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A motivating, thought provoking and informative new health & wellness podcast featuring Florine Mark as the host that will focus on all aspects of our lives from physical, emotional and mental health to career and social.

As the CEO & President of the WW Group (largest Weight Watchers International franchise holder) Florine is a highly respected motivational speaker, entrepreneur, author and philanthropist who is passionate about sharing her lifelong desire to educate and help others achieve healthier, more rewarding lives.

Join her each week as she interviews well-known celebrity guests and everyday people who share inspirational tips and best practices for making meaningful and beneficial changes in our lives as we all learn to navigate our new normal.

Each week Florine will provide a helpful and inspiring “takeaway” to help start making those changes.

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A motivating, thought provoking and informative new health & wellness podcast featuring Florine Mark as the host that will focus on all aspects of our lives from physical, emotional and mental health to career and social.

As the CEO & President of the WW Group (largest Weight Watchers International franchise holder) Florine is a highly respected motivational speaker, entrepreneur, author and philanthropist who is passionate about sharing her lifelong desire to educate and help others achieve healthier, more rewarding lives.

Join her each week as she interviews well-known celebrity guests and everyday people who share inspirational tips and best practices for making meaningful and beneficial changes in our lives as we all learn to navigate our new normal.

Each week Florine will provide a helpful and inspiring “takeaway” to help start making those changes.

    How to Reinvent Yourself When Life Throws You a Curveball

    How to Reinvent Yourself When Life Throws You a Curveball

    With Dr. Geneva Williams, Business and Community Leader and Motivational Speaker
     
    Have you ever heard the saying, “Man makes plans… and God laughs”? What should we do when life throws us a curveball and our carefully planned life suddenly goes off in the wrong direction? How can we recover when our dream career is suddenly over, or a long-term relationship ends? How can we find our passion and turn that into a career that we love? Is there a way that our passion can also benefit the community? My guest today can help us to find those answers and more. Dr. Geneva Williams is the host of the very successful podcast “Ignite 2 Impact.” As the CEO of “Dr. Geneva Speaks,” she’s been recognized as one of Detroit’s Most Influential Women by Crain’s Detroit Business. Geneva is also a highly sought-after lecturer, personal motivator, and master leadership strategist who’s passionate about helping other women realize their full potential while impacting their community in a positive way.
     
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
     
    How did Geneva regroup after losing her husband of 40 years to cancer? What does Geneva say to people who feel they can’t go on? How can one get involved with a nonprofit? What advice does Geneva have for those of an older age who are feeling lost? How did Geneva reinvent herself as an entrepreneur? More about “Dr. Geneva Speaks.” Geneva’s Facebook Group “eXtraordinary Women Influencers” and how to make use of tech resources.  
     
    Today’s Takeaway: 
    This past year has been life-changing. So many of us were forced to give up our careers or other endeavors, but it’s important to remember this situation is just temporary. Think of it as a detour, not a dead-end. If you were forced to shut down your business or you lost a job that you love, perhaps now is the time to reimagine that dream. How can you reinvent yourself or recreate your business to a career you love even more? What are your passions and abilities? Can you find a way to turn those into a career? Never let the fear of failure hold you back. You may have to try a few different things before you find the right fit, but we learn the most from our mistakes. This is a great time to think about how we can make a positive impact on our community. Remember, every single day we have is a gift. When we reach out to help others, we help ourselves. Be fearless! Tell yourself you can do it. Smile. Have some humor in your life and remember, “And this too shall pass.” The sun will always come out tomorrow… even if only in your heart. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”
    Brought to You By:
    Florine Mark
     
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Dr. Geneva Speaks
    Ignite 2 Impact
    eXtraordinary Women Influencers

