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Stories and Strategies for Women will share riveting stories about amazing women hosted by radio personality and author, Claudine Wolk. Through interview format Claudine introduces guests whose stories and expertise will entertain and motivate. Women will learn that they are not alone in feeling the way that they do and that they can feel good about their prospects. We cover self-care, beauty, mental health, romantic relationships, parenting, working mom issues, stay at home mom issues, women in history, true crime, entrepreneurism, cultural issues, and hot topics. A good story, well-told, is powerful and inspires action.
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In this "After Juice" episode, Anne Luty shares how she came to the decision to leave a job that did not fulfill her to start her own bakery - from her home!Anne is the owner of Schmeckerle Bakery and makes the most delicious cookies, pies and cakes.   I know they are delicious because I have eaten them!  Just look at the picture on the podcast.  C'mon?  How cute are they?  Anne bakes and sells in Wisconsin but soon will be able to ship across the country.  You have heard of beauty product bundles that ship every month, right? Well Anne has a program where she ships baked good sample boxes.  She calls it SchmeckerLOVE.  Great idea, right?  A cookie subscription service! But I am getting ahead of myself.  In this podcast episode we focus on Anne's decision to try a new career. The episode is framed against Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and the urge for us all to reach our full potential, our self-actualization.  Bravo, Anne!  For more information on Schmeckerle Bakery, you can contact Anne on her website: Schmeckerle.comFor more information on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs you can try this link at Simple Psychology.Claudine Wolk Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/claudinewolk/Claudine Wolk Blog - https://www.claudinewolk.com/blogThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women is brought to you by Eyebobs.  Enter code 'StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount at eyebobs.com
Kate Eckman is the author of the new book, The Full Spirit Workout.  Kate is a dynamic speaker, an accomplished entrepreneur, an elite athlete, a mindfulness expert, and a Columbia University certified executive.  She has the energy of three people and the wisdom of a prophet as you will be able to tell from this dynamic podcast episode.Kate and I discuss:** Spiritual Exercise and being "spiritually fit"** How social media can "erode our spirit"** the Spiritual vitamins - gratitude, visualizing, savoring** Core Beliefs - How they affect us and our confidence**Taking an emotional "time-out"** The art of doing nothing**How "curious brain mode" can increase your confidence** The Anger Train** Mom on Mom Crime** Change the Channel ** Showing Up Like You Mean ItYou can find Kate at her website: KateEckman.tvKate's brand New Book is: The Full Spirit Workout: A Ten Step System to Shed Your Self Doubt, Strengthen Your Spiritual Core and Create a Firm and Fulfilling LifeClaudine Wolk Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/claudinewolk/Claudine Wolk Blog - https://www.claudinewolk.com/blogThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women is brought to you by Eyebobs.  Enter code 'StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount at eyebobs.com
Sally Miller was a chemical engineer but decided that her talents pointed to a new career -  teaching yoga.  Quite a change! She shares her story of transition with us on Stories and Strategies for Women Podcast as well as pointers on her yoga specialty, Yin Yoga, as well as Ayurvedic self-care and Somatic meditation.   Sally mentions the faith she had in herself to make such a big change in her career and her life.  We ask he where she found that faith and how she was able to tap into it. Her “telling her family” story is priceless.  You can find her at her website: sallymilleryoga.com.  Her classes are available online in group classes or individual classes.  She can also record a personal, individual session that you can play anytime.  Her unique take on yoga and yoga practice is discussed as well as her belief in holistic treatments that made a difference in her life.  Claudine Wolk Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/claudinewolk/Claudine Wolk Blog - https://www.claudinewolk.com/blogThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women is brought to you by Eyebobs.  Enter code 'StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount at eyebobs.com
Meredith Masony is a whirlwind gal  - She is an author, podcast host, comedian, and performer.  She is hysterical, honest, and passionate about being a parent, being married, being a woman, and achieving her goals. She wants YOU to achieve your goals too! In this episode of Stories and Strategies for Women Podcast this woman, who hosts over 3 million followers on her Facebook page alone (Meredith Masony) - yes, I said 3 millions followers - is a movement all by herself! In this episode of the Podcast, I ask Meredith her story, the dramatic turning point in her life that has led her to become the message bearer that she is today.  She brings humor and honesty through several platforms to millions of parents all over the world.  She is an inspiration.  Meredith reveals  breaking news - her latest project on the podcast...a live performance with Tiffany Jenkins and Dena Blizzard ... the first show in Jacksonville, FL is scheduled for 7.20.2021.  For more information: MyNameIsNotMom.com Meredith's New Book: Ask Me What's for Dinner One More TimeClaudine Wolk Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/claudinewolk/Claudine Wolk Blog - https://www.claudinewolk.com/blogThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women is brought to you by Eyebobs.  Enter code 'StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount at eyebobs.com
