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Pivotal People

Join us in conversations with inspiring people doing amazing things. Their insights and experiences help motivate all of us to find our purpose that fits with our abilities, gifts and life situation. Get a "behind the scenes" look at successful people making a difference in the world and benefit from their advice for the rest of us. Our guests include authors, artists, leaders, coaches, pastors, business people and speakers. 

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Moxie Matters: The Power and Magic of Personal Stories with Karen Brothers
Send us a Text Message.Definition of "Moxie":Force of character, determination or nerve. "When you've got moxie, you need the clothes to match."Synonyms: energy, pep, determination, courage, know-how, fortitude, savvy, skills, strength of mind, guts, fearlessness, heart, gumption.**We could all use a little more moxie! Karen Brothers' book,  "Moxie Matters: True Tales of Rolling Through a Messy, Muddled and Magical Life" is an entertaining, enlightening and inspiring story of growing up in the 70s, with unstructured outdoor adventures and the simple rule of coming home when the streetlights flicker on. Karen is a professional writer and storyteller, and I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing her life lessons through the lens of her younger self, at each age. Karen  shares her motivations for writing her memoir from the perspective of her younger self, reflecting on how her childhood experiences and subtle family dynamics shaped her journey. It's fun to be reminded of memories from our youth including moon boots, Pop-Tarts,  Hi-C! At the same time, Karen walked through difficult and painful family circumstances that shaped her character. We talk about the therapeutic power of sharing personal stories and the raw honesty required to connect deeply with others. Her practical advice on overcoming the fear of writing, the benefits of consistent journaling, and even using voice memos is invaluable for anyone looking to document their own narrative. **excerpt from Karen's book, "Moxie Matters"Invite Karen to your book club! Reach out to connect with Karen and order her book at www.karenbrothersauthor.comOrder Moxie Matters HEREhttps://moxiematters.myshopify.com/ Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
37:36 6/17/24
Rediscovering a Jesus-Centered Life with Ryan George
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever felt the sting of spiritual hurt or the soothing balm of healing within the walls of a church? Joining us today is Ryan George, whose book "Hurt and Healed by the Church" chronicles a tumultuous yet hopeful journey through faith, pain, and redemption. In this episode Ryan shares how to  redefine the essence of a Jesus-centered life in spite of past spiritual hurts.  Ryan explains his past within the restrictive confines of the Independent Fundamental Baptist movement and how he came to understand the simplicity and beauty of Christ's teachings.The path toward healing from spiritual trauma is seldom straight, but it's rich with lessons on grace and the power of community. If your spirit thirsts for a faith journey that's as adventurous as it is genuine, tune in to learn more from Ryan George.Order his book "Hurt and Healed by the Church: Redemption and Reconstruction after Spiritual Abuse"Connect with Ryan:booksbyryan.comhttps://www.instagram.com/ryplane/https://www.facebook.com/ryan.george/https://www.threads.net/@ryplane  https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryangeorge/ Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
31:38 6/3/24
The Art of Marriage: Tim and Kathy Bush's 42-Year Marriage Story of Resilience and Redemption
Send us a Text Message.Tim and Kathy Bush join us to share their 42-year marriage odyssey, a poignant testimony to resilience and faith's restorative power. Their candid revelations about early trials—a surprise pregnancy, youthful vows, and a long search for happiness—paint a starkly honest picture of marriage. Listen as they discuss Tim's  personal transformation at age 47, offering hope to all who believe in the possibility of change within a relationship.The Bush's aren't just survivors of marital strife; they care about helping others in their marriages.  They teach "The Art of Marriage" course around the world. Their story is a hopeful example for others, showing that even the most hopeless marriages can  heal, survive and thrive.Connect with Tim and Kathy via their ministry website, War Room Ministrieshttps://warroomministries.com/ Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
38:08 5/27/24
Rediscovering Grace with Author Kim Stuart
Send us a Text Message.Join me in my conversation with Kim Stuart, author of "Star for Jesus and Other Jobs I Quit: Rediscovering the Grace That Sets Us Free."   Kim is an author of nine bestselling books, a speaker, writing coach, and a podcast host of "For Real" and "The Writing Room" that she co-hosts with New York Times Bestselling author Bob Goff. In her new book she explores the topic of grace in a fresh new way. She reminds all of us that we don't have to perform for God to gain His favor or earn our way to receive his grace. It's a fun and uplifting topic to discuss.To say I admire Kim is an understatement. She is talented, wise, kind, smart, entertaining and funny--and above all, very humble. Her faith leads her steps in every area of her work and her life, and she inspires anyone who knows her to live a more authentic, faith-filled life. I was thrilled that she agreed to come on this podcast and if you don't know her yet, I know you'll enjoy her too.SPOILER ALERT: I've read all of her books and they are EXCELLENT! Every single one. Buy all of them.Get in touch with Kim at www.KimberlyStuart.comFollow her on Instagram @kimberly.stuart.writesOrder her books   https://www.kimberlystuart.com/booksSubscribe to her newsletter! It's hilarious and always has a good recipe too.https://www.kimberlystuart.com/subscribe Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
36:13 5/20/24
Kevin Williams on Leveraging Kindness to Change Lives
