Own Your Truth Podcast

Ken Cervera: Strength, Insight, Inspiration

This show highlights individuals who’ve embraced the dark lessons of life, and used these difficult moments as fuel for growth & success. I'm your host Ken Cervera, and I believe a good conversation can change your life. So if you’re curious to explore the gritty business of living your purpose, then I invite you to step into the present moment, remove the mask, and Own Your Truth.

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Emilie Given is the founder and CEO of She’s A Given, a Seattle-based virtual assistant agency that specializes in matching high-level executive assistants with business leaders and their teams.  I was introduced to Emilie by a recent guest on the podcast when I realized it was finally time for me to hire my own virtual assistant but I had no idea of the incredible story I would discover in the process.  After a near-death experience that forever changed her outlook on life, Emilie decided to leave her 9-5 job at Amazon Corporate HQ and built her own thriving six-figure thriving business to achieve a more balanced life with her family.  This interview is as real, courageous, and vulnerable as it gets, as we explore how the pivotal moments in childhood, the strength of our relationships, and the will to survive those dark moments can forever change the course of life. 

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Nov 5

57 min 8 sec

While our stories have the power to shape us, it’s the decisions we make that define us. However, for so many of us, it can be so easy to fall victim to the narrative of the past and all the roadblocks that have kept us from believing we deserve better.  Natalie Crawford is a confidence and transformation coach who is helping her clients to overcome those invisible but very real obstacles of self-doubt, fear, and empowering women to turn their pain into power.  This interview was such a rare and beautiful moment where I genuinely got swept away in Natalie’s story and her incredibly vulnerable and courageous sharing of those defining moments in her life.  Natalie did not hold back in this episode and her ability to openly share some of the most painful memories in her life paints a truly inspirational portrait of resilience and grace.

Oct 11

58 min 37 sec

When we become a parent, we are provided with two vital opportunities for growth and awakening. We can either consciously choose to confront the wounds of our past or unconsciously carry our generational pain into our relationships with our kids.  Yummii Nguyen is someone who chose to confront her emotional wounds and create her own expression of motherhood with intention, love, and purity.  As the founder and creator of The Motherhood Mindset, Yummii is a mindset coach who writes, teaches, and shares ideas on how to live a life guided by love and the journey of healing generational wounds through parenting.  This episode is as real, courageous, and inspirational as it gets, as Yummii’s story of rising from a broken home to surviving immense grief and changing the trajectory of her life is such a beautiful example of what this human journey is all about. 

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Sep 3

56 min 23 sec

Lisa Winneke is the Founder of The Wholehearted Method, the host of the Good News Guide podcast, a speaker, author, and heart-centered visionary who has been deeply immersed in the personal development space for over a decade.  After years of struggling with depression, coping with an eating disorder, and ignoring those "tiny nudges" from within, she courageously chose to leave her 20-year marriage in 2018, and forge a legacy of truth and wholeness for her sons and the world.  Her ability to connect and transform her clients' lives and relationships is informed by her own journey of overcoming the doubt, judgment, guilt, and fear of crossing the bridge from half-hearted living into the wholehearted expression of her humanity.  This episode is about the courage it takes to let go of something “good” in search of something extraordinary and how to amplify your truth, alleviate suffering, and create a space for profound and loving transformation.

Aug 6

1 hr 2 min

Imagine being a chef with a lifelong dream of opening up your restaurant, only to have it all stripped away by the pandemic and having to rethink your entire vision from the ground up. As the founder, chef, and chief “noodle head” at Orso Pasta in Los Angeles, this was the reality that forced Josh Buckwald to question his reasons for wanting to cook and the moment that clarified the new mission of Orso. In this episode, we talk about reimagining what entrepreneurship, relationships, and hospitality look like in the midst of uncertain times, and how keeping things simple can often provide the most powerful opportunities for growth and alignment.

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Jul 30

50 min 12 sec

When I learned about Kristin Swanson’s journey of surviving breast cancer, coping with loss, and the personal, professional, and spiritual transformation that informed her life and the why behind her work, I was inspired to dig deeper.  As a strategy implementation consultant and business coach, Kristin specializes in helping thought leaders and entrepreneurs execute their “someday when” projects and turn procrastination into profit.  In addition to the impact of her coaching, she’s also an incredibly resilient human being whose relationship with time and the ability to move through the dark moments of her life, is a powerful example of someone who is truly doing the work she’s meant to be doing.  In this episode, we explore how to manage your energy in a world that demands it all, the give and take of entrepreneurship, and how to break free of the limiting beliefs that hold us back.

