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“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.

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“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.

    42: Insights from Inside Jail

    42: Insights from Inside Jail

    In this episode, Ashley and Brooke have some very specials guest in the office, Jacqueline Hollows and Anna Debenham! Listen as they discuss their past week together working on a curriculum for prisons/jails, and the experience they shared running a class together in jail.
    Jacqueline founded Beyond Recovery in the UK. Her and her team go into prisons across the UK, working with offenders and ex-offenders; community organizations and professionals within the Criminal Justice System and addiction services; and social entrepreneurs. To find out more about Beyond recovery, you can visit their site here: https://beyond-recovery.co.uk/ (https://beyond-recovery.co.uk/)
    Anna Debenham founded The Insight Alliance in Portland, Oregon. The Insight Alliance works in prisons and in the community with a simple focus: Understanding the limitless nature of the human mind, and recognizing our own innate wellbeing. To find out more about Anna and The Insight Alliance, you can visit their site here: https://theinsightalliance.org/ (https://theinsightalliance.org/)

     

    41: Calling All People Pleasers and Control Freaks

    41: Calling All People Pleasers and Control Freaks

    In this episode, you will get to hear from Ashley, who is a self-proclaimed "recovering" People Pleaser, and Brooke who is a self-proclaimed "recovering" Control Freak. We say the word "recovering" in quotes, because let's face it, they are still doing it at times!
    Ashley shares what she has seen recently about taking on other people's feelings, trying to fix them in order to fix her own discomfort. Listen as they discuss how seeing just a little bit about this has opened up a whole experience for Ashley when she is met with people who are anything less than happy ;)
    Brooke also shares her go-to when faced with discomfort, which is controlling in order to try and fix her discomfort.
    Ashley and Brooke share many stories of this, and why they see it slightly different now. So, if you are a People Pleaser, Control Freak, or know someone who is, then this episode is for you!
     

    40: Parenting Through a New Lens: Part One with Jayda & Dicken Bettinger

    40: Parenting Through a New Lens: Part One with Jayda & Dicken Bettinger

    This episode is the first in our Parenting Series! Brooke and I feel that we have learned so much while parenting, and understanding how the mind works, so we wanted to do a special series on this very topic!
    For the next several weeks, you get to listen to Brooke's 14 year old daughter Jayda as she interviews parents of all ages. If you are a parent of any kind, this series is for you! Even if your not a parent, this series is full of different perspectives and stories that you are sure to enjoy and can take back into any type of relationship.
    In part one of the series, Jayda interviews Dicken Bettinger. Dicken shares about parenting from a place of knowing your child has well-being inside (their SPARK) He talks about how his parenting changed, and what he hopes everyone would know.
    If you would like to find out more about Dicken, you can visit his website : http://3principlesmentoring.com/index.html (http://3principlesmentoring.com/index.html)
    You can also purchase his book, Coming Home, from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Coming-Home-Uncovering-Foundations-Psychological/dp/153280783X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1516743285&sr=8-3&keywords=coming+home+book (https://www.amazon.com/Coming-Home-Uncovering-Foundations-Psychological/dp/153280783X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1516743285&sr=8-3&keywords=coming+home+book)
     

    39: The Angst of a New School Year

    39: The Angst of a New School Year

    In this episode, Brooke and Ashley talk about the kids heading Back to School and ALL the feelings that go along with it! They share the angst, as well as what has helps themselves and their kids navigate as they start a new school year.
     

    38: Looking Past Guilt to Find the Answer

    38: Looking Past Guilt to Find the Answer

    In this episode, Brooke and Ashley unpack why you already know what to do and why guilt is never giving you the right answer.

    37: Can it Really be that Simple?

    37: Can it Really be that Simple?

    In this episode, Ashley and Brooke talk about the simplicity of what they share. They often get people asking how something so simple can be helpful, so in this podcast they answer break down why.

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