as how to increase communication in your marriage.  Listen and be ready to think about how you can implement these ideas into your own family life.

I am so excited to let you know that Brittany’s e-book that she gave us a sneak peek of in the episode is launching today!!  In “The Wife’s Guide to Intercultural Relationships”  Brittany provides insights on blending cultures, dealing with outside pressures, and what it looks like in your marriage and with your kids.  This e-book is for anyone blending two different upbringings or cultures into one relationship.  She is offering 20% off, that’s $1 off her $4.99 e-book for The LifeBeats Project listeners by entering the code ‘lifebeatsproject’ at checkout by clicking here.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking to blend their and their partner’s culture into one family identity and for someone who is looking for some advice on enhancing communication in their relationship or marriage.  It is also perfect for someone looking to raise bilingual children and children open to embracing other cultures.  It is also great for someone curious on how one family has blended two cultures to create their own unique family culture.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • what it felt like growing up being raised by a single mom and not knowing her biological dad
  • the role of her step dad and how he has become her real dad
  • the story of her finding her biological dad
  • what she was doing while she met her husband and what she noticed about him
  • why they were not allowed to date for awhile
  • what did Joel do before they started dating
  • what their wedding was like
  • when did they really start being intentional in blending cultures
  • how Brittany was received into the Indian culture
  • what the most difficult thing of being part of another culture
  • what aspect of her personality has been perceived differently from the Indian culture than she would have imagined
  • where did outside pressures come from and how she struggled with feeling enough
  • what has been the most difficult expectation
  • what being a multicultural family means
  • how to create a family identity
  • how she has raised bilingual children and children open to embracing other cultures
  • what blending cultures is really about
  • how has it effected her children already at a young age
  • how she has handled teasing of her children
  • how should someone handle asking questions of someone else’s culture
  • what she has learned about herself in blending cultures in her marriage and family
  • how Indian style has affected the way she dresses
  • building communication within a marriage

Show Notes:

Brittany’s e-book “The Wife’s Guide to Intercultural Relationships”  – be sure to enter the code ‘lifebeatsproject’ for 20% off, that’s $1 off of $4.99

The Almost Indian Wife blog

The AIW Tribe FB Group

The Almost Indian Wife FB Page

The Almost Indian Wife Instagram Feed

Brittany’s post “Intercultural Couples: The Feeling of Not Doing it Well Enough”

Brittany’s post “Tips for Raising Bilingual Children”

Incorporating meditation in our busy lives: attending to our thoughts and giving power to our words | with Yogi Aaron (TLBP #27)
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Incorporating meditation in our busy lives: attending to our thoughts and giving power to our words | with Yogi Aaron (TLBP #27)

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Yogi Aaron is from Vancouver Canada and has been teaching yoga for over 25 years.  He now owns a yoga retreat in Costa Rica called Blue Osa and has invited me to come.  Anyone else want to join me?   Friends, from the beginning of the podcast I had an intention to bring you not only incredible guest stories but interviews with experts who can enrich our lives with practical application of their field.  I am so excited to bring you our first one today.  Yogi Aaron shares teachings rooted in manta yoga, the yoga and science of sound, including the power of our words and the ripple effect the words we choose cause, the practice of silence and how that allows us to examine our words.  He explores one definition of the word ‘meditate’ meaning ‘to attend to’ and how meditating allows us to bring the the forefront those thoughts that we may have pushed to the back and look at them and acknowledge and examine them.  He talks about testing our limits and overcoming fear, as well as the power of music on changing our environment.  He shares a shattering experience in the Himalayas that tested all of these practices and how it was a transformative moment that allowed him to be a happy mess.  If you can take his words and truly seek to apply them into your individual life, you will create a richness and a stillness you have been looking for. Listen and be ready to think about how you can implement these powerfully simple practices into your life today.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking for ways on how to integrate stillness and reflection in their life or who is looking to understand more about meditation and how they can start a meditative practice.  It is perfect for someone who is busy and would like to work in some mediation or yoga.  It is perfect for someone who wants to learn more about mantra yoga and the power of our words.  It is also for someone who is ready to examine and acknowledge their thoughts on a path to possibly change.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Yogi Aaron’s journey to becoming a yoga spa and retreat owner in Costa Rica
  • why being in Costa Rica made him question who he was and how he found his path again
  • what mantra yoga is and what it teaches us
  • the power of words and their ripple effect
  • reasons why silence is used a lot in meditation
  • choosing a word to focus on and how it helps you to step on your path
  • how to create awareness of your thoughts
  • the meaning of meditation, “to attend to”
  • and how acknowledging these thoughts that we push to the back of our mind, these disturbances, can resolve emotions just by acknowledging them
  • benefits of being with yourself in complete silence
  • getting inspiration and charging your environment through music
  • bahkti music
  • how when we feel well our small decisions pick up momentum
  • how we can fit meditation and yoga into our busy lives
  • having a firm practice will help you know where your center is
  • developing the power and determination to get up in the morning
  • the benefits of doing things that make you uncomfortable and testing your limits
  • making a conscious decision of whether fear will rule our lives or not
  • testing yourself and doing experiments
  • story of accident in Himalayas and how that was a transformative moment in his life

Show Notes:

Yogi Aaron’s website

Yogi Aaron’s YouTube Channel

Blue Osa Yoga Spa and Retreat’s website

Yogi Aaron’s Instagram 

The Books suggested:
The Music Artists suggested:

 

Learning connection through being broken open: how cancer gave me my voice | with Michelle Marthia of Heal Courageously (TLBP #26)
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Learning connection through being broken open: how cancer gave me my voice | with Michelle Marthia of Heal Courageously (TLBP #26)

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Michelle Marthia of Heal Courageously shares her story of growing up without connection, on her own at a very young age she began searching for this connection but could not find it.  Her resiliency was tested and she held everyone at arm’s length holding in feelings of hurt and betrayal.  It wasn’t until many years later when she was diagnosed with breast cancer that her life was transformed by her illness.  She finally found her voice, her community, her purpose.  She had never had known that she hadn’t been vulnerable or open to really connecting to people until she got sick.  She shares her experience of fighting for her life, but having to watch as friends, those people she had finally found connection with for the first time in her life, lost their life, and the responsibility she felt because she had survived.   She shares her story that inspired her to found Heal Courageously, a non-profit organization which provides a free service to those dealing with life threatening illness – patients, care givers and survivors in which photographers volunteer their time to capture life just where they are, in what Michelle calls “the night side of life”, this time of life that shapes us the most.  She gives them the opportunity to to reflect back on those things that cannot be taken by illness.  Michelle offered this incredible service to our family and I was so honored and excited for the opportunity. Check out the podcast to learn more about our beautiful experience and be sure to check out my Instagram and Facebook pages for sneak peeks for when they will all be posted on my personal blog www.journeywithjohnsons.blogspot.com

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

Show Notes:

Heal Courageously.org

Email michelle@healcourageously.org

“Illness as Metaphor” by Susan Sontag

“The Emperor of All Maladies” A biography of cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Heal Courageously Facebook page

Heal Courageously Instagram

Illustrator, writer, and kickstarter Ashmae Hoiland who spoke to us on overcoming self-doubt and finding our brave has just released her cards ‘We Brave Women’.  If you missed her early episode #3, you definitely want to go listen.  These cards celebrate stories of women throughout history.  Each of the 60 cards feature a beautifully hand-painted portrait with stories, facts, and a quote from each woman and are kept in a beautiful sturdy box.  I was elated to receive the box and to admire its beauty.  I loved that on the front of the box was an empty cameo oval that says, “You Belong Here” as if it was waiting for your portrait to be housed alongside these other brave women.  Ashmae shares my passion for storytelling, knowing that by sharing these stories of women with our children we will help them to gain their own feeling of belonging and permission that if she can do it, I can do it too!  I am so excited to be offering a box set of these We Brave Women cards as a giveaway this week to one of our LifeBeats Project listeners to help celebrate reaching 5000 community members on Instagram.  Yay, thank you friends!!

One blessed listener will receive one beautiful boxset of 60 We Brave Women cards by entering with 3 easy steps:

  1. Follow @lifebeatsproject and @birdsofashmae on Instagram
  2. Subscribe to my podcast in iTunes –  Search for The LifeBeats Project in the iTunes Store under Podcasts and then click ‘subscribe’ below Mike & I’s photo
  3. Look for the giveaway post on Instagram of the We Brave Women cards and comment with the word ‘subscribed’ and two friends who would love a chance to win

The giveaway will run from Monday night August 1st to Friday August 5th at midnight MST.  Fingers crossed for you my friend.

 

The Power of Storytelling: Hope over Bipolar Disorder and Mental Illness | with Jenn Marshall of This is My Brave (TLBP #25)
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The Power of Storytelling: Hope over Bipolar Disorder and Mental Illness | with Jenn Marshall of This is My Brave (TLBP #25)

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Friends, today I am so happy to introduce you to a woman who is helping to change the stigma of mental illness.  Jenn Marshall shares about her first manic episode in 2006 which landed her in the psychiatric hospital and later resulted in a diagnosis of Type 1 Bipolar Disorder and forced her to retire from her job.  This put her into deep depression and anxiety as she had felt that she had lost her identity.  Jenn would experience three more manic episodes and hospitalizations, all while being off of her medication and deprived of sleep, two of which were associated with trying to protect her children.  She shares what a manic episode looks and feels like and what her treatment plan is.  Jenn shares how after she began to control her symptoms she turned to blogging as a way to share with other moms that the they too could realize their dreams of having a family, even with bipolar disorder.  She tells why she wrote only under the pseudonym Bipolar Mom Life for several years and how it felt to first attribute her real name to an article she published.  She shares the inspiration for the non-profit she co-founded called This is My Brave which hosts shows across the country, providing a stage for those suffering from mental illness to express their story through art and storytelling.   Jenn also offers up 3 suggestions on how someone struggling with mental illness can handle what they are going through and have hope for their future.  You will be inspired by her bravery which has allowed so many others to share theirs.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who suffers from a mental illness, particularly bipolar disorder or for someone who has a loved one who suffers or wants to understand it better.  It is perfect for someone who wants to learn more about how they can have hope for a symptom managed life with a mental illness and one that will allow them to have the family they have dreamed of.  It is also good for someone who believes in the power of vulnerability and the sharing of stories to connect one another and who would want to attend a This is My Brave show or watch it on YouTube.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Jenn’s first manic episode – what it felt and looked like, what brought it on, what the psychiatrist said, and what happened because of it
  • why Jenn had to retire from her job
  • the effects of depression and anxiety on her life
  • what her diagnosis was after the manic episodes
  • what the symptoms are of hypomania, mania, and psychosis
  • what brought on her third and fourth manic episodes due to trying to protect her children
  • what she was like when she was hospitalized
  • the mood scale and why you want to be in the middle
  • how she has been close to symptom free for years
  • how she drew strength from reading others’ stories and why she turned to blogging to share her story
  • why she began writing under a pseudonym
  • what happened when her article went on the front page of AOL and how she felt about using her real name
  • how her readership responded to her using her real name
  • what sparked her idea to start This is My Brave and why she chose the format of a live show
  • what is her goals with This is My Brave
  • what is the format and how you can participate in the show
  • the “me too” phenomenon and is effect on those attending the show
  • the one experience she has had with someone attending the show that has made it all worth it
  • why she believes storytelling saves lives
  • the power of vulnerability and the sharing of one’s story to create connection
  • one presentation from This is My Brave that struck her hard and why
  • statistics about mental illness
  • her vision for the growth of This is My Brave
  • how you can participate or view a show
  • three things that those struggling with mental illness can do to help handle what they are going through and to have hope in their future

 

Show Notes:

Bipolar Mom Life blog

This is My Brave website

“What to Expect” article- 5 reasons exercise keeps me out of the psych ward

Boston Globe article on trichotillomania

Danielle Fiorello’s presentation

Washington Post article “Unwell and unashamed”

The LifeBeats Project podcast episode with Ashmae Hoiland, “Overcoming self-doubt and finding your brave with Ashmae Hoiland of We Brave Women”

The LifeBeats Project podcast episode with Karan and Kerry Bajaj “Unlearning everything you know to learn about your true self and to connect as a couple”

Jenn’s Instagram @bipolarmomlife

Jenn’s Instagram @thisismybrave

This is My Brave YouTube channel

This is My Brave Facebook page

O, Oprah Magazine article, “The Beautiful Way These People Are Coming Out About Mental Illness”

 

 

Unlearning everything you know to learn about your true self and to connect as a couple | with Karan and Kerry Bajaj (TLBP #24)
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Unlearning everything you know to learn about your true self and to connect as a couple | with Karan and Kerry Bajaj (TLBP #24)

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Friends, today I have the honor to introduce you to one of the most enlightened pair of people I have met, Karan and Kerry Bajaj.  Karan is the number one best selling Indian novelist with his latest book being “The Yoga of Max’s Discontent” based upon his own experiences he will share with us today of having an emotional urgency after his mother’s death from cancer to unpeel the layers of what it meant to be human, to unlearn everything he had known and to be spontaneous while spending a one year sabbatical from his executive New York City job to traveling from Europe to India with his wife Kerry, health coach and mentor in functional medicine, traveling with no possessions, just a backpack and no timeline or stress of goals, just a few anchor events, including studying yoga and meditation in Karan’s birthplace in the Himalayas of India and to practice willful poverty.  They communicate the intention of such a unstructured journey and the realizations they experienced a long the way, including the benefits of emotional and physical hardship on a couple.  They share how they have implemented their experiences into their life upon returning home, including how to slow down from consumption to evaluate and discuss what you are learning as well as being more in tune with each other when their relationship begins to become off balance. Karan share some refreshing insights on parenting and how to not let your dreams die after having children and Kerry shares how she had a much smoother recovery after having her second baby which led to her addressing it as the fourth trimester.  You will look at life with new eyes after listening to the insights of this incredible couple.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking for some peace in the busyness of life, for someone who may have an emotional urgency to step outside of their normal life to understand who their true self is, for someone looking for a way to connect as a couple, for someone who does not want to give up on their dreams after having kids.  It is wonderful for someone wanting to understand the benefits of silence, meditation, and sabbaticals.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Karan and Kerry’s individual backgrounds
  • what motivated Karan to pursue the idea of taking a year long sabbatical
  • how Kerry viewed Karan’s idea at first
  • what was traveling on the road like
  • what were the intentions of their journey
  • what were the anchor events of their sabbatical
  • why Kerry felt that she was more in tune with her true self
  • how silence benefited Karan as he felt a tension between outward facing self and inner self
  • how they experienced synchronicity along the way
  • what were the benefits of limiting consumption
  • the benefits of experiencing difficulty on a couple
  • what they learned about each other along the way
  • Karan and Kerry’s recommendation for couples wanting to increase connections but unable to do a sabbatical
  • what were some of the events that imprinted on them during their trip
  • why Karan was able to see the Himalayas where he grew up in a new way
  • whether or not they wanted to return and why
  • how they were able to take what they learned and implement it in their relationships when they returned
  • why it was jarring to come home
  • what advice Kerry’s father in law gave her that helped her bridge her sabbatical and her life in New York
  • Karan’s insights on how to not let your dreams die after having children
  • what has liberated Karan to live his life after having kids
  • what is the one thing Karan wants his children to have
  • what does living life in a big way mean to Karan
  • what has Kerry and Karan learned to not be afraid of
  • what are their next plans and why they chose it
  • why having children is a very rare experience in which you are completely dissolved as a person
  • how to determine if there is too much separation between you and your spouse or you and your children
  • why Kerry’s recovery after her second baby was so different than her first
  • what the fourth trimester means

 

Show Notes:

Karan’s website

Kerry’s website

Functional Medicine

Karan’s book “The Yoga of Max’s Discontent” and the free gifts

Karan’s New York Times article on his sabbatical, “A Hard-Driving Executive’s Year of Learning to Let Go”

Karan’s article “How to not let your dreams die after having kids”

Kerry’s article on the “fourth trimester”: “How I’m Taking Care of Myself Postpartum

Karan’s Instagram @realkaranbajaj

Karan’s Twitter @realkaranbajaj

Kerry’s Instagram @kerrybajaj

The effects of another’s pornography addiction on a marriage, intimacy, and one’s self-respect | with Janae (TLBP #23)
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The effects of another’s pornography addiction on a marriage, intimacy, and one’s self-respect | with Janae (TLBP #23)

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This week I am privileged to share a story of beautiful courage but one of tremendous pain.  My longtime dear friend Janae openly shares about the pornography addiction and affair of her husband’s that not only ended their marriage but nearly robbed her of any sense of self worth or dignity.  She tells of their young love and the man she fell in with, how he knocked her off of her feet and made her feel special.  She tells of the things that began happening after they had children and the distance that began to emotionally separate she and her husband as well as the looming feeling that something was wrong but left unsaid.  She tells of her attempts to satisfy his requests intimately and how pornography destroyed her efforts and changed him.  She shares her heartache – of feeling emotionally and intimately unable to connect with him, of learning of his affair, of heading down a path to losing herself and self-respect, of letting him go.  She speaks to other women who may be enduring these same pains by sharing her regret as well as those things she would have told herself if she could go back in time.  The grace and the bravery with which she share such details of her life to help others who may be suffering is truly inspiring and will have you evaluating the amount of self respect you are affording yourself in your own relationships and will leave you with a greater compassion for others.  Friends I ask for you to listen with a loving and charitable heart as she share HER story.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone whose spouse or loved one is battling with a pornography addiction, for someone who would like to know an experience of how pornography affected a marriage or relationship, for someone wanting to learn compassion for others, and for someone battling the addition themselves and wondering how it would effect themselves and their relationships

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • what brings her joy now
  • what she wanted to be when she was little
  • how she met her husband when she was 14 and how he “knocked her off of her feet”
  • what was different about him
  • what she loved about him and how he made her feel
  • what happened after they married and had children
  • how did distance start to come between them
  • what did you enjoy most about being a young family
  • why did she struggle with intimacy and what were the suggestions and demands he put on her
  • why did she have a feeling of dread
  • how did he tell her he was having an affair
  • how did she handle the news
  • what did she do to try to make things work
  • how did he tell her of his addiction to masterbation and pornography
  • how did it change him and the way he acted
  • why she thinks pornography is not manly
  • what is her regret
  • what does she think would have saved their marriage
  • what was she not willing to give up
  • how did she know it was time to let him go
  • what she would say to herself if she could go back in time
  • what she would say to other women suffering from this situation
  • how has this effected how she sees herself
  • what good has come from this experience

 

Show Notes:

“The School of Essential Ingredients” book

“The Light Between Oceans” book

“The Poisonwood Bible” book

 

An unexpected answer: How being a gestational carrier will bless her with a baby of her own | with Emily Brady (TLBP #22)
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An unexpected answer: How being a gestational carrier will bless her with a baby of her own | with Emily Brady (TLBP #22)

male factor infertility gestational carrier surrogate mother podcast

Today I am honored to introduce you to Emily Brady who shares her and her husband’s battle with male factor infertility and their journey to bring two children of their own into their family.   With a desire to bring a third baby to their family but left without the finances to do so, Emily wondered for years how they could do it.  Emily shares her decision to become a gestational carrier as the means to bring another baby into their family.  She tells of the lengthy process of being matched with a family and her advice to others considering the experience.  She shares the emotions she experienced along the way, including what it felt like to carry and deliver someone else’s baby, as well as the surprisingly most difficult part, the weeks after the birth, and how she was able to cope.  You will be moved by her incredible story of blessing the lives of another family as she blesses her own.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone interested in learning about becoming or hiring a gestational carrier as well as someone wanting to know more about male factor infertility.  It is also perfect for someone looking for hope to overcome a big obstacle in their life.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • why they began getting tested for infertility and what they discovered
  • what the process of in-vitro is like emotionally and physically
  • how if felt to find out she was pregnant for the first time
  • their second round of in-vitro and why Emily thought she had lost the baby
  • how Emily felt after having her second baby
  • the journey of deciding to become a gestational carrier and why her husband was hesitant for months
  • the process of being matched to a family
  • what you should make sure to discuss with the intended parents before moving forward
  • the requirements and discussions between Emily and the intended parents
  • the difference between a surrogate and a gestational carrier
  • the mental preparedness involved in being a gestational carrier so as to confuse yourself that this is your baby
  • her feelings and experiences during pregnancy
  • why this pregnancy was harder than her own pregnancies
  • her relationship with the intended mother
  • how and what she told her kids
  • her feelings upon the birth and the difficulties that came in the weeks after
  • when they will try their third round of in-vitro

Show Notes:

Emily’s blog brettandemilybrady.blogspot.com

Emily’s Instagram @emilysbrady

Utah Fertility Center

KSL interview

A journey of healing: from eating disorders to eating real food | with Megan Roosevelt of Healthy Grocery Girl (TLBP #21)
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A journey of healing: from eating disorders to eating real food | with Megan Roosevelt of Healthy Grocery Girl (TLBP #21)

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Today’s guest battled with eating disorders for many years and has gone through a process of healing to now living a life devoted to educating people on the benefits of eating real food.   Megan Roosevelt, The Healthy Grocery Girl, shares the event that spurred her struggles with anorexia, bulimia, and disordered eating and then the feelings that took over and propelled her downward. She tells of the turning point where she realized she was slowing killing herself and those things that helped her on her path to recovery, as well as how she changed her perspective on trying to better her body by depriving it to bettering her body by feeding it.  She also shares some specific things that people in her life did to help her feel accepted in the midst of her battle.  Megan is now a certified dietitian and through her website and YouTube channel The Healthy Grocery Girl is able to share with thousands and thousands how to help nourish your body by giving you the tools to shop, cook, and eat plant based.  She shares her philosophy of progress over perfection in eating as well as a judgement and stress-free approach which encourages people to take what they learn and implement it how best it fits into their life.  I learned so much from her on what eating plant based and real food means and the research behind it as well as some yummy, easy sounding recipes I can’t wait to try, and that says a lot.  You will be informed and inspired by her message that there is so much more that makes us who we are than what we look like or what we eat.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking for inspiration on eating healthier, for someone who may be struggling with feeling broken or unloved, particularly those battling eating disorders.  It is also great for someone interested in learning about eating, shopping, and cooking plant-based and real food.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • what spurred Megan’s struggle with anorexia, bulimia, and disordered eating
  • how eating disorders are rarely about the food
  • how faith and her relationship to God helped her change
  • what was the turning point where she realized she was slowly killing herself
  • what is the best thing you can do to help someone in your life that is battling with an eating disorder
  • how running is a metaphor for life
  • what resources helped in her healing
  • how she chose to be a dietician
  • what inspired her nutrition philosophy
  • why she began Healthy Grocery Girl
  • why her husband joined her in the business
  • what plant-based and eating real foods means to her
  • what her apprehensions are about eating animal-based food
  • how her husband decided to join in eating plant-based
  • what you can expect when you go to the website or YouTube channel Healthy Grocery Girl
  • what the philosophies are behind her business
  • how she can help people with specific health concerns
  • what she does for food when she travels
  • some convenience items to eat
  • a favorite yummy recipe

 

Show Notes:

Healthy Grocery Girl website

Healthy Grocery Girl YouTube channel

Megan’s personal health story video

The China Study

Forks Over Knives documentary

Rich Roll

Sweet Potato Tacos recipe

Healthy Grocery Girl Instagram

Healthy Grocery Girl Facebook page

Healthy Grocery Girl Twitter

 

 

Accepting life-altering circumstances and embracing uncertainty | with Mariana Lopez Gonzalez of Elegir la Vida (TLBP #20)
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Accepting life-altering circumstances and embracing uncertainty | with Mariana Lopez Gonzalez of Elegir la Vida (TLBP #20)

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I know that through today’s guest’s story, you will draw upon her courage and optimism in the face of so much difficulty and uncertainty.  Today I have the honor to introduce you to one of the bravest people I have met, Mariana Lopez Gonzalez of Elegir la Vida (Choose Life), who joins us from Puebla, Mexico.  Mariana shares her compelling story that will leave you savoring each bite of food after listening, as well as the ability to embrace more uncertainty in your life.  At the age of 19, Mariana checked out a black dot on her vision to reveal that she had a very large brain tumor and required emergency surgery.  Although a successful surgery in removing the tumor, complications led to a cardiac-respiratory arrest, dysphagia, and the loss of function of her epiglottis which has prevented her from being able to eat for almost 7 years.  Mariana shares her story of rehabilitation as she had to relearn how to speak, use her hands, and walk as well as her feelings upon learning that she may never be able to eat again.  Her courage to accept uncertainty and to fully accept her circumstances are truly inspiring.    She shares the split second decision she had to make as she returned to college in a wheelchair and with an oxygen tank that changed her perspective on life forever.  You will be be inspired by the wisdom and peace of this incredible woman.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

Show Notes:

Seeing yourself as you really are and embracing your superpower | with Briana Johnson of The LifeBeats Project (TLBP #19)
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Seeing yourself as you really are and embracing your superpower | with Briana Johnson of The LifeBeats Project (TLBP #19)

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Today’s podcast is my first full solocast as I have the opportunity to share more of my own story and my passion behind The LifeBeats Project.  Friends you are gonna hear some nerves in there!  Find out some fun random things about me, including hearing my theme song.  I share something that was said said to me in high school that has affected my self-esteem and has had me questioning whether I was great at anything for years and how I finally came to see that I did have a superpower and it was ok to embrace that I was great at something.  I tell of Mike’s diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis and what saved me that day we got the news.  I share times of anger in my life and how I felt peace.  I also reveal the struggle as I transitioned from stay at home mom to sole provider and what I have learned about myself along the way.  I share where the inspiration for The LifeBeats Project began and why the phases of the moon have served as a visual reminder of what I want you to glean from this movement and what is in store for it next.   Thank you to those who asked questions and I was happy to answer them.  I hope you can feel my passion for letting you know how amazing you are through my words.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

Show Notes:

Serving refugees, the circle of giving, and tips for a successful Kickstarter | with Jenny Wecker of Fawn Design (TLBP #18)
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Serving refugees, the circle of giving, and tips for a successful Kickstarter | with Jenny Wecker of Fawn Design (TLBP #18)

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Today I am so happy to introduce you to seamstress, kickstarter pro, and business owner of Fawn Design, Jenny Wecker.  Jenny takes us on a journey of using her talent and passion coupled with time management and tenacity to create a thriving business for her family.  Jenny shares how her love of sewing began as as she was taught by her mother at a young age of 5 and the hot pink stretch velvet dress that boosted her confidence.  She shares the crucial role Kickstarter played in the growth of her business as the demand for her stylish and functional diaper bags grew beyond her capacity to sew and how she raised $42,000 in 15 days.  She offers 3 key pieces of advice for success on Kickstarter.  Jenny also shares how she has been involved with helping refugees here in Utah, home to 60,000 refugees from around the globe, and introduces us to the Serve Refugees app which provides specific ideas and projects that you can become involved in at a local level.  Jenny also reveals something that she has regreted that spurred her desire create a weekly Periscope to help other budding entrepreneurs.  Be ready to be inspired to utilize your talents for the good of others and for a big dose of ‘yes its possible’.

I am so excited to be able to offer a special giveaway just for The LifeBeats Project listeners.  One lucky listener will receive one gorgeous Fawn Design diaper bag by entering with 3 easy steps:

  1. Follow @lifebeatsproject and @fawndesign on Instagram
  2. Subscribe to my podcast in iTunes –  Search for The LifeBeats Project in the iTunes Store under Podcasts and then click ‘subscribe’ below Mike & I’s photo
  3. Look for the giveaway post in Instagram of the Fawn Design diaper bag and comment with the word ‘subscribed’ and two friends who would love a chance to win

The giveaway will run from Monday night June 6th to Sunday at midnight MST June 12th.  Fingers crossed for you my friend!

 

Show Notes:

Fawn Design Website

Fawn Design Instagram Feed

Do you have a plan? Postpartum Depression and protecting your priorities | with Melissa Esplin of Calligraphy.org (TLBP #17)
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Do you have a plan? Postpartum Depression and protecting your priorities | with Melissa Esplin of Calligraphy.org (TLBP #17)

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In today’s episode I am grateful to introduce you to master calligrapher, designer, seamstress, and foodie Melissa Esplin of Calligraphy.org as she opens up about something she has never shared in a public forum, her struggle with postpartum depression.  She shares her story of how the negative comments of others during her pregnancy led her down a path to zero confidence as a mother even before the birth of her daughter and how she struggled for two years to feel that bond with her after she was born.  Melissa describes the downward spirals of depression she experienced and expands on a multitude of things that has helped her to combat them to feel herself again.   She also shares about her special needs son and how she had to accept that his deficiencies were not the result of her parenting skills.  She emotionally shares a story of rescue that she experienced with him at a very difficult time which confirmed her belief in the need for a community of support and of God.  Listen and be to create priorities in your life that will help you maintain or regain your mental health.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for anyone who has suffered or is suffering from Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression or anxiety or has struggled with bonding with their children.  This is also perfect for anyone with a child who has special needs.  This episode is also fitting for a mom who struggles with putting her needs as a priority.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

Show Notes:

Calligraphy.org

Melissaesplin.com “I Still Love You”

Melissa’s Instagram @melissapher

Melissa’s Instagram @calligraphyorg

Grace Bonnie Design*Sponge

Melissa’s crib entry on Design*Sponge

 

 

 

Taking your project to the next level and why you need a Breakfast Club | with Susan Petersen of Freshly Picked (TLBP #16)
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Taking your project to the next level and why you need a Breakfast Club | with Susan Petersen of Freshly Picked (TLBP #16)

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In today’s episode I have the privilege to introduce you to Susan Petersen, the powerhouse CEO and founder of Freshly Picked, a baby lifestyle brand most famous for their stylish soft-soled baby moccasins that actually stay on their feet.  In 2006 Susan decided to learn how to sew and start selling stuff online when some bills began stacking up.  In 2009 she started making moccasins on her kitchen table and sold them on Etsy.  She has built Freshly Picked to become a multi-million dollar business that is in Nordstrom, 300 specialty boutiques, Zappos, and soon to be Saks 5th Ave & Bloomingdales.  Susan knows a little something about business and being a woman entrepreneur while raising a growing family.   Today she shares some insights that have led to her success such as following her gut and the power of The Breakfast Club, as well as three things you can do to take your project or passion to the next level.  Susan also shares what she is doing to foster a new generation of women entrepreneurs with a passion project called Breakfast of Champions.  She opens up about the lonely road of an entrepreneur and why this past year was the hardest year of her life, as well as the impact this journey has had on her marriage and why she wouldn’t have even put herself out there to create this business had it not been for her children and what she has learned about herself along the way.  Listen and be inspired to trust yourself more and take your own passion to the next step.

Its the Freshly Picked’s semi-annual sale, Saved by the Sale, happening tomorrow May 25th.  To celebrate I am having a 24-hour giveaway Tuesday May 24th for lucky winner of a pair of soft-soled baby bliss.

To win simply head to my Instagram feed @lifebeatsproject and find the adorable photo of my baby girl Evelyn wearing a pair of Freshly Picked’s Legend moccassins.  Follow me and @freshlypicked and then tag as many friends as you want to share this good news.  Each comment is an entry.  Ends Tuesday May 24th at 10pm MST so you can get your hands on your favorite pair before they sell out at the sale.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone wanting to learn how to take their business, project, or passion to the next level or who wants to learn from a woman entrepreneur who has created a successful business while raising a young family.  This episode is perfect for a woman who is the bread winner of her family.  Also for someone who loves the Freshly Picked brand and wants to know more about the journey and culture of the company but whom also wants to know more of the personal side of Susan Petersen.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • the influence of woman role models in Susan’s life – her grandmothers, mother, and sisters
  • why saying, “I’m going to make stuff and sell it online” is all you need to get started
  • why Susan decided to teach herself to sew in 2006 and to sell moccasins in 2009
  • how she knew how to price her moccasins
  • when she brings others in to help her and when she doesn’t
  • what the biggest mistake is that entrepreneurs make
  • how you find the right people for your business
  • how she makes decisions
  • trusting your gut
  • some of Susan’s business crossroads
  • why she’s not afraid to fail
  • what is the most powerful thing you can do as a woman entrepreneur
  • What a Breakfast Club is and why you need one
  • what Susan is doing to foster a new generation of women entrepreneurs and what Breakfast of Champions is
  • why last year was the hardest year of her life
  • the new direction of Freshly Picked
  • three things you can do to take your project, business, or passion to the next level
  • some business statistics for Freshly Picked over the years
  • what Susan has learned about herself along this journey
  • why she wouldn’t have put herself out there and started this business if it wasn’t for her kids
  • how running a business is like motherhood
  • what her gift is and how it had to do with being on Shark Tank
  • why we shouldn’t believe the hype about ourselves, good or bad
  • how running Freshly Picked has impacted her marriage
  • why she likes to keep her doubts
  • why making lateral moves were great for her business
  • why she is doing things that scare her
  • why being on social media makes her uncomfortable

 

Show Notes

Freshly Picked Website

Freshly Picked’s Instagram

Etsy 

Hey Mama article on Susan

Linked In

Breakfast of Champions

Nordstrom

Zappos

Saks Fifth Avenue

Bloomingdales

Susan on Shark Tank

Susan’s Babble YouTube videos

Semi-Annual Sale, Saved by the Sale

 

The transformative power of dressing to your strength and recognizing resistance with Stasia Savasuk of Stasia’s Style School (TLBP #15)
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The transformative power of dressing to your strength and recognizing resistance with Stasia Savasuk of Stasia’s Style School (TLBP #15)

fashion personal stylist Stasia's Style School dress to your strength

In today’s episode I can’t wait to introduce you to personal stylist and empowerment specialist Stasia Savasuk, founder of Stasia’s Style School, a five-week online course and sisterhood created to help women wear their brave.  Her revolutionary approach to style is equal parts inspiration, motivation, and transformation.  She takes us through some of the early steps in the process she teaches to her students in Stasia’s Style School.  Asking the questions of Who Am I and How do I want to feel today is magical and transformative!  Oh I am so excited for you to experience this and to approach standing in front of your closet every morning in a completely new way!  Stasia tells of the inspiration for her Style School.  She shares her break up with style as she tells of her story of becoming a medical mom after her daughter was born with a lot of medical issues and how for four years she completely abandoned herself as she kept her child alive.  She tells of how after her daughter improved how Stasia had to go on a journey to understand who she was and found that the things she began to wear made her happy and connected her to the sleeper person on the inside.  And how these small steps she made in her closet spilled over into the grander picture of life.  She also shares a life-changing event with her daughter that taught her the resistance that holding tight to a belief system was creating in her relationship with her daughter and the power of letting go in creating a more universal balance.

We are so excited for you to try it out for yourself and accept Stasia’s challenge of getting rid of 10 things in your closet that we have created a giveaway to help give you that little push that you may need to do it!
Stasia and I are giving away a $100 gift card to J Crew to one lucky listener:
Simply do two steps:

  1. Follow @stasiasavasuk and @lifebeatsproject on Instagram
  2. Tag 3 friends that would love a little freshening up to their wardrobe

*****And for a bonus 5 entries share with us a photo of you completing the challenge tagging @stasiasavasuk and @lifebeatsproject and with the hashtag #letgo10challenge.*****
That’s it!  The giveaway will run from today Tuesday May 17 through Sunday May 22.  That’s almost a week to get into your closet!  You can do it!

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who wants to know how to find a style that is best for them but doesn’t even know where to begin. It is for someone who is ready to see themselves in a new way, who is willing to ask some introspective questions and change the way they get dressed every morning.  It is for someone who may have neglected themselves in the service of others and needs a reboot in style.  It is perfect for someone who wants to know how to find a style that is best for them but doesn’t even know where to begin.  It is also for someone looking for more balance in their life.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how this Vermont mom of 2 had a nasty “break up with style”
  • her established belief system that style was superficial and artificial
  • her story of her daughter Raisa and her medical needs and how Stasia abandoned herself for 4 years to keep Raisa alive
  • how Stasia discovered who she was and the discovery that what she wore made her happy and put her in touch with the sleeper person inside

Show Notes:

Cover Photo: Evi Abeler Photography

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On Being an Abolitionist: Freeing children from sex trafficking | with Doug Osmond of Operation Underground Railroad (TLBP #14)
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On Being an Abolitionist: Freeing children from sex trafficking | with Doug Osmond of Operation Underground Railroad (TLBP #14)

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Today’s episode I had the privilege to interview someone who is a part of an organization that is fighting to free 2 million enslaved children in sex trafficking, a 30 billion dollar a year industry.  Doug Osmond is the Director of Corporate Sponsorships for Operation Underground Railroad.  Only three years old and their organization has already freed over 500 children from the horror of sex trafficking and put nearly 200 traffickers behind bars with the help of local authorities here in the United States and in countries around the globe.  Doug shares his experience and raw emotions of being a part of an undercover jump team made up of former Navy Seals, CIA agents, and Special Ops as they took down a trafficking ring in the Dominican Republic and the feelings that overwhelmed him as he oversaw the safety of 26 children ages 11-17.  Doug also shares the huge process that goes into these operations including prevention, investigation, execution of the jumps, prosecution of traffickers, and rehabilitation of the children – which is where the real rescue begins.  He shares what parents can do to help protect their children against becoming a victim of traffickers.  We also talk about the documentary The Abolitionists by the producer of Schlinder’s List which will be released for one night only on May 16th at a theater in your area.  This film follows Operation Underground Railroad through the process of their operations and brings to light one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises on the planet.  We will share how you can be a part of this event locally.  It will help you to see that there is something we can do to bring hope to these children!

Want to know if this episode is for you?  This episode is perfect for citizens who are ready to hear how they can help bring awareness to such a crucial issue as human trafficking, for parents who want to learn how they can help prevent their children from being targeted by traffickers, and for those who don’t want to let the bad guys win.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Doug’s background as the son of Alan Osmond and a touring musician in Osmond Second Generation
  • why he transitioned from music to the non-profit arena
  • how he met Tim Ballard the founder of Operation Underground Railroad and the role he played in starting the organization
  • why he feels that this is his calling and why he will never do anything else for a job
  • how in two years they have rescued nearly 500 victims and arrested nearly 200 traffickers
  • their emphasis on prevention, how to identify problems in the making
  • how they always work with local authorities and how they have given them tools to do this on their own
  • the huge process that is involved in an operation from vetting local authorities, to investigation, execution of the jumps, arresting of traffickers, and rehabilitation of the victims
  • the real rescue begins with the rehabilitation of these kids
  • the jumps being run by former Navy Seals, CIA agents, Homeland Security, and Special Ops
  • why Tim Ballard, a former operative in the CIA and Homeland Security, began the organization
  • the statistics of sex trafficking worldwide and how it is the fastest growing criminal enterprise on the planet
  • how the organization has started a movement amongst foreign governments to infiltrate and prosecute sex traffickers
  • how good people don’t even know that there is a problem and how OUR is helping to bring awareness
  • how the documentary The Abolitionists came to be and its role in awareness and prosecuting traffickers
  • how you can buy tickets to the one night showing of The Abolitionists
  • what the movie is about and how it focuses on the light and the hope and gives dignity to these children
  • what happens to the children after they are rescued
  • his raw and powerful experience of being on a jump himself in the Dominican Republic and how it changed his life
  • how these kids end up in the traffickers hands
  • what countries they have had operations in
  • how you can get alerts on completed operations by texting “updates” to 51555
  • what to do if you suspect someone is a victim
  • how you can help prevent your child from being targeted by traffickers
  • how Doug handled when his 14 year old son came home and told him that he had seen pornography on his friend’s phone
  • how you can help this cause, how you can become an Abolitionist, how you can volunteer

 

Show Notes:

buy tickets to one night showing of The Abolitionists, a Fathom Event

Osmond Second Generation 

Children’s Miracle Network 

The Man in the Moon event with Glenn Beck

Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans

the documentary The Abolitionists

Gerald Molen, producer of Schindler’s List

The Elizabeth Smart Foundation

Operation Underground Railroad website

Rescue 2 Million website

Be an Abolitionist – donate to the cause

 

 

Mothers Tell All: a Motherhood Q&A with Natashia McLean of Canary Jane and Sarah Tyau of Our Life is Beautiful (TLBP #13)
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Mothers Tell All: a Motherhood Q&A with Natashia McLean of Canary Jane and Sarah Tyau of Our Life is Beautiful (TLBP #13)

motherhood Q&A podcast mother's day

Today’s episode I had the opportunity to do something a little different and create a small panel in honor of Mother’s Day.  I am joined by illustrator, social media specialist, and mom of 4 Natashia McLean of Canary Jane as well as seamstress, blogger, and mom to 3 Sarah Tyau of Our Life is Beautiful.  Today we answer questions on a variety of motherhood topics from lessons we are trying to foster in our children, fun free things to do with them, how to stay ‘you’ and keep yourself a priority while being a mom, as well as creating lasting friendships during this stage of motherhood.  We also answer one of our listener’s questions about how to get the romance back after having kids.  Natashia and Sarah are open about things that I am not open about discussing and for those of you who know me well will know that my face was probably beet red during the discussion.  I recognize it as such an important topic and are grateful others are willing to discuss it tastefully and openly.  If you have little ears close to you, just be mindful towards the end of the episode.  We are just three moms sharing our experiences, as well as our strengths, and struggles. I love what Courtney Brown of Cents of Style shared in her podcast episode with me, “there are 1000s of different ways to be a good mother and 1000s of different children to mother.”  I know motherhood is such a vast topic but I hope something that we share will be of benefit to you whether you are a mom or not and will help you to know that you are not alone in this, the very noblest of efforts.

