The loss of a child due to violence. My dear friend, Donna Cimarelli, also knows what that feels like. In 2014, her 16-year-old daughter, Maren Sanchez, was murdered in her high school by a male classmate. In this emotional yet uplifting episode, Donna shares memories with me of her daughter as we discuss compassion for those who hurt our children and how we experienced post-traumatic growth that turned into something productive to make us stronger, better people.
Donna founded the Maren Sanchez Home Foundation that educates and empowers girls and young women to defend themselves against emotional, psychological, and verbal manipulation and physical violence. In the podcast, Donna explains the importance of awareness for young people to remain alert to possible danger in situations, and she also shares her feelings on the power of intuition and the role of our "gut feelings" in our lives. Listen in and learn how Donna conquered her pain and is now on a mission to protect the lives of other young women.
If you've experienced grief or know someone going through a difficult time, you have to listen to my heartfelt podcast with Beth Segaloff who explains how you can move toward healing. Beth is a licensed master of social work, life coach, reiki master, registered yoga teacher, certified firewalk instructor, and mom, who shares her story of losing the love of her life and how she processed the trauma. The physical, emotional, and spiritual journey she embarked on to come to a place of healing and peace really resonated with me as I thought of my experiences after losing Jesse.
Beth says "Grief is love" and explains her holistic perspective through teaching Grief Yoga that uses movement, breath and sound to reconnect with love and provides awareness, growth, and transformation. In our podcast, Beth shares how you can allow your body to restore and release by facing what you're feeling and thinking by connecting with nature, Tapping, and giving yourself quiet time, and she also explains how you can help others through their grieving process. This is a podcast that strengthens your spirit and enlightens your soul.
Join Beth and the Choose Love Movement on Wednesday, June 9th to experience Grief Yoga - register today: http://bit.ly/MonthofFun
In this episode I was joined by my good friend and colleague, Arthur Schwartz, President of Character.org, a national organization devoted to fostering character development in schools and communities. This outstanding organization has been the voice, visibility, and resources for educators to build nurturing and supportive school cultures that focus on a set of core values and character strengths vital to school success.
Sharing my vision of creating a safer, more peaceful world, in this episode Arthur explains the importance of kindness, caring, empathy and compassion, core values needed to develop tomorrow's leaders and he also shares his research on courage. A noted expert in positive psychology, Arthur offers his keen insight into the need for our world to evolve into a more caring community, the role of our inner moral compass and intellectual character strengths as a guiding force, the positive benefits of self-talk, and his important views on equity and inclusion.
Learn more about Arthur's organization at:
Today’s guest is a special one and different from what you are used to on the ChooSELove Podcast. I’m joined by Brie Sodano, a personal finance expert and the founder of Sheep to Shark, a financial planning firm that works with people who aspire to be financially successful. You may be thinking…”Scarlett, why a personal finance expert? I thought you were about education and Social Emotional Learning?”
WELL, Brie coaches her clients on money, habits, mindset, and Emotional Intelligence! Learn more about how she might be able to help you take your personal power back in your finances by visiting: https://www.findyourbleed.com/af2-budgets-dont-work-v1
I have a VERY special guest joining us today: Dr. Steven Ruden, , D.D.S.,
ICF/ACC, co-developer of The Havening Techniques®.
When I came upon havening, I was BLOWN AWAY by the power of it, research behind it, and most of all it’s simplicity and am so excited to share it with you today!
The Havening Techniques are powerful tools that can be used to alleviate the consequences of traumatic or stressful events. Havening or Delta Techniques™ is a method which is designed to change the brain to de-traumatize the memory and remove its negative effects from both our psyche and body. Learn more at: https://www.havening.org/
In this episode, I was joined by special guest, Howard Glasser, Founder of the Children’s Success Foundation and the creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach.
The Nurtured Heart Approach® is more than a set of strategies; it is a philosophy and practice of creating healthy relationships. It reveals exactly what makes relationships flourish and thrive and what makes them go awry, developing awareness and understanding that improve the gamut of the ways we interact with others…and ourselves. Learn more at https://www.howardglasser.com/
ChooSELove Movement - www.chooselovemovement.org
An author, speaker, and licensed Physical Therapist specializing in craniosacral therapy, Kate Mackinnon has been using touch to support her patients in their healing and in accessing their physical potential for the last 30 years. She's passionate about helping people create comfort and ease in their bodies.
TRIGGER WARNING: Mentions suicide, violence, and death.
