Thursday, June 15, 2017

No Matter What Happens - Keep Your Goals in Your View

Deborah Malone’s first novel Death in Dahlonega, finalized in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Category Five writing contest! Deborah was nominated for the 2012 and 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award in the novel category. She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, for the historic magazine Georgia Backroads. She has had many articles and photographs published, and her writing has been featured in the Tales of the Rails, edited by Olin Jackson as well as the Christian Communicator and Southern Writers Magazine. She is a member of the Georgia Writer’s Association, Advanced Writer’s Association, and American Christian Fiction Writers.

As successful as Deborah has been as a writer, she has had more than her share of overwhelming circumstances. In her interview, she shares how to work towards your goals even in the midst of challenging life circumstances.

Her daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor at three years old.  Her surgery, together with radiation and meningitis, left her severely disabled.  Deborah's daughter is now 39 years old and Deborah cared for her through her own abusive marriage of 26 years. Deborah understands the strength of the human spirit. She also understands the need to push past your pain and do what you love to do.

Deborah is an avid storyteller.  Listening to her interview, you will be anxious to find out what happens next.  

Deborah Malone is the author of six cozy mysteries. The first series is the Trixie Montgomery Cozy Mystery series and the second is the Skye Southerland Cozy Mystery series. All of her books are set in real locations in Georgia and Tennessee and the settings are as near to the real area as possible. Readers enjoy reading about places they have visited or have heard of before.

Deborah is an incredible storyteller and you will love her mystery series.  You may purchase them here:


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Monday, June 5, 2017

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Cynthia Simmons, a Chattanooga native, is an author of three books including a historical novel, Pursuing Gold which is a story written about Chattanooga, Tennessee during the Civil War.   

Cynthia hosts her own radio talk show, Heart of the Matter.  She also writes for Leading Hearts Magazine and has served as resident of Christian Authors Guild and co-founded Homeschool Answers.  

Cynthia homeschooled all five of her children from grade one THROUGH high school.

During her interview, she shared a dark time in her life when a series of extreme circumstances bombarded her.  For one, her husband contracted a life-threatening brain infection and required 24/7 care for years.  Cynthia shares how she never gave up when many negative situations hit her at the same time.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hope is the Only Thing Between You and the Abyss

Kathleen Pooler spent the first 18 years of her life in a loving, supportive family. The next 25 years were engulfed in the abyss of two abusive marriages. Pooler rescued herself and is now dedicated to helping other women (and men) do the same.

She hopes to help others find their inner strength through sharing her hard-earned lessons in her new memoir.  In addition to dealing with her two failed marriages, she was diagnosed with cancer and her son was abusing drugs.

Hope is often the only thing between you and the abyss

She sums up her message in these seven tips:

A loving family, solid career and a strong faith foundation do not guarantee a problem-free life.

We all have everything we need within, but we need to claim and honor our own inner strength to get the life we want and deserve.

Abuse, in any form, is harmful. Emotional abuse may not cause direct physical harm, but it can be damaging to your mind and your spirit.

The very things you think are holding you back from having the life you want can serve to help you find your way to freedom.

Hope matters, even when all seems hopeless in the moment.

Give yourself permission to GRIEVE!

Nothing can rescue you until...

 you decide to rescue yourself

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Trauma is hard to overcome - BUT you can

Kristen Harper is a speaker, entrepreneur, and health and wellness expert.   Kristen has a unique connection with her audience that derives from her own personal journey towards wellness and happiness.  Before becoming a success, Kristen struggled with health issues and an eating disorder. 

Kristen founded her company Perfect Health Consulting Services, LLC in 2009, with the goal to help people all around the world become healthy.  She is a certified Nutrition Consultant, in addition to holding a Master of Administration, with an emphasis in Health Promotion, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She is presently studying to become a Registered Dietitian.

This is what Kristen offers on her website:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Blogging -- from the Expert

Susan Maccarelli created and is a recognized expert on going from personal blogger to published writer. 

