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This podcast is about empowering high-potential global women to explore what it’s like to live life on purpose, to discover their unique gifts, and be a contribution to the world. Featuring conversations with courageous women thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, and change makers who are breaking-through their inner barriers and overcoming adversities. We’ll also talk about how they’re making an impact with their work, navigating through the challenges and struggles they face in their lives, and the lessons they learn from these experiences.

Big Impact Women Frances Lacuesta

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This podcast is about empowering high-potential global women to explore what it’s like to live life on purpose, to discover their unique gifts, and be a contribution to the world. Featuring conversations with courageous women thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, and change makers who are breaking-through their inner barriers and overcoming adversities. We’ll also talk about how they’re making an impact with their work, navigating through the challenges and struggles they face in their lives, and the lessons they learn from these experiences.

    Episode 4: Rev. Jennifer Cormier: Redefining Grief

    Episode 4: Rev. Jennifer Cormier: Redefining Grief

    In this episode, Frances and Reverend Jennifer Cormier talked about how to navigate through grief and loss in life. 

    Jennifer believes that when we shift our perspective, include our bodies in our grieving process, and see grief as a creative collaborator in our lives, we open the door to healing and peace.

    Show Notes:

    Grief in Perspective: Grief as woven in with the celebration. It's like living a life that has a full range. (00:47)

    Grief Work: How helping other people move through, through really big losses in life and getting to the other side and find peace and connection, and start living again as well. (05:34)

    Definition of Grief: It is a transformational healing process. It is an opportunity to do some of the deepest healing work of my life.  (07:08)

    Grief is a Journey: It is a journey that we can walk through all of the cycles and all the seasons internally and externally, to really live a richer life. (08:07)

    Quotes:

    Grief really gave me an opportunity to do some of the deepest healing work of my life. And now I see grief as more of a container, like a big basket or a big tapestry. (07:15)

    A beautiful life, just like a really beautifully done photograph has all of the different gradations in between. And I think it's really about living well is about grieving well, celebrating well, and experiencing the peaceful neutral moments in between. (13:21)

    It's so important to allow the body to do what it naturally wants to do, and not to push it to be neutral or to do the opposite. (27:46)

    Lead with your heart, lead with your whole body, and slow down and see what happens. (47:54)

    • 51 min
    Episode 3: Dr. Marcia Nathai-Balkissoon: The Gift of Resilience

    Episode 3: Dr. Marcia Nathai-Balkissoon: The Gift of Resilience

    In this episode, Frances and  Dr. Marcia Nathai-Balkissoon talked about the Gift of Resilience. 

    QUOTES:

    "We all want to just belong. We want to be fulfilled, we want to find joy as we are and for who we are." (00:53)


    "Our life is what inspires us to lean into the service that we give." (02:48)


     "When your child is holding on to life by a thread, the energy has to go into making that child hold on stronger." (07:12)


    "How raising a child with special needs requires so much time, energy, and resources, but these challenges will only make your family closer and stronger." (17:51)


    "When negative experiences of the past come to mind, be gentle with yourself. Those negative emotions can be used for learning and future experiences -- no matter how painful they are." (29:28)


    "That realization that you don't have to compare yourself to somebody else." (33:50)
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    Dr. Marcia Nathai-Balkissoon is a storyteller and educator who believes that we each have a powerful purpose that should guide our lives. As one of her children is brain-injured and bedridden, Marcia and her family have traversed significant challenges. 

    She is passionate about helping people cope with adversity and thrive despite overwhelm, feel more connected, gain visibility, access and support, and tap into their resilience. Her book, Lighting the Path, focuses on these issues and on sharing special needs experiences to boost inclusion and reduce isolation of special needs families.


    Find her book for Special Needs Parents:
    https://books2read.com/lightingthepath

    Access podcast episodes, training content and more:
    www.MarciaNB.com/biolink 

    • 57 min
    Episode 2: Colleen Robinson: Reconnecting With Nature

    Episode 2: Colleen Robinson: Reconnecting With Nature

    In this episode, Frances and Colleen Robinson talked about fostering a relationship with Nature. Colleen shares in this conversation that if we want to truly bring ourselves into harmony with the natural world, we must return to seeing humans as part of it. 


    SHOW NOTES:


    "The expansion of compassion is natural and automatic." (00:48)


    Colleen recalls the first memory she had with nature that made her realize a strong desire to help people create a deep connection with nature." (02:43)


    "That deep gratitude for what nature has given us". (05:56)


    "Watching the sunrise or watching the sunsets, these are some of the moments that perhaps some people do not even have the opportunity to experience. (11:44)


    The relationship between people and the rest of nature, how we are connected to the natural world. (18:22)

    The way Colleen healed from an injury, and the way she coped with stress and difficulty in life by being one with nature. (20:12)
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    Colleen Robinson has dedicated her life to helping people recognize and acknowledge their own connections to the natural world. Trained as an environmental educator, Wisconsin Master Naturalist Instructor and course developer, and environmental communications manager for several organizations and agencies, she is most excited about her newest effort, Nature's Good Company, LLC. 


    Colleen feels that engaging in Mindful Outdoor Experiences is one of the most important personal wellness, environmental sustainability, and social justice actions we can each take today. Certified as Mindful Outdoor Guide, this work is fulfilling what Colleen has always felt was a "missing piece" in how people are encouraged to interact in nature and in community.


    Learn more about her work: http://www.naturesgoodcompany.com

    • 52 min
    Episode 1: Christine Samuel: How to Journey Into the Unknown

    Episode 1: Christine Samuel: How to Journey Into the Unknown

    In this episode, Frances and Christine talk about the “heart space", a concept of following your heart's path with a mission to be a living example and creating a nurturing space for others on their journey of self-discovery and transition.


    Christine also articulates that living in the heart space means realizing that relational things do not depend too much on the rational and logical side of things but also on feeling and sensing. 


    They also talk about Christine's experience moving to Canada and living there as a first generation immigrant from Indonesia. 



    Quotes:
    “Just trust, trusting in the emergence of things, and it releases us from suffering. It releases us from mystery. Because when we trust, it allows us to have that space.” (43:13)


    “For me, the understanding of heart space is a gentle holding space where all feelings, thoughts, and sensations are welcome. So it is a space where we can have a loving relationship with our complexities and contradictions.” (44:42)
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    Christine Samuel is a curious explorer who finds delight in experiencing the unknown and sharing her ever-growing understanding of living from the heart space. She left her 20 years of a corporate career to follow her heart path with a mission to be a living example and create a nurturing space for others in their journey of self discovery and transition through coaching, inner work training, and facilitation.


    Learn more about her at https://www.innerworkmatters.com/

    • 56 min

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