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207 Irene O'Garden

Stories that Empower

Release Date: 08/30/2021

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Growing up, Aaron dreamed of becoming the youngest NFL sports agent. He was told that he can't get there. Aaron needed someone to push him. It took a 'no' for him to launch his own business. Initially, he had no direction nor clear map. Aaron formed a team with the right individuals, who shared his qualities: go getter mentality, motivation, drive, people skills and strong work ethic. He achieved his dream at the age of 25.

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Lorie grew up as a shy, sensitive child and had low self esteem. The experiences in her life made her angry and she felt she lacked courage. So, Lorie asked for a sign of assistance, which she received. She became less shy, deepened her faith and began believing in miracles. Lorie realized that she's mean to use her voice, share stories and inspire others.

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Growing up in a war torn region of the world and hiding in shelters, Matt knew what it was like to lack safety and security. To provide for his family and give his kids a decent childhood, he worked 17 hour days. Matt lived an unhealthy and unbalanced life, where he weighed 400 pounds. He was given 5 months to live. That moment changed his life. Matt realized that people needed him and he wasn't there for them. He felt scared. Matt asked for a second chance, which he got.

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Cerridwen lost her husband very unexpectedly. She became devastated. Cerridwen allowed herself to grieve, then learned to piece her life back together one piece at a time.

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Anne's journey is a story of healing and life transforming experience. At 26, while she was out cycling, she was violently beaten and raped. This shifted her world. The trauma affected her physically, causing her anxiety and breathlessness. Ann tried different types of healing. The shift came when her daughter ws born. Ann leaned into spirit. She knew trust would come, which it did. By forgiving/blessing her attacker and herself, Ann was able to find a balance of flow and ease.

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Margie's journey with emotional eating began as a child. She struggled getting that part of her life under control. Margie realized that we wasn't practicing self care. So, she embarked on a new journey to heal old wounds and build resilience. Margie knew she was moving in the right direction as her desire to eat food for comfort was lessening. She now shares this knowledge with her clients.

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Ashley was violently assaulted by a man that she loved. This ended the relationship. She locked the grief away into closets for a long time. Recently, she thought about what she should do with the time that's been gifted to her. So, Ashley confronted her long buried pain and gave herself permission to revisit the assault. She took the time and room to uncover her own hurt, although it was extremely painful. Ashley realized that she had been suffering from PTSD, but masked it with a sunny disposition.

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Stories that Empower

When Irene was younger, she overate and had body image issues. She played with alternatives. Then, at the age of 62, Irene went on a wilderness journey, where she took risks. Those experiences provided her with tremendous healing. She realized that we have tremendous love for one another.

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Lynn's daughter experienced debilitating anxiety.  Lynn feels that we need to change the way that we view and approach mental illness, as it's currently fragmented, whereas we are whole beings. Today, she helps others tell their stories.

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Stephanie was a troubled kid. She left home at 17, made it through 20s and decided to go back in her 30s to heal something that was left undone. Stephanie pursued her education. Her life story is all about second chances.

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Irene O'Garden - Author, Glad To Be Human: Adventures in Optimism — Seek The Joy Podcast

When Irene was younger, she overate and had body image issues. She played with alternatives. Then, at the age of 62, Irene went on a wilderness journey, where she took risks. Those experiences provided her with tremendous healing. She realized that we have tremendous love for one another. Irene shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
- where we focus on creates the reality that we experience
- we are meant to risk
- we are meant to grow
- be present in the moment
- feel the breath
- we are meant to be here
- we can regain our balance
- let things flow through you
- physical activity is a powerful way of healing
- we are meant to move
- contribute and serve
- kindness is infinite
- spread joy
- it's within our power to inspire ourselves and others
- we get what we focus on
- it matters what we are watching, saying, thinking
- our thoughts create our experiences
- it's about how we focus our attention
- we make the choice where we put our attention
- we are practicing optimists
- know that your healthy self is right there with you
- habits can be changed
- movement
- experiment with getting into nutrition
- allow yourself to take steps towards the self that you physically want to create
- let your body begin to tell you what it wants


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