Burnout, weight gain, and chronic diseases

Celine Anelone Brozovich, our recent guest, was once flying high as an engineer and MBA. She was receiving awards and being rewarded. With working all the time, not sleeping, and not exercising, Celine burned out. With that all-too-familiar physical, emotional, and mental burnout there follows weight gain, chronic diseases, and even an attempted suicide.

Celine learned of lifestyle medicine. This is a type of care supported by a medical doctor which includes mindfulness, nutrition, and care for your entire body – not just treating disease. Celine lost a great amount of weight, and her depression became controlled.

Today, Celine Anelone Brozovich is the founder of FromHow2Wow, a health and productivity company created to build employee morale and reduce employer healthcare expenses. In a nutshell Celine works across the organization to teach and coach. She leverages Lifestyle Medicine programs that are scientifically based with proven results and sound business principles to deliver a program with sustainable results.

Celine explained on the show that Lifestyle Medicine is defined by six pillars:

  • Nutrition
  • Mind/Soul
  • Life Purpose
  • Body
  • Environment
  • Connectedness

When these pillars of care are coordinated with a medical doctor who understands Lifestyle Medicine, chronic diseases can be reversed.

I ate whole foods 100% plant based. There are 80,000 edible plants in the world, and if 80% of your diet can be plant-based you will see dramatic results.

Celine Anelone Brozovich

Celine is a proponent of eating every day from all five food groups, drinking plenty of water, exercise, and working on your emotions.

Forgiveness is key.”

Celine Anelone Brozovich

Once Celine’s health so dramatically improved by the changes she made, she began to share the information to as many people as possible. Once her doctor (who wanted to put her on medication) saw results of Celine’s new diet, he started listening to her. Now The American College for Lifestyle Medicine exists, and doctors receive training in the six pillars mentioned.

 “It’s a growing community of doctors who are learning the power of food and nutrition on the health of their patients.”

Celine Anelone Brozovich

Not convinced that Lifestyle Medicine is for you? Here are some shocking statistics:

  • Every 36 seconds, an American dies from heart disease
  • Four seconds later someone dies of a heart attack
  • Six to ten Americans suffer from chronic disease
  • One out of three children born today will develop diabetes

The cost to treat these diseases may be astronomical for businesses. Prevention, and personalized nutrition is the answer.”

Celine Anelone Brozovich

Americans eat 190 pounds of sugar a year. There are 61 different names for sugar hidden in foods. Foods are produced to make us addicted and keep us that way.

Sugar is as addictive as cocaine. When you change your diet, you must remove the sugar. It’s poison. Get your sweets from whole fruits. Instead of getting only bad carbs, you will benefit from fiber, vitamins, and minerals, too.”  

Celine Anelone Brozovich

Celine provided a recipe for a no-bake healthy brownie. The ingredients include dates, 100% cocoa, walnuts, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, and pinch of salt combine in a blender.

It’s a brownie that heals you!

Celine Anelone Brozovich

Celine was very clear in her advice to us:

Step one is to become aware that change in your diet is needed. Start making those changes. Take a short walk daily and throw out the sugar. There are no super foods. Eating a little of all five food groups is the super choice. Go slow. Educate yourself.”

Celine Anelone Brozovich

Find Celine and her programs available for you right here: https://fromhow2wow.com/

Hurt People Hurt People

At the age of 20, Michelle Jewsbury left Idaho for Hollywood to be a movie star. She starred in some independent films and plays; and was just beginning to see success.

Then Michelle met a blonde haired, blue eyed, handsome man who swept her off her feet. He courted her, sent her flowers and gifts, sent amazing text messages. She loved the life they were creating together and became caught up in the allure of that dream.  

Three months into the relationship the first sign of trouble showed itself.

On the closing night of a play I was in, Paul invited the cast members to our hotel room for a party. A long-time friend of mine pulled me into the bathroom and warned me about Paul. She didn’t like him, thought he was cocky, said that he gave her the heebie jeebies.

Paul overheard this conversation and claimed the friend was trying to seduce him. Paul seemed to be protecting me and forced me to choose one or the other: him or my friend.

In those three months Paul had painted a picture of us together, and I was certain it would be a reality. I should have identified the sign, but I didn’t.

Michelle Jewsbury

The isolation began, and Michelle found herself being separated by more and more friends, and Paul continued to paint a lovely future.

At four months into the relationship the first act of physical violence was perpetrated on Michelle by Paul. She didn’t leave then either.

I stayed with Paul for four years. During that time, I endured psychological manipulation, financial abuse, physical violence, and sexual violence. I had never witnessed abuse at home and didn’t realize what was happening. The allure of the life I imagined with him made it difficult to leave. I was his savior. I knew his darkest secrets.”

Michelle Jewsbury

After all the abuse she had suffered, Michelle’s breaking point was his affair with another woman.

