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The Dragonfly Connection
49 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
Ambers guest today is Rachel West, and this is her 2nd time being on the podcast. Rachel is a Holistic Personal Growth Coach, Best Selling Author and the Founder of "Empowering Growth". She is also a Domestic Violence Victims Advocate and Community Health Worker. Rachel focuses on helping others with mindset improvement and their mental health with a specialty in addiction. She has a belief that you must do the inner work, if you ever want the outer to work; and understands first hand how releasing negative mental, emotional and behavioral programming helps you feel, hear and see new possibilities simply by shifting your thoughts so that you can achieve the results you dream of at a much higher level. One of her favorite quotes is from Stacey O'Byrne, "Choice is a powerful thing, suffering is always optional". Sometimes in our lives horrible things do happen, tragedies, traumatic experiences - things that are truly not our fault, and sometimes things that we don't have actual recognition of because they happened to us as children...or even to our ancestors. Those things/events have the potential to wreck havoc in our lives when just left to run amok in our subconscious. If left buried and untreated, they can lead to mental health challenges as well as addiction. In this episode, that's what the focus is - the buried emotions, the untruths we tell ourselves, and the programming...the roots of the problem. Then Rachel shares some ways to heal those things in your life and how to help others. Because, suffering is optional. We can all choose to start our healing journey or not. So, even if you haven't been touched by addiction in your family like Rachel and Amber have, this episode is one you need to hear...if not for you, for someone you care about. Then go share it with them! There's also a really easy self-awareness tool buried within their conversation that you can start using today. All the ways you can connect with Rachel are listed below. If you join The Dragonfly Connection Community on Facebook, you can ask her questions directly. It's a free group, Amber created to help us stay connected and empowered on our healing journeys. Rachels Website: www.empoweringgrowthcoach.com Facebook and Her Private Group on Facebook And, on Instagram.
60 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
"Curiosity is the gateway drug to intuition" - Kimberly Spencer Kimberly Spencer is an award-winning high-performance, trauma-informed coach and trainer, Amazon best-selling author, TEDx speaker, and the founder of CrownYourself.com. From her entrepreneurial beginnings at five selling bags of glitter-water to her neighbors, to becoming an award-winning screenwriter, certified Pilates instructor, Miss Congeniality, and six-time WEGO Health Activist Award nominee, Kimberly is proof that it's better to make your own mold than to conform to someone else's. She and Amber talk a ton about this topic in this episode along with her own healing journey, the mother wound (and the father wound), drama triangles and so much more good stuff to help you on your life and healing journey. Kimberly's work has been featured on Netflix, The CW, ESPN, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and NPR, and in Thrive Global, CNBC, and Forbes. We are so honored to have her part of the Dragonfly Connection now! Let us know what you thought of this episode in The Dragonfly Connection Community! All the ways you can connect with Kimberly are listed below. ***Something happened to Ambers mic during this recording, cause it's definitely a little off. But, it shouldn't ruin your experience. Please refrain from dinging her reviews because of it. Instead, please share with your friends and leave a review about the wonderful content rather than mic error. Website: https://crownyourself.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crownyourselfnow Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/crownyourself/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/crownyourselfnow
45 minutes | May 25, 2022
Ash Marshall-Odell says, "Living life is a spiritual experience." Spirituality is a very important part of our healing journey and Amber felt that this episode was the perfect one to help wrap up Mental Health Awareness Month for us. Please share with someone who needs to hear it...not just in May, but anytime. Ash is a spiritual teacher & mentor, healer, empath, psychic medium, certified personal coach, Light Worker, Reiki master & teacher, and author of the book, Light Bound: A Healer’s Journey through Trauma, C PTSD, and Anxiety, and now most recently the host of her own podcast, the "Attune to You" podcast. In this episode she and Amber are chatting about spirituality, healing journeys, energy, and the infinite possibilities within and around each of us....or cosmic connections. Ash shares a plethora of self-help tools that can help you tune more deeply into yourself for developing more ease, clarity, capability, and insight. Most are free and many are low cost. They're tools available to all of us. When you're done listening check out Ash's podcast. You can also connect with Ash on her website and purchase a copy of her book. All those links are below. Attune to You Podcast on Apple Podcasts or search for it on Spotify and Google too! podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/attune-to-you/id1599580831 Visit her website for resources and a to purchase her book sacredjourneyswithash.com If you'd like to connect more intimately with Ash, Amber and other podcast guests join us on Facebook in The Dragonfly Connection Community group.