Jun 25

44 min 14 sec

Peter Buck is a sustainability education advocate, an author, poet, musician, and award-winning teacher who has always had a strong sense of what should be righted and what has been wronged in the world.  His 2017 TEDx Talk: What’s the Future Hold? Ask a Metalhead...opened my eyes to how heavy metal musicians can be voices of social consciousness and tap into the essence of what it means to be a human living in inhumane times.  My conversation with Peter was the peak expression of the mission of this podcast, as his courage and willingness to share so much of his soul, created a space for me to do the same.  Together we explore the pain of divorce, the journey of fatherhood, the sacrifices we make to create change, and how art, music, and heart-centered actions can guide us through the darkest chapters in our lives.

Jun 11

1 hr 12 min

My 40th birthday will forever be known as the day I had my first bite of Baked by Sha Sha “funfetti” cake. That first bite was my “Ratatouille” / Disney movie moment where I was transported back to my childhood and fully immersed in the kind of delicious, sensory experience that happens when you can taste the love that an artist puts into their bake.  Sharon Phillips is the founder of Baked by Sha Sha and her bespoke creations of clean treats & cheat treats are not just highly addictive, they are chapters in a story of self-discovery, family, growth, and the moments that remind us of the simple joys in life. My conversation with Sharon was an insightful, incredibly fun, and vulnerable dive into the journey of entrepreneurship, being an introvert, honoring our unique gifts, and how to embrace the dark moments as fuel for success.

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May 14

1 hr 13 min

What if our perception of creativity was completely wrong? What if it’s not just something you’re born with, but a superpower that you can access by provoking your brain to get out of “shortcut mode” and think thoughts that have never been thought before?  As the founder and CEO of Just a Squiggle, a creative thinking company, Camila Kaul is dedicated to helping organizations & individuals turn their biggest problems into possibilities through the power of creative thinking.  With her background in neuroscience, marketing and strategy honed at Harvard Business School of Management and as the Head of Sales Development & Strategy at Google for over a decade, Camila deeply understands the global, economic, and personal impact of creative thinking and how it can be used to improve our everyday lives. In this episode we explore the process of kickstarting our brains to think differently, finding creative solutions to problems, and how to embrace moments of constraint as opportunities for growth and innovation.  "This episode is presented in Immersive Sound by Sound Designer and Producer Andres Borda (Decora Multisensorial Marketing)" ... to get the best audio experience possible, we recommend wearing headphones to fully enjoy this immersive sound episode. 

May 7

50 min 11 sec

Michelle Chu is the founder and CEO of Kono’s Kitchen, a pet treats company that is helping dog parents to build stronger connections with their pets, one treat at a time. What I love most about Michelle’s story and the mission of her company, is that in addition to donating 10% of the profits back to the medical costs of rescue dogs, her focus, drive, and passion for sharing the imperfect journey of pet parenting has created a space for other pet parents to do the same. Her legendary work ethic and love of learning have turned Kono’s Kitchen into a powerful community of support, educational resources, and a safe space to embrace the reality of the pet nutrition and parenting journey, instead of the curated version. In this episode, we explore what it was like to launch a business in the middle of the pandemic, how to make heart-centered decisions as an entrepreneur, and what it means to live your definition of success.

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Mar 29

1 hr 13 min

Yuri Williams is the founder of the non-profit A Future Superhero and Friends whose mission is to provide essential support for the homeless, veterans, sick children, low-income families, and anyone in need of uplifting.    As a juvenile correctional officer for over twenty years, Yuri has restructured his entire work schedule to allow for three 16-hour shifts in a row, so that he can dedicate four days per week to his non-profit.    Then, he dresses up like a superhero and gets to work. He visits skidrow, cancer wards, and families in need to deliver toys, medicine, food, and anything he can to bring light, relief, and a little extra joy into people’s lives.    If you have never heard of Yuri Williams and his incredible organization, I hope this episode inspires you to dive deeper into the videos, stories, and interviews that have highlighted the life’s work of someone who I believe to be the finest example of selfless service and giving. 

