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PEP Talks: People Empowering People

Author: Kasey Kellem and Greta Fechter

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Kasey Crawford Kellem is a school counselor, author, yoga instructor, motivational speaker, former business owner and special ed teacher, and now, podcaster. She is a beacon of resiliency as she continues through her journey dodging hurdles but still dancing all along the way! The creator and author of Mind Over Matter Books, Kellem’s first five books, “Believe,” “Love,” “Laugh,” “Relax,” and “Dream” teach children the resiliency tools necessary to overcome obstacles. After her husband died from cancer, Kellem wrote, “Bella-Eve the Bounce-Back Dog” a book she has shared with thousands of children helping them cope with their challenges in life. Her adult memoir, “Don’t Stop Believing: Our Journey with Cancer” was written to help encourage others coping with a terminally ill family member or widowhood believe they can overcome the grief. She has spent her thirty-plus year career in education helping others overcome their hardships so they can live longer, happier quality lives.
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Happy Thoughtful Thursday, Today’s breath is the Alternate Nostril Breathing which Integrates both sides of brain, Clears your mind, Improves focus, and will Calm and energize you. · Sit in a comfortable position with your legs crossed.· Place your left hand on your left knee.· Lift your right hand up toward your nose.· Exhale completely and then ((((((use your right thumb to clos...
Ray has experienced 35 years of drug addiction in and out of jails and hospitals where he spent 3 weeks in a coma and 2 months learning how to walk again. Ray survived 7 open heart surgeries (3 in 1 year), brain surgery, and an amputated left foot all while remaining in a 12 step fellowship program. Ray has been clean and sober now for 4 plus years. He is semi back to work living a productive life and even started his own small business. At any point, he could have given up but he chos...
Tracey Watts Cirino..... is an entrepreneur, speaker, author of Beyond Common ‘12 Essentialsfor Success in Life and in the Workplace”, business consultant, and the CEO and founder of Lavish Color Salon Inc. She is a growth-minded, fun-Loving, career, and family woman who loves to live a mostly healthy lifestyle and follows the 80/20 Rule. In today’s podcast interview, you will learn how life’s big failures and challenges turned into wins and opportunities for Tracey. We learned fro...
Tony Viola, a former mortgage broker, was indicted three times and tried twice on identical charges by a multi-jurisdictional mortgage fraud task force. Prosecutors alleged Tony duped banks like JP Morgan into making 'no money down' mortgage loans that the bank didn't permit. Tony was convicted in federal court and sentenced to 12 1/2 years in jail. But from jail, and without an attorney, he proved his innocence at a second trial on the same charges using evidence the Justice Department hid b...
Evan is a yoga certified instructor and the owner of Cultivate Yoga Space in Avon and Cultivate Yoga Non-Profit which offers free yoga classes to underserved communities. He is a single father of two awesome kids. Even is also a scrum master at an international software development company where he serves as a team level “therapist” helping colleagues continuously improve and work better together. Evan opened his business a few days before COVID closed it down. He chose to use that time...
Theresa is a wife of 17 years and mom of two children through transracial open adoption. She has been a type 1 diabetic for over 30 years, which is why her husband and she chose adoption to create their family. Theresa is also a school-based speech-language pathologist serving elementary students. | | |We learned from Therese:*When faced with any disease, especially when young, it is ok to be clear with your identity and not hide your disease.*A good way of...
Theresa is a wife of 17 years and mom of two children through transracial open adoption. She has been a type 1 diabetic for over 30 years, which is why her husband and she chose adoption to create their family. Theresa is also a school-based speech-language pathologist serving elementary students. | | | We learned from Therese:*When faced with any disease, especially when young, it is ok to be clear with your identity and not hide your disease.*A good...
Dallin currently is a college student at BYU in Idaho. He is studying business management with an emphasis in marketing. In school, he didn’t make the basketball team but later ended up becoming the basketball manager. This led Dallin to join track where his mindset and physical strength were tested and stretched every day. He met many wonderful people who lifted him through that experience. Slowly but surely his confidence and mental game became stronger and he started to lift others which i...
Pearl comes to us having traveled the world to learn from healing masters: a Sikh yogi, a Toltec family, a Bhutanese monk, a Vietnamese nun, an African shaman, a Native American healer, an Indian guru and experts in Borneo, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Hawaii. She has had a diverse history of careers including a filmmaker, with a Masters in Film and working in finance until she realized her job wasn’t serving her. And She is now a Zumba® Instructor, not just tea...
