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Chats from the Blog Cabin

By MELISSA VERA
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274: Things That Have Happened In My Life Recently
I've been through a lot lately namely COVID and Bronchitis and it's affected my mood a lot. I've had a lot of ups and downs and it's really thrown me for a loop. I have  been really busy redoing the house and it's been a lot to take in. I'm enjoying my new life though and I can't wait to see what the future holds. Can't wait to take you along for the ride. 
14:14
April 29, 2022
273: Turning on a Small Light in A Dark Room
I am back from the sick bed, Covid, Migraines and Bronchitis really kicked my butt. It has been months since I last posted an interview not for lack of trying but because I had to reschedule all the ones I had scheduled. Not being able to hold my head up for more than an hour at a time, I watched a lot of television. I went down the Grey's Anatomy Hole and then started looking for movies that Patrick Dempsey was in. This lead me to the movie, Freedom Writers which is the inspiration for this podcast.  Freedom Writers is a story of inner-city kids raised on drive-by shootings and hard-core attitude – and the teacher who gives them the one thing they need most: a voice of their own. I highly recommend the movie.  There is one part in the movie where the kids raise money to have the woman who saved Anne Frank come to California from Germany to speak the kids. They succeed and the one scene in the movie when she comes is what lead to this podcast.  Here is a brief paraphase: A young man stands up and says " I have never had a hero before you are my hero" She replies " No, young man I am not a hero. I did what I had to do because it was the right thing to do that is all. We are all ordinary people but even ordinary people with their own small ways turn on a small light in a dark room."  So I am challenging you to do something small that will turn on a small light in a dark room Helpful Links { All affiliate links}  Diary of Anne  Frank Book - https://amzn.to/3haB72N Diary of Anne Frank Movie- https://amzn.to/3HhJTGN Freedom Writers Book ( which the movie is based on) - https://amzn.to/3hvlymx  Freedom Writers Movie https://amzn.to/3LWgplb
23:36
February 25, 2022
272: Chatting about Grace and the Need for Community
In this episode, I am chatting about Grace and the Need for community. I reference what I am studying, being in the word as well as in community. How anxiety sometimes gets the best of me. The struggle is real when you feel like you are failing, that is when you need community the most. Sometimes you need the make yourself do things that you have anxiety over.  Here are the links to the books I reference When Strivings Cease - https://amzn.to/3KXkh56 {affiliate link} Holding On When You Want to Let Go: Clinging to Hope When Life Is Falling Apart - https://amzn.to/3AMgvGT ( affiliate link) A Confident Mom: Simple Ways to Give Your Child What They Need Most - https://amzn.to/3KXkKEo {affiliate link} Instagram Page where you can see the reels - https://www.instagram.com/frugalmom/ Where you can find Leanne Rimes singing -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07Cv9na8ySI
19:14
January 30, 2022
271: Chatting with Camy Kennedy About Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Happiness
You might remember Camy as she has been on the show several times before. In fact, she is the one I give all the credit to when it comes to starting Chats from the Blog Cabin. She is back with us again today to chat about her new book It's Happy Now. She even mentions the podcast in her book.  Helpful links Grab It's Happy Now: The Happiness Handbook for High Achievers https://amzn.to/31SurCp (affiliate link) www.camykennedy.com/book www.camykennedy.com Instagram: @camykennedy Free Perfectionist Meditation: https://www.camykennedy.com/perfect Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/camykennedy How to Make a Vision Board: https://www.camykennedy.com/vision/
53:57
January 29, 2022
270: Coming Back from Covid
Yes y'all the dreaded Covid hit our house. Just when I thought things were getting back on track after the holidays it hit. We were very lucky in that we had a mild case ( like a bad cold) but I know there are some who aren't that lucky.  Here is the link to the site you can order 4 free covid tests https://special.usps.com/testkits I also found this link https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/testing/covid-19-test-home-collection-kit-program
20:60
January 26, 2022
269: Welcome to the New Year
Hey after taking a few weeks off for the holidays. I am back and ready to chat. This chat gives you all the updates on what has been going on in my life, where the podcast is heading and about my word of the year. My word of the year is intentional. Listen in as I talk about how I am applying it to all areas of my life. 
