Ep. 38 – Acts of Kindness are Her Heart’s Work

Students have homework, this week’s guest on “Happiness through Hardship” –  The Podcast, provides heartwork. I’m honored to introduce you to Megan McDowell, founder of the non-profit, Heartworks. She’s a licensed therapist and enthusiastic leader that sparked a movement focused on conscious giving, kindness and self-awareness in honor of her brother-in-law, John Farrell, who passed away on September 11, 2001.

Nature’s Fast-Food: Simple Veggie Soup

Easiest fast-food ever = vegetable soup. Soups (and smoothies) can be nature’s easiest way to consume tons of nutrient dense, plant based goodness. This simple soup recipe I eat for lunch, dinner and even breakfast. (In the morning, I think of it as a warm breakfast smoothie.) My mother adapted the recipe from a 1980’s Weight Watchers cookbook and has been making it ever since. I’ve recently modified it to make my life easier, throwing all the ingredients (and more) in an Instant Pot. My family loves this recipe, so it’s a staple for every season. Try it…you will, too.

Ep. 37 – An Outlet for Hope and Help with Divorce

If you’re looking for an expert in dealing with the hardships of your marriage, this week’s episode of “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast is for you. Jessica Klingbaum is a former Emmy nominated network TV producer turned wellness entrepreneur and founder of exExperts – an encouraging and resourceful online divorce resource and community. Jessica shares her story and how she found her way through divorce. She shares how she wished she had a one-stop shop for all the resources she uncovered during the process. So, together with a friend, who got divorced at the same time, they made that happen by launching exExperts.

Ep. 36 – A Healthy Kinda Life with Food Allergies

Do you know someone with a food intolerance or that has life altering allergies? Jamie Heydenrych is this week’s guest on “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast, a math teacher by day, entrepreneur by night and mom of a food allergy child all the time. She shares her family’s story – the challenges dealing with food allergies as well as the opportunities to help people live with them.

Ep: 35 – Loving Advice from The Relationship Chick

Have you heard of toxic relationships? This week’s guest on “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast, Crystal Williams, shares her divorce story and relationship advice that led her to be crowned, “The Relationship Chick.” Whether you’re recently out of a relationship, curious about your current one or just want to hear some wholesome advice on how to connect better with yourself – Crys has plenty of good stories and suggestions to share.

25 Ways to Spread Love

The day I received the heartbreaking news of my stage IV disease, I felt lost and overwhelmed with fear. Though I had cancer before, stage IV felt scarier than the first diagnosis and I didn’t know what to do or where to reach out. Something pulled me to a spiritual place. I picked up the phone to call a priest who was close friends with my in-laws. He answered the phone and told me that his next appointment cancelled and I should drive over to meet him. Though we share a different faith, his words resonated and filled me with hope and was exactly what I needed at that time. What stood out to me most in the conversation was these words: “Caryn – live with a loving stance.”

Initially I thought, “what does that mean? How can I live with a loving stance in my own life?” Obviously, wise words from religious figures, role models, scholars or even greeting cards are meant to be interpreted individually. However, I saw it as not just about romantic love or self-love, but about spreading love in my day-to-day.