I lost my mind. He let me go home to my family, but he still had a grip on me emotionally and financially. In November 2015 I got a phone call from his new girlfriend. She was pressing domestic violence charges against Paul. I contacted the DA to help with her case and filed my own lawsuit.

Michelle Jewsbury

Michelle took her power back!

She began to document her story. In 2016 her story appeared on stage as a 65-minute one-woman play about domestic violence, starring Michelle.

You can now read her book:

God taught me I can make beautiful things out of the broken pieces. I could feel Him carry me. When you sit in silence you can hear Him.”

Michelle Jewsbury

Michelle felt compelled to start a nonprofit called Unsilenced Voices. She began by helping women in Ghana and Sierra Leone. Her organization has today impacted thousands and thousands of women.

Michelle is seeking sponsors (corporations and businesses) for a live event July 22nd in Las Vegas. She asks that interested parties email her at Michelle@UnsilencedVoices.Org

Michelle has a giveaway for our listeners. Text “Obstacles” to 26786 and receive a complimentary introduction to her book.

Provided below are some tips about domestic violence. Michelle asks you to consider a time when your partner may have become angry and hurt you. He/she has probably assured you it won’t happen again.

What if you’re wrong?

California Judicial System explains the cycle of domestic violence in three stages:

1. Tension-building phase:

a. Batterer-may: pick fights; act jealous; be critical; yell; swear; use angry gestures; coercion; threats; be moody; unpredictable; and drink or use drugs

b. Partner-may: feel like they are walking on eggshells; afraid; anxious; try to reason; act calm; appease the batterer or keep silent and try to keep children quiet.

2. Violence-crisis phase:

a. Batterer-may: verbally, emotionally, or physically abuse; sexually assault; restrain or threaten partner and destroy property.

b. Partner-may: experience fear; shock; use self-defense; try to leave; call for help; pray for it to stop; do what is necessary to survive.

3. Seduction-calm phase:

a. Batterer-may: apologize; minimize or deny abuse; ask for forgiveness; be affectionate; promise it won’t happen again and to change; give gifts (this also explains how three dynamics love, hope, and fear, keep the cycle in motion and make it hard to end a violent relationship)*

b. Partner-may: forgive; feel hopeful; manipulated; blame self; arrange for counseling; return home and minimize or deny abuse.

According to the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project of Duluth, Minnesota, certain behaviors of abusive men have been identified. Some characteristics of the early stages of abuse that precede physical battering are listed here. Women who recognize several of these traits in their partners should take a good look at the relationship, and carefully consider getting out before it becomes violent.

1. Your partner has a history of growing up in a violent family, a setting where he learned that violence is normal behavior.

2. He tends to use force or violence to try and solve problems- as indicated by behavior such as a criminal record for violence, a quick temper or tendency to overreact to minor frustrations, fighting, destructive behavior when angry, cruelty to animals.

3. He abuses alcohol or drugs.

4. He has a poor image of himself, often masked by trying to act tough.

5. He often exhibits jealousy, not only of other men, but also of friends and family members.

6. He exhibits hypermasculine behavior- he feels he should make all the decisions, tell you what your role as a woman and his as a man must be. He has very traditional ideas about appropriate roles and behaviors of men and women, and thinks women are second-class citizens. He expects you to follow his orders and advice and may become angry if you can’t read his mind and anticipate what he wants.

7. He emotionally abuses you or other women with name-calling, putdowns, humiliation, and attempts to create guilt.

8. He isolates you by telling you who you may see or talk to, controls what you do and where you go, even what you read. He keeps tabs on your every move and wants you with him all the time.

9. He intimidates you and makes you afraid through looks, anger, actions, a display of weapons or gestures. He destroys your property or abuses your pets. He enjoys playing with lethal weapons and threatens to use them against those he feels wronged him. You do what he wants you to do and constantly work to keep him from getting angry.

10. He portrays “Jekyll and Hyde” behavior. He goes through highs and lows, as though he is two different people, and he swings from extremely kind to extremely cruel.

11. He uses coercion and threats. He tells you he will hurt you, leave you, or kill himself if you leave. If you file charges against him, he makes you drop them by threatening violence or suicide. Have you changed your life, so you won’t make him angry?

12. He treats you roughly, and physically forces you to do things you do not want to do.

13. He often denies his actions, minimizing or making light of his own abusive behavior, refusing to take your concerns seriously, and blaming you for his behavior.

14. He economically abuses you by preventing you from getting or keeping a job, controlling all the money in the household, making you ask for money, or concealing his income.

15. Weapons are important to him as instruments of power or control, he is unusually fascinated with guns or other weapons, without or beyond any reasonable explanation for such an interest (such as collecting antiques, historical reenactment, or hunting).

16. He has battered or stalked a partner in a prior relationship and/or has a history of police encounters for assault, battery, threats, or stalking.

17. He tried to inappropriately accelerate his relationship with you when you were dating, prematurely discussing marriage or other commitment, then expects the relationship to last forever, no matter what may happen.

