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The Chou Hallegra Podcast

The Chou Hallegra Podcast

By Chou Hallegra
Chou Hallegra is a Best-Selling Author, a sought-after Speaker, a Certified Life Coach, and a multi-credentialed Mental Health & Ability Consultant. She is passionate about helping people rise above their circumstances and enjoy life to the fullest. On this podcast, Chou and her friends have courageous conversations about emotional wellness, mental health, disabilities issues, faith, parenting, personal development, and entrepreneurship. Find out more at
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Interview With Paulishia Augillard, Author & Licensed Professional Counselor
Paulishia Augillard is both a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas.  Paulishia graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University, with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family therapy.  Paulishia has extensive education, training, and experience in the field of mental health. Paulishia is the CEO of Polly Clinical Services and specializes in working with individuals dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression. She also provides pre-marital/ marital couples counseling, relationship coaching, and keynote speaking services. Paulishia has a long-term goal to become a clinical psychologist. She considers herself to be blessed to be able to work in a profession that she truly loves and is passionate about.  Paulishia is also involved in her church community at Lakewood Church. She has presented in Mental Health conferences, Executive Leadership Institute training, and a host of community events and radio speaking engagements. Accomplishments: Mother of 3 children, wife of 21 years to best friend and business manager,  CEO Polly Clinical Services, Keynote Speaker, Corporate  Trainer, Talk Show Host: Taking Authority,  #1 Best Selling Author and the hottest new release: "Renewing Your Mind: How to Break Through Cycles of Stress and Anxiety and Start Living the Life You Deserve", "We love, we believe: Balancing Marriage, Family, and Career," and "Rebirth: Healing Tips for Generational Trauma." Find out more at Schedule a session with her at Contact her at 
October 10, 2020
From Homeless to Landlord, Interview with Atiya Goldsmith
Her upbringing and her experience being homeless have cultivated in Atiya the desire to provide housing to others.  Becoming a landlord has allowed her to build wealth, but most importantly provide housing for families that would not ordinarily be an ideal tenant, because of credit or income guidelines. Now that she has been a landlord for ten plus years, she wants to share her knowledge for others to consider if building wealth through obtaining rental properties is a good fit for them. To learn more, you can purchase and read her ebook titled " So you want to be a landlord" by going to  
October 2, 2020
Raising Teen Girls With Michelle Page, Founder of the Unbreakable Moms
Michelle Page may be a pharmacist by profession, but she is also a wife and mom of two daughters. As the founder of Unbreakable Moms, Michelle has created a supportive community that connects moms with resources to help them through the teen years.  These days, having a teenage daughter means not only the typical drama of friends and mood swings but also dealing with the pressures created by social media leading to an increase in behavioral and mental health issues. Michelle is currently working on a book about her journey to become an unbreakable mom by leaning into her faith.  In her spare time, she enjoys being creative through performing music and making jewelry. Podcast: FB: @unbreakablemoms IG:  @unbreakablemomspodcast @unbreakablemomsoffaith
September 25, 2020
Entrepreneurial $ense with LaShanda Henry
LaShanda Henry is the founder of SistaSense Online business training, mentorship, and networking community for women entrepreneurs. With a degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, LaShanda has had a long-standing love of all things tech.  She has been featured in Essence,, and UNC-TV for her expertise in blogging and social media. Over the past 15 years, Ms. Henry has reached thousands of people online through her work as both a web designer and mentor to start-up entrepreneurs. Her mission is to inspire others to actualize their personal dreams and business goals through the use of technology.   Today her desire to connect with other like-minded women has turned into a thriving community of successful business owners reaching, teaching, and empowering others to live their best lives.    Find out more at  and follow her at
September 18, 2020
Embracing The Joys & Changes Of Mid-Life, Interview With Cherie Faus-Smith
Cherie Faus-Smith is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, & mentor focusing on women over 50. Her goal is to inspire women (like you!) to live life on their own terms. She shares her experiences as a domestic abuse thriver, melanoma cancer survivor, and being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder to inspire women to live life to the fullest, push their comfort zones, and be their absolute best. Her mission is to empower women in their 50’s to discover their own unique purpose in life. She helps women get unstuck so they can get excited about their life again and feel more fulfilled than ever before. Midlife is a stage of transitions and change can be scary. Cherie will guide, motivate, inspire, and support you in your new journey. Find out more about Cherie by visiting her website. Also, you can follow her on Instagram and Facebook. If you prefer email, you can send her a message at 
September 4, 2020
Interview with Author & Speaker Regina Mixon
"Passion, Purpose & Positivity" is what one can expect when in the presence of Regina G. Mixon. Regina helps women age 18 and older, identify self-destructive habits that have served as barriers that have kept them from living their best lives; purge themselves of those, identify their purpose and begin the process of doing so passionately. Hailing from Minden, Louisiana, Regina currently resides between Southern California and Northwest Louisiana, spending an equal amount of time in both. As a mother of two adults and grandmother of three, Regina considers them to be the most valuable gifts given to her by God. Having endured many hardships in her life, and learning tons of life’s lessons the hard way, Regina readily shares her stories with any and all in hopes that they will not have to endure the sufferings and hardships she endured. A very passionate Speaker and Author, Regina hopes that people will come to realize that with faith in God and themselves, nothing is impossible. Regina, a Woman of Purpose and Determination, a Woman on the Grow, a Woman Destined to Win, a Woman of God! An author of seven books with her first book being a bestseller, Regina is currently working on the completion of two books—a non-fiction and fiction book. Regina is the Founder of Regina Mixon Enterprises dba REGS Books Publishing and God’s Storehouse Ministries dba Women Destined to Win International, Children Destined to Win, and with other programs coming soon. Twitter@reginamixon LinkedIn@reginamixonenterprises
August 21, 2020
Meet Shawn Hall - Every degree she earned cost her ZERO dollars!
