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Kasey Crawford Kellem is a school counselor, author, yoga instructor, motivational speaker, former business owner and special ed teacher, and now, podcaster. She is a beacon of resiliency as she continues through her journey dodging hurdles but still dancing all along the way! The creator and author of Mind Over Matter Books, Kellem’s first five books, “Believe,” “Love,” “Laugh,” “Relax,” and “Dream” teach children the resiliency tools necessary to overcome obstacles. After her husband died from cancer, Kellem wrote, “Bella-Eve the Bounce-Back Dog” a book she has shared with thousands of children helping them cope with their challenges in life. Her adult memoir, “Don’t Stop Believing: Our Journey with Cancer” was written to help encourage others coping with a terminally ill family member or widowhood believe they can overcome the grief. She has spent her thirty-plus year career in education helping others overcome their hardships so they can live longer, happier quality lives.

PEP Talks: People Empowering People Kasey Kellem and Greta Fechter

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Kasey Crawford Kellem is a school counselor, author, yoga instructor, motivational speaker, former business owner and special ed teacher, and now, podcaster. She is a beacon of resiliency as she continues through her journey dodging hurdles but still dancing all along the way! The creator and author of Mind Over Matter Books, Kellem’s first five books, “Believe,” “Love,” “Laugh,” “Relax,” and “Dream” teach children the resiliency tools necessary to overcome obstacles. After her husband died from cancer, Kellem wrote, “Bella-Eve the Bounce-Back Dog” a book she has shared with thousands of children helping them cope with their challenges in life. Her adult memoir, “Don’t Stop Believing: Our Journey with Cancer” was written to help encourage others coping with a terminally ill family member or widowhood believe they can overcome the grief. She has spent her thirty-plus year career in education helping others overcome their hardships so they can live longer, happier quality lives.

    # 116 I can do hard things

    # 116 I can do hard things

    Happy Thoughtful Thursday, 
    Today’s breath is the Alternate Nostril Breathing which Integrates both sides of brain, Clears your mind, Improves focus, and will Calm and energize you. 
    ·       Sit in a comfortable position with your legs crossed.
    ·       Place your left hand on your left knee.
    ·       Lift your right hand up toward your nose.
    ·       Exhale completely and then ((((((use your right thumb to close your right nostril.
    ·       Inhale through your left nostril and then close the left nostril with your fingers.
    ·       Open the right nostril and exhale through this side.
    ·       Inhale through the right nostril and then close this nostril.
    ·       Open the left nostril and exhale through the left side.)))
    ·       This is one cycle.
    ·       Continue for up to 5 minutes.
     
    Today’s nudge is:  I can do hard things
    You won’t know until you try! Think about something you thought was hard before you tried it, perhaps as a younger child. Maybe you thought riding a bike was hard, but now you can do it without even trying. Maybe you thought math was hard when you were younger and now it is coming easier for you! Perhaps there was a part of your job that you never thought you could master, but you did! Hooray! Those memories need to be relished so they can catapult you into trying whatever you now think is hard. Life is always going to present hard things for us to tackle. Remember how you were able to master those hard things in past experiences and go try whatever you are facing now. You can do hard things!! You’ve already proven that!
    I can do hard things
    I can do hard things
    I can do hard things
     
     
    Have a great Thoughtful Thursday!
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    • 5 min
    Ray Bassin-No fear but of fear itself

    Ray Bassin-No fear but of fear itself

    Ray has experienced 35 years of drug addiction in and out of jails and hospitals where he spent 3 weeks in a coma and 2 months learning how to walk again. Ray survived 7 open heart surgeries (3 in 1 year), brain surgery, and an amputated left foot all while remaining in a 12 step fellowship program. Ray has been clean and sober now for 4 plus years. He is semi back to work living a productive life and even started his own small business.   At any point, he could have given up but he chose to overcome and adapt to a new way of life.
     
    We learned from Ray:
    If you want to experience drugs first think about what you want to do, what you enjoy, the people you love and who love you…then say, “Good-bye” to all of that!
    *Doing drugs may help you to temporarily forget all of your problems, but in the long run it will only create larger problems. 
    *When you are exposed to hard-core drugs you have no fear and actually become numb. 
    *Never giving up, having family and friend support, and following your dreams all help you get through addictions.
     
     
    Gretatude: 
    *Don’t let the past steal your present- Terri Guillemets
     *Even in the midst of devastation, something within us always points the way to freedom-Sharon Salzberg
     *Recovery is hard. Regret is harder-Brittany Burgunder
     
    You can reach out to Ray Bassin on Facebook or text him at 440-339-0786.
     