18. He refers to his use of alcohol or drugs as an excuse for hostile or violent behavior.

19. He can’t accept rejection, resists change or compromise, is generally inflexible.

20. He is not just devoted, but obsessed with you; he spends a disproportionate amount of time talking about you, watching, or following you, and derives much of his identity from being your partner.

21. He is paranoid, believes others are out to get him, and projects strong feelings such as hate or jealousy onto others when there is no evidence that would lead a reasonable person to perceive such emotions.

22. He refuses to take responsibility for his own actions, and always blames others for problems of his own making.

23. He is usually moody, sullen, depressed, or any about something.

24. He tries to enlist your friends and family in his own campaign to keep you with him or get you back if you have left.

25. Perhaps most important of all: If you have an intuitive feeling that you are at risk from this man, if you fear he might injure or kill you, listen to your own instincts!

Just because we went through a certain experience, it doesn’t define who we are. We can use our stories to help other people.”

Michelle Jewsbury

Kristi is a grief recovery specialist and hosts The Grief Girl Podcast.

Eight years ago, Kristi’s husband died by suicide. That was tragic enough, and even more so since he stepped in front of a train on which his father was a passenger.

After living through the aftermath of such deep loss, and not having tools at the time to ease her pain, Kristi vowed to help those who might suffer as she did. This sparked her passion to write her first book: B

There is a stigma regarding depression and mental illness. All of us are going through hard times right now. Businesses have been shut down; kids are learning remotely. No one was prepared for, nor had the tools to navigate this pandemic. Teens need a manual for selfcare.”

Kristi Hugstad

Kristi explained young people are wired for social connection. When they don’t  get that connection there will be problems, and she is doing her best to prevent those problems.

Youth are feeling guilty for feeling depressed or having anxiety. They say, ‘I don’t know why I’m feeling sad, because no one in my family has died’. I tell them grief is not just about death. I point out they’ve lost social connection, and they can grieve for something that never was such as a prom, athletics, and/or graduation. I tell them their feelings of separation and loss is valid.”

Kristi Hugstad

Kristi’s book provides something all teens, young adults, parents, you, and I need: tools of self-care.

  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Emotional
  • Social
  • Financial

The reader may focus on one of these more than another on any given day. Kristi gives the why for each tool, allowing you to make better choices. She offers ways to track your progress and report often about the outcomes of your choices.

Journaling is an important self-care tool. Many people wonder what to write in a journal, and how often to write. The book provides questions and prompts for simple and effective ways to compose your feelings.”  

Kristi Hugstad

Prompts may be:

  • What I’m I grateful for?
  • What positive things happened today?

In a brilliant way, Kristi also provides occasional check ins for the reader. She has included a stopwatch within the pages of her book and questions such as, “how long have you been sitting? Why don’t you grab a healthy snack and get five minutes of fresh air right now?”

We take for granted people know how to do these things. Teens may not; you may not. Some people need this roadmap for selfcare, and these are reliable tools.”

Kristi Hugstad

Besides financial tools to help the reader avoid stress and anxiety related to money issues, Kristi’s book includes ways to change negative thinking.

Young people can learn to attract more positive energy. Routine creates habits. Habits like exercise will raise endorphins in the brain, alter its chemistry, and encourage more effective action”.

Kristi Hugstad

Kristi had advice for parents and kids during the pandemic:

Get your kids motivated again, lower your expectations right now. Their mental health must come first. Parents should lead by example. Dial it back a bit and take the pressure off. Make room for fun.

Kristi Hugstad

Kristi suggests you don’t simply hand her book to your young adult. YOU need to read it first and apply the principles, then lead by example. Mention the highlights that helped you make changes, and tools that were helpful to you.

Kristi ends her book with a message of hope. She feels compelled to help you and your young adult to develop a positive lifestyle and mindset. By reading it you’ll figure out how to be a better you.

Good Grief!

Good Grief, Charlie Brown!” was often spoken to and by that loveable cartoon character who seemed to be living life with constant loss and disappointment. It was an exclamation that perhaps we should take more to heart that we’ve considered before.

Our recent guest, Claire B. Willis shares in her book, Opening to Grief – Finding your Way From Loss to Peace that we should not hide from grief, but instead give it full expression. GOOD Grief.

Claire quoted Jamie Anderson: “Grief, I have learned is really just love. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.”

While leading bereavement groups, Claire has discovered many aspects of grief, and she shared some of her enlightened knowledge with us, even clarifying the decades long standard of death coined by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in her well-known book: On Death and Dying in which she describes 5 stages of the end of life.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross first wrote about the five steps people go through who are dying. Through the years, many have mistaken that theory to mean the five stages of grief. It’s not to say those stages don’t happen. But they don’t happen linearly. There is anger, there is denial, there is shock, there is bargaining, there is acceptance, but it’s not sequential.”

