Embrace Your Destiny
Episode 027: Lynne Hurdle & answering the call to find the opportunities in conflict

Episode 027: Lynne Hurdle & answering the call to find the opportunities in conflict

August 25, 2019

About Lynne:

Lynne Maureen Hurdle is a communication expert and conflict resolution strategist, facilitator, speaker, and leadership coach with over 35 years of experience in blending the connection between communication, conflict and culture into her unique style of engagement for leaders.

She is the author of the best seller, Closing Conflict for Leaders: How to Be a Bold Leader and Develop a Kick-Ass, High-Functioning, Happy AF Team.  Prevention, Intervention and Transformational Conflict Resolution are all at the heart of her work. Lynne's expertise is in engaging her clients with creative processes designed to create dialogue and teach skills that can be used in the most difficult leadership situations. The belief that helping people transform their lives begins with transforming your own, led to her well received TEDxWomen talk entitled, The Weight of Hate.

Lynne created The Soul of Conflict Summit, a groundbreaking online forum designed to create deep dialogue around conflict, old wounds and healing. She passionately writes about Breaking Culture: Conflict and Cultural Breakthroughs for Psychology Today. She has had the privilege to deliver her unique trainings, workshops and deep coaching to leaders from Harlem to Hong Kong and from the South Bronx to South Africa. Lynne brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and her special Lynnergy to every client.

Twitter @conflictcloser

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynnemaureenhurdle/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/theconflictcloser/

Website:  lynnemaureenhurdle.com

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:05 - Introduction to podcast

00:24 - Lynne Hurdle's biography

02:07 - Lynne shares her journey

06:50 - Lynne loses her mother before she becomes a mom herself

08:08 - The struggle to understand why clients aren't implementing the tools and techniques they are taught

08:56 - Lynne looks for the opportunity presented after losing her mother

13:51 - It's necessary to find out where we learned how to deal with conflict

16:07 - Lynne shares her biggest lesson

20:11 - Relationships are everything!

21:29 - We have to have a better relationship with conflict

22:38 - Avoiding conflict leads to it growing larger than it needs to be

26:30 - The importance of having patience with one another

27:40 - We have to talk to one another to gain understanding

30:27 - Lynne offers advice to anyone struggling with conflict in their own life

31:50 - Remember to listen to understand, not to interrupt!

33:54 - Conflict doesn't have to be a negative thing

 

About your host:

Sandra Dawes is a recovering control freak and excuse maker who works with clients struggling with similar issues. She holds an Honors BA, an MBA and a certificate in Dispute Resolution. After the passing of her father and circumstances that followed, she suffered from bouts of depression and sought the help of psychotherapists. Unwilling to seek pharmaceutical assistance to deal with her chronic unhappiness, she was lead on a journey of self-awareness and forgiveness that changed her life in deep and meaningful ways.

Sandra enjoys spending time with friends and family and her fiance Satnam. She published her first book Embrace Your Destiny: 12 Steps to Living the Life You Deserve in 2013.

Sandra was added to the Wall of Role Models by the Diversity Advancement Network in July 2016.

You can find more articles and learn more about Sandra and the programs and products she offers at www.embraceyourdestiny.ca.

You can also find Sandra in the following places:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmbraceYourDestiny

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/embraceurdestiny

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/mbraceurdestiny

Episode 026: Lisa Marie Pepe & receiving tough love from a stranger

Episode 026: Lisa Marie Pepe & receiving tough love from a stranger

August 11, 2019

About Lisa Marie:

Lisa Marie Pepe is The Confidence Coach and Online Visibility Expert for passionate, heart-centered women entrepreneurs, a #1 International best-selling author of The Art of Unlearning: Top Experts Share Conscious Choices for Empowered Living, and a motivational speaker. Trained at the graduate level in both Education and Clinical Psychology and with over three years of experience as a successful virtual assistant and social media manager, Lisa Marie empowers her clients to fully embrace their unique gifts and talents by providing them with the skills they need to develop rock-solid confidence and become vibrantly visible online.

She has been featured in The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, YFS, and several other noteworthy publications.  Lisa Marie has also appeared as a special guest expert on over 40 international telesummits and has been interviewed on dozens of highly regarded podcasts such as The Stellar Life, The Big Movement, and Women in Leadership.

