Real Life Resilience
By Stacy Brookman
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Research proves that resilience can be learned and developed in anyone. The Real Life Resilience mission is to tell stories of recovery from life's most difficult trauma and provide tools for resiliency. Our goal is to help you, our listeners, know how to transform your own life by telling your life stories. Life happens and life storytelling transforms it. Find more resources at https://www.stacybrookman.com/
||CleanNever, Ever Give Up Hope||“You have to work at hoping for the positive,” says Carol Graham, host of the bi-weekly podcast Never Ever Give up Hope. She has survived the challenges of major illnesses, devastating personal losses and financial ruin more than once,||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Poetry of Life||Any bonafide writer calls themselves a writer because they write. There's really no other way of describing a writer than that. All you need to do to call yourself a writer is pick up the pen and begin to write.||1/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTransforming Stigma||A mental health speaker just got real about his own mental health. Only 5% of people with chronic health conditions practice self-care says Mike Veny. "So statistically that's zero. Basically, it's a nonsense term that we throw around telling each othe.||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdversity Be Damned, Hello Resilience||Do you have enough adversity in your life to have an adversity bio? Sharon Roth-Lichtenfeld does! This founder of Good Grief Coaching has survived hardship and heartache amazingly well. Listen to the episode to discover how she finds peace and joy in t.||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFaster Than Normal – ADHD Brain||Your brain on ADHD is a Lamborghini, you just need to know how to drive it! Peter Shankman has discovered how ADHD can be a gift and shares that wisdom in his book: Faster Than Normal.||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFostering Resilience Through Grief||Is it possible to foster resiliency in the direct aftermath of the pain and grief of infertility and miscarriage? Jeanette White has allowed her experiences to help her grow in areas she never imagined. She now reaches out to others to offer support.||12/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDoing Storywork With Your Past||We are storied people. Rachael Anne Clinton helps us understand why discovering the stories that have shaped our past benefits our present and future. Find out why she believes everyone has known some heartache,||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrauma and Shame in a Fallen World||According to Dr. Dan Allender, we all need to look at those stories we've written off as already resolved and say "What more am I to learn and how can I engage these stories with kindness?"||11/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFor You to See the Stars||"How did you get into my living room?" That's what people ask country music singer/songwriter Radney Foster. His songs get to the heart of heartbreak, and life in general. But are his songs borne from experience? You bet!||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Being a Contemplative Writer||Both writing and the Christian tradition of contemplative prayer depend on us facing our fears and anxieties, and the path to healing is about going through our pain rather than numbing it or distracting ourselves from it.||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwo Journeys to Manhood||When does a boy become a man? Becoming a “man” isn't a new idea – there are centuries of precedence. But it’s been pretty much forgotten – especially in terms of some sort of ceremony, some sort of moment.||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWrite Your Own Comeback Story||"I am the courageous heart that passionately beats to empower the hurt, broken, and lost. I believe that people are naturally creative, resourceful, and whole," says life coach Matt Gagnon. "And it's never too late to write your own comeback story."||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Writing Builds Resiliency||Why worry twice? We can’t necessarily stop things, but we can stop freaking out about them. Dr. Kathy Gruver explains that the future always starts now. With every exhale we can make a more resilient choice.||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Steep Side of the Mountain||Manny Wolfe believes that changing yourself will probably be the hardest thing you ever do...especially if you grew up in a cult in one of the most violent cities in America like he did. If you want to change,||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Rocky Road to Love||Writing love letters to her seven failed relationships was cathartic and a learning experience for author Kamala Chambers. She made each letter, and it's subsequent learned wisdom, into a chapter in her book Road to Love.||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReal Life Resilience Begins||Webster’s dictionary defines resilience as an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. Our lives are filled with change – it’s inevitable. So we, as human beings, might as well learn to be resilient.||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGet Your Mojo Back||Make changes to your body and mind to gain the confidence to pursue your passion and live your dreams. Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach, has led thousands of clients to “get their mojo back” and transform into their personal and professional best.||6/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStories From The Heart||What is your life theme? If you wrote a memoir, what would it be titled? Why should anyone write about their life? I posed these questions to participants at the Stories From The Heart Story Circle Conference.||5/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Bergen Protocol||Only by taking better care of yourself can you improve your overall wellbeing. It’s important that you take action for nothing will change until you do. Kevin Bergen walks us through the Bergen protocol to help us understand how to get unstuck in life||5/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Knight With Mindfulness||“We keep going through the things that hurt us because we fail to let go of the old and make room for new things in our lives.” Michael Neeley, the author of The Art of Forgetting, emphasizes that some of the negative patterns in our lives are from||4/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Sociopath’s Wife||According to research, 4% of the population are sociopathic and she married into the club. In this powerful story, we discover that truth is often stranger than fiction. Stacy unwittingly fell in love and married a man who appeared to be loving,||4/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEscaping the Narcissist – Let Me Reach||“It’s so hard for people who share children with narcissistic individuals because sadly, most people don’t understand what they need to do in a shared-custody situation”. Kim Saeed, a No Contact Coach, shares her story of suffering and survival||4/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriting Boosts Your Game||Journaling about his everyday golf game turned into a book opportunity for former professional golfer Tom O’Stasik. Along the way, he discovered that writing helped him get through the emotional challenges of life and process his thoughts.||4/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhotos Tell Stories||"For me the end goal is always to help people tell a story with their photos. I realized in the process of helping my clients do that, if they couldn't find their photos and they didn't know where they were, they couldn't even get to that next step.