Claire B. Willis

Claire wrote her book to support people in knowing they aren’t supposed to be feeling certain things in certain stages of grief. Claire feels we’ve misrepresented the original idea.

The way YOU’RE grieving is normal.

Claire B. Willis

We think of grief as having a very particular face: sadness, sorrow, despair, depression, and hopelessness. But grief is also anger, rage, irritability, impatience, regret, gratitude, and relief.

Grief has as many expressions as there are people grieving.”

Claire B. Willis

Sometimes people judge other family members. When family members don’t act in ways we believe is expected, they may be accused of not grieving. Claire makes it clear it’s important we all recognize grief in the various forms it comes.

People criticize themselves for not ‘grieving right’. Don’t feel silenced or shamed by the way you grieve. This will add suffering to an already difficult time.

Claire B. Willis

Providing support to family and others who’ve lost loved ones helps them not to feel alone. Many times, it’s hard to recognize another’s grief when it looks so different from our own, and it takes strength and vulnerability to express our own grief when others may not understand.

Claire was clear to say that grief can be scary to feel, and that it comes in waves instead of all at once. This is a way our mind protects us from significant pain. She used a metaphor to teach us about the waves of grief.

If we try to look at the sun, we make a quick glance, then look away. We try again a little later and look as long as we can but turn away when the light is too intense for our eyes. Grief is often experienced in the same way. We can’t sustain the deep feeling of loss all at once.

Claire B. Willis

That wave of grief is often referred to as S.T.U.G. a Sudden Temporary Upsurge of Grief. You may burst out crying completely out of the blue weeks, month, or years after the loss of your loved one.

This doesn’t mean you’re going backwards. It’s simply S.T.U.G. Ride it out. It will be gone in 24 hours. Your grief changes in intensity, duration, and frequency. At first the loss causes a searing pain and your whole life is seen as grief. Slowly, different things come into your life, and it moves from a searing pain to a dull ache.”

Claire B. Willis

Think of grief another way….like a broken bone.

Jackie Bailey’s first broken ankle a day after surgery

A broken bone at first is very painful. You have surgery, wear a cast, go through physical therapy, and you walk again eventually. But on rainy days the ache returns to the bone. We all must choose at any given moment if we’re going to cope or deal. We can’t cope when we’re dealing, and we can’t deal when we’re coping. It’s a conscious choice we make.”

Claire B. Willis

Most of the time we don’t get the closure we’d like when a loved one is lost. Claire says that is doesn’t help to think of all the woulda, shoulda, coulda scenarios.

The last few minutes of someone’s live can often take on too much significance and overshadow the whole of their life. It we don’t get a chance to have the loving departure with our loved one we hoped for, we often judge ourselves and ruminate on what we could have done differently.”

Claire B. Willis

Claire suggests a better way to honor the life of your loved one is to take action which can increase our capacity to help ourselves and others who are grieving.

1. Writing as a refuge. Writing 3-4 times a week about our loved one may decrease depression. Start each entry with “I remember….” In this way you can recreate the life you had together.

You can also write letters to the person you’ve lost. Your entry in that case could be, “Here’s what I wish I could have told you today…” These can become memories for young family members who didn’t know the person as well.

Find your unencumbered voice. Set aside the censored voice we use daily. Writing allows us to be healthier, as we release those hidden feelings we can’t actually verbalize.”

Claire B. Willis

2. Kindness. People can be so judgmental of others who are grieving. It’s important to remember to simply be kind and know each person grieves in their own way. Claire shared a mediation (one of many in her book):

May I start right here. May I offer myself kindness and compassion. May I accept myself as I am.”

Be kind to yourself and others. There is a lot of private pain. Make your healing process a no-compare zone.

3. Restoring in nature. Nature asks nothing from us. We just take in what’s happening. Being in the natural world can help us rest. In nature we see the cycles of life, death, and rebirth which will provide a sense of hope.

Claire read a poem by Wendell Barry titled: The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me, and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.

I come into the presence of still water, and I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light.

For a time, I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Learn to give your grief full expression and find a companion in Claire’s book.

Connect to Your Empathic Superhero Power

How often have you been told to shake it off, get a grip, move on, let it go, or you’re too sensitive only to realize that these platitudes make you feel worse? Traditionally, empaths are so sensitive that many recoil from the world. Our recent guest, Michelle Welch teaches empaths (and we all have some empathic power) to connect rather than disconnect.

She is the author of the new book, THE MAGIC OF CONNECTION: Stop Cutting Cords & Learn to Transform Negative Energy to Live an Empowered Life.

Growing up in the Bible belt of Texas in a religious family, Michelle was not taught, nor encouraged to learn about, empathic skills or anything regarding the metaphysical. However, she remembers being intuitive from a young age. Her religious family would define her sensitivity as The Gift of Prophecy and/or discernment.

Michelle attended law school and worked in prosecution, defense, and appeals cases. She had a desire to be a judge – perhaps because of her “discernment”.

