Let's talk relationships: the good, the bad, and all the ugly that we'd rather avoid. From healthy relationships to red flags to what to do about that toxic family member, we'll dive in and discuss. Every one of us is Strong Enough to put ourselves first and find the happiness and healthiness we deserve.
Liva RJ: From Surviving to Living
Episode Fourteen of Strong Enough Podcast brings Liva RJ, a Holistic Executive Coach. Liva works with women from all backgrounds to help them turn their wounds into wisdom and live happy, positive, and uplifting lives. Liva's own traumas give her the insight, compassion, and drive to help others. She shares why being adaptable can be both a strength and a weakness and that it's okay to shed the mask of trauma and not be okay all the time.
During this episode, Liva talks about several traumas that shaped her, including losing her father at the age of 1.5 in a car accident that also left her mother maimed and unable to properly care for her. Her mother sent her to live with relatives, who abused Liva mentally, emotionally, physically, and sexually. In 2001, Liva found herself in a situation that brought all her previous traumas to the surface, forcing her to face them and get the help she needed: 9/11. Liva's strength and positivity are nothing short of inspirational.
#survivor #trauma #childabuse
Danielle Ingenito: Turning Pain into Power
Episode Thirteen of Strong Enough Podcast brings Danielle Ingenito, a Certified Spiritual Empowerment Coach. Danielle realized her passion to help women heal from toxic relationships after experiencing her own abusive relationship with a narcissist.
During this episode, Danielle shares with humbling self-awareness why she believes her relationship was toxic for both parties. She talks about how she was able to move forward, heal herself, and gain the confidence to ensure she would never settle for less than she deserves. Danielle also tells us why we may be weighed down by childhood traumas that must be healed before we can be our best selves.
#survivor #toxicrelationship #empowerment
Jeffrey Deskovic: When the Truth Doesn't Set You Free
Episode Twelve of Strong Enough Podcast brings Jeffrey Deskovic, an attorney and founder of the Deskovic Foundation. Jeff was wrongfully convicted of murder and rape as a teenager and spent 16 years in prison before DNA evidence exonerated him. In the years since his release, Jeff has dedicated his life to helping others who have also been wrongfully convicted.
During this episode, Jeff shares the strategies he used to make life in prison bearable, and how a pen pal gave him the strength to keep going when he thought all hope was lost. He talks about the difficulty he has experienced in building relationships, and why he doesn’t throw out the term “friend” to just anyone. Jeff’s positivity, optimism, and strength are simply remarkable.
#exonerated #wrongfulconviction #innocenceproject
Kathryn Malek: From Terror to Triumph
Episode Eleven of Strong Enough Podcast brings Kathryn Malek, a Certified Holistic Life Coach and a survivor of domestic abuse. Kathryn opens up about living in an abusive relationship, realizing she needed to get out, and the terror she felt as her abuser stalked her after leaving.
During this episode, Kathryn talks about trusting her intuition after a friend told her that her boyfriend’s actions simply showed how much he cared about her. She also shares why she initially thought the police couldn’t help her and the steps she took to regain her power, her control, and ultimately, her life and happiness.
#abuse #relationships #survivor
Eric Skwarczynski: When Your Faith in Faith Crumbles
Episode Ten of Strong Enough Podcast brings Preacher Boys Podcast creator and host Eric Skwarczynski and his detailed account of why Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church abuse became a passion for him to expose and bring greater attention. After learning that an abuser was joining his church in a leadership capacity, Eric brought his concerns to everyone he could, including the pastor, his parents, and his father-figure youth pastor. Unfortunately, Eric's concerns weren't just ignored; He was also judged, isolated, and ultimately pushed out of the church, leading him to lose faith in the one institution that had been with him his entire life.
During this episode, Eric shares what led him to choose a podcast as his outlet to expose IFB abuse and what it's like to hear story after story of horrific trauma. He also talks about grooming and how more focus should be put on these concerning behaviors. Eric also talks about his current relationship with his parents and what he hopes will happen in the future.
#family #religion #church #abuse #churchabuse #faith #relationships
Brittany Josie: We Owe Ourselves Everything
Episode Nine of Strong Enough Podcast brings Author and Life Coach Brittany Josie and her story of survival. After leaving home as a teenager to escape familial abuse, Brittany found herself engulfed in the cycle of abuse, now with her romantic partner. The day she left for good was the day she realized her boyfriend could kill her without even using his own hands: by manipulating her into letting her chronic illness take her life.
During this episode, Brittany opens up about her journey to becoming a survivor, revealing the bumps along the way in the form of self-medicating, guilt, and shame. Brittany talks about how she was finally able to break free, put herself first, and do the hard work to heal. Brittany passionately shares her wellness advice and who we should really be putting first in our lives.
#family #depression #love #wellness #art #author #healing
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