Feb 26

34 min 9 sec

Found Coffee in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, is not just my favorite local coffee shop, it’s the place where my son had his first babycino. It’s where I wrote, edited, and created hours of content for this podcast and it’s the place that made this Northeast LA neighborhood feel like home.  Annie Choi is the founder and owner of Found Coffee and her unique ability to build community, support local businesses, and create spaces for people to connect and collaborate is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.  She’s not just a local business owner with an inspirational story, she’s also a friend and someone I’ve seen grow and evolve through: four break-ins at the shop (in the first three years of business), personal struggles, physical exhaustion, and a global pandemic.  In this interview, we explore the silent sacrifices of leadership, how to adapt in the midst of COVID, and what it takes to build a legacy of community, growth, and connection. 

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Feb 12

53 min 8 sec

Imagine what it would look like to let go of the forward-facing image of your life, to leave your profession, and completely scrap reality as you know it?  As a lifelong entrepreneur and Certified Reality Transurfing instructor, Renée Garcia has ventured deeply into the metaphysical practice of transforming pain into growth, poverty into abundance, and turning down the volume of the external to embrace her unique gifts.  This interview is a personal and courageous story of a life that bloomed in darkness and the impact that we can have when we choose to share our light.  During our chat, one of the many powerful insights that Renée shared with me was: “Reality is simply a mirror reflecting back your attitudes and beliefs towards it, and when we give from an empty place, then our mirror will provide the same.”  So if you’re ready to dive into the practical metaphysics of creating your reality and discovering the ways you’re meant to give, this episode is for you.

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Jan 15

1 hr 10 min

For some of us, there are barriers that exist along the path of religious engagement, finding a sense of belonging, or cultivating wholeness in our lives.  Catharine Clarenbach is on a mission to remove these barriers and to nurture deep spirituality in those who are ambivalent about or alienated from religion.  As a Unitarian Universalist Minister and Priestess of Stone Circle Wicca, her love-driven mission is about nourishing the fundamental needs we all share as human beings: connection, love, and community.  My interview with Catharine couldn’t have come at a better time in my life, as it opened up space for me to reflect and remember that we are all doing the best we can with the tools we have.  So if you’re looking to find a moment to pause, breathe, and enjoy a meaningful conversation about authentic spirituality and self-discovery, this episode is for you.

Dec 2020

44 min 30 sec

Have you ever had one of those conversations that recharges you, inspires you, and reminds you of what this human journey is all about?  My interview with Radiah Rhodes was one of those conversations and her example of love, creativity, and kindness was a powerful reminder of what we can achieve when we are grounded in our purpose.  Radiah is an innovator, author, coach, engineer, and the founder of Evok Life, a well-being company that is cultivating lasting change and helping people to create the most aligned, intentional experience of life and work.  In this episode, we explore relationships, innovation, family, leadership, and the powerful impact we can make when we step into our power and find out who we truly are. 

Nov 2020

51 min 20 sec

This episode is about the unexpected clarity that comes from chaos and how we can build a brighter future with our partner.  When manifestation and communication meet strategic action, anything is possible.     

Oct 2020

8 min 35 sec

Early one morning, Jessi Shuraleff was brushing her teeth, when her husband looked over and asked: “Are you happy?” She looked back at him and the truth came out: “No.”  This was when everything changed. It was the end of Jessi saying “I’m fine” whenever someone would ask, and it was the moment she decided to stand completely in her truth. As the host of the This Is My Truth podcast, Jessi’s mission is to create a platform where others can speak their truth and embrace the healing that comes from sharing.  If you haven’t listened to Jessi’s podcast yet, it is an absolute must-listen for anyone looking to grow, connect, and discover some of the most beautiful, vulnerable, and authentic conversations within the audio landscape.  In this episode, we explore infertility, grief, motherhood, marriage, COVID-19, and the journey of becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable moments of life.