    • 31 min
    How to Recognize Your Own Self-Worth and Sell Others on YOU

    How to Recognize Your Own Self-Worth and Sell Others on YOU

    With Lydia Fenet, Author of "The Most Powerful Woman In The Room is You"
    Have you ever wondered why some people succeed in business and others with the same exact credentials or experience fail?  Could it be that the secret to success is ultimately within our own power?  Do you know how to properly sell yourself?  Do you know how to be your best advocate?  Do you know how to take care of YOU and help others see how worthwhile you are?  If not, perhaps my guest today can show you how to do that.   In September of 2019, I interviewed Lydia Fenet.  Lydia is the Global Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships and Lead Benefit Auctioneer at Christie’s Auction House.  She is also a keynote speaker and author of the book “The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You”.  According to Lydia, one of the secrets to success is how we present ourselves to others.  Whether you’re applying for a job, making a presentation to a client, asking someone on a date, or just getting your kids to eat their peas, Lydia advises us to create an image in our mind of how we want other people to think of us.  Now that you have that picture in your mind, ask yourself, “Is that how I’m appearing to others?”  If not, what can you do differently?  Lydia shares the secrets of her success in her book, and gives us a sneak peek into some in today’s episode.    
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
     
    Where and how did Lydia grow up? What did Lydia study in college? How did Lydia get started being an auctioneer? When did Lydia meet her husband and what is their relationship like? How does Lydia balance being a mother to 3 small children and working full time? What is Lydia’s day-to-day life like at Christie’s? What made Lydia decide to write her book? So, how do you sell?  
     
    Today’s Takeaway:  
    In addition to her successful career where she’s raised more than a half a billion dollars for charity and traveled all around the world speaking on the art of selling, Lydia is also a happily married mother of 3 children.  The strategies she used throughout her career apply just as well to her personal life.  Remember, it’s important to be your own self-advocate.  Invest the time in yourself, believe in yourself, and be confident enough to speak up.  Learn how to negotiate what’s important for your needs.  If you don’t, who will?  I often speak to myself in the mirror to tell myself my own worth, and you can too!  When we feel good about ourselves it shows, and others respond favorably to the positive energy that we give off.  Go ahead and give off some real positive energy, keep smiling, stay healthy, be energetic and enthusiastic, and like yourself.  Look in that mirror and tell yourself that you’re worth it and that you can help others by helping yourself.  Sell yourself.  I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.” 
    Brought to You By:
    Florine Mark
     
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Lydia Fenet
    Lydia Fenet on Instagram
    “The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You”
    Christie’s Auction House

    • 32 min
    How Small Design Changes in Our Homes Can Make a Big Difference in Our Mood

    How Small Design Changes in Our Homes Can Make a Big Difference in Our Mood

    With Jackie Schwartz, Interior Designer and Business Owner
    Over the past year, we’ve been spending more time than ever at home. Instead of going to work or socializing, our homes have become virtual offices, classrooms, and our nightly entertainment outlets. As much as we love being at home, we still may need to make a few changes so that our living space reflects our changing needs. For example, what’s the best way to set the stage and create a professional-looking background for Zoom meetings? Or, how can I make my home feel more comfortable or peaceful? Can a few simple changes in color or lighting really affect my mood? My guest today, Jackie Schwartz, is the owner and lead designer of Home Interior Warehouse in Michigan. She’ll share with us how simple design changes can really make a big difference in the look and functionality of our home, and perhaps even impact our mood and how we feel.
     
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
     
    How did Jackie get started in the home design business? What are the trends for decorating today? What differentiates Jackie’s business from a big box store? What are quick and inexpensive changes that will brighten our homes? What colors help cheer people up? What can we do to make our homes feel more welcoming when we walk in the front door? How to decorate small spaces. How to use books for decorating. How pillows add dimension, especially in monochromatic rooms. Trends for outdoor living during the pandemic. Tips for staging your house and how to make it more attractive to prospective buyers.  
     
