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Today's Takeaway with Florine Mark

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.


Don’t Let Fear Ruin Your Life
With Tareq Azim, entrepreneur and author   What scares you? Is it a fear of illness or death? Are you afraid of heights or enclosed spaces? Or, does the fear of failure in business or personal relationships scare you? Perhaps it’s a fear of the unknown. Some people suffer from an extreme fear of simply “being” afraid. “Phobophobia” is a rare medical condition characterized by physical symptoms such as heart palpitations or difficulty breathing that might even require a need for medication.  Although most of us don’t suffer from phobophobia, we all have times in our life when we’re afraid of something. But how that feeling of fear affects us can vary from simple anxiety to intense trauma that disrupts our daily life and could distort our perception of reality. Whatever it is that makes our palms sweat, our heart pound, and triggers our fight or flight response, we want to run far away from whatever provokes those uncomfortable feelings. However, running away isn’t the answer. Because what happens the next time you come up against that very same fear-causing situation? Those feelings will surface again and again until we learn to overcome our fear.  One of the keys to overcoming fear is knowing what the triggers are and understanding the underlying cause. Sometimes just talking through our fear and exploring what to do in the event of a worst-case scenario might be enough to loosen the hold that phobia has over us. The very act of imagining how we would respond might provide the confidence to know we’ll get through it.  Phobias such as the fear of swimming or being underwater might be addressed over time by learning to swim and increasing our comfort level in the water. But in the beginning, just knowing what to do when we are overcome with panic is a big part of managing our fear going forward. Getting to a quiet place, calming ourselves with deep breathing exercises or meditation, and focusing our thoughts on something comforting or empowering are all things we can do in the moment to work through that fear. If you want to learn more about how we can stop letting fear rule our lives, then please listen to Florine’s interview with entrepreneur and author, Tareq Azim, whose book, Empower, Conquering the Disease of Fear, provides some wonderful strategies for learning how to overcome our fears. Hi, I’m Florine Mark, and welcome to “Today’s Takeaway.” Have you ever been afraid to try something because you were convinced you would fail? Sometimes anxiety and our fear of failure can paralyze us especially if we think we’ll let others down. We may even sabotage our efforts by giving up too easily. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? What if we could learn to control our fear rather than allow it to control us? What if the very thing we fear most, could actually motivate us to succeed? When we are faced with no other alternative, then perhaps fear could help us achieve something we might not otherwise try.  My guest today is Tareq Azim. A former college football star, entrepreneur, and author, Tareq grew up the son of Afghan refugees, who fled the Soviet invasion with their young family, in search of a better life in America. He is also the founder of Empower, a unique fitness training facility where he works with elite athletes such as NFL superstar, Marshawn Lynch. But in addition to training sports legends, Tareq also works with ordinary individuals who aren’t professional athletes. But regardless of who he is training, Tareq’s approach is the same; he doesn’t see himself as their coach, but rather, as their teammate. Tareq is helping his teammates achieve their dreams by overcoming their fears and strengthening their mind, body, and spirit. Recognizing that his unique training methods could work in a variety of ways, Tareq wrote a book called, Empower, Conquering the Disease of Fear. He’s here today to share his philosophy and some of his training techniques with us to help us overcome our fears.  What You’ll Hear in This Episode: Tareq talks about how his family coming to the United States from Afghanistan influenced the shape of his entire life. How did sports help Tareq feel accepted and valuable growing up, and what do they mean to him today? Tareq’s desire to join the Navy Seals or Air Force Special Operations was motivated by a desire to overcome fear and utilize it for growth. What led Tareq to play Division 1 football? How did Tareq end up training elite athletes? Why does Tareq call his fitness clients his “teammates”? Why is fear the biggest driving force in our lives? What can we learn from fear? How did Tareq overcome his fear when he met with a Taliban warlord to open a women’s boxing gym in Afghanistan? What did Tareq learn from visiting Afghanistan after 9/11? Tareq talks more about his book, Empower. Today’s Takeaway: Fear can paralyze us. We might be so afraid to step outside of our comfort zone or do something different, that sometimes we don’t even try! But think of all the lost opportunities! All the life experiences we may have missed out on, the jobs or promotions we failed to apply for, or the chance to start a relationship with someone. We lose out simply because we allow our fears to control us. But if we change our mindset to overcome these fears, we might be able to change our lives for the better.  Tareq’s book, Empower gives some amazing examples of just how much can be accomplished once we learn to embrace our fear. By working through that fear rather than running to avoid it, we can go far beyond what we ever imagined might be possible. Sometimes to accomplish change, instead of focusing on our differences, why not focus on what we share in common? Tareq used the shared love of sports to inspire change in Afghanistan by establishing a Women’s Boxing Federation. To gain approval for this program, Tareq had to overcome his fear when meeting with Taliban warlords. His methods demonstrate how the most important and overlooked area in our body is our brain! By working to understand what we fear and overcoming our discomfort, we can accomplish amazing things! Remember that every single day is a gift and when we embrace fear as a gift rather than a burden, we can grow even stronger with that gift and unlock our true potential. I’m Florine Mark, and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.” Quotes: “Sports gave me freedom. Sports made me feel what I was seeking to feel, and what I still seek to feel as an adult, which is accepted, valuable, and relevant.” — Tareq [7:16] “I realized that it was fear that was preventing our growth, and it was fear that was preventing our capability and our capacity.” — Tareq [8:31] “I'm not necessarily fighting fear, but I’m embracing fear and utilizing it for why it exists.” — Tareq [8:51] “I’m very, very proud of being an individual of Afghan having the American Opportunity.” — Tareq [13:11] “We’ve been so embraced with open arms since the day we've come to this country.” — Tareq [13:43] “I always believed that sport and physical activity is one of the most underutilized medications for mental and emotional health disorders.” — Tareq [14:26] “My teammates, or my clients, actually do more for me than I do for them.” — Tareq [16:09] “I’m obsessed with trying to find the biggest problems in the world that people haven’t been able to solve.” — Tareq [18:29] “Fear is, in my perspective, actually designed to just make you conscious, and hold you accountable to your truths.” — Tareq [20:46] “What sport gave me is this capability and this recognition of what a peace and reconciliation tool it could be for a being.” — Tareq [25:13] “I learned the value of being and believing in destiny. I also learned about the power and the influence of intentionality and communication.” — Tareq [29:29] Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Tareq on Instagram Tareq Azim Empower: Conquering the Disease of Fear
33:08 12/25/23
How to Navigate the Current Job Market
With Bonnie Burk, the Director of Recruitment at IntegriSource   Despite dire predictions based on labor strikes, global wars, and the reoccurring threats of inflation and recession, employment growth in the United States remained strong throughout 2023. But what lies ahead for 2024? What industries are hiring and what markets are downsizing their employee base? Where are the best job opportunities and how does the rising demand for Artificial Intelligence and other new emerging technologies impact the employment market?   As our population ages and skilled workers retire, that leaves a shortage of qualified talent to replace them. In the past, employers would automatically disqualify or dismiss candidates without a college degree, but from a recruitment standpoint today, they might need to focus less on degree-based hiring in favor of skill-based hiring. Companies that plan to hire additional staff should be prepared to match current market wages if they hope to remain competitive and recruit quality talent.   According to Bonnie Burk, the Director of Recruitment at IntegriSource, a staffing company that specializes in IT and Computer Engineering, service industries like healthcare, hospitality, and transportation continue to be plagued by labor shortages, while other industries such as the tech sector are aggressively reducing their headcount. While their core business staff may remain intact, these companies will continue to right-size their staffing needs by trimming other departments such as legal, accounting, and HR. Although the demand for Artificial Intelligence is growing rapidly, it can’t replace the need for a creative workforce or specially trained, skilled workers.   Even as employers prioritize onsite attendance, job seekers are pushing back against the “return to office” trend in favor of remote or hybrid opportunities that offer more flexibility and a better work-life balance. While it’s expected that wages will remain relatively flat, employers may focus instead on cost-of-living increases. Mature job seekers who have suddenly found themselves unemployed may want to remember the following when updating their resumes. Make sure that the resume length is no more than two pages in total. If you fear your age might work against you, it’s okay to leave out the dates of your education and the former employment periods. For more information on current employment trends and tips, please check out Florine’s 2022 interview with Bonnie.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: How did Bonnie get into recruiting? How is the job market different today than in the past? Why are employees changing jobs so frequently today? How can companies afford to pay what job seekers are desiring and still make money? What are some of the biggest challenges that employees currently have in finding qualified candidates? What about workers such as administrative professionals or technicians? How criminal background and driving records can often be an obstacle for those seeking employment. What industries offer the greatest hiring opportunities in today’s job market? Why are so many long-term employees deciding on early retirement? The importance of leaving your current place of employment on a good note. Bonnie shares her professional recommendations for companies facing a personnel shortage.   Today’s Takeaway: One of the biggest concerns for employers in 2022 has been the difficulty in hiring and retaining qualified employees. The Department of Labor statistics indicate there are presently 11.3 million job openings which equates to 1.7 jobs available for every unemployed person. This would suggest that job seekers would have an easy time finding a job and yet, despite aggressive salary offers, companies have been unable to fill open positions. Although the desire to work remotely has definitely impacted the current job market, that’s not the only reason why there are so many job openings. The number of highly-skilled workers who voluntarily left the workforce since 2020 seeking early retirement is significantly higher than in recent years. Replacing these individuals with their unique skill sets or finding qualified individuals who meet specific job requirements is one of the biggest challenges for companies and recruiters. Although the job market might be filled with job-seeking individuals, they may lack the credentials and skill sets needed for a particular job posting. These positions can remain open and unfilled for months if not years while the employer waits for the ideal candidate to appear.   In addition, as we’ve heard, other factors may automatically disqualify candidates from certain jobs, such as people who can’t pass background checks due to their criminal background, education level, or immigration status. So what’s the answer? Should employers relax their strict employment requirements? Offer advanced schooling grants or on-the-job training? Should the government allocate funds for tax credits in exchange for continuing education or advanced degrees in specific fields? Employers may need to rethink their approach to talent acquisition to change how they address employee retention and staffing to keep their workforce competitive. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift of having an enjoyable, fulfilling job that not only allows us to pay our bills but offers the chance for continuing education and advancement is truly a gift. I’m Florine Mark, and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “The easiest way to get a bump in salary is to switch jobs.” — Bonnie [10:10] “There is a huge skills mismatch with the people who are actively looking for a new role and the posted jobs there.” — Bonnie [12:15] “Sometimes ageism comes into play. I see that more than any other diversity issue.” — Bonnie [17:59] “I believe being a teacher is one of the greatest things you can do.” — Florine [19:24] “There are so many people looking for a new role.” — Bonnie [23:48] “For current employees, I really suggest that they (employers) upskill or cross-train and promote their internal employees. You want to hang on to the ones you already have.” — Bonnie [29:40] “Growth doesn’t always mean a higher salary.” — Bonnie [31:58]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: IntegriSource
37:21 12/18/23
How Wearable Tech Devices Improve Patient Health
With Jessica Golbus, Clinical Instructor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School   Are you familiar with the term “wearable medical technology?” If not, perhaps you should be. One of the biggest advances in the field of medicine today has been the use of medical devices like smartwatches and home health monitoring equipment. Patients and medical professionals alike have noted significant benefits when using these devices to monitor and treat a variety of health conditions, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The mainstream use of wearable health technology has become so popular that insurance companies and even employers are now willing to provide these devices free of charge. Health insurance companies recognize there’s a beneficial subscriber impact from a reduction in hospital visits, which translates to huge cost savings for the insurer. By providing the subscriber with a device, the patient can now play a role in monitoring their health and be aware of any changes before they reach a critical point that requires hospital admission. Some employers are also willing to provide these devices because a healthier employee is more reliable, which equates to a reduction in employee turnover and a more stable workforce.   To learn more about the various types of devices and the role they play in aiding patient health, we’re going to be speaking with Dr. Jessica Golbus, a Clinical Instructor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Her research focuses on how digital health technology, like smartwatches, can improve the quality of care and treatment for patients with advanced heart disease.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: What are wearable medical devices? Some examples of wearable devices, such as the Oura ring, the AFib History App on the Apple Watch, and FitBit. What is the Kardia6L? How do wearable devices transmit data, and what should we do with that data? The benefits of wearable devices such as fitness trackers. More about the type of patient that should wear a medical device. Other types of home monitoring equipment that are popular today. The innovations Jessica sees for medical devices in the future. Jessica talks more about the research she is doing at the Wearables in Reducing Risk and Enhancing Daily Life-style (WIRED-L) Center. What types of things can we do to improve our cardiovascular health?   Today’s Takeaway: We’re so very fortunate to live during a time when medical science and innovation play such a critical role in improving the quality of life and perhaps even saving patient lives. As we’ve heard, wearable tech devices are improving the lives of cardiac patients who are now able to monitor their condition and be alerted in the event of an irregular heartbeat. Studies indicate that cardiac rehab patients benefit from using wearable devices in conjunction with exercise-based rehabilitation programs. The latest version of the Apple Watch can actually measure an EKG to detect A-Fib and the information can be shared with their treating physicians. Diabetic patients can wear medical devices that continuously monitor blood sugar levels to alert them of changes based on their food or activity levels. These CGMs can even be used with insulin pumps that deliver insulin directly into their body when needed. According to Business Insider Intelligence research, more than a quarter of the U.S. population will use wearable technology in 2024. The field of medical technology is only in its infancy. It’s only going to continue to grow and expand from here as we continue to learn and discover what these devices can do in terms of the quality of information and care they provide. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift we get from using the wonderful monitoring tools and devices at our disposal is a gift that can literally save lives! I’m Florine Mark, and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “We typically think of wearable devices as capturing data passively. There are things that you’re most familiar with, such as step count, location, heart rate, sleep, which can also collect data actively.” — Jessica [5:18] “One of the things that is interesting is you can bring together both actively and passively collected wearable devices to form kind of composite scores or to make inferences.” — Jessica [6:03] “I think it's really important that readers understand that there is actually little ability right now for patients to share their data with their clinicians in any sort of automated fashion. It's really beholden upon them to take ownership over their wearable device data.” — Jessica [6:38] “Not all data is created equal from a wearable device.” — Jessica [6:40] “We can all benefit from increased physical activity. So if you think of it from that perspective, I think we could all benefit from owning a wearable device like a smartwatch.” — Jessica [10:38] “When I think about what I'm excited about in the future, it’s about the application of this technology to improve health.” — Jessica [14:42] “You can imagine how much more helpful it would be if I could see how somebody’s physical activity levels changed over time to get that longitudinal continuous view over their health, and so I think that that is going to be a really ripe area for research. Right now, we really don’t know how to interpret that data to make clinical decisions, and so I don’t think that the wearable device data is being used as effectively as it could be.” — Jessica [15:46]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School Jessica Golbus
23:07 12/11/23
What's On Your Reading List?
