Stories that Empower
Stories that provide hope, inspire and empower.
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
info_outline 132 Dr. Tim Jordan 03/23/2020
132 Dr. Tim Jordan Growing up, Tim didn't have a clear idea of his future. He experienced lots of anger and criticism in his home and didn't feel safe. After becoming a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, he created summer camps, where children can experience a safe and nurturing environment, that accepts them for who they are.
info_outline 130 Keturah Kendrick 03/09/2020
130 Keturah Kendrick Keturah feels that some women tend to take one for 'the team' or have this noble honor to self sacrifice for the greater good. She realized that this did not serve her. So, Keturah has chosen to say "no thanks" to motherhood and marriage. She unchained herself from what she is supposed to be. Keturah gave herself permission to be whomever she wants.
info_outline 129 Tanner Gers 03/02/2020
129 Tanner Gers Tanner's spouse experienced postpartum depression due to the physical hardship. Tanner was doing his best to support his extended family, work and attend graduate school. This put a lot strain on their relationship. They even considered divorce.
info_outline 128 Angela Ferrari 02/24/2020
128 Angela Ferrari Angela's grandmother "nana" made a big impression on her. Angela shares a story of how her nana spilled, fell and broke her hip during a large thunderstorm. Nana did not call any relatives, because she didn't want anyone to make fuss of it. Angela finds inspiration and strength in Nana's strong constitution and resilience.
info_outline 127 Dr. Michael Myers 02/17/2020
127 Dr. Michael Myers Dr. Michael Myers, not only saves lives due to suicide prevention, but also heals families that have lost doctors to suicide. He feels honored and humbled to sit with grieving families, who feel that their loved ones have taken the answers with them. Dr. Myers is also working to change the stigma that is associated with physicians asking for assistance, as they may be concerned about being judged and potentially impacting their medical licences.
info_outline 126 Allison Francis Barksdale 02/10/2020
126 Allison Francis Barksdale When Allison was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she chose not to see it as a broken wing. She began to see herself as the perfect person that she is. Allison feels compelled to share her experience with others, so they can share their magnificence with the world. She does this by encouraging them to be authentic, have integrity, accept and like who they are. Also, Allison recognizes that there may be stigmas associated with mental health illness.
info_outline 125 Nicholas Harper 02/03/2020
125 Nicholas Harper The abundant love given to Nick by his parents, as a child, made him feel rich. However, he realized that his family was actually poor. Nick did not allow his past to define him. He took inventory of his gifts, tools and skills. Nick worked with what he had. Through hard work and perseverance, he met his goals and built a successful chiropractic practice.
info_outline 124 Peter Shankman 01/27/2020
124 Peter Shankman Once Peter realized that his ADHD was a gift, not a curse, he used it to be of assistance and service to others. This gift of curiosity and creativity enabled him to start and sell three companies in ten years. Peter figured there had to be others like him, so he started the "Faster than Normal" podcast and wrote the best selling book by the same name. He believes that in the next ten years, 35% of companies' employees and customers will be neuro-diverse.
info_outline 123 Chris Badgett 01/20/2020
123 Chris Badgett Living in a remote area of Alaska, Chris realized that it was not conducive to a young family. So, he left his good paying job. Chris didn't know what he was going to do. It wasn't easy. Chris felt compelled and called to go in a new direction. He eventually found traction. He gives credit for his ability to operate on limited income.
info_outline 121 Sheila Grinell 01/06/2020
121 Sheila Grinell Witnessing her mom's health after a stroke, Sheila felt compelled to write her mom's story, then realized she wanted to write more. She transitioned from her first act to her second act as an author or dreamer, where she does not experience objective measurements. Sheila is very passionate about language, as she loves the way words and images resonate. She feels that writing is a way to share what experiences have taught her and to express her truth.
info_outline 120 Katherine Jansen-Byrkit 12/30/2019
120 Katherine Jansen-Byrkit Katherine knew some things were brewing in her life; in her marriage, her father's alcoholism and abandonment of the family. She developed a food addiction and attempted suicide. Then, Katherine had a wake up call. She began a journey of healing her body and heart. Katherine changed her relationship with food and body. Now, she helps people with the process of healing from the inside out.
info_outline 119 Mary Corning 12/23/2019
119 Mary Corning Mary experienced addiction, alcohol, failed relationships and a father dying of cancer. Through meditation, she had an awakening and realized what she'd been escaping from. Mary's partnership with horses taught her to accept and not judge herself. Even though she'd always been authentic, she started becoming comfortable with her authentic self. Once Mary did that, she accepted herself and others. She transitioned from being authentic to accepting life and who she was.
info_outline 118 Kate Kaufmann 12/16/2019
118 Kate Kaufmann Kate found out how different life is as a non-mom after she and her former husband abandoned infertility treatments, quit their corporate jobs and moved from a suburb to a rural community to raise sheep. So began her quest for identity as a non-mom in a culture high on family.
info_outline 117 Iris Waichler 12/09/2019
117 Iris Waichler When Iris' friend was dying of a brain tumor, a group of friends became the caregivers. She was impressed by her friend's courage of facing death. Iris helped her friend's brother cope with the transition, to let go, to say goodbye and enabled them to bond. She felt privileged.
info_outline 116 Leah Reinhart 12/02/2019
116 Leah Reinhart Leah had traumatic experiences, including the loss of her mother. She was seeking acceptance, love and validation. Initially, Leah joined communities, which led her to drugs, alcohol and violence. Then, she started to understand the energies associated with fear and love. Leah surrounded herself with supportive people and realized that she had been empowered all along. This enabled her to become an entrepreneur at a very young age. Leah is now enjoying your new journey as an author.
info_outline 115 Donna ODonnell Figurski 11/25/2019
115 Donna ODonnell Figurski When Donna's husband experienced a brain injury, everything stopped on a dime. She became his full time caregiver. Whereas, she used to prefer to 'let things ride', she realized that as his advocate it was up to her to save his life. Donna didn't her she had it in her. She challenged the doctors and nurses. In the process, she became empowered.
info_outline 114 Naomi McDougall Jones 11/18/2019
114 Naomi McDougall Jones Naomi's first film didn't give her the validation and acceptance that she sought. Naomi felt crushed. So for her second film, she set out to be accepted by the "System" and chose to play by their rules. Naomi encountered very powerful 'gatekeepers' that feel they define the success and happiness of film makers, such as herself. Once she realized that she had been empowered all along, she took a refreshingly different approach.
info_outline 113 Melissa Agnes 11/11/2019
113 Melissa Agnes Melissa experienced a big pivotal moment twelve years into her marriage, when she realized that she was no longer in love with her husband. She knew there was something off, but did not have clarity initially. Melissa used her skills as a crisis readiness strategist to assess her own relationship. She chose to follow her truth and divorced her husband.
info_outline 112 Sally Clark 11/04/2019
112 Sally Clark Sally experienced sexual trauma as a teenager. She repressed it, absorbed it and was ashamed of it. Sally felt as if it was her fault. She started on a journey of healing and began to acknowledge what happened. Initially, Sally felt uncomfortable to tell her story publicly. Then she realized ... if she couldn't tell her story, then what message was that sending to others, such as her daughters. Through supportive communities, Sally published her book.