43 minutes | May 18, 2022
Are you not living your best life because anxiety and depression are holding you back? Ambers guest, Grounded Alignment Practitioner, Elizabeth Sloan wants you to know that you are not “broken” or “less than”, you just need the right support to reconnect you with your ideal manifestation of yourself in this world. She says, when you are grounded as yourself, you really can deal with all the challenges that come up from a place of inner calm and equanimity. In this episode, Elizabeth shares some proven, effective resources and technologies to help you do just that. In this episode she also shares an easy tool she uses for herself to bring her greater joy and peace every day no matter what's going on in her life. It's something anyone listening can do and doesn't cost a thing! Amber will be getting healing session with Elizabeth the week this episode lands, as she is currently in need of some outside support to help her process some trauma triggers. You can hear more about that and her experience as a client of Elizabeth's in the private Facebook Group, "The Dragonfly Connection". The link to connect with Elizabeth....including a link to her weekly live meditation on zoom are below. She can also be found on Instagram and Facebook at Grounded Alignment. Website:www.groundedalignment.com Go to her website to register for her Free live Guided meditations every other Friday on Zoom.
18 minutes | May 11, 2022
Language of Love
It's still Mental Health Awareness Month. But, after last week's episode where Amber talked about some heavy topics, we decided to go a little lighter...but, the information in this episode is still helpful for your mental health. And, Ambers guest Bethany has a loving, sunshine energy that's just good for the soul. Bethany Nicole is back for a second time and this time we're chatting about the 5 Love Languages, based on work and books by Gary Chapman. Bethany is an LA-based author, freelance writer, and relationship expert. She's also the creator of "Written In The Stars" Relationship Sessions where she uses alternative healing modalities to work on your deeper layers - the subconscious, astrological, energetics, and even karmic layers to get to the root of what's really going on in your love life, to create long-lasting benefits, and to build long-term connections. And, Bethany also uses the 5 Love Languages in her work and on herself. Amber is a huge fan of the 5 Love Languages and believes it's one of the things that's kept her relationship with her husband as solid as it is. They were fortunate to get the original book as a wedding present and have been using it and the concept since they first realized they didn't have the same love language. Whether or not you already know about the book, you're in a romantic relationship, wanting to be in one, or happily single; this episode is for you. There are actually Love Language books for everyone and can benefit all types of relationships...even the one with yourself. Here are the main Love Language books: The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts The 5 Love Languages Singles Edition: The Secret that Will Revolutionize Your Relationships 5 Love Languages Of Children: The Secret To Loving Children The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively The 5 Love Languages for Men: Tools for Making a Good Relationship Great Connect with Bethany at bethanynicole.com Or on Facebook or Instagram
57 minutes | May 5, 2022
A Healing Journey
No matter what you’re going through, there is always hope. There is always a way to get through it. True healing is possible for every single one of us. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month Amber shares parts of her traumatic yet healing story. She shares her experience with different healing methods and resources in order to encourage and support you on your healing journey. Get help finding wellness professionals to help support you on your healing and life journey at HealingWaze.com. Hire Amber to advocate for you! Learn more HERE. Join The Dragonfly Connection Community on Facebook for support and a great self-improvement book list. Here are the two she mentions in this episode: The Body Keeps The Score Atlas of The Heart And, if you'd like to support NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), please visit Ambers fundraising page
51 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
"Grief can often feel like being quarantined. Now, it’s even more so. Grieving is hard and isolating even at the best of times, and unfortunately, we are far from the best of times." That's a quote from a piece written by Ambers guest today, Kevin Ringstaff founder of PetCloud - grief support services for pet loss. Now if you're not a pet owner, that's ok, this episode is focused on grief in general - the stigmas around it, the process, and ways to help ourselves and others. Kevin has been a student of grief for many years. He's been through several grief certification programs over the years and he's currently studying to be a Board Certified Hospital Chaplain. He spends his days talking about grief, creating activities and products around grief, and listening to the grief stories from people all over the country. PetCloud is his first company, created to help those who are going through the loss of a pet. A direct link to this website will be below. He's currently seeking stories about pet loss for his upcoming podcast. If you're interested, you can connect with Kevin through his website or on social media. Kevins has another company, Grieving at Work, created to help teach management how to better support grieving employees in the workplace. If you'd like to connect with him, and other podcast guests more intimately; join us in Ambers private Facebook group, The Dragonfly Connection. Visit his websites: petcloud.pet And, grievingatwork.com Find him on Instagram and Facebook too!