Shawn A. Hall is a former US Department of Education Program Specialist who spent years evaluating school districts, schools, and state departments of education throughout the country. Her work stoked the desire to continue helping youth through education. From the age of 2, she watched her mother struggle to get her own education and eventually obtain a Ph.D. Shawn knew that the way to success was to seek All Roads Education™️. After graduating from Bennett College, she went on to obtain her M.B.A. in International Management from Southeastern University and her M. Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from George Washington University. Every degree she earned cost her ZERO dollars! She loves spreading what she dubs “the gospel of debt-free college.” After gaining her 2ndMaster’s degree, she settled into raising her 4 daughters and settling into the homeschool community as a teacher and parent. It was there that she realized how many students and parents were unaware of how much money they were missing out on and she began sharing advice and tips. One mother told her, you really could do this full time” and that’s when she founded All Roads Education. Since 2010 she has helped hundreds of parents save monies, time, and sanity with her straight talk, no holds barred approach. Today, she travels around the country conducting debt-free workshops for community-based organizations and schools as well as runs a successful virtual consulting firm that focuses on finding funding for college for students as well as assisting them select and apply to the colleges that best suit their skill set and interests. Find out more at
August 7, 2020
"When Happily Ever After Doesn't Happen", Interview With SA Casey
SA Casey, is a Certified Life Coach, CEO of Innovating Life Coaching Solutions, LLC, and Founder of the Speak Life for Change membership group on Facebook. She is also a Licensed Minister, The Host of 2 Podcasts  Speak Life 562, and a brand new Podcast starting on July 1 "Expanding your Power, Women empowering Women.  The Author Visionary of an anthology called Mothers Speak: Christian Women Share Their Wisdom for Spiritual and Natural Success,  She has a brand new book coming out on July 5, called When Happily ever after doesn't happen to pick up the pieces after disappointment and is also a contributing author for the new anthology Unmuted,  a Blogger, Speaker, Actress, and playwright. It is her mission to empower women to reach their full potential to get to their next!  Follow her on Instagram: @Speaklife562
July 17, 2020
Interview With Author & Conscious Coach, Kathleen Hearod
Kathleen Hearod is a CMC, Conscious Mind Coach, and author whose primary focus is helping individuals develop their conscious awareness levels. Her desire is to master conversations around taboo topics and setting higher expectations. After successfully publishing two books, appearing on WXIX Fox News, being a guest on both domestic podcasts like Women Unmasked and international podcasts such as Wounds to Scars, Kathleen continues to reach her goals of becoming a brand families trust to restore the family leadership role. Kathleen began to study, track, and monitor the results of behaviors associated with those of African American descent as a result of slavery residual effects. Her passion quickly grew into a desire to become an expert in the field of communicating how to create expectations, set boundaries and values to decrease poverty, expose the pipeline to prison and crush the fatherless family model by restoring the family structure.  Connect: IG: @kh_consciouscoach C
July 11, 2020
Freedom Comes At A Cost!
Happy 4th of July! Freedom is not free. There is a price to pay to achieve the freedom you desire in your life. What must you sacrifice today in order to find freedom? If you want to continue this conversation, find me at
July 4, 2020
Even COVID Can't Keep Coach Dante Down!
Dante is a father of four and has 17 years of experience in the petrochemical industry. In 2007 he got very sick and was forced out of that profession. Not sure what to do, he became a personal trainer because he wanted to know more about fitness as it relates to stress and health. He founded Dominate Fitness in July 2010 and in 2017 he furthered his knowledge and became a Master Life Coach. He helps his clients lose weight, change the conditions of their health, and also boost their confidence. He loves serving women and helping them along their journey. Dante won quite a few health and fitness competitions during his career. Six months after opening his gym, he was unlawfully forced to close due to COVID and he is now making his marks in the online space. His clients enjoy their workouts and the results they achieve. Find out more about Dante at and follow him on his page Dominate Fitness Live.
July 4, 2020
Dare to Soar Higher With Coach SharRon Jamison
As an entrepreneur, author, speaker, visionary, and life strategist, SharRon Jamison has been teaching principles of love and self-empowerment for more than 25 years. Her career journey has taken her from owning a fitness studio to managing multimillion-dollar accounts for an international biotechnology firm. SharRon is a dynamic and energetic speaker, who has delivered passionate, powerful and inspiring speeches to audiences of all sizes. She knows how to captivate and motivate people to see their own potential, leverage their unique talents, and embrace their own power to achieve their goals. She challenges people to Dare to Soar Higher! She most recently founded The Jamison Group, a leadership training and development company specializing in personal transformation and relational healing. SharRon and her team of experts work with organizations, corporations, and ministries of all sizes, and provide services nationally and abroad. SharRon earned a BA from Hampton University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Please visit to learn more about her work.
June 27, 2020
Courageous Conversation About Racism and Generational Trauma
My friend Ibi and I sat down to talk about racism, how we can deal with it in our homes, and also how it impacts generations. Olayide Ibi is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is the owner of The Zinnia Practice- a therapy practice for women and couples. She loves helping women work through trauma, toxic relationships and finally find their voice. She helps couples learn healthy relationship patterns so that they can finally stop intergenerational trauma. You can download her free guide here "5 steps to manage anxiety and fear." You can find her on She is also on Instagram and Facebook as The Zinnia Practice.