Send us a Text Message.In this episode I had a fun and inspiring conversation with Kevin Williams, Chick-fil-A franchisee and author of "Irrational Kindness: The Crazy Pursuit of an Extraordinary Life." Kevin isn't just about smiles and holding doors open; he's on a mission to show the world how transformative and profound kindness can be. We explore his philosophy that every encounter is a chance to make a positive change, whether it's through seeing the potential in others, embracing our failures, or turning a fast-food encounter into a life-changing moment.Kevin shared the remarkable story of Alex Gomez, which started in his birthplace in Mexico to the academic excellence in the United States. Imagine overcoming every obstacle thrown your way to not only succeed but to inspire a city to celebrate "Alex Gomez Day." It's stories like Alex's that remind us of the joy and impact of lifting each other up in a world that too often focuses on pulling us down.We wrap up with a heart-to-heart on the power of connection and community.  This is more than a conversation; it's an invitation to weave irrational kindness into the tapestry of our daily lives.Connect with Kevin via:Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-williams-90b183151/Instagram: @irrationalkindnessOrder Kevin's book:"Irrational Kindness: The Crazy Pursuit of an Extraordinary Life"https://www.amazon.com/Irrational-Kindness-Crazy-Pursuit-Extraordinary/dp/1631952951/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0? Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
28:48 5/6/24
The Miracle Movement: Amanda Ferrin's Miracle Story
Send us a Text Message.Listen in on our third conversation with Amanda Ferrin, my favorite ambassador of hope and a walking miracle. In this episode she shares her journey of starting her "Miracle Story" movement, writing a book and launching her new podcast. Amanda speaks to the very heart of what it means to live  a legacy that defies expectations.In discussing Amanda's life, we're reminded that miracles are part of our everyday existence, affirming God's presence and the healing that awaits us, whether on earth or in heaven.Connect with AmandaAmanda's Miracle Movement: Watch Amanda's video message about herMiracle Movement walking team:https://amandaferrin.com/miracleRegister for the Miracle Movement walk here:https://myevent.com/amiraclemovementLearn more--Amanda's message about her Miracle Movement:Amanda Ferrin is a walking miracle. She is living life with a terminal illness and wakes up everyday thankful that she is still alive when her Doctor's have told her time and time again, she shouldn’t be. One complication from her “one in 10 million” case of scleroderma is that she has broken 25 bones in the last few years. She’s been told countless times she would never walk again… so quite literally every step IS a gift. Every mile is a miracle. At the beginning of 2024, Amanda figured out how many steps it would take to walk across the country and made it her goal to do so in a year. A year doctors say she shouldn’t be alive to see. She’s been amazed by the people who have come alongside to help her share my message of hope. In coming together to get her miracle story out into the world, she has seen the power of what working together can accomplish is something much bigger than any one person could on their own. From that, an idea was born! We are inviting everyone to start walking toward a miracle. For Amanda, her current goal is releasing her book, that never should have been written, and believing she will be alive to see it! You might have your own miracle you’re believing for, or perhaps you are inspired to join together a team with a mission that’s bigger than you, to bring a message of hope that’s greater than anyone one person could share. We believe in a month we could collectively walk the miles Amanda dreamed to do in a year. Who knows, maybe with enough people, we can walk around the world! Because it isn’t just about a walk.  Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
33:06 4/23/24
Breaking the Chains of Toxic Relationships and Embracing Self-Worth with Stephanie Quayle
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever been caught up in the deceptive charm of a toxic relationship, unable to pinpoint the moment when admiration turned into manipulation? Stephanie Quayle, a celebrated Nashville recording artist and author, discusses the complex ties that bind us to unhealthy love. Her collaboration with Dr. Keith Campbell in the book "Why Do We Stay? How My Toxic Relationship Can Help You Find Freedom" helps readers understand narcissistic relationships. Stephanie shares her personal saga and her healing process to help readers who may be impacted by similar relationships.Learn more and get in touch with Stephanie at:https://www.stephaniequayle.com/homeHer book comes out April 30th and you can pre-order it here:https://www.amazon.com/Why-Do-We-Stay-Relationship/dp/140024451X Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
35:17 4/16/24
Katherine Wolf of Hope Heals: Treasures in the Dark
Send us a Text Message.When life handed Katherine Wolf the unimaginable—a massive stroke that she wasn't expected to survive—she forged a path of hope and resilience that inspires and encourages everyone. As 26-year old newlyweds with a six-month old son, Katherine and Jay demonstrate what a beautiful marriage looks like. Join us as we discuss Katherine's new book, "Treasures in the Dark," to discuss the intertwined journey of joy and suffering. Her new book offers 90 reflections that promise to light the way for those navigating through their darkest times, showing that even in the shadow of hardship, hope can thrive.Katherine's story, as told in "Hope Heals" and "Suffer Strong," co-authored with her husband Jay, is one of a love that defies statistics and a life reclaimed through faith and community. We discuss the 'Good Hard Second Chance Life', a concept that embraces the full spectrum of joy and suffering.We also discuss Katherine and Jay's contribution to creating inclusive spaces like their camp retreat for families affected by disability and their new coffee shop "Mend", both offering respite, joy, and connection. We share how you can engage with Hope Heals to be a part of their uplifting work. Connect with Katherine and Jay atwww.HopeHeals.comhttps://hopeheals.com/@HopeHeals on social platformsOrder Katherine's new book https://hopeheals.com/treasures/#treasures-retailers Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
27:24 4/8/24
