Stories that Empower
Stories that provide hope, inspire and empower.
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.
info_outline Message to Dad - Intro 01/08/2021
Message to Dad - Intro This is a special episode of "Message to Dad". 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 173 Karen Stefano 01/04/2021
173 Karen Stefano While walking back to her university dorm building, Karen was assaulted at knife point. She managed to escape, physically unharmed. However, the assault traumatized Karen. She experienced periods of peace and power, but her life unravelled again, when her marriage was dying, she experienced financial loss and her mother was slipping into dementia. These additional sources of trauma caused her to slip back into anxiety and PTSD. Writing about it required her to excavate and evaluate her feelings.
info_outline 171 Charlene Jones 12/21/2020
171 Charlene Jones As a child, Charlene experienced PTSD from an unhealthy home environment. She ran away from home and was attracted to the 'dark side'. Her life took a positive turn, when she began following in the footsteps of a meditation teacher. Today, she helps people understand there are powerful ways to heal, empowers those that are stuck and teaches meditation.
info_outline 165 Kristen Rademacher 11/09/2020
165 Kristen Rademacher When Kristen lost her baby, she leaned into journaling as a way of coping and navigating loss. She felt a loss of relationships, identity and dreams. Kristen chose not to allow events to define her. She navigated from the grief and rebuilt herself from the ground up. Kristen put herself back together again in new and better ways.
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.