With Cathy Russ, Director of The West Bloomfield Michigan Public Library    As the snow and cold weather arrive, there’s no better time to hunker down and catch up on our reading. But with so many newly released books, it’s hard even to know where to begin. Thankfully, your local librarian can offer some great recommendations. According to Cathy Russ, the Director of The West Bloomfield Michigan Public Library, celebrity autobiographies are extremely popular right now. In addition to number-one bestsellers by Matthew Perry and Britney Spears, recently published memoirs by Henry Winkler, Barbara Streisand, and Dolly Parton make great holiday gifts.   Or, if you prefer best-selling fiction novels, Cathy suggests, The Exchange, the sequel to John Grisham’s blockbuster novel, The Firm. If you’re looking for your next book club, check out Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett, an emotionally gripping family saga that takes place during the pandemic in Northern Michigan.   According to Cathy, the availability of digital streaming Apps like Hoopla and Kanopy makes lending libraries more accessible than ever before. In addition to eBooks and movies, you can borrow your favorite audiobook or download music to your phone. You can even take advantage of the library waiting list through the App and place a hold on a particular item. Best of all, instead of paying a monthly surcharge to your favorite music streaming service, the cost is free. Just think of the money you’ll save!   But did you know that many public libraries also offer a full range of business services? When was the last time you visited your local library? If it’s been a while, you might be surprised to learn all the amazing things the library provides these days. In addition to internet access, printing, scanning, and faxing, many libraries also have private meeting rooms available.   One of the advantages of “working” from a library is the convenient hours of operation. The majority of public libraries offer evening hours and are open seven days a week. If you need help researching a particular topic or perhaps studying industry trends for a new business venture, why not ask the librarian for help? You could even access the library database from the comfort of your own home. Finally, to keep up with all the latest offerings, you can follow your Library on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook to learn about upcoming events. Please listen to Florine’s 2021 interview with Cathy Russ.   What You’ll Hear on This Episode: What happens at a book club? How are book clubs organized, and who usually picks the book? What happens if you don’t like the book you’re assigned to read? Do themed book clubs exist? How book clubs can help you expand your knowledge and even what you are interested in reading. What are some of the most popular authors and books right now? What are Book Group kits? Cathy talks about a few of her favorite books that she’s read this year, including Firekeeper’s Daughter and The Thursday Murder Club. What is the Best Seller’s Club and the Reader’s Advisory? Some of the fun and fabulous events and programming at the West Bloomfield Public Library. Cathy explains the benefits of two apps: Hoopla and Kanopy.   Today’s Takeaway: Talking about a well-loved book is not only fun, but it can also enhance our understanding of others who have differing perspectives. By reading and learning about other races, cultures, or philosophies, we put ourselves into the mindset and emotions of others who think and live differently than we do. Discussing a particularly thought-provoking book with others can introduce unfamiliar concepts that may be foreign to our experience but might ultimately foster a greater sense of unity and actually bring people together or inspire compromise. Instead of observing from a distance, perhaps we may learn the reasons behind their beliefs or actions. And at a time when we are so divided as a nation and as a society, that can only be a good thing! In addition, public libraries offer many free resources and the opportunity to participate in fun community events. If you haven’t visited your public library in a while, what are you waiting for? There’s no better gift right now than treating yourself to your new favorite book and taking some much-needed “me time” to pause, read and reflect! I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “Book clubs can be organized in whatever way suits the book club. Some people have a book club, but it's really a wine club where they occasionally talk about books. Some people really want to get right into the book and only talk about the book. So I think the important thing is however the club is organized is that it meets the needs of its members.” — Cathy [5:16] “The key to the organization of book clubs is just to make sure everybody's on the same page, if you will, and that everybody understands what the purpose is.” — Cathy [5:55] “That's the beauty of book clubs because it’s not one size fits all. And it really can be tailored to what you want it to be.” — Cathy [8:11] “Some of the best book discussions come from when people don’t like the book.” — Cathy [8:40] “You have a different take on it than I do, and we can have a cool discussion just about that.” — Cathy [12:19] “Virtual book clubs grew in popularity, because it was a way for people to connect, and it was a way for people to talk about something other than the pandemic, and talk about stories and stay in touch and have discussions that weren't about politics necessarily, or about things that were dividing us, but things that were bringing us together.” — Cathy [13:04]   Brought to You By: Florine Mark   Mentioned in This Episode: West Bloomfield Public Library  West Bloomfield Public Library Facebook  West Bloomfield Public Library Instagram  Cathy Russ on LinkedIn  
31:49 12/4/23
How To Apply Makeup Like A Pro
With Haley Cassar, professional makeup artist and skin care advocate   Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a professional makeup artist working behind the scenes at a fashion show or photoshoot? Behind those beautiful, glamorous photos, the makeup artist is busy putting in days or even weeks of research and preparation ahead of the shoot to achieve the client’s theme and artistic vision.   While most of us don’t have the opportunity to appear in a designer fashion show, we can still book an appointment for a professional makeup application. And with the holidays right around the corner, there’s no better time to start planning our look for that special occasion. A good starting point is knowing what colors and techniques are trending right now. According to professional makeup artist and skin care advocate, Haley Cassar, big, bold statement lips paired with smokey eyes in bronze or brown shades are especially popular right now. Hair can be worn up or pulled back and accessorized with headbands and clips. Add a bit more blush and false lashes and you’re ready for your big night out!   Since having a professional makeup artist isn’t an everyday option for most of us, we asked Haley what are some of the biggest mistakes women make when applying their own makeup? Not surprisingly, she said that wearing too much makeup when we’re trying to cover up imperfections can actually backfire and draw more attention if it looks caked on. Keep in mind that not every new trend or technique is right for you. For example, if you have a very narrow face, contouring can make your features look harsh. When working with a new client, Haley says that the first step is to carefully evaluate their appearance and accentuate their natural beauty.   A professional makeup artist knows how to minimize a particular feature by covering up thin lips, large pores, or droopy eyelids. But the most important tip of all is to apply makeup in a way that will compliment your features and enhance your appearance. If you want to hear more skincare and makeup tips, please check out Florine’s interview with Haley Cassar.   What You’ll Hear on This Episode: How Haley’s background as an artist helped her get into beauty and skin care. Why is having a good skincare routine the first step in applying makeup? What are the main steps for a good skincare routine? What are retinol and hyaluronic acid, and what do they do? The most important things to remember when applying makeup. What is a tinted moisturizer, and why does Haley recommend them? What is a “no makeup” makeup look? Haley’s pick for her product to get that “no makeup makeup” look. Why do women get stuck in a rut or a dated routine with their makeup application? Tips for building a base before you put on makeup so that it lasts for the whole day. How can we achieve that glamorous look?   Today’s Takeaway: I know I look better when I take the time to put a touch of makeup on. From a mental health standpoint, doing something that makes us feel better about ourselves is a sign of a healthy sense of self and indicative of good self-care. For me, it’s part of my daily routine and when I’m getting dressed in the morning or applying a little makeup, I like to listen to music. It’s also a great time to listen to a podcast and just enjoy some soothing “me time.” Having a routine that is familiar and a constant in our lives can feel very comforting. Remember that every day is a gift and sometimes the simplest of things, such as routinely applying makeup, styling our hair, or doing those early morning stretches to make ourselves start the day with a smile can be the best gift of all. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “You want to have a really good skincare routine because you want your face to be like a smooth canvas.” — Haley [6:18] “Always make sure you have built your layers with your skincare first. Always, always, always.” — Haley [10:38] “The “no makeup makeup” is when you're using the least amount of things possible to make you feel comfortable to get out the door.” — Haley [12:46] “If I had to pick one makeup to use the rest of my life as a “no makeup makeup” look, it would be mascara.” — Haley [13:21] “It's really just what makes you feel comfortable and what gives you a little bit of alertness to your look.” — Haley [13:46] “I use all different products from all different locations and I always use them on myself first before I use them on a client.” — Haley [16:28] “I just think that switching up your routine will help you get kind of out of a rut. Small little tweaks make the biggest difference.” — Haley [16:50] “I think if you're ever going to a special occasion… wear lashes. You can never go wrong with lashes.” — Haley [19:52]     Brought to You By: Florine Mark   Mentioned in This Episode:  Haley Cassar Haley Cassar on Linkedin  Dermologica  
22:10 11/27/23
Becoming a Community Leader
With Denise Ilitch, podcaster and President of Ilitch Enterprises   When you grow up in one of the most influential and successful families in the country, your family name and reputation precede you. People may feel they know you before you’ve even been introduced. While a family name can open doors and expose you to amazing opportunities, there is also the inherited weight of that family legacy.   Denise Ilitch recalls how her parents invested their life savings in a little pizza store in Garden City, Michigan. Although it was a big risk, that purchase eventually became the fastest-growing pizza franchise in America. It paved the way for what is now one of the most successful global enterprises in the world. Today, the Ilitch family empire includes two major league sports teams, several entertainment complexes, and extensive real estate holdings. Mike and Marian Ilitch never took their success for granted and believed in the importance of giving back to those less fortunate. They first opened the Little Caesars Love Kitchen in 1985 as a way to aid disaster victims and feed the hungry. To date, more than 6.5 million meals have been provided to those in need. Founded in 2000, the Ilitch Charities organization made it possible to do more and they’ve donated thousands of volunteer hours and $250 million to worthy causes in support of community programs.   From an early age, Denise was taught to prioritize hard work and the importance of giving back. When her father would ask, “What did you contribute to the world today?” there was never any doubt as to what was expected of her and Denise embraced that challenge fully. Today, Denise is considered one of the most influential businesswomen in America. Over the past 30 years, she has distinguished herself as a respected business leader, an advocate for women and children, an outspoken community leader, and a philanthropist. She’s also a mother and devoted Grandmother.   In addition to her duties as President of Ilitch Enterprises, LLC, Denise will launch her campaign for a third term as a University of Michigan Regent along with the next season of her podcast, “The Denise Ilitch Show.” Well-versed in politics, Denise is a frequent guest on the Sunday CBS News Morning roundtable, “Michigan Matters.” She recently appeared alongside Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett and CEO of Michigan Business Network, Chris Holman, touching on a wide range of topics from the UAW strike, the horrific terrorist attack in Israel, and the Detroit Lions. You won’t want to miss Florine’s interview with the very accomplished and inspirational, Denise Ilitch.    What You’ll Hear on This Episode: What was it like for Denise growing up in a family of seven children, that also happened to be one of the most powerful families in the U.S.? Why did Denise’s father and mother decide on pizza? What was Little Caesars like from the beginning, before it became one of the fastest-growing pizza chains in the country? What lessons did Denise learn from both her very successful father and mother? Denise’s parents were both different personalities, but they worked together perfectly. Much to Florine’s delight, Denise’s mother, Marian, was the first guest on her “Remarkable Women” radio show. The Ilitch family’s vital role in rebuilding the city of Detroit and renovating The Fox Theater. Denise discusses Ilitch Charities and Little Caesars Love Kitchen. What it was like for her father Mike to purchase the Detroit Tigers as a huge baseball lover. Fun fact — he was even drafted by the Tigers before buying them in 1992! Denise’s tragic loss of a brother due to addiction, and the lesson it taught her about how important it is to reach out for help. Denise talks about her role as a Regent at the University of Michigan. What are the biggest issues facing women and children today? What would we be surprised to learn about Denise?   Today’s Takeaway: Being named one of Crain’s 100 Most Influential Women is a tremendous honor. Just as her mother was previously recognized for the very same award, Denise exemplifies what it means to be one of the city’s most influential women. She’s an outstanding businesswoman, community leader, and someone who advocates tirelessly on behalf of others. Denise inherited a family legacy that’s been credited with rebuilding a major American city. She was taught the importance of giving back to the community and guards her family legacy with grace and dignity. She continues to inspire and provide leadership in business, philanthropy, and education. Denise uses her podcast as a platform to motivate and inform others. Her guests are people she admires for their confidence, perseverance, and how they dealt with adversity. Every single day gives us gifts. My gift today is to talk to Denise and honor her for all the wonderful and amazing things that she has done in her life. She is truly an outstanding woman and role model! I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “Many people told them pizza was a trend, but of course, he proved it wasn’t.” — Denise [7:28]   “We all ended up at some point or another working in the family business because that’s what it was when we started from day one.” — Denise [8:18]   “There are so many lessons I’ve learned from [my father]. But, I would say probably the biggest lesson is to be kind to others, to be humble, and to give back to the community.” — Denise [9:02]   “What I admire about my mom and what I’ve seen her do in the business is that she perseveres. Failure is not an option.” — Denise [10:44]   “He bought the Tigers and for him, it was a dream come true. It was really like watching a passionate fan run the team.” — Denise [17:26]   “Reach out for help, as much as you can.” — Denise [18:08]   “I encourage people, not to allow that stigma to stand in the way of getting help for your loved one.” — Denise [19:32]   “It’s a family disease, not just the disease of one person.” — Denise [19:42]   “It's a privilege for me to be a regent at the University of Michigan. It's my alma mater. I love the University and I love the work that we do. It's very exciting and fun to be on the board because you can help students and you can help people.” — Denise [20:51]   Brought to You By: Florine Mark   Mentioned in This Episode:  Denise Ilitch — The University of Michigan Little Caesars Ilitch Companies Denise Ilitch Show Detroit Tigers  
30:04 11/20/23
What To Do When Everything Falls Apart
With Sterling Hawkins, Motivational Speaker, Business Consultant and Author    Have you ever found yourself in a situation where your life is falling apart and you feel like a total failure? Perhaps you’ve been laid off from your dream job or a long-standing relationship is suddenly over. You might feel as if your entire world has come crashing down.   When we’re at a low point in our lives, the obstacles in front of us may seem insurmountable. We know things will eventually get better, but how can we dig ourselves out of this hole and find the strength to go on? It’s hard to even know where to begin.   Perhaps the answer might be staring us right in the face. Maybe the very thing we fear most can become the pathway forward. According to business consultant, motivational speaker, and author, Sterling Hawkins, fear shouldn’t paralyze us or be an excuse not to pursue our dreams. Sterling says we should actively seek out the source of our discomfort, and then face it head-on rather than run from it.   During an interview with Florine in September of 2022, Sterling spoke about his book, “Hunting Discomfort.” Sterling shares how he overcame his own deepest fear and how he was able to find success. If you want to learn more about his step-by-step plan to get past the fears that block you from achieving your dreams, please listen to Florine’s interview with Sterling Hawkins.   Please note: This episode was recorded prior to Florine’s death in October of 2023.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: How does discomfort negatively affect us? Sterling describes “discomfort” from a business or corporate perspective. Sterling’s fall from the top after thinking he was going to cash in selling his business. He found himself in his 30s, six figures in debt, living with his parents, and feeling inadequate. Why is turning away discomfort so detrimental to us? What if you are already uncomfortable and fear embracing even more discomfort? What are our “discomfort defaults”? How did Sterling overcome his fear of public speaking, even after his first presentation in Singapore when he felt as if he had failed? The 5 Steps to Getting Through Discomfort. What is a street gang? Sterling gives a few inspirational success stories from clients and people he’s met along the way.   Today’s Takeaway: Sterling’s book is called “Hunting Discomfort.” In his book, he provides a terrific five-step plan for how to overcome our biggest challenges. We don’t have to deny ourselves the career success or the personal achievements we dream of, simply because it hasn’t worked out in the past. Instead, think of today as a fresh start and a chance for a “do-over.” Are you willing to pursue your dream “No Matter What”? If so, then the first step is identifying the obstacles that have previously blocked you from reaching your goals. Allowing your past to control your future limits your true potential. It’s important to remember that the past is simply that, the past. It has little or no bearing on the present or the future unless we choose to let it. Don’t resign yourself and think this is just the way it is. It doesn’t have to be — not if you’re willing to do the hard work by facing your discomfort.   Start thinking of your belief system as a muscle that needs to be exercised. Remember the very first time you tried a physical fitness workout and you were convinced you’d never be able to do it? But over time and with repetition, you were successful. Do you remember how wonderful it felt? Despite your doubts, you pushed through the discomfort to get the desired result. It’s the same way with challenging our beliefs, we need to push past those thoughts that are crippling our progress.   Instead of accepting the status quo, dream bigger and reach higher! Challenge yourself! Stop letting those feelings of doubt and fear block you! Do something that makes you feel uncomfortable. Make that commitment! That new and different experience could be just what you need to jumpstart the future you dream of. Sterling teaches us that growth is only possible if we lean into the discomfort and face it head-on. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift of feeling that discomfort could lead to growth and ultimately, put you on the path to success. I’m Florine Mark, and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “I went from this sure thing of success, we’re going to all go public and buy islands and crown ourselves the next Steve Jobs, to living in my parents' house in my 30s, which is quite a humbling experience, I have to say.” — Sterling [7:75] “The only way out is through.” — Robert Frost [8:45] “I said, okay, if the way out is through, I’m going to go after the things that scare me most.” — Sterling [10:00] “Your greatest challenges are the doorways to what will become your greatest successes.” — Sterling [12:38] “You’re not only the joy and the happiness and the good times. You’re equally and just as validly, the uncomfortable moments, the painful moments, the sorrowful moments, maybe even anger-filled moments.” — Sterling [13:37] “If you want to build your resilience, your courage, your breakthrough results, you hunt the discomfort, no matter what form it’s in and no matter how it feels.” — Sterling [16:39]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Hunting Discomfort: How to Get Breakthrough Results in Life and Business No Matter What, by Sterling Hawkins Sterling Hawkins  
30:57 11/13/23
Are You Guilty of Self-Sabotage?