Made for More: Creating a Life of Play, Purpose and Healing with Jessye Wilden
Send us a Text Message.Meet Jessye Wilden – bestselling author of We Wrote Your Name in Color, host to the heartfelt podcast The Molden Cast, and experienced grief coach. Jessye’s journey through unthinkable loss, grief, trauma, joy, and healing has woven a life full of resilience and inspiration.In this episode we discuss her upcoming retreats being held at the Oaks Retreat Center in Ramona, CA with Bob Goff. Her personal experience of surviving trauma, death and grief has made her an expert in connecting with anyone trying to navigate life in the midst of any kind of pain and suffering.  She inspires everyone she meets to see more joy and hope in our everyday lives., regardless of our individual circumstances.Learn more about her retreats here and sign up for the next retreat April 26-28, 2024: https://www.jessyewilden.com/As the mom of five kiddos, including those through adoption, she offers tangible encouragement for anyone navigating the intricate dance of a blended family. She continues to write and speak to groups using her unique perspective and exciting storytelling to help others hold onto goodness when life hurts most.Jessye lives with her husband and partner-in-crime, Ryan, and their children in Mount Shasta, California, where bears rattle the garbage cans and deer occasionally pose dramatically in the backyard. When she finds spare time, you will find her skiing down hills, camping under the stars, playfully snapping towels, binging a Netflix series, or singing in her car with the music up and the windows down.Join Jessye Wilden on a journey that goes beyond words on a page. Together, discover a life filled with love, audacious hope, and a profound strength found in sharing stories.Connect more with Jessye:  jessye@jessyewilden.comhttps://www.instagram.com/jessye_wilden Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
32:24 4/1/24
Create a Life You Love: How to Quiet Outside Voices So You Can Finally Hear Your Own, with author Stephanie May Wilson
Send us a Text Message.Listen in on a helpful and practical conversation with Stephanie May Wilson. She is an author, podcaster, and encourager of millions of listeners and website visitors, helping people make life decisions that fit their true hopes and desires, not necessarily the expectations of outside voices. Did you know that 80% of life's most defining moments happen between the ages of 25 and 35? That's a lot of potential pressure--and Stephanie calls it the Everything Era. Stephanie's new book, "Create a Life You Love, How to Quiet Outside Voices So You Can Finally Hear Your Own" comes out April 30th. You can PRE-ORDER the book now and you can get a FREE chapter today. Go to https://stephaniemaywilson.com/create  for more.Through her  books, courses, and podcast, she helps women take off the pressure of what they think their lives are supposed to look like by now — and then intentionally, confidently, and authentically build the life they actually want to live.Get in touch with Stephanie:https://stephaniemaywilson.com/https://www.instagram.com/smaywilson/ Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
38:59 3/23/24
How to Tell a Better Story with CEO Heather Adams
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever been captivated by a story shared by a great storyteller? This is the art that Heather Adams, CEO of Choice Communications and host of the Make Me Known podcast,  shares with us.  As a communications expert for 25+ years and the CEO/Founder of Choice Communications, she has practical advice for all of us. The simple act of sharing our stories can be powerful.  Heather delves into why these narratives are far more than just cocktail party chatter—they're the fibers that really bring people together. She persuades us to move beyond life's surface conversations and into authentic engagement. This is the key to engaging listeners and inspiring or motivating people. It's an episode that serves as a reminder: every story matters, and the way we present ours can entertain, educate and inspire rather than painfully boring other people!And we talked about Heather's upcoming Choice Summit conference! Imagine a place where women professionals gather, not just to network, but to truly grow and thrive together.  Heather gives us a sneak peek into this vibrant event being held in Franklin, Tennessee on April 29th. Pivotal People listeners can even save 10% with a special code she shares with us. Learn more about the Choice Summit conference here:https://www.choicemediacommunications.com/choice-summit-1Use the code GOODCOMPANY10 to get 10% off the conference feeConnect with Heather at Choice Communications here:https://www.choicemediacommunications.com/ Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
28:58 3/9/24
A Beacon of Hope for Cognitive Health featuring the Stronger Memory Program
Send us a Text Message.Watching a loved one's memory fade isn't just heartbreaking; it's a call to action. That's precisely what propelled Rob Liebreich to initiate the Stronger Memory program, an approach that offers hope and tangible results for those grappling with cognitive decline.  Rob is the compassionate CEO of Goodwin Living, who walked us through the program's inception — a personal mission kindled by his mother's memory loss. Through a blend of reading, handwriting, and math exercises, the Stronger Memory program has shown remarkable improvements in cognitive function, a testament to the simple yet powerful impact of these activities.Our conversation took an uplifting turn as we shared the story of this extraordinary woman's cognitive journey. Diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, she refused to let her diagnosis define her. Now, she teaches bridge, learns Mahjong, and advocates fervently for brain health. The centerpiece of her and over 10,000 others' success? A 177-page workbook, a gift to those facing memory challenges, supported by George Mason University's encouraging research and free of any pharmaceutical intervention. This story serves as a beacon of hope, highlighting the unheralded potential of cognitive maintenance tools and the importance of keeping our minds agile, irrespective of age.We wrapped up our episode by focusing on the broader community's role in dementia care. Goodwin House's pilot program, a beacon of innovation, has integrated a social component that's strengthening cognitive resilience in senior centers across Maryland. The enthusiastic feedback is a clear indicator that accountability paired with cognitive exercises can make a profound difference. With a mission to touch 100,000 lives and resources like the facilitator's guide from strongermemory.com, this program isn't just a beacon of hope—it's a catalyst for change. Join us in this movement to empower minds and combat cognitive decline—one workbook, one community at a time.Learn more here:Stronger Memory Program  https://goodwinliving.org/stronger-memory/Learn more from videos about the program:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCavNYuTN_xph8ZrasOVQyWQ/featured Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
