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Like most of us, Jason doesn’t remember the day he was born, but he knows that he had a rocky start when his umbilical cord became kinked, depriving him of much needed oxygen for a short time. This imperfect circumstance resulted in Jason developing Cerebral Palsy, a group of disorders that gifted him with a unique style of walking and talking. Against seemingly insurmountable odds, Jason is living his dream, speaking to people across North America, hoping to inspire them to see the best in themselves, take the next step toward their dreams, and pass on the legacy of embracing our imperfect best to the next generation.Whenever Jason speaks to an audience, be it an intimate mastermind group in North County San Diego or an assembly of 1,500 high school students in Austin, Minnesota, he is absolutely, 100% committed to bringing his speech impediment with him. With his unique walk, awkwardly awesome message, a moving TEDx Talk, his Imperfect Best Book Series in progress, and unbridled love for country music, Jason is helping his family, friends, colleagues, and clients see their own circumstance as a potential stepping stone to reach for the stars.In this episode:1. Growing into the best version of me (Intro).2. School days, insecurities, and a relentless tormentor (4:55).3. Releasing the unattainable standard of perfection (10:30).4. Stepping on stage for the first time (14:38).5. The “Awkwardly Awesome Podcast” (19:10).6. Making the best of any circumstance (22:07).7. The freedom in doing your imperfect best (25:35).8. The daily circle (34:09).Connect with JasonIf you would like to learn more about Jason you can follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mrjasonwfreeman or visit his website at https://jasonwfreeman.com/.If you’d like to get a free e-copy of Jason’s book, Awkwardly Awesome: Embracing My Imperfect Best, you can visit Jason’s website, or if you’d like a physical copy, you can order it from Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Awkwardly-Awesome-Embracing-Imperfect-Best/dp/0998734403Connect with HelenWant to know more about how Helen’s Journal Retreats or Life Coaching? Visit www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com or email her at Helen@thegiftofbeingpresent.com to learn more.
At the age of two, a single spark from a fire was all it took to change Kelly Falardeau’s life forever. With 75% of her body burned, Kelly adjusted to life as a burn survivor, but those scars had a massive effect on her self-esteem growing up. She decided to use her near-death experience, and the scars it left, to help people recognize that beauty is more than just the outer layers of skin – it comes from within.Kelly’s passion for sharing this message led her to a distinctive career in public speaking. Her many accolades include being on the TEDx stage twice, and being honoured as Fierce Woman of the Year. Her life story, titled "Still Beautiful" has even been launched on TV, and a video of her featured on Goalcast has reached almost 10 million views.When the pandemic hit, Kelly quickly pivoted. Did I mention she is also a 7-times International Best-Selling Author? Now she's a full-time Amazon Best-Selling Strategist, coaching people to share their own messages with the world. Even with this career pivot, the accolades are still rolling in. On Christmas Day 2020, Global TV named Kelly one of the "Most Inspirational People of 2020". Yet, she still lists one of her greatest achievements as her three beautiful children.In this episode:1. A spark from the fire (Intro).2. The “scarface” drawing (4:12).3. Marriage and children the joys and the sorrows (11:20).4. Redefining Kelly (17:43).5. The fragility of self-esteem (24:28).6. How to feel beautiful (29:23).7. Helping others write their stories (35:25).8. There is no magical switch (37:52).9. Flipping the triggers (42:35).10. Developing a perseverance toolkit (48:33).Connect with KellyIf you would like a FREE blueprint on How to Publish Your Book in 7 Easy Steps & free discovery call with Kelly, visit her website at https://www.KellyFalardeau.com or connect with her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kellyf.7stepsauthorConnect with HelenIf you would like learn more about 1-on-1 grief support with Helen, visit her website at https://thegiftofbeingpresent.com/grief-recovery/ or email her at Helen@thegiftofbeingpresent.com.