Website: http://positivetransformation.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/theconfidencehub
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/PTPWC/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PTPWC

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:08 - Podcast introduction

00:27 - Lisa Marie Pepe bio

01:50 - Lisa Marie shares her story

03:04 - Burnout kicks in

04:21 - Car accident sets Lisa Marie back

05:59 - Lisa Marie gets a wake-up call from a stranger

10:05 - The challenge to figure it all out

11:20 - Lisa Marie asks God for help

12:20 - Lisa Marie makes a 180 degree turn in her life

13:27 - Lisa Marie gets a job

14:07 - Bad news post-surgery takes Lisa Marie out of her new job

15:09 - Lisa Marie starts her wellness coaching business

18:10 - Lisa Marie becomes inspired to help female entrepreneurs with their confidence and visibility

20:25 - Lisa Marie shares her biggest lesson

26:32 - Lisa Marie offers advice

 

About your host:

Sandra Dawes is a recovering control freak and excuse maker who works with clients struggling with similar issues. She holds an Honors BA, an MBA and a certificate in Dispute Resolution. After the passing of her father and circumstances that followed, she suffered from bouts of depression and sought the help of psychotherapists. Unwilling to seek pharmaceutical assistance to deal with her chronic unhappiness, she was lead on a journey of self-awareness and forgiveness that changed her life in deep and meaningful ways.

Sandra enjoys spending time with friends and family and her fiance Satnam. She published her first book Embrace Your Destiny: 12 Steps to Living the Life You Deserve in 2013.

Sandra was added to the Wall of Role Models by the Diversity Advancement Network in July 2016.

You can find more articles and learn more about Sandra and the programs and products she offers at www.embraceyourdestiny.ca.

You can also find Sandra in the following places:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmbraceYourDestiny

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/embraceurdestiny

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/mbraceurdestiny

Episode 025: Laura Valenti & healing through movement and sound

Episode 025: Laura Valenti & healing through movement and sound

July 21, 2019

About Laura: 

Laura Valenti started dancing with Susannah and Ya’Acov Darling Khan - the creators of School of Movement Medicine - in 2009. As soon as she found this form of mindfulness in motion, she fell in love with it and she continued to dance as much as she could even when she had cancer.

She is a qualified teacher and facilitator and completed 2 Advanced trainings of the SoMM: 1: Working With The Heart and SEER (Systemic Essential Energy Retrieval), 2: Ritual & Ceremony.  Additionally she is a facilitator for the Pachamama Alliance, in support of the culture and wisdom of the people of the Ecuadorian Amazon Forest.

Her work is informed by her training in sound and voice therapy, clowning, physical theatre, other healing modalities and her background in law, sociology of migration and human rights. She has lived, traveled and worked in UK, California, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and Italy. Working both with groups and on one to one basis she shared Movement Medicine with indigenous communities, people in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, refugees and vulnerable adults.

A multi-passionate person, her passions are nature, community, healthy living, co-creation, drumming and eco-psychology. She is currently training also as a coach and offers a 1:1 mentorship program to supporting people in their journey into wholeness, creativity and self love.

Laura was born in Italy, where she learnt about good food and hospitality, colourful swearing and native ancient forms of ecstatic dance. Recently she moved to Spain with her partner. Her dream is to find a land to steward and restore, to create her garden and invite people to dance and reconnect to the Elements inside and around them.

“Laura in her leading role has a very wide range of gifts which are all sourced by her loving and strong heart. The gifts of clarity, strength, spontaneity, exquisite humour are combined with her gentle and beautiful wild femininity and are rooted in her experience of transforming pain into wisdom”. (Katerina Stejskalova, homeopath and Journey practitioner).

