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Join Helen Rose, author, motivational speaker, life coach, journaling expert and creator of The Gift Of Being Present, as she shares stories of triumph, resilience, and empowerment that will inspire you to make the most of your personal journey and “Find Your Peace”.

“Helen’s abundant joy for life and bubbly personality makes you feel amazing, and you immediately get a sense of deep connection.” - J. LaRouche
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When Kristy Wolfe’s son was born 8 weeks early, she spent 54 days in the NICU with camera in hand. Her intention was to document the journey for herself, her family, and her loved ones. When she offered to take pictures for some of the other patients, hospital regulations led her to seek other avenues to help those who wanted their medical experiences captured. The result was a foray into the world of professional photography and she has been telling stories through her enthralling photos ever since.As an educator and public speaker based in Canmore, Alberta, Kristy’s passion for helping others tell their stories of strength, love, hope and resilience gives families confirmation that they are not alone.One of her biggest passions is helping caregivers see themselves in the story through her captivating photography. In doing so, she is creating a space for people to share their struggles, providing a means to support one another, and generating a medium for healing.In this episode:1. It wasn’t about the photography (Intro).2. How helping others assisted in her own healing experience (4:00).3. Reframing the hospital experience (6:03).4. The journey for medical siblings (8:20).5. Opportunities for photographic collaboration (10:38).6. The Wolfe Pack Warriors (13:44).7. Honouring the grieving process and the Front Steps Project (16:05).8. Students, teachers, and parenting during COVID-times (25:32).9. What’s next for Kristy Wolfe? (33:43).10. A special project for a post-COVID world (40:20).Connect with KristyKristy offers storytelling photography sessions for families and companies, as well as pay it forwardsessions that can be gifted to medical, special needs, or palliative families. To explore Kristy’sphotography on Instagram, visit https://www.instagram.com/kristy.wolfe/ or connect with her onLinkedin at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristy-wolfe-682449196/Connect with HelenIf you are interested in learning more about how Helen can help you connect to your story, visitwww.thegiftofbeingpresent.com, or email Helen at helen@thegiftofbeingpresent.com.
Growing up in small-town Saskatchewan in the 80s, Kiersten Mohr searched for ways to fit into the box society had ticked for her. After a life-time of accommodating stereotypes, internalizing societal beliefs, and indulging self defeating inner dialogue, she came to a tipping point and knew things could not go on the way they were.What Kiersten uncovered through her gender transition journey was that the decades of personal struggle were never about being transgender, but were about being human. This realization helped her to recognize a fundamental bond between us all: that at our core, we share the need for self-actualization, and are all transitioning towards a more authentic version of ourselves. Kiersten hopes that her story will broaden acceptance of gender diversity, while also inspiring everyone to seek their authentic selves with courage, openness, and vulnerability.Kiersten is a geologist, speaker, writer, advocate, and an openly transgender woman in Alberta. She is also the board co-chair for the Skipping Stone Foundation, President of the Airdrie Pride Society, and a passionate member of the Alberta Women's Advisory Cabinet for Ducks Unlimited.In this episode:1.The developmental years and the search for self-acceptance (Intro). 2.The moment of truth (7:18). 3.Opening the door to self-exploration (11:32).4.Shifting the internalized paradigm (14:14).5.Giving yourself permission to step forward (19:58).6.Overcoming fear of the unknown and making big life changes (24:45).7.When to share beyond your closest inner circle, and understanding the impact (27:44).8.The importance of not reinforcing fear in our messaging (37:33).9.The 10-80-10 Rule and the spectrum of acceptance (41:47).10.How to talk to the kids (47:39).11.Support and transition in the workplace (58:18).12.Connection through vulnerability (1:04:15)Connect with KierstenAs the founder of Terra Firma Transition Consulting, Kiersten and her colleagues are passionate about helping organizations develop inclusive policies and gender transition procedures. If you are interested in learning how her team can support you or your organization, get in touch with her through Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kiersten-mohr-8a1a8b18Connect with HelenIf you would like to connect with Helen to find out how she can assist in your journey, please visit www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com.