With Lisa Lapides Sawicki, Certified Life Coach and Motivational Speaker   We frequently hear the term “self-sabotage” but what does it mean? What is self-sabotage and how can it harm us? When we act, consciously or unconsciously, in a way that prevents us from achieving a long-desired goal, that is self-sabotage. Common examples of sabotaging behaviors might take the form of missing an important deadline at work, eating a tub of ice cream while on a diet to lose weight, self-medicating with drugs or alcohol, or abruptly ending a happy relationship, simply out of a fear of being hurt. In each of these examples, the person who self-sabotages does so out of an abundance of fear that they will ultimately fail. As a result, they quit before they can be seen as a failure by others. But quitting on their own initiative feels like the safer option because it gives them the control.   What causes us to self-sabotage? We all have unresolved issues. For example, if a person has a history of low self-esteem, a difficult childhood, or an emotionally abusive relationship, these are just a few of the issues that can lead to self-sabotaging behaviors. If you haven’t dealt with your personal demons and believe you’re not deserving or worthy of success, you may find yourself creating barriers that prevent it.   A person can spend their entire life being unwilling to “put themselves out there” because of their fear of failure. But the good news is that we can learn how to overcome our self-destructive tendencies. If you want to learn how to recognize this pattern, you’ll want to listen to Florine’s interview with Certified Life Coach and Motivational Speaker, Lisa Lapides Sawicki. Lisa’s workshops help uncover how our thoughts, feelings, and actions direct our lives and more importantly, how we can learn to change our behavior and overcome these destructive impulses.   Please note: This episode was recorded prior to Florine’s death in October of 2023.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: Why do we self-sabotage? What are some common ways that people sabotage themselves? Examples of negative self-beliefs and habits that keep people stuck or sabotaging their dreams to stay safe. Can self-sabotage be related to addiction? People may respond negatively or in unkind ways when you set boundaries and stop self-sabotaging. Is self-sabotage always connected to achieving a goal? What does Lisa mean by the “monkey mind”? How can we break through self-sabotage in a positive way? How to deal with people who are jealous or insecure about your success or who try to sabotage your dreams. How our background and childhood could affect how we think and talk to ourselves about what’s possible. Why people sabotage themselves in romantic relationships. What is cognitive dissonance? How do we learn to stop sabotage?   Today’s Takeaway: A fear of commitment, low self-esteem, or feeling that we don’t deserve to be happy or successful in life are just some of the reasons why we deliberately sabotage ourselves. If you’re always missing out on that dream job or if that happy long-term relationship is just out of reach, maybe it’s time to ask yourself if you are the obstacle. Are you getting in the way of achieving your hopes and dreams? There is nothing shameful in admitting we might be sabotaging ourselves. You may need help in overcoming those behaviors but think of it as an opportunity to learn and grow so you can finally be happy to live the life you desire.   Stop procrastinating. The future you dream of starts now! Set a realistic and attainable goal for yourself and go after it. Put together a “road map” outlining each of the steps along your journey to success. Instead of taking actions that undermine your progress, hold yourself accountable by sharing your progress with your support team at every stage of the journey. Celebrate every small victory and be proud of your accomplishment! If you do that consistently and enjoy each small step, you’ll be well on your way to realizing your dreams. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift we get from changing our behavior to ensure we accomplish our goals is a gift that will keep on giving. You too can realize your dreams and build the life you always dreamed of for yourself. I’m Florine Mark, and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “Self-sabotage is when we actively, passively or unconsciously think thoughts and take action (or no action) that absolutely sabotages our success, wants, goals, or desires.” — Lisa [4:45] “For some people, they have really big regrets when they don’t accomplish something that they have continued to self-sabotage their whole life.” — Lisa [5:51] “I think overwhelmingness can be self-sabotage. Pressure, not focusing, being too embarrassed to share with people some of their goals.” — Lisa [7:15]  “A lot of people have a fear of success, and they absolutely sabotage their opportunities when they come up.” — Lisa [7:26]  “If you make your custom design plan, it doesn't have to be anybody else's plan. It's your plan.” — Lisa [8:12]  “I think it’s about boundary setting with other people when you want to go through a desired goal or new behavior.” — Lisa [10:06]  “There’s a lot of ways besides our goals that we self-sabotage. It’s like that monkey mind that comes.” — Lisa [11:20]  “You only have one day. It’s today.” — Florine [14:03]  “It’s a realistic self-awareness and a realistic response to what’s happening. It’s not just asking for a pie-in-the-sky result, but really saying, ‘I can positively handle whatever happens.’” — Lisa [14:11]  “It’s not about the outside world. It’s about working with who you are and doing the big things you want to do, and not letting anyone stop how far you want to go.” — Lisa [14:33] “It takes a really strong person to not fall prey to the criticisms and the judgments of other people.” — Lisa [16:43] “It's been fairly recent, but it's been a process of self-evolving and self-awareness and self-coaching.” — Lisa [19:54] “We are going to be imperfect and we need to accept that.” — Lisa [31:33]    Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Lisa Lapides Sawicki Self Coach Now Website IG: @mycoachlisa
35:34 11/6/23
All About Sudden Cardiac Arrest
With Dr. Kim Eagle, a cardiologist from the University of Michigan and the Director of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center.   Did you know that October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month? What is a sudden cardiac arrest and how does it differ from a heart attack? Although the two are thought to be similar, they are actually quite different. A heart attack occurs when there is an insufficient flow of blood to the heart. This is typically caused by a circulatory problem such as a blockage or an Aneurysm. But a sudden cardiac arrest results from “an electrical failure” where the heart malfunctions due to an irregular rhythm and suddenly stops beating. While a heart attack may be preceded by a history of warning symptoms, such as fatigue or shortness of breath, a sudden cardiac arrest or SCA usually occurs without warning, and in 95% of the cases, it will be fatal. Although an unexpected blow to the chest, such as the one suffered by the Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin, could disrupt the heart’s electrical rhythm, an acute onset of emotional distress or anxiety could also trigger life-threatening arrhythmias. The signs of sudden cardiac arrest are a sudden collapse and the loss of consciousness. If a person has stopped breathing after collapsing, it is likely they’re experiencing an SCA. It is critical to act immediately by calling 911 and promptly administering CPR. The likelihood of survival may increase if you have access to a portable defibrillator, more commonly known as an AED. These devices are frequently found in public places such as sports stadiums and come equipped with voice-guided instructions for use by untrained individuals. Prior to her death in October of 2023, Florine recorded an interview with Dr. Kim Eagle, a renowned cardiologist from the University of Michigan and the Director of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. If you want to learn more about the signs and symptoms of heart disease and the simple lifestyle changes that could lessen your risk of a heart attack, please listen to Florine’s interview with Dr. Eagle.   Please note: This episode was previously recorded prior to Florine’s death in October of 2023.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: How does heart disease impact other health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity? What type of screening occurs for cardiac health? The importance of getting an annual physical. How does the lack of resources affect those who get treated for cardiovascular disease? What are four simple things we can do to improve our heart health today? What foods should we avoid for heart disease, and which should we try to eat more of? What about coffee or alcohol? How regular exercise helps to extend our life span. How Dr. Kim gets in his 10,000+ steps a day.   Today’s Takeaway: I want to thank Dr. Kim Eagle for being my guest today. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every 36 seconds, someone in the U.S. dies from cardiovascular disease. On an annual basis, every one in four deaths in the U.S. are caused by heart disease. Since 2014, the financial toll in the U.S. from heart-related deaths including medical services, prescription drugs, and loss of productivity due to death exceeds $219 billion per year. That’s $219 billion and this year's numbers might well exceed that figure due to the complications of COVID-19! Something’s got to change. If you want to ensure that you and your loved ones don’t become part of these statistics, Dr. Eagle has given us four simple changes that you can implement today. If you just follow his suggestions, you can lessen your risk of developing heart disease. I’m Florine Mark, and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: When we talk to patients about trying to understand their risk and prevent future events, the first thing is to start with understanding their numbers, and that requires them to work with a doctor.” — Dr. Eagle [4:52] “It's very important to have an annual physical.” — Dr. Eagle [6:05] “Cardiovascular disease and resources matter.” — Dr. Eagle [6:35] “When there is a disparity of socio-economic status, this can then lead to a lack of access to medical care, preventive therapies, and so forth.” — Dr. Eagle [7:51] “If you look at your plate, you want your plate to be rich in color, full of fruits and fresh vegetables.” — Dr. Eagle [12:07] “A Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits and vegetables, where the protein is a healthy protein.” — Dr. Eagle [13:11] “Any movement at all is incredibly healthy for cardiovascular health, and also mental health.” — Dr. Eagle [16:37]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Dr. Kim Eagle Frankel Cardiovascular Center, University of Michigan Health  
18:31 10/30/23
A Creative Way to Fight Childhood Obesity
With David Norec, author and activist   The rate of childhood or pediatric obesity has increased dramatically in the past few years with approximately one-third of children in the U.S. diagnosed as overweight or obese. While many people may dismiss childhood obesity as something they’ll eventually grow out of, more often than not, obese children become obese adults who risk developing any number of health-related issues. Sadly, these same health consequences might have been avoided if their obesity had been addressed in childhood. Being overweight significantly increases the likelihood of a child developing type 2 diabetes and other potential health consequences, such as high blood pressure and sleep apnea, that could result from childhood obesity. Pediatric diabetes also increases the likelihood of developing serious health complications later in life such as retinopathy, neuropathy, kidney, and cardiovascular disease. But the risk is not just limited to physical consequences. Childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes are also associated with an increased risk for psychological problems such as severe depression, binge eating, and an overall reduced quality of life. Today, we’re going to be speaking with David Norec, an author and activist who is drawing attention to the problem of childhood obesity through his books and combating it in a wonderfully creative manner.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: David talks about how diabetes has impacted his life and affected his family. What was it like for David growing up in the most obese city in America? How did David get diagnosed with diabetes, and how has he changed his life? What is type 2 diabetes and how does it differ from type 1? The importance of getting physical movement every day. For David, it’s his daily walks at the mall. What inspired David to write a book and create an action plan to address the problems of childhood obesity and diabetes? More about David’s book, Exo and Cy, and how it inspires both parents and children to win the battle against obesity. What are Storybook Walks and Fit Lit parks that encourage families to get out in the world and move? Why a healthy lifestyle can be an ingredient in academic success.   Today’s Takeaway: Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in the U.S., particularly in socioeconomically deprived communities where children don’t have access to healthy, well-balanced meals. As we learned from David, for the past six years, McAllen, Texas has been named the fattest city in America. Over 40% of the population in the Rio Grande Valley is currently obese or diabetic. Studies indicate that being overweight as a child or adolescent is one of the biggest risks for type 2 diabetes, especially when combined with a family history of diabetes and a sedentary lifestyle. That’s truly frightening when you consider that more than 1.5 million deaths a year are directly attributed to diabetes. But as we’ve heard today, early intervention is the key. Educating children and their parents on the importance of proper nutrition and daily physical activity is the first step. Making sure that at-risk children, especially those with food insecurity issues, have access to healthy meal options and safe opportunities for daily physical fitness can go a long way toward reversing a family history of obesity. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift we get from giving children the tools to become their own best health advocate from a young age, is a gift that will keep on giving for a lifetime! I’m Florine Mark, and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “Diabetes is my family member, which is ridiculous and sad, but that’s my life.” — David [3:20] “It’s a sad and slow process and it’s very difficult to see your loved ones go through that.” — David [5:20] “It has to be part of life, and not just for diabetes, but other obesity-related illnesses, to just do something rather than just sitting inside and not doing anything.” — David [8:21] “It’s too late for my brothers and too late for my sister, but it’s not too late for the next generation.” — David [9:14]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: The Adventures of Exo and Cy David Norec: Instagram David Norec: LinkedIn David Norec: Website  
19:47 10/23/23
Postpartum Depression — Not Just the “Baby Blues”
With Dr. Kurt Wharton, OBGYN, Chief of Women’s and Children’s Clinical Care at Corewell Health, and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oakland University, William Beaumont School of Medicine.   Have you or someone you know ever suffered from postpartum depression? If so, then you know how devastating this potentially life-threatening condition can be for mothers and their newborn babies. Bringing an infant home for the first time should be a blissful experience for a new mother. She’s finally able to spend some precious time getting acquainted and bonding with her child. But instead, she’s experiencing an ongoing nightmare of fear, anxiety, depression, and guilt. She may feel so much shame about not being the happy, perfect mother she dreamed of, that she’s afraid to admit how she’s struggling. But keeping those feelings secret, can make her feel even more alone and isolated. Although the severity of symptoms can vary greatly, approximately one out of seven new mothers in the United States will experience some form of postpartum depression this year. In its most extreme form, mothers may be driven to the point of suicide and may even attempt to harm their beloved child. Make no mistake about it-these mothers love and desperately want only the best for their child, but when caught in the grip of mental illness, they may lose all sense of reality.   What causes postpartum depression and how is it treated? To learn more about this insidious condition and all about the new drug that was recently approved to combat it, we’re going to be speaking with Dr. Kurt Wharton, OBGYN, Chief of Women’s and Children’s Clinical Care at Corewell Health, and Professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: What exactly is postpartum depression, and why do some women get it and some don’t? What are some of the reasons that women have postpartum depression? Who are some celebrities and public voices that have spoken out about postpartum depression to help take the stigma away? Does postpartum depression affect women of all ages? What are some of the symptoms of postpartum depression, and how is it diagnosed? Some staggering statistics: up to 20% of women may suffer from postpartum depression, which can equal up to 560,000 women every year. Is a history of depression before pregnancy an added risk? What is the greatest barrier to treating postpartum depression? Dr. Kurt talks about some of the recent breakthroughs in medicine used for postpartum depression now. How do we move past the stigma of mental health, and is there any hope for those listening who may suffer from PPD now? What was Florine’s experience like with postpartum depression?   Today’s Takeaway: At long last, a medication is available that offers relief for patients. In some patients, promising results are seen within a matter of days. With every day that passes without the crippling fear, guilt, anxiety, and depression that characterizes PPD, these women are finally able to spend time bonding with their newborn infants and experience the true joy of motherhood. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift associated with bringing a baby into this world should be a time filled with love, joy, excitement, and discovery. A new mother should never be deprived of this special time. Post-Partum Depression or PPD is an illness. Please remember there’s no shame in admitting when we need help to overcome depression. And now that help is available, please take advantage of it for you and your precious baby! I’m Florine Mark, and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “Interestingly, many people know they have it. I’ve had several patients refer themselves to me. But that’s not enough because sadly, we know that at least 50% of all cases are not diagnosed at all and they are missed.” — Kurt [5:00] “It’s supposed to be a time you’re expected to be excited and to admit that you’re not happy and not feeling well; women are just too afraid to say that. So what we do is we have to ask.” — Kurt [5:20] “It can happen to any woman at any time of the situation, and each pregnancy can be different.” — Kurt [6:14] “Every woman is at risk. There are women who are at higher risk who do just fine and women who appear to have no risk factors at all, other than the fact that they had a baby. So we have to give everyone that same opportunity to receive help.” — Kurt [9:39] “Mental health should be looked upon equally as we do all other medical conditions, whether it’s heart disease, joint disease, infectious disease, diabetes.” — Kurt [11:29] “If we don’t treat them, we do know what the outcome will be.” — Kurt [11:59]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Dr. Kurt Wharton LinkedIn Dr. Kurt Wharton- Beaumont Health Corewell Health Obstetrics and Gynecology 