Website: https://www.elementalsoulmedicine.com

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Elementalsoulmedicine/

The website of the Movement Medicine Association http://www.movementmedicineassociation.org

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:08 - What the Embrace Your Destiny podcast is all about

00:37 - Introduction to Laura Valenti

02:32 - Laura shares her journey

03:40 - Family struggles with grief after the death of Laura's mother

05:27 - Laura realizes she was using dance as therapy as a child

07:09 - Low self-esteem and self-confidence lead Laura to drugs and alcohol

10:11 - Drug use amplified feelings of discomfort in Laura's body so she turns to yoga and dance

12:29 - Laura decides to study physical theatre

14:40 - Laura receives a cancer diagnosis at age 33

16:02 - Laura sees diagnosis as an opportunity to make choices and have a chance to do more

19:25 - Laura get's the all clear after chemotherapy and gets serious about dance

23:05 - Laura shares her biggest lesson

30:27 - Laura offers advice to anyone going through something similar in their own lives

 

About your host:

Sandra Dawes is a recovering control freak and excuse maker who works with clients struggling with similar issues. She holds an Honors BA, an MBA and a certificate in Dispute Resolution. After the passing of her father and circumstances that followed, she suffered from bouts of depression and sought the help of psychotherapists. Unwilling to seek pharmaceutical assistance to deal with her chronic unhappiness, she was lead on a journey of self-awareness and forgiveness that changed her life in deep and meaningful ways.

Sandra enjoys spending time with friends and family and her partner Satnam. She published her first book Embrace Your Destiny: 12 Steps to Living the Life You Deserve in 2013.

Sandra was added to the Wall of Role Models by the Diversity Advancement Network in July 2016.

You can find more articles and learn more about Sandra and the programs and products she offers at www.embraceyourdestiny.ca.

You can also find Sandra in the following places:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmbraceYourDestiny

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/embraceurdestiny

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/mbraceurdestiny

Episode 024: Sandy Rocourt & finding joy and purpose after significant loss

Episode 024: Sandy Rocourt & finding joy and purpose after significant loss

July 7, 2019

About Sandy:

Sandy Rocourt is a creative writer, speaker, and strategic transformational educator, who helps clients turn the tragedy of loss & heartbreak into the strength needed to rebuild their lives. Sandy is currently completing her memoir by winter of 2019.

After going through multiple traumatic losses in a short 3-year span, Sandy found triumph when she discovered a library of personal development books that her now deceased sister had collected. Her journey of self-discovery led Sandy to become a graduate of the acclaimed Robbins-Madanes life coach training program and dedicate her life to empowering others to develop their own toolbox to overcome life’s storms.

Today, Sandy works with clients through group coaching and speaking engagements to teach you how to move beyond the pain of grief and loss in order to create happiness, build stronger relationships, and live with intention and fulfillment.

Where to find Sandy:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sandyrocourt/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sandyrocourt/

Website: https://sandyrocourt.com/

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:07 - Introduction to Embrace Your Destiny Podcast

00:48 - Sandy Rocourt's biography

01:55 - Sandy shares her story

05:10 - Enduring a year and a half of struggle

07:05 - Money Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom - Tony Robbins

09:10 -  Books really can save you!

11:21 - Sometimes requests for help are left unanswered

12:52 - Sandy struggles to find her purpose

15:00 - Sandy does the fire walk at Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Withing event!

16:08 - Sandy's biggest lesson

20:33 - Writing as a therapeutic tool

21:42 - Sandy offers advice to anyone going through a similar experience

30:45 - Sandy shares her final thoughts

 

About your host:

Sandra Dawes is a recovering control freak and excuse maker who works with clients struggling with similar issues. She holds an Honors BA, an MBA and a certificate in Dispute Resolution. After the passing of her father and circumstances that followed, she suffered from bouts of depression and sought the help of psychotherapists. Unwilling to seek pharmaceutical assistance to deal with her chronic unhappiness, she was lead on a journey of self-awareness and forgiveness that changed her life in deep and meaningful ways.

Sandra enjoys spending time with friends and family and her partner Satnam. She published her first book Embrace Your Destiny: 12 Steps to Living the Life You Deserve in 2013.

Sandra was added to the Wall of Role Models by the Diversity Advancement Network in July 2016.

You can find more articles and learn more about Sandra and the programs and products she offers at www.embraceyourdestiny.ca.

You can also find Sandra in the following places:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmbraceYourDestiny

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/embraceurdestiny

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/mbraceurdestiny

Episode 023: Cat Almanzor & making the most of her second chance

Episode 023: Cat Almanzor & making the most of her second chance

May 7, 2019

About Cat:

Cat Almanzor is a transformational life coach for the mind, body, and spirit. Her mission in life is to equip women to transform pain into power. She partners with women after experiencing toxic relationships, traumatic experiences, or severe life stressors. Cat has known defeat, suffering, struggle, and loss, and she has found her way out of those depths. It was a back‐to‐back life tragedy that served as a painful catalyst for Cat to create a life of pure purpose.

