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Surviving Trauma: Stories of Hope

Author: Marlene McConnell

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The podcast stays true to its name in that the show is about people who have overcome traumatic events in their lives and are now sharing the inspirational stories of hope that they have taken away from having gone through those events. The show starts with me sharing my own life-changing experiences, emotions, lessons, and aids that helped me and others survivors to heal and hopefully the listeners will know that they are not alone and leave the show with a positive take away. From time to time, we also call on experts to help and guide us with some of the questions that we may have.
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Flying Solo

Flying Solo

2021-10-2008:50

This week I am flying solo. I have a few things I would like to talk about. Starting with celebrating some milestones for the podcast, talking about why I am writing a book, and with October being breast cancer awareness month, I wanted to talk about cancer.As always, thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Comment on the posts on Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn, and let me know what you think of the episode. Stay tuned and as always, keep listening. Connect with me by checking out mycenteredlife for daily inspiration, and leave me a comment to let me know what you think of the episode.Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mycenteredlifeInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/mycenteredlifeWould you please support the show at www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhopeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
This week I am privileged to have Sylvester Jenkins III join me on the podcast. Sylvester is a retired Army Veteran, having served in the military for 21 years.In this episode, we will learn how he remains resilient amidst adversity. Sylvester is no stranger to this concept. He grew up as a son to a single mom and fell in with the wrong crowd until his circumstances presented him with an opportunity to enlist in the US military. During his time in hostile environments, Sylvester became a leader and learned how to take adversity and turn his stress into success. Sylvester has accomplished measurable results under extreme pressure while leading teams of people through dynamic, fast-paced, and even hostile environments. In our conversation today, we will dive into adversity, how to remain resilient amidst adversity, and actionable leadership and healing strategies that you can apply in your work and daily life!Sylvester is an Adversity and Resilience Speaker-Educational Consultant-Author-Mental Health Advocate and Army Veteran. He dedicates his career and time to empower the next generation to become resilient leaders that succeed in life.I enjoyed the conversation with Sylvester, and it was a pleasure to have him join me on the podcast. Enjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Should you wish to connect with Sylvester, you can check out his social pages and website. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sylvesterjenk03/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sylvesterjenkinsiii/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sylvester-jenkins-iiiWebsite: https://www.sylvesterjenkins.com/Connect with me by checking out mycenteredlife for daily inspiration, and leave me a comment to let me know what you think of the episode.Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mycenteredlifeInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/mycenteredlifeWould you please support the show at www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhopeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
This week I am excited to be joined by Andrea Medina all the way from California. In the episode, Andrea and I chat about trauma, recovery and the concept of interconnected healing. She starts out by sharing her story and her journey of healing and recovery from verbal and emotional abuse. Andrea also gives us an insight into her upcoming book titled The Energized Self: Explorations of Inner Peace to Foster Self-Awareness, Compassion & Service. The book is centered on how interviewing strangers about their ways of overcoming traumatic experiences in their lives energized her to do the inner work needed to move forward from her own trauma. In this book, she presents a concept she likes to call "interconnected healing" or healing through the oneness that we recognize in our stories and those of others, regardless of the background.Andrea currently teaches Junior High English through Teach For America in Mississippi. She have a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Literature from Claremont McKenna College. She is Mexican American, a language enthusiast, meditation and journaling practitioner, a writer, and a colossal rap fanatic. Her newest project is a book titled, The Energized Self: Explorations of Inner Peace to Foster Self-Awareness, Compassion & Service, which will be coming out in the Winter of 2021. I enjoyed the conversation with Andrea, and it was a pleasure to have her join me on the podcast. Enjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Should you wish to connect with Andrea, you can check out her social pages and website. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/withmyselfblogInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/andreamedina_author/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-medina-cmc2021/.Website: www.authorandreamedina.comConnect with me by checking out mycenteredlife for daily inspiration, and leave me a comment to let me know what you think of the episode.Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mycenteredlifeInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/mycenteredlifeWould you please support the show at www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhopeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