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Oct 2020

50 min 53 sec

If you haven’t listened to Part 1 of my interview with Eve Sturges, I highly recommend you go back and listen to Ep. 42 “The Layers of Our Identity” to get fully immersed in what you’re about to hear.  So, Imagine waking up one day, going about your usual routine, and receiving a phone call from a complete stranger who claims that he is your biological father. This is exactly what happened to Eve Sturges and it was the moment her entire world was turned upside down.  During my chat with Eve, I was fascinated to learn that these moments are not rare occurrences, and as the host of the Everything’s Relative podcast, Eve’s mission is to highlight the “DNA Discovery” stories of others and change the conversation around secrets, shame, family, and identity.  As a writer and a licensed marriage and family therapist, Eve’s insights into her own emotional process and the layers of her discovery are still unfolding, and her story is one that truly opened my eyes to the depth and complexity of what this human journey is all about.  As a host, this was such an incredible experience for me, as I had the opportunity to not only explore my own unconscious bias but also some of the blind spots that have prevented me from understanding the experience of others.  This interview is a raw, honest, and vulnerable discussion about family, identity, race, and the unexpected moments that can reshape our lives.

Sep 2020

51 min 23 sec

Aubree Nichols is a self-love advocate, writer, and organizational change consultant who is transforming lives and brands with the power of authentic storytelling. When I discovered Aubree’s work, her brilliant writing, and the many courageous and vulnerable podcast interviews she’s done, I was immediately drawn in by her natural ability to deliver self-love and realness with every piece of content.  This interview is an inspirational dive into what it means to explore and access the depths of our humanity, our essence, and our truth. https://www.aubreenichols.com/ https://www.instagram.com/aubree.nichols/  

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Sep 2020

48 min 50 sec

What if our idea of happiness was wrong and there was actually a simple formula to get it right? As the CEO and Founder of The New Happy, Stephanie Harrison’s mission is to share this formula with the world and redefine what it means to live a good life.  Armed with over 300 studies, wisdom traditions, and real-life stories, Stephanie has cultivated a global community of support, educational tools, and practices to help people discover their unique gifts and make an impact. She is more than just a source of inspiration, she is a powerful example of resilience for the community she serves and someone who truly embodies what it means to unite in wholeness.  https://www.thenewhappy.com/

Aug 2020

45 min 47 sec

A few years ago, I had my first haircut with Kit Shields at the Blind Barber in Highland Park. Since that time, we've have had some truly insightful chats about life, work, sobriety, and pretty much the full spectrum of the human experience.  This is why for me, Kit is more than just my barber or the person I go to for grooming and self-care. She’s someone who creates a sacred space for genuine human connection and meaningful conversation.  In this episode, we explore identity, self-worth, sexuality, pivotal moments from childhood, and what it means to be a true example of vulnerability and courage. 

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Aug 2020

35 min 5 sec

Maram Taibah is a children’s fantasy and steampunk author whose recent publication “Weathernose” explores the Cerulean Universe, a world that is only just awakening to scientific discovery and invention. Maram’s origin story as a writer is just as fascinating as the world she’s created with her fiction. From her early childhood experiences growing up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to the powerful lessons she’s learned from mentors along the way.  In this episode, we explore what it takes to build your creative fire, get grounded in your choices, and accelerate your personal and artistic growth. One of the many important insights Maram shared in this interview is how she was able to “turn herself inside and out creatively” and get to the place where she can fully embody and communicate her truth without hesitation.  Whether you’re a writer, parent, student, or someone who's just in search of that “missing piece” this episode is for you.

Jul 2020

41 min 30 sec

Some of us may spend our entire lives putting the needs of others above our own. But what happens when we define our self-worth based on how well we suppress our own needs, wants, goals, and dreams?  Monica Vandermeer chose to break this cycle within her marriage and set a powerful example of love, openness, self-acceptance, and truth for her family and loved ones.  As the host of the Front Seat - The Road Back to You podcast, she’s created a space for others to share their stories of transformation and explore the “Aha” moments when they realized it was time to make a change.  Monica’s natural ability to get right to the heart of parenting, relationships, mental and physical health, is what makes this such a special episode. Now, more than ever, it’s important for all of us to remember that if we can change our narrative, we can change our life.

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Jul 2020

55 min 24 sec

When I first connected with Eve Sturges and learned about her journey, I realized that she was someone who truly understood the depths of human resilience and strength.  As a writer and licensed marriage and family therapist, her ability to explore difficult topics with bold and heart-centered wittiness made her the perfect choice for my next guest.  Eve is also the host of the Everything’s Relative podcast where she explores the modern landscape of DNA testing and how we can change the conversation around secrets, shame, family, and identity.  Her insights into parenting, marriage, sex, existential crisis and childhood issues were enough to fill two episodes, so that’s exactly what we did.  In Part 1 of my interview with Eve, we explore what it means to be a parent in the midst of COVID-19, how to effectively communicate with your partner, and how the layers of our identity can evolve over time.

