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Filled with heartfelt stories designed to light you up, Happiness Through Hardship - The Podcast provides you with inspirational stories of hope intended to bring happiness to your day while guiding you through life’s hardships. Thought-leaders, authors, health and wellness experts will share their personal stories of finding happiness in their own personal hardship with each Wednesday release. Hosted by Caryn Sullivan, founder of Pretty Wellness, two-time breast cancer survivor thriving with stage IV disease and author of the book "Happiness through Hardship."

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Happiness through Hardship Caryn Sullivan

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Filled with heartfelt stories designed to light you up, Happiness Through Hardship - The Podcast provides you with inspirational stories of hope intended to bring happiness to your day while guiding you through life’s hardships. Thought-leaders, authors, health and wellness experts will share their personal stories of finding happiness in their own personal hardship with each Wednesday release. Hosted by Caryn Sullivan, founder of Pretty Wellness, two-time breast cancer survivor thriving with stage IV disease and author of the book "Happiness through Hardship."

Subscribe Now to Discover Why You Don’t Need To Let Hardship Define You and Your Happiness.

    88. Christina Flach: Choosing Light - How to Feel Beautiful

    88. Christina Flach: Choosing Light - How to Feel Beautiful

    No stranger to darkness, CEO and founder of Pretty Girl Makeup, sepsis awareness advocate and celebrity makeup artist, Christina Flach, knows how to see beauty and light around her even during hard times. On this week’s episode of “Happiness through Hardship” - The Podcast, Christina dives into the loss of her husband from sepsis as well as the grief she experienced through losing her son and mother. While she's familiar with hardship, she refuses to allow it to define her. Christina shares life lessons on grief, stress, service, wellness and gratitude that will inspire us all to seek beauty (inside and out) and help us be the best version of ourselves.

    Empowering people has helped Christina find purpose. She accomplishes this through serving clients and companies from big brands and big names to events and individuals. In addition, Christina has teamed up with Sepsis Alliance to create awareness campaigns that tell her husband’s story and educate people on how they can save lives. Through these passions, she has figured out how to be happy in her own way and encourages us all to do the same. Listen to this week’s episode to hear advice on grief, healthy living and how to feel beautiful from the inside out.

    SHOW NOTES
    4:56 - Christina shares her story.
    9:15 - Questions she asks to help her feel her best/better self during stress.
    12:13 - Helping others during periods of grief.
    15:29 - Information on sepsis.
    18:22 - Christina’s husband, Ken Flach’s, personal sepsis story.
    25:04 - Thoughts on beauty and wellness.
    30:29 - Uncommon makeup and skincare advice.
    34:24 - Inspiration from her mom.
    39:17 - Everyone needs encouragement.
    41:01 - Figuring out how to self soothe.
    45:34 - Christina and Caryn play The Grateful Game.

    Pretty Girl Makeup: https://www.prettygirlmakeup.com/ - clean ingredients, vegan - (PRETTYGIRL discount code)
    Work with Christina: https://www.christinaflach.com/
    Sepsis Alliance: https://www.sepsis.org/
    The Calm App: https://www.calm.com/
    "We Plan, God Laughs" by Sherre Hirsch: https://amzn.to/3vGxlpX

    CONNECT with Christina
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christinaflachmakeup/?hl=en
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christinaflachmakeup/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/prettygirlmkup

    CONNECT with us
    www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes
    
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information

    Our Social Media:

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness
    www.Twitter.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book:

    Happiness through Hardship - The Book:
    amzn.to/39PAjuT

    To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:

    PrettyWellness.com/book

    • 50 min
    87. Jennifer Niessen and Becky Tyler - Navigating Change and Culture with an International Move

    87. Jennifer Niessen and Becky Tyler - Navigating Change and Culture with an International Move

    Have you ever fantasized about moving abroad and starting over in a new city? My former colleagues, Jennifer Niessen and Becky Tyler, turned this dream into a reality. I’m thrilled that they share their stories, stressors and silly adventures on moving and living overseas this week on “Happiness Through Hardship” - The Podcast.

    I worked with Jenn and Becky during my time at the Walt Disney Company. Their talent and dedication has allowed them to take their careers to the next level managing big projects, teams and high profile executives. Jenn and Becky both moved across the world and on this episode share key lessons learned about the importance of questions, communication and embracing discomfort. While their experiences speak to moving internationally, their messages apply to all of us going through moves, job changes or other transitions in life. Please check it out and let us know what you think…and wait until the end where exciting news is revealed.

    SHOW NOTES
    6:08 - Jenn shares why she decided to move overseas
    8:28 - Becky dives into the story of her career
    11:34 - Communicating with family/friends that you’re moving for work
    14:34 - The importance of always looking to learn
    16:31 - Guidance for those wanting to move abroad
    20:15 - How to connect with people when living in a new city
    23:48 - Cultural differences ending up as a funny memory
    28:36 - Lessons about embracing the discomfort
    30:48 - Becky explains the wonderful work/life balance in Australia
    36:28 - Feeling disconnected from family and friends can be difficult
    44:41 - Caryn, Becky and Jenn play the Grateful Game (with a surprise!!!)

