39 episodes

Liza Blas is a storyteller who is raising two unique kids, both struggling with mental illness, neurodiversity, and Lyme disease. While her life stories are rooted in challenging topics, Liza brings light out of darkness, providing empathy, validation, and hope to parents with similar struggles. She invites inspiring guests to each episode to share stories of healing and help listeners become the most empowered versions of themselves.

Very Happy Stories Liza Blas

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

Liza Blas is a storyteller who is raising two unique kids, both struggling with mental illness, neurodiversity, and Lyme disease. While her life stories are rooted in challenging topics, Liza brings light out of darkness, providing empathy, validation, and hope to parents with similar struggles. She invites inspiring guests to each episode to share stories of healing and help listeners become the most empowered versions of themselves.

    Harvard to Minimum Wage: A Missed ADHD Diagnosis

    Harvard to Minimum Wage: A Missed ADHD Diagnosis

    How does a Harvard graduate end up broke, divorced, and working minimum wage? In this episode, Liza interviews Aron Croft, Harvard-trained ADHDer with a Master’s degree in Coaching Psychology. Aron shares his personal story of how he was finally diagnosed with ADHD in his mid-thirties. If you are frustrated parenting a kid who seems completely unmotivated, listen to this episode. Aron reveals realistic and reliable best practices to motivate our kids outside of medication. More importantly, he reveals how we can help regulate our kids when they are constantly being bombarded with artificial dopamine hits all day long. This interview is a wake-up call. Kids with ADHD are not going to perform just to make us happy. Find out what lights them up.
    About Liza’s Guest:
    Aron Croft appeared to have it all when he got into Harvard. But that was the beginning of his demise. He struggled nonstop for 15 years until he was broke, divorced, and earning minimum wage, failing out of his first 7 jobs and businesses. But after getting a Master's degree in Coaching Psychology and a diagnosis of Inattentive ADHD, his life changed. He built a successful Fortune 500 career consulting to companies such as Marriott, Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald's, KPMG, and United Healthcare. He also got remarried, and most importantly, discovered how to get sh*t done with a neurodivergent brain. Now he’s on a mission to raise awareness about Inattentive ADHD, how it goes under the radar, and how to rebuild your life post-diagnosis.
    www.HiddenADD.com
    *This episode is sponsored by Green Compass CBD.*
    Liza’s favorite CBD brand for her family is Green Compass, which is USDA Certified Organic. Click here to learn more.
    https://veryhappystories.greencompassglobal.com/
    Connect with Liza:
    Follow Liza and Very Happy Stories on Facebook and Instagram 
    https://www.facebook.com/veryhappystorieswithLizaBlas
    https://www.instagram.com/lizasveryhappystories/
    Download Liza’s free Thrive Guide for more of Liza’s best practices on empowerment and happiness.
    Subscribe to Liza’s newsletter at http://VeryHappyStories.com/

    • 45 min
    The Dyslexic Dad and CEO, An Inspiring Story of Advocacy, Adaptability and Resourcefulness

    The Dyslexic Dad and CEO, An Inspiring Story of Advocacy, Adaptability and Resourcefulness

    How does a dyslexic child who never gains reading fluency become a successful CEO and entrepreneur? Listen to this important interview. Liza speaks with Eric McGehearty, founder of Globe Runner. Eric shares his story of how he adapted quickly, advocated early on, and hard-wired everything he learned in class without ever reading by sight and without taking notes. In Eric’s story, you hear how one career in his life prepared him for the next. He teaches us the importance of advocacy, adaptive technology, and providing our kids with opportunities for self-efficacy. To support Dyslexia Awareness Month and Learning Disabilities Awareness Month, please share this episode with someone who could use this hopeful and inspiring story.
    More About Liza’s Guest:
    Eric McGehearty founded Globe Runner in 2009. Over the last 12 years under Eric’s leadership the company has become one of the most prominent digital agencies in Dallas and was recognized by INC5000 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. Eric volunteers his time to work with and advocate for people with learning differences. A dyslexic himself, he is committed to improving education for those of us that learn differently. In 2016, Eric and Heather founded StandUpLD, a non-profit support network for parents and educators seeking educational resources to support and inspire children with learning differences. 
    Though McGehearty has achieved success in many fields, the role he cherishes most is that of a husband to his wife Heather and a father to their four children.
    Connect with Eric:
    My Business: GlobeRunner.com
    Our Nonprofit: https://standupld.org/
    Dyslexia walk: https://www.bonfire.com/dyslexia-walk-2021/
    *This episode is sponsored by Green Compass CBD.*
    Liza’s favorite CBD brand for her family is Green Compass, which is USDA Certified Organic. Click here to learn more.
    https://veryhappystories.greencompassglobal.com/
    Connect with Liza:
    Follow Liza and Very Happy Stories on Facebook and Instagram 
    https://www.facebook.com/veryhappystorieswithLizaBlas
    https://www.instagram.com/lizasveryhappystories/
    Download Liza’s free Thrive Guide for more of Liza’s best practices on empowerment and happiness.
    Subscribe to Liza’s newsletter at http://VeryHappyStories.com/

