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Declaration Life

By Cristabelle Braden
What if we could learn to declare truth over lies, hope over darkness, and live empowered in our purpose? Welcome to a space designed to help you reframe your mindset by declaring life. Hosted by Cristabelle Braden, award-winning singer/songwriter, speaker, writer, and brain injury survivor, this is a faith-based podcast all about living an intentional lifestyle. Listen for relatable conversations and powerful testimonies from inspiring women and experts in their fields. Come as you are. It’s time to take your story back and be who God has created you to be - you were made for more!
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Declare Life (Reflections 20)
Today Cristabelle shares the heart behind what it means to "Declare Life" after 82 episodes! This is the Season 1 finale. Thank you all for listening and being a part of learning what it means to "Live a Declaration Life" together!  When I started this, I had no idea what podcasting was really like. You all have been so supportive and I am extremely grateful as we have learned together what it means to truly live with intention. "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20 Declaration Life will be back with Season 2 later this year! Stay tuned! And in the meanwhile, feel free to catch up on previous episodes - there is much wisdom to learn from the powerful testimonies and conversations that have been had! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Group: facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden Hope Survives Podcast: hopesurvivespodcast.com Hope After Head Injury: hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: braininjurybiblestudy.com
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April 23, 2021
62. Our Plans in God's Hands - with Dr. Marilyn Pendelton
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9 Today, Dr. Marilyn Pendelton is here to share her story and encouragement to listeners about allowing God to shape your path. She is a grief recovery method specialist and also shares about declaring life despite loss, using the story of Ruth and Naomi as a Biblical example. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden IG: @declarationlife | @cristabellebraden FB: @declarationlife | Join the group! facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT DR. MARILYN• Dr. Pendelton is founder and CEO of Your Voice Heard, LLC, a Certified Minority/Women Business Enterprise, whose mission is to holistically and innovatively Leverage Data with Compassion. Your Voice Heard, LLC promotes resilience, engagement, and productivity for individuals, leaders, and organizations, serving diverse industries through local, national, and international partnerships. She has 40 years of professional experience encompassing leadership roles in healthcare, workforce development, and education. Over the last 13 years, she has worked as a grief recovery method specialist. In December 2020, she received her doctorate in educational leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University. Dr. Pendelton earned a Bachelor of Nursing Degree, Master of Educational Psychology Degree, and school nurse certification from Widener University. She also possesses certification as a legal nurse consultant from Manor College. Marilyn's passions are service, rowing, baking, traveling, and empowering people to recognize their life's purpose. Website: www.urvoiceheard.org •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies. She hosts two podcasts: Declaration Life, a faith-based podcast about living intentionally, and Hope Survives, a brain injury podcast. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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April 17, 2021
61. Heartache and Hope - with Brooke Robertson
"I really believe that God can use some of the deepest and darkest things that we’ve gone through for good if we let Him." Today, singer/songwriter Brooke Robertson is here to tell her redemption story of taking her voice back- forgiveness healing the wounds of sexual abuse from her childhood. She speaks with an inner strength from the Lord, and despite what she has been through, joy just radiates out of her! This is a deeply encouraging episode that will remind you of the power of the Lord to truly heal our deepest heartache and pain. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden IG: @declarationlife | @cristabellebraden FB: @declarationlife | Join the group! facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT BROOKE• Brooke Robertson has redemption stories to tell, and with her Burtonwood Records debut album Taking My Voice Back, she's sharing them with the world. This small town-raised Louisiana girl joins pop sensibilities and country soulfulness together with her pure vocal tone and heartfelt lyrics, crafting songs centered on the ways God's redemption weaves its way through all our life experiences-- both heartache and hope. Brooke's captivating musical storytelling results in tracks like the title cut "Taking My Voice Back," a song centered on Brooke's personal story of forgiveness healing the wounds of sexual abuse from her childhood. Other highlights from the 11 track debut, include the song of surrender "Why Are You Waiting," which features Jason Roy (Building 429). "Purpose for the Pain" stands out as Brooke's thank you to her mom, who endured health complications that threatened both of their lives during pregnancy and the resulting lifelong effects. Allowing Brooke to be here to tell the stories she's singing today..... Taking My Voice Back was produced by Jeremy Holderfield (Seventh Day Slumber) and is available everywhere right now. Website: brookerobertsonmusic.com IG: @brookerobertsonmusic Listen to her album "Taking My Voice Back" wherever music is streamed! •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies. She hosts two podcasts: Declaration Life, a faith-based podcast about living intentionally, and Hope Survives, a brain injury podcast. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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April 9, 2021
Why did Jesus have to die? (Reflections 19)
Today we dig into the heart of why Jesus died for us, and what that means as we live for Him. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 For this episode, Cristabelle is joined once again by Eseosa Ajala as we acknowledge and celebrate Holy Week, honoring the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Happy Easter! •CONNECT & MORE INFO•  Hosted by Cristabelle Braden  IG: @declarationlife FB Group: facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com  Intro/Outro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT ESEOSA• Eseosa Ajala is a writer and poet seeking to glorify God in all she does. Originally from Nigeria, she has been living in the US for the last 10 years and is now working on her first book. She also loves to sing and worship the Lord with joy! Follow her on Instagram: @eseojaajala She has been a guest on 4 previous episodes, Reflections 15 "Spiritual Rest", Reflections 12 "How to Pray Deeper", Reflections 13 "How to Practice Gratefulness", Ep.32 “Living Beyond Anxiety”. •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: https://cristabellebraden.com/
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April 2, 2021
With A Little Hope: Lessons Learned Through Brain Injury (Reflections 18)
Today Cristabelle shares some of the major lessons she has learned through her journey with brain injury, centered on hope and faith. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Group: facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden Hope Survives Podcast: hopesurvivespodcast.com Hope After Head Injury: hopeafterheadinjury.com Brain Injury Bible Study: braininjurybiblestudy.com
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March 26, 2021
60. Learning to D.A.N.C.E. - with Amara Riccio
Today is a very special episode sharing the incredible story of Amara Riccio. She is a brain injury survivor and has experienced a life changing neurological condition over the last few years which has significantly reduced her capacity for movement - yet she continues to D.A.N.C.E. with such joy! Amara’s motto is: D.A.N.C.E - discover, accomplish, nourish, create, embrace! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden IG: @declarationlife | @cristabellebraden FB: @declarationlife | Join the group! facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT AMARA• Amara Elise Riccio is the creator and vice president of the nonprofit organization, Riccio Pick-Me-Ups. She is a traumatic brain injury survivor, former health care professional, expressive artist, and patient of a life-changing condition. It has been her life's mission to provide aid and inspiration to individuals and families in need. She resides with her "super" parents, two quirky brothers, and two cats who keep them all sane; fulfilled at home in a whimsical room full of art, unicorns, teddy bears, medical equipment, the color pink, and all that jazz. Learn more at amarariccio.weebly.com. Book - This is Why I D.A.N.C.E. - Available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/This-Why-N-C-Discover-Accomplish-ebook/dp/B08BJDY4D5 Riccio Pick Me Ups: email ricciopickmeups@gmail.com or directly to Amara at ricciomiracle13@gmail.com Amara's IG: @dancewithamara •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies. She hosts two podcasts: Declaration Life, a faith-based podcast about living intentionally, and Hope Survives, a brain injury podcast. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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March 19, 2021
59. Faith, Courage & Vulnerability - with Cyndie Braden, M.S.
Faith helps us to have courage in the midst of the darkest days. Today, Cristabelle is joined by her mother, Cyndie Braden. Cyndie shares some of her faith journey and how she has learned to trust God through difficult seasons of life. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden IG: @declarationlife | @cristabellebraden FB: @declarationlife | Join the group! facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT CYNDIE• Cyndie Braden has over 20 years experience teaching and developing educational curriculum, and she holds a Master of Science. After being thrown into the world of brain injury by her daughter’s injury, Cyndie has been passionately learning about brain injury research and finding resources while supporting the brain injury survivors and families. She has been invited to speak at brain injury conferences. She also has advocated with the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania at the State Capitol in Harrisburg and in Washington D.C. and works alongside her daughter Cristabelle to support the community of Hope After Head Injury. IG: @cyndiebraden •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies. She hosts two podcasts: Declaration Life, a faith-based podcast about living intentionally, and Hope Survives, a brain injury podcast. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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March 12, 2021
Hope Survives - Brain Injury Awareness Month (Reflections 17)
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! Today, Cristabelle is joined by her mom, Cyndie Braden, to talk about our family’s journey with brain injury. We talk about finding hope, brain injury symptoms, and the struggles our family has faced. This interview is the first episode of Cristabelle’s other podcast, Hope Survives Brain Injury Podcast, and is airing on Declaration Life to mark the start of brain injury awareness month! Hope Survives Podcast: hopesurvivespodcast.com Hope After Head Injury: hopeafterheadinjury.com •CONNECT & MORE INFO•  Hosted by Cristabelle Braden  Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Group: facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com  Intro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden
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March 5, 2021
58. Overcomer Mindset - with Tynisha Lewis, BA, JD
What does it mean to be an overcomer? Today, Tynisha Lewis joins Cristabelle to share her powerful testimony and have a conversation about overcoming with Christ in many areas of life, including toxic relationships. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:31 •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden IG: @declarationlife | @cristabellebraden FB: @declarationlife | Join the group! facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT TYNISHA• Tynisha Lewis, BA, JD is an Inspirational Speaker, Life Coach, Published Author, Entrepreneur, and Lawyer. After 14 years as a full-time entrepreneur, she seeks to share wisdom and understanding with her audience and define what it means to be "a rose growing between the concrete"! She regularly speaks to people about being their best selves, showing up for their selves so they can show up for others, and DOING better so they can BE better! Her Youtube channel has 6,000+ subscribers and over 2.5 million views and consists of candid videos while relaxed in real-life environments speaking about topics from personal growth, motivation, cooking, makeup and beauty tips, business growth, relationships, and how to make this life more enjoyable. She says, “My assignment is to help people break generational cycles of poverty, destroy toxic relationships with self and others, and eradicate poisonous mindsets.” Founder of “Nothing Missing-Nothing Broken” on Clubhouse - Mon,Weds,Fri @ 4pm EST IG: @_tynishalewis_ Website: tynishalewis.com •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies. She hosts two podcasts: Declaration Life, a faith-based podcast about living intentionally, and Hope Survives, a brain injury podcast. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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February 26, 2021
57. Heart Renovation - with Janie Culligan
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26 Today, Cristabelle is joined by Janie Culligan to share her testimony and story of redemption, and how God has truly given her a heart renovation from the inside out. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden IG: @declarationlife | @cristabellebraden FB: @declarationlife | Join the group! facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT JANIE• Janie Culligan is the host of "thatgirljanie" a Spiritual and Motivational Podcast. Janie is passionate about helping other women heal from past hurts and find their God given purpose. Website: www.thatgirljanie.com •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies. She hosts two podcasts: Declaration Life, a faith-based podcast about living intentionally, and Hope Survives, a brain injury podcast. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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February 19, 2021
56. God Saw Me Through - with Margaret-Rose
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…” (Isaiah 40:31a) Today, Margaret-Rose is here to share some of her testimony and how God has been faithful in all seasons. Through failures, getting back up, grief, loss, and more, this is an inspirational episode about how God truly is a God of restoration, and He always sees us through. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden IG: @declarationlife | @cristabellebraden FB: @declarationlife | Join the group! facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT MARGARET-ROSE• Margaret-Rose is a Christian Indie Artist & Songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada with a heart to inspire and encourage others. She got her start in the church at an early age, singing duets with her Mom.  She comes from a Musical Family.  Her Maternal Grandfather was a terrific Trumpet player and her Maternal Grandmother was known as ‘The Bell’ in her day, she had an awesome singing voice.  Margaret-Rose’s Mom was also a very talented Singer.  She continues to be a gifted Songwriter and has continued her song writing over the years and has also collaborated with the Artist. Margaret-Rose has grown from her life experiences and says, “It has been a real learning curve and roller coaster ride for the past few years.  With my Precious Dad passing away suddenly in 2018, one of the hardest things I and my Family have ever gone through.  Myself going through moments of doubt and painful circumstances.  I can honestly say, my God has been faithful, and for this I am so very grateful.”  Margaret-Rose has previously released three radio Singles  –  Be Bold, Out of the Blue and Hold On.  Her Christmas single, Come with Me to Bethlehem, was just released in December. Website: https://margaret-roseonline.com/ IG: @iammargaretrose •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies. She hosts two podcasts: Declaration Life, a faith-based podcast about living intentionally, and Hope Survives, a brain injury podcast. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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February 12, 2021
Be Kind to Yourself (Reflections 16)
Be kind to yourself. Today Cristabelle shares an encouraging message about giving ourselves grace in the hard days, along with some of her recent struggles with brain injury symptoms and feeling overwhelmed. “The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:5b-7 •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Group: facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Releasing multiple albums of original music and touring all over the United States, she brings her powerful testimony and a message of freedom, healing, and love wherever she goes.  Cristabelle has continually persevered through the daily challenges that come with living with a brain injury, and through her setbacks, re-injuries, and struggles, discovered a stronger and clearer voice and message. She is a sought after speaker, both in brain injury and Christian ministry events. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies.  She hosts two podcasts:  Declaration Life, a faith-based podcast about living intentionally, and Hope Survives, a brain injury podcast. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury. Website: https://cristabellebraden.com/