    Today’s Takeaway:
    As we spend more time at home, shouldn’t our homes be the one place where we feel happiest and most comfortable? Look around your house. Does your home put a smile on your face? If not, perhaps it’s time to make a few changes. Don’t be afraid to swap out old pieces for new ones. Our homes should be our sanctuary, not a source of stress. Living with too much clutter may really stress you out. Make sure your home reflects your personal style. What colors make you happy? Go with what you love even if you’re on a tight budget. You can still make meaningful changes without spending a great deal of money. Whatever your budget, by turning your house into a home and turning your home into a haven, it will be money well spent. Our surroundings really do play a role in how we feel emotionally. When we love our surroundings, we can’t help but feel healthier and happier and wake up every day with a better frame of mind. That’s what I want to do! I want to be healthy; I want to feel good, and I want to live in a place that makes me feel good every day. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”
    Brought to You By:
    Florine Mark
     
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Home Interior Warehouse
     

    • 22 min
    How Groups Can Help Us Maintain Health and Provide Support and Fulfillment

    How Groups Can Help Us Maintain Health and Provide Support and Fulfillment

    With Christie Tate, NY Times Bestselling Author
    Maintaining our mental and emotional health is as important as our physical health. How can we overcome our emotional barriers and find support within the community? Sometimes the power of sharing your challenges in a group setting makes all the difference. There are many kinds of support groups; some require membership. Some groups may include facilitators, therapists, or coaches, some may not. In a society that teaches us from a young age to be very careful of what we reveal in public, it may be hard to take that first step and reveal our challenges to others. But the best way we can gain support from others and make ourselves feel better is by stripping away that façade and allowing others to get to really know us and accept us for who we are. Today, we are going to talk about the power of the group. My guest is New York Times bestselling author, Christie Tate. Her memoir entitled, Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life, is a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection and was voted one of the top nonfiction books of 2020. In the book, Christie describes how sharing the most intimate details of her daily life with her group helped her find a path to mental and emotional health. Christie discusses how her challenges with eating disorders began, when she knew she needed help, and how group therapy helped her achieve stability and fulfillment in her life.
     
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
     
    Christie experienced deep isolation and depression despite her successful façade. Why Christie’s eating disorder might have begun in childhood. How Christie’s focus on body image began while she was a ballerina. When did Christie enter a 12-step recovery program for her eating disorder? What is Christie’s family life like, and do they know about her ED history? What caused Christie’s feeling of “wanting to die”? What was the first group Christie attended where she felt comfortable? Is Christie still in the group? How can someone find a group? Does Christie still have feelings of depression? When did Christie decide to write a book?  
    Today’s Takeaway: After many hours in group therapy, the biggest thing Christie learned was to trust others and to share her challenges. But how do you do that? For starters, you have to be open, honest, and real. It’s also important to have friends or a partner that doesn’t judge you. In my many years in WW meetings, I’ve seen how much easier it is to lose weight when I’m allowing others, who aren’t judging me, to help me. Finding others who share your common goals and understand your struggles is so important. Being with others that have the same interests can help you achieve success, and in turn, you can also encourage others to reach their goals. Perhaps most important of all: we must accept our failures, move on, and focus on our successes. There are so many things that I like about myself and I’m sure that each one of you can find so many things that you like about yourself. Make a list of all the things that you do like about yourself! On the other side of the paper, list the things that you don’t like that you can change. Don’t put down things you can’t change. Then, work on it.

    There are three things that will help you to live longer: movement and proper nutrition are fundamental but the most important is group support or socialization. If you don’t have that socialization and people that you can depend on, you should start looking for them. If you start each day by practicing self-love and self-acceptance, you’re on your way to living a happier, healthier, and more fulfilled life. Remember that every single day is a gift! I’m grateful for my guest, Christie Tate, and all of my listeners. I wish you all health and happiness. I’m Florine Mark and that’s

    • 31 min
    Eliminating Barriers for Individuals with Disabilities

    Eliminating Barriers for Individuals with Disabilities

    With Sheryl Stumbaugh, Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council 
    Throughout my life, I’ve always encouraged others to reach for their dreams. When I’ve struggled personally, I look in the mirror and tell myself, “Keep going, Florine! You can do this!” And I do this until I achieve what I want to happen without hurting anybody. But what if others try to limit you socially or professionally simply because you’re different? Have you ever felt embarrassed or uncomfortable because you’re not like everyone else? That’s what it’s like to have a physical or intellectual disability. Our guest today, Sheryl Stumbaugh, is a Clinical Social Worker at Beaumont Hospital who was recently appointed by Governor Whitmer to the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council which seeks to eliminate barriers for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Sheryl knows firsthand what it’s like to overcome those barriers because she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant. My own beloved sister was in a wheelchair due to Polio, so I personally relate to the struggles Sheryl discusses on the podcast. We’ll learn how to best encourage and support people with disabilities or physical limitations so they too can find success.
     
