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Life Derailed

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Life Derailed

I host a radio weekly internet radio show on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel called Life Altering Events (https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/3902/life-altering-events). People often ask me what exactly is a life altering event? I tell them this – It can be something we choose or something that is thrust upon us that dramatically alters the trajectory of our life.

On August 20, 2019 my guest was Latachia Morrissette Harper who is a truly remarkable and inspirational women. You can hear the conversation at https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/116498/life-derailed.

Latachia is the author of the book Life Derailed, A Divorced Mom’s Survival Guide. Her inspiration to write this book was to recover from a very traumatic divorce and let other women and men know they are not alone. Latachia addresses that your emotions, feelings, grief, sense of loss, how will I pay my bills, fear of the future are not unique. If you have not read this book – do it today!

Latachia is also a public speaker, writer, and entrepreneur. Her passion is to motivate and inspire women, especially women with children impacted by divorce. Being in an abusive relationship is a life altering and divorce can be terrifying and debilitating but which is worse? She equips women to find their independence and strength, learning how to find their voice and love themselves first.

Now men, don’t see this title and think “This is a chick book.” It’s not. Latachia provides a common sense approach at time when common sense is often absent. This common sense applies equally to both men and women.

One powerful piece of advice from her book is:

In dealing with the sorrow of divorce or a major loss in your life/family, take one breath at a time, make one decision at a time, and focus on just the current day and what you can achieve. The saddest thing for a child is to be in your presence and you not really being there. Be in the moment, embrace them. You control more in life when you don’t let the issues, things control you.

Another statement she wrote that I loved and wish I had followed is “Stop Saying you are OK.”

Stop saying you’re OK. Seriously, it’s OK to not be OK. Wait till the kids are away and SCREAM, cry and then get out a piece of paper and write it all down, random thoughts, fears and ideas. Get it out, it’s OK, you have a right to be in this place.

Remember divorce is a legal process. It is a legal process to become married and a legal process to end the marriage. It is a huge mistake to rush through the process or say to your ex “Just get the papers and I’ll sign so we can get this over.” Don’t ignore this step. There are too many important issues regarding finances, property and most importantly the needs of your children. Get it in writing up front because promises made prior to divorce often change afterwards. The children certainly don’t need to re-live these battles over and over.

Another major issue you will likely face is “the call” from your ex, suggesting you try again. Stop! Proceed with caution. Think about why things will be better or different if you jump back in. Really stop and think about it or you may find yourself in a worse situation in the next year or two. Why is your ex asking to get back together when they were so eager to leave?

Picking up the pieces is not easy. It will be the most difficult thing you will ever do, but keep this in mind, stop looking behind you, you’re not going that way. There is nothing new to see in the past so keep moving forward. Believe it or not, better times and better people will come into your life.

Truth Bomb Mom

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Truth Bomb Mom

In honor of Mother’s Day, we are thrilled to bring on Kristina Kuzmic as our Special guest to discuss keeping our sanity while navigating the years of parenthood.

Kristina is energetic, funny, and obsessed with creativity, Kristina has an in-your-face perspective on issues of parenting and life in general.

She has become an internet sensation with her “mom-centric” videos about raising children and juggling all of life’s challenges. With over 600 million views across media outlets and websites worldwide, and over 2 million Facebook followers.

Kristina has quickly made a name for herself as a creative, yet unpretentious parent, as well as a world-renowned motivational speaker/comedian. In 2011, Kristina was chosen from over 15,000 applicants and crowned the winner of Mark Burnett’s reality TV competition: “Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.” Kristina’s first reality show titled “The Ambush Cook,” aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Kristina’s blog posts have been published on various websites, including Oprah.com and The Huffington Post.

Do you have a question for Kristina? Please submit them up until Monday the 14th at 1:00 MST to empoweredwithdesandjen@gmail.com OR call in live at 2:00 MST for a chance to ask her directly!!

Uplift Parenting Conference By Nicole Cunningham and Kim Giles

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Uplift Parenting Conference By Nicole Cunningham and Kim Giles

Kim Giles is a featured speaker at this year’s Uplift Parenting Conference in Utah. Kim will be sharing the importance of parenting without fear and how to step into greater levels of trust and love with our children. Kim is a mother of 7 and has been a family and executive life coach for 15 years. Kim is an author, speaker and has over 9000 articles published on the topic of living fearlessly. She is president of upskillrelationships.com and co host of Relationship Radio on Voice America.