25:41 3/1/24
Cultivating Faith and Mental Wellness with Laura Smith: Building Vibrant Connections and Whole Self Care
Send us a Text Message.Are you yearning for a conversation that merges faith, mental health, and the joys of building connections? Look no more, as bestselling author Laura Smith is our guest today, bringing with her a wealth of wisdom from her latest book, 'Holy Care for the Whole Self.' We tackle the often-ignored subject of mental health within Christian circles, shedding light on the crippling effect of shame and the healing power of empathy and understanding.Ever wondered how to initiate meaningful friendships and harness the power of connection? Laura shares her personal experiences and practical tips on meeting new people, setting ground rules for engaging discussions, and celebrating the joy of forming bonds. We firmly believe age doesn’t dictate the possibilities of making new friends, so tune in to get inspired. Lastly, we take a deep dive into the importance of maintaining mental health through practical steps. From nurturing creativity and implementing a prayer routine to prioritizing exercise and healthy habits, Laura also shares how maintaining a relatable presence on social media platforms encourages and inspires many. Hear more about Laura's writing process, her future projects, and how embracing biblical principles can lead to a more abundant life. Order Laura's book "Holy Care for the Whole Self" on Amazon, available Feb. 6thConnect with Laura at https://www.laurasmithauthor.com/ Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
29:49 2/5/24
Unraveling the Art of Missionary Spirituality: From Micro Churches to Acts of Kindness with Jeremy and Monica Chambers
Send us a Text Message.Imagine this: You're part of a small church, fostering a deep sense of belonging and connection. Sounds exciting, right? Now, what if you were given practical insights on how to achieve this, straight from the authors of "The Art of Missionary Spirituality"? Join us as we invite Jeremy and Monica Chambers to share their unique perspective on micro church planting and the practices that foster a vibrant spirituality. Drawing wisdom from their experiences in over 40 different countries, they'll unravel the success factors of small churches, focusing on simplicity and adaptability.But, that's not all. Ever wondered how to find time for God in your buzzing life? Or the power of unseen acts of kindness? We get personal and share our own experiences to help you do just that. We also explore how secret acts of kindness, done without expecting recognition, can lead to true humility. So, you're not just hearing from Jeremy and Monica but us too. This episode is a candid discussion about spirituality, humility, and connection, a must-listen for anyone interested in fostering a sense of community and a deeper relationship with God. Join us to discover how to resonate God's affirmation instead of human approval. It's all here - the journey to a deeper spiritual connection.Order "The Art of Missional Spirituality" Here and download your FREE chapter:https://www.jemochambers.com/the-art-of-missional-spiritualityFind Monica on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/mograpalocha/JEREMY AND MONICA CHAMBERS have participated in launching movements that make disciples and networks of microchurches in over thirty-five countries with a special heart for Denver, CO, Richmond, VA, and Costa Rica (Monica's home country). They currently work with Forge America, The Pando Collective, and The Arise Network. They love rock climbing, chess, mixed martial arts, hardcore metal, dubstep, and indoor plants. Prayer is of utmost importance in their lives. Jeremy has master’s degrees in both Intercultural Studies and Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
22:53 1/22/24
From Hopelessness to Purpose: Mark Bannon's Transformative Journey of Faith and Healing
Send us a Text Message.What if you could halt the ceaseless hustle, confront your past traumas, and find a new purposeful path? Our guest today, Mark Bannon, bravely faced his past and found an unexpected lifeline amidst the chaos. As an author, speaker, and professional coach, Mark shares his transformation from a relentless workaholic to a man of faith and purpose. He takes us through his journey of writing his forthcoming memoir "The Boy from the Cave: A Soul-Stirring Journey from Hopelessness to Faith" You'll get insights into his childhood, the traumas that triggered his relentless work-desire, and the subsequent epiphany that made him hit the pause button and reexamine his life.Join us as we explore the significance of addressing past traumas, mental health, and finding balance in life, with personal stories from yours truly. I'll share my personal journey towards spirituality and the peace I find in nature, alongside the changing attitudes towards therapy. As we navigate through our shared experiences, Mark unveils his 16-year immersion into Eastern philosophy and spirituality, leading him to find refuge in Christianity. He urges listeners to explore the Bible on their own, sharing how his faith shapes his daily existence. Don't miss this enlightening discussion highlighting hopelessness, purpose, faith, and personal growth.Download the first 4 chapters FREE Here: https://markabannon.com/sample-chaptersConnect with Mark at https://markabannon.com/ Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
32:49 1/13/24
Paving the Way for Faith-Based Art: A Conversation with Emily and Isaac Gay