65 minutes | Apr 13, 2022
"We are never going to grieve ourselves into happiness" You may remember Penny's episode from last season called "Habits of Happiness", named after her signature program. Penny has been involved in the health care field for over 40 years. She's a beloved massage therapist in Portland, OR, and an EFT Practitioner. Her work is client-centered because she knows how unhelpful and even damaging it is to not be heard, or have your feelings dismissed. She tries to be as much coach and cheerleader as therapist, empowering clients to discover what works for them on their journey towards healing; and to encourage clients take a journey of unfoldment beyond just the cessation of their pain. In this episode she and Amber talk a lot about EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or tapping. It's a healing method we're starting to hear more about, but it's still pretty misunderstood. So, in this conversation today; we dive deeper into it's origins and how it can be used for everything from physical pain to mindset. It's also a great stress and anxiety reliever! Penny describes some of the points that you could start using today after you listen. After listening, head over to her website to learn more and take advantage of all her free content - including tapping videos. She's also listed in Ambers holistic health and wellness directory, HealingWaze.com. You might be able to snag a promo code or something! Penny's Website: calmhealthease.com You can also connect with Penny, other podcast guests, and fans in The Dragonfly Connection Facebook group. It's free to join.
50 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
Ambers guest today, Beverley Danielle met on Instagram...which is actually the way she's connected with about half of this shows guests. She was inspired by Beverley's beautiful posts and business name. So, being the curious being she is - of course, she wanted to know more! And, in this episode, she got her fill. Not only is Beverley a lovely human, helper, Life Coach, and Fitness Instructor; she also works for the criminal justice system. She is definitely very well rounded! Beverley began her spiritual and healing journey in 2012 after dealing with several of her own health issues. She realized she was disconnected from herself and her life needed a major overhaul. Along the way she learned how to heal her generational trauma, love herself and find work life balance as a single mother. Now she uses that wisdom along with her life coach teachings to help others reach their highest potential. And, recently she just started her own podcast, titled "Keep Going Soulful", where she and a co-host talk all about self-love, planning, astrology, and life. If you're looking to add another podcast to your library, check it out! Connect with Beverley on social media, like Amber did.... www.instagram.com/hummingbird_energy_healing www.facebook.com/HummingbirdEnergyHealing Check out an organization close to Beverley's heart - Pug Rescue
54 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Allow What Is
Sit back and get ready for an hour of hope, inspiration, and a ton of great wisdom coming from today's guest, Susan DeLorenzo. This is Susan's 2nd time on the podcast, because Amber really enjoys chatting with her, and she's a listener favorite. Susan is a transformational life coach whose focus is on helping others who are emerging from life-altering adversities. She guides them to evaluate the insights and wisdom that these times hold. She believes our dark moments hold amazing "gems" which we can use to elevate our lives. Susan is a cancer survivor, which seems to be a part of a many of Ambers guests stories lately. She doesn't specifically seek out conversations with cancer warriors. But, it's understandable why they would be the people who use their stories to then help others. Cancer is big and scary and even if we ourselves don't get it, we're bound to be touched by it through others at some point in our lives. Susan, like many of Ambers guests who have overcome some big obstacles, draws upon her personal journey as well as her professional training to help others. Susan's specialty is teaching mindset and tools to help us rebuild our lives in alignment with our deepest desires. Susan is also the author of the upcoming book, "Pulling the Gems from Adversity", which they'll talk about a little towards the end. It's kind of a surprise ending too! Follow Susan on Facebook and Instagram. Get tons of great resources on her website: https://susandelorenzo.com/
40 minutes | Mar 23, 2022
Keep Moving Forward