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    • 45 min
    Tracey Watts Cirino: Beyond Common

    Tracey Watts Cirino: Beyond Common

    Tracey Watts Cirino..... is an entrepreneur, speaker, author of Beyond Common ‘12 Essentials
    for Success in Life and in the Workplace”, business consultant, and the CEO and founder of Lavish Color Salon Inc. She is a growth-minded, fun-Loving, career, and family woman who loves to live a mostly healthy lifestyle and follows the 80/20 Rule. In today’s podcast interview, you will learn how life’s big failures and challenges turned into wins and opportunities for Tracey. 
     
    We learned from Tracey:
    *If everyone is aligned with what they are passionate  about, everyone achieves more
    *Own your truth
    *You can’t suck positive juice out without contributing
    *Be kind, be present, have fun
    *Hire slow, fire fast
    *If you go into hairdressing, you can’t have bad days
     
    Gretatude:
    “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer

    You can find Tracey at www.TraceyWattsCirino.com
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    • 34 min
    Tony Viola: Finding faith and perseverance in time of unfairness

    Tony Viola: Finding faith and perseverance in time of unfairness

    Tony Viola, a former mortgage broker, was indicted three times and tried twice on identical charges by a multi-jurisdictional mortgage fraud task force. Prosecutors alleged Tony duped banks like JP Morgan into making 'no money down' mortgage loans that the bank didn't permit. Tony was convicted in federal court and sentenced to 12 1/2 years in jail. But from jail, and without an attorney, he proved his innocence at a second trial on the same charges using evidence the Justice Department hid before the first trial. Prosecutors possessed evidence proving Tony's innocence all along but never provided it to the defense. In 2019, the Justice Department admitted lying about evidence in Tony's case and in July, 2020, the FBI also admitted making materially false statements about this same evidence. Tony was released from prison this summer after spending 8 1/2 years in prison under false accusations and due to much corruption and fraud within the Department of Justice. 
     
    We learned from Tony:
    *There is always something to be grateful for
    *Church is a good community which can offer you energy, faith and perseverance 
    *Having a purpose can help you get through trying times
    *We have to channel outrage for the good
    *Having just one person believe in you is very empowering
    *You have to take care of yourself and look out for yourself

     Learn more about Tony at www.FreeTonyViola.com
     
    Gretatude:
    I hate the unfairness of injustice. Anybody who thinks they are better than others or 'chosen' or feel they have an entitlement... be it through monarchy, government, or money. I think we are all born the same. We are entitled to an equal shot at life. Liam Cunningham 
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    • 33 min
    Evan Scharfeld: Cultivate yourself

    Evan Scharfeld: Cultivate yourself

    Evan is a yoga certified instructor and the owner of Cultivate Yoga Space in Avon and Cultivate Yoga Non-Profit which offers free yoga classes to underserved communities. He is a single father of two awesome kids. Even is also a scrum master at an international software development company where he serves as a team level “therapist”  helping colleagues continuously improve and work better together. Evan opened his business a few days before COVID closed it down. He chose to use that time as an opportunity to recreate the space to his liking and create outdoor space for yoga, as well.
     
    We learned from Evan:
    *No time is ever right. You must start where you are standing.
    *Once you manifest things and take little steps towards it, then things start to gravitate towards you. 
    *The people who are meant to be with you on your journey will end up with you.
    *Don’t victimize yourself: Things don’t happen TO US, they just happen.
    *Be in the moment and cultivate what is happening at the time.
    *Sit with yourself, listen to your own voice, hear your own truth. Only you know what is right and what is your limit!
     
    Gretatude: Cultivate your thoughts into positive seeds and see your life change for the better.
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    • 27 min
    Therese Lynch: All you need is love

    Therese Lynch: All you need is love

    Theresa is a wife of 17 years and mom of two children through transracial open adoption. She has been a type 1 diabetic for over 30 years, which is why her husband and she chose adoption to create their family. Theresa is also a school-based speech-language pathologist serving elementary students.   |   | 
     
     |We learned from Therese:
    *When faced with any disease, especially when young, it is ok to be clear with your identity and not hide your disease.
    *A good way of dealing with friends who unfriend you during your trying times is to believe, “If you can’t take me at my worst, then you don’t get me at my best”. 
    *Love can get you through difficult times. Support one another when needed!
    *Sometimes when dealing with the unknown, you have to get on with your life despite the constant “waiting” in the background.
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    • 40 min

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