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February 5, 2021
55. Through the Battle - with Zakiah Hudson
Let’s talk about what it means to trust that God carries us through the battle. Today, Zakiah Hudson (Menagerie Music) joins Cristabelle to share some of her powerful testimony. We discuss depression and mental health, what it means to overcome, music & creativity, setting boundaries, connecting with the Lord, and so much more. “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden IG: @declarationlife | @cristabellebraden FB: @declarationlife | Join the group! facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT ZAKIAH• Zakiah Hudson is a freelance graphic designer and musician. She writes and produces music under the name “Menagerie Music”. She has been through a lot in her life and carries a testimony of an overcomer in Christ. She loves to make people laugh and connect with creativity. She’s a sucker for chipotle, she would say guacamole is her love language. She also considers herself a musical junkie and is always listening to something, she would say the louder the better! She’s originally from Pennsylvania and currently lives in Springfield, MO where she is a part of an amazing church and community. IG: @zakiahhudson / @menagerie_music •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies. She hosts two podcasts: Declaration Life, a faith-based podcast about living intentionally, and Hope Survives, a brain injury podcast. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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January 29, 2021
Spiritual Rest - How to Rest in God's Presence (Reflections 15)
For when your soul is weary… today we are talking all about spiritual rest. How do we rest in God’s presence? How do we find peace when life feels so uncertain? What is the difference between physical, mental, and spiritual rest? Let’s talk about it. Today, Cristabelle is joined once again by writer and poet Eseosa Ajala, who has been on three previous episodes, Reflections 12 "How to Pray Deeper", Reflections 13 "How to Practice Gratefulness", Ep.32 “Living Beyond Anxiety”. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Group: facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT ESEOSA• Eseosa Ajala is a writer and poet seeking to glorify God in all she does. Originally from Nigeria, she has been living in the US for the last 10 years and is now working on her first book. She also loves to sing and worship the Lord with joy! Follow her on Instagram: @eseosaajala •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: https://cristabellebraden.com/
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January 22, 2021
54. Growing in Faith - with Chanté E̩nu
Let’s talk about how we can grow in relationship with the Lord! Today Chanté E̩nu joins Cristabelle for a conversation on learning and growing in faith. She shares some of her faith journey and encouragement to listeners on how to stay connected to the Lord. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden IG: @declarationlife FB: @declarationlife | facebook.com/groups/declarationlife cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT CHANTÉ• They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for this musician. An inspirational artist, Chanté E̩nu has earned her reputation as a talented vocalist, guitarist, writer and skillful performer. From live gigs to studio sessions and more, Chanté E̩nu continues to touch fans around the world with her distinct and enjoyable musical style. Chanté E̩nu continues to use her platform to make a difference not only in music but in visual arts, poetry, and literature as well. In the true essence of an artist she remains “undefined”. She has also received awards, including: Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S House of Representatives for service and dedication to the N.A.P.S organization, Boston City Council Official Resolutions for humanitarian aid and educational support domestically and internationally, and a Governors Citations on behalf of the commonwealth of Massachusetts for dedicated service to the communities of Greater Boston. Instagram: @chanteenu •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies. She hosts two podcasts: Declaration Life, a faith-based podcast about living intentionally, and Hope Survives, a brain injury podcast. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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January 15, 2021
53. Beauty in our Scars - with Michelle Andrea Williams
When we go through difficult things in life, it’s easy to want to hide them away. Today, Michelle Andrea Williams joins Cristabelle for a conversation about finding purpose through healing, and how there is beauty in our scars. She shares a powerful testimony of redemption, healing from trauma, living with chronic illness, and finding worth in Christ through it all. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden IG: @declarationlife FB: @declarationlife | facebook.com/groups/declarationlife cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT MICHELLE• Michelle Andrea Williams, MBA, is an author, writer, nonprofit founder, and data specialists manager for a healthcare analytics company.  She has written articles for healthcare industry journals, guest blogged on journaling, and has decades of experience in business, employee training, and policy and procedure writing. Michelle leads small group classes in her community and church on various topics including healing from trauma, changing habits, and self-care. Michelle is many things to many people, but most of all, she is a beloved child of God who is forgiven, loved, ever-changing and made flawless through Jesus Christ. Website: michelleandreawilliams.com Non-Profit: https://mbs4godblog.wordpress.com/ •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies. She hosts two podcasts: Declaration Life, a faith-based podcast about living intentionally, and Hope Survives, a brain injury podcast. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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January 8, 2021
Emmanuel: Light in Darkness (Reflections 14)
This year has been hard. Let's remember Emmanuel, God With Us, Jesus Christ has brought light to the world and hope to our darkest days. Today we celebrate Advent with an encouraging message from Cristabelle this Christmas.  "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone." Isaiah 9:2 Declaration Life will take a short break for the holidays, but will be back with new episodes on January 8, 2021. Thank you for listening this year and being part of our community!  "Cozy Christmas EP" by Cristabelle Braden now available on all music streaming platforms. Full lyric video stream on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfXy0KUoYHH7IRbxi-fc43BJdsqaCJJoO •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Group: facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Joy to the World" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Releasing multiple albums of original music and touring all over the United States, she brings her powerful testimony and a message of freedom, healing, and love wherever she goes.  Cristabelle has continually persevered through the daily challenges that come with living with a brain injury, and through her setbacks, re-injuries, and struggles, discovered a stronger and clearer voice and message. She is a sought after speaker, both in brain injury and Christian ministry events. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies.  In 2020 she launched an inspirational and uplifting podcast called Declaration Life. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury. Website: https://cristabellebraden.com/
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December 18, 2020
52. Refined by Fire - with Shantel Snells
What does it mean to be refined by fire? Let’s talk about it! Today, Cristabelle is joined by Shantel Snells for an inspiring conversation about finding a purpose through our trials. She shares about overcoming depression, discovering healthy outlets that birth creativity, purity as a lifestyle, and so much more. Be encouraged today that no matter what you are going through, God is with you in the fire and there can always be something beautiful to come out of it. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden IG: @declarationlife FB: @declarationlife | facebook.com/groups/declarationlife cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT SHANTEL• Shantel Snells, founder of lifetoyoursoul.org, is an author, blogger, speaker, singer/songwriter, and teacher. She has devoted her life to enlightening others in the areas of mental health awareness, purity, artistic expression and spirituality. In 2013, Shantel battled depression and anxiety after losing her job and witnessing her family dynamic go down-hill. She began journaling about her experiences and cried out to God through her written prayers. In 2014, she felt God’s call her to start a blog sharing Bible principles and devotions to help get through life’s storms. She created lifetoyoursoul.org as an outlet and tool for others who may have experienced what she was experiencing. It has impacted people from all over the world. Shantel has hosted several events including the Promise Ceremony Conference, Journey to Discovering Me, and At Those Times - A Worship Experience. In November 2020, Shantel published her first book titled At Those Times: A Day by Day Devotional. She wants others to know that regardless of their past, God still has plans and purposes for their lives. Shantel's Book: https://www.amazon.com/At-Those-Times-Day-Devotional/dp/B08LR1MDXV •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies. She hosts two podcasts: Declaration Life, a faith-based podcast about living intentionally, and Hope Survives, a brain injury podcast. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury.
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December 12, 2020
51. Rediscovering Faith - with Byrnese Craig
Let’s talk about what it means to rediscover our faith, and how that can help us to both have a deeper connection with the Lord and also to truly love others with compassion. Today Cristabelle is joined by Byrnese Craig, host of the (Re)Discovery Podcast, for a conversation full of practical tips on how to move from just head knowledge of God to a real relationship and actually living out our faith. *Sign up for her free Advent series this December! https://www.therediscoverypodcast.com/advent * •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife | facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT BYRNESE• Byrnese Craig is a student and teacher of the Bible. A wife, and mother of two living in Oregon, Byrnese is re-discovering what it means to live a life with Christ. She hosts the (Re)Discovery Podcast where she seeks to offer stories and conversations to help us continue to learn and grow a faith that is integrated into daily living. Website: therediscoverypodcast.com IG: @rediscoverypod FB: https://www.facebook.com/rediscoverypodcast •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Releasing multiple albums of original music and touring all over the United States, she brings her powerful testimony and a message of freedom, healing, and love wherever she goes. Cristabelle has continually persevered through the daily challenges that come with living with a brain injury, and through her setbacks, re-injuries, and struggles, discovered a stronger and clearer voice and message. She is a sought after speaker, both in brain injury and Christian ministry events. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies. She hosts two podcasts: Declaration Life, a faith-based podcast about living intentionally, and Hope Survives, a brain injury podcast. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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December 5, 2020
How to Practice Gratefulness - when you don't feel like it! (Reflections 13)
How do we give thanks to God when we don’t feel thankful for our circumstances? How does giving thanks help us get through tough times? How does it change our mindset? Let’s talk about all of this and more. Because let’s be real... it’s not always easy to feel thankful, especially with the year we’ve had! Today, Cristabelle is joined once again by writer and poet Eseosa Ajala, who has been on two previous episodes, Ep.32 “Living Beyond Anxiety” and Reflections 12 "How to Pray Deeper" •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Group: facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT ESEOSA• Eseosa Ajala is a writer and poet seeking to glorify God in all she does. Originally from Nigeria, she has been living in the US for the last 10 years and is now working on her first book. She also loves to sing and worship the Lord with joy! Follow her on Instagram: @eseosaajala •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: https://cristabellebraden.com/
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November 26, 2020
50. Rise Up - with Micaela Deegan
It’s time to rise up! Today, Cristabelle is joined by Micaela Deegan for a fun, inspiring conversation about what it means to rise up and grab ahold of our purpose. Micaela shares her testimony, what it means to be “modern day Esthers,” and lots of encouragement to listeners on what it means to really step into what you were made for. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT MICAELA• Micaela Deegan is a mother, wife, podcaster, and Freedom and Faith Coach. She is the host of "Coffee Jeans and Jesus" podcast, all about digging into Biblical truths and discovering hope for healing and encouragement for your life. Through this platform, she is passionate about encouraging women to break free from the lies and strongholds in their lives. She says, "Grab your coffee, put your converse on, and let's start walking in freedom together!" Website: www.coffeejeansjesus.com Instagram: @coffeejeansandjesus •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Releasing multiple albums of original music and touring all over the United States, she brings her powerful testimony and a message of freedom, healing, and love wherever she goes. Cristabelle has continually persevered through the daily challenges that come with living with a brain injury, and through her setbacks, re-injuries, and struggles, discovered a stronger and clearer voice and message. She is a sought after speaker, both in brain injury and Christian ministry events. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies. She hosts two podcasts: Declaration Life, a faith-based podcast about living intentionally, and Hope Survives, a brain injury podcast. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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November 20, 2020
49. Living Free - with Crystal Daye
Freedom isn't just a concept, but it's a reality of life in Christ. Today, award-winning author, speaker, and podcaster Crystal Daye joins Cristabelle to share her powerful testimony of freedom, and the way that the Lord transformed her heart and life. Let's talk about how we can truly be free from our past, free from shame, free from guilt, and live out our purpose!  •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife | facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT CRYSTAL• Crystal Daye is an award-winning author, international speaker, certified empowerment coach for life and business and Jesus Girl, who has mentored and coached countless women of all ages. As a kingdom entrepreneur, podcaster, minister and COO of DayeLight Publishers, she helps women of faith and soloprenuers to monetize their message through writing bestselling books and launching profitable empowerment-based businesses. Growing up in poverty and being told she will never be successful; Crystal became resolute to not settle for mediocrity but to use her story to impact lives all over the world. Crystal is passionate about purpose, evangelism, entrepreneurship, training, traveling and spending time with her beautiful daughter Christelle. Website: www.crystaldaye.com •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, writer, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Releasing multiple albums of original music and touring all over the United States, she brings her powerful testimony and a message of freedom, healing, and love wherever she goes. Cristabelle has continually persevered through the daily challenges that come with living with a brain injury, and through her setbacks, re-injuries, and struggles, discovered a stronger and clearer voice and message. She is a sought after speaker, both in brain injury and Christian ministry events. She is also a graduate-level Biblical scholar, currently working on a Masters in Theological Studies. She hosts two podcasts: Declaration Life, a faith-based podcast about living intentionally, and Hope Survives, a brain injury podcast. Her journey has inspired her to become a passionate advocate for brain injury, lobbying on a statewide and national level with the Brain Injury Association of America, as well as personally working hard to provide support and encouragement to brain injury survivors and their families through her online community Hope After Head Injury. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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November 12, 2020
48. Faith in the Midst - with Courtney Lowman
