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The INSIDE STORY takes you behind the curtain to bring you some of the biggest success stories of entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and change makers.... the men & women who have walked through fire and come out on the other side brighter. How did they get there? What were some of their biggest hurdles? Be ready to hear it all. We’ll also be discussing the power of Story along the way, and how you can harness the power of your own journey to propel forward into new heights and fulfillment. Host April Pertuis will take you on a Storytelling journey through her own stories, too! As a career-long journalist and storyteller, April understands the story that is hiding inside of you. You’ll discover unique storytelling tips and mechanics that will empower you to tell you story in a whole new way. This is the Podcast that tells the Inside Story of people & brands who are sharing their story in important and powerful ways. They aren’t mechanical or scripted. They are unabashedly authentic and real. And they are generating massive success & fulfillment as a result! As you’ll discover, this is what makes a “Lightbeamer” The goal of the Inside Story is to inspire you to think about your own story, and learn to share it so it can shine a light for others.

The Inside Story Podcast with April Adams Pertuis April Adams Pertuis

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    • 5.0 • 51 Ratings

The INSIDE STORY takes you behind the curtain to bring you some of the biggest success stories of entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and change makers.... the men & women who have walked through fire and come out on the other side brighter. How did they get there? What were some of their biggest hurdles? Be ready to hear it all. We’ll also be discussing the power of Story along the way, and how you can harness the power of your own journey to propel forward into new heights and fulfillment. Host April Pertuis will take you on a Storytelling journey through her own stories, too! As a career-long journalist and storyteller, April understands the story that is hiding inside of you. You’ll discover unique storytelling tips and mechanics that will empower you to tell you story in a whole new way. This is the Podcast that tells the Inside Story of people & brands who are sharing their story in important and powerful ways. They aren’t mechanical or scripted. They are unabashedly authentic and real. And they are generating massive success & fulfillment as a result! As you’ll discover, this is what makes a “Lightbeamer” The goal of the Inside Story is to inspire you to think about your own story, and learn to share it so it can shine a light for others.

    ICYMI: The Importance of Feminism Today

    ICYMI: The Importance of Feminism Today

    What is feminism? The definition of the word has become muddled over the years, and I believe there will always be a debate on what it really means. But one thing’s for sure: feminism remains a relevant part of society today, as it was when the ideology started many years ago.
     
    So today, I’m bringing back an episode from the early days of The Inside Story Podcast. In it, I talk about feminism and what it means to me, and how elevating women’s voices can bring about the positive change we want to see in this world.
     
    Join me today as I share with you:
     

    Why I decided to revive this episode on feminism

    How I viewed the concept of feminism before, and what I think about it now especially in light of the work I do with the women inside my community

    What all of us must do to keep moving forward in our quest to have not just equality, but a balanced collaboration in society

     
    We may have a long way to go before we achieve what the original feminists wanted to accomplish. But there is always something we can do. We can always choose to take a step towards having a culture that empowers everyone, regardless of gender.
     
    I’d love to know your thoughts on this one! Join us over at the LIGHTbeamers Community on Facebook or send me a DM on Instagram and let’s keep the conversation going.
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    • 26 min
    Crabs in a Bucket with Debbie Adams

    Crabs in a Bucket with Debbie Adams

    What is it about successful people that sets them apart from the rest of humanity? Is it just plain skill and talent? These help, of course, but I find that it’s their resilience and grit in the face of adversity that distinguishes them from the rest.
     
    And Debbie Adams is no exception. She has taken on every obstacle in her way and made them stepping stones to her success. Her story is nothing short of inspiring, and I truly believe that her journey has just begun.
     
    So I invite you to listen in as Debbie and I talk about:
     

    Her background growing up in Newfoundland and her mother’s accident that changed her life

    Joining the military where she found her second family and the devastating reason why she had to leave that structured environment

    Separating from her husband and taking her daughter with her, and enrolling in university in the same year

    The feeling of not being hired despite her skills, and how she found out that starting her own business was the way out of poverty

    The “crabs in a bucket” mentality and why she’s the crab that got out of the bucket

    Fully living her purpose today and being excited for what the future holds for her

     
    When you go through setbacks and difficulties and decide not to give up, that’s inner strength. And it is this strength that will bring out the best in you and push you to new heights. So don’t give up. Let Debbie’s story inspire you to always persevere and move forward as you work your way towards the best life that’s meant for you.
     
    Interview Links:
    Check out Debbie’s website, People Can https://www.peoplecanbiz.com/
    Connect with Debbie on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbieadamspeoplecan/
    Follow Debbie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DebbieAdamsEntrepreneur


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    From Douchebags to Diamonds with Stacey Dewald

    From Douchebags to Diamonds with Stacey Dewald

    The path to finding the right partner and the “perfect” romantic relationship is never a straight one. There are always bumps along the way, and it can sometimes feel like we won’t ever end up with someone we can truly call our one true love.

    Stacey Dewald is the author of Douchebags to Diamonds, a self-help book for women who want to heal their broken hearts, take charge of their love life, and attract the right one. She has had her share of dysfunctional relationships, but in the process of personal development, has found her own Mr. Right.
     
    It’s this journey we talk about today, so I invite you to listen in as we uncover:
     

    How it looked when she hit rock bottom, and how her daughter inspired her to make a change in her life

    What the book Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping moved her to recognize what was happening to her, and what to do about it

    How personal healing not only improved her relationship with herself, but with each person she encounters every day

    Her reason for writing the book and sharing her story, and the amazing reaction she’s getting from the readers

    What life is like with her own true love, Chris

     
    As humans, it’s natural for us to want lasting relationships. But it is often our own fears and personal obstacles that keep us from finding love. Stacey shows us there is hope, but it’s not without some work to be done. Take control of your life today, and discover the best out there that’s still waiting for you.
     