June 25, 2020
Interview with Copywriter, Jasmine York Ball
Jasmine York Ball is an award-winning journalist, author, Editor in Chief, and certified Content Marketing Strategist. For over 7 years, she’s been helping businesses create content that's clear and true to their authentic voice, gains them visibility, attracts their ideal clients and grows their business! Jasmine realized in her own business (and with her clients), the right words meshed with the right systems can be a game-changer. That's why she teaches people how to create freedom in their business by leveraging content and their brand's messaging to attract their most valuable payers (without losing themselves, sales, sleep, or sanity). In her career, Jasmine has worked with one of the fastest-growing print media companies in North America, written marketing campaigns for multiple 6 and 7-figure brands, published an African-American based printed lifestyle magazine in her community and served as the lead writer over various content marketing campaigns for both large corporations and small business clients. Jasmine even helped one of her clients generate over $7 million in revenue within a year with her writing strategies. Although she absolutely loves creating and transforming content, she understands that many of her fellow entrepreneurs struggle pretty hard in this area and it's hurting their business. That's why this small-town girl from Selma, AL has a big life mission to use her writing to serve others and connect them to resources that will help them live more informed, inspired, and overall better lives.  Find out more at
June 20, 2020
Healing Inside & Out With Author Nikia Simon
Nikia Simon is a life coach and disability advocate who teaches people to overcome adversity in order to live life according to their own design. She is the recipient of numerous awards and is known for her elegance and strength that fills each room. She lives in Clarksville, Tennessee with her two children, Imani and Nigel, along with her cat Sunny. When she’s not setting the world on fire,  she can be found in deep meditation or striking a Yoga pose. Find out more at
June 13, 2020
Anne Richardson on Overcoming Trauma
Anne is an author, spiritual director, workshop presenter, and leader of trauma groups for women. She is also a survivor of childhood molestation. Her passion is to share her healing journey with fellow survivors and provide helpful suggestions for family and clergy who accompany them. Find out more about Anne, her book,  and her work at the links below: Website: Her FB page: Her book:
May 26, 2020
Registered Nurse, Louis Bianco, Co-authors Mental Health Book
Louis Bianco, RN, CPS, is a 36-year-old native of Central Pennsylvania.  Over the past 20 years, he has been a part of the mental health system in PA, as a consumer, a peer specialist, and a psychiatric nurse. Louis has continued to advocate for a greater understanding of mental health in the state of Pennsylvania, through close to four years of volunteering as a public speaker and advocate.  In 2019 alone, He has spoken at a state conference for health educators about the creation of  K-12 curriculums.  He has sat on a panel with police officers and caseworkers to discuss mental health to criminal justice majors at West Chester University. He has spoken to over 700 high school sophomores at Cumberland Valley High School’s First-ever Wellness Summit. Additionally, Louis' first published book titled, "Mental Health DisABILITY: Perception vs. Reality" was released earlier this month. Follow him at Order your copy of the book at
May 22, 2020
I'm NOT Okay And That's Okay!
How are you really doing? Yes, not just on the surface but really doing?   I’m not okay, and that’s okay.   Plus why you shouldn’t wait for certain things.  PS: If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 800-273-TALK (8255) or text HOME to 741741
May 20, 2020
Jeanne Cesena Discusses Her Journey from Mental Illness to Mental Wellness
Jeanne's primary message, “From Mental Illness to Mental Wellness”, is an inspiring personal testimony of her life journey, God’s peace through His Word, and how unconditional love has changed her, her family, work, and ministry. Jeanne endured threats on her life, physical and emotional abuse, abandonment, and psychological bouts of bipolar disorder, paranoia, and Schizophrenia. God has given her the strength to overcome. She is now an event planner, wedding designer, band promoter, BlendedStepFamily Ministry Leader, mother, grandma, wife, and speaker on the topics of Mental Health, Worship Lifestyle and StepFamily life issues. Her mental health story gives hope to the individuals, their families, and friends, who are searching for answers. Jeanne’s love for God, His Word, and His ministry flows through all her messages. Jeanne is available for speaking at church groups, workshops, and events. Below are the different ways you can connect with her. Mental Wellness: Speaking/events: Grab your copy of Made to Overcome - Mental Health Edition #2 at 
May 18, 2020
Entrepreneurial Success Tips With Jill Albany
Jill, a wife of 32 years and mother of three,  is a real estate associate broker, author, creator,  worship leader & speaker dedicated to serving women and helping them get the transformation they desire in life and business. She has a desire to come alongside of women in their entrepreneurial journey by providing the necessary element of community and support that she has found to be the Lifeblood of motivation and inspiration in every successful business. She is passionate about serving others from a platform of Faith, and real encouragement and imparts hope into the lives of others so they also believe that God desires to bless their life and business. Growing up in a broke and broken family, Jill understands the difficulties of poverty and the joys of seeing great financial success. Therefore she is passionate about helping others obtain real and lasting wealth. Jill has 13 siblings and deeply values family, faith, and community. With this in mind, Jill has created a business that is based on a deep connection and a true heart for the success of others. Her motto is, ‘I am not living unless I am giving’ and she teaches others the value keeping of a heart of service in their business. Find out more at
April 17, 2020
Grief & Secondary Losses with Joel-Ann Mothersille LPN, CC
Joel-Ann is a Certified Transitional Life Coach that specializes in equipping women with the necessary tools to transition from surviving to thriving after experiencing a major life event or loss of any kind. Her experience with personal loss and also as a Hospice and Palliative Care nurse gave her a unique perspective and understanding of what grief is and ignited her passion for helping women heal after loss. Her training as a Grief Recovery Specialist is the toolbox she pulls from to help her clients rediscover joy and create a "new normal" despite their encounters with grief and loss. You can connect with her at the links below: Facebook page: Instagram: Facebook Group: Website: Email:
April 5, 2020
Dr Michelle Page on Integrative Medicine & Caring for Ourselves During COVID-19
Michelle Page received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University. She then went on to complete a pharmacy residency at Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington and also became a Board Certified in Geriatric Pharmacy. In addition, she has completed several certification programs including diabetes, smoking cessation, and medication management. It was during her work in geriatrics when she began to become disillusioned with the allopathic medical model and started exploring lifestyle medicine and alternative healing modalities beyond herbs and supplements. This journey led her to the functional medicine model and its approach to treating the dis-ease found in the body. As a life long learner, Dr. Page has a very diverse knowledge base and skill set that includes personal training, nutrition consulting and success coaching. All of which she utilizes as the founder of the Unbreakable Moms, a supportive community that connects moms with resources and a podcast. Dr. Page is currently working on her first book about the influence of the gut-brain connection on mood which will be published in the spring of 2020. She is a wife and mom of 2 daughters with whom she shares a home with their dog, 2 cats, and 2 fish. She enjoys being creative through performing music and making jewelry. FB: @DrMichellePage @Unbreakablemoms IG: @drmichellepage @unbreakablemomspodcast