20:36
January 10, 2022
268: Wishing Everyone A Blessed Holiday Season
Just a short sweet message to wish y’all Happy Holidays and many amazing things in the new year. See you back in 2022!
09:56
December 22, 2021
267: Chatting About When You Don't Fit The Norm with Michelle Nicole
Michelle Nicole is the inventor of Unicorn SPiT and an avid artist and crafter. She’s a self-taught artist with a passion for color, design, and art therapy. Whether she’s transforming an outdated piece of furniture into a sleek, stylish piece, or formulating new colors to add to her popular line of Unicorn SPiT products, her creative mind is always in motion. In addition to discovering new ways to use her ingenious product, Michelle enjoys teaching others how to “let your creative juices flow.” The videos she posts online for tens of thousands of followers are informative and entertaining. No item, surface, or piece of clothing is off-limits. As Michelle says, “You can SPiT that!” She lives in Shawnee, KS. Unicorn SPiT is a paint, gel stain, and glaze concentrate — all in one bottle! It creates a multifaceted, 3-dimensional effect on the wood, glass, metal, fabric, pottery, wicker, concrete, laminate, and more. Fans love that it’s non-toxic and comes in a variety of outrageous colors. Back in 2015, inventor Michelle Nicole never imagined her colorful concoction would go from being made in a spaghetti pot in her kitchen to being sold at major art and hobby stores around the world. “When I created Unicorn SPiT, I was skeptical of how it would be received,” she said. “But after seeing the art created by thousands of people using the product, its powers have proved to be real.” The Official Unicorn SPiT® User’s Handbook also tells the inspiring story behind its creation. When she was 21, Michelle started an arts and crafts program at a daycare center for disabled adults and elderly citizens, but she noticed the men weren’t partaking in projects, like macaroni pictures and hook rugs. When she spotted an old piece of furniture off the side of the road, she brought it in for the men to work on. In no time at all, many of the participants transformed pieces of furniture, and the art therapy was energizing the senior citizens. Helpful Links Grab The Official Unicorn SPiT User’s Handbook https://amzn.to/3GKh461  {affiliate link} personal vlog: Facebook.com/MichelleNicolesStudio  Link to the online store: MichelleNicoles.com Link to YouTube: YouTube.com/c/UnicornSPiT 
56:29
December 20, 2021
266: Chatting about Gender Equality within the Christian church with Nicole Davis
Listen in as I chat with the author, ordained pastor and co-founder of coaching and consulting firm Empower to Engage, Nicole L. Davis, PhD. She recently released her new book, “Eve, Where Are You?: Confronting Toxic Practices Against the Advancement of Women,” which offers a powerful and thought-provoking analysis of the current status of gender equality within the Christian church and marketplace and provides valuable insight into the discrimination and hostility women face when attempting to move into leadership positions. Dr. Davis, an ordained pastor, Navy veteran, and professional conflict coach and resolutionist, offers her firsthand perspective as well as testimonies of other men and women who have experienced or witnessed the pushback. Emphasizing the importance of taking immediate action to eliminate gender bias and nurture an inclusive environment, Dr. Davis offers her expertise in conflict management and resolution and provides steps to shift core values, meet the unique needs of all people and improve communication through her R.E.F.R.E.S.H. model. This model is a three-fold system designed specifically with churches and other organizations in mind and uses a combination of consultation, coaching, education and training, and assessments and evaluations in helping leaders to achieve their goals. By identifying areas of focus for modifying current practices, Dr. Davis demonstrates how implementing her model on an organizational level can assist church leaders in carrying out a meaningful change that uplifts women and ensures their prosperity within the church and in their overall lives. Helpful Links Grab Eve, Where Are You?: Confronting Toxic Practices Against the Advancement of Women https://amzn.to/3d83g8m ){affiliate link} Facebook (@evewhereareyou) Twitter (@DrNicoleDavis1) Instagram (@evewhereareyou) https://empowertoengage.com/ evewhereareyou.com
49:48
December 19, 2021
265: Chatting about Overcoming Adversity with Amy Sinha
