The Optimistic Choice
By Rae Ann Hall
This podcast focuses on optimism and its powerful force in our lives. Each episode highlights people who are either facing or have faced hardships in life and who use optimism to navigate through them.
The goal is to encourage us all to live a resilient life through the peeks and valleys, staying optimistic and being present.
The goal is to encourage us all to live a resilient life through the peeks and valleys, staying optimistic and being present.
Rising Up From Loss - Kerstin O'Shields
Hear Kerstin's amazing story of rising up from loss and trials. Her perseverance and determination will inspire you! Recently she lost her home due to a major water leak in the foundation, then she was forced to leave her temporary home. She has faced many trials in a short amount of time and has risen up to the challenge, finding optimism and hope. Kerstin is the Nation's Leading Body Language Strategist who specializes in high level and engaging communication for sales, professional development, and leadership. I will help you frame the masterpiece that is YOU. Connect with Kerstin: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 07, 2021
Shinning Through Adversity with Style! - Lori Goddard-Weed
Lori Goddard-Weed has faced so many hardships and yet she shines bright and faces her adversities with style. Hear her amazing journey of facing very challenging times, including the death of her husband and son. You will be inspired by her resilient spirit and positive attitude. Lori is a Certified Personal Stylist, Certified Etiquette Instructor with the acclaimed Final Touch Finishing School, and the Director of Events for DRES, a national organization of wardrobe stylists. Through workshops and seminars, Lori provides knowledge to enhance women’s understanding of fashion, fit, and their overall image. Earning her Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University, Lori's emphasis was Fashion Merchandising and Business Administration. She has worked in the fashion industry for over 30+ years, with sixteen years of experience in retail management, modeling and television commercials. Connect with Lori: email@example.com FB @lorigoddardweek Instagram: @imageisitstyling
September 12, 2021
Thriving Through Times of Challenge - Karen Rae
Karen opens up about a difficult time in her life and how she faced everything that was changing around her. You will be inspired by her real journey and how she found hope and optimism through some very difficult years. Karen is an empty nester, and a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? She was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives. Karen noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why she created Fave Lifestyles. Fave is for the woman who wants to call Fave her community of women who support, uplift, and make her feel better about herself. She wanted to create a place where we help her answer life's questions and just do life together! Connect with Karen: favelifestyles.com
September 01, 2021
Turning Your Mess into a Message - Sylvia Te
It was truly my pleasure to visit with Sylvia Te about turning your mess into a message which she has done so beautifully! you will be inspired by her story, resilience, attitude, and gain wisdom from her experiences of overcoming anxiety. Sylvia is an intuitive EFT, Healing Touch, Sacred Soul alignment and Sacred light healings practitioner + Holistic Health & Wellness Guide. Ways to connect with Sylvia: IG @sylviathrives2 www.thesacredspiral.com
August 11, 2021
Patience, It Will All Work Out! - Sandra Laughlin
Sandra is in the Army and at her young age has already faced many challenges. She shines as she shares how she is facing life's trials and how she remains optimistic. You will be inspired and moved by her story.
August 03, 2021
Why We All Need Humor Protocols - Marcelle Allen
You will enjoy this podcast with Marcelle Allen. She is a delightful person and highly gifted at what she does! She leads people to laughter, financial joy and also helps businesses have a presence online through social media. I have seen her in action and wow is she creative and a genius! Marcelle started Dreamosity as a blog. A word-mash of "Dream + Curiosity + Generosity," the Dreamosity blog addressed gaps in our online communication culture. It took a life of its own as Marcelle discovered remarkable people with life-changing ideas flying under the radar of popularity. In 2014, Marcelle founded Dreamosity as a business "discoverability service," elevating the prominence of businesses and bold ideas so innovators and the world benefit. You can find her at dreamosity.com
July 28, 2021
Structure Equals FREEDOM - Phil Dunlop
You will be uplifted and inspired as you listen to Phil Dunlop's approach to life, how he seizes each day, puts his family first, gives back to his employees, and serves his community. Phil lives in Thailand and owns a resort. You will hear his story of overcoming a stroke, taking on a new lifestyle, and his new lease on all things beautiful in life.
