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Pivot Point - Success is a Journey!

Pivot Point - Success is a Journey!

By Elizabeth Hart
Whether you are searching for career success, thinking of starting a business, are already running a business, or just searching for joy - the journey is never linear. This podcast focus on stories, inspiration, motivation, and advice from individuals who have their own made pivots to either change careers, turn their lives around, start a business or just have the courage to pursue what they are passionate about. Hosted by Elizabeth Hart, Founder & Executive Director of Tailored for Success who made a life changing pivot in 2000 when she founded Tailored for Success.
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Episode 7 - Helping Women Feel Safe and Secure

Pivot Point - Success is a Journey!

Episode 7 - Helping Women Feel Safe and Secure

Pivot Point - Success is a Journey!

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Episode 11 - A Conversation About Domestic Violence Part 2
In this episode, I pick. up my conversation with Lovern Gordon, President of Love Life Now (www.lovelifenow.org). The episode begins with a listing of the different types of abuse: coercion and threats, intimidation, emotional abuse, isolation, minimizing, denying and blaming, using children, economic abuse and male privilege.  These all come from the Power and Control Wheel by the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence website www.ncdav.org.  Lovern and I continue our discussion focusing on the warning and tell tale signs that the relationship you are in could turn abusive.  We also discuss the complicated issues of why a person stays in an abusive relationship.  Domestic violence is not black and white; the shades of grey can keep someone in danger for a long time.   Most importantly, we talk about what bystanders can do to help and how just being a listening ear helps victims.  Below, are the resources listed in the first episode.  My hope is that someone who needs help will reach out or that a bystander will get familiar with the domestic violence resources in their community.  That way, the bystander can (when the time is right) offer suggestions for the person they care about.   Although Domestic Violence Awareness month is celebrated in October, this issue should be openly discussed all year long.  Thank you for listening and your interest in this important topic. National Domestic Violence Resources: Love Life Now Foundation - 888-LLN-9876; www.lovelifenow.org The National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE); www.ndvh.org National Dating Abuse Helpline - 1-866-331-9474; www.loveisrespect.org Women of Color Network - 1-800-537-2238; www.wocninc.org Casa de Esperanza - 1-651-772-1611; www.casadeesperanza.org The National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project - 202-274-4457; http://www.niwap.org A Call to Men - 917-922-6738; www.acalltomen.org Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse - 206-568-7777 Massachusetts Domestic Violence Resources Love Life Now Foundation - Mass211 - www.mass211.org Respond, Inc. - www.respondinc.org Further Reading Resources Mashable - https://mashable.com/article/how-to-help-domestic-violence-survivors-social-distancing-covid-19-coronavirus/ The Joyful Heart Foundation - www.joyfulheartfoundation.org
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October 27, 2020
Episode 10 - A Conversation About Domestic Violence - Part 1
Sometimes success is getting out of an abusive relationship and reclaiming your identity.  In this episode, I interview Lovern Gordon, President and Founder of Love Life Now Foundation (www.lovelifenow.org).  Lovern is passionate about giving victims of domestic violence the information they need to become survivors.  In this frank, honest interview Lovern describes how her first experience with domestic violence started in her home island of Trinidad During her childhood she and her siblings were exposed to brutal domestic violence of their father on their mother that was culturally accepted in her community.  After achieving permanent residency in the United States, Lovern began to live a good life of attending college and working in corporate America. Unfortunately, the good life she was building turned dark when she met her abuser and started a two year abusive relationship.  Like many victims of domestic violence Lovern's story started as a fairy tale romance but as you will hear there were warning signs along the way.   This is part one of a two part episode where we lay the ground work for how abuse can start, answer the age old question of "why did she stay" and finishes with the birth of Love Life Now Foundation.  