One day I woke up and I wasn’t happy. I was empty. I was not feeling anything. I knew there was more to what I had studied in seminary and law school. I questioned everything. I pondered it all.”

Michelle Welch

Michelle began to learn the metaphysical. She learned her highly intuitive self was not a choice, and it didn’t matter which side of the brain we operate from. We were given both, and Michelle began to own her power.

Later when she told her legal colleagues she was leaving, they were relieved because they recognized Michelle was making a move to a more authentic side of herself.

I believe in creating your reality and speaking your reality.

Michelle Welch

Michelle is now the owner and operator of soon to be three SoulTopia metaphysical stores in Dallas, TX, where she offers intuitive readings and healing sessions in addition to teaching classes on crystals, tarot, energy work, and intuition. As a “reformed attorney,” she is still licensed in the state of Texas and has lent her intuitive abilities to numerous court and law enforcement cases.

Michelle is also the host of the SoulWhat podcast and the Michelle SoulTopia YouTube channel. Furthermore, she is an ordained minister and holds many certificates in various divination and healing modalities.

While working in her stores before and during the pandemic, Michelle was troubled by what she was hearing her customers say about their inability to tolerate other people, and their desire to break off relationships (cut cords) thinking they would be less traumatized by the energetic climate of the times – political and otherwise.

Her clients were trying to be more authentic by cutting these relationship cords, and Michelle knew it wasn’t right.

Customers were stating, ‘I can’t go to that party….; or I can’t be around that person…; or I can’t be friends with him/her… because of their negativity’. I wasn’t hearing people say, ‘I choose’. They wer saying ‘I can’t’ and taking no responsibility for their own energy.”  

Michelle Welch

Understanding that we are all energy, and we’re all one, cutting  those cords could have negative effects on all of us. Michelle pondered the idea that we could learn to transmute or change that negative energy into something positive.

Why can’t we transmute our bad energy instead of cutting cords and severing relationships? If we are one, then we can’t cut the cords. I was compelled to write my book.

Michelle Welch

In Michelle’s book, The Magic of Connection: Stop Cutting Cords & Learn to Transform Negative Energy to Live an Empowered Life, she has provided a handbook on how to navigate the many energy cords we get hooked by—people, news, global events, all the many distractions we are continually bombarded by—and offers techniques that anyone, especially empaths, can use to transmute difficult energies that otherwise can alter our mental and emotional health.

You can become a Superhero who can confidently engage in the world.”

Michelle Welch

The ability to spontaneously transmute energy will help us lose our need to always come from a defensive and even powerless standpoint so there’s no more need to cut cords. We heal cords through transmutation. It’s a win-win prescription for healing and engaging!

Michelle’s book has over fifty meditations and exercises to assist readers in embracing their spiritual connection to live more empowered lives. Superhero’s Tools and Sidekicks are introduced and affirmations, mantras, tarot cards, candles, and incantations—along with a cast of assistants (ascended masters, archangels, deities, and others) at the ready to help you make magic happen.

Start from the beginning and do each of the exercises in order. They are repetitive on purpose.”

Michelle Welch

Her book is for everyone, since we all have some form of empathic power. As you progress through the book, you’ll learn how to transmute energy. We all have been programmed to respond or react to energy. Our programming can change to lean more empathic. Sometimes “vibes” people give off have been interpreted wrong, and we can all learn to react to energy in a better way.

Scan your own energy before you make judgements about the energy of others.”

Michelle Welch

You can shop at Michelle’s online store for crystals, beaded bracelets, healing bracelets, herbs, candles, statues, charms, books, cards, gifts, etc. https://mysoultopia.com/

Living a spiritually attuned life can come with challenges. Discover how to transform and transmute difficult or unwarranted energies to become a grounded source of love and light, able to withstand the dynamic energies of the times. Discover the Magic of Connection in your life. Get more information at MichelleWelch.com bookings@soultopia.guru

When Shift Happens

From the age of 6, Millen Livis wanted to understand how the world worked. She studied physics but discovered it didn’t provide the answers she was looking for. A shift was about to happen.

I was on top of the world living the American dream. We came to this country with no money but ended up with a job on Wall Street and a great salary.

Millen Livis

What she calls “a divine crisis” brought Millen to her knees. A divorce. She experienced failure, guilt, and shame. Millen put aside her potential.

I was experiencing the darkest night of my soul. I was dying inside. I wasn’t sleeping or eating. I didn’t want to talk to anyone. I avoided people, but I intuitively started praying and meditating.”

Millen Livis

Millen had not been raised in a religious home and unexpectedly found metaphysics provided the answers about life she’d been seeking.

It felt right. Intelligent love gave me what I needed. I was narrow minded before, and it took this painful experience to open my heart and my soul. It had to be an earth-shaking experience to shift my model of the world

Millen Livis

Millen admits before this crisis, ego had kept her resistant to the Source.