Through seasons of grief, waiting, and uncertainty, it can be hard to keep faith and trust in the Lord. Today, Courtney Lowman joins Cristabelle to share the story of God’s faithfulness in her life through seasons of hardship, along with tips for trusting in God and the importance of finding and cultivating intentional godly relationships. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife | facebook.com/groups/declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT COURTNEY• Courtney Lowman is a wife, mom, podcaster, & speaker. After a few years of teaching high school choir, God allowed Courtney to stay at home with her boys where she teaches private music lessons, women’s bible study, and leads a discipleship ministry at her church. Her time studying the Bible, as a missionary, and discipling women has convinced her of the absolute need for discipleship and mentorship in every woman’s life. Through the Journey of Ruth Podcast and her other ministries, Courtney's hope is to encourage women to find a community of women who will support them in both life and faith so they can then turn and offer that same support to someone else. Website: www.journeyofruthpodcast.com Podcast: Journey of Ruth Podcast •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
01:04:42
November 5, 2020
47. Turning to God - with Carin Jayne Casey (Domestic Violence Awareness Month)
Through hardships and struggles in life beginning at a young age, Carin Jayne Casey is the definition of an overcomer. Today, she joins Cristabelle to share her story of hope and healing coming out of domestic violence, and encouragement for listeners on how to pursue peace and turn to the Lord in times of trouble. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. DV Hotline: https://www.thehotline.org/ •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT CARIN• Author, speaker and podcast host Carin Jayne Casey is a domestic violence advocate. The oldest of several children, she grew up in a middle-class Ohio community. Casey graduated from Radford University in Virginia and retired from the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2017 after serving 31 years. As a survivor of domestic violence, she shares pathways to spiritual growth and recovery, assists women shelters, and participates in church missions. Casey strives to bring awareness of potential dangers while promoting spiritual growth. Find out more about Carin Jayne Casey at https://carinjaynecasey.com, follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carinjaynecasey or listen to her podcast Turn to God with Carin: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFtfbp8mfzTAqMda2VAKKjA •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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October 29, 2020
46. Speaking Life & Stepping Out - with Sherry Jones
"The power of life and death is in the tongue; chose life." That is the motto of Sherry Jones, and as an inspirational speaker, author, podcast host, and CEO of Sherry Speaks Life, she lives it out every day! Today she joins Cristabelle for a conversation about the impact that speaking life can have on empowering you to step out on faith. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT SHERRY• Sherry Jones is an inspirational speaker, author, podcast host, and CEO of Sherry Speaks Life. She is the author of Speak Life Moments. This 21-day devotional chronicles impactful moments in her life that taught her how to speak life to herself and her circumstances so she can empower others to do the same. Her novel Trouble Don’t Last Always, tells the story of a young woman struggling with her faith during a storm in her life. These books are available on Amazon. The name of Sherry’s podcast is We Are The Church with Sherry Jones. She enjoys interviewing diverse guests and discussing topics that are impacting our world from a Christ perspective. The podcast is available on her website, sherryspeakslife.com, Spotify, Apple Podcast, and other streaming platforms. Sherry's motto is, "The power of life and death is in the tongue; chose life." She inspires people to speak life, love themselves, and impact the world so they can birth the greatness within. Sherry is married with one son and two bonus daughters. Website: sherryspeakslife.com Facebook and Instagram: @sherryspeakslife •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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October 22, 2020
45. Serving with Love - with Shea Suiter
For the past 5 years, Shea Suiter has served and led ministry teams locally and abroad learning about how to serve and love others well, even when it is grey and messy. Today, she joins Cristabelle for a conversation about serving in both local and global missions, and also simply just learning to serve God in our every day life and show up for the people around us. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT SHEA• Shea Suiter is a 25 year old in LA learning how to love god and love people. Shea works as a wellness marketing specialist and serves in the ministry of human trafficking prevention. For the past 5 years Shea has served and led ministry teams locally and abroad learning about how to serve and love others well, even when it is grey and messy. Which it is a lot of the time! Most recently, Shea's desire to learn how to better love God and love others also led her to start an interview podcast of her own, Kingdom and Cocktails. Instagram: @SheaSuiter Podcast “Kingdom and Cocktails”: https://open.spotify.com/show/6wB4HEXj55h26IsZGxGrVb •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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October 16, 2020
How to Pray Deeper (Reflections 12)
Let’s dive into how to pray deeper - including what prayer really is, the difference between prayer and meditation, how to get started if you don’t know where to begin, and so much more. Today, Cristabelle is joined once again by writer and poet Eseosa Ajala, who previously shared her story on Ep.32 “Living Beyond Anxiety” •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT ESEOSA• Eseosa Ajala is a writer and poet seeking to glorify God in all she does. Originally from Nigeria, she has been living in the US for the last 10 years and is now working on her first book. She also loves to sing and worship the Lord with joy! Follow her on Instagram: @eseosaajala •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: https://cristabellebraden.com/
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October 8, 2020
44. Sing Your Own Song - with Kayla Capone Kasper
Life is about more than just finding your voice - it’s also about taking action and singing your own song! Kayla Capone Kasper is an example of someone who has learned to do just that - both metaphorically and literally. Kayla is a voice teacher/coach, actor, and singer, and today she joins Cristabelle for a conversation about some of her journey, the importance of mental health, and encouragement to not only know how to identify your passions, but to actually do something about it. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT KAYLA• Kayla Capone Kasper is a voice teacher/coach, actor, and singer located in Central Pennsylvania. She has performed regionally across PA and recently made her NYC debut. She is an adjunct instructor in music at Lebanon Valley College where she received her BA in music with a voice concentration. Kayla has continued her education by taking classes and studying with the best in the business including Natalie Weiss, Betsy Wolfe, Sheri Sanders and leading vocal pedagogues such as Mary Saunders Barton and Jared Trudeau. She is a NATS member and maintains a full private studio. Kayla also creates educational content for singers and theatre students on Tik Tok and has a following of over 12K. She also created a series on Instagram where she partners with a different professional in the theatre industry each week to go live and talk about their experiences, offer advice, answer questions, and learn. She can be found on stage, in the studio teaching, riding bikes with her husband, or enjoying a good cup of coffee. Website: https://www.kaylacaponekasper.com/ IG/TikTok: @KaylaCaponeKasper Digital Shorts Play Tickets (Oct 2-4): https://hap.booktix.com/ •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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October 2, 2020
43. Our Plans and God's Purpose - with Jacinth Headlam
When life takes a detour, we can be confident that God's purpose remains. Today, multi-award winning actress, QVC model, author, and speaker Jacinth Headlam joins Cristabelle Braden for a conversation about how our plans intersect with God's purpose, the transformation your life can take from pain to finding that purpose, and the importance of mental health. She also shares about her journey in her career from becoming a successful actress to starting her nonprofit, and writing her book Love After. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT JACINTH• Jacinth Headlam is a trailblazer who has served as a mentor to young women, giving tirelessly of her time and talent to impact generations of young artists and creatives. Multi-award-winning actress, author, QVC model, film producer, mother, and motivational speaker, she was born and raised in St. Mary, Jamaica and later relocated to Brooklyn, NY with the hope of creating a better life. She recently booked a principal role for an Emmy Award-winning television show, “A Crime to Remember”, directed by Christopher Dillion. In recent months, Jacinth has booked the leading role in a television pilot: "Caribbean Girls NYC" which will be aired in France, Canada, and throughout the Caribbean Islands on the FLOW network. She recently won an award for Best Leading Actress and the People's Choice Award at the 2016 Nafca African Oscar, for her leading role in "Muda". She also won Best Leading Actress for her leading role in "Diary of a Badman" at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.Recently, she co-produced her first television pilot, “Illusions”, in which she is also playing one of the leading roles. She also just finished shooting her motivational documentary "i'm Jacinth- Love After,” which covers the story of her life both in Jamaica and the US. In November, 2019 Jacinth founded the Love After Organization which is her new heart beat. The vision and mission of the organization is to heal and empower, inspire and uplift, individuals and communities to turn their pain into purpose, and live out loud unapologetically. Jacinth also wrote a motivational Memoir: Love After... In this book she shares her most intimate and personal stories to reach, teach and restore. Love After promises to help every reader overcome their pain, hurt, trauma, betrayals and insecurities. Jacinth’s open and honest account of everything she’s been through in her life will truly inspire and uplift you. Website: https://www.theloveafter.com/ Dangerous Prayers: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/18063-dangerous-prayers •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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September 24, 2020
Concussion Awareness & Hope (Reflections 11)
All about Concussions! Signs & symptoms, common misunderstandings, and a message of hope. Today, Cristabelle Braden is joined by fellow TBI survivor and advocate Candace Gantt for a conversation all about concussions, including some of their own personal experiences. *Hear Candace's full story on Episode 42 "Be Patient With Yourself" •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT CANDACE• Candace Gantt is a TBI Survivor, founder and conference director of Mind Your Brain @ Penn Medicine, Executive Director of Mind Your Brain Foundation, and a Board Member of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania. In 2005 Candace was hit by a construction truck while bicycling in Center County, PA which resulted in life saving craniotomy surgery and crainoplasty. At the time her girls were 4 and 10 years old. She has come from coma to community. Candace was voted Philadelphia Magazine’s Health Hero 2017, and she was featured in Wounded Brains by Sandra Markle and Second Wind: The Resilience of Women by Beth Brykman. Candace also served as the Corporate Director of Reservations Operations World Wide with the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company where she opened two international Reservations Centers and seven hotels. Website: https://www.mindyourbrainfoundation.org/ Podcast: https://www.mindyourbrainfoundation.org/podcast/ •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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September 17, 2020
42. Be Patient with Yourself - with Candace Gantt
A survivor of a serious traumatic brain injury from a bicycle accident, Candace Gantt is a respected advocate for brain injury and the founder of Mind Your Brain Foundation. Today she joins Cristabelle to share some of her story, as well as examples and encouragement for whatever you are going through in life, to be kind to yourself through the journey- and give yourself permission to make mistakes. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT CANDACE• Candace Gantt is a TBI Survivor, founder and conference director of Mind Your Brain @ Penn Medicine, Executive Director of Mind Your Brain Foundation, and a Board Member of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania. In 2005 Candace was hit by a construction truck while bicycling in Center County, PA which resulted in life saving craniotomy surgery and crainoplasty. At the time her girls were 4 and 10 years old. She has come from coma to community. Candace was voted Philadelphia Magazine’s Health Hero 2017, and she was featured in Wounded Brains by Sandra Markle and Second Wind: The Resilience of Women by Beth Brykman. Candace also served as the Corporate Director of Reservations Operations World Wide with the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company where she opened two international Reservations Centers and seven hotels. Website: https://www.mindyourbrainfoundation.org/ Podcast: https://www.mindyourbrainfoundation.org/podcast/ •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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September 10, 2020
41. A Story of Hope - Suicide Prevention - with Jess Hammel
A courageous young woman speaking out with a voice of hope, Jess Hammel embodies the spirit of a true survivor. After a childhood of trauma led to self-harm, an eating disorder, and suicide attempts as a teenager, she is now using her voice to help others know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Today, she joins Cristabelle to share her story and bring awareness to the stigmas surrounding mental illness, and offers encouragement on how to help someone who may be struggling. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ for resources and help. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT JESS• Jess Hammel is a young woman with a strong passion to better the lives of everyone around her. Through her own personal struggles she hopes to shed light on many of the issues surrounding mental illness and begin to break the stigma we all have become accustomed to. Instagram.com/jessmhammel •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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September 3, 2020
40. Getting Unstuck - with Noa Jordan
Friendships, relationships, job… have you ever felt just… stuck in a situation? Today, singer/songwriter Noa Jordan joins Cristabelle for a conversation about how to step out of feeling stuck and into a healthy mindset. We also talk about creating healthy boundaries in relationships, and how to recognize when a friendship or relationship may be toxic or unhealthy. & check out Noa Jordan’s brand new single “Heartbeats (The Train Song)” - out today! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT NOA JORDAN• Noa Jordan is a Pittsburgh based singer/songwriter currently working as the Worship and Student Ministries Coordinator at a church outside the city. She has a heart for people to come to know the Lord. She loves her town and she loves her God. Website: www.noajordanmusic.com •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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August 27, 2020
39. The Process of Perseverance - with Andrena Sawyer
Originally from Freetown, Sierra Leone, Andrena Sawyer and her family moved to the United States when she was nine years old due to a civil war that left thousands dead and untold numbers displaced. Today, she joins Cristabelle to share her inspirational story and how she become an author, consultant, and nonprofit founder, as well as encouragement to listeners to never give up! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT ANDRENA• Andrena Sawyer is an author, consultant, and nonprofit founder whose background includes surviving the civil war in Sierra Leone. Her authenticity and battle-tested principles inspire audiences to embrace their past, own their present and maximize their future. She is the President of P.E.R.K. Consulting, an advisory firm for small to midsized nonprofits and businesses, and the Founder of MCWEN—a faith-based network for women of color entrepreneurs. Originally from Freetown, Sierra Leone, she and her family moved to the United States when she was nine years old due to a civil war that left thousands dead and untold numbers maimed and displaced. She now credits her family's move during the war for her interest in human triumph and perseverance. She has since actively worked to mobilize and empower others. In addition to her work with entrepreneurs and nonprofits, she is the author of several books, including: The Misadventures of a New Entrepreneur: 5 Things They Won’t Teach You in Business School. Website: www.andrenasawyer.com Instagram.com/Andrena_Sawyer Twitter.com/Andrena_Sawyer Facebook.com/Andrena.Sawyer15 MCWEN: www.mcwen.org •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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August 20, 2020