July 20, 2021
Living an Authentic Life - Wendy Behar
I had the pleasure to visit with Wendy Behar who shares her journey before and after recovery and initiates the desire in everyone to declare, choose and live an authentic life by connecting with their feelings and setting healthy boundaries. She is a licensed therapist, a recovery coach, motivational speaker and published author. She has been working in the addiction field facilitating groups for the past 15 years and has recently started her own business as an entrepreneur, after publishing her first book #Yourrulesyourlife, during the pandemic. Her book, # Yourulesyourlife, was recognized as a #1 new release best seller on Amazon in 2020. She teaches how to cope with life by incorporating user friendly therapeutic tools and mottos. Her book Is part memoir and part self- help guide but it is 100 percent raw and personal. She has been featured on several podcasts and Facebook live events. You can find her on Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. You can learn more about Wendy on HER WEBSITE WENDYBEHAR.COM AND TAKE HER EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE QUIZ. (Please spell my first and last name) You can find her book #Yourulesyourlife on amazon and on her website wendybehar.com. w e n d y be h a r. com
July 13, 2021
Igniting Your Essential Sparks - Stephanie James
It was truly my honor to visit with Stephanie James, a seasoned psychotherapist, transformational life coach, dynamic public speaker, published author, and filmmaker. Stephanie delivers her message in a powerful way to help others find their own internal sparks and create their best lives at the next level. Nominated for Fort Collins Woman of The Year in 2014 and a graduate of the University of Denver, Stephanie has an unrelenting commitment to help others ignite their best lives and to become the best versions of themselves. The Spark with Stephanie James is a world-wide weekly radio and podcast created to help you live your best life. Her guests are luminaries in the fields of psychology, inspiration and motivation, science, entrepreneurialism, and more! Her book, The Spark, Igniting Your Best Life, is available on Amazon. A compelling and inspiring book, The Spark is an excellent guide. Step by step, Stephanie James shows how to examine beliefs that don’t serve us, ways to develop more authentic and rewarding relationships (including with ourselves), and how to approach each day with zest. Stephanie has a passion for connecting with people from all walks of life and continues to fulfill her personal mission to bring as much love and healing to the world as possible. Her soon to be released film, When Sparks Ignite, is about the challenges we all face and how those challenges can actually become the match point that ignite something amazing within us that then can become our gift to the world. Connect with Stephanie: https://www.stephaniejames.world/
July 06, 2021
From Feeling Invisible to The Queen of Courage - Sharon Rolph
It was so great visiting with Sharon Rolph about her journey from feeling invisible to being the "Queen of Courage". Sharon is a Behavioral Scientist, facilitates empowerment, and is a retirement & essence coach. Since retiring from Boeing in 2016, she is helping retirees find a place to fit in, to matter and to make a difference. Her 3 Quick Tips for Moving Past Your Old Identity is her free offer at www.effortlessvitality.org. She has a book coming out soon titled FRESH COURAGE in Retirement: finding purpose, essence and fulfillment.
June 29, 2021
Inner Strength - Diana Hill
It was my extreme pleasure to visit with Diana Hill who opens up about losing a few children before birth and facing life's struggles using inner strength. Her optimistic outlook and determination will inspire you. I have looked up to Diana for many years, and hearing about her challenges and how she faced them made me even more in awe of her. Diana runs a highly successful Real Estate Brokerage - Windermere Mill Creek. You can reach her at https://windermeremillcreek.com/ 425-481-6666
June 22, 2021
Relationships and Optimism - Jeremy Daniel
It was such an honor to visit with Jeremy Daniel. Jeremy opens up about his life and wonderful experiences with his special needs daughter. He also shares insights on how the color code personality model helps us in our relationships and about the impact optimism has had in his life. Jeremy has worked with top-level executives all over the country and internationally as an expert speaker and seasoned consultant/trainer specializing in creating bottom-line success through the concepts of MOTIVE, EQ Development, Team Building, Sales Effectiveness, and other specialized areas of Interpersonal Dynamics.