March 26, 2020
How to Manage Stress & Anxiety During COVID-19
This is the audio recording of a webinar I held on 3/25/2020.  If you have any questions or need additional support, contact me at
March 26, 2020
Embracing Change with Shaneequa Cannon
In order to be the person she felt she needed as a teen, stumbling through life following a suicide attempt, sexual assault (rape), and unwed teenage motherhood, Shaneequa Cannon became a public high school Language Arts teacher. During those 13 years as an educator, Shaneequa’s mission was to be the change she wanted to see and the beacon of possibilities in the lives of others. But, after narrowly surviving a bout with pulmonary embolisms in her lungs, Shaneequa had to confront her mortality and habits of mediocrity. This brush with death gave her a fresh pair of eyes and a fervent desire to see the women around her rise out of their own mediocrity, winning through telling their stories on stage and on the page. This led her to start a business as the Master Brand Story Coach, drawing on her love of teaching and her fascination with storytelling, helping women entrepreneurs embrace the power of their story so they could move forward with permission and purpose. This is a new multi-faceted mission that Shaneequa takes to the stage, page, and screen as a speaker, author, and screenwriter. She's a graduate of the University of Miami and Full Sail University. More info at
March 18, 2020
How To Be Content While Single With Ibi Osibodu-Onyali, LMFT
Ibinye Osibodu-Onyali is a licensed marriage and family therapist as well as a dating coach. She runs a private practice in CA where she helps women with anxiety, insomniacs, and couples who are struggling in their marriages. As a coach, she helps single women date in purpose, undo unhealthy intergenerational relationship patterns and learn healthy relationship boundaries. Ibinye loves to help women heal old relationship wounds and learn simple steps to find healthy, lasting love. Currently, she creates workbooks to help women navigate dating and love. You can find some of her workbooks on To work with her one on one you can find more on
March 2, 2020
Personal Nutrition with Lisa LaRue-Baker
Lisa LaRue Baker is an author, musician, photographer, registered natural health practitioner and wellness coach in addition to living with a chronic, life-threatening illness since birth. As an author, she has published several books, contributed to or acted as consulting editor, on numerous books. She is mother of one adult son and resides with her singer-songwriter and audiobook director husband and their two kitties in Topeka, Kansas. Find out more at For more info on the Made to Overcome -Chronic Illness Edition book, go to 
February 28, 2020
Living With A Chronic Illness: LaShonn's Story
LaShonn Edmunds proudly shares her lymphedema story in this book, although nervous and excited all at the same time to expose her medical issue to the world. It was scary, but she hopes and prays that her story will help somebody else. She lives in a beautiful small country town in South Carolina with her husband of 25 years, two beautiful daughters and one handsome son. She absolutely loves her family and enjoys spending time with them as much as possible. LaShonn works in the medical distribution industry as a technology training specialist. She owns two companies; Click BTS, LLC and Cairs, LLC. She also supports her husband with his music business. She attended Changing Your Mind ministries which have been instrumental in helping her on her journey to rediscovering herself through the word of God. Something she enjoys is volunteering to teach computer classes to the CYMLA youth and local community centers in her area. LaShonn can be reached at Get your copy of Made to Overcome - Chronic Illness Edition at   #chronicillness #lymphedema 
February 26, 2020
Advocacy, Autism & Chronic Illness with Christina Abernethy
Pre-order your copy of Made to Overcome - Chronic Illness Edition at Christina is a two-time bestselling co-author, a dedicated wife, mother of three, and passionate advocate for people impacted by disabilities. She has coordinated events to fund research, supports and service dogs for families. She has served on local committees, coached an adaptive cheerleading team, and won awards for successful fundraising endeavors including those for “Team Bubba,” honoring her son with autism. She is the founder of Love, Hope, and Autism and is proud to be the coordinator for Changing Spaces Pennsylvania, a movement to build accessible restrooms with powered height adjustable adult-sized changing tables across communities to promote inclusion. She is working with legislators to pass a bill in Pennsylvania that would require such facilities in hospitals, airports, museums, rest stops, malls and more.  Christina also works as a Family Support and Community Engagement Specialist at Achieving True Self, supporting families like hers. Christina is committed to spreading a message of heightened awareness and acceptance of differences, ultimately inspiring hope. For her efforts, she won the ACHIEVA Award Of Excellence for Family Support in 2018 and in 2019 she was awarded a medal by the Autism Connection of Pennsylvania.  Find out more at 
February 24, 2020
How to Be A Leader in the Workplace
We talked about business goals recently and I mentioned the importance of being a leader in your business, but I wanted to clarify that leadership is for all of us. You can be a leader in the workplace as well and here are a few ways to do just that! If you would like to continue this conversation, reach out to me at
February 2, 2020
Got Business Goals?
In the past few months, I have had many people reach out to me asking for advice, suggestions, and ideas on business matters. Although I have been a businesswoman for a few years, I don't often talk about business strategies. Well, you've asked and I've listened and here I deliver.  What are your business goals? How will you achieve them? Are you treading water or actually getting some traction? The way I see it, business is more than just a means to make an income. More me, it's the impact that's more important. I want the products and services I offer to make a difference in people's lives. I want to leave a legacy that will outlive me but I work at it wisely by outsourcing and automating whatever I can.   What about you? What's helping you grow your business? Where are you struggling in business?  If you want to thrive in all areas of your life, join us for THRIVE 2020 today!
January 25, 2020
Did You Ditch Your New Year's Resolutions?
 In case you weren't aware, January 17th is Ditch Your Resolutions Day. Did you ditch your resolutions on January 17th? I hope not! At least, not all of them. In this segment, I talk about what helps me achieve my goals, what might be getting in the way of you achieving yours, and how Thrive 2020 can help you.  If you are ready to thrive this year, go to
January 19, 2020
More Ways To Tap Into Gratitude
** Get your gratitude journal at ** Access all the audio recordings for this gratitude challenge at ** All the blogposts for this gratitude challenge can be found at ** If you missed my video on how to be grateful when things are tough, catch it at
November 27, 2019
Show Your Gratitude With Words
We’ve talked about the process of writing in a gratitude journal and the kinds of benefits that activity can offer. Writing is a powerful process. Sharing your written words of appreciation with others can have an even bigger impact than journaling privately. Personal notes can really brighten a person’s day, and make many positive impacts in the lives of those receiving them and those giving them.