38. Authentic Living & A Heart of Worship - with Glory O.
How do we dig deeper in living our purpose? Today, Cristabelle is joined by worship leader Glory O. for a conversation on how worship is more than just music, but a lifestyle that helps us to deeply connect with identity and discover our most authentic self. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden ABOUT GLORY O: Glory O. is a worship leader and musician living in NYC. She has a heart for helping new worship leaders grow, not just in skill, but also in their emotional health and leadership ability. Your Worship Mentor YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPvYmWsaZcug_lbOOYiefsA Instagram: http://instagram.com/yourworshipmentor •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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August 13, 2020
37. Jump Into Purpose - with KariAnne Wood
Sometimes, God is calling us to take a little jump… or a big one! Today, Cristabelle welcomes award-winning author and blogger KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farms for an encouraging conversation on following the nudges God gives us, and learning to fearlessly jump into God’s plan for our lives- even when we might feel intimidated by what it might look like on the other side. SHARE YOUR VOICE MESSAGE - "What does living a Declaration Life mean to you?" - submit at https://anchor.fm/declarationlife/message •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT KARIANNE• KariAnne Wood writes the decorating and lifestyle blog Thistlewood Farms from her project-filled historic home in Dallas, Texas. She recently jumped back "home" with her family from the middle of the country to the busy Dallas Metroplex where she lives with her husband and four children. Thistlewood Farms is full of stories of family and joy and features hundreds of the home decor projects KariAnne creates every week for readers. The blog was awarded the Country Living Decorating Blog of the Year, was named one of the Top 10 Decorating Blogs by Better Homes and Gardens, and was voted one of the best DIY blogs of 2015. KariAnne has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas, Country Living, Flea Market Décor, Country Woman, HGTV Magazine, the Cottage Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Reloved, and This Old House magazine, and on popular websites including the Today show, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Apartment Therapy, Good Housekeeping, Mediakix, Bob Vila, and BuzzFeed. KariAnne has made appearances on television programs including Nashville Channel 5’s Talk of the Town and Channel 8 in Dallas. KariAnne is also the author of four books: So Close to Amazing (Tyndale 2017), The DIY (Decorate It Yourself) Home Planner (Harvest House 2018) and You've Got This Because God's Got You (Tyndale 2018) The DIY Style Finder (Harvest House 2019). Website: https://thistlewoodfarms.com •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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August 6, 2020
36. Faith in the Waiting - with Sarah Felicia
Let's get real: it's not always easy to trust in God's timing. Today, Cristabelle welcomes singer/songwriter Sarah Felicia for an encouraging, uplifting, and honest conversation about music, life, having faith in the waiting, and how to make the most of whatever season you are currently in! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT SARAH• Sarah Felicia singer, songwriter, and worship leader from Ontario, Canada. From a young age, Sarah had a passion for music and singing. As a child, she would often share her love of music, and performing with others. In her late teens she decided to learn guitar, and once she got to university Sarah felt called to pursue music as a career. In her last semester of university, Sarah had the opportunity to study music in Nashville Tennessee. There, she worked towards recording her first set of songs, and growing as an artist. After her experience in Nashville, Sarah continued to create music, tour, and showcase her songs, in addition to leading worship at her church. Sarah is developing her fresh new sound with a combination of folk, pop and contemporary worship. Her EP, “Take Flight,” is a beautiful collection of songs that ignite the soul and encourage the heart. Sarah’s songwriting style is unique and memorable. In 2019, Sarah was honoured to have her original song “Red Balloon” featured in The Storyteller Agency’s video for the nonprofit organization Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation to help raise money and awareness for children in need. Most recently, she released the single “When She Feels Alone” in 2020.  Website: https://www.SarahFeliciaMusic.com Listen to her music on streaming platforms! •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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July 30, 2020
How to Be More Creative (Reflections 10)
Today, Cristabelle welcomes back singer/songwriter Lydia Walker for a conversation about creativity! We’ll talk about some practical tips for being more creative in your life, advice for being productive, and not letting fear hold us back from trying new things! *Hear Lydia's story on Episode 25 "Wonderfully Made" •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT LYDIA• Lydia Walker is a singer/songwriter and worship leader who is passionate about sharing hope through music. She is the host of the Rustic Songbird podcast that teaches songwriters how to take their music to the next level. Lydia's latest album includes songs about motherhood, called "Made For This". Website: www.rusticsongbird.com Instagram: @thelydiawalker Free Confident Songwriter Challenge: www.rusticsongbird.com/challenge Listen to her music on all music streaming platforms! •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: https://cristabellebraden.com/
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July 23, 2020
35. Making an Impact - with Dr. Heather Evans
Have you ever wanted to make a difference, but didn’t know where to start? Today, Cristabelle welcomes Dr. Heather Evans for an inspiring conversation about how God can lead and equip us within our current season to truly make an impact and create change right where we are. She also shares her expertise as a social worker specializing in trauma recovery, experiences as an activist and the co-founder of VAST (Valley Against Sex Trafficking), as well as some of her work in Rwanda! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT HEATHER• Dr. Heather Evans, DSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private group counseling practice in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. She has over 19 years experience providing individual, marriage, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient, outpatient, nonprofit and residential settings.  She has extensive training and experience with women’s issues, particularly sexual trauma, sex trafficking and aftercare of its victims.  Heather received a Doctor of Clinical Social Work degree from University of Pennsylvania and her dissertation highlighted complex trauma and post-traumatic growth in victims of domestic sex trafficking.  Heather is Co-founder and Vice Chair of VAST (Valley Against Sex Trafficking) Coalition in the Lehigh Valley, PA.  She is devoted to training and equipping service providers.  In 2013, Heather received the Allied Professional Award from Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley for outstanding commitment to victims’ services.  Heather is adjunct professor of Global Trauma Recovery Institute of Mission Theological Seminary and travels and leads trips nationally and internationally, with the goal of partnering with and training trauma healing caregivers. Heather has diverse experience in speaking and teaching in various settings on various topics pertaining to life, Scripture, counseling and social work and more. Besides being a social worker, abolitionist and follower of Christ, Heather loves food, music, supporting hole-in-the-wall restaurants, adventures, simplicity of life & depth of relationship. Blog: https://heatherevanslcsw.wordpress.com/ “Close to Home: Human Trafficking” Documentary (highlighting VAST): https://video.wlvt.org/video/close-to-home-human-trafficking-fg4bhj/ •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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July 17, 2020
34. Healing in the Storm - with Robin Luftig
When a sudden seizure led to the discovery of a brain tumor, Robin Luftig was told she may only have ten days left. Today, she joins Cristabelle to share about her journey through those ten days, the process of recovery after brain surgery, and encouragement for healing through the storms of life. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT ROBIN• In 2009, Robin founded Renew Ministries, sharing that God has a healing plan for their lives. She has also worked with twelve-step groups, including the Christian divorce support group DivorceCare, sharing the importance of trusting God. Her self-published book, Learning to Bloom Again: Walking Through Forgiveness After Divorce offers lessons learned—both good and bad—that there can be healing after divorce. Life shifted, however, in 2011 when Robin needed emergency brain surgery. She was written a book recounting her experiences and is seeking publication of God’s Best During Your Worst: Living Under His Umbrella (Bold Vision Books). She has also published a novel, Ladies of the Fire (Elk Lake Publications), the first of a three-book series. Luftig is a nationally-sought speaker and shares stories of God’s mercy and grace at women’s retreats and conferences. She is also an active member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) and Word Weavers International, where she serves as a mentor for writers. She and her husband Lew live in Central PA. Website: https://robinluftig.com/ •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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July 9, 2020
How to Find Hope Again (Reflections 9)
What do you do when you've lost hope? It's not an easy question to answer, but something we all struggle with at some point. Today Cristabelle is sharing a passage of scripture that has changed how she looks at hope, and also some practical tools on how to apply it to your life. Sometimes, it takes bravery to choose hope. "But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in him.'" Lamentations 3:21-24 •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden Video: https://youtu.be/41p-rTdXNFE •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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July 2, 2020
33. When Life is Interrupted - with Jaci Velasquez
How do we trust in the Lord when life takes a turn? Today, Cristabelle welcomes multi-Platinum recording artist Jaci Velasquez. From the struggles of life in the spotlight after finding sudden fame at 16, to being a wife and mother of two boys, to navigating the waters of learning her oldest son was diagnosed with autism, Jaci has learned to trust in the Lord through it all. On today's episode, she shares her story, with valuable insight and wisdom that will encourage your heart. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT JACI• Jaci Velasquez has attained three RIAA® certified Platinum® albums, three RIAA certified Gold® albums, sixteen No. 1 singles, six more singles in the top 10, seven Dove Awards, three Latin Grammy® Award nominations, and three Grammy Award nominations. She has also graced more than fifty magazine covers, including Teen People, Latin Girl, Teen Beat, Parade, and People and has as appeared in ads for Pepsi, Doritos, and Target. For nearly six years, she has co-hosted Salem Broadcasting Network’s “The Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug and Jaci Velasquez” with more than 1.5 million daily listeners. In addition to writing, recording, touring, and serving as an advocate for autism awareness, Velasquez has been featured in five faith-based films since 2009, hosted the SESAC Christian Music Awards and the GMA IMMERSE conference, and has been internationally active in the music industry since her emergence as an award-winning artist at the age of sixteen. JACI'S BOOK: "When God Rescripts Your Life" Website: http://www.jacivelasquez.com •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: http://cristabellebraden.com
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June 25, 2020
32. Living Beyond Anxiety - with Eseosa Ajala
Let's talk about anxiety. Where is it rooted? How do we overcome it? What does the Bible have to say about it? Today, Cristabelle welcomes poet and writer Eseosa Ajala for a conversation about mental and spiritual health, and how we can learn to live beyond anxiety by looking to our worth in God's Word. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT ESEOSA• Eseosa Ajala is a writer and poet seeking to glorify God in all she does. Originally from Nigeria, she has been living in the US for the last 10 years and is now working on her first book. She also loves to sing and worship the Lord with joy! Follow her on Instagram: @eseosaajala •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: http://cristabellebraden.com
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June 18, 2020
31. Show Up For Your Life - with Laura J. Hanson