Join me as I chat with Amy Sinha, a British Asian jazz vocalist, songwriter, presenter and now voice over artist from Wales, in the UK.  Her story is quite the unique one, but through the constant struggle and heaviness, every challenge has created new ways to help educate & inspire at least one person to other possibilities of ‘normal’ in this world. She developed many rare conditions and disabilities from 1 year old. The first being cataracts leaving her almost blind, the 2nd being a rare nerve condition called ‘sensory neuropathy type 2, meaning I can’t feel hot, cold, or pain anywhere on my skin. There were only 5 like her in the UK. It also led to her almost being left in a wheelchair and stopped growing at the age of 11. It helps to keep in mind that this was during the 80s where social media and fb groups were not available to reach out to. She has been singing since childhood, but all these disabilities affected her confidence as you can imagine. But despite the doctors not knowing how long she'd live for, and after nearly having her colon removed due to ulcerated colitis, she graduated from Music College with a degree in Music (Jazz), She also released her own album and a few singles and collaborated with a record label in New York thanks to social media. She also tried to tackle her lack of confidence by interviewing musicians that came to Swansea. Amongst them included Jazz musicians Buddy Greco and Kyle Eastwood, Clint Eastward's son.  During the latter part of 2019, she ventured into the world of Voice Overs and earlier this year embarked upon and completed a Business Growth Acceleration Course, winning The Accelerator Award Helpful Links www.amysinha.com
36:29
December 17, 2021
264: Chatting about the Choices We Make with Esra B. Ogut
Once there was a hard-working shoe salesgirl who, in her own words, “despised money” and all that it represented. Not exactly the backstory you might expect from someone who became a millionaire and now wants to help you do the same. But Esra Banguoglu Ogut is now convinced that the only things standing in our way are our own self-created limitations. She spells it all out in her new book, Money Does Grow on Trees: The Myths We Create and Live By. “It is kind of ironic that what limited me and what I despised the most, money, ended up being my access point to realizing how powerful each of us are in creating our own realities,” Ogut writes. “We are like mini-gods in action all the time, whether we realize it or not.” She awakened to her own power to create prosperity when she finally realized that she was unconsciously going out of her way to limit it. At that moment, it dawned on her that abundance is a matter of choice for each of us. People choose it or reject it based on what they have come to believe about money. Ogut is part of a new generation of prosperity leaders. Her unique approach to manifesting abundance and dismantling self-imposed limitations travels to the core of who we are and why we make the choices we do. Helpful Links: Grab Money Does Grow on Trees https://amzn.to/3dNSg0q { affiliate link} Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ikeandesranow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ikeandesranow Twitter: https://twitter.com/ikeandesranow Website: ikeandesranow.com/
45:11
December 15, 2021
263: Chatting about Serving of Wisdom with Kirsty Mooney
“Life is not meant to go smoothly. You will have fantastic days and you will have terrible days and you will have many ordinary ones in between. Be grateful for them all and trust that no matter what life throws at you, you will be able to deal with it.” Sometimes young people do not want guidance and advice from their parents and they look to other sources. A serving of wisdom is a loving and wise ‘mum in a book’. Written by a mother of two teenagers, Kirsty Mooney has observed her two children navigate their adolescence through an epidemic of stress and anxiety amongst young people. Written with touching honesty and empathy, Kirsty has drawn from her own life experiences. She believes young people deserve all the love, encouragement, and support adults can provide as they begin their journey into the wider world. A serving of wisdom explores themes such as: Relationships Health & well-being Problem-solving With thoughtful contributions from her friends and family, this is a unique gift to the next generation. A selection of delicious recipes for almost every occasion has been included adding some great practical support – and to stop them from having too many takeaways when they leave home! All of the profits will be donated to young people’s charities About The Author Kirsty lives in Edinburgh with her husband, Lorcan, and their two children, Jack and Keira. She is a qualified shiatsu practitioner, has worked as a teaching assistant, and mentors young people in need of support. Helpful Links  https://www.kirstymooney.co.uk/ Instagram is : kirstymooney8 Twitter is:  @KirstyMooney1 A Serving of Wisdom: Words of advice and support for young people https://amzn.to/3If6Zj4 {affiliate link}
43:19
December 13, 2021
262: Being Anxious About Nothing Reactions Changed
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.Philippians 4:6 How many of us cease to worry and hand everything over to God? I admit that I am guilty of not trusting that God has a plan for all the sufferings and trials that we went through. I just had to have faith that He would see us through. I have to confess that sometimes I didn’t have faith, I wanted the answers right then and right there. I didn’t trust that God would provide and that He would give us everything that we needed in His time. Instead, I became a prisoner so to speak to worry and I allowed that to control me. Now tell me do you allow worry to control your life? How hard is it to hand over control and just believe everything will work out? Please join the conversation by letting me know that I am not alone in struggle.