In the traditionally male-dominated world of construction supply sales, savvy sales superstar, Jackie Rainforth, impressed many a skeptic with her talent for innovative thinking and her ingenious insight into her customers' needs. Originally dubbed "The Rainmaker" by her peers in the industry, Jackie is making waves as a Global Thought Leader, Influencer to Watch, and RBC Woman Entrepreneur of Canada award nominee.When Jackie Rainforth decided to check scuba-diving off her bucket list, her experience forever changed the path she would forge. Compelled to share her knowledge, her experience, and her strategies with others, this award-winning sales expert, facilitator and sought-after trainer and conference speaker, takes you or your business from stalled to unstoppable.In this episode:1. Life, death, and scuba diving (Intro).2. The message (6:50).3. The pink tutu (9:44).4. Pushing past the fear of rejection (13:26).5. Why Lego helps you build relationships (17:42).6. The importance of protecting your time (25:05).7. A natural, authentic, and genuine sales approach (28:37).8. How to avoid making assumptions (33:20).9. Listening to the signs and signals (37:49).10. A free gift for you (43:07).Connect with JackieTo get your free copy of Jackie’s book, “The Badass Guide to Superstar Selling”, visit https://rainmakersgroup.ca/giftbook/. If you would like to learn more about Jackie’s Mastermind program, public speaking topics, or sales training, please visit her website at https://rainmakersgroup.ca/. You can also connect with her on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackierainforth/ or follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JackieRainmaker.Connect with HelenIf you would like learn more about Helen’s grief recovery program, her public speaking topics, or her other coaching programs, please visit www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com
From the age of three, Hila J. Esters has had continual conversations with God. No matter what situations, setbacks, or emotional heartbreaks she has faced, receiving and applying His revelation, wisdom, and knowledge has never failed. Her books, “The Miraculous Realm of Heaven on Earth”, “Daddy’s Little Girl”, and “Your Daddy’s So-o-o Big…”, recount the miracles, signs, and wonders that have occurred throughout her life.Hila has spent years pursuing spiritual freedom in the Word and power of God. She is the founder of Freedom Network NOW which serves people who refuse to settle for less because they know life holds more for them. You can experience the goodness of heaven NOW with the creative power of God’s intentional thoughts and spoken words.As an author, speaker, and coach, Hila helps people awaken to their unique God-given potential, enabling them to cut the strings of the status-quo and step into unlimited possibilities. She shares a straightforward transformational process that empowers and positions you to use unlimited possibilities to create progressive changes in your life.In this episode:1. Receiving the Gift (Intro).2. A spirited child in the civil rights era (7:27).3. The answers you need are only a conversation away (17:10).4. The power of thought: we reap what we sow (21:09).5. Creating your life while standing in your truth (25:54).6. A family built on love with God’s helping hand (31:57).7. How these treasured books came about (34:32).8. An insight into racism and the world today (38:52).Connect with HilaHila is offering a free PDF entitled, “Are You Living the Same Week on Repeat? Break the Repeat Cycle”. She also offers a number of courses through her coaching practice. Namely, Wake-Up to Awareness, Break the Repeat Cycle, and The Miraculous Realm. If you would like to get your free PDF or learn more about these courses, please visit https://freedomnetworknow.com.Connect with HelenIf you would like to explore some of your own experiences with spirituality, and would like to learn how Helen’s Journal Retreats can help you do that, please visit www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com.