November 26, 2019
Find Something Random In Your Environment To Be Grateful For
If you’re still on the fence about starting a practice of gratitude for yourself, I’d like to issue you a simple challenge. Just for today, find just one random thing in your environment to be grateful for. This is a low-stakes activity that can be a great way to jumpstart your pursuit of gratitude.
November 25, 2019
Use Gratitude Meditations & Affirmations To Boost Your Spirit Anytime
You’ve probably heard of both meditations and affirmations, though you may be uncertain of just what they are and how they work. These two practices are actually quite simple to add to your routine or even to use in a particularly stressful moment to gain perspective. Let’s take a look at how to use gratitude meditations and affirmations to boost your spirit anytime.
November 24, 2019
Enforce The Gratitude Habit With A Small Journal
Once you get into the habit of contemplating what you’re grateful for each day, it’s time to consider making it a written activity. This can be intimidating for people who don’t like to write or who feel they may not have time to dedicate to such a practice. In all honesty, it really doesn’t take much more time to write it down than to simply think about what you appreciate, and you don’t need strong writing skills in order to jot down three sentences. Let’s see if we can’t make the process seem less stressful.
November 24, 2019
Start & End Your Day By Counting Your Blessings
One really easy way to get started on a gratitude practice is to make a habit of counting your blessings both morning and night. You don’t even have to write them down, as in a gratitude journal, if that seems too overwhelming. Simply taking a few minutes when you wake up and before you go to bed is enough to begin cementing this new practice into your routine. Before long, you’ll be easily noticing that blessing abound. Here are some tips to help you begin.
November 23, 2019
What A Difference A Bit Of Gratitude Makes
Gratitude can be simply broken down to appreciating the good things in your life. It doesn’t always seem simple, though. When things are hectic or stressful, finding the silver lining can be challenging. However, learning how to embrace gratitude can significantly boost your happiness. Being grateful offers a host of other benefits you’re probably not aware of, too. Let’s take a closer look at the concept, ways it can improve your life and how to practice it.
November 21, 2019
Are You Your Worst Ennemy?
The real barriers to success are internal roadblocks. This is where it gets difficult. What internal roadblocks are getting in your way? Download my guide to help you stop sabotaging and start succeeding at everything that you do:
November 18, 2019
6 Signs You're Ignoring Your Emotional Health
In this episode, Chou discusses 6 signs that you are ignoring your emotional health and how to improve it.  If you are struggling in this area, reach out to Chou at www.graceandhopeconsulting,com, LLC
October 7, 2019
Saying “No” to New Opportunities Can Be Good for Your Business
We tend to think of a ‘no’ as a big red stop sign in the middle of the street. But has it ever occurred to you that sometimes saying ‘no’ is what’s going to push you forward? We tend to think of a ‘no’ as a big red stop sign in the middle of the street. But has it ever occurred to you that sometimes saying ‘no’ is what’s going to push you forward?
September 23, 2019
4 Reasons Why Work-Life Balance Is Important
Having a work-life balance is learning to separate your professional and personal lives, so you don’t deprive one or the other. Both of these aspects are vital to our happiness, but if one impedes on the other, you will feel out of balance and that's not a healthy place to be. 
September 8, 2019
5 ways to Develop An Ambitious Mindset
Do you want to get more done in life? Do you want to finish the year strong? Then, You need to develop an ambitious mindset and here’s how.
August 19, 2019
Don't Just Dream, Do This Instead
Dreaming is a good thing. Dreaming big is even better, but don't stop there. Here are 7 things you should do when you start dreaming big.
August 5, 2019
Free Thyself From Procrastination
What are you putting off? What's getting in the way? What would your life be like if you got that thing done? Is this outcome worth the hard work and sacrifice? If yes, reach out for help and let's get it done.  Let's connect at !
July 29, 2019
Free Thyself From Work
What's your relationship with work? Do you have unhealthy thinking processes that affect how you see work? Are you trying to meet unmet emotional needs through work? I can help! Schedule a FREE consultation with me at and let's connect!
July 8, 2019
Free Thyself From Your Painful Past
Are your past experiences keeping you from living life to the fullest? Are you stuck in your past? Your past is a place of reference and not a place of residence. It's time to free yourself from your painful past. If you need help moving past your past, I can help! Reach out to me at
July 1, 2019
Free Yourself From Other People's Opinions
It's good to seek wise counsel but not everyone's opinion should be listened to. If you listen to everyone's opinions, you'll be miserable. Whose opinion is influencing your life? Struggling with this, let's chat! Email me at
June 24, 2019
My takeaways from #MHAConf19 - Day 3
Summary: We need to create a safe place for men to share their feelings and seek help for mental health when needed. Our physical health affects our mental health. We need to seek for all of us, not just part of us.  We need to do a better job at supporting caregivers. If you are a caregiver, we are here for you. Reach out to us today! Here are the websites I mentioned:
June 22, 2019
Free Yourself From Could Have, Should Have, And Would Have
The things we tell ourselves can cause emotional distress and even create mental and emotional bondage. Here are a few tips on how to free yourselves.  If you need additional support, reach out to us at 
June 17, 2019
Take Care of Your Emotional Health
Your emotional health is just as important as your physical health. Don't neglect it. if you need additional support in this area, reach out to us at
June 10, 2019
Unchain Yourself Mama: Turn Your Passion Into Your A Family Mission
 You don't have to put your passion aside because you are a mom. You can turn your passion into a family mission. #UnchainedMama This is our last segment of Unchain Yourself Mama but we are still accepting registration for the four-week coaching program that's starting soon.  Join us and invite a friend or two:
May 13, 2019
Unchain Yourself Mama: You Are Not Your Child's Maid!
 Another episode with Ibi and Chou to help you Unchain Yourself, Mama! This tim we want to remind you that you are not your child's maid.  Want more support in finding and enjoying yourself as a mom, then join us for a 4 week program that's starting in a couple weeks.  Register at
April 29, 2019
Unchain Yourself Mama: Ditch the guilt
 Listen in as Ibi and Chou share strategies to help you find yourself and enjoy life.   Join us for 4 week coaching program to unchain yourself, register at Ibi is a licensed marriage and family therapist as well as a wellness coach for busy moms. She helps women learn how to manage anxiety, discover their strengths and become unstuck. Her passion is helping moms live without guilt or regrets. Find out more about Ibi at Chou is a Certified Counselor and Life Coach on a mission to help women achieve emotional wellness, reach their full potential and live fulfilling lives. She is passionate about helping people rise above their circumstances so they can be more and do more in life. Find out more about Chou at
April 22, 2019
Unchain Yourself Mama Part 1: Do you remember who you were before you became a mom?
