Stories that Empower
Stories that provide hope, inspire and empower.
info_outline 215 Elizabeth Bristol 10/25/2021
215 Elizabeth Bristol Elizabeth grew up in a controlling family with high expectations. She didn't thrive in those environments, so she moved out. Initially, Elizabeth found herself still drawn to codependent relationships. So, to take the edge off, she took drugs and alcohol. Nothing seemed to quench her soul. Elizabeth went on a journey of confronting the people that had hurt her and others. As she forgave them, she found compassion and an incredible sense of freedom that she didn't even know she needed.
info_outline 214 Aaron Zack 10/18/2021
214 Aaron Zack 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.
info_outline 212 Lorie Gelsheimer 10/11/2021
212 Lorie Gelsheimer 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.
info_outline 212 Matt Korban 10/04/2021
212 Matt Korban 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.
info_outline 210 Anne Heck 09/20/2021
210 Anne Heck 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.
info_outline 209 Margie Odom 09/13/2021
209 Margie Odom 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.
info_outline 208 Ashley Sweeney 09/06/2021
208 Ashley Sweeney 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.
info_outline 207 Irene O'Garden 08/30/2021
207 Irene O'Garden 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.
info_outline 206 Lynn McLaughlin 08/23/2021
206 Lynn McLaughlin 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.
info_outline 203 Kathy Pooler 08/02/2021
203 Kathy Pooler Kathy experienced many challenges in her life, to include two emotionally abusive marriages, an alcoholic son and a life threatening cancer. She lived with guilt and shame. Kathy relied on her faith to get through each day and to climb out of the abyss.
info_outline 202 Michael Woodward 07/26/2021
202 Michael Woodward Michael's house was becoming a burden to him and his family. They were trying to hold onto this place. When they kicked out of their home (by their landlord), they chose not to view this as a tragic story, but rather as an exciting story. So, they went on an adventure and traveled as a family. This changed what they value as a family.
info_outline 200 Connie Bombaci 07/12/2021
200 Connie Bombaci 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.
info_outline 199 Tatz Holmes 07/05/2021
199 Tatz Holmes 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.
info_outline 198 Spencer Gorman-Prow 06/28/2021
198 Spencer Gorman-Prow 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.
info_outline 197 Amara Dumlao 06/21/2021
197 Amara Dumlao 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
info_outline Special - Barbara Santarelli 06/20/2021
Special - Barbara Santarelli 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.
info_outline 193 Thomas Blackwell 05/24/2021
193 Thomas Blackwell 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.
info_outline 192 Laurel Mintz 05/17/2021
192 Laurel Mintz Laurel was studying to become an attorney, but realized that she didn't enjoy it. Then, out of the blue, she had to put things on hold to run her father's furniture company, as he was fighting cancer. She taught herself how to run his company through the school of hard knocks. Fortunately, her father survived the cancer. After leaving her father's business, she discovered that marketing resonated with her, as she found it to be collaborative, creative and problem solving.
info_outline 191 Betsy Graziani Fasbinder 05/10/2021
191 Betsy Graziani Fasbinder Betsy is fascinated by how people make it through setbacks. With her "The Morning Glory Project" podcast, she's on a journey to understand what it is that makes some people make it through challenges and to share this knowledge with others.
info_outline 190 Joe Bauer 05/03/2021
190 Joe Bauer Joe and his fiancee have found a way to fulfill their dream of exploring all the US National Parks, while working from the road and empowering others. By traveling the US, they have immersed themselves in micro cultures and created lifelong friendships.
info_outline 189 Bryan Falchuk 04/26/2021
189 Bryan Falchuk Bryan recognized that seeking his own happiness may have caused harm to those he loved. By finding clarity, he transformed his previous dysfunctional relationship to a healthier place. Today, he uses his knowledge to enable others to build better relationships.