Eight years ago Carmel Ecker found herself struggling emotionally to fit into a life she never imagined would be hers. Newly divorced with a one year old child, she felt constantly exhausted and completely stuck. She knew she had to find a different way to live. That’s when she discovered the world of personal development.Less than three months later, despite her lack of confidence, Carmel began to challenge the endless reel of negative thoughts running through her head with the help of a coach she had hired, and discovered she had the power to create the life she wanted. She no longer felt limited by the ideas she had of what single parenting meant, she started an amazing business, and has never looked back.Today, Carmel is a life coach who empowers single parents to create and execute the plan they want for their life. Through her 5-part system, the Single Parents’ Guide to an Empowering Life, she is helping them create a new, more empowering story for their future.In this episode:1. Disillusioned, exhausted, and divorced… now what? (Intro).2. The challenges of single parenting (5:10).3. The relationship dance (9:19).4. Co-parenting: managing egos (13:50).5. The entrepreneurial leap (22:50).6. Managing finances mantra, “I am capable” (30:48).7. Changing perceptions about single parents (35:10).8. Making peace with the past (43:51).9. Recognizing what is in your control (52:28).10. The call of coaching & asking for help (57:38).11. Blended family dynamics (1:02:00).12. We all screw up: never be afraid to apologize (1:08:46).13. What’s coming up? (1:12:26).Connect with CarmelTo learn more about Carmel’s coaching or to discover more about the Single Parents’ Guide to an Empowering Life system, please visit her website at https://speaknowcoaching.com or follow her on Instagram @carmelecker.Connect with HelenIf you are navigating difficult times in your life and would like to explore how Helen can help you through them, email her at helen@thegiftofbeingpresent.com or explore her website www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com.
Poet by nature and songwriter at heart, Colleen Songs, also known as Colleen Kelba in some circles, is a Canadian singer, writer and inspirational speaker who’s message encourages others to use their gifts and talents as tools to live a happy and healthy life.Colleen’s memoir, “INHALE” was written while recovering from a car accident that resulted in emergency neck surgery, effectively silencing her musical talents. Her story is a journey about living with, caring for, and eventually escaping a narcissistic husband who suffered from mental illness.“Dreams never expire. They are there to fire up the gifts you were born with to live by.” - ColleenIn this episode:1. The nine year journey (Intro).2. Finding clarity (4:07).3. Escaping a narcissist (9:15).4. Planting the seeds of courage (16:00).5. The other side of suicide (22:15).6. Lessons in the quell (24:56).7. When your dreams are yours, and yours alone (29:36).8. The gift in the journey (34:30).Connect with ColleenIf you are interested in learning more about Colleen or purchasing a copy of her memoir, please visit her website at www.colleensongs.com. If you know someone who is unhappy or unsafe and may need an outsider's story to step out of unhappiness and find freedom, she has a “buy one - send one” offer when you order through her directly.Connect with HelenIf you would like to connect with Helen or would like to attend one of her journaling retreats, please explore www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com.
Tammy Plunkett’s first love is writing – she lives and breathes the words on the page. When she left her career as a registered nurse to stay home and raise her four children, she realized that there was only so much Sesame Street she could handle, so she decided to follow her passion and began writing. She started with fiction pieces, but when she became a certified professional life coach and writing coach she decided to dive into the non-fiction realm. When her eleven year old child told her he identified as transgender, Tammy pivoted and started focusing on helping parents of transgender kids through mentoring, blogging, and writing articles such as her well-read one for Today’s Parent.Tammy’s story provides an incredible amount of insight with respect to understanding gender in general, as well as what it means to be transgender. She takes you through the real and raw emotion she felt when her son first revealed he was trans, the stages of grief she went through, and the reactions of family, the school system and her community through the whole process. Tammy is now an advocate, helping parents of transgender children understand transgender identity and how they can best support their child.In this episode:1. The grieving process (Intro).2. Facing the fear (9:08).3. Gender vs. sexuality (13:16).4. The importance of representation (17:07).5. Bullying and school responsibility (19:30).6. Gender as a social construct (24:58).7. Pronouns and gender assignment (28:54).8. Is there a genetic factor? (35:33).9. Sharing our family’s story (40:26).10. Being transgender - medication, medical transition and more (45:43).11. What’s ahead at sixteen? (48:58).Connect with TammyIf you are interested in learning more about parenting a transgendered child, please visit https://www.tammyplunkett.com/defining-transgender/ to download your free copy of Tammy’s "Defining Transgender" e-book. You can also visit https://www.youtube.com/user/TPHealthWellness to watch Tammy’s videos, or connect with her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TammyPlunkettAuthor.Connect with HelenIf you would like to connect with Helen or find out more about her journaling retreats, please visit www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com or email Helen at helen@thegiftofbeingpresent.com.
