Stories that Empower
Stories that provide hope, inspire and empower.
info_outline 163 Eileen Harrison Sanchez 10/26/2020
163 Eileen Harrison Sanchez As a former school teacher in Louisiana, Eileen was encouraged to retain or hold back students. This never rested well with her. Writing about the experience and being asked to speak, made her feel that she could pay back the children that she may have let down.
info_outline 161 Risa Nye 10/12/2020
161 Risa Nye Risa's family and many others lost their homes during the 1991 Oakland Hills fire in California. She had to start with nothing and was pushed into action. Risa had to rebuild a home for her 3 young children. She found glimmers of light to try to establish a sense of a normal life. Her neighborhood and community pulled together for those families.
info_outline 160 Rifka Kreiter 10/05/2020
160 Rifka Kreiter Rifka was the daughter of an unstable single mother and sought freedom from all limitations. Her attempted suicide was the turning point. She began a journey from a place of darkness to a place of light. Rifka discovered an inner voice and deep intuition that always knows what's best for her. She feels that the hand of grace was evident in her life.
info_outline 159 Mary Stein 09/28/2020
159 Mary Stein Mary was the second illegitimate child of a single unconventional mother. She did not have the money to attend college, so she took a job as a stripper. Mary took the grim descent into the underworld. Fortunately, she met someone, got married, attended college and finished her university degree. Then, one day, her husband died at the age of 33. Mary and her young son were left with nothing to live on.
info_outline 158 Carlyn Montes De Oca 09/21/2020
158 Carlyn Montes De Oca Carlyn discovered she was adopted. It felt like a tsunami hit her. Initially, she felt shock, anger, abandonment, sadness and grief. Her identity got pulled out from her. Everything started to unravel. What got her through it all what her profound sense of gratitude. She was able to move through it all and put the pieces back together again.
info_outline 157 Janna Lopez 09/14/2020
157 Janna Lopez Janna experienced grief in her midlife and her internal dialogue felt interrupted. She spent two weeks in a casita (a small house) by herself, where she made room for and listened for what was being said. What Janna heard was profound, empowering, inspiring and affirming. She realized that she was not experiencing a midlife crisis, but rather grief as we say goodbye to things.
info_outline 156 Stefanos Sifandos 09/07/2020
156 Stefanos Sifandos Stefanos was living a life of lies, compulsions and addictions. He was unfaithful in his relationships. Then, Stefanos was caught. This was catalyst that changed his life. He realized that his soul wanted to be caught all along, but he didn't have the courage to stop it. This also helped him to realize the hardship, trauma, abuse and isolation that he felt as a child. Stefanos realized that he had dishonored others and himself.
info_outline 155 Rebecca Munn 08/31/2020
155 Rebecca Munn Rebecca walked the path of cancer with her mom twice, including when she was going through a divorce with small children. She knew she had a choice. Rebecca could crumble under the weight of it all or accept that change is how we grow. She took on her mom's strength, chose to live a life of gratitude and became an observer in her life.
info_outline 154 Diane Dewey 08/24/2020
154 Diane Dewey Diane lived in an orphanage, then adopted by a family. She felt rejected and abandoned, as if no one was coming to retrieve her. Diane internalized the trauma. She became her own mother and father; with inner logical voices of wisdom. Then, Diane's biological father contacted her. Initially, her cart was turned over, as she had to become conscious of her new and old self. Then, Diane began to feel complete and utter relief and thought 'at last'.
info_outline 151 Jordan Goldrich 08/03/2020
151 Jordan Goldrich 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.
info_outline 150 Nora Riva Bergman 07/27/2020
150 Nora Riva Bergman 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.
info_outline 149 Virginia Simpson 07/20/2020
149 Virginia Simpson 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.
info_outline 148 Ilene English 07/13/2020
148 Ilene English 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.
info_outline 147 Christine Ristaino 07/06/2020
147 Christine Ristaino 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.
info_outline 145 Carolyn Karcher 06/22/2020
145 Carolyn Karcher 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
info_outline 144 Patrick Schwardtfeger 06/15/2020
144 Patrick Schwardtfeger 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.
info_outline 143 Alexis Marie Chute 06/08/2020
143 Alexis Marie Chute 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.
info_outline 142 Nancy L. Pressly 06/01/2020
142 Nancy L. Pressly 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.
info_outline 141 Marianne Ingheim 05/25/2020
141 Marianne Ingheim When Marianne was diagnosed with breast cancer, she realized that she hadn't been living the life that she was meant to live. She wanted to change. Marianne left her husband of 10 years. He committed suicide. She struggled with the guilt. Marianne went on a journey of self compassion, where she learned to be kind to herself.
info_outline 140 Colleen Haggerty 05/18/2020
140 Colleen Haggerty Colleen shares some powerful observations during the current Covid-19 stay at home order. She feels that we're on a threshold of the past and future, what she calls a "liminal space". It's an uncertain and uncomfortable time for some. Somehow, Colleen is able to bring some clarity to the current situation.
info_outline 139 Deborah Burns 05/11/2020
139 Deborah Burns Deborah felt compelled to write about her unconventional, charismatic, yet narcissistic mother, more than 20 years after her death. This set her on a creative journey that liberated her from the things that she held as true but were not. The book became an unraveling of the myth with her mother. Today, Deborah feels that her relationship with her mother has made her resilient.
info_outline 138 Kathryn Taylor 05/04/2020
138 Kathryn Taylor 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.
info_outline 136 Linda Curtis 04/20/2020
136 Linda Curtis When Linda left the religion that she was raised in, she was shunned by her community and even her family. Initially, it was hard, as Linda felt alone. However, she eventually found 'her people', that helped her to feel more aligned with her beliefs and values. Today, Linda feels more connected to spirit and the divine that ever before. By losing her religion, she found herself.
info_outline 135 Linda Atwell 04/13/2020
135 Linda Atwell Linda, the mother of a daughter with special needs, walked the 500 mile Camino de Santiago. She realized that it's about the journey, not the destination. The experience taught Linda to leave her burdens behind and she began to feel more at peace.
info_outline 134 Michelle Cox 04/06/2020
134 Michelle Cox When Michelle's first husband died unexpectedly at the age of 32, she was left caring for a 2 year old son by herself. The experience brought her to her knees. Michelle questioned everything and felt a loss of identity. She dug herself out of that dark place. Michelle shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom: - there's no timeline for grief - be kind to yourself - don't rush through it - talk through your grief - you will get through it - leverage your faith system - you will love again - there's no limit on love - the hole inside will eventually heal - read books on grief - join grief groups Michelle Cox is the author of the multiple award-winning Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. She suspects she may have once lived in the 1930s and, having yet to discover a handy time machine lying around, has resorted to writing about the era as a way of getting herself back there. Coincidentally, her books have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and many others, so she might be on to something. Unbeknownst to most, Michelle hoards board games she doesn’t have time to play and is, not surprisingly, addicted to period dramas and big band music. Also marmalade. tags: Michelle, Cox, author, writer, Henrietta, Inspector, Howard, book, series, Novel, Notes, Local, Lore, blog, Chicago, storiesthatempower.com, stories that empower, empowering stories, empowerment stories, stories of empowerment, stories of empowering others, self empowerment stories, stories empower, inspire, inspiring, inspiration, uplift, uplifting, upliftment, hope, light, Sean