Self-awareness, understanding your core values, and communicating your needs and desires are key to creating a life filled with connection, intimacy, pleasure, and belonging. Kerri Cust is a self-love & intimacy coach, and her passion is helping people live a life that is a true reflection of what they want, not one that merely 'checks all the boxes'.  Having trained in the areas of intimacy, tantra, yoga, spirituality, emotional intelligence and deep emotional release, Kerri guides her clients towards knowing themselves, and embodying, experiencing and embracing true fulfillment and pleasure – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. In this episode: 1. My personal “Eat, Pray, Love” journey (Intro). 2. The Knowing – listening to the inner pull (7:04). 3. Does ticking all the boxes align with your values? (11:33). 4. Identifying the purpose of relationship and doing the work (16:58). 5. Emotional Intelligence – self-awareness and self-expression (19:39). 6. The stifling power of ‘should’ and the courage to live authentically (22:49). 7. Defining intimacy – it’s not just about sex! (26:28). 8. How to overcome fear of intimacy (28:43). 9. The benefits of embracing the process (34:55). Connect with Kerri If you are interested in finding out more about Kerri’s coaching or workshops, connect with her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kerri.cust.selflove.intimacy/ or find her on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-oCh55xgqg&t=11s. Watch for her podcast coming soon! Connect with Helen If you would like to learn more about life coaching with Helen, please email her at helen@thegiftofbeingpresent.com or visit her website www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com to learn more about her upcoming events and collaborations.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Monica Kunzekweguta moved to England when she was 23 years old and worked in the supportive living, mental health care sector, for 21 years. On her first shift, she was assigned to work at a home for children who had been taken away from their parents because of abuse. There, she met an eight-year-old boy named Michael, and formed an instant bond with this child who would forever change the way she viewed the world. Years later, she encountered this young man again, and saw first-hand how the system had failed him. To this day she wonders what happened to this young man, who was set upon the world with little to no life-skills, in an environment full of harsh judgement and little compassion or understanding. Monica now lives in Canada, and has published four anthologies. As a writing coach, and co-founder of Authors Without Boundaries, she is sharing the healing power of the written word. In this episode: 1. An instant bond (Intro). 2. Is a bright future possible? (6:08). 3. Strengthening resiliency (10:23). 4. A change of perspective and a familiar face (13:00). 5. An answer she didn’t expect (14:53). 6. Falling through the cracks of a broken system (17:06). 7. Hello Canada! (27:07). 8. Clean slate mentality (31:09). 9. A huge career change (36:07). 10. Find your tribe (40:11). 11. Helping people empty their cups (43:33). 12. What’s ahead for Monica? (48:42). Connect with Monica If you want to know more about opportunities to share your story with Monica, or learn more about her coaching program on Healing Through Writing, connect with her on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/monica-kunzekweguta/ or Insta at https://www.instagram.com/coachspeakermonica/ Connect with Helen If you want to learn more about how Helen helps foster healing through her journaling retreats, check out www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com.
With the state of the world as it is, we hear the word “resiliency” a lot lately. Having lost her husband, her business, her home, and her life savings, resiliency only scratches the surface of what has defined Ariana’s journey to reinvent herself. With the majority of the things she had considered important lost to her, she decided to go on an adventure. First to Ireland, then to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain, and then to experience Bali. During her “Drink, Pray, Love” pilgrimage, she realized it was more than merely a physical journey she was walking. She was being called to shift her focus from a more conventional journey to one of leading pilgrimages, providing transformational coaching, and speaking to audiences eager to hear her message. Her current passion is working to unveil the new consciousness that is surfacing, and using it to help heal the masculine/feminine hearts and the patriarchal structures that are impacting us and the planet we live on. In this episode: 1. Starting over at 60 (Intro). 2. The grand adventure (3:51). 3. A deep breath (8:33). 4. Being in tune and living in the moment (12:39). 5. How did I get here? (16:30). 6. Letting go, getting curious, and trusting the universe (19:27). 7. Helping a healthy garden grow and allowing legacy to bloom (24:08). 8. Focusing on love, not fear, and moving to a place of trust (29:30). 9. The start of a spiritual journey (32:20). 10. How to shift our vibration (35:35). 11. Listen to the calling (40:39). Connect with Ariana To find out more about Ariana’s Spiritual Pilgrimages and Coaching opportunities, visit her YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvENClD3kIBk4sTdFn6UO0Q, or follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ArianaRoseBrack. Connect with Helen If you want to make lasting changes in your life, figure out where your purpose is guiding you, or are simply looking for a fresh perspective, visit www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com to explore Helen’s amazing coaching programs.