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Jul 2020

44 min 49 sec

Just because the future you had in mind may look different, it doesn't mean it's not gonna be a bright one.  This is a special message for all the graduates of 2020 who may be a little freaked out about what their life is gonna look like post-college.  In this episode, I talk about how to navigate the minefield of expectations, the dangers of the "should" mentality, and the importance of honoring your inherent strengths.  calendly.com/ownyourtruth/30min

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Jun 2020

8 min 14 sec

Neil Spector, M.D. is one of the country’s top oncologists and a cancer researcher at Duke University School of Medicine. He’s also a Lyme disease survivor and someone who understands how a life-threatening illness can strip away the veneer and reveal the truth of our humanity.  At the age of 53, he almost died from a disease that should have been diagnosed and treated when he was 37. His memoir, Gone in a Heartbeat: A Physician’s Search for True Healing, explores his journey of misdiagnosis and despite being a medical insider, how he was often discounted by his fellow physicians.  On the day of this recording, Dr. Spector was experiencing chronic pain from post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease and I suggested that we reschedule to give him some time to recover. Instead, he decided to move forward with the interview and shared some of the most vulnerable, raw, and inspirational insights from his battle with Lyme disease.

Jun 2020

58 min 35 sec

What if we could learn to rewrite the story of our life, heal our spirit, and connect to the essence of who we are? As a soul guide, healer, author, and inspirational speaker, Kerri Hummingbird has dedicated her life to helping others transform their challenges into gifts of wisdom. In this interview, we explore what it means to live in the now and how to navigate the deeper layers of ourselves without judgment or shame. Kerri’s insights on parenting, forgiveness, healing, and growth are a powerful reminder of what we can accomplish when we learn to trust our soul.

May 2020

53 min 10 sec

Barbie Parsons is Barbie the Welder. That’s not just her nickname, it’s the identity of a woman who has forged her dream life in the fire of adversity.  Barbie has gone from welfare and hauling scrap metal to support her family, to becoming a world-renowned metal sculptor and five-time author. Her YouTube channel has subscribers from over 53 countries and her story of resilience, love, and passion for her work has inspired a new generation of artists, creators, and entrepreneurs.  This interview is about the journey through self-doubt, fear, failure, and the incredible life we can create when we have the courage to believe in ourselves. 

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May 2020

1 hr 13 min

In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, I struggled with the idea of releasing any content that wasn’t directly related to providing tools on how to cope and push forward in all of this chaos. Then, as I relistened to my interview with Craig Lewis I was hit with a powerful realization that his story and his message are needed now more than ever. Imagine being misdiagnosed with a mental illness at 14 years old, then being wrongly placed in Psychiatric care by your parents and given years of medication that would have a permanent impact on your physical and mental health. To say that Craig Lewis is a “survivor” is a gross understatement of someone who has become a living an example of resilience, empathy, and love for countless people across the world.

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Apr 2020

1 hr

During times of crisis, look for the opportunities to deliver kindness and hope where they are needed the most.  Never forget the origin story of us and how we evolved as tribes. Small communities of people, who banded together for a common purpose: survival and strength. 

Mar 2020

5 min 20 sec

Life can often feel like a constant exchange of energy and time. From the moment we wake up, we are thinking, planning, eating, moving, and accomplishing the tasks required to keep our daily routine intact.  But what happens when we feel stuck, frustrated, or lose sight of the joy that exists in everyday life? This is when it’s time for a Cup of Casey.  As an Eating Psychology Life Coach, Casey Schmidt is helping women to finally get off the destructive diet bandwagon and arrive at a place of peace and ease around food and their bodies. The reason her approach is so effective is that it comes from a place of experience and navigating her own journey with food, body image, tragedy, and learning to grant herself grace for the struggles that would inform her work.  Casey’s insights on parenting, healthy living, and relationships, are a powerful reminder that our life is a direct reflection of the love we pour into it.