We don’t like to embrace the unknown, but that’s exactly how things work for our benefit in the quantum field. The shifts in my external life started happening when I changed inside, and I changed big time!”

Millen Livis

Today, Millen is a financial independence mentor, best-selling author, investor, and entrepreneur. She combines her traditional and holistic education to help professional and entrepreneurial women become financially independent and retire early, so that they enjoy more choices and more freedom, without having to worry about money!

FREEDOM, Millen discovered is her core value. She wants to be free to enjoy life on her terms without obligations, guilt, or owing something to someone.

I adjusted my choices which became aligned with the vision I now had of myself. Despite being strong and smart, I still needed support. I thought only weak people asked for help, but life taught me an important lesson.

Millen Livis

Millen explains life is like a boomerang. It’s about what YOU emit to the world. THAT’S what you’ll receive. When we live in integrity with values and words we use (which are frequency based), things will change for us. We will make better choices when we have clarity on what we WANT.

Clarity about what you want is important. We have ability to create the experiences we want. Everything is perception.”

Millen Livis

We (including myself) have strange perceptions of money. Millen explains many people feel money is something to chase and is hard to get. We might even feel money is not something we’re meant to have.

Millen has a different view of money.

I choose to see money as a friend who has my back. You don’t need to chase a friend.”

Millen Livis

Millen explains we are not linear beings, but multi-dimensional. Simply learning to invest is not enough for everyone. We can create success from the inside out and attract money through our frequency.

Mediations are part of Millen’s practice. Dr. Joe Dispenza is a mentor of hers and she endorses his meditation resources.

Millen also offers you a complimentary consultation, so you never have to worry about money again. She will help you map your path to financial independence.

Make your appointment at SpeakWithMillen.Com

You can learn more about Millen at DaretoChangeLife.com

I deeply believe everyone has the capacity to be financially independent, have a clear vision, and get what they want.

Millen Livis

Todd and Jackie were recent guests on Millen’s Dare to Change Life podcast. Watch it HERE

Business Blocking Boulders

Imagine you’re walking down a beautiful path toward the beach. You’re happy in the moment until suddenly there are huge boulders blocking the way to your destination.

You begin to think, “I can’t possibly crawl over these rocks, and there’s no way I could move them. My whole day is ruined, and I have to turn back.”

Your thoughts lead you to feel frustrated, sad, undeserving of joy, and guilt for wasting time. These feelings affect your physical body. Tension builds and you are suddenly exhausted, achy, and foggy in thought.

Figuratively, this may be what Highly Sensitive People experience daily.

Our recent guest, Nathalie Ekobo, is a highly sensitive entrepreneur. She is dedicated to help you remove obstacles and activate more business blessings so you can fulfill your purpose with more ease, and enjoy profitability, impact, and freedom.

Nathalie Ekobo

I help you remove those boulders in your path.”

Nathalie Ekobo

Since Highly Sensitive People (HSP) have a nervous system wired a little differently than most, it’s easy to get into the cycle of negative thought, negative emotion, and negative energy which the boulder metaphor described.

Thoughts produce feelings. If you feel frustrated for instance, then you’re vibrating frustrated energy to the world of ‘I’m a failure and a loser’. You broadcast everything energetically to other people, and they feel your energy. The Universe can’t respond in any other way but to give you more frustrated energy.

Nathalie Ekobo

Energetically you are blocked. If you don’t want to stay there, Nathalie can help. Her super HSP power will tap into your energy, your vibration, and the vibration of your business, and she will tell you what’s holding you back.

We can co-partner to remove the boulders and clear your path to business success and joy .”

Nathalie Ekobo

Nathalie had a career as VP Marketing of Sales, and after 10 years she wanted more. Out of the blue she remembered a dream she manifested at the age of 15 while visiting U.S. national parks with her parents.

I had a dream to open a French Restaurant in Phoenix, AZ.

Nathalie Ekobo

Nathalie had never told anyone her dream until travelling with a work associate one day. His reply to Nathalie was, “I have the same dream. I want to open a French Restaurant in Phoenix, too!”

With suitcases in hand and a dream in their hearts, Nathalie and her business partner moved from France to Arizona and opened their restaurant – French Ambience.

I married the chef, and we now have a teenage daughter.”

Nathalie Ekobo

The restaurant eventually become overwhelming to an HSP like Nathalie. She was introduced to energy work and a person who helped people clear past lives. She didn’t know about past lives but was open minded… and desperate for any help.

I began to feel things opening up. I had clarity of vision, and obstacles in my path were cleared. I wanted to learn how to do that for other people!

Nathalie Ekobo

Nathalie felt she was always intuitive but suppressed it. Now she has constant conversation with Source.

It’s phenomenal how I developed this gift. Anyone can do so with a little practice. If you connect with knowingness you can make your dreams happen. You can step forward with faith, trust, and Universe as your partner.

Nathalie Ekobo

Do you feel cluttered and overwhelmed?

