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My name is Susan Fink and my son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3. As a single mom, I have navigated through a variety of adventures, obstacles and personal challenges to advocate and support him. But, as a parent, I also need support and had a hard time finding it...which is why I created a weekly podcast dedicated to supporting families raising children with special needs. I believe this is my purpose - to help others. And I’m on a mission to provide hope and positivity through sharing my personal insight, stories, mindset perspectives and ways to navigate through this journey. Make sure you subscribe so you never miss an episode and if you would like more insight into my life and to receive motivational inspiration in your newsfeed, follow me at @susanfink.rise on instagram and facebook. Thank you for listening, thank you for your support in sharing this podcast to help others. And until next time, I appreciate, I empathize, and I am here for you. and...We. Can. Do. This.

Rise with the Light Susan Fink

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

My name is Susan Fink and my son was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3. As a single mom, I have navigated through a variety of adventures, obstacles and personal challenges to advocate and support him. But, as a parent, I also need support and had a hard time finding it...which is why I created a weekly podcast dedicated to supporting families raising children with special needs. I believe this is my purpose - to help others. And I’m on a mission to provide hope and positivity through sharing my personal insight, stories, mindset perspectives and ways to navigate through this journey. Make sure you subscribe so you never miss an episode and if you would like more insight into my life and to receive motivational inspiration in your newsfeed, follow me at @susanfink.rise on instagram and facebook. Thank you for listening, thank you for your support in sharing this podcast to help others. And until next time, I appreciate, I empathize, and I am here for you. and...We. Can. Do. This.

    Pausing is Powerful

    Pausing is Powerful

    If you are living in automatic, reacting and leading with your feelings in how you respond in everyday life to a variety of situations and encounters with others, this episode is for you. Pausing can be incredibly powerful to discover more about yourself, identify and analyze what drives your feelings and help you break free from reacting and have a more positive, productive outcome.  In this episode, I share when and why to pause, what you can do when you pause and how to do it. It may sound easy, but pausing takes practice. I hope this episode resonates with you and provides you with a different perspective in hope for positive changes in your life. Please share this with others who this could help. 

    DM me @susanfink.rise to reach out for questions or if you need help.  I'm a mindset coach helping other single parents and parents raising children with special needs, make significant changes in the way they think to get through what they're going through. Check out more information on risemindset.com 
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    • 22 min
    A Deep Sadness

    A Deep Sadness

    In this episode, I talk about how to deal with a deep sadness, which, in my experience, can lead to feeling stuck, paralyzed, anxious and overall a very sad, dark feeling that can also cause physical pain. I discuss a variety of actions you can take when you are feeling this deep sadness and emphasize the importance of awareness, intention and working through it rather than disregarding the emotion. 

    DM me @susanfink.rise to reach out for questions or if you need help.  I'm a mindset coach helping other parents raising children with special needs, make significant changes in the way they think to get through what they're going through. Check out more information on risemindset.com 
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    • 23 min
    Impermanence

    Impermanence

    In this episode, I unpack what impermanence means on a fundamental level and how it has helped me be a better mother to my special needs son, how it has helped me feel more free, joyful and handle challenging situations better, empowering me with this new mindset to live a better life and to be the best person I can be for myself and my son. 

    I encourage you to focus on impermanence,  figure out how you can incorporate it into your life to feel the same freedom and joy I do from making this mindset shift. It's not as easy as it may seem, it takes practice, but it's worth it. 

    DM me @susanfink.rise to reach out for questions or if you need help.  I'm a mindset coach helping other parents raising children with special needs, make significant changes in the way they think to get through what they're going through. 
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    • 16 min
    Forgive Yourself

    Forgive Yourself

    If you're anything like me, you're more compassionate, empathetic, forgiving and kind to other people, but not to yourself. You're your own worst critic and may have found yourself ruminating on, feeling guilty and shameful about the way you may have handled different situations, whether you said or did something you didn't mean. You didn't take a pause to determine what you can and can't control. You were impulsive in your response, and you continue to make the same mistakes. 

    In this episode, I unpack the different ways you can work through these emotions and ultimately forgiving yourself, to evolve and free yourself to move forward and live a more healthy, positive life. You don't have to sit in it, you are capable of forgiving yourself, practicing methods to help you move beyond yourself. You may not be able to control circumstances or people around you, but you have more control than you think and one area of control you have is how you move forward, how you learn from the mistakes you may have made and how you continue to grow one day at a time. 

    You got this! 