Mar 2020

42 min 32 sec

Tension is an opportunity for growth. When there is a feeling of discomfort, it immediately identifies where we need to work. Cyndi Otteson is someone who has embraced this tension and used it to cultivate a legacy of growth, change, and community empowerment. As a mother, a successful businesswoman, and a non-profit leader, her campaign to become the first councilwoman for Los Angeles City Council District 14 is rooted in reasons that reach deeper than career politics and into the heart of her community. When I learned about Cyndi’s mission to disrupt the status quo at City Hall by running a 100% clean money campaign, my first question for her was: “What kind of a battle are you facing here?” What she shared in response, opened my eyes to the truth and the real work that needs to be done. This episode is not about politics, it’s about parenthood and the silent sacrifices we make for our children’s future. It’s about the real cost of what it takes to create lasting change and the courage required to lead with compassion.

Feb 2020

1 hr 1 min

What does it take to hold space for others to heal and grow? Lindsay Burke is someone who can answer this question completely and understands the courage required to walk with someone through the darkest and most challenging moments in their life.  As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, her innovative approach to connecting with her clients is all about making therapy accessible and convenient.  Whether it’s through phone, video, group sessions, or webinars, Lindsay has cultivated a seamless therapeutic experience that removes many of the roadblocks that can prevent us from reaching out for support.  In this interview, she shares so many powerful insights on parenting, relationships, trauma, and how we can walk our own path of healing with awareness and gratitude. 

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Feb 2020

1 hr 18 min

As a nationally-recognized strategic communications leader, social innovator, and the CEO of Tower26, Naomi Seligman has advised congressional leaders, entertainment visionaries, and advocacy groups on how to maximize their social impact and solve some of the most pressing problems facing our nation today. When I was introduced to Naomi and learned about the significance of her work and the impact she was making across so many industries, my first thought was: “How can one human being become such a powerful force for change in so many people’s lives and also maintain the balance in their own life?”  What she shared during our interview gave me a whole new perspective on life, work, family, and the choices we make to become the example that inspires the next generation.  Naomi’s story is the origin story of courage and this episode will open your eyes to the possibilities that you can create by taking meaningful action in your life.

Jan 2020

58 min 13 sec

The families of our nation’s fallen military heroes are known as the Gold Star Families. This is an honor that no one wants as the void left behind in the wake of this ultimate sacrifice is one that can never be filled. For the ones who made it back home, hanging up the uniform is often the beginning of a new battle with isolation, a lack of community, or a sense of purpose.  Combat veteran and former Navy SEAL, Perry Yee understands the difficulties and emotional roadblocks that many veterans face during the transition from active duty to civilian life.  As the founder of Active Valor, this incredible non-profit organization gives new purpose to veterans by pairing them as one-on-one mentors to Gold Star Children.   This powerful idea of mentorship and mission-based adventures has created an opportunity for veterans to pass on the skills they’ve gained during their military careers and make a significant impact within the Gold Star Community.  If you ever needed a moment to pause, reflect and put your life in perspective, this episode is it. It’s a reminder that there are good people out there who selflessly give their energy and their time to promote healing, build community, and create positive change in the world.

Dec 2019

1 hr 4 min

For any child, a home should be the most sacred place on earth. But what happens when the people we love the most betray our trust and destroy our sense of belonging?   Rebecca Schaper is an extraordinary woman who has experienced the depths of this betrayal and used her story of survival as an inspirational example of hope, and forgiveness.  Her documentary “A Sister’s Call” and her book, “The Light in His Soul” are powerful stories of reconnection, and an intimate look into the heart of a family who has struggled to restore their lives, and face the dark traumas of their past.  Before you listen to this episode, I highly recommend you watch “A Sister’s Call” available now on Amazon Prime Video.  As an author, filmmaker, philanthropist, and mental health advocate, Rebecca’s journey of healing and growth has inspired countless people to share their stories of abuse and lift the painful burden of silence from their lives. 

Nov 2019

41 min 20 sec

By owning her truth as a domestic violence survivor, therapist, coach, and mom, Kelly Lynch has cultivated a safe space for women to own the identities they can be proud of, and to stop apologizing for not living up to the stories that were never meant for them.  In 2014, she walked out of an abusive marriage with a suitcase in one arm and her daughter in another. Her courageous journey of self-discovery and growth is a reminder to all of us that it’s ok to fall to pieces in order to rebuild our lives.  This episode is about the valuable lessons we can find within life’s darkest moments and the impact we can make when we have the courage to speak up and own our story.