In part two, we will explore the different types of abuse and the warning signs. National Domestic Violence Resources: Love Life Now Foundation - 888-LLN-9876; www.lovelifenow.org The National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE); www.ndvh.org National Dating Abuse Helpline - 1-866-331-9474; www.loveisrespect.org Women of Color Network - 1-800-537-2238; www.wocninc.org Casa de Esperanza - 1-651-772-1611; www.casadeesperanza.org The National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project - 202-274-4457; http://www.niwap.org A Call to Men - 917-922-6738; www.acalltomen.org Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse - 206-568-7777 Massachusetts Domestic Violence Resources  Love Life Now Foundation -  Mass211 - www.mass211.org Respond, Inc. - www.respondinc.org Further Reading Resources Mashable - https://mashable.com/article/how-to-help-domestic-violence-survivors-social-distancing-covid-19-coronavirus/ The Joyful Heart Foundation - www.joyfulheartfoundation.org
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October 13, 2020
Episode 9 - Taking 100% Responsibility
A quick podcast on taking responsibility for your success in life.   Once you start looking inward as to why you are not achieving the results you want, circumstances in your life will change.  The podcast is a departure from my typical interview of successful people, but I wanted to talk about the first step in getting to where you want in life.  That first step, is taking 100% responsibility.   To read the book I reference within the podcast, go to www.thesuccessprinciples.com.   The book title is "Success Principles, How to get from where you are to where you want to be" by Jack Canfield.  Enjoy the journey!
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September 26, 2020
Episode 8 - Cookies Made of Hustle & Grit
Black & Golds – Green Dynastea – The Flood These are just some of the cookie flavors of Top Shelf Cookies. In 2014, Heather Yunger started Top Shelf Cookies after several job changes that resulted in being told she’d never be promoted because she lacked a degree. Heather didn’t let that stop her and with hard work, passion and determination Top Shelf Cookies became Boston’s Craft Cookie Company that ships cookies to 30 out of 50 states. To describe Heather, you could use the word “superstitious”.  Like most sports fans, especially in Boston, when you do something and your team wins – you keep doing it.  An avid Bruins fan, Heather decided to take some cookies to one of the home games for luck. Not just your average chocolate chip cookies, but Black & Golds; cookies that represented the Bruins colors of black and gold and were made of dark chocolate and peanut butter.  The Bruins won that game and Heather brought Black & Golds to every home game. That year, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup and the rest as they say is history – or sweet history in this case. To learn more about Top Shelf Cookies, and try their amazing cookies: www.topshelfcookies.com Heather loves talk to budding entrepreneurs.  You can reach her via  email: heather@topshelfcookies.com For information about Brewing the American Dream small food and beverage business loan program: www.brewingtheamericandream.com Crowdfunding opportunity - www.kiva.org
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August 23, 2020
Episode 7 - Helping Women Feel Safe and Secure
In this episode, I talk with Nicole Lawrence O'Brien, the Founder of Ruth's Way for Women.  Ruth's Way for Women is located in Lynn, MA and started as a recovery house for women.  After a few years, the organization pivoted to be a sober home where they provide independent living in a structured environment.  In this way, the women who are in recovery have a safe, secure place for them to heal.  Nicole goes into detail about her own struggle (and awareness) of addiction to alcohol and how she through being a recovery coach empowers women to take charge of their own recovery.   As Founders, Nicole and I share laughs over the trials and tribulations of starting and running a nonprofit organization.  Some lessons learned include:  (1) Board development - we all start with friends and family, but to grow you have to find people more interested in supporting the mission than supporting you; (2) funding the nonprofit, (3) getting good counsel and reaching out for help.   Addition doesn't just affect the individual who is abusing substances, it can affect families.  Here are some resources if you are in need of assistance for yourself or someone you know: Ruth's Way for Women - www.ruthswayforwomen.org Massachusetts Substance Use Hotline - www.helplinema.org Alcoholics Anonymous - www.aa.org Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration - www.samhsa.gov
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August 15, 2020
Episode 6 - Limiting Beliefs
