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Nicole Phillips is a champion for using kindness to overcome all of life’s difficulties, including her own battle with breast cancer. She spreads the message of the healing power of kindness through her public speaking and weekly column, Kindness is Contagious, which runs in newspapers in North Dakota and Minnesota. She is also the author of the book, Kindness is Contagious: 100 Stories to Remind You God is Good and So are Most People.
As Nicole often says, “Kindness has the power to transform a life, but it also has the ability to transform a single bad day-- and the life we transform with kindness is our own.”
Nicole has her Broadcast Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin
and has worked as a television anchor and reporter in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin and Fargo, North Dakota.
As Miss Wisconsin 1997, she spent the year touring the state talking to children and adults about overcoming crisis.
Nicole lives in Athens, Ohio. During the basketball season, you can find her in the stands with her three kids (dressed in matching green and white overalls) cheering wildly for her husband, Saul Phillips, and his Ohio University Men’s Basketball team.
The Negativity Remedy
We are mixing things up a little bit for this episode of The Kindness Podcast. Nicole’s friend and fellow kindness advocate, Nathan Hofer from Lost & Found, has offered to take over the microphone to interview Nicole about her new book, The Negativity Remedy: Unlocking More Joy, Less Stress and Better Relationships Through Kindness. You can find it on Amazon or wherever books are sold.
The Holderness Family
Penn and Kim Holderness have produced more than 100 videos since the global pandemic started, including over 50 songs - some with multiple tracks in a medley format. Their videos on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram have garnered over 365 million views from all over the globe! They receive thousands of comments per day from viewers thanking them for helping bring levity to such an uncertain, scary time.
Debbie Matenopoulos, Co-Host of "Home & Family" on Hallmark Channel
Debbie Matenopoulos has consistently proven herself to be a versatile talent in the entertainment industry. For nearly two decades, this five-time Emmy® nominee has successfully sustained her career as a compelling journalist, talk show host, lifestyle expert, and bestselling cookbook author. She has become one of the most recognized and respected personalities on television today. She currently co-hosts Home & Family on Hallmark Channel weekdays 10am/9c. Follow Debbie on Instagram @iamdebbiem.
"Look for the Good" with Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz’s new album begins and ends with the same phrase: “Look for the good.” Those four words are not just a lyric or the title of his seventh studio album, but also an all-encompassing world philosophy for the musician, who believes that in dark and challenging times we should search for something positive.
The musician also runs the Jason Mraz Foundation, which has donated over $1 million to organizations supporting inclusive arts education and equality. The foundation recently put on an event in San Diego, “SHINE,” to celebrate all-inclusive arts education and become more fully immersed in the community using Jason’s music as a backbone. In many ways, Jason, a two-time Grammy winner, Songwriters Hall of Fame Honoree and board member of the ASCAP Foundation, aims to use his position to empower others and inspire real-world change and positivity. Everything he does and every song he writes comes back to the idea of love. Look For The Good is not just an album – it’s a refreshing way of seeing and experiencing the world we live in.
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And on his website at https://jasonmraz.com.
Kristen Eargle and "Ruler of Hope"
Kristen Eargle has worked as a sports reporter covering college, high school and professional sports. She's interviewed some of the most recognized athletes and coaches, but to medically fragile children, she is the superstar. Kristen joins us to talk about her non-profit, Ruler of Hope, which was inspired by her daughter.
Mina Samuels, Author of "Run Like a Girl"
Mina Samuels was a practicing human rights attorney and activist. Though she was good at it, it became clear it wasn’t right for her. Mina started running and never looked back. That’s when she began to really think about what it was she wanted to do with her life. Today she is a successful writer, playwright and performer. However, her particular interest is the transformative impact of sports in women’s lives. In her newest book, RUN LIKE A GIRL 365 DAYS A YEAR: A Practical, Personal, Inspirational Guide for Women Athletes, Mina shares daily wisdom as a spiritual running buddy for women on the move. Check out Mina’s new workshops at ImagiNation Playshops. You can learn more at https://www.minasamuels.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/MinaRunsLikeAGirl/.