Every moment is an opportunity! Today, Cristabelle welcomes special guest Laura J. Hanson for an insightful conversation about how to truly show up for your life, tips for reducing stress, practicing mindfulness, and so much more! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT LAURA• Laura J. Hanson is a writer and therapeutic yoga teacher (RYT-500) who uses mindful movement, breathwork, Yoga Nidra, and meditation to help her clients deepen their self-awareness and ground in the present moment. She also works with reflection and journaling as a modality for emotional processing and self-regulation. Given her own experience with anxiety and chronic stress, Laura specializes in supporting women that may be feeling burnt out, overwhelmed, or energetically depleted. It's Laura's mission to meet each student where they are, and help them develop mind-body practices that allow them to show up as their most empowered, energized, and supported selves. Laura is currently based in Charlotte, NC and works with individuals and groups both virtually and in-person. Launching in June, Anchor in the Breath is Laura's new virtual studio for self-discovery and personal transformation. Offering twice weekly classes, from mindful movement and breathwork to Yoga Nidra and journaling, this online platform supports the outer work, as well as the inner work, within your own personal wellness journey. Website: www.laurajhanson.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/laurajhanson Facebook: www.facebook.com/laurajhanson Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/laurajhanson Virtual Yoga: https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5ed2a5dce49f060026fd0323 •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: http://cristabellebraden.com
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June 11, 2020
Racism: Listen, Learn, Act (Reflections 8)
Let’s have a real conversation about racism in America. Today, Cristabelle is joined by special guests Christa Deánā & Zichari Young for an eye-opening conversation about being black in America, the systemic racism that is still happening today, and how our generation has the opportunity to make a difference. ABOUT CHRISTA: Christa Deánā is an award-winning singer/songwriter, worship leader, speaker, educator, podcast host, YouTuber, and CEO of ChristaCourt Music Group. With a goal to make music that impacts the world, her music is being played in 52 countries, including charting in the top 5 gospel music charts in Nigeria. Christa is not only known for her talent, but also for her authenticity and bubbly, kind-hearted personality. She sings with passion from the heart and writes her own music. With each song, the listener is invited to step into a vulnerable and honest space where healing meets music. She has made the cover of MusicLovers Magazine, performed at Philadelphia’s 2019 Juneteenth Festival, and has been featured on major Spotify editorial playlists, including Fresh Gospel. Drawing from her own experiences as a musician and educator, she writes music in response to a need for more art that calls humanity to move beyond passive existence and into her mantra of, “H.O.P.E”, which she defines as, “health, optimism, power and experience.” In pursuit of this endeavor, Christa Deana also shares this message of purpose through her podcast entitled “In the World, Not of It”, as well as her YouTube channel, where she challenges others to live by their faith and not by sight. She also collaborates with artists from other countries including Jamaica, Japan, and Nigeria. She took home the Kindred Awards for Regional Christian Music award for Best R&B Artist in 2017 and Artist of the Year in 2019. Christa Deana truly shines for Christ as she lives out her message each and every day, on and off stage. It is her desire that each word and musical note will serve as a healing modality for the listener that calls them to pursue their optimum health physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. IG/FB: @christadeana Website: https://christadeana.com/ Christa's Podcast: https://anchor.fm/christa-deana •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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June 4, 2020
30. Not Limited - with Joi Woo
Born with hydrocephalus and having had multiple brain surgeries throughout her childhood, Joi Woo embodies the spirit of a true overcomer. Today, Cristabelle welcomes Joi to share her story and encouragement to keep moving forward! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT JOI• Joi Woo is a hydrocephalus survivor who has overcome a lot in her life. Having had multiple brain surgeries as a child, she has lived with many difficulties, but has not allowed that to define her! Joi loves to share her faith in the Lord, and how that has helped her to move forward in life. She is motivated to encourage others to keep going through all of life's challenges. She is also a singer/performer, wife, and soon to be mom! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoiWoo/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joiwoomusic/ •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: http://cristabellebraden.com
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May 28, 2020
Brain Health Strategies with Dr. Jeremy Schmoe (Reflections 7)
Your daily life is impacted greatly by the health of your brain, whether you are aware of it or not! Let's talk about some specific tips, knowledge, and strategies that can help you to live a more intentional life through paying attention to your brain.  Today, Cristabelle is joined by special guest Dr. Jeremy Schmoe, founder of The Functional Neurology Center, to share his expertise. •ABOUT DR. SCHMOE• Dr. Jeremy Schmoe, DC DACNB FACFN FABBIR, is the founder and director of The Functional Neurology Center and Co Developer of The Brain Health Online Summit. Over the past 10 years he has been working with patients with complex neurological dysfunction. He has treated thousands of patients with head injuries, vertigo, dysautonomia, dizziness, movement disorders, neuro-degenerative and developmental disorders. He enjoys seeing the most complex cases Integrating neuro-rehab, manual therapy, lab work and nutrition. He has worked with many professional NHL and KHL hockey players and has been highlighted in Minnesota Hockey Magazine. He has also been in The Huffington Post, Experience Life Magazine and WCCO for his work. He specializes in working with post concussion syndrome and vestibular symptoms, which is his passion. He has lectured Nationally and Internationally in Canada and England for the Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience. He is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board DACNB, passed the FACFN examination and was the valedictorian of the 2015 FABBIR Carrick Institute TBI program. He has presented at the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Annual Conference, North Dakota TBI Network and in Washington DC at the Federal Interagency TBI Conference. He has been a guest on numerous podcasts and has presented at the University of Minnesota annual sports symposium as well as the Minnesota Chiropractic Association Concussion Conference and annual conference. He enjoys educating other providers and patients on functional neurology. He is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. He lives and practices in Minnesota. His wife Erin is also a chiropractor and they have a 3 month old daughter named Willow and a 5 year old dog named Burrberry who likes to hang at the clinic. His center in Minnesota has seen thousands of patients in an intensive care model helping with Post Concussion, Dizziness, Vertigo, Dysautonomia, TBI and ABI. Website: https://theFNC.com/ Email: drschmoe@thefnc.com •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: cristabellebraden.com
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May 25, 2020
29. Standing Courageous - with Paula Walters
Your past does not define or limit your future. Today, Cristabelle is joined by guest Paula Walters to share her story of overcoming abuse, brain injury, and hopelessness. This is an inspiring conversation that focuses on healing from trauma and how to move forward, including all of the emotions and real life struggles that come with the process. It doesn't happen overnight, but it is possible to heal and step into your future with confidence - to stand courageous. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT PAULA• Paula Walters is the Founder and President of Standing Courageous, Inc. In her role, Paula has developed and leads the team that provides education and awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. In 2020, Standing Courageous is expanding its Mission to include survivor services. Drawing on her experience as a survivor of child abuse, domestic violence with strangulation and sexual assault, Paula specializes in educating about the psychology of an abuser and victim, the impacts of abuse, and the role individuals have in stopping the cycle of violence and aiding in a victim’s recovery. Paula has been in the fire service and EMS since 1999. She became a Paramedic in 2003 after attending The Medical College of Ohio where she received the Clinical Excellence Award. She became an EMS instructor in 2009. Paula has worked in Ohio, North Carolina, and Louisiana as a Paramedic in a variety of EMS and public service capacities. Paula experienced a traumatic brain injury from being abused that was misdiagnosed for over a decade. She has had a long journey to finally being accurately diagnosed. That journey has led her to be an advocate for traumatic brain injury survivors. She is passionate about educating personnel who works with victims of abuse on the invisible injuries. She is passionate about using her life experiences to inspire others to triumph over trauma and tragedy. She enjoys painting, poetry, and writing and is currently working on a book of her life, tentatively to be published early 2021. Residing in Toledo, Ohio, Paula enjoys volunteering in many aspects in her community helping others triumph over trauma. She is passionate about her walk with God and how that has shaped her recovery. She can be contacted via email at paula@paulawalters.org. Website: https://www.paulawalters.org/ •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: http://cristabellebraden.com
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May 21, 2020
28. Your Place in God’s Story - with Leigh Powers
There is a purpose for each of us! Today Cristabelle is joined by special guest Leigh Powers for an inspiring conversation about stepping into the place God has prepared for you. As an author and Biblical scholar, Leigh is able to share invaluable insight, wisdom, and application to our lives as to how to grow in confidence of God’s love and purpose for us. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT LEIGH• Leigh Powers has pursued a lifelong love affair with the Word of God. Leigh is a devoted Bible student and is passionate about seeing women’s lives transformed as they encounter God through his word. She is a graduate of Baylor University (B.S. Ed.)  and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.Bl) and has written over three hundred Bible study lessons and devotions for publishers such as BaptistWay Press, Smyth & Helwys, Union Gospel Press, and Worthy.  She has also contributed to MomSense, Just Between Us, and (in)courage.me. Leigh is also the author of Renewed: A 40-Day Devotional for Healing from Church Hurt and for Loving Well in Ministry. Leigh is a freelance writer and editor, pastor’s wife, and mother of three. In her free moments you can usually find her either with a book or knitting needles in her hand—and sometimes both. Website: http://leighpowers.com •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. Website: http://cristabellebraden.com
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May 18, 2020
Getting Through Hard Days (Reflections 6)
Encouragement for the tough days - including a mini pep talk from Cristabelle, and some practical tips to help you get through these difficult days. Most of all, remember to be kind to yourself. Reflections is a series of special episodes, each on a different topic. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope. More: http://cristabellebraden.com
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May 15, 2020
27. Purpose For All Seasons - with Brieanna Lightfoot Smith
Approach life with confidence- through every season! Today, Cristabelle is joined by special guest Brieanna Lightfoot Smith for a conversation about finding purpose through all the seasons of life (including the current pandemic crisis), the importance of community, and ultimately how to live a full life led by God. Brieanna also shares some of her testimony through depression and more, as well as her journey to founding her organization and movement “Black Girls With Purpose”. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT BRIEANNA• Brieanna Lightfoot Smith is the author of The Black Girl’s Guide to Living on Purpose and Founder of the Black Girls with Purpose movement. Brieanna has worked with over 1000 young women over the course of her career and used her experience in the New Orleans education system to design a workshop style curriculum that covers topics such as identity, healthy self-esteem, time management, and goal-setting. This past summer Brie partnered with the Essence Fest Day of Service to present a Boss Up! workshop on entrepreneurship for teens. After battling against suicidal thoughts as a teenager, Brie emerged as a twenty-something with a story to tell. She has now dedicated her life to educating young women on the benefits of intentional living. When she’s not talking to women about purpose and identity, you can find Brie working on her next book or spending time with her family. Website: blackgirlswithpurpose.org Brieanna's IG: @theblackgirlwithpurpose BGWP IG: @blackgirlswithpurpose •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope.