Want to know if this episode is for you?  This episode is perfect for moms who love and serve their children but also want to make themselves a priority and have an identity of their own.  It is also perfect for anyone in a relationship and looking for suggestions regarding healthy communication and intimacy.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • ideas on how to stay “you” as a mom including cultivating your talents and embracing your interests with your children
  • how to set aside “mom guilt”
  • how to keep yourself a priority
  • why being burned out can mean you are a good mom
  • how seeing friends in real life can create so much more needed connection than commenting on social media
  • how the book The Miracle Morning can help you attend to your priorities
  • ideas on fun things to do with your kids that are free or cheap
  • Korea’s tradition of Children’s Day
  • what surprised us most about being a mom
  • how being a mom can bring out the best and worst in you
  • the compassion you have for other moms and the judgements that are removed
  • what lessons we learned from our moms that we are fostering in our own kids
  • how to have good friendships at this stage in motherhood
  • what our children can teach us about making friends
  • what lessons we are focusing on teaching our kids right now
  • the battle of comparison on social media and how each of us have unique strengths and weaknesses
  • setting realistic expectations of your home and yourself as a mother
  • how to get the romance back after having kids and maintain a healthy sexual relationship
  • the role of intimacy in a relationship for both man and woman
  • ideas for simple dates and getaways
  • how marriage therapy could enhance your relationship
  • the importance for making time:  for yourself, your children, and your spouse or significant other
  • how you are not alone as a mother and the things you may be experiencing are normal
  • how having other mom friends may help you to feel supported

 

Show Notes

The LifeBeats Project episode with Courtney Brown of Cents of Style: Being true to your own definition of living a bold and full life (TLBP #11)

Canary Jane website

LitJoy Crate

Canary Jane coloring book 

Our Life is Beautiful blog

The Alison Show’s Gem Jam

The Miracle Morning book

Natashia’s post on free things to do with your kids

Sarah’s post on Korean Children’s Day

Brene Brown’s book “I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough”

Canary Jane’s Instagram account

Canary Jane’s Facebook page

Sarah Tyau’s Instagram account

Sarah Tyau’s Facebook page

Mother’s Day Giveaway

Magnifying Motherhood

Grow Give Good

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Hope: Second marriages, blended families, and following your dreams with Andy & Candis Meredith of Old Home Love (TLBP #12)
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A New Hope: Second marriages, blended families, and following your dreams with Andy & Candis Meredith of Old Home Love (TLBP #12)

Old Home Love finding love second marriage blended family follow your dreams podcast

For today’s episode I am so excited to be able to share a side of this couple you may not have seen on their HGTV and DIY Network TV show, Old Home Love.  Andy & Candis Meredith are the hosts of this show dedicated to restoring historic homes for modern, not museum, living.  I feel honored to share with you something they haven’t shared on air yet, their ‘scandalous’ love story as Candis jokingly put it.  No there’s nothing scandalous about it.  Andy and Candis Meredith are the parents of six boys and one girl.  They both share about leaving after living 10 years in negative marriages and the joys of finding the storybook love they never thought they could have.  They openly talk about moving past hurtful judgements and comments of friends and the increased compassion that has created in their hearts for others.  They give insights into becoming a blended family and those things that came easy and those thing that needed more work.  And of course you will feel the palpable passion they both have for restoring historic homes, how they got started, and some revealing insights into what the show is like behind the scenes including why they decided to sell out.   You will love getting to know another side of this darling power couple.

Want to know if this episode is for you?  This episode is perfect for someone feeling stuck in a negative situation or looking for hope in finding love again after an unhealthy relationship, and for someone that is looking for insights as a step parent or blended family.    It is also perfect for those who love their TV show Old Home Love, who want to know more about restoring historic homes, and what being on a TV show is really like.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how I first met Andy & Candis in the parking lot of Vintage Whites Market and how they love meeting and hearing from their fans
  • how they finally have a storybook love in their second marriages after living 10 years in prior negative marriages
  • how they are able to move past their past with no regrets
  • what it felt like to be in an unhealthy marriage and how often in negative relationships the things that initially attracted you to someone become a point of contention
  • at what point they both felt like leaving their marriage was better than staying and how its okay to leave unhealthy situations
  • how they never talked about their negative marriages to anyone for 10 years
  • why they decided to start dating instead of waiting a year
  • dealing with the hurtful judgements and comments from friends because of a perceived wrong
  • how out of this grew an incredible desire to show compassion and kindness to others
  • working out negative feelings with others
  • working through issues that come up as a blended family
  • teaching your children about fairness as well as how life isn’t fair but to be grateful
  • dealing with the transition of being a step parent and the development of love and discipline
  • their two part criteria for flipping houses
  • how having the show has effected Candis and Andy as individuals
  • their new found respect for people who put themselves out there
  • how they lost money doing the TV show and thought they would lose everything
  • Candis’ love of bloggers and her desire to be able to share her talent
  • how they decided it was okay to sell out
  • what things are really like behind the scenes of a reality TV show
  • how to renovate an old home in phases while you live there
  • the two things you shouldn’t skimp on when renovating
  • advice to those buying historic homes
  • how to know when you should do a project yourself or hire out
  • how they got their financial start and how you can learn how to do it yourself through their real estate course
  • what features they put in every home
  • why flipping is an honorable profession

 

Show Notes

The LifeBeats Project episode 2: Keeping perspective when there are things you can’t change with Mike Johnson

The Vintage Whites Market

Old Home Love website

Old Home Love on HGTV

Dr. Phil quote

Property Brothers

Flip or Flop – Tarek and Christina

Meta Coleman

Flipping Boston 

Moravian star lights

Old Home Love Instagram

Old Home Love Twitter

@oldhomelove on Periscope and Snapchat

Email: hello@oldhomelove.com

 

 

Being true to your own definition of living a bold and full life with Courtney Brown of Cents of Style (TLBP #11)
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Being true to your own definition of living a bold and full life with Courtney Brown of Cents of Style (TLBP #11)

cents of style women fashion accessories online podcast bold full

Today’s episode will have you feeling like you can take on the world.  I had the pleasure of interviewing the boss babe herself, Courtney Brown, the founder and CEO of Cents of Style, an online multi million dollar women’s fashion accessories company.  Courtney was one of the very first people to encourage me to create The LifeBeats Project Podcast and agreed right then to be one of my first guests.  Today she is rallying for you and sharing how creating vision and finding your tribe will help you keep going to create a bold and full life.  She shares the role Cents of Style played in finding fulfillment outside of motherhood and discusses a refreshing challenge to the common picturesque idealistic Pinterest view of motherhood our culture has embraced.   She opens up to share her struggle of not feeling enough to her children and to her business and how she works to combat those feelings on a daily basis.  We also discuss how to handle criticism that will inevitably come when you open yourself up to the world and how you possess the power to do hard things and show up in your own life.

Want to know if this episode is for you?  This episode is perfect for a mom ready to take time for herself and find fulfillment in pursuing a passion or talent, a working mom battling with whether she is enough, someone seeking greater success in their business, or anyone looking for motivation to do something hard in their life.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • her struggle to be able to have a baby and their path of adoption
  • her manta of ‘don’t tell me I can’t do something, I’m going to figure out a way to do it
  • her perplexed feelings after adopting their daughter of not feeling fulfilled that led to her pursuit of fulfillment outside of motherhood
  • her lifelong love for fashion, particularly affordable fashion
  • the beginnings of Cents of Style to fill the void of online affordable fashion
  • her struggle of not feeling enough
  • the role business plays in fulfilling her desire for measurable success
  • that there are 1000s of ways to mother and 1000s of different children to mother
  • her incredibly supportive husband and the special bonds he has created with their children
  • that’s its okay for women to be the bread winners
  • role of confident mother’s have on raising confident daughters
  • the metaphor of a cross-fit exercise in Hawaii as a representation of Courtney’s entrepreneurship and business
  • her story is not one of overnight success; the fruits of not giving up and not cutting corners
  • how to know if you are on the right track with your business
  • three things to inspire people to keep going when they may be ready to give up
  • the power of vision, goal setting and finding your tribe
  • the mission of Cents of Style to help women lead full and beautiful lives
  • life lessons from the musical Hamilton; being present in your life and being willing to stand up for what you believe
  • dealing with criticism and choosing to follow your vision knowing criticism will come
  • Briana’s experience with a hurtful comment that nearly stopped her from launching this podcast
  • her love to encourage others and how she was instrumental in my pursuing of The LifeBeats Project podcast
  • the power of connection and realizing that everyone is going through something hard
  • latest Cents of Style focus on story telling with their products
  • how to receive promotions on Cents of Style products

 

Show Notes

Cents of Style mission video

Cents of Style Website

A Hawaiian Crossfit Metaphor – Cents of Style blog post

The LifeBeats Project Podcast Episode with Alison Faulkner of the Alison Show: The Juggle is Real: Your gift, your business, and your family (TLBP #4)

The LifeBeats Project Podcast Episode with Ashmae Hoiland of Birds of Ashmae: Overcoming self-doubt and finding your brave (TLBP #3)

Brene Brown

Hamilton the Musical 

Action: Play in the Game – a Cents of Style blog post about lessons from the musical Hamilton lyrics

Mahatma Ghandi quote

Plato quote

Cents of Style Instagram feed

Cents of Style Facebook page

Team MJ vs MS page – come walk with us at the MS Walk in Salt Lake City April 23rd

How to keep the fight and find the peace in living when someone you love is gone with Sharlie Kaltenbach (TLBP #10)
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How to keep the fight and find the peace in living when someone you love is gone with Sharlie Kaltenbach (TLBP #10)

how to keep the fight and find the peace in living when someone you love is gone podcast cystic fibrosis

Today’s episode may have you reminding yourself to breath as you hear the powerfully tender story and hear the audible breaths of my friend Sharlie Kaltenbach.  Both Sharlie and her one year younger sister Lexi were born with the genetic lung disease cystic fibrosis.  Sharlie shares the loving story of their bond and the inspiration of Lexi’s life which ended at the age of 14 which propels Sharlie daily to fight for each breath.  Sharlie tells of the miracles of becoming a mother as well as surviving a double lung and heart transplant.  She shares her perspective on the things that truly matter in this life and the moving experience of speaking with her donor’s husband.  I know you will be moved by her story.

Be sure to stay tuned after the interview as I reveal how you can march with me in an upcoming MS Walk.

Want to know if this podcast is for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who has lost a loved one and wants to still feel their influence in their life, for someone who is looking for inspiration on how to keep the fight and feel peace during difficult times, and for someone who would like to learn more about cystic fibrosis and organ transplants.

What is this episode all about?  In this episode you will learn about:

  • what is cystic fibrosis and why did it take so long to diagnosis Sharlie and then her sister Lexi
  • how CF effects Sharlie’s daily life
  • the experience in 3rd grade that showed her that she was different from the other kids
  • why growing up as a teen she didn’t feel that different from her friends
  • what her younger sister Lexi was like and how they were inseparable
  • the lessons Lexi taught Sharlie through her fight for every breath
  • the circumstances and powerful experiences surrounding Lexi’s passing after her transplant
  • how Lexi’s death effected Sharlie and her health
  • how Sharlie can feel the presence of her sister and how she effects her daily life
  • why Sharlie decided to get pregnant despite her doctors’ and mother’s wishes
  • the miracle of Sharlie becoming a mother  and how motherhood has changed everything
  • how she replaces fear with faith
  • her humbling near death experience in Hawaii
  • the circumstances surrounding needing a transplant and why Stanford would only do a double lung and heart transplant
  • why Sharlie patiently waited for 5 months for her transplant and what she did for her donor every day
  • her dream with Lexi and why she had peace that her sister’s story of organ transplant would not be hers
  • her story of writing a letter to the family of her donor and the moving story of talking with the husband of her donor
  • the blessing of tending a working mother’s baby

 

Show Notes:

Sharlie’s website

Sharlie’s blog Sharlie’s Angels

Sharlie’s Instagram account

Sharlie’s Angels Facebook page – for the whole timeline of her transplant

Team MJ vs MS for MS Walk in Salt Lake City, April 23rd

Celebrating life and leaning towards your faith in uncertain times with Kelly Smith of Cloudy Day Gray (TLBP #9)
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Celebrating life and leaning towards your faith in uncertain times with Kelly Smith of Cloudy Day Gray (TLBP #9)

Pediatric Organ Donation Long Live New York Cloudy Day Gray

Today’s episode I have the honor to introduce you Kelly Smith of Cloudy Day Gray and Altitude Summit.  She shares a powerful story of hope and faith as she recounts the experience of her newborn daughter Matilda who went into acute liver failure at 9 days old.  She shares her feelings of watching her child slipping away and the miracle of pediatric organ donation and leaning towards her faith.  She shares ways of how we all can celebrate life when things come that are unexpected.  With this episode we celebrate April as National Donate Life Month with Kelly’s daughter Matilda as the face of New York City’s campaign “Love Live New York” to bring awareness to pediatric organ donation.

Be sure to stay tuned after the interview as I reveal how you can march with me in an upcoming MS Walk.

Want to know if this podcast is for you? This episode is perfect for someone looking for inspiration on how to make it through something unexpected, for someone wanting to learn about the miracle of pediatric organ donation, or for someone wanting to see evidences of leaning towards your faith.

What is this episode all about?  In this episode you will learn about:

  • the events that led to the hospitalization of Kelly’s baby
  • her thoughts on learning of her baby’s liver failure and needing a transplant
  • what she yearned for as a mother
  • what she focused on instead of going to a dark place of sadness, envy, and worry
  • how she focused on every single moment she had with her daughter
  • the attempts to allow Matilda’s liver to regenerate
  • statistics of transplant recipients
  • how she leaned towards her faith during uncertain times
  • how her and her husband faced the decision that might effect whether their child lived or not
  • the role that prayer played in her experience
  • how it felt to be in the room as her baby was slipping away
  • the miracle of pediatric organ donation
  • thinking about the donor
  • her message to parents about awareness and the decision of pediatric organ donation for their children beforehand
  • her #howidonatelife social media campaign
  • about Matilda as the face of “Long Live New York”‘s campaign for Pediatric Organ Donation around New York City for National Donate Life Month in April
  • why she started her blog Cloudy Day Gray
  • three ways you can celebrate life when things come that are unexpected

 

Show Notes:

Donatelife.net

Registerme.org

Long Live New York 

Long Live Matilda

Create your own poster for the Long Live New York Campaign

Cloudy Day Gray Blog

Marthastewart.com

Instagram Cloudy Day Gray

Team MJ vs MS for MS Walk in Salt Lake City, April 23rd

 

 

Shining a light on depression for you and those you love by Jen Springer of Classy Cozmetics (TLBP #8)
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Shining a light on depression for you and those you love by Jen Springer of Classy Cozmetics (TLBP #8)

depression help Jen Springer The LifeBeats Project Podcast

Today’s episode I have the honor to introduce you to Jen Springer of Classy Cozmetics as she shares about her 10 year struggle with depression, how she got help, and the tools that sustain her daily in overcoming it.  She also shares incredible advice of how to support and help a friend or a spouse who is suffering from depression.  You will walk away with an amazing hope.

Be sure to stay tuned after the interview as I reveal the two stories that have been selected through our Story Search and how you can march with me in an upcoming MS Walk.

Want to know if this podcast is for you? This episode is perfect for someone wondering if they have crossed the line between normal ups and downs to a depression to requires help, for someone ready to put in the work to make changes in their life, or for someone who wants to know how to help a friend or a spouse who may have depression.

What is this episode all about?  In this episode you will learn about:

  • what it feels like to have depression
  • how Jen was lovingly approached by a friend to help her see the depression
  • how she found help and what steps she took and what things you should avoid
  • the story of your two wolves
  • how her opinion about medication changed
  • her disappointment right after starting her medication
  • the tools on her tool belt that help or hinder her
  • what she loved seeing again after things began to turn around
  • what things her husband did that helped and didn’t help
  • how to support a friend or a spouse with depression
  • how to not get burdened by the heaviness of someone’s depression
  • how she talks to her own children about depression
  • what are triggers and her defense mechanisms
  • the hope that is there for you or someone you love

 

Show Notes

“I had a black dog, his name was depression”  Video by World Health Organization

Today’s The Best Day

Jen’s email dollcosmetics@gmail.com

Jen’s Instagram and Periscope @classycozmetics

Jen’s Facebook Classy Cosmetics

Jen’s YouTube Channel Classy Cosmetics

Snap Conference

Team MJ vs MS for MS Walk in Salt Lake City, April 23rd

Studio Miranda

Diana Putnam Photography

Setting yourself up for success during your weight loss journey with Vanessa Ferguson of Mind and Body with Vanessa (TLBP #7)
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Setting yourself up for success during your weight loss journey with Vanessa Ferguson of Mind and Body with Vanessa (TLBP #7)

weight loss journey success Beachbody coach Vanessa Ferguson

Today’s episode I have the privilege to introduce you to one of my favorite people in the world, a woman who has transformed her life to create an active and healthy family lifestyle and change the way she sees herself, all along the way to losing over 75 pounds. Meet my amazing sister Vanessa Ferguson of Mind and Body with Vanessa, Beachbody coach, Ragnar and triathlon rockstar, and mom to four kids. She shares how to set ourselves up for success and sustain motivation in weight loss. We explore her journey and how she manages her fear and how she can help you on your journey.

Want to know if this podcast is for you? This podcast episode is perfect for someone who is looking to learn from someone in the trenches of weight loss and self-image shift and is looking for practical things to motivate them even if they have had setbacks in the past.  It is also great for those looking for a support system to further their health and fitness goals, including ways to encourage these in their children.

What is this episode all about? In this episode you will learn about:

  • overcoming fear
  • putting yourself on the priority list
  • creating family lifestyle changes
  • finding a support system
  • what do do when you have a bad day
  • keeping motivated
  • how to love yourself at every weight
  • focusing on your ‘why’
  • what to do when you are too busy to workout or eat healthy
  • learn how her attitude toward herself and working out affected Vanessa’s marriage
  • 3 starting points for your own journey

Sounds pretty awesome, right?!  Take a listen and then come back and tell us about your own journey.

Show notes:

Chalene Johnson Instagram Account

Homeworkouts_4U Instagram Account

Briana’s Nerium business and products

Vanessa’s Beachbody Challenge Group Website – Remember***: The first 10 people to join her online challenge group will receive 10% off their purchased challenge pack and will be entered into a drawing to receive a free Beachbody exercise program. There is limited space for the April round so be sure to sign up today.

Mind and Body with Vanessa Instagram Account

 

 

Imprinting happiness and secrets to a healthy and happy home with Erin Boyle of The Happy Healthy Home (TLBP #6)
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Imprinting happiness and secrets to a healthy and happy home with Erin Boyle of The Happy Healthy Home (TLBP #6)

happiness secrets to a happy healthy home podcastToday’s episode I had the delight of interviewing the contagiously joyful Erin Boyle of The Happy Healthy Home.  She shares the magic of imprinting happiness in your life as well as her secrets to creating a happy and healthy home, including the power of vegetables and how to get your children to eat them.  We also discuss the process of taking action when you have discovered your passion and purpose as Erin shares her discovery that was sparked by being the mother to an incredible son with cerebral palsy.

Identifying and Replacing Food Addiction and Unhealthy Eating with Healthy Habits with Ashley of Ashley’s Fresh Fix (TLBP #5)
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Identifying and Replacing Food Addiction and Unhealthy Eating with Healthy Habits with Ashley of Ashley’s Fresh Fix (TLBP #5)

Whole30 food addiction Amazon Ashley Fresh Fix

Today’s episode is with Ashley of Ashley’s Fresh Fix, formerly known as Amazon Ashley, as she shares her battle with food addiction and how to recognize if we or someone we love is suffering from it.  She identifies ways to change our view of food from fear of its control or its use to fill an emotional void to seeing it as a powerful asset.  She shares her journey of discovering a love of healthy cooking and her tips on making healthy eating something you crave and enjoy.

This episode is perfect for anyone that struggles with emotional eating, food addiction, or yo-yo eating habits.  It will help identify unhealthy behaviors and seek to replace them with good actionable steps toward healthy living, even with kids.

The Juggle is Real: Your gift, your business, and your family with Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show (TLBP#4)
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The Juggle is Real: Your gift, your business, and your family with Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show (TLBP#4)

The Alison Show business podcast

Today I have such a fun episode for you with Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show, business savant, branding guru, and dancer extraordinaire.  We discuss Alison’s journey to find her gift after battling discouragement as a teen.  She shares ideas of how to cultivate your gift and passion with personal stories of juggling her passion, her business, and her family.

This episode is perfect for anyone that loves Alison or who may be ready for some tough love as you start on your journey to find your gift or start a business around their passion, or for someone wanting to know the secrets of balancing family and business life.

 

Overcoming self-doubt and finding your brave with Ashmae Hoiland of We Brave Women (TLBP#3)
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Overcoming self-doubt and finding your brave with Ashmae Hoiland of We Brave Women (TLBP#3)

we brave women birds of ashmae

Today I am speaking with illustrator, writer, kickstarter, and believer in crazy ideas Ashmae Hoiland of We Brave Women.  We discuss her ideas of how to use art to build community and confidence as well as taking responsibility for the voice that you have.  Ashmae shares her struggle with self-doubt and how her exploration of the meaning of the word brave through her Kickstarter project along with 3 things you can do to reveal your brave.

Her Kickstarter involves 50 paintings of incredible women of the past put onto flashcards that she hopes will teach children from a young age that they are not alone and they can be who they are.   The project stems from the idea that the more we know about and affirm one another, whether those are stories from the past or present or what we believe we can do, the more confident we become in what we are doing and that is how the world becomes a better place.

This episode is perfect for those who are experiencing self-doubt in their voice or their place in the world, who are looking for ways to be brave in their life, and are ready to start owning their own crazy ideas.

Keeping perspective when there are things you can’t change with Mike Johnson (TLBP#2)
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Keeping perspective when there are things you can’t change with Mike Johnson (TLBP#2)

LifeBeats Cover 300ppi-02

Today I am privileged to introduce you to the reason The LifeBeats Project is in existence, my incredible husband Mike Johnson.  Each day he battles an aggressive debilitating disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and does it with humor and the purpose to serve others.  This makes him a perfect example of living extraordinarily.  His perspective on focusing on what he can do rather than what he can’t as well as his determination to maintain as much of his independence as possible are truly inspiring.

This episode is perfect for those dealing with difficult circumstances and want to learn how to keep a positive perspective in the midst of it, for someone newly diagnosed or seeking to understand more about Multiple Sclerosis, or for someone wanting to feel inspired to see more good in their own life.

Welcome and Introduction to The LifeBeats Project with Briana Johnson (TLBP#1)
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Welcome and Introduction to The LifeBeats Project with Briana Johnson (TLBP#1)

LifeBeats Cover 300ppi-01

Welcome to the beginnings of The LifeBeats Project, an inspiring and transformational podcast for everyday people who want to see more in themselves and the world around them.  It is for those who have faith in the goodness of humanity and share a belief that everyone has a story that is worthy of inspiring others wherever they are on their journey.  With each episode, each guest, each story we will help you ‘see more’ and ‘illuminate your extraordinary.’

LifeLine 13: Creating space in our busy lives and filling wells of self-reliance | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #87)
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LifeLine 13: Creating space in our busy lives and filling wells of self-reliance | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #87)

LifeLine Podcast episode The LifeBeats Project - Creating space silence stillness self-reliance

In today’s LifeLine podcast episode, a series dedicated to helping you discover your own story and illuminate the good that already lies inside of you, I talk about how creating space in our busy lives, letting go of things that may be causing self-imposed resistance, and pouring into wells of self-reliance to make room for greatness to come into your life.  I talk about the importance of stillness and silence and invite you to examine where you can create them in your own life.  I share more about why Season 1 will be ending with a break in preparation for Season 2!!!  I ask for your input on how I can serve you better: what you want to hear more about on the show, who you would like me to interview, and what you want more from me outside of the podcast.  I also share why I am heading to New York this week and how you can stay in touch with me over the break.

Wax On, Shine On my friends!!!

Show Notes:

Self-reliance manual for “Starting and Growing a Business”

Podcast episode with Paul Cardall

My Top 5 Transformative podcast episodes

Top 5 favorite community podcast episodes

Join me on Instagram and InstaStories

Podcast episode with Monica Packer

Podcast episode with Melissa Dalton-Bradford

 

 

Teaching our children not to fear what is different and creating anchoring points in a life of change | with Melissa Dalton-Bradford the Global Mom (TLBP #86)
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Teaching our children not to fear what is different and creating anchoring points in a life of change | with Melissa Dalton-Bradford the Global Mom (TLBP #86)

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How you can help shape the world by teaching your children not to fear what is different, the power of the family dinner table, anchoring points in our life of change, and the strength of community during times of loss are topics for today’s podcast episode.

Melissa Dalton-Bradford also known as the Global Mom has spent 25 years raising children internationally in 9 different locations.  She has chronicled in written word what she has learned and is an author and a consultant for globally nomadic families.

She and her husband grew up in small farming communities but both parents’ instilled in them a love for other countries as they broke down fear and the sense of “otherness” and brought people from other cultures into their home.  Melissa shares the importance of parent’s values in helping to broaden a child’s view of the world outside of their own community through simple things including the language you use, how you talk about things that are different and how we be humble and can learn from others without jeopardizing our own patriotism.  She tells of their Norwegian farm table that became a physical axis in their home centering them and bringing learning and people to the table of each cultures were they moved: Norway, France, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Switzerland.  We also tenderly discuss her faith as an anchoring point during the loss of her oldest son to a water accident and the power of her community and grieving together on her journey toward gratitude.

Listen and be inspired to create greater compassion and curiosity toward things that are different within yourself and your children, and identify what are your own anchoring points in a life of change.

Show Notes:

Melissa’s Facebook pages: personal, Global Mom: a Memoir, On Loss and Living Onward

Melissa’s Instagram feed

Melissa’s article “Set your table, set your roots”

Melissa’s books “Global Mom: a Memoir” and “On Loss and Living Onward

Be a part of my 14 Day Booster Course “Project Wax On, Shine On” for Sept 22 – Oct 5.  Join us now for $26 OFF any purchase with code “WAXON” here

*Some of the above links contain affiliate links that give me a thank you if you decide they are right for you.  Thank you friends for your support.

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Surrendering, being led instead of driven, foundational doctrines binding an inter-faith marriage, and music as personal revelation | with Paul and Tina Cardall (TLBP #85)
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Surrendering, being led instead of driven, foundational doctrines binding an inter-faith marriage, and music as personal revelation | with Paul and Tina Cardall (TLBP #85)

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Friends do you have a dream that you are pursuing or wanting to pursue?  Have you ever experienced letting go of fear and surrendering to feel God’s peace in your life?  Have you ever wondered what makes an inter-faith marriage thrive?  We will be discussing all of these on today’s episode with Paul & Tina Cardall.  I am so honored to have them on the show.  Paul has been named the American Pianist as a Billboard chart topper for both the new age and classical categories having 3 consecutive No. 1 albums.  I’m so excited to be able to share a small sampling of his inspiring music on the show as well and tell how it has impacted my life.  Tina Cardall is a music executive for Paul’s record label Stone Angel Music and has an background in finance on Wall Street to working at Saddleback Church in Orange County with ministry trips to countries around the globe to aid with microfinancing, and help those in orphanages and those who have been trafficked.  You will be inspired by this humble power couple as we discuss topics at the heart of our souls:  surrendering, letting go of fear, pursuing a dream, discovering whether we are being driven or being led.  Paul shares the peace that he experienced in the most difficult of times,  waiting 385 days to know if he would receive a heart transplant and the relationship he developed with God during that time.   We discuss religion in this episode more than we have on the show, so invite you to explore that with us even if that’s not part of your core beliefs, that you’ll embrace the good that is in the episode.  We discuss Paul and Tina’s inter-faith marriage and how their personal relationship with God drew them to each other.  We also talk about expanding our view on worshipping and the power of music in communicating messages from God, including an incredibly touching story about a boy in Baghdad and the power of God in communicating to us one by one.

Listen and be inspired to open your mind and heart to all the good the world has to offer and know that what you truly desire is on the other side of fear in the arms of God and the peace that only he can bestow.

Show Notes:

Paul Cardall’s website

Look for Paul’s music on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora

Paul’s Facebook page and Instagram feed

Song played in the episode : “Life and Death”

“One by One”

“Come Thou Fount”

Stone Angel Music

Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City

Mormon.org

Saddleback Church

Tom Jackson

Be a part of my 14 Day Booster Course “Project Wax On, Shine On” for Sept 22 – Oct 5.  Join us now for $26 OFF any purchase with code “WAXON” here

The role of therapy in healing, creating healthy boundaries, and guiding our children to be emotionally intelligent | with Rachel Guenther (TLBP #84)
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The role of therapy in healing, creating healthy boundaries, and guiding our children to be emotionally intelligent | with Rachel Guenther (TLBP #84)

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Rachel Guenther was our Story Search Selection and on today’s podcast episode share pieces of her intense story that inspired us to select her to share her story with you.  Rachel grew up in a lonely home, suffered every type of abuse, was removed from her home at age 10,  and was suicidal as a teen.  She shares the role of therapy and faith in her journey of healing as well as her own decision to take control of her life to be the best she could be.  Rachel was always looking for connection.  She realized as a young adult that she wanted to help people emotionally with pains that weren’t visual.  It was her own drive for self-improvement and continuation on the path for more healing that led her to where she is today, an incredible marriage and family therapist.

She shares some keys to recovery and healing as well as sharing how she is raising emotionally intelligent children demonstrating how to guide and not fix.  She talks about boundaries: feeling with someone instead of taking it on to fix it as well as her unique perspective on the marriage of neuroscience and faith in regards to the plasticity of brain and its capability to overcome challenges, heal, and recover.  She also gives suggestions to those considering therapy or wanting to start letting others in.

Listen and be inspired to look for ways to create connection in your life as well as create healthy boundaries.

A big thank you to Jordan of Jordan Bree Photography for providing a beautiful photo session for Rachel as part of her being selected as our Story Search winner!!

Show Notes:

To enter my giveaway for 5 pairs of tickets to Project Eternity click here

To learn more about Project Eternity click here

To be a part of Project Wax On, Shine On and use code “WAXON” to get $26 OFF ANY TICKET click here

Rachel’s Instagram feed and Facebook page

Addo Recovery Clinic

Root

Bloom

EMDR

Brene Brown’s books

 

*Some of the above links contain affiliate links that give me a thank you if you decide they are right for you.  Thank you friends for your support.

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LifeLine 12: Jumpstart to discover your own story by examining defining moments, passions, and truths | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #83)
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LifeLine 12: Jumpstart to discover your own story by examining defining moments, passions, and truths | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #83)

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On today’s LifeLine podcast episode I guide you through a series of 3 prompts to help you begin or expand on discovering our own story.  I invite you to extract and deconstruct it by examining a defining moment, what you are passionate about, and sort through your truths.  We discuss whether you are allowing others’ stories to inspire you or make you feel worse about yourself as well as some  invitations and cautions for beginning your own story discovery.  I also share more about my upcoming 14 Day booster course Project Wax On, Shine On if you are looking for some support in this process, if you want to dive in deeper with me, if you are ready to start seeing the good inside of you, if you have been stuck, if you have been lost, if you are ready to feel differently about yourself, I invite you to join me!  Its an opportunity for you to start illuminating that extraordinary that already lies within you.  Sign up today here and join me on this adventure!!  

We are just going to start with 3 prompts today to help you discover your story;  we can do 3!!!

*Choose a defining moment – just start with one – Why was it significant?  What did it teach you about yourself? How did it change the course of your life?

*What is something I am passionate about? – don’t think too hard about this one at first – got it?  now… dig deeper:  Why am I passionate about it?  Why does it fill me?  What need is it satisfying?

*Sort through your truths – Which ones can you keep?  Which ones don’t serve you anymore and aren’t who you are?  Where do they come from?  Why have you adopted them?  Which ones have you adopted from others that are actually not truth, but lies?

YOU GOT THIS FRIENDS!

Show Notes:

Join us and Purchase Tickets for the 14 Day booster course Project Wax On, Shine On here!

Seeing yourself as you really are and embracing your superpower | with Briana Johnson of The LifeBeats Project (TLBP #19)

LifeLine: a new series to help you discover your own story and illuminate the extraordinary within | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #34)

Shawn Achor “Before Happiness”

A mindshift to an awakening of who you were born to be and the power of music in communicating love | with Sam Schultz and Aaron Watene of Culture Crew (TLBP #77)

Briana’s Favorites: Top 5 transformative episodes that have changed my life and how I view the world (TLBP #82)

The transformative power of dressing to your strength and recognizing resistance with Stasia Savasuk of Stasia’s Style School (TLBP #15)

Come here me speak at a marriage conference Project Eternity on writing our marital story one chapter at a time and overcoming resentment and finding joy and healing right now wherever we are on our marriage journey.  Get your tickets here!

More about Project Wax On, Shine On:

Friends do you want to rise higher? Are you feeling stuck or lost or like you’ve hit a wall in the way you see yourself? Do you want to start seeing the good and feeling differently about yourself but you just don’t know where to start? Well think of me as the friend at the wall with my hands interlaced and open ready to give you a boost on over!!

Project Wax On, Shine On is just what we need.

A 14 Day Booster Course designed to ignite you on the path to illuminating the extraordinary that already lies within YOU! Yes YOU my friend!!

With the moon as our inspiration, we will follow its waxing phases from new moon to full moon beginning from Friday September 22 and ending on Thursday October 5. We know the moon always exists in full but its only as it waxes that its surface becomes illuminated to us little by little until it reaches its fullness. This is a visual representation of my goal for this booster project, that a little more of the goodness that already exists inside of you will become illuminated to yourself more and more each day.

You are enough. The extraordinary already exists within you, you just need to see it. Life’s experiences and challenges can create layers of darkness that cloud and warp the the way we see ourselves. My hope for you is that as you participate each day in the project, you will have a boost and a breakthrough and those layers will begin to peel off to reveal more and more of your own goodness.

What you will receive:

*Boosts and breakthrough prompts through daily emailed videos, content, and encouragement

*Access to a private Facebook group for the Project Wax On, Shine On Community for peer to peer support and encouragment

*Facebook Live chat and Q&A with me on Days 1, 7, and 14

*Optional visual boosters: “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt and LifeBeats necklace (as seen in photo above)

Ways to be a part:

* “Count me in!” Ticket includes full particpation in Project: $49.00

* “Count me in! And I want a shirt:)” Ticket includes full participaton in Project plus custom designed “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt: $77.00

* “VIP right here! I want it all:)” Ticket includes full participation in Project plus customer designed “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt and LifeBeats necklace- (Very limited quantity) – $97.00

I can’t wait to help boost you over that wall!!! Grab your ticket and I’ll see you soon!!

*Some of the above links contain affiliate links that give me a thank you if you decide they are right for you.  Thank you friends for your support.

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Briana’s Favorites: Top 5 transformative episodes that have changed my life and how I view the world (TLBP #82)
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Briana’s Favorites: Top 5 transformative episodes that have changed my life and how I view the world (TLBP #82)

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For this week’s podcast episode I have selected the Top 5 episodes that have transformed my life and changed the way I think, the words I use, and how I view myself and my world: from an answer to my healthy journey woes -to- how to start my day prepared for what it will through at me -to- giving myself grace for setbacks to learning to honor the dark times of life as much as the light -to- taking time to not only consume but to process and discuss what we are consuming, to see that there is growth in the silence -and to realize that my children learn more from their observations of how I live my life than what I tell them.

These 5 highlighted episodes are a great place to start for a new listener!

Listen and be inspired to look at see what transformational lessons you have learned from the content you consume.

Show Notes:

Preventing perfectionism from robbing us of growth and how to neutralize emotions behind food | with Monica Packer of About Progress (TLBP #75)

The transformative power of dressing to your strength and recognizing resistance with Stasia Savasuk of Stasia’s Style School (TLBP #15)

Pivoting from just existing in the status quo to truly living in purpose and with passion | with Tahaji Felder of Goose & Gander Brand (TLBP #36)

Learning connection through being broken open: how cancer gave me my voice | with Michelle Marthia of Heal Courageously (TLBP #26)

Unlearning everything you know to learn about your true self and to connect as a couple | with Karan and Kerry Bajaj (TLBP #24)

Purchase Project Wax On, Shine On course here

Friends do you want to rise higher?  Are you feeling stuck or lost or like you’ve hit a wall in the way you see yourself?  Do you want to start seeing the good and feeling differently about yourself but you just don’t know where to start?  Well think of me as the friend at the wall with my hands interlaced and open ready to give you a boost on over!!

Project Wax On, Shine On is just what we need.

A 14 Day Booster Course designed to ignite you on the path to illuminating the extraordinary that already lies within YOU!  Yes YOU my friend!!

With the moon as our inspiration, we will follow its waxing phases from new moon to full moon beginning from Friday September 22 and ending on Thursday October 5.  We know the moon always exists in full but its only as it waxes that its surface becomes illuminated to us little by little until it reaches its fullness.  This is a visual representation of my goal for this booster project, that a little more of the goodness that already exists inside of you will become illuminated to yourself more and more each day.

You are enough.  The extraordinary already exists within you, you just need to see it.  Life’s experiences and challenges can create layers of darkness that cloud and warp the the way we see ourselves.  My hope for you is that as you participate each day in the project, you will have a boost and a breakthrough and those layers will begin to peel off to reveal more and more of your own goodness.

What you will receive:

*Boosts and breakthrough prompts through daily emailed videos, content, and encouragement

*Access to a private Facebook group for the Project Wax On, Shine On Community for peer to peer support and encouragment

*Facebook Live chat and Q&A with me on Days 1, 7, and 14

*Optional visual boosters: “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt and LifeBeats necklace (as seen in photo above)

Ways to be a part:

* “Count me in!” Ticket includes full particpation in Project: $49.00

* “Count me in!  And I want a shirt:)” Ticket includes full participaton in Project plus custom designed “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt: $77.00

* “VIP right here!  I want it all:)” Ticket includes full participation in Project plus customer designed “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt and LifeBeats necklace- (Very limited quantity) – $97.00

THIS WEEK, use the code ECLIPSE to get $26 off any ticket!!!

I can’t wait to help boost you over that wall!!!  Grab your ticket and I’ll see you soon!!

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Community Favorites: Highlights of 5 of the most downloaded, most commented about & most loved episodes (TLBP #81)
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Community Favorites: Highlights of 5 of the most downloaded, most commented about & most loved episodes (TLBP #81)

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On today’s podcast episode I share highlights of 5 of our most downloaded, commented about, and loved episodes for our growing community to have a place to go back and listen amongst our 80 episodes!

Listen to these incredible guests and be inspired to find hope in even the darkest of circumstances and to see that you have strength already inside of you to rise above any challenge that comes are way.  One of the most incredible young women I have met in my life is Payton Bailey.  She has risen above such tragedy in her short life.  Last night on her Instagram she shared a quote that I love by a man of God named Russell M Nelson.  He says, “The joy we feel has little to do with circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.”

I think you will find a common thread in these 5 episodes, these 5 incredible guests have chosen to not let the events of their lives swallow up the light and joy, but have chosen – made a conscious choice – to focus on those things that have helped illuminate  that light and joy that remains and has shined in the form of people, their own inner strength, their faith, their God.

Show Notes:

Podcast Library

“Choosing to fight for your life and to not let the hard times rule you” with Bre Lasley of Fight Like Girls – episode #44

“Learning that kindness is a strength and not a weakness, especially when you are hurt by others” with Nicole Hudson of Bot Communiations – episode #55

“Free at last: The power of words in healing and how to be a safe haven for others” with Elizabeth Frazier of Hero Bands – episode #58

“Keeping perspective when there are things you can’t change” with Mike Johnson – episode #2

“Finding joy in a life full of imperfections and learning to appreciate the moment we are in” with Tessie Friedli – episode #67

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Keeping a marriage together after loss by grieving separately to give space to heal together | with Rachel Gainer of Rachel Rebuilt (TLBP #80)
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Keeping a marriage together after loss by grieving separately to give space to heal together | with Rachel Gainer of Rachel Rebuilt (TLBP #80)

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We have pivotal experiences in our lives in which we witness quintessential moments of love & sacrifice, but also grief.   Sometimes those that experience them with us process the experience very differently than we do .  This becomes especially difficult when the experience involves grief and the person processing it differently is your spouse.  We will be exploring that today.  On today’s episode I am honored to introduce to someone who has quickly become one of my closet friends, Rachel Gainer is a mother of 4 plus an angel and the amazing fitness & mindset coach behind Rachel Rebuilt.  Rachel shares her story of being drawn toward adoption even before experiencing infertility issues that left her unable to have a child 6 years into her marriage.  She tells of their rocky journey to adopt but the heavenly moments she experienced as she held her daughter for the first time and then witnessed quintessential love & sacrifice watching the birth mom lovingly prepare to pass her daughter off to Rachel for a lifetime.  She then shares the almost sacred journey with her second daughter, the leap of faith to adopt her, her fragile health, and her eyes that captured Rachel’s love.  And after 2 months into her life, their final moments together as a result of a congenital heart defect.  Rachel shares the grief that struck her and her husband’s hearts and the strain that their differences in grieving took on their marriage but the key things they did that ultimately gave each other permission to grieve separately while taking their family to a place of healing together.  Rachel tells of trying to find herself again after such a loss over many years and how she rebuilt that hope & identity and how now through her coaching business she shares with women the process she experienced of coming to know and love yourself.

Listen and be inspired to cherish those moments of joy and to navigate moments of difficulty and grief individually as well as in a relationship, as well as to remember that in order to love others unconditionally, we must first love who we are.

Learn more about Rachel’s BodyLove Bootcamp beginning September 11:

  • a 12-week online coaching program that helps women set & achieve fitness goals from a place of self-love and respect
  • weekly workouts, nutrition coaching & mindset coaching to help you cultivate self-compassion and self-love
  • ongoing support through a private FB group, live video conference calls & one private coaching session.
  • if you are looking for a quick fix -this is not for you, but for those ready to start making some big changes in how you treat & talk about your body,
  • She is offering The LifeBeats Project listeners $25 off your registration fee by using the code LIFEBEATS (all caps)

Show Notes:

Learn more about BodyLove Bootcamp here

Rachel’s website

Rachel’s Instagram feed

Rachel’s blog of Daphne

Rachel’s video of Daphne

Breaking free from the darkness of burying emotions and addiction to discover what we are capable of | with Hannah Bleak of Bleak Designs (TLBP #79)
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Breaking free from the darkness of burying emotions and addiction to discover what we are capable of | with Hannah Bleak of Bleak Designs (TLBP #79)

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Friends today we will be discussing ideas of why and how we bury our feelings and through what means do we seek to gain control in our lives. As well as the resiliency of the human spirit and learning what it is capable of both good and bad.  Due to some of the things we will discuss, you may want to be mindful of little ears listening in.  This week I have the absolute honor of bringing you another story that has remained untold but whom my friend has entrusted me to share with the world.  Artist and graphic designer Hannah Bleak of Bleak Designs shares the story of her 8 year drug addiction that nearly took her life.  Its a story of trying to bury feelings, a story of anxiety, of trying to get control.  But it is also a story of resilience and acceptance.  Hannah shares the freedom from anxiety she first experienced when she began experimenting with drugs and why she loved being invisible.  She tells of raiding medicine cabinets at parties, beginning to deal drugs, and how that feeling of control she first felt transformed into a feeling of out of control as she began waking up in houses she did not know with people she had never met and seeing videos of herself doing things she never thought she was capable of.  She shares why she decided to quit and the journey of withdrawal and trying to stay clean, including the roles of several people who helped save her life.  She tells how she was able to start coping and healing, what she learned about herself and how she has come out of the darkness to start seeing things in a different way.