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Nov 2019

52 min 49 sec

“There is no finish line where we spike the ball and do the victory dance. We are all a work in progress. There’s always something to learn about yourself.”  -Liz Scott This was an excerpt from an original essay by Liz Scott, a psychologist with over 40 years of experience and the author of This Never Happened, an absolutely heart wrenching memoir about her childhood journey with narcissistic parents, and her relentless search for the truth, for belonging, and a deeper understanding of her own life.   Liz Scott is an extraordinary woman who had arrived at the intersection of despair and made a conscious choice to live a full life.  This interview is a deep dive into what it means to take an unflinching look at ourselves and our history, in order to create change.

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Oct 2019

43 min 59 sec

In 2016, Miry Whitehill delivered a baby jumper to a Syrian family who had moved to Los Angeles as refugees. When she visited their home, she discovered what she described in her 2019 Tedx Talk as: “...a haunting vacancy in the bathroom, with no evidence of life to be seen. There were no towels on the towel racks, no shampoo, toilet paper, soap, or cleaning supplies." When she realized the significance of the need for resources, she started to make a list of all the items they needed to turn their sparsely furnished apartment into a functional home for a family of five.  This moment would become the origin story of Miry’s List, a Los Angeles based refugee resettlement organization that has helped over 350 families settle into their new lives in America and provide them with the resources and support they need to thrive.  As the Founder and Executive Director of Miry’s List, Miry Whitehill’s journey of purpose and connection is about the bonds we all share as human beings, and the simple yet powerful difference we can make with a single act of kindness. 

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Oct 2019

58 min 49 sec

If your house or apartment was on fire right now and you only had a few minutes to grab the most important things in your life, what would they be? The answer to this "fire salvage" question is your truth, it's your foundation, and it’s the most powerful source of growth and human momentum that you have.  This episode is about taking a few minutes to ask yourself: "What is it that I really need, and why?" 

Oct 2019

5 min 22 sec

Linden Wolbert is many things to many people. To her loyal and loving fans, she is known as Mermaid Linden, the professional mermaid who specializes in “Ocean Edutainment” for kids and adults, ocean conservation, and swimming safety.  To the countless families with kids who are faced with life-threatening illnesses, she is known as a granter of wishes, an angel, and a carrier of hope.  As the Founder of Mermaids in Motion, LLC., her brand Mermaid Linden is also developing and designing swim products with Body Glove, and her Monofin design has sold in some of the biggest retailers in the world and is currently listed as “Amazon’s Choice” for monofins.  Linden is not just an inspirational example of “Entrepremermaidship,” she is also the living embodiment of what we can achieve, and the lives we can touch, by listening to our internal guide and trusting in the power of our purpose.

Sep 2019

53 min 55 sec

Lisa Hickey is the CEO of Good Men Media, Inc. and the publisher of The Good Men Project, an online platform that is taking a deep look into what enlightened masculinity looks like in the 21st Century.  With over 3 million visitors per month, The Good Men Project has evolved into a diverse, global community of contributors, who are opening up about mental health, sexual identity, marriage, fatherhood, intimacy, and what it means to be at the “front lines of modern manhood.”  With the courage to have the conversation that no one else is having, Lisa Hickey is cultivating a movement that challenges those cultural notions of what a “real man” must be.   Her story of resilience, human connection, and creative innovation is a powerful example of what it means to live a purpose-driven life. 

Aug 2019

51 min 36 sec

Belinda Farrell is an author, teacher, master hypnotherapist, and a reconnective, and Huna Healing practitioner, who has opened my eyes to the strength, and the capacity of the human spirit.  She has overcome incredible adversity including the tragic death of her son to suicide, complete financial loss, and healing a degenerated spine without surgery.   This episode is full of powerful reminders that we are more than we think we are. It’s also a story of survival, healing, and self forgiveness from an incredible human being who has literally walked across fire to prove that in life, she can, she must, and she will.

Aug 2019

51 min 27 sec

No matter who we are, we are all going to struggle at some point in our lives. While this is an inevitable truth of being human, what if we could talk openly about our struggles, share our stories, and build a toolbox for better living? This is the foundation of the message, and the mission of the Beyond Well podcast with Sheila Hamilton. As a five-time Emmy award winning journalist, Sheila has worked in every media platform including documentary film, television, radio, podcasting, and is also the author of: All the Things We Never Knew, a powerful memoir about the journey of loving and losing someone with mental illness. It’s not an easy task to try and summarize the strength, courage, and resilience of Sheila Hamilton, and my hope is that when you listen to this interview you will be inspired to read, absorb, and connect with her work as an author, mental health advocate, and professional storyteller. 

