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138 Kathryn Taylor

Stories that Empower

Release Date: 05/04/2020

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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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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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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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Barbara shares the story of her great aunt, who lived through the horrors of two World Wars. Her aunt chose resilience, found love in the most unlikely circumstances and shared that love abundantly with others.

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When Linda left the religion that she was raised in, she was shunned by her community and even her family. Initially, it was hard, as Linda felt alone. However, she eventually found 'her people', that helped her to feel more aligned with her beliefs and values. Today, Linda feels more connected to spirit and the divine that ever before. By losing her religion, she found herself.

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Linda, the mother of a daughter with special needs, walked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago. She realized that it's about the journey, not the destination. The experience taught Linda to leave her burdens behind and she began to feel more at peace.

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When Michelle's first husband died unexpectedly at the age of 32, she was left caring for a 2 year old son by herself. The experience brought her to her knees. Michelle questioned everything and felt a loss of identity. She dug herself out of that dark place. Michelle shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom: - there's no timeline for grief - be kind to yourself - don't rush through it - talk through your grief - you will get through it - leverage your faith system - you will love again - there's no limit on love - the hole inside will eventually heal - read books on grief - join grief...

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Growing in a family of 9 children, Cheryl learned that 'many hands make light work'. Her parents empowered the children, then watched them rise to the occasion.

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Growing up, Tim didn't have a clear idea of his future. He experienced lots of anger and criticism in his home and didn't feel safe. After becoming a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, he created summer camps, where children can experience a safe and nurturing environment, that accepts them for who they are.

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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. She shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
- we are all interconnected
- we cannot control what will happen in our lives, but we can control who we will be afterwards
- embrace the opportunities that are put in front of you
- be open to listen to options
- you CAN teach an old dog new tricks
- embrace the fear
- life is change
- believe you can do it
- accept the help that is offered to you

Kathryn Taylor was born at the Great Lakes Naval Station near Chicago, Illinois and spent much of her life in the Chicagoland area. When she entered first grade, reading came easily. She became a voracious reader. The highlight of her week was heading to the library where she could bring home a healthy stack of books. She could devour a Nancy Drew or a Trixie Belden or an entire family of Bobbsey Twins in a single sitting.

Decades before terms such as “peer tutoring” and “collaborative learning” had been coined, her teacher had an inspiring idea. She would allow Kathryn to assist classmates struggling to decode those pesky letter combinations and help them learn to read. She experienced an undeniable sense of fulfillment helping her classmates and licking gold stars onto completed pages. The desire to become a teacher took root.

She spent thirty years in the classroom and had taught in Illinois, California, and Virginia before retiring to South Carolina. It was there where the seeds for a book of her own took root. Two Minus One: A Memoir followed the unexpected abandonment by her second husband.

She remains an avid reader, enthusiastic traveler, and incurable beach lover.  Her rescue dog, Lucy, and Kathryn live outside of Charleston, SC, which affords her the opportunity to enjoy all three.










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