Listen and be inspired to evaluate the things in your life that you may be doing to create control that may be leading you to actually losing control and how we can give grace more to others as we just don’t know what they are going through.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who wants to break free from burying emotions, especially through substance abuse or perfect for someone who wants to understand more from a perspective of

Show Notes:

Hannah’s Instagram feed

Email Hannah at hannahbleak@gmail.com

NA – Narcotics Anonymous

LifeLine 11: Discovering your story a chapter at a time & why my current chapter is crushing me | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #78)
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LifeLine 11: Discovering your story a chapter at a time & why my current chapter is crushing me | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #78)

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On today’s LifeLine podcast episode designed to help you see the extraordinary inside yourself, embrace your journey, and discover your story, we will be discussing how we often discover our story one chapter at a time and how life is a series of adjustments.  I describe the unfolding of adjustments in our life since my husband Mike’s diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis and the current chapter we are in that is the hardest one that we have gone through, one that is crushing me.  I also share one of the ways I have worked to change the way I see our current chapter inspired by a TED talk called “How to make stress your friend” in which health psychologist Kelly Magonigal shares how we can reprogram the way we see stress and situations in our life to create a biology of courage.  I invite you to create an equation of happiness and think about how you have resilience in your life.

Listen and be inspired to evaluate the way you approach adjustments in your life and how are they written into the chapters of your own story.

Show Notes:

My Instagram post that sparked this episode on talking about sharing the heavy things in my life

Stiry video on Mike and I “The Couple that Life Can’t Beat”

TED Talk “How to make stress your friend”

My “15 year: take it slow” playlist on Spotify

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A mindshift to an awakening of who you were born to be and the power of music in communicating love | with Sam Schultz and Aaron Watene of Culture Crew (TLBP #77)
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A mindshift to an awakening of who you were born to be and the power of music in communicating love | with Sam Schultz and Aaron Watene of Culture Crew (TLBP #77)

We are Culture Crew band "You Are" changing the world power of music "be Love" pop band podcast LifeBeats

On today’s podcast episode we are talking about not only being givers, but also receivers of service, and the life transformation that can occur because of that.  Discovering your own worth as something no one else can define for you.  As well as the role of music in healing as a means of communicating love.  We will also have live music on the show!!  You know how much it speaks to my soul!!  Today on the podcast we have the band members of Culture Crew, Sam Schultz and Aaron Watene who are both single dads who share the role of their own parents in shaping their own lives through their example of hard work and service as well as through music.  They also share the pain they have experienced in their own personal relationships but the transformation and awakening of themselves that came when they remembered who they are and that no one else can determine their own worth,  in part because of one another’s willingness to care and help each other rise out of some really dark times.  This acoustic soul pop band with island vibes leads out with a movement they call, “Be Love & Influence”.  That love is an action and we can help others to have a mindshift in remembering to love themselves.  They share from their own experiences how they have seen that fear is a barrier to believing that love and joy are real, and how they have observed that out in the world as well as in their own personal experiences.  So what they are about is sharing that this love and joy are real through the messages of their music and their call for others to be a part of their movement “Be Love & Influence” whether through visiting homeless shelter or  water filter projects throughout the world.  Listen to them play two of their songs live in my studio (and hear my groupie scream), “You Are” and “You do You”.

Listen and be inspired to create a mindshift in the way you view yourself and the world around you, that although your circumstances may stay the same, you can see that you are in charge of how you view them.

 

Show Notes:

Culture Crew’s website

Culture Crew’s music

Culture Crew’s new release with Biz Markie “You Are”

Be Love & Influence

Culture Crew’s tour page

Culture Crew’s video on water filter projects

Culture Crew’s social media feeds: Instagram, Facebook

Culture Crew on iTunes

Team “Let It”

YouTube Channel

The Jets

Ubuntu philosophy

**Save the Date for Friday August 18th for my next event “The Soulfire Connection” with Ashley of Big Tough Girl **

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Overcoming resentment & loss of identity in motherhood, and keeping big picture thinking | with Kristi Montague of Montague Workshop (TLBP #76)
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Overcoming resentment & loss of identity in motherhood, and keeping big picture thinking | with Kristi Montague of Montague Workshop (TLBP #76)

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For all the mamas out there, if your transition into motherhood wasn’t actually what you thought or who you are as a mother isn’t exactly what you had envisioned, then this episode is for you.  Kristi Montague of Montague Workshop the creators of Kid President, openly shares some things about her difficult transition into motherhood addressing concerns that are not talked about enough but are so common for new moms, such as the fear of losing yourself and having your pre-motherhood life be erased and replaced by a new identity you haven’t figured out yet, the feelings of resentment that can come as you sacrifice for your family, and feelings of loneliness that come from not having a true perspective of what is normal and wasn’t isn’t not only for the phases of your child, but for you.  Kristi shares her passions and life that created a career she loved and developed in the 9 years of marriage before having children, including more about their experience with the spotlight from the Kid President video and how they determined to keep to their philosophy that “every one matters” and we should treat “everyone like it is their birthday.  Kristi shares how she found purpose an peace with motherhood and how looking at the big picture has been a theme inside and outside of raising her children.

Listen and be inspired in your own life to speak up and talk about your own struggles to give hope and help to others that they are not alone.

Show Notes:

This episode is sponsored by Bumbelou Children’s Clothing and Accessories.  Hear founder Jenna Odegard’s story on today’s episode. Head to Facebook here to win a $100 store credit to the Bumbelou store!!

Bumble giveaway 100 dollar store credit children's clothing

Kristi’s website Montague Workshop

Kristi’s YouTube Channel

Kristi’s Facebook page and Instagram feed

Kristi’s Blog

Soul Pancake

Kid President “Pep Talk” video

Mother Hustle article “Miles of Ambition”

Tosh.0 blog

“The Conscious Bride” book

A “Pep Talk about a Pep Talk” video

#becauseyouwere video

*Some of the above links contain affiliate links that give me a thank you if you decide they are right for you.  Thank you friends for your support.

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Preventing perfectionism from robbing us of growth and how to neutralize emotions behind food | with Monica Packer of About Progress (TLBP #75)
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Preventing perfectionism from robbing us of growth and how to neutralize emotions behind food | with Monica Packer of About Progress (TLBP #75)

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Do you suffer from being an over-achieving or under-achieving perfectionist?  Do you know of someone who has suffered from an eating disorder perhaps begun by their own good intentions of being healthy? And how do you view failure in your life?

In today’s episode we will be talking with fellow podcaster Monica Packer of About Progress as she shares why she is so passionate about helping others to embrace the messiness of life as we seek self-improvement and progress and what it means to be trying instead of holding ourselves up to the unobtainable and destructive goal of perfection that we may draw out from what society, social media, or our own inner voice tells us that we not only need to do it all, but we need to look good doing it.

Monica shares how her life-long obsession with perfectionism infiltrated all aspects of her life that not only manifested itself through an eating disorder, but affected her self-identity, her spirituality, her relationship with her husband.  She shares those things that she learned in her 11 year journey to break free of this cycle as she battled eating disorders and how neutralizing and removing the emotion associated with foods, running straight into fear to embrace failure, looking to the future to see who she wanted to become for her future family and looking to the past to see how far she had come – all helped her to keep going on her progress.

Listen and be inspired in your own life to not measure your own worth based upon successes or failures and to embrace the progress you are making.

Instagram Live this week will be on Wednesday July 5 at 9:00 pm MDT due to the holiday on Tuesday July 4.

Show Notes:

This episode is sponsored by Bumbelou Children’s Clothing and Accessories.  Hear founder Jenna Odegard’s story on today’s episode.  Enter the code: LIFEBEATS for 15% off all purchases made through the Bumbelou store.

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Monica’s podcast “About Progress”

Monica’s website “About Progress”

Monica’s Instagram feed and Facebook page “About Progress”

Blog article “Here lies Monica, She had an amazing body”

Monica’s podcast episode “Sometimes, You Don’t Make the Cut”

 

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LifeLine 10: New Listener? Start Here: When the painting we envision of our life turns out differently than we had imagined | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #74)
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LifeLine 10: New Listener? Start Here: When the painting we envision of our life turns out differently than we had imagined | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #74)

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If you’re new to The LifeBeats Project this is a great first episode to introduce you to this podcast.  On this LifeLine episode we will discuss this idea of LifeBeats, how to avoid the isolation trap, more of my personal story that inspired this work, how the painting I had imagined for my life looks very differently than I had imagined, how sparks of action can save you from self-sabotage and barbed-wire fenced dreams, and one uncomfortable challenge that can change the way you see yourself.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • idea of our vision of our life as a painting
  • what are LifeBeats
  • my invitation to listening to the podcast with an openness to learn and connect with someone else’s story
  • the isolation trap
  • how we can be resources, tools, and community for each other
  • invitation to look for connection in your own community, own life, invite people into your home
  • how our life changed in 2009
  • how my painting of my life felt as if it had been erased
  • finding out I was pregnant the very same day Mike was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
  • mad at God but did not doubt in Him, I doubted in myself
  • battling self-sabotaging thoughts
  • how I needed to break down the wall around my heart and the barbed-wire fence around my dreams
  • how I didn’t let myself dream or hope after Mike’s diagnosis
  • how sparks of action brought big change
  • invitation to write down your sparks
  • how we can change the way we look at our painting of our life to not focus on external circumstances but how we have been transformed
  • challenge of seeing yourself as you are, perhaps for the first time

Show Notes:

The LifeLine Episodes

Interview with Mike “Keeping perspective when there are things you can’t change” 

50th Episode “LifeBeats and where to find them: laughter, tears, and secrets revealed in my answers to your questions”

Blog post “Self-sabotage and barbed wire: fighting the battle within”

Giving a broken marriage a second chance through healing as individuals before reconnecting as a couple | with Tiffini and Jason Denham (TLBP #73)
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Giving a broken marriage a second chance through healing as individuals before reconnecting as a couple | with Tiffini and Jason Denham (TLBP #73)

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Tiffini and Jason Denham together courageously share their story that has never been told publicly before, their 14 year long journey of marriage including a decade of emotional abuse endured by Tiffini as a result of Jason’s wake of explosive anger, followed by silence, and his hidden pornography addiction, and what they have battled through and for to build a new marriage based upon their separate personal discovery of who they are as an individual, breaking patterns of co-dependency, focusing on their relationship with their Higher Power, Jesus Christ, and being patient through their process of forgiveness, regaining trust, and absolute dedication to reconnection to one another.   And friends they do this by sitting side by side, holding hands on my sofa in my studio, exchanging glances, breathing deeply as they answer some tough questions I felt nervous asking.  Tiffini shares how she had reached a point in which her physical health broke as a result of her emotional abuse that she left a note for Jason and left with her children knowing she would never come back.  She tells why she decided to give it another chance and what she and Jason both learned and did to be able to heal separately in order to reconnect and create a stronger relationship together. Jason shares some incredible insights on what he needed to do to look at life, love, and even religion in new ways.  I was absolutely fascinated at what that process looked like for him.  They also share that they are able to now say that they are both completely new individuals and their future is bright together.  Listen and be inspired to discover for yourself the power that can come from learning of your own worth in order to strengthen your relationship with those you love.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This podcast is perfect for someone who has healing to do from a relationship and is looking for inspiration on what one couple did to heal and reconnect.  It is also perfect for someone seeking to understand one perspective from an abuser and pornography addict and what helped him to change and see life & love with new eyes.  It is also perfect for someone wanting to incorporate faith into their healing process.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • why Tiffini called their first year of marriage a gift
  • what changed after 1 1/2 years and how Jason’s feeling loss after a rejection put Tiffini in the crosshairs
  • a wake of emotional abuse Tiffini endured for over a decade – what that looked like and how she kept going
  • why Jason was not aware of the effects he had on Tiffini
  • what was the very first thing that Jason did to start changing his life
  • how the emotional abuse Tiffini had endured finally broke her physical health causing her to be in bed most days
  • the point Tiffini left a note for Jason and took the kids and left knowing she would never return and would file for divorce
  • why Jason was confused and surprised that Tiffini had left
  • the effect that Jason confessing an addiction to pornography on and off throughout their marriage had on Tiffini’s feelings of worth
  • why Tiffini would give their marriage a second chance
  • what co-dependency looked like for both of them
  • the power of emotional release for Tiffini
  • how Tiffini and Jason both had to heal individually before they could reconnect
  • how faith in Jesus Christ was central to their healing
  • how Jason had to let go of control and how he discovered who he was
  • when Tiffini finally allowed anger to surface
  • their suggestions to couples on how to create reconnection
  • the role of positive music and elevated thoughts in Jason’s healing his addiction to pornography
  • the importance of remembering that mistakes will come but to celebrate the small successes as you progress

Show Notes:

Tiffini’s emotional release business : Luminosity: Energy & Emotional Transformation –

LifeLine episode #7: “When you want to escape: choosing paths of avoidance or clarity through mindfulness, and embracing your struggles as part of your story”

LifeLine episode #8: “When you can’t share your story”

LifeLine episode #9: “When you have lost your mojo, 8 things to help jumpstart out of a funk”

 

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Finding happiness now when your happy ending hasn’t come | with Katrina Morriss of Operation Orphan No More (TLBP #72)
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Finding happiness now when your happy ending hasn’t come | with Katrina Morriss of Operation Orphan No More (TLBP #72)

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Katrina Morriss of the blog Operation Orphan No More shares her story of trying to find beauty in the rain while waiting for her rainbow during her 5 year fight to bring home her special needs daughter Natasha from Russia through adoption.  She tells of the beautiful experience finally visiting her in Russia and of completing all of required paperwork only to be cruelly separated from her due to the Russian ban on adoptions from American families.  Katrina has marched on Washington, spoken in front of Congress, been on Russian news and documentaries, American documentaries, and has organized many letter writing campaigns – all in an effort to not let these children who have been caught in the ban become forgotten.  She shares how she always has loved happy endings and how she has had to work hard to be happy where she is at even though she has not received the happy ending she was expecting.  She tells of a miracle in which a series of strangers helped transport hats as Christmas gifts from the United States all the way to Natasha’s orphanage and how this story has now become a children’s book.  Katrina why she has now shifted her focus to what she can control, supporting organizations in Russia that provide resources to families with Down Syndrome children, and how this book is doing just that, and that the best way to help orphans is to keep them from becoming orphans in the first place.  One of most touching parts of the podcast is when Katrina tells of reading their children’s book to her daughter Nevaeh who did not understand why this story didn’t have a happy ending either.  Katrina teaches her the importance of sad stories getting told and how sad stories have good parts in them too.  Listen and be inspired to focus on the happy things in your life instead of the unfairness or heartaches in the world, to see what you can do in your circle of influence, and how you are making a difference.

This podcast episode is perfect for someone who has been struggling for a long time waiting for something that hasn’t happened yet, their happy ending, or for someone who’s path has gone an unexpected direction.  It will help them to see that they can find happiness now and focus on the things that they can control.  It is perfect for someone who wants to learn more about the Russian adoption ban on American families and what it is like in Russia for some children with Down Syndrome.

Show Notes:

Katrina’s blog Operation Orphan No More

Purchase Katrina’s book “Natasha and the Christmas Wish” here

“Natasha and the Christmas Wish” book trailer

“Natasha and the Christmas Wish” Facebook Page 

Reese’s Rainbow

Parents United for Russian Orphans Facebook page

“Children of The State” Russian documentary

“To the Moon and Back” American documentary

Holding onto hope by searching for the silver lining and the power of your instinct | with Savanna Tate of The Hayes Tough Foundation (TLBP #71)
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Holding onto hope by searching for the silver lining and the power of your instinct | with Savanna Tate of The Hayes Tough Foundation (TLBP #71)

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Savanna Tate of the Hayes Tough Foundation gives us a window inside the world of childhood cancer, a world that can be beautiful and hopeful despite the pain and heartache.  Savanna shares the 11 month battle of her son Hayes, one of her triplets, with a rare form of brain cancer that began at the age of 10 months, and the role that “mom gut”, hope, faith, gratitude, and fight played in their family’s journey.  Savanna tells how after her triplets were born- children 4,5,6- she felt what others had described as “feeling complete”.  This is what her life was about, being a mom to these 6 children and being genuinely happy.  She tells of the role of what she calls “mom gut” played in diagnosing Hayes and getting him the care he needed.  The idea that moms know their children the best and they can tell when something is wrong and if you have to fight to get the care they need from experts.  Savanna shares how after she continued to recognize unusual behaviors and lack of behaviors in Hayes how she pressed the doctors until they received an answer, one that was devastating and her initial instinct was to take her baby and run away from, but one she decided she needed to face and fight.  Savanna shares of learning to enjoy each moment-even the oatmeal covered eyelids ones, that hope is all she had control over, and that there is always a silverlining to every experience we go through.  She also tells of her struggle with faith upon learning that after all of their fight and hope for healing that her baby was dying.  She honestly cries out “what’s the point of faith if you can’t control the outcome” and tells of what helped her to switch her mindset from anger to gratitude.  Savanna shares why she started the Hayes Tough Foundation and how she is able to be a voice for the thousands of children and parents to bring awareness to childhood cancer.  She shares how we can become involved to help give them some joy and provide a silverlining in their life that they otherwise would not have.  Listen and be inspired to aggressively seek out the silverlinings in the experiences you are going through, to grab onto hope and not let it go.

 

Show Notes:

Savanna’s blog

Savanna’s Instagram feed

The Hayes Tough Foundation website

Hayes Tough Facebook page, Instagram feed

News stories on Hayes and Tate Family here and here

Tate Family Documentary

LifeLine podcast episode #9 “When you have lost your mojo, 8 things to help jumpstart out of a funk | with Briana Johnson”

LifeLine 9: When you have lost your mojo, 8 things to help jumpstart out of a funk | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #70)
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LifeLine 9: When you have lost your mojo, 8 things to help jumpstart out of a funk | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #70)

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Have you been feeling not quite yourself or just unmotivated?  Are you in a funk and not sure how to get out of it?  On this month’s LifeLine podcast episode, Briana shares an experiment that she did after feeling like she had lost her mojo and was ready to jumpstart out of a funk.  She shares 2 things that didn’t work and 8 things that did work to get her on the path back to feeling like herself again.  She shares the key to this experiment as becoming aware of your state and then paying attention to each thing that helps you feel slightly better each day, to transition from a subconscious existence of mundane, disconnection, and complacency to becoming actively conscious of those things that are reenergizing, satisfying, and self-affirming- however slight the improvement may be.   Briana tells why this key works as explained by the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon in which your brain draws attention to and helps you notice those things you want to see.  Briana shares why at first this became more painful but how these eight things transitioned her on a path of returning to a fullness of living.  Listen and be inspired to identify those things in your life that bring you connection to your health, your relationships, and to yourself, to help you achieve a feeling of fullness, energy, and self-satisfaction.

Show Notes:

The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

Chainsmokers “Don’t Say” lyrics

Chainsmokers “The Last Day Alive” lyrics

Savanna Tate of the Hayes Tough Foundation

Wax On, Shine On Illumination Challenge

Creating a fulfilling family lifestyle and teaching others to lift themselves | with Greg and Lucy Jensen of Cultiva International (TLBP #69)
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Creating a fulfilling family lifestyle and teaching others to lift themselves | with Greg and Lucy Jensen of Cultiva International (TLBP #69)

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Greg & Lucy Jensen of Cultiva International share their story on today’s podcast of why they decided to leave their life as they knew it here in the United States and drive down to Guatemala with their van packed with their family of 6 and all the rest of their belongings to start a new life there.  Together they share that what is right for your family may look very differently than everyone else’s and that finding a way to create the family culture you desire is worth every effort.  Greg shares how he never felt fulfilled in any of his “good” jobs and why he is so passionate about telling young people that there are so many options besides just getting a job. Lucy shares how she wanted more for her children than just the bubble they were living in and how moving to Guatemala has been the best thing for their family despite the hiccups and adjustments.  Greg tells how creating a lifestyle that you desire for your family does not require a move out of the country and shares the principles of how to do it.  They share about the circumstances of chronic malnutrition in Guatemala as the 4th highest in the world and what poverty means to them versus what it means to North Americans, explaining it in terms of internal emotions such as shame, sadness, and hopelessness instead of our typical idea of lack of material things.  They share how they have come to learn the guiding principles on how to do humanitarian work effectively to teach the people how to help themselves and what Cultiva International has done to help over 350 families to create sustainable change and empowerment in their lives.   Listen and be inspired to mold your activities, your job, your school to your relationships and your life’s desires instead of the other way around and to see that the way that things have always been done or the way others do them isn’t necessarily the best way for you and your family.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is thinking about making any real change, especially one involving their family lifestyle.  It is also perfect for someone wanting to know more about effective humanitarian efforts and more about malnutrition in Guatemala.  It is also for those who are looking more inspiration to live a life differently than the norm, to pursue a dream, and to take action on creating the family lifestyle you desire.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how Greg and I know each other
  • what running taught Greg from a young age
  • Lucy’s desire to be different from an early age
  • Greg and Lucy meeting in Guatemala and then later running into each other on a 30,000 student campus in Utah three times in one week
  • what Greg’s motivation for living abroad as a family and what it is about the Latin culture that he loves
  • why Greg is so passionate about teaching youth that there are other options besides just getting a job you don’t like
  • how Greg feeling unfilled in his job and Lucy wanting more for her children led to their decision to move their family from the US to Guatemala
  • why they didn’t tell people for a long time and what it felt like to sell all of their belongings
  • what their plan or lack of a plan looked like before they left and why they were ok with that
  • the adjustments of being together as a couple and a family all day long, especially in another country
  • how they created a family lifestyle they were so happy with and how we can too without needing to move out of the country
  • why they would never regret going
  • how they created a lifestyle of service instead of just scheduled service and the process of discovering the best way to do humanitarian work that creates sustainable change to help others help themselves
  • Guatemala as the 4th highest country in chronic malnutrition and how poverty is defined by the people
  • what inspired the work of Cultiva and stories of Juan and Mayan women who have inspired them to keep going
  • how we can become involved in Cultiva
  • the Youth Humanitarian Leadership Week with Clint Pulver and Cultiva in August 2017

Show Notes:

Greg & Lucy’s YouTube Channel for Cultiva International

Cultiva International Website – to learn more about how you can become involved

Greg’s website for more information about the Youth Humanitarian Leadership Week

Cultiva’s Facebook page and Instagram Feed

Greg’s Instagram Feed and Facebook Page

Clint Pulver – top youth motivational speaker

The LifeBeats Project podcast episode with Karan and Kerry Bajaj “Unlearning everything you know to learn about your true self and to connect as a couple”

Adjusting our expectations, living on less, and making things work as a team | with Sara Miedema of Tiny Home Dream (TLBP #68)
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Adjusting our expectations, living on less, and making things work as a team | with Sara Miedema of Tiny Home Dream (TLBP #68)

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Friends on today’s episode I have the honor to introduce you to Sara Miedema of Tiny Home Dream as she shares her story of learning to adjust her expectations and approaching life with a “can-do” attitude as she recounts their experience deciding to purchase and renovate a 300 square foot RV for their family of 4 after her husband lost his job.  Sara shares the foundation she received from parents who taught her that they could figure anything out together and make things work.  She shares of the importance of her university years in becoming confident in who she was and making her faith her own as well as in meeting her husband Austin.  Sara shares the role that expectations played as a new wife, a new mother and then when Austin lost his job and how she communicated with him to feel like they were working to find a solution as a team instead of allowing the stress to tear them apart.  She shares why they decided to purchase a RV (in fact a moldy RV the salesman tried to talk her out of) instead of taking out more loans or living with their family and why it wasn’t about what they were giving up. She talks about what they didn’t give up, the lessons of living on less and how this has brought them closer as a couple & a family, the joys of retaining their independence and becoming debt-free as well as the realities of tiny living and winter hiccups of broken pipes and hauling snow in to wash dishes.  Listen and be inspired by this can-do woman to readjust your expectations, to see that you can make things work in your life through perhaps unexpected ways, and to see that you can be what your family needs, not things, but you.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is faced with a difficult situation and is looking for some motivation on how to make things work.  It is perfect for someone interested in tiny living and learning to live on less.  It is also for someone who is looking to strengthen their relationships.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • growing up with a father as a pastor and a family that had a “we can make it work” attitude and their experience fixing up a home
  • what she loved and learned about herself during her University experience
  • how that prepared her for marriage and what attracted her to Austin
  • the adjustment of expectations upon becoming married and then with a new baby
  • the difficult year after Austin lost his job and the dialogue between the two of them as they looked at different solutions for their finances
  • their decision to purchase a RV to renovate instead of taking out loans or living with a family member and how they wanted others to see their decision
  • the most exciting part about their decision – having more freedom and independence
  • the night Sara found the moldy run-down RV on Craigslist and her experience with the salesman who tried to talk her out of purchasing it
  • why Sara was beaming about purchasing it and what she saw in it
  • their experience getting rid of 90% of what they owned and how it felt
  • my own experience getting rid of things to move to Utah
  • how they decided where they would park their RV
  • what renovations did they need to make
  • what they gave up and didn’t give up
  • Sara’s favorite moments from living there – watching her children work together, having time to enjoy one another
  • the winter hiccups and feeling like they are a team that can make anything work
  • how surprised Sara was to learn that she doesn’t need as much space as before
  • how living this way has adjusted the way they look at their next step in their future
  • how Sara does not judge anyone for the way they live and that she realizes that the way they are living is not for everyone
  • how people miss out if they worry too much about appearances and expectations they set
  • the benefits to her marriage from this experience

 

Show Notes:

Sara’s blog Tiny Home Dream

Sara’s Instagram feed 

Sara Miedema Photography website

Finding joy in a life full of imperfections and learning to appreciate the moment we are in | with Tessie Friedli (TLBP #67)
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Finding joy in a life full of imperfections and learning to appreciate the moment we are in | with Tessie Friedli (TLBP #67)

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Tessie Friedli’s life became something quite different than she imagined when her husband became blind and her son suffered permanent brain damage.  Her idyllic childhood and early adulthood was filled with beautiful family bonds strengthened from hard work, achievement in many aspects of her life, and a joy filled marriage high with hopes of breezy years ahead.  Within 2 years of marriage Tessie’s husband Zach, who had lost sight in one eye at the 15, unexpectedly lost sight in his other eye making him permanently blind.  1 year later their 2 year old son Dakota suffered permanent brain damage after being crushed under a fallen fence without oxygen for 26 minutes.   Tessie shares the details of both of these experiences with deep emotion and how the pain, the moment-to-moment hardship, the heartaches, the fear have become the lessons of hope, of survival, of gratitude, of happiness.  That only when everything was nearly taken from her and she had to battle for life every day for her family did she finally begin to appreciate what she had.  And how truly she can feel joy on a level she never felt, not because life has become easier, because it has only gotten harder, but because she can appreciate the simple moments of being a wife and mother more than she ever did before.  Listen and be inspired to take a look at your own life and identify distractions that may be preventing you from truly learning to live in the moment for those things that are most important.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Tessie’s life growing up with a big family and what she learned from them made her want to do her best and work hard at things
  • her life in sports and rodeo
  • how she met her husband
  • her husband’s experience at 15 after coming up out of the pool with blurry vision in one eye -optic nerve swollen
  • losing his sight in one eye – had to give up sports, no depth perception
  • Tessie’s expectations of marriage and family life and what she and her husband liked to do together before kids
  • In 2009 when Zach could tell cars were passing him but couldn’t’ see them and finding out his optic nerve in his other eye was swollen
  • losing his sight in the other eye after 2 weeks and the dialogue and emotions between the Tessie and Zach
  • coming home from the hospital and those things that were most difficult for Zach and most difficult for Tessie
  • losing his independence and the changing of his demeanor
  • Zach’s determination to finish school and continue his landscape business and how Tessie helped him
  • learning to laugh about it : a story about a mirror in Old Navy
  • the day Dakota was found under a fallen fence and without oxygen for 26 minutes
  • Dakota’s lack of progress that led to being sent home
  • Tessie’s fear when coming home – he looked different, acted different, they asked her to do things she had never done to keep him alive
  • her daily survival mode to and how hard and lonely it felt
  • feeling angry that God kept him alive for this life
  • turning point came over time when Dakota began to smile again
  • his progression has helped them to accept this plan that is very different than the one they had for him
  • finding so much joy living with imperfections
  • Tessie’s story of a girl who had everything but didn’t appreciate it until she almost lost it all
  • when you’ve experienced real pain, you know what real joy i like
  • being in the moment more
  • encouraging people who are going through struggles to write down their experiences.  write your heart.  blog greatest resource to see how she has grown – process of healing

 

Show Notes:

Tessie’s Instagram Feed

Tessie’s Blog

 

Finding emotional connection, how to be truly loved, and peace through vulnerability | with Hugh Vail (TLBP #66)
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Finding emotional connection, how to be truly loved, and peace through vulnerability | with Hugh Vail (TLBP #66)

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Do you want stronger relationships? Are you struggling to give or receive emotional connection from your partner?  Hugh Vail is the co-founder of the largest family preparedness website “The American Preppers Network” and is a key member of Operation Underground Railroad directly supporting its founder Tim Ballard.  Hugh is one of the few men who have been on the podcast and his insights will have you sharing them with anyone- man or woman- who is looking to improve their relationships and achieve real emotional connection.  Hugh shares his story of growing up in a home with an absent father and a mother with an addiction to prescription drugs.  He tells of running away from home at 16 and of an unlikely friend who facilitated a pivotal moment in his life.  He shares how he tried out a new thing called prayer and how the answer he received brought him back to his family’s home 18 months after he had left only to be greeted by his mom siting the conditions of him being able to stay as living in the 3-walled barn in the back property and paying rent.  Hugh shares of putting up his hammock and getting to work to save money to serve a church mission.  He then discusses how the dysfunction of his family later impacted his  marriage by teaching him to shut down emotion, demonstrating that when self worth is low, ego is high to compensate.  Hugh shares how his refusal to be vulnerable for fear of being alone, ended up leading to a divorce that was very lonely.  He tells of his commitment and recommitment over and over now to always be vulnerable.  He shares his belief that you cannot fully know how much you are loved unless you can be you just as you are, that happiness is when others see how screwed up you are and still love you.  He sites honesty in owning up to your screw-ups as a qualification for someone he is looking to be with, saying that if you will own them, you will fix them.  He discusses his belief that the peace that Christ offers is actually emotional connection, that no matter the darkness that happens in the world around us nor what we have done, Christ will give us emotional security and an unfailing love.  Listen to this tender hearted single dad and be inspired to take a chance on being vulnerable in your relationship to see what that opens up to you.

Show Notes:

Hugh’s Blog

Hugh’s Instagram feed, LinkedIn

Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

The American Preppers Network

Operation Underground Railroad

Deer Vally Ski Resort

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Spiritual Roots for Human Relations by Stephen Covey

Dr. Steven Stosney

*Some of the above links contain affiliate links that give me a thank you if you decide they are right for you.  Thank you friends for your support.

 

LifeLine 8: When you can’t share your story | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #65)
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LifeLine 8: When you can’t share your story | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #65)

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In today’s latest installment of the LifeLine podcast series in which I help you to discover your own story and see the good that already exists inside of you, I address a different group of you than I have ever addressed before, those of you who cannot share your story, in particular those who cannot share their story because they are in the depths of it right now – and sharing it right now may alter a preferred outcome – or it may involve others who would be affected by sharing – or it may not be safe to share –  or it may be so heavy on your heart that you don’t even know how to start talking about it or may not have someone trusted to talk about it with.  I share that although I am very open with my life there are things that I don’t share and recent events have created a deep sense of empathy to those who may fall into this group.  I want you know that you are not alone and that I am white-knuckling onto gratitude and hope right alongside you.  I share that although I know that you may not be able to share your story right now, one day you will be ready to share or perhaps you won’t feel ready but someone will come into your life that needs to hear it and you know you can help them and so you break the silence. 100% do I believe that your story is worth sharing – that what you are going through right now, those things you are currently silent about, those hard lessons you are experiencing, how you are stumbling, how you are rising, how you are putting one foot in front of the other, those things are things that inspiring stories are made of-your story is inspiring wherever you are on this journey.  And when the time comes for you to share, whether or not you feel your story is ready to share, whether or not you feel like you have reached a happy ending enough to share, your story is worthy of inspiring others – your story will lift others, inspire others who need to hear it.

So my friends, this episode is for you.  With all the sensitivity in my heart to what you are going through, I want to share with you 5 things you can do right now in the midst of whatever it is.  I understand everyone’s circumstance are different, but I believe this things to be of universal application and I hope that something I will share with you will be of benefit.
The 5 things we will discuss are:
1. Learning to be proactive instead of reactive
2. Making time in your day to expand your thinking and challenge inner negative thoughts
3. Journaling
4. Looking for the good like crazy
5. Drawing someone you can trust into your life

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is unable to share their story because of the varying circumstances that cause them to keep silent.  It is perfect for those who may be in the depths of a difficulty too painful to talk about or not safe to share.  It is for those who want to find ways to not feel alone and want to find strength, hope, and perspective during a difficult time.

What is this episode about?  In this episode you will learn about:

  • our local Utah Meetup
  • the various groups of people who fall into the header of ‘can’t share my story’ and how I have addressed two of the groups in previous LifeLine episodes but this final group I am addressing for the first time
  • I address those who cannot share their story because they are in the depths of it and it may not be safe to share or it may involve others who would be affected or if may alter a preferred outcome by sharing
  • how torn I felt saying that some may not be able to share their story right now, when a main message of mine is ‘share your story, share your story’
  • why I emphasize the words ‘right now’ and how I believe you will eventually share your story
  • how this episode is inspired by events in my life and how I am right alongside you in this
  • 5 things you can do in the midst of your difficulty
  • 1 – Learning to be proactive instead of reactive – based upon philosophies of David Byrd
  • 2 – Making time in your day to expand your thinking and challenge inner negative thoughts – and what you can do to invest in yourself and when you can fit it in
  • 3 – Journaling – the benefits of writing stuff down
  • 4 – Looking for the good like crazy – in your world around you and in yourself
  • 5 – Drawing someone you can trust into your life – whether that is through setting an intention or prayer
  • why wishing I could change your circumstances may be like wishing to deprive you of something you need
  • a song that has been an inspiration to me – Oceans {Feet May Fail} by Hillsong United and how we may find our feet wandering deeper than we would have ever gone ourselves
  • my confidence in you that you will rise

 

Show Notes:

all of the LifeLine episodes

David Byrd

Nerium skincare

Time Out for Women

Lisa Valentine Clark

My Spotify account

Oceans {Feet May Fail} by Hillsong United

My personal blog “Journey with Johnsons”

Blog post “Trust Without Borders”

Blog post “To simply begin, one branch at a time”

Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable and beginning again after loss to find the beauty in the broken spaces of your life | with Tanya Smith of A Widow’s World (TLBP #64)
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Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable and beginning again after loss to find the beauty in the broken spaces of your life | with Tanya Smith of A Widow’s World (TLBP #64)

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Friends on today’s episode I am grateful to be able to introduce you to Tanya Smith of A Widow’s World and Addelise Inc, a remarried widow and mother of 2 with a passion for not only supporting widows in their journey of healing, but also to help other women entrepreneurs reach their full potential and see that you can find beauty in the broken spaces of your life.  Tanya shares her story of an unraveling family life in a small midwest town that left her feeling that she would never rely on a man or put trust in a relationship.  Seeing her mother work hard for her family and learning that life is hard but is what we decide to make of it, she worked 3 jobs to put herself through college.  She met John who drew trust out of her and helped her to believe in real love that could last a lifetime.  After one year of marriage and seven years together they were getting ready to break ground on their property to build a home when John was stung by a bee.  Tanya shares the heartbreaking events of losing him and the conflicting emotions of helping to transport his harvested heart in a cooler to an airplane bound for New York to help save someone else’s life.  She tells of the days and years ahead full of hope, support, but also self-destruction, and not wanting to go on without him.  She shares what she began to do to heal and to learn to trust her inner self to step into who she was meant to be. She explains her term for widows as keepers of the flame and helps them and others to understand that the loss and love is never going to leave and they will never get over it but they can embrace their story and they can find love again.  She explains how it is possible for her to love her first husband and now love her second husband.  She tells of her experience on the 10th anniversary of her first husband’s passing and how she was able to look back at her broken self and see who she has become and how important it is that we acknowledge and take pride in seeing what we’ve overcome.  Listen and be inspired to began again and see beauty in our brokenness.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who has lost someone they love, especially a spouse and is looking for support, hope, and evidence that love is possible again.  It is also perfect for anyone who is looking for a new beginning, who is wanting to heal, and is ready to make a choice to make life what they want out of it.  It is also perfect for someone wanting to understand the widow’s heart and how it is possible to love more than once.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • why Tanya left being an executive at a multimillion dollar company to begin her own marketing company to support entrepreneurs build their dreams and why she began A Widow’s World
  • putting yourself out there and being so vulnerable and why hitting publish can be so scary
  • how Tanya learned that no one is going to hand us a thing, we really have to put out what we want to get
  • Tanya’s lesson to get comfortable with the uncomfortable and how every next level of yourself will demand a new you, a better you, and a more learned & attuned you
  • how she grew up in small midwest town with a graduating class of 18
  • how at the age of 13 parents’ marriage unraveled and how she felt like she was the one that needed to hold things together
  • how her mom worked really hard and rooted them in belief system and faith
  • how Tanya pushed through her independence and learned that life is hard but its what we decide to make of it
  • John, her high school sweetheart and how he drew trust out of her because after her dad left thad thought would never rely on a man or put trust in a relationship
  • how John made her believe in real love that could last a lifetime
  • Tanya and John being together for 7 years, including married for one
  • how they were preparing to break ground on their property to build a home when John was stung by a bee that caused him to code even though he was not allergic
  • how Tanya had a panic inside but believed everything would be ok
  • John coding twice but then came back for 3 days in the hospital until there was no brain activity
  • how he helped save 6 other people through organ donation
  • the events of Tanya watching through a chain linked fence as John’s organs were being brought to planes and how she herself carried the cooler with his heart in it
  • a rainbow of peace that appeared between the two planes
  • how John wanted to be a storm chaser and how Tanya had worried about them dying together, but how she then wished they could have
  • Tanya’s concept for A Widow’s World of keepers of the flame
  • how Tanya and many other widows have moments where don’t want to go on living without their loved one
  • Tanya recalls the first time someone calls her a widow
  • how we have the power to take what happened to us and do something good with it
  • how we have to start trusting our inner selves and stepping into who we were always meant to be
  • the first thing that helped Tanya heal was thinking about how would John want me to live me life
  • her self destructive stage when she fell down stairs and the thoughts in her mind that  “you can’t live in this place, this is not who you are”
  • the importance of journaling to heal, including writing down funny memories like their waxing eyebrow story
  • knowing in your heart you will never get over it
  • how widows are scrutinized by everyone on everything in regards to healing or not healing
  • how it was weird to feel a spark when she began to date Dave
  • the strange feeling realizing loved him but would always love John
  • how John never feels like she is holding back and how important it is for her to to be able to give him what he deserves
  • her advice to widow’s to share your story in the beginning when dating and whoever is strong enough will remain
  • why she began a Widow’s World and her desire to support and share others’ stories
  • her purpose for her new company Addelise: to help people build their dreams
  • going back to a place 10 years later after her first husband’s death to see who she was then and then seeing who she has become
  • her advice to say to go back to those places, face those fears & hurts or you’re never going to be able to live wholly or fully
  • her advice to find pride in seeing what we’ve overcome and owning what we have done, sharing how it helps others

 

Show Notes:

A Widow’s World website – her heart is to help empower and inspire other women through loss. She would love to connect with you here

Addelise Inc website – She is offering a free consultation to help you with business development ideas and discuss branding questions you have.  If you use her service to do your website, she will provide free social media branding.  Reach out to her at tanya@addelise.com and let her know you heard her on today’s show.