Today, I welcome Jared Altic to the podcast, and he joins me from his hometown of Kansas City, Kansas. Jared is a husband, father of five, Bible teacher, Police Chaplain, and podcaster. He has 25 years of experience serving and counseling military and law enforcement families. In addition, he works as a minister and volunteers his time as a police chaplain at the local police department. He is a man of God, and he has dedicated his life so selflessly to stand in service of others. He is an inspiration to so many.In this episode, I ask the question, “what is a police chaplain?”  First, Jared explains that a chaplain is a priest or a pastor attached to an organization such as a hospital or the police department.  Then, Jared provides the listeners with a front-row seat to a day in the life of a police chaplain. He explains that a chaplain gets called out to unattended deaths, which means homicides, suicides, accidents, and natural deaths without doctor or hospice care.  A chaplain also makes death notifications, and a chaplain builds relationships with the officers by being present as they serve their community.Jared is authoritative yet kind, focused, compassionate, grounded, helpful, and easy to talk to. It was a pleasure to have him join me on the podcast. This episode was insightful and opened a whole new world of knowledge for me. So get ready because this episode is a must-listen.  Enjoy, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. You can connect with Jared on his social pages, YouTube and also check out the Hey Chaplain podcast on your favorite podcast directory.Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaredaltic?lang=enFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/jaredaltic/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeotNx9ylqqQIl376ChUy4wPodcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Connect with me by checking out mycenteredlife for daily inspiration, and leave me a comment to let me know what you think of the episode.Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mycenteredlifeInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/mycenteredlifeWould you please support the show at www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
In this week's episode, I welcome Jennifer Rose Asher to the podcast. She joins me from her home in Dallas, Texas. In the episode, Jennifer shares the story of how she became a mother. She details everything from her decision to have a child through two miscarriages and a whirlwind trip to Vietnam to find and adopt her daughter. Along the way, Jennifer and her husband tried multiple approaches looking for their child and, in the end, would never have predicted where they would find her.Jennifer has just authored a book on her journey of becoming a mom called "Journey to My Daughter." Her book will be released in December 2021. I have been privileged to have a peek and highly recommend this book as a definite must-read. Jennifer's book started as a memoir detailing her journey to her daughter, but it is so much more than that.  For families or people who are considering adoption, this book is for you. Through Jennifer's story, you will find the confidence to know that your child is out there regardless of any difficulties you may be experiencing today. So keep following the signs and be flexible in your thinking to navigate the journey. I have known Jennifer for a short time, but she struck me as selfless, loving, passionate, supportive, creative, intelligent, and firm. I enjoyed our conversation, and it was a pleasure to have her join me on the podcast. Enjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Should you wish to connect with Jennifer, you can check out her social pages and email. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jennifer-Rose-Asher-Author-100593285646703Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jenniferroseasher/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferroseasher/.Email: jenniferroseasher@gmail.comConnect with me by checking out mycenteredlife for daily inspiration, and leave me a comment to let me know what you think of the episode.Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mycenteredlifeInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/mycenteredlifeWould you please support the show at www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhopeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
In this special episode, I welcome Eric “Protein” Moseley to the podcast. He joins me from his home town of Austin, Texas. Eric, is a social impact documentary filmmaker/homeless advocate, director, author and business man who grew up in Detroit Michigan, dropped out of school, became involved with gangs, substance abuse, and eventually became homeless. Eric navigated the streets for many years across the US while raising his daughter Erica on the streets. Navigating the streets allowed for him to see firsthand what it was like living on the streets of Los Angeles. After reaching rock bottom, Eric found the help needed to turn his life around and he used his experiences to become a motivation for others.Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, Eric has been recognized as becoming the first to educate the homeless about Covid-19 and turned it into a popular documentary called “The Homeless Coronavirus Outreach” which has made an impact in different regions of the world. His primary mission was to inform the destitute individuals about the virus and to distribute pandemic care packages, however his adult daughter Erica Moseley joined him and she conducted most of the interviews in the film, which he shot mainly in San Francisco and Los Angeles on an iPhone over four days.As they recorded footage of the various encounters, the social impact documentarian knew that he had to tell the stories of homeless people in the early days of the pandemic and bring it to the world. The documentary, which is also available on YouTube, has aired in six cities and several countries, including Cape Town, South Africa.As an advocate for the homeless, Eric has established an outreach training and community support programme. Through the “Each one teach one” infrastructure he will work closely with organisations to bridge the gap between the homeless and the modern day society.Eric is charming, passionate about his purpose and easy to talk to. It was a pleasure to have him join me on the podcast. His story will leave you feeling inspired and educated. Get ready because this episode is a must listen.  