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Episode 73: Pursuing Health, Faithfully with Karis Meier

March 29, 2023

Karis and her husband have four children and reside in Northern Virginia. She holds a BA in Christian Education and a MA in Counseling. She is a wife, mother, author,counselor, and speaker. Karis has struggled with chronic i…

Episode 72: Pursuing A Happy and Healthy Life with Dr. Sanjib Nandi

March 22, 2023

Sanjib’s passion is to share his journey and help others live a healthy, fulfilling life. One of the ways he is living his passion is by founding LUVO, the first app ever to offer vibrational meditation. Our belief is that e…

Guest: Sanjib Nandi

Episode 71: Pursuing Healthy Happiness X 2 with The Therapy Twins

March 15, 2023

Former licensed therapists who were sick of the ongoing Stigma of mental illness decided to come out with their own in their book Under The Hood. They use comedic stories to break the ice & offer simple, doable tips to jump …

Episode 70: Pursuing Life After Rock Bottom with Deshaun Williams

March 8, 2023

The survivor of many difficult challenges, and an attempted suicide, DeShaun Williams has been able to take everything that he has faced, looked at the lessons that they taught, and ran with it to create the change, and insp…

Episode 69: Pursuing A Love Of Ancient Scripture with Dr. Lisa Davison

March 1, 2023

Rev. Dr. Lisa W. Davison is the Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK. A native of Radford, VA, Dr. Davison has a BA (Religion & Spanish) from Lynchburg College; an MD…

Episode 68: Pursuing God In the Garbage with Bracha Goetz

Feb. 22, 2023

In today's society, addiction is a topic that is often stigmatized and kept hidden. However, in the book described above, the author takes a unique approach in documenting their own struggles with food addiction and the heal…

Guest: Bracha Goetz

Episode 67: Pursuing Parenting Tips For Toddlers On Up with Chris Lake

Feb. 15, 2023

Chris shares parenting tips and strategies to help kids reach their milestones.

Guest: Chris Lake

Episode 66: Pursuing Community While Parenting Special Needs Children with Jan Stewart

Feb. 8, 2023

The journey of parenting can be full of surprises, and sometimes those surprises are not pleasant. Jan Stewart, the author of "Hold on Tight: A Parent’s Journey Raising Children with Mental Illness," shares her experience o…

Guest: Jan Stewart

Episode 65: Pursuing A Healthy Spirit with Melinda Hardin

Feb. 1, 2023

In this interview, Melinda Hardin discusses overcoming a drinking addiction and how finding a more open and inclusive faith practice and community enabled her to heal her spirit.

Episode 64: Pursuing One's Search For Meaning with Nick McGowan

Jan. 25, 2023

Nick McGowan discusses how faith and life experience have come together and molded him into the person he is today.

Guest: Nick McGowan

Episode 63: Pursuing a Kick A** Mindset with Donna Franklin

Jan. 18, 2023

Donna Franklin takes through her true-life rags to riches story that has allowed her to form a kick a** mindset.

Episode 62: Pursuing Gut Health with Geta Barbu

Jan. 11, 2023

Geta Barbu discusses her traumatic beginning in life and her journey to find answers to her liver and gut disease.

Guest: Geta Barbu

Episode 61: Pursuing Peace with Reiki with Michaela Daystar

Jan. 4, 2023

Michaela talks to the Pursuing Uncomfortable Podcast audience about the benefits of Reiki, and how it changes her life.

Episode 60: Thank You

Dec. 28, 2022

Thank you for listening to the show! Support the show More From Melissa and Pursuing Uncomfortable: Resources fiLLLed Life Newsletter YouTube Leave a review Pursuing Uncomfortable Book

Guest: Melissa Ebken

Episode 59: Pursuing Healing After Sexual Assault with Robert Uttaro

Dec. 21, 2022

Robert, or Bobby, as he likes to be called, is a rape crisis counselor for the last 15 years. He joins us today to talk about his experience in that field to encourage us to know about the resources in our local communities,…

Guest: Robert Uttaro

Episode 57: Pursuing Freedom From the Past with Chad Peevy

Dec. 14, 2022

CHAD PEEVY gave himself permission to break and untangle the mindsets he inherited growing up in an emotionally and physically abusive family in rural Arkansas. Childhood trauma caused depression and anxiety to follow him in…

Guest: Chad Peevy

Bonus Episode 58: The Bible's Blessing Of Same Sex Marriage

Dec. 14, 2022

Have you ever wondered if you could be Christian and gay? Or if you could be Christian and support and love people who are gay? The answer is YES. This episode digs into the scriptures to reveal God's acceptance and blessing…

Guest: Melissa Ebken

Episode 56: Pursuing Light In the Online Darkness with Lisa Thee

Dec. 7, 2022

Ms. Thee is a Top 50 Global Thought Leader for AI, Privacy, and Safety with demonstrated experience in delivering revenue and solving complex business technology, governance, privacy and risk challenges at scale. Ms. Thee is…

Guest: Lisa Thee

Episode 55: Pursuing Life After Grief with Lisa Michelle Zega

Nov. 30, 2022

Lisa Michelle Zega is a Life Coach for spiritual people experiencing loss that mere religion can’t hold. She guides them to process grief through LOVE and move from the emptiness of rigid certainty to the vibrancy of a life …

Episode 54: Pursuing My Birth Mother's Story with Edward Di Gangi

Nov. 23, 2022

Edward Di Gangi was adopted at birth in New York City. An only child, he made no effort to explore his heredity until, at age 69, a visit to a cemetery where members of his adoptive mother's family were buried stirred his in…

Episode 53: Pursuing Health By Eliminating Allergies with Dr. Ynge Ljung

Nov. 16, 2022

Throughout her career, Dr. Ynge has been challenged by Western medicine’s reliance on treating symptoms typically with drugs, ignoring other factors that seem obvious. She spent years studying ancient healing sources and Chi…

Guest: Ynge Ljung

Episode 52: Pursuing Cutting The Cord But Not The Ties with Denise Drinkwalter

Nov. 9, 2022

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Episode 51: Pursuing Audacious Authenticity with Dr. Nicole Bradford

Nov. 2, 2022

Dr. Nicole D. Bradford is a published author, life coach, entrepreneur, and speaker with two decades of experience in the field of education. She energizes and equips others to take action and live audaciously authentic live…

Episode 50: Pursuing the Life You Want with Jeanine Grayson

Oct. 26, 2022

A former perfectionist who struggled with setting boundaries, Jeanine spent years of her life in a toxic relationship feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, and undervalued. Amidst a battle with cancer, Jeanine experienced a transfor…