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The Flare Up Show

The Flare Up Show

By Chrissy Cordingley

For people who are experiencing discomfort, whether, from their own circumstances or the world we live in, The Flare Up show is a listening experience that tackles tough health topics with brevity, shares inspiring stories of people who have overcome great obstacles, and teaches the many ways we can expand our minds & bodies to create a life & community worth living in. A flare is defined as an onset of multiple symptoms, common with people that live with various chronic ailments. Just like we fail forward to success, we can flare upwards to the healthiest and happiest version of ourselves.
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Episode #44 The Power of Purposeful Adversity with Brad Ritter

The Flare Up Show Jan 19, 2023

Episode #68 - Life Saving Sleep with Dr. Barry Krakow
Nov 16, 202301:00:14
Episode #60 - (RE-RELEASE) Chill the F*ck Out for Freedom from Food and Fitness with Alana Van Der Sluys

Episode #60 - (RE-RELEASE) Chill the F*ck Out for Freedom from Food and Fitness with Alana Van Der Sluys

Alana's book is now available for pre-order! Freedom with Food and Fitness. It’s a practical guide to incorporating intuitive eating into your everyday life if you’re someone whose finally ready to ditch dieting but still wants to pursue health through nutrition and fitness. "There are a lot of stories from my journey from undiagnosed eating disorders to food freedom that correspond to the real-life tips and tricks I incorporate into my life today as a working mom. The book is divided into two parts—food and fitness—and both will debunk the myths we’ve been socialized to believe about what makes us healthy, beautiful, confident and worthy." It’s available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and will be officially released on November 14.


If you preorder prior to November 14th, there are $250 in bonus material and discounts on intuitive eating coaching through her program, Defy the Diet. After you preorder go to to grab those!

Chill the F*ck Out (CTFO) is a coaching modality that Alana uses and it stands for Circumstances, Thoughts, Feelings and Outcomes. Because how we respond to and feel about circumstances drives our behaviour. If we are struggling with a healthy mindset it can lead to making decisions that drive poor health outcomes.

Alana is an advocate for being body positive and breaking down the stereotype that shape and size are the indicator of health. She herself has recovered from disordered eating and shares openly about her journey through that.

ALANA VAN DER SLUYS is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, TEDx speaker, eating disorder survivor, and the founder of Freedom with Food and Fitness. She is dedicated to empowering women to heal their relationship with food and their bodies to step into their potential, take up space, and pursue true health. She currently hosts the Finally Free Podcast, and her debut book– Freedom with Food and Fitness: How Intuitive Eating is the Key to Becoming Your Happiest, Healthiest Self–will be released with Urano World USA on November 7, 2023. She is a contributing writer for several national publications, including the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) and Best Holistic Life Magazine. She was also, most recently, a panelist and speaker for the Speak Up Women’s Conference in April 2023.

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Nov 06, 202332:15
Episode #67 - Out of Your Head and Into Your Flow with Stephanie Cornelisse
Sep 28, 202337:28
Episode #66 - Rewiring the Brain for Health and Wellness with Dr. Karen Cureton

Episode #66 - Rewiring the Brain for Health and Wellness with Dr. Karen Cureton

Dr. Karen Cureton is a licensed naturopathic physician, acupuncturist, passionate neuroplasticity practitioner, and co-creator of the Wired for Wellness program. Through her own journey with complex chronic illness, anxiety, depression, and PTSD as well as from treating hundreds of patients with complex chronic illness, she realized the profound impact that stress physiology has on all aspects of health. By rewiring her brain and rebalancing her nervous system, she was able to free herself from anxiety, depression, PTSD, many physical symptoms and stress patterns. She has since helped many clients do the same with diverse health issues, traumas, and self-sabotaging patterns. Dr. Cureton is now a firm believer that everyone with a chronic mental, emotional, or physical health issue will benefit from neural retraining, and in many cases it is critical to healing. FREE PROGRAMS: Website:, Youtube:, Facebook Pages:, Instagram:, 3-5 areas of expertise: 1. An alternative to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & medication: How to resolve instead of manage chronic anxiety 2. Easeful resolution of phobias without Exposure Therapy 3. How to eliminate Panic attacks fast without medication 4. How to eliminate migraines fast without medication 5. Resolving chronic pain, instead of managing it, by rewiring the brain.