Beyond Your Blog offers tips for getting published, directories of writing opportunities, interviews with editors, the Submission Savvy e-course and more. 

Susan’s interviews include editors from the New York Times, Chicken Soup For The Soul, The Washington Post, and dozens of other publications. She has been published in many websites and anthologies and spoken at conferences including BlogHer, BlogU, and Bloggers at Midlife.

In 2014 Susan created Beyond Your Blog to help other bloggers through the learning curve of getting published on sites beyond their own personal blog. It has since evolved as a central stop for writers of all kinds spanning a wide range of publication goals. Susan made BYB a place where you can get the info you need regardless of your connections. Directories of writing opportunities, tips and inspiration for writers, interviews with editors and more are all part of BYB.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

It's Not Happening TO You, It's Happening FOR You

Chris Kidawski
Chris Kidawski has a Bachelors in Social Science and a Masters in Kinesiology. He has been a strength coach for 18 years and has trained Navy SEALs and professional athletes.  He has more than eight certifications related to health and wellness and is the author of two books.

Chris came to a crossroads in his life when it felt like the world around him was crashing.  He hit a low when his wife left him right after he had major surgery, his mother passed away and his good friend was committed for a mental illness. He had to make some serious changes and started with his thought patterns, digging himself out of that deep emotional state.

Today, Chris is committed to consulting and speaking on all facets of health and wellness to help people live and feel better. His new goal is to never stop helping people open up their hearts, their minds, and ultimately their lives.      

In his interview, he shared many tidbits of truth that certainly stimulates thought including:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

You Never Know What Can Happen Until You Try

Kristen Craren is a relational expert with a Master's in Counseling and the founder of Craren Mediation Services.  She educates the public by providing resources that can help people going through a divorce and specializes in helping people adjust to leading happier lives.

Her story starts in her childhood which prepared her with the expertise that comes not only from education but from being on both sides of a divorce. 

As a mediator, her passion is to help people understand and be educated in their options during this often difficult time.

Kristen has the educational, professional and life experience on the subject of families.  She will work with you in your reality to reach the goals YOU desire.  She listens with her heart and does not come across as 'therapist-y'.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Do You Believe Fear is Rational?

In this episode of FEAR NOT, Author of Battered Hope Carol Graham shares with us how to about deal with fear and the trials and traumas that life can bring. Listen in to this honest exchange and you will learn:
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           Fear is rarely rational, so think rationally.
  • Face the reality of the situation, take a deep breath and approach it in a state of calmness.
  • Unacceptance of being trapped in the situation is one way to face your fear.
  • Whatever you feed will live, so feed your faith, not your fears.
Carol Graham is the author of a fast-paced award-winning memoir, Battered Hope, the blog Never Ever Give Up Hope, and a regular contributor to numerous blog sites.  She writes two monthly columns in Book Fun Magazine and has been published in several anthologies including a best-seller.  In 2015, Carol received the Woman of Impact Award from Focus on Women Magazine and Author of the Year for her memoir, Battered Hope.
Furthermore, Carol hosts a bi-weekly talk show Never Ever Give Up Hope in which she interviews people with remarkable stories of how they conquered overwhelming obstacles and achieved success. Never Ever Give Up Hope has an international audience in over 120 countries.
Carol has survived so many challenges. Major illnesses, devastating personal losses, and financial ruin more than once, yet she has refused to become a victim. Her goal is to share with others how to survive and thrive.
In addition to being a motivational speaker, hosting a talk show and writing, Carol owns two jewelry stores.  She is also a wife, mother, grandmother and together with her husband have rescued over 30 dogs.
Purchase Carol's book here 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Powerful Pressence Begins with Acute Self Awareness

Kristie Kennedy
Kristie Kennedy is a Licensed Image Enhancement Consultant and a Certified Women’s Worth and Wellness Expert, who provides confidence and clarity coaching to female leaders, executives and business owners who are exhausted from being the world’s best kept secret, ready to claim center stage as the leading lady of their own life, powerfully shift in mind and magnificently shine.

