Stories that Empower
Stories that provide hope, inspire and empower.
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.
info_outline 183 Dr. Veronica Slaughter 03/15/2021
183 Dr. Veronica Slaughter When Veronica was 8, she and her 3 siblings were abducted by their American father from her homeland of the Philippines. As an older sibling, she played the role of caretaker to her younger siblings. After 4 years, Veronica's mother was able to find her children and move them out. Even though her mom struggled to raise 4 children on her own, she taught Veronica to be a warrior, express kindness and never lose hope.
info_outline 182 Sharon Dukett 03/08/2021
182 Sharon Dukett Growing up, Sharon felt she had no future, because girls were discouraged from attending college. Her future felt pointless. Sharon ran away from home with her older sister at the age of 16. At first, the hippie movement in California was wonderful, but she realized that it wasn't what she thought it would be. Sharon was very depressed and felt suicidal. Then, she read a book, which helped her envision a place where there's love and caring for one another.
info_outline 181 Tina Siemens 03/01/2021
181 Tina Siemens Tina shares a story of her family's difficult migration to the US to ultimately become US Citizens. She realizes that none of this would be possible without compassionate Americans stepping outside their comfort zones to help them. Tina feels so proud and thankful to be considered a part of the American fabric.
info_outline 180 Dr. David Reiter 02/22/2021
180 Dr. David Reiter David found himself to be motherless within seconds of birth. He went to an orphanage, foster care and was eventually adopted. David was open to possibilities as he was trying to 'find his way' through life. He went on a journey of self-discovery and identity. Initially, David was reluctant to search for reunion with his biological family. However, the search and writing enabled him to reflect on who he was.
info_outline 179 Mary Jane Black 02/15/2021
179 Mary Jane Black Mary Jane escaped from her emotionally and physically abusive spouse. She remarried, but unfortunately she lost her second spouse to pancreatic cancer. Mary Jane felt moments of despair, but by asking for help and using her inner tools, she began to rebuild herself back up.
info_outline 178 Elena Schwolsky 02/08/2021
178 Elena Schwolsky Elena's spouse was diagnosed with AIDS and died of complications. Also, she was a pediatric nurse at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Elena felt burnt out, washed out, wiped out and was drowning. She was looking for a way to renew her own energy and find new connections. Elena returned to a place she visited 20 years earlier, filled with positive energy and spirit. This enabled her to share her experience and expertise.
info_outline 177 Dr. Tyra Manning 02/01/2021
177 Dr. Tyra Manning Tyra's father passed away, when she was 9. Her spouse died in Vietnam and she was left with a 2 year old daughter. Tyra was diagnosed with clinical depression. She got the help she needed and found a supportive community. Tyra never forgets the sensitivity and love that was shown to her. Today, she makes a difference in the lives of others by telling her stories.
info_outline 176 Sande Boritz Berger 01/25/2021
176 Sande Boritz Berger As a mother to two young children, Sande went through a divorce. She felt disconnect. Sande sought help from a community of like-minded people. She knew she had to change herself and become strong. Sande noticed that a new part of her life was beginning. She felt fulfilled while reconnecting with her creativity, poetry and art work.
info_outline Message to Dad - Unconditional Love 01/22/2021
Message to Dad - Unconditional Love This is a special episode of “Message to Dad” about integrity. My dad lives in a dementia care nursing home. I’ve been struggling to stay connected with him. So, I figured that he might enjoy receiving these personal recorded messages from me. I hope you enjoy them too.
info_outline 175 Akshay Nanavati 01/18/2021
175 Akshay Nanavati As a former US Marine tasked with locating explosive devices, Akshay experienced Post Traumatic Stress, depression and drug/alcohol addiction. He studied neuroscience as he was fascinated by it. Akshay learned that he is not defined by a disorder and refuses to accept it. His divorce caused him to break his sobriety. He decided to go 'within' on inward journey.
info_outline Message to Dad - Integrity 01/15/2021
Message to Dad - Integrity This is a special episode of "Message to Dad" about integrity. My dad lives in a dementia care nursing home. I've been struggling to stay connected with him. So, I figured that he might enjoy receiving these personal recorded messages from me. I hope you enjoy them too.