June 15, 2021
How to Stay Optimistic and Motivated in Challenging Times - Justin Young
Justin Young is a family man, a devout Christian, and a talented musician. I enjoyed our conversation about life and the lesson's he has learned in business. He shares his tips on staying optimistic and motivated, no matter what challenges you face. You will love his ability to stay focused on what you can control, and what you put out in the world. You can find him at justinyoungsax.com
June 08, 2021
GET YOU BACK The Journey to Self-Solidarity - Shawn Mahshie
Shawn Mahshie has taken all the adversities that she has faced and all the training she has received to develop a program that can help every person reclaim themselves and truly connect to Self-Solidarity. You will be inspired by her story and her work. You can find her at - shawnmahshie.com
June 01, 2021
Overcoming the Effects of a Narcissistic Relationship - Kari Hovde
You will be amazed at the strength of Kari Hovde and her open conversation about ending a relationship with a narcissist. I was inspired by her courage and fortitude to do what needed to be done and to stand up for herself. Be ready to be inspired by this interview. Kari has a thriving Real Estate Company in Washington State, you can reach her at kpropertiesnw.com.
May 25, 2021
Getting Over a Traumatic Brain Injury - Tiffany Gough
At a very young age, Tiffany had an accident that caused brain damage. She had to re-learn how to walk and faced many trials after her injury. Hear her inspirational story of overcoming something so traumatic and how she pushed forward in life to be the successful businesswoman that she is. www.youareperfectlyflawed.com
May 18, 2021
Achieving Optimism thru Self-Care - Rachel Young
Rachel Young knows firsthand how important self-care is and had to make adjustments in her life to put self-care and family first. She also opens up about the recent loss of her mother. Hear her amazing story and how self-care really helps us achieve optimism, and face difficult things in life better. You can connect with Rachel on Facebook @rachel.c.young or Instagram @RachelCalderonYoung.
May 11, 2021
Purposeful Decisions in Women's Self Defense - Penny Simpson
Penny opens up about the loss of her daughter and how she went through the mourning process which led her to empowering many women through self defense. You will be inspired by her fortitude to forge ahead. Hear how she encourages women everywhere to develop skills which increase confidence and fulfillment in life.
May 04, 2021
Spiritual Mindset - Jill Roundy
Jill Roundy opens up about her daughters over-dose and how her spiritual mindset helped her be calm, present and available to help her daughter in her time of need. You will be touched by her story and motivated to be present in your life as well as give people a little more compassion; you never know what someone is going through.
April 27, 2021
How I Found My Way - Audrey Watson
Audrey opens up about her career path and the lessons learned along the way. Connecting the dots and navigating change when her first career didn't pan out the way she had planned. You will love how she leveraged optimism to move forward with the lessons of each job and how that led her to her best life as a retail consultant, doing what she loves and what she is very good at!
April 20, 2021
Overcoming Anxiety Using Optimism - Dean Busschau
Dean opens up about his walk with anxiety and the things he has learned along the way. You will be inspired by the lessons he has learned and motivated to be present thru the trials we have in life. He encourages us to let go of ego and move into an empowered place, using what we already have within us to face all our experiences.
April 13, 2021
When life throws you curve balls, how do you hit it? - Paul Finck
Are you ready for some positive energy? Well, listen to this amazing podcast interview with Paul Finck. Paul leads thousands of people to achieve more success through his program The Maverick Universe. His mission is to guide you to reach YOUR ultimate goals and dreams by sharing his vast array of skill sets acquired over 30 years. In this interview, he shares how optimism is a driving force in his life. You will hear his passion to help people achieve more and be motivated by his tips and calls to action.
April 05, 2021
Pushing Forward in Your Business Through Challenging Times - Melissa Lavigne
Melissa runs events to connect business professionals with each other. Up until the pandemic, these events were live. Hear how she transitioned to a new platform to keep her business thriving. Her resiliency and transparency will inspire you.
March 30, 2021
Cancer and the Power of Community - Tracey Warren
Tracey knows the power of community, she has built a strong one for many years. So when she was diagnosed with cancer, she reached out to her community and they supported her with overwhelming love. Hear Tracey's journey with breast cancer and how her optimistic attitude propelled her forward.
March 23, 2021
A Story of Tragedy to Triumph - Tina Mitchell
Tina Mitchell is a highly successful person who achieved success through her drive, facing insurmountable setbacks along the way. Listen to her incredible story of resiliency and overcoming loss without giving into despair. It is impressive how she turned misfortunes into success and giving back. I was touched by her vulnerability and impressed by her passion to inspire someone every day of her life.
