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56 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
How to Navigate Beyond Trauma and Emerge Stronger Than Before
Personal trauma can take many forms, including what Dr. Randall Bell calls the “difficult Ds”: death, divorce, disease, disaster, and destruction. But any circumstances that you’re having difficulty processing and moving beyond can be considered trauma, he explains. “Trauma affects us all at some point in time,” Dr. Bell said. “But the good news is, we can get through it and actually heal from it.” In his latest book, Post-Traumatic Thriving: The Art, Science, & Stories of Resilience, Dr. Bell draws upon his decades of experience and scientific research to deliver a three-stage framework — Dive, Survive and Thrive — that can help readers process their trauma, make the conscientious decision to accept help and move forward, and eventually, tap into the energy generated by that trauma to achieve more than they ever thought possible. In Post-Traumatic Thriving, he shares stories of real people (many of them, like Leo Fender, are familiar) who were able to move beyond trauma and thrive in the aftermath, including: • A deaf man with a glass eye invented the electric guitar and became a household name, remarkably wealthy and most importantly, happy. • A convicted murderer took responsibility for the damage he caused, graduated with honors from college, became a minister and turned around the hearts of the most hardened criminals. • A girl born with cerebral palsy landed the world’s first starring role on national television and spoke at the White House three times. • A woman hid in a basement for years and lost her entire family in the Holocaust. She eventually found true love and paints stunning artwork. • The sister of a murder victim helped millions of women in toxic domestic relationships. • A woman’s car crash resulted in an addiction to prescription drugs, a divorce, a loss of her children and a cot in a homeless shelter. She has rebuilt it all back and more. • A man set to go to the Olympics had his hopes dashed by Jimmy Carter and went on to build a worldwide business empire. Dr. Bell juxtaposes outcomes of scientific studies with these stories to reveal common denominators among “thrivers,” revealing to readers a healthy path toward healing and a life where post-traumatic thriving is possible. As a socio-economist, Dr. Randall Bell has consulted on more disasters on earth than anyone in history. His clients include the Federal Government, State Governments, International Tribunals, major corporations and homeowners. Dr. Bell believes that “the problem is not the problem — the problem is how we react to the problem.” Often called the “Master of Disaster,” Dr. Bell is squarely focused on authentic recovery and resilience. His research has been profiled on major television shows and featured in numerous magazines and the international media. More information can be found at www.posttraumaticthriving.com. Post-Traumatic Thriving: The Art, Science, & Stories of Resilience Publisher: Core IQ Press ISBN 978-0-9967931-7-9
55 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Butterfy Awakens: A Memoir Of Transformation Through Grief
Sometimes, difficulties and loss can reshape who we are and nudge us into growing. Just like a caterpillar sheds its skin and spins itself a silky chrysalis, what results is a breathtakingly beautiful creature we could never imagine, the butterfly. Meg Nocero’s story is not so different as she depicts her extraordinary transformation in Butterfly Awakens. As a forty-something Italian-American immigration attorney, Meg moves through unimaginable grief and sadness watching her beloved mother lose her battle to breast cancer. Questioning her life choices and opening herself up to her soul’s calling, Nocero brings readers along on her journey through a dark night of the soul. We experience with her the grieving process, a toxic work environment, and intense stress that results in depression and anxiety, along with a somatic nervous disorder called tinnitus. Meg never gives up and– instead– looks for the help she needs to start to heal and find her light. In the end, like the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly, her story is a beautiful love letter honoring her mother’s legacy while detailing the awakening of her own. Among the many stories about breast cancer and grief, none are quite like this one. After resigning from her career as a federal prosecutor due to a toxic administration, she searches for the lighthouse she saw in a vision when her mother died. Embarking on an inspiring spiritual pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain to get to the lighthouse at Cap Finisterre, she sets out to wake up and live again. The butterfly connection and stark honesty of her writing offers readers important lessons learned from moving through grief so that each person can shine their light again.
58 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
7 Steps to Financial Security
Most individuals are not as financially secure and prepared as they think they are. In this conversation, Dr. Melissa will talk with Stacy Phillips, a seasoned financial professional, about the 7 steps to real financial security. They will explore what you should be thinking about to create a future that includes financial freedom and long-term protection for your family for generations to come.
55 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Setting the Team Up for Success
You and your team need to know where you’re going in order to move together as a unit towards a common goal. Melissa and Jessica will discuss creating the proper structure and environment that supports your company’s goals. Managing a team while things are ever changing, cultivating self accountability, saving time and money, and avoiding unnecessary headaches in the process.
56 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Opening for Elvis and Other Ways to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Join me as I talk with Jason Hedden about acting, teaching, writing, juggling, directing, and stand-up comedy. We will talk about his journey from actor to stand-up comedian and all points in between. He will share how he got out of his comfort zone and how you can escape yours. The magic happens on the other side. I promise he will make you laugh. Aren’t you curious about “opening for Elvis?” Listen to hear the story.
