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Sharing inspiring, intimate and unfiltered stories from brilliant business minds and influential people, to reveal their deepest, most intimate moments, where they let us know the moment that made them launch to greatness.

strippedbarefm's podcast (stripped bare fm‪)‬ Catherine Kontos

    • Self Help

Sharing inspiring, intimate and unfiltered stories from brilliant business minds and influential people, to reveal their deepest, most intimate moments, where they let us know the moment that made them launch to greatness.

    Stopping the Silence on Sexual Assault

    Stopping the Silence on Sexual Assault

    Today, Confessions launches its first-ever episode on Stripped Bare FM with Melanie Jade Boulerice. She is the CEO of Nomadic Nurse Agency
    https://www.facebook.com/nomadicnurseagency/
     
    In this episode, Melanie confesses to the world her traumatic experience of being sexually assaulted at the age of 21 when she was a student nurse. 
     
    In this interview, Melanie walks us through that night, when she went out with a group of friends and she ended up intoxicated and reveals to us she was sexually assaulted. She shares with us her story of how that man took advantage of her, and how she managed to overcome her trauma on her own. The journey made more difficult because no one believed her and she couldn’t find the support she needed. Self-blame, shame, and doubt prevented her from pressing charges at the time. It’s something that many victims experience. It shaped her future, only to make her stronger. Her brave decision to come on Confessions is a step forward in empowering others to stop the silence and take their power back.
     
     Now, she is a successful woman and entrepreneur. Hopefully, other people who are going through something similar will get inspired by her courage and decide to speak out and not live in secret.
     
    Listen to the episode to learn more about Melanie’s inspirational story. Let us know how much you are enjoying the show. Rate and review before the next episode!




    Contact info:
     
    Melanie Jade Boulerice
    LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/melanie-boulerice
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melanie.boulerice
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nursemelaniejadeb/?
     
    Catherine Kontos:
    Website: https://www.catherinekontos.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catherine_kontos/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherine.kontos.12
     

    • 35 min
    How Keto Saved my Life

    How Keto Saved my Life

    Today on Stripped Bare FM, we have the pleasure of talking to Jade Nelson, a licensed massage therapist, certified yoga teacher and holistic health guide and speaker - based in Austin, Texas.
    Jade’s inspirational story:
     Jade had developed epilepsy at the early age of seven. In this episode, she shares with us her story about how her family figured out that she had epilepsy the first time she was hospitalized when she fell to the floor during her first episode. She reveals that she went through a lot of difficulties, especially when she was in school, and explains how she managed to live with the illness by not letting it tear down her spirit. Actually, as Jade says “the more you fight it, the harder it is.” 
           In today’s episode, Jade reveals how she has controlled her seizures. She managed to go from two episodes a year to one seizure every four years. Her weapon for this achievement was the Keto diet. It is a therapeutic diet for brain health - a combination of low carb and high protein consumption. That helps the body produce ketones, a great fuel source for the brain. It is now popularized as a great tool for weight loss.
    Now, she is a successful and inspiring woman on a  mission to help and guide people, who desire to improve their lives and gain wellness. 
    Listen to the episode to learn more about Jade’s inspirational story and strategies. Let us know how much you are enjoying the show. Rate and review before the next episode!
     
                Contact info
    Jade Nelson
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thetraininsideme/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetraininsideme/
    Website: https://www.jadenelson.net/
    The train inside me: https://linktr.ee/thetraininsideme
    Catherine Kontos:
     
    Website: https://www.catherinekontos.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catherine_kontos/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherine.kontos.12

    • 29 min
    Gratitude is a Journey

    Gratitude is a Journey

    Today, on Stripped Bare FM, we have the pleasure of talking to D’angelo Thompson. He is a makeup artist and groomer in fashion for film and television for over two decades. He is a three-time Daytime Emmy nominated hair and makeup artist and guest hair Daytime Emmy Award winner for the Wendy William show https://www.wendyshow.com/
     
    D’angelo Thompson is the author of “A 100 days of Gratitude”: Gratitude (1) (Gratitude Is A Journey) by Amazon.com Learn more:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/109831851X/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_btf_awdo_QlUvFbX2PV517
     A book about how to inject purpose, awareness, and unshakeable joy in all aspects of your life.
     
    He is also the podcast host of “Gratitude is a Journey” https://anchor.fm/dangelo-thompson/episodes/Why-Gratitude-efjsuv
     
    His credits include: Law and Order: SVU, MTV, VH1, The Food Network, Joe Mangano and James Patterson.
     
    In this episode, D’angelo shares with us his journey in the beauty industry. A life full of glam and stars. Working with many big names both in the fashion and film industry. Although this life appears abundant to some, D’angelo was in a race to do more, never appreciating the moment. Then suddenly a life even made him stop to observe his life as it was. This action brought him to the place of gratitude he is today.
     
    D'angelo reveals that he had been working so hard for so long that he gradually started feeling his powers fading away. His body gave up on him. He had no choice but to stop. He stepped away from the job to recover both physically and mentally and since then his perspective of life has changed forever. 
     