19:14 10/16/23
Join the Fight Against Breast Cancer
With Jaye Sciullo, Michigan Executive Director of Susan G. Komen & Dr. Shoshana Hallowell, Surgical Oncologist at Ascension Health   The month of October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”  Throughout the month, we see the color pink everywhere to remind us of the critical need for early cancer detection and immediate access to the very best care. The entire month is symbolized by events and crowds dressed in pink, taking to the streets, chanting, and hoisting colorful signs. Pink merchandise of all types is available for purchase and there are even special pink pizza delivery boxes. For years, NFL players even wore pink on the playing field to help raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.   Although there’s an upbeat, fun quality to this carnival atmosphere, the sobering cause behind it remains the same. This year, more than 44,000 women in the U.S. alone could die from this disease. The two most common risk factors for developing breast cancer are being born female and getting older. Having a family history of breast cancer could increase that risk.    But the news is not all bad. Early detection is one of the biggest weapons that we have in fighting the disease and proper screening can literally save lives. In addition, prioritizing good habits such as maintaining a healthy weight, proper nutrition, limiting alcohol consumption and regular exercise may lower your risk of breast cancer. Finally, it’s important to remember that even if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, there are promising new treatments on the horizon that have proven effective in blocking a cancer cell’s ability to proceed through the growth cycle, thereby preventing the cancer from spreading. Last year, Florine interviewed Jaye Sciullo, the Executive Director for the Michigan chapter of Susan G. Komen, and Dr. Shoshana Hallowell, a surgical oncologist with Ascension Health. Please listen to Florine’s interview and learn how you can join the fight against breast cancer.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: When did Jaye become involved with Susan G. Komen? The two major types of breast cancer. Why is breast cancer harder to treat than other cancers? Is it common to have the cancer go into the lymph nodes? What can we do to lessen our risk of cancer? Why is it important to get early screening and mammograms? 70% of breast cancers diagnosed in women under the age of 50 have been found by the women themselves. What is the BRCA gene, and how do you get tested? Susan G. Komen’s 360-degree approach to conquer breast cancer and provide support. What role can a co-survivor play in help and healing? How can you help a loved one who may have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer? Some of the newer modalities to treat breast cancer and some promising news on the horizon. How a healthy lifestyle can help decrease your risk of developing cancer. What is a “smart bomb”?   Today’s Takeaway: A cancer diagnosis is life-changing and we’re often filled with fear and uncertainty as to what may lie ahead. But the mission of the Susan G. Komen organization is dedicated to making sure that no breast cancer patient has to go it alone. Since Susan G. Komen was founded in 1986, we have seen a 40% reduction in breast cancer mortality. The Komen organization is committed to being alongside the patient throughout the entirety of their cancer journey. In addition to providing financial support when needed, there are virtual nurse navigators who will assist patients in preparing for doctors’ appointments and provide a list of necessary questions to ask. Afterward, they can also help explain the mass of information that patients receive. Based on the statistics shared today, we all probably know someone battling breast cancer. We are hopeful that soon we can find a cure so that future generations can look forward to a life without this deadly disease. Remember that every single day is a gift and even when life throws us a curveball, we have the gift of freedom of choice. We get to choose our response and how we handle adversity is up to each and every one of us. We can choose to fight our battle with grace, dignity, and courage, knowing that we will find the support we need every step of the way. I’m Florine Mark, and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “I think that it is difficult these days to not be touched by breast cancer in some way.” — Jaye [4:55] “I can be an advocate and I can be knowledgeable about the patient experience. But it isn’t the same as experiencing it myself. And I try to be careful about not speaking for the breast cancer community in that capacity.” — Jaye [5:05] “Breast cancer is harder to treat because it’s very complex. It’s one of the few cancers that not only does tumor size and location matter but also how the tumor responds to hormones and different proteins.” — Dr. Shoshana Hallowell [6:26] “There are many things that you can do to lessen your risk of developing cancer. I think the most important thing is to be aware of your own health.” — Dr. Shoshana Hallowell [7:12] “Susan G. Komen is committed to a world without breast cancer. And our mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs of our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.” — Jaye [11:54] “Ask the patient what they need. Not everyone needs a freezer full of casseroles or is ready to answer questions about what is inherently a very, very private diagnosis.” — Jaye [13:45]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Susan G. Komen Ascension Health Shoshana Hallowell, MD  Stand For H.E.R  Race for the Cure
27:41 10/9/23
How To Know When Change Is Right For You
With Sandra Ali, award-winning journalist and news anchor   Do you know that one of the most stressful life events a person can experience is a job change? Even if we’re leaving for more money or a better opportunity, we may still feel a tremendous sense of anxiety at the thought of “starting over” and having to prove ourselves in a new position. The very thought of change can be stressful and sometimes we may avoid making a change simply because we feel more comfortable in our current situation. For example, perhaps you’re unhappy in your current living situation but the thought of packing up and moving to a new home is just too overwhelming. However, staying somewhere just because it feels “comfortable” doesn’t lead to happiness or fulfillment. While a career or housing move are examples of major life changes we initiate, sometimes changes come without warning or action on our part. The loss of a loved one, going through a separation or divorce, undergoing major surgery, or being terminated from a job are examples of stressful life events. But sometimes even these traumatic life-altering events can eventually result in positive changes. For example, breaking off a toxic or unhealthy relationship can lead to other happier relationships. Moving to a new home can be a wonderful chance to meet new friends and improve our quality of life.   When we have an opportunity in front of us, we have to carefully evaluate and weigh out the options. How do we know when to make a change in our life? What is the right time to leave the comfortable and familiar “nest” to try something different? My guest today is award-winning news anchor, Sandra Ali. After more than a decade at the local NBC Affiliate, WDIV, Sandra recently became the news anchor at CBS News Detroit Morning. For many years, CBS didn’t have a local presence. Now the network is fully committed to earning their place as Detroit’s preferred source for up-to-the-minute news. Sandra is part of the winning team to make that happen. We’re going to talk with her about what led to this change and how she knew it was the right time.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: How did Sandra know it was time to make a change? As a single mother, what was the thought process for Sandra to make a big career switch? What were some of Sandra’s biggest concerns and challenges with making a major move? What about the fear of regretting a decision? How Sandra prioritizes herself and her wellness during her busy schedule. What were some of Sandra’s favorite moments while at WDIV? What about this move to CBS News Detroit Morning has surprised Sandra the most and made her the happiest? Sandra shares some great advice for those who may be looking to make a big change in their life.   Today’s Takeaway: One of the life lessons we’ve heard from Tony Robbins is the saying, “By changing nothing, nothing changes.” As scary as the thought of making a major change is, if we’re unhappy or dissatisfied with our life, then perhaps, a fresh start is the answer. If it’s a situation at work that’s bringing you down, then finding a new opportunity where you feel energized, valued, and productive may be just what you need. If a relationship is causing more unhappiness than joy and you simply can’t work it out, it may be a sign that this relationship is not healthy for you. As we’ve heard today, making a choice to go in a different direction from our familiar path is never an easy one, but ultimately it can bring us to a much better place than we’re at now. If you’re contemplating making a big change and you’re finding it difficult to come to a decision, take a step back to look at it objectively. Write down all the major pros and cons. Talk it over with a trusted friend or confidant. Try to visualize what “living that change” will look like for you. Making a major change won’t happen overnight. It’s a process that takes time and effort. There may be some initial discomfort. But after the initial culture shock and growing pains subside, you’ll start to see things in a whole new light, and that fresh beginning could be everything you hoped for and more. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift we get taking that leap into something new can be the start of a truly magical journey. I’m Florine Mark, and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “I had that kind of nagging where I knew that I was meant to be doing more.” — Sandra [3:27] “I think for me, it was all about growth. I think that we know as women when we’ve done everything we can and we’ve topped out, whether it’s in a relationship, a friendship, a job, whatever it might be.” — Sandra [7:25] “I knew that there had to be some other challenges and some other opportunity for growth for me. I needed more.” — Sandra [7:35] “Sometimes you just have to jump in and do it and set all of those fears aside.” — Sandra [9:29] “It may not be perfect, but there's a lesson there somewhere.” — Sandra [9:59] “It’s so exciting to be part of something that is at the ground level. We’re starting from scratch.” — Sandra [12:29] “In terms of how we want this to look and how we want to present, the sky’s the limit, which is fantastic. That doesn’t happen often, and it doesn't happen often in TV news, for sure.” — Sandra [13:15] “Stop moving. Take a moment, to get grounded, take as much time as you need to become aware of what you want so that you can think clearly and you can make a decision coming from a place of peace and groundedness.” — Sandra [14:11]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Sandra Ali Sandra Ali on Instagram  
17:10 10/2/23
How To Find Balance As A Working Mother
With Sandra Ali, award-winning journalist and news anchor   One of the biggest challenges working women face is finding that delicate balance between a fulfilling home and family life and our demanding work schedule. Juggling the responsibilities of work and child care can feel overwhelming but it’s equally important that we make time for ourselves to recharge our batteries with an active, enjoyable social life and supportive friends.   Sometimes, just to fit it all in, we have to make a few sacrifices. For example, it may mean attending an event but leaving early in order to fulfill another pre-existing obligation, or learning to creatively multi-task and find additional time in unexpected ways. One person who has mastered the art of the multi-task, is award-winning journalist and news anchor, Sandra Ali. Fitting in Zoom meetings or podcast interviews while waiting for her children in the school pick-up lane in her car is just one of the many ways Sandra makes the most out of her packed schedule. But even the most disciplined and organized among us may encounter the occasional speed bump. When that happens, it might be time to take a step back to re-assess the situation and consider alternative scenarios. Recognizing that a change is called for is only part of the solution. Knowing how and when to make that change can be just as challenging. Recently, Sandra found herself in that very situation. She realized that a change might be in order and she sat down with Florine to tell her how she decided it was the right time to make a change.   Be sure to tune in next week and listen to Florine’s brand-new interview with Sandra Ali and hear all about her exciting lifestyle change and what life looks like today. In the meantime, please listen to Florine’s initial interview with Sandra from February of 2022 as she talks about the challenges facing working mothers.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: Sandra talks about moving to Egypt as a child before returning to New York to go to school. What does Sandra remember about living in Egypt? Sandra talks about attending both NYU for musical theatre and Syracuse University for journalism. What made Sandra decide to get into journalism? What are some crazy or strange things that have happened to Sandra while on air? How does Sandra keep detached from a story that is highly emotional? How was it for Sandra to be in the public eye when she was pregnant? Sandra prioritizes spending quality time with her four children, even if it means sacrificing other activities like making beds or doing laundry. What does Sandra mean by learning to put herself first? Sandra leads by example by showing her kids what it looks like to eat healthy foods and take care of your body. How can we treat pregnant women better in our society?   Today’s Takeaway: There are so many things we can learn from Sandra. She’s a wonderful role model for women showing that even in the fast-paced, competitive world of broadcast TV news, it’s possible to find a healthy, work-life balance. Sandra is candid about her own journey and shares how she learned to practice good self-care. As working mothers, it’s so important to prioritize our own needs and learn to set healthy boundaries for ourselves. But what does that look like? Maybe it involves learning to say, “No” to the demands of others or setting aside that valuable “Me Time” to go for a run or yoga. Whatever it is that makes you feel better and gets your endorphins flowing enough to recharge your battery those precious few minutes can make all the difference. Instead of feeling exhausted or mentally drained, just giving ourselves that little break can help us regain the physical and emotional energy we need to be present at home or on the job. Remember that every single day is a gift and when we make ourselves a priority, we get stronger and everyone else around us benefits from that healthy example that we set. I’m Florine Mark, and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “It’s a cultural thing, that you have family members step in and help when you don’t have anyone else.” — Sandra [5:41] “I fell in love with the theater. To me, it was magical, and it was like an escape, and I fell in love with everything about the theater.” — Sandra [8:04] “I fell in love with books and the written word, and I've always been that way.” — Sandra [9:08] “Ultimately, what wins is usually a surprise.” — Sandra [13:26] “I have a lot of mom friends who will watch something and call me immediately afterward and say, how did you sit through that?” — Sandra [14:09] “I know the most important thing that I had decided was that I have to let [my children] know how much I love them all of the time, no matter what.” — Florine [19:33] “It wasn’t until I really started to prioritize the things that I needed that were non-negotiable that changed everything for me.” — Sandra [22:18]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Sandra Ali Sandra Ali on Instagram  
29:22 9/25/23
How To Turn Back the Clock On Aging
with Dr. Joel Kahn, The Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity   Do you ever dream about finding the hidden Fountain of Youth? Just imagine if we could put an end to disease and aging and actually turn back the clock to a time when our physical body was at its peak for health, strength, and optimum performance. If it were only possible, how amazing that would be! Everybody wants to find that magic pill or potion that will grant us a longer, healthier life. Instead, as we age, the risk of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s grows with every passing decade. Over time, our bodies may begin to decline and our immune system weakens. Although a relatively healthy individual might suddenly become ill without warning, in most instances, these diseases have been slowly developing in our bodies for years. We may have even gotten early warning signs we’ve chosen to overlook or ignore entirely, because the thought of what lies ahead is too frightening to contemplate. But as scary as that sounds, maybe it’s not too late. Perhaps there are things we can do right now to delay the onset of old age and keep our bodies functioning with strength and vitality.    My guest today is Dr. Joel Kahn from The Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity. According to Joel, if we are willing, we can heal our bodies and live a life free of disease and illness. We’re going to talk with him about lifestyle changes we can begin immediately that can delay and perhaps even eliminate the unhealthy consequences of physical and mental aging.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: What are the reasons a seemingly healthy person will fall into decline? What are the “Big Four” that we should be concerned about? What are some of the new technologies that help us keep track of our health? What kind of testing should we be getting on a yearly basis? The type of heart disease testing that Dr. Kahn recommends. Why is modern medicine so focused on treating the disease rather than preventative medicine? The science behind movement helps us live a longer and healthier life. Lifestyle measures like keeping a healthy weight and diet can also help us live a healthier life. The importance of getting enough sleep. What can we learn from studying the Blue Zone diet about longevity? Why does Dr. Kahn eat vegan, and what does a typical day in his diet look like? With all the different diets out there, how do we choose the right one? What exercise should someone start with if they haven’t been doing it regularly?   Today’s Takeaway: While we may not be able to drink from the Fountain of Youth, it may be possible to heal our bodies from within to recover from illness while regaining our lost strength and overall health. Most of us have been taught to expect that as we age, our health will decline and our physical and mental capacity will diminish. But what if it doesn’t have to be that way? What if by making lifestyle changes today, we not only live longer; we live better? We can actually enjoy living and improve the quality of our daily lives. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift we get from practicing preventative medicine today could very well mean the difference between a long, healthy, and active lifestyle and one that is characterized by chronic pain and illness. I’m Florine Mark, and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “We should work as early in life as possible to identify risks and lifestyle patterns and prevent, prevent, prevent.” — Dr. Joel [3:02] “It’s all about early testing and aggressive detection, and there have been major advances that go beyond just eating a huge salad every day.” — Dr. Joel [4:42] “There clearly is a shift to what we’re calling lifestyle medicine. Young doctors are interested in lifestyle medicine.” — Dr. Joel [12:12] “If you want to live a long and healthy life, you want to try and maintain the healthiest weight you can.” — Dr. Joel [14:09] “If you're getting seven to eight hours of good sleep without snoring, you are involved in one of the most powerful anti-aging programs you can be involved in.” — Dr. Joel [15:03] “Genes load the gun, but your lifestyle pulls the trigger.” — Dr. Joel [19:46]  “You're not going to find health in a fast food restaurant.” — Dr. Joel [25:37]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Dr. Joel Kahn The Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity Live to 100  