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Walk a Mile…or Two or Ten…in Their Shoes By Ariel & Shya Kane

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Walk a Mile…or Two or Ten…in Their Shoes By Ariel & Shya Kane

May 3: Walk a Mile… or Two or Ten… in Their Shoes

It’s so easy to judge how your parents raised you and how they live their lives, but only if you lack compassion for all that it means to be human. Take a chance. Set down your story and your need to be right and walk a mile… or two or ten… in their shoes. You just might end up being grateful instead. Callers welcome at Tel# 1-888-346-9141!

Listen Live this Wednesday, May 3rd at 9am PST / 12pm EST on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel 

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Holistic and alternative schools, and education methods, can only partly meet the needs of the ‘Children of the New Age’

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Holistic and alternative schools, and education methods, can only partly meet the needs of the ‘Children of the New Age’


SPIRITUAL EDUCATION. Nov 2, 2015, 2:00 pm PST (VoiceAmerica Women). For some years, society has been subject to major changes. Old structures and methods have been overtaken, and don’t work any more. Holistic and alternative schools, and education methods, can only partly meet the needs of the ‘Children of the New Age’. Many children feel misunderstood, and react with emotional or physical problems, which can’t be dealt with and solved by traditional methods.

Classical education and the school system still focus on a child’s mental ability. Alternative schools also include the physical and emotional level in their education system. But there is still one area missing, which has never been taken into account so far: the support and care for the spiritual-energetic level of young people – the spiritual education.
Ingrid Auer’s project, wants to provide interested parents, teachers and therapists, with practical and easy tips and instructions. Her spiritual tools – energized symbols and essences – support and accompany children effectively.

Although the origins of our tools are in the spiritual level of our being, the application is independent of any religious or ideal values. No matter what world view you identify with, the effect of the tools is the same. It requires a certain amount of openness for new and so far unknown dimensions of our human life.


The Gift of Asking

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Every week, Express Yourself!™ will bring you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are!® for Teens.

Children are incredible with unquenchable curiosity. They inquire, about small things and big things, wanting to know more about the world around them. It’s time to be a child again, and bring back the ability to inquire. Hosts Henna Hundal and Katelyn Darrow interview four authors in this broadcast. First up is author Michelle Zink who writes Young Adult Fiction, and is the award-winning author of six published novels and six novellas. Her first series, Prophecy of the Sisters, was one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut Novels and a Booklist Top Ten YA novel.

In segments two, three, and four, our hosts interview a trio of Christian ministers who are breathing new life into the importance of being a father with their book Daddy Look. Authors Reggie Watts, Todd Battle, and Darrell Sanders tackle weighty parenting questions in their tremendous book destined to change the lives and make a difference in the lives of all who read it. Daddy Look outlines how to become a godly father by focusing on five important virtues: -Being a Godly Man -Being a Man of Character -Being a Teacher -Being a Provider and -Being a Protector. Ask yourself-are you a Daddy that Looks? If not, why not? Start today.
Ask and you shall receive!

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Guest Bios:
Michelle Zink
Michelle Zink lives in New York in an old converted barn on four acres. Her first book, Prophecy of the Sisters, was one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut novels, and her work as been included in the Lonestar List, Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best, and New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age. Michelle’s work has been published in over twenty countries. LIES I TOLD is her sixth book.  https://www.michellezink.com

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Reggie Watts
Reggie Watts was born in Columbia, Mississippi, later moving to San Francisco, California. Reggie attended Solano Community College and received a basketball scholarship to San Francisco State University where he studied Business Administration. Reggie is a faithful member of the Greater New Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church of Berkeley, California where Dr. Todd Battle is his loving Pastor and Teacher. Reginald is currently serving under Pastor Battle as an associate and youth minister.
Reggie is a single dad and is a proud father of 6 amazing children. www.DaddyLook.net

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Dr. Todd A. Battle
Todd A. Battle serves as the Pastor of The Greater New Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church of Berkeley, CA. Along with co-authoring Daddy Look!™, Todd has written several Bible Studies and Lectures. Todd is married with two beautiful daughters and one grandson. He has conducted seminars, workshops, and revivals throughout all of California, as well as other parts of the country. He was fortunate to be raised by a Daddy that Looked and he continues the legacy. www.DaddyLook.net

