Welcome to the Own Your Truth Podcast, a show that highlights individuals who’ve embraced the dark lessons of life, and used these difficult moments as fuel for growth and success. These are the artists, entrepreneurs, creators, leaders, survivors, and thrivers who have made it to the other side of hardship with unique knowledge, and inspirational insights.
I’m your host Ken Cervera, and I believe a good conversation can change your life. So if you’re curious to explore the gritty business of living your purpose, then I invite you to step into the present moment, remove the mask, and Own Your Truth.
From The Hart
At the time of this recording, Emily Hartstone will have been hospitalized twice to receive the vital treatments she needs for her ongoing battle with Leukemia and severe graves disease.
She also will have taken more than a few Zoom calls from her hospital bed and/or removed the IVs from her arm in order to meet her clients at an important event.
As the CEO of From The Hart Management LLC, a motivational speaker, and purpose-driven entrepreneur, Emily's extensive career in sales and event management for non-profit trade organizations is driven by something deeper than success or accolades.
This episode is about the deeply personal and core beliefs that keep Emily grounded in her truth as she fights to make a difference every day.
After multiple surgeries, hospitalizations, and dark nights of the soul, her mission to empower the next generation of change-makers is stronger than ever before.
In The Wright Mind
Before I interviewed Chris Wright, I had the opportunity to learn about some of the pivotal moments that shaped his life, and when I discovered the depths of physical and psychological trauma he endured at a young age, the one question that came to mind was: “How did this guy survive?”
As the host of the In The Wright Mind Podcast, a mental health advocate, and a successful career in government sector sales, Chris is on a mission to help others rise above their mental health struggles and bring hope to those who feel stuck and alone.
In this interview we explore the power of mental health advocacy, finding gratitude for the dark moments, and what it really means to embrace the messy journey of being human.
Then He Said...I Hate You Dada
This episode is about the art and practice of shutting down the ego and deeply listening to the only truth that matters.
Because someday, we may get the most powerful insight and life-changing clarity we need, at exactly the moment we no longer have the patience or mental bandwidth to receive it.
Embracing The Unknown
Monique Scott is a Law of Attraction Coach who helps single women over 40 recreate the lives they truly want.
Through guided manifestation practice, coaching, and affirmation muzic, Monique’s work is about helping her clients to shift the negative paradigms in their lives and achieve their biggest goals.
Something that she shared with me during our interview was that we can manifest something that we deeply desire only to discover that it’s no longer what we want or need.
This ability to embrace the unknown and unforeseen outcomes has informed the journey of a courageous human being who was able to find forgiveness, gratitude and healing within the most traumatic chapter of her life.
In this episode, we explore how to successfully manifest in alignment with your highest self, how to remain grounded in your spiritual journey, and how to navigate through the darkness with kindness and clarity.
Overcoming Self-Doubt & Perfectionism
Our behavior, habits, and emotions don’t just manifest out of the ether, it all comes from somewhere.
My conversation with Natalie Moore was such a fun and fulfilling opportunity to explore the source of where it all comes from and to take a deep dive into the steps, actions, and journey of healing and personal growth.
As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Natalie’s holistic approach to therapy is about empowering her clients to make positive changes and exploring the thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and body sensations that can influence their quality of life.
This episode is an honest and vulnerable chat about the origin of self-doubt, perfectionism, fear of judgment, and rejection, and the steps that we can all take to envision and create the future we desire.
Surviving The Dark Moments
In 2021, I connected with Lu Bryant, an incredibly talented writer who found the courage to share her deeply personal story that quite frankly, changed my life. Her book, Tortured to Triumph, is a journey through complex PTSD and the story of a child who was neglected, abused, starved, torn from her siblings before the age of three, survived a near-death experience at age 7, and was declared legally dead by age 33.
After eight months of conversations and learning about the heart-wrenching moments of Lu’s life, I was inspired by her incredible capacity to find gratitude within the darkness, strengthen her connection with spirit, and overcome the kind of insurmountable odds that would have destroyed the strongest of souls.
This episode is a reminder that no matter how difficult the journey, we’re never alone, we can prevail, and our path to healing may open up a space for others to do the same.
Insightful and authentic
Absolutely love the podcast! Ken is such a real dude who cares about the people he interviews.
Personal Stories with Inspirational Themes
Ken Cervera is one of the most engaging, positive and thoughtful people you’ll ever meet and his personality shines through each episode as the host of the Own Your Truth podcast. In his interview series, he showcases voices from a variety of backgrounds, but the one constant is that Ken brings on folks who are living conscious, inspiring lives and have a unique story to share. In his solo episodes, Ken shares deeply about his personal struggles and how he’s found the strength to overcome them. Ken does a fantastic job highlighting the dichotomy of life — the highs and the lows, and how one can live their most authentic life by embracing both wholeheartedly. Highly recommended listening!
A gem of a host
I enjoyed my time with Ken as a guest, and I’ve been inspired and encouraged by so many of the other folks he’s worked with. He takes his time. He’s careful. He’s sharp. And he creates something truly unique, which is so rare in podcast land!