    • 37 min
    Coaching Our Kids To Be Accountable For Their Wellness

    Coaching Our Kids To Be Accountable For Their Wellness

    In this interview, Liza speaks with Tamara Ortegal, health coach and mom. Over ten years ago two of her sons were diagnosed with severe Crohn’s disease. Despite their conditions, she was able to collaboratively coach them through their lifestyle changes even at a young age. Today, her sons are thriving and managing their own wellness. Tamara shares the reality of living with chronic illness and how small modifications ensured her sons still had a very fulfilled and normal childhood. Find out how she navigated this journey and empowered her sons. 
    About Liza’s Guest:
    Tamara Ortegel has worked as a health coach for the past 7 years. In 2009, two of her boys were diagnosed with Crohn's disease. She became very interested in natural ways to support the body. She graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2014 and has been helping people identify solutions for wellness ever since. She is an advocate of food-first and recommends Juice Plus+ to all of her clients. Tamara is the host of the Stepping Into Health podcast and enjoys sharing healing stories with her audience. She is pivoting just a bit in September and will be talking on her podcast about Thriving in Midlife. You can find her podcast on Apple and Spotify or connect with via her website http://www.tamaraortegel.com. 
    Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/tamaraortegel/
    *This episode is sponsored by Green Compass CBD.*
    Liza’s favorite CBD brand for her family is Green Compass, which is USDA Certified Organic. Click here to learn more.
    https://veryhappystories.greencompassglobal.com/
    Connect with Liza:
    Follow Liza and Very Happy Stories on Facebook and Instagram 
    https://www.facebook.com/veryhappystorieswithLizaBlas
    https://www.instagram.com/lizasveryhappystories/
    Download Liza’s free Thrive Guide for more of Liza’s best practices on empowerment and happiness.
    Subscribe to Liza’s newsletter at http://VeryHappyStories.com/

    • 41 min
    Accepting Adversity with the Adversity Rockstar, Aric H. Morrison

    Accepting Adversity with the Adversity Rockstar, Aric H. Morrison

    Have you accepted adversity? In this episode, Liza interviews the Adversity Rockstar, Aric H. Morrison. Aric is the Award-Winning Author of “Adversity Rockstar: A Systematic Approach to Facing Life’s Hardships Head On.” He is also an international speaker and expert in human behavior and managerial leadership.
    Through his personal story, Aric reveals how he transformed after being faced with the biggest adversity of his life. Moreover, his personal website to update friends and family on the status of his critically ill son quickly went viral and became a global symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Today Aric shares his mindset to overcome all adversity and his number one piece of advice -- acceptance. Listen to this episode and gain a mindset reset in tackling your own adversity today.
    Connect with Liza’s Guest, Aric H. Morrison
    https://adversityrockstar.com/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/authorarichmorrison/
    https://www.instagram.com/adversityrockstar/
    *This episode is sponsored by Green Compass CBD.*
    Liza’s favorite CBD brand for her family is Green Compass, which is USDA Certified Organic. Click here to learn more.
    https://veryhappystories.greencompassglobal.com/
    Connect with Liza:
    Follow Liza and Very Happy Stories on Facebook and Instagram 
    https://www.facebook.com/veryhappystorieswithLizaBlas
    https://www.instagram.com/lizasveryhappystories/
    Download Liza’s free Thrive Guide for more of Liza’s best practices on empowerment and happiness.
    Subscribe to Liza’s newsletter at http://VeryHappyStories.com/