Enjoy, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Should you wish to connect with Eric, you can check out his website, social pages and email. Also pick up a copy of his book "From the ground up" on Amazon.Website: https://smilewonderfull.wixsite.com/my-site-1Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ericproteinmoseley/Email: ericpmoseley@gmail.comBook: https://www.amazon.com/Eric-Protein-Moseley-Ground-Up-ebook/dp/B0765QRY2LConnect with me by checking out mycenteredlife for daily inspiration and leave me a comment to let me know what you think of the episode.Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mycenteredlifeInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/mycenteredlifeWould you please support the show at www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhopeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
In today’s episode, I welcome Alexis Smith to the podcast. She joins me from her home in Utah. Alexis’s story started when she developed disordered eating and an unhealthy mindset in 2015. In 2017, this developed into a full blown eating disorder. On October 9th, she was formally diagnosed with anorexia. She was admitted to Primary Children's Hospital where she received an NG feeding tube. She was discharged from the hospital six days later, but little did she know then that she would have this tube up her nose, down her throat, and into her stomach for the following four months.On the podcast Alexis shares her story, toolbox and recovery journey with us. Now, a healthy  young lady, she started advocating for eating disorder recovery and awareness through speaking about her experiences. She is currently studying Psychology at Utah Valley University and hopes to obtain a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Alexis is a delight and easy to talk to. It was a pleasure to chat with her on my podcast. If you have ever had an eating disorder or know of a loved one who has gone through or is going through eating disorder and recovery, then this episode is for you.  Enjoy, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Should you wish to connect with Alexis, you can check out her website and social pages:Website: https://www.everyounceofstrength.wixsite.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/everyounceofstrength/Email: everyounce.ofstrength@gmail.comPodcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/every-ounce-podcast/id1545735512Connect with me by checking out mycenteredlife for daily inspiration, and leave me a comment to let me know what you think of the episode.Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mycenteredlifeInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/mycenteredlifeWould you please support the show at www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
In this episode, I welcome Sam "The Miracle Man" Shelly to the podcast. He joins me from New York. Sam helps the burnt-out, bottomed-out soul find relief from physical and mental suffering through ditching limiting beliefs and modern medicine myths, so they can awaken to their inner wisdom, alternative ways of healing, self-empowerment, and live a pain-free, healthy, and joyful life.Sam's story started at the age of six when he was run over by a truck, and the accident left him seriously injured. Sam would heal and recuperate in the years that followed, but the damage caused by his injuries would lead to more severe ailments. Sam would eventually be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and migraines. In addition, his immune system was attacking his brain and spinal cord. He was told he might never walk again. His health deteriorated, and some days he couldn't speak to people without slurring his speech. Plus, living with a mental illness for most of his life wasn't easy. It left him feeling like the walls were closing in, and he had nowhere to go. Sam lived in pain and suffering for nearly 40 years, and today, he is free from medicine, doctors, and his cane!Sam's story is multifaceted and inspiring. He will share his journey of overcoming illness, a near-death experience, mystical stories, ghost stories, and lots more. Sam now helps his clients in his practice to create miracles by clearing head trash! He is also an author and has written two books; he posts daily YouTube videos and has two weekly live shows.Sam is fun and easy to talk to. It was a pleasure to chat with him on my podcast. If you have ever faced adversity in your life and need some inspiration, then this episode is for you.  Enjoy, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Should you wish to connect with Sam, you can check out his website and social pages:Website: https://www.headtrashanonymous.org/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeadTrashAnonymousInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/headtrashanonymous/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXhoOKb2ssphdUc2LfLVucgConnect with me by checking out mycenteredlife for daily inspiration and leave me a comment to let me know what you think of the episode.Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mycenteredlifeInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/mycenteredlifeWould you please support the show at www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhopeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
