Doretta Gadsden and her guests will be exploring life with chronic diagnosis and life adversities on Living Victoriously. Be inspired, motivated and transformed!
PheMOMenon at Forty with Tamara Gooch
Tamara is a master coach and lifestyle business blogger. She is the founder and CEO of Pink Pearl LLC, a transformative movement that magnifies women's voices and stories of boldness, confidence and truth.
Tamara tells Doretta about taking a year off, and how her business shifted during that time and took on a new direction while still holding true to the previous one.
Doretta speaks up about the importance of taking needed downtime, and how Tamara is setting a positive example.
Tamara goes on to talk about experiencing loss, and having to navigate business and personal in a way that best served her, and how doing so led to clarity in both.
She shares some tips for people who are just starting their businesses, and how the people who are meant to hear you, will always be there.
Tamara shares her hopes, and how she wishes to leave people feeling. She also shares some last moments of wisdom to close out the show.
“If your personal life is not where it needs to be, your professional life will not grow and blossom”
“Silence the noise, because that chatter is going to cause a problem”
“I couldn't give from an empty cup”
:It's okay to take care of yourself”
“Be clear on what it is you want to do?”
“Start doing all of those things you thought and dreamed of doing”
Winning the Dance with Depression with Doretta Gadsden
In this episode of Living Victoriously, host Doretta Gadsden talks about Winning the Dance with Depression. She explains that she has been living with depression since childhood, and that circumstances in her childhood made her feel sad and damaged. She shares some of the tools she has learned, and used, in her battle with depression to come out on top. She talks about things like meditation, exercise, rest, support and journaling, as well as medication. She shares her experiences and tips as she has come to appreciate them.
"It visits me, but it doesn't bury me"
"Our thoughts keep us sad"
"When we're tired, we're not going to be our best"
"We're all different beings, and there's always a road we can take."
"What can I do for myself?"
Reach Up For Help with Alex Barlowe
Alex Barlowe is is a best selling author, and participated in the same anthology that Doretta was involved in. She achieved her happily ever after, and understands that there is work to get there, and ever more work to maintain it. She is a strong believer in taking care of your mental health, and having a good support system behind you. She is a source of inspiration, and a reminder that good things come to those who work.
Alex tells Doretta about her chapter within the book, and gives some of the background and commentary from the author's perspective.
Doretta and Alex relate back and forth about prayer, therapy, and support. They also talk about mindset and some of the issues with having a closed mind.
She talks about some of her plans for speaking engagements and groups within her local community.
She shares some of the steps she took to move beyond her old circumstances and into the place she is now.
“That doesn't mean I can just relax and bask in happiness, it comes with work and it comes with every day maintenance.”
“The first step was reaching up for help. Over coming adversity was not something I did on my own”
“Too many people suffer in silence”
“There are so many fragmented people walking around still hurting.
“Needing help doesn't mean you're crazy, it means you're human and had something happen to you”
“I don't think you can ever be told, or inspired too much or enough”
“Reach up for help”
Life with Betty Speaks
Betty Speaks is a transformational coach, international leadership educator at Betty Speaks LIFE ministry. After serving in the military, and experiencing a multitude of things both positive and negative, Betty has found her calling in serving others who have experienced similar trials in their life.
Betty tells Doretta about her L.I.F.E Ministry, and how it came to be.
She describes the various ways she serves and meets with veterans, and explains the purpose behind her coaching, meet ups and speaking engagements
Betty also talks about some of the feelings and emotions she's experienced first hand and can help with in family, relationships and life.
“I had to be the person to set the example”
“A lot of things we go through in life, someone else has already gone through”
“You don't want to bring a pitbull into a room full of terriers”
“They are loved and they are appreciated for what they've endured and what they went through.”
Women of Virtue with Sonya McKinzie
Sonya McKinzie is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women of Virtue transitional foundation, a non profit charitable organization aimed at filling in the gaps of domestic violence awareness services and resources.
Sonya describes the different things her nonprofit organization does, and gives a brief look into how it got started, and what is being developed.
Sonya tells Doretta about her experiences with domestic violence, and how she managed to find the courage to put a stop to it. She and Doretta also talk about abusive patterns, and the way it can manifest itself in generation after generation.
She talks about workshops that she's planning to do through Women of Virtue, and the focus she wants to put on the younger generation and their view of self love. She also talks about the activities and hands on stuff she plans to do for them as well.
Finally, Sonya tells Doretta about her books, and gives listeners information on how to reach out, show support, or get in contact with her.
“I don't know what it was, what broke inside, what went off, what light came on but I said this is it. This is over.”
“Most survivors are victims that will go back.”
“It's almost like you go looking for that same kind of man that your father was”
“I love to love”
Unexpected Purpose with Moshay Akala
Unexpected Purpose with Moshay Akala
Moshay Akala is a survivor of Lupus, being in remission for 8 years. She also helps women with their self esteem and job preparedness. Moshay is a best selling author, and she works in local communities offering self esteem workshops and job preparedness classes.
Moshay fills Doretta in on her life before Lupus, being diagnosed, and how she lived after finding out about the disease. She also talks about her shift in perspective, and how much of a game changer it was to view her diagnosis in a different light.
She shares some of the ways she keeps healthy and honors her body, and how she managed to bring silence to her negative thoughts, and the negative chatter that surrounded her in order to achieve a more vibrant life for herself.
Moshay shares some of the insights she gained while covertly battling Lupus, how it became another purpose, and how it changed her life in an unexpectedly positive manner. She and Doretta also relate back and forth about similar experiences and feelings.
“I went from that 6 figure job to being number 6 in food bank lines.”
“It's hard to become humble. It's hard to surrender”
“I have the power to silence that negative chatter”
“If you didn't have this story to share, you couldn't change these lives”
“There's always going to be a next battle”
Inspiring conversations with real people
Doretta has a gift of gathering REAL people who have had profound experiences. Hearing real, normal everyday people describe their deep and rich life experiences and lessons makes us realize that everyone we meet brings inspiration to the table. I love hearing the stories and insights that make us feel less alone.