    • 40 min
    Building Courage In Crisis

    Building Courage In Crisis

    Are you faced with making difficult decisions regarding your child’s mental health? Is your child’s anxiety or depression severe and elevated? In this episode, Liza brings you a healthy dose of joyful courage, with Casey O’Roarty, author, parent educator and facilitator of personal growth.
    Together, Liza and Casey unpack the stress and anxiety of the season, which Casey calls, “the fall apart” fall. In her story, Casey reveals a dark point in her life when she was faced with admitting her teen daughter into a program for anxiety. Like Casey’s daughter, so many of our kids are struggling beyond our parental scope and many of us have had to consult with outside teams, specialists, and even outside programs, like in-patient programs and partial hospitalization programs for a higher level of care.
    Learn how Casey was able to find the courage to be a solid presence for her daughter, instead of being stuck in fear. If you have concerns about your own child’s mental well-being or if you are looking for guidance and validation through these complex circumstances, this is an important episode to hear.
    Connect with Liza’s Guest, Casey O’Roarty:
    https://www.joyfulcourage.com/
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/joyful_courage/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/joyfulcourage
    Joyful Courage Podcast - https://www.joyfulcourage.com/jcp/
    *This episode is sponsored by Green Compass CBD.*
    Liza’s favorite CBD brand for her family is Green Compass, which is USDA Certified Organic. Click here to learn more.
    https://veryhappystories.greencompassglobal.com/
    Connect with Liza:
    Follow Liza and Very Happy Stories on Facebook and Instagram 
    https://www.facebook.com/veryhappystorieswithLizaBlas
    https://www.instagram.com/lizasveryhappystories/
    Download Liza’s free Thrive Guide for more of Liza’s best practices on empowerment and happiness.
    Subscribe to Liza’s newsletter at http://VeryHappyStories.com/.

    • 38 min
    It’s Time for a Breakthrough

    It’s Time for a Breakthrough

    It’s a new season of storytelling. In this episode, Liza reveals a recent breakdown that ultimately led to a timely breakthrough.
    Liza tells the story of how a routine dog walk with her husband brought on an emotional breakdown at therapy, leading both of them to unpack years of suppressed pain.
    The breakthrough? It was time for them to heal their partnership! After years of navigating the uncertainty of their children’s challenges (including anxiety, depression, ASD, ADHD, OCD, and Lyme Disease) it was time to re-connect.
    Learn why our personal breakdowns ARE our breakthroughs in disguise. Liza encourages her listeners to lean into these moments and not be afraid because when they show up, they show us IT’S TIME. This episode will inspire you to set your healing journey in motion. It’s time!
    *This episode is sponsored by Green Compass CBD.*
    Liza’s favorite CBD brand for her family is Green Compass, which is USDA Certified Organic. Click here to learn more.
    https://veryhappystories.greencompassglobal.com/
    Follow Liza and Very Happy Stories on Facebook and Instagram 
    https://www.facebook.com/veryhappystorieswithLizaBlas
    https://www.instagram.com/lizasveryhappystories/
    Download Liza’s free Thrive Guide for more of Liza’s best practices on empowerment and happiness.
    Subscribe to Liza’s newsletter on http://VeryHappyStories.com/.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

azkapo ,

Peaceful, Relatable, Honest, Brave

Despite the different challenges in my household, I could still relate to all that Liza so courageous and honestly shared! Her presentation is so soothing and makes you feel everything is going to be OK. Love the way she artfully weaves her storytelling with the title of her podcast! A podcaster that I can’t wait to hear more from!

Gduster ,

This podcast is a game changer

I can’t say enough good things about this podcast! Liza’s stories are so moving. You feel like you’re in the moment and feeling what she felt at that time. It’s eye opening, tears at your heart strings and is so down-to-earth honest which is so hard to find in today’s environment. With every story, I find I am reflecting on my life and the choices I’ve made and continue to make. Liza’s vulnerability is captivating and although I cannot personally relate to the issues she and her family have faced, I am still getting so much out of these podcasts. Soothing and inspirational with an engaging personality, Liza is the REAL DEAL!

harmony407 ,

Insightful, Inspiring, and Vulnerable

Liza does a wonderful job in sharing the stories of navigating the varying diagnosis of her two children including the highs and lows of it all. She expresses herself with such vulnerability and her words can be a comfort to other families navigating similar issues. Liza is an insightful and inspiring storyteller. This is a must listen to podcast!

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