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Get inspired and gain some wisdom to help you on your healing journey with Amber Cook and her expert guests through open - honest - real conversations.

The Dragonfly Connection Amber Cook

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

Get inspired and gain some wisdom to help you on your healing journey with Amber Cook and her expert guests through open - honest - real conversations.

    Inner Work

    Inner Work

    Ambers guest today is Rachel West, and this is her 2nd time being on the podcast. Rachel is a Holistic Personal Growth Coach, Best Selling Author and the Founder of "Empowering Growth". She is also a Domestic Violence Victims Advocate and Community Health Worker. 

    Rachel focuses on helping others with mindset improvement and their mental health with a specialty in addiction. She has a belief that you must do the inner work, if you ever want the outer to work; and understands first hand how releasing negative mental, emotional and behavioral programming helps you feel, hear and see new possibilities simply by shifting your thoughts so that you can achieve the results you dream of at a much higher level. 

    One of her favorite quotes is from Stacey O'Byrne, "Choice is a powerful thing, suffering is always optional". 

    Sometimes in our lives horrible things do happen, tragedies, traumatic experiences - things that are truly not our fault, and sometimes things that we don't have actual recognition of because they happened to us as children...or even to our ancestors. Those things/events have the potential to wreck havoc in our lives when just left to run amok in our subconscious. 

    If left buried and untreated, they can lead to mental health challenges as well as addiction. In this episode, that's what the focus is - the buried emotions, the untruths we tell ourselves, and the programming...the roots of the problem. Then Rachel shares some ways to heal those things in your life and how to help others. Because, suffering is optional. We can all choose to start our healing journey or not. 

    So, even if you haven't been touched by addiction in your family like Rachel and Amber have, this episode is one you need to hear...if not for you, for someone you care about. Then go share it with them! There's also a really easy self-awareness tool buried within their conversation that you can start using today. 

    All the ways you can connect with Rachel are listed below. If you join The Dragonfly Connection Community on Facebook, you can ask her questions directly. It's a free group, Amber created to help us stay connected and empowered on our healing journeys.

    Rachels Website: www.empoweringgrowthcoach.com 

    Facebook and Her Private Group on Facebook  

    And, on Instagram. 

     

    • 49 min
    Getting Curious

    Getting Curious

    "Curiosity is the gateway drug to intuition" - Kimberly Spencer 

    Kimberly Spencer is an award-winning high-performance, trauma-informed coach and trainer, Amazon best-selling author, TEDx speaker, and the founder of CrownYourself.com.

    From her entrepreneurial beginnings at five selling bags of glitter-water to her neighbors, to becoming an award-winning screenwriter, certified Pilates instructor, Miss Congeniality, and six-time WEGO Health Activist Award nominee, Kimberly is proof that it's better to make your own mold than to conform to someone else's. She and Amber talk a ton about this topic in this episode along with her own healing journey, the mother wound (and the father wound), drama triangles and so much more good stuff to help you on your life and healing journey. 

    Kimberly's work has been featured on Netflix, The CW, ESPN, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and NPR, and in Thrive Global, CNBC, and Forbes. We are so honored to have her part of the Dragonfly Connection now! 

    Let us know what you thought of this episode in The Dragonfly Connection Community! 

    All the ways you can connect with Kimberly are listed below. 

    ***Something happened to Ambers mic during this recording, cause it's definitely a little off. But, it shouldn't ruin your experience. Please refrain from dinging her reviews because of it. Instead, please share with your friends and leave a review about the wonderful content rather than mic error. 

    Website: https://crownyourself.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crownyourselfnow

    Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/crownyourself/

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/crownyourselfnow

    • 1 hr
    Cosmic Connection

    Cosmic Connection

    Ash Marshall-Odell says, "Living life is a spiritual experience." 

    Spirituality is a very important part of our healing journey and Amber felt that this episode was the perfect one to help wrap up Mental Health Awareness Month for us. Please share with someone who needs to hear it...not just in May, but anytime.  

    Ash is a spiritual teacher & mentor, healer, empath, psychic medium, certified personal coach, Light Worker, Reiki master & teacher, and author of the book, Light Bound: A Healer’s Journey through Trauma, C PTSD, and Anxiety, and now most recently the host of her own podcast, the "Attune to You" podcast. 

    In this episode she and Amber are chatting about spirituality, healing journeys, energy, and the infinite possibilities within and around each of us....or cosmic connections. Ash shares a plethora of self-help tools that can help you tune more deeply into yourself for developing more ease, clarity, capability, and insight. Most are free and many are low cost. They're tools available to all of us. 

    When you're done listening check out Ash's podcast. 

    You can also connect with Ash on her website and purchase a copy of her book. All those links are below.