23:09
December 13, 2021
261: Life Update When Life Gives You Lemons
Y'all ever have one of those days that it seemed like everything you touched decided to act crazy? Yep, you have then you will enjoy this episode about how Apple and Google joined forces to conspire against me. Just Kidding but it did feel like that. Giving you a life update and what made me have a pretty amazing Saturday and it's all about mindset. 
30:32
December 05, 2021
260: Chatting about Helping the Environment with Sandra Harris
Sandra Ann Harris is the founder and president of ECOlunchbox, a mission-based consumer products company. Her passion is protecting the oceans by reducing people's dependence on plastics. ECOlunchbox, a certified B Corporation, and California Green Business innovate and sells high-quality, plastic-free food container solutions. She has a diverse background in business consulting, product development, investigative journalism, and digital marketing strategy along with her work in the non-profit sector for a humanitarian aid organization. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her family. If you’ve heard of the plastic-free lifestyle, but think you don’t have time for it in your busy life, prepare to be delightfully wrong. Say Goodbye to Plastic shows you how, whether you’re seeking to knock plastic out of your life or just try out a few novel eco-hacks in your kitchen, bathroom, office or dining room. Plastic pollution activist and entrepreneur Sandra Ann Harris invites us to say goodbye to plastic, room by room. Opportunities abound to simplify our lives by re-thinking our wasteful habits–we just need to learn to recognize them. Helpful Links https://ecolunchboxes.com/ Say Goodbye to Plastic: A Survival Guide for Plastic-Free Living https://amzn.to/32D16eZ { affiliate link}
31:45
December 03, 2021
259: Chatting about the Unbreakable Bond Between a Father and Daughter with Nicole Black
When our loved ones depart, is it possible to still sense their presence or perhaps even be guided by their voices? Award-winning author Nicole Black explores the unbreakable bond between a father and his daughter in her poignant new book, I Can Still Hear You, which recently received a Bronze Medal in the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Nicole Black is an author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur with a passion for sharing unique stories and helping people grow. For over 20 years, she has worked in the business world as a corporate trainer in employee productivity and effective growth, where she has helped some of the biggest brands in hospitality and entertainment grow sustainably through inspiring their employees. She has been featured on platforms including TEDxWilmington, Jack Canfield Show, Santa Barbara News-Press, The George DiGianni Show, and the Tom Barnard Show. Through her writing, Nicole hopes to empower her readers and impart valuable lessons about grief, loss, and emotional growth. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with her wonderful daughter in their home of Santa Barbara, California. Follow the author on Instagram (WriterNicoleB) and Twitter (@nicolebwriter). Helpful Links Grab I Can Still Hear You https://amzn.to/3DWUhmB (affiliate link) www.lungtransplantfoundation.org giving.ucla.edu CYCxGDJM2dLH33J0Abwq
56:04
December 01, 2021
258: Chatting about how to Make Your Mess Your Message with Shari Leid
Following the expected path of graduating from law school, getting married, and having kids, Shari and her husband soon made the joint decision to have one of them stay at home with their two children. Still a licensed attorney today, Shari stopped practicing in her late 30s. “It wasn’t something that I had planned for, and it was a difficult transition from lawyer to stay-at-home mom,” she recalls. “During the transition, I lost both the company of men as friends and colleagues as well as my identity because it was entirely wrapped up in my profession, and I had to find my self-worth as a stay-at-home mom – things I was ill-prepared to do. While I always knew I wanted kids, I never saw myself as a full-time stay-at-home mom. It was the hardest job I ever had to do.” After a breast cancer diagnosis in her 40s, Shari immediately thought, this must be happening to me for a reason. “My cancer journey caused me to look at other events in my life and I realized that all the things that have ‘happened to me,’ I was able to get through because of the mindset I had, the perspective I approach life with – and realizing this made it painful for me to watch others struggle and feeling stuck by what life throws their way.” Helpful Links: Website : www.animperfectlyperfectlife.com Make Your Mess Your Message: More Life Lessons From And For My Girlfriends https://amzn.to/3npp5qb {affiliate Link} 
