Embrace Your Destiny
Episode 017: Amy Johnson & re-evaluating life’s purpose

Episode 017: Amy Johnson & re-evaluating life’s purpose

November 19, 2018

About Amy:

Amy Johnson of AmyJ.co, has built her life and business on the belief that your path can be a casualty of your circumstance or championed by your convictions.  Staying true to this belief, Amy reaffirms her commitment to her convictions daily.  With a structured combination of holistic practice, curated organization, dedicated education and cultivated partnerships – she believes anyone can live a truly balanced and prosperous life.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amyj.co/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amyj.co/

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:07 - Embrace Your Destiny podcast introduction

00:28 - Introduction to Amy Johnson

01:06 - Amy shares her story

09:46 - Life can change at any moment!

10:10 - Amy tries to deal with life's chaos

11:05 - Amy gets an opportunity for a fresh start

12:05 - The need to cut ties

15:41 - Removing yourself from relationships can be a good thing for everyone!

16:08 - Amy's biggest lesson

17:16 - Lessons and opportunities can come from negative experiences

20:06 - How tragedy affected Amy as a mother

23:22 - There can be joy in loss

24:25 - Amy's advice for others going through something similar

28:45 - 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 016: Bunmi Akinnusotu & rediscovering her worth

Episode 016: Bunmi Akinnusotu & rediscovering her worth

November 11, 2018

About Bunmi:

Bunmi Akinnusotu is a first-generation American who spent countless hours listening to her Nigerian relatives argue and debate world politics. Though born and raised in the rebel state of Rhode Island, the idea of a world outside of America has always been part of her consciousness and is the motivation behind her podcast, What in the World. She's got lots of degrees, worked for amazing organizations, and smiles at a dope Excel spreadsheet. Bunmi is a recovering collegiate volleyball player, the world's biggest Nina Simone fan and still has a love affair with Chicago. While she's busy trying to become America's first Nigerian-American Ambassador, she works at a small, international affairs non-profit in Washington, DC.

Listen: WERA.fm and Soundcloud

Follow on FaceBook and Twitter!

www.whatintheworldpodcast.com

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:05 - Podcast introduction

00:33 - Introduction to Bunmi 

01:33 - Bunmi shares her journey

07:11 - White House offers tools to help staff with job transition

08:47 - An abundance of job seekers makes things difficult

12:17 - Feelings of not being good enough start to show up

13:58 - Low self-esteem shows up in job interviews

16:18 - What it means to be a responsible adult

17:34 - You can do everything right and still not be in control of the outcome

25:14 - Job rejection leads to seclusion

26:04 - Bunmi's biggest lesson

28:13 - We can't blame ourselves for things we can't change

33:02 - Bunmi humbles herself and accepts a job to survive

37:00 - Remember to be kind and gentle to yourself and others

38:22 - Bunmi shares her advice for job seekers

44:30 - Don't tell people you're applying for jobs!

51:49 - Timing is everything

52:10 - Loosen your grip on life!

 

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 015: Ashley Rainsbarger & breaking the cycle

Episode 015: Ashley Rainsbarger & breaking the cycle

November 5, 2018

About Ashley:

Ashley Rainsbarger is The Curvy Happy Healthy Life Coach and creator of The Daily JAM. She helps women stop dieting and start using their inner wisdom to create a happy mind and a healthy body. She has a Master’s Degree in English Pedagogy and is certified in transformational Health and Life Coaching through the Health Coach Institute. Ashley reveals to her clients the power of self-connection and stretches them to go beyond their conceived physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual limits. She believes that every woman is uniquely powerful and has a special gift to share with the world.