Elizabeth Manner is a psychotherapist in the addictions treatment services department at Hunterdon Behavioral Health in the Hunterdon Healthcare System in NJ.  She is a LCSW & LCADC and helps people everyday with addiction.In this episode of Stories and Strategies for Women, Elizabeth answers our questions on Vaping.  When is it a good thing?  When is it a bad thing?  How does it work in our bodies?  Is it safe for women?  Is it safe for children?Elizabeth's knowledge, compassion and objectivity makes this an informative and balanced conversation. If you or someone you know needs help with alcohol or drug addiction, start by calling Hunterdon Healthcare intake line to take that first step to gather information. 1-908-788-6401.Elizabeth had this to say about her book recommendations: "I love so many books, that is a tough one, but recently I find memoirs and essays to be helpful reminders that life is full of hardships, but the key is to laugh, accept, and keep moving. Anything by David Sedaris (Naked is a good collection of his essays), David Foster Wallace (A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again is great), Augusten Burroughs Running with Scissors, Meghan Daum's Unspeakable, Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods are all favorites of mine. By the way, if you have ever been on a cruise or plan to go, the David Foster Wallace book is a must read." Claudine Wolk Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/claudinewolk/Claudine Wolk Blog - https://www.claudinewolk.com/blogThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women is brought to you by Eyebobs.  Enter code 'StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount at eyebobs.com
Dr Laurel Schwartz is a Dermotologist, Dermatopathologist, a wife, a mother, and a fellow working mom.  She practices at The Philadelphia Institute of Dermatology, a practice of Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery.In this episode, Dr Laurel Schwartz shares her story.  We learn:** ...Dr Laurel's path to becoming a Doctor, a Wife, and a Mother to a special needs daughter and three more children!** ... Her thoughts on "having it all"** ...Her thoughts on "Mother Guilt"** ...Her advice to the next generation of young ladies, including "you have to ask for what you want because no one is going to hand it to you."** ...Her thoughts on vaccine safety** ...Her secret weapon -  "her little sisters"** ... Her Bonus Beauty tips for women - yup, botox is on the list!Please join us for this honest discussion and one woman's journey who believes that "you path leads you to where you need to be." with Dr Laurel Schwartz.Dr Laurel Schwartz's Book Pick: The Rent Collector by Shadow MountainClaudine Wolk Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/claudinewolk/Claudine Wolk Blog - https://www.claudinewolk.com/blogThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women is brought to you by Eyebobs.  Enter code 'StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount at eyebobs.com
Laurie Palau knows a few things about clutter.  The Owner of Simply B Organized, podcast host of This Organized Life and Author of Hot Mess: A Practical Guide for Getting Organized shares her theory on clutter - "Clutter isn't limited to what you see on the outside it's about how it makes you feel on the inside."  Laurie shares her theory on types of clutter and what they mean: physical clutter, emotional clutter, and calendar clutter.  She explains that once you can identify the type of clutter you can start to eliminate it from your life.Kids have issues with clutter, too, and their handling (or lack of handing it) can cause family rift and stress.  We talk about what can cause kid clutter and tips on how to solve it.  Laurie shares her experience with her own children and we discuss a special episode from her podcast, This Organized Life, where her daughter is the guest (episode 138).  Their story might ring a bell or two in your life with your children or grandchildren.Laurie Palau's book: Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting OrganizedLaurie's podcast: This Organized LifeLaurie's website: SimplyBOrganizedClaudine Wolk Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/claudinewolk/Claudine Wolk Blog - https://www.claudinewolk.com/blogThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women is brought to you by Eyebobs.  Enter code 'StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount at eyebobs.com