Sep 21, 202346:45
Episode #65 - Death can bring you back to life with Jodi Wellman
Sep 15, 202338:09
Episode #64 Procrastination to Power with the Wandering Coach

Episode #64 Procrastination to Power with the Wandering Coach

***PAUSE the retreat for women is now open for registration!***

Katy Andrews is a self-professed serial procrastinator driven by perfectionism, wanting everything to be just right before taking action. She changed this narrative by selling all of her personal belongings and started traveling the world. Now every day of her life feels like a retreat and she has learned to take things as they come and enjoy the life she has right now, rather than waiting for it to happen.

Katy is The Wandering Coach and helps people all over the world heal from perfectionism, and procrastination and grow their confidence and self-belief so they can take the action they need to have the life they want right now.

You can find Katy at

And as always you can find me at

Check out my new venture Ignite Purpose Canada, I help work teams become #bettertogether

Aug 24, 202342:40
Episode #63 - The Importance of the PAUSE with Dr. Patlee Creary

Episode #63 - The Importance of the PAUSE with Dr. Patlee Creary

Aug 17, 202352:25
REPLAY Episode #15 - Lucie Rochette, Pressing the Pause Button on Perfectionism

REPLAY Episode #15 - Lucie Rochette, Pressing the Pause Button on Perfectionism

In the pursuit of achievement and happiness, it is inevitable that we will need to pause, whether we recognize the need to slow down or our body makes the decision for us. This week I have a very special guest, a woman I had the fortune to meet in the professional realm that I have always admired greatly for her character, talent, and expertise. 

Lucie Rochette is a successful writer and speaker that has recently made massive changes to her lifestyle, leaving the corporate world to practice radical self-care after experiencing burnout. 

Listen as she shares her inspiring story of unlearning a life of perfectionism and chasing achievement and what she is doing now to live a life with a few more pauses and listening to her body. 

Lucie is now working on her debut novel (target release 2022) while navigating post-burnout life. You can occasionally find Lucie on Instagram  @velucieraptor, check her out! 

Aug 03, 202301:03:57
Episode #62 - Let Go of Limiting Beliefs with Deborah LeBlanc
Jul 27, 202354:44
*REPLAY* Episode #13 - Zebras Do Exist with Brandy Goodman. Living with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

*REPLAY* Episode #13 - Zebras Do Exist with Brandy Goodman. Living with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

Brandy Champagne is an extraordinary person who has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Autism, and ADHD who has been disabled for a good portion of their life. A common issue for disabled people is that they rely on others to provide their food and dietary needs. After experiencing a breakthrough when adopting a plant-based diet it inspired them to learn how to safely and simply get back into the kitchen and create an opportunity to be involved in their own care. 

Brandy is currently writing a book that will share how they did that to inspire and teach other disabled people how to ease their way back into the kitchen and prepare nutritious food full of benefits to the body and mind. 

This episode is titled Zebras do exist because a common theme in medical school for doctors was that if you hear hoofbeats expect to see a horse, not a zebra. Meaning your first investigation should be for a common issue, not an obscure disease. However, that philosophy has led to people with chronic illnesses having to prove that all the common, obvious reasons are not the culprit through a process of elimination. 

Brandy was born with this rare disease but was not diagnosed until she was almost an adult and many women are not diagnosed until they start trying to get pregnant. EDS is a painful, life-disrupting illness where many of the body's tissues do not grow correctly resulting in very loose joints, ligaments, organ failure, bruising, and loss of motor function. 

Their doctor told them that if they went vegetarian or vegan they would die. Later in life, feeling they were on their way to an early death anyway, a PETA video inspired them to adopt a compassionate plant-based lifestyle. Surprisingly, rather than languishing or deteriorating, Brandy started to get better...MUCH better. 

Today, Brandy loves to be outdoors and can easily crush a 7km hike on the weekends with her fabulous partner and furry companion. 

