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121 Sheila Grinell

Stories that Empower

Release Date: 01/06/2020

147 Christine Ristaino show art 147 Christine Ristaino

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Christine was molested by a family member. She was also attacked and beaten up by a stranger. Christine never talked about these things, as she felt shame and experienced low self esteem. She didn't trust her own voice. Then, Christine's place in the world shifted. Getting her story out there really made the difference. Today, Christine feels empowered.

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Rebecca's youngest child was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder. She didn't want others to struggle, as she did. So, Rebecca decided to write a book. She feels that the experience saved her family.

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145 Carolyn Karcher show art 145 Carolyn Karcher

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Carolyn came of age during the Vietnam war. She had wrestled with and had doubts about things that she had been taught. Carolyn began a journey and career to answer the question "how did we get here". She strives to help change others' lives and perspectives, just as hers were changed

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Patrick always wanted to be a speaker, even as a child. Initially in his speaking career, he was struggling and hadn't turned the corner yet. Patrick thought he had made it, when he was asked to give a TED talk. Unfortunately, his TED talk did not air, because the video files were corrupted. Patrick could have given up, but chose not to. He decided to provide value, content and a service to others.

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Losing her baby as a newborn really shook Alexis. She pulled away from her art initially. After some time, Alexis made peace with it. She realized that we can't control all the things in our lives. Alexis feels there is a mystery to the human experience that we should submit to. Her visual art, a safe and healing place, helps her cope with her depression.

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142 Nancy L. Pressly show art 142 Nancy L. Pressly

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Nancy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was given a 50-50 chance to survive. Nancy knew she still had a whole life to live. She realized that she has the ability to control her circumstances. Nancy sought all of the information that was available. She created 'guide posts', when there were none.

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When Marianne was diagnosed with breast cancer, she realized that she hadn't been living the life that she was meant to live. She wanted to change. Marianne left her husband of 10 years. He committed suicide. She struggled with the guilt. Marianne went on a journey of self compassion, where she learned to be kind to herself.

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140 Colleen Haggerty show art 140 Colleen Haggerty

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Colleen shares some powerful observations during the current Covid-19 stay at home order. She feels that we're on a threshold of the past and future, what she calls a "liminal space". It's an uncertain and uncomfortable time for some. Somehow, Colleen is able to bring some clarity to the current situation.

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139 Deborah Burns show art 139 Deborah Burns

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Deborah felt compelled to write about her unconventional, charismatic, yet narcissistic mother, more than 20 years after her death. This set her on a creative journey that liberated her from the things that she held as true but were not. The book became an unraveling of the myth with her mother. Today, Deborah feels that her relationship with her mother has made her resilient.

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Kathryn shares her author journey. When she was as a large conference, she initially began doubting herself and whether she belonged. Fortunately, Kathryn's supportive community reminded her that she belonged there as much as anyone else.

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Witnessing her mom's health after a stroke, Sheila felt compelled to write her mom's story, then realized she wanted to write more. She transitioned from her first act to her second act as an author or dreamer, where she does not experience objective measurements. Sheila is very passionate about language, as she loves the way words and images resonate. She feels that writing is a way to share what experiences have taught her and to express her truth. Sheila shares the following powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
- a book is the heart that beats in the chest of another
- don't be afraid to make mistakes
- don't second guess yourself
- just keep going
- transition takes time and can't be rushed
- make decisions that bring you joy
- for those that are transitioning from act one to act two:  you may not see the new work coming, embrace the surge, recognize that it will take time, the new work does not invalidate the old, it builds on it. Also, if you choose to take pursue a second act, then you get to keep your passions, you get to revise your purpose and find a payoff that you might not have previously anticipated.

Writing as a "second act" is thrilling and humbling. Sheila uses skills and work habits learned in her first act to express thoughts and feelings--the fruit of decades--that she hadn't articulated before. She's still engaged with the world, but she's exploring in a different dimension. In addition to career and motherhood, she's practiced yoga, hiked, and dabbled in foreign languages. Born in a taxi in Manhattan, she studied at the Bronx High School of Science, Harvard University, and the University of California at Berkeley. She continues to live in Phoenix with her husband and her new, rescued dog.

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