Today's guest Terry Tucker says a ton of inspiring things in this episode, but this is one of Amber's favorites, "What we leave behind are the things we weave into the hearts of other people." It's her favorite because it's what this podcast is all about - weaving inspiration, healing, and empowerment into your hearts. This short episode will leave you and your heart full of all three and more! Terry is a cancer warrior helping others get and stay motivated; keep moving forward no matter the circumstances and improve their lives in general through his stories and wisdom. He has been an NCAA Division I college basketball player, a marketing executive, a hospital administrator, an undercover narcotics investigator, a SWAT Team Hostage Negotiator, a high school basketball coach, a business owner, a motivational speaker, and most recently, an author. His book, "Sustainable Excellence, Ten Principles To Leading Your Uncommon and Extraordinary Life" is just one of the ways Terry practices what he preaches - the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone. Terry has also been featured in some magazines and loves to share his encouraging words and wisdom wherever he can - his website and social media have a ton of free resources available. Unlike many of Ambers past cancer warrior guests, Terry is not out of the woods. He is currently fighting cancer again. And, like you'll hear him say, he does have bad days; but he doesn't let that stop him. He keeps moving forward, using his story to help others. After listening today, please take a moment to send some good vibes and prayers his way. I'm sure he wouldn't mind you reaching out either - maybe send him some encouraging words and wisdom.... Connect with Terry via Facebook , Instagram, or LinkedIn Visit his Website, motivationalcheck.com to access all his blog posts and daily motivations.
26 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
Hello! Today’s episode is a solo one, with just Amber. In it, she shares some history and folklore around the Spring Equinox, meanings, and some ideas on how to honor all the natural rhythms – the moon, the stars, the planets, mother nature, spirituality, and ourselves. Spring is a time of renewal and revitalization. What better time to pump up your self care!?!?! After listening, join Amber, past guests and other fans in her FREE private Facebook Group. As part of the group you can attend live healing sessions, a book club, connection; and tons of inspiring, uplifting content, tools and more. Are you making spring cleaning a part of your Spring Equinox ritual? Why not add in some Feng Shui and decluttering. Here's Ambers favorite book on both - "Move Your Stuff. Change Your Life." If you'd like to know more about the astrology aspect of this time of year, Amber recommends following @archetypalcosmos on Instagram. Looking for some inspiration to create your new self-care ritual? Check out theritualqueen.com.
64 minutes | Mar 9, 2022
The Answers Within
1 in 8 US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Sharing these stats are not meant to scare you, and this in no way means you or someone you know will get breast cancer. But, It's something we should all be aware of. Cancer in all forms is on the rise, and although conventional medical experts will tell you that there's little we can do to avoid getting cancer and if you do get cancer - the only way to treat it with harsh chemicals or surgery; Today's guest, Rebecca Durance Hine knows better. There are a ton of ways to boost your immune system to fight cancer naturally and a ton of gentler treatments with less side effects. Rebecca's knowledge comes from personal experience. When she was just 28 she was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of breast cancer. And, today you get to hear about her journey and how cancer changed her life in very unexpected ways. Rebecca was a teacher, writer, actor and model who had all but given up on her dreams before that diagnosis. Cancer made her realized that we don't necessarily have as much time as we think, and that we need to do the things we want to NOW, while we're still able to. This perspective came about as she took charge of her own healing and embraced life again! Rebecca learned a ton about healing cancer and preventing it from coming back and loves to share that knowledge with others. She is now an integrative cancer care advocate running a blog and online community that supports cancer patients. She's also in the process of writing her first book! Even if you've never been personally touched by cancer, you're gonna benefit from listening to Rebecca's story and wisdom. It's full of hope, courage and some great health advice! And, speaking of health advice, Rebecca offers a ton of free resources on her website, social media and YouTube; including an anticancer diet guide. All the links are below. You can visit the Solis website at soliscancercommunity.com Her Facebook group, Solis Cancer Community, can be found at facebook.com/groups/solis.cancer.community You can access mental and emotional health resources, from meditations to interviews to vlogs, on the Solis CC YouTube channel And connect with her on Instagram @solis.cancer.community Get your Anti-Cancer Diet Guide HERE.