Tanya’s A Widow’s World Instagram feed, Facebook PageFacebook Group, and Google Plus account

Gift of Hope – Organ & Tissue Donor Network

***Do you want to come to our local Meetup?  RSVP at our Eventbrite event here!

 

You are meant for more: owning your whole story and purposing your heartache to bless others with Ashley Mitchell of Big Tough Girl (TLBP #63)
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You are meant for more: owning your whole story and purposing your heartache to bless others with Ashley Mitchell of Big Tough Girl (TLBP #63)

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Ashley Mitchell of Big Tough Girl is an advocate for not only birth mothers who have placed their babies for adoption, but for all women who have experienced hard things and are looking for a place of support and healing.  On our episode today we will be discussing some very difficult subjects, including abortion, and I would ask that you are considerate and respectful of her experience and her opinion which may differ from yours.  Ashley shares about growing up believing that her worth and power were tied into the way she looked and how that played into a marriage she feels never connected beyond a physical relationship.  She tells of becoming pregnant after her divorce and how she hid it from her family for nearly 8 months.  She recounts her thought process and experience going to an abortion clinic and the moment that changed her life when the nurse told her that she was too far along to have an abortion.  Ashley shares why she decided to place her child for adoption and her unexpected experience at the hospital after giving birth. She tells of the years of self destruction that followed filled with casual relationships and substance abuse as she avoided having to feel the grief and loss.  She shares why a breakdown that led to an ambulance ride and stay in the hospital was the best thing that could have happened to her and some of the key things she learned that helped her to finally be on a path of healing including acceptance, accountability in owning your whole story, and the power of sharing it.  Ashley talks about the community Big Tough Girl and the group of women who have come to find support and skills to overcome anything and how being able to help others avoid the self destruction she experienced has brought purpose to her brokenness.  Listen and be inspired to accept yourself in the truth of your story and feel hope in what your future looks like.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is wanting inspiration and ideas on how to overcome hard things and who may be looking for a community of women to receive support through it.  It is perfect for someone who would like to find out someone’s experience and opinion about abortion and more about what it feels to place your child for adoption be a birth parent.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • why Ashley grew up believing her worth and power were tied into the way she looked
  • how that affected her first marriage
  • her experience in her 20s of standing in front of a mirror wondering who she was
  • how she handled emotion by not talking about it
  • why she decided to get an abortion when she was single and pregnant
  • her experience of being in the abortion clinic and finding out she was too far along to have an abortion
  • what she believes God was showing her at that moment and how that changed her life
  • the lengths she went to hide the fact that she was pregnant from everyone and how her mom finally found out at 8 months along
  • her decision to place the baby for adoption
  • her unexpected experience in the hospital and cherishing that time of being her son’s mom fully
  • the moment of leaving her son with another family
  • the years of self destruction from substance abuse and casual relationships that followed due to grief and sorrow
  • why hitting rock bottom and ending up in the hospital was the best thing that could have happened
  • the very best step she took to recovery and how she began to take accountability for her whole story
  • how she began to share her story and create a community of other birth mothers
  • how all women who have experienced hard things were attracted to her message of a Big Tough Girl
  • creating a lifetime support for birth mothers
  • the purpose of preventing just one other person from years of self destruction by being a voice for others
  • the Big Tough Girl community and the support it provides

Show Notes:

Big Tough Girl website

Adoption division of Big Tough Girl

Ashley’s Instagram feed @bigtoughgirl

***Do you want to come to our local Meetup?  RSVP at our Eventbrite event here!

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Turning from the brokenness of surviving to a joy of thriving: a unbelievable tale of a broken woman’s discovery of her worth | with Becky Erkkila of Thriving Survivor Tips (TLBP #62)
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Turning from the brokenness of surviving to a joy of thriving: a unbelievable tale of a broken woman’s discovery of her worth | with Becky Erkkila of Thriving Survivor Tips (TLBP #62)

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Due to today’s content you will want to be mindful of little ears.  Becky Urkuhluh shares of being a beaten women both emotionally and physically who escaped with her life after she was kidnapped, raped and nearly killed by her own husband and the journey of healing that she feels compelled to share.  Becky tells of becoming broken and lost from her first marriage after enduring verbal and sexual abuse.  Being divorced with 4 children she was financially unable to take care of her family and felt like no one would want her so she needed to take whoever came along who was willing to take her which very soon was the man who would become her second husband despite many red flags.  His controlling and abusive nature escalated from threatening looks and throwing things to choking her nearly to the point of passing out to having him pull a loaded gun on himself and then on her.  Becky shares the rationalization she convinced herself of that it was fine that he has hurting her as long as it wasn’t her children.  She tells of beginning to see her worth and ability to provide for her family as she started taking classes for nursing school and excelling.  She tells of a series of events that led to the miracle of him leaving and how she finally felt hope for the future as she and her children moved into her parents’ home and got a restraining order.  Becky recounts the day after class that her husband and a 15 year old boy kidnapped her from the college parking lot.  She tells of pleading with the boy to let her go after being beaten and raped by her husband in the van and later at a hotel.  She tells of her face being taped and not being able to breath and going to a happy place in her mind after begging God to let her die.  She recounts being rescued by the police and the fog of denial and trauma she experienced in the months and years ahead.  She tells of her journey to healing and the words of a counselor that changed her life to help her chose everyday to get up and live and do her best.  She shares why she is sharing her story instead of staying quiet in her new town.  And her strong desire to help everyone know that you can thrive in hard times, you can find joy and happiness because that it is a choice you have the power to make.  She shares more about the tools and resources to hope you can find on her website Thriving Survivor Tips and new book My Journey to Hope.  Listen and be inspired to face the hard things in your life choosing happiness, by choosing what you are going to focus on.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who wants to feel there is hope after experiencing something so horrific or difficult and how that is possible.  It is perfect for someone who does not feel worth in their relationships and may even be experiencing abuse.  It is perfect for someone wanting to understand the mindset of a loved one who stays in an abusive relationship.  It is perfect for anyone who has experienced hardship in their life.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how Becky grew up oldest girl of 10 children with lots of responsibilities
  • how after high school she had a great desire to get married and got married at 19 despite concerns from parents and her knowing it would be a hard road
  • her first husband was verbally abusive and later sexually abusive and it broke her down and she had lost who she was
  • why Becky can understand why women go from one broken marriage to the other
  • how she thought “who would want me?”, “who would want someone with 4 kids?”, “so I guess I should just take whoever comes along and is willing to take me”
  • how she was financially unable to take care of my family and felt like getting married was her only option and why she married her second husband despite red flags
  • husband at first showed evidence of controlling through looks, threatening to hit her and throwing things
  • the escalation to physical abuse but how she rationalized it because he was not ‘hurting’ the kids, just her and how she only saw what she wanted to see
  • what she would have said to herself if she could go back
  • how financial aspect was breaking point – husband kept getting fired over and over and it was always my fault- tired of not being able to provide for the kids
  • why she decided to do pre-reqs for nursing program and how that saved her and was a turning point in her life
  • why the abuse escalated when she was doing well in school and what he did to regain control of her
  • how he had choked her to point of nearly passing out and had cocked a gun and pointed it to his head then turned it on her
  • what happened when he left to go take a test and why he eventually decided to leave the house for awhile
  • how Becky began to feel hope for a brighter future
  • the day her husband one day and a 15 year old kidnapped her after class from the college parking lot
  • how she was beaten and raped in the back of the van and later at a hotel
  • how Becky begged the 15 year old to let her go
  • how her face was taped up and she couldn’t breath and begged God to let her die
  • went to another place in her mind – bright & happy with lots of people & activity – don’t know how long she was there
  • how the police rescued her from the report of a woman who witnessed the kidnapping
  • how she got through one day at a time through the words of a rape counselor
  • beginning to see and recognize her worth and feeling joy from accomplishing a goal of school to provide for her family
  • why she decided to not hide in her new town but what compels her to share her story
  • thriving by choosing what you are going to look at, what you are going to focus on
  • her new book “My Journey of Hope” with more details of the steps she took to find hope in her life

Show Notes:

Becky will be giving away 2 audio recordings and 2 of her new books “My Journey to Hope” – check out my Instagram @lifebeatsproject for more details

Becky’s YouTube Channel “Thriving Survivor Tips”

Becky’s website Thriving Survivor Tips

Email Becky at thrivingsurvivortips@gmail.com

Becky’s book “My Journey of Hope”

Becky’s Audio Recordings: “Thriving Survivor Vol. 1”

Fisk Photography

Christian Fisk’s Instagram account for Fisk Photography

Movers + Doers

Legacy Tale’s Family Storytelling Retreat – buy tickets here

 

Photos donated to Becky from Christian Fisk of Fisk Photography

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LifeLine 7 | When you want to escape: choosing paths of avoidance or clarity through mindfulness, and embracing your struggles as part of your story with Briana Johnson (TLBP #61)
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LifeLine 7 | When you want to escape: choosing paths of avoidance or clarity through mindfulness, and embracing your struggles as part of your story with Briana Johnson (TLBP #61)

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Have you ever wanted to run away from it all?   In today’s latest installment of the LifeLine podcast series in which I help you to discover your own story and see the good that already exists inside of you, I share with you some real feelings brought on by some current events in my life that has given me an understanding as to why people turn to different types of escapes to cope with hard things in their life.  We explore what causes us to turn to our escape, the paths of avoidance or dealing with the pain and identifying which one we are on, as well as examining our healthy ‘clarity giver’ types of escapes versus the unhealthy types that only numb or delay.  We talk about 6 different skills of mindfulness that help create a state of mental awareness and focus without becoming attached to what we have experienced.  We talk about the idea of leaning into and embrace the hard things in our lives instead of separate ourselves from.  I share with you my period of resistance during the initial transitory time of going from a stay-at-home mom to then trying to create a successful at-home business that would have allowed me to remain home to then needing to go outside of my home to become the sole provider.  I share how I fought so hard that this was not my story but learning to let go of the past and to embrace our struggles as part of our story to allow them to refine us and give us the experiential knowledge that we can build upon and will strengthen us, that will create empathy inside us and they have a purpose even if we have to create one. I share my favorite quote with you that reveals a connecting pattern between us of adding to the things that we have been given and then passing them on to others.  Friends I hope something I share today will help you to see that you can take on those seen and unseen battles you are fighting, that you are not alone, that there are tools, people, communities, and a God that are here to help you through it!

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who has ever wanted to escape from the reality of something hard in their life, someone who is looking to find answers on how to get past those feelings, or someone who would like to learn skills of mindfulness that will help them learn to cope with hard things.

What is this episode about?  In this episode you will learn about:

  • this episode was inspired by real life current events in my life
  • having feelings of wanting an escape because things in life are just so hard
  • being at a crossroads of different ways to approach dealing with hard things – exploring different paths – scenic route of diversion vs shorter harder climb that leads to a peak of perspective
  • paths of complacency, anger, control that leads to losing hope
  • shorter path that you climb it, face it, let go, embrace it, learn from it
  • what the different types of escapes
  • my turning away from emotional eating as an escape and turning toward healthier outlets
  • identifying your own escapes – healthy ‘escape’ that are actually allow you to gain perspective which are ‘clarity givers’ vs. unhealthy escapes that are an avoidance to dealing with our problems
  • fight or flight response – the emotional component: emotional reactivity – feeling deeply can lead to anxiety or aggression
  • the cognitive component of the fight or flight response – perception of control – perception of control
  • why people turn to addiction
  • truly escaping comes from facing your pain
  • mindfulness – state of mental awareness and focus
  • the goal of mindfulness to become aware without becoming attached to anything you have experienced
  • it tends to help you understand your own reactions to things – by understanding your reactions without getting attached to things you find you can let things go that you might not have been able to in the past
  • 6 different skills of mindfulness: 1. observation, 2. description, 3. participation, 4. taking a non-judgmental stance, 5. focusing on one thing in the moment, 6. effectiveness
  • spiritual aspect of mindfulness to connect with our Higher Power
  • a scripture in Romans 8 that helps me to remember that I am a spiritual being
  • paradox – a statement that seems self-contradictory but in reality expresses a possible truth
  • what an upcoming podcast guest explains about what he learned about paradoxes when it comes to a difficulty in a relationship
  • leaning into that relationship instead of separated ourselves from it – the paradox of
  • the two choices that we have when we face challenges
  • my experience of resistance in the transitory period from being a stay at home mom, to trying to work at home, to leaving the home to be sole provider
  • learning to embrace the struggle as part of my story
  • creating purpose out of hard things
  • my favorite quote – the pattern of adding to what we have learned to pass on to others

 

Show Notes:

“What is Mindfulness?” article by Elizabeth Hartney

How Can I Stop Hurting?” article

Fight or Flight Response

Romans 8:16

Hugh Vail

“I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion” by Dawna Markova

Lewis Howes – The School of Greatness podcast

Hip Hip Party Goods

Join tonight on Instagram for our Instagram Live Chat at 8:30 pm at @lifebeatsproject

Facebook Page

Email me at briana@thelifebeatsproject.com to be a committee member to mediate a night for our upcoming Facebook community

*Some of the above links contain affiliate links that give me a thank you if you decide they are right for you.  Thank you friends for your support.

Perspective: giving you power over your pain and not comparing trials or judging by appearances | with Shellie Kendrick of The Bald Bombshell (TLBP #60)
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Perspective: giving you power over your pain and not comparing trials or judging by appearances | with Shellie Kendrick of The Bald Bombshell (TLBP #60)

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Shellie Kendrick is the radiant beauty behind The Bald Bombshell who has created a community to celebrate feeling like you and wanting to look healthy while experiencing cancer through rocking the wig, fake eyelashes, and makeup.  She has been diagnosed with cancer 3 times, the first as a 13 year old with non-hodkins lymphona and is now with Stage 4 of Meta Static Breast Cancer that has spread to her bones, liver, and lungs.  Shellie shares her stories of perspective and acceptance that have come through the difficulties she has experienced from a young age.  She tells of the power of the little things in her life as a teenager who found herself in the hospital alone- a book called “The Hiding Place” and a scripture written on a piece of paper left in a basket.  She tells of the surprise of her second diagnosis of cancer and the resulting double mastectomy.  Shellie shares of seeing her scar for the first time and the resulting cathartic episode of anger and anguish that became a crossroads for her to decide what she would do with her feelings moving forward.  She tells how she hated that cancer had brought her to her knees but how it led her to God’s love and to her making changes in her life that had nothing to do with her health that prepared her for being diagnosed yet a third time.  Shellie shares of how we can’t get caught up in comparing our trials or judging others because their pain is not painful to us.  She tells of a story of being yelled after parking in a handicap space after spinal surgery because she was wearing a wig and appeared healthy and the importance of not judging by appearances, and how you can never assume anything about anyone because there is always something going on below the surface.  Shellie shares the bright spot that her Instagram community has been for her to focus on other things besides progression, scans, and tumors and help others to learn how to feel like themselves during this difficult time by enjoying simple things like wigs, eyelashes, and makeup tips that will help them feel healthy.  Listen and be inspired to allow those difficulties to shape us and keep up our hearts open to not judge or criticize others knowing that they are fighting an unseen battle as well.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone needing to see that their perspective can bring comfort and hope during times of difficulty.  It is perfect for someone going through cancer or has a loved one suffering through cancer.  It can be a comfort to those with cancer who want to feel free of shame by wearing a wig or dressing up.  It is a good reminder to all of us that we can not judge by appearances and to remember to be kind to all, for everyone is fighting an unseen battle.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Shellie’s terminal diagnosis of Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer which has traveled to other parts of her body: bones, liver, lungs
  • how at age 13 she self-diagnosed herself by the 1974 set of encyclopedias with a goiter but actually had non-hodgkins lymphoma
  • the book “The Hiding Place” and how it helped her as a teenager to accept that there are hard things but that we can have perspective:  will I let it harm me or help me?
  • the story of being in Primary Children’s Hospital alone and going to meditation room with stained glass windows of angels and how the scripture someone left a scripture in the basket changed her life and helped her feel God’s promise.
  • how little things in life and have a big effect
  • as teen couldn’t wait to get back to growing out her hair
  • how she met her husband and their early years of marriage and how she wishes she could have enjoyed it more
  • surprised when cancer came a 2nd time and how she should have gotten a second opinion
  • her double mastectomy
  • story of how she saw her scar for the first time when her bandage fell off in Nordstrom and her episode of anger and anguish
  • burning through anger and letting other things fill you
  • feeling angry at God and being at a crossroads of deciding what to do with those emotions
  • her experience with jogging past a church and feeling God’s love
  • how in Nov 2015 rediagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer when she was having back pain
  • how we can’t get caught up in comparing our trials
  • why she decided this 3rd time of being bald that would embrace ‘me’ by embracing wearing a wig
  • why she put together her Instagram page of The Bald Bombshell – to be able to focus on feeling healthy and giving wig, eyelash, makeup tips
  • the story of after spinal surgery – vertebrae destroyed – had to relearn to walk – stop in stores and sit in aisles because so tired – but looked healthy
  • woman confronting her after parked in handicapped parking space
  • being careful of appearances – you can never assume anything about someone else – there is always something going on below the surface
  • how her Instagram page has given her something to focus on other than scans, progression, tumors 

Show Notes:

Shellie’s Instagram community “The Bald Bombshell”

“The Hiding Place”  Corrie Ten Boom

Isaiah 41:10

This American Life podcast

Free Willy movie

 

4 attributes of success to set our soul on fire and keep the dreaming aspect of our lives alive with with Lauren Elizabeth the Stay at Home Mermaid from Hello Whimzy (TLBP #59)
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4 attributes of success to set our soul on fire and keep the dreaming aspect of our lives alive with with Lauren Elizabeth the Stay at Home Mermaid from Hello Whimzy (TLBP #59)

stay at home mermaid walt disney success whimsy dreams magical podcast businessFriends on today’s episode you will feel one flip of your fin closer to your dreams as I introduce you to Lauren Elizabeth of Hello Whimzy, a real life stay at home mermaid.  Lauren shares with us the importance of keeping the magical and dreaming aspects of our lives alive by looking at conflicts as adventures and doing those things that set our soul on fire, or send Kool Aid through our veins as she says.  Lauren tells of the example of her puddle jumping mother who showed her that happiness was a choice and life was worth living and full of opportunities through taking risks, embracing failure, working hard, laughing long, and dreaming big.   Lauren shares Walt Disney’s 4 attributes of success that separate the lame from the legendary and how she applied them in her own life with her Princess Party business and her Whimzy mermaid character and children’s book.  She tells of her desire to be an inspiration to others that look at her and say, ‘well if she can get away with being a mermaid, what can I get away with?  maybe I will take that leap.  “whether that is a song or book you’ve always wanted to write or a job you’ve always wanted to pursue.  Listen and be inspired to know how you can begin to make those dreams inside of you be more than wishes on your birthday candles but real and a nourishing part for your soul that will make you better for yourself, your family, and society.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who needs a little encouragement to pursue their dreams or wants to keep more of the magic of childhood as an adult.  It is perfect for someone looking to discover what that thing is that will set their soul on fire and needs a little push to realize that taking time for themselves will bless all aspects of their lives!

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how Lauren’s mom brought the magical into her childhood by doing adventures with them
  • learning that happiness is a choice from her mom
  • learning to see conflict as just an adventure and makes your happily ever after sweeter
  • how Lauren helped others to laugh and feel at ease in high school and why she had a firm self identity
  • how her parents taught her to take risks and how she is teaching that to her own children now
  • how dreaming big and taking risks played a key role in the development of her Princess Party business
  • the little girl who shaped Lauren’s business
  • her goal to help every girl know they can be whomever they want to be and that they are Daughters of a King
  • how we can keep the magic of childhood as an adult
  • embracing time for ourselves and pursuing our dreams
  • what is whimzy and why we need it
  • Walt Disney’s 4 attributes of success: Believe, Dream, Think, and Dare
  • how she became a Stay at Home Mermaid
  • her hope to inspire others : if she can be a mermaid, what can I get away with?
  • where to begin to find your whimsy
  • her children’s book and mermaid character Whimsy

 

Show Notes:

Hello Whimzy website

Hello Whimzy Instagram feed and Facebook page

Email Lauren at hellowhimzy@gmail.com

Purchase Lauren’s book “Whimzy & Fable: Fairy Best Friends” at a discount here

DIY Dragon Egg blog post

John Eldridge quote

Lauren’s potty training photo

Seaquest Interactive Aquarium

Free at last: The power of words in healing and how to be a safe haven for others | with Elizabeth Frazier of Hero Bands (TLBP #58)
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Free at last: The power of words in healing and how to be a safe haven for others | with Elizabeth Frazier of Hero Bands (TLBP #58)

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Today my friends I am so honored to continue awareness and shine hope where hopelessness may seem like the only answer by introducing you to Elizabeth Frazier of Hero Bands. Elizabeth graciously shares her story of healing and thriving with her own family by touching on her experience of being sexually trafficked from the age of 4 until her early 20s but focusing on those heroes in her life who helped her feel safe and what she and we can be doing to band together to create real impact. Elizabeth shares how as a little girl she viewed her life as a charmed life and was told that she was very special to be loved the way that she was loved. She tells how as a trafficking victim she was used to physical pain and so as a teenager began inflicting pain on herself as a solution to dealing with the emotional pain she began feeling. Elizabeth tells of how she will never understand and know what her parents were thinking subjecting her to that lifestyle, as she has since cut them out of her life. She shares her long journey of learning what real love was after meeting her husband and starting their own family. For years she felt like God had abandoned her, but looking back she can see that he was there the whole time but knew she couldn’t feel him and so He sent other people into her life, her heroes she calls them.

She shares what we can do as community members and parents to provide safe havens for our children and the other children in our lives. Elizabeth tells of her battle with post-partum depression that brought old memories of shame to the surface but the life-altering hope and perspective that she felt through dedicated therapy, the joys of being a mother, the out-pouring of love from her community & strangers, as well as the power of words. Elizabeth shares the role that positive words played in her healing as she began wearing bands with the words ‘strong’ and ‘peace’ stamped on them and rub them throughout the day to remind her of her goals. She tells of giving them to strangers in the park and the impact they made in their lives that influenced her to start Hero Bands, inspired by the heroes in her life. She now sells these positive word bands to help those with their own battles and donates part of the proceeds to Operation Underground Railroad as she remembers as a child looking at the door and praying that someone like Tim Ballard and his team would come rescue her. She also shares about Safe Bands that others can purchase that will be taken by O.U.R. to rescued children to help remind them that there are others unseen who care about them. Listen and be inspired by her testament of forgiveness, healing, and hope and the impact that we can make on others’ lives for the better.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone wanting to feel that there is hope no matter the depth of pain they have experienced.  It is for someone looking for inspiration on forgiveness and healing.  It is also for someone wanting to learn how to protect their own children from sex trafficking and how they can raise awareness.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how Elizabeth saw her life as a charmed life and she was told she was very special to be loved the way she was
  • as an adult looking back can see that she was sexually trafficked from the age of 4 until her early 20s and how for her it was normal
  • how she is grateful for these things coming to light and the awareness because it is happening in our neighborhoods.
  • as a teen inflicted pain on herself as physical pain was easier to control than emotional pain
  • cut parents out of her life after had her first child.  she will never understand what they were thinking
  • how she longed for what she wished was real with her parents.
  • how she honestly feels like that was a separate life
  • how we all can relate to the same emotions despite circumstances being different
  • how met her husband and how it took her a long time to fully love him and to allow herself to feel his love and why she didn’t share a lot with him for a long time.
  • how for years had felt like God had abandoned her but looking back she could see him through those he sent to her and even unseen beings in the room with her.
  • what can we do to  provide a safe place for any child and as a parent what we can do to protect our own children.
  • how we must not act like this doesn’t exist.
  • how she feels accepted by the community and how she feels like she is undeserving of the outpouring of love she is receiving
  • the concept of compensatory blessings.
  • the joy she feels as a mother and that they are the reason she got out.
  • her struggle with post partum depression and how after her 2nd son, she attempted suicide.
  • what she would say to a mother who wants to have another baby but scared because of past post-partum depression
  • the role of Hero Bands in her healing and how she would rub the words ‘strong’ and ‘peace’ to feel the power of words in keeping her goals in mind.  how she would give them to others and how grateful they were to have them in difficult times.
  • how knew she wanted to help more people through making Hero Bands and how these words can help anyone with anything.  how its all about the emotions that connect us, not situation necessarily
  • how she was told about O.U.R. and wanted to be like them. how as a child prayed someone like Tim Ballard and his team would have broken down the door and rescued me
  • how she donates to them for each sold band and why she created Safe Bands for rescued children to help them know someone unseen cares about them.
  • how she named them after the Heros in her life, how they could have been doing anything else, but choose to take time for her
  • how she pictures the people who she is making them for every time she makes one

Show Notes:

Hero Bands website

Elizabeth’s story on her website

Purchase Hero Bands and Safe Bands here

Hero Bands Instagram feed and Facebook page

Email Elizabeth at info@herobands.com

Operation Underground Railroad

 

sex trafficking hero bands rescue children safe bands elizabeth frazier

 

 

LifeLine 6: Seeing more of the good that already exists inside of you: taking the “Wax On, Shine On” Challenge | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #57)
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LifeLine 6: Seeing more of the good that already exists inside of you: taking the “Wax On, Shine On” Challenge | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #57)

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Friends for this week’s episode I am on the road to California, so join me on my road trip for some podcasting in the car for our next installment of our LifeLine series in which I share more about discovering your own story and how you can see more of the good that already exists inside of you.  I am soooooo excited because I will get to share with you right in the beginning of our 14 Day “Wax On, Shine On” social media challenge beginning Monday Feb 27 on the new moon and following the lunar calendar until a full moon on Sunday Mar 12, in which every day we will be doing one small thing to illuminate to ourselves the goodness that already lies within.  I will share with you more of the philosophy behind this challenge, how you can download a .pdf to follow along with The LifeBeats Community, the daily giveaways for those participating, and the meetup afterwards so we can all gather together and celebrate in what we have discovered about ourselves during the process!!  This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time and I can’t wait to share it with you!!

Fawn Design

Jane

Today I Am Enough

Hero Bands

Glockets

Jut Made

LitJoy Crate

Classy Cozmetics

Doliray Swimwear

Emily Hayes Homes

Calligraphy.org

Little Sapling Toys

Her Name is Mud

Salis Skincare

Seaquest Interactive Aquarium

FlyBird Apparel

Lipsense by Vanessa’s VIP Lips

Ashmae Hoiland

Barri Handbags

UpZen Health

Chatbooks

Nurtured Delivery Doula Services

R&R BBQ because #girlslovebbqtoo

Canary Jane

Jordan Bree Photography

Stiry

Fresco Press

Good in Store

Marley Abelhouzen Videography

DoTerra Brianna Coles

Old Home Love

Cents of Style

Swirly Girls Bakery

Annex Recordings

Mother E Essential Oils

LuLaroe Katie Dotson

Healthy Grocery Girl

Listening to the call when God interrupts your life and learning to love yourself in order to receive love fully | with Kai A Pineda (TLBP #56)
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Listening to the call when God interrupts your life and learning to love yourself in order to receive love fully | with Kai A Pineda (TLBP #56)

Kai A Pineda Unshakeable pastor singer Jesus girl podcast bridging racial divide

Kai A Pineda is a wife, pastor, singer, ministry leader, and youth speaker.  She shares her story of learning to follow the direction of God in her life, allowing Him to guide her to create something far greater than what she had in mind.  Kai tells of growing up in a home in filled with all different kinds of music – from Bach to Billie Holliday to LL Cool J – and writing her first song at the age of 12.  She tells of seeking out her dream of Grammy’s and fame in New York with associates like a little group known as Destiny’s Child, to becoming a part of a gospel singing group in Germany, to knowing that God was calling her to preach and be a pastor.  Kai shares her journey of coming back to her relationship to God and coming to know her purpose despite her 30 year struggle with low self-esteem as well as dealing with the loss of her husband which brought out feelings of anger toward God she had to overcome.  Kai shares how until she finally loved herself, she wasn’t able to truly give or receive love.  Kai tells how love found her through her current husband and the joy she now feels having found her purpose in sharing God’s love for others through preaching His word and the stronghold He must have in our thoughts.  She finishes off with singing one of my favorite songs from her new album Unshakeable called “To You Who Are Faithful”.  Listen and be ready to laugh alongside us and be inspired to live your life’s purpose no matter where it takes you.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking to feel God’s love and purpose in their life and are willing to let Him guide their life.  This episode is also perfect for someone who has struggled with long-term low self-esteem and who is ready to finally feel the depth of relationships they desire.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Kai singing and dancing at a very young age
  • at the age of 12 she wrote her first song “Runaway Love”
  • her home being filled with all different kinds of music – Bach, Bono, Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday
  • why she moved to New York City even though she didn’t know anyone
  • how she ended up working with a major music publishing house and worked with Destiny’s Child
  • why she didn’t sleep for a year and when her mother did not recognize her when she came home
  • how she learned that she needed to quit the music business
  • how her insomnia broke her open and reconnecting with God
  • how being an extra in a movie led to her touring in Germany in a gospel choir
  • why she starts laughing when she hears God calling her to preach
  • her 30 year battle with low self-esteem and twisting words to demean herself
  • how fasting for 2 weeks finally helped her to love herself
  • her two years at a bible college and why it was the best two years
  • finding love after her first husband passed away and after she kept rejecting love
  • why she had a time of anger toward her first husband and God
  • what type of stronghold you have in your life
  • where Kai’s feels the most satisfaction in life
  • my top 3 favorite songs from Kai’s new album “Unshakeable”
  • Kai sings my favorite “To You Who Are Faithful”
  • about Kai and her husband planting churches and how Kai views the definition of “church”

 

Show Notes:

Kai’s website

Kai’s Instagram feed, Facebook page, and Twitter feed

Where to download Kai’s music – metoomusic

Genesis 18 – Sarah laughing

janky

Buy your tickets for the “Wax On, Shine On” charity event here

 

Learning that kindness is a strength and not a weakness, especially when you are hurt by others | with Nicole Hudson of Bot Communications (TLBP #55)
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Learning that kindness is a strength and not a weakness, especially when you are hurt by others | with Nicole Hudson of Bot Communications (TLBP #55)

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Today I have the privilege of introducing you to Nicole Hudson of Bot Communications who shares her lifetime journey of finding a way to honor and celebrate her passion – people!  She also tells about the most devastating thing that has happened in her life and how it helped her to see that kindness is not a weakness, but the greatest strength you can possess and demonstrate to others.  Nicole shares how she grew up in chilly Canada dancing and the vulnerability which that taught her.  Her senior year in high school she created a montage of their dance trips & performances which was shown at their final recital.  Watching the emotional impact her video had on others – their eyes light up, the laughter, the tears – made her want to help people feel that again and again.  This sparked Nicole down a path, moving to LA and then to Toronto to get her degree in film, to then work in the TV world.  She soon discovered that it really was all about the people for her.  She began pursuing more of her photography but found that her clients were asking her questions about about starting a business and Nicole loved teaching them.  Nicole decided to fill the need herself for an affordable workshop for entrepreneurs to learn the basics of starting a business, and Bot Communications was born.  Nicole shares how she met a boy at the age of 19 who swept her up in a fairytale love story, whom she would marry at 23.  Nicole shares how she felt herself growing up with him, what his influence was in her starting her business, and what she was most grateful to him for.  She then tells of the series of events in 2016 in which she learned that he no longer wanted to be married to her and the 1 1/2 year long affair he had been having with someone Nicole knew.  Nicole was completely devastated and could not function.  Despite this devastation Nicole choose to treat him with kindness knowing that if she stopped being kind, he would have taken away something from her that made her her.  She had already lost of much of herself in all of this, so much of her identity and dignity, that if she stopped being kind, that would have been one more thing taken from her.  This led to her journey to understand that kindness is not a weakness but a strength.    That it takes more effort to be kind in hard situations than to not be.  From this experience Nicole has created a workshop for teen girls called Kind is Strong and a 7 day program for entrepreneurs called Find your Sparkle.  Listen and be inspired to face your world with more kindness – toward others, the planet, and yourself.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who has been affected by someone else’s choices and is looking to find the strength to respond in kindness.  It will give hope and comfort to those who may be going through relationship difficulties or a divorce.  It is inspiring for those who are seeking courage to be kind, even when its not easy.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how Nicole and I met
  • growing up in chilly Canada dancing and what she learned from it – discipline, vulnerability, teamwork, self-love
  • why she was cautious of her personal brand
  • why she is someone that other people open up to
  • how video recording her dance studio led to her decision to go to film school
  • how she discovered her passion – people
  • why she turned more to photography and then how did her business idea develop
  • what did her first workshop include
  • she favorite part of her workshops and how she is the only one that gets to witness it
  • what spurred her transition from a workshop of tangible skills to one of intangible skills
  • the boy she met when she was 19 and what drew her to him
  • how her marriage to him helped her grow up, inspired her business, and what she is most grateful to him
  • what she feels like her biggest accomplishment is during this period of time
  • what April 2016 brought in her life
  • how she responded to her husband telling her that he no longer wanted to be married to her
  • what May 2016 brought in her life
  • how she responded to her husband after finding out that he was having an affair
  • learning that kindness is a strength and not a weakness, especially when its not easy
  • her organization Kind is Strong for teen girls to share her own experience with choosing kindness
  • her 7 day program Find Your Sparkle
  • the role of her friend in her healing

 

Show Notes:

Nicole’s Instagram feed

Nicole’s website

Kind is Strong’s Instagram feed

Find your Sparkle course

Nicole’s blog post about friendship with Sonja

Altitude Summit

Buy your tickets to the Anniversary charity event here

Submit your story or the story of someone who inspires you to our 2nd Story Search to win a makeover, photo shoot, and be on my podcast.  Click here for details

 

Taking risks, working hard, and finding the freedom to be who you want to be: one immigrant’s tale | with Mika Newton (TLBP #54)
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Taking risks, working hard, and finding the freedom to be who you want to be: one immigrant’s tale | with Mika Newton (TLBP #54)

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Friends this timing of today’s episode was not planned to be in alignment with today’s world events, which makes it all the more fascinating that things lined up the way they did. Today I have the privilege to introduce you to the incredibly talented and wise Mika Newton, immigrant to the United States from the Ukraine. Mika shares her story of hard work and making a life for herself that broke outside the mold of women in her native country. Mika tells of growing up in a small farming community where there were no cars and her best friend was a little piggy. At the young age of 5 Mika decided she wanted to be a singer and began competing at the age of 9 and then winning them at the age of 12. She was told that she couldn’t be a singer, that she should just be someone ‘normal’, that she needed to fit inside this box. At 15 after continual input from judges telling her parents that something was special & different about their daughter, she moved to Kiev a big city of 4 million people to train at a special college. At 16 she found a Celine Dion cassette tape, and without the internet, had no idea who she was, just that she wanted to sing like her. Covering one of her songs she won a large city competition and soon signed with a manager that would have her change her name. She would soon sing in the biggest competition in Europe called Eurovision and take 4 place. She became a household name in Europe and lived a life of fame with a driver and bodyguards. Despite her success, Mika was not taken seriously that she wanted to pursue a career as a singer. She was looked at as only a doll and her ambitions were dismissed. She tells of the culture of her country, that remains after the old USSR in which women do not have rights and that the only thing you are to achieve was to marry a good man and take care of him. In order to pursue her career, Mika took a huge risk and moved to America to work with Randy Jackson to produce her album. Mika tells of the struggle she had with her ego when she realized she was no longer famous but just a regular person, and one that couldn’t communicate with anyone. She tells of her drive that led her to learn 10 words a day which had her speaking English in 4 months. She tells of the happiness she has found here in America by not living in her past or in here future and by enjoying the freedoms she has found here to be who you want to be, no matter your age. She shares her insights that immigrants realize how lucky we are as Americans and they are hungry for the chance to make it here. She concludes with part of her beautiful song “Angels” and shares what she hopes the listeners will take away from her message. Listen and be ready to look at the freedoms you enjoy every day in a new light and be inspired to start that thing you have been putting off.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking for inspiration to take a risk or begin something they have been wanting to do.  It is perfect for someone wanting to understand more of a perspective from an immigrant to the United States.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about how Mika:

  • grew up in a small town in Ukraine on a farm life with no cars and her best friend as a little piggy with a culture heavily influenced by the old USSR
  • at young age of 5 wanted to be a singer but everyone said “you’ll never be that, might as well have said “I’m an alien”
  • spent all her time singing and dancing at home –
  • starting competing at age 9 and then winning at age 12
  • judges started telling parents there was something different about her and to not quit
  • at age of 15 moved to big city of Kiev – completely different culture – 4 million people
  • drive to move outside of the box , Mika wanted to be a singer but people said “you can’t do that, you have to be someone ‘normal’
  • Mika shares about how her culture was influenced from USSR, low wages, and women have no rights, that her biggest success was to married to a good man and to take care of him
  • teacher taught her to just show up and not try to prove anything to anyone, just show who you are – energy of confidence
  • never approval from parents and grew up independent
  • at 16 found a Celine Dion cassette – didn’t have internet -wanted to sing like her – covered her song, took frist place in competition –
  • manager came up and asked her if she wanted to be a star-signed with him – worked together for 7 years
  • changed her name from Oksana G… to Mika Newton
  • won competitions but all people saw her was a doll, a pretty face, didn’t take her ambitions seriously
  • Eurovision – biggest singing competition in Europe – took 4 place – household face – 3 weeks of fame – drivers, body guards
  • decided to take a risk and move to America
  • just a regular girl – didn’t know how to communicate
  • drive to communicate so badly that was starting to speak after 4 months of 3-4 classes a day
  • became like that little 5 year old girl that wanted to sing – started working on it every day
  • learned 10 words a day
  • she had to put her ego aside when she arrived and went from famous to a regular- can’t live in the past, can’t live in the future –  happiness is not anything anyone can give you, happiness is something you create
  • there is no right time to start something you want to do, no matter your age, but have to accept that it will require hard work
  • immigrants realize how lucky we are in American and are willing to fight for this, they are hungry for the chance
  • no other country brings you as much freedom as being in America
  • tells women to just be who you are, make your own decisions – do it
  • sing her song “Angels”

Show Notes:

Mika Newton’s Instagram feed 

Mika’s Eurovision performance of “Angels”

Mika Newton’s wikipedia page

Mika’s song “Magnets”

Buy tickets to our Anniversary Event here

LifeLine 5: Keeping the focus of our lives by weeding out fear, shame, or social obligation | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #53)
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LifeLine 5: Keeping the focus of our lives by weeding out fear, shame, or social obligation | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #53)

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In this month’s LifeLine installment – a series dedicated to helping you see more of the good inside of you and to help you discover or expand on your story – we discuss seeing and fulfilling the true focus of our lives and those things that may distract us or hold us back from doing them, including fear, shame, or social pressure.  We discuss the magic of LifeBeats in creating a connection between two dissimilar stories to create a similar feeling inside of us that resonates with our core desires.  I guide you through a “focus windstorm” exercise to draw out those things that you give attention to and then identify those things to which your focus is most in alignment with your true self.  We look at the difference between the “should”s and our “must”s in our life through the guidance of Elle Luna’s book “The Crossroads of Should and Must” to evaluate what  you may be only doing in your life because of the expectations of others or social obligation.  We also examine the concepts of ordinary courage and shame resilience found in Brene Brown’s book ““I Thought it was Just Me (But it Isn’t)” in regards to our lack of sharing our stories due to a culture of shame, blame, and disconnection. We discuss the freedom you can grant others by sharing your story, which tells them “they are not alone”.  We discuss how we can change one small thought or action at a time, this concept of waxing as in the waxing phases of the moon.  “Wax On, Shine On” is revealed as the theme for our podcast anniversary event and more details are revealed about that night, including the ticket release FEB 1 at 9 am MST.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is trying their best to give focus to those most important things in their life but may need a little adjustment in what they are placing as most important in their lives.  It is perfect for the busy person, the overwhelmed, the discouraged, or the fearful.  It is great for someone who needs to hear that they matter and are not alone!

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • the podcast anniversary event’s ticket will be on sale FEB 1 at 9 am MST
  • being interviewed by Stiry in our home
  • how people are craving positive content
  • more about me – what I love, what my daily schedule is like
  • what are LifeBeats
  • why I went to Altitude Summit
  • what is a focus windstorm exercise
  • the difference between ‘should’ and ‘must’ – based upon the book “The Crossroads of Should and Must”
  • craving connections and shame defined as fear of disconnection – based upon the book “I Thought it was Just Me (But it Isn’t) by Brene Brown
  • courage means to speak ones mind by telling ones heart
  • making changes a little at a time – theme of “Wax On, Shine On”

 

Show Notes:

book by Elle Luna – “The Crossroads of Should and Must”

book by Brene Brown ‘ “I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)”

The LifeBeats Project Instagram Feed, Facebook Page

Subscribe to the podcast

Subscribe to our newsletter here

Personal blog – Journeywithjohnsons.blogspot.com

Past selections from our Story Search: Tami and NIkki

Divinely Feminine

Podcast with Jenica Parcell on infertility

Russell M Nelson

“Stand in the Light” by Jordan Smith

Purchase tickets at this link tomorrow, Feb 1 at 9 am MST

Podcast with Jenny Wecker founder of Fawn Design

Operation Underground Railroad

Canary Jane

 

* Includes affiliate links, so once you buy from my link, I will always be able to get a thank you from the company

The Power of Mindset and Laughter in choosing to be happy in difficult days: an infertility journey | with Jenica Parcell of A Slice of Style (TLBP #52)
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The Power of Mindset and Laughter in choosing to be happy in difficult days: an infertility journey | with Jenica Parcell of A Slice of Style (TLBP #52)

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Today Jenica Parcell, blogger at A Slice of Style, shares her infertility journey and the power of mindset, laughter, and sharing your story in choosing happiness in difficult times.  Jenica began her blog to share the things that she loved like recipes, cooking, and finding the best deals on the nicest things for women, but after years of struggling with infertility she finally decided to share her struggle to grow her family by documenting each needle, doctor’s visit, and wish for her future child during her 3rd round of IVF with us.  Today she shares why she decided to open up with such vulnerability and share such a personal process with the world and how it helped her through her 3rd round of IVF.  She tells of the various steps and procedures that happen when one someone is going through infertility treatments and her advice on selecting a doctor and clinic.  She shares a moment when she felt like God had forgotten her and how her husband’s sense of humor pulled her through it.  She tells why she did not experience very many of those forgotten moments, including the perspective she adopted and key actions that she did to get through the difficult times.  Jenica tells what she learned about herself and how she couldn’t have learned it another way as well as what she wished she would have done differently.  She speaks to those friends and family members of someone struggling with infertility as well as to the hope and heart of those going through it themselves.  She shares the joy she experienced when she finally became pregnant and then learning she would have twins.   She honestly shares the difficulties and surprises of her pregnancy and the birth as well as her favorite parts about motherhood.  Listen and be inspired about the power of your mind and its ability to choose happiness despite difficult circumstances.  Learn how to support others who struggle with trials of infertility in their own lives or learn from Jenica how those who are suffering through your own heartache can receive strength to keep going.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is currently struggling with infertility or for someone who has a loved one who is. It is perfect for someone wanting to learn more the treatment options for infertility.  It is also perfect for someone who has been enduring a long trial and is looking for some inspiration on how to keep on going.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Why Jenica started her blog and while she felt like she was living somewhat of a double life
  • Why the 3rd round of IVF easier for Jenica
  • The two main reasons why Jenica decided to share her infertility journey
  • Why she cried in her closet and how it changed her
  • The power of vulnerability and how we need one another
  • Why its ok to have hard days and hard moments
  • What the fiery potion of Satan is
  • How Jenica’s husband helps her through his sense of humor and the power of laughter
  • A step by step rundown of the possible treatments for infertility
  • Jenica’s advise for someone going through infertility in regards to people’s comments
  • a time when Jenica felt forgotten from God
  • how Jenica and her husband strengthen their marriage during their infertility journey
  • The power of mindset in choosing happiness and key things Jenica did to keep it
  • the day Jenica found out she was pregnant and then with twins
  • Jenica’s favorite thing about being a mother
  • what Jenica wished she would have done differently
  • what Jenica would say to someone going through it right now

Show Notes:

Jenica’s website A Slice of Style

Jenica’s blog post on the beginnings of her infertility journey

Jenica’s Instagram feed @asliceofstyle

Email Jenica at jenica@asliceofstyle.com

FertilityIQ.com

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Brown Eyed Quilts Etsy Shop

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Brown Eyed Quilts Instagram Feed, Facebook Page

 

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Shifting the direction of your life to discover and live the life you are meant to live | with Cyndie Spiegel of The Collective (of Us) (TLBP #51)
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Shifting the direction of your life to discover and live the life you are meant to live | with Cyndie Spiegel of The Collective (of Us) (TLBP #51)

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Today’s podcast will inspire you to ask yourself if the trajectory of your life is the path you are meant to be on and show you its possible to begin again.  Cyndie Spiegel is a speaker and coach for women entrepreneurs with a fire in her spirit that is contagious.  She is a professor at Parsons, a yoga teacher, and the founder of The Collective (of Us), an online business incubator, accelerator and sisterhood for women.  Cyndie and I met as blind roommates at the blogger conference Altitude Summit and I learned so much from her in those 3 days and her life seriously reads like a movie script.  Today Cyndie shares her story of growing up in poverty as a biracial girl with a determination to break out of others’ expectations of her and embrace her differences.  She tells of her 15 year career in high fashion working with top designers traveling the world and the pivotal occurrence when she finally discovered that she was meant to do something more in line with who she really is.  She tells of the 8 month long hard journey of question asking that opened herself up to knowing what that was – helping to empower other women to be true to who they are fundamentally in their core and to build their brand.  We discuss some incredibly empowering concepts like learning to shift the direction of your life to discover and live the life you are meant to live, being permission givers, living with the abundance mentality, learning to embrace our differences by embracing our sameness, and coming to an understanding of who you are beneath it all without the titles.  She shares how she helps women entrepreneurs through this process of answering these hard questions to direct and accelerate their business through the Collective of Us. Come listen and feel her contagious, confident spirit that comes from asking yourself the hard questions, that will inspire you to take a look at yourself in a new way and lift you in your own life’s goals.