Julie Metz is a NY Times best selling author, an art director and a graphics designer.  Her second book, Eva and Eve, is her latest newly released book.Eva and Eve reads a bit like historical fiction but what is described actually happened to Julie's Mom's family in Nazi-occupied Vienna.  Julie's Mom shared some of what happened in her young life - she was 12 when she left Vienna for America with her parents - but not everything that happened.  After Julie's mom's death, Julie found a book that she had never seen before.  So started Julie's journey to uncover the rest of her mothers story.  To tell a great story, you need a great story-teller.  Metz is the perfect person to tell this story, not only because it is her ancestor's story but also because she is simply a fantastic writer. (Her first book, Perfection, is one of my favorites!)  Prepared to be swept away in this interview to another time and place.  Come along for the ride as Julie searches for the truth.  Julie has a special offer for fans…bookplates! Message her on her instagram account: juliemetzwriter - and ask for a bookplate.What is a bookplate?  It is a sticker with Julie’s autograph that you can place in your book to create your own signed copy of her book!  Bookplates used to be super popular…I love them..and are making a comeback!Julie Metz's Books:Eva and EvePerfection Claudine Wolk Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/claudinewolk/Claudine Wolk Blog - https://www.claudinewolk.com/blogThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women is brought to you by Eyebobs.  Enter code 'StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount at eyebobs.com
Sugar - We love it but we know it is bad for us.  Why is it bad?  What does it do to our bodies or energy or long-term health.  Dr John Murray answers our questions in this episode of Stories and Strategies for Women:Dr John shares:** How sugar became such a problem in the American Diet** How fast food has changed our taste buds and increased our cravings for sugar** The relationship between sugar and inflammation** How too much sugar in the diet causes dangerous chronic elevated insulin levels** How as we age, our ability to handle dangerous levels of sugar decreases** Tips to cut back on sugarThe book Dr. John quotes from in the podcast is titled:Nourishing Traditions by Sally FallonThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women is brought to you by Eyebobs.  Enter code 'StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount at eyebobs.comPhoto by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
Mandee Hammerstein is a launching expert and a publicist.  I asked Mandee, "How can a woman gather the confidence to move forward in her life?"   Mandee shares her very personal story and words of wisdom.  And, oh yes, she is related to that Hammerstein!Among Mandee's advice gained from experience:**Allow yourself to dream**You want people rooting for you and helping you**Surround yourself with people who are a little bit better than you, but not too much**You can't only be a taker, you must give too!**How to work on your confidenceYou can reach Mandee at her website: mkhammerstein.comMandee mentions many books that she found pivotal in her confidence-building: Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert KiyosakiHelped Mandee change and improve her relationship with money from the author's overall philosophy.  This book gave Mandee the insight and confidence to reach for what she always wanted to do with investing but was always intimidated until she read this book, leading her to many others and helped her really start the professional conversations needed to take actionLong Distance Real Estate Investing by David GreeneTaught Mandee that she could realistically invest in growing, less expensive markets, versus waiting years to save up to buy real estate investments in her expensive backyardBiggerPockets.com (not a book :-)Is a website tool that led Mandee to forums, live webinars, more reading, research, case studies and meetUps that further helped Mandee learn the fundamentals of getting your feet wet with Real EstateThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women is brought to you by Eyebobs.  Enter code 'StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount at eyebobs.com
In this After Juice episode I join two guests:Dr John Murray (Polishing Your Internal Mirror, Ep. 15 & 16) and Phyllis Mitchell (Ep 17).Dr John Murray and I chat about committing to things in your life and  "mochihchu" - moving forward without hesitation  - an idea he studied from Alan Watts.  Dr Murray also shares his personal story and how "mochihchu" played a role. Finally, Dr Murray introduces us to "Klowkee" and what was unleashed after a Klowkee tackle.Dr John Murray practices Chiropractic in Clinton, NJ. His daughter, Dr Hilary, and son-in-law, Dr. Zach,  are doctors on staff.  More information can be found at his website: JMurrayChiropracticNJ.comIn the second part of this After Juice episode, Phyllis Mitchell, owner of Readings by Phyllis, podcast host of Psychic Connection and author of Believe, Do You?  and I chat about Phyllis's new book release, different book marketing techniques and what she is learning as a new author.  Phyllis offers what her intuition tells her about the future of the Stories and Strategies for Women podcast!Note: Alan Watts is mentioned in the podcast.  He authors over 400 recordings that are available on You Tube as well as other places.  If you want to check out one example click on the link. Alan Watts The Taoist WayThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women Podcast is brought to you by Eyebobs - the best readers you will ever find, eyeglasses too. Use Promo Code "StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount today.