Kristie is a contributing writer for a wide range of online publications including, Black Life Coaches, Identity Magazine, Self-Growth, Ezine Expert Author, beauty columnist for Amoize women’s magazine and Publishing Editor of Magnificent Living Magazine. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

There is Always Hope after Loss

Lindsay Gibson is a writer, speaker and Joy Coach. Although she experienced intense trauma in her life, she has learned how to choose joy after grief.

You will be drawn into her story as she shares how her life dramatically changed when she was raped at 16 years old.  She was in complete denial of the event and covered her hopelessness with bad habits and unhealthy comfort zones.

It was not until she gave birth to her stillborn son that she was able to start living again.  His birth and death created a new life in Lindsay.  

Her story is one of courage, hope and finding a Higher Love through the darkness of grief and sorrow.  Hope led her to Love and Love Never Fails.

Lindsay has learned to forgive her attacker who tried to kill her.  This happened when she opened her heart to healing after the loss of her precious son.  With it came an understanding of unconditional love.

Friday, March 31, 2017

You Can Rise Above Any and All Obstacles and Realize Your Dream

Ingrid Schoenfelder is a singer and songwriter whose latest album release "Kiss the Dirt" is about the struggles we can go through in life.

Ingrid shares how she rose above serious physical struggles and emotional ones that taught her never to give up.  She uses those rough times as inspiration for her music.  

Her physical struggles included cancer, grand mal seizures and a heart attack -- none of which kept her down.

She has written all of her own music and lyrics on her recently released CD in hopes of encouraging anyone who is in the middle of struggles or heart break.

Listen to her story here and remember.....
Never Ever Give Up Hope

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

From Fear to Love - Your Inner Journey Home

Belinda BennettsBelinda Bennetts is a passionate author and inspirational coach who helps others overcome their self-constructed limitations.

Belinda was born in Zimbabwe. In 2001 she moved to New Zealand because of the political unrest in her home country and in 2014 to Ireland where she now resides with her little daughter.

Belinda’s life changed when she discovered that the only person holding her back from realizing her dreams was herself.  She realized she was, in fact, NOT broken and broke free from depression and suicidal thoughts.

Through life-changing meetings, empowering books and a desire to remove the blockages of the past Belinda emerged as a strong woman who is now helping people on their journey from fear to love.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Get Rid of Your Baggage - Once and for All

Julio Caba is an author, Ph.D. student and business owner.  

Julio was raised in one of the worst neighborhoods in New York, Washington Heights. Drugs and crime were an everyday part of life. His teachers told him that he would either be dead or in jail by the time he reached the age of 18.

Believing in that narrative, he became that person. He dropped out of high school at 16 and had his first child. Drug dealing seemed to be the only career choice. By the time he was 18, he was the father of three.  The mother of his children left him, and they were HOMELESS. Three children, no job, no opportunity, no education.  He chose to end it all.

What happened next was nothing short of a miracle as his two-year-old stopped him seconds before plunging off a balcony to his death.

At that moment, he chose to change his life and you do not want to miss this exciting, incredible story of hope. Click the arrow to hear his story:

Friday, March 17, 2017

You Can Dare to Blossom - Even Through Cancer

Mary Lunnen is a life coach and an author of four books . She lives on the coast of North Cornwall, in the far south west of the U.K.

In 1994, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.  When she asked her doctor if she could talk with someone else who had been through this, the doctor said she was not able to help her. This started Mary on a journey of writing her no-holds-barred stories of her journey through cancer.

Sharing her experiences has become her passion in helping other people cope with their own situations.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Secret to a Better Marriage

Poppy Smith is an international speaker, multi-published author, teacher, mentor and spiritual coach.  Her goal is to encourage women to thrive in their relationships and in life.  Her practical approach in dealing with relationships is a great help to anyone wanting tips on how to improve their marriage.