In this episode, I welcome Lois Hollis to the podcast. Lois is an educator, counsellor and filmmaker. Lois Hollis was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1943. She started her career by volunteering as a nurse’s aide at age 12. She earned her RN from St. Joseph Hospital and achieved her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania. For thirty years, she gained experience as a nurse in open-heart surgery, neurosurgery, gastroenterology, and nephrology. However, she spent most of her career in nephrology, the treatment of kidney disorders. She used her talents in research, teaching, and consulting to help establish one of the first kidney hemodialysis units in the United States at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Lois taught hospital staff, physicals, and nurses how to care for hemodialysis patients both in hospital and home.After seven years of an intense working schedule, Lois needed change. She retired to consulting and eventually married. Although she lost three pregnancies, she gave birth to three girls. She states, “God gave me three beautiful girls.” Despite her many accomplishments, her abusive childhood traumas began to outweigh her vivacious lifestyle. She succumbed to guilt-ridden depression, heart and liver disease, 30 years of migraine headaches, and structural deformities. Her physicians told her that she could not live past 50 years, but she was determined to do so. Lois soon discovered that her emotional and physical health intricately weave themselves to produce health or disease.Lois moved to Sedona, Arizona where she uncovered shame/guilt secrets, her ability to write Light Language Poetry, and discovered the doctor who helped restore her health.  Her desire to understand and heal the body continues at age 77 as a ShameGuilt Educator, Counselor, and now Filmmaker.Lois is beautiful, intelligent, funny and inspiring. It was a pleasure to talk to her on my podcast and have her share her vast knowledge and experience with us. We can learn to much from her and she has so much to teach us. If you have ever experienced negative emotions, like shame and guilt, or sickness and disease, then this episode is for you.  Enjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Should you wish to connect with Lois, you can check out her website, social pages or sign up for her newsletter:Website: http://www.loishollis.com·         Free e-book “Now is the Times” ·         Free 15 minute call·         Soulspeak Healing informationFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/shameguiltstoppers Podcast: https://www.loisholliscom/podcasts-loishollis/·         Full length & golden nugget five-minute podcasts·         Film: “Out of Discord Into Harmony” How to communicate within yourself.  Newsletter: https://www.loishollis.com·         FREE e-book Five-Hundred Questions Have One Answer ·         FREE “I’m good film”  Making Shame guilt visible.   Connect with me by checking out mycenteredlife for daily inspiration and leave me a comment to let me know what you think of the episode.Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mycenteredlifeInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/mycenteredlifeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
Today I welcome the very chic Grace Lunika to the podcast. She joins me from her home in beautiful Cape Town. Grace is a business professional, a mom, a daughter, a sister a friend and so much more. In this episode, we discuss Grace’s journey of becoming a mom to her baby boy who blessed her with his presence for twenty four days. We delve into how Grace dealt with the pain of losing her baby so soon after giving birth to him and she shares a honest and open account of how she worked through her grieving process.  Grace truly embodies her name. She is beautiful, elegant, courteous, filled with goodness and all round inspiring. I am proud to call her a friend. This is an emotional, yet beautiful story and I know it will impact lives in a positive manner.Enjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Connect with me by checking out mycenteredlife for daily inspiration here:Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mycenteredlifeInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/mycenteredlifePlease support the show at www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhopeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
Today I welcome Randi-Lee Bowslaugh, who joins me from her home in Welland, Ontario. Randi-Lee is an author, a cancer survivor, kickboxing champion, mental health advocate, a mom, and so much more. In this episode, we discuss being a mom to a transgender son, his autism diagnosis, and how she and her family deals with it. Then, Randi-Lee shares her cancer story, and finally, she gives us an open and honest account of her struggles with her mental health and how she learned to cope.She is a competitive kickboxer who has twice represented Team Canada internationally. She was a Canadian National Champion in kickboxing in 2015, competed at the World’s kickboxing tournament later that year, and in 2016 competed at the Pan-Am games where she received silver in her division. In 2020 she was chosen as one of the coaches for the Ontario Winter Games, where she inspired and coached young athletes.  Randi-Lee has published non-fiction and fiction books.  Her most recent book Embracing Me explores Randi-Lee’s true story of coming to terms with her depression. Sharing thoughts around suicide and the harsh reality of feeling the need to hide these thoughts. Each chapter outlines coping strategies that can help individuals explore their mental health and lovingly embrace themselves. Worksheets are provided at the end of the book to put the strategy into practice. Stopping the stigma of mental health starts with speaking honestly and openly. Topics discussed include therapy, medication, coping mechanisms, suicide, negative self-talk, positive self-talk, self-care.If you want to connect with Randi-Lee, you can check out her website and social pages:Website: http://www.rbwriting.caFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/rbwriting Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/randibwritingYoutube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSTmVQUW8K8r1sBDchLyTwAPodcast: https://anchor.fm/randi-lee-bowslaughBooks: https://www.amazon.ca/Randi-Lee-Bowslaugh/e/B08QJTS9T9TikTok: @writeordieshowRandi-Lee is inspiring, and her lively personality is vibrant and infectious. Having listened to her personal experiences, I know her story will resonate with you.Enjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Connect with me by checking out mycenteredlife for daily inspiration here:Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mycenteredlifeInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/mycenteredlifePlease support the show at www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