31:31 9/18/23
How Women Can Make A Real Impact
With Wendy Steele, CEO and Founder of Impact100   Do you ever feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day? We’re constantly being pulled in so many different directions with work, family, and social obligations. This becomes even more challenging for working mothers, because we may stay up late to review our children’s homework and then get up early the next morning to cover all their needs before we head to our jobs. As our to-do list continues to grow, sometimes we may feel overwhelmed and guilty because we can’t imagine taking on even one more task. This might be especially true when we’re approached to help out with a volunteer commitment. We truly want to say “yes” and support a worthy cause but it’s simply too much for one person to accomplish. However, what if we were to join a group of like-minded individuals with the same objective and work together to reach that goal? As an African Proverb states, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Perhaps the key to success might be to pool our talents in support of each other. Some of the biggest hurdles in life can be overcome if we work together for the betterment of all. Communities can be built, businesses can be launched and families can thrive based upon our collective efforts.    That’s the premise behind the successful non-profit, “Impact100.” When CEO and Founder, Wendy H. Steele first launched her innovative approach to fundraising, she created a new model for how women can give back to their communities, meet the people who can make things happen, and help other women succeed. Recognized by Forbes in 2021 as one of the Top 50 Most Impactful Women Over 50, Wendy’s efforts to engage and support female entrepreneurs have generated more than 123 million dollars. We’re going to speak with Wendy to learn what led to the creation of Impact100 and hear about the amazing legacy she established for women to help other women in communities around the world.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: Wendy talks about her childhood and how she learned the importance of doing chores for her family at a young age.  The concept of community involvement and leaving the world in a better place than how you found it. How losing Wendy’s mother at a young age instilled the concept of women supporting other women. What does Impact100 do? Why did Wendy want to create Impact100? How much does Impact100 cost, and what if a woman can’t afford the total $1000 amount right away, or at all? Can men become involved with Impact100? Why is it so important to truly understand the challenges of the nonprofits that you support? What are some of the reasons that women want to join Impact100? Wendy shares the story of their first grant recipient, the Dental Clinic.   Today’s Takeaway: Although we may want to help our neighbors and others who might be struggling in our community, sometimes the task feels overwhelming. We think to ourselves, how can my little contribution ever make a difference? Well, as we just heard, when our donation is combined with matching donations from hundreds of other women, together we make a significant amount that can literally transform a non-profit and help them achieve their goals. In this way, dreaming big becomes a reality. For anyone who wants to make a difference in this world and leave a lasting legacy, this is how you do it. The Impact100 growth demonstrates how the spirit of generosity is contagious. When others see the good that can come from a charitable act, they want to become a part of it. Wendy has created a model for ensuring that each new chapter has the ability not only to affect immediate changes in their community but also to lay the foundation for future generations to benefit. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift we get from volunteering and giving to others is a gift that ultimately will end up benefiting and enriching our own lives in ways we never could have imagined. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “We were trained from an early age to always leave a place a little bit better than we found it.” — Wendy [3:54] “They were really a council of moms, coaching my dad and helping to raise me and my little sister.” — Wendy [6:36] “Between the work my dad did and my grandparents, I was surrounded by people who truly demonstrated how we should all look out for each other and what community and family can really be.” — Wendy [6:42] “Not only did the community need what these women had, but these women needed to understand what it felt like to be a part of the solution.” — Wendy [10:22] “From hopeless to hopeful.” — Wendy [19:32] “A lot of men are fascinated by the power of impact. They also want to contribute.” — Wendy [23:20] “Identifying those heroes in the communities running nonprofits that are making a positive impact and helping them fund those causes was a life-changing experience.” — Wendy [10:48] “When you have women at both ends of the spectrum and every shade of the rainbow in between, we can engage in conversations that lead to better decisions and better outcomes.” — Wendy [13:22]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Impact100 Wendy Steele   
30:03 9/11/23
Is There Anything Cooler Than Being a Geek?
With Wil Wheaton — author, actor, and blogger   Once upon a time, being called a “geek” was considered an insult. But how times have changed! Today, being labeled a geek is the epitome of “cool.” Just think about it; some of the wealthiest people in the world such as Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg were self-described geeks. Now, they have the last laugh. Their eye-popping wealth isn’t the only advantage. Being recognized as a genius has suddenly become very desirable. Over the past few years, the TV game show “Jeopardy” has enjoyed a popular resurgence with accomplished masters like James Holzhauer, Mattea Roach, and Amy Schneider proving just how attractive it is to be known as a trivia genius.   Finally, if there was any doubt as to how completely pop culture has embraced the nerd, all we need to do is look at hugely popular TV shows like “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon” that celebrate the hilarity and inner geek in all of us. As someone who unapologetically championed the geek role his entire life, Wil Wheaton, a very talented actor, author, and blogger proves just how cool it is to be a geek.    Since his interview with Florine last year, Wil competed in the finals of Celebrity Jeopardy, his New York Times bestselling memoir, Still Just A Geek, was recently nominated as a finalist for the 2023 Hugo Award and a new game show where he will be the host, is currently in production on Amazon Prime. In addition to his many voiceover and acting roles, Wil has also become an outspoken advocate of mental health, bravely sharing his own history of anxiety and depression in order to help others. To hear more about how he has battled to overcome the challenges of living with mental illness, please listen to my interview with Wil Wheaton.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: Wil talks about the challenges of his upbringing and how he learned to embrace who he really is, as an individual. Wil’s hard decision to step away from his parents and work on his own growth and personal healing. Who is Wil at his core? What was Wil's experience being a child actor? Wil shares some of his memories of struggling with anxiety and depression as a child. The feelings of exploitation and abandonment that Wil felt after torment and abuse happened to both him and his sister on a set, and led him to develop PTSD with flashbacks. The relief that getting help gave Wil. What is the most important thing that Wil has learned about himself so far?   Today’s Takeaway: Mental illness and depression don’t discriminate. It can affect anyone without regard for education, financial status, race, or religion. Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of shame and stigma surrounding the disease of mental illness. People struggling with mental illness are often perceived as “weak,” “broken” or “damaged.” But if we wouldn’t describe a person with diabetes as weak or damaged then mental illness shouldn’t be treated any differently. It’s also important to recognize that there are different kinds of depression. A person may experience short-term situational depression linked to a particular life event such as a death or divorce. Wil says that asking someone for help can be hard, especially when you’re afraid that whoever you confide in will tell you to just “suck it up and deal with it.” But when that person gets the support they need, it can make a huge difference.   Instead of telling someone they’re weak, we need to actually listen and support them. We can learn to be more compassionate and supportive. When an individual has a mental illness that tricks their brain into thinking they’re a bad person who doesn’t deserve to be happy or is a burden to their loved ones, that person certainly doesn’t need anyone making them feel worse. Don’t be afraid to ask how they’re doing or how you might help.   Remember that every day is a gift and we owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to seek help when we need it. There’s no shame in admitting that we or a loved one suffers from depression. Whether it's short-term situational depression or chronic depression, asking for help is a brave first step, and following through to get that help is a sign of strength and courage. Whether it’s through therapy or daily medication, whatever steps you take, could change your life for the better in ways you never imagined. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “I was so locked into how to solve this complex equation, that I never knew that the equation didn’t have a solution because it wasn't about me.” — Wil [8:53] “I am an advocate for marginalized people and people who are on the fringes of society all over the world.” — Wil [9:17]  
40:15 9/4/23
Providing a Solution For Homeless College Students
With Jacqueline Wilson, former “First Lady,” of Wayne State University and advocate for homeless students   With fall approaching, that means the start of the fall college semester and students will soon be attending classes. As we help them pack up their bedding along with all their dorm or apartment essentials, we think of the fun they’ll be having exploring their new living situation and meeting their roommates.   When we hear the excitement in their voices as they purchase their textbooks and enroll for classes, we just hope they’ll find a healthy balance between studying and extracurricular activities. For many people, the college experience was one of the best times in our lives and we want our children to experience the same joy, appreciation, and excitement we felt. We want their eyes to be opened by new experiences as they grow, mature, and begin achieving their dreams for the future. But not every student experiences college in the same way. If we were fortunate enough to have our parents support us or if we qualified for financial grants, then our experience was probably just as I described.   But did you ever think about those students who can’t afford student housing and don’t have any financial support as they enter college? What becomes of them? Where do they live? What is their college experience like? How do they juggle schoolwork and part-time jobs to support themselves? Is college even an option for them? To learn the answers to these questions and more, you’ll want to hear my interview with Jacqueline Wilson.   As the wife of Dr. M. Roy Wilson, the former President of Wayne State University, Jacqueline is well known as an advocate for combating the problem of homelessness among the student body and in the city of Detroit. She’s so passionate about the problem of student homelessness that she established the HIGH program to ensure that no student is denied an education or the ability to pursue a degree due to financial hardship or a lack of housing. If you want to learn more about how this charitable program supports WSU students who may be struggling financially, please listen to my interview with the former “First Lady,” of Wayne State University, Jacqueline Wilson.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: What is the HIGH Program? (Helping Individuals Go Higher) and what does the program offer? Where does the HIGH Program house the students or help them in their current living situation? How do the students find the HIGH Program? The HIGH Program is unique just to Wayne State, and there is no other one like it in the United States. How is the HIGH Program funded? What inspired Jacqueline to establish the HIGH Program? We don’t typically think of college students as being amongst the homeless population. How common is it? What are some of the other challenges that these students face, and what other services does the HIGH Program offer? How do you address the concerns of students who may be reluctant to come forward because of the potential shame or embarrassment associated with being homeless? How does someone become eligible for the HIGH Program and go through the process to find housing? Jacqueline shares some HIGH Program success stories, along with its 100% graduation rate.  Does the HIGH Program have a board of advisors?   Today’s Takeaway: The problem of homelessness among college students is real. With the high cost of college tuition today, not everyone can afford to live in a dormitory or other student housing. Not having a safe place to live may prevent a college student from attending college and pursuing a degree. Being able to support the college dreams and academic aspirations of hard-working students is what the HIGH program is all about and we are so very grateful to Jacqueline Wilson and others for drawing attention to this very worthy cause and helping support these students.   Despite the most unlikely of beginnings, sometimes having just one other person believe in you and support your dreams can make all the difference in the world. A perfect example is the story of eighteen-year-old Sky Castner who’ll be attending Harvard University to study law as a freshman this fall. Sky dreamed of attending Harvard from the time she was in elementary school in Conroe, Texas. But given her humble beginnings, that seemed unlikely to happen. Born in prison to an incarcerated mother and raised by a single-parent father with bipolar disorder, Sky was referred to a local Mentor program. Her Mentor, Mona Hamby, formed a very close bond with Sky and supported her education goals all through school, even taking her on a road trip to visit Harvard. At her high school graduation ceremony, where Sky graduated third in her class, she was recognized for her academic achievements. Now, she’s off to Harvard in the fall, on a full scholarship. Jacqueline Wilson’s HIGH Program is all about helping students like Sky overcome the challenges of homelessness so that they can pursue their collegiate dreams. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift we get from a college education and the people who support our academic dreams, may help make this world a far better place for all of us. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “We would have to go to events every night, go to all of our schools and colleges, and support athletics, music, and the arts. So it was a full-time job. It was a role that I embraced wholeheartedly and at the same time, started my program for the homeless students.” — Jacqueline “We want to make sure that the students are not homeless or precariously housed.” — Jacqueline  “There’s no other program like this in the country, where the student does not have to pay it back, and we help students get to graduate.” — Jacqueline  “Once people realize that there are homeless college students, it’s an easy sale. They want to give.” — Jacqueline  “Most of our funding has come from generous donors, either alums, or people that have been in a situation where they were almost homeless, but they made it and they want to give back. Those are usually our biggest donors.” — Jacqueline  “We were able to house students there among all the other students. So it was great, and there was no shame involved.” — Jacqueline “Every student that we’ve helped through the HIGH program has graduated. So, we have a 100% graduation rate.” — Jacqueline    Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Wayne State University HIGH Program  
16:43 8/28/23
Avoiding Conversational Pitfalls
