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138 Kathryn Taylor

Stories that Empower

Release Date: 05/04/2020

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Growing up in a loud New York family, Jordan's communication style was very direct. This worked well for him as a Chief Operating Officer. After being fired from his job, Jordan realized that some may have found his direct communication style to be abrasive. So, he started practicing compassion cultivation and mindfulness. As an executive coach, Jordan teaches others to be respectful, tactful and diplomatic, while being authentic.

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Nora wasn't happy practicing law. She knew she wanted a change, but didn't have the courage to introduce it. Then, one very dramatic incident changed her life. Nora's mother and aunt both passed away, due to a car accident. This gave her the courage to make a change in her life and opened a journey into mindfulness. Today, she coaches clients on mindfulness practice and training.

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Virginia looked death in the face, when she nearly lost her spouse. She also started experiencing challenges with her eyesight. Virginia realized that not being to see well helps her see better with her heart. These experiences were opportunities for their growth and for finding more joy in their lives.

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Ilene lost her mother and sister. Events outside of her control affected her life. Ilene struggled with a single mother on welfare. Then, she began to go on a journey of who she is and what matters to her. Ilene learned that she is resilient, has life skills and experiences. Her self compassion grew, she became proud of herself and recognized that she has wisdom to share with others. Today, as a therapist, Ilene helps those that are trying to figure out who they are.

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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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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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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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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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