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Help for those serious about successful reintegration.

JOURNEY OF HOPE WITH RODNEY MATHERS (mathersrodney@yahoo.com‪)‬ Unknown

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Help for those serious about successful reintegration.

    Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (221)

    Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (221)

    Hello and welcome!


    My guest this time is Pete Cossaboon. Pete did a little bit of federal time and because of his conviction had to reinvent himself.  He's done a a fantastic job of turning his adversity into a successful and satisfying way of life. Pete is a life coach and has several on-line courses which look great and I recommend you take a look at what he has to offer. However, our paths cross with Pete at the point where he turned his situation around. Join me as I talk with Pete about what it took to do that.  I think you'll find there are helpful ideas in his story.


    If God is for you, who can be against you.

    • 20 min
    Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (220)

    Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (220)

    Hello Everyone!


    I seldom have repeat guests on the podcast. I've always figured that once someone shares their ideas with us it's time to move on and see what else we can learn. Despite the fact that this podcast is tiny I have never had a problem getting guests. In fact, I turn down many more than I consider and eventually book.


    My guest this week, Bracha Goetz is an exception to the rule. A Harvard grad, Bracha can go deep on fighting addictions. Addictions are one of the leading causes of recidivism and if you're struggling, Bracha just may have some ideas that can ease your struggle.


    If God is for you, who can be against you?

    • 21 min
    Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (219)

    Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (219)

    Welcome!


    In this episode I take a look at a Harvard study on what is needed for a successful re-entry. At first it seems to be the same old stuff but there is a surprise addition to this particular study. It's something I've been saying for a long time! Check it out....


    Also, I've got some information on a telephone scam that targets felons. You should be aware of this. The scammer almost got me!


    If God is for you, who can be against you?

    • 15 min
    Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (218)

    Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (218)

    Welcome!


    Throughout the time I've been doing this podcast, I've stayed away from looking backwards. Things like prison conditions, abusive guards, sentencing, and other topics related to being in prison are not the purpose of the podcast. I want to put prison behind me and move on with life in a way that proves I am worthy of the second chance I've been given. 


    However, that 7 years and 11 months I did, is a reality that can not be denied. I think about it all the time. I think maybe I've been a little too harsh about staying away from all that on the podcast. 


    My guest on this episode is Shane Flemmons. Shane did a few a years and has written about his experiences in two books: Conviction and Deep Convictions. The books are evidence of the disfunctionality of prison and the lessons learned from the experiences and stories of other inmates. Join us as we chat with Shane about these things and more on this episode.


    If God is for you, who can be against you?

    • 35 min
    Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (217)

    Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (217)

    Hello!


    Sometimes I think it's good to focus on ourselves. We' are not being overly self-centered when we think about, consider, and execute strategies to improve "anything" about ourselves.  By the word "anything" I mean aspects of our physical and mental health. As we all know, the hurdles to be jumped to achieve successful  reintegration are very, very, tall. In my opinion, taking inventory and addressing our physical and mental health is an important part of life after incarceration. 


    My guest this week, Jenny Mannion, has some ideas on how to address these rough spots  - whether they be physical or mental. This is the focus of my chat with Jenny and I think you will find what she has to say insightful and worth exploring.


    Jenny Mannion ( click for more info. on Jenny)


    Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

    • 22 min
    Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (216)

    Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (216)

    Hello!


    Let's do some thinking about expectations.  Is it possible to expect too much from ourselves? Is there a difference between expectations and goals? How about our expectations of other people? How do we keep our expectations reasonable? 


    My guest on this episode, Ben Winter, helps us figure out how to manage our expectations. He wrote a book about this, What To Expect When Having Expectations. Check out my interview with Ben Winter.


    If God is for you who can be against you?


     

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