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May 11, 2020
26. Laughter Heals - with Cherie Nettles
Joy brings healing! Today, Cristabelle is joined by speaker and comedian Cherie Nettles to share some of her journey through life and how laughter is truly medicine to the soul! She has overcome an abusive childhood, was diagnosed in her teens with a crippling disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and is a 16-year Ovarian cancer survivor. Hearing her journey, you will surely be encouraged and inspired! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT CHERIE• "I was born and raised in South Carolina, bless my heart.  I believe all southern girls arrive in the magnolia-lined states in three ways, safe, sweet and sassy, and I have chosen to place my emphasis on the “sassy.” I am a comedienne, humorist story-teller, Certified Laughter Leader, Bible teacher, motivational speaker and writer. Y’all, I have entertained audiences across the United States with laughter and motivational messages, but to be honest my favorite place to speak is in Hawaii…just sharing from my heart. It’s my story. I have been entertaining and warming hearts for 16 years, with my lighthearted humor and motivational messages. Just to let my know a little bit about my personal journey, I am a hilarious overcomer. From overcoming an abusive childhood, being diagnosed in my teens with a crippling disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and being a 16-year Ovarian cancer survivor, I learned quickly that sorrow brings sickness while joy brings healing. My comedy routines and motivational messages of hope and inspiration will not only tickle your funny bone but bring instruction and healing to it." Website: https://www.cherienettles.net/ •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope.
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May 7, 2020
25. Wonderfully Made - with Lydia Walker
You were made for a purpose! Today, Cristabelle is joined by guest Lydia Walker for a conversation about walking in our purpose, finding joy through the journey, recognizing negative self talk and how to remind yourself of your true worth. Lydia also shares about her new music “Made for This”. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT LYDIA• Lydia Walker is a singer/songwriter and worship leader who is passionate about sharing hope through music. She is the host of the Rustic Songbird podcast that teaches songwriters how to take their music to the next level. Lydia's latest album includes songs about motherhood, called "Made For This". Website: www.rusticsongbird.com Instagram: @thelydiawalker Free Confident Songwriter Challenge: www.rusticsongbird.com/challenge Listen to her music on all music streaming platforms! •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope.
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May 4, 2020
24. Connecting to the Power Source - with Ms. Nicole Rae
How do you have a lasting connection with the Lord? Today, Cristabelle is joined by special guest Ms. Nicole Rae for a conversation about why it’s so important to connect to the true Power source, how relationship with God changes your life, and to share some of her testimony and music! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT MS. NICOLE RAE• Ms. Nicole Rae is a wife and a mother before anything else. She and her husband  are the proud parents of two beautiful princesses. As a dynamic speaker, coach and prayer warrior Nicole Rae has a growing network of men and women that are being touched by her ministry. Her life journey has led her down a path of peaks and valleys in which she learned lessons that she has poured into her book Married before Marriage. Chosen by God to deliver this message of love Nicole is humbled by the opportunity to reveal God’s true design for singleness leading to marriage. The transparency of her journey displayed in this book will surely encourage you to overcome any obstacle thrown your way. Beyond ministry she has her education in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. Working in a corporate environment she has gained knowledge of big business practices which she hopes to help small businesses implement. In her role as a Project Manager she is highly sought after for her expertise and excellence in driving projects forward to completion. She has worked in finance, education, and human resources giving her a well-rounded background. Her heart's desire is to use her experiences, spiritual and natural, to help people get the most out of their lives by helping others grow in the things of God and achieve career/business growth. Website: https://www.msnicolerae.com/ Instagram: @msnicolerae Facebook: @nicoleraeministries Listen to her music on all music streaming platforms! •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope.
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April 30, 2020
Red Flags in Toxic Relationships (Reflections 5)
How do you recognize a toxic relationship? Today, Cristabelle is joined by guest Demi Lynn Moore for a conversation about common red flags in toxic/abusive relationships, how to recognize the signs, and both share their personal experiences. Reflections is a series of special episodes, each on a different topic. Hear Demi's full story on Ep.14 "Resilience in Action". ---- Are you a victim of abuse? There is hope and there is help. • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 https://www.thehotline.org (live chat & online resources) • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) https://www.rainn.org (live chat & online resources ---- •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Song "That's Not Love": https://youtu.be/Hx2l-rBkTe4 Intro/Outro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT DEMI• Demi Lynn Moore is the definition of an overcomer. She carries a powerful testimony, having endured years of domestic violence, conquering an eating disorder, and surviving and living with a traumatic brain injury. Through all of this, she has never given up and has now chosen to break her silence and use her voice to speak out and empower others. Demi works as a Trooper with the Delaware State Police. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science in Administration of Justice with a concentration in Criminal Behavior, and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree. In her free time, she loves working out, shopping, and spending time with her family, friends, and her miniature dachshund Dexter! Instagram: @forever_moore89 •ABOUT CRISTABELLE• Cristabelle Braden is an award winning singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, author, and podcast host. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, she began to write music. Since then, she has surpassed medical expectations and thrived in her newfound gift of music; she has come from re-learning daily life tasks in brain injury rehabilitation to setting her feet firmly on the ground as a songwriter, speaker, and artist with a message of hope.
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April 27, 2020
23. Healing & Finding Your Voice - with Kimberley Wiggins
"Through these struggles, I found my voice." Today, Cristabelle is joined by guest Kimberley Wiggins to speak about the process of healing and learning to find your voice through all of the struggles of life, encouragement in discovering your purpose, and motivation to find what truly brings you joy! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Connect with Cristabelle: @cristabellebraden Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden Declaration Segment song: "Growing" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT KIMBERLEY• Kimberley Wiggins is an empowerment coach as well as the owner of Inspired Women Amazing Lives and A Voice Worth Sharing Productions. She works with women to help them build their confidence, become more visible in their business and get over themselves to build the success they desire on their own terms. She does this by helping women to reconnect with their brilliance. “We as women are not hurt or damaged; we have just somehow lost our brilliance.” She helps you to get it back. She is also a podcast consultant, speaker and corporate trainer. She is working on her first book to be published by Fall 2020. Website: https://inspiredwomenamazinglives.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimwigginscoaching/
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April 23, 2020
22. More than a Conqueror - with Glory Olamide
What does it mean to live without limitations? To truly walk as an overcomer? Today's episode answers these questions and so much more, as Cristabelle is joined by special guest Glory Olamide of “Glorious Glow Empowerment”! Glory shares her journey from Nigeria to the UK, encouragement to live your life empowered and be who God has made you to be, what it means to be more than a conqueror, and so much more! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Connect with Cristabelle: @cristabellebraden Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT GLORY• Glory Olamide is a wife, mum, Worthy Coach, International Speaker, Consultant and Author. She is a Christian Mindfulness practitioner, UK qualified Secondary School teacher, YouTuber and Podcast Host. Glory is a Christian who loves to see Jesus Christ exalted in the lives of those she comes in contact with. She is an entrepreneur and a great motivator to everyone she encounters. Her book “Behind the Veil: Destigmatization of Mental Health” is available on Amazon. Website: https://gloriousglowempowerment.com/about-glory/ Podcast: Glorious Glow Empowerment - https://anchor.fm/g-olamide Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHSJywTWT6Vmn-Di951IuOQ
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April 20, 2020
21. Foster, Adoption, & Compassion - with Laura Hernandez
Today, Cristabelle is joined by guest Laura Hernandez to share about her family’s journey from foster, to adoption, to parenting special needs kids. She also shares the grieving process with the new normal, the importance of having a good support system, her inspiration for starting "Mama Systems", and more. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Connect with Cristabelle: @cristabellebraden Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT LAURA• Laura Hernandez is the owner of Mama Systems and the mother of ten children. In the last five years, she and her husband have added six children to their family - three biological and three adopted. Three of Laura's children attend public school, she home schools five children, and she manages 20+ appointments a week for her three special needs children. Laura is dedicated to helping women bring more peace to their homes. Designing customized systems that help a family run more smoothly and reduce a mother's daily workload is her specialty. Website: http://mamasystems.net/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mamasystems.net/ Instagram: @mamasystems
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April 16, 2020
20. Following Dreams with Chronic Illness - with Keisha Greaves
Today Cristabelle is joined for an inspirational conversation with guest Keisha Greaves to share her journey of living with Muscular Dystrophy, what the diagnosis journey was like, and how she has pursued her dreams of starting her own clothing line called “Girls Chronically Rock”. Listen for advice and encouragement on how to move forward and pursue your dreams, awareness on Muscular Dystrophy, and more! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Connect with Cristabelle: @cristabellebraden Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT KEISHA• Keisha Greaves is a motivational speaker, the founder of Girls Chronically Rock, and the Massachusetts State Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Girls Chronically Rock offers inspired fashion celebrating Muscular Dystrophy and other chronic illnesses. Over the past few years, Keisha has been featured in Good Morning America, Today Show, WCVB Chronicle, ABC News, Thrive Global, Politico, Improper Bostonian, Boston Voyager, Herself 360, Liz on Biz, among other outlets on and offline. One of Keisha’s proudest moments is being featured In Today Style Heroes. Keisha spearheaded fruitful collaborations with other notable fashion influencers which resulted in thousands of dollars raised for MDA – the most successful collaborations being with renown designer Sara Campbell and Althea Blackford, the woman behind Caribbean Fashion Week. One of Keisha’s proudest moments happened after working and meeting with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker: Keisha got September 30 officially proclaimed Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day. She also received the proclamation from Mayor Marc McGovern from the city of Cambridge. Website: http://girlschronicallyrock.com Instagram: @girlschronically_rock Facebook: @GirlsChronicallyRock
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April 13, 2020
19. Intentional Joy - with Tammy Whitehurst
Today Cristabelle is joined by guest author and speaker Tammy Whitehurst for a laughter filled conversation about choosing joy through all seasons, learning to be still, living a life of purpose, and more... “When we change our attitude, it can change the quality of our lives!”  •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Connect with Cristabelle: @cristabellebraden Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden •ABOUT TAMMY• Texas raised, Jesus saved, loving all things cheetah! That describes Tammy Whitehurst to a T. As an author, blogger, and full time speaker she encourages and challenges audiences to live life kicked up a notch. She has been described as a hoot with a capital H!  She has written articles for Lifeway magazines, Woman's World, Mature Living, Christianity Today and many other publications. While she is the co-owner of the Christian Communicator's Conference, a training conference for speakers, to those who know her best she is simply Davis’s wife, a proud mom to four grown kids, and a former middle school teacher. She struggles like the rest of us with dust, dishes, cellulite, junk drawers, and wrinkles. Website: www.TammyWhitehurst.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TammyWhitehurstSpeaker/
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April 9, 2020
COVID-19: Managing Anxiety & Finding Balance (Reflections 4)
An important conversation with tips for managing anxiety, finding balance in mental health, adjusting to working at home during COVID-19,  and having grace for yourself during this time. Reflections is a series of special episodes, each on a different topic - today, Cristabelle is joined by guest Tracy Yatsko, PBS39 Television Host & Producer, to share her personal struggles with anxiety and what has helped her during the COVID-19 crisis. This is Part 2 from the episode about COVID-19 "Consuming News in a Healthy Way". (Also, check out Ep.2 to hear Tracy’s full story!) •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Connect with Cristabelle: @cristabellebraden Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden from album "Declaration" •ABOUT TRACY• Tracy Yatsko is a survivor, speaker, reporter and producer. She joined the board of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania in 2019 and is currently with Lehigh Valley Public Media, Home of PBS39 in Bethlehem. In 2005, Tracy sustained a concussion that completely shifted her life... from having hopes and dreams of getting a Division one scholarship in track and field to fighting daily for hope and survival. Tracy became the voice of the Pennsylvania Concussion Bill, Safety in Youth Sports Act, and continues to raise her voice for concussion awareness and all things hope, healing, and happiness. Last March, Tracy produced and hosted a 30-minute special on brain injury, Out of the Darkness, on PBS39. Tracy unashamedly loves Jesus and is focusing on following the path he set out for her. Pursuing him and her purpose, an incredible gift from the Lord. She is very involved in her church, Greater Shiloh Church, and has a passion for worshipping and spiritual theater. Instagram: @tracyyatsko Facebook: @tracyyatskotv Twitter: @tracyyatsko Linkedin: @TracyYatsko
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April 8, 2020
18. What Motivates You? - with Cristina Roman
Let’s talk about defining your thoughts and motivation to help your mindset, focus, daily life, and daily work flow. Today Cristabelle welcomes guest Cristina Roman from Pique Coaching to share her expertise on productivity, time management, tackling big projects, and most of all - focus and motivation! This is a great conversation especially during this time when many are having to make the transition to working at home. Let’s make sure we are telling ourselves the right things as we work through our daily life tasks! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Connect with Cristabelle: @cristabellebraden Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden Cristina is offering a free guide on “How to get into a Deep Work State in 15 minutes” - you can click here or find it at http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife under "Freebies from Podcast Guests"! •ABOUT CRISTINA• Cristina Roman is a Washington, DC-based Certified Life Coach, though you may find her wandering the streets of Guatemala or Italy. She works with people who are ready to give up overwhelm, stress, and procrastination in order to bring more focus into their professional and personal lives. She half-jokes that she’s the Cross Legged Coach; her goal is always to keep things casual but wildly impactful in her work. Website: piquecoaching.co Podcast: piquecoaching.co/podcast Instagram: instagram.com/piquecoaching Facebook: facebook.com/piquecoaching
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April 6, 2020
COVID-19: Consuming News in a Healthy Way (Reflections 3)