Listen in as Ibi and Chou share strategies to help you find yourself and enjoy life.   Join us for 4 week coaching program to unchain yourself, register at Ibi is a licensed marriage and family therapist as well as a wellness coach for busy moms. She helps women learn how to manage anxiety, discover their strengths and become unstuck. Her passion is helping moms live without guilt or regrets. Find out more about Ibi at Chou is a Certified Counselor and Life Coach on a mission to help women achieve emotional wellness, reach their full potential and live fulfilling lives. She is passionate about helping people rise above their circumstances so they can be more and do more in life. Find out more about Chou at
April 16, 2019
Women Making History: Interview With Patti McCloud
 Patti McCloud and family have served in fundraising and advocacy efforts since 2000. She has been active with the Pittsburgh Walk for Autism Speaks, co-chairing the Walk in 2004 & 2005 and chairing several Walk committees throughout the years. In 2008, she participated on a corporate fundraising panel at the Autism Speaks National Leadership Retreat. In 2009 & 2010, Patti served as Community Advocacy Chair in PA. She helped secure Act 62 in PA and the passage of the federally funded Department of Defense Bill. She has chaired Dress It Up Blue and Chefs Create Pittsburgh, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Autism Speaks. She has been an active Board Member of their Pittsburgh Chapter serving in various capacities. Patti is employed with Pressley Ridge as their Family Support Coordinator. She lives in Mars, PA, with her son, Jordan, diagnosed with autism and intellectual disability and her daughter, Nicole, who attends the University of Kentucky.  She also co-authored "It's Going To Be AUlright!" available at  #womenmakinghistory
March 31, 2019
Use The Little Bit You Got
 What do you have in your hand? What skills, experiences, knowledge do you have? You might think it’s nothing of significance, nothing important but it’s not! Use the little bit you got to impact the world around you. 
March 31, 2019
Women Making History: Interview with Jennifer Bruno
Jennifer Bruno is the Founder of Team Cassie, a nonprofit organization that seeks to enrich the quality of life of the special needs community and their families. She also co-authored, "It's Going To Be AUlright!", available at Follow her at
March 30, 2019
Women Making History: Interview with Kelly Cain
Kelly Cain is a wife, mom, and the co-founder of Autism Caring Center.  She is also co-authored " It's Going To Be AUlright!", available at Learn more at
March 29, 2019
Women Making History: Interview With Cathy & Christina
 For over fifteen years, Catherine Hughes have provided comprehensive support and passionate advocacy to individuals and self-advocates, their families, and surrounding natural supports such as schools, churches, daycare facilities, as well as healthcare organizations, transition providers, and other applicable sources throughout communities. Navigating "the system" is often a daunting task - but she believes that receiving services and supports to be independent, successful, and well, should never be. Follow her at Christina Abernethy is a dedicated wife and mother of 3 from a small town called Ohio Township. She is a passionate activist for individuals and families impacted by disabilities. With her own family being touched by multiple diagnoses including autism, she has coordinated events for local and national charitable organizations to fund research, support services and even service dogs for families like ours. She has served on a local walk committee, participated in a local gala, coached a special needs cheerleading team, and have won awards for successful fundraising endeavors including those for “Team Bubba” created in honor of our son with autism. Follow her at  Both of Cathy and Christina were co-authors for the #ausome book "It's Going to Be Aulright! available at
March 28, 2019
Women Making History: Interview with Samantha White
Samantha White helps women transition from emotional pain to peace through Christian Mindset Coaching. Please do not forget to text the word FREE to 9107596373 to claim your ebook today!  Find out more about Samantha at
March 25, 2019
Women Making History: Interview with April Green
Hailing from Capitol Heights,  MD, April Green is a wife and mother of three children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A licensed minister, April has worked in the field of early childhood special education for the past 20 years and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in educational leadership. April has a background in psychology and Curriculum Instruction and Assessment. She has a passion for early intervention and promoting awareness.  This passion led April to host and produce a podcast, Keeping it Moving with April and Vondell (, which focuses on shedding light on mental health and autism awareness. She has also created a blog, Ausome-Sauce (, which chronicles experiences raising multiple children living with autism. April strongly believes that awareness is key for acceptance and is dedicated to being a vehicle for change while helping others find peace and purpose through the pain. April also co-authored a book, "It's Going to be Aulright!" available at
March 24, 2019
Women Making History: Interview with Donna Lund
 Donna Prezioso Lund is a mother of 4 children, with two boys on the #autism spectrum. She also co-authored It's Going To Be Aulright", available at  Follow her blog at or Labeled to Lunderfulon Facebook. 
March 23, 2019
Women Making History: Holly Teegarden
Holly Teegarden is a digital marketing consultant, national speaker on social media and analytics, autism advocate, digital detox expert, podcaster with Everyday Life Coach, certified Christian Life Coach and doTERRA Wellness Advocate. Holly is a true entrepreneur helping people achieve their goals in business and personally. Most recently she co-authored a book, It’s Going to Be AUlirght, available on Amazon.  You can learn more about her at or
March 22, 2019
Women Making History: Interview with Sharice Nace
Sharise Nance is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adjunct Professor, Speaker, Award Winning Entrepreneur and Author. In addition to running her private practice, HandinHand Counseling Services, Sharise now dedicates her efforts to VitaminCHealing, an organization designed to promote self-care, work-life balance and integration and burnout prevention among those throughout the helping profession and beyond. She can be reached at  
March 21, 2019
Just do it!
Don't let your situation stop you from sharing your gifts with the world.
March 9, 2019
Happy International Women's Day!
Shout to all the women who help me be more and do more in life.