Send us a Text Message.What if art and beauty were the most potent tools for evangelizing in the 21st century? Join me as we explore this intriguing concept with Emily and Isaac Gay, founders of Parallel Society. Through personal anecdotes and insights, Emily and Isaac shed light on the transformative power of artistry - how the triad of goodness, truth, and beauty can point to the divine. They highlight how their journey as artists led to the realization that artists can be today’s evangelists, communicating gospel truths through their work.We don't just stop at understanding the potential of artists, we dive right into the role they play in society. Emily and Isaac elaborate on how artists, often undervalued within the church, have their fingers on the pulse of culture, shaping ideologies, impacting legislation, and education. Referencing insights from Vaclav Havel, the former Czech Republic president, they underline the power artists wield in shaping a nation's heart. Together, we envision a future where artists are nurtured both within and outside the church, enabling them to reach the lost.Our discussion takes a fascinating turn towards the power of art and beauty, especially in times of crisis, using real-life examples such as a video of a woman playing the violin in a Ukrainian war bomb shelter. We reflect on the importance of imagination and creativity in maintaining our humanity in the face of adversity, inspired by the experiences of Victor Frankl in a concentration camp. As we wrap up, we peek into the future of faith-based art, discussing how it can embody Christ's ethic and morality, and the potential for artists of faith in the future. Tune in for this enlightening journey through faith, art, and beauty with Emily and Isaac Gay.Learn more about The Parallel Society: https://www.theparallelsociety.co/Reach Isaac Gay @imisaacgay https://www.instagram.com/imisaacgay/ Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
37:16 1/1/24
A Deep Dive into the Life and Influence of Howard Hendricks with Maina Mwaura
Send us a Text Message.What if the biggest opportunity of your life lay hidden in the shadow of your biggest setback? This is the transformative journey our esteemed guest, Maina Mwaura, an ordained minister, public speaker, journalist, and author, embarked upon after losing his job at the age of forty. In this vibrant discussion, Maina not only shares his inspiring personal story of resilience but also takes us on an intimate exploration of the life and teachings of Howard Hendricks, a renowned professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, captured in Maina's latest book, "The Influential Mentor."Unveiling Hendricks' passion for evangelism, his close friendship with Billy Graham, and the challenges he faced in a divided society, Maina underlines the indelible impact Hendricks has had on the Christian community. His influence echoed through the lives of countless leaders, Tony Evans and Andy Stanley included, illustrating the power of mentorship. Beyond the historical and spiritual insights, this episode also delves into the discovery of Hendricks' book, graced with a rare forward by Billy Graham, uncovering the hidden gems within.But this isn't just an episode about past legends and their relevance today. It's a masterclass in personal transformation and the power of influence. Maina shares his journey of starting anew, the life-altering power of stepping out of your comfort zone, and how God's divine plan can supersede our own in times of adversity. Finally, we emphasize the invaluable role of being an influential mentor - impacting lives without seeking credit or recognition. So, buckle up for a journey of inspiration, wisdom, and transformation, because it's never too late to start anew, and you never know where your influence might lead. Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
24:38 12/18/23
A Remarkable Journey of Love and Hope with Jessye Wilden
Send us a Text Message.Are you familiar with the power of love and the strength of hope in the midst of grief and trauma? Picture this: author, speaker, and podcaster Jessye Wilden and her family find themselves unexpectedly caring for two children left orphaned by their best friends. As they navigate this new and challenging journey, an unexpected addition to their family sparks a light of joy and hope, reshaping Jessie's perspective on life and the power of love. Think for a moment about the challenges your own family has faced. Have you ever wondered how you'd cope with a significant loss? Jessye  shares their personal experience of pulling together as a family and underscores the importance of prioritizing the needs of others. She paints a vivid picture of their journey through grief, the absence of support groups for families in similar situations, and her dream of starting a grief group to help others. Now, imagine the strength it takes to choose love and empathy over judgment in the face of a personal tragedy. This episode features a compelling story of a woman who experienced the tragic loss of her son and daughter-in-law to murder-suicide. Her mother-in-law's act of painting her son's name in color every morning serves as a profound testament to the power of love. Tune in to this moving and uplifting conversation that will inspire you, make you think, and perhaps transform your perspective on life. Jessye Wilden's story is one you won't want to miss.Follow Jessye on Instagram @jessye_wildenOrder Jessye's book and memoir, "We Wrote Your Name in Color"Connect with her at https://www.jessyewilden.com/  Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
31:12 12/3/23
Men in the Middle: Tackling Gender Equity with Kori Reed
Send us a Text Message.In this episode I chatted with Kori Reed, author of Men in the Middle: Conversations to Gain Momentum with Gender Equity's Silent Majority. Drawing from her personal experiences as the only female in her family, Kori shares  insights about the pivotal role men, who aren't on the extreme ends of behavior, play in driving change. Kori explains the intricate tangle of gender dynamics, highlighting the importance of connection and understanding in creating a more equitable society.Kori helped me understand the complexity of equity, and the role emotions often play in overshadowing data-driven decision making. She also underscored the significance of women empowering each other in the workplace, helping to normalize these vital conversations.Kori explains the often unspoken challenges men face in their journey towards gender equity. She  elaborates on the need for people to start a different conversation, one that fosters understanding and empathy.  She explains how balancing career success with personal sacrifices is an issue for both men and women (rather than being considered a women's issue only) so we explore how to create a space where everyone thrives. Kori's book helped me recognize and appreciate the importance of 'men in the middle' in creating a more equitable society. Tune in for an enlightening dialogue that promises to broaden your perspective on gender equity. Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