Aug 2019

1 hr 2 min

In this episode I open up about a dark moment in my past that has taken me ten years to reconcile, and ultimately accept as part of who I am.

Jul 2019

15 min 29 sec

For some of us, our identity is the way we look, what we do, who we love, or the roles we fulfill in people’s lives. Now imagine what it would feel like to suddenly have all the layers of your identity violently stripped away in a single moment.  For Gina Cummings, this moment was May of 2003, when she survived a nearly fatal car accident that left her with the permanent loss of normal phonation of her vocal cords, and stage five laryngeal separation.  This episode is not just an incredible story of survival, healing, and growth, it’s an invitation to take a deeper look at our lives and ask ourselves what’s really important.  Gina is living proof that we have the power to redefine ourselves, even in the midst of trauma, suffering, and isolation.  In life, we can’t predict the unforeseen chaos that may destroy our vocal cords, but we can make a conscious choice to believe in the power of our own voice.

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Jul 2019

1 hr 7 min

Diane Babcock and Rocky Cave were high school sweethearts who hadn’t seen each other in over forty three years. Then, one night while relaxing on the couch, with a glass of Merlot, and watching Pulp Fiction, a particular song, in a certain scene, triggered a powerful emotional response within Diane to reach out immediately to her long lost love. She had no idea that her phone call would arrive at a pivotal moment in Rocky’s life, and ignite the journey of healing, reconnection, and true love, that I’m honored to share with you today.  Diane is an incredibly talented writer, and a gifted communicator with a natural ability to listen, let go, and trust in the unseen, intangible truth within.  Whether you believe in destiny or coincidence, Diane’s story is one of those rare reminders that life’s most beautiful moments may arrive when we have no reason left for hope.

Jun 2019

50 min 32 sec

Fear absolutely has a place, and purpose in our lives, and there will definitely be those moments when our brains signal fear in order to protect us from bodily harm, death, or being arrested. But what about those pivotal moments in life, and those difficult decisions that keep us up at night?  Like when we had to decide whether or not to leave that toxic work environment, or that relationship we were about to end or begin, or that painfully awkward conversation we had to have in order to establish healthy boundaries? This episode is a six min dive into a personal truth that has provided me with some powerful insight, and much needed momentum in my life. 

Jun 2019

5 min 58 sec

Katina Makris is many things to many people. As a Certified Homeopath, Intuitive Healer, author, speaker, and radio host, she is an inspirational example of someone who has embraced their inherent gifts, and used their powers in service to others. During my interview with Katina, she shared some of the most powerful and insightful moments of her ten year journey of recovery from Chronic Lyme disease, and her story left me with some profound realizations about the paths we all take to discover our purpose. She's not just a survivor of a chronic disease, she's someone who made a conscious choice to push beyond the pain of losing her marriage, her income, her health, and her home, in order to rebuild her broken spirit, and connect with her true calling in life. If you or someone you love is going through a difficult time right now, this episode will shed some much needed light into the purpose of pain, and how the dark moments in life can become our greatest teachers.

May 2019

1 hr 16 min

On February 13th, 2019, I e-mailed a new subscriber to thank her for joining my mailing list, and for being a listener of the podcast. I had no idea that this simple gesture would ultimately lead to one of the most rewarding, unexpected, and beautiful friendships of my life. Elizabeth Aaroe is living proof that we can find our joy, we can choose bravery, and we can choose optimism even in the face of unrelenting trauma, disease, and abuse. As a Neurological Lyme disease survivor, her journey of misdiagnosis, breathing machines, tests, and waiting lists would only forge the foundation for Elizabeth to stand completely within her own truth, and endure the pain that was yet to come. To try and summarize Elizabeth’s strength of spirit, belief, and grace, in a few paragraphs, would be an impossible task...so in her own words: “In spite of a near-death illness, I remain a relentless, intrepid woman, albeit in an entirely different guise than my former self, but still a remarkably benevolent and creative force of nature, and the master gardener of my life, mind, body, and soul.” -Elizabeth Aaroe May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and this episode is released in honor of Elizabeth Aaroe, and the incredible Lyme Disease survivors, families, loved ones, and healers, who are doing their part to survive, to thrive, and bring awareness to this vital cause.

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May 2019

1 hr 33 min