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    Journey to Self explores the steps that we take to find our true identity, to strengthen our sense of self, and to bring inner peace into our lives.


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March 6th Journey to Self: Healing and Forgiveness

Today’s guest Deborah Akbar was such an inspiration. She has lifted herself up and overcome major obstacles and she is determined to keep going. She spoke today about the challenges of being differently-abled, learning how to forgive, and how she began healing herself.

Highlights from the show:

  • After her accident Deborah put herself through college, met her current husband, had another child, and entered the Miss Wheelchair American pageant.
  • Deborah spoke on the importance of listening to your own body and finding health care professionals that you fill can meet your needs.
  • Forgiveness is an important step in healing from the past, not only forgiving others but forgiving yourself.
  • Letting go of the past and allowing the positive in your life is crucial for healing to begin

Deborah will be traveling to Miami, Florida this week to receive a treatment that has a 98% success rate of giving her back some functioning in her limbs and even the ability to walk again. She will be coming back to the show to give us an update on the treatment and her progress.

JTS Links:
Life By Design
Journey to Self on Blog Talk Radio

Deborah’s Links:
I am Akbar
Debrorah’s Blog
Website for Brucker’s Biofeedback treatment

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Next week I will be joined by Marcy Neumann of Heartlites Inc.

Until next time, enjoy the journey to self and everything in between.

February 28th Journey to Self: Relationships with the Marriage Doctors

Today’s show I was priviledged to be joined by Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz

Dr. Charles D. Schmitz has been a highly successful faculty member and administrator in higher education for 38 years. His teaching has focused in the areas of counseling psychology and leadership development. During his distinguished career, he has received some 40 local, state, and national awards and honors; published more than 200 articles, manuscripts, books and scholarly papers; delivered more than 600 public speeches, professional presentations, and workshops; and traveled throughout the world. He has appeared on radio and television, and has been frequently quoted in the print media. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He currently is Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Schmitz was an award-winning administrator and educator for 36 years and has lectured in numerous college courses in counseling and leadership, since receiving her doctoral degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. As the former chief operating officer for a large organization of more than 22,000 people (students and employees), she understands complex enterprises and human relations issues. During her career, Elizabeth received more than 25 local, state, and national awards and honors; published more than 85 articles, manuscripts and books; and delivered more than 400 speeches, workshops and presentations. She has made numerous radio appearances, been featured on television and quoted extensively in the print media on a variety of topics. She currently is president of Successful Marriage Reflections, LLC.

Highlights from the show:

  • In a relationship it is important that you retain your identity.
  • Being able to communicate with your partner is very important. Even the most successful relationship is not without problems and challenges, but communications makes the difference in overcoming those issues in a relationship
  • Don’t let the “little things” keep adding up, be open and honest…don’t wait for the little things to become big things.
  • Drs. Schmitz shared with us 7 ways to know if you are in love, one of them is trying to imagine yourself without that person in your life.
  • Even the most successful marriage goes through their own trials and tragedies, being able to communicate and support each other makes the difference in surviving together or drifting apart.

JTS Links:
Life By Design
Journey to Self on Blog Talk Radio

Drs. Elizabeth and Charles Schmitz’s Links:
Successful Marriage Reflections LLC
“Official Guides To Love” for Self Growth.com
YouTube Video Interviews about the BookMore Interviews about Book
Buy “Golden Anniversaries: Secrets of Successful Marriage”
Buys “Golden Anniversaries: Secrets of Successful Marriage” on Amazon.com


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The month of March is Women’s History Month and Journey to Self will be celebrating by highlighting some great but little known women that have made an impact and contribution to our world.

Our Women’s History clips were researched, written and narrated by Diane Tegarden of Fire Walker Publications, and I want to extend my sincere gratitude to Diane for collaborating with me on this project!

Next week I will be joined by Deborah Akbar as we talk about Forgiveness.

Until next time, enjoy the journey to self and everything in between.

February 21st Journey to Self: Parenthood and Working at Home

Sandra Weber, host of Work at Home Family Talk Radio, and I talked today about Parenthood and working at home. Sandra, mother of 7 has been working from home on and off for the last 10 years and she had lots to say about the challenges and rewards of combining parenthood and working at home.

Tips from the show about working at home with children:

  • Be flexible! Remember that is why you wanted to work at home, so you would have more control over your schedule. Going with the flow is better than struggling upstream.
  • Find a schedule that works for you. Don’t feel that you have to have a 9-5 schedule, find what really works well for you, your family, and your business…it may be unconventional and that is ok.
  • Include your family. Try to include your family in your business. It will help the understand what you do and also reinforce that your business is important to your family. For younger children let them know that playing quietly during a conference call or watching a video while you work with a client is their part in helping you.
  • Have set work hours. While it is important to have flexibility and a schedule that works for everyone, it is equally important that you have a time in the day where you are done with work. It is common to have an increase in working hours because it is more accessible, it is important to keep balanced to make working at home work.

JTS Links:
Life By Design
Journey to Self on Blog Talk Radio

Sandra’s Links:
Work at Home Family Talk Radio
WAHF on Blog Talk Radio

Other Links mentioned:
The Passion Project Show on Blog Talk Radio
Prosperity Mind-Set

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Until next time, enjoy the journey to self and everything in between.