Website: www.TheWiserLife.com

The Writer's Weight Loss Club www.facebook.com/groups/writersweightlossclub  

SHOW NOTES:

00:10 - Podcast introduction

00:34 - Introduction to Ashley

01:25 - Ashley shares her journey

02:32 - Ashley decides she wants better for her life

03:22 - Ashley takes control of her life

03:40 - Ashley starts to break the pattern

05:10 - The struggle to find purpose

05:57 - Ashley finds herself trying to fill in the gaps

06:50 - Ashley listens to You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

07:24 - Ashley starts her own business while juggling other responsibilities 

07:46 - Ashley feels in control of her future for the first time in her life

08:24 - Ashley works on her relationship with food

08:57 - Ashley shares her biggest lesson

11:54 - Ashley offers advice

13:32 - Tools used to boost self-esteem and self-confidence

19:35 - Success is inevitable!

20:33 - Consistency is key!

22:10 - 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 014: Katherine Pomerantz & changing her relationship with money

Episode 014: Katherine Pomerantz & changing her relationship with money

October 17, 2018

ABOUT KATHERINE:

Katherine Pomerantz, an actress turned accountant, has capitalized on her artistic background to create a signature tax service for non-traditional entrepreneurs. Her financial expertise has been featured by Discover Card, Buzzfeed, and by self-made millionaire, Caitlin Pyle, on her Work At Home Heroes podcast. Katherine’s unique perspective on money allowed her to open her own accounting firm in less than a year with no previous financial experience. Now, her virtual firm has global reach as she’s helped everyone from ex-pats to international start-ups create profitable business empires of their own. Katherine has become a champion for creative talents in the internet age and relishes debating ethical entrepreneurship over milkshakes and fries.

Connect with her at:

http://bookkeepingartist.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/katherinepomerantz/

https://www.facebook.com/thebookkeepingartist/

https://www.pinterest.com/bookkeepingart/pins/

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:09 - Introduction to podcast

00:31 - Introducation to Katherine

01:35 - Katherine shares her journey

03:42 - Starving artist "a badge of honor"?

05:19 - Smart financial choices didn't help Katherine's career

08:18 - Katherine needs funds to pursue her passion

10:15 - Katherine has a revelation

13:42 - Katherine decides to study money

15:07 - Dealing with the perceived dichotomy of small business owner and artist

17:00 - People with money can do incredible things

21:19 - Money isn't a limited resource

31:02 - Self-care is important, don't ignore the signs of neglect!

32:22 - Imposter Syndrome makes an appearance

33:37 - Katherine's biggest lesson

35:12 - Money is just a current of energy

37:17 - Making the shift from scarcity thinking

38:48 - Katherine's advice

39:49 - Start with your personal values

41:40 - Rich isn't about a certain number of zeros!

 

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 013: Alys Sink & returning home for healing

Episode 013: Alys Sink & returning home for healing

October 6, 2018

About Alys:

At 6am on August 12th, 2017, Alys' mother woke up fully paralyzed by an undiagnosed illness. Having just completed her Master's program, Alys soon found herself returning to her childhood home to care for her newly disabled mother. A survivor of domestic violence in her childhood, caring for her mother in their family home forced Alys to face the trauma of her past and the reality of her present.

Six months later, scared but radically determined, Alys started her small business and committed herself to a future of self-forgiveness, curiosity, and healing.

Alys is now the owner of RealTalk, LLC an international English tutoring agency committed to creating better language partners and partnerships. She can be found at https://www.alyssink.com or at the links below:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alys-sink/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/realtalklingo

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:06 - Introduction to podcast

00:43 - Introduction to Alys

01:52 - Alys shares her journey

03:10 - Alys becomes a caregiver to her mother

04:40 - Alys get the opportunity to have honest conversations with her mom

08:45 - Keynote speaker at a conference talks about the importance of building a support network and Alys takes action

10:05 - Alys takes moment of silence to figure things out

12:02 - Intention was a key component in building support system

12:44 - The people you surround yourself with shape how you feel and your experiences

15:01 - It's okay to remove negative people from your life

19:31 - Alys' biggest lesson

20:43 - The experience gave Alys the clarity to start her own business

21:19 - If you want to do something, do it today!

