TAKING A BREAK, A PAUSE, A SABBATICAL…not sure what to call it, but overall I know it’s time for me to “be.” While I’ve lived with stage IV disease for eight years now, sometimes I forget how serious it is. I love helping others and often put that over letting myself truly be present. Here’s my update:
Taking a Break, Pause, Sabbatical
Ep. 88: Choosing Light – How to Feel Beautiful with Christina Flach
No stranger to darkness, CEO and founder of Pretty Girl Makeup, Sepsis Awareness Advocate and celebrity makeup artist, Christina Flach, knows how to see beauty and light around her even through hard times. On this week’s episode of “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast, Christina dives into the loss of her husband from sepsis as well as the grief she experienced through losing her son and mother. While she’s familiar with hardship, she refuses to allow it to define her. Christina shares life lessons on grief, stress, service, wellness and gratitude that will inspire us all to seek beauty (inside and out) and help us be the best version of ourselves.
Ep. 87: Navigating Change and Culture with an International Move
Have you ever fantasized about moving abroad and starting over in a new city? My former colleagues, Jennifer Niessen and Becky Tyler, turned this dream into a reality. I’m thrilled that they share their stories, stressors and silly adventures on moving and living overseas this week on “Happiness Through Hardship” – The Podcast. While their experiences speak to moving internationally, their messages apply to all of us going through moves, job changes or other transitions in life.
Ep. 86: Healing her Child and Learning to Thrive
Isn’t it surprising when you focus on healing your child and the journey ends up helping you along the way? This is part of Debi Lewis’ story, which she shares on “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast. Debi’s a business owner, world recognized writer and author of the memoir, Kitchen Medicine. In the book and on this episode she discusses the struggle of learning how to properly feed and heal her daughter with a medical mystery. Debi shares tons of intel on how we can work together with our team of doctors. She also talks about strategies for families with eating challenges. Debi is wise and wonderful…and full of insight for us all.
Ep. 85: How to Raise Digitally Healthy Kids
Did you know that “national surveys show that screens and technology are the number one battleground in homes across the country….and that only 14% of kids express that they have ever had a helpful conversation with any trusted adult about their digital world?*” On this episode of “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast, non-profit, Stand Together and Rethink Technology (START) co-founder and Executive Director, Tracy Foster, dives into how to look out for your child’s wellbeing and safety online, while also not overstepping their boundaries. Navigating these platforms and guiding our kids is hard for many. This episode hopes to make it easier to raise digitally healthy kids.
Ep. 84 – Hope with the Roller Coaster of Cancer
Cancer, chronic illness and many hardships can be devastating but you don’t have to be devastated. Focusing your attitude on hope can be challenging during hard times, though studies do prove there are healing benefits. This podcast, “Happiness through Hardship” and this mini-episode speak to how I use hope to help me heal and find a little happiness on the roller coaster ride of cancer, parenting and beyond.