    CONNECT with Jenn & Becky
    Jenn’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-niessen-a342b013/
    Becky’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/becky-tyler-6992b54/

    CONNECT with us
    www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes
    
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information

    Our Social Media:

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness
    www.Twitter.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book:

    Happiness through Hardship - The Book:
    amzn.to/39PAjuT

    To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:

    PrettyWellness.com/book

    • 50 min
    86. Debi Lewis: Healing her Child and Learning to Thrive

    86. Debi Lewis: Healing her Child and Learning to Thrive

    Isn't it surprising when you focus on healing your child and the journey ends up helping you along the way? This is part of Debi Lewis' story, which she shares on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast. Debi’s a business owner, world recognized writer and author of the memoir, "Kitchen Medicine." In the book and on this episode she discusses the struggle of learning how to properly feed and heal her daughter with a medical mystery. Debi shares tons of intel on how we can work together with our team of doctors. She also talks about strategies for families with eating challenges. Debi is wise and wonderful...and full of insight for us all.

    SHOW NOTES
    3:49 - Debi shares her story
    12:52 - Debi's advice to parents as patient advocates for their children
    13:32 - A few respectful questions to ask doctors
    15:02 - Finding support and resources
    18:15 - Healing in the kitchen
    22:28 - Suggestions on how to get your family on board with new foods
    24:50 - Ideas for when you don't like to cook
    27:10 - "Kitchen Medicine: How I Fed My Daughter Out of Failure to Thrive"
    32:36 - The Power of Community
    36:00 - Caryn and Debi play The Grateful Game

    CONNECT with Debi
    Debi's website: https://www.debilewis.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/growthesunshine
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/growthesunshine
    "Kitchen Medicine" - https://amzn.to/3jOwFI9

    CONNECT with us
    www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes
    
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information

    Our Social Media:

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness
    www.Twitter.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book:

    Happiness through Hardship - The Book:
    amzn.to/39PAjuT

    To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:

    PrettyWellness.com/book

    • 42 min
    85. Tracy Foster: How to Raise Digitally Healthy Kids

    85. Tracy Foster: How to Raise Digitally Healthy Kids

    Did you know that “national surveys show that screens and technology are the number one battleground in homes across the country….and that only 14% of kids express that they have ever had a helpful conversation with any trusted adult about their digital world?*” On this episode of “Happiness through Hardship” - The Podcast, non-profit, Stand Together and Rethink Technology (START) co-founder and Executive Director, Tracy Foster, dives into how to look out for your child's wellbeing and safety online, while also not overstepping their boundaries. Navigating these platforms and guiding our kids is hard for so many. This episode hopes to make it easier for us to to raise digitally healthy kids.

    Being a guide for digital natives can be troublesome when adults have limited experience with social media platforms themselves. START offers a variety of tools (books, guides, podcasts, group studies and more) available to parents to help them better understand the various social media and digital platforms today. If you're interested to learn more about what kids are dealing with, recommendations on setting healthy screen boundaries and how you can help guide your child through this ever changing digital landscape...this episode is for you. Tracy provides a ton of insight and immediate action items. Download today and let us know what you think. We love hearing your thoughts - connect with us at @PrettyWellness ( https://Instagram.com/PrettyWellness )on Instagram to chat more.

    SHOW NOTES
    4:52 -  New generation’s relationship with digital platforms
    9:06 - How parents can start getting involved
    14:05 - Advice on straying away from screens
    23:04 - Feeling pressure to allow a child access to social media
    25:50 - Consider the quality of screen time
    27:10 - Being more selective about the media consumed
    30:31 - Acknowledging internet bullies
    36:58 - More resources and information on START
    41:39 - Tracy and Caryn play the Grateful Game

    START Resources:
    Screen Sanity Group Study Guide: https://www.westartnow.org/screen-sanity-group-study **download for free or buy on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3JxgoBN
    Social Media Playbook: https://www.westartnow.org/social-media-playbook **download for free or buy on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3xkOzdM
    Video Game Decision Tree: https://www.westartnow.org/video-games
    Parent Guide: https://www.westartnow.org/parent-guides

    Help support ongoing resources by donating: https://www.westartnow.org/donate

    Connect with START
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weSTARTnow.org/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/we.start.now/

    CONNECT with us
    www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes
    
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information

    Our Social Media:

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness
    www.Twitter.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book:

    Happiness through Hardship - The Book:
    amzn.to/39PAjuT

    To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:

    PrettyWellness.com/book
    *quotes from Tracy in this episode of "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast

    • 48 min
    84. Caryn Sullivan: Hope with the Roller Coaster of Cancer

    84. Caryn Sullivan: Hope with the Roller Coaster of Cancer

    Cancer, chronic illness and many hardships can be devastating but you don't have to be devastated. Focusing your attitude on hope can be challenging during hard times, though studies do prove there are many healing benefits. This podcast, "Happiness through Hardship" and this mini-episode speak to how I use hope to help me heal and find a little happiness on the roller coaster ride of cancer, parenting and beyond.