59 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
Ignore The Never
Well, since recording this episode, Covid stuff seems to finally be calming down; but now we're witnessing a pretty scary situation over in Europe and Asia. The hits just keep coming! If you're feeling a little defeated, hopeless, and unmotivated, this episode might just be the boost of inspiration and motivation you need. Because helping ourselves always helps other people. And, sometimes that's all we can do when other options are limited. Self-care must be a part of your daily routine. And, if your self care contains more sweat than Zen then this episode is perfect for you! Or maybe you're trying to figure out what kind of self-care works for you? Ambers chat with Robert might be what inspires you to go after it so you can be the best, most successful version of you. Robert Foster is a successful entrepreneur and a competitive athlete. But as an overcomer, he also knows what it’s like to struggle through hardships. At the peak of his career, Robert became an All-American athlete, but that narrative came tumbling down when he encountered what could have been a career-ending injury. And, while medical professionals had strong doubts that the he would ever bounce back from his injury, Robert proved them wrong and came back stronger than ever. Hence the hashtag and title of this episode "Ignore The Never". Now he helps other people develop resilience and confidence by helping them find the power in their own personal stories. Learn more about how Robert can help HERE Or you can follow him on Facebook He also has his own podcast Shut up and Grind with Robert B. Foster.
57 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
Our Genes Are Not Our Destiny
What are "silent" genes vs "activated" genes? What do genes and a cookbook have in common? In today's episode, you're going to learn the answer to both of those questions and also why today's guest, Lyn, believes that our genes are not our destiny. And, it's not just a belief! Lyn Delmastro-Thomson is an mind-body medicine practitioner, using the healing systems of BodyTalk and Body Intuitive, and now even hypnosis! She has spent a lot of time studying epigenetics (which you'll learn more about in this episode). She is also the author of the Amazon Best Seller, You Are Not Your Diagnosis. This is actually Lyns Third time being a guest on Ambers podcast and she's an all time listener favorite! So, we're sure you're gonna love this episode and you'll come away with some great tips to help you not only survive, but also thrive in these crazy times and beyond. Lyn has all kinds of free resources on her website and social media (links below). Make sure to check them out after you're done listening. Follow Lyn on Instagram: heartfirehealing And, on Facebook: heartfirehealingpdx
64 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
Ask, Listen, and Go With The Flow!
"The answer to everything is love." - Dr. Jacquilen Tomas, Ali Jacquilen is a Doctor of Naturopathy, Certified BodyTalk Trainer and Practitioner, Nutritional Counselor, and Master Herbalist. She's also one of the most chill, go with the flow, non-judgmental, loving people you can meet. And, it's not because she's had it easy in life. If you've listened to previous podcasts where she's been a guest, you know her story. If you don't, we highly recommend giving them a listen after you listen to todays episode. Keep and ear out for their mention at the beginning of their chat. Today she and Amber are chatting about the pharmaceutical industry for which Jacqueline was once a part of. Then she shares some great ideas and tips on boosting our immune system, our mental health and all things in-between. Jacquilen isn't really into social media, but she does share some inspiring stuff on Facebook. You can also connect with her via her website: dralind.com She's located in Philadelphia, but can also work with you remotely. Just ask!