With Joyce Weiss, Communication Coach and Author    Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you said, but how you said it?” Sometimes having a conversation with another person can be a potentially explosive situation filled with dangerous mixed messages. Judging by the expression on the other person’s face, it’s obvious that he or she completely misinterpreted your message. But it’s probably not their fault. Sometimes, despite our best intentions, what we mean to say gets “lost in translation” traveling from our brain to our mouth. Or, another example might be if we say something complimentary but our words come out all wrong. When we say, “Wow! You look wonderful for a woman your age!” instead of hearing the genuine compliment in our words, all she hears is “a woman your age.” It’s a stinging reminder of her age and that she looks good only in comparison to “older” women. Ouch! But being aware of the potential pitfalls in how we communicate could help us avoid these conflicts in the future. Today, we’re going to hear how to speak more appropriately with others in our life. My guest today is Joyce Weiss, a communication coach and author. She is known as the “Queen of Conflict Resolution,” Joyce is here to tell us about the most common conversational pitfalls and give us some tips on how to avoid them.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: Why do we often stick our foot in our mouth when we talk to others?  What is an example of “the gap” in conversation, and how can it save us from embarrassing ourselves or hurting someone else’s feelings?  What are some of the most common mistakes we make when we speak with others?  The importance of listening and making eye contact when having a conversation.  What are curiosity questions?  How can we help others feel more included at a social event or when introducing them to others?  How can we learn to communicate with other individuals who don't share our political or philosophical beliefs, but still insist on debating or lecturing us? What should we say to people that are suffering or have an illness but still want to have a great conversation with them?  What is a conversation bully?  How to get away when someone keeps monopolizing the conversation?  How can we make conversations feel safe for others, where they feel less judged?    Today’s Takeaway: Certain people are gifted with the ability to speak with others in a way that draws people to them. These individuals can walk into a room and soon, even complete strangers feel comfortable in their presence. People genuinely enjoy speaking with them and feel an immediate sense of connection. But not everyone has that skill. The good news is that with practice, we can all learn to become better communicators. We can take advantage of the fact that we were born with two ears and one mouth. Since our ears rarely get us into trouble and our mouth often does, sometimes the safest route is to listen more and speak less. By becoming better listeners, we become better communicators. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift we get from learning to hold our tongue and speak to others without alienating them is a gift that will draw others to us and make our relationships with others infinitely richer. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “The gap is the space in between, for us to think, hmm, how can I say this without putting my foot in the mouth? That gap is truly our friend. And many times we just don’t use it.” — Joyce “It’s more important for people to feel heard than what we say.” — Joyce  “People really need to pay attention to the fact that it’s more important for them to feel heard than for what we say.” — Joyce “Listen and ask those curiosity questions. We have to stop thinking about what we want to say in the conversation.” — Joyce “Ask a curiosity question and so many times you can go a little deeper, and it’s a little easier.” — Joyce “A safe conversation is when other people feel heard, and they feel comfortable speaking their voice.” — Joyce “Stop taking everything so personal, and telling yourself the wrong story.” — Joyce   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Joyce Weiss Kick Conflict To The Curb  
29:55 8/21/23
All About Female Hair Loss Treatment Options
With Dr. Paradi Mirmirani, Dermatologist and Hair Loss Specialist at Kaiser Permanente   When it comes to a person’s physical appearance, hair is one of our most defining features. Do you ever notice how when asked to describe a woman physically, one of the first adjectives given is hair color? Is she blonde, brunette, or a redhead? We might then go on to describe the style. For example, does she wear her hair cropped, braided, or long? Is she wearing a weave or extensions? As we age and a person’s hair thins, that beautiful, thick head of luxurious hair becomes even more desirable because it can give us a more youthful appearance. But just as our hair defines a person’s physical appearance, the sudden loss of hair can be a profoundly disturbing experience. When hair loss is due to a medical treatment such as chemotherapy, the individual can take comfort in knowing that in most cases, the hair will grow back. But what if it happens suddenly and for an unknown reason? Not knowing the cause or if the hair will ever grow back, can be extremely upsetting. What causes hair loss? What treatments are available and how long does it take for hair to grow back? My guest today is Doctor Paradi Mirmirani. She is a board-certified dermatologist and hair loss specialist from Kaiser Permanente and faculty of the American Board of Dermatology.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: How does our genetics play a role in hair loss? What is the most common reason for hair loss? Does coloring your hair or getting a perm have anything to do with hair loss? The difference between hair thinning and hair loss. What about the color of your hair? Do women suffer from hereditary pattern hair loss the way that men do? If we know that hereditary hair loss runs in the family, can we prevent this before it starts to happen? What is the cause of alopecia areata, and can it affect other parts of our body that have hair such as our eyebrows and eyelashes? What roles do stress and hormones play in hair loss? Can hair grow back on its own even after someone has gone through chemotherapy? Is there any treatment that is best for overall hair regrowth? What is microneedling? What should we know before wearing a wig? Where can people go to seek care for their hair?   Today’s Takeaway: We always want to make sure that we maintain a healthy diet that provides enough protein and other nutrients to nourish healthy hair. A variety of things can weaken and damage our hair follicles, leading to hair loss. There’s no question that if we suddenly lose our hair, it can be a frightening and emotionally distressing time. We may feel self-conscious or insecure about our appearance and wonder if our hair will ever grow back. The good news is that although we can’t stop hair loss once it’s started, there may be treatments that will enable the hair to grow back. Seeing a dermatologist who can correctly diagnose the cause and provide treatment options will give you the best chance for healthy regrowth. Remember every day is a gift and having a beautiful healthy head of hair is a gift we can’t take for granted. But as painful as losing our hair can be, thankfully, there may be treatments available. So why not give yourself the gift of hope and healing by working with a trained specialist? I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “The most common reason for hair loss is genetics. Hereditary hair loss can affect up to 50% of both men and women.” — Dr. Paradi Mirmirani “You want to preserve the hair fiber, it's kind of like a really expensive cashmere sweater.” — Dr. Paradi Mirmirani “I tell people that your haircare is a gentle cycle only label and that kind of gives you the idea of how you should treat your hair.” — Dr. Paradi Mirmirani “We haven’t really found any good treatments for genetic disorders of any sort, and that includes hair loss.” — Dr. Paradi Mirmirani “When you have a significant increase in hair loss, then it’s important to check in with your doctor to make sure that there are no underlying medical issues.” — Dr. Paradi Mirmirani “One of my workhorses for hair regrowth is minoxidil either topically or orally. No matter what the cause of the hair loss, it can help thicken the hair, give you a larger diameter, and keep the hair in a growth phase for longer.” — Dr. Paradi Mirmirani “Most men are quite happy with a little bit of extra hair on the top, they are quite excited. Women want a lot more so it's a matter of expectations.” — Dr. Paradi Mirmirani “I tell my patients when they come in, I want you to look in the mirror and really be happy with what you’re seeing.” — Dr. Paradi Mirmirani “I really encourage patients to seek care and not to suffer at home. Hair is a really important part of who we are and our persona, our self-identity. And when we lose hair, it can be a real blow.” — Dr. Paradi Mirmirani   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Dr. Paradi Mirmirani Dr. Paradi Mirmirani LinkedIn
23:53 8/14/23
Have You Discovered Pickleball Yet?
with Sarah Ansboury, Pickleball Coach and Director of Pickleball Instruction at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort   The sport of Pickleball continues to be the fastest-growing sport in America. As the sport continues to grow in popularity, new courts are popping up all over the country. Currently, there are more than 10,000 courts in the United States but that number continues to grow by several dozen every month. So what is it about Pickleball that makes it such a popular fitness craze? One of the reasons the sport has become so popular in recent years is that it’s a high-energy, low-impact game that appeals to players of all ages. It’s fairly easy to learn and a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get moving. The open-play format allows players to show up and “rotate in,” which makes it especially attractive for singles. What a great way to socialize, meet others and get fit! Sports clubs and hotel groups such as Omni Resorts and Marriott , are adding courts for Pickleball, while a new restaurant chain called Chicken N’ Pickle, which combines the sport with a full food and drink menu, has plans to expand within the next year throughout the U.S. At Chicken N’ Pickle, you can make an evening of it and play Cornhole, Shuffleboard, and Ping Pong without having to go elsewhere to dine. So, if you want to learn more about the game everyone is talking about, please listen to Florine’s interview with one of the top Pickleball coaches in the world, Sarah Ansboury.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: Where does the name pickleball come from? Do you have to know how to play tennis to play pickleball? The importance of taking a lesson or two before you go out and play. What attracted Sarah to pickleball? Why do so many people get injured playing pickleball? Where can you find a pickleball instructor? What happens at a pickleball camp? What kinds of shoes and outfits should you wear when playing pickleball? What type of paddle is the best to use for pickleball? Can you play pickleball on a tennis court? What is the most important advice for first-time players? Why has pickleball taken off in the last few years? What are the health benefits of pickleball? What is the future of pickleball and how can we get the next generation invested and just as excited? Is there a difference between indoor and outdoor pickleball? What is the single biggest frustration for new players?   Today’s Takeaway: One of the reasons why Pickleball is popular is that it’s a great way to socialize and meet people. Unlike many other leisure sporting activities, Pickleball is very inclusive and social. The fun, competitive nature of the sport and love of the game brings people together. You don’t even need to show up with a partner. You can just simply “walk on and rotate in.” It’s also a great way to stay fit or get in shape. Not only is it a good cardiovascular workout but it can also improve balance, hand-eye coordination, and muscle tone. Best of all, Pickleball can be played both indoors or out, so it’s not weather-dependent. Remember that staying active and spending time socializing with others is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves. So if you’re looking for a fun new activity, why not give yourself the gift of a Pickleball lesson? I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “Pickleball is such a welcoming, open sport for everyone. People just want you to keep playing.” — Sarah  “There is a way to play properly, technically, that is going to be easier on your body.” — Sarah “The nice thing about pickleball is that you don’t have to have a partner, you can just go out, and you always pick up a game.” — Florine  “The great thing about pickleball is it’s much easier to learn than most other racquet or paddle sports, especially as an adult.” — Sarah “You will meet someone from every walk of life.” — Sarah “It’s getting people active, it’s getting people social.” — Sarah “At the end of the day, there’s not a day or a week that goes by that I literally talk to someone where Pickleball has changed their life.” — Sarah “What I’m seeing so much is people’s health just improving.” — Sarah “Be willing to get uncomfortable. A lot of times people, especially adults, are afraid to try something new, and so much of jumping into Pickleball is opening yourself up.” — Sarah   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Sarah Ansboury  Palmetto Dunes — Hilton Head Island USA Pickleball Association  
24:48 8/7/23
How To Spend More Time LIVING Outdoors
With Paige Payne, Master Gardner and Landscape Design Instructor   Did you know that one of the best ways to support our physical and mental health is to spend more time outdoors? It’s true! The benefits of being outdoors and breathing in the fresh air could strengthen our immune system, help us sleep better at night, and reduce stress. After all, what could be more relaxing than sitting in the sunshine, surrounded by beautiful foliage?   As we spend more time relaxing in our yards, one of the biggest design trends over the past few years has been the expansion of our outside home living areas. According to a recently published study, creating an outdoor oasis for entertaining or relaxing has become one of the most desirable priorities among more than 62% of homeowners. Building outdoor kitchens along with living and dining areas allows us to bring traditionally indoor activities into our yard and expand our living space significantly. Instead of relying solely on a single barbecue grill, these days many outdoor gourmet kitchens include pizza ovens, pellet smoke grills, as well as small refrigerators and counters with built-in sinks for washing and prepping food.   Dining areas can include plenty of outdoor seating as well as firepit tables and bars. Outdoor living rooms designed with comfortable conversation pit sofas, outdoor TVs, and gas fireplaces offer a heavenly refuge for relaxing, studying, or even working outdoors. Best of all, these outdoor spaces can be used year-round when enclosed in a pavilion or other structure that includes heating lamps and retractable Screens. In addition to expanding your outdoor living area, imagine yourself surrounded by a beautifully landscaped garden. Picture someplace that’s restful, peaceful, and tranquil where you can go to meditate or simply enjoy nature. In July of 2021, Florine interviewed Master Gardner and Landscape Design Instructor, Paige Payne. If you want to learn more about the benefits of having a tranquility or meditation garden, please listen to Florine’s interview with Paige.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: How did Paige get involved in horticulture? What did Paige study in school for a career in horticulture? Paige’s mother was a huge gardener, and her dad also grew a big vegetable garden. What is anthropology, and why was Paige initially interested in it? What are the three types of anthropology, and what is permaculture design? How can you get started in your own backyard using the resources you already have? How does permaculture affect our health positively and help us feel more tranquil and connected? Paige shares some tips for a beginning gardener on how to get started. What is a tranquility or meditation garden, and how can you create one? Tips for adding some great vegetables to grow, flowers to bloom, and meditation elements to create a space that’s right for you. How to create a space that is intentionally designed for your environment.   Today’s Takeaway: There is a reason why meditation and tranquility gardens have recently become so popular. Finding that personal “me time” away from the demands of the day really helps to improve our mood and our mental well-being.   Sometimes it’s exhausting and mentally taxing to be “on call” throughout the day in response to the needs of others. But just taking five or 10 minutes to breathe, relax, and re-center ourselves mentally and emotionally can make all the difference. If you already practice meditation, you already know just how beneficial that time can be. But do you sometimes find it challenging to quiet your mind and begin your meditation practice? How much easier would it be to immediately achieve that meditative state if you had that perfect tranquil spot to get away from it all? Surrounding ourselves with beautiful greenery might not only help us to forget our problems, but it can also help us “reboot” after a stressful moment and transform the rest of our day.   Connecting with nature is one of the healthiest ways I know to sustain ourselves mentally and lift our spirits. So, remember to give yourself the gift of time and serenity by creating an outdoor space that’s all your own. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “I knew I wanted to be outside, as nature has always been my happy place.” — Paige [4:22] “I really got the opportunity to learn from the ground up by observing and interacting with landscapes.” — Paige [6:04] “I did see how much joy gardening brought to [my parents]. So yes, it’s in my blood.” — Paige [7:36] “I do think that there is a definite impact on people based on their natural environment and their connection to it.” — Paige [8:49] “In permaculture, we’d like to mimic nature in that way by creating a system where each component is connected to and supports the next component in the design.” — Paige [9:48] “We look to go a step further by making the homestead zero waste using the available resources, turning waste into energy, and working with the environment that's already there, rather than trying to recreate a system that is maybe not suited for that environment.” — Paige [11:21] “Each and every little eco ecosystem encourages us to connect with our natural environment, which creates a feeling of peace, calm, connection, and realizing that you’re part of a larger whole.” — Paige [12:13] “The ultimate goal of permaculture is that it all becomes less work, more beauty.” — Paige [13:22] “It’s tuning in to what brings you joy.” — Paige [16:12]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Paige Payne Online Landscape Designs
28:17 7/31/23
How to Stop Caring About What Others Think