This is a challenging time for us all. Let’s be intentional with forming healthy habits on consuming news, fact checking, and staying centered during the Coronavirus pandemic. Reflections is a series of special episodes, each on a different topic - today, Cristabelle is joined by guest Tracy Yatsko (PBS39 Television Host & Producer) to share her perspective as a news reporter on the Coronavirus pandemic, and how to consume news in a healthier way. (Check out Ep.2 to hear Tracy’s full story!) •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Connect with Cristabelle: @cristabellebraden Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden from album "Declaration" •ABOUT TRACY• Tracy Yatsko is a survivor, speaker, reporter and producer. She joined the board of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania in 2019 and is currently with Lehigh Valley Public Media, Home of PBS39 in Bethlehem. In 2005, Tracy sustained a concussion that completely shifted her life... from having hopes and dreams of getting a Division one scholarship in track and field to fighting daily for hope and survival. Tracy became the voice of the Pennsylvania Concussion Bill, Safety in Youth Sports Act, and continues to raise her voice for concussion awareness and all things hope, healing, and happiness. Last March, Tracy produced and hosted a 30-minute special on brain injury, Out of the Darkness, on PBS39. Tracy unashamedly loves Jesus and is focusing on following the path he set out for her. Pursuing him and her purpose, an incredible gift from the Lord. She is very involved in her church, Greater Shiloh Church, and has a passion for worshipping and spiritual theater. Instagram: @tracyyatsko Facebook: @tracyyatskotv Twitter: @tracyyatsko Linkedin: @TracyYatsko
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April 4, 2020
17. Uncovering Purpose - with Nova Walton-Marriott
What if you could find a deeper purpose for your life than you ever realized? Today, Cristabelle welcomes author Nova Walton-Marriott to share her powerful life story of overcoming trauma, depression, loss, and more - and how she learned to face her past, work on healing, and come out stronger than ever before. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Connect with Cristabelle: @cristabellebraden Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden from album "Declaration" •ABOUT NOVA• Nova Walton-Marriott is an author and empowerment coach with a powerful testimony of overcoming. She has a background in criminal justice and human resource development, holding two Masters degrees and many years of experience in the field. Her memoir, "The Sleeper Has Awakened", depicts her journey through trauma and dysfunction to find healing and forgiveness. It is a story of resilience, accountability, and purpose. She describes it as raw, transparent, and relatable. It also includes a photo journal that shows her emotional experiences through pictures. She has experienced adversity throughout her life and is dedicated to motivating and empowering others. Website: www.hierself.com Book: “The Sleeper Has Awakened” Intstagram: @HierSelfLLC
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April 2, 2020
Brain Health: Nutrition & Lifestyle (Reflections 2)
Tips for a healthier brain! We are all daily affected by the heath of our brain, whether we are fully aware of it or not. This is an informative episode with simple tips on nutrition and lifestyle. Reflections is a series of special episodes, each on a different topic - today, Cristabelle is joined by Andrea Abenoza-Filardi to share her expertise on the brain. (Check out Episode #16 to hear Andrea’s full story!) •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Connect with Cristabelle: @cristabellebraden Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Dare to Hope Again" by Cristabelle Braden from album "Declaration" Andrea has kindly created a free PDF on Concussion Recovery for our listeners - you can get your free download at http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife under "Freebies from Podcast Guests"! •ABOUT ANDREA• Andrea Abenoza-Filardi - HHP, CWC, CHC, CD(DONA), CCCE, Certified Dr Sears LEAN and LEAN Expectations Coach, has always had a passion for pregnant women, babies, children, nutrition, and health, especially brain health.  She feels so grateful that she gets to guide expecting parents through all the stages of pregnancy and beyond. Focusing on healthy lifestyle choices and nutrition so they can have the healthiest baby possible and live the life they love.  Her goal is to make the world healthy one mom and baby at a time. In 2018 Andrea was involved in a car accident that would change her life forever. She was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.  Everything she learned and taught pregnant mother’s about brain health would become part of her own recovery.  Due to her knowledge and a team of several specialists, Andrea is now gratefully back to work. Website: www.HolisticallyLoved.com Instagram: @HolisticallyLoved Email: Andrea@HolisticallyLoved.com
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March 30, 2020
16. Hope for Brain Healing - with Andrea Abenoza-Filardi
The brain is amazing and truly has the ability to heal and create new pathways - no matter what you've been through, there is always hope! Today, Cristabelle welcomes guest Andrea Abenoza-Filardi, founder of Holistically Loved, to share her expertise on brain health, her personal story through traumatic brain injury, and encouragement to listeners on pressing forward in recovery. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Connect with Cristabelle: @cristabellebraden Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden from album "Declaration" Andrea has kindly created a free PDF on Concussion Recovery for our listeners - you can get your free download at http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife under "Freebies from Podcast Guests"! •ABOUT ANDREA• Andrea Abenoza-Filardi - HHP, CWC, CHC, CD(DONA), CCCE, Certified Dr Sears LEAN and LEAN Expectations Coach, has always had a passion for pregnant women, babies, children, nutrition, and health, especially brain health.  She feels so grateful that she gets to guide expecting parents through all the stages of pregnancy and beyond. Focusing on healthy lifestyle choices and nutrition so they can have the healthiest baby possible and live the life they love.  Her goal is to make the world healthy one mom and baby at a time. In 2018 Andrea was involved in a car accident that would change her life forever. She was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.  Everything she learned and taught pregnant mother’s about brain health would become part of her own recovery.  Due to her knowledge and a team of several specialists, Andrea is now gratefully back to work. Website: www.HolisticallyLoved.com Intstagram: @HolisticallyLoved Email: Andrea@HolisticallyLoved.com
59:37
March 27, 2020
15. Acknowledge and Arise - with Rachel Rose Dombeck
Part of being an overcomer is first acknowledging what we’ve gone through, to then be able to rise above our circumstances. Today, Cristabelle is joined by guest Rachel Rose Dombeck to share her story of living with brain injury, and how she has learned to take steps to accept her “new normal” while continuing to press forward and never give up. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Connect with Cristabelle: @cristabellebraden Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden from album "Declaration" •ABOUT RACHEL• Rachel Rose Dombeck is a brain injury survivor, wellness enthusiast and entrepreneur. After having a brain injury in January 2016, her busy, active and outgoing life came to a screeching halt. Battling loss, isolation and loneliness, depression and anxiety she learned to rebuild her life through ultimate faith in God and the support of doctors, family and friends. Rachel knows that living with a brain injury is anything but easy, and that learning to live with, navigate and have a full life while managing brain injury symptoms requires community and support from other survivors. She hopes to be just that to others in her journey, whether they have a TBI or not. She believes that while we do not choose what happens to us, we can choose what we do with it and still build a meaningful life. Instagram: @rachelrosedombeck
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March 23, 2020
14. Resilience in Action - with Demi Lynn Moore
"I don’t need to hide from anything that I’ve gone through. Instead, I’m learning to become a more resilient survivor, and how to take control of my life and my existence." This is an empowering episode all about overcoming. Today, Cristabelle is joined by guest Demi Lynn Moore, who is a true fighter. Demi shares her story of surviving domestic violence, an eating disorder, and traumatic brain injury. In the Declaration segment, Cristabelle also shares some personal testimony behind her new album "Declaration", and encouragement to reclaim your story. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Connect with Cristabelle: @cristabellebraden Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden from album "Declaration" •ABOUT DEMI• Demi Lynn Moore is the definition of an overcomer. She carries a powerful testimony, having endured years of domestic violence, conquering an eating disorder, and surviving and living with a traumatic brain injury. Through all of this, she has never given up and has now chosen to break her silence and use her voice to speak out and empower others. Demi works as a Trooper with the Delaware State Police. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science in Administration of Justice with a concentration in Criminal Behavior, and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree. In her free time, she loves working out, shopping, and spending time with her family, friends, and her miniature dachshund Dexter! Instagram: @forever_moore89
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March 19, 2020
COVID-19: Mindset and Self Care (Reflections 1)
The coronavirus pandemic is impacting every one of us in some way. Let's talk about self-care, mental health, staying connected while social distancing, how we consume social media, and holding onto faith and hope. Let's focus on what we can control, while acknowledging and letting go of the things that we can't. Reflections is a series of shorter bonus episodes, each on a different topic - today Cristabelle is joined by guest Rachel Rose Dombeck. (Rachel is also a brain injury survivor and will be featured on her own episode next week!) •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife
26:40
March 17, 2020
13. Spotlight on Brain Injury - with Miss Broadway Megan Stier
Today we shine a spotlight on life with brain injury as Cristabelle is joined by guest Megan Stier, the current Miss Broadway, representing in the Miss America organization. Megan shares her personal story of surviving a brain injury during high school, her passion for advocacy and awareness, and encouragement to all of us as we look to facing a new normal. Cristabelle also briefly addresses the COVID-19 crisis during the Declaration Segment before the interview, with an encouraging message on continuing to choose faith during times of uncertainty. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden from album "Declaration" •ABOUT MEGAN• Megan Stier is a New York City based motivational speaker and actress. As the current Miss Broadway and brain injury survivor she advocates for brain injury awareness and education in our schools and communities. She is a proud Aerie Ambassador, promoting self love and confidence to empower women nationwide. She is currently on as one if the evil step sisters in a National tour of Cinderella and is in the movie “The Half of It” coming out on Netflix May 1st. Instagram: @meganmstier and @missbroadwayny20
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March 16, 2020
12. Running Towards Recovery - with Jillian Arany
What if your entire life changed in one instant? That's exactly what happens to many survivors of brain injury. Today, Cristabelle is joined by TBI (traumatic brain injury) survivor Jillian Arany to share her story through her brain injury, perseverance, and never giving up on her dream of marathon running. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden from album "Declaration" •ABOUT JILLIAN• Jillian Arany is a brain injury survivor and an avid runner. After having a brain injury in late 2013, she has worked her way back to being able to run marathons and live a healthy lifestyle, while also managing the symptoms of her brain injury. Throughout her journey, she has learned to believe in herself and know that she has limits, but is not limited. She is a Fisheries Biologist with a passion for conservation work; an outdoor enthusiast who can often be found adventuring in nature, alongside her partner Justin, and she has a soft spot in her heart for rescue animals, especially her two cats and dog. Jillian knows what it's like living with a brain injury and has recently started sharing more of her story in hopes of connecting with other impacted by brain injury to know they are not alone. Instagram: @jillianaranyfit
56:18
March 13, 2020
11. Advocating For Your Health - with Jenna Green
On this episode, Cristabelle is joined by guest Jenna Green, who lives with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), for a conversation about living with chronic illness and learning how to speak up for yourself and your health. She shares what it's like living with MS, her journey of learning how to fight for herself, and some really great encouragement to listeners on how to keep moving forward! March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife •ABOUT JENNA• Jenna Green is a Multiple Sclerosis warrior advocating for a better quality of life for patients with chronic illness. She's also a social media marketing manager, fashion lover, and coffee addict who lives outside of Boston with her husband and their dog Dixie. Instagram: @thejennagreen Website: https://fullofgritandgrace.com/
45:36
March 9, 2020
10. Purpose Through Adversity - with Ali Rheaume
Today Cristabelle welcomes guest Ali Rheaume to share her experience through brain injury, including having to re-learn how to do basic functions, such as walk and talk, and how that experience has only served to grow her perseverance, strength, and purpose. Listen for encouragement on holding onto faith, living your unique journey, and adapting to change after major life trauma. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram: @declarationlife Facebook: @declarationlife Website: http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife Connect with Cristabelle: @cristabellebraden Email: declarationlife@gmail.com Intro/Outro Music: "Not Giving Up" by Cristabelle Braden from album "Declaration" •ABOUT ALI• Ali Rheaume is a fellow Brain Injury survivor who is passionate about encouraging others to remain hopeful through challenging times. She MicroBlogs on social media to spread joy, create a relatable space, and bring awareness about various challenges people face. Ali has come to realize that her passion and gift of teaching has transformed in new ways through recovery. While she used to be an elementary Physical Education teacher, her influence is now expanding from the gym as the classroom, to the world as her classroom. •CONNECT WITH ALI• IG: @alison.rheaume
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March 6, 2020
9. Brain Injury Awareness - with Amy Zellmer
Kicking off Brain Injury Awareness Month, Cristabelle welcomes guest Amy Zellmer for a conversation about living with TBI (traumatic brain injury), things that are often misunderstood about concussions/TBI, and why awareness is so important! Amy also shares her personal journey of a TBI that changed her life, and how it inspired her to become an advocate and fight to help others. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden IG/FB: @declarationlife http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife •ABOUT AMY• Amy Zellmer is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, Editor-in-chief of The Brain Health Magazine, and advocate of traumatic brain injury (TBI). She is a frequent contributor to Huff Post and Thrive Global, and has created a private Facebook group for survivors (Amy's TBI Tribe) and also produces a podcast series (Faces of TBI). She travels the country with her Yorkie, Pixxie, to help raise awareness about this silent and invisible injury that affects over 3.5 million Americans each year. In November, 2015 she released her first book, “Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding the Road Back to Normal” which received a silver award at the Midwest Book Awards in May, 2016. Her second book, “Embracing the Journey: Moving Forward After Brain Injury” was released March 2018. She is addicted to Starbucks Coffee and Miss Me jeans, and lives all things glittery and sparkly. •CONNECT WITH AMY• Faces of TBI: http://facesoftbi.com The Brain Health Magazine: http://thebrainheathmagazine.com The Brain Health Online Summit (happing throughout March!): https://thebrainhealthonlinesummit.com/ IG: @amyzellmer Podcast: “Faces of TBI”
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March 3, 2020
8. Breaking Through Brokenness - with Amanda Scrimale
What if your broken pieces are what truly make you beautiful? Today it’s all about letting go of a perfectionist mindset, as Cristabelle welcomes guest Amanda Scrimale for a conversation about fighting perfectionism, embracing brokenness, and prioritizing self-care. In addition to sharing about her new song “Watchtower”, Amanda honestly speaks about her journey through anxiety and learning to be grounded in her faith, through both physical health & mental health struggles. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram/Facebook: @declarationlife http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife •ABOUT AMANDA• From simplistic style prayer ballads, to gospel-like pop anthems, Amanda Scrimale writes music for all seasons of emotions to encourage your walk with God. Her goal is to make talking with The Lord simple, whether He's a long-time friend, or someone new. We all have questions and good/bad seasons, and her hope is to give you a song to sing in each of them. •CONNECT WITH AMANDA• Website: http://www.amandascrimale.com IG: @amandascrimale Watchtower: https://youtu.be/jJ6uQPdpB_I Listen "Amanda Scrimale" on all music streaming services!