She is passionate about empowering women to walk with purpose and stand in their authentic unique identity. Cat is a single mom to two teenagers, a brain injury survivor and warrior, a social‐media guru, investor, and kickboxer. She grew up in a small province in the Philippines and currently resides in Seattle, Washington. 


Where to find Cat:

Instagram:   https://www.instagram.com/catalmanzor/

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:09 - Embrace Your Destiny Podcast introduction

00:28 - Cat Almanzor's introduction

01:10 - Cat shares her story

01:47 - Cat gets a phone call no parent wants to receive

04:50 - Cat goes to the Philippines to see her dying grandmother

05:40 - The need to be strong for her family leaves no time for grief

06:46 - Cat's health starts to decline

08:42 - Cat heads off to another hospital in an ambulance and wakes up 3 months later

09:28 - Cat has to re-learn the basics

11:15 - Setting personal goals helps with rehabilitation

12:24 - Cat deals with rehabilitation and new life after divorce at the same time

12:58 - Cat remembers praying for another chance during her time at the hospital

14:37 - First 8 months out of the hospital are the most productive of Cat's life

15:07 - Cat discovers her life's purpose

17:19 - Cat shares her biggest lesson

19:10 - Cat competes in her first half marathon!

21:44 - Cat's advice for others dealing with life's challenges

24:44 - Cat's final thoughts

 

About your host:

Sandra Dawes is a recovering control freak and excuse maker who works with clients struggling with similar issues. She holds an Honors BA, an MBA and a certificate in Dispute Resolution. After the passing of her father and circumstances that followed, she suffered from bouts of depression and sought the help of psychotherapists. Unwilling to seek pharmaceutical assistance to deal with her chronic unhappiness, she was lead on a journey of self-awareness and forgiveness that changed her life in deep and meaningful ways.

Sandra enjoys spending time with friends and family and her partner Satnam. She published her first book Embrace Your Destiny: 12 Steps to Living the Life You Deserve in 2013.

Sandra was added to the Wall of Role Models by the Diversity Advancement Network in July 2016.

You can find more articles and learn more about Sandra and the programs and products she offers at www.embraceyourdestiny.ca.

You can also find Sandra in the following places:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmbraceYourDestiny

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/embraceurdestiny

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/mbraceurdestiny

Episode 022: Dr. Linda Hurley & honouring all the parts that make her whole

Episode 022: Dr. Linda Hurley & honouring all the parts that make her whole

April 15, 2019

About Dr. Hurley:

Dr. Linda Hurley is a certified intuitive chakra energy healer, transformational coach, and founder of Magnetic Moment, LLC. She specializes in helping driven women make purposeful decisions based on the power they have inside.

Linda helps women release the feelings of guilt they encounter about all of the things going on in their lives. She uses her unique skills to draw upon science and spirit to transforms women from how they feel today to feeling incredible tomorrow so that they can show up every single day for themselves and the people they love.

She has trained extensively with Shila Moa in the healing modalities of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, and over the course of her career earned a PhD in Geology. Linda lives in Oregon with her husband and three daughters.  

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/magneticmoment.ixtli

Instagram - @magneticmoment.ixtli

Website - https://themagneticmoment.com/

 
 
SHOW NOTES:

00:04 - Introduction to the Embrace Your Destiny podcast

00:35 - Dr. Hurley's bio

01:35 - Dr. Hurley share's her story

03:38 - The pursuit of academic career while having a family

04:26 - Colleague refuses to continue to support Linda in her academic career pursuits

06:21 - Perception of wasting education by choosing to work part-time and raise her kids

07:05 - We need to change the way we view motherhood

08:36 - Segmenting the different parts of who we are doesn't serve us

10:00 - All the answers we're looking for are within us

10:55 - The importance of learning about the giant spectrum of emotions that exist and getting comfortable talking about them

14:50 - Dr. Hurley's biggest lesson

16:38 - No one gets to decide what's right for you but you!