February 7th Journey to Self: Women Helping Women

I felt very privileged today to be joined by four fantastic women. All of us are apart of a wonderful team called Women’s Support Team. Brought into reality by founder Paula Constanito. Armed with the motto:

Women’s Support TEAM is for YOU becauseTogether Everyone Achieves More Success with Less Stress Globally”

WS Team is dedicated to bringing education, resources, and tools to women across the globe.

Highlights from the show:

  • It is important to find the support you need through life’s transitions. Find a environment where you feel safe to be able to express and be yourself.
  • Everyone defines “happiness” and “success” differently. Embrace your individuality it differences is what keeps life interesting.
  • Remember you have choices in your life. Even if it is a choice you don’t like, there is still a choice.
  • Don’t forget to pay it forward, be a mentor or help someone learn from your experience and wisdom.

“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”

~ Vince Lombardi (1913-1970), football coach for the NFL

JTS Links:
Life By Design
Journey to Self on Blog Talk Radio

Guests’ Links (click on guests’ name to contact them via e-mail):

Women’s Support Team
Find a Coach Online

Paula Constanito
Package Yourself 4 Success

Carol Deckert
Referral Unlimited Network

Sandra Tate
Tate Works

Margie Warrell
Margie’s Site

Other Links mentioned:
The Passion Project Show on Blog Talk Radio


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Until next time, enjoy the journey to self and everything in between.

February 7th Journey to Self: Keeping the Passion Fires Burning

It was an exciting show today, or as my guest Katherine Reschke would say, “It was FANTABULOUS”

Today Katherine and I talked about how to stay passionate about our passions.

  • Sometimes you need to re-evaluate your passion, let it evolve or check in with your “Why” this is a normal part of the process, don’t get discouraged
  • Networking groups can open doors that you never thought of, remember to open up and allow.
  • Ways to keep yourself motivated:
    • outsource the tasks you dislike
    • use a vision board – you can create your own at www.catalogofdreams.com
    • use visualization to see your outcomes
    • get the support you need through friends, teachers, mentors, coaches, or a mastermind group. STAY WAY FROM DREAMKILLERS!!
  • Practice good self-care, it makes a difference between success and struggling!!

Join Katherine and I Friday at 11am cst as we talk more about how a strong foundation is needed to follow your passion on Katherine’s brand new Blog Talk Radio Show, The Passion Project.

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    JTS Links:
    Life By Design
    Journey to Self on Blog Talk Radio

    Katherine’s Link:
    Passions that Pay
    The Passion Project Skype Room

    Other Links mentioned:
    Business Networking and Relationship Building Skype Room


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    Until next time, enjoy the journey to self and everything in between.

    January 31st Journey to Self: Listening to your Inner Voice

    This was such a fabulous show. I again want to thank Rebecca White for joining me. We talked about why we ignore our intuition, why we should trust our inner voice, and ways to start listening to ourselves more.

    Rebecca White, gifted intuitive, offers insightful readings with Angel Healing Cards, Goddess Cards, Ascended Master Cards and The Healing Runes as a mode of assisting others in their deeper spiritual understanding.

    Rebecca has been a student of the Laws of Attraction and finding ways to heal yourself through your mind, body and spirit. It is her passion to help others in their own spiritual search and to show others how to trust their intuitive feelings when it comes to decision making.

    Highlights from the show:

    • Through conditioning we have lost touch with the guidance that our intuition
    • By taking care of ourselves and practicing good self-care we can start to learn to trust our inner voice.
    • Meditation is a good way to really listen to our intuition
    • We can help our children trust themselves by not dismissing their creativity, imagination, fears, or ideas.

    There are too many highlights to list, this is really a must listen to show!!

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    JTS Links:
    Life By Design
    Journey to Self on Blog Talk Radio

    Rebecca’s Link:

    Heal Yourself Talk Radio
    Healthy Living Radio and TV
    Health Podcasting Directory
    Intuitive Card Readings

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    Until next time, enjoy the journey to self and everything in between.

    January 24th Journey to Self: Getting Out of Limbo

    Today on Journey to Self I talked with author Diane Tegarden, author of “Getting Out Of Limbo– A Self Help Divorce Book For Women,” which provides step by step instructions on how to achieve financial and emotional independence after a divorce. Her newest book, a new poetry e-book, “Light Through Shuttered Window” was released right before Christmas.

    Diane formed FireWalker Publications Inc. in 2004 to promote her passionate, original written works, materials, ideas and creations.

    Today Diane shared some tips to assist women that are contemplating or are going through a divorce.

    • Know the divorce laws in your state! Each state varies in how to file and the grounds in which to file.
    • Know your finances, in many states both spouses are responsible for debts incurred during the marriage. Also, know your assets and list them.
    • Don’t forget to seek out emotional and legal advice during the process.
    • Don’t give up on finding another relationship. It doesn’t mean that you have to rush into something that you might not be ready for, instead know that having a healthy relationship after your divorce is not only possible, but had been the case for many for people of divorce. Take your time and learn from previous relationship mistakes to avoid making them again.

    JTS Links:
    Life By Design
    Journey to Self on Blog Talk Radio

    Diane’s Link:
    Firewalker Publications
    Buy one of Diane’s Books

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    Until next time, enjoy the journey to self and everything in between.