In the latest episode of the Empowerography Podcast, my guest is Dara Kurtz. If you looked at me you would think my life has been easy. A quick glance wouldn’t tell you I’ve been through hard challenges and struggles, just as most of us have. It took me a long time to admit these struggles and have the courage to be vulnerable and open up about my past. I got used to putting a smile on my face and pretending everything was fine. I share my story with the hope of helping other people realize we all face challenges and hard moments in life and that we aren’t alone. We can lean on one another and share, be willing to open up, learn from each other, and come out stronger. Life can be challenging for all of us, and talking about it and sharing is a way for us to feel more connected. Two weeks after I had my first daughter my Mom passed away from cancer. It was devastating and I spent a long time pretending everything was OK. For years, I tried to distract myself from being honest about the pain and sadness that followed me around like my shadow. Grief can be a tricky thing and I didn’t know how to help myself. It’s been twenty years since my Mom passed away, and I’ve finally made peace with her death and had the courage to talk about it. I know she would never have wanted her death to get in the way of me living my life, but it took me a long time to realize this. In this episode we discuss being an author, being a cancer survivor, loss, grief, fear, choices, stepping out of comfort zones, gratitude and crazy perfect life.
"I think there are times in life when we are supposed to find things or realize things" - 00:04:22
"I remember feeling I have a choice" - 00:16:36
"At the end of the day, life is crazy, all of it" - 00:27:12
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