March 16, 2021
Freedom Through Forgiveness - Brenda Reiss
Brenda Reiss has faced many trials with courage. Listen to her inspirational story as she shares her journey to Forgiveness and its powerful effect in all our lives which truly leads to optimism and joy! I was moved by Brenda's vulnerability and inspired by her wisdom having walked through her trials face on, working through self-defeating behaviors, finding healing and freedom through forgiveness.
March 09, 2021
Life Review - Finding Meaning & Purpose, Eliminating Regret - Maureen Kures
I was fortunate indeed to spend time with Maureen Kures who has such a pleasant personality and optimistic outlook on life. For over 25 years, Maureen has been an oncology, hospice and ICU nurse, providing end-of-life care for many individuals. Maureen’s strength lies in her ability to help families calmly approach topics that are difficult to discuss. She helps individuals complete their own life review process; finding meaning and purpose, as well as eliminate regret. You will find this interview refreshing and gain insight into this very important topic.
March 02, 2021
Your breakthrough year, overcoming obstacles in your success journey - Drew Berman
Drew Berman is an author, powerful speaker and coach. His mission is to assist people to have better health, more income, time and freedom. He grew a team to 1500 in a multilevel marketing company, and he teaches others to do the same. Hear how he overcomes his obstacles using optimism and learn what he teaches other to do to perform at a high level. This is a motivating and inspiring interview!
February 23, 2021
From Homeless to Happiness - Marleen Madding
Marleen Madding is a veteran, so I first want to thank her for her service. I then want to thank her for a refreshing interview about her journey from Homeless to Happiness. Marleen had built up a million dollar business only to have it, as well as her home, taken from her during the great recession in 2007. Hear how she forged ahead, reinventing herself several times and sharing her wisdom along the way. You will be inspired!
February 16, 2021
Life Lessons and Learning Curves in Business - Daniel Kent Smith
Daniel shares his experience in life and business with all its ups and downs as well as transitions with job changes. Hear how he navigated through all the learning curves in business and how he faces his life experiences with optimism. You will find strength in his wisdom and positive attitude.
February 09, 2021
The Journey to Never Giving Up, against all odds - Jody Harris
Jody Harris is a successful entrepreneur who at a young age suffered insurmountable challenges including having her life threatened by her then husband. The abuse she endured and triumphed over is an incredible, awe inspiring story of resilience and fortitude to make a better life for herself and her children. You will be amazed at this women's drive and determination to overcome and succeed, which she has done so beautifully!
February 02, 2021
Forging ahead in business despite betrayal - Wonderful Morrison
Wonderful is a powerful force in the world and has walked through many difficult situations, facing multiple hardships within the same time period. You will find her strength encouraging as she shares being betrayed at the most personal level in her business. Hear her walk as she shares what propelled her forward and how optimism played a role.
January 26, 2021
Overcoming depression from the loss of a loved one - Jeremy Tank
Jeremy opens up about his experience with depression after the death of his mother. You will be inspired as you hear his journey and how he navigates through depression and forges ahead with a positive and optimistic attitude. I was touched by the experiences he had and I know you will be too.
January 19, 2021
A Woman's Journey with Mercury Poisoning and PTSD - Alison Herron
Alison shares her health struggles with Mercury Poisoning and PTSD. As she worked through the symptoms and walked through this trial, she maintained a determination to help others when she got through it all. Hear how she is doing just that, and all the ways she found help and healing during her journey. This is a very inspiring and uplifting interview.
January 12, 2021
Optimism in Depression - Celine Brozovich
Celine has a passion for life! Her faith, healthy lifestyle and determination help her with depression. Her enthusiasm for overcoming and pressing forward in the best possible way is felt in this interview. I was lifted up visiting with Celine and I know you will be too. She will ignite a flame in you to face what needs facing and to fight for yourself!
January 05, 2021
Surviving Covids Business Shut Downs using Optimism - Shayne Simpson
Shayne is a black-belt Martial Arts instructor, he is also a life mastery coach. You will be inspired as you hear his story of facing lifes set backs with optimism and a determination to succeed. Covid restrictions have caused him to lose a lot of business, yet through it all he holds on to his passion, pushes forward and remains driven to succeed. His fierce focus and passion for helping others will motivate you!
