I know how tough it is to move beyond our comfort zone. Being uncomfortable is not pleasant. We do almost anything to avoid discomfort. However, beautiful things come from challenging ourselves to learn and grow because you and I are alive to become the best version of ourselves.
We must face our fears and defeat them.
We must courageously turn and face our past rather than run from it.
We must push ourselves to be the best we can be which requires we get out of our comfort zone.
After 20 years of producing and hosting television shows, my guest, Dawn Wilson, has a new passion to help awaken the world to the dangers of herbicides and pesticides sprayed on our food. Dawn shares how saving her mother’s life put her on this new path. She also brings our attention to the fact there is no requirement to list what herbicides and pesticides are used on food crops. Research points to a dramatic spike in cancer and autism rates since the 1970s when spraying food crops with Glyphosate became the norm.
As consumers, we must accept that too often profits are more important to some companies than our health.
Eating organic and educating ourselves to the dangers of herbicides and pesticides is vital to maintaining our health and that of our children.
It’s important to research and support companies that do acknowledge the dangers of using herbicides and pesticides on our food crops.
My guest for this episode, Jean Wall, discusses something we all know to be true – there is no easy button to life. Jean and her family have gotten hit hard by the challenges and disappointments life presents and yet they have an attitude of gratitude. Two natural disasters, a flood, and a hurricane destroyed their home. Her husband was downsized from his job and the company he devoted 24 years to, refused to give him the pension he’d earned. And Jean recently received a cancer diagnosis.
Jean shares there is so much we cannot control that happens to us in life, but we can control our attitude about how we face life’s challenges.
Tragedy can bring out the best in us when we choose not to see ourselves as a victim.
Family and friends are so important in helping us survive and thrive when life presents tough situations.
I sit down with Kristen Cannata, a mother of two young boys, to discuss how she navigates the world of parenting in the age of technology and bullies. She talks about the need for children to appreciate that the interactions they have with people, animals, and the natural world are always more satisfying and important than an iPhone, TV, computer, or iPad. And how essential it is for children to learn how to treat others as they want to be treated.
Part of loving children is showing them how to behave so they treat themselves and others with respect and kindness.
Children need to know life is not perfect and that there will be situations where they have to deal with challenges such as bullies.
Parents must take care of themselves so they can be fully there for their children.
Have you ever seen a UFO? Or been visited by little gray, not green, aliens? I have. Which taught me there are millions of us with millions of different experiences. We cannot all have the same experiences. That’s why it’s so important we listen to one another to understand rather than simply dismiss each other because we have not personally experienced the same.
You can imagine how surreal and strange it must be to grow up with a secret you are not able to share with anyone for fear of being labeled crazy.
Finding others who share the same experience is comforting because you can’t be crazy when someone, anyone, steps up and says, “Hey, that also happened to me.”
Each experience you and I have in life is a unique opportunity to grow our sympathy, empathy, and compassion for others.
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Practice Makes us Proficient! Which Takes the Perfection Pressure Off.
Do you like lasagna? I do, very much. Honestly and with all modesty I can say my lasagna is to die for. I don’t mean my lasagna will literally kill you. Heavens NO! The expression “it’s to die for” means something is fantastic, incredible, magnificent, and in the case of food over the top delicious. And my lasagna should be first-rate, an award-winning stack of deliciousness because I’ve spent the past 45 years mastering the recipe.
We don’t get good at anything – cooking, relationships, a job, patience – without practice.
If we want to be really good at something we must get really good at practicing that something.
Practice will make us proficient, not perfect. Takes a lot of stress off, doesn’t it?
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I sit down with Nicole Stanton, actress, and producer, to discuss how she navigates the male-dominated world of Hollywood where using sex to sell still seems to be the lowest common denominator. She talks about how the industry is changing its views of women, slowly and how consumers can drive change by supporting independent films that feature women. Nicole also offers advice for women who are navigating the confusing world of dating.
As a society, we must broaden our view of one another and accept we don’t have to fit into a certain box.
Social media offers wonderful access to people but also allows us to hide or to create a false sense of intimacy.
To successfully negotiate the dating world it is vital to know what you want and need and to value integrity as the common bond that holds a relationship together.
A friend has an unmarried adult daughter who got pregnant. There is no stigma for my friend around her daughter’s pregnancy. However, she has a real problem with the boyfriend who abuses her daughter with disrespect, psychological torment, and manipulation. She also has a problem with the boyfriend’s mother who defends her son’s immature and unacceptable behavior.
The daughter also excuses the boyfriend, saying she loves him. She refuses to listen to her mother or her sister, both of whom beg her to wake up and see the man for what his repeated actions say is the truth of his character. Their words fall on deaf ears. She is blinded by her infatuation with the man. But, with every fight, the daughter complains about how badly the boyfriend treats her. Each time, the mother and sister confirm she has to end the relationship. The young woman repeatedly refuses to let the man go.
Often we are taught love is blind and must endure all things.
The truth is, love that is our integrity in action does not bear all things.
While all relationships have challenges, love is not about tolerating abuse, control or harmful actions.
I sobbed in a homeless man’s arms. I did not know the man. Most likely I will not see him again. But, I will never forget the moment our hearts touched in the intimate dance of raw truth: he lives on the street and me in a warm apartment.
Our exchange began when I commented on his dog. He smiled very proud and said, “Yea, she’s great. I’ve got her back and she’s got mine.” As he spoke, gently petting the dog, I reached into my wallet and took out all the money I had. Without counting or caring what he would do with it I handed it to him. He hesitantly took it. As our hands touched my tears began.
The man reached out, wrapped me tightly in his arms and said, “It’s okay. We’re okay out here. Thank you for caring.”
As I turned to leave he said, “I love you.” I looked him in the eyes and said, “I love you too.”
Love is more than caring and affection for those closest to us.
In this episode I sit down with Eren Cannata, Emmy winning songwriter, singer, and producer to get his thoughts on what it means to be a man. A father of two sons, Eren believes the old blueprint of what it means to be a man needs to be revised. And, while some people are scared of change, his experience as a man who embraces change in the form of respect and acceptance of all people, has resulted in a freer and healthier life.
It’s beautiful to be rid of the old macho, got to dominate, bread-winner mentality.
The “old school” dad who comes home, cracks open a beer, puts the emotional wall up doesn’t work anymore, at least not for me because it doesn’t teach my children or family anything positive.
To fix what is broken we must teach our children to respect themselves and to be accepting of difference so they will respect others.