When Tara finished her schooling in Sudbury, Ontario, she set her sights on working in corporate health and wellness, but quickly found that wellness in the corporate world was often an afterthought, and didn’t fit into the standard 9 to 5 routine. She decided to change direction and started to work at a local gym in her home town doing personal training, and sales and marketing. A short time later, the opportunity to move to the Northwest Territories arose. The moment she stepped into her new community she felt energized by the possibilities. Her soul was calling to her and she decided to listen. Colliding music, emotions, dance, and fitness she took a leap of faith, and decided to offer a new kind of class. Her jaw dropped to the floor as she noticed she had 50 people lined up down the hallway ready to get their groove on. Tara quickly realized using music to help people move their bodies, spark joy, release emotions, and start them on the road to healing was her calling. Her class is not just an exercise class, it’s an experience that involves the shedding of self and rebuilding layer by layer. Her story is one of finding your purpose and using the gifts that you have been given to start a movement. In this episode: 1. The origins of The b. Class (1:02). 2. Using music and movement to raise your vibration (6:12). 3. Letting your tears wash away what no longer serves you (9:58). 4. The gifts, the talents, the calling (12:49). 5. The business model – bigger than just me (14:33). 6. Moving online… would a global pandemic stop the movement? (16:57). 7. It’s not about the exercise (22:01). 8. Collaboration and bringing The b. Class to the world (25:24). 9. Letting life show you the way (29:09). 10. Coaching, branding, and building confidence (32:05). Connect with Tara If you want to join in on the movement or find a class near you, connect with Tara on Instagram @the.b.class or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/amovementobyou/?modal=admin_todo_tour. Connect with Helen When the healing begins, writing about it can be soothing for the soul and provide an even deeper level of healing. Check out www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com to register for one of Helen's Programs.
Early in adulthood, Nikki Tate witnessed her mother struggle with losing her sense of self and her identity, due to early onset dementia. At the time, assisted dying was not available as an option, but her mother’s experience piqued Nikki’s interest in the subject. Nikki’s greatest achievement has been living life on her own terms, so it is fitting that her book, Choosing to Live, Choosing to Die, gives insight into dying on those same terms. In this episode: The writing of Choosing to Live, Choosing to Die (Intro). There is no single answer for everyone (5:43). Having the hard conversations (12:50). An unexpected shift in perspective (15:59). What we leave behind (20:03). The contentious nature of medical assistance in dying (23:29). The private decisions that become a global debate (27:54). Who needs to be a part of the conversation? (33:51). Choosing to celebrate a life (37:20). Practical strategies for dealing with death (40:21). Discussions on a peaceful transition (46:09). The time is now, leave nothing unsaid (50:19). Connect with Nikki Check out Nikki on Instagram and Facebook @writergrrrl, or learn more about her online community, Writers on Fire, by visiting thenexusgeneration.net. Connect with Helen If you are going through a difficult transition in your life and would like to learn how Helen can help you navigate these challenging times, email her at helen@thegiftofbeingpresent.com.
When Robin was told she was lucky her lupus had been diagnosed so early, she felt blessed, but the news was also delivered with an unexpected twist. Her prognosis included a drastically reduced life-expectancy. She was in for the fight of her life. Her body was waging war against itself. But that internal warfare gave her an unexpected gift. A hyper-awareness of, and ability to advocate for, her own health. After years of learning to manage her disease, and beating the odds, she noticed something felt off with her body. When the medical system gave her a standard wait time for testing, she trusted her gut, and asked for the wheels to turn faster. What seemed like a mere complication due to lupus, ended up being an unrelated but serious condition, and early diagnosis likely saved her life. Although Robin doesn’t know what the future brings, one thing she knows for sure is, she will never be labelled with an expiry date. In this episode: Eighteen and on my way — sleep, study, and systemic lupus (1:00). Onward and upward — love, work, and babies (4:30). Is this what tired feels like? (8:53). Sponge Bob Square Pants, Oompa Loompas, and a trip to the ICU (14:15). My thoughts from a hospital bed (18:05). Adjusting to a new normal (23:27). Timing is everything — new meds and renewed hope (26:55). The gift of being in tune with my body and advocating for my health (29:20). The diagnosis that left me breathless (37:43). Why am I thankful for Lupus? (39:47). Why me? What is the importance of my story? (48:13). Walking into my own (50:50). The struggle with body image (58:49). The magic of scaffolding (1:01:00). Final thoughts on life, death, and toilet paper (1:05:26). Connect with Robin Check out Robin’s Insta, moa.artist, to see her inspirational paintings and prints. And if you are looking for an amazing motivational speaker for your next event, please contact Robin on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/robin-matrai-48b60745/. Connect with Helen If you would like to connect with Helen to find out how she can assist in your writing journey, please visit www.helenrose.ca.