    It’s the journey that brought him to live a life full of gratitude and he is thankful for all the little things in his every day. He now takes time for himself to explore and live new experiences. He hopes that by his example he inspires others to live with gratitude, such that they will never again take anything for granted. 
     
     Listen to the episode to learn more about D’angelo’s inspirational story and strategies. Let us know how much you are enjoying the show. Rate and review before the next episode!
     
    Contact info:
     
    D’angelo Thompson: www.dangelothomson.art
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dangelo.thompson.54
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dlicious777
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dtbeauty71/
     
    Catherine Kontos:
    Website: https://www.catherinekontos.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catherine_kontos/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherine.kontos.12

    • 29 min
    Living a 7-day weekend

    Living a 7-day weekend

     
    Today, on Stripped Bare FM, we have the pleasure of talking to Shane Carling, CEO of 7-day weekend and 7-day weekend media, a visionary and singer-songwriter - based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
     
    Shane’s inspirational story:
     
    In this episode, Shane shares with us the difficulties and adversities he experienced from a very young age. He had a hard time fitting in with the crowd while in school. He describes being bullied daily by almost everyone. He felt like he was living a life on the sidelines.
     
    Shane found acceptance in friends finally. Friends that easily and willingly turned him to a life of drugs. A decision that almost cost him his life many times. Shane reveals that he has experienced a lot of types of drugs and no one in his family ever knew what he was going through, except maybe his father. But, as Shane says “ No matter what you are going through, no matter what adversities you are up against, you can absolutely heal and overcome.”
     
    Today, after many years of healing, he is clean from drugs, a successful businessman and devotes his life in giving inspiration through a musical spiritual journey.  
     
    Listen to the episode to learn more about Shane’s inspirational story and his strategies. Let us know how much you are enjoying the show. Rate and review before the next episode!



    Contact info:
     
    Shane Carling:
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBB9QKrxIt-uBKgfWWa2GYQ
    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/shanetvcarling/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialshanecarling/
    Music Under the Stars: https://www.musicunderthestars.live
     
    Catherine Kontos:
    Website: https://www.catherinekontos.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catherine_kontos/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherine.kontos.12

    • 36 min
    Turning Lemons into Lemon Pie

    Turning Lemons into Lemon Pie

    Today, on Stripped Bare FM, we have the pleasure of talking to Cathy Nakos. She is an entertainment manager, music event, and film producer.
    Cathy was also an executive national consultant and trainer for the American Heart Association https://www.heart.org/ as well as the American Diabetes Association https://www.diabetes.org/ - and she is based in Nashville Tennessee.
     
    Cathy’s inspirational story
     
     In this episode, Cathy shares with us her story of how she went from adversity to an abundant life.
     
     What happens when you are on your life’s high and living your Cinderella story, but life has made other plans for you? At the young age of 21 and with three children, Cathy's husband was wheelchair-bound with multiple sclerosis. When she found out about her husband’s illness, that being MS, she became a devoted volunteer with the National MS organization, to help raise money to find a cure. Quickly becoming a voting member. https://www.nationalmssociety.org/
     
    Today she is a blissful mother of three and a grandmother of five, a successful entertainment manager, film producer, and philanthropist. She has worked with celebrities like Tony Bennett, Bob Hope,  and Kenny Rogers.
     
    Listen to the episode to learn more about Cathy’s inspirational story and her strategies. Let us know how much you are enjoying the show. Rate and review before the next episode!
     
     Contact info:
     
    Cathy Nakos:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cathy-nakos-045b867
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/catnak
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cathy.nakos



    Catherine Kontos:
    Website: https://www.catherinekontos.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catherine_kontos/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherine.kontos.12

    • 35 min
    Pivoting Your Purpose

    Pivoting Your Purpose

    Today, on Stripped Bare FM, we have the pleasure of talking to Aaron Ellis, who was a recording artist for both Sony and Warner Brothers. Now, he is a visionary dadpreneur, singer, songwriter, author and inspirational speaker, based in Los Angeles, California.
     
    Aaron’s inspirational story:
     
    From a very young age, Aaron was innately attracted to music as most are but at a much higher degree. He was so passionate about music that it encompassed him every day. Aaron became a professional musician at the age of 11 and his journey in the music industry was born. A dream come true you would think, and it was until it wasn’t. What if you spent your life living your dream only to realize it was never your true purpose? 
     
    His journey in the music industry was very difficult and arduous. In this interview, Aaron reveals his hardships from being defrauded of his money, having his equipment stolen and having been sexually assaulted and harassed. These trying times broke him into pieces. Pieces that he left behind and shifted the hardships to lessons and pivoted his purpose to one led by inspiration in helping others.  
     
    Now, he is an inspirational speaker, mentor, author and full-time dad. Listen to the episode to learn more about Aaron’s inspirational story and how he made it from adversity to a purpose-driven life.  Let us know how much you are enjoying the show. Rate and review before the next episode.
     
    Contact info:
    Aaron Ellis 
     
    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AaronEllisOfficial/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-ellis-online
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aaronellisofficial/



    Catherine Kontos:
     
    Website: https://www.catherinekontos.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catherine_kontos/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherine.kontos.12
     

    • 34 min

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