26:52 11/12/23
From Casting Nets to Casting Hope: Meet Steve Jamison, Author of 'The Most Valuable Catch'
Send us a Text Message.How often do you come across someone who's made a shift from a life of commercial fishing to leading a congregation? Meet Steve Jamison, the lead pastor of Eastridge Church in Seattle. Steve's inspiring journey from casting nets for fish to spreading the gospel has been beautifully penned down in his book, "The Most Valuable Catch: Risking it All for What Matters the Most." We get a glimpse into his unique take on leadership, integrity, and authentic living through our enlightening conversation.It's not every day that we are nudged by God to carry out an act of generosity. Well, Steve was, and he responded with open arms and an open heart. You'd be intrigued to know the story of how a simple food court in Puerto Rico led him to provide shoes for a pastor and his family residing in Cuba. But Steve's desire to spread the gospel doesn't stop there. His evangelistic outreach ministry, Jammin' Against the Darkness, has attracted sports figures who share their faith and inspire many.Legacy, mentorship, and encouragement are powerful tools. As Steve shares his thoughts on these, you can reflect on how your life, irrespective of the stage, can be a tool for God's glory. Drawing from the life of Barnabas, Steve shows how starting small can lead to a significant impact. By the end of our chat, you'd appreciate the vision behind Steve's book and how it can transform lives. So grab a cup of coffee, tune in, and let Steve's passion, wisdom, and dedication inspire you to serve God and people.Order Steve's book and additional study tools and extra bonuses at the website:http://www.themostvaluablecatch.com Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
35:18 10/31/23
The Coupon Mom Story: An Unexpected Journey of Faith and Finding Purpose
Send us a Text Message.Ever wonder how a simple task like couponing could turn into an unexpected journey filled with challenges, triumphs, and ultimately, the power to make a difference in people's lives? Join me as I recount the extraordinary 20-year journey that began with a simple idea sparked by an inspiring talk by author Becky Tirabassi. Hear how this idea evolved into a group of women coming together to understand the art of couponing, and how a bridge was built between those who mastered this art and those who were in need. As we unravel this amazing story, you'll discover how faith, trust and an unshaken belief in God’s plan played a pivotal role in shaping the trajectory of this journey. I share how a friend's assistance led me to national television, reaching millions of viewers and showcasing the incredible power of couponing when combined with charity. We'll explore the significance of owning your dreams, the importance of persistence in the face of challenges, and most importantly, the beauty of believing in your unique path.The final segment of our story reveals the unexpected leap of coupon moms into the national spotlight, from appearances on Good Morning America to my coupon system demonstration on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Hear about the growth and evolution of the website, the rise of other coupon moms, and how this unexpected development surprisingly propelled the business to new heights. As we wrap up the episode, we delve into the critical importance of authenticity and steadfastness in holding onto your dreams. This episode is a celebration of believing in oneself, trusting the process, and the incredible power each one of us holds to effect change.Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
43:47 10/9/23
Embracing God's Vision: Ciara Laine Myers' Transformational Journey
Send us a Text Message.What happens when you disconnect from the digital world for a year? This happened to Ciara Laine Myers, award-winning entrepreneur and author of the book, "Glasses Off: Seeking God When Your Vision Is Gone." Imagine the courage it takes to step back from your digital presence, not for a digital detox, but a spiritual one. Join us as we have a powerful conversation with Ciara about her year-long journey of faith and discovery.Through her book, Ciara shares how that period of disconnection allowed her to discern God's voice better, and in the process, she discovered and embraced a new vision for her life. But it wasn't easy. Ciara recounts a pivotal moment when, in a fit of frustration and anger, she received the title of her book during prayer. Ciara takes us through an exploration of the Bible beyond the pure gathering of information, the importance of daily communion with God, and how being a visionary differs from being a dreamer. Learn from Ciara's seven practical steps on how to embrace and fulfill God's vision for your life.Ciara's desire to provide value for others led her on a transformative path, and she shares this and more, including her journey into public speaking, with us. With Ciara's journey as a guide, discover how you too can unlock the power of pursuing God's vision for your life.Order book from AmazonConnect with Ciara:Website: https://www.ciaralainemyers.com/Monthly Newsletter: https://ciaralainemyers.substack.com/Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.pt/ciaralainemyers/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ciaralainemyers/Counseling Services: https://intentional-counseling.comCounseling YouTube Channel (featuring Paul Myers): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQBREwLFoj0BS0Ta0YT0PHACiara's personal blog:  https://veiledfree.com/ Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
27:57 9/25/23