    SHOW NOTES
    3:06 - Health status - what's going on now - 8 years with stage IV cancer
    6:07 - How I find hope through my medical and holistic team
    7:27 - How I find hope through wellness and why it's important
    12:32 - How I find hope and help through my support system
    14:10 - How I find hope through stories and role models
    17:58 - Asking for help
    23:32 - How little things bring big joy
    24:41 - How I find hope through research

    More cancer conversations: https://prettywellness.com/cancer-conversations/

    "Happiness through Hardship - The Book and Journal for Cancer Survivors, Their Caregivers and Friends:" amzn.to/39PAjuT
    Crazy Sexy Kris and my favorite plant-based foods - https://amzn.to/3LKj8NG
    "Anti-Cancer Living:" https://amzn.to/3NTlcEX
    "Dirty Grandpa" movie: https://amzn.to/3DJYpa1

    PLACES TO DONATE - Discussed
    The Cancer Couch Foundation - A 501(c)3 charity funding metastatic breast cancer research where 100% of donations and event proceeds are matched: https://www.thecancercouch.com/donations.html

    Breast Friends Fund - A non-profit program where funds are raised for metastatic breast cancer research: http://www.breastfriendsfund.org/

    Infinite Strength - A non-profit organization offering strength and support for metastatic breast cancer single moms and their kids: https://www.infinitestrength.org/donate

    START - A non-profit organization providing FREE digital parenting resources: https://www.westartnow.org/about

    Looking for more advice - check out these mini-episodes aka cancer conversations on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast: https://prettywellness.com/cancer-conversations/ or for other inspirational stories: https://prettywellness.com/podcast

    CONNECT with us
    www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes
    
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information

    Our Social Media:

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness
    www.Twitter.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book:

    Happiness through Hardship - The Book:
    amzn.to/39PAjuT

    To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:

    PrettyWellness.com/book

    • 33 min
    83. Shantel Garcia: How Faith, Focus and Family Time Improved After Surprising Situation

    83. Shantel Garcia: How Faith, Focus and Family Time Improved After Surprising Situation

    We cry and smile at inspirational stories, though don't often make changes until the life altering experience happens to us. On this week’s episode of “Happiness Through Hardship” - The Podcast Shantel Garcia shares her story about adjusting to a surprising and uncontrollable situation. Shantel is an entrepreneur and former CFO as well as a mother of three kids. Her family endured an unthinkable hardship when her three-year-old son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Today, Shantel shares how this influenced her life, her career and how she refined time spent with her family.

    This episode tugged at my heart strings, and it may on yours, as well. Shantel’s ability to stand strong for both herself and her family is inspiring. The tweaks she made in her life seem manageable for all of us going through hurdles in life, too.

    We hope this story inspires you to make those changes you have been considering. If you liked this episode, please check out more than 80 others that can lead you toward better health and happiness.

    SHOW NOTES
    3:59 - How Shantel found out her son had a brain tumor
    4:47 - Signs of brain tumor
    8:08 - The day of her son’s diagnosis
    11:22 - The integration of being a mother and working
    13:08 - How Shantel connected with her son and herself after the diagnosis
    17:20 - Advice for parents in a similar situation
    22:18 - How she prioritizes time - what she does, what she says
    33:10 - Shantel and Caryn play the Grateful Game

    CONNECT with Shantel Garcia
    Website - https://www.innovativeconsultingct.com/thefounder
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/icsbizconsult/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ICSBizConsult
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/innovative-consulting-solutions-ics

    CONNECT with us
    www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes
    
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information

    Our Social Media:

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness
    www.Twitter.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book:

    Happiness through Hardship - The Book:
    amzn.to/39PAjuT

    To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:

    PrettyWellness.com/book

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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84 Ratings

84 Ratings

MamaResilience ,

Inspiring

Caryn is an inspiring and supportive host who brings out the best in her guests!

TamiNealy ,

Natural Conversationalist

Before I was a guest on this podcast, I was so impressed as a listener. Caryn is a natural conversationalist who makes her guests feels so comfortable. It’s often like listening to two friends chat while also inspiring you to live your own best life!

Jay__7 ,

Amazing!

Caryn is great and her conversations with her guest speaker are so meaningful and eye-opening. She gives off so much positivity and has a great outlook on life that everyone can learn from. Would highly recommend!