This podcast episode goes into detail about the limiting beliefs we all have at times.  Limiting beliefs which are really excuses, bad habits and rationalizations for not achieving our goals.   The book Once Upon a Cow by Dr. Camillo Cruze uses a parable to illustrate how sometimes what we think are valid reasons for not improving our lives can be shackles to keep us in mediocracy.   Take aways from this podcast: - limiting beliefs can keep you bound in mediocracy - to have success in life you must face adversity  - be careful not to learn to accept your circumstances, even if you are dissatified - a "cow" represents every excuse, pretext, rationalization, justification, lies or fear that prevents you from living the life you deserve and were meant to live.
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July 13, 2020
Episode 5 - Kisoboka Uganda
Kisoboka means "it is possible" in the Uganda language.  Kisoboka Uganda is a Lexington, MA based nonprofit that has had a significant impact on a village in Uganda called Bakka since 2008.  Hear from the co-Director of Kisoboka, Sandy Gannon of how she first learned of the issues affecting the village from a visiting pastor from Uganda.  Upon hearing of the need, she decided to help by raising funds and collecting clothing for the people of the village.  Upon arriving in Bakka, Uganda, Sandy was struck by the lack of running water and no electricity even though Bakka was only 17 miles from Uganda's capital, Kampala.   The children she met on her first trip to Uganda were suffering from malnutrition, had extended stomach due to worms, lice and no clothes.  But the joy in their hearts for God touched Sandy and she made a promise to devote the rest of her life to helping these children.   Sandy and her team in the United States and Uganda have helped hundreds of children get access to education, helped adults start businesses and has been instrumental in creating 8 bore (water) holes to provide clean water to the village. 
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June 12, 2020
Episode 4 - Pivoting to Advocacy - Part 2
This is part 2 of a discussion of how David Hart came to be an advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Part 2 details how his brother, Christopher, was given a seat in the Melrose public school system.  This seat only was given because of the fierce advocacy of his father, Charles Hart.  Charles founded the parent's advocacy group CCMR (Concerned Citizens for the Mentally Retarded) in 1974 after connecting with parents from neighboring towns that also needed services for their children.  Christopher lived at home until he was around 11 years old, then went to Hogan Regional Center to live.  Hogan was a center of excellence and Christopher received amazing care, love and support.  Although Christopher was safely placed, the advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities continued through CCMR, Charles and David Hart.
29:34
June 9, 2020
Episode 3 - Pivoting to Advocacy, Part 1
This podcast chronicles the beginning of a parent's advocacy organization that was incorporated in 1974 as the Concerned Citizens for the Mentally Retarded; now known as "CCMR".  CCMR was founded by Charles Hart and a group of parents from the former Hogan Berry Parents Association.  Charles was a fierce advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as a result of having a son, Christopher, with profound mental retardation who subsequently became medically fragile.  CCMR advocated both locally and nationally for the rights of a segment of the population that is often forgotten.   This two part interview is with David Hart who at 19 sat in on an ISP (Individual Service Plan) meeting for his brother Christopher.  Christopher was at the time nonverbal, medically fragile and living in Hogan Regional Center in Danvers.  David became interested in advocacy as a result of this ISP meeting.  Because the representatives from Hogan were talking about Christopher in the first person - explaining to David and his parents what Christopher likes, wants and feels.  Which made David ask the pivotal question "When did Christopher start talking"?
16:04
June 4, 2020
Episode 2 - Excuse or Opportunity?
In this podcast, I explore the difference between luck and opportunity.  Sometimes, we all make excuses for why things are not working out, it's only natural to get discouraged.  When you are feeling like this, I recommend the book "One Upon a Cow" by Camillo Cruz.  It's a quick read but has an profound message of not using excuses to keep you from succeeding.  Oftentimes we rely too much on excuses - not being rich enough, smart enough, having the right connections, whatever it is.  But how often do we look inside ourselves to see what could or is holding us back. If you want a fuller explanation of the book Once Upon a Cow by Dr. Camillo Cruse and Victor Hanson, watch the Youtube video. Once Upon a Cow - Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KpeWgTVoyI&list=TL9b6L8il_vxs
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May 25, 2020
Episode 1 - The Quarantine Pivot
In this first episode of Pivot Point, I talk about how COVID-19 has forced many people including myself to pivot. 
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