Want to know if this episode is for you?  This episode is perfect for someone looking to live their life more in line with your beliefs and values and someone looking for courage and direction on how to do that.  It is perfect for someone struggling to find their place or embracing their differences.  And it will speak to those who want to change the direction of their life and are open to asking themselves the hard questions.  It is also perfect for someone who is wanting to break free from the expectations someone else is placing on them.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • the possibility of changing the course of your life to begin again
  • being a permission giver
  • Cyndie growing up in poverty as a biracial girl in a home full of love
  • the moment at age 13 in which she decided to change the course of her life and the decisions she made to move in that direction
  • breaking out of the life she was expected to live and overcoming bullying
  • the power of her mother’s belief in her
  • her sense of style from a young age
  • how her fashion career found her and how she found a place in the industry
  • embracing our differences through embracing our sameness
  • thinking about the benefits of our differences
  • the culture inside the fashion industry she experienced that had her two worlds at odds with one another
  • the tipping event during New York Fashion Week Spring 2013
  • her decision to leave the fashion industry to find a way to live more in alignment with who she really was
  • spending 8 hard, long months off to discover what she was good at
  • the real breakdown moment she found herself on the kitchen floor and feeling like she belonged in the garbage can
  • the question in her yoga teacher training that changed everything for her
  • transitioning at age 35 to her own business Cyndie Inc.
  • what perfection means to Cyndie: living the life you are meant to live
  • embracing that our life will look very different than someone else’s and still offer value
  • Cyndie’s coaching business : The Collective (of Us) – an incubator and accelerator for your business & connecting on a compassionate level with other women business owners
  • steps you take during the 3 months of The Collective of Us
  • the hard questions you answer
  • what Cyndie hopes you take away from being a part of The Collective

 

Show Notes:

Cyndie Spiegel’s website 

The Collective (of Us)

The Collective (of Us) Intro Video

Cyndie Spiegel’s About Page featuring quote by T. Rasor

Cyndie’s video for eBay “Find Your Perfect”

Cyndie’s Instagram feed

Click here to be added to the list to be informed early of the February launch date for The Collective of Us

Altitude Summit conference

Podcast episode with Operational Underground Railroad director Doug Osmond “On being an Abolitionist: Freeing children from sex trafficking”

Operation Underground Railroad

LifeBeats and where to find them: laughter, tears, and secrets revealed in my answers to your questions | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #50)
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LifeBeats and where to find them: laughter, tears, and secrets revealed in my answers to your questions | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #50)

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Today is our 50th episode – 5-0!!  Today is also my 19th wedding anniversary – yep, you heard that right, 19! And what a fun way to honor our marriage, to have the inspiration for this podcast, my husband Mike, share in this 50th episode with me. You will quickly see why I am so in love with him and the joy and perspective he brings to my life. If you are new to the podcast, this episode is unique. I took a listener’s suggestion and had you, our community members, submit questions of what they would like to know from me. So for this our 50th episode, you are interviewing me. Mike and I had so much fun as he leads an interview on your behalf, filled with your questions- as many of them as he could squeeze in! I answer questions about Mike and I and how we met, how our life has changed with the onset of his Multiple Sclerosis. I share why I started this podcast and what keeps me committed to The LifeBeats Project despite all that is going on and what does balance mean to me and my secrets to staying positive. Mike happily asks me if I believe in aliens and what is a top of my bucket list as well as tries to get me to do rapid fire answers to questions like 3 can’t live without items and top places to travel. You will hear lots of laughter, a few tears, and probably even our children who sound like turkeys gobbling in the background. Listen and learn a little bit more about me and how you are key to keeping me going every single day.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for anyone who …(Friends I am working on finishing this!!! Check back later today)

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about Briana’s answers to your questions:

  • Q: What keeps you committed to the LifeBeats Project?  What keeps you driven when life seems to be crashing around you?
  • Q: How are you able to be so open and vulnerable with all us listeners?
  • Q: How do you do it all?  What is balance to you and do you feel like you achieve it – if so, how?
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Show Notes:

Briana’s personal blog www.journeywithjohnsons.blogspot.com

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Regaining confidence and falling in love with your story after feeling ashamed and rejected | with Ry’lee Scott of Darling Me Avenue (TLBP #49)
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Regaining confidence and falling in love with your story after feeling ashamed and rejected | with Ry’lee Scott of Darling Me Avenue (TLBP #49)

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Today’s first podcast episode of 2017 is with Ry’lee Scott of Darling Me Avenue who shares her own story of transformation, of how after a divorce in her early 20s that left her with deep feelings of shame and rejection, that with the help of her parents, others who shared their own experiences with divorce, a good therapist and some of her own determination, she finally learned to own and fall in love with her own story, began to find adventure, and started living her dream of starting her own fashion boutique.   Ry’lee openly shares how she was so embarrassed and had prideful darkness that focused so much on what others thought of her after her divorce, that she would hide out in her parents’ basement and punish herself with isolation and thoughts of self-loathing.  She had taken the full blame of the divorce on herself.  Ry’lee shares how feelings of rejection exceeded that of feelings of loss.  She tells of her darkest night and how at that moment she felt a determination to help other women never have to feel this pain of such loneliness.  This was a driving force behind the mission of Darling Me Avenue, her online clothing boutique dedicated to helping women embrace their story so they can find their adventure and finally start living their dreams..  Ry’lee tells about her road to regaining her confidence and the things that helped her embrace her own story, realize that everything does happen for a reason, and create a platform to help other women not to be ashamed to share their own story.  Listen and be inspired on how you can transform your own darkest moments into light for yourself and others.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who has felt ashamed or rejected and wants to regain their confidence.  It is especially perfect for someone who has experienced a divorce, particularly in their early 20s.  It can greatly benefit anyone who has experienced a loss or rejection or finds it difficult to not care what people think.  It is for someone ready to reinvent themselves and go for their dreams.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Ry’lee’s expectations of marriage and her own marriage at a young age
  • the darkness and shame that came with her divorce
  • how Ry’lee took the full blame of the divorce and punished herself with isolation and self-loathing
  • what she discovered about herself during this time
  • how a therapist helped her
  • Ry’lee’s darkest night and how it inspired her to help others to never have to feel that loneliness
  • how her divorce was both a loss and a rejection and the difference between the two
  • how Ry’lee had never experienced a rejection in her life before
  • what prideful darkness looked like in Ry’lee’s life and how that played out in preventing her from healing
  • when someone congratulated her on getting divorced and how that really helped her
  • what Ry’lee would say to someone who is in a dark place of rejection or loss right now
  • using the pain to drive you to what you are passionate about
  • how her confidence came back – both in herself and in others
  • her passion for helping other women to feel beautiful and create a community and safe space
  • how caring so much about what other people think stand in the way of accomplishing our dreams
  • how Ry’lee came to own and fall in love with her story
  • tag #mydarlingstory to share your own story
  • hosting a pop up shop to benefit someone who needs extra help
  • mission to embrace their story, find their adventure, and pursue their dreams
  • the role of travel in Ry’lee’s recovery

Show Notes:

Darling Me Avenue website and shop

Ry’lee’s story and Darling Me Avenue’s mission on her website

Darling Me Avenue Instagram feed, Facebook page

Email Ry’lee at hello@darlingmeavenue.com

Ry’lee on Good Things Utah talking about winter fashion and her benefit pop-up shops

Creative Buffet Conference podcast episode with Ry’lee –

Eat Pray Love

Nerium

LifeLine 4: The magic switch to propel all of your goals this coming year | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #48)
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LifeLine 4: The magic switch to propel all of your goals this coming year | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #48)

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Today is the fourth installment of the LifeLine podcast series in which I guide you through the process of discovering your own story and illuminating the extraordinary that already lies within you. As we look to a new year and what we set out to accomplish, we discuss the magic switch that will set you free from the circular track of setting the same goals over and over and propel you forward to achieve all your goals.  Think of that Mary Poppins scene when the carousel horses are freed from the ride.  You’ll be racing down the thoroughfare toward the finish line of improvement in no time.   That magic switch, or key, to achieving all your other goals in 2017 will be changing the way you see or feel about yourself.  We dive into 3 questions and 1 exercise that will help you to focus on how you can do that and most importantly, why!  I share the my answers to the questions and what I will be working on this year in how I feel about myself.  Making yourself a top priority this coming year will be that seemingly magical element that will make all your other goals happen.  Don’t skip this step. Come prepared to think, take notes, and have some fun through the exercise of creating a special screensaver for you that pairs an image and a word, a visual cue of your goals and your reasoning behind them.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for anyone who seems to be making the same goals this year as they did last year and for anyone who needs to change the way the see or feel about themselves.  It is perfect for anyone who is striving to put themselves as a priority and wants to see results from the efforts of their goal setting.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how to break free from the seemingly never ending cycle of trying to work on a goal that you keep coming back to over and over
  • what that magic switch is, that key goal, that will propel all your other goals forward
  • why this isn’t a competition and how others are supporting you
  • daring greatly according to Pres. Theodore Roosevelt
  • how working on yourself will propel all your other goals
  • 3 questions and 1 exercise to change the way you see yourself or feel about yourself in 2017
    1. How do you want to see yourself this coming year?   Or in other words, In what way do you want to change the way you see yourself?  How do you want to feel about yourself? It can be something overall or something specific.
    2. Why is that important to you? What is your ‘why’?  Drill down into those whys deeper and deeper.  What is the motivation behind what you want to do?
    3. What will you do and/or give up doing this year to see yourself or to feel about yourself in this new way?

    Create a screensaver for 2017 of an image and a word.  Select an image of yourself from this past year that when you look at it, you see happiness – even if it was momentarily.  When you look at yourself it evokes memories of something good that was happening or that you were feeling. Select a word that will inspire you to keep going on your quest to see yourself  or feel about yourself in a new way.  Now write that word atop that photo and voile it is your new screensaver!

  • Examples of goals
  • Setting reminders
  • Acknowledging our small steps of progress
  • Visual cues as reminders such as the waxing phases of the moon
  • This coming year’s visual cue – your screenshot
  • The importance of having a photo of yourself happy in your progress
  • Choosing a word for 2017 that will remind you of your goals

Show Notes:

Shannon’s photo of her #lifebeatsforme

Mary Poppin’s carousel scene

Quote by Theodore Roosevelt

The Fizzle Show – 5 Step Process to Goal Setting

Stasia Savasuk of Stasia’s Style School – Episode

Phonto app

Tag your screensaver for 2017 with #mehappyin2017 and @lifebeatsproject

Darling Me Avenue

So for The LifeBeats Project 50th podcast episode, YOU are going to interview me, led by my amazing husband Mike who inspired this whole movement.  What questions do you have for me?  You can comment on Instagram or Facebook with a question for me or email me at briana@thelifebeatsproject.com, But here’s an even better idea.  Record yourself asking me a question through the voice memo app on your phone and email it to me!!  Then you will really be interviewing me on air.  I can’t wait to hear what you would like to know.

Unexpectedly discovering God and the best version of yourself – A special Christmas episode | with Al Fox Carraway (TLBP #47)
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Unexpectedly discovering God and the best version of yourself – A special Christmas episode | with Al Fox Carraway (TLBP #47)

Al Fox Carraway Tattooed Mormon Christmas podcast discovering God answering prayers

On today’s special Christmas episode, Al Fox Carraway, motivational speaker and author, will be sharing her story of discovering God.   Growing up in New York Al prided herself on her independence and love for all people instilled in her by her parents.  Al shares the story of discovering for herself that God really existed, initially through the power of experimenting with prayer and trying to prove wrong those who were teaching her.  She tells of the fear she initially had that she would change into someone else when she already liked who she was.  She tells how this discovery of God and his desire to help us transformed her life, not only through the happiness and peace she felt, the overcoming of habits she thought she would be stuck with her whole life, and the uncovering of a completely new part of herself that she didn’t even know was there, but also through the loneliness she experienced as her friends and family rejected her for her new beliefs.  In her New Yorker way Al candidly answers my questions regarding how she could remain a believer despite all the difficulties that she has experienced since her discovery and commitment to God.  She shares how complete honest communication with God, including telling him when you are mad or confused, is the key to getting specific answers in our lives.  Al answers some of your questions including one from a listener who has left the faith of her family and wants to know how Al let her family know she loved them while sticking to her own beliefs.  As well as tells her secret about what she does to celebrate Christmas. Oh friends there is so much goodness in this episode through Al’s incredible perspective.   It will be a beautiful way to keep the Christmas spirit of hope, faith, and kindness this year.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is wondering if God exists and why it is even worth pursuing.  It is perfect for someone who is going through difficulties and wants inspiration on how to get through them.  It is also just for someone looking to find answers from God and wondering if he hears them.  It is a absolute inspiration for someone who is looking to increase their own faith and relationship with God and Jesus Christ.  And of course it is perfect for those of you who love Al and want to hear more of her story and insights.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • what Al’s parents were like and what they taught her growing up in New York
  • what Al thought about God and religion before
  • what Al’s fear was about changing
  • Al agreeing to experiment with prayer just to prove those teaching her wrong
  • what people started noticing about her
  • what the most personal thing is that we can ask of someone
  • what to do with reoccurring thoughts about wondering ‘if there is something more? or is there someone listening?’
  • why did she feel a need for God
  • why she believes people are afraid of there being a God
  • when things fell apart after she was baptized including losing her friends and her dad stopping talking to her
  • my own period of time when I was angry with God
  • why she continued to believe in God after things fell apart
  • what her passion is and how she is able to pursue it
  • why she is glad God didn’t give her what she prayed for
  • what she would say to someone who doesn’t know if God is listening
  • why Al would say that Christmas should be a little about yourself
  • Al’s answers to listeners questions including one who left the faith of her family and wants to know how Al let her family know she loved them while holding tight to her own beliefs
  • how Al learned to trust God

Show Notes:

Al’s Website

Al’s Instagram Feed

Al’s Twitter Feed

Email Al at mail2al_fox@yahoo.com

Al’s book “More Than a Tattooed Mormon” 

Lemonystitch Etsy’s Shop

The LifeBeats Project episode with Bre Lasley “Choosing to fight for you life and not let the hard times rule you” 

Making a difference and their mark : 9 entrepreneur stories from the Creative Buffet Conference (TLBP #46)
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Making a difference and their mark : 9 entrepreneur stories from the Creative Buffet Conference (TLBP #46)

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For today’s unique episode, an episode aside from our normal weekly episodes, I am sharing with you a series of 9 mini-interviews I conducted at the Creative Buffet Conference I MCed this past September of entrepreneurs and their journeys.  This conference was dedicated to the creative, the entrepreneur, the small business owner and was put on by the lovely and incredibly driven Heather Rae of Heatherraeblue.  I loved being able to talk to these dream makers to learn the story behind their brand or business, the obstacles they have overcome along the way, what they have learned about themselves through this process, and what their vision is for their future.  You will hear from

1. Emily Chipman of Doliray Swimwear,

Doliray Swimwear Website and Instagram Feed

2. Kim Christenson of Talk Wordy to Me,

Talk Wordy to Me website and Instagram Feed

3. Lauryn Hock of Lauryncakes,

Lauryncakes Website , Instagram Feed , Facebook Page ,Twitter Feed  

4. Samantha Hartman of Infinite Abyss

Infinite Abyss Website , Etsy Shop , and Instagram Feed

5. Meagan Flora John of Hearts of Gold,

Hearts of Gold Blog , Instagram Feed

Email: heartsofgold@gmail.com

6. Lexie Dopp of Lexie Faith,

Lexie Faith Website , YouTube , Instagram Feed , and Facebook Page

7. Brandy Fowers of Teddy’s Timeless Treasures,

Teddy’s Timeless Treasures Facebook Page and Instagram Feed

8. R’ylee Scott of Darling Me Avenue,

Darling Me Avenue Website, Instagram Feed , and Facebook Page

and 9. Braden & Mo Bijold of On Geneva.

OnGeneva Instagram feed

Listen and be inspired to take that leap or next step in your own creative or business pursuit or just to be brave in whatever goal you have set for yourself.  This episode is coming at a perfect time to support small businesses during this holiday season.  Maybe I just helped you finish your Christmas list.  You’re welcome:)

Establishing communication, forgiveness, and faith early and often in marriage | with entrepreneurial couple Dan and Caroline Davis of Stiry (TLBP #45)
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Establishing communication, forgiveness, and faith early and often in marriage | with entrepreneurial couple Dan and Caroline Davis of Stiry (TLBP #45)

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Dan Davis of Stiry which stands for Stories that Stir also has a passion for highlighting the good in life and sharing others’ stories, but for him, through video.  I was able to have Dan and his lovely wife Caroline in my studio to share their story as a couple.  For anyone is a relationship you know how key communication is. For couples on an entrepreneurial journey together, it is vital.  Dan and Caroline share how they created a standard for open communication between each other right from the beginning of their marriage and what has helped their marriage to stay strong through the rollercoaster ride of having your own business.  Caroline tells how in the beginning it was a struggle to talk about her feelings so quickly but how that saved their marriage in a very difficult time.  Dan tells how after one year of blood, sweat, and tears into starting his business he hired someone to assist him that ended up stealing his equipment and turning a large part of his clients on him and would eventually cause the downfall of that business.  Dan shares his battle to forgiveness and what he did to finally let go years later.  Caroline tells how she felt when it came time for Dan to want to start a new business and why she is supporting him.  She also honestly answers my question as to what her personal purpose is and if she feels her own personal growth has been stunted by the support she lends her husband.  Dan shares the path of why he has decided once again to start a new business, and not just any business, but his life’s work through Stiry, to tell stories of others whose stories may not otherwise get told, as well as provide everyone with what he calls ‘perspective moments’.  Listen and be inspired in your own relationships and life’s dreams and goals by this incredible couple.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking to increase communication in their relationship.  It is especially helpful for a couple in which one of them is an entrepreneur.  It is also perfect for someone who has a desire to forgive someone in their life who has wronged them.  It is also a perfect episode for someone who is thinking about starting their own business.  It also speaks to those who are unsure of their purpose yet and want to feel comfortable in that.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how they met and maintained a long distance relationship
  • how Caroline felt about Dan wanting to be an entrepreneur
  • what they did to keep their marriage a priority while Dan was in school and starting his business
  • how Caroline initially felt about Dan encouraging her to share her feelings
  • the example from Dan’s parents regarding marital communication
  • how Dan was taken advantage of by his employee which led to the closing of his business
  • how Dan was finally able to forgive him
  • Dan’s journey of getting a job and why that was so difficult for him
  • why Dan left a good paying job and didn’t accept good job offers
  • how Caroline is comfortable in not knowing what her personal purpose is and how she does not feel her personal growth is stunted by supporting Dan
  • why being unemployed allowed Dan to find himself again
  • where did the idea for Stiry originate and what is Dan’s vision for the company

 

Show Notes:

Stiry website – submit your story here

Tyler Robinson Foundation 

Video of Six Sister’s Stuff

Video of Dan’s cousin on surviving Leukemia and Breast Cancer 

Choosing to fight for your life and to not let the hard times rule you | with Bre Lasley of Fight Like Girls (TLBP #44)
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Choosing to fight for your life and to not let the hard times rule you | with Bre Lasley of Fight Like Girls (TLBP #44)

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Last year Bre Lasley and her sister were brutally attacked, stabbed, and nearly killed by a man that came into their home through Bre’s bedroom window.  On today’s podcast episode Bre courageously shares with us the events of that night in a way that you will not realize that in the middle of her story I am completely consumed with it and have stopped asking her questions, because you too will be hanging on every word as she paints this terrifying scene for you.  Bre begins by sharing about who she calls Pre-Bre, the Bre she was before the attack, one full of adventure traveling the world on her own and finding joy in running outside.  She also tells us about the relationship she has with her sister and goes on to share in the interview how sisterly love is what ultimately saves them that night.  Bre then details out the attack and how she and her sister fight back against a huge, drugged up, ripped man who’s only intention for entering their home was to kill them.  She shares how she later learned that only 20% of women fight back and how her sister was in the 1 % that fought fiercely the entire time but how she on the otherhand went back and forth between the 20% who did and the 80% who didn’t.  She tells of the heroism of her sister who ran to find help and the off-duty police officer who saved her life as none of their numerous 911 calls were dispatched.  Bre shares how the fight did not end with her attacker’s life ending but how depression and anxiety have been the real battles every minute and hour of each day since then and answers several of your listener submitted questions including how she finally found hope after feeling for so long that there was none.  Bre tells why she started the organization Fight Like Girls with Elizabeth Smart to help girls everywhere fight whatever battle they are facing, whether that is depression, eating disorders, anxiety, addiction, abuse, whatever it may be.  She answers the question of ‘why can we relate to some one else’s story if our fights are so different?’  She says that we can relate to the choice to keep fighting.  Come listen with your own fight in mind and how Bre’s continual fight can inspire you in your own. Due to the intense content and implied language in this episode you will want to be mindful of little ears around you.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for anyone who is battling with something in their lives that makes them question whether there is hope for change.  It is perfect for someone who may be battling depression or anxiety and is looking for ideas on how to work through it.  It is for someone who has experienced something traumatic in their life, especially someone who may have been attacked.  It is for everyone who wants to feel inspired in their own life and wants to understand why we can relate to each others’ stories even though they are very different.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how Bre loves ‘Before and Afters’
  • Pre-Bre, who Bre was before the attack – her adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit
  • her relationship with her sister Kayli
  • the events of that terrifying night when a huge, drugged up, ripped man entered Bre’s bedroom window and attacked Bre and her sister
  • how he would use a soft voice to try to manipulate Bre into stopping fighting
  • the many miracles that happened that night including Kayli being kicked through the only wall in their house that was not brick
  • how only 20% of girls fight back
  • why Bre knows there were heavenly angels there that night
  • how several 911 calls made by herself, her sister, and neighbors were not dispatched
  • how discovering he had a knife was a turning point
  • what the saddest moment of Bre’s life was
  • how Kayli ran through the streets trying to get help and eventually was heard by an off-duty police officer
  • how Bre’s life was saved in the dark by one shot from this off-duty police officer
  • what it felt like to feel someone die
  • her experience at the hospital when they examined her many stab wounds
  • how she realized that her real fight began after the attack
  • why she felt compelled to share her story
  • why she started Fight Like Girls and what her vision is for it
  • how she eventually found hope after feeling like there was none
  • how sisterly love is what saved them that night but that self-love is what saves her everyday now
  • why we can relate to other people’s stories

 

Show Notes:

Fight Like Girls website

Fight Like Girls Instagram page

Fight Like Girls Facebook page

Elizabeth Smart Foundation

Register for Melissa Esplin’s Brush Class at My Paper Crush here

LifeLine 3: You are not alone on this journey – confessions from my own experiences with the 5 preparatory challenges | with Briana Johnson (TLBP#43)
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LifeLine 3: You are not alone on this journey – confessions from my own experiences with the 5 preparatory challenges | with Briana Johnson (TLBP#43)

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Today is the next installment of the LifeLine podcast series in which I guide you through the process of discovering your own story and illuminating the extraordinary that already lies within you.  In this episode I share the good, and not-so-good experiences I had carrying out the 5 preparatory challenges I issued our community in the last LifeLine episode to help you prepare for this process through a sort of self-assessment of your philosophies and behaviors.  My goal in sharing my personal experiences is to not just lay out my dirty laundry but to help you with 2 things: #1 to help you realize that you are not alone in the process, that we are in this together and #2 to help you see that we are celebrating the small things, the small triumphs along the way.  I share how walking out my front door in the morning and my drive to work are some of the hardest parts of my day and what I do to ward off or diffuse the wave of negative thoughts and emotions that wash over me each morning.  I share how knowing the circumstances in your day that consistently leave you feeling negative toward yourself will empower you.  I share role music plays as the means of transitioning out of feelings of overwhelm and despair to a place of perspective and reset and mention some of the music on my inspirational and ‘belt out’ and ‘busta move’ playlists.  I confess the confines of my comfort zone in how people viewed me and my home in years past and how I pressed to step outside of it recently.  I also share why I had been experiencing a disconnect with my Higher Power, my God, and the things that I did not help reconnect and share a portion of a piece of spiritual writing I did on my personal blog called “Hope Works”.  I end sharing how the final challenge proved to be the most difficult as I discovered that my thinking was flawed when it came to my personal health and that my actions revealed that I did not believe that my small decisions mattered as seen through my actions.  I share the good news about how we can get back on track.

This podcast is perfect for someone wanting to know that they are not alone in the journey to discovering their story or seeing the good in themselves.  It is perfect for someone wanting to hear first hand the struggles of another in battling negative thoughts and how they are seeking to work through them.  It is also great for someone who needs a reminder that we can celebrate the small triumphs.  It is also perfect for someone wanting to see if these challenges are something of value they would like to participate in.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • the two reasons I am sharing my personal experiences with these 5 challenges from last month’s LifeLine episode
  • #1 challenge – observe the way you treat yourself in thought and in word
  • when one of the most difficult parts of my day is and what I do to combat the wave of negativity thinking that washes over me
  • asking yourself when the most difficult parts of your day occur and be aware of it so you can be empowered to combat it
  • why it is ok for you to say good things about yourself out loud
  • #2 challenge – find that thing you do to transition you out of feelings of overwhelm or frustration and into a place of perspective or reset
  • the role that music plays in my day – both my drive to work and my drive home
  • the importance of finding that thing that is an instant mood changer for you
  • #3 challenge – push yourself a little bit more outside your comfort zone
  • my confession of having to step out of my comfort zone of how people viewed me and my home
  • how stepping outside of our comfort zone may feel counter-intuitive but may save us from ourselves
  • #4 challenge – learn how you connect to your Higher Power and practice it
  • how I had been going through a period of disconnect with God and how I reconnected with Him
  • an excerpt from a piece of spiritual writing called “Hope Works” from my personal blog
  • #5 challenge – examine your philosophy: do you believe by your actions that what you do today matters or not
  • why we often avoid examining our thoughts or behaviors
  • my struggle with flawed thinking about my small choices when it comes to my personal health
  • how we get back on track once we find ourselves not showing that our decisions matter

Show Notes:

Episode #38 – LifeLine 2: Preparing ourselves for the process of discovery

“Come Thou Fount” by Steven Sharp Nelson, feat. Paul Cardall

“Grace” by David Tolk

“Send My Love” by Adele

Carpool Karaoke with Adele and James Corden

“The Greatest” by Sia

“Lay it All on Me” by Ed Sheeran & Rudimental

“I’m Not the Only” by Sam Smith

“Chimes” Hudson Mohawke

“Bonfire” by Knife Party

“Born – The Original Mix” Mitis

Article “Hope Works” from by personal blog

Episode #29: Winning your battle with post-baby body image | with Brittany Maddux, Michelle Petersen, and Roxana Baker

Jeff Olsen author of “The Slight Edge”

 

Finding strength and learning to take care of yourself so that you can take care of others | with Nikki Stephens (TLBP#42)
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Finding strength and learning to take care of yourself so that you can take care of others | with Nikki Stephens (TLBP#42)

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Today I am so thrilled to finally get to share with you our final selection from our Story Search, in which you the listeners submitted stories of those in your life that inspired you.  Nikki Stephens shares life as the wife and caregiver of her husband who suffered a brain injury from his time serving our country in Iraq.  As a mother to 5, including one son with autism and a set of twins, she shares her struggle to balance a healthy life for her family and herself alongside the darker effects of PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury that manifested in her husband.  She shares several stories in which her husband exhibited rage in public and even a space of time he retreated from everyone and locked himself in his room.  She tells of the night that she learned that he had planned to kill his boss and how she was able to get him help.  During our interview I learned that Nikki and I experienced two of the most difficult experiences in our lives the same month, just living 5 minutes apart but not knowing one another.  Nikki recounts with gratitude her a difficult childhood upbringing that left her to raise herself and prepared her to find places of strength in difficult times.  Despite that all, she shares that life is what we make it and how she has learned to roll with the punches and keep trying.  She shares her incredible optimism but also the depression that hit after burn out and the tools that she learned through a veteran’s caregiver program that taught her how to manage her life and to realize that she needed to take care of herself in order to take care of others.  You will be absolutely inspired by this woman who has now become a fellow for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and has founded the Veteran Caregivers Society to help others realize that they are not alone and they can do it. Come listen with an open heart to see where you can ask for help in your life and how you can give yourself permission to take time for yourself.

Nikki was treated to a special photo shoot by the gold-hearted and talented Irene Gallegos Photostories, including hair by Megan Jasso near my California hometown of Wildomar.  Be sure to check out how to work with these generous ladies below in the Show Notes and see more of these photos at the end of this post.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for anyone who is a caregiver to someone they love and needs encouragement to take care of themselves.  It is perfect for those who feel overwhelmed with their circumstances and need to feel like they are not alone.  It is also just for those with military and veteran loved ones who may suffer from PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • her difficult upbringing after her parents divorced when she was 9
  • who she longed for an adult in her life to show up as the adult
  • the tragic reason her mother suffered from PTSD and how that prepared Nikki for her future
  • why she is grateful for her dysfunctional family life
  • how she was able to see the good in her life despite being surrounded by hardship
  • how she met her husband and what the 3 day rule is
  • what life was like living on base after they were married and what signs of PTSD began to manifest
  • what happened after her husband John sought for help
  • how PTSD and Traumatic Brain injury affected their lives and marriage
  • several stories of John exhibiting rage in public and how their children responded
  • a period of time when he locked himself in his room and later stopped showering or shaving
  • the night he told Nikki that he was planning to kill his boss and what she did
  • how Nikki read everything she could to understand about PTSD and TBI
  • how she suffered from depression after her twins were born and how working with a caregiver coach gave her the tools to get out of it
  • the tools that helped her to take care of herself
  • how Nikki defines a caregiver and what advice she has for them

Show Notes:

Photographer for Nikki – Irene Gallegos Photostories Website – Instagram @igphotostories – Twitter @igphotostories Facebook Page

Hair stylist for Nikki – Megan Jasso – Facebook Page –  Instagram @hairbymeganjasso 

Operation Family Caregiver

Elizabeth Dole Foundation

Veteran Caregiver Society

Rosalynn Carter Institute

Nikki presenting at the 2015 Veteran Conference video

Nikki Stephen’s Facebook page

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Living a full family life and not being held back by a diagnosis | with Oakley Peterson of Nothing Down About It (TLBP #41)
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Living a full family life and not being held back by a diagnosis | with Oakley Peterson of Nothing Down About It (TLBP #41)

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Oakley Peterson of Nothing Down About It was one of the first people I knew I wanted to interview on my podcast.  From the time Oakley was 10 until her first year in college, Oakley traveled from city to city playing bass guitar and singing backup vocals in her all sister rock n roll band called 8 Brown Eyes.  Oakley shares some of her favorite moments from her experience and how now as a mom of 3, she and her musical husband implement music into their home.  Growing up with all sisters, Oakley looked forward to the day she could have a little boy and envisioned as the little sports buddy to her husband, playing little league and going to all the sports games.  A year after their first baby was born, a little girl, a firecracker like her mom, Oakley became pregnant again and carried their second, a little boy, through a typical pregnancy.  Upon his birth and right in the middle of Oakley experiencing the euphoria of holding her son, the nurses began questioning her about her quad screening and soon took him away to be examined by a doctor.  Oakley could not stand being a part from him, so after some time she made her way down the hall, only to greet her husband coming back with the news that indeed their son had Down Syndrome.  She said she will never forget his face.  Oakley shares the moments ahead as she experienced a mourning of the child she thought she would have and the overwhelming love for the child she had.  She tells of the negativity toward Down Syndrome that generally exists on the internet and from medical professionals, and how her sorrow and fear melted after about a month of being Welles’ mom and feeling of his overflowing love, and the role that finding other moms with children with special needs played.  Oakley shares her feelings on becoming Welles’ advocate and voice in the world and the hurtful words of a friend that helped spark her to start her blog Nothing Down About It to help others to see what she sees in her son and that her son’s life is worth just as much as her daughter’s.  She openly shares her moments of fear and exhaustion, but knows that all mothers experience similar things with their children. She shares how they are the lucky ones to have him in their home and how everyone should experience this.  Her voice has been carried to millions to share the joy and life lessons she has learned from her “little professor” and how they have been able to experience everything in family life that she had envisioned and more.  Come listen ready to feel the passion and love of this advocate mama.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who wants to learn more about family life with a child with Down’s Syndrome or any child with special needs.  It is also perfect for anyone facing an unexpected change when expectations were great.  It is also great for those who believe that everyone matters and we should help be their voice.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Oakley’s childhood growing up in a rock band called 8 Brown Eyes with her sisters
  • how her parents were everyone’s favorites
  • how crazy she is about Taylor Hanson
  • how they implement music into their home now as parents
  • how she and her husband met and the early years of marriage
  • why Oakley was so excited to have a boy and what her expectations were
  • what happened in the hospital and why Oakley
  • why they call Welles “little professor” and what he has taught them
  • why Oakley started her blog Nothing Down About it
  • what a friend said that was so hurtful
  • the rich and full family life they lead
  • those things that creates worry for her
  • her biggest struggle of wanting everyone to see and love him like she does
  • her feelings about the ‘r’ word
  • Welles developing friendships
  • how does Oakley become rejuvenated
  • what she misses about life before kids
  • what she loves about motherhood and family life despite hard days
  • how having a child that appreciates things has helped her to appreciate things
  • what she expects from her future
  • her advice to new moms of children with special needs
  • her definition of real perfection

 

Show Notes:

8 Brown Eyes band

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Cake, “Never There”

Hanson, “I Will Come for You“, “Mmm Bop

Oakley’s blog “Nothing Down About It”

Nothing Down About It – Instagram Feed

United Angel’s Foundation

Very Jane video of Oakley and Welles on their #Stronglikeyou campaign

Chatbooks app – enter code LIFEBEATS for your first book free

Time Out for Women Conference

Being happy amid the chaos and surrendering to create your life’s work | with Vanessa Quigley of Chatbooks (TLBP #40)
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Being happy amid the chaos and surrendering to create your life’s work | with Vanessa Quigley of Chatbooks (TLBP #40)

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Vanessa Quigley the Chatbooker-in-Chief of the digital photobook company Chatbooks shares how she has been able to be happy amidst the chaos of life as the oldest of 12 children and the mother of 7 children.  She shares stories of growing up on a petting zoo in Florida and how she learned from her parents to be the author of her own destiny and to take risks.  She gives suggestions for those who may be a little more cautious, in order to anchor them to allow for more risk taking and stretching in their life.   She honestly tells of the feelings she had after finding out she was pregnant early in her marriage after making plans to excelerate her professional singing career and how learning to get creative to get what she wanted prepared her for life ahead.  Vanessa shares how now as a working mother of 7 children she has stopped chasing the equilibrium between work and life, but instead embraces her ‘life’s work’ that has also become her family’s ‘life’s work’ and how they accomplish that.  She talks about structure, laughter, and surrender as key elements to maintain joy amidst the chaos.  And how the myth of the Supermom that does it all can be a dangerous thing but how we can celebrate the good and super things we are doing as moms.  She reveals how the new hilarious video from Chatbooks  is a representation of her life and how Chatbooks was born to rescue her from mom guilt and to bring back the joy of physically holding memories in her family’s hands.  Come listen ready to laugh and learn from this super mom.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking to learn from an experienced mom on some keys elements to finding happiness amidst the chaos of life.  It is perfect for someone who is exhausted from trying to be Supermom and is looking for a way to be happy with their life.  It is great for working moms or busy stay at home moms that are looking to find that illusive balance of life and work.  And it is perfect for anyone seeking for an easy solution to unseen, unprinted backlogged files of digital photos.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Vanessa growing up in Florida as the oldest of 12 kids
  • her wanting her own adventure and how she met her husband
  • how pursuing her singing career was interrupted by having a baby and how she felt about that
  • how she learned about getting creative about getting what she wanted
  • her dad bringing home animals that eventually became a petting zoo
  • how she parents taught her to be the author of her own destiny and to take risks
  • knowing their vision of what they wanted in life and creating solid structure in order to take risks
  • how someone who is a little more cautious can take steps to taking more risks
  • why she gave up on the equilibrium of work and life and instead focused on her “life’s work”
  • how her “life’s work” is her family’s “life’s work”
  • how a schedule will allow you to take more risks and will allow the things that are most important happen
  • tools to help her keep a schedule – phone calendars, phone alarms, and weekly family council meetings
  • the power of hugs
  • the dangerous myth of the Supermom who does it all and how she doesn’t exist
  • keys to finding happy amidst chaos: laughter and surrendering
  • the story of an alligator in her mom’s bed and a gerbil community living in her sister’s room
  • what she hopes her children are learning from her
  • why its important to admit what we are doing well
  • concept of letting things go or surrendering as a mother
  • where the concept of Chatbooks began when she loved doing scrapbooks
  • the story of her 7 year old son crying with a preschool photobook
  • how Chatbooks solved mom guilt

 

Show Notes:

Get your first book FREE on the Chatbooks app by entering the code LIFEBEATS at checkout

Chatbooks website

“Why growing up weird is great for your career” article

Latest Chatbooks #momlife video with Lisa Valentine Clark

Chatbooks Facebook page

Chatbooks Instagram feed

LifeLine podcast episode #38 “Preparing ourselves for the process of discovery”

Video on the 5 challenges to prepare yourself to discover your story

Email Vanessa at vanessa@chatbooks.com

Vanessa’s personal Instagram feed

How to get FIVE YEARS FREE of Chatbooks by looking for details inside the app

BIG holiday product Highlight Chatbooks, you can print 30 of your friends best Instagram images for only $15

Rifle Paper Company

Chatbooks 101 video

The LifeBeats Project Facebook page – join me on Facebook Live Nov 8th at 8:30 MST

Time Out for Women conference here in Salt Lake City – get your tickets here

Happily married on a Wednesday and a widow on a Friday: Learning to live, to honor what you have lost | with Stacy Harker (TLBP #39)
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Happily married on a Wednesday and a widow on a Friday: Learning to live, to honor what you have lost | with Stacy Harker (TLBP #39)

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Stacy Harker bravely opens up about her life and shares her heartache and comfort.  When you hear her story, it may seem familiar to you, because you may have read about it or even participated in the GoFundMe campaign that circulated to support Stacy and her three young boys after her husband was killed by a drunk driver while he rode is bike to work.   Today we will laugh and rejoice as Stacy shares the way her beloved husband Matt filled her world with adventure and love, from salsa dancing the first time they met to proposing to her on a radio station.  She shares about his love for cycling and about the special road ID bracelet that she bought him for Father’s Day and how her son now wears it every day.  Stacy tenderly recounts the events of the morning of the accident and how she first saw the effects of it on Facebook.  She shares the surreal feeling of the next two days and how bringing her oldest son into say goodbye to his dad was the single hardest moment as a mother.  Stacy tells of the letter she received from the drunk driver and how it felt to address him in court in his sentence hearing knowing that his actions were the reason her husband was gone.  Stacy talks about the silver linings that have come from this all and how staying in bed to grieve was never an option, as she made decisions knowing that Matt would want her an the boys to live the best life possible with or without him.  She shares what hiking a mountain at a widow support group retreat taught her and what she would say to someone who is going through this grieving process and to those who are not.  Come listen with a set of tissues and a grateful heart.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who has lost a spouse or a loved one, who has loved deeply and now finds themselves alone.  It is perfect for someone who is the victim of the choices of others’ actions, such as a drunk driver.  It is also for those who are ready to direct their grief toward living in a way that would honor who they have lost.  It also for a powerful reminder for those who have not suffered a loss, to treasure the moments they have with their loved one and have the hard conversations to prepare for life should one or both of you be gone.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how Stacy and Matt met and what she loved about him from the start
  • Matt’s spontaneous efforts
  • what life was like before kids and in the early years of marriage
  • why the Harkers moved to Wyoming
  • Matt’s love of cycling and the special road ID bracelet that Stacy gave him as a Father’s Day present
  • the events of the day in which Matt was hit by a drunk driver on this way to work
  • how Stacy first saw photos of the accident
  • how surreal everything felt including riding on a plane with Matt as he was transported to Denver
  • the hardest thing Stacy has had to do as a mother
  • what she learned about the driver after the accident
  • the process of his arrest and the letter he wrote her
  • what she has seen in her children since the loss of their dad
  • the silver linings she has seen in their lives
  • how she has gotten through the hard days
  • the role therapy and support groups have played
  • the best thing Stacy says you can do for yourself during grief
  • how climbing a mountain at a widow support retreat gave her strength
  • her advise to those who have not lost a spouse or loved one

Show Notes:

Stacy’s Instagram feed

Article ‘In-Depth” with Stacy Harker

Ashmae’s book pre-order and description

Ashmae’s book tour dates:

November 1st: Book Release, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Startup Building (560 South 100 West Provo, Utah)
November 2nd 3 p.m.,  Brigham Young University
November 3rd:  7 p.m., Panel Discussion, Writ and Vision in Provo, Ut
November 4th:  11:30-12:30 Benchmark Books, 7-9 p.m., Evan’s Home in SLC, Utah
November 5th: 7-9 p.m., McBaine Home, SLC, Ut
 
