52 episodes

Lost a dear friend to suicide at 16, did not know what a lesson it would become. Now, at 66, I continue to appreciate the Best/Worst GiftfromAndrea.com that keeps me living!

I have learned that sharing your story can be a way to lighten your burden. My guests all have a story. Come listen in, it may be similar to your own story. You may find a helping of hope for you or someone who matters to you.

In Season Two we branch out to cover mental health, depression, anxiety and all the myriad bits that make life as we know it.. challenging, some days more than others.

Now in Season 3 with much gratitude...

I believe in a #gratitudeattitude even on my bad days. I aim to improve 1% and that goal can be the difference in your today.

Life is complicated. It can at times, be more than we can bear. Have you lost someone, or perhaps you have teetered on the edge… and are still hanging on…

Join me as I talk to others with similar stories. When you share your story, your burden is lightened. That is my hope for you.

Join me as we share the tips, tweaks and other bits that keep us here. Alive.

Join me to learn to laugh at yourself. It's the most important tool to have to keep you going. When you mess up, when it all seems too much. it’s time for a #Failabration

#KeepBreathing and make the best of your today, every day!
No matter what happens... #ChooseLife

AND Work on your #gratitudeattitude.

#LiveInTheMoment it's the only thing we really have. #KeepBreathing

Suicide Zen Forgiveness Elaine Lindsay

    • Health & Fitness

Lost a dear friend to suicide at 16, did not know what a lesson it would become. Now, at 66, I continue to appreciate the Best/Worst GiftfromAndrea.com that keeps me living!

I have learned that sharing your story can be a way to lighten your burden. My guests all have a story. Come listen in, it may be similar to your own story. You may find a helping of hope for you or someone who matters to you.

In Season Two we branch out to cover mental health, depression, anxiety and all the myriad bits that make life as we know it.. challenging, some days more than others.

Now in Season 3 with much gratitude...

I believe in a #gratitudeattitude even on my bad days. I aim to improve 1% and that goal can be the difference in your today.

Life is complicated. It can at times, be more than we can bear. Have you lost someone, or perhaps you have teetered on the edge… and are still hanging on…

Join me as I talk to others with similar stories. When you share your story, your burden is lightened. That is my hope for you.

Join me as we share the tips, tweaks and other bits that keep us here. Alive.

Join me to learn to laugh at yourself. It's the most important tool to have to keep you going. When you mess up, when it all seems too much. it’s time for a #Failabration

#KeepBreathing and make the best of your today, every day!
No matter what happens... #ChooseLife

AND Work on your #gratitudeattitude.

#LiveInTheMoment it's the only thing we really have. #KeepBreathing

    Michelle: "I Did Not Sign Up for This" Co-host, Mother Widow

    Michelle: "I Did Not Sign Up for This" Co-host, Mother Widow

    Michelle is a widowed mom of 5 living in Calgary, Alberta. 

    Michelle was born in Ontario and moved to Alberta when she was 13 . Michelle studied professional cooking and worked in catering for many years; she then changed careers to banking.
    Michelle married her husband Anthony in 2008 and started their family. Michelle became a widow in 2019 when her husband died by suicide.
    Michelle is the co-host of the I Did Not Sign Up for This podcast available everywhere.
    Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/i-did-not-sign-up-for-this/id1481911502
    Website: Ididnotsignupforthis.ca
     
    Instagram  ididnotsignupforthis.podcast 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Physical Pain and Guilt: A Dangerous Combo

    Physical Pain and Guilt: A Dangerous Combo

    The Anniversary of the first botched surgery that led me down a deep well of agony. Not only from the physical destruction and damage, more devastating was the emotional pain of the people i loved, my family, on this torturous rollercoaster of will she or wont she survive... 
    No one could know that this, part one, was simply the foist in a long line of mistakes, that ultimately took the next two decades of our lives and in the end still affects my day to day living...
     Andrea 'gift' has come into to play so many times... Now for the first time I lay it out, starting with this first pain-full anniversary account of Sep 13th 1983 the lead in and the beginning of the aftermath...
     

    • 26 min
    Lois Hollis Shame-Guilt: one of the most forbidden subjects.

    Lois Hollis Shame-Guilt: one of the most forbidden subjects.

    Lois Hollis, RN, BSN. REV. shifts our opinion on one of the most forbidden subjects, shame and guilt. Her passion is to show the way to self-love by releasing shame guilt (not shame and guilt.)
    Shame and guilt reinforce each other to produce negative emotions such as anger, depression, anxiety, addictions, traumas, etc. They infiltrate our emotions with stealth precision that causes our struggles from low confidence to suicide.
    Depression, anxiety, 30 years of migraine headaches, and pain were Lois’ way of life until she learned about the dangers of shameguilt. She realized that shame guilt was within her anger, depression, migraines, rage, fears, and physical pain. The solution was to confront shameguilt.  
    She shares her 15 years’ experience as a ShameGuilt Educator, Counselor, Filmmaker, author to give us a way to health, wellness, and spiritual maturity. Lois began as a Nurse’ Aide at 12 and continues today at 78 to be a health advocate. Lois experienced spiritual encounters after severe childhood abuse.  
    Lois is a trailblazer. She developed one of the first Kidney Hemodialysis centers in the United States. Today, Lois brings shame and guilt together as a new field to study. She has authored three books and the 'I'm good' films. Her newest book, contains her Spirit to cancel the shame guilt hypnosis.
     