I recently sat down with my friends Bill Lavin, a retired firefighter from New Jersey, and Yannick Kabuguza, a Rwandan Genocide survivor, to talk about how they got to know each other and how they Choose Love in their lives.
Bill, founder of the Where Angels Play Foundation, shares with us why he started building playgrounds in honor of young lives lost, how he met Yannick, and why he decided to write a book about his new friend’s life. Yannick, our Choose Love Ambassador for Rwanda and New Jersey, shares his story of survival and how that experience changed his life.
Thank you Jesse for bringing all three of us together to help make the world a better place! And thank YOU for tuning in...join us on July 28th for a live discussion about the “Starfish From Africa” with Bill and Yannick. Register today: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtduChrTwjG9IFAztYe_aRFumdGy2AjKKH
Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/The-Starfish-from-Africa/dp/1792354789/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3D2XTXMQLHP2Z&dchild=1&keywords=starfish+from+africa&qid=1614798297&sprefix=starfish+from+a%2Caps%2C164&sr=8-1
Caroline Maguire, M. Ed., i- the author of the award winning book, Why Will No One Play With Me?, A playbook of foolproof scripts on how to communicate with anyone, in any situation, and how to ensure the message registers with the recipient.
She is the founder of a comprehensive Social Emotional Learning (SEL) training methodology for adults, parents, clinicians and academic professionals on how to cultivate emotional regulation, emotional intelligence, social awareness and responsible decision-making skills.
It made me so happy to invite Jud Cummings, Choose Love Youth Ambassador and the son of a dear family friend, to the ChooSELove Podcast. We talked about pausing during the pandemic, focusing on the positives, and more. Always refreshing to get the youth perspective!
Some of the best conversations about life happen with my mom, Maureen Lewis, over a cup of coffee or while sitting around the fireplace. Here we share one such conversation where we talk about dealing with anxiety, how to make the most of what you have in the world we are living in, holding onto hope, and so much more. Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or your favorite beverage, and join us. Leave us a message and share your thoughts with us!
Molly Hudgens, school counselor and violence prevention specialist, shares the story of how she personally prevented a school shooting from happening at her school. She tells us how that experience has changed the way she lives her life. Molly now chooses to love and make connections wherever she goes because she says you never know just how powerful the impact a kind word can make on a stranger. Always Choose Love - being kind and caring can save lives!
Corinne Coppola (M.A., CTSY) is known for her uplifting energy and ability to create a healing space to empower people of all ages. It was a pleasure sitting down with her to talk about how to build resilience and overcome the challenges we face on a daily basis in the world we now find ourselves living in. One of the new ways we’ve connected is by partnering on a new 6-week project, along with Our Minds Matter and JCK Foundation, to provide Mindful Moments where we can all practice techniques for creating calm and connection together. Join us on this journey by following us on social media and tuning in at 4pm EST every Wednesday for the next 5 weeks. Enjoy a Mindful Moment with us on Facebook @JLChooseLove or on Instagram @chooselovemovement!
I got to sit down with my good friend Stephanie Bierman, whom I've known since middle school, to talk about the important work she's done with the Choose Love Movement since the very beginning. As a school counselor with 15 years of experience and knowledge of Social Emotional Learning, Stephy stepped up to help create the Choose Love Enrichment Program. Now she's come out with her own children's book to help young people recognize and understand their emotions. Stephy's purpose behind writing Feelings Are A Trip was to get families talking and normalize having open, meaningful dialog about emotions.
You can order a copy here and get the conversation started in your family: https://www.amazon.com/Feelings-Are-Trip-Stephanie-Bierman-ebook/dp/B08Q61HKT2
Iran Nazario is the owner and founder of the Peace Center of Connecticut. Iran was a foster child in the custody of DCF in his childhood who then immersed himself in to the violent street culture of gang membership and prison though his twenties. In 1990 he began to repurpose himself to helping youth avoid his childhood path. He has worked in the program management, gang prevention, youth outreach, youth engagement and support field for 29 years. He is an expert in Gang Prevention and Mediation and provides training to many groups serving youth who are deemed in risk.