||2/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSongwriter Series: Story Songs||"If someone else can see themselves that much in my songs, then I kinda owe it to myself to share it; even if maybe just three other people get a little bit of healing from it." Shellee Coley a mother and singer-songwriter,||2/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSongwriter Series: Be Yourself||“Stay yourself. I know that's so cliché but it means something…be yourself, stay yourself. Look how you want to look, sing how you want to sing, write how you want to write and just make your music and follow your dreams.||2/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSongwriter Series: Shared Experience||You have to get past your ego and find your shared experience with people. The things we’re most afraid to show people are the things we have most in common. Since I’ve come to understand that I’ve been able to write towards this common ground and||1/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Vomelette and Other Tales||“We have all of these weird urges or thoughts or ideas that don’t fit and you’re not allowed to say publicly. But if you can get that all out in not just a safe way, but a constructive way, you can use that to make something through stories,||1/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScripting the Side Hustle||On day one of self-employment, Nick Loper's website went down and his vision of hammocks and four hour work weeks disappeared. Google shut down his account and he realized the importance of diversification. Since then,||1/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBreaking Down the Walls of Wall Street||"Women have to put their foot forward and say I'm entitled. If I'm doing an equal job, I should be paid for it. For all the young women now who have never had to deal with these problems...I walked the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for you.||12/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLoved This World, Pen In Hand||Ann expects to die with an open notebook in her hand. In fact, her tombstone inscription is already prepared: Loved This World, Pen In Hand. This poet and has been writing since the fifth grade. She believes writers live life twice,||12/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEvernote Writing and Organizing Family Stories||Writer Kristi Willis started using Evernote by clipping and organizing her vast collection of recipes while watching football games. She shares some unique ways you can use Evernote (a virtual productivity tool) for all stages of writing,||12/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStorytelling as Currency for Human Connection||"I believe everyone has a story and that story has the possibility of changing the world. It’s a high concept, I know. This doesn’t mean everyone will write a memoir or a piece of fiction. But, if we know how to read our stories we’re so much bett||12/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon’t Hold Your Life Story at Arm’s Length||Most people are trained to hold their own story at arm’s length. The goal of academic writing is to separate your own experience from what is objectively true. That lifelong training can make it very hard for people to write from their own heart and s||12/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Your Pain for Public Consumption?||"Like many people, I've had a difficult childhood," says Author Mary DeMuth. "One of the things I struggled with in telling my story openly was that I didn’t know if I was through it yet and in a way, I don’t feel like I’m 100% completely healed o||12/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan Truth Change With Time and Distance?||"The interesting thing that always strikes me when I write about emotional moments like this is just realizing that I’m very much writing about the experience as I experienced it, not necessarily as it was," says Brett Gajda,||12/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriting: A Healing Tool for Trauma and Shame||Meg Worden spent 2 years in prison for conspiracy to sell the drug ecstasy. Problem was, she had already cleaned up her life and had a 2 month old baby when Federal agents knocked at her door with the indictment.||11/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFamily Stories and Google Cousin Bait||"I was the only 8 year old who was using her allowance to buy death certificates," says Lisa Louise Cooke, author of The Genealogist's Google Toolbox. She's discovered that Google is 'cousin bait' because our family history is in each others' attics an.||11/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHappiness Habits and the Four Tendencies||Happiness researcher Gretchen Rubin is interested in all facets of human nature. She shares her insights into the 8 Splendid Truths of Happiness, including "feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right in an atmosphere of growth.||11/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriting Trumps Trauma||How writing can help us heal from tough life situations||11/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou Don’t Have to be Blind to See||According to Steve Forbes, "Jim Stovall is one of the most remarkable and inspiring individuals of this age - or any age. His example of doing good and great things in the face of what others would consider to be debilitating challenges is uplifting an.||11/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKids Treasure Letters of Love||This ain’t your Momma’s scrapbooking! Anna Broome, National Sales Director for Forever.com, has a passion for helping people preserve their memories. She shares her unique idea for Love Letters to your kids on this episode.||10/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDivorce From a Narcissist, Part 2||Talk back at the mean girl voice in your head! If you don't have loving people supporting you when you're in an abusive relationship or you're unhappy, that mean girl voice in your head starts to take on a life of her own.||10/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDivorce From a Narcissist, Part 1||Could your kids or spouse be a narcissist? What can you do about it? Lindsey Ellison, founder of Start Over Find Happiness Shares Insights||10/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRock Bottom to Authentic Success||"Well, your credit says you owe $1.4 million." Natalie Jill's lowest point in life went down like this: - I caught this glimpse of myself just really out of shape and it was the first time I didn't even recognize who I was.||10/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeach Kids to Fail Well||If you’re not failing all the time, you’re not succeeding at all, according to Deb Ross, publisher of KidsOutAndAbout.com. Writing can propel a child’s success much faster than almost any other skill. In the podcast,||10/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEarning Freedom: From Prison to Professor||Can Socrates reveal the meaning of life for a prisoner? Michael Santos, wrote his way through prison, earned his PhD, and now turns to help others.||10/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Earning Freedom Endorses!!
I had the privilege of talking with Stacy and I know that she has an enormous amount of wisdom to share for anyone who aspires to write. She helps people find the creative genius. I’m so incredibly impressed with the podcast she has built with Write of your Life and I encourage you to learn from all of her inspiring episodes. She is the cure for writer’s block!
Wow this is a powerful show!
Divorce from a Narcissist is a powerful episode.
We can all use help and reminding for how to deal with situations and peoples actions when they are "not ok". Speaking up for our feelings is so important (even if only to ourselves).
It took me years to begin to understand how the experiences I had as a child affect the relationships I have as an adult.
This is helpful stuff, thanks for creating this show!
The Story of Pople's Lives
With Write of Your Life, Stacy Curtis helps us to write our authentic story, the story of our truest self. Her guests have gone through a journey of discovery and overcome great obstacles to provide listeners with actionable advise to write their own journeys. Highly recommend!