Do YOU have intuitive abilities?  Phyllis Mitchell, owner of Readings by Phyllis, podcast host of Psychic Connection and author of Believe, Do You? asks me this question and many others in this interview where the interviewer comes the interviewee!We talk about:*** changing careers later in life*** intuitive leanings and what they may mean *** Book publishing! If you are considering writing a book, this is podcast episode for you.      Traditional publishing or Self-publishing using print-on-demand is covered*** How I got to be a radio hostPhyllis's book recommendation: Her brand new book -  Believe Do?Interested in becoming an author book - Write the Perfect Book ProposalClaudine's book is mentioned: "the perfect baby shower gift" - It Gets Easier and Other Lies We Tell New MothersThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women Podcast is brought to you by Eyebobs - the best readers you will ever find, eyeglasses too. Use Promo Code "StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount today.
Marie Toner, House Director of  Pearl S Buck International and Anna Katz, President, CEO of Pearl S Buck International join Claudine to share information about a very famous Bucks County, PA historical figure, the renowned author and humanitarian, Pearl S. Buck.Did you know that Pearl S. Buck:**was the first American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize?**was American-born but lived in China for 40 years?**wrote over 1,000 pieces - books, articles, etc?**created a marvel super hero - Johnny Everyman?**lived in Bucks County, PA; her home is available for tour and is just as it was when she died?** was a feminist, a civil rights activist and an advocate for bi-racial adoption?**was a Mom to a special-needs child?**was the name on a FBI file?The exhibit gallery that Marie mentioned at the link: pearls buck.org/exhibit-galleryFor volunteer opportunities, contact Marie Toner at 215-249-0100 x149 or email at Mtoner@pearlsbuck.orgPearl S Buck Foundation continues the work of Pearl S Buck in earnest! Two initiatives mentioned by Anna Katz are Welcome Workplace - multicultural workforce workshops and the Global Leadership program for high school students.  Learn more about these and other wonderful programs as linked.Anna Katz's book Nod at the link: The Child That Never Grew - Pearl S BuckMarie Tonar book Nod at the link: The Young Revolutionist - Pearl S BuckThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women Podcast is brought to you by Eyebobs - the best readers you will ever find, eyeglasses too. Use Promo Code "StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount today.
In Part Two of our interview with Dr John Murray, of Murray Chiropractic,  we continue our conversation on tools and techniques to "polish your internal mirror" thereby illuminating judgement and leading to long-term great health.  In Part Two of this interview, Dr John Murray teaches:** How to prioritize your "practice" whatever that means to you**How attaching something meaningful to your practice will motivate you to stay with it**How our brains are hard-wired for a lot of cool stuff!**Why Omega-3 is so important for our bodies **The importance of mentors...and much, much moreDr John Murray practices Chiropractic in Clinton, NJ. His daughter, Dr Hilary, and son-in-law, Dr. Zach,  are doctors on staff.  More information can be found at his website: JMurrayChiropracticNJ.comDr John Murray's Book Nods:"Molecules of Emotion" - Candace Pert"Band of Brothers" - Stephen AmbroseThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women Podcast is brought to you by Eyebobs - the best readers you will ever find, eyeglasses too. Use Promo Code "StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount today. Note: As with all of our health episodes, please seek your doctor's advice on any particular health issue.
Women often talk about diets....good food, bad food, good habits, bad habits, exercise classes, exercise bikes...what if, in the effort to attain better health, we are focusing on the wrong things?  Dr John Murray, owner of John G. Murray Jr Chiropractic, offers (forgive the pun) food for thought.  What started as a conversation on the mind / body connection turned into information, tools and techniques to "polish your internal mirror" thereby illuminating judgement and leading to long-term great health.In Part One of this interview, Dr John Murray teaches:** You have to be "selfish" to work on yourself**June Cleaver must go!**The Secret to sticking to your plan**How affirmations can help you quiet "monkey brain"**Why and how to increase the amount of water you drink.  We all know drinking water is important but do you know exactly what it does for your body?...and much, much moreDr John Murray practices Chiropractic in Clinton, NJ. His daughter, Dr Hilary, and son-in-law, Dr. Zach,  are doctors on staff.  More information can be found at his website: JMurrayChiropracticNJ.comDr John Murray shares his book pick in Part Two of our interview which drops next week.This episode of Stories and Strategies for Women Podcast is brought to you by Eyebobs - the best readers you will ever find, eyeglasses too. Use Promo Code "StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount today. Note: As with all of our health episodes, please seek your doctor's advice on any particular health issue.
