Ep 46: The Safety Mom on Hard Topics

“The Safety Mom” is this week’s guest on “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast. Kimberly King is a 3X time author, mother, sexual assault prevention facilitator and crisis counselor who creates simple tools for parents and kids to cope with hardship. She is all about “preparing – not scaring kids” and parents about tough situations. And she knows first hand…Kimberly is here to share her story and some kid-friendly strategies for families to use today. While the content can be heavy, our hope is that this episode today will make you feel more comfortable talking about hard topics with your kids, at any age!

**TRIGGER WARNING This episode contains information about sexual abuse, which may be triggering to survivors.**

8 Mother’s Day Gifts for the Wellness Enthusiast

I love to celebrate and create happy times around any holiday. So the Mother’s Day countdown has begun in our house. What I love most about these holidays isn’t always the present itself, but the sentiment behind it. Sure, if I was sent a brand new diamond-studded Apple watch or Peleton Bike+, the healthy gadget girl in me would jump for joy. However, it would be much more meaningful if the giver attached a note saying, “we know you love to power walk and spin; this watch will keep you on time and connected while also tracking your health data.” Thoughtful. Useful. Fun.

I love to create thoughtful gift ideas and am excited to showcase this year’s list of useful, fun and healthy Mother’s Day gifts for the wellness enthusiast.

Ep. 45 – A Transformational Assault on Average with Trent Eigner

Today’s guest seemed to have it all yet looks were deceiving. This former professional hockey player and distinguished coach skated toward huge transformation to live a more authentic life. Trent Eigner is an engaged father of six and loving husband, a past collegiate and professional hockey player, soon to be author, and highly acclaimed hockey coach. Trent led his Lakeville North hockey team to the first undefeated season in over 30 years while also compiling the greatest single season record of high school hockey in the state of Minnesota. On paper he was the IT GUY…but the reality was he was incredibly unhealthy, overweight, broke, depressed and fearful in life. On this episode of “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast Trent shares his experience with deep mental and physical changes. His is a story of a broken person who found a way to bring about transformation, even in a perfection-driven society.

Ep. 44: How Career Overload Sparked Clarity & Connection with Amber J

Ever wondered what it’s like to have it all? This week’s guest on “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast is a powerhouse entrepreneur and digital media maven who once thought she had it all. Amber J Lawson has been at the cutting edge of the digital landscape receiving tremendous accolades including “Top 100 Influential People in Influencer Marketing,” “Entrepreneur of the Year” and “Top Women in Digital” to name a few. Amber J worked incredibly hard to “make it” and was afraid to give up. She was tired of “living the life” or “having it all” because the truth was – she felt like she wasn’t really living at all. Amber J is here to tell her story – about how she created a true spark to live a better life.

35 Fit, Fun and Mostly Free Activities for Kids

Growing up in the 80’s, it wasn’t hard to be active. Because social media didn’t exist and phones didn’t have call waiting, if I wanted to see my friends, I ran around the neighborhood to find them. If I couldn’t wait to share a big girly secret, I would walk miles to tell my gal pals or show up at their camp activities.

Today, kids of all ages (and I’m speaking of myself, too) often use technology as their main tool to socialize and communicate. As a result, we don’t have as many opportunities to be active as we once did. While I do enjoy the conveniences and pizzazz of our multi-media lives, I want to be sure to instill a love of activities filled with personal interaction for my son. In an effort to practice what I preach, here is a list of activities to keep a kid (and his mother) fit while having fun. We’ve updated this list from a few years ago, knowing that with COVID-19 restrictions, many families are still looking for interactive activities to enjoy together.

Ep. 43: Reclaiming Your Work Life

Have you ever felt like your job didn’t change…but you did? This week’s guest on “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast is Tina Conrad, known as the wonder woman behind the podcast DJ Breast Cancer, whom is also a successful Merchandising Manager. Tina spent over 20+ years in the corporate world. She’s an experienced buyer working for a big brand in the retail industry. Like so many of us, she’s worked for amazing leaders and horrible bosses. Tina talks about how she found tools to map her career forward living with purpose even after hardship. Many people are struggling right now, whether they’re unemployed, uninspired or unhappy with a boss. Tina shares her story of stress and mental anguish on the job…which led her to finding a way to reclaim her life.