    From Lois
    I’m a Trailblazer
    As a student and teacher, I am educating others on the dangerous impact of shame and guilt upon each of us. My I’m Good” Docu-series further illustrates how changing the shame/guilt system solves our mental health crisis.
    In 1964 as a registered nurse, I joined the University of Maryland open-heart surgical and nursing team. I modified my traditional nursing skills to meet the challenges of the new field of open-heart surgery.
    In 1966 I was a Nurse Entrepreneur. I helped establish one of the first kidney hemodialysis units in the United States at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. I assisted with research, teaching, and consulting to support other dialysis centers.
    Before the availability of the hepatitis vaccine, I contained a hepatitis epidemic at Thomas Jefferson Dialysis Unit and developed protocols for hepatitis management in hemodialysis to other units.
    I co-founded the AANNT American Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians in 1971 to



    standardize procedures for hemodialysis nursing.
    With sadness and the resistance of colleagues, I left traditional medicine in 1980 for holistic health to save my daughters’ life and my own.
    I know firsthand the importance of healing and the spirit of living. I am blessed for extra years by overcoming heart disease, kidney dysfunction, brain traumas, rib fractures, and 30 years of migraine headaches. I had three miscarriages, but God gave me three beautiful daughters.
    Why I chose shame and guilt for study? Shame and guilt reinforce each other to produce negative emotions such as anger, depression, addictions, etc. Shame guilt harms our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual states. Lack of knowledge and their secrecy gives them power.
    Connect With Lois
    lois3hollis@gmail.com
    https://loishollis.com
    https://www.imgoodfilm.com/
    https://truthissimple.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/loishollis/
    https://www.facebook.com/lois3hollis
    https://www.facebook.com/LoisAHollis
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1362596790752033
    https://youtube.com/user/ShameGuiltSurvival
    https://www.instagram.com/shameguilt_ @shameguilt_
    https://twitter.com/loishollis3
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    Lois spoke of DR. DAVID HAWKINS here His map of Consciousness

    • 36 min
    Dame Amanda O'Reilly The Story of Worthy Wands

    Dame Amanda O'Reilly The Story of Worthy Wands

    Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Dame ( yup! she was Knighted), and the Creator of Worthy Wands, Amanda is the definition of confidence and empowerment.

    It took her realizing with deep inner work, that she didn’t feel worthy or enough in her own life, despite building multiple 7 figure businesses.
    Addicted to the DO of life because that’s how she validated her worth, she had to learn to reprogram her unconscious beliefs about herself and learn to BE.
    In doing so she created Worthy Wands. A collection of science-backed jewelry designed to rewire the subconscious mind and reprogram your DNA.
    To date, seven lives have been saved from suicide and this brand is making waves around the world reminding women, men, and teens alike that they were born worthy and are more than enough.
    Amanda says "Remember the creator gave you worth at birth!" 
    Your mind is your home... it is where you live.  keep your mind clean so you feel safe. 
    Connect with Amanda
    Websites -
    worthywands.com

    amandaoreilly.ca
    IG - where I am most active
    @amanda.oreilly 
    @worthywands
    And Congratulations to Amanda on Worthy wands collaboration with lululemon.
    The Worthy Wands brand is more than a line of jewelry. It's an attitude. It's a movement. It's a belief system. We're using cutting-edge neuroscience + epigenetics + NLP to re-program your brain to work in your favor, and anchor in the truth.

    • 54 min
    Suicide Prevention With Fiduciary Advisor Lawrence ‘Larry’ D Sprung CFP®

    Suicide Prevention With Fiduciary Advisor Lawrence ‘Larry’ D Sprung CFP®

    Lawrence “Larry” Sprung, CFP®, is the founder and wealth advisor at Mitlin Financial, Inc.
    Larry is also the host of the Mitlin Money Mindset™ a podcast that’s all about getting your mind right when it comes to all things money.
    One of Larry’s greatest passions is raising awareness for mental health. He spent over 12 years serving on the National Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and sits on its financial and investment committees. 
    As a fiduciary advisor, he and his team are dedicated to facilitating the customization of clients’ portfolios as they work toward reaching their financial objectives.   Larry and the Mitlin team prioritize clients first and consistently help clients make healthy financial decisions and offer a tremendous client experience that leverages today’s top tools and technology.
    Larry has appears on numerous podcasts and in the media speaking most recently on CNBC about money and parenting. He is also a member of the Experian Credit Chat panel and has presented to romance authors at numerous conferences, speaking about financial planning and business structure. 
     
    Larry has received several industry recognitions, including being named an Investopedia Top 10 Advisor in 2022 and a 2019 finalist for the Invest in Others For Community Service Award.
     
    Outside the office, one of Larry’s greatest passions is raising awareness for mental health. He spent over 12 years serving on the National Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and sits on its financial and investment committees. 
     
    With his wife, Denise, he has raised more than $1.7 million for the organization through the Keith Milano Memorial Fund. The fund was created at AFSP in memory of his brother-in-law.
     
    Larry values his family tremendously and his desire to do right by his wife and two sons drives who he is in and out of the office. 
     
    You’ll likely find Larry at any number of ice hockey events on any given weekend or excited for his wife to plan their next Disney vacation. 



    Connect on Social: 
     
    Larry Sprung,  CFP®
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrencesprung/
    https://www.facebook.com/lawrencesprung/
    https://twitter.com/Lawrence_Sprung
    https://www.instagram.com/larry_sprung/
     

    • 33 min
    Let's Talk Stats and ...

    Let's Talk Stats and ...

    A simple chat from Elaine, a look at the stats in Canada and a few suggestions and observations from where she's at...  https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/

    • 27 min