100 episodes

What's your train wreck? Everyone has one–past, present, or future. Why do some people come through stronger while others never recover?

Hang on for the ride as Kristin and Mary Fran teach you to move beyond crisis to discover your brilliance and resilience. You'll face challenges with strategies to come through brilliant, not broken, for personal and professional fulfillment and success!

Brilliantly Resilient Mary Fran Bontempo & Kristin Smedley

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 42 Ratings

What's your train wreck? Everyone has one–past, present, or future. Why do some people come through stronger while others never recover?

Hang on for the ride as Kristin and Mary Fran teach you to move beyond crisis to discover your brilliance and resilience. You'll face challenges with strategies to come through brilliant, not broken, for personal and professional fulfillment and success!

    Episode 123: How to Learn From Failure and Tragedy, with Jennifer Lynn Robinson

    Episode 123: How to Learn From Failure and Tragedy, with Jennifer Lynn Robinson

    I still make mistakes that I learn from, and if you don’t admit that, you’re lying.
    ~ Jennifer Lynn Robinson

    This summer has been all about mental health and action here at Brilliantly Resilient. This week, we're going to celebrate one of the most courageous, smartest, chicest women we know--our friend
    Jennifer Lynn Robinson, a.k.a. Mrs. Classic Universe 2022-2023!!! Wooooooo!!!!

    Jennifer Lynn Robinson had an amazing career, bright future--life looked limitless. Until a devastating accident took it all away. But Jennifer fought her way back with fierce determination,
    unafraid to make mistakes to grow and learn. An example to us all in Resilience, Jennifer has led FemCity Philadelphia, is the founder of Purposeful Networking, is now teaching at Penn, and has just
    won the Mrs. Classic Universe crown!!! Brilliance found and shared after tragedy.

    We're proud to call Jennifer friend and are beyond excited about her glitzy, glam crown--shouldn't every woman be photographed in a tiara? Tune in as we bring back one of our favorite episodes, and congratulations, Jennifer; we're so proud of you!

    Let's be Brilliantly Resilient together!!
    XO,
    KS & MFB

    • 35 min
    Episode 064: How the "Dad How Do I" Guy Rob Kenney Helps Millions to be Brilliantly Resilient

    Episode 064: How the "Dad How Do I" Guy Rob Kenney Helps Millions to be Brilliantly Resilient

    Since this summer is all about mental health and taking imperfect action, we wanted to again share one of our favorite guests--Rob Kenney of "Dad, How Do I Fame." Rob's prescription for healthy living (below) says it all!
     
    S.E.L.F. Serve others, Eat and exercise, Learn something, Forgive somebody. ~ Rob Kenney, a.k.a. Dad, How Do I?
    Rob Kenney is America's Dad. A kind, fun-loving guy, Rob has sky rocketed to rockstar status - all because he gives some good Dad-ly advice and tells a few goofy Dad jokes.
    Yet, Rob is really about reaching out to those who are missing their dads--and the support and love dads can provide. With a genuine, simple approach, Rob not only teaches viewers how to do "Dad" stuff, he dispenses wisdom about how to live a good life.
    Tune in to hear Rob's story about creating the "Dad How Do I?" videos and how Rob's values infuse his work. Get Rob's book on Amazon here: Dad, How Do I? Join the Brilliantly Resilient Facebook Community for daily motivation to move forward through life's sucker punches! www.Facebook.com/groups/brilliantlyresilient!

    • 34 min
    Episode 097: How to Move from Pity Party to Productivity with Keith Baldwin

    Episode 097: How to Move from Pity Party to Productivity with Keith Baldwin

    Summertime, and the livin' is easy! We're taking a few weeks off, here at Brilliantly Resilient, so we've decided to bring back some of our favorite episodes, focusing on mental health and action. This week, our buddy Keith Baldwin talks about moving out of his own pity party and taking on messy, imperfect action. Brilliant! Enjoy, and thank you, Keith!
     
    Limit your Pity Party. I threw a hell of a Pity Party, but those emotions don’t help you with solutions or move you forward.
    ~ Keith Baldwin
    Have you ever thrown yourself a Pity Party? Here at Brilliantly Resilient, we were experts at it. When life hits you with a sucker punch, it seems like you’re entitled to feel sorry for yourself. And you are–to a point. But you can’t live in that place of pain. Acknowledge it, feel it, and then get the heck out of there!
    This week’s guest, Keith Baldwin decided to make 2020 a year of firsts and wrote a book (A Leap Year of Firsts) about his experiences. But what started out as fun and games quickly turned serious when the pandemic produced some unwanted firsts–as when Keith had to lay off his entire workforce. 
    After realizing that feeling sorry for himself wasn’t helping him or his staff, Keith got to work, finding a unique solution to his problem and hiring all 45 workers back within hours of laying them off.
    Remember, sometimes life just sucks. The question is, are you just visiting that place of yuck or are you going to live there? Tune in to this week’s episode of the Brilliantly Resilient podcast to hear more about Keith Baldwin and his Leap Year of Firsts!
    XO,
    KS & MFB