with Dr. Robyn Graham, host of The Robyn Graham Show and author of the book, You, Me and Anxiety.   Do you worry about what others think of you? Does the thought of public speaking make you physically ill? Are you someone who dreads dinner parties because you’re so afraid of saying the wrong thing? Or, perhaps you worry about being humiliated because you’ve dressed inappropriately. If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone. We all have moments of doubt and at times, might question what others think of us. That’s not uncommon. But if we’re constantly worrying about what people think of us, that could make it harder to trust others or develop intimate friendships. The very thought of “being judged by others,” could make us unwilling to try new experiences because we’re afraid of failing. It might even cause us to decline social invitations or avoid going out in public altogether. Living with the constant fear of how others might interpret your words or actions could actually cause you to miss out on life’s best moments. While we may spend more time living our lives online, by doing so, we make ourselves vulnerable to negative commentary through social media.   In its most extreme form, if someone frequently experiences intense and unrealistic fears of being watched and judged negatively by others, that individual might be suffering from social anxiety disorder. But it’s important to recognize that social anxiety or social phobia is a debilitating mental health condition that can begin in childhood and, if not treated, may only get worse with time. Can social anxiety be overcome? How can we learn to stop caring so much about what others think? If you want to learn the answers to these questions and more, you’ll want to listen to my interview with Dr. Robyn Graham, host of The Robyn Graham Show and author of the book, You, Me and Anxiety. Robyn is going to share with us tips, tools, and strategies for our children who suffer from anxiety and how we, as parents, might help support them.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode:  Why do we care so much about what others think? How do we “should” ourselves so much that we actually hold ourselves back? What makes someone get anxiety? What is a panic attack? How can anxiety manifest in physical symptoms? Are there people that are more susceptible to worrying about what others think of them? What can we do about teaching parenting in schools to help children understand and manage their anxiety? What was Dr. Robyn’s experience with anxiety and how did she finally learn more about the brain to apply it in ways that would help her? What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and how can it help someone? How can journaling help us change our negative thoughts to more positive ones? How medication along with therapy can prove helpful for those suffering from anxiety. How should we respond when someone says something that makes us feel hurtful? Possible signs of anxiety amongst children and teens, and the possible long-term effects of untreated anxiety.   Today’s Takeaway: It’s hard not to notice when someone says something rude or unkind about us because it’s hurtful. Sometimes even if the comment was made in jest, we may find ourselves questioning if what they said has any merit. But just because someone said something mean doesn’t make it true. They could have been teasing or perhaps were deliberately trying to hurt us out of anger or spite. Even if their words weren’t spoken in anger but rather meant as constructive criticism, they might have been wrong in how they saw the situation. At the end of the day, it’s within our control to determine how much credit we give their words. There’s an old saying that states, “What someone else thinks or says about me is none of my business.” As odd as that sounds, it’s true. They’re only stating their opinion, which they’re entitled to have. But we don’t have to agree with it. In all likelihood, we can’t change it, so the only thing we can do is let it go. Remember that every day is a gift and we have the gift of choice. If we are making healthy, honest choices for ourselves by behaving in a kind, intentional, and respectful manner towards ourselves and others, then there is very little anyone can say that will hurt us. Just hold your head high and keep doing the next right thing for yourself. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “There are a lot of physical manifestations. And so it's really important to identify what those are, and what you're experiencing, and then what's triggering those experiences or those symptoms.” — Dr. Robyn [7:01] “It wasn't until I was an adult that I actually got the help I needed to navigate my anxiety and manage my anxiety in a more positive way.” — Dr. Robyn [12:05] “You can catch those thoughts and start challenging them. This takes a lot of practice and intentionality.” — Dr. Robyn [16:01] “When you write down that negative thought and write the opposite positive thought next to it, your brain is going to see that positive thought, your brain will start to then be able to be better controlled. You will have more control over those negative thoughts to catch them sooner, and change them sooner so that you end up having more confidence and believing more in the positive situations in your life versus the negative.” — Dr. Robyn [17:10] “Keep in mind that anxiety and depression often go hand in hand.” — Dr. Robyn [20:47] “Sometimes we need that chemical change in our brain in order for our brain to accept that therapy.” — Dr. Robyn [21:02] “If someone says something to you that was hurtful, you can say, ‘You know what, I'm really sorry, you're having a bad day. If there's something I did to make you feel that way about me, could you tell me what it is because I would like to make it better’.” - Dr. Robyn [23:21]  “When anything happens to us in life, we have a choice. We have a choice to be positive, or we have a choice to be negative.” — Dr. Robyn [23:24] “The worst possible thing you can do is say, I'm sorry, but…” — Dr. Robyn [25:33] “We need to be aware of anxiety, and we need to stop the stigma around mental illness.” — Dr. Robyn [27:49]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Dr. Robyn Graham You, Me, and Anxiety The Robyn Graham Show
32:08 7/24/23
How to Interpret Body Language
with Janette Ghedotte, licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder, and CEO of Accurate Body Language.    Have you ever heard the saying, “What a person doesn’t say is often far more revealing than what they do say?” We may not be aware of it, but without saying a word, our posture or the look on our face can speak volumes. Even when we’re not aware of it, we may give off subtle little signs that reveal our true thoughts and emotions. But when our body language conflicts with our words, it may have an adverse effect on our relationships with family and friends. Others may question whether we are being sincere in what we’re saying to them. We may wonder if they’re lying to us. It might even negatively impact our career as well. For example, our credibility in the workplace could be damaged if managers or co-workers suspect we’re not being truthful. This may be especially harmful when working with customers or clients who rely upon our honesty. That’s just one example of why reading body language is so important. Learning how to interpret those cues is what the study of body language is all about. If you want to learn more about the subtle non verbal signals that reveal a person’s true feelings or if you just want to make sure your words match your own body language, you’ll want to listen to my interview with Janette Ghedotte, a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder, and CEO of Accurate Body Language, Janette is known for her ability to analyze a person’s hidden emotions and determine whether a person is telling the truth or being deceitful.    What You’ll Hear in This Episode: What is body language?  How did Janette first become interested in the study of body language?  What are some ways that we understand facial and body language, and what can facial expressions tell us about that person?  Why is it so important that a mother understands facial and body language?  How can understanding body language help us in business and as an employer?  It’s important to remember that every body language gesture is just one piece of the puzzle. Some body language giveaways that someone is being dishonest.  An example of someone in the public eye whose mannerisms really don't match their verbal responses. The importance of body language in politics and business. Why are people suffering from addiction more likely to be deceptive?  How can someone practice their mannerisms to overcome nervous habits and movements?    Today’s Takeaway: Lies and deceptive behavior occur everyday. We’ve all heard stories of being misled by false advertising or individuals who have been taken advantage of by a con man. Maybe you know someone who suffers from addiction and you've fallen for their deceptive behavior. We might fall for their lies simply because we truly want to believe that individual is telling the truth and besides, they would never lie to us. Or, would they? But just imagine if you could know when someone is deliberately lying to you. If we could learn the signs and behavioral clues that accompany and contradict their words, we wouldn’t have to second guess ourselves. We wouldn’t have to question whether we can trust them or feel betrayed afterwards. When we’re at our job, body language awareness for both ourselves and others could lead to increased sales and a healthier, happier workplace. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift we get from being able to know who we can depend upon for their honesty, integrity and truthfulness is a priceless gift. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes:  “Anything nonverbal is communicating often with greater trustworthiness and credibility than the spoken word, which can be manipulative, and deceitful.” - Janette [7:30]  “The way you move across the stage or onpoint helps put context and credibility to your verbal words.” - Janette [9:16]  “Women who raise their babies women typically are better at catching body language clues, because they have that practice with raising babies.” - Janette [10:08]  “If you don't know these clues, then you miss that opportunity to resolve the prospective discomfort, objections, or uncertainty. And what we don't know costs us more than we ever realized.” - Janette [13:10]  “The greater the motivation, the greater the amount of potential to lie.” - Janette [19:48]  “From head to toes, the body always shows the truth.” - Janette [24:49]  “When we know how to detect and decode body language, it is our superpower.” [25:18] - Janette    Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Accurate Body Language   
27:50 7/17/23
Why Is It So Difficult To See My Physician?
with Melanie Brim, President and CEO of the Michigan Health Council.   Have you noticed it’s increasingly difficult to schedule an appointment with a medical specialist? If you’re calling for the first time, perhaps you’re being told the doctor is no longer accepting “new patients.” Or, when they do offer an appointment, it’s for a date several months in the future. If you’re wondering why it’s so hard to get in to see a doctor these days, it could be because our country is in the midst of a serious healthcare crisis. The entire healthcare industry is experiencing such a severe staffing shortage of trained, qualified employees that public health officials regard it as one of the nation’s top patient safety concerns. For patients, the lack of trained hospital staff means longer wait times for emergency room visits, inadequate, or even subpar, patient care along with an increased risk of hospital-acquired infections. But the problem isn’t just limited to hospitals.   Numerous clinics and healthcare facilities across the country have been forced to shut their doors because they lack the staff to keep them open. This means patients have to travel much farther for treatment. Although our healthcare system experienced staffing challenges prior to COVID-19, particularly among the nursing profession, the pandemic greatly magnified the problem.   The pandemic left our healthcare professionals mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted, and as healthcare workers began leaving the field en masse, that only increased the staffing shortage which led to additional stress and burnout for the remaining employees. Where does the situation stand today? What can we do to address and improve the healthcare staffing shortage? What does it mean for patient care? If you want to learn the answers to these questions and more, you’ll want to listen to my interview with Melanie Brim, President and CEO of the Michigan Health Council. Melanie is going to speak with us about how the MHC researches trends and identifies solutions for these issues. We’ll also discuss what lies ahead for patients and our healthcare industry.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: What is the role of the Michigan Health Council? The educational role of the Next Generation Health Careers Academy and Scrubs Club programs is to get the next generations excited about leadership opportunities and careers in the healthcare industry. Where does the MHC get its funding? Melanie’s concern about a much smaller labor force coming, and how to compete with other industries such as tech and engineering. Does MHC work with nursing schools? Are there health councils all over the country doing things similar to what the Michigan Health Council is doing? What impact has the pandemic had on healthcare professionals in Michigan? Why are patients being told that it can take several months to get an appointment to see a physician? What should patients do that need an appointment ASAP? How does the staffing shortage impact other employees such as pharmacists, home health care workers, or dialysis centers? With a shrinking talent pool, what steps can healthcare employers take to attract new employees while retaining current healthcare professionals? How can hospitals support healthcare workers more? While we wait to see the doctor, what can telehealth and telemedicine do?   Today’s Takeaway:  Unfortunately, the pandemic caught us all by surprise and we were unprepared for the level of devastation that took place. While we hope to never experience a global event like that ever again, there are ways we can address some of the problems that still persist. It’s important to recognize that our healthcare professionals are doing the very best they can with the limited personnel and the procedures they have in place. They’re aware of the problems this presents for patients. While there are no easy answers to these ongoing issues, there are short-term solutions such as telemedicine options that can provide relief. Studying trends and forecasting staffing and other issues affecting the industry is an important part of our ability to continually improve the quality of healthcare for patients. By studying and compiling these statistics, we gain knowledge so that we’re better prepared to implement procedures to offset upcoming gaps. Remember that every day is a gift and sometimes the very best gifts arise from the painful life lessons of the past. Today’s problems give us the opportunity to learn and grow from our mistakes and provide a pathway for continued improvement and better solutions in the future. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “We have an educational program, particularly right now with a K-5 where we go into schools and introduce some concepts about health and wellness, but then also the careers that come along with those.” — Melanie [4:50]  “The earlier you start exposing students to the health careers, the more likely they are to decide to go into that as a field.” — Melanie [5:09] “We actually are a very unusual nonprofit, we actually have programs that generate revenue.” — Melanie [6:34] “We've been concerned that as a result of COVID-19 and all the media around it, young people might be kind of scared off from becoming American healthcare.” — Melanie [9:24] “During COVID-19, the turnover rate, meaning people leaving their jobs and changing jobs, or leaving the profession, increased almost 10% in one year, which is a pretty big increase during COVID-19.” — Melanie [14:13] “The workload for physicians is significant because they are trying to catch up with all those people who didn't get services during the year and a half at the front end of COVID-19.” — Melanie [16:03] “For the less urgent things, I really encourage people to manage their health care to know when they need to be seeing a doctor next, and trying to get themselves booked out as far as possible.” — Melanie [19:11] Today, you can actually make more at Arby's or McDonald's than you can as a direct care worker, as a home health aide.” — Melanie [22:06]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Michigan Health Council  
33:07 7/10/23
Are You Ready to Take the Trail Challenge?
with Hilary Simmet, Marketing Specialist for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks in Michigan   When was the last time you visited your local park? If it’s been awhile, you may want to reacquaint yourself with all of the wonderful activities available at the park these days. For example, right here in Southeastern, Michigan we have so many beautifully developed and maintained parks. They offer something for everyone to enjoy such as running, hiking, and biking trails and several even have lakes where you can spend the day at the beach and rent a canoe or kayak. There’s no better time than summer to plan an adventure at your local park. Several parks even offer overnight camping so you could make it a summer vacation destination. Pack a picnic, toss a football and relax in the sun. Depending upon what your park offers, there might even be an opportunity to spend the day golfing, fishing, or playing on a waterslide with the kids. If you’re looking for fun outdoor activities or perhaps something new to try, you’ll want to listen to my interview with Hilary Simmet, Marketing Specialist for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks in Michigan. Hilary is here to tell us about all the wonderful activities available right now at the Metroparks.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: What are some activities that you can do at the Metroparks? How much does it cost to rent a canoe or kayak for the day? How can someone sign up for the Trail Challenge? How many of the parks have golf courses? How did the Trail Challenge come about, and what can someone expect once they sign up? The amenities at the park, such as picnic shelters, picnic tables, barbecue grills and concession stands. What about the indoor spaces available to rent for a private event, such as a wedding? What are some of the most popular events that the park offers? How about some of the concerts and music events?   Today’s Takeaway: Staying physically active and breathing in the fresh air outdoors is one of the best things we can do to maintain a healthy mind and body. We’re so very fortunate to have the most amazing parks where we can enjoy a variety of fun, healthy outdoor activities throughout the year. There’s so much to see and do and there truly is something for everyone to enjoy. Maybe you can rent boats, play golf, ride bikes and horses, or if you prefer to stay indoors, many parks have Nature Centers and museums to visit. At the Metroparks here in Michigan, you can plan an evening picnic and listen to live music under the stars with their free Summer Concert Series. So check online in your area to find out what’s available. Whatever it is that brings you a sense of enjoyment, your local parks are sure to provide it. Remember that every single day is a gift and the gift we get from spending time outdoors in nature with our loved ones is one of the most precious gifts of all! I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “There's so much to do, especially now that it’s summer. We have a lot of aquatic facilities.” — Hilary [2:04]  “By logging miles, we mean you can hike, bike, paddle, rollerblade, push a stroller, etc. However you’d like to take in your miles, you can do it at the metro parks.” — Hilary [4:42]  “If you're looking for an event that is huge, has a lot of public participation, maybe it's a concert for kids or a concert for adults; maybe you want to do some dancing or put the kids in a bounce house and get them all tired before bedtime. We have an event for you this summer.” — Hilary [5:43] “It's always a great day at the Metro Parks. It doesn't matter the weather, you're always going to have a great day at the Metro Parks.” — Hilary [12:49]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Huron-Clinton Metroparks
14:55 7/3/23
What Is the Status of Healthcare in Michigan?
With Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association   Did you know that the week of May 7th‒13th was National Hospital Week? During that week, we pay tribute to our healthcare workers and thank them for their service. Governor Gretchen Whitmer honored our dedicated hospital employees with the following message, “Whether you’re preparing food for patients and staff, providing care at the bedside, doing rounds, performing surgery, or handling critical maintenance needs, the work you do keeps our hospitals safe and makes them more effective.” Although hospitals faced staffing and financial struggles in the past, those challenges have grown significantly since the early days of the pandemic. Faced with the frightening task of containing the deadly outbreak while caring for multitudes of quarantined patients, exhausted healthcare workers were pushed to the brink physically and mentally. With staffing levels already strained, hospital employees were subjected to significantly longer hours with fewer breaks. In addition to the increased threat to their own health and safety, employees may have faced childcare or other family issues resulting from COVID-19-related job loss or illness.   Thankfully, the worst days of the pandemic are behind us, but the aftereffects linger on. Staff shortages continue to plague hospitals and healthcare centers. One of the biggest reasons cited is employee burnout. The ongoing physical, emotional, and mental toll led to a huge increase in early retirement and employee resignations. So, how are local hospitals coping with these issues and what does this mean for the future of Michigan healthcare? If you want to learn the answers to these questions and more, you’ll want to listen to my interview with Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. Brian is here to talk to us about the current state of Michigan Hospitals and explain how the MHA supports our healthcare workers.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: What is the Michigan Health & Hospital Association? How does the MHA advocate for hospitals? Do most hospitals belong to the Association? What impact has the pandemic had on hospitals in Michigan? Are we more prepared for a pandemic than we were in 2020? How do we encourage more of the younger generation to explore going into nursing and the caregiving industry? How has the nursing shortage changed partnerships between nursing schools and hospitals?  What are some of the other areas affected significantly by staffing shortages? What other problems do hospitals currently face? Why are people so violent against healthcare workers? How can we ensure the safety of our healthcare employees? In addition to major hospitals, how does the staffing shortage impact other care facilities such as nursing homes? If someone wants to contact the MHA, what is the best way to do so?   Today’s Takeaway: Working in a hospital can be a very challenging environment. While performing these vital life-affirming jobs, our healthcare employees are on the front lines dealing with patients and their loved ones during the worst and most stressful times in their lives. They may have to treat patients who are delusional, in pain, or simply uncooperative. In addition to the patients themselves, they may encounter family members who are verbally or physically abusive. Just imagine how you would feel if you were physically abused or verbally threatened while you were simply trying to do your job. When we’re in pain or a loved one is ill, it’s important to respect the job of the healthcare workers and remember we are in their care. They have the knowledge and tools to help us recover. We need to let them do their job. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift of health and recovery is wholly dependent upon our healthcare workers. So take a moment to remember how hard they are working to help us and don’t forget to thank them for all that they do and the sacrifices they may be making. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “Our hospitals, whether large or small, urban or rural, have been through an incredible challenge these last few years. And we’re so incredibly proud of the work that they do every single day 24/7, 365, to care for all Michiganders.” — Brian [3:26] “We really do a number of things that can promote the health and well-being of our staff and the patients they serve.” — Brian [4:06] “When we walk into the governor’s office, or a state senator or representative’s office, we can legitimately say we are here as the voice of the entire field.” — Brian [5:07] “Efficiency is the enemy of preparedness.” — Brian [8:18] “I think we have to have a serious conversation about the financial viability of the rest of the healthcare infrastructure versus the pharmaceutical industry.” — Brian [18:38] “We’re really doing whatever we possibly can to create the best possible workplace for our health care providers.” — Brian [23:55]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Michigan Hospital Careers  
26:39 6/26/23
What Is the Most Important Exercise for Your Body?
with Shawn Byrnes, Franchise Owner of StretchLab   When most of us think of stretching, it’s something we might spend a few minutes doing to limber up before exercising, or afterwards to cool down. But did you know that stretching on its own is a great form of exercise? Not only does stretching build and tone your muscles, but it can help avoid injury, increase flexibility or agility, and maximize performance. It might even improve your posture! In professional sports, it’s the job of the team trainer to keep athletes operating in peak performance mode. They do this by utilizing a strict regimen of pre- and post-game stretches. The trainer can manipulate and stretch the individual muscles and joints in order to minimize pain and discomfort, increase range of motion, or improve an athlete’s speed. But these days, having a trainer stretch your muscles, manipulate your joints and optimize your physical fitness isn’t just for professional athletes. One of the fastest-growing franchises in the nation provides group or one on one, stretching sessions with specially trained individuals who stretch and tone your muscles and joints for you. If you want to minimize muscle discomfort, increase your range of motion, and improve your circulation, you’ll want to listen to my interview with Shawn Byrnes, the franchise owner of StretchLab, to explain why stretching could be the best exercise of all.   What You’ll Hear in This Episode: Why is stretching so beneficial for our health and well being Is it more important to stretch before or after we exercise? How can stretching help us avoid and heal from injuries? How does regular stretching improve athletic fitness? Should we stretch every day, even when we don’t exercise? What areas of the body should we focus on? What is “assisted stretching”? Why is assisted stretching more effective? What is StretchLab and how did Shawn become involved? How often should we stretch? Is it too late to start stretching, and how can it help us age well? What is M.A.P.S. technology and how does it work? What is a Flexologist?   Today’s Takeaway: We tend to take for granted all the many ways we rely on our body, from brushing our teeth to basic household chores and picking up after the kids or pets, until suddenly, we hurt ourselves. When an injury prevents us from doing even the most basic of movements, our life is disrupted in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. Suddenly we have to rely on others to do all those things for us. We may need help getting dressed, or have someone else walk our dog. But as we’ve heard today, most injuries tend to occur when muscles, ligaments, and joints aren’t properly conditioned. Although a majority of injuries occur during sports-related activities, sometimes just stepping wrong as you get out of the car could cause an injury. Too much pressure or the slightest movement the wrong way might lead to ruptures or tears. That’s why it’s so very important to properly condition your body to maximize your range of motion. When a joint or ligament is too tight, it could snap when it’s put under pressure. But if it’s accustomed to a wider range of motion, that joint or tendon will be far more resilient and forgiving, even under strain. Taking a few extra minutes to stretch each day could save you from injury, not to mention the added mental benefit of giving yourself a few extra minutes to breathe deep and relax. Remember that every day is a gift and having a healthy body is a gift we can never take for granted. So cherish your body and do everything you can to condition it properly. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “Certainly increasing our mobility in our flexibility helps humans do what we’re really designed to do, which is to be in motion.” — Shawn [2:19]   “A body that’s prepared and stretching via assisted stretching or stretching on our own helps us increase that range of motion and flexibility and prepares us to do those activities that we love to do and that we have to do.” — Shawn  [2:45]   “Stretching, first and foremost, should not hurt. And I think there was a common misconception for a time that if it didn’t hurt, it didn’t work.” — Shawn [10:11]   “I'm looking for things that can help me maintain my mobility and my flexibility, so I can do the things that I really enjoyed doing into my 60s and 70s. I think assisted stretching is one of those things that can certainly help.” — Shawn [22:15]   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: StretchLab   
28:40 6/19/23
In Memoriam — A Tribute To Former Podcast Guest Heather Armstrong
We hear a lot of talk in the media these days about mental illness. In fact, this podcast frequently covers the topic with the goal of understanding the disease and supporting those who struggle with a mental disorder. But there can be a lot of confusion about what qualifies as mental illness. Sometimes, it’s used as an excuse for everything from mass shootings to road rage. And while that may be true in some specific instances, we’re seeing it used today, for example, as a shield for hate crimes, anti-semitism, and mass murder. For many who suffer day-in and day-out with crippling depression, anxiety, and other forms of debilitating mental illness, these individuals often can’t even get out of bed in the morning. They’re not focused on committing crimes.   Sometimes severe depression can’t be controlled by traditional means. In June of 2019, Florine interviewed author and well-known “mommy blogger,” Heather Armstrong, who described how her crippling depression made it impossible to even get out of bed in the morning or take a shower. Nothing Heather tried relieved her symptoms. Medication didn’t help. Therapy didn’t help and her substance abuse issues only contributed to the problem. By 2017, Heather was so desperate that she participated in an experimental treatment protocol that left her clinically brain-dead for several minutes at a time. Her memoir entitled, The Valedictorian of Being Dead, tells how the experimental procedure helped to, at least temporarily, alleviate her symptoms. Heather’s bravery and openness in sharing the most painful aspects of her life proved to be an inspiration to many and led to her being named one of Forbes’ List of Most Influential Women. But perhaps because there’s a lot of shame and stigma surrounding the disease of mental illness, Heather’s openness in sharing her struggles also made her a frequent target of online trolls. Sadly, during the pandemic, Heather suffered a relapse and on May 9th of this year, Heather took her own life. She was only 47 years old and left behind two teenage daughters. Heather’s deteriorating mental state became evident in her spiraling blog posts and her words provoked online trolls who subjected Heather to horrific online bullying about every aspect of her life.   It’s important to remember cruelty and bullying only make a bad situation worse. Instead of ostracizing, mocking, and abusing those who are struggling, let’s recognize that the most vulnerable members of our society need our compassion, understanding, and grace, and as a memorial tribute, please listen to Florine’s interview with Heather Armstrong. And remember that every single day is a gift and when you are at your lowest point, remember that this too shall pass. If you truly are having suicidal thoughts, please reach out and pick up the phone. Help is only a phone call away. Please call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 800-273-8255.   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: Heather Armstrong  Heather Armstrong IG The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live, by Heather B. Armstrong  
35:21 6/12/23
How To Write a Bestselling Novel
With Kathleen Grissom, Bestselling Author   Having a passionate dream and believing in yourself could transform your daily life. It provides a reason to spring out of bed in the morning and it can motivate you to keep going late at night, working overtime in pursuit of that dream. That passion may even change how we see the world by letting us imagine what our life might look like, if only things were different.   Maybe your passion involves the arts and your dream is to become a dancer or a singer. Perhaps you’ve dreamed of writing a novel and even submitted a written draft to a publishing company. Years ago, I dreamed about writing a book, and one day, that dream became a reality. When I was first approached about writing the memoir that eventually became my book, “Talk to The Mirror,” I was already a well-known businesswoman. I was fortunate to meet with several publishing companies in New York who expressed an interest.   But what if you’re an unknown author? How do you get your foot in the door with a publishing company? How do you convince a publisher that your debut novel might just become their next bestseller?   When I’m reading a particularly enjoyable novel, I often wonder about the writer’s process. How did the author come up with the theme for their novel? Where did they find the inspiration for their characters or come up with those shocking plot twists? If the author is writing a historical novel based on a real-life person, how do they go about researching the characters? If you want to learn more about what it takes to write (and publish) that bestselling novel, you’ll want to listen to my interview with New York Times Bestselling author, Kathleen Grissom. Her very first novel, The Kitchen House, was originally published in 2010. It went on to become a bestseller and by 2016, her book was already in its 21st printing and had sold more than 400,000 copies. That’s quite an accomplishment for an unknown author! Kathleen’s with us today to talk about her newest historical novel, Crow Mary.   What You’ll Hear on This Episode: What was the inspiration behind The Kitchen House? What is the book about? Does Kathleen have any history with writing? Kathleen was raising cashmere goats before she became a best-selling author. What are the things Kathleen learned when studying the publishing industry? What types of research did Kathleen do when writing The Kitchen House? How did Kathleen find an agent? How did The Kitchen House develop legs? Did Kathleen go on book tours, go to book clubs, etc? What is Kathleen’s book Crow Mary about? Is Kathleen disciplined in her writing process? What's the biggest challenge in writing a fictionalized historical account of an actual person? How does Kathleen balance the need for historical accuracy against the commercial desire for a readable and interesting storyline? How did Kathleen go about recreating Crow Mary’s life, and obtaining such detailed information about the language, the clothing and the food, and the customs? What does Kathleen want readers to take away from Crow Mary?   Today’s Takeaway: Crow Mary provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives, customs, and rituals of Native American culture during the late 1800s. It’s based on the true story of a brave woman and the personal sacrifices she made standing up for what she believed in to protect the lives of others. Kathleen’s passion for strong women and their place in history led to her career as a bestselling author. Following your passion won’t always lead to becoming a bestselling author. But finding something that brings you pleasure and enjoyment can be its own reward. In addition, you might find others to connect with who share that same interest or passion. Remember that every day is a gift and the gift we get from following our passion can bring excitement, joy, and fun into our daily lives simply by spending time doing something that we enjoy. And sometimes, if we’re very lucky, we might even get to pursue our passion to the point where it becomes a full-time endeavor and financially rewarding as well. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”   Quotes: “A movie started to play in my head and in my mind's eye; I was just pulled right into the story.” — Kathleen “I came home and I sat down and I said, ‘Where are you?' And with that, the movie started to play. I picked up my pencil and I followed behind. So that's how I came to write “The Kitchen House.” — Kathleen “I was ill-equipped to write when I think back now. I really was.” — Kathleen “I just knew from the beginning that I was meant to get it published. And so I studied the publishing business.” — Kathleen “My main concern was that I would stick to the facts. The rest of it, I pray, and I asked for guidance.” — Kathleen “I didn’t know that I could become a writer. I thought those were extraordinary people. And then I discovered that writers were just ordinary people who might write something extraordinary. I realized I could be a writer.” — Kathleen / Susan Isaacs “I needed to be able to understand the nuances and the subtleties of her [Crow Mary’s] culture, to be able to allow her voice to authentically come through. And so that was my goal, to really authentically understand the culture.” — Kathleen   Brought to You By: Gardner White Furniture   Mentioned in This Episode: The Kitchen House Crow Mary Kathleen's Website   
30:14 6/5/23