52:34
February 27, 2020
7. Journey to Creative Freedom - with Chante Marie
Live outside the box! Today, Cristabelle is joined by guest Chante Marie for a lively and fun discussion about creativity! Chante is both a musical and visual artist, and brings her unique perspective with some great advice about being true to yourself and expressing creativity in all areas of life. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram/Facebook: @declarationlife http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife •ABOUT CHANTE• They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for this musician. An inspirational artist, Chante Marie has earned her reputation as a talented vocalist, guitarist, writer and skillful performer. From live gigs to studio sessions and more, Chante Marie continues to touch fans around the world with her distinct and enjoyable musical style. Chante Marie continues to use her platform to make a difference not only in music but in visual arts, poetry, and literature as well. In the true essence of an artist she remains “undefined”. She has also received awards, including: Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S House of Representatives for service and dedication to the N.A.P.S organization, Boston City Council Official Resolutions for humanitarian aid and educational support domestically and internationally, and a Governors Citations on behalf of the commonwealth of Massachusetts for dedicated service to the communities of Greater Boston. •CONNECT WITH CHANTE• IG: @bychantemarie Listen to "Chante Marie" on all music streaming platforms
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February 25, 2020
6. Choose Grace Every Day - with Caitlin Lassiter
When every day is a struggle, how do you keep going? On this episode, Cristabelle welcomes guest Caitlin Lassiter to share her story of living with Lyme Disease and how she has learned to find peace and continue to have faith even while dealing with daily chronic pain. Listen for encouraging words and life lessons about perseverance and grace that we can all take with us, no matter what we’re going through •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Follow along on IG/FB: @declarationlife http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife •ABOUT CAITLIN• Caitlin Lassiter is a journalist, singer/songwriter and Lyme Disease fighter with a passion for sparking authentic conversations about the God-given joy to be found in the midst of suffering. As someone whose life has been changed by the power and community of music, Caitlin feels called to share that hope with others through songs and stories. Caitlin currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she studies music and communications at Trevecca Nazarene University. •CONNECT WITH CAITLIN• IG: @caitlinlassiter Blog: https://caitlinlassiter.blog/
46:42
February 21, 2020
5. Know Your Worth - with Judy Paster
Today Cristabelle welcomes singer/songwriter Judy Paster, to share her powerful testimony through deep adversity, and how through it all she learned to stand strong and walk in confidence. Her inspiring story will remind you that no matter what you’ve been through there is still hope, and your life has meaning and value. *Trigger Warning: We touch on some sensitive topics. In this episode, abuse, addiction, and sexual assault are mentioned and a possible trigger. They are discussed in a sensitive way, in the context of overcoming and finding light. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden Instagram/Facebook: @declarationlife http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife •ABOUT JUDY• Americana Artist Judy Paster comes from a place of pouring her heart, faith, & pain into songs. Her experiences as a teenager traumatized by drugs and abuse, flinging the pain into a gypsy lifestyle of van living, as well as her fathers death from Alzheimers, have all shaped the person and artist she is today. Not devoid of suffering, yet ever hopeful & seeking a better life, Judy has emerged with an undeniable strength that expresses itself through her music, as she incorporates a fresh folk country sound into cleverly and beautifully written songs. Judy has spent the last year writing and recording the Album, “LIKE STARDUST” with producer Bill McDermott of Omni Sound Studios, located on Music Row in Nashville. She has been sharpening her skills playing alongside hit songwriters and musicians at infamous Nashville venues such as 3rd and Lindsley, The Bluebird Cafe and The Listening Room. •CONNECT WITH JUDY• IG/FB: @judypastermusic Website: http://www.judypaster.com Listen to "Judy Paster" on all music streaming services!
47:05
February 17, 2020
4. Dating, Marriage, & Faith - with Christa Deánā
This episode is all about dating, singleness, and marriage, with guest singer/songwriter Christa Deánā! Listen as she shares about her love story, faith journey, and some of the struggles she and her husband went through as they began to pursue a life together. We also discuss making the most of a season of singleness, the difference between healthy and toxic relationships, and more. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• Hosted by Cristabelle Braden IG/FB: @declarationlife http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife •ABOUT CHRISTA DEÁNĀ• Christa Deánā (Duh-nay) is a Singer/Songwriter from Philadelphia. Dedicating herself to music as a child, Christa began singing in church at 5 years old, performed her first original song at 11, and went on to write over 100 more. After experiencing bullying and depression, she used music as a coping mechanism. Additionally, seeing the issues and their effects on lives through the eyes of a high school music teacher, she is motivated to continuously write songs that encourage and give H.O.P.E. (Health, Optimism, Power, and Experience). Each song is deeply rooted in a personal, yet extremely vulnerable relationship with God. Christa is also the CEO of ChristaCourt Productions, an independent music production company that produces her original music along with other upcoming artists. She works alongside her husband, Zichari Young (Young One), to provide music arrangement and production services, "leading artists from inspiration to production." •CONNECT WITH CHRISTA• IG/FB: @christadeana Website: http://www.christadeana.com Christa's Podcast: https://anchor.fm/christa-deana
51:35
February 13, 2020
3. Intentional Healthy Living - with Ashley Belanger
Healthier living begins one step at a time. Today, Cristabelle welcomes guest Ashley Belanger to share her expertise as a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and her personal story of battling Lyme disease and how she learned the power of holistic living, which ultimately saved her life. Through her journey, she was inspired to learn more and become certified in functional nutrition. Today she shares some great advice on nutrition, decreasing your body’s exposure to toxins, and how to start taking small steps to intentionally reclaim your health. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• IG/FB: @declarationlife http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife •ABOUT ASHLEY• Ashley Belanger is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She struggled with migraines that started in her twenties. She continued to face ongoing health struggles while teaching 3rd grade. She was finally diagnosed with late stage neurological Lyme disease and 30 coinfections after six years of searching for answers to over 75 daily symptoms. During her diagnosis journey, Ashley turned to holistic medicine after getting little answers from western medicine. Her own health adventures have shown her that there is hope! “I remember feeling so misunderstood and confused during my journey to remission. It is my goal to help others see that regaining health is possible. YOU are worth getting to remission. Remember that even a small win is still a win.” Ashley recently graduated as a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner while working at “The Functional Neurology Center” which aligns perfectly with her passion for functional medicine. She also volunteers for Twin Cities Lyme Foundation in her home state of Minnesota where her and her husband, Jacob live. •CONNECT WITH ASHLEY• IG: @olso2214 Learn more about her Lyme journey and healing treatment called LymeStop: https://ourhealinghouse.co/journal/ashley-belanger-on-lyme-disease https://ourhealinghouse.co/journal/lymestop-with-dr-ben-erlandson
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February 10, 2020
2. Mindset of a Fighter - with Tracy Yatsko
Mindset is everything. On this episode, Cristabelle Braden welcomes guest Tracy Yatsko (PBS39 Television Host & Producer) to share about her story of surviving a brain injury, overcoming depression and anxiety, and what it looks like to have a fighter mindset. She also shares some great advice on self care and forming healthy habits, and how that relates to healing from trauma. Trigger Warning: We touch on some sensitive topics. In this episode, depression, anxiety, and suicide are mentioned, discussed in a way of coming out of a suicidal mindset and finding the light again. •CONNECT & MORE INFO• IG/FB: @declarationlife http://cristabellebraden.com/declarationlife •ABOUT TRACY• Tracy Yatsko is a survivor, speaker, reporter and producer. She joined the board of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania in 2019 and is currently with Lehigh Valley Public Media, Home of PBS39 in Bethlehem. In 2005, Tracy sustained a concussion that completely shifted her life... from having hopes and dreams of getting a Division one scholarship in track and field to fighting daily for hope and survival. Tracy became the voice of the Pennsylvania Concussion Bill, Safety in Youth Sports Act, and continues to raise her voice for concussion awareness and all things hope, healing, and happiness. Last March, Tracy produced and hosted a 30-minute special on brain injury, Out of the Darkness, on PBS39. Tracy unashamedly loves Jesus and is focusing on following the path he set out for her. Pursuing him and her purpose, an incredible gift from the Lord. She is very involved in her church, Greater Shiloh Church, and has a passion for worshipping and spiritual theater. •CONNECT WITH TRACY• IG/Twitter: @tracyyatsko FB: @tracyyatskotv Linkedin: @TracyYatsko
46:36
February 6, 2020
1. Living a Declaration Life - Intro
What does it mean to live a Declaration Life? Join Cristabelle Braden as she shares an encouraging message about the inspiration behind this podcast, some of her story, and what to expect moving forward! Stay tuned every Monday and Thursday. Declaration Life is a new podcast hosted by Cristabelle Braden; singer/songwriter, speaker, author, and brain injury survivor. As host, she offers her guests a safe space to share their stories and discuss a variety of topics; including: mental health, living well, healing from trauma, relationships, chronic illness, brain injury, living in faith, and more. Follow along for relatable conversations and interviews with inspiring women and experts in their fields, with the goal of encouraging listeners to live their lives with intention, truth, and hope. Live a Declaration Life. Declare your purpose. Declare your place. Declare your worth.
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