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Episode 25: Pursuing Finding Your Voice with Joyfully Cricket

May 4, 2022

Joyfully Cricket began her journey of transformation at the age of 20 when she experienced a personal tragedy. She made the choice to allow this tragedy to propel her into a life of spiritual and personal growth, to make mea…

Bonus Episode: Jonny McCoy's Story (Accompanies Episode 24)

April 27, 2022

This is the episode that contains Jonny's story. It accompanies episode 24. This story documents abuse suffered over the first decades of his life from those who should have been protecting him. Support the show (https://www…

Episode 24: Pursuing Mental Health with Jonny McCoy

April 27, 2022

In October 2009, I witnessed a suicide while being unlawfully detained in a jail cell in Columbia, S.C. Although my case garnered national attention and I won the lawsuit against my wrongdoers, my mental health plummeted. As…

Episode 23: Pursuing Calm When You Feel Anxiety

April 20, 2022

Jenna has been a therapist specializing in OCD and anxiety + related conditions since 2008. She's always been an anxious child and adult but knew from an early age that challenging herself was better than giving in to fear. …

Episode 22: Pursuing Peace While Parenting (or any time)

April 13, 2022

Instagram: @coparentingwiththeuniverse Get Back To Peace Kit For Moms Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/melissaebken)

Episode 21: Pursuing Your Story with Perry Power

April 6, 2022

Perry Power is a storyteller, author, coach, and charity co-founder. Ranking up 2.3M likes and 125k followers on TikTok, Perry's message of helping sexually abused survivors break their silence speaks to the hearts of many a…

Episode 20: Pursuing Healthy and Happy Habits

March 30, 2022

Jason Harwood has worked with hundreds of small businesses around the world. His input on happier habits has helped many achieve not only a higher level of productivity but a greater sense of happiness in their lives. With h…

Episode 19: Pursuing a LEGACY

March 23, 2022

“Curator of a Bigger Vision Within,” Mark Smith specializes in speaking from his personal experience of trials and tribulations in life. His desire to chronicle CHOICES and share the “journey” of his life, resonates with eve…

Episode 18: Pursuing Health When It Seems Too Hard

March 16, 2022

David Hernandez is passionate, inspiring, and motivated. He believes that each of us was designed to live a life of purpose. He truly cares about people and wants them to get results, so that they can live the life they want…

Episode 17: Pursuing College Savings For Kids

March 9, 2022

Brad Baldridge is a College Funding Specialist who has helped thousands of families plan and save for college with smart and proven strategies to save time, money, and stress. As a financial expert, blogger, and host of the …

Episode 16: Pursuing Light When You Can't See

March 2, 2022

Kevin Lowe believes everything in this life happens for a reason and a good reason at that. And this is true, even after losing his ability to see. Fueled by a strong desire to ignite a sense of hope and optimism into the wo…

Episode 14: Pursuing Better

Feb. 23, 2022

Brian coaches lots of leaders. With clarity and confidence, Brian’s clients lean into their strengths and become even more fruitful. Serving as the Executive Director for Coach Approach, Brian now leads the charge in helping…

Guest: Brian Miller

Episode 13: Pursuing Authenticity In a World That Expects Perfection

Feb. 16, 2022

Do you ever feel like you have to "hide" an aspect of yourself when you are around others? Do you feel like if they knew "this" about you that they may not accept or welcome you? You are not alone! So many of us feel the sam…

Episode 12: Pursuing Joy When You Have Cancer

Feb. 9, 2022

Joy Huber, a stage 4 cancer survivor, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer at age 33. Joy endured three years of chemotherapy suffering the complete loss of her shoulder-length hair. During her cancer journey Joy discovered, “…

Episode 11: Pursuing God When You Are Lost

Feb. 2, 2022

Building a life of faith is challenging! As we grow through different stages of life, our understanding of God changes and evolves as well. Sometimes, we get to a place where we cannot reconcile what we know about God with o…

Episode 10: Inspiring Courage with Mandi Dana

Jan. 26, 2022

Fulfillment coach & business trainer, Mandi Dana, helps to transform the quality of lives of leaders and entrepreneurs. With over 9000 sessions of coaching and mentoring with the world’s number one personal development brand…

Guest: Mandi Dana

Episode 9: Pursuing Better Communication

Jan. 19, 2022

How many times have you had troubles because of miscommunication? This happens A LOT. In fact, it is so common, that the plot of most television sitcoms stems from people having a miscommunication or misunderstanding. In thi…

Episode 8: How Hospice Inspires Life with Dr. Melvin Allen

Jan. 12, 2022

Dr. Melvin Allen is from Chicago, IL, and attended the University of Illinois. He, and his wife Dr. Sherrie Allen, are both psychologists and live in Beverly Hills, California. Their practice focuses on relationships and th…

Episode 7: Pursuing Wellness with Amy Giles

Jan. 5, 2022

Being in love with movement her whole life, Amy Giles purchased a martial arts school in 2001. She has gone on to train hundreds of people of all ages to cultivate confidence through movement at Progressive Kenpo Karate. Amy…

Episode 6: Empowering Beauty With Marlu Soria

Dec. 29, 2021

With over a decade of experience as a Licensed Esthetician, Makeup Artist, and Coach, Marlu bridges the gap between how you want to be seen and how you express yourself in the world, empowering and elevating both your inner …

Guest: Marlu Soria

Episode 5: My Christmas Wish For You

Dec. 22, 2021

This episode talks about uncovering our most deeply held values and making our decisions based on those. George Baily, a character from the movie, It's a Wonderful Life, teaches us how to live a life aligned with our values…

Guest: Melissa Ebken

Episode 4: Chris Trammel - You Have A Hero In You

Dec. 15, 2021

Chris Trammell is a Light Shining Advocate for the success of others. He does this by guiding others on how to take their gifts and talents online and having the courage and business fundamentals to keep growing their busine…

Episode 3 - Why Do We Have To Struggle?

Dec. 8, 2021

Do you feel like you come through one challenge in life only to face another? Why does it have to be hard? This episode digs into why we go through so many 'wilderness' experiences in our lives and how that process can benef…

Guest: Melissa Ebken

Episode 1 - AIT

Dec. 1, 2021

This episode is about the first time in my life when I chose to lean into and overcome a seemingly impossible situation. I was 18 years old, just graduated high school, and landed in Ft. Rucker, AL. This experience changed m…

Guest: Melissa Ebken