Are you doing everything all the business coaches are telling you, but your career is still not flowing forward with ease?

According to Nathalie you don’t need one more marketing strategy or one more social media tip. The goal in life is to open yourself up. Get connected to your Source. Make life and business happen with ease and without overwhelm.

I lived years without knowing I was HSP. I would be exhausted after networking events. I would give a speech somewhere and need a full day to recover from it. Lights and noises while travelling stressed me out. I thought something is wrong with me. I have an MBA. Why am I struggling to grow my business?

Nathalie Ekobo

The good news is: there is nothing wrong with you! You’re just sensitive. Take Nathalie’s quiz to determine your level of sensitivity, then book a call with her and get those boulders in your path cleared away!

Take Nathalie’s Quiz here!

Surviving your Tsunami

Imagine being in the path of a tsunami. A large wall of water towers over you and washes away the once-thought sure foundation beneath you. Being washed to and fro in the churning waves, you struggle for something, anything, to hold on to.


Imagine as hard as it is to keep your head above water, and to dogpaddle until exhaustion nearly overtakes you, this may be a perfect situation. This may be the best thing which has ever happened to you.

Our recent guest, Maria Mantoudakis is the author of a new book: Tsunami to Greatness: Unleashing the Power of Self-Love and Synchronicity to Become the Best Version of You.

Maria survived a triple whammy tsunami:

1. January 2008 her mother passed away

2. Two weeks later she was laid off from her job

3. The love of her life broke off their relationship

Maria was drowning in the tsunami. Thankfully, a few angel-friends showed up to help her. She was inspired by others who survived tragedies like hers, and she began to recognize synchronicity in the events of her own life.

Despite the triple tragedies in 2008, it ended up being the best year of Maria’s life.

I found a job a thousand times better than the old one. I became a speech champion, achieved a top 10 percent award as an instructor with Dale Carnegie courses, and I finally returned to Greece  – a lifetime dream.”

Maria Mantoudakis

That’s Maria’s message: “Whatever you’re currently going through, it might be the best year of your life. Miracles happen every day and we miss them.”

We may not know it because of the little voice in our head, but we are perfect. Perfect, based on our purpose and what we are supposed to do.”

Maria Mantoudakis

If you judge a fish by how well it can fly, it would be a very bad fish.

Unless you were meant to be a flying fish…

Remember when you were a teenager, and you thought you knew everything? Now as you look back, you realize you didn’t know anything. Remember when breaking up with your first love at the age of 14 was the end of your world? Now it seems like an insignificant event.

We all have different versions of ourselves. We look back at those old versions and wonder why we did certain things. What if we could see who we’ll be after life’s tsunamis? We can get overwhelmed with what’s going on right now, and we don’t think about the better and more brilliant version of ourselves we’ll be after the current tsunami.”

Maria Mantoudakis

In Maria’s book you’ll learn to access your true self. You’ll learn how to jump into the next phase of life with peace, joy, and synchronicity. You’ll learn fear is an illusion, and gratitude is the cure to gain a different perspective.

By visiting Maria’s website (RecreateSuccessNow), you’ll receive : 5 Ways to Develop Self Love – Discovering the Perfection in You, a free eBook in which you can take inventory of your skills and talents.

ALERT: A tsunami is approaching

Don’t Settle for the Dictates of Life

Expect to see more and you will. What you see and act on will change your life.”

Hila J. Esters

Our guest Hila J. Esters discovered this truth when she was three years old.

Like most three-year old’s Hila found church boring. Her mother would pinch Hila, reminding her to sit still and pay attention.

Hila would focus on the preacher as he would talk about God. Hila would wonder: where is God?

I looked around at the stained-glass windows depicting Jesus with the lambs, and with His mother, Mary. I saw Jesus as a baby, but I didn’t see God. Where is God?”

Hila J. Esters

Hila contemplated the question until her desire to know the answer overpowered her. Interrupting her busy mother (which didn’t always turn out well) Hila took a chance.

Mom, I can’t find God in the windows at church. Where is he?”


Hila, God is in heaven, invisible, and you can talk to him any time you want.”

Hila’s momma

Hila walked outside and found a comfortable place to sit in the yard.

Hello God. How are you?”


A voice surrounded Hila.

The flowers are beautiful today, aren’t they?”


Hila was amazed that God was talking to her.  She kept this gift to herself so she wouldn’t be doubted or teased.

My life was set on a path and I’ve followed it even today. I follow the holy spirit and I take the action I’m told to.”

Hila J. Esters

Hila J. Esters is now a minister, teacher, author, speaker, podcast host, visionary thought leader, mentor, and coach.

She has authored three books, with her latest titled: The Miraculous Realm of Heaven on Earth – Living Life on the Other Side of Resurrection

She discovered God’s desire for her to write this book through a vision:

One morning a puppet was standing at my bed side. Pinocchio-like and dirty, he was despondent. Dark clouds hung over his head. Strings attached to his hands and feet were being manipulated by an unseen puppet master. The puppet could not figure out why he kept failing in life.