Ask most kids who play an instrument what they want to be when they grow up. "I want to be a rockstar," they'll say. Well, our guest today, Matt Teck, got that opportunity! After touring part-time around his sales career, he got the call -- the call that took him to Branson full-time performing in a headline show. We'll get into the details during the interview, but Matt had to get moving on some side hustle after their first pay cut. He takes us through the circumstances that led into a laws...
Munira is the author of Choosing Hope: One Woman. Three Cancers. the story of how she battled three advanced cancers: Stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Stage 3 multiple myeloma, and Stage 3 breast cancer, within a period of five years. Munira shares her inspirational story about resilience, courage, and hope in the face of overwhelming odds. Munira tells her experiences at home, in the community, and in hospitals, revealing with utter honesty and catching humor her moments of darkness and light, ...
Shannon is a certified Holistic Health Coach, a yoga teacher for over a decade, and a mother of two awesome kids. As a health advocate and wellness guide, she helps parents prioritize their own self-care and bring more awareness into their lives. Her dedication to helping other parents who struggle with balancing life came from her own need to recommit to self-care. After a tough divorce and messy transition into single parenthood, she realized that she couldn’t help her kid...
Jackie Chavez Anderson is a Yoga teacher and certified Ayurveda Health Educator and founder of A New HoriZen, educating, encouraging, and empowering others to ignite their health evolution. Jackie’s goal is to share her passion, enthusiasm, and love for Yoga and Ayurveda. Struggling with unhealthy negative body image perceptions of herself throughout her childhood and as an adult, coupled along with poor diet and lifestyle routines through her years lead to a decline in her physical and...
Lilli is a US citizen living in Maine who came from Bulgaria 15 years ago in hopes to restart her life. She is a massotherapist, yoga instructor, and Ayurvedic health counselor. Lili shares with us her story of coming to America and trying to find and reconstruct herself. Her near-death experience was simply not living. We learned from Lili: *You cannot run from yourself*Starting your day right with a gratitude journal creates an anchor that grounds you throughout your day*You...
Jessica is a 29-year-old single mother, Ohio State University graduate, former special education instructor, and now podcaster who is always striving to better herself and her life. Over the last five years, Jessica has certainly faced her share of adversity after losing her father to prostate cancer. Jessica is sharing with us today her seemingly long journey of grief, abuse, and being a single parent. She, like her father, certainly lives with the mantra, “This, Too, Shall Pass”!  ...
Brittany Witczak is a 31-year-old hairstylist and wife. Brittany is married to Kyle and together they have been trying to have a baby with much heartache, peaks, and valleys and finally triumph over the past 3 years. Thanks to her selfless sister, her husband and she are now expecting their first rainbow baby. We learn from Brittany: *Despite years of struggling, heartbreak, depression, anxiety, don’t give up-It is worth all of the pain!*There is a plethora of support gr...
Alicia is a French teacher who is on parental leave to care for her two little girls who were each born with serious health conditions. Her oldest daughter, Penelope (PeeWee) was born prematurely and lives with apraxia of speech, a neurological disorder, and autoimmune neutropenia which has caused her to be isolated most of her life. Her youngest daughter, Gwendonlyn (GiGi) who is 1 ½ year old, survived open-heart surgery at just 24 hours old and experienced more hospital care in her fi...
Jessica Patzell: Jessica is a single mom of three, domestic violence survivor, and a believer in embracing your authentic self. For over a decade Jessica hid in the shadows ashamed of her abusive marriage. She had become a complete shell of the woman she was once was and worse, no longer believed she could be. It was not until her ex-husband was sentenced to 20 years in prison that she found her way out of the shadows and rediscovered her voice. Now, three years later Jessica has dedicated he...
Suzy is an outgoing, active, and successful mother of two adult boys who recently wrote the book, “Vacuum in Squares,” a memoir of how her twin sister and she survived living with an abusive father. Her bond with her identical twin is what she feels helped her get through the day to day struggles of living with such a difficult father. Working out, her sense of humor, close friends, and following her dreams also helped Suzy to be resilient during the turbulent times. Suzy also shares her stan...
Maria is a 14-year-old teenager who was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer four years ago when she was in 4th grade. Maria has undergone three surgeries and three isolated radioactive iodine treatments. Despite her cancer and ongoing treatments she continues to excel academically and stay involved in the speech and debate program. We Learned from Maria:*Some cancers are very treatable.*Cancer is not as bad or as scary as it may seem.*Cancer doesn’t have to rob you of your childhood ...
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