18:52 - Look for permission within, not from others

22:45 - Dr. Hurley offers advice

28:49 - Trust your inner guidance and the process

31:24 - Dr. Hurley's final thoughts

 

About your host: 

Sandra Dawes is a recovering control freak and excuse maker who works with clients struggling with similar issues. She holds an Honors BA, an MBA and a certificate in Dispute Resolution. After the passing of her father and circumstances that followed, she suffered from bouts of depression and sought the help of psychotherapists. Unwilling to seek pharmaceutical assistance to deal with her chronic unhappiness, she was lead on a journey of self-awareness and forgiveness that changed her life in deep and meaningful ways.

Sandra enjoys spending time with friends and family and her partner Satnam. She published her first book Embrace Your Destiny: 12 Steps to Living the Life You Deserve in 2013.

Sandra was added to the Wall of Role Models by the Diversity Advancement Network in July 2016.

You can find more articles and learn more about Sandra and the programs and products she offers at www.embraceyourdestiny.ca.

You can also find Sandra in the following places:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmbraceYourDestiny

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/embraceurdestiny

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/mbraceurdestiny

Episode 021: Stephanie Pastucha & finding beauty from the inside out

Episode 021: Stephanie Pastucha & finding beauty from the inside out

April 1, 2019

About Stephanie:

Stephanie Pastucha is an inspirational speaker and life coach who empowers others to deal with the hardships they are facing, while inspiring them to move forward confidently and lead successful lives.

Stephanie’s own journey started after suffering 3rd degree burns from an accident that changed her life forever, propelling her towards her path of helping others change their lives for the better. She also offers one-on-one consulting for those who desire to get on the right path and achieve success in all areas of their lives.

She has appeared on CNN, NBC, BBC, ABC News, and made the cover of the Global Woman magazine. Stephanie has also interviewed Mel Gibson, and shared the stage with other renowned celebrities like Mark Wahlberg, Gene Simmons, and John Travolta in large-scale events reaching thousands. She currently resides in Germany.

Website: https://stephaniepastucha.godaddysites.com/
Instagram: stephanie_pastucha
Twitter: SteffiPastucha

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:07 - Introduction to Embrace Your Destiny Podcast

00:29 - Stephanie Pastucha bio

01:49 - Stephanie shares her journey

04:30 - Stephanie begins a 2 year healing process

06:43 - Being a "normal" teenage girl was impossible

07:15 - Stephanie hides herself

08:13 - Stephanie uncovers a passion for dancing and modelling in spite of her scars

09:30 - Learning how to build self-confidence

11:55 - Stephanie's biggest lesson

13:56 - Things happen to teach us something

16:05 - Stephanie shares why she believes the accident happened

17:00 - Charity work

19:49 - If you're not able to love yourself you think you're not enough

20:54 - How the media manipulates us

22:20- The danger in playing the comparison game

23:14 - Stephanie offers her advice to others

31:35 - Stephanie shares her final thoughts

 

About your host:

Sandra Dawes is a recovering control freak and excuse maker who works with clients struggling with similar issues. She holds an Honors BA, an MBA and a certificate in Dispute Resolution. After the passing of her father and circumstances that followed, she suffered from bouts of depression and sought the help of psychotherapists. Unwilling to seek pharmaceutical assistance to deal with her chronic unhappiness, she was lead on a journey of self-awareness and forgiveness that changed her life in deep and meaningful ways.

Sandra enjoys spending time with friends and family and her partner Satnam. She published her first book Embrace Your Destiny: 12 Steps to Living the Life You Deserve in 2013.

Sandra was added to the Wall of Role Models by the Diversity Advancement Network in July 2016.

You can find more articles and learn more about Sandra and the programs and products she offers at www.embraceyourdestiny.ca.

You can also find Sandra in the following places:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmbraceYourDestiny

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/embraceurdestiny

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/mbraceurdestiny

Episode 020: Sarah Thompson & learning to trust her inner wisdom

Episode 020: Sarah Thompson & learning to trust her inner wisdom

January 15, 2019

About Sarah: 

Sarah is a coach, bodyworker, and founder of Ready For Radiance LLC.   She has learned the art and science of support, empowerment, and growth through her own journey out of an abusive relationship and into purposeful living.  The journey has included extensive training as a coach with highly skilled teachers, and profound transformation through bodywork and development as a massage therapist.  Sarah primarily works with women who feel stuck in patterns that they know are getting in the way of shining as bright, standing as tall, and living as powerfully as they know deep down they were meant to.  Her work supports integration of your unique picture of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual life to deepen your experience of personal radiance. 