Suddenly his eyes opened wide as he became aware of an eternal truth: he didn’t have to live that way. His expression became one of determination. The puppet took out a large pair of scissors and cut the strings above his head.

As the puppet faded away, the words: The Miraculous Realm of Heaven on Earth faded into view. I knew that would be the title of the book God was telling me to write.”

Hila explains the puppet as a metaphor to show us how to go forward and change our lives when we feel we can’t. We are being manipulated by others, and not allowing the Spirit to work in our lives.

This is Hila’s purpose and passion – to help people who are stuck in unfulfilled lives break out of repeating cycles of behavior which holds them hostage like puppets.

Hila coaches people in her master class: 5-step Miraculous Realm System

  1. Decision
  2. Purpose
  3. Plan
  4. Strategic Preparation
  5. Preeminence – The Kingdom Lifestyle

Don’t settle for the dictates of life. Expect to see more and you will. What you see and act on will change your life. It’s up to you to go after it!”

Hila J. Esters

Find Hila at www.FreedomNetworkNow.com where she provides a podcast, messages, her book, a goldmine of resources, and her contact info.

Still skeptical?

You have to get quiet. Meditate. Ask: I welcome you Holy Spirit to give me revelation, wisdom, and knowledge of __________________. Then you listen.

Live as though you already have it, and it will be brought to you. As soon as it comes out of your mouth you have it.”

Hila J. Esters

Building Wealth, Like Building Muscle

Let’s say you want to build muscles, and it’s suggested that you change your diet; eat fruits, vegetables, etc.

How does that support you to build muscles? It doesn’t. Until you lift weights you will not gain muscle. Dieting and building muscles are two different functions of your body.

Therefore, paying off credit card debt is like dieting – it will not build the assets that will allow you to create wealth. Later in life you end up with no debt, but you also have no assets.”

Rennie Gabriel

This is an important lesson our recent guest, Rennie Gabriel learned. Despite education in, and a career as, a financial planner, Rennie became financially broke at the age of 50.

I was not taught the foundations of handling money effectively, which is sad. Ninety percent of the population has not received the right information about money.”

Rennie Gabriel

How has this happened?

Parents and teachers can’t teach what they don’t know. I’ve asked hundreds of Certified Public Accountants, and not one has said budgeting and handling money was part of their course work. It wasn’t included in my course work as a financial planner.

Rennie Gabriel

Rennie explains financial planners are taught to help wealthy people stay wealthy, but not how to create wealth. Rennie says the first place to start creating wealth is with our attitudes, beliefs, and values.

There are some beliefs which hold us back. These beliefs keep us stuck in the same old rut of living from paycheck to paycheck, choosing which bills we can pay this month, and being concerned about impressing strangers.

There is a myth which says you have to pay off your credit cards before you can start saving or investing in yourself.

Rennie Gabriel

Once Rennie knew the secrets, he paid the minimum payments on his debt, and he saved money while doing so. In three years, he’d saved $18,000. He used that to start an investment portfolio with two other people.

Anyone who lives on 80% of what they earn will be able to create wealth. Ten percent saved for later, and ten percent kept for the rest of their life. That’s the money used to build wealth.

Rennie Gabriel

In his book, Wealthy on Any Income – 12 Secrets to Financial Freedom, Rennie covers some false beliefs you and I are likely to have:

Thought/Belief #1

More money will buy the happiness I’m missing now.

Thought/Belief #2

Budgets and spending plans are the same thing.

Thought/Belief #3

If I just made more money, I wouldn’t need a spending plan or budget.

Thought/Belief #4

This will take too much time and restrict my spending.

Thought/Belief #5

Setting up a spending plan will be too complicated.

Thought/Belief #6

Rich people don’t have to do this. I shouldn’t have too either.

Because of his wealth now, Rennie can give more money to causes he believes in. He gives all the proceeds of his book and programs to a nonprofit called Shelter to Soldier.

They take dogs from environments where they could die on the street, or in a shelter where they could be euthanized, and they are trained as service animals for soldiers who’ve returned from service with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, or other issues. Suicide rates among our returning military personnel is almost one an hour – 22 a day.”

Rennie Gabriel

Not one soldier who has received a service dog has committed suicide, yet thousands of dogs a day are euthanized.

Rennie describes a few ways dogs can help:

  • Someone with PTSD can start to get uncomfortable in a crowd, and his/her service dog can sense this and take the soldier out of the situation.
  • A soldier could be having night terrors, and their service dog will jump on the bed and wake them up.
  • These dogs can turn on light switches, open doors, and whatever else the veteran needs.

Rennie is a TEDx speaker. You’re welcome to listen to his presentation here.

Rennie’s book should be a part of your library as well. If you’re like me, you need more education on building wealth.