March 9, 2019
Reinventing Yourself After a Divorce or Break Up, Interview with Dr Sacheen Mobley
 On this #ReinventYourRelationships episode, Sacheen Mobley & Chou Hallegra discussed how to #ReinventYourself after a divorce or a break-up.  Dr Sacheen is the Creatrix-In-Chief of Living and Loving Your Best, LLC. Dr. Sacheen is a published author, speaker, and consultant who helps women get from fear to focused in every aspect of their lives by using proven communication strategies, modalities, and life experiences.  You can find her work on her two YouTube channels, her Facebook Pages, Instagram, and Twitter. She is set to release a re-edited edition of her book The Energy Suckers: The Four Faces of Narcissism in 2019. She is available for interviews, personal coaching, and private readings. To learn more, please contact her at
February 23, 2019
How to Help someone be more positive
 What makes some people so negative? How can you help them become positive? How do you remain positive when you around negative people? These all the questions I answered during this Q & A session. Need support? Let's connect:  
February 17, 2019
What's all the fuss about #ReiventYourRelationships?
In this episode I share why I started this series on @ReinventYourRelationships Find out more about me and my work at
February 15, 2019
I Found Love That's Worth Living & Dying For #ReinventYourRelationships
 I found love that is worth living and dying for...and it's not what you think. Let's continue this conversation: #ReinventYourself and #ReinventYourRelationships  
February 14, 2019
#ReinventYourRelationships: Finding Healing After Traumatic Relationships by Lori Bair
When relationships are not healthy, they can become traumatic and healing from that trauma is hard but so worth it. In this episode, Lori shares her story of finding healing after traumatic relationships. Lori is a motivational health coach focusing on the gut-brain connection. Healthy gut, healthy mind. website link... facebook link... Her Amare Global link...
February 13, 2019
When 2 Therapists sit down to talk about how to #ReinventYourRelationships
What happens when a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional &  a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist start talking about the impact of relationships on our mental & emotional wellness?     Wisdom, expertise, charisma, and a lot of brilliance to help you #ReinventYourRelationships and #ReinventYourself! A little bit about my special guest...  Ibi is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She helps women with anxiety and insomnia learn how to find their calm. She also helps dating and engaged couples create a strong foundation for a healthy marriage. As a coach she helps moms figure out how to pursue their passions, find time for self care and still be devoted to their loved ones. Because happy moms raise happy kids.  
February 12, 2019
#ReinventYourRelationships: Grieving lost relationships by Sederia Grave
In this episode, Sederia shares how losing meaningful relationships (her mom and her husband) affected her mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.  If you're grieving and need someone to talk to,  let's connect:
February 9, 2019
Impact of self-love on your emotional wellness & relationships- Interview with Liz Thees
 Our first interview for #ReinventYourRelationships focuses on the impact of self-love on your emotional wellness. Liz Thees shares some great insight on this topic as well of her personal story of being married, divorced and remarried to the same man. They have been together for 22 years now!! Like you, Liz has been searching for her life purpose. After many years of studying and self-reflection, she discovered that she was meant to help individuals find clarity in their life purpose. She is a Certified Life Coach with a holistic approach and specializes in helping people of all ages find clarity in their journey of life. Find out more at
February 4, 2019
#ReinventYourself: Interview with Shamaka Schumake
 To find out more about Shamaka Schumake and her work as a Vision Achievement Strategist, visit www.shamaka' 
February 1, 2019
#ReinventYourself: Interview with Rachel Leigh
Here's a little note from Rachel: "I am Rachel Leigh from Tennessee. I value living in the Bible Belt and Southern Hospitality as much as I value multiculturalism and being one small part of a huge diverse body of believers, all united in Christ. I have a Masters level college education in Business and still consider my Fathers business of spreading the gospel of Christ my most important assignment. What lights me up is seeing the moment the Holy Spirit is invited in and first recognized by a new believer or the awe-inspiring world-shaking moments when a believer is given a new revelation of Gods glory. I love these “light bulb moments” and love to share my own. I just love that God chose such a humble creation as us to grow His Kingdom and to be His Kingdom. I’m a grateful daughter of the Most High King!" Find out more at
January 29, 2019
#ReinventYourself: Interview with Carrie Reichartz
 From Lawyer to Missionary, from trauma to triumph, this woman helps us redefine success!   Carrie Reichartz is a lawyer, business owner, and founder and Executive Director of Infinitely More Life… where she hosts conferences and coaches client’s on how to move from trauma to triumph. She takes frequent mission trips to Kenya to work with people affected by trauma and pregnancy issues. She has a true passion for children and helping people travel through trauma into triumph by inspiring them through her personal story.  You can find more about her work at 
January 28, 2019
Refuse To Be Reduced By Your Circumstances
You were made for more. Don't let your circumstances stop you from being and doing more. Refuse to be reduced by what happens to you.
January 19, 2019
#ReinventYourself: Interview with Markeith Braden
Markeith Braden is the CEO of Markeith Braden & Company, a Digital Media & Personal Brand Consulting Agency that helps Small Business Owners & Solopreneurs leverage digital media & marketing automation to build a profitable personal brand business. Additionally, Markeith is the host of The Markeith Braden Podcast, a weekly podcast where he shares personal development content, interviews from successful entrepreneurs, & business success principles that guide today's entrepreneurs in this digital age. Find out more at
January 10, 2019
My New Year Declaration
Instead of resolutions, I craft a declaration. Instead of making plans, I cast a vision . I will be teaching others how to do this on January 3rd. Register today! goo. gl/fCMmmJ
January 1, 2019
How was your year?
Join me tonight at 8 PM EST for a year end praise and prayer meeting
December 30, 2018
Be Yourself #StressBusters #StressRELIEF
Be Yourself #StressBusters #StressRELIEF Check out this page for more on this topic:
December 14, 2018
Say NO #StressRELIEF
You can find lasting freedom from stress when you learn to say, "NO". Join me for live stress R.E.L.I.E.F. coaching sessions, Registration closes soon, sign up today!
December 7, 2018
You are the reason why I am here
Happy Thanksgiving! Remember, you only have one life to live so live it well, live it fully!
November 22, 2018
Do you have an attitude of gratitude?
Do you have the ability to see the blessings in your mess? Can you just be thankful for the glass instead of worrying whether it's half full or half empty?