Marissa Naz, an educator at MAS Charter in Albuquerque, New Mexico, courageously joins us to share her story about being bullied as a child. She gives us important insight as to why she believes the Choose Love curriculum is a better solution to helping children than anti-bullying campaigns. Marissa and her mother, Sharon, who wrote the book “Caterpillar Kindness” in Marissa’s honor, will also be joining us for a special event on Thursday, February 18th at 7pm EST to further our conversation. Register today to save your spot: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kcemsrzMvHd2OKk3_VXdyyzA2A9jI839c?fbclid=IwAR0nyFbvjemyPkbvRxp2StWvs_nE8YsClHe6Kb3fNpn2vz5rPyDfBIb1xM0
It's always a pleasure sitting down with Choose Love Youth Ambassador Mia Daley. Mia is a talented young lady from Rhode Island that sings, acts, and even runs her own business - all at only 13 years old! She has done so much for the Movement since joining us a year ago and is now hosting a virtual 5k in honor of Choose Love Awareness Month. Support Mia and the Movement by signing up to run or walk to help bring essential Social Emotional Learning skills to all. Register today to join us: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=11992
ChooSELove Movement: www.chooselovemovement.org
"Research shows that just one trusted adult can have a profound effect on a child’s life, influencing that young person toward positive growth, greater engagement in school and community activities, and better overall health." Brooklyn Raney, author of "One Trusted Adult", sat down with me to talk about how we can become those adults that the youth can rely on and create a culture based on trust and loving kindness.
Brooklyn Raney is an experienced teacher, coach, and administrator who has spent the last decade in independent schools. She is the founder and director of the Girls’ Leadership Camp, and founder of Generation Change, a nonprofit that seeks to embolden youth to be empathic and compassionate change makers through cross-generational mentorship. Brooklyn is a workshop facilitator, speaker, and consultant for schools, camps and other youth-serving organizations nationally and internationally.
This episode features Katie Mitchell Walker, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist from Arkansas. Katie runs a business called Grow and Guide Kids that’s mission is to provide parents and teachers with practical solutions they can use in their homes and classrooms. Katie is passionate about Social and Emotional Learning, much like myself, and helping kids better understand the root cause of their emotions to help them feel more in control of them. We uncover what trauma is, the parts of the brain that get affected, the different types, and how YOU can help those who are suffering.
We are so grateful to partner with Katie in the Choose Love Movement to create the Grow & Guide Choose Love Extension Program, which you can access at no cost here: https://chooselovemovement.org/grow-guide-extension-program/
For more information or to have Katie speak to your school or community, please feel free to email her at email@example.com. Thank you for tuning in and being part of the solution.
This episode features Tony Ferraiolo who inspires people to live the life they always imagined. He is a motivating and thought provoking trainer, speaker, and advocate for transgender youth across the country and world. His story is featured in a documentary called A Self-Made Man about his own personal story of finding his true self. To know Tony is to love Tony. He truly lives his life in what we call compassion in action - identifying with other’s pain and then helping to ease that pain. I have many friends with kids that are struggling with their identities and I know you have been there for them. Thank you.
Scarlett Lewis talks with Allison Morgan, founder of Zensational Kids - a partner of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, about how to have difficult conversations with grace and kindness. They discuss how to move past our natural reaction to conflict and things you can do to have a mindful, meaningful conversation.
Learn more about the Zensational Kids Choose Love Extension Program by visiting: https://chooselovemovement.org/zensational-kids-2/
In this episode, Scarlett talks with Terry Lee Cafferty, our Rhode Island Choose Love Ambassador and a talented photographer and artist. They discuss how she chooses love through art, the inspiration behind her new greeting card line, and more!
We are also excited to announce that we have teamed up to give away a Curated set of 10 All Occasion Greeting Cards and a Boxed Set of 8 Thank You Cards from Terry Lee's brand new collection of greeting cards “Sending love … a Lovesome Images Collection". Terry Lee has generously offered to donate a portion of the profits from the sale of these cards to support the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. Check out her incredible work at www.terryleecafferty.com.
How to enter:
a) Fill out the entry form: https://shop.terryleecafferty.com/choose-love-giveawayz69rgvb1iim
b) Follow @lovesomeimages and @chooselovemovement on Instagram
@tlcloves and @jlchooselove on Facebook
c) Like the post and share or tag a friend
That is it! We’ll be announcing the winner on social media on October 9. Good Luck and Keep Choosing Love!
In this episode, Scarlett talks with Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt, NY Times bestselling author of The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable, as they both share their personal forgiveness journeys and what they learned about the importance of the topic. With this conversation, Scarlett and Katherine hope to inspire individuals to explore what forgiveness means to them.