Have you ever pushed fear aside and said YES?  In this episode in the After Juice series, listeners get a "behind the scenes" look at how the idea of the "after juice" came to be. Kate Brenton from Episode 5, Follow the Signs,  hosts the host and elicits a personal story from Claudine.  "Don't Make a Decision Based on Fear" is a major theme. Dr Irena Kay, the guest in Episode 8, A Passionate Love Affair, shares more advice that derive from the differences in the male and female brain. The episode was recorded during the holidays when Dr Kay was hosting 11 members of her family and gave rise to how to parent our adult kids.   "Letting Go" is a major theme. This episode of Stories and Strategies for Women Podcast is brought to you by Eyebobs - the best readers you will ever find, eyeglasses too. Use Promo Code "StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount today.
Part Tony Robbins, Part Gary Vaynerchuck...you get both in Part Two of our episode with guest, Robyn Graham. Robyn is a brand marketing strategist and a business coach plus the host of The Second Phase Podcast.  In Part Two of our interview Robyn (TheRobynGraham.com) you will learn:***What keeps you from taking action to start a new venture?***Why it is never too late to reinvent yourself***If you MUST pick ONE social media platform, what would it be?Catherine Sienna is quoted as saying..."Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire"With Robyn's guidance you will set the world on fire!Robyn Graham's Book Nod: Badass Your Brand, by Pia SilvaThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women Podcast is brought to you by Eyebobs - the best readers you will ever find, eyeglasses too. Use Promo Code "StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount today. 
Part Tony Robbins, Part Gary Vaynerchuck...you get both in this episode with our guest, Robyn Graham. Robyn is a brand marketing strategist and a business coach plus the host of The Second Phase Podcast.  In Part One of our interview Robyn (TheRobynGraham.com) you will learn:***Why we have trouble focusing, especially when pressing the button on a new venture***How to get out of your own way and get started***The three questions that when answered will set you on your wayCatherine Sienna is quoted as saying..."Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire"With Robyn's guidance you will set the world on fire!Robyn Graham's Book Nod: Badass Your Brand, by Pia SilvaThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women Podcast is brought to you by Eyebobs - the best readers you will ever find, eyeglasses too. Use Promo Code "StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount today. 
Do you have a narcissist in your life?It seems "Narci, Narci, Narci" like "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" is a common refrain these days.But what exactly IS a narcissist.  We asked the experts and sat down with Ryan Lynch and Amanda Johns, licensed Psychologists, Social Workers, and Podcast hosts of "Worth the Work" to find out.Ryan and Amanda share their special blend of skill and delivery to answer our questions on  everything narcissist.  We learn what a narcissist is, how to identify one, how to cope with one, and the definitions for all those well-used narci-words: love-bombing, gaslighting, and flying monkeys.  We deal with the subject in a light-hearted, fun way but living with a narcissist is a serious matter.  If you feel you are in an abusive relationship with a narcissist, please seek professional help.  There are many confidential resources available to you.  Don't wait to speak to someone and get some help.You can find Ryan Lunch and Amanda Johns at their website, worththework.net, on their instagram worth the work_, or on the Facebook page: Worth the Work with Amanda and Ryan.Book recommendations:Amanda - The Body Keeps the the Score: Brain, Mind & Body in the HealingTrauma  by Bessel van Der KolkRyan - She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasing a Woman by Ian KernerThis episode of Stories and Strategies for Women is brought to you by Eyebobs.  Enter code 'StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount at eyebobs.com
This episode is packed. Dr Irena Kay, executive coach and certified law of attraction coach, shares her personal story - how she and her husband turned their marriage around and into a the best relationship you can imagine, "a passionate love affair."  Dr Kay has studied the brain (epigenetics) and how men and women's brains are actual different, we process differently, we interpret words and actions differently.  Sometimes these differences can lead to difficulties in relationships that can last decades.  She describes a common complaint among women: "He doesn't understand me," and exclaims, "you are right, he doesn't understand you, he can't."  Because of his brain and how he is wired. Another common complaint: "Why can't you just get over it." Dr Irena Kay says, "We can't just get over it because of our brains, how we are wired."You can find Dr Irena Kay at her websites: Ultimate Success Mindset and Married Love SuccessDr Kay's Book Recommendation:Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon HillThis episode brought to you by eye bobs: use code "StoriesandStrat10" for a 10% discount.
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