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
     
    How old was Sheryl when she was diagnosed with CP? What are Sheryl’s limitations? What kind of vocation did Sheryl’s middle school prep her for? What kind of mental aptitude test did schools give Sheryl? How old was Sheryl when she first noticed she was different from her peers? Did Sheryl get to do “normal” social activities like other kids? What was Sheryl’s college experience like? Did Sheryl have to study harder because of her disability? How Sheryl is able to live alone with the aid of her service dog.  
    What does Sheryl do in her profession?
     
    What are some of the things Sheryl recommends in her job to help kids with disabilities feel included? The importance of setting expectations for people despite their abilities. Sheryl’s thoughts on what it means to fail.  
     
    Today’s Takeaway: If you’re trying to achieve your dreams, don’t let anyone hold you back. Don’t be afraid to try something different. Even if you fail, every day and every failure is a gift. We learn the most from our mistakes and when we’re able to get up and try again, that’s when we’re always a winner. Believe in your dreams. When Sheryl first applied to the Governor’s Council, she didn’t hear back so she applied a second time. She refused to take no for an answer, and that eventually led to her successful appointment. Look in the mirror. Talk to yourself. Tell yourself what a great person you are and how today’s going to be a good day. Be fearless, tell yourself you can do it, and be your own best advocate. Most people respect someone who is passionate and confident about themselves and the people around them. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”
    Brought to You By:
    Florine Mark
     
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Sheryl Stumbaugh
    Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council

    • 41 min
    Help for Domestic Violence Victims Feeling Trapped in Their Own Homes

    Help for Domestic Violence Victims Feeling Trapped in Their Own Homes

    With Susie Feldman, domestic violence survivor
    The pandemic has left many of us feeling trapped in our homes. But even worse than the feeling of being socially isolated, there are people right now trapped at home in an abusive relationship. The fear and anxiety of being physically and/or emotionally threatened by someone you love are unimaginable. Our guest today, Susie Feldman, helps answer some very important questions such as, “How can we help someone else if we suspect abuse? What are the signs? Where can a victim of abuse turn for help?” and more. The Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Susie is also a survivor of domestic violence. Despite her successful career and what appeared to be a “perfect marriage,” Susie endured years of mental, emotional, and physical abuse. She courageously shares her story and strength, as well as resources for how to escape an abusive relationship.
     
    What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
     
    Susie talks about the shame and humiliation of falling for someone who abused her. How and when Susie finally broke her story to her loved ones. When did Susie’s husband begin the abuse? Why did Susie “protect” her husband through eight years of marriage? The ways Susie’s husband began to control her. What was Susie’s husband’s family life like? What happened after Susie’s husband was in jail for his abuse? A tragic story about a fellow abuse victim. Susie’s process of divorcing her husband and rebuilding her life. Susie’s advice for abuse victims that want to leave now. Why does someone become an abuser? What Susie and her kids’ life is like today. If someone doesn’t have money and/or a support system to escape but is being abused, what should they do? Haven provides shelter, therapists, and other resources for domestic abuse victims. You can complete everything online or call the 24-hour crisis hotline 1-877-922-1274  
     
    Today’s Takeaway: We like to think of our homes as our safe place, but what if someone we know is in an abusive relationship right now? During the pandemic, families are spending more time together in close quarters and reports of domestic violence are increasing. Victims often stay silent; afraid to confide in even friends or family. That silence takes a toll. Maintaining our emotional health is just as important as maintaining our physical health. During the pandemic, finding a safe haven could be more difficult, but with the resources Susie has provided, you can make a plan. Knowledge is power. Every single day is a gift, and we should all feel safe and loved in our own homes. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”
    Brought to You By:
    Florine Mark
     
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Domestic Abuse Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE
    Haven 1-877-922-1274
    JFS – Agency Locator

    • 40 min

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