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058 Vanya Erickson

Stories that Empower

Release Date: 10/22/2018

201 Karen Noe show art 201 Karen Noe

Stories that Empower

When Karen was going through a very difficult time in her life, she yelled at God. She asked "am I going to be OK?". Karen saw a light, which enveloped her and was spreading a message of peace. She empowers others to feel deceased loved ones.

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200 Connie Bombaci show art 200 Connie Bombaci

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Connie was diagnosed with a degenerative nerve disease. She was introduced to a pup that was neglected, abused, beaten and starved. Connie saw opportunities that were endless through his eyes. She realized that there were no boundaries to his love and hope. This gave Connie inspiration to try. She came to learn hope and not give up.

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199 Tatz Holmes show art 199 Tatz Holmes

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Tatz experienced childhood trauma, sexual abuse and assault. She attempted suicide. Tatz went on a downward spiral of drugs and alcohol to numb the pain. She realized that she had given away her power and needed to make some changes in her life. Tatz went on a healing journey. Today, she's in love with life and she helps others along their journeys of self love.

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198 Spencer Gorman-Prow show art 198 Spencer Gorman-Prow

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Spencer experienced sexual abuse as a child. Initially, he suppressed this traumatic event. He began journaling. As he wrote, the fog lifted and he began a journey of self healing. He was no longer ashamed of it and was not hiding anymore. Today, as a chef, he enjoys working with others and creates a safe space in the kitchen.

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197 Amara Dumlao show art 197 Amara Dumlao

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Amara grew up moving to many places.  She sought a sense of 'where is home'.  Place making was initially challenging.  However, she learned to be good at resource gathering and became a global citizen.  Today, she brings people together digitally

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Barbara's father abandoned his family, when she was 3 years old. As she grew up, she had a hunger to get to know her dad. She felt mixed emotions, including anger, hope, rejecting him, wanting to make up for lost time and letting go. Through this journey, Barbara was able to find forgiveness.

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196 Ed Ahern show art 196 Ed Ahern

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Ed worked for 54 years. Once he entered retirement, he didn't want to simply vegetate. Ed always wanted to write, so he took courses. He achieved his goal of coming better and accepted as a writer.

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195 Linda Strader show art 195 Linda Strader

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As one of the first women to work on a Forest Service fire crew, Linda was harassed and discriminated. The more her male colleagues discouraged her, the more determined she became.

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194 Shawn Murphy show art 194 Shawn Murphy

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Shawn is fascinated by how to live our best lives.

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193 Thomas Blackwell show art 193 Thomas Blackwell

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Thomas' daughter died as a baby, which brought him and his family to their knees. He and his spouse knew they had a moment of choice:. They decided that the victim (why me) mentality would not serve them. Instead, they chose the 'what can I learn' from this mindset. As a result, they found love and gratitude in life's tough situations.

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Vanya Erickson used to photograph and haul horses for a living. For the last 25 years she has been mentoring teachers while teaching writing and public speaking in the oldest, continuously used schoolhouse in California. She loves hiking in the High Sierras as well as dramatically reading aloud to children. Vanya holds a BA in Comparative Literature as well as a Teaching Credential, both from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her essays have appeared in a dozen literary journals and anthologies, and in the book, The Magic of Memoir. Her book, Boot Language, will be out this summer.

http://vanyaerickson.com/