55 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
STEAM: The Importance of Arts in Education
In this episode, Dr. Adrienne Unae will discuss STEAM as a model of education that incorporates and places importance on the arts alongside STEM learning competencies. Dr. Adrienne will give us a sneak peek into her newly formed movie production company and share her story about how the COVID-19 pandemic gave her the opportunity to step into a new role in entertainment. We will discuss Adrienne’s experience of working in the entertainment industry during the pandemic and share her perspective of how the arts and culture have increasingly inspired the world over the last 15 months. This episode is for everyone, but it is a must listen for teachers, education administrators, and parents that are homeschooling.
58 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
22 for 22: The Journey
A US Veteran, David Bulger, and a civilian, Justin Moore, walked 22 miles a day for 22 days in nature, barefoot in May 2021. Why? They wanted to bring awareness to the epidemic of 22 Veterans committing suicide daily. In this timely and deeply personal conversation, David, Justin, and Melissa discuss why they chose to walk barefoot, this complex and multifaceted epidemic, why it is not just an issue for Veterans, and the journey of 22 miles over 22 days impacted them on a personal level. They will discuss how slowing down is often the best way to heal the deep wounds we carry and how we can turn our pain into our superpower.
55 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
Connecting to Your Creative Genius-ness
Creativity is everywhere - cars, houses, candy wrappers, shoes…eating sushi. It’s all a creative idea that someone had and made into a reality. Do you wonder how you can be more creative and unlock that creative genius-ness that was locked away inside of you from when you were a child? The answer might be closer than you think! In this episode, join Megan Billnoske and I as we discuss how to cultivate and unlock creativity connections in your life!
55 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Miracle Mindsets: Answering a Calling
Each day we experience many small miracles all around us. What if we were to embrace the miracles of daily life and direct the energy produced from that awe into our calling? What if we expected miracles to happen? In this conversation with my friend, Yogi, Reiki Master Teacher, author, and modern day healer, Felicia McQuaid, journey with us through the exploration of answering a call and the flow of finding your passion, going on a mission, and discovering your vision. Felicia will share insights about her current calling in Vieques. Join us for this engaging and enlightening conversation.
61 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Entrepreneurship, Business Development, and Mentoring
Dr. Melissa interviews her colleague and mentor, Brad LaTour, Director of Enterprise Sales in the Mid-Atlantic region for Five9 about entrepreneurship, business development, and mentoring. In this one-on-one, candid interview, Brad talks about his authenticity, his passion for giving back, his philosophy for mentoring, his tips for entrepreneurs, and how he has successfully leveraged his network, relationships, and emotional intelligence for consistent success in business development. He also gives insight to how he moved into his role at Five9 and the culture of this unique company. You won’t want to miss this interview!
55 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
The Power of Habits And Rituals / The 4 Agreements Philosophy
After we have envisioned our dream life and taken practical steps to make it a reality, how do we stay on track? In this episode, Dr. Melissa will discuss the power of having habits and rituals that serve your purpose versus you being a slave to your calendar, shiny project syndrome, or other people’s agendas. She will discuss how to conquer all the little things that are running your life and stealing your time. In the second half of the show, she will delve into the principles of the highly acclaimed book by Don Miguel Ruiz, “The 4 Agreements” and how these principles can help you be more effective in your life.
55 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Envisioning Your Future in Creative and Practical Ways
You have decided you are ready to make a change in your life. That is fantastic! You have big dreams, but are not quite sure how to make those dreams become a reality. Let’s talk about how you can envision those dreams in a way that is both motivating, creative, and actionable. Dr. Melissa will walk you through the process of creating a vision for your dream, setting goals that put you in control, and steps to create an action plan for those goals. It doesn’t have to be boring! You can be both creative and practical in your thinking. Let’s talk about it.
51 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Rising from the Ashes: Recovering from Trauma and Burn Out
Join Dr. Melissa and guest host, Blythe Landry, LCSW, M.Ed. for an in depth discussion about trauma, burn out, and the art of helping others using Trauma Intelligence. Blythe Landry is a dually mastered LCSW/MSW and M.Ed with 20 years of experience helping people around the world recover from trauma, grief, and addictions. She is also a certified Grief Recovery Method specialist, Death Doula, and the creator of Trauma Intelligence Training. Blythe’s passion is serving those who are in seemingly insurmountable pain and guiding them to find healing and hope. In this episode, Blythe will talk about her Trauma Intelligence Training and the upcoming release of her book – Trauma Intelligence: The Art of Helping in a World Filled with Pain.
53 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Post-Pandemic Positives and Pivots
In the first episode of Counterbalance Conversations, get to know Dr. Melissa L. Strawser. She will share her lifelong journey to becoming a life coach and consultant. She will talk about her pandemic experience and her decision to give herself the gift of “The Great Resignation.” Dr. Melissa has done the research and will discuss trends and data related to how employees are feeling post-pandemic, information about how employers are pivoting, and what employers can do to retain and attract talent in this tough, employee driven market.
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