In 1977, John Reilly became the youngest person ever appointed as an Alberta Provincial Court Judge. After twenty years on the bench, he began to notice a disproportionate number of indigenous accused appearing in his court and resolved to learn the reasons for this overrepresentation. Through his research he discovered information about residential schools, treaties, poverty and dispossession, and the intergenerational impact this had on indigenous peoples.Equipped with this knowledge and a corresponding shift in perspective, John began to apply a more progressive lens to his role in order to address the issues of bias and systemic racism so rampant within the justice system. He quickly realized that he was working within a broken system, and that the establishment was resistant to change. After thirty-three years on the bench, he became so disillusioned with the Canadian criminal justice system, he resigned his position more than ten years before retirement would have been mandatory.John is now a public speaker, writer, and advocate for transforming the justice system and creating better understanding between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.In this episode:1. Shifting perspectives on justice and indigenous peoples (Intro).2. Systemic discrimination and understanding customs (10:00).3. Can we move forward together, considering our history? (17:25).4. Preserving culture, language and identity (24:26).5. Challenging a broken system (28:48).6. A chat with my younger self – reframing wrongdoing (39:43).7. Community justice forums and restorative justice (43:03).8. A progressive view of the prison system (52:17).9. A final word on autonomy (1:00:21).Connect with JohnIf you are interested in learning more about John’s trilogy, “Bad Medicine,” “Bad Judgement” and “Bad Law,” please visit his website at www.johnreilly.ca. If you would like to connect with John, please email him at judgejdr@gmail.com to discuss possibilities.Connect with HelenIf you would like to find out how Helen can assist in your writing or public speaking journey, please visit www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com or email Helen at helen@thegiftofbeingpresent.com.
When Laurence and Andrea embarked on their dream vacation, cruising the Mediterranean aboard the Costa Concordia, they never imagined the profound impact this trip would have on their lives. On January 13, 2012, Andrea and her husband had returned to the ship after an amazing day spent exploring Rome, and had just sat down to supper when a deafening scraping noise interrupted the evening’s merrymaking. In the darkness and the chaos that ensued, survival instincts kicked in and the duo worked together to navigate the unthinkable –their ship was sinking in frigid winter waters just off the eastern shore of the Island of Giglio, in the region of Tuscany. Survival was only the beginning… In this episode: 1. Friday the 13th on the Costa Concordia (Intro). 2. Misinformation and misrepresented trust (7:49). 3. A curious aura (10:52). 4. Survival mode (19:22). 5. Reality Sets In (27:20). 6. Understanding trauma (33:27). 7. Six months later – a journey of healing (40:36). 8. The significance of “Survivor” (50:56). 9. Managing trauma, PTSD, and uncertain times (57:52). 10. Sharing the magnificence of courage and strength (1:00:47). 11. How do we approach forgiveness? (1:04:05). 12. A final word on the gift of survival (1:10:27). Connect with Andrea If you are interested in having Andrea speak at your event, or if you would like to inquire about her offer of conversational coaching, you can find her on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-davis-44865513/ or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/andrea.davis.54922. Andrea’s book, “Survival Was Only the Beginning - A Costa Concordia Story” is available through Amazon and Chapters/Indigo. Connect with Helen We all experience trauma, or living with uncertainty at some point in our lives. If you would like to learn how Helen can help you navigate these moments and guide you through the healing process, email her at helen@thegiftofbeingpresent.com or visit www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com and click on “Coaching Programs” to find out more.
