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A place where I openly share my personal experiences and thoughts to connect, motivate, inspire and journey through life with you. 

One Woman’s Inspirational Survival Story Following A Devastating Stroke In Her 40s

Meet the women of the book,  Make Your Mess Your Message This week I spoke with Linda (Chapter 21 “Letting Go Of The To-Do List”). Linda’s creative energy, entrepreneurial spirit, and her superpower of being a “Super-Connector” is evident in all her ventures.  A devastating stroke and discovery of a brain aneurysm while just in her […]

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3 Tools To Help You Move Forward After An Unplanned Divorce

Meet the women of the book, “Make Your Mess Your Message”. This week, I speak with Kirsten Duncan (Chapter 46). In the span of 4 months, Kirsten’s life was dramatically altered leading her to the realization that life can fall apart, but with grit, faith, and resiliency, it can be rebuilt; Kirsten shares her story […]

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How To Make Yourself A Priority While Helping Others

Meet the women of, “Make Your Mess Your Message” Watch the full interview here! Joining the navy at age 17, becoming the legal guardian of her younger sister at age 19 due to  the unexpected death of her beloved mother due to cancer, a divorce, becoming a single mom, becoming the guardian of her brother […]

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One Woman’s Stage IV Melanoma Cancer Journey And Her Advice For Others

Meet the women of the book, “Make Your Mess Your Message – More Life Lessons From And For My Girlfriends.”   Joining me this week is Shay (Chapter 25), as a newlywed and just 31 years of age, she received a devastating diagnosis of Stage IV melanoma. Shay shares her journey and advice for others […]

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Trans Person Identity, Transphobia, And How To Become A Trans Ally

Trans Person Identity, Transphobia, And How To Become A Trans Ally Joining me this week is Gage, a Trans advocate and cohost of the Girl-ish podcast. Today we talk about coming out as a trans person, trans visibility in the media, experiencing transphobia, and how to be a trans ally.   To view the interview, […]

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3 Tools To Navigate Life’s Obstacles From A Professional Obstacle Course Racer

We all face obstacles in our life, many that seem to pop up out of nowhere. This past year has certainly been a year filled with obstacles for many of us – as we’ve had to navigate school, work, relationships and financial issues during the pandemic.  Joining me in this week’s interview which can be […]

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A Small Business Owner’s 3 Tools For Success During The Pandemic

In recent years, economists have estimated that 600,000 US businesses have permanently closed each year. Due to the pandemic, that number has skyrocketed with an estimated additional 200,000 permanent closures of businesses — or about a quarter to a third above normal. How can small businesses make it in our new normal?  Susan Slater Cotter […]

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One Woman’s Personal Story of Living With A Diagnosed Anxiety Disorder

While we all experience anxiety, suffering from an anxiety disorder can be paralyzing. It effects 18% of American adults. It can take away from the enjoyment of daily life – causing the sufferer to avoid work, school, family get-togethers, and other social situations that might trigger or worsen today symptoms. As today’s guest describes her […]

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A Mom’s Heartfelt Story: Autism After High School – 3 Tips For Families

It is back to school time! Transitioning back to school can be a challenge for families with children who have received an autism diagnosis and those challenges don’t just end at high school graduation. Navigating what life after high school looks like for a young adult with autism can be daunting for parents of adult […]

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ONE QUESTION. 52 WOMEN. 50+ INSPIRING LIFE LESSONS.

MAKE YOUR MESS YOUR MESSAGE:MORE LIFE LESSONS FROM AND FOR MY GIRLFRIENDSby Shari Leid Life is messy. Yet, through many of the challenges we face, weoften find our strength, our perseverance, and our resilience toovercome the difficult times. In her new book, Make Your Mess Your Message: More LifeLessons From and For My Girlfriends [978-1954920118;$17.95; […]

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