How To overcome obstacles

How To overcome obstacles

Life is filled with obstacles. And to be honest, it’s not getting any easier.

But we can push on with confidence. Keep reading.

A Tweet Chat—also called a Twitter Chat, Tweet Party or Twitter Party—occurs when a group of Twitter users meets at a pre-arranged chat to discuss a specific topic that uses a designated hashtag (#). —-Livewire

How do you approach problem-solving?

Q1. We all have setbacks. When faced with the formidable, what is your process to problem solving?

I recently came up with an acronym for my process. I call it P.A.G.E.

It stands for Pause. Assess. Gather. Execute.

Pause. Let it all sink in. Digest it. Doing this keeps me from acting on impulse or emotion.

Assess. What will I need to resolve, cope or survive?

Gather. Research it! Ask questions. Due diligence. Gather all necessary information to help you make an informed decision on whatever the big “it” is in your life.

Execute. Once I’ve done all of these things, then I act on my plans with some level of confidence.

Q2. Have you ever felt like giving up? How did you overcome come it? Or, if you’re feeling this way now, why?

Breast cancer made me feel defeated. I was in shock. Followed by intense fear. Grief. And a feeling of being lost.

I cried, prayed, ate two boxes of my favorite lemon cookies (without guilt), then I went to a support group where I said the words out loud

“Hi, my name is April. I have breast cancer.”

Admitting it. Knowing I wasn’t alone. Taking time to let it sink in. All of these things helped me to cope with my feelings.

Q3. How do you stay positive in the face of adversity?

Faith/prayer, bible study. Dance. I listen to music. Talk with a friend. Take a walk. Watch something that makes me laugh. I resist isolating myself.

Q4. What advice would you give someone else struggling with an obstacle?

Take breaks. Seek support. Lean on your faith. Exercise; movement helps your mind and body. Avoid isolation. If you keep it to yourself, no one can help you. Also, ask me!

Q5. Can workplace leadership skills translate into your personal life? If so, how?

Absolutely! My skills helped me to organize, develop and ask the right questions. I interviewed teams of doctors before I settled on one. I was able to effectively communicate my concerns to doctors and others involved.

Q6. How do you take care of yourself when coping with major challenges (physically, emotionally, spiritually)?

I take regular breaks from the problem at hand. I enjoy taking walks. There’s something about being outdoors or in nature. I reach out to friends. Rest. Laughter. Also what I feed myself helps me. I love a good bowl of soup.

Q7. What motivates you to do better and thrive in life?

Family. Health. Faith. Legacy. Desire to support others at difficult times.

Up Close & Personal: Lesley Barth

Up Close & Personal: Lesley Barth

LESLEY BARTH is a singer-songwriter and entrepreneur who believes music has the power to change lives and help us to better understand ourselves, and each other.

With her rich voice, relatable lyrics and 70’s sound (and vibe) Barth has been compared to music greats like Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Carly Simon and Cat Stevens.

In my conversation with Barth she talked about why flying solo is so important to her, and how she’s overcoming the habit of worrying about what others think.

Continue reading “Up Close & Personal: Lesley Barth”

‘Nasty Woman’ Teen Shines at Women’s March Washington 

‘Nasty Woman’ Teen Shines at Women’s March Washington 

 

Nina Donovan is a courageous 19-year-old college student who used her talent as a spoken-word artist (think Hamilton) to rise up against the modern-day Goliath: politicians threatening to trample on equality in America.

Continue reading “‘Nasty Woman’ Teen Shines at Women’s March Washington “

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Sara Evans 

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Sara Evans 

 

IRL, divorce happens. But for country music sweetheart, Sara Evans, divorce happened very publicly. In 2006 after 13 years and 3 kids, Sara filed for divorce from Craig Schelske. Adding fuel to the rumors, she resigned from the ABC hit show “Dancing with the stars” on the same day.

The divorce papers cited irreconcilable differences, inappropriate marital conduct and adultery. Things quickly got ‘divorce ugly.’ The allegations were terrible. The pain and grief had to be hard on her family. But the sky is now clear and the ashes seems to have dissipated.

Continue reading “The Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Sara Evans “