    Please make sure you follow this podcast, share with a friend who may heed to hear it! I appreciate you and am grateful you're listening and hope my perspectives are helping you get through what you're going through. 
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    • 18 min
    Flip the Script: From Negative to Positive Thinking

    Flip the Script: From Negative to Positive Thinking

    If you're anything like me - a naturally negative thinker, a glass half empty thinker, this episode is for you. In this episode, I discuss ways in which I have learned to flip the script from negative to positive thinking. 

    Who wants to live in the negative all of the time? I certainly don't. It takes a toll on your mental health, your emotional state, decreases motivation and productivity, has a negative impact on your relationships, work life, the list could go on and on. Positive thinking on the other has the opposite affect - things are much more colorful when you're living in the positive and quite frankly, things are much easier to manage throughout life. 

    In this episode, I unpack my thoughts and experiences around shifting your mindset from negative to positive. Daily practices, intention and ideas to help flip the script including: 
    - Discussions on hindsight. Let's not live in hindsight, let's life in the present
    - Identifying your negative thought while you have it, stop it and replace it with positive thoughts
    - Surround yourself with the right people, positive people. This may mean making some changes in your life that are not always easy decisions.
    - Consider what you're grateful for and shifting your focus, redirecting your negative thoughts
    - How smiling can have a positive impact on your mental state and positive outlook. 

    For me personally, positivity takes practice. Most people think I am a really positive person; however, what they may not know is positivity takes awareness, intention and lots of practice for me. But...the more you practice, the more naturally you start making the mindset shift to naturally gravitate toward positive thinking first. 

    I hope this episode helps you. I know this can be challenging for many, especially when going through emotionally challenges of raising children with special needs. It's even more critical for us as special needs parents to be ultra-aware of our mental health, how we are thinking and how we approach situations, which can have a positive or negative impact on those around us, especially our children. 

    To connect more, please DM me @susanfink.rise. I'm here to help. Remember, you are not alone in your journey. Reach out, there are resources and your people out there to support you. 

    My mission is to help as many people as I can by sharing my personal stories, insights and mindset perspectives. Please share this podcast to someone you may know who needs to hear it, so that we can continue to help other people through their journey. 
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    • 26 min
    Meet Dina Farmer - Founder of Lily and Magnolia Travel, Autism Advocate, Veteran, Your Certified Autism Travel Professional and More!

    Meet Dina Farmer - Founder of Lily and Magnolia Travel, Autism Advocate, Veteran, Your Certified Autism Travel Professional and More!

    Hi there and thank you for joining this episode - a special episode as I have a guest who is helping other people through her business! My special guest today is Dina Farmer. She is a mother of two boys, one of whom is autistic. Her family is a military family (she is also a veteran) and as she was struggling with booking travel for her own family, she pivoted her business to help others - She is a founder and owner of Lily and Magnolia Travel, helping autistic families book and plan vacations as a Certified Autism Travel Professional.

    In this episode, we discuss her journey with her son's diagnosis, which she reveals an important lesson and advice for other parents not to ignore your inner voice or your intuition. She is not only an advocate for her son, but also an advocate in the travel industry, helping other families take steps and find resources to help them with family vacations and ensuring families know the type of support that is out there for them. Dina shares a wealth of knowledge, resources and advice for families to take a step in travel, starting small and planning ahead, knowing resources that are available to you. 

    We also go into some of her biggest challenges she faces, particularly being in a military family, moving around all of the time and advocating so much to ensure her son has everything he needs, no matter what! Sound familiar?

    Check out this episode to learn more from another family/mother, listen to her advice based on her personal experiences and learn how you can get in touch with her (Lily and Magnolia Travel) to get assistance with your future travel!

    Here are all the ways you can get in touch with Dina Farmer at Lily and Magnolia Travel:
    www.lilyandmagnoliatravel.com
    www.facebook.com/lilyandmagnoliatravel
    www.instagram.com/lilyandmagnoliatravel

    Dina Farmer | Travel Advisor
    Certified Autism Travel Professional
    Lily and Magnolia Travel
    Website: www.lilyandmagnoliatravel.com
    Email: dina@lilyandmagnoliatravel.com
    Phone: (808) 800-1249
    Schedule a complimentary consultation.
    Veteran Owned Business
    Black-Owned Business
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    • 32 min

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Vani3020 ,

Letting it go!

Susan your podcast is amazing .Every episode filled with bombshell advice heartfelt.
Glad I came across your podcast.

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