Today I am delighted to welcome my second expert guest to the podcast, Hazel Antiporta, who joins me from her home in Toronto, Ontario. In this episode, we discuss inner child healing and breaking generational trauma. Hazel is a healing and transformational life coach, working as a certified Hypnotherapist, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Practitioner, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, and Time Techniques Practitioner.Over the past year, she has worked with hundreds of clients, mainly focusing on healing their emotional traumas so they can live a new self-narrative that works for their lifestyle. We will tap into her knowledge and experience to learn more about inner child healing and breaking generational trauma. Hazel educates us, and this is what you will learn from our discussion.Ø  How Hazel's journey helped her choose this career path.Ø  How childhood trauma can affect us when we reach adulthood.Ø  How generational trauma is passed down from one generation to another.Ø  How to break the cycle of generational trauma.Ø  What you can expect from Hazel's coaching programme.Ø  How hypnotherapy works.Ø  How to identify triggers and lots more!Hazel is very intuitive and astute, and she has a pleasant disposition, and I know that you will love her insights! Get ready to be educated and motivated. If you wish to contact Hazel and make use of the services offered or learn more, you can check out her website and social pages:Website: https://www.projectantiporta.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectantiportaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/projectantiportaYoutube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT0GLRufsy7SBHcoW20J49w/featuredEnjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Please support the show at www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
Interview - Martha Hoy

Interview - Martha Hoy

2021-06-0846:36

In this special episode, I am joined by, the inspiring and compassionate Martha Hoy from her home in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Martha Hoy is a registered nurse, a writer, a humanitarian, author, speaker, world traveler and founder of Mother Martha Family Foundation ("MMFF").  She is passionate about improving the lives of those in her community and in Uganda. MMFF is in partnership with AMKA Foundation Africa with the mutual goal to improve the lives of those within the global community.She has a unique story that involves surviving a horrific car accident, fifteen surgeries, an abusive marriage and abandonment by her family. Despite experiencing and surviving these traumas, she is thriving and her story is about survival, triumph and the strength of the human will. As a humanitarian, Martha supported orphans in Uganda, but little did she know that the connections she made in Uganda would become her life line in her time of need.She has written two books about her story, "Lead with your heart" and "Enjoy the Journey." Her books are available on www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and www.takealot.com.Get ready to be moved and inspired by Martha's journey. If you wish to contact her, get involved and donate to the foundation, you can find out more by visiting:Website: https://mothermarthafamilyfoundation.org/Partnership foundation: http://amkafoundation.orgInstagram: www.instagram.com/marthahoy33Facebook: www.facebook.com/marthahoyTwitter: www.twitter.com/annmarhoyI enjoyed our conversation and loved listening to Martha’s story.  Enjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
I am joined by my first expert guest in today's bonus episode, the beautiful and soulful Karen Eccles from her Pilates studio in the UK. As a Pilates expert, Karin has been teaching Pilates for over a decade, specialising in classical Pilates since 2012. Originally Contemporary trained, Karen now studies, practices, and teaches Classical Pilates since she was first introduced to it in 2012 when she attended a Classical Pilates Convention. With an eagerness to learn, Karen continually seeks out the best training opportunities available to her and understands the importance of personal practice. She is demonstrating the importance of prioritising self-care and self-development to motivate others to do the same. Karen shares her knowledge and experience at every opportunity, teaching and guiding with enthusiasm and integrity. Teaching and guiding with enthusiasm and integrity, Karen shows clients how to understand their body and nature their body awareness to feel in control of their health and wellness.  Through experience and training, Karen has an innate understanding of how lift circumstances and events, mindset, and emotion can manifest physically.  She now incorporates work with energy and sound healing that works in alignment with Pilates.  This unique blend of these three practices alleviates physical symptoms, resets emotions, and brings equilibrium and a sense of wellbeing. During the podcast episode, she also shares a personal experience on the podcast that helped release her to become fully empowered and free to live her purpose.Karen is a delight, and I loved catching up with her. If you wish to contact her, you can find out more by visiting:Website: www.pilatesfromwithin.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/pilatesfromwithinFacebook: www.facebook.com/pilatesfromwithinTwitter: www.twitter.com/pilatesfromwithinEnjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Please support the show at www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope Disclaimer: My sound quality is a bit crackly at times, so please bear with me.   Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