Embracing the Power of Faith with Nick Nilson
Send us a Text Message.This episode of the Pivotal People podcast is a riveting journey of faith and resilience featuring our special guest, Nick Nilson. Nick's story is one that takes us from his small hometown in Wisconsin to his remarkable transformation into an Associate Pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston with pastor Joel Osteen , serving a congregation of 30 to 40,000 people weekly.  Nick's life is a testament to the healing power of faith and the potential each one of us has in our  lives.Nick's new book has made the USA Today Bestseller list and it's a great read. It's title is based on Nick's personal experience: "You Can Live the Dream: Trading Disappointment and Discontentment for Peace, Joy and Fulfillment,"Diving into the heart of his narrative, Nick shares the profound shift from his football dreams to becoming an influential pastor. He underscores the importance of having faith even in the face of adversity. His powerful message of hope encourages listeners not to resist the challenges life throws at them. Instead, he emphasizes the importance of seeing these closed doors as opportunities for greater things. Nick's inspiring words are a beacon of light that guides us towards finding our own purpose amidst the chaos.In the latter part of our conversation, Nick speaks about the undeniable power of serving others. He believes that each one of us has been given influence and it's our prerogative on how to use it. Nick encourages us to use this influence to uplift others and spread positivity. He also underscores the significance of community outreach, and the role we all can play in making a difference. Join us for this episode, filled with insights that will make you reflect on your life, your struggles and the incredible potential you hold to make a difference.Connect with Nick at https://www.nicknilson.com/You can order his book from Amazon HERE Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
25:49 9/14/23
From Tragedy to Triumph: Rebecca Rothman's Foster Care Story
Send us a Text Message.We're inviting you to journey with us, alongside our guest Rebecca Rothman, director of donor relations at Faith Bridge Foster Care, as she unpacks her incredibly inspiring life story. Abandoned at birth, adopted, and now a beacon of hope in the foster care system, Rebecca's tale is not one to miss. Through sharing her personal experience, she illuminates the hardships and triumphs of fostering and adoption, and how they shaped her faith and purpose in life. Her upcoming book, "Abandoned for God", promises to be an intimate chronicle of her journey to healing and finding her divine calling.The second part of our discussion takes a deeper look into the pressing issues and challenges within the foster care system. With her first-hand insight, Rebecca paints a vivid picture of the potential trauma children in the system face and how we can actively contribute to changing their lives for the better. We conclude this enlightening conversation by delving into Faith Bridge Foster Care's innovative programs and introducing their newest initiative — the Youth Opportunities Program. A must-listen episode filled with touching stories, life-changing insights, and how you can make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children. Let's embark on this journey together.Contact Rebecca here:https://faithbridgefostercare.org/https://www.instagram.com/rtrinklerothman/ Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
33:46 8/30/23
Uncovering the Leader in Each of Us with Tim Lupinacci
Send us a Text Message.Can leadership truly be found within each of us? Let's uncover the answer in our engaging conversation with Tim Lupinacci, the CEO and Chair of the Baker Donelson law firm, one of the largest firms in the country. Not just a successful business leader, Tim is a self-proclaimed leadership junkie, actively transforming his car into a leadership university and practicing 'dinner table diplomacy' to better understand and inspire those around him. As the founder of the nonprofit Everybody Leads, he's dedicated to fostering leadership skills and confidence in underserved communities. Our discussion with Tim Lupinacci takes you on a journey exploring the power of words and mindful communication, from impactful quotes to a simple phrase from his nephew that holds immense significance. He shares with us how one sentence altered his career path, reinforcing how words can shape our lives. As we delve deeper into his leadership journey, we explore how he invests in relationships, practices active listening, and creates a conducive environment for ideas and feedback in his firm. Here's an episode that reminds us that leadership is not confined to titles or roles but is a potential within us all. So, let's tune in and uncover the leader in each of us!Connect with Tim for more information:CEO of Baker Donelson law firm: https://www.bakerdonelson.com/Founder of nonprofit "Everybody Leads":  https://everybodyleads.org/ Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
30:59 8/16/23
Ep. 58: Author Amanda Opelt, "Holy Unhappiness: God, Goodness, and the Myth of the Blessed Life"
Send us a Text Message.Amanda Opelt, author of "Holy Unhappiness: God, Goodness and the Myth of the Blessed Life"  invites readers to challenge the false beliefs many in the church hold about “the good life” and what it means to walk in communion with God. Amanda examines some of the historic, religious, and cultural influences that led to the idolization of positive feelings and the marginalization of negative feelings.  Amanda acknowledges the value of pursuing happiness but advocates for embracing a broader range of emotions within the Christian experience. She urges for the normalization of feelings like sadness, anger, grief and disappointment, highlighting their potential for growth in your faith journey. Amanda is available for interviews and can speak on how to find holiness in the midst of unhappiness and uncomfortable emotions, how being blessed is often misunderstood or misinterpreted or the importance of normalizing feelings such as sadness, anger, grief, and disappointment is a part of the Christian experience.Learn more  and Order from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Unhappiness-Goodness-Myth-Blessed/dp/1546001921/ref=sr_1_1?Connect with Amanda:https://amandaheldopelt.com/https://www.instagram.com/amandaheldopelt/ Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