November 9th: 7-9 p.m., Rusty and Marguerite Hancock Home
 
November 11-12: Dallas, Texas
 
January 20-21: Phoenix, Arizona
Come see me there this Saturday Nov 5th and get your photo taken for our #lifebeatsforme campaign

LifeLine 2: Preparing ourselves for the process of discovery | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #38)
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LifeLine 2: Preparing ourselves for the process of discovery | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #38)

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Today is the second installment of my new series LifeLine, dedicated to helping you discover or expand on your story and illuminate the extraordinary that lies within you.  Today’s episode I will share what we can to do to help prepare ourselves for this process of discovery.  I talk about and issue you a challenge of 5 things that we can do over this coming in month in preparation for this journey.  I share the importance of being patient and kind with ourselves as we make changes and how we need to record over and replace that mixtape of negative thoughts we have playing in our heads.  I ask you to find that thing you do that will help you transition out of feelings of frustration, exhaustion, deadlines, whatever it is that life brings upon you, to a place of perspective and able to create a reset.  I talk about being the lead role in your life and share one of my favorite scenes from a movie, “The Holiday”.   I invite you to find how you connect with a Higher Power and how that will help you in this process, whether you believe in God or not.  I ask you to examine your philosophy to find if you believe by the show of your actions if your simple daily choices matter or not.  I share how this process may not resemble a line, or circle, but more like the path of a pinball and how the components of this journey weave together.  Whatever your ambition is in this process of self-awareness, self-love, self-discovery, you will come away feeling inspired to take some simple steps towards your goal.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone looking to make a change in the way they see themselves, to want to see the good and the gifts.  It is perfect for someone that is needing some guidance on how to prepare themselves for the process and someone who may want some practical steps on how to do that.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • why I started this LifeLine series and the listener comment that helped me determined where to focus
  • preparing yourself for the process of discovering your story and the extraordinary that lies within you by doing a self-assessment of your philosophies and state of mind
  • the importance of being patient with ourselves in this process
  • what Tahaji Felder said about not being able to quickly erase 20 years of thinking
  • recording over that mixtape of negative thinking in our minds
  • the importance of being intentional in protecting time to participate in this journey
  • being kind to ourselves when we just don’t have the mental energy to work on ourselves
  • finding that thing you can do that will help you transition from feelings of overwhelm to one of perspective and reset
  • pushing past your comfort zone
  • being the leading role in your life – as seen through a scene in the movie Holiday
  • inviting a Higher Power into this process and how that can help you
  • Jeff Olson and his philosophy of doing simple things and that what you do today matters
  • the importance of measuring so that you can improve
  • inviting you to write in a journal to give yourself a self-assessment of these 5 challenges to see the progress you will be making
  • 5 challenges for this upcoming month – do them in a day, each for a day, each for a week, or add upon each one each week:
    • 1. Observe the way you treat yourself – the words and thoughts you use – throughout your day, particularly when you perceive your falling short of your expectations.  For a period of time keep a tally of negative vs positive thinking.  At the end of the day write down one instance of negative thinking and what you could have said or done differently.
    • 2. Find that thing you do that will help you transition out of feelings of frustration, exhaustion, deadlines, whatever it is that life brings upon you, to a place of perspective and able to create a reset.  Then write it down and how that made you feel.
    • 3. Push yourself a little bit more outside of your comfort zone.  Then record those instances you were able to push yourself and how that made you feel.
    • 4. Learn how you connect with your Higher Power and then practice it and record those in your journal or notes.   How do you feel peace?  How do you feel connected?
    • 5. Examine your philosophy.  Do you believe as shown by your actions that what you do now matters or not?  By the simple choices you are making today are you showing that you understand the compound effect?  Observe your choices in the little things and see that if tens or hundreds of similar choices were made, how they would add up.  Is that direction you want to be headed?  Write them down and examine them.
  • how your process may resemble a line or a circle, but why it may just follow the path of a pinball
  • why you may not be able to master one step isolated from components of another step and why this is okay and wonderful

Show Notes:

First LifeLine Episode “LifeLine: helping you discover your story and illuminate the extraordinary within”

Podcast with Tahaji Felder of Goose & Gander Brand “Pivoting from just existing in the status quo to truly living in purpose and with passion”

The leading lady scene in the movie “The Holiday”

Article from SoberNation “Finding a Higher Power – 5 Practical Ways to Increase Spiritual Awareness”

Quote from Jeff Olson, author of “The Slight Edge”

My Instagram Feed

My Facebook Page

Email me at briana@thelifebeatsproject.com with questions or experiences

Email stories@thelifebeatsproject.com to share your story for the #lifebeatsforme campaign

My first solocast, Episode #19, “Seeing yourself as you really are and embracing your superpower”

Ashmae’s book pre-order and description

Ashmae’s book tour dates:

November 1st: Book Release, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Startup Building (560 South 100 West Provo, Utah)
November 2nd 3 p.m.,  Brigham Young University
November 3rd:  7 p.m., Panel Discussion, Writ and Vision in Provo, Ut
November 4th:  11:30-12:30 Benchmark Books, 7-9 p.m., Evan’s Home in SLC, Utah
November 5th: 7-9 p.m., McBaine Home, SLC, Ut
 
November 9th: 7-9 p.m., Rusty and Marguerite Hancock Home
 
November 11-12: Dallas, Texas
 
January 20-21: Phoenix, Arizona

Discovering your value in the midst of a dangerous obsession with perfection | with Sarah Tyau of Life is Beautiful (TLBP #37)
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Discovering your value in the midst of a dangerous obsession with perfection | with Sarah Tyau of Life is Beautiful (TLBP #37)

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Today Sarah Tyau, blogger and YouTuber at Life is Beautiful, openly shares her battle with an eating disorder and self-loathing that originated with her lack of self-confidence and her desire for a perfectionism that is impossible to attain.  She begins by sharing her experience of growing up as a minority and the positive and negative effects that had on her confidence.  She shares a series of circumstances and events that contributed to her struggling unhealthy mindset about the way she looked, including the misinterpreted words from friends, the lack of knowledge on the development of a young girls’ body, and the comments of a college boyfriend that led her to become obsessed with losing 7 pounds.  Sarah shares the night her eating disorder began as she sat in a Wendy’s parking lot and force fed herself as a punishment for ‘being so fat’.  She shares her darkest moments and how through coming to know her worth through God she was able to finally experience hope and change through forgetting herself and serving others.   She passionately shares the message that you are of worth not because of what you look like or what race you are, but simply because ‘you are’, ‘you exist’, ‘you have infinite value’.  She openly shares her continued struggle with a pattern of perfectionism and an ‘all or nothing’ mindset.   I love how honest she is to quickly tell us that she doesn’t have it all figured out, that this is an ongoing struggle.  She explains her reasoning for being so open on her blog and social media is so that no one will ever feel alone and know that their feelings of overwhelm and struggle are normal.  Listen and be ready to take a hard look at the patterns in your life and the way you view yourself, and see if they are leading to a healthy or unhealthy self-image.  Be inspired to serve others as a means to see your own value.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who struggles with the pursuit of perfectionism and an “all or nothing” mindset.  It is also perfect for someone who may suffer from an eating disorder or looking to understand the pattern of thinking from someone suffering from one.  It will also a great episode for a mother who struggles with getting burnt out.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how growing up as a minority was positive and negative for her self-esteem
  • how the question “where are you from?” can make someone feel like they don’t belong
  • why she cried every time she went clothes shopping as a young girl
  • how some Koreans greet one another and how Sarah misinterpreted their words
  • why she went on her first diet to lose 2-3 pounds in high school
  • what a college boyfriend said to make her obsessed with losing 7 pounds
  • her first time binge eating in a Wendy’s parking lot as she force fed herself as a punishment for ‘being so fat’
  • what she would say to herself if she could go back to talk to herself that night
  • how your ego is not really who you are, but who you are at the core
  • why she is grateful for going through this experience
  • her cycle of dieting and gaining weight
  • how this affected the way she viewed others
  • what she did on her darkest night in her desperation to starve herself
  • how the light returned
  • her belief in God and the way he thinks of her
  • how serving others helped her to forget about herself
  • the guilt she felt when she had moments when she regretted being on a mission or being a mother
  • how she battles with an ‘all or nothing’ mindset and a pursuit of perfection
  • she honest answer that she is struggles with this but how she is learning that a true failure is not trying
  • when she feels the most confident in herself when she’s closest to God and can look through his eyes at how He sees her
  • she talks about bodies to her own children
  • how serving others helps her to be happy
  • the people in your life that really matter don’t care about what you look like

 

Show Notes:

Sarah’s blog Life is Beautiful

Sarah’s Instagram feed

Sarahs’ YouTube Channel

Email Sarah at sarahtyau@gmail.com

 

Pivoting from just existing in the status quo to truly living in purpose and with passion | with Tahaji Felder of Goose & Gander Brand (TLBP #36)
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Pivoting from just existing in the status quo to truly living in purpose and with passion | with Tahaji Felder of Goose & Gander Brand (TLBP #36)

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I was so impressed with Tahaji Felder of the brand Goose and Gander as she spoke at an event with her quiet confidence and warm presence that I knew you needed to meet her too.  Tahaji grew up in NY, CT, and So. Florida with a love for fashion.  She shares how from a young age people would come to her for her fashion opinion or to be styled, but because of the stronghold that fear, lack of confidence, and lower self-esteem had on her, she abandoned her dreams as a designer and followed a status quo career that left her feeling very unfulfilled.  She shares her journey of learning to let go of fear, to embrace herself and realize that sharing her gift was a way for her to serve other people. Tahaji tells how after losing her job as an accountant for the second time and suffering a breakup, she hit rock bottom and had a choice to make whether it would bring her down or shoot her straight up.  As soon as she made the decision to say ‘yes‘ to her passion she was on fire and doors began to open and she founded her own company Goose and Gander.  Hear more about this clothing lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering you to pursue your passion and the incredible speaking series called Empower You she has created for teens to empower them to pursue their passion and dream big.  She has partnered in this series with a 17 year old entrepreneur who started the non-profit One Page Closer in South Florida dedicated to donate shelves of books to children and teens of low-income communities.  Listen and be inspired to take a leap over fear, embrace yourself and your gift, and make a small pivot in the direction you are headed to go from just existing but truly living.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is tired of just existing in a life and is ready to start truly living in purpose by embracing themselves and who they are as well as pursuing their passion.  It is perfect for a first year entrepreneur looking to learn from someone in the midst of it.  It is also for those who struggle with the paralyzing power of fear and self-doubt.  It speaks to those wanting to use their gifts to help the lives of others and advice on how to do that.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how Tahaji and I met and my first impressions of her
  • where her love of fashion stemmed from and her story of falling in her basketball uniform
  • what she learned from her mother and grandmother
  • how it felt to be an ‘extra’ minority growing up
  • what the role of ‘the committee’ was in her life and why it held her back
  • how women can become paralyzed in decision making
  • what role did fashion play in her life growing up
  • how even though she was asked to style others and give her opinion, she still had low self-esteem
  • why she decided to follow a status quo career instead of follow her passion
  • why her attempt at doing styling gigs did not fill her purpose
  • the story of hitting rock bottom after losing her job twice and experiencing a breakup and how it propelled her instead of getting her down
  • what changed that allowed her to finally pursue her passion
  • the role that a mastermind group had in her starting her business
  • the purpose and branding of Goose & Gander brand
  • how it was the accumulation of things that propelled her forward
  • the role fear played in preventing her from leaping into her passion earlier
  • the journey of her first year in business as an entrepreneur and those things that have surprised her and given her strength
  • what Give the Goose means
  • how Goose & Gander helps to empower people to pursue their passion and dream big
  • her work with the non-profit One Page Closer and how it will help teens learn to pursue their dreams
  • why fashion became something more to her
  • if there was a time in this first year where she wanted to give up
  • the concept of crawling before walking
  • why embracing our gift helps others
  • what she has learned about herself through this journey

 

Show Notes:

Goose & Gander Website

Goose & Gander Instagram

Tahaji’s personal Instagram

Goose & Gander Facebook

Goose & Gander Twitter

Closed Doors Don’t Matter shirt

The Creative Buffet Conference

Kingdom Driven Entrepreneurs

One Page Closer

 

 

The power of vulnerability and sealing your family through adventure | with Erynn Montgomery of Tropic of Candycorn (TLBP #35)
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The power of vulnerability and sealing your family through adventure | with Erynn Montgomery of Tropic of Candycorn (TLBP #35)

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Erynn Montgomery from Tropic of Candycorn shares her passion behind encouraging families to make meaningful memories together, particularly through travel away from their home, as she Skypes with me from Ecuador where she had been traveling with her 4 young girls for the month.  She tells of growing up with a single mom who could never afford to take her and her 4 siblings on vacation, but how a roadtrip they shared helped her to see the benefits of taking people out of their day to day environment to stretch outside of their comfort zone and connect.  As a little girl she would pray for world peace and wanted to fix things and make a small difference.  This led her to the humanitarian world to which she would become the CEO of a international humanitarian organization in Latin America, which was the hardest thing she has done in her life.  She shares the story of a 2 year old girl who fell into a pig pen and lost her arms and why years later watching her reach for a lollypop was so healing for both the mother and Erynn.  Erynn talks about the benefits of an international education and how unenrolling her children from public school is the best thing for them.  She also shares her bravery of being on the show when she reveals that she would rather shave her head or eat worms in the Amazon than share her personal story and be vulnerable, but how sharing our fears and imperfections help us to see that we are all just trying to do our best.  She shares about the Surf & Yoga retreat in Costa Rica she created for moms and what she is doing now to create that small difference through her work through Tropic of Candycorn to help families create meaningful vacations and memories and how you can too.  Listen and be inspired to create opportunities for ourselves and for our families to step outside of our comfort zones to stretch, grow, and create connections.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking to enrich family relationships and looking for inspiration for ways to create adventures together.  It is perfect for someone who is looking to give their children a broader view of the world and wanting to explore an international family experience.  It is also great for someone wanting to know more about international humanitarian organizations and how they can make a difference.  It is just for someone who wants help on traveling with children.  It is also perfect for someone who may be letting fear hold them back from connections and cultivating themselves.  It is also great for those interested in planned retreats and family vacations.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • why Erynn is in Ecuador with her 4 girls
  • why she stepped away from the humanitarian organization
  • the purpose of Tropic of Candycorn and why it was started
  • how 80% of a child’s happiest memories are outside of the home
  • life being raised by a single mom and the road trip that helped her get to know her for the first time
  • how taking people out of their environment will help them to stretch and grow
  • how kids don’t care about how much money we spend on a trip, just that we are together
  • how Erynn was a little girl that prayed for world peace and loved to fix things and how her household fostered her peacemaker role
  • her transition to becoming a CEO and President of an international humanitarian organization in the Inca parts of South America and why it was the hardest thing she has ever done
  • why some of the decisions made in the organization seem counter-intuitive
  • incredible story of a 2 year old girl who fell in a pig pen and lost her arms and how years later the sight of her reaching for a lollypop healed her mother and Erynn
  • what people should keep in mind when adding a humanitarian component to their vacation
  • how she unenrolls her kids for vacation and why their education abroad and home is more important than public school
  • how she encourages her girls to take bits and pieces of the world they see around them and create their own world
  • how brave Erynn is for sharing her story as she would rather eat worms in Amazon or shave her head
  • the role of vulnerability and sharing our fears
  • how the Surf & Yoga retreat in Costa Rica for moms began and the purpose of it to help these women get out of their comfort zone but feel supported
  • the importance of taking time for yourself, meditation, and cultivating yourself
  • travel tips and planned trips through Tropic of Candycorn
  • how Erynn will answer your questions and give you a needed nudge

Show Notes:

Tropic of Candycorn website

Mosaico Travel

“When Gummy Bears Bond” Tropic of Candycorn blog article

“Absent from School for Vacation”  blog post, survey, and letter

email Erynn: erynn@tropicofcandycorn.com

Boiler Plate trips coming soon on Tropic of Candycorn on Oct. 14th!!

Tropic of Candycorn Instagram

Tropic of Candycorn Facebook

LifeLine: a new series to help you discover your own story and illuminate the extraordinary within | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #34)
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LifeLine: a new series to help you discover your own story and illuminate the extraordinary within | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #34)

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Friends I am doing something new!  Today I share about an upcoming podcast series called LifeLine in which I share practical ways to help you discover your own story and illuminate the extraordinary within.  Although The LifeBeats Project was only launched a little more than six months ago, it has truly been years in development.  I have absolutely loved what I have been able to do so far with it.  I hope you can feel how much I love what I get to do, through my microphone.  People are amazing!!  You are amazing!!  But there is so much more I can do to help you see that.  After months of trying to figure out how I can do that better and share my passion of your extraordinariness with you… after talking with business and social media experts, my friends, family, and especially my wise husband, I have decided to implement something new starting this week.  As I have struggled to know where to begin, I will share a podcast I did in my car, that shares how one listener’s comment put a neon sign up in my mind on where I should start!  Today I share how The LifeBeats Project began, what its purpose is, who it is for, what LifeBeats are, and the levels of involvement you can have in the discovery and expansion of your own story through the podcast.  I share why our community is so important as we are all at different stages in our self-acceptance and self-awareness.  And how those who are uncertain about what their own story is have an important decision when they listen to others’ stories, either one of shame and disconnection or one of motivation and permission to let people in.  Come learn about what to expect from the series and how we will work towards a fullness of life.  I am clear that this journey to self-love does not lead us to a life of self-absorption but one that full through the serving of others.  I can’t wait to share these messages with you!!!  I will also share more about my opportunity to speak in an upcoming women’s retreat, contribute to a book, and the launch of a new social media campaign to allow everyone who wants to share their story an opportunity to do so!!

I am sooooo excited to give more of you a chance to share your story, actually anyone who wants to really!.  As of right now I am able to only share one story a week with you on my podcast.  I’ll never get through tell the stories of the world that way so here is my chance.  I would love all of you to briefly share a piece of your story on Instagram or Facebook, whatever that looks like.  And then share what this has taught you about yourself and how has it changed the way you see yourself and the world around you.  Share it in writing, share it in a video.  Take a photo of yourself holding a sign saying #lifebeatsforme.   Write your own or download mine straight from my website www.thelifebeatsproject.com  Lets be the spark to break down barriers between us, fight the urge to not share, you are so worthy of inspiring others with your story.  You need to recognize its worth and they need to hear it.  Allow the LifeBeats within you a chance to reach out to others and to connect and resonate with the LifeBeats of others.  What you have gone through, what you are doing now, the good you are doing in the world, the struggle you are currently in, your own journey is worthy of inspiring others right where you are.  Be sure to tag your story with #lifebeatsforme and @lifebeatsproject so that myself and others can find them.  Each Friday I will be selecting one of your stories to share on my Instagram and Facebook pages.

I cannot wait to read your stories.  The world needs you.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who struggles with knowing their own story or their own worth.  It is perfect for someone who is ready to discover what it is they have to offer and want support and help to do so.  It is also wonderful for those wanting to know more about The LifeBeats Project, how it began, who it is for, and what LifeBeats are.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • my story of life changes when my husband was diagnosed with an aggressive case of Multiple Sclerosis
  • what magical thing began to happen as I shared my story on my blog
  • where the passion came from to tell others how amazing their story is
  • what the purpose of The LifeBeats Project is
  • who The LifeBeats Project is for
  • the levels of involvement you can experience with this podcast
  • what are LifeBeats and how do they connect us and why are they important
  • my podcast from my car
  • what I have been working on over the past couple of months
  • how one listener’s comment directed me to know where to begin
  • the changes I will be making with the podcast each month and how it is a direct result of your input
  • why this LifeBeats Project community is so import
  • how to some is given to share their stories and to some is given to learn from them as they discover their own
  • the important decision that those uncertain about their own stories have to make, whether they will turn to shame and disconnect or motivation and letting people in
  • how we are all at different stages of self-awareness and self-acceptance
  • how this self-love does not lead us to a life of self-absorption but one of service as we move toward a fullness of life
  • how for me personally a fullness in life can only be as I see myself in relation to my God and how I believe it is only through His divine help that the illumination of my full self can begin
  • how we will explore a relationship with God sometimes but that we will be focusing on simple, though not easy, things anyone can do to help find the extraordinary
  • for those who share my belief in God, involve him in your journey
  • for those outside the belief in God, how I encourage you to connect with a higher power : the goodness of humanity, law of attraction, love, or nature
  • the Lifeline series and where the name derives and what to look forward to in the months ahead
  • the women’s retreat Divinely Feminine I will be speaking at Oct 28 and 29th
  • the book I will be contributing to Lioness Calling
  • a 4 week group mentoring course for teen girls called Confidently Beautiful
  • the social media campaign #lifebeatsforme to share all of your stories

 

Show Notes:

My first solocast: “Seeing yourself as you really are and embracing your superpower (TLBP #19)”

My very first podcast “Welcome and Introduction to The LifeBeats Project”

My personal blog Sweet Dreams are Made of These www.journeywithjohnsons.blogspot.com

My podcast with my husband as my first guest “Keeping perspective when there are things you can’t change | with Mike Johnson (TLBP #2)

Email me: briana@thelifebeatsproject.com

My Instagram account @lifebeatsproject

My Facebook page The LifeBeats Project

Shawn Achor’s book “Before Happiness”

Divinely Feminine women’s retreat

Lioness Calling blog

Confidently Beautiful 4 week series for teen girls

Elysian Events

Printable of social media campaign sign #lifebeatsforme

Turning our tears into action and treasuring each moment | with Cindy DeMint of Ataxia Walk n Roll (TLBP #33)
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Turning our tears into action and treasuring each moment | with Cindy DeMint of Ataxia Walk n Roll (TLBP #33)

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Cindy DeMint is a longtime family friend who has dedicated her life to the care of her children in a most saintly way.  She is one of the most selfless women I know!  All three of her boys grew up healthy but as teens were diagnosed with a genetic degenerative neurological disorder called Ataxia that effects fine motor skills, balance, and eye sight with symptoms similar to ALS.  Hear the story of how her first son was diagnosed in high school when a neighbor approached her that her son perhaps had a drinking problem due to the symptoms he was exhibiting.  After years of not knowing, he was diagnosed with Ataxia only to learn there was no cure.  Learn more about the disease and what daily life looks like in the DeMint home and how they bring three boys in wheelchairs out of the house.  Cindy has let her tears turn to action to become a voice and driving force for awareness throughout the country in hopes of helping to find a cure.  She shares how it could be so easy to just stay home and keep the boys comfortable, but how they are trying to push themselves to do the next thing to find the next step to bring awareness. She is confident in her purpose and relates how she was prepared in her own teen years to love people unconditionally.  She shares her feels about watching her friends’ children celebrate milestones she knows hers will not and her advice to young moms knowing what she knows now.  Listen and be inspired to treasure each moment, not take things so seriously, and to turn your own tears into motivation for action!

I am so excited to share more details of our beautiful and meaningful Story Search Soiree with you on my personal blog www.journeywithjohnsons.blogspot.com including the videos of some of the attendees sharing their stories, photos by the talented Diana Putnam Photography, and how you can be involved in my new social media campaign to share more of your stories!!

To celebrate hop on over to Instagram @lifebeatsproject for a chance to win a $50 giftcard to the Story Search Soiree sponsor who provided our decorations – darling bunting and felt ball strands, wooden flatware, …  My Paper Crush, a party and paper store dedicated to bringing you all the pretty things in one place.  Look for the giveaway post of the soiree for the details on how to enter!  The giveaway will run from Mon Sept 19th to Thurs Sept 22 at midnight MST.

Show Notes:

Cindy’s Facebook page

Brothers on a Quest Facebook page

National Ataxia Foundation website

Utah Walk n Roll event page

 

From mad to fab: Making sure fun shows up in your life and establishing joy as a practice | with Kara Kull of Fabulistas (TLBP #32)
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From mad to fab: Making sure fun shows up in your life and establishing joy as a practice | with Kara Kull of Fabulistas (TLBP #32)

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Kara Kull will have you laughing out loud and feeling refreshed with easy ideas on finding joy and fun in your own life and with your children in today’s podcast episode.  She is the sequin and hightops behind Fabulistas and HowFab and one of those people that things just happen to, like your car window exploding at a stoplight or your necklace getting caught in your tights while you are on stage giving a speech.  Today she shares how she has battled with what she calls ‘big emotions’ including anger and depression and her long journey on learning to become more in control of these emotions to become a happy and fun person and mom.  She breaks her journey down into 4 phases and shares what each one looked like and how she progressed in each one.  Kara shares those things that have helped her to manage her emotions including naming the emotion, setting alarms, and finding a job that fit who she was-and boy she has had every job under the sun! She shares how she struggled with feeling like it was ok to be who she really was and that what she is really good at is knowing how to have fun and that is meaningful. She has dedicated her life to helping other moms to make sure fun shows up in their own life and with their kids as well as making having joy in their lives a practice.  She shares lots of simple ideas that can be implemented immediately that will save your sanity and help you to be the fun mom you’ve always wanted to be.  Be prepared to laugh and feel empowered.

You my friend can follow Kara’s philosophy of running after your kids and still looking good by entering to win one of the five dresses we are giving away from Shabby Apple.  In conjunction with my fun and open podcast episode with Michelle, Brittany, and Roxana on post-baby body image, blogger friend Alycia Crowley, and Shabby Apple, the clothing store dedicated to celebrating the beauty in you, we are giving you a chance to glow this fall in a new dress!  Be sure to check out my thoughts on self-acceptance and all the fun photos of by Roxana B Photography of the five of us in our Shabby Apple dresses in my blog post tomorrow Sept 14 at www.journeywithjohnsons.blogspot.com

Then hop on over to Instagram @lifebeatsproject for a chance to win one of the five dresses we are giving away.  Look for the giveaway post of the girls and I in our Shabby Apple dresses for the details on how to enter!  The giveaway will run from Wed Sept 14th at 10am MST to Sat Sept 17th at 10 am.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who wants to incorporate more fun in their life and their life with their children.  This episode is for someone who may struggle with anger, depression, or anxiety and wants to learn how to better manage those emotions in their life, as well as learning how to accept who you are and your own personal gifts.  It is also just right for a mom looking for lots of simple fun ideas to do with their kids.  And it is especially for someone is looking for a good laugh!

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • why Kara says she is one of those people that things just happen to and her story of her window exploding and necklace caught in her tights
  • Kara’s many many jobs including pedicab and voice-over artist
  • Phase 1 of her ‘big emotions’ journey and how she felt every emotion but didn’t know what she was feeling so it came out as anger
  • why having strong emotions was challenging
  • how having a job that was a terrible fit for her increased affected her emotionally
  • how learning about herself and being ok with who she was helped her
  • why she felt like she had to hide who she was
  • why she felt guilty for feeling joy and happiness
  • how she recognized her gift
  • Phase 2 – learning how to manage these underlying emotions that often manifested as anger
  • how she worked really hard for the things she wanted to show up in her life
  • the key things her therapist helped her through
  • story of the soccer ball and how naming the emotion stopped her from spilling over
  • how she trained herself to listen to her inner voice
  • some of the things she read and listened to that helped her
  • the story of how she found her voice at dinner full of 10 3 year olds
  • Phase 3 – to make sure that joy was prevalent in her everyday life
  • how having fun with your kids doesn’t need to be a big thing
  • Phase 4 – Fine tuning and evaluating your beliefs to see if they still hold true
  • being unattractively real
  • doing things just for fun, no endgame
  • lots and lots of fun things that you can do with your kids and the magic of bandaids
  • preparing for your kids boredom when out and about and setting parameters with them
  • doing things you like to do with your kids

 

Show Notes:

Fabulistas website

Kara on Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram at @howfab

“The Soft Spoken Parent” book

“Sequins + How I’m feeling ok about being their ambassador” blog post

Martha Beck

Brene Brown

Oprah

The Bloggess

Sark

Kelly Flannigan

“25 Things to Do with Your Kids”

The Juggle is Real:  Your gift, your business, and your family with Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show (TLBP #4) podcast

A journey of healing: from eating disorders to eating real food | with Megan Roosevelt of Healthy Grocery Girl (TLBP #21) podcast

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Recalibrating true happiness, the power of one, and the reciprocal effect of service | with Lauren Foulger of Humble Hilo (TLBP #31)
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Recalibrating true happiness, the power of one, and the reciprocal effect of service | with Lauren Foulger of Humble Hilo (TLBP #31)

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Lauren Foulger is the co-founder of Humble Hilo and director of World Link Partners and has made it her life’s mission to create change in the lives of others.  I am sure you have seen Humble Hilo’s beautiful handmade textile bags, now you can hear about their story of why it began and how partnering with World Link Partners they are creating opportunities for Guatemalan women to support their families through projects in child nutrition, education and literacy for women, and microfinance loans for women to start their own small business to change theirs and their families lives which in turn changes communities.  Lauren was raised in a philanthropic home that continually served.  She later lived among impoverished villages in Guatemala and Kenya and in lands of devastation such as Thailand after the tsunami.  She has dedicated her life to improving the lives of others and has incorporated into her family life as a mother and has seen lives change through the opportunities provided through the combined efforts of Humble Hilo and World Link Partners.  She shares the story of finding a little girl’s shoe on the shore of Thailand after the tsunami and the impact that made on her life as well as recounting the stories of two Guatemalan women and not only how their lives and the lives of their children have been transformed by the goodness of those involved with these organizations, but also how Lauren has been transformed by them.  Lauren shares of the light and community that exists amongst these women that our culture often lacks.  She tells of the cyclical process of the creation of their products to the purchase of them to how that money returns to these women and villages.    You will be inspired by Lauren’s compassion and by the resiliency and courage of the many women in the remote villages of the Highlands of Guatemala.  There is so much good out there in the world my friends!

You my friends can be a part of this beautiful process by helping us spread awareness of this beautiful and high-impact business by entering their giveaway.  Enter it yourself and share it with all of your friends.  One lucky listener will win Humble Hilo’s exquisite Nieve bag, a large leather bag with a white huipil (hwa-peel) accented with a vibrant colorful pattern.  On their website it shows that the purchase of this bag would provide either feeding a malnourished child 2 meals for 3 1/2 weeks, a portion of a microcredit loan to a woman for the duration of 2 weeks, or literacy classes for a woman for 3 months.

To enter follow these simple steps and click here:

  1. Follow @lifebeatsproject and @humblehilo on Instagram
  2. Subscribe to my podcast in iTunes –  Search for The LifeBeats Project in the iTunes Store under Podcasts and then click ‘subscribe’ below Mike & I’s photo  (that’s lifebeats one word – if something long autopopulates delete it and just type in lifebeats)
  3. Look for this giveaway post on my Instagram of the Humble Hilo bag and comment with the word ‘subscribed’ and then in the same comment tag two friends who would love a chance to win!

*For additional entries tag more friends!

The giveaway will last until midnight MST on Thurs Sep 8.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone wanting to make an impact for good in the world and be involved in serving wherever they are.  It is  for someone looking to see goodness through difficulties and how those in dire situations can find true happiness in the midst of it.  It is for someone looking for inspiration and a way to feel strength in their own life.  It is also perfect of someone wanting to understand the cyclical process of the creation of their products to the purchase of them to how that money returns to these women and villages.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Lauren’s upbringing in a philanthropic home and her first experiences with serving outside her home
  • how she was transformed in high school by serving a homeless family and what helped her feel comfortable in getting to know them
  • how every time we go to serve we are the ones who come out changed
  • my story of Zinab and what she taught me
  • her experiences in college in the slums of Kenya and the devastated areas of Thailand after the tsunami
  • how finding a little girl’s shoe on the shore of Thailand forever changed how she saw people’s lives
  • her solo experience with the World Health Organization in the Highlands of Guatemala and what caused their impoverished state
  • the hopelessness she saw in these mothers’ eyes
  • what she was inspired to do once she left Guatemala that first time
  • how Humble Hilo became partnered with World Link Partners
  • story of Carmella and the transformation of her family from extreme malnutrition to thriving and why she is raising not only her own 6 children but her sister-in-law’s 5 children
  • the power of the partnership between Humble Hilo and World Link Partners on individual women and families
  • that there is a bigger plan and the little steps take us to bigger things
  • why it is a difficult transition for Lauren to go to Guatemala
  • why there is a light in the women of Guatemala
  • how Lauren defines and recalibrates what true happiness is after being in Guatemala
  • story of Manuela and the loss of her son to malnutrition and how gratitude created light inside her
  • focusing on the good despite hardships
  • the sense of community and support system among the women in the villages of Guatemala and how that is lacking in our culture
  • the purpose of The LifeBeats Project in creating community among women through the sharing of our life’s story
  • what LifeBeats are and how they can create a sense of community in our virtual villages
  • the cyclical process of the creation of their products to the purchase of them to how that money returns to these women and villages
  • what a huipil is and how Humble Hilo uses them
  • how people can see what their purchase will provide for women and children
  • the goal of Humble Hilo for sustainability in transforming these villages through education, literacy, and small business opportunity
  • how empowering women will empower children then empower communities
  • the establishment of a health and resource center to help provide education and training after 7 years

 

Show Notes:

Humble Hilo website

Humble Hilo’s Facebook page

Humble Hilo’s Instagram page

World Link Partners website

World Health Organization

Trusting in God and His plan even in times of great loss and when your plan doesn’t align with His | with Tami Schlappi (TLBP #30)
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Trusting in God and His plan even in times of great loss and when your plan doesn’t align with His | with Tami Schlappi (TLBP #30)

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Tami Schlappi is one of the selections that Diana of Diana Putnam Photography and I chose for The LifeBeats Project Story Search because of her courage and strength in the face of so many hard things.  In today’s interview Tami shares her story of, within one year, losing both her two year old son and husband, and then giving birth to her daughter the day after her husband’s funeral.  She takes us back to her family life growing up and the foundation that was laid of family, working hard, and faith.  She shares the story of meeting her husband Rich and the beautiful life they shared together and with their children, the second of which was born with a heart defect.  During times of difficulty with her son, she shares how they discovered that her husband had an inoperable brain tumor.  Tami shares her journey of faith and trust in God as times increasingly became more difficult with the passing of her son and then the passing of her husband.  Tami recounts the precious last moments with her husband and then the delivery of their baby girl the day following his funeral.  Despite these trials Tami never doubted or cursed God but has only trusted in Him and has seen blessings of love and growth come to her and her children, including finding love again in her husband Mike Schlappi, an Olympic gold medalist paraplegic who has a story of his own.  You will be inspired by Tami’s courageous story of faith and a capacity to love that grows and grows.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who has lost someone close to them and is looking for inspiration on how to keep going.  It is perfect for someone going through a difficult time and would like to feel like they are not alone and for someone seeking to understand faith and trusting in God.   It is also inspiring for someone who has lost their first spouse and wondering how they can love again.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • her upbringing that taught her about family, working hard, and faith
  • why she left a full ride scholarship to go to another school
  • the role of her faith in her decisions
  • what she loved about her husband Rich when they first met
  • their life together as a young couple with young children
  • discovering the heart defect of her second son during pregnancy
  • a turning point in her life and what she promised God
  • how they discovered that her husband Rich had an inoperable brain tumor and what they did to try to treat it
  • the circumstances surrounding little Robbie’s death
  • the final moments Tami had with her husband Rich
  • giving birth to their daughter Anna exactly 24 hours after her husband’s funeral
  • where she received her strength
  • why she was not angry at God for not answering her prayer in what she prayed for
  • what the the most difficult part of those experiences were
  • the most important lesson she has learned in her life
  • how she could love again and how she met her second husband Mike
  • what her purpose is now
  • how we can support one another as women
  • why her photoshoot was so difficult
  • what she will be focusing on now

 

Show Notes:

A big thanks to everyone involved with our Story Search!!

Diana Putnam Photography

Gabi of Studio Miranda

My Paper Crush

Sweet Saltwater Designs

Sweet Lemon Boutique

Anna Richey’s music

Mike Schlappi’s website

What Tami believes

Anna Richey music

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Me and Robbie

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Winning your battle with your post-baby body image | with Brittany Maddux, Michelle Petersen, and Roxana Baker (TLBP #29)
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Winning your battle with your post-baby body image | with Brittany Maddux, Michelle Petersen, and Roxana Baker (TLBP #29)

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My studio is full of mamas and babies as I candidly discuss experiences and feelings about body image post-baby with a panel of three incredible moms.  Michelle Petersen from The Mumsy Blog, fashion blogger Brittany Maddux, and Roxana Baker of Roxana B Photography join me as we openly share our struggles with the way we view ourselves and even moments when we have wondered who that girl is looking back in the mirror.  We dive into what experiences and beliefs have shaped our view of what we should look like and how we work on safeguarding our own children from an unhealthy body image.  What we struggle with varies but we each relate the things that have helped us through moments of definite discouragement and what we would say to someone struggling with this right now and for those still planning on having more children, what they (because you know I do not fall in that category) would do differently during their next pregnancy to prepare for their post-baby body.  You are not alone, whether you have given birth to children or not – it is something we all struggle with, and we hope our very candid responses help you to feel that!

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is struggling feeling comfortable or recognizing themselves in their post-baby body or anyone that battles with body image issues.  It is also perfect for a newly pregnant women who is looking for ideas on how to prepare for their post-baby body.  It is also wonderful for someone looking to overcome discouragement as well as a mom who is looking to find time to do those things that will rejuvenate her.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • what shaped our beliefs of what we should look like
  • how body image can mean dealing with losing weight or not putting on enough weight
  • how we have overcome discouragement
  • our experiences when we have looked in the mirror and thought ‘who is that’?
  • how visual cues can help you in handling frustration with the way you look
  • how the way we see ourselves may affect our children and how they view themselves
  • what we would say to someone who is struggling right now with their body image
  • Yogi Aaron’s definition of ‘meditate’ meaning to attend to and how that can help us address our repressed emotions
  • using self-talk and taking time for yourself to help you handle discouragement
  • how we find time to do the things that will rejuvenate us
  • what things they would do their next pregnancy to prepare for their post-baby body

 

Show Notes:

Yogi Aaron’s podcast episode “Incorporating meditation in our busy lives (TLBP #27)

Michelle Petersen’s blog  “The Mumsy Blog”

“The Mumsy Blog” Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Brittany Maddux’s blog

Brittany’s Instagram, Facebook

Roxana B Photography Instagram

Roxana Baker’s Instagram

Shabby Apple

Diana Putnam Photography

Studio Miranda

My Paper Crush

Creating a family identity from blending different cultures | with Brittany Muddamalle of The Almost Indian Wife (TLBP #28)
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Creating a family identity from blending different cultures | with Brittany Muddamalle of The Almost Indian Wife (TLBP #28)

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Brittany Muddamalle, the Almost Indian Wife, shares the joys and challenges of having a multicultural family, she being American and her husband from East Indian.  The insights she shares on how they have developed their own family identity and culture can not only be applied to into interracial couples, but to anyone who is blending two different cultures/upbringings into one relationship.  Brittany talks about being raised by a single mom and the relationships she developed with both her step and biological dads.  She shares how she met her husband and why they couldn’t start dating right away.  She talks about how most of their blending of cultures came after they had kids and the intentional plans they made to create their own family identity.  Brittany shares how to deal with outside pressures and how to help your children deal with teasing and to feel pride for his culture.  She also gives advice on how anyone can approach interracial couples with questions as well as how to increase communication in your marriage.  Listen and be ready to think about how you can implement these ideas into your own family life.