She can be reached at sarah@readyforradiance.com, or in her free Facebook community, currently just for women, called Women in Wisdom. 

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:05 - Introduction to podcast

00:29 - Introduction to Sarah Thompson

01:27 - Sarah shares her journey

04:37 - Misconceptions of what an abusive relationship looks like

08:04 - It was important to have friends express their concerns

09:27 - A woman might not feel safe to get out

09:50 - Sarah makes a phone call and is given an opportunity to get out

11:20 - Sarah's in Graduate school without support for what she's experienced

12:33 - Sarah acknowledges she was the victim of domestic violence

13:55 - Sarah's biggest lesson

17:11 - Listening to inner guidance leads to awareness of personal growth

20:19 - The opposite of depression is a really rich life.

21:13 - Sarah share's advice for those going through a similar experience

25:29 - Sarah's final thoughts

 

About your host:

Sandra Dawes is a recovering control freak and excuse maker who works with clients struggling with similar issues. She holds an Honors BA, an MBA and a certificate in Dispute Resolution. After the passing of her father and circumstances that followed, she suffered from bouts of depression and sought the help of psychotherapists. Unwilling to seek pharmaceutical assistance to deal with her chronic unhappiness, she was lead on a journey of self-awareness and forgiveness that changed her life in deep and meaningful ways.

Sandra enjoys spending time with friends and family, her partner Satnam and her dog Lulu. She published her first book Embrace Your Destiny: 12 Steps to Living the Life You Deserve in 2013.

Sandra was added to the Wall of Role Models by the Diversity Advancement Network in July 2016.

You can find more articles and learn more about Sandra and the programs and products she offers at www.embraceyourdestiny.ca.

You can also find Sandra in the following places:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmbraceYourDestiny

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/embraceurdestiny

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/mbraceurdestiny

Episode 019: Brandi Collier & following her calling

Episode 019: Brandi Collier & following her calling

December 24, 2018

About Brandi:

 

Brandi Joi Collier was born June 23, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

She was the third and youngest child of her mother’s children and her father’s first born. From the day one she was not born into love but rather a place of hate. Her parents were in a toxic relationship which ended due lack of trust and infidelity.

This negativity followed her from childhood to her adulthood, she never had a healthy relationship with none of the men in her immediate family except for her grandfather the late Joseph R. Kadle. It was hard for Brandi to see men in a positive light due to the destructive patterns she was forced to deal with.

She thought all men leave their children because that were not good enough. And their dads had to find other families to take care of because God gave them a bad batch of children. Brandi kept this horrible vision in her head as her father, brothers, and biological father of her daughter had done so.

For years of her life she had lost hope in finding and having her own family to love her. And having her dream career of being a journalist ever coming a reality. But Brandi still kept on writing letters to herself, poetry, and essays as a way of escape from negative and abusive home life.

She would spend many years of her life searching for the right career and many jobs that did not fit her because writing kept calling her name. She had even more obstacles placed in front of her when her only child was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder before her fifth birthday.

Fast forward to June 2016 Brandi’s daughter Ameerah graduated from high school and the next month after that she got married to the man of her dreams, Gregory C. Collier Jr. They have been happily married for two years now. Also, in 2018 Brandi re-released her first fiction book “No! I’m just protected” and on September 20th the sequel “Of God and Justice” in eBook format with be released. The print released date will be announced later.

Brandi wants her life story to be to be a lesson to women, men, or anyone who feel stuck in a destructive hold pattern, they can get out. And there is life on the other side of whatever situation you may find yourself in currently. That no matter who or what you are you can live the life of your dreams. 

Fan Page: www.facebook.com/brandicollier623

Twitter: @LadaysoulStar

Snapchat: writerchick623

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:06 - Introduction to podcast

00:28 - Introduction to Brandi 

02:16 - Brandi shares her journey

03:58 - Brandi decides she wants to thrive, not survive

04:20 - Brandi realizes she wants to impact people's lives through her writing

05:47 - God wants us to be happy!

06:07 - Brandi get's a cancer diagnosis

06:56 - Brandi understands she was giving too much of her power to others to determine her outcome

07:25 - Unhappiness in your situation is a sign you're destined for greater

07:36 - Brandi's family blames her for her daughter's autism

11:45 - Don't be afraid to hurt people's feelings!