In today’s episode, I am joined by the vivacious and elegant Margeaux Kittles. Her story starts as a young graduate building a career in global corporate finance at three major financial institutions. With her career taking off, she married her high school sweetheart and life was great. She shares her story with us including her career developments, infertility struggles and her divorce. After showing up for herself Margeaux changed her life and we have the benefit of her sharing her toolkit with us.  Today, Margeaux lives a happy life  with her family in Atlanta, Georgia. In her career, she is on a mission to promote and advocate for educational equality for all students. Equally as prevalent in her practice is her commitment to helping professionals and families find balance related to work and life.  With documented success related to improvements in outcomes, Margeaux seeks to share what she has learned with others to contribute to the advancement of related practices in a far-reaching capacity. You can find out more by visiting her website at www.margeauxkittles.comEnjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
In this episode, we meet Rosalind Pistilli. She shares a very transparent, impactful, and moving account of her story and how she’s overcome past childhood traumas. At the age of five, Rosalind was placed into the foster care system when her parents went to prison after being convicted of heinous sexual offenses. Rosalind navigated this new reality in foster care, followed by adoption with perseverance, strong mindedness, and the intent that she will leave that life behind and the world would become her oyster one day. Today, Rosalind is a mother, wife, qualified and experienced professional, and fully equipped to bring hope, therapy, and transitioning support to the many patients she helps. You can reach Rosalind at:Website: https://www.openarmstransitioncenter.orgEmail: rosalind.pistilli@openarmstransitioncenter.orgContact number: 720-900-4282Enjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Please support the show at www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhopeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
Joining me in this week’s episode from sunny Cape Town is the beautiful Anastacia Cloete Coetzee. Anastacia shares the story of human resilience, determination, heartbreak, disappointment, regret, transformation, joy and rebirth.  Her story is captivating, filled with chills, emotion, and suspense. She delivers a very realistic account of the events that started as a beautiful holiday and ended with her being imprisoned in a foreign country.  Since her release and returning home, she is now on a mission to help others.  She has been actively working in the community to give back. She speaks at churches and schools to testify about her experiences and create awareness around substance abuse issues and their consequences. Anastacia is not on social media platforms; however, publishers and interested parties who seek her services as a motivational speaker can reach out to her on anastaciacloete24@gmail.com.  Enjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening.    Please support the show at www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhopeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
In honour of National Sibling day, I am introducing you to siblings Alexis Young her late brother Tyler. Tyler passed away in August 2020 of an accidental overdose after taking a fake prescription pill that contained a lethal dose of fentanyl. Following this very tragic event, Alexis used the tools that she knew would best help her cope. As a graduated of a BA degree in English and History from the University of Virginia, Alexis started writing and is now the author of the book The Worst Thing. The Worst Thing is a memoir that both celebrates Tyler's life while also examining the events that led to his untimely death and how a family’s worst nightmare can come true, as it did for her. This is a beautiful episode and I hope that it will resonate with you.  If you wish to support the campaign for her book, The Worst Thing you can do so here https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-worst-thing-by-alexis-young#/ or find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/readingwithlex . Enjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Please support the show at www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhopeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
In this week’s episode, I am delighted to welcome the incredible human Sarah Davis, who joins me from California to the show. Sarah has an inspiring story to tell. After leaving the small town where she grew up for the big city, Sarah found herself in many challenging situations. To survive her new reality, she braved the tough neighborhoods in Chicago and survived many traumatic events, until she received a God sent epiphany that would change her life forever. Through determination and strength, Sarah left that tough life behind and through AspiringU Couching, she is now on a mission to help others who were in similar situations make the change in their lives.  You can reach Sarah on all social media platforms at @aspiringsarahd and join the private Facebook group at @AspiringU. Enjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
In this episode, I am thrilled to share my six steps of surrender with you. My story starts as an executive chasing deadlines and living my best life. Little did I know God had other plans for me. Following a cancer diagnosis, I had to learn to navigate my new reality.  My initial reaction to the diagnosis was to give in to it, but I soon realised that I was doing so for all the wrong reasons. My spiritual journey starts here, and now I have the pleasure of sharing the surrender methods that helped me cope, survive and thrive. Enjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. Stay tuned and keep listening. Don’t forget to follow mycenteredlife on Instagram and Facebook for daily inspiration. If you like the show, please consider signing up as a patron on www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope .Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/survivingtraumastoriesofhope)
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