25:59 8/9/23
Ep. 57: Chris Beth: The Bucket Ministry--Bringing Clean Water to the World
Send us a Text Message.Chris Beth is the Executive Director of The Bucket Ministry. It is an innovative and practical approach to providing clean water to impoverished communities in developing countries, while ministering to residents to share Christ's love. I am fascinated with Chris' story, the technology he uses, and am touched by his sincere love for this cause. I will be a supporter of his ministry after meeting him and learning about his exciting organization.  Their website www.thebucketministry.org describes their appproach:"We share God’s love through the gift of clean, safe, drinking water. We provide under-resourced communities around the world with long-lasting water filters, forge and nurture new relationships with Jesus Christ, and inspire systemic, Christ-centered change through discipleship training."Chris started this ministry after a mission trip to the Brazilian Amazon with his daughter.  His personal story is inspiring and encouraging, and motivates the rest of us to help in very simple ways. Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
28:22 8/2/23
Ep. 56: Mark Bannon: Author "The Boy From the Cave: A Soul-Stirring Journey From Hopelessness to Faith"
Send us a Text Message.In this episode of the Pivotal People Podcast, we welcome Mark Bannon, an author, speaker, and professional coach, to discuss his upcoming memoir titled "The Boy From the Cave: From Hopelessness to Purpose." Mark shares his personal story of growing up in poverty and the challenges he faced as a result of his difficult childhood. Despite the hardships, Mark developed a strong work ethic and achieved great success in his professional life. However, he realized that he was running from his past traumas and sought to find purpose and meaning in his life.We discuss Mark's journey of self-discovery, including his exploration of spirituality and his pursuit of various Eastern philosophies. Ultimately, Mark finds his way to Christianity through an unexpected encounter with a coworker from India who radiated peace. He begins reading the Bible daily and emphasizes the transformative power of connecting with God through scripture.Our conversation delves into the importance of mental health and finding balance in life. Mark advises his younger self and listeners to face their traumas, take time for self-care, and be mindful of what they ingest mentally and emotionally. He emphasizes the significance of reading the Bible and encourages readers to seek their own understanding of faith rather than relying solely on interpretations from others or organized religion.Today Mark is helping clients as a life coach, executive business coach and a speaker. You can connect with him at MarkABannon.com and on Instagram @markabannon . His book comes out in August 2023 and is available to pre-order in June. Learn more here and get a FREE download of the first 3 chapters of the book: https://markabannon.com/ Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
32:49 7/25/23
Ep. 55: Christina Zorich--Award-Winning Documentary Producer & Director: The New Abolitionists
Send us a Text Message.I had the privilege to discuss the documentary "The New Abolitionists" with director and producer Christina Zorich. She shared her perspective on the documentary's topic of human trafficking in Southeast Asia as well as other parts of the world. As she sheds light on the topic, she also provided encouragement on how the rest of us can  help in easy and practical ways. I know you will find her conversation as inspiring and encouraging as I did, particularly in light of how challenging this issue is.THE NEW ABOLITIONISTS, was directed by Christina Zorich and produced by Zorich, Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis, and Susannah Julien Barnes, and features the participation of Olympia Dukakis, Christina Zorich, Eng Veng, Annie Dieselberg, Daniel Vaupel, and Andrea Aasen. Three NGO’s (Non-Government Organizations) are featured in the documentary. These organizations are nobly dedicating their lives to battling human sex trafficking with inspiring results everyday.Film Festival awards include Los Angeles Film Awards (2020) LAFA August Award, Best Inspirational Film; Bridge Fest, Vancouver (2020) Grand Prize, Best Documentary; Hollywood Verge Film Awards (2020) Winter Award, Best Documentary Feature; Manhattan Film Festival (2021) Film Heals Award, Documentary Feature.  THE NEW ABOLITIONISTS is a must-watch film for all who desire to learn more about this devastating crime and those who are bravely fighting against it.You can find more information and links to watch the film here:https://thenewabolitionistsdoc.com/Find more in Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/thenewabolitionists/https://www.facebook.com/TheNewAbolitionists/ Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
40:06 7/11/23
Ep. 54: Beverly Harzog, US News & World Report Finance Expert
Send us a Text Message.Beverly Harzog is a nationally recognized credit card expert and consumer finance analyst for U.S. News & World Report. She's also the bestselling and award-winning author of five personal finance books. You can read her columns and see her US News interviews and videos here.Her expert advice has been featured in thousands of media outlets, including TV, radio, print, and major websites. She’s appeared on Fox News, CNN Newsource, NBC New York, NY1, ABC New York, NBC NY, ABC News Radio, Bloomberg Radio, and more.In this conversation, we discuss how people can improve their credit scores to help get lower interest rates on major purchases. We also discuss how to stay out of debt and be prepared for unexpected expenses. I've found Beverly's finance columns to be very helpful and practical. Check them out here:https://money.usnews.com/credit-cards/experts/beverly-harzog#bucket5Get in touch with Beverly:https://www.beverlyharzog.com/https://www.instagram.com/beverlyharzog/https://www.facebook.com/CreditJunkie/ Order Stephanie's new book Imagine More: Do What You Love, Discover Your Potential Learn more at StephanieNelson.comFollow us on Instagram @stephanie_nelson_cmFollow us on Facebook at CouponMom
27:53 6/27/23