14:47 - Message for those 40+: The best is yet to come!

16:17 - Brandi's biggest lesson

18:55 - Never take advice for someone passively sitting still

19:57 - Brandi's advice for others

23:07 - You have the right to distance yourself from negative people

27:20 - Self-care is a necessity

28:25 - Don't be afraid to be alone

36:39 - Brandi's final thoughts

 

About your host:

Sandra Dawes is a recovering control freak and excuse maker who works with clients struggling with similar issues. She holds an Honors BA, an MBA and a certificate in Dispute Resolution. After the passing of her father and circumstances that followed, she suffered from bouts of depression and sought the help of psychotherapists. Unwilling to seek pharmaceutical assistance to deal with her chronic unhappiness, she was lead on a journey of self-awareness and forgiveness that changed her life in deep and meaningful ways.

Sandra enjoys spending time with friends and family, her partner Satnam and her dog Lulu. She published her first book Embrace Your Destiny: 12 Steps to Living the Life You Deserve in 2013.

Sandra was added to the Wall of Role Models by the Diversity Advancement Network in July 2016.

You can find more articles and learn more about Sandra and the programs and products she offers at www.embraceyourdestiny.ca.

You can also find Sandra in the following places:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmbraceYourDestiny

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/embraceurdestiny

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/mbraceurdestiny

Episode 018: Jennifer Pennell & finding fulfillment beyond the American Dream

Episode 018: Jennifer Pennell & finding fulfillment beyond the American Dream

December 15, 2018

About Jennifer: 

Jennifer is a play and meditation specialist sought after for her unique approach to personal growth.  She helps women of all ages relearn how to play, as a way to improve vitality, unleash creativity, reduce anxiety and be present in their lives.  Her 10 years of intense meditation studies coupled with 15 years as an executive search consultant working with Fortune 500 companies has helped her support over 150 clients reduce stress and anxiety in the bodies.  Doing so has allowed her clients more easeful living and better relationships with themselves, their partners and their life. She has facilitated over 20 workshops centered around play, meditation, empowerment, and wildness.  Additionally, Jennifer has over 1,000 hours as an IST Practitioner, a meditation-based, healing and regression modality.

Jennifer graduated from UCLA and was an executive search consultant when she found Meditation, and began to study full-time at the Clairvision School of Meditation.  She has been featured in San Diego Home and Garden, Thrive, Ready and Roam, San Diego Voyager, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal.  She’s been a featured guest on the Business Blast podcast and has given talks at large philanthropic organizations and the International College of Holistic Studies.  Jennifer lives in San Diego with her husband and two teenagers.

Where to find Jennifer: 

www.shinelevity.com

https://www.facebook.com/shinelevity/

https://www.instagram.com/shinelevity/

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:06 - Introduction to Embrace Your Destiny Podcast

00:27 - Introduction to Jennifer

01:43 - Jennifer shares her story

04:26 - Jennifer feels like something needs to change

05:28 - Jennifer discovers meditation

06:37 - The work begins on the internal crisis

07:18 - Jennifer's relationship with life has changed in a positive way

11:28 - We need to take the time to hold space for the answers we're looking for

16:29 - Jennifer gains insight and starts evaluating HER dreams

19:13 - Resentment can come from not making ourselves a priority

21:48 - Jennifer's biggest lesson

23:20 - You can find a sense of play or fun in any moment

26:48 - Jennifer's advice for others going through something similar

 

About your host:

Sandra Dawes is a recovering control freak and excuse maker who works with clients struggling with similar issues. She holds an Honors BA, an MBA and a certificate in Dispute Resolution. After the passing of her father and circumstances that followed, she suffered from bouts of depression and sought the help of psychotherapists. Unwilling to seek pharmaceutical assistance to deal with her chronic unhappiness, she was lead on a journey of self-awareness and forgiveness that changed her life in deep and meaningful ways.

Sandra enjoys spending time with friends and family, her partner Satnam and her dog Lulu. She published her first book Embrace Your Destiny: 12 Steps to Living the Life You Deserve in 2013.

Sandra was added to the Wall of Role Models by the Diversity Advancement Network in July 2016.

You can find more articles and learn more about Sandra and the programs and products she offers at www.embraceyourdestiny.ca.

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