4. Roxane Battle: Finding Pockets of Joy with Dad’s Dementia and Life’s Dealings

By Caryn Sullivan

When life gets tough, it’s easy to crawl into a hole. Today’s guest knows hardship - and thinks differently. 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 pockets of joy when going through hardship. Roxane is no stranger to stressful situations. She raised her son as a single mom with an intense career. In this episode she talks about experiencing a deep loss with her father in late stages of dementia. Through this all - she shares wise words on how finding connection and making memories can be incredibly helpful. In the late 1990’s at the start of my career, I met a number of people that served as role models, Roxane Battle was one of them. A well-known TV anchor for years (and now popular author of Pockets of Joy - Deciding to be Happy Choosing to be Free,) Roxane has a reputation for being a keen interviewer, who could get anyone to talk. That was true both professionally and personally. As the PR girl, I often called upon Roxane to cover stories of events at Target Center/Timberwolves/Lynx. She covered our Globetrotters game, she brought wrestlers in-studio and highlighted our NBA and WNBA players. I remember sharing with her my job stresses and successes as well as my silly dating life. She listened, gave great advice and did this all with a smile, even with the heavy schedule juggling work and home. Throughout the interview you will be touched by Roxane’s lessons and vivacious personality. While the topic is very serious, Roxane has a way of making people feel welcome. She has a gift beyond storytelling, she’s authentic and able to connect. She reveals tools that have helped her cope with her father’s dementia including creating memories for herself and her son. She talks about what pro-active support looks like when a loved one is going through hardship. She shares how embracing gratitude and being present are the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. And whether we’re hurting or want to help a friend who is going through a hard time, service and generosity can make everyone feel connected and loved. If you stay until the end, you will enjoy us playing “The Grateful Game.” See links below if you want a sneak-peak: Please enjoy and take a minute to rate, review and subscribe. You leaving a review helps us with our podcast ranking. The higher we are ranked, the more people can discover our show. Tune in every Wednesday for new episodes. SHOW NOTES LINKS: Roxane Battle website: http://RoxaneBattle.com Pockets of Joy - Deciding to be Happy Choosing to be Free: https://amzn.to/2URlOkK Pockets of Joy - Journal: https://amzn.to/3dfnFGx You can follow Roxane Battle on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roxanebattle/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roxanebattle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/roxanebattle Kowalski’s Wing Bar aka “the wing bonanza”: https://www.kowalskis.com/ For the love of Kombucha - https://www.instagram.com/p/BpVuQYYHTrn/ CONNECT WITH US AT: www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information www.Instagram.com/prettywellness - for daily wellness tips www.CarynSullivan.com www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness www.Twitter.com/PrettyWellness Happiness through Hardship - The Book: amzn.to/39PAjuT Some of Roxane’s wise words from “Pockets of Joy” - “To this day, I believe in the muck and the mess we call life, joy can still be found.” Last words - “Today - think of one thing that will bring you joy and go do it!!!!!"

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