23:55 - Doing what Alys is passionate about gives her the energy to do other things

27:41 - Alys' advice

32:04 - 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 012: Amber Doll & moving forward no matter what

Episode 012: Amber Doll & moving forward no matter what

September 30, 2018

ABOUT AMBER:

At 12 years old, Amber Doll's world changed when her mother passed away. The struggle to process the loss of her mother and to care for her family, led Amber to abusive relationships, sexual assaults, a teenage pregnancy, her daughter being taken away from her, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Despite these challenges, she remains positive that she and each of us can actively build our best life.

You can find Amber using the following links:

Facebook: https://bit.ly/2wtBcH4

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ambercdoll

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:04 - Introduction to podcast

00:26 - Introduction to Amber Doll

01:07 - Amber shares her journey

01:57 - Amber runs away from home at 15

02:25 - Amber's relationship gets physically abusive

02:50 - Amber's aunt and uncle get involved

03:18 - Amber receives a case worker's card

03:45 - The courts decide it's best to terminate Amber's parental rights

04:10 - Amber builds a relationship with her daughter without parental rights

05:58 - Amber is committed to becoming the type of person her daughter can look up to

06:17 - Amber is currently dealing with PTSD

09:22 - The triggers to Amber's PTSD are revealed

11:52 - The importance of having positive example of womanhood

13:55 - Amber got a chance to know her father as a person, not an addict

15:05 - Intuition has kept Amber grounded

17:42 - Surround yourself with teachers

19:38 - Amber's biggest lesson

24:54 - Worrying about the thoughts and opinions of others

30:42 - Amber's advice

Episode 011: Samary Polnett & growing up in the midst of chaos

Episode 011: Samary Polnett & growing up in the midst of chaos

September 18, 2018

Samary is a children's author, speaker and coach. She is the owner of Path 2 Purpose + founder of Beauty is You, INC. Samary is a confidence + Mindset coach to moms, wives and other nurturing women of the world. She helps her clients achieve their goals + live a more fulfilled life without guilt. Through Beauty is You, INC. Samary is able empower, inspire + educate young girls, teens + women in the community to be more confident, connect with community leaders and learn to find happiness within themselves. Samary is passionate about helping, motivating and inspiring others.  She is blessed to be married to one of the most hardworking man and father and mom to 4 amazing boys (including 1 year old twins!). In her spare time, she enjoys exploring, relaxing with yoga  being a foodie, and promoting self-love.

www.path2purpose.life

Instagram.com/path_2_purpose

Facebook.com/Path2purposecoaching

Twitter.com/path_2_purpose

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:07 - Introduction to podcast

00:47 - Introduction to Samary Polnett

01:50 - Samary shares her journey

02:42 - Dealing with an abusive father

03:58 - Samary realizes her mom stays to maintain security for her daughters

04:44 - Anger shifts to understanding

06:06 - Experience motivates Samary to help others

06:51 - The importance of having a positive support system

08:26 - How the past affects Samary's current situation

08:58 - Awareness of emotional triggers

11:22 - Samary's biggest lesson

13:38 - "If I can do it, you can too!"

16:50 - The importance of patience

17:47 - Samary's advice

21:25 - Negative experience as a teacher

22:39 - You can tak control of the direction of your life!

Episode 010: Heather Cameron & shifting gears in her career

Episode 010: Heather Cameron & shifting gears in her career

September 2, 2018

Heather Cameron’s passion is to helps women entrepreneurs over 40, step into their entrepreneurial spirits and have thriving businesses. Heather’s practical approach helps women find their confidence and focus so they manage their time, maximize profitability, and achieve more by doing less. Heather is an engaging powerhouse who gives her audience a sense of confidence that “Yes I can Do It!”

Heather is a Certified Executive/Business Coach and an expert facilitator. Heather has been self employed for 14 years and has over 20 years of global corporate management experience including sales, marketing, and research & development. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering, a Diploma of Adult Education and Certificate of Executive Coaching.

Social Media Links:

Website: https://www.igniteyourmarket.com/

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

Free offer: https://www.igniteyourmarket.com/takecontrol/

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:08 - Introduction to Embrace Your Destiny podcast

00:21 - Heather Cameron introduction

00:46 - Heather shares her journey

03:20 - Heather loses momentary control of her future

03:52 - Family members get into a serious accident

05:27 - Heather decides what to do next

05:40 - Heather starts her own company

08:04 - Heather experiences ups and downs in her business

09:11 - Heather questions if she's in the right place

10:30 - Listen to your head AND your gut

15:51 - There's nothing wrong with being a generalist!