December 29, 2020
Understanding Your Uniqueness by Embracing Your Personality Type - Jessica Butts
You are sure to be uplifted hearing Jessica's passion for bringing out the best in people, helping them embrace their personality type. This interview was motivating. Knowing ourselves, utilizing our strengths, and not doing things "we suck at" as Jessica states, increases our optimism for sure!
December 22, 2020
From Surviving the Fire to Thriving - Catherine M. White
Catherine shares her amazing story of how she and her family survived a house fire. Catherine has faced many hardships in life and is a living example of how attitude, resilience, and perserverance can help propel you forward in the right direction.
December 14, 2020
One Mans Journey to Finding Self Esteem - JD Smith
JD has quite a story to tell, his journey to finding self esteem will inspire you. JD is an expert at capturing others stories in his videography business, this time we get to hear his story. JD has had many experiences which helped him realize how much he has to offer others. You are sure to find his honesty and heartfelt stories relatable and inspirational.
December 08, 2020
Facing many trials at once using Optimism - Nancy Leavitt
Nancy has faced many trials this year, on top of the pandemic and navigating her children going to school from home while running her insurance agency; her brother passed away and she is now caring for her mom who has cancer. You will see how her positive attitude, optimistic outlook and overall drive for success are propeling her forward.
December 01, 2020
Your Body Needs You to be Optimistic - Professor Pete Alexander
Professor Pete Alexander had an incredible experience that is an important reminder to us all. He talks about listening to your body and making the best choices that lead to a more optimistic life. You will be inspired as you hear his story and how he is helping others after the harrowing event that happened in his life.
November 24, 2020
Overcoming an Unhealthy Lifestyle using Optimism - Barbara Badolati
Hear Barbara's amazing story of perseverance from a young age and how she overcame an unhealthy lifestyle using optimism. Her optimistic outlook and determination in life will inspire you.
November 17, 2020
Staying Positive Thru the Loss of a Parent - Jenny Price
Jenny lost her Father way too soon, as a young adult she navigated her loss with positivity and optimism. This interview will uplift and inspire you as you learn of her close bond with her family and how she pulled through the rough times by allowing emotion to heal. Her gratitude for life and positive attitude is shown in her resiliency and ability to forge ahead.
November 10, 2020
Choosing Optimism Inspite of Infertility - Megan Busschaw
Megan has faced many things in life with optimism, as this interview shows. Hear her amazing story of facing infertility with a positive mindset and how she manifested the miracles that came to be in her families life. This interview is uplifting and inspiring.
November 03, 2020
Thriving with an Autism diagnosis
Lonnie & Patty Pacelli share their experience when their son was diagnosed with Autism. You will see how this didn't sway them at all because of their great love and positive attitude. Hear how this family thrives in life through their faith and optimism.
October 27, 2020
Managing MS with optimism - Jennie Alabi
Jennie Alabi is an example of how a positive attitude can help you face any hardship. Her optimism will inspire you as she shares her journey with MS.
October 20, 2020
Healing Your Heart After The Loss of a Child - Diana Ruiz
Diana has had an incredible life filled with many obstacles and the loss of her child. You will be inspired as you hear how she faces all of her challenges with optimism!
October 13, 2020
Remaining Optimistic Through Cancer - Russ Hall
Russ is currently healing from liver cancer. Hear how his optimistic attitude is not only helping him through this challenge, but has helped him throughout his life.
October 06, 2020
Overcoming Alcoholic Parents - Dani Green
Dani shares her story of growing up with alcoholic parents and how she used optimism to change how her life would turn out. It is inspiring to hear what she walked through and how she created a life she truly enjoys that is polar opposite of her early start in life.
September 29, 2020
Surviving Spouse's Suicide - Jill Roundy
An incredible story that will inspire you to face any challenge life brings you. This young mother with 4 children lost her husband to suicide. Hear her share her experience and how she forged ahead.
September 22, 2020
Kids Perspective on Covid
Hear this childs response to the things happening during this unprecedented time. You will be uplifted by her honesty and optimism!
September 18, 2020
9/11 Survivor Mike Hall
Mike Hall was there that day in New York, hear his experience and how his choices saved lives. Incredible story!
September 16, 2020
Welcome to The Optimistic Choice
A place to be real, support and uplift each other through the crazy thing called life!
September 13, 2020