“FIND YOUR SPARK” is a podcast that shares real-life stories of realizing the potential and impact of your SPARK, in the middle of a busy life. Your hosts Brooke Wheeldon-Reece, President of The SPARK Initiative – a non-profit organization – and Ashley Hunt, Director of Program Development, dive deep into conversations about life, family, running a business, the youth they work with, and the impact their work has daily. The episodes are funny, digestible, honest, and profoundly helpful. As working moms and entrepreneurs, Brooke and Ashley navigate the sticky realities of daily life, all while working to make this world a better place.
91: Help! I’m Embarrassed by my Quarantine Body!
In this episode of the Find Your SPARK Podcast, Stephanie and Ashley talk about the “quarantine 15”. You know, the 15 lbs. give or take that many people added on their body during quarantine?! Stephanie shares that she added some “plump” to herself and then shares how she recently caught herself believing the thought “I can’t do XYZ with this weight.” Ashley and Stephanie then share the insights they have seen surrounding weight, and how much they have allowed themselves to miss out on, simply by believing a stubborn thought!
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90: Fun and Play in Work and Life
In this special edition episode of the Find Your SPARK Podcast, we share with you an episode from another podcast called The Entrepreneur Playground that Brooke and Ashley were a guest on. Martin Dara, who is the host of this fun and unique podcast, recently asked Brooke and Ashley to be a guest and they couldn't wait to have a conversation together. In this episode, you will get to hear the conversation they had, all about the importance of fun and play, not only in life, but work as well!
If you'd like to listen to Martin's podcast, you can find it by clicking here (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-entrepreneur-playground/id1538713238). You can also connect with Martin on Linkedin here (https://www.linkedin.com/in/martindara/).
89: Making Sour Soup
In this episode of the Find Your SPARK Podcast, we ask... Have you ever had one of those days when even the smallest task seemed too hard? When showering was just too much to ask? Tune in to hear Stephanie’s experience of her “funk” yesterday and how she dealt with it. Using the metaphor of making soup, she describes how noticing her internal “ingredients” is super helpful in managing this funk. She also points out that this simple self-awareness is really all that’s needed to not get overwhelmed by and prolong our funky moments.
88: Joining Forces with Aligning Missions
In this episode of the Find Your SPARK Podcast, Nicole Wilson talks with one of our SPARKING Change Youth Interns, Brandon Evans. Brandon shares why he wanted to take part in this internship with The SPARK Initiative and what he has taken away from it so far. He explains how his passion and SPARK’s mission align and why it’s a perfect fit for the change he wants to create in our community. Brandon also states in this episode, “The mind is powerful, and when we can understand how it works, that’s when we can help others.” With that said, Brandon is the founder of a local nonprofit called Project 100, feeding the homeless and cleaning the streets in the Tampa Bay area. Since creating Project 100 in 2017, Brandon shares how his business has evolved into mentoring and reaching the youth in the community. We are excited to have Brandon on our team and can’t wait to see what else we can create together for our community!
87:Igniting The SPARK Within
In this episode of the Find Your SPARK Podcast, Nicole Wilson talks with Sadie Moore, one of our SPARKING Change Youth Leadership Interns, about her perspective on what she took away from the SPARK Facilitator training. This was our interns first opportunity to dive into our SPARK mentoring programs and gain insights for themselves. Sadie shares about her favorite activities, what she found helpful for herself, and why she thinks it’s important for kids to understand this.
86: Confidence Uncovered
In this episode of the Find Your SPARK Podcast, Nicole Wilson interviews Macy Hembd, one of our SPARKING Change Youth Interns. Macy talks about her experience participating in the February SPARK Facilitator training. The SPARK Facilitator training gave our 10 interns a great opportunity to get hands on experience in our mentoring program lessons and to learn a lot about how the mind works. They got to team up with people who have purchased our curricula from all around the world and engage in some amazing training activities. Listen as Macy shares what she sees differently since participating in the training and some of her favorite lessons from the program.
Every time I listen to Ashley and Brooke’s podcasts I laugh and I cry. I can relate to so much of what they talk about, my children being 11 and 8 and am excited to hear there is a parenting program coming out soon. So much good advice in these podcasts. Thank you