I am so excited to let you know that Brittany’s e-book that she gave us a sneak peek of in the episode is launching today!!  In “The Wife’s Guide to Intercultural Relationships”  Brittany provides insights on blending cultures, dealing with outside pressures, and what it looks like in your marriage and with your kids.  This e-book is for anyone blending two different upbringings or cultures into one relationship.  She is offering 20% off, that’s $1 off her $4.99 e-book for The LifeBeats Project listeners by entering the code ‘lifebeatsproject’ at checkout by clicking here.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking to blend their and their partner’s culture into one family identity and for someone who is looking for some advice on enhancing communication in their relationship or marriage.  It is also perfect for someone looking to raise bilingual children and children open to embracing other cultures.  It is also great for someone curious on how one family has blended two cultures to create their own unique family culture.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • what it felt like growing up being raised by a single mom and not knowing her biological dad
  • the role of her step dad and how he has become her real dad
  • the story of her finding her biological dad
  • what she was doing while she met her husband and what she noticed about him
  • why they were not allowed to date for awhile
  • what did Joel do before they started dating
  • what their wedding was like
  • when did they really start being intentional in blending cultures
  • how Brittany was received into the Indian culture
  • what the most difficult thing of being part of another culture
  • what aspect of her personality has been perceived differently from the Indian culture than she would have imagined
  • where did outside pressures come from and how she struggled with feeling enough
  • what has been the most difficult expectation
  • what being a multicultural family means
  • how to create a family identity
  • how she has raised bilingual children and children open to embracing other cultures
  • what blending cultures is really about
  • how has it effected her children already at a young age
  • how she has handled teasing of her children
  • how should someone handle asking questions of someone else’s culture
  • what she has learned about herself in blending cultures in her marriage and family
  • how Indian style has affected the way she dresses
  • building communication within a marriage

Show Notes:

Brittany’s e-book “The Wife’s Guide to Intercultural Relationships”  – be sure to enter the code ‘lifebeatsproject’ for 20% off, that’s $1 off of $4.99

The Almost Indian Wife blog

The AIW Tribe FB Group

The Almost Indian Wife FB Page

The Almost Indian Wife Instagram Feed

Brittany’s post “Intercultural Couples: The Feeling of Not Doing it Well Enough”

Brittany’s post “Tips for Raising Bilingual Children”

Incorporating meditation in our busy lives: attending to our thoughts and giving power to our words | with Yogi Aaron (TLBP #27)
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Incorporating meditation in our busy lives: attending to our thoughts and giving power to our words | with Yogi Aaron (TLBP #27)

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Yogi Aaron is from Vancouver Canada and has been teaching yoga for over 25 years.  He now owns a yoga retreat in Costa Rica called Blue Osa and has invited me to come.  Anyone else want to join me?   Friends, from the beginning of the podcast I had an intention to bring you not only incredible guest stories but interviews with experts who can enrich our lives with practical application of their field.  I am so excited to bring you our first one today.  Yogi Aaron shares teachings rooted in manta yoga, the yoga and science of sound, including the power of our words and the ripple effect the words we choose cause, the practice of silence and how that allows us to examine our words.  He explores one definition of the word ‘meditate’ meaning ‘to attend to’ and how meditating allows us to bring the the forefront those thoughts that we may have pushed to the back and look at them and acknowledge and examine them.  He talks about testing our limits and overcoming fear, as well as the power of music on changing our environment.  He shares a shattering experience in the Himalayas that tested all of these practices and how it was a transformative moment that allowed him to be a happy mess.  If you can take his words and truly seek to apply them into your individual life, you will create a richness and a stillness you have been looking for. Listen and be ready to think about how you can implement these powerfully simple practices into your life today.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking for ways on how to integrate stillness and reflection in their life or who is looking to understand more about meditation and how they can start a meditative practice.  It is perfect for someone who is busy and would like to work in some mediation or yoga.  It is perfect for someone who wants to learn more about mantra yoga and the power of our words.  It is also for someone who is ready to examine and acknowledge their thoughts on a path to possibly change.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Yogi Aaron’s journey to becoming a yoga spa and retreat owner in Costa Rica
  • why being in Costa Rica made him question who he was and how he found his path again
  • what mantra yoga is and what it teaches us
  • the power of words and their ripple effect
  • reasons why silence is used a lot in meditation
  • choosing a word to focus on and how it helps you to step on your path
  • how to create awareness of your thoughts
  • the meaning of meditation, “to attend to”
  • and how acknowledging these thoughts that we push to the back of our mind, these disturbances, can resolve emotions just by acknowledging them
  • benefits of being with yourself in complete silence
  • getting inspiration and charging your environment through music
  • bahkti music
  • how when we feel well our small decisions pick up momentum
  • how we can fit meditation and yoga into our busy lives
  • having a firm practice will help you know where your center is
  • developing the power and determination to get up in the morning
  • the benefits of doing things that make you uncomfortable and testing your limits
  • making a conscious decision of whether fear will rule our lives or not
  • testing yourself and doing experiments
  • story of accident in Himalayas and how that was a transformative moment in his life

Show Notes:

Yogi Aaron’s website

Yogi Aaron’s YouTube Channel

Blue Osa Yoga Spa and Retreat’s website

Yogi Aaron’s Instagram 

The Books suggested:
The Music Artists suggested:

 

Learning connection through being broken open: how cancer gave me my voice | with Michelle Marthia of Heal Courageously (TLBP #26)
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Learning connection through being broken open: how cancer gave me my voice | with Michelle Marthia of Heal Courageously (TLBP #26)

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Michelle Marthia of Heal Courageously shares her story of growing up without connection, on her own at a very young age she began searching for this connection but could not find it.  Her resiliency was tested and she held everyone at arm’s length holding in feelings of hurt and betrayal.  It wasn’t until many years later when she was diagnosed with breast cancer that her life was transformed by her illness.  She finally found her voice, her community, her purpose.  She had never had known that she hadn’t been vulnerable or open to really connecting to people until she got sick.  She shares her experience of fighting for her life, but having to watch as friends, those people she had finally found connection with for the first time in her life, lost their life, and the responsibility she felt because she had survived.   She shares her story that inspired her to found Heal Courageously, a non-profit organization which provides a free service to those dealing with life threatening illness – patients, care givers and survivors in which photographers volunteer their time to capture life just where they are, in what Michelle calls “the night side of life”, this time of life that shapes us the most.  She gives them the opportunity to to reflect back on those things that cannot be taken by illness.  Michelle offered this incredible service to our family and I was so honored and excited for the opportunity. Check out the podcast to learn more about our beautiful experience and be sure to check out my Instagram and Facebook pages for sneak peeks for when they will all be posted on my personal blog www.journeywithjohnsons.blogspot.com

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

Show Notes:

Heal Courageously.org

Email michelle@healcourageously.org

“Illness as Metaphor” by Susan Sontag

“The Emperor of All Maladies” A biography of cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Heal Courageously Facebook page

Heal Courageously Instagram

Illustrator, writer, and kickstarter Ashmae Hoiland who spoke to us on overcoming self-doubt and finding our brave has just released her cards ‘We Brave Women’.  If you missed her early episode #3, you definitely want to go listen.  These cards celebrate stories of women throughout history.  Each of the 60 cards feature a beautifully hand-painted portrait with stories, facts, and a quote from each woman and are kept in a beautiful sturdy box.  I was elated to receive the box and to admire its beauty.  I loved that on the front of the box was an empty cameo oval that says, “You Belong Here” as if it was waiting for your portrait to be housed alongside these other brave women.  Ashmae shares my passion for storytelling, knowing that by sharing these stories of women with our children we will help them to gain their own feeling of belonging and permission that if she can do it, I can do it too!  I am so excited to be offering a box set of these We Brave Women cards as a giveaway this week to one of our LifeBeats Project listeners to help celebrate reaching 5000 community members on Instagram.  Yay, thank you friends!!

One blessed listener will receive one beautiful boxset of 60 We Brave Women cards by entering with 3 easy steps:

  1. Follow @lifebeatsproject and @birdsofashmae on Instagram
  2. Subscribe to my podcast in iTunes –  Search for The LifeBeats Project in the iTunes Store under Podcasts and then click ‘subscribe’ below Mike & I’s photo
  3. Look for the giveaway post on Instagram of the We Brave Women cards and comment with the word ‘subscribed’ and two friends who would love a chance to win

The giveaway will run from Monday night August 1st to Friday August 5th at midnight MST.  Fingers crossed for you my friend.

 

The Power of Storytelling: Hope over Bipolar Disorder and Mental Illness | with Jenn Marshall of This is My Brave (TLBP #25)
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The Power of Storytelling: Hope over Bipolar Disorder and Mental Illness | with Jenn Marshall of This is My Brave (TLBP #25)

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Friends, today I am so happy to introduce you to a woman who is helping to change the stigma of mental illness.  Jenn Marshall shares about her first manic episode in 2006 which landed her in the psychiatric hospital and later resulted in a diagnosis of Type 1 Bipolar Disorder and forced her to retire from her job.  This put her into deep depression and anxiety as she had felt that she had lost her identity.  Jenn would experience three more manic episodes and hospitalizations, all while being off of her medication and deprived of sleep, two of which were associated with trying to protect her children.  She shares what a manic episode looks and feels like and what her treatment plan is.  Jenn shares how after she began to control her symptoms she turned to blogging as a way to share with other moms that the they too could realize their dreams of having a family, even with bipolar disorder.  She tells why she wrote only under the pseudonym Bipolar Mom Life for several years and how it felt to first attribute her real name to an article she published.  She shares the inspiration for the non-profit she co-founded called This is My Brave which hosts shows across the country, providing a stage for those suffering from mental illness to express their story through art and storytelling.   Jenn also offers up 3 suggestions on how someone struggling with mental illness can handle what they are going through and have hope for their future.  You will be inspired by her bravery which has allowed so many others to share theirs.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who suffers from a mental illness, particularly bipolar disorder or for someone who has a loved one who suffers or wants to understand it better.  It is perfect for someone who wants to learn more about how they can have hope for a symptom managed life with a mental illness and one that will allow them to have the family they have dreamed of.  It is also good for someone who believes in the power of vulnerability and the sharing of stories to connect one another and who would want to attend a This is My Brave show or watch it on YouTube.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Jenn’s first manic episode – what it felt and looked like, what brought it on, what the psychiatrist said, and what happened because of it
  • why Jenn had to retire from her job
  • the effects of depression and anxiety on her life
  • what her diagnosis was after the manic episodes
  • what the symptoms are of hypomania, mania, and psychosis
  • what brought on her third and fourth manic episodes due to trying to protect her children
  • what she was like when she was hospitalized
  • the mood scale and why you want to be in the middle
  • how she has been close to symptom free for years
  • how she drew strength from reading others’ stories and why she turned to blogging to share her story
  • why she began writing under a pseudonym
  • what happened when her article went on the front page of AOL and how she felt about using her real name
  • how her readership responded to her using her real name
  • what sparked her idea to start This is My Brave and why she chose the format of a live show
  • what is her goals with This is My Brave
  • what is the format and how you can participate in the show
  • the “me too” phenomenon and is effect on those attending the show
  • the one experience she has had with someone attending the show that has made it all worth it
  • why she believes storytelling saves lives
  • the power of vulnerability and the sharing of one’s story to create connection
  • one presentation from This is My Brave that struck her hard and why
  • statistics about mental illness
  • her vision for the growth of This is My Brave
  • how you can participate or view a show
  • three things that those struggling with mental illness can do to help handle what they are going through and to have hope in their future

 

Show Notes:

Bipolar Mom Life blog

This is My Brave website

“What to Expect” article- 5 reasons exercise keeps me out of the psych ward

Boston Globe article on trichotillomania

Danielle Fiorello’s presentation

Washington Post article “Unwell and unashamed”

The LifeBeats Project podcast episode with Ashmae Hoiland, “Overcoming self-doubt and finding your brave with Ashmae Hoiland of We Brave Women”

The LifeBeats Project podcast episode with Karan and Kerry Bajaj “Unlearning everything you know to learn about your true self and to connect as a couple”

Jenn’s Instagram @bipolarmomlife

Jenn’s Instagram @thisismybrave

This is My Brave YouTube channel

This is My Brave Facebook page

O, Oprah Magazine article, “The Beautiful Way These People Are Coming Out About Mental Illness”

 

 

Unlearning everything you know to learn about your true self and to connect as a couple | with Karan and Kerry Bajaj (TLBP #24)
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Unlearning everything you know to learn about your true self and to connect as a couple | with Karan and Kerry Bajaj (TLBP #24)

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Friends, today I have the honor to introduce you to one of the most enlightened pair of people I have met, Karan and Kerry Bajaj.  Karan is the number one best selling Indian novelist with his latest book being “The Yoga of Max’s Discontent” based upon his own experiences he will share with us today of having an emotional urgency after his mother’s death from cancer to unpeel the layers of what it meant to be human, to unlearn everything he had known and to be spontaneous while spending a one year sabbatical from his executive New York City job to traveling from Europe to India with his wife Kerry, health coach and mentor in functional medicine, traveling with no possessions, just a backpack and no timeline or stress of goals, just a few anchor events, including studying yoga and meditation in Karan’s birthplace in the Himalayas of India and to practice willful poverty.  They communicate the intention of such a unstructured journey and the realizations they experienced a long the way, including the benefits of emotional and physical hardship on a couple.  They share how they have implemented their experiences into their life upon returning home, including how to slow down from consumption to evaluate and discuss what you are learning as well as being more in tune with each other when their relationship begins to become off balance. Karan share some refreshing insights on parenting and how to not let your dreams die after having children and Kerry shares how she had a much smoother recovery after having her second baby which led to her addressing it as the fourth trimester.  You will look at life with new eyes after listening to the insights of this incredible couple.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking for some peace in the busyness of life, for someone who may have an emotional urgency to step outside of their normal life to understand who their true self is, for someone looking for a way to connect as a couple, for someone who does not want to give up on their dreams after having kids.  It is wonderful for someone wanting to understand the benefits of silence, meditation, and sabbaticals.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Karan and Kerry’s individual backgrounds
  • what motivated Karan to pursue the idea of taking a year long sabbatical
  • how Kerry viewed Karan’s idea at first
  • what was traveling on the road like
  • what were the intentions of their journey
  • what were the anchor events of their sabbatical
  • why Kerry felt that she was more in tune with her true self
  • how silence benefited Karan as he felt a tension between outward facing self and inner self
  • how they experienced synchronicity along the way
  • what were the benefits of limiting consumption
  • the benefits of experiencing difficulty on a couple
  • what they learned about each other along the way
  • Karan and Kerry’s recommendation for couples wanting to increase connections but unable to do a sabbatical
  • what were some of the events that imprinted on them during their trip
  • why Karan was able to see the Himalayas where he grew up in a new way
  • whether or not they wanted to return and why
  • how they were able to take what they learned and implement it in their relationships when they returned
  • why it was jarring to come home
  • what advice Kerry’s father in law gave her that helped her bridge her sabbatical and her life in New York
  • Karan’s insights on how to not let your dreams die after having children
  • what has liberated Karan to live his life after having kids
  • what is the one thing Karan wants his children to have
  • what does living life in a big way mean to Karan
  • what has Kerry and Karan learned to not be afraid of
  • what are their next plans and why they chose it
  • why having children is a very rare experience in which you are completely dissolved as a person
  • how to determine if there is too much separation between you and your spouse or you and your children
  • why Kerry’s recovery after her second baby was so different than her first
  • what the fourth trimester means

 

Show Notes:

Karan’s website

Kerry’s website

Functional Medicine

Karan’s book “The Yoga of Max’s Discontent” and the free gifts

Karan’s New York Times article on his sabbatical, “A Hard-Driving Executive’s Year of Learning to Let Go”

Karan’s article “How to not let your dreams die after having kids”

Kerry’s article on the “fourth trimester”: “How I’m Taking Care of Myself Postpartum

Karan’s Instagram @realkaranbajaj

Karan’s Twitter @realkaranbajaj

Kerry’s Instagram @kerrybajaj

The effects of another’s pornography addiction on a marriage, intimacy, and one’s self-respect | with Janae (TLBP #23)
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The effects of another’s pornography addiction on a marriage, intimacy, and one’s self-respect | with Janae (TLBP #23)

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This week I am privileged to share a story of beautiful courage but one of tremendous pain.  My longtime dear friend Janae openly shares about the pornography addiction and affair of her husband’s that not only ended their marriage but nearly robbed her of any sense of self worth or dignity.  She tells of their young love and the man she fell in with, how he knocked her off of her feet and made her feel special.  She tells of the things that began happening after they had children and the distance that began to emotionally separate she and her husband as well as the looming feeling that something was wrong but left unsaid.  She tells of her attempts to satisfy his requests intimately and how pornography destroyed her efforts and changed him.  She shares her heartache – of feeling emotionally and intimately unable to connect with him, of learning of his affair, of heading down a path to losing herself and self-respect, of letting him go.  She speaks to other women who may be enduring these same pains by sharing her regret as well as those things she would have told herself if she could go back in time.  The grace and the bravery with which she share such details of her life to help others who may be suffering is truly inspiring and will have you evaluating the amount of self respect you are affording yourself in your own relationships and will leave you with a greater compassion for others.  Friends I ask for you to listen with a loving and charitable heart as she share HER story.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone whose spouse or loved one is battling with a pornography addiction, for someone who would like to know an experience of how pornography affected a marriage or relationship, for someone wanting to learn compassion for others, and for someone battling the addition themselves and wondering how it would effect themselves and their relationships

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • what brings her joy now
  • what she wanted to be when she was little
  • how she met her husband when she was 14 and how he “knocked her off of her feet”
  • what was different about him
  • what she loved about him and how he made her feel
  • what happened after they married and had children
  • how did distance start to come between them
  • what did you enjoy most about being a young family
  • why did she struggle with intimacy and what were the suggestions and demands he put on her
  • why did she have a feeling of dread
  • how did he tell her he was having an affair
  • how did she handle the news
  • what did she do to try to make things work
  • how did he tell her of his addiction to masterbation and pornography
  • how did it change him and the way he acted
  • why she thinks pornography is not manly
  • what is her regret
  • what does she think would have saved their marriage
  • what was she not willing to give up
  • how did she know it was time to let him go
  • what she would say to herself if she could go back in time
  • what she would say to other women suffering from this situation
  • how has this effected how she sees herself
  • what good has come from this experience

 

Show Notes:

“The School of Essential Ingredients” book

“The Light Between Oceans” book

“The Poisonwood Bible” book

 

An unexpected answer: How being a gestational carrier will bless her with a baby of her own | with Emily Brady (TLBP #22)
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An unexpected answer: How being a gestational carrier will bless her with a baby of her own | with Emily Brady (TLBP #22)

male factor infertility gestational carrier surrogate mother podcast

Today I am honored to introduce you to Emily Brady who shares her and her husband’s battle with male factor infertility and their journey to bring two children of their own into their family.   With a desire to bring a third baby to their family but left without the finances to do so, Emily wondered for years how they could do it.  Emily shares her decision to become a gestational carrier as the means to bring another baby into their family.  She tells of the lengthy process of being matched with a family and her advice to others considering the experience.  She shares the emotions she experienced along the way, including what it felt like to carry and deliver someone else’s baby, as well as the surprisingly most difficult part, the weeks after the birth, and how she was able to cope.  You will be moved by her incredible story of blessing the lives of another family as she blesses her own.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone interested in learning about becoming or hiring a gestational carrier as well as someone wanting to know more about male factor infertility.  It is also perfect for someone looking for hope to overcome a big obstacle in their life.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • why they began getting tested for infertility and what they discovered
  • what the process of in-vitro is like emotionally and physically
  • how if felt to find out she was pregnant for the first time
  • their second round of in-vitro and why Emily thought she had lost the baby
  • how Emily felt after having her second baby
  • the journey of deciding to become a gestational carrier and why her husband was hesitant for months
  • the process of being matched to a family
  • what you should make sure to discuss with the intended parents before moving forward
  • the requirements and discussions between Emily and the intended parents
  • the difference between a surrogate and a gestational carrier
  • the mental preparedness involved in being a gestational carrier so as to confuse yourself that this is your baby
  • her feelings and experiences during pregnancy
  • why this pregnancy was harder than her own pregnancies
  • her relationship with the intended mother
  • how and what she told her kids
  • her feelings upon the birth and the difficulties that came in the weeks after
  • when they will try their third round of in-vitro

Show Notes:

Emily’s blog brettandemilybrady.blogspot.com

Emily’s Instagram @emilysbrady

Utah Fertility Center

KSL interview

A journey of healing: from eating disorders to eating real food | with Megan Roosevelt of Healthy Grocery Girl (TLBP #21)
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A journey of healing: from eating disorders to eating real food | with Megan Roosevelt of Healthy Grocery Girl (TLBP #21)

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Today’s guest battled with eating disorders for many years and has gone through a process of healing to now living a life devoted to educating people on the benefits of eating real food.   Megan Roosevelt, The Healthy Grocery Girl, shares the event that spurred her struggles with anorexia, bulimia, and disordered eating and then the feelings that took over and propelled her downward. She tells of the turning point where she realized she was slowing killing herself and those things that helped her on her path to recovery, as well as how she changed her perspective on trying to better her body by depriving it to bettering her body by feeding it.  She also shares some specific things that people in her life did to help her feel accepted in the midst of her battle.  Megan is now a certified dietitian and through her website and YouTube channel The Healthy Grocery Girl is able to share with thousands and thousands how to help nourish your body by giving you the tools to shop, cook, and eat plant based.  She shares her philosophy of progress over perfection in eating as well as a judgement and stress-free approach which encourages people to take what they learn and implement it how best it fits into their life.  I learned so much from her on what eating plant based and real food means and the research behind it as well as some yummy, easy sounding recipes I can’t wait to try, and that says a lot.  You will be informed and inspired by her message that there is so much more that makes us who we are than what we look like or what we eat.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking for inspiration on eating healthier, for someone who may be struggling with feeling broken or unloved, particularly those battling eating disorders.  It is also great for someone interested in learning about eating, shopping, and cooking plant-based and real food.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • what spurred Megan’s struggle with anorexia, bulimia, and disordered eating
  • how eating disorders are rarely about the food
  • how faith and her relationship to God helped her change
  • what was the turning point where she realized she was slowly killing herself
  • what is the best thing you can do to help someone in your life that is battling with an eating disorder
  • how running is a metaphor for life
  • what resources helped in her healing
  • how she chose to be a dietician
  • what inspired her nutrition philosophy
  • why she began Healthy Grocery Girl
  • why her husband joined her in the business
  • what plant-based and eating real foods means to her
  • what her apprehensions are about eating animal-based food
  • how her husband decided to join in eating plant-based
  • what you can expect when you go to the website or YouTube channel Healthy Grocery Girl
  • what the philosophies are behind her business
  • how she can help people with specific health concerns
  • what she does for food when she travels
  • some convenience items to eat
  • a favorite yummy recipe

 

Show Notes:

Healthy Grocery Girl website

Healthy Grocery Girl YouTube channel

Megan’s personal health story video

The China Study

Forks Over Knives documentary

Rich Roll

Sweet Potato Tacos recipe

Healthy Grocery Girl Instagram

Healthy Grocery Girl Facebook page

Healthy Grocery Girl Twitter

 

 

Accepting life-altering circumstances and embracing uncertainty | with Mariana Lopez Gonzalez of Elegir la Vida (TLBP #20)
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Accepting life-altering circumstances and embracing uncertainty | with Mariana Lopez Gonzalez of Elegir la Vida (TLBP #20)

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I know that through today’s guest’s story, you will draw upon her courage and optimism in the face of so much difficulty and uncertainty.  Today I have the honor to introduce you to one of the bravest people I have met, Mariana Lopez Gonzalez of Elegir la Vida (Choose Life), who joins us from Puebla, Mexico.  Mariana shares her compelling story that will leave you savoring each bite of food after listening, as well as the ability to embrace more uncertainty in your life.  At the age of 19, Mariana checked out a black dot on her vision to reveal that she had a very large brain tumor and required emergency surgery.  Although a successful surgery in removing the tumor, complications led to a cardiac-respiratory arrest, dysphagia, and the loss of function of her epiglottis which has prevented her from being able to eat for almost 7 years.  Mariana shares her story of rehabilitation as she had to relearn how to speak, use her hands, and walk as well as her feelings upon learning that she may never be able to eat again.  Her courage to accept uncertainty and to fully accept her circumstances are truly inspiring.    She shares the split second decision she had to make as she returned to college in a wheelchair and with an oxygen tank that changed her perspective on life forever.  You will be be inspired by the wisdom and peace of this incredible woman.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

Show Notes:

Seeing yourself as you really are and embracing your superpower | with Briana Johnson of The LifeBeats Project (TLBP #19)
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Seeing yourself as you really are and embracing your superpower | with Briana Johnson of The LifeBeats Project (TLBP #19)

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Today’s podcast is my first full solocast as I have the opportunity to share more of my own story and my passion behind The LifeBeats Project.  Friends you are gonna hear some nerves in there!  Find out some fun random things about me, including hearing my theme song.  I share something that was said said to me in high school that has affected my self-esteem and has had me questioning whether I was great at anything for years and how I finally came to see that I did have a superpower and it was ok to embrace that I was great at something.  I tell of Mike’s diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis and what saved me that day we got the news.  I share times of anger in my life and how I felt peace.  I also reveal the struggle as I transitioned from stay at home mom to sole provider and what I have learned about myself along the way.  I share where the inspiration for The LifeBeats Project began and why the phases of the moon have served as a visual reminder of what I want you to glean from this movement and what is in store for it next.   Thank you to those who asked questions and I was happy to answer them.  I hope you can feel my passion for letting you know how amazing you are through my words.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

Show Notes:

Serving refugees, the circle of giving, and tips for a successful Kickstarter | with Jenny Wecker of Fawn Design (TLBP #18)
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Serving refugees, the circle of giving, and tips for a successful Kickstarter | with Jenny Wecker of Fawn Design (TLBP #18)

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Today I am so happy to introduce you to seamstress, kickstarter pro, and business owner of Fawn Design, Jenny Wecker.  Jenny takes us on a journey of using her talent and passion coupled with time management and tenacity to create a thriving business for her family.  Jenny shares how her love of sewing began as as she was taught by her mother at a young age of 5 and the hot pink stretch velvet dress that boosted her confidence.  She shares the crucial role Kickstarter played in the growth of her business as the demand for her stylish and functional diaper bags grew beyond her capacity to sew and how she raised $42,000 in 15 days.  She offers 3 key pieces of advice for success on Kickstarter.  Jenny also shares how she has been involved with helping refugees here in Utah, home to 60,000 refugees from around the globe, and introduces us to the Serve Refugees app which provides specific ideas and projects that you can become involved in at a local level.  Jenny also reveals something that she has regreted that spurred her desire create a weekly Periscope to help other budding entrepreneurs.  Be ready to be inspired to utilize your talents for the good of others and for a big dose of ‘yes its possible’.

I am so excited to be able to offer a special giveaway just for The LifeBeats Project listeners.  One lucky listener will receive one gorgeous Fawn Design diaper bag by entering with 3 easy steps:

  1. Follow @lifebeatsproject and @fawndesign on Instagram
  2. Subscribe to my podcast in iTunes –  Search for The LifeBeats Project in the iTunes Store under Podcasts and then click ‘subscribe’ below Mike & I’s photo
  3. Look for the giveaway post in Instagram of the Fawn Design diaper bag and comment with the word ‘subscribed’ and two friends who would love a chance to win

The giveaway will run from Monday night June 6th to Sunday at midnight MST June 12th.  Fingers crossed for you my friend!

 

Show Notes:

Fawn Design Website

Fawn Design Instagram Feed

Do you have a plan? Postpartum Depression and protecting your priorities | with Melissa Esplin of Calligraphy.org (TLBP #17)
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Do you have a plan? Postpartum Depression and protecting your priorities | with Melissa Esplin of Calligraphy.org (TLBP #17)

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In today’s episode I am grateful to introduce you to master calligrapher, designer, seamstress, and foodie Melissa Esplin of Calligraphy.org as she opens up about something she has never shared in a public forum, her struggle with postpartum depression.  She shares her story of how the negative comments of others during her pregnancy led her down a path to zero confidence as a mother even before the birth of her daughter and how she struggled for two years to feel that bond with her after she was born.  Melissa describes the downward spirals of depression she experienced and expands on a multitude of things that has helped her to combat them to feel herself again.   She also shares about her special needs son and how she had to accept that his deficiencies were not the result of her parenting skills.  She emotionally shares a story of rescue that she experienced with him at a very difficult time which confirmed her belief in the need for a community of support and of God.  Listen and be to create priorities in your life that will help you maintain or regain your mental health.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for anyone who has suffered or is suffering from Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression or anxiety or has struggled with bonding with their children.  This is also perfect for anyone with a child who has special needs.  This episode is also fitting for a mom who struggles with putting her needs as a priority.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

Show Notes:

Calligraphy.org

Melissaesplin.com “I Still Love You”

Melissa’s Instagram @melissapher

Melissa’s Instagram @calligraphyorg

Grace Bonnie Design*Sponge

Melissa’s crib entry on Design*Sponge

 

 

 

Taking your project to the next level and why you need a Breakfast Club | with Susan Petersen of Freshly Picked (TLBP #16)
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Taking your project to the next level and why you need a Breakfast Club | with Susan Petersen of Freshly Picked (TLBP #16)

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In today’s episode I have the privilege to introduce you to Susan Petersen, the powerhouse CEO and founder of Freshly Picked, a baby lifestyle brand most famous for their stylish soft-soled baby moccasins that actually stay on their feet.  In 2006 Susan decided to learn how to sew and start selling stuff online when some bills began stacking up.  In 2009 she started making moccasins on her kitchen table and sold them on Etsy.  She has built Freshly Picked to become a multi-million dollar business that is in Nordstrom, 300 specialty boutiques, Zappos, and soon to be Saks 5th Ave & Bloomingdales.  Susan knows a little something about business and being a woman entrepreneur while raising a growing family.   Today she shares some insights that have led to her success such as following her gut and the power of The Breakfast Club, as well as three things you can do to take your project or passion to the next level.  Susan also shares what she is doing to foster a new generation of women entrepreneurs with a passion project called Breakfast of Champions.  She opens up about the lonely road of an entrepreneur and why this past year was the hardest year of her life, as well as the impact this journey has had on her marriage and why she wouldn’t have even put herself out there to create this business had it not been for her children and what she has learned about herself along the way.  Listen and be inspired to trust yourself more and take your own passion to the next step.

Its the Freshly Picked’s semi-annual sale, Saved by the Sale, happening tomorrow May 25th.  To celebrate I am having a 24-hour giveaway Tuesday May 24th for lucky winner of a pair of soft-soled baby bliss.

To win simply head to my Instagram feed @lifebeatsproject and find the adorable photo of my baby girl Evelyn wearing a pair of Freshly Picked’s Legend moccassins.  Follow me and @freshlypicked and then tag as many friends as you want to share this good news.  Each comment is an entry.  Ends Tuesday May 24th at 10pm MST so you can get your hands on your favorite pair before they sell out at the sale.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone wanting to learn how to take their business, project, or passion to the next level or who wants to learn from a woman entrepreneur who has created a successful business while raising a young family.  This episode is perfect for a woman who is the bread winner of her family.  Also for someone who loves the Freshly Picked brand and wants to know more about the journey and culture of the company but whom also wants to know more of the personal side of Susan Petersen.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • the influence of woman role models in Susan’s life – her grandmothers, mother, and sisters
  • why saying, “I’m going to make stuff and sell it online” is all you need to get started
  • why Susan decided to teach herself to sew in 2006 and to sell moccasins in 2009
  • how she knew how to price her moccasins
  • when she brings others in to help her and when she doesn’t
  • what the biggest mistake is that entrepreneurs make
  • how you find the right people for your business
  • how she makes decisions
  • trusting your gut
  • some of Susan’s business crossroads
  • why she’s not afraid to fail
  • what is the most powerful thing you can do as a woman entrepreneur
  • What a Breakfast Club is and why you need one
  • what Susan is doing to foster a new generation of women entrepreneurs and what Breakfast of Champions is
  • why last year was the hardest year of her life
  • the new direction of Freshly Picked
  • three things you can do to take your project, business, or passion to the next level
  • some business statistics for Freshly Picked over the years
  • what Susan has learned about herself along this journey
  • why she wouldn’t have put herself out there and started this business if it wasn’t for her kids
  • how running a business is like motherhood
  • what her gift is and how it had to do with being on Shark Tank
  • why we shouldn’t believe the hype about ourselves, good or bad
  • how running Freshly Picked has impacted her marriage
  • why she likes to keep her doubts
  • why making lateral moves were great for her business
  • why she is doing things that scare her
  • why being on social media makes her uncomfortable

 

Show Notes

Freshly Picked Website

Freshly Picked’s Instagram

Etsy 

Hey Mama article on Susan

Linked In

Breakfast of Champions

Nordstrom

Zappos

Saks Fifth Avenue

Bloomingdales

Susan on Shark Tank

Susan’s Babble YouTube videos

Semi-Annual Sale, Saved by the Sale

 

The transformative power of dressing to your strength and recognizing resistance with Stasia Savasuk of Stasia’s Style School (TLBP #15)
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The transformative power of dressing to your strength and recognizing resistance with Stasia Savasuk of Stasia’s Style School (TLBP #15)

fashion personal stylist Stasia's Style School dress to your strength

In today’s episode I can’t wait to introduce you to personal stylist and empowerment specialist Stasia Savasuk, founder of Stasia’s Style School, a five-week online course and sisterhood created to help women wear their brave.  Her revolutionary approach to style is equal parts inspiration, motivation, and transformation.  She takes us through some of the early steps in the process she teaches to her students in Stasia’s Style School.  Asking the questions of Who Am I and How do I want to feel today is magical and transformative!  Oh I am so excited for you to experience this and to approach standing in front of your closet every morning in a completely new way!  Stasia tells of the inspiration for her Style School.  She shares her break up with style as she tells of her story of becoming a medical mom after her daughter was born with a lot of medical issues and how for four years she completely abandoned herself as she kept her child alive.  She tells of how after her daughter improved how Stasia had to go on a journey to understand who she was and found that the things she began to wear made her happy and connected her to the sleeper person on the inside.  And how these small steps she made in her closet spilled over into the grander picture of life.  She also shares a life-changing event with her daughter that taught her the resistance that holding tight to a belief system was creating in her relationship with her daughter and the power of letting go in creating a more universal balance.

We are so excited for you to try it out for yourself and accept Stasia’s challenge of getting rid of 10 things in your closet that we have created a giveaway to help give you that little push that you may need to do it!
Stasia and I are giving away a $100 gift card to J Crew to one lucky listener:
Simply do two steps:

  1. Follow @stasiasavasuk and @lifebeatsproject on Instagram
  2. Tag 3 friends that would love a little freshening up to their wardrobe

*****And for a bonus 5 entries share with us a photo of you completing the challenge tagging @stasiasavasuk and @lifebeatsproject and with the hashtag #letgo10challenge.*****
That’s it!  The giveaway will run from today Tuesday May 17 through Sunday May 22.  That’s almost a week to get into your closet!  You can do it!

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who wants to know how to find a style that is best for them but doesn’t even know where to begin. It is for someone who is ready to see themselves in a new way, who is willing to ask some introspective questions and change the way they get dressed every morning.  It is for someone who may have neglected themselves in the service of others and needs a reboot in style.  It is perfect for someone who wants to know how to find a style that is best for them but doesn’t even know where to begin.  It is also for someone looking for more balance in their life.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how this Vermont mom of 2 had a nasty “break up with style”
  • her established belief system that style was superficial and artificial
  • her story of her daughter Raisa and her medical needs and how Stasia abandoned herself for 4 years to keep Raisa alive
  • how Stasia discovered who she was and the discovery that what she wore made her happy and put her in touch with the sleeper person inside

Show Notes:

Cover Photo: Evi Abeler Photography

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On Being an Abolitionist: Freeing children from sex trafficking | with Doug Osmond of Operation Underground Railroad (TLBP #14)
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On Being an Abolitionist: Freeing children from sex trafficking | with Doug Osmond of Operation Underground Railroad (TLBP #14)

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Today’s episode I had the privilege to interview someone who is a part of an organization that is fighting to free 2 million enslaved children in sex trafficking, a 30 billion dollar a year industry.  Doug Osmond is the Director of Corporate Sponsorships for Operation Underground Railroad.  Only three years old and their organization has already freed over 500 children from the horror of sex trafficking and put nearly 200 traffickers behind bars with the help of local authorities here in the United States and in countries around the globe.  Doug shares his experience and raw emotions of being a part of an undercover jump team made up of former Navy Seals, CIA agents, and Special Ops as they took down a trafficking ring in the Dominican Republic and the feelings that overwhelmed him as he oversaw the safety of 26 children ages 11-17.  Doug also shares the huge process that goes into these operations including prevention, investigation, execution of the jumps, prosecution of traffickers, and rehabilitation of the children – which is where the real rescue begins.  He shares what parents can do to help protect their children against becoming a victim of traffickers.  We also talk about the documentary The Abolitionists by the producer of Schlinder’s List which will be released for one night only on May 16th at a theater in your area.  This film follows Operation Underground Railroad through the process of their operations and brings to light one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises on the planet.  We will share how you can be a part of this event locally.  It will help you to see that there is something we can do to bring hope to these children!

Want to know if this episode is for you?  This episode is perfect for citizens who are ready to hear how they can help bring awareness to such a crucial issue as human trafficking, for parents who want to learn how they can help prevent their children from being targeted by traffickers, and for those who don’t want to let the bad guys win.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • Doug’s background as the son of Alan Osmond and a touring musician in Osmond Second Generation
  • why he transitioned from music to the non-profit arena
  • how he met Tim Ballard the founder of Operation Underground Railroad and the role he played in starting the organization
  • why he feels that this is his calling and why he will never do anything else for a job
  • how in two years they have rescued nearly 500 victims and arrested nearly 200 traffickers
  • their emphasis on prevention, how to identify problems in the making
  • how they always work with local authorities and how they have given them tools to do this on their own
  • the huge process that is involved in an operation from vetting local authorities, to investigation, execution of the jumps, arresting of traffickers, and rehabilitation of the victims
  • the real rescue begins with the rehabilitation of these kids
  • the jumps being run by former Navy Seals, CIA agents, Homeland Security, and Special Ops
  • why Tim Ballard, a former operative in the CIA and Homeland Security, began the organization
  • the statistics of sex trafficking worldwide and how it is the fastest growing criminal enterprise on the planet
  • how the organization has started a movement amongst foreign governments to infiltrate and prosecute sex traffickers
  • how good people don’t even know that there is a problem and how OUR is helping to bring awareness
  • how the documentary The Abolitionists came to be and its role in awareness and prosecuting traffickers
  • how you can buy tickets to the one night showing of The Abolitionists
  • what the movie is about and how it focuses on the light and the hope and gives dignity to these children
  • what happens to the children after they are rescued
  • his raw and powerful experience of being on a jump himself in the Dominican Republic and how it changed his life
  • how these kids end up in the traffickers hands
  • what countries they have had operations in
  • how you can get alerts on completed operations by texting “updates” to 51555
  • what to do if you suspect someone is a victim
  • how you can help prevent your child from being targeted by traffickers
  • how Doug handled when his 14 year old son came home and told him that he had seen pornography on his friend’s phone
  • how you can help this cause, how you can become an Abolitionist, how you can volunteer

 

Show Notes:

buy tickets to one night showing of The Abolitionists, a Fathom Event

Osmond Second Generation 

Children’s Miracle Network 

The Man in the Moon event with Glenn Beck

Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans

the documentary The Abolitionists

Gerald Molen, producer of Schindler’s List

The Elizabeth Smart Foundation

Operation Underground Railroad website

Rescue 2 Million website

Be an Abolitionist – donate to the cause

 

 

Mothers Tell All: a Motherhood Q&A with Natashia McLean of Canary Jane and Sarah Tyau of Our Life is Beautiful (TLBP #13)
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Mothers Tell All: a Motherhood Q&A with Natashia McLean of Canary Jane and Sarah Tyau of Our Life is Beautiful (TLBP #13)

motherhood Q&A podcast mother's day

Today’s episode I had the opportunity to do something a little different and create a small panel in honor of Mother’s Day.  I am joined by illustrator, social media specialist, and mom of 4 Natashia McLean of Canary Jane as well as seamstress, blogger, and mom to 3 Sarah Tyau of Our Life is Beautiful.  Today we answer questions on a variety of motherhood topics from lessons we are trying to foster in our children, fun free things to do with them, how to stay ‘you’ and keep yourself a priority while being a mom, as well as creating lasting friendships during this stage of motherhood.  We also answer one of our listener’s questions about how to get the romance back after having kids.  Natashia and Sarah are open about things that I am not open about discussing and for those of you who know me well will know that my face was probably beet red during the discussion.  I recognize it as such an important topic and are grateful others are willing to discuss it tastefully and openly.  If you have little ears close to you, just be mindful towards the end of the episode.  We are just three moms sharing our experiences, as well as our strengths, and struggles. I love what Courtney Brown of Cents of Style shared in her podcast episode with me, “there are 1000s of different ways to be a good mother and 1000s of different children to mother.”  I know motherhood is such a vast topic but I hope something that we share will be of benefit to you whether you are a mom or not and will help you to know that you are not alone in this, the very noblest of efforts.

Want to know if this episode is for you?  This episode is perfect for moms who love and serve their children but also want to make themselves a priority and have an identity of their own.  It is also perfect for anyone in a relationship and looking for suggestions regarding healthy communication and intimacy.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • ideas on how to stay “you” as a mom including cultivating your talents and embracing your interests with your children
  • how to set aside “mom guilt”
  • how to keep yourself a priority
  • why being burned out can mean you are a good mom
  • how seeing friends in real life can create so much more needed connection than commenting on social media
  • how the book The Miracle Morning can help you attend to your priorities
  • ideas on fun things to do with your kids that are free or cheap
  • Korea’s tradition of Children’s Day
  • what surprised us most about being a mom
  • how being a mom can bring out the best and worst in you
  • the compassion you have for other moms and the judgements that are removed
  • what lessons we learned from our moms that we are fostering in our own kids
  • how to have good friendships at this stage in motherhood
  • what our children can teach us about making friends
  • what lessons we are focusing on teaching our kids right now
  • the battle of comparison on social media and how each of us have unique strengths and weaknesses
  • setting realistic expectations of your home and yourself as a mother
  • how to get the romance back after having kids and maintain a healthy sexual relationship
  • the role of intimacy in a relationship for both man and woman
  • ideas for simple dates and getaways
  • how marriage therapy could enhance your relationship
  • the importance for making time:  for yourself, your children, and your spouse or significant other
  • how you are not alone as a mother and the things you may be experiencing are normal
  • how having other mom friends may help you to feel supported

 

Show Notes

The LifeBeats Project episode with Courtney Brown of Cents of Style: Being true to your own definition of living a bold and full life (TLBP #11)

Canary Jane website

LitJoy Crate

Canary Jane coloring book 

Our Life is Beautiful blog

The Alison Show’s Gem Jam

The Miracle Morning book

Natashia’s post on free things to do with your kids

Sarah’s post on Korean Children’s Day

Brene Brown’s book “I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough”

Canary Jane’s Instagram account

Canary Jane’s Facebook page

Sarah Tyau’s Instagram account

Sarah Tyau’s Facebook page

Mother’s Day Giveaway

Magnifying Motherhood

Grow Give Good

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Hope: Second marriages, blended families, and following your dreams with Andy & Candis Meredith of Old Home Love (TLBP #12)
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A New Hope: Second marriages, blended families, and following your dreams with Andy & Candis Meredith of Old Home Love (TLBP #12)

Old Home Love finding love second marriage blended family follow your dreams podcast

For today’s episode I am so excited to be able to share a side of this couple you may not have seen on their HGTV and DIY Network TV show, Old Home Love.  Andy & Candis Meredith are the hosts of this show dedicated to restoring historic homes for modern, not museum, living.  I feel honored to share with you something they haven’t shared on air yet, their ‘scandalous’ love story as Candis jokingly put it.  No there’s nothing scandalous about it.  Andy and Candis Meredith are the parents of six boys and one girl.  They both share about leaving after living 10 years in negative marriages and the joys of finding the storybook love they never thought they could have.  They openly talk about moving past hurtful judgements and comments of friends and the increased compassion that has created in their hearts for others.  They give insights into becoming a blended family and those things that came easy and those thing that needed more work.  And of course you will feel the palpable passion they both have for restoring historic homes, how they got started, and some revealing insights into what the show is like behind the scenes including why they decided to sell out.   You will love getting to know another side of this darling power couple.