     
    Interview Links:
    Visit Stacey’s website
    Grab the book, Douchebags to Diamonds
    Follow Stacey on Facebook
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    • 45 min
    Radical Honesty as a Storytelling Practice

    Radical Honesty as a Storytelling Practice

    When was the last time you were completely honest with yourself?
     
    I think it’s safe to say that we all tell ourselves little white lies from time to time. They could be about work, our business, our personal lives … these small lies come up too often that they begin to look like the truth sometimes.
     
    What we don’t realize is that these untruths are the source of what makes it difficult to live our lives fully and in the best way possible. But there’s a way to change what we’ve gotten used to and what’s become comfortable for us. And it’s called Radical Honesty.
     
    Join me today as I share with you:

    The concept of Radical Honesty and how it’s the best but uncomfortable way to truly transform your life

    The different areas in my life where I had to become radically honest with myself

    The three steps to awareness and noticing what’s happening in you and around you

    How to use this as a storytelling technique

     
    The truth will always set us free. And becoming honest in everything we do will help us create the life we really want. It’s not going to be easy at first, but it’s going to be worth it.
     
     
    Links:
    Grab the book, Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton
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    • 21 min
    Outsourcing: Is it good or bad?

    Outsourcing: Is it good or bad?

    If there’s one thing I can mention that’s crucial to business growth, it would be outsourcing. But there are so many facets to this process that a lot of entrepreneurs dismiss the idea of outsourcing -- even before they understand how it can actually take a big load off their shoulders and help scale their businesses!
     
    So if you’ve been mulling over the idea of outsourcing but have questions on how to go about it, this is the episode for you. Plus, I give you a couple of resources to get you started on your outsourcing journey!

    Listen in as I share with you:
     

    How my business looked and the different struggles I had before outsourcing

    The mistakes I made when I first hired virtual assistants – and how I figured out what I needed to do to fix them

    Why creating a partnership with your team and having clear communication are key pieces in maintaining a good, working environment

    How outsourcing got me into my queen bee role that allowed me to make big shifts in my business

    The different ways getting support can help you achieve your goals – whether in business or in your personal life

     
    Like I always say: it gets to be easy. And this can happen when you have the right kind of people supporting you and helping you get to where you want to be.
     
     
    Episode Links
    Learn how you can streamline your business through outsourcing. Join Jen Lehner’s Front Row CEO.
    Join the Visibility Accelerator for access to masterclasses and resources that can build and grow your business >> https://www.lightbeamers.com/visibility-accelerator
    Subscribe to my podcast and be inspired by the stories we bring to you every week. Text the words INSIDE STORY to 833-228-9446 to get notified every time a new episode drops.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    From Burnout to True Transformation with Ashley Reed

    From Burnout to True Transformation with Ashley Reed

    Overworking ourselves beyond breaking point will never guarantee success. In fact, it might even become a deterrent to achieving goals by causing burnout – something that is now considered a disease by health experts. So how do we escape this cycle, find our focus again, and re-center?

    Ashley Reed has always been a high performer and built a successful career as a Marketing Executive for some well-known brands and companies. But when she found herself exhausted to a point that almost cost her her life, she knew she had to reset internally to find true balance and freedom.
     
    Ashley and I had an enlightening conversation, and we invite you to listen in as we talk about:
     

    How she was living a great life – but it wasn’t HER life

    What happened when burnout happened, and how she stopped “swimming upstream” and cleared the clutter surrounding her to focus inward

    Experiencing unconditional love and acceptance for herself, and how this changed her relationship with others for the better

    How story work is a huge part of resetting her life

    What it means to truly surrender

    The different ways she centers and balances herself when she needs to

     
    We have romanticized burnout so much that it has become difficult to give ourselves the time and space we need to bring our focus back to what really matters most. It takes a lot of inner work, but if we put in the effort, we will find our true self, and begin to live fully and meaningfully.
     
     
    Interview links:
    Ashley’s website https://ashleyreed.com/
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ashleyreedofficial/
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashleyreedofficial/
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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51 Ratings

51 Ratings

tania gardere macleod ,

Life work balance - love this reframe

Wow 🤩 what a great interview. And I agree with the whole reframing of work life balance to put the focus on life before work and call it life work balance!!! Hearing Alyson’s story and more importantly the incredible and insightful pure perspective from her 6 year old who unfiltered and unapologetically said “mom I don’t want that for my future” (of course I’m sure I messed the quote up. But something similar she said letting her mom know that she does not want to be like her when she grows up. And work so much! Wow 😮
Being a mother of 4 myself that completely hit home and resonated deeply with me. I sometimes get down on myself feeling like I could be so much more successful if… BUT what I have to remember is that I am choosing my family first. I am choosing to be with my kids as much as I can. Not miss any of their games. Cheer them on and support them. Drive them to school. Whatever it is that might mean I am not able to take a business meeting in the evening or weekend… because that’s my choice and want to be there with and for my kids!
This was fantastic. Thank you ladies for sharing and giving and being vulnerable! And authentic. Five stars ⭐️ 🌟 ⭐️ 🌟 ⭐️

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Tania

raisingbeauty ,

Authentic and powerful!

April has a beautiful talent for drawing out the authenticity of others through their unique stories. She does this in a way that is conversational, friendly, and with genuine curiosity. There’s so much power and inspiration to be gained from each other’s journeys. April brings this to life.

GKalantzis ,

Stories are gold in todays world

Without story, you have nothing. April seemingly takes some of the best to curate amazing stories that make you think deeper into your life so you can unlock your potential by living authentically.

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