74 minutes | Feb 9, 2022
Thriving in 2022
"You gotta believe in God and Divinity, but you gotta tie up your horse." Do you often wonder, "What the hell is happening?"....in regards to society, our mental health, our friends, family; and all the things we see, hear and read from social media, news, and podcasts?!?! If so, this is the episode for you!!! It will explain a lot...a lot about why we're doing the things we're doing, why we're acting the way we're acting, and how to navigate the rest of the year ahead in what is sure to be a very interesting year. Today's guest, Vanessa Couto, has been a guest on this podcast two other times. After listening to this episode, you should definitely go back and listen to the other two she was on. Stay tuned to find out which two they were so you can find them easier. Vanessa is an Archetypal Astrologer, mentor, teacher and artist. In her work, she weaves mythology, depth psychology, and a good dose of practical and grounded common sense to guide us through (what she calls) threshold phases. When not working or reading, Vanessa enjoys a little escape in British period dramas or history documentaries. Fascinated with all things Medieval History and Jane Austen, she's also a bona fide bookaholic, a travel lover, and an avid podcast listener. And, in every conversation with Vanessa, whether on this podcast or in general, we always learn something new! This episode was no exception. Hope you find it as enjoyable, hope inspiring and enlightening as we did. After listening, be sure and check out what Vanessa has going on this year on her website and social media. The links are below. Thanks again for listening, and sharing with your friends. If you could leave a review of this episode or any others on whatever platform you're on, that would be super helpful! Connect with Vanessa on her Website vanessacouto.com and on Instagram
55 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
Mind, Body, Soul, Home
What does paper have to do with your health, life and career? Well, in this episode, you're going to find out! Yesterday was the Lunar New Year in Chinese astrology. So, Happy New Year! This is the year of the Water Tiger, which symbolizes strength, “exorcising evils”, and braveness. All things that are more than needed right now! And, in today's episode, which also has to do with ancient Chinese methods, you'll learn some ways to get your life and health back on track this year. Krystal Holm, is a Feng Shui Designer & Clutter Expert who teaches us how to use Feng Shui the right way to create peace and prosperity in all areas of their lives. Using her proprietary framework The Designed Life Method℠ Mind, Body, Soul, Home; she helps her clients design spaces & lives they love. In this episode, Krystal explains what a 3D vision board is and how it can to help us have healthier more fulfilling lives. Krystal's work and wisdom can help to declutter the limiting beliefs that hold you back from what is possible and shift the energy in your environment to set you up for holistic health, love and success. If you'd like to know more, Krystal has a ton of free resources on her website. All the links to connect with her including links to those resources are below. Cheers to a more grounded, healthier, happier year ahead. www.krystalholm.com www.krystalholm.com/declutteryourmindset Facebook Instagram
55 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
"If you're serious about changing your life, you'll find a way. If you're not, you'll find an excuse." Jen Sincero, Author of "You Are A Badass" That quote is Ambers guest, Kristian Reiber's favorite. And, it'll make alot of sense when you listen to this podcast episode. Kristian is also a health and mindset coach with a huge knowledge base, an author, a mountain bike skills instructor, a music lover, a health foodie and an unconventional perspective oracle. His mission in life is to help people transform their lives, their health, and their mindsets in profound and unforeseen ways. Kristian once struggled through life and ended up be diagnosed with psoriasis - a horrible auto-immune disease. Psoriasis opened his eyes to the toxic, disconnected, symptom-based medical system that has everyone convinced it should be trusted unconditionally. It shouldn't be. Working with holistic practitioners helped Kristian heal his own wellness challenges while inspiring him to help others with theirs. Transforming his limiting beliefs and failing mindset, he says, "changed me into the person I was always meant to be". It can do the same for you! Connect with Kristian through his Website, Facebook, and Instagram. He's also part of a book collaboration called, "Dare to be authentic, volume 6". You can purchase a copy HERE.
46 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
No Apologies Needed
"If you're in that dark place any piece of light is going to help you move forward." - Bethany Nicole In this conversation, Bethany and Amber are chatting about relationships, forgiveness, and even writing for self-care. She shares a ton of great tips! Bethany Nicole is an author, freelance writer and relationship expert. She was recently named one of the Top 25 Authors in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Entrepreneurs Magazine. She has many published pieces and interviews that you can check out at her website bethanynicole.com or on social media (links below). If you're a "Married At First Sight" fan there's some bonus material for you in this episode too! Check out the book she recommends if you're interested in writing. "On Writing" by Stephen King. Connect with Bethany on Facebook @bartonbn And, on Instagram @bethanynicoleauthor
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