    Attune to You Podcast on Apple Podcasts or search for it on Spotify and Google too! podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/attune-to-you/id1599580831 

    Visit her website for resources and a to purchase her book sacredjourneyswithash.com

    If you'd like to connect more intimately with Ash, Amber and other podcast guests join us on Facebook in The Dragonfly Connection Community group. 

    • 45 min
    Language of Love

    Language of Love

    It's still Mental Health Awareness Month. But, after last week's episode where Amber talked about some heavy topics, we decided to go a little lighter...but, the information in this episode is still helpful for your mental health. And, Ambers guest Bethany has a loving, sunshine energy that's just good for the soul. 

    Bethany Nicole is back for a second time and this time we're chatting about the 5 Love Languages, based on work and books by Gary Chapman. Bethany is an LA-based author, freelance writer, and relationship expert.

    She's also the creator of "Written In The Stars" Relationship Sessions where she uses alternative healing modalities to work on your deeper layers - the subconscious, astrological, energetics, and even karmic layers to get to the root of what's really going on in your love life, to create long-lasting benefits, and to build long-term connections. 

    And, Bethany also uses the 5 Love Languages in her work and on herself. 

    Amber is a huge fan of the 5 Love Languages and believes it's one of the things that's kept her relationship with her husband as solid as it is. They were fortunate to get the original book as a wedding present and have been using it and the concept since they first realized they didn't have the same love language. 

    Whether or not you already know about the book, you're in a romantic relationship, wanting to be in one, or happily single; this episode is for you. There are actually Love Language books for everyone and can benefit all types of relationships...even the one with yourself. 

    Here are the main Love Language books:

    The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

    The 5 Love Languages Singles Edition: The Secret that Will Revolutionize Your Relationships

    5 Love Languages Of Children: The Secret To Loving Children

    The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively


    The 5 Love Languages for Men: Tools for Making a Good Relationship Great 

    Connect with Bethany at bethanynicole.com

    Or on Facebook or Instagram 

     

    • 17 min
    A Healing Journey

    A Healing Journey

    No matter what you’re going through, there is always hope. There is always a way to get through it. True healing is possible for every single one of us.

    In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month Amber shares parts of her traumatic yet healing story. She shares her experience with different healing methods and resources in order to encourage and support you on your healing journey.

    Get help finding wellness professionals to help support you on your healing and life journey at HealingWaze.com.

    Hire Amber to advocate for you! Learn more HERE.

    Join The Dragonfly Connection Community on Facebook for support and a great self-improvement book list. Here are the two she mentions in this episode: 

    The Body Keeps The Score

    Atlas of The Heart

    And, if you'd like to support NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), please visit Ambers fundraising page 

    • 56 min
    Grief Lessons

    Grief Lessons

    "Grief can often feel like being quarantined. Now, it’s even more so. Grieving is hard and isolating even at the best of times, and unfortunately, we are far from the best of times."

    That's a quote from a piece written by Ambers guest today, Kevin Ringstaff founder of PetCloud - grief support services for pet loss. 

    Now if you're not a pet owner, that's ok, this episode is focused on grief in general - the stigmas around it, the process, and ways to help ourselves and others. 

    Kevin has been a student of grief for many years. He's been through several grief certification programs over the years and he's currently studying to be a Board Certified Hospital Chaplain. He spends his days talking about grief, creating activities and products around grief, and listening to the grief stories from people all over the country.

    PetCloud is his first company, created to help those who are going through the loss of a pet. A direct link to this website will be below. He's currently seeking stories about pet loss for his upcoming podcast. If you're interested, you can connect with Kevin through his website or on social media. 

    Kevins has another company, Grieving at Work, created to help teach management how to better support grieving employees in the workplace.

    If you'd like to connect with him, and other podcast guests more intimately; join us in Ambers private Facebook group, The Dragonfly Connection. 

    Visit his websites: petcloud.pet 

    And, grievingatwork.com

    Find him on Instagram and Facebook too! 

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

16 Ratings

DJHowell ,

Wisdom and Delight

Just listened to episode 25 with Elizabeth Sloan, and found a cornucopia of delightful insights and stories. Amber has a way of bringing out the nuggets of wisdom that we need to hear to enhance our own healing journey. Thank you both!

JMareeK ,

Great inspiration

This is a great episode! I was listening while walking and while Bruce shared stories from his amazing life, I was so inspired for my own life! Thank you!

Dating Coach Ronnie Ann Ryan ,

Beautiful Message and So Applicable!

This episode of Amber's podcast was created on the fly - but what a great job! She turned a sad story about high school days into something amazing and empowering. I could really relate to her story and found her way of looking at this situation incredibly helpful and eye-opening regarding what is possible. Mindet is EVERYTHING. Thanks Amber!

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