“What do you and your spouse have in common?” 

“We got married on the same day.”

Many women can identify with that sentiment. They want their marriages to be happy, but they wonder how when their mate baffles and even irritates them. Some may even wonder if they made a terrible mistake.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

5 Proven Keys to Happiness

Jeremy Vemeulen
Jeremy Vermeulen is a motivational speaker and coach who suffered from severe depression.  

In his interview, he shares how to take control of your thoughts and not allow them to control you.

Jeremy shares how we can be genuinely happy and overcome the triggers that might send us into a mode of discouragement and low self-esteem.

I am sure you will relate to many of the things Jeremy shares about his own depression.  Also, how we can help ourselves and our children to be happy and content.

 5 Keys to Happiness

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Great Love is Worthy of Great Sorrow - Give Yourself Time to Heal

The Widow Wore Pink
Robyn Dykstra is a captivating national speaker and author of The Widow Wore Pink.  

Robyn was on top of the world and 'had it all.'  She traveled the world and had an incredible income as a Playboy bunny.  But her life of drugs, alcohol and promiscuity were not enough.  Her marriage ended in divorce which threw her into a life-changing moment. 

She married Hot and Hunky, had two children and life was perfect... until the unthinkable happened.  Not once -- but TWICE!  She became an accidental expert on finding joy during difficult times when she buried TWO husbands in FOUR short years.

You will love Robyn's story sprinkled with laughter and joy but more importantly with tips on how to deal with the pain that comes with trauma.

Joy and Sorrow coexist

It is possible to grieve the past
 while you delight in the present

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Prepare to be SHOCKED! Hope - Her Only Thread to Survival

CeeCee James has written a series of memoirs that you will never be able to forget.  Absolutely. Guaranteed.

During her interview, I was at a loss for words. I have heard many stories of abuse but I never heard one as intense as CeeCee's.  She is an incredibly gentle, warm woman who survived horrendous pain, neglect and hatred by her mother.

Listening to her story, you will be drawn to tears and anger as you hear CeeCee share how the only touch she had ever known as a child was one of pain.

At TWO WEEKS old, her father burned CeeCee's face and body with an iron. Her mother refused to feed or change CeeCee's diapers because she did not want to be manipulated by a baby's cries.  She wanted to teach her NOT to cry.  This was only the beginning of a lifetime of trauma.

CeeCee never remembers a time as a child when she was not hungry....or cold.....or alone.....or hated.

Yet, all CeeCee ever wanted was love. Even as a toddler she worked hard to please her mother, hoping for one gentle touch or one kind word.  She never got one! 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Courage is Fear Turned Inside Out and Fleeing Forward

S T Wilkinson
S. T. Wilkinson lost everything after a debilitating car crash:  health, job, social network, abilities, stability, joy, income and......the list goes on.  She picked herself up, began a new career but her life-partner became abusive, not handling the transition.  

She had to flee for her life, leave her country and everything she owned.  But her story does not end there.

S.T. Wilkinson is the author of the upcoming book ‘Obstacle Buster ™ - How To Create Big & Bold Shifts For Lifelong Success.’

A creative motivator, breakthrough strategist, and excellence coach, she receives outstanding international references from top-level professionals. 

S. T.'s Message 
It's okay to be yourself and be 'different
It's okay to say "No" and mean it 

It's okay to be a very strong woman and stay feminine

It's okay to be human and make mistakes

It's okay to fail.....and start over

It's okay to create the life you want to live


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Do You Know What a Surthrivor is?

Lost, alone, hopeless are words that were part of this little girl's life.  But Marnie Grundman would not accept that life and chose to be not only a survivor, but a surthrivor!

At FIVE years old, Marnie's mother threw her out of a second story window.  She ran away from home seeking the love she needed to survive.  Marnie was a child who belonged to no one - a child lost!