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Darrel “Blu” Sanders
Radical, Charismatic, Poetic, Apologetic and Anointed are some of the words often used to describe Darrel Sanders also known as Minister “Blu”..He received his Theological Degree from Sacramento Theological Seminary; he has also served his country as a United States Marine. Darrel, the Co-founder of Fraps ‘n’ Snaps, created a monthly Author and Poet’s workshop where his gift of poetry and writing was used to motivate and inspire other poets, writers and spoken word artist to share and expand their creative writing and oratorical skills. Darrel is Vice President of Daddy Look!™ LLC and Marketing Director for the company, a D.T.L. and continues to study the art of Lookology! Darrel is a proud father of five beautiful children and is happily married. www.DaddyLook.net

Daddy Look

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Parental Wellness: The Importance of Boundaries and Keeping Them with Serena Wadhwa

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Health & Wellness
Parental Wellness: The Importance of Boundaries and Keeping Them with Serena Wadhwa


Tune in for a new episode “Parental Wellness: The Importance of Boundaries and Keeping Them” on Moving Forward: Wellness One Step at a Time on Friday June 27th at 1 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.

Join us as we talk with Dr. Karla Steingraber about effective parental wellness. Dr. Steingraber works with parents and children, in and out of the foster care system, since many years, in a variety of settings and states,  and specializes in parenting strategies. She will discuss parental boundaries, what these are, why they are important, how they contribute to family wellness and steps listeners can take to move forward in creating their own boundaries and parental wellness.


Karla Steingraber Guest Bio:

Karla Steingraber, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who loves helping parents regain their confidence in effective parenting and children with finding a healthy equilibrium between natural rambunctiousness and respecting limits.  She spent time working in clinics, hospitals and residential programs in DC, Wyoming, Illinois and Montreal, Canada, working intensely with foster parents and children of all ages, developmentally delayed individuals and those with a brain injury, amongst other populations.  These experiences, as well as that of being a parent, have shaped her understanding of impulse control and the necessity of clear boundaries.

This show is about creating wellness, one step at a time. It’s about being curious and seeing what happens with doing something different, being different, or embracing what is different. It’s about cultivating possibilities and creating a rippling effect of change. It is about being the change one wants to see. We provide straightforward information and steps for you to try. The show provides the encouragement and nonjudgmental space to try something that is going to help you move forward.Resources may also be available.This program will cover topics relating to all areas of wellness, including physical, mental, emotional, sexual, financial, spiritual, social and behavioral areas. Moving Forward: Wellness One Step at a Time is broadcast live every Friday at 1 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.

Finding Your Powerful Voice In The Face Of Adversity: Learning to Hold Strong In the Face Of Backlash By Margaret Jacobson

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Finding Your Powerful Voice In The Face Of Adversity: Learning to Hold Strong In the Face Of Backlash By Margaret Jacobson


In this Episode “Finding Your Powerful Voice In The Face Of Adversity: Learning to Hold Strong In the Face Of Backlash“ The Mother Rising is joined by Lisa Joyce Goes, co-founder of The Thinking Mom’s Revolution. Lisa will describe how she found her very powerful and outspoken voice as an advocate for families and children challenged with iatrogenic autism and environmental illness in the face of harsh criticism and backlash from both her immediate and the medical communities. We will see the similarities in her transformative opportunity through becoming a Thinking Mom and also discuss the high divorce rate within the autism community and challenges of parenting when the children have health issues involving special care. Lisa is incredibly inspirational and her dedication and commitment to children and families dealing with iatrogenic autism and environmental illness is very empowering. She’s a wonderful representative of being an everyday super hero!

Being that the nature of our life on earth is one of experiencing issues that challenge our spirit in ways we never thought we would need to endure, the Mother Rising provides a space of safety and connection. Both during the show and beyond you will access nourishment for yourself with new perspectives and be inspired to try things in new ways. You will feel the energy of an empowered community of listeners that leave you feeling held with the strength, courage and fortitude to embrace your journey as an opportunity for transformation. Like the spirit of Mother that nurtures us, The Mother Rising will nurture your spirit allowing you to feel a sense of clarity and peace on your journey of becoming an expression of your own greatest dream of freedom.

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