Stories that Empower
Stories that provide hope, inspire and empower.
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
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.