To learn how you can make forgiveness YOUR superpower, visit: www.ChooseLoveMovement.org.
As well as being a friend to the Choose Love Movement, Katherine is a New York Times best-selling author, animal advocate, daughter of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger, sister, wife to Chris Pratt, step-mom, and expectant mother.
This episode was recorded on Juneteenth (short for June 19th) which is also known as Freedom Day and has been celebrated for the last 155 years marking the end of slavery in the US. Scarlett talked with her friend and former colleague, Donald Smart about his work with the Stratford Police in building meaningful relationships with the community and training police officers as well as the public on de-escalation techniques.
Don is a managing director in his law firm, The Smart Law Firm. He has worked in banking and investment banking, on and off Wall Street. He has TRIPLE major degrees from Harvard including Harvard College, Business and Law school.
In this episode, Scarlett celebrates long-time friend and Choose Love's Employee of the Quarter, Betsy Carlson! Listen as they take a trip down memory lane and take a glimpse into the hard work and love that goes into making a movement. Join us as we honor Betsy and thank her for everything she does!
Scarlett talked with Lady Gaga's mom, Cynthia Germanotta - co-founder of the Born This Way Foundation and World Health Organization's Goodwill Ambassador for Mental Health - about tips for coping during crisis situations and the work they are doing to create a kinder, braver world. We have been in partnership with Lady Gaga and Cynthia on several projects, including being a chapter in Gaga's new book Channel Kindness.
While this episode was recorded a few weeks ago for covid-19, the tips and tools provided in this episode are even more prevalent now. Please visit these websites for more information, resources, or to share your stories:
In this episode, Scarlett talks with Jonathon Gay, executive director of the New England division of Playworks.
"Play is a basic human need. Kids who play are resilient, empathetic, and active. Through play, kids learn to make friends, solve problems, and believe in themselves. Even in hard times."
Playworks, a nonprofit organization that helps kids be active and build valuable life skills through play, is a new partner of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement.
“Come, come, whoever you are...Ours is not a caravan of despair." ― Rumi
In this episode, Scarlett talks with Allegra Jordan - author, Architect of Change, consultant and leadership coach, AND volunteer for the Jesse Lewis Choose Love For The Workplace program. They talk about how they grew from their own personal tragedies and how they moved on to feel joy again and commit their lives to helping others.
Listen to learn how the Choose Love For The Workplace program can help YOUR team and/or business flourish. Please visit our website for more information.
To contact Allegra about receiving coaching for the workplace, please email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Graphic Content Warning*
Please be advised, this episode contains mentions of blood, violence, and death.
Scarlett talks with Ryan Burke and Matt Eccles, of Tytek Medical, about what bleed control kits are and why they are essential.
Join the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement and Tytek Medical for a special webinar on May 21st in honor of the National Stop The Bleed Day.
Even with the world’s focus on COVID-19, we need to continue to Educate, Equip and Empower the community to save lives through the Stop The Bleed Program. It is possible for the everyday citizen to prevent deaths with minimal training. Approximately 300,000 people are victims of aggravated assault by firearm or knife/cutting in the US annually. Severe bleeding can occur inside the home or from auto accidents on the road. Mortality from hemorrhage is the most common cause of preventable death after a traumatic injury.
Learn how you can be part of the solution and help save lives and of course, Choose Love even in these uncertain times!
For more info on Tytek Medical, contact Ryan by emailing him at email@example.com or calling him at 513-247-3362.
For more info on the Choose Love Movement, visit: www.chooselovemovement.org
Listen to Scarlett talk with Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Joy Scott who tragically lost her life at the Columbine school shooting 21 years ago today. We honor Rachel's challenge by sharing her message of compassion and the work her family continues in her name. Rachel left behind this powerful message, "I HAVE THIS THEORY THAT IF ONE PERSON CAN GO OUT OF THEIR WAY TO SHOW COMPASSION, THEN IT WILL START A CHAIN REACTION OF THE SAME. PEOPLE WILL NEVER KNOW HOW FAR A LITTLE KINDNESS CAN GO."
We challenge YOU to Choose Love over fear and start your own chain reaction. Learn more about Rachel's Challenge here: https://rachelschallenge.org/
We are publishing this episode in loving memory of the precious lives lost from the school shooting at Columbine, CO on April 20, 1999.
In this episode, Scarlett talks to Jerry Alena, the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement's National Director of Corporate Development, about the new Choose Love For The Workplace program and why it is so important, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic.
