Episode 5: COVID-19 & Autoimmune Disease – A Recovery Story

When we started the podcast production, taping many episodes, it was before COVID-19 became a global pandemic. Within weeks, even days, the world changed immensely and I wanted to connect with someone who understood the hardship dealing with the virus. Even now as many people are phasing back into socialization, this virus is still a threat and top of mind especially for those touched by a compromised immunity…like myself and today’s guest, Rachel Rosenthal, founder of the professional organizing agency, Rachel and Company. Rachel is an authority focused on home and office organization that’s simple and practical. She left a powerful desk job to follow her passion and now 2500 clients later, has made it into a booming business. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur recognized worldwide, she’s also a mom of identical tween daughters, living a life with Hashimoto’s disease and now a survivor of COVID-19. 

Rachel spoke with me just weeks into her recovery from COVID-19. She shares with us how she got through, demonstrates some exercises for COVID-19 chest congestion taught to her by CNN’s Chris Cuomo and how her passion for organizing helped her find a little peace during her journey. We also laugh about meal planning, lipstick and touch upon a few tips along the way.

Episode 4: Roxane Battle – Pockets of Joy – Dad’s Dementia & Life’s Dealings

When life gets tough, it’s easy to crawl into a hole. Today’s podcast guest knows hardship – and thinks differently than you might expect. She found that tapping into “pockets of joy” has helped her. TV personality, author and motivational speaker, Roxane Battle, shares this message with the world. Today’s episode is about that – the importance of connection and finding a little bit of happiness throughout your hardship.

Podcast Episode 3: WNBA’s Katie Smith – Resilience On & Off the Court

Professional athletes can have fame, often good fortune and the great ones take being a role model seriously. Three time Olympian, Women’s Basketball and Naismith Hall of Famer and WNBA superstar, Katie Smith, is that and more. She has always been an authentic spark of positive energy on and off the court. Katie dominated women’s basketball in high school and college as well as the ABL & WNBA professional leagues. In addition, she’s also embraced being a leader and is highly decorated with awards and championships. On top of it all, she’s been a true team player at every level and an advocate to inspire girls to be positive, motivated and strong.

Today on Happiness through Hardship – The Podcast, we talk about resilience…especially during job transitions. Katie Smith, shares her story going from a player to coach in the WNBA. I smiled throughout the interview knowing that so many of her comments were incredibly relatable. We often have to pivot our lives, when something bad happens. When we lose a job, lose a loved one or just lose direction on what we want in life…having some advice on how to handle those hard times can make putting one foot in front of the other easier. Katie Smith has wise words on how she did it in the WNBA…and how we can all do it, as well.

A Podcast Pause to Shine Light on Others

I promised you I would release a new podcast episode every Wednesday, but I’ve chosen to take a podcast pause, aka a time out from my podcast, in order to shine a light on others. I feel it’s important to listen to our surroundings and the world needs us to make a change. Thank you to Danielle Desir for helping me learn more…so that I can act and encourage others to do the same. I believe that to be silent is to be complicit. I believe that Black lives matter. I believe that I have a responsibility to use my platform to speak out about injustice. Let’s listen and learn together.

Podcast Episode 2: Michele Tafoya – NFL Talks, Infertility & Adoption – A Miracle & A Gift

She seems to have it all…sports broadcasting talent, star-power and a beautiful, loving family. She does…but it wasn’t always easy…especially when it came to building a family. Multi-Award winning sports journalist, Michele Tafoya, is a side-line reporter for Sunday Night Football and the only three-time winner of the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality. A versatile talent, she’s covered a wide range of sports from the Super Bowl to Olympic swimming as well as NCAA basketball and so much more. On top of her stellar career record, she has a reputation for being kind-hearted, authentic and a Minnesota lover and I’m thrilled to have her on the first season of Happiness through Hardship – The Podcast.

Happiness through Hardship – The Podcast Launch

My husband has been telling me for years…YOU HAVE TO LAUNCH A PODCAST. I’m a storyteller, an information seeker and authentically want to help make the world a little better. I’m also not afraid of a microphone, so a podcast launch seemed natural. We got to work and decided the launch would be on the 6th anniversary of Pretty Wellness.

The anniversary of Pretty Wellness was April 2nd, but since everyone’s world has been turned upside down with COVID-19, we chose to delay the podcast launch. Though my message with Happiness through Hardship – The Podcast is about finding a little joy during life’s journey, whatever that might bring, I needed a pause. I also wasn’t sure how a new podcast with hardship would be received during crisis. So, today – being the day that my home state and many others re-open to a new-normal, felt like a good time to celebrate…and so I’m excited to share the podcast launch with you. Our first episode is all about celebrations – I talk to Jelena Aleksich of The Confetti Project on how confetti helped her heal during her dad’s passing.