As a child, I was abandoned by my mother. This left an indelible mark on my worthiness: if my own mother didn’t want me, what could I be worth? I lived with this subconscious belief clouding my life’s experiences for decades.
Not that you would have known any of this if you’d met me back then. I hustled, doing great work behind the scenes, and made my bosses and colleagues look wonderful—as long as they didn’t notice me, I was happy. Or at least happy enough.
It was in this energy and with these beliefs that I attracted a husband who abused me. One day, I found myself behind three locked doors and on the telephone with 911 as my then-husband crashed around downstairs, tossing furniture and throwing crockery. How had I gotten to this point? I didn’t know, but I vowed at that moment to escape—and finally dug into the trauma that had brought me to that low point.
As I wrote and spoke about my trauma, something incredible happened: extreme healing. Leaning into the worst moments of my life allowed me to release the shame and recognize how resilient and courageous I had been.
I claimed my voice and knew that my mission was to help other women find their voices. I began teaching others to write about their worst moments, heal through the process, and claim their brilliance.
That’s also why I started Highlander Press, a publishing house dedicated to elevating women authors.
Time and again, I witnessed women healing by telling their stories—and this transformed their lives. By sharing stories on this podcast, together we’ll inspire other women to see how incredible and brave they are—and how we can light the way for other women to see the same.
I am your host, Deborah Kevin, and this is the STORYTELLHER podcast.
11 - Donna Kendrick - In Good Company: The Impact of Positive Connections
If you have this feeling of chronic sadness, you’re probably surrounded by sadness itself. Why not try moving towards a positive environment? Join Deborah as she speaks with Donna Kendrick about the impact of positive connections. Stay tuned!
10 - Megan Weisheipl - Embracing the Summit: Overcoming the Fear of Success
Some people have a fear of failure, but have you ever heard of the fear of success? Join Deborah as she speaks with Megan Weisheipl about the fear of success! She also gives a few self-care techniques to help improve mental health. Our mental health is linked to our physical health, after all!
09 - Cat Orsini - Success Through Authenticity: Embracing Core Values in Business
Life can be hectic and filled with challenges that make it hard to take a moment and enjoy it. This can lead to struggles in both personal life and business! Join Deborah as she speaks with Cat Orsini about the transformative power of identifying and understanding core values. By understanding and embracing one's core values, women, in particular, can navigate the complexities of life and business with authenticity, resilience, and purpose! Stay tuned!
8 - Gina Ramsey -Women Uplifting Women: The Path to Confidence in a Supportive Circle
Every woman yearns for someone to uplift them, but the impact becomes truly profound when that support comes from within the sisterhood! Join Deborah as she speaks with Gina Ramsey about the unique dynamic of women uplifting other women. Together, they explore the transformative power of confidence that arises from a supportive circle, emphasizing the importance of shared experiences and encouragement in this journey! Stay tuned!
7 - Donna Cravotta - Breaking Free: Rethinking Childhood Ideas of Creativity
Creativity is a multifaceted trait that exists within everyone, waiting to be tapped into and explored! Join Deborah as she speaks with Donna Cravotta about the importance of rethinking childhood ideas of creativity. Donna discusses how we can promote a broader view of creativity, highlighting its diverse expressions in different aspects of life! Stay tuned!
6 - Suzanne Tregenza Moore - Redefining Success: A New Perspective on Divorce
Marriage is a commitment that many aspire to maintain for a lifetime. Yet, despite good intentions, situations can arise that steer the marriage in unforeseen directions, leading to separate paths! Join Deborah as she speaks with Suzanne Tregenza Moore about a new perspective on divorce. Suzanne's insights offer a glimpse into how people navigate divorce challenges, urging us to reconsider societal expectations and stereotypes about marriage endings! Stay tuned!
The common thread
This podcast is a gift to all who take the time to listen. There are common threads that connect us all- a need to be heard, nurtured, and appreciated for the gifts we have to share with the world. So many women get squashed early in their lives by teachers, parents, and other adults who weren’t able to find the support ThEY needed in order to thrive and practice loving kindness. When we are able to see our shared humanity, we connect. Thank you, Deb, for sharing yours.
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This is an incredibly uplifting and soul-centered podcast and one that I can’t wait to listen to each week. Deborah puts her guests at ease with her warmth, candor and grace. The insight shared between Deborah and her guests is eye-opening and inspirational. Tune in each week and learn how to rise higher, be bolder and bring more joy and learning into your life.
Wow!! So uplifting
This podcast is amazing! I am really enjoying the stories of how these amazing women have overcome life’s challenges and hardships and how they are leaving a bright space of inspiration and hope to others.