In response to the changes in the workforce brought on by the Coronovirus, Choose Love For The Workplace™ is offering a series of live webinars to provide essential life skills to everyone who has had to make radical adjustments to their work life and personal life. For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.jesselewischooselove.org/for-the-workplace/
In this episode, Scarlett chats with Shannon Desilets, the Choose Love Movement Director of New Hampshire, about what is possible with Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and the incredible success they have seen! Listen to how one state has embraced social and emotional learning across the board as never done before and their accomplishments, which are a model for all!
Visit www.ChooseLoveMovement.org for resources and more information.
We are in unprecedented times. Not only do we now, as a country, experience some amount of anxiety over our personal safety in public places, including schools, we now face a rampant deadly virus. Listen as Scarlett talks to Nicole Lyons, the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement's Director of Engagement, about the free 10-day live stream for parents and children we are offering in response to the school closures due to the coronavirus.
Find out more by visiting, www.chooselovemovement.org.
Scarlett speaks with Lisa Swain, educator and developer of our infant/toddler, Pre-K, and Kindergarten curriculum, about Early Childhood Development and her journey with the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. Learn about the importance and high demand for teaching social and emotional skills at an early age.
For more information, visit: www.chooselovemovement.org
Scarlett talks to Karen Murphy - educator, coach, athlete, parent, and more - about our new, no-cost Champions Choose Love program that she helped to create. Learn how coaches and athletes of any age can use the Choose Love Formula to develop self-awareness, strengthen relationships with coaches, teammates and competitors, and develop responsible decision-making skills on and off the field.
School counselors and educators have the most important job of educating and shaping our youth.
Listen in as Scarlett talks to Tara Lechtenberger, one of the first school counselors that started implementing the Choose Love Enrichment Program and building the Choose Love culture at her school, Washington Elementary School in Arkansas. All her hard work is paying off now as the entire district works on rolling out the Choose Love program.
Listen to the amazing conversation between Scarlett and Dr. Chris Kukk, about the neuroscience research that went into creating the Choose Love Enrichment Program and how choosing love and compassion leads to success!
Dr. Kukk is on the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement's board of directors, a professor of Political Science at Western Connecticut State University, the founding director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity, and Innovation at WCSU, director of Western's Kathwari Honors Program, and author of The Compassionate Achiever: How Helping Others Fuels Success.
Listen as Scarlett talks with Michele Gay, co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools about her organization and all the work they do to make schools and communities safer for all! Hear about the interesting information they found out from their most important stakeholders.
"Hurt people, hurt people"
In this episode, we gain insight into the life of a former bully as Scarlett talks to Debbie Bobetsky, who has since turned her life around and works to shed light on the importance of helping heal rather than punishing bullies.
Our students have so much to say, it's about time we give them a chance to voice their thoughts! Listen as Scarlett talks to two upcoming seniors from Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania about the importance of connection and why they started Project Spoken Youth.
Tune in to hear Scarlett talking to Allison Morgan, founder of Zensational Kids and our partner on the Zensational Kids Extension Program that we provide at NO COST! Yoga and mindfulness have been found to be highly effective practices to help students self-regulate, manage big emotions, focus their attention, and develop resilience. We knew we had to partner with Allison to provide this component alongside our Choose Love curriculum. Check out our mindfulness lessons and activites here: https://www.jesselewischooselove.org/extension-programs/
“Grieving well is by choice. Choice is the most powerful tool we have. We grieve because we love.”
Listen as Scarlett talks with Dianne Gray, President of Hospice & Healthcare Communications and Board Member of the Elisabeth Kubler Ross Foundation, about how she partnered with us to create our Healthy Grieving Extension Program. Grieving is a normal part of life and we hope to demystify this process and take away the fear that is facilitated by our misunderstandings. Start your journey of hope and transformation here: https://www.jesselewischooselove.org/extension-programs/
Touch is such an important aspect of who we are and how we interact with others. In this episode, listen as Scarlett talks to Kate Mckinnon, co-founder of Touch Matters and the author of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement's Healthy Compassionate Touch Extension Program. Check out the program and learn how children and educators can recognize and use touch that is nurturing and helpful, and how to avoid touch that isn’t: https://www.jesselewischooselove.org/extension-programs/
Welcome to the ChooSELove Movement Podcast! Listen as Scarlett Lewis talks about how she started the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. You can check out all that we offer on our website: https://www.jesselewischooselove.org/