47:32
November 29, 2021
257: Chatting about Being Thankful
Sometimes so many negative things happen to us that we forget to be thankful. This devotion from Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close by Lysa Terkeurst Grab Embrace Here https://amzn.to/3p1cVTW { amazon affiliate link}   Here is a little more about Embraced God doesn't pull back from your sharp edges. He pulls you close. In Embraced, beloved Bible teacher and bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst offers 100 devotions that will resonate with women in all stages of life by giving you a godly perspective on the issues you face each day. A real embrace indicates an intimate level of closeness. It's not a high five or a casual handshake. The best kind of embrace is when someone we know deeply loves us, flings their arms wide open, and pulls us in close. Through these 100 devotions, daily scriptures, and prayer prompts, you will be equipped to: Begin finding freedom from the struggles that have held you hostage by learning new ways to experience God's love. Surrender your deepest hurts by processing them in a godly way with Lysa, a friend who understands your pain. Hear the Lord speak intimately to your heart by learning how to seek His direction. Release the tension of wondering, If God is near why does He sometimes feel far away? by spending guided time with Him each day. Embraced will be a treasured keepsake for you, and a meaningful gift for those you love, with: An exquisite cloth cover you'll want to leave out for others to see and for easy access Highly designed interior with Scripture, call-outs, and quotes Ribbon marker to keep your place Our hearts were made for this kind of love and security, but for many of us, we know more about the pain of heartbreak and fear than the unconditional love for which we were created. In Embraced, Lysa shares her own struggles, doubts, and heartbreaks while pointing to the ultimate embrace: God opening His arms wide on Calvary through Jesus so that He could pull us close for all of eternity, welcoming us into the safety and hope of His grace, love, and embrace.
14:04
November 28, 2021
256: Chatting About How it is Okay to Not Be Perfect with Kate Evans
As a therapist for nearly two decades, Kate Evans knew she could help women with feelings of overwhelm.  Kate developed a personal coaching system; Soulful Space where women could learn how to declutter their mind, body, soul, and space to help them live the intentional and joyful life they deserve.  As a certified life coach and therapist, Kate offers her knowledge of decluttering and organization, yoga, and yogic philosophy to support women in their daily lives.  As she built her business, she learned that so many women (as women are the ones in most households doing the lion's share of the housework) struggle with feelings of overwhelm on a daily basis. According to a Cornell University study from 2016, stress triggered by clutter may also trigger coping and avoidance strategies, like eating junk food, oversleeping or binge-watching Netflix. These feelings of clutter tend to overwhelm women, without them sometimes understanding the reason for these feelings.  Through an integrative method, Kate addresses all of these areas to dissolve her clients’ barriers, find their truth, and create the home and life they have always wanted. When in cluttered spaces, people are more likely to make poor eating choices. Those with extremely cluttered homes are 77% more likely to be overweight. Kate teaches women the difference between what is selfish and what is self-care because she, like so many others, was raised with messages that taught women to value the care of others over their own.  And, unbeknownst to them, much of what is self-care starts in the home and the space we occupy.  Kate wants to empower women and teach them the value of decluttering mind, body, and soul and support them in their efforts to develop effective systems in their homes, that take the chaos out of everyday life. Helpful Links :   https://www.soulfulspacecoaching.com  Instagram and Facebook @soulfulspace.coaching  Facebook Life Decluttering group https://www.facebook.com/groups/354592362983060/?ref=share Pinterest @soulfulspace sokindregistry.org