When you go through something as serious as surviving breast cancer, it is often said that yourperspective on life changes and you realize what is truly important to you. But what happens in between the treatment and a return to so-called ‘regular life’ as a cancer survivor?Having gone through treatment for breast cancer, a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery herself, Sharon was asked to help guide women going through the aftermath of cancer treatment. Realizing there was a much broader need for support, Sharon co-founded Breast Friends, an organization that helps cancer survivors take back their power, with programs, retreats and workshops designed to help women create a road map for their life beyond cancer.Later, Sharon was given the opportunity to make an impact on women’s health in countries whereeducation around breast health and cancer was severely lacking. As the co-founder of Breast Advocates International, her mission is to educate and support women, advocating for early detection of breast cancer in the hopes of reducing mortality in countries that do not have access to diagnostic imaging.In this episode:1. The truth is in the eyes (Intro).2. The gift after the chaos (5:20).3. Finding my birth-mother (13:01).4. Illness along family lines (20:00).5. Advocating for women’s health in other countries (26:15).6. Pandemic times, connection and other blessings (35:55).7. Discovering the important things in life (38:33).Connect with SharonSharon’s book, “Thriving Beyond Cancer: Hope, Understanding, and Validation for the Cancer Survivor” is available on Amazon. If you would like to connect with Sharon, you can find her on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonhenifin/Connect with HelenIf you or someone you know is looking for support while going through the emotional healing process of dealing with a health crisis, writing about it can bring about profound healing. To register for or find out more information about Helen’s next Journaling Retreat, visit www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com.
When Diane said, “I do” she thought her marriage would last forever. Unprepared to deal with the emotional toll the divorce took on her and her two young children, she began to battle depression. When she walked into that counselor’s office she never expected to be given a “joy challenge”, but the lessons she learned from that experience gave her renewed hope and led her one step closer to discovering her inherent gift for helping people. Diane has reinvented herself both in her personal life and in her career. From a single mom with no confidence to a director of multiple programs in a national non-profit, her versatility has led her to become a Board Certified Coach who assists families and individuals who are looking to repair and restore relationships with loved ones. Diane understands that the ability to communicate effectively is the cornerstone to healthy relationships as well as finding meaningful solutions in all areas of life. In this episode: 1. My great grandmother’s coffee pot (Intro). 2. Synchronicity and faith (10:10). 3. Reflection, choices and trust (14:29). 4. Repairing and restoring relationships (19:21). 5. Doing the hard work (24:05). 6. W.A.I.T. – Why Am I Talking? (31:49). 7. Trauma, triggers, and breath work (36:00). 8. Setting Boundaries and Expectations (41:14). 9. Carving out space for conversations and mindfulness (46:13). 10. Closing the loop on love (49:28). Connect with Diane Diane is an avid blogger and offers weekly tips and thoughts on The Art of Living at www.dianeweekley.com. She offers private coaching, VIP retreats, immersion experiences & workshops to empower clients with the tools they need for success. Connect with Diane on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diane-weekley-bcc/ or follow @dianeweekley on Instagram. Connect with Helen To learn more about Helen’s coaching programs, visit www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com.
After spending 30 Years of his life as an administrator in the school system in Canada, Larry was gifted the opportunity to work with the most vulnerable and behavioural students in the Catholic school system. Working with these children was a gift from God that changed the way Larry understood education, leadership and life. He was so motivated to share his discoveries, he left the school district so he could speak with other educators and leaders about what he had learned. In this episode: 1. The GIFT (Intro). 2. Fostering a safe and secure environment (4:29). 3. Out of the box thinking (9:13). 4. Carrying the weight of working with diverse students (12:32). 5. Where are they now? (19:03). 6. The “IT” factor (24:43). 7. What shaped you does not need to define you (30:09). 8. Foundations of Training (37:01). Connect with Larry Larry offers three presentations: “An Effective Model of Working with Diverse Students”, “Either You Have IT or You Don't” and “A Leaders Guide to Building of Culture of IT.” Connect with him on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/larry-s-tomiyama-54073832/ Connect with Helen If you are interested in working with Helen to “think outside the box”, check out her coaching programs at www.thegiftofbeingpresent.com.
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.
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