Her story will grab your attention as she shares how she turned all that pain and suffering into helping others.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Fear, Anger, Sadness -- They are all Tied up with Love

Courtney Lund is a professor and writer who is currently working on a memoir about her relationship with her disabled brother, Gavin who suffers from AGS Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome.

Courtney received the news about her four-month-old baby brother when she was 19 and in college. She dropped out of college to be with him and her family -- and to learn to love him, despite his death sentence.

There was nowhere for Courtney to turn for help as there was no resource to help people who had to cope with losing a sibling, to a disease or death. Feeling like she was up against the impossible, while also feeling

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Life is the Most Fragile Gift of All

Melissa Weaver
Melissa Weaver is an author and Licensed Clinical Social worker who has committed her work to helping others.  She is a facilitator of grief support groups, inspirational speaker for TMI consulting, adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University and she provides various volunteer services.

In August of 2013, Melissa was diagnosed with breast cancer and her life changed forever.  Her memoir was written to help anyone who wants to change their focus and their life.

Her interview was encouraging to anyone who has suffered a loss of any type.  It was motivating to all of us who want to Be More, Give More, Connect More and Do More for ourselves and for others.

Melissa also shared how to deal with grief and that we need to realize there is no time limit to grief.  

To Create Change
Be the Change

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Would You Like a Mind and Money Makeover?

Millie Leung
Millie Leung is an entrepreneur, bestselling author, and international speaker.  Her passions are in entrepreneurship, financial education, and women empowerment.

Her mission is to help individuals to start a business and be able to escape the rat race.  

Millie followed the traditional path of success and graduated with a Masters degree and worked hard in corporate jobs for more than ten years.  She was paid well but became TIME-BROKE and STRESSED OUT.

Then the economic crunch hit Millie and her husband - hard.  Millie's story of one idea that led her on a new road to success will inspire you on every level. She went from living under the US poverty line to an annual turnover in excess of TEN MILLION DOLLARS -- this she accomplished in five short years.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Exchanging Hurt for Hope

Sheryl Biesbrecht
Exchanging hurt for hope is Dr. Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus—a message she shares with audiences as a radio personality, author of three books, and a speaker. A dynamic teacher and motivating leader, Sheryl has endured many changes and challenges. She has overcome drug addictions, cancer, and even widowhood and shares her story in her book, Get Back Up.

Her latest book, Experiencing God Through His Names, answers the question: What's in a name?  Names are more than groups of letters that represent a person or identify objects.  Names are powerful.  A person's character and destiny can be influenced by his or her name.  When it comes to God, His attributes and personality support His unique and distinct names.

In her interview, Sheryl walked us through those difficult years of her drug addiction, hopelessness, loneliness and trying desperately to be accepted by her peers.  She also shares her remarkable story of recovery from cancer in her bone marrow and the loss of her husband who was killed in a motorcycle accident that she witnessed.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

How to Recognize an Abused Child

Lisa Gray is a licensed mental health counselor, minister, author, and speaker. She travels extensively speaking at women's conferences, jails, and seminars to bring awareness to the complex and emotional topic of sexual abuse.

"They Don't Tell - Child Abuse:  A Mother's Perspective" is her powerful book especially for mothers who have to deal with the pain, hurt, shame, and guilt that comes with discovering that their child had been sexually abused.

"Mom, if I had something to tell you, would you be a mom or would you be a friend?" Those words are forever etched into Lisa's mind when her 16-year-old daughter finally told Lisa that her stepfather had been sexually abusing her since she was in the third grade.

This is the day Lisa's life changed forever and began a process of dealing with the shock, pain, guilt and shame surrounding the abuse.  She is passionate about bringing this awareness to parents, teachers, counselors, and anyone who works with children whose innocence was stolen.  She is an advocate for these women and to help bring the abusers to justice.