    • 39 min
    Episode 120: How to Be It Til You See It with Lesley Logan

    Episode 120: How to Be It Til You See It with Lesley Logan

    It’s important to give ourselves that space for self care and a lot of people think they don’t deserve it.
    ~ Lesley Logan
    How many people and things do you put before yourself in your life? Family, friends, work, even picking up the dry cleaning top our To Do lists before we even think about ourselves. The result is that we’re often exhausted, frustrated, and maybe a little (or a lot!) cranky.
    Lesley Logan stumbled onto the importance of making time for herself by accident when she took a Pilates class at the invitation of a friend. That one class proved transformational, showing Lesley the benefits of intentional self-care and movement. As Lesley reminds us, movement keeps the brain young and healthy–the basis for a happy, successful life.
    Taking time for self care may mean we leave some things undone; that’s okay, too. By making a healthy body and mind a priority, Lesley realized that finishing can be optional, and it’s okay to change your mind. What a relief!! 
    As summer begins, be sure to take the time for self care. Move your body (take a Pilates class!) make your brain happy, and put yourself at the top of your To Do list!
    For more of Lesley’s Brilliance, tune into this week’s episode of the Brilliantly Resilient podcast.
    Let’s be Brilliantly Resilient together!
    XO,
    KS & MFB

    • 34 min
    Episode 119: How to Set Boundaries to Heal the Pain of Addiction

    Episode 119: How to Set Boundaries to Heal the Pain of Addiction

    There are two kinds of pain–one that goes on and on and on, and the kind where there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Go towards the light.
    ~ Candace Plattor
    Challenge and crisis are never easy. But they do come with choice. While we can’t always change our circumstances, we can change our responses to our challenges. The choice to change our response can break the cycle of pain and allow us to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
    Candace Plattor, this week’s guest on the Brilliantly Resilient podcast, knows about the pain that can be created when we choose to repeat the same patterns of behavior again and again, enabling a pain that goes on and on. As an addiction therapist, Candace knows that oftentimes, the pain we live in remains because we choose to live without changing anything, and as Candace reminds us, “if nothing changes, nothing changes.”
    Yet, when we choose to address our challenges and change our responses to them, we can open a spot of light at the end of our dark tunnels, making that pain finite, or at least more manageable.
    How are you addressing the challenges in your life? Are you repeating the same actions in response over and over? Can you change your responses and alter your circumstances? To hear more of Candace’s wisdom, tune into this week’s episode of the Brilliantly Resilient podcast.
    Let’s be Brilliantly Resilient together!
    XO,
    KS & MFB

    • 52 min
    Episode 118: How to Find God in Abiding Through the Movements of our Lives, with Christine Eberle

    Episode 118: How to Find God in Abiding Through the Movements of our Lives, with Christine Eberle

    The God lens is always going to be a more compassionate, but a less certain lens. It’s going to take away the absolute convictions with which we are looking at many things and open us up to the possibility that we are mistaken.
    ~ Christine Eberle
    Geez, we hate being wrong. It happens–rarely–but we really, really hate it when it does. Yet, it happens to us all, probably more often than we’d like.
    Much of the angst we experience when we’re wrong comes from our insecure egos. If we’ve examined something, done our due diligence and run it up our personal flagpole, we should be right, shouldn’t we? In fact, our egos demand that we are. But what about the other folks who have done the same thing and come to a different conclusion than ours? Their egos are shouting just as loudly that they are the ones on the right path.
    Author Christine Eberle, this week’s guest on the Brilliantly Resilient podcast, notes that it’s our perception–the lens through which we are looking at things–that keeps us stuck and frustrated. When we pull back and look at life through the God lens instead of our own, we may find uncertainty, but we also find room for possibility.
    It may not feel like it at the time, but sometimes being wrong is the best thing that can happen to us, especially if it allows us to consider other actions and other outcomes. 
    Christine’s new book, Finding God Abiding, offers thoughtful meditative lessons designed to open our awareness to God’s presence in our lives, as well as to help us recognize the wonder of possibility. Tune into this week’s episode of the Brilliantly Resilient podcast to learn about Christine’s four movements of life as she shares her Brilliance.
    Let’s be Brilliantly Resilient together!
    XO
    KS & MFB

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

caydenny ,

Love the enthusiasm and passion

Kristin and Mary Fran are so energetic and you can feel their passion and kindness come forward with each episode. I always learn from their insights and the guests they bring forward.

Fashionista2015MidwestGirl ,

Wonderful Podcast!!!

Great podcast and informative content! Definitely will follow!!

G-M-S4462 ,

Great Relatable Topic

It’s refreshing to feel the messiness of life and mistakes can be turned around and put to good use!

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