November 9, 2018
Wellness Wednesday :Dont be afraid to ask
Asking for help is not a weakness, it's a strength. What do you need help with today? Would you take a courageous step and ask for help today?
October 31, 2018
Thankful Thursday : 3 broad ways to practice gratitude
We can practice gratitide in so many ways. Here are 3 broad ways (or categories) to practice gratitude
October 25, 2018
Wellness Wednesday : Let's talk about sleep
Your brain and body need enough sleep in order to function at their optimal capacity. Here are some tips on how to create and observe a good sleep hygiene.
October 24, 2018
Family Friday: How often do you include your children in your decision making?
Including your children in your decision making tells them that you value their opinions and that you care about how your decisions will affect them. Include them in the decision making process and you might just be surprised how creative they can be!
October 20, 2018
Thankful Thursday: What are you thankful for?
Gratitude is good for the soul and a thankful heart is a happy heart. What are you thankful for today?
October 18, 2018
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Interview with Survivor & Advocate Tomasita Richardson
Tomasita can be reached at If you need help healing from the emotional wounds of your past, "Rewrite Your Story" is for you! Find out more:
October 17, 2018
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Interview with Author & Survivor Cherie Faus-Smith
Speaker, mentor and author Cherie Faus-Smith is a beacon for victims of domestic abuse. She shines a light on survivors and illuminates a path of prevention toward healthy relationships with an end goal of helping them recognize the signs of abuse. With over three decades of real-life experiences, Cherie shares that there is hope after abuse. Her open heart has a way of bringing out the best in others. Cherie’s book “The Cycle Ended: Saying Goodbye to Domestic Abuse” details the struggles in her past abusive relationships and how she found love after breaking the cycle of choosing unhealthy relationships. You can find more information about Cherie on her website
October 17, 2018
Motivation Monday: Just do it!
Stop procrastinating and take action
October 17, 2018
Tips Tuesday: Be a gatekeeper
If you hear something, see something, then DO something; someone's life depends on ur!
October 17, 2018
Make your health a priority
You only have one life to live so live it well
October 17, 2018
I am a woman who knows who she is
Hey guys, Please give me some feedback on this poem. You can read it at Thanks in advance!
September 21, 2018
Will you answer the call?
Is something or someone knocking at your door? Is there a need that you can meet? Will you answer the call? Life is fulfilling when we answer the call and live in our lane.
September 18, 2018
Picking up the pieces
When a tragedy or crisis hits, it can shatter our hearts and our lives. In order to move forward, we need to pick up the pieces. But, not all pieces will serve us in the next season.
September 18, 2018
Mental health & Emotional wellness in African-American communities
Danielle Ruffin of Black Healing Matters interviews Chou Hallegra about mental health and emotional wellness , especially in African-American communities.
September 8, 2018
Mental Health Tips for Moms
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month and Mother's Day, Chou Hallegra held a live Q &A to provide some mental health tips for moms.
May 12, 2018
Stop waiting for things to get better
"If you wait for all your problems to go away, you'll never do anything in life" Chou Hallegra
May 6, 2018
Who's walking with you?
In this episode, Chou Hallegra talks about 3 types of partnerships that we each need as we journey through life
April 20, 2018
Don't wait tomorrow to be happy
If you're always waiting for something or someone to make you happy, you will never be happy. Choose to be happy today!
April 16, 2018
You are the only one in charge of your emotions
In this episode Chou Hallegra talks about the power and control we truly have over our own emotions
April 16, 2018
Learn to say NO so you can say Yes to what matters
Everytime you say Yes to something, you are saying No to others. Are you saying YES to everything and forgetting what really matters to you?
April 16, 2018
Conversation about Single Parenting with Pleasant
The struggles single parents face are real but as they prioritize their needs versus wants and focus on their children, they are able to live valuable legacies.
April 16, 2018
Conversation about Mental Health with TheTalkingklingon
In this episode we talked about how the lack of understanding creates stigma and stigma becomes a barrier to receiving help. We need to have open communication about mental health so all can receive help.
April 16, 2018
The more we let go, the more we get
My current situation has forced to stop, slow down, sit, and rest. Yet, I'm doing more with less.
March 8, 2018
Be In Charge Of Your Health
Being a medical patient does not mean you have to take the back seat. Here's why and how you can be in charge of your health.
February 21, 2018
Love Yourself For Who You Are
Don't wait for someone else to love you. There's love in and around you. You can practice self-love by doing one simple thing each day.
February 15, 2018
I'm Back!
I will be dropping an audio segment once a week to help you achieve emotional wellness, reach your full potential, and live a fulfilling life.
February 11, 2018
You Got This!
Facing a challenge right now? Here's a reminder that you are stronger than you think. If you need prayer, listen to the last segment and hear Chou praying for you. You got this and God got your back!
October 1, 2017
Get Out That Box!
You cannot live a fulfilling life if you are stuck in a box. On this episode, Chou encourages you to embrace who you are and shares steps to build parternships that free you.
October 1, 2017
What Are You Working For?
What are you working for?
September 4, 2017
You Are Enough
Things you accomplish in life are like toppings but even without them you are complete, just like a plain ice cream scoop. Do things to add flavor to your life, not because you think you're not enough
August 26, 2017
Kick Your Fear Into Action!
In this episode, I discussed the 12 common fears and I encourage you to face your fears and do something new. I also talk about doing things scared and I share my favorite fear-busting verses.
August 23, 2017
Stop The Stigma
Stigma is a very bad thing. It keeps us in the cages that mental illness puts us. Stop the stigma and seek help. Stop the stigma and reach out and help someone!
August 15, 2017
You CAN Do Something About It!
Bad things are happening around us and you can do something about it.
August 14, 2017
When Life Gives You Lemons
How to deal with life's unpleasant moments
August 10, 2017
What Are Your Goals In Life?
Goals give your intention a plan. They help you craft a trajectory for your future. What are you headed in life? What are you working on?
August 10, 2017
Q&A on Saying "NO" & Grieving
??? Tips for Grieving? • Tips on grief - response to Veronica's question • What not to do when you're hurting (grieving)
August 7, 2017