55:26
November 24, 2021
255: Chatting About The Importance of Making Meaningful Connections with William Loizeaux
Learning how to form meaningful connections in an increasingly disconnected world is a valuable skill we can all benefit from. And when this connection crosses generational boundaries and physical abilities, the impact is even more profound — and positive. Into the Wind from award-winning author William Loizeaux pairs 10-year-old Rusty with white-haired Hazel in a poignant story about the surprising, sustaining bonds that can blossom between the young and the old. Inspired by his real-life childhood friendship with a sometimes prickly but always imaginative aunt who loved painting and sailing, Into the Wind is a moving and ultimately life-affirming story of adolescent struggles and the unlikely friendship that changed Rusty’s life forever. Helpful Links: http://www.williamloizeaux.com/ Grab Into the Wind https://amzn.to/3cCx5Os { affiliate link}
55:05
November 23, 2021
254: Chatting About How It is Never too Late to Change your Path with Sheila VanZile
When Sheila VanZile’s distant, love-withholding mother died, VanZile’s grief was supplanted by guilty relief. Their relationship had been complicated, and as her mother’s primary caregiver, VanZile emerged from her mother’s passing physically spent. She wanted to collapse, but she had been given a remarkable gift: the opportunity to begin life anew — on her own terms. At the age of 60, VanZile began a profound transformation that she shares in her powerful new book, My Waterfall of Awakening: How Loss Can Bring You Home to the Life You Want – A Guided Journal. In it, she traces her path toward self-discovery, beginning with a retreat on the Oregon coast that inspires her to take stock and start living a life of her design. Decades of her life, she realizes, had been motivated by what she “should” do. After a childhood that left her with feelings of self-loathing, a lifetime of questionable decisions and their unintended consequences followed. Self-neglect resulted in unresolved childhood trauma, bad marriages, toxic friendships, and a dry, unfulfilling career. With cracks appearing in the veneer of her seemingly perfect life, her awareness expands, and she begins to see what she calls “spiritual breadcrumbs, croutons and the occasional slice of bread.” Listen in on this chat letting us know that it is never too late to change your path and to choose happiness Helpful Links www.sheilavanzile.com  Sheila VanZile Author - Facebook Grab My Waterfall of Awakening: How Loss Can Bring You Home to the Life You Want - A Guided Journal  https://amzn.to/3kCF6r2  { affiliate link}
43:19
November 22, 2021
253: Chatting about Divine Guidance with Author Thomas Nastek
The Penury City Trilogy tackles the hard topics for our times: control, abortion, pornography, gaming, addiction, torture, and socialism to name a few. However, it doesn’t just call out the problems but gives the explanation of why they are rampant today and the solution. This adventure is like no other. It will take every ounce of courage, strength, and trust that you can muster. This requires that you put aside everything you know, everything you have been taught, and everything that you might have planned for yourself. The quest compels you to seek after something other than yourself and your passions. It is the journey you have spent your entire life training for ~ hoping for. You will travel with a non-believer, an atheist of longstanding, who is going after the woman who left him to chase after the myth of God. You will also be accompanied by a seasoned religious who are well trained for this combat mission. There will be others who will join the expedition. Some will make it to the next leg of the journey; some will not. This is not an adventure for the faint of heart. You must be willing to go all the way. You must be willing to give everything. As one Penurian once said: “Trust is a leap and the risks are incredible, almost unbearable, but the rewards of such a faith are unimaginable.” Thomas lives in Update New York. He has been writing novels of fiction since 2003. His writing often reflects old-fashioned values, Christian/Catholic themes, and inspiring messages of hope. Thomas grew up in a Catholic family where the foundations of his beliefs were seeded, however, they did not fully develop until later in life. He is active in his parish and teaches the faith. For more information, reviews, or to purchase: www.woundedcrowpublishing.com Helpful links www.PenuryCity.com  20% off coupon for the Penury City Trilogy bundles, with or without the companion book The Peshar.The coupon code is “blogcabin” for listeners. It is good until December 23, 2021