Despite never having run before in any serious athletic capacity, when his brother asked him to run a marathon with him, it was a challenge he couldn’t refuse. He didn’t know it at the time, but running would lead him to help elevate the lives of men, women and children all over the world. Having written three books, “Marathon Quest”, “Running to the Edge”, and “The Secret Marathon”, and holding multiple Guinness World Records, Martin is an expert on running and the mental and physical challenges that go along with it, but his story is about more than that. It’s an incredible chronicle about following your heart, figuring out your passion, and finding yourself along the journey. In this episode: The Challenge (1:00). The big event… an inauspicious start (4:35). The mental part of running (6:02). Searching for gifts in the midst of turbulent times (7:41). Pivoting to find your passion (12:50). Changing lives through sport (14:27). What happens after you have accomplished the seemingly impossible? (19:22). A new quest! Oh, and setting a Guinness World Record or two along the way (22:25). Defining fear and failure (24:42). And then… everything was flipped on its head (26:48). Supporting women and their right to run (32:07). Passing the baton (40:15). What’s holding you back? (45:37). What can you do if you’re in a rut? (47:19). What’s next? (54:44). Connect with Martin If you would like to learn more about Martin Parnell and his training programs, keep apprised of his upcoming book release, or simply to connect with him directly, please visit http://martinparnell.com/home/. Connect with Helen If you would like to know more about life coaching with Helen, please visit www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com. Other Resources https://www.righttoplay.ca/en-ca/ https://freetorun.org/
When her brother’s life was taken in an unimaginable act of violence there were no answers to be found. Annette’s mind began to paint a picture of what type of person could have killed her brother. She began to weave together a vivid tapestry of sinister traits that revealed the profile of a monster. Just as her thoughts began spinning out of control, threatening to consume her, the voice of God filled her heart with words of unconditional love, acceptance, and forgiveness. These words gave her peace, and made her path forward crystal clear… She needed to forgive her brother’s murderer. As Annette worked through the anger, pain, and grief she made a series of small but significant choices that allowed her to heal. Along the way she developed an intense desire to help others heal their deep emotional wounds. This passion led her on a journey to guide others on the path to restore their lives in the aftermath of their terrible own deeds. Her story is one of discovery, healing, and growth, but most of all, it is a story about the power of forgiveness. In this episode: An unimaginable tragedy (1:00). Three very important choices (6:09). Finding the strength to stand in the depths (12:00). Working through the grief using an unexpected instrument of healing (17:25). The call to forgive (25:57). The face of a murderer (32:45). The power of forgiveness (38:31). The university experience – roaring in the auditorium (46:35) Miracles within prison walls – “A Journey of Healing Inward, Outward and Upward” (48:20). The freedom formula (56:16). A final note to the listener about forgiveness (1:05:56). Connect with Annette If you would like to order a copy of Annette Stanwick’s book please click on the link below: https://www.amazon.ca/FORGIVENESS-MYSTERY-MIRACLE-Annette-Stanwick/dp/0978354508 Connect with Helen If you would like to hear more about my collaboration efforts with Annette, email me at helen@thegiftofbeingpresent.com
Who says you can't write a book? In his 70's, Terry’s passion for trains lead him down an unfamiliar path as he took on the task of writing a sentimental account of his early years in Banff, Alberta. His story begins in the beautiful Canadian Rockies at the Banff Train Station — his first real home. From inspiration to publication, Terry brings us through the process of what it was like to write his first book, “When Trains Ruled the Rockies: My Life at the Banff Railway Station”. In this episode: How the renovation of a beloved landmark triggered the need for Terry to write (1:29). Getting started: the struggle of knowing absolutely nothing about writing a book (3:36). Research: finding facts, dates, and details on the history of tourism in Banff (4:39). Writing: the hardest part of the process (8:15). Discipline: establishing a routine (12:00). Publishing: the art of writing a proposal and understanding the process (14:49). Reality hits: the realization that a published book is on the horizon (18:49). Write your book: key takeaways for the listener who wants to write a book (21:49). What’s next for Terry? (24:27) Connect with Terry “When Trains Ruled the Rockies” is available through Rocky Mountain Books, Chapters/Indigo, and Amazon.ca on Kindle Edition or Paperback. If you would like to connect with Terry, please visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/terry-gainer-22255b32/. Connect with Helen If you would like to connect with Helen to find out how she can assist in your writing journey, please visit www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com.
