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126 Allison Francis Barksdale

Stories that Empower

Release Date: 02/10/2020

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Dr. Michael Myers, not only saves lives due to suicide prevention, but also heals families that have lost doctors to suicide. He feels honored and humbled to sit with grieving families, who feel that their loved ones have taken the answers with them. Dr. Myers is also working to change the stigma that is associated with physicians asking for assistance, as they may be concerned about being judged and potentially impacting their medical licences.

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Stories that Empower

When Allison was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she chose not to see it as a broken wing. She began to see herself as the perfect person that she is. Allison feels compelled to share her experience with others, so they can share their magnificence with the world. She does this by encouraging them to be authentic, have integrity, accept and like who they are. Also, Allison recognizes that there may be stigmas associated with mental health illness.

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The abundant love given to Nick by his parents, as a child, made him feel rich. However, he realized that his family was actually poor. Nick did not allow his past to define him. He took inventory of his gifts, tools and skills. Nick worked with what he had. Through hard work and perseverance, he met his goals and built a successful chiropractic practice.

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Once Peter realized that his ADHD was a gift, not a curse, he used it to be of assistance and service to others. This gift of curiosity and creativity enabled him to start and sell three companies in ten years. Peter figured there had to be others like him, so he started the "Faster than Normal" podcast and wrote the best selling book by the same name. He believes that in the next ten years, 35% of companies' employees and customers will be neuro-diverse.

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Living in a remote area of Alaska, Chris realized that it was not conducive to a young family. So, he left his good paying job. Chris didn't know what he was going to do. It wasn't easy.  Chris felt compelled and called to go in a new direction. He eventually found traction. He gives credit for his ability to operate on limited income.

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Paul was taught to get a corporate for 40 years, then retire. He realized that this wasn't for him. Paul wanted to enjoy life each day. He empowered himself to start his own business of coaching and consulting others.

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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.

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Katherine knew some things were brewing in her life; in her marriage, her father's alcoholism and abandonment of the family. She developed a food addiction and attempted suicide. Then, Katherine had a wake up call. She began a journey of healing her body and heart. Katherine changed her relationship with food and body. Now, she helps people with the process of healing from the inside out.

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Mary experienced addiction, alcohol, failed relationships and a father dying of cancer. Through meditation, she had an awakening and realized what she'd been escaping from. Mary's partnership with horses taught her to accept and not judge herself. Even though she'd always been authentic, she started becoming comfortable with her authentic self. Once Mary did that, she accepted herself and others. She transitioned from being authentic to accepting life and who she was.

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Kate found out how different life is as a non-mom after she and her former husband abandoned infertility treatments, quit their corporate jobs and moved from a suburb to a rural community to raise sheep. So began her quest for identity as a non-mom in a culture high on family.

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When Allison was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she chose not to see it as a broken wing. She began to see herself as the perfect person that she is. Allison feels compelled to share her experience with others, so they can share their magnificence with the world. She does this by encouraging them to be authentic, have integrity, accept and like who they are. Also, Allison recognizes that there may be stigmas associated with mental health illness. She is on journey to change that perspective and to encourage us to love and accept people for who they are. Allison shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
- something good can come from everything
- there is power in truth
- when you build a muscle in one area, you can use it in other areas and also help others grow
- meditate
- practice self care
- surround yourself with a trusted circle
- be open and accepting of people to allow them to be who they are
- let's be mindful not to judge others without knowing their stories
- if you feel that you may have a mental health illness, seek the help of a mental health professional

Allison Francis Barksdale is the CEO of RISE LEADERSHIP, LLC. She is an accomplished leader and public speaker with more than twenty-five years of professional experience in service management, strategic planning, training and leadership development.  After a successful career in convention center management, Allison retired early to begin her entrepreneurial journey. To supplement her new business, she started substitute teaching when she was not coaching, consulting or speaking.

Working in the schools has given Allison an even bigger WHY. "The future of our youth is at stake, and by extension, our collective future. Teacher turnover is endemic and our competitiveness as a country is declining. Many school campuses are tense and some are toxic. I know that I am being called to make a difference in strengthening our collective future."

Partnering with educators, Allison now shares Time To Teach™ strategies to help teachers teach, students learn, and schools succeed!

https://impactwithrise.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/allisonfrancisbarksdale

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