17:02 - Heather's biggest lesson

20:10 - Heather never plans to retire

23:19 - Heather's advice for others

24:35 - Questions to ask yourself for career clarity

26:58 - Heather shares free offer for listeners 

 

 

Episode 009: Emily Andrew & taking control of her eating disorder

Episode 009: Emily Andrew & taking control of her eating disorder

August 26, 2018

Emily is a Pilates Teacher, Author and Mental Health Advocate. After an almost decade long battle with an eating disorder and mental illness that nearly took her life at the age of 21,  Emily knew that she wanted to be part of the movement to free others - she works closely with clients to help heal their relationships with food, exercise and their bodies and is proud to speak out about her own experience in order to help others.

Her book Stardust delves into her life with an eating disorder, the events that contributed to her dark mental health state and how she found her happiness again through healing and self love. These days Emily spends her time running a health and wellness website called The Tribe, working with Pilates clients, speaking to men and women of all ages about the importance of mental health and being a wife and step mum of one.

 

Instagram @healthybalancewithemily

Website www.thetribe.online

Amazon http://amzn.eu/cAEcNQL

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

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:05 - Introduction to Embrace Your Destiny podcast

00:23 - Emily Andrew bio

01:21 - Emily shares her story

02:06 - Emily decides changing her looks will lead to acceptance

02:40 - Full blown eating disorder by 17

03:23 - Emily loses her Nan

04:23 - Suicide attempts

04:43 - Actress training helps to hide the pain

05:30 - Emily is forced to admit she has a problem

06:15 - Emotional attachment to disorder stronger than worry about weight

07:22 - Physically healthy but struggling mentally

08:00 - Emily's exhaustion reaches a breaking point

08:42 - Emily relapses

09:18 - Recovery is a process

12:00 - Emily quits her job & builds her pilates business

13:16 - Emily publishes a book!

16:11 - The lessons you learn from adversity are valuable

17:23 - Grief is unavoidable

18:28 - Emily gets a sign from her Nan

21:26 - Emily's biggest lesson

24:00 - Be your own best friend and cheerleader

25:31 - What you have inside you is everything you need

29:52 - Emily's advice

32:29 - Daily practice - write down 3 good things that happened today

 

Episode 008: Anna Lundberg & finding fulfillment one step at a time

Episode 008: Anna Lundberg & finding fulfillment one step at a time

August 16, 2018

Anna Lundberg is the founder of One Step Outside, where she helps people around the world build businesses and create a lifestyle that allows them an unimagined sense of freedom, flexibility and fulfillment. Since leaving her corporate job in 2013, she’s now reimagining what success looks like and she’s passionate about inspiring and supporting others to do the same.

Website: https://onestepoutside.com/

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/onestepoutside

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/annaselundberg

Book coming out on 3rd October 2018: http://leavingthecorporate9to5.com/

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:05 - Introduction to podcast

00:56 - Introduction to Anna Lundberg

01:42 - Anna shares her story

04:44 - The disconnect between what Anna wants to do & what's she's doing starts to wear her down

05:30 - Anna takes a sabbatical

05:59 - Anna quits her job

08:51 - Being intentional about life can be scary!

09:49 - Butterfly transformation analogy

10:40 - Anna returns home and reality kicks in

11:40 - Anna finds herself repeating history

13:41 - The danger of never celebrating our accomplishments

15:22 - Anna's biggest lesson

16:42 - Enjoying life and defining success

18:16 - Go through an incubation phase with your dreams

19:10 - It's always other peoples doubts that they're voicing

20:02 - Don't compare your path to others

20:42 - Tools Anna used on her journey

21:50 - The importance of finding a positive support system

25:27 - Anna's advice

28:38 - 2 ways to get you closer to your dream life

32:13 - Final thoughts