When sorting through a number of family photographs early in her career, Alexis McKeown noticed that a very important person was missing from many of the pictures. Her mother had taken a good number of the photos so that explained why she wasn’t in all of them, but she had also tossed away many of the photographs that she thought didn’t capture her in a flattering light. This lit a fire under Alexis to challenge the conventional beauty standards that had caused her mother to remove herself from this mountain of memories because of a misguided belief she was no longer photo-worthy. From that moment, Alexis knew what her focus would be in her photography career and she made a vow to prove to her clients that they are uniquely beautiful and deserve to exist in photos. The impact Alexis McKeown is making on her clients and future generations is noteworthy and her stunning works have been featured throughout the Bow Valley and across Canada. In this episode: The insecurity factor (intro). Family photos kindle a special niche (3:00). Changing our perspective on beauty (6:47). Capturing personality in a picture (11:53). Living up to the pressure of conventional beauty standards (14:18). Flipping the focus (18:24). Challenging our own conceptualizations of beauty (22:13). An unapologetic manifesto (24:25). One client sheds light on the impact we can have on our children (27:06). Guiding you through your photoshoot (31:17). Connect with Alexis If you would like to learn more about Alexis McKeown, please check out her website at www.alexismckeown.com. Connect with Helen If this podcast has hit you right in the feels and you would like to attend one of Helen’s workshops to explore those emotions, please visit www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com
When Henri, a professional yoga instructor, accepted an assignment to provide private yoga instruction to a cancer survivor, he had no idea that the woman he was about to meet would one day become his adoring wife. When Michelle opened the door for her first yoga session, Henri was struck by her youthful spirit and impressed by her active lifestyle. Unbeknownst to him, she had captured his heart and their journey together had begun. The perspective Henri shares about navigating the trials and tribulations of living with someone dealing with cancer gives insight to how caregivers, companions, friends, and family can reduce the pressure and stress on themselves and in doing so, confidently support those struggling with the ravages of cancer. In this episode: Connecting the dots (1:06). Finding perspective (4:31). Embracing the strength of community (7:57). Coping strategies when life gets challenging (10:32). Adventure, the glue that binds (13:42). Seeking support and the unexpected road blocks ahead (14:41). Being open and honest with fear (17:17). A heart primed to give and receive (22:41). Cancer as an empowering force and the power of vulnerability (24:44). Connect with Helen If you would like learn more about working with Helen or if you’d like to subscribe to Helen’s newsletter, please visit www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com.
A chance encounter brought me a new friend. Only moments later we are laughing with each other as old friends do, sharing a special moment. I’ve known her for five minutes and a thousand years.I didn’t ask why she has a dressing over her right eye or is it her left? It doesn’t matter - I barely notice. What I see in my new-found old friendship is a force of strength. Positive, exciting, adventurous. Above all, a love for life that is taken with a fierce need to experience all there is….before time takes away her choice. Shouldn’t we all live with such bravery? We too will walk this path in time.Through her energy, I am reminded to slow my life down. I am reminded of what is important. Do I always do that? Not a chance. I am caught up in being human. At times I take what I have for granted. I work too much, I judge others, I worry about things that aren’t worrying things. That’s when luck happens to walk by me and I receive a teaching moment. I am fully aware our lives are different by circumstance alone. It’s not lost on me that perhaps her worries overshadow mine. Someone has joined me on my journey to teach. Lessons learned. To fight with grace, honesty, bravery, humour and love.Her stories of hiking, skiing, travel and love; always told with a smile and an energy that I dig for often. Never does she complain of the struggle she must endure daily.She has shared her journey with us through her book “A Fuller Life”. It is the story of a loving spirited woman whose battle comes with a smile and much love. I am grateful to call her my friend.In this episode:1 - How an act of service in childhood unexpectedly came full circle (Introduction).2 - The importance of being relentless when advocating for your own health (2:11).3 - Facing the unknown, adjusting to a new normal, and finding hope again (5:00).4 - An unexpected surprise found in the pursuit of pain management (10:00).5 - Thirteen years later… the key to persevering when the unthinkable happens (14:00).6 - The powerful benefits of sharing your story (18:00).7 - Moving through the fear and choosing to live life with purpose, passion, and gusto (23:00).8 - The impact of paying it forward (27:30).9 - Final thoughts on the importance of perspective (30:09).Connect with MichelleIf you would like to order Michelle Fuller's book please email her at michelleferg@gmail.com. Connect with HelenIf you are navigating a life-changing situation right now and would like to chat more about how we can work together, email me at helen@thegiftofbeingpresent.com Additional Resourceswww.TerryFox.org
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