44:27
November 21, 2021
252: Chatting About How to Harness Hope Through Trauma with Heather Carter
Author Heather Carter's battle with Leukemia in 2015 prompted her to capture what she refers to as "soul-selfies" - candid reflections on life that are raw, poignant, and unfiltered. She began writing a reflective series of blog posts while in the hospital. She realized that all of us are affected by the disease of the soul. Being broken and vulnerable to others is what gives us hope so we can all get better. We cannot do it alone.  Join me as we chat about her reflections in her new book, Soul Selfie #NoFilter Helpful Links:  Grab Soul-Selfie: #NoFilter  https://amzn.to/3wS0ygE {affiliate links} The Kindle version will on sale for $.99 on November 21 Heathercarterwrites.Com Facebook: Soul Selfie Blog 
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November 19, 2021
251: Chatting about How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Medical Error with Michael Saks
Most people are surprised to learn that more accidental injuries and deaths occur while receiving healthcare than from all other kinds of accidents added together. It can be quite daunting to navigate the healthcare industry. So what should you know when you have to get surgery? Listen in as I chat with Michael J. Saks, author of Closing Death's Door, on some tips on how to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of medical error. Helpful Links Grab Closing Death's Door: Legal Innovations to End the Epidemic of Healthcare Harm https://amzn.to/3wQPzUI { affiliate link} qualitycheck.org Contact Michael https://isearch.asu.edu/profile/275962
56:23
November 17, 2021
250: Chatting about Codependency with Mary Joye
Are you a fixer, a rescuer, or a people pleaser? Do you feel guilty — really guilty — saying no? Codependency once meant being involved with someone who was dependent upon an addictive substance. Today, the definition of codependency has expanded to encompass other unhealthy behaviors associated with relationships. “Codependency is like narcissism in reverse,” explained licensed therapist, Mary Joye, LMHC. “Narcissists are self-absorbed, while codependents are hyper-focused on the needs of others. And these two personalities can become instantly attracted to each other.” Mary Joye, LMHC, is a licensed mental health counselor and regular contributor to DailyOM.com. She was interviewed in O, The Oprah Magazine in an article titled “The Greatest Love” about her prior codependency and rise from it. Formerly, she was a professional singer/songwriter in Nashville at Warner Brothers. She reinvented herself as a licensed mental health counselor at 45. As a writer and therapist, she helps people get in touch with their emotions. Joye lives in Winter Haven, Florida. Visit her website at: winterhavencounseling.com. In her new book, Codependent Discovery and Recovery 2.0, Joye helps readers uncover the traits, psychological roots, financial aspects and neuroscience behind their codependency, and more importantly, what to do about it. As a healed codependent herself, Joye’s unique approach offers readers a holistic alternative to typical 12-step addiction models and covers the full spectrum of codependency. She shows you what motivates your codependency and teaches you how to overcome the toxic thinking and behaviors associated with it by using evidence-based techniques of healing. Rather than merely learning how to say no to others, you will learn how to say yes to yourself and form healthy, reciprocal relationships. For expedited and lasting recovery, Codependent Discovery and Recovery 2.0 includes meditations, affirmations, a quick-fix chapter, and easy two-column Life Lists that allow the opportunity for self-reflection, offering readers an invaluable self-help experience. By using these transformative cognitive-behavioral tools, you can change no matter where you fall on the continuum. It is possible to reinvent yourself in a positive way while learning how to give and live well.  Grab Grab Codependent Discovery and Recovery 2.0: A Holistic Approach to Healing and Freeing Yourself https://amzn.to/3F3b9I7 
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November 15, 2021