Want to know if this episode is for you?  This episode is perfect for someone feeling stuck in a negative situation or looking for hope in finding love again after an unhealthy relationship, and for someone that is looking for insights as a step parent or blended family.    It is also perfect for those who love their TV show Old Home Love, who want to know more about restoring historic homes, and what being on a TV show is really like.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • how I first met Andy & Candis in the parking lot of Vintage Whites Market and how they love meeting and hearing from their fans
  • how they finally have a storybook love in their second marriages after living 10 years in prior negative marriages
  • how they are able to move past their past with no regrets
  • what it felt like to be in an unhealthy marriage and how often in negative relationships the things that initially attracted you to someone become a point of contention
  • at what point they both felt like leaving their marriage was better than staying and how its okay to leave unhealthy situations
  • how they never talked about their negative marriages to anyone for 10 years
  • why they decided to start dating instead of waiting a year
  • dealing with the hurtful judgements and comments from friends because of a perceived wrong
  • how out of this grew an incredible desire to show compassion and kindness to others
  • working out negative feelings with others
  • working through issues that come up as a blended family
  • teaching your children about fairness as well as how life isn’t fair but to be grateful
  • dealing with the transition of being a step parent and the development of love and discipline
  • their two part criteria for flipping houses
  • how having the show has effected Candis and Andy as individuals
  • their new found respect for people who put themselves out there
  • how they lost money doing the TV show and thought they would lose everything
  • Candis’ love of bloggers and her desire to be able to share her talent
  • how they decided it was okay to sell out
  • what things are really like behind the scenes of a reality TV show
  • how to renovate an old home in phases while you live there
  • the two things you shouldn’t skimp on when renovating
  • advice to those buying historic homes
  • how to know when you should do a project yourself or hire out
  • how they got their financial start and how you can learn how to do it yourself through their real estate course
  • what features they put in every home
  • why flipping is an honorable profession

 

Show Notes

The LifeBeats Project episode 2: Keeping perspective when there are things you can’t change with Mike Johnson

The Vintage Whites Market

Old Home Love website

Old Home Love on HGTV

Dr. Phil quote

Property Brothers

Flip or Flop – Tarek and Christina

Meta Coleman

Flipping Boston 

Moravian star lights

Old Home Love Instagram

Old Home Love Twitter

@oldhomelove on Periscope and Snapchat

Email: hello@oldhomelove.com

 

 

Being true to your own definition of living a bold and full life with Courtney Brown of Cents of Style (TLBP #11)
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Being true to your own definition of living a bold and full life with Courtney Brown of Cents of Style (TLBP #11)

cents of style women fashion accessories online podcast bold full

Today’s episode will have you feeling like you can take on the world.  I had the pleasure of interviewing the boss babe herself, Courtney Brown, the founder and CEO of Cents of Style, an online multi million dollar women’s fashion accessories company.  Courtney was one of the very first people to encourage me to create The LifeBeats Project Podcast and agreed right then to be one of my first guests.  Today she is rallying for you and sharing how creating vision and finding your tribe will help you keep going to create a bold and full life.  She shares the role Cents of Style played in finding fulfillment outside of motherhood and discusses a refreshing challenge to the common picturesque idealistic Pinterest view of motherhood our culture has embraced.   She opens up to share her struggle of not feeling enough to her children and to her business and how she works to combat those feelings on a daily basis.  We also discuss how to handle criticism that will inevitably come when you open yourself up to the world and how you possess the power to do hard things and show up in your own life.

Want to know if this episode is for you?  This episode is perfect for a mom ready to take time for herself and find fulfillment in pursuing a passion or talent, a working mom battling with whether she is enough, someone seeking greater success in their business, or anyone looking for motivation to do something hard in their life.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • her struggle to be able to have a baby and their path of adoption
  • her manta of ‘don’t tell me I can’t do something, I’m going to figure out a way to do it
  • her perplexed feelings after adopting their daughter of not feeling fulfilled that led to her pursuit of fulfillment outside of motherhood
  • her lifelong love for fashion, particularly affordable fashion
  • the beginnings of Cents of Style to fill the void of online affordable fashion
  • her struggle of not feeling enough
  • the role business plays in fulfilling her desire for measurable success
  • that there are 1000s of ways to mother and 1000s of different children to mother
  • her incredibly supportive husband and the special bonds he has created with their children
  • that’s its okay for women to be the bread winners
  • role of confident mother’s have on raising confident daughters
  • the metaphor of a cross-fit exercise in Hawaii as a representation of Courtney’s entrepreneurship and business
  • her story is not one of overnight success; the fruits of not giving up and not cutting corners
  • how to know if you are on the right track with your business
  • three things to inspire people to keep going when they may be ready to give up
  • the power of vision, goal setting and finding your tribe
  • the mission of Cents of Style to help women lead full and beautiful lives
  • life lessons from the musical Hamilton; being present in your life and being willing to stand up for what you believe
  • dealing with criticism and choosing to follow your vision knowing criticism will come
  • Briana’s experience with a hurtful comment that nearly stopped her from launching this podcast
  • her love to encourage others and how she was instrumental in my pursuing of The LifeBeats Project podcast
  • the power of connection and realizing that everyone is going through something hard
  • latest Cents of Style focus on story telling with their products
  • how to receive promotions on Cents of Style products

 

Show Notes

Cents of Style mission video

Cents of Style Website

A Hawaiian Crossfit Metaphor – Cents of Style blog post

The LifeBeats Project Podcast Episode with Alison Faulkner of the Alison Show: The Juggle is Real: Your gift, your business, and your family (TLBP #4)

The LifeBeats Project Podcast Episode with Ashmae Hoiland of Birds of Ashmae: Overcoming self-doubt and finding your brave (TLBP #3)

Brene Brown

Hamilton the Musical 

Action: Play in the Game – a Cents of Style blog post about lessons from the musical Hamilton lyrics

Mahatma Ghandi quote

Plato quote

Cents of Style Instagram feed

Cents of Style Facebook page

Team MJ vs MS page – come walk with us at the MS Walk in Salt Lake City April 23rd

How to keep the fight and find the peace in living when someone you love is gone with Sharlie Kaltenbach (TLBP #10)
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How to keep the fight and find the peace in living when someone you love is gone with Sharlie Kaltenbach (TLBP #10)

how to keep the fight and find the peace in living when someone you love is gone podcast cystic fibrosis

Today’s episode may have you reminding yourself to breath as you hear the powerfully tender story and hear the audible breaths of my friend Sharlie Kaltenbach.  Both Sharlie and her one year younger sister Lexi were born with the genetic lung disease cystic fibrosis.  Sharlie shares the loving story of their bond and the inspiration of Lexi’s life which ended at the age of 14 which propels Sharlie daily to fight for each breath.  Sharlie tells of the miracles of becoming a mother as well as surviving a double lung and heart transplant.  She shares her perspective on the things that truly matter in this life and the moving experience of speaking with her donor’s husband.  I know you will be moved by her story.

Be sure to stay tuned after the interview as I reveal how you can march with me in an upcoming MS Walk.

Want to know if this podcast is for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who has lost a loved one and wants to still feel their influence in their life, for someone who is looking for inspiration on how to keep the fight and feel peace during difficult times, and for someone who would like to learn more about cystic fibrosis and organ transplants.

What is this episode all about?  In this episode you will learn about:

  • what is cystic fibrosis and why did it take so long to diagnosis Sharlie and then her sister Lexi
  • how CF effects Sharlie’s daily life
  • the experience in 3rd grade that showed her that she was different from the other kids
  • why growing up as a teen she didn’t feel that different from her friends
  • what her younger sister Lexi was like and how they were inseparable
  • the lessons Lexi taught Sharlie through her fight for every breath
  • the circumstances and powerful experiences surrounding Lexi’s passing after her transplant
  • how Lexi’s death effected Sharlie and her health
  • how Sharlie can feel the presence of her sister and how she effects her daily life
  • why Sharlie decided to get pregnant despite her doctors’ and mother’s wishes
  • the miracle of Sharlie becoming a mother  and how motherhood has changed everything
  • how she replaces fear with faith
  • her humbling near death experience in Hawaii
  • the circumstances surrounding needing a transplant and why Stanford would only do a double lung and heart transplant
  • why Sharlie patiently waited for 5 months for her transplant and what she did for her donor every day
  • her dream with Lexi and why she had peace that her sister’s story of organ transplant would not be hers
  • her story of writing a letter to the family of her donor and the moving story of talking with the husband of her donor
  • the blessing of tending a working mother’s baby

 

Show Notes:

Sharlie’s website

Sharlie’s blog Sharlie’s Angels

Sharlie’s Instagram account

Sharlie’s Angels Facebook page – for the whole timeline of her transplant

Team MJ vs MS for MS Walk in Salt Lake City, April 23rd

Celebrating life and leaning towards your faith in uncertain times with Kelly Smith of Cloudy Day Gray (TLBP #9)
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Celebrating life and leaning towards your faith in uncertain times with Kelly Smith of Cloudy Day Gray (TLBP #9)

Pediatric Organ Donation Long Live New York Cloudy Day Gray

Today’s episode I have the honor to introduce you Kelly Smith of Cloudy Day Gray and Altitude Summit.  She shares a powerful story of hope and faith as she recounts the experience of her newborn daughter Matilda who went into acute liver failure at 9 days old.  She shares her feelings of watching her child slipping away and the miracle of pediatric organ donation and leaning towards her faith.  She shares ways of how we all can celebrate life when things come that are unexpected.  With this episode we celebrate April as National Donate Life Month with Kelly’s daughter Matilda as the face of New York City’s campaign “Love Live New York” to bring awareness to pediatric organ donation.

Be sure to stay tuned after the interview as I reveal how you can march with me in an upcoming MS Walk.

Want to know if this podcast is for you? This episode is perfect for someone looking for inspiration on how to make it through something unexpected, for someone wanting to learn about the miracle of pediatric organ donation, or for someone wanting to see evidences of leaning towards your faith.

What is this episode all about?  In this episode you will learn about:

  • the events that led to the hospitalization of Kelly’s baby
  • her thoughts on learning of her baby’s liver failure and needing a transplant
  • what she yearned for as a mother
  • what she focused on instead of going to a dark place of sadness, envy, and worry
  • how she focused on every single moment she had with her daughter
  • the attempts to allow Matilda’s liver to regenerate
  • statistics of transplant recipients
  • how she leaned towards her faith during uncertain times
  • how her and her husband faced the decision that might effect whether their child lived or not
  • the role that prayer played in her experience
  • how it felt to be in the room as her baby was slipping away
  • the miracle of pediatric organ donation
  • thinking about the donor
  • her message to parents about awareness and the decision of pediatric organ donation for their children beforehand
  • her #howidonatelife social media campaign
  • about Matilda as the face of “Long Live New York”‘s campaign for Pediatric Organ Donation around New York City for National Donate Life Month in April
  • why she started her blog Cloudy Day Gray
  • three ways you can celebrate life when things come that are unexpected

 

Show Notes:

Donatelife.net

Registerme.org

Long Live New York 

Long Live Matilda

Create your own poster for the Long Live New York Campaign

Cloudy Day Gray Blog

Marthastewart.com

Instagram Cloudy Day Gray

Team MJ vs MS for MS Walk in Salt Lake City, April 23rd

 

 

Shining a light on depression for you and those you love by Jen Springer of Classy Cozmetics (TLBP #8)
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Shining a light on depression for you and those you love by Jen Springer of Classy Cozmetics (TLBP #8)

depression help Jen Springer The LifeBeats Project Podcast

Today’s episode I have the honor to introduce you to Jen Springer of Classy Cozmetics as she shares about her 10 year struggle with depression, how she got help, and the tools that sustain her daily in overcoming it.  She also shares incredible advice of how to support and help a friend or a spouse who is suffering from depression.  You will walk away with an amazing hope.

Be sure to stay tuned after the interview as I reveal the two stories that have been selected through our Story Search and how you can march with me in an upcoming MS Walk.

Want to know if this podcast is for you? This episode is perfect for someone wondering if they have crossed the line between normal ups and downs to a depression to requires help, for someone ready to put in the work to make changes in their life, or for someone who wants to know how to help a friend or a spouse who may have depression.

What is this episode all about?  In this episode you will learn about:

  • what it feels like to have depression
  • how Jen was lovingly approached by a friend to help her see the depression
  • how she found help and what steps she took and what things you should avoid
  • the story of your two wolves
  • how her opinion about medication changed
  • her disappointment right after starting her medication
  • the tools on her tool belt that help or hinder her
  • what she loved seeing again after things began to turn around
  • what things her husband did that helped and didn’t help
  • how to support a friend or a spouse with depression
  • how to not get burdened by the heaviness of someone’s depression
  • how she talks to her own children about depression
  • what are triggers and her defense mechanisms
  • the hope that is there for you or someone you love

 

Show Notes

“I had a black dog, his name was depression”  Video by World Health Organization

Today’s The Best Day

Jen’s email dollcosmetics@gmail.com

Jen’s Instagram and Periscope @classycozmetics

Jen’s Facebook Classy Cosmetics

Jen’s YouTube Channel Classy Cosmetics

Snap Conference

Team MJ vs MS for MS Walk in Salt Lake City, April 23rd

Studio Miranda

Diana Putnam Photography

Setting yourself up for success during your weight loss journey with Vanessa Ferguson of Mind and Body with Vanessa (TLBP #7)
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Setting yourself up for success during your weight loss journey with Vanessa Ferguson of Mind and Body with Vanessa (TLBP #7)

weight loss journey success Beachbody coach Vanessa Ferguson

Today’s episode I have the privilege to introduce you to one of my favorite people in the world, a woman who has transformed her life to create an active and healthy family lifestyle and change the way she sees herself, all along the way to losing over 75 pounds. Meet my amazing sister Vanessa Ferguson of Mind and Body with Vanessa, Beachbody coach, Ragnar and triathlon rockstar, and mom to four kids. She shares how to set ourselves up for success and sustain motivation in weight loss. We explore her journey and how she manages her fear and how she can help you on your journey.

Want to know if this podcast is for you? This podcast episode is perfect for someone who is looking to learn from someone in the trenches of weight loss and self-image shift and is looking for practical things to motivate them even if they have had setbacks in the past.  It is also great for those looking for a support system to further their health and fitness goals, including ways to encourage these in their children.

What is this episode all about? In this episode you will learn about:

  • overcoming fear
  • putting yourself on the priority list
  • creating family lifestyle changes
  • finding a support system
  • what do do when you have a bad day
  • keeping motivated
  • how to love yourself at every weight
  • focusing on your ‘why’
  • what to do when you are too busy to workout or eat healthy
  • learn how her attitude toward herself and working out affected Vanessa’s marriage
  • 3 starting points for your own journey

Sounds pretty awesome, right?!  Take a listen and then come back and tell us about your own journey.

Show notes:

Chalene Johnson Instagram Account

Homeworkouts_4U Instagram Account

Briana’s Nerium business and products

Vanessa’s Beachbody Challenge Group Website – Remember***: The first 10 people to join her online challenge group will receive 10% off their purchased challenge pack and will be entered into a drawing to receive a free Beachbody exercise program. There is limited space for the April round so be sure to sign up today.

Mind and Body with Vanessa Instagram Account

 

 

Imprinting happiness and secrets to a healthy and happy home with Erin Boyle of The Happy Healthy Home (TLBP #6)
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Imprinting happiness and secrets to a healthy and happy home with Erin Boyle of The Happy Healthy Home (TLBP #6)

happiness secrets to a happy healthy home podcastToday’s episode I had the delight of interviewing the contagiously joyful Erin Boyle of The Happy Healthy Home.  She shares the magic of imprinting happiness in your life as well as her secrets to creating a happy and healthy home, including the power of vegetables and how to get your children to eat them.  We also discuss the process of taking action when you have discovered your passion and purpose as Erin shares her discovery that was sparked by being the mother to an incredible son with cerebral palsy.

Identifying and Replacing Food Addiction and Unhealthy Eating with Healthy Habits with Ashley of Ashley’s Fresh Fix (TLBP #5)
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Identifying and Replacing Food Addiction and Unhealthy Eating with Healthy Habits with Ashley of Ashley’s Fresh Fix (TLBP #5)

Whole30 food addiction Amazon Ashley Fresh Fix

Today’s episode is with Ashley of Ashley’s Fresh Fix, formerly known as Amazon Ashley, as she shares her battle with food addiction and how to recognize if we or someone we love is suffering from it.  She identifies ways to change our view of food from fear of its control or its use to fill an emotional void to seeing it as a powerful asset.  She shares her journey of discovering a love of healthy cooking and her tips on making healthy eating something you crave and enjoy.

This episode is perfect for anyone that struggles with emotional eating, food addiction, or yo-yo eating habits.  It will help identify unhealthy behaviors and seek to replace them with good actionable steps toward healthy living, even with kids.

The Juggle is Real: Your gift, your business, and your family with Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show (TLBP#4)
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The Juggle is Real: Your gift, your business, and your family with Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show (TLBP#4)

The Alison Show business podcast

Today I have such a fun episode for you with Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show, business savant, branding guru, and dancer extraordinaire.  We discuss Alison’s journey to find her gift after battling discouragement as a teen.  She shares ideas of how to cultivate your gift and passion with personal stories of juggling her passion, her business, and her family.

This episode is perfect for anyone that loves Alison or who may be ready for some tough love as you start on your journey to find your gift or start a business around their passion, or for someone wanting to know the secrets of balancing family and business life.

 

Overcoming self-doubt and finding your brave with Ashmae Hoiland of We Brave Women (TLBP#3)
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Overcoming self-doubt and finding your brave with Ashmae Hoiland of We Brave Women (TLBP#3)

we brave women birds of ashmae

Today I am speaking with illustrator, writer, kickstarter, and believer in crazy ideas Ashmae Hoiland of We Brave Women.  We discuss her ideas of how to use art to build community and confidence as well as taking responsibility for the voice that you have.  Ashmae shares her struggle with self-doubt and how her exploration of the meaning of the word brave through her Kickstarter project along with 3 things you can do to reveal your brave.

Her Kickstarter involves 50 paintings of incredible women of the past put onto flashcards that she hopes will teach children from a young age that they are not alone and they can be who they are.   The project stems from the idea that the more we know about and affirm one another, whether those are stories from the past or present or what we believe we can do, the more confident we become in what we are doing and that is how the world becomes a better place.

This episode is perfect for those who are experiencing self-doubt in their voice or their place in the world, who are looking for ways to be brave in their life, and are ready to start owning their own crazy ideas.

Keeping perspective when there are things you can’t change with Mike Johnson (TLBP#2)
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Keeping perspective when there are things you can’t change with Mike Johnson (TLBP#2)

LifeBeats Cover 300ppi-02

Today I am privileged to introduce you to the reason The LifeBeats Project is in existence, my incredible husband Mike Johnson.  Each day he battles an aggressive debilitating disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and does it with humor and the purpose to serve others.  This makes him a perfect example of living extraordinarily.  His perspective on focusing on what he can do rather than what he can’t as well as his determination to maintain as much of his independence as possible are truly inspiring.

This episode is perfect for those dealing with difficult circumstances and want to learn how to keep a positive perspective in the midst of it, for someone newly diagnosed or seeking to understand more about Multiple Sclerosis, or for someone wanting to feel inspired to see more good in their own life.

Welcome and Introduction to The LifeBeats Project with Briana Johnson (TLBP#1)
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Welcome and Introduction to The LifeBeats Project with Briana Johnson (TLBP#1)

LifeBeats Cover 300ppi-01

Welcome to the beginnings of The LifeBeats Project, an inspiring and transformational podcast for everyday people who want to see more in themselves and the world around them.  It is for those who have faith in the goodness of humanity and share a belief that everyone has a story that is worthy of inspiring others wherever they are on their journey.  With each episode, each guest, each story we will help you ‘see more’ and ‘illuminate your extraordinary.’

LifeLine 13: Creating space in our busy lives and filling wells of self-reliance | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #87)
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LifeLine 13: Creating space in our busy lives and filling wells of self-reliance | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #87)

LifeLine Podcast episode The LifeBeats Project - Creating space silence stillness self-reliance

In today’s LifeLine podcast episode, a series dedicated to helping you discover your own story and illuminate the good that already lies inside of you, I talk about how creating space in our busy lives, letting go of things that may be causing self-imposed resistance, and pouring into wells of self-reliance to make room for greatness to come into your life.  I talk about the importance of stillness and silence and invite you to examine where you can create them in your own life.  I share more about why Season 1 will be ending with a break in preparation for Season 2!!!  I ask for your input on how I can serve you better: what you want to hear more about on the show, who you would like me to interview, and what you want more from me outside of the podcast.  I also share why I am heading to New York this week and how you can stay in touch with me over the break.

Wax On, Shine On my friends!!!

Show Notes:

Self-reliance manual for “Starting and Growing a Business”

Podcast episode with Paul Cardall

My Top 5 Transformative podcast episodes

Top 5 favorite community podcast episodes

Join me on Instagram and InstaStories

Podcast episode with Monica Packer

Podcast episode with Melissa Dalton-Bradford

 

 

Teaching our children not to fear what is different and creating anchoring points in a life of change | with Melissa Dalton-Bradford the Global Mom (TLBP #86)
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Teaching our children not to fear what is different and creating anchoring points in a life of change | with Melissa Dalton-Bradford the Global Mom (TLBP #86)

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How you can help shape the world by teaching your children not to fear what is different, the power of the family dinner table, anchoring points in our life of change, and the strength of community during times of loss are topics for today’s podcast episode.

Melissa Dalton-Bradford also known as the Global Mom has spent 25 years raising children internationally in 9 different locations.  She has chronicled in written word what she has learned and is an author and a consultant for globally nomadic families.

She and her husband grew up in small farming communities but both parents’ instilled in them a love for other countries as they broke down fear and the sense of “otherness” and brought people from other cultures into their home.  Melissa shares the importance of parent’s values in helping to broaden a child’s view of the world outside of their own community through simple things including the language you use, how you talk about things that are different and how we be humble and can learn from others without jeopardizing our own patriotism.  She tells of their Norwegian farm table that became a physical axis in their home centering them and bringing learning and people to the table of each cultures were they moved: Norway, France, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Switzerland.  We also tenderly discuss her faith as an anchoring point during the loss of her oldest son to a water accident and the power of her community and grieving together on her journey toward gratitude.

Listen and be inspired to create greater compassion and curiosity toward things that are different within yourself and your children, and identify what are your own anchoring points in a life of change.

Show Notes:

Melissa’s Facebook pages: personal, Global Mom: a Memoir, On Loss and Living Onward

Melissa’s Instagram feed

Melissa’s article “Set your table, set your roots”

Melissa’s books “Global Mom: a Memoir” and “On Loss and Living Onward

Be a part of my 14 Day Booster Course “Project Wax On, Shine On” for Sept 22 – Oct 5.  Join us now for $26 OFF any purchase with code “WAXON” here

*Some of the above links contain affiliate links that give me a thank you if you decide they are right for you.  Thank you friends for your support.

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Surrendering, being led instead of driven, foundational doctrines binding an inter-faith marriage, and music as personal revelation | with Paul and Tina Cardall (TLBP #85)
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Surrendering, being led instead of driven, foundational doctrines binding an inter-faith marriage, and music as personal revelation | with Paul and Tina Cardall (TLBP #85)

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Friends do you have a dream that you are pursuing or wanting to pursue?  Have you ever experienced letting go of fear and surrendering to feel God’s peace in your life?  Have you ever wondered what makes an inter-faith marriage thrive?  We will be discussing all of these on today’s episode with Paul & Tina Cardall.  I am so honored to have them on the show.  Paul has been named the American Pianist as a Billboard chart topper for both the new age and classical categories having 3 consecutive No. 1 albums.  I’m so excited to be able to share a small sampling of his inspiring music on the show as well and tell how it has impacted my life.  Tina Cardall is a music executive for Paul’s record label Stone Angel Music and has an background in finance on Wall Street to working at Saddleback Church in Orange County with ministry trips to countries around the globe to aid with microfinancing, and help those in orphanages and those who have been trafficked.  You will be inspired by this humble power couple as we discuss topics at the heart of our souls:  surrendering, letting go of fear, pursuing a dream, discovering whether we are being driven or being led.  Paul shares the peace that he experienced in the most difficult of times,  waiting 385 days to know if he would receive a heart transplant and the relationship he developed with God during that time.   We discuss religion in this episode more than we have on the show, so invite you to explore that with us even if that’s not part of your core beliefs, that you’ll embrace the good that is in the episode.  We discuss Paul and Tina’s inter-faith marriage and how their personal relationship with God drew them to each other.  We also talk about expanding our view on worshipping and the power of music in communicating messages from God, including an incredibly touching story about a boy in Baghdad and the power of God in communicating to us one by one.

Listen and be inspired to open your mind and heart to all the good the world has to offer and know that what you truly desire is on the other side of fear in the arms of God and the peace that only he can bestow.

Show Notes:

Paul Cardall’s website

Look for Paul’s music on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora

Paul’s Facebook page and Instagram feed

Song played in the episode : “Life and Death”

“One by One”

“Come Thou Fount”

Stone Angel Music

Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City

Mormon.org

Saddleback Church

Tom Jackson

Be a part of my 14 Day Booster Course “Project Wax On, Shine On” for Sept 22 – Oct 5.  Join us now for $26 OFF any purchase with code “WAXON” here

The role of therapy in healing, creating healthy boundaries, and guiding our children to be emotionally intelligent | with Rachel Guenther (TLBP #84)
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The role of therapy in healing, creating healthy boundaries, and guiding our children to be emotionally intelligent | with Rachel Guenther (TLBP #84)

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Rachel Guenther was our Story Search Selection and on today’s podcast episode share pieces of her intense story that inspired us to select her to share her story with you.  Rachel grew up in a lonely home, suffered every type of abuse, was removed from her home at age 10,  and was suicidal as a teen.  She shares the role of therapy and faith in her journey of healing as well as her own decision to take control of her life to be the best she could be.  Rachel was always looking for connection.  She realized as a young adult that she wanted to help people emotionally with pains that weren’t visual.  It was her own drive for self-improvement and continuation on the path for more healing that led her to where she is today, an incredible marriage and family therapist.

She shares some keys to recovery and healing as well as sharing how she is raising emotionally intelligent children demonstrating how to guide and not fix.  She talks about boundaries: feeling with someone instead of taking it on to fix it as well as her unique perspective on the marriage of neuroscience and faith in regards to the plasticity of brain and its capability to overcome challenges, heal, and recover.  She also gives suggestions to those considering therapy or wanting to start letting others in.

Listen and be inspired to look for ways to create connection in your life as well as create healthy boundaries.

A big thank you to Jordan of Jordan Bree Photography for providing a beautiful photo session for Rachel as part of her being selected as our Story Search winner!!

Show Notes:

To enter my giveaway for 5 pairs of tickets to Project Eternity click here

To learn more about Project Eternity click here

To be a part of Project Wax On, Shine On and use code “WAXON” to get $26 OFF ANY TICKET click here

Rachel’s Instagram feed and Facebook page

Addo Recovery Clinic

Root

Bloom

EMDR

Brene Brown’s books

 

*Some of the above links contain affiliate links that give me a thank you if you decide they are right for you.  Thank you friends for your support.

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LifeLine 12: Jumpstart to discover your own story by examining defining moments, passions, and truths | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #83)
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LifeLine 12: Jumpstart to discover your own story by examining defining moments, passions, and truths | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #83)

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On today’s LifeLine podcast episode I guide you through a series of 3 prompts to help you begin or expand on discovering our own story.  I invite you to extract and deconstruct it by examining a defining moment, what you are passionate about, and sort through your truths.  We discuss whether you are allowing others’ stories to inspire you or make you feel worse about yourself as well as some  invitations and cautions for beginning your own story discovery.  I also share more about my upcoming 14 Day booster course Project Wax On, Shine On if you are looking for some support in this process, if you want to dive in deeper with me, if you are ready to start seeing the good inside of you, if you have been stuck, if you have been lost, if you are ready to feel differently about yourself, I invite you to join me!  Its an opportunity for you to start illuminating that extraordinary that already lies within you.  Sign up today here and join me on this adventure!!  

We are just going to start with 3 prompts today to help you discover your story;  we can do 3!!!

*Choose a defining moment – just start with one – Why was it significant?  What did it teach you about yourself? How did it change the course of your life?

*What is something I am passionate about? – don’t think too hard about this one at first – got it?  now… dig deeper:  Why am I passionate about it?  Why does it fill me?  What need is it satisfying?

*Sort through your truths – Which ones can you keep?  Which ones don’t serve you anymore and aren’t who you are?  Where do they come from?  Why have you adopted them?  Which ones have you adopted from others that are actually not truth, but lies?

YOU GOT THIS FRIENDS!

Show Notes:

Join us and Purchase Tickets for the 14 Day booster course Project Wax On, Shine On here!

Seeing yourself as you really are and embracing your superpower | with Briana Johnson of The LifeBeats Project (TLBP #19)

LifeLine: a new series to help you discover your own story and illuminate the extraordinary within | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #34)

Shawn Achor “Before Happiness”

A mindshift to an awakening of who you were born to be and the power of music in communicating love | with Sam Schultz and Aaron Watene of Culture Crew (TLBP #77)

Briana’s Favorites: Top 5 transformative episodes that have changed my life and how I view the world (TLBP #82)

The transformative power of dressing to your strength and recognizing resistance with Stasia Savasuk of Stasia’s Style School (TLBP #15)

Come here me speak at a marriage conference Project Eternity on writing our marital story one chapter at a time and overcoming resentment and finding joy and healing right now wherever we are on our marriage journey.  Get your tickets here!

More about Project Wax On, Shine On:

Friends do you want to rise higher? Are you feeling stuck or lost or like you’ve hit a wall in the way you see yourself? Do you want to start seeing the good and feeling differently about yourself but you just don’t know where to start? Well think of me as the friend at the wall with my hands interlaced and open ready to give you a boost on over!!

Project Wax On, Shine On is just what we need.

A 14 Day Booster Course designed to ignite you on the path to illuminating the extraordinary that already lies within YOU! Yes YOU my friend!!

With the moon as our inspiration, we will follow its waxing phases from new moon to full moon beginning from Friday September 22 and ending on Thursday October 5. We know the moon always exists in full but its only as it waxes that its surface becomes illuminated to us little by little until it reaches its fullness. This is a visual representation of my goal for this booster project, that a little more of the goodness that already exists inside of you will become illuminated to yourself more and more each day.

You are enough. The extraordinary already exists within you, you just need to see it. Life’s experiences and challenges can create layers of darkness that cloud and warp the the way we see ourselves. My hope for you is that as you participate each day in the project, you will have a boost and a breakthrough and those layers will begin to peel off to reveal more and more of your own goodness.

What you will receive:

*Boosts and breakthrough prompts through daily emailed videos, content, and encouragement

*Access to a private Facebook group for the Project Wax On, Shine On Community for peer to peer support and encouragment

*Facebook Live chat and Q&A with me on Days 1, 7, and 14

*Optional visual boosters: “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt and LifeBeats necklace (as seen in photo above)

Ways to be a part:

* “Count me in!” Ticket includes full particpation in Project: $49.00

* “Count me in! And I want a shirt:)” Ticket includes full participaton in Project plus custom designed “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt: $77.00

* “VIP right here! I want it all:)” Ticket includes full participation in Project plus customer designed “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt and LifeBeats necklace- (Very limited quantity) – $97.00

I can’t wait to help boost you over that wall!!! Grab your ticket and I’ll see you soon!!

*Some of the above links contain affiliate links that give me a thank you if you decide they are right for you.  Thank you friends for your support.

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Briana’s Favorites: Top 5 transformative episodes that have changed my life and how I view the world (TLBP #82)
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Briana’s Favorites: Top 5 transformative episodes that have changed my life and how I view the world (TLBP #82)

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For this week’s podcast episode I have selected the Top 5 episodes that have transformed my life and changed the way I think, the words I use, and how I view myself and my world: from an answer to my healthy journey woes -to- how to start my day prepared for what it will through at me -to- giving myself grace for setbacks to learning to honor the dark times of life as much as the light -to- taking time to not only consume but to process and discuss what we are consuming, to see that there is growth in the silence -and to realize that my children learn more from their observations of how I live my life than what I tell them.

These 5 highlighted episodes are a great place to start for a new listener!

Listen and be inspired to look at see what transformational lessons you have learned from the content you consume.

Show Notes:

Preventing perfectionism from robbing us of growth and how to neutralize emotions behind food | with Monica Packer of About Progress (TLBP #75)

The transformative power of dressing to your strength and recognizing resistance with Stasia Savasuk of Stasia’s Style School (TLBP #15)

Pivoting from just existing in the status quo to truly living in purpose and with passion | with Tahaji Felder of Goose & Gander Brand (TLBP #36)

Learning connection through being broken open: how cancer gave me my voice | with Michelle Marthia of Heal Courageously (TLBP #26)

Unlearning everything you know to learn about your true self and to connect as a couple | with Karan and Kerry Bajaj (TLBP #24)

Purchase Project Wax On, Shine On course here

Friends do you want to rise higher?  Are you feeling stuck or lost or like you’ve hit a wall in the way you see yourself?  Do you want to start seeing the good and feeling differently about yourself but you just don’t know where to start?  Well think of me as the friend at the wall with my hands interlaced and open ready to give you a boost on over!!

Project Wax On, Shine On is just what we need.

A 14 Day Booster Course designed to ignite you on the path to illuminating the extraordinary that already lies within YOU!  Yes YOU my friend!!

With the moon as our inspiration, we will follow its waxing phases from new moon to full moon beginning from Friday September 22 and ending on Thursday October 5.  We know the moon always exists in full but its only as it waxes that its surface becomes illuminated to us little by little until it reaches its fullness.  This is a visual representation of my goal for this booster project, that a little more of the goodness that already exists inside of you will become illuminated to yourself more and more each day.

You are enough.  The extraordinary already exists within you, you just need to see it.  Life’s experiences and challenges can create layers of darkness that cloud and warp the the way we see ourselves.  My hope for you is that as you participate each day in the project, you will have a boost and a breakthrough and those layers will begin to peel off to reveal more and more of your own goodness.

What you will receive:

*Boosts and breakthrough prompts through daily emailed videos, content, and encouragement

*Access to a private Facebook group for the Project Wax On, Shine On Community for peer to peer support and encouragment

*Facebook Live chat and Q&A with me on Days 1, 7, and 14

*Optional visual boosters: “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt and LifeBeats necklace (as seen in photo above)

Ways to be a part:

* “Count me in!” Ticket includes full particpation in Project: $49.00

* “Count me in!  And I want a shirt:)” Ticket includes full participaton in Project plus custom designed “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt: $77.00

* “VIP right here!  I want it all:)” Ticket includes full participation in Project plus customer designed “Wax On, Shine On” t-shirt and LifeBeats necklace- (Very limited quantity) – $97.00

THIS WEEK, use the code ECLIPSE to get $26 off any ticket!!!

I can’t wait to help boost you over that wall!!!  Grab your ticket and I’ll see you soon!!

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Community Favorites: Highlights of 5 of the most downloaded, most commented about & most loved episodes (TLBP #81)
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Community Favorites: Highlights of 5 of the most downloaded, most commented about & most loved episodes (TLBP #81)

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On today’s podcast episode I share highlights of 5 of our most downloaded, commented about, and loved episodes for our growing community to have a place to go back and listen amongst our 80 episodes!

Listen to these incredible guests and be inspired to find hope in even the darkest of circumstances and to see that you have strength already inside of you to rise above any challenge that comes are way.  One of the most incredible young women I have met in my life is Payton Bailey.  She has risen above such tragedy in her short life.  Last night on her Instagram she shared a quote that I love by a man of God named Russell M Nelson.  He says, “The joy we feel has little to do with circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.”

I think you will find a common thread in these 5 episodes, these 5 incredible guests have chosen to not let the events of their lives swallow up the light and joy, but have chosen – made a conscious choice – to focus on those things that have helped illuminate  that light and joy that remains and has shined in the form of people, their own inner strength, their faith, their God.

Show Notes:

Podcast Library

“Choosing to fight for your life and to not let the hard times rule you” with Bre Lasley of Fight Like Girls – episode #44

“Learning that kindness is a strength and not a weakness, especially when you are hurt by others” with Nicole Hudson of Bot Communiations – episode #55

“Free at last: The power of words in healing and how to be a safe haven for others” with Elizabeth Frazier of Hero Bands – episode #58

“Keeping perspective when there are things you can’t change” with Mike Johnson – episode #2

“Finding joy in a life full of imperfections and learning to appreciate the moment we are in” with Tessie Friedli – episode #67

Its Buy One, Get One Free promotion for tickets for the SoulFire Connection – buy your ticket today

Keeping a marriage together after loss by grieving separately to give space to heal together | with Rachel Gainer of Rachel Rebuilt (TLBP #80)
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Keeping a marriage together after loss by grieving separately to give space to heal together | with Rachel Gainer of Rachel Rebuilt (TLBP #80)

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We have pivotal experiences in our lives in which we witness quintessential moments of love & sacrifice, but also grief.   Sometimes those that experience them with us process the experience very differently than we do .  This becomes especially difficult when the experience involves grief and the person processing it differently is your spouse.  We will be exploring that today.  On today’s episode I am honored to introduce to someone who has quickly become one of my closet friends, Rachel Gainer is a mother of 4 plus an angel and the amazing fitness & mindset coach behind Rachel Rebuilt.  Rachel shares her story of being drawn toward adoption even before experiencing infertility issues that left her unable to have a child 6 years into her marriage.  She tells of their rocky journey to adopt but the heavenly moments she experienced as she held her daughter for the first time and then witnessed quintessential love & sacrifice watching the birth mom lovingly prepare to pass her daughter off to Rachel for a lifetime.  She then shares the almost sacred journey with her second daughter, the leap of faith to adopt her, her fragile health, and her eyes that captured Rachel’s love.  And after 2 months into her life, their final moments together as a result of a congenital heart defect.  Rachel shares the grief that struck her and her husband’s hearts and the strain that their differences in grieving took on their marriage but the key things they did that ultimately gave each other permission to grieve separately while taking their family to a place of healing together.  Rachel tells of trying to find herself again after such a loss over many years and how she rebuilt that hope & identity and how now through her coaching business she shares with women the process she experienced of coming to know and love yourself.

Listen and be inspired to cherish those moments of joy and to navigate moments of difficulty and grief individually as well as in a relationship, as well as to remember that in order to love others unconditionally, we must first love who we are.

Learn more about Rachel’s BodyLove Bootcamp beginning September 11:

  • a 12-week online coaching program that helps women set & achieve fitness goals from a place of self-love and respect
  • weekly workouts, nutrition coaching & mindset coaching to help you cultivate self-compassion and self-love
  • ongoing support through a private FB group, live video conference calls & one private coaching session.
  • if you are looking for a quick fix -this is not for you, but for those ready to start making some big changes in how you treat & talk about your body,
  • She is offering The LifeBeats Project listeners $25 off your registration fee by using the code LIFEBEATS (all caps)

Show Notes:

Learn more about BodyLove Bootcamp here

Rachel’s website

Rachel’s Instagram feed

Rachel’s blog of Daphne

Rachel’s video of Daphne

Breaking free from the darkness of burying emotions and addiction to discover what we are capable of | with Hannah Bleak of Bleak Designs (TLBP #79)
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Breaking free from the darkness of burying emotions and addiction to discover what we are capable of | with Hannah Bleak of Bleak Designs (TLBP #79)

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Friends today we will be discussing ideas of why and how we bury our feelings and through what means do we seek to gain control in our lives. As well as the resiliency of the human spirit and learning what it is capable of both good and bad.  Due to some of the things we will discuss, you may want to be mindful of little ears listening in.  This week I have the absolute honor of bringing you another story that has remained untold but whom my friend has entrusted me to share with the world.  Artist and graphic designer Hannah Bleak of Bleak Designs shares the story of her 8 year drug addiction that nearly took her life.  Its a story of trying to bury feelings, a story of anxiety, of trying to get control.  But it is also a story of resilience and acceptance.  Hannah shares the freedom from anxiety she first experienced when she began experimenting with drugs and why she loved being invisible.  She tells of raiding medicine cabinets at parties, beginning to deal drugs, and how that feeling of control she first felt transformed into a feeling of out of control as she began waking up in houses she did not know with people she had never met and seeing videos of herself doing things she never thought she was capable of.  She shares why she decided to quit and the journey of withdrawal and trying to stay clean, including the roles of several people who helped save her life.  She tells how she was able to start coping and healing, what she learned about herself and how she has come out of the darkness to start seeing things in a different way.

Listen and be inspired to evaluate the things in your life that you may be doing to create control that may be leading you to actually losing control and how we can give grace more to others as we just don’t know what they are going through.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who wants to break free from burying emotions, especially through substance abuse or perfect for someone who wants to understand more from a perspective of

Show Notes:

Hannah’s Instagram feed

Email Hannah at hannahbleak@gmail.com

NA – Narcotics Anonymous

LifeLine 11: Discovering your story a chapter at a time & why my current chapter is crushing me | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #78)
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LifeLine 11: Discovering your story a chapter at a time & why my current chapter is crushing me | with Briana Johnson (TLBP #78)

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On today’s LifeLine podcast episode designed to help you see the extraordinary inside yourself, embrace your journey, and discover your story, we will be discussing how we often discover our story one chapter at a time and how life is a series of adjustments.  I describe the unfolding of adjustments in our life since my husband Mike’s diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis and the current chapter we are in that is the hardest one that we have gone through, one that is crushing me.  I also share one of the ways I have worked to change the way I see our current chapter inspired by a TED talk called “How to make stress your friend” in which health psychologist Kelly Magonigal shares how we can reprogram the way we see stress and situations in our life to create a biology of courage.  I invite you to create an equation of happiness and think about how you have resilience in your life.

Listen and be inspired to evaluate the way you approach adjustments in your life and how are they written into the chapters of your own story.

Show Notes:

My Instagram post that sparked this episode on talking about sharing the heavy things in my life

Stiry video on Mike and I “The Couple that Life Can’t Beat”

TED Talk “How to make stress your friend”

My “15 year: take it slow” playlist on Spotify

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A mindshift to an awakening of who you were born to be and the power of music in communicating love | with Sam Schultz and Aaron Watene of Culture Crew (TLBP #77)
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A mindshift to an awakening of who you were born to be and the power of music in communicating love | with Sam Schultz and Aaron Watene of Culture Crew (TLBP #77)

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On today’s podcast episode we are talking about not only being givers, but also receivers of service, and the life transformation that can occur because of that.  Discovering your own worth as something no one else can define for you.  As well as the role of music in healing as a means of communicating love.  We will also have live music on the show!!  You know how much it speaks to my soul!!  Today on the podcast we have the band members of Culture Crew, Sam Schultz and Aaron Watene who are both single dads who share the role of their own parents in shaping their own lives through their example of hard work and service as well as through music.  They also share the pain they have experienced in their own personal relationships but the transformation and awakening of themselves that came when they remembered who they are and that no one else can determine their own worth,  in part because of one another’s willingness to care and help each other rise out of some really dark times.  This acoustic soul pop band with island vibes leads out with a movement they call, “Be Love & Influence”.  That love is an action and we can help others to have a mindshift in remembering to love themselves.  They share from their own experience