Jun 24, 202346:08
Episode #61 - A Lifetime With Crohn's Disease with Mike Stein
Jun 15, 202334:16
Episode #59 - What Your Doctor Wants You to Know with Dr. Virgie Bright Ellington
Jun 01, 202354:55
Episode #58 - Raising Resilient and Responsible Children with Dr. Larry Waldman

Episode #58 - Raising Resilient and Responsible Children with Dr. Larry Waldman

Joining me today is Dr. Larry Waldman, a world-renowned psychologist that is sharing with us how to raise resilient and responsible children. How we can create the balance between positive reinforcement and facing consequences for actions that help children become self-sufficient, happy and sucessful.

Dr. Waldman is a recently semi-retired certified school psychologist and licensed clinical, forensic psychologist in Phoenix, Arizona.  He conducted a highly successful private practice of 45 years working with children, teens, parents, couples, and adults in a solution-focused manner.  He also consulted with family, personal injury, immigration and estate planning attorneys.  His BS in Education/Psychology was from the University of Wisconsin; his MS in School Psychology was from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; his Ph.D. in Educational/School Psychology was earned at Arizona State University; and his Diplomate (ABPP) was received in 2003.

Waldman was the past president of the Maricopa Psychological Society, the Director of Psychological Services for Charter Psychiatric Hospital of Glendale and was an “Official Guide” (top expert) on Parenting for  He continues as a Medical Consultant for the Social Security Office in Phoenix, an adjunct graduate professor in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Departments for Ottawa University, and serves on the professional advisory board of Stepping Stones of Hope, a charitable organization serving children whom have lost a parent.  Waldman is the co-chair of the Early Career Psychologists Committee with the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA).   He is also certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a (senior) fitness specialist.

In addition to numerous articles which have been published in the local Phoenix media and in the national press, Waldman has (thus far) written six books:  Who’s Raising Whom?  Coping with Your Adolescent; How Come I Love Him But Can’t Live with Him? The Graduate Course You Never Had; Too Busy Earning a Living to Make Your Fortune? and Overcoming Your Negotiaphobia: Negotiating Through Your Life. He currently is writing Love your Kid More than You Hate your Ex.

Dr. Waldman trained as a public speaker.  His signature presentations are: The Business of Private Practice—The Graduate Course You Never Had and Teaching Parents to Parent.  He has made over 150 paid presentations in his career to attorneys, chiropractors, psychologists, family therapists, counselors, social workers, school psychologists and school counselors. To the community Waldman speaks on parenting, marriage, stress, depression and anxiety, wellness, grandparenting and psychotherapy.  His seminars are organized, practical and entertaining—offering “edutainment.”

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May 25, 202301:02:10
Episode #57 - Healing Obsessive Compulsion with That Hoarder
May 18, 202353:40
Episode #56 - The Art of Relationshipping with Michelle Hoffman

Episode #56 - The Art of Relationshipping with Michelle Hoffman

Because life is better with good love in it, Michelle Hoffmann joins me today to share how to attract high quality, relationship-ready people, as well as navigate and enjoy all the right relationships in your life, without fear of repeating previous relationship mistakes, or not being ‘enough.’

Keynote Speaker, Life & Relationship Coach, Michelle Hoffmann is the International Best-Selling Author of five books “Life Worth Living,” “New Management Blueprint,” the “Find Love Now” Series, and program producer of “The Art of Relationshipping.”

You can go from worried you’re not enough, to confident you are attracting everything you desire in life, personally and professionally. With Michelle’s coaching, you are ready to step into the person you envision becoming: attracting the right attention, able to self-advocate, visible, valued and valuable, competent and successful.

How do you go from lonely to love? It's all about Relationshipping. Wherever youare in your life journey — single, partnered, married, divorced, or widowed, Michelle Hoffmann helps you have the confidence to live and enjoy life as youdream it can be. 

Website: - Download “Essential Tips to Develop an Online Profile that Really Works” at


Instagram: The_Art_Of_Relationshipping



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May 11, 202301:02:12
Episode #55 - You Cannot Heal a Body You Do Not Love with Becca Stone
May 04, 202355:47
Episode #54 - A Body Worth Defending with Ed Cohen

Episode #54 - A Body Worth Defending with Ed Cohen

Today's guest is an extraordinary thought leader with a heart and spirit brimming with empathy and enthusiasm. Dr. Ed Cohen shares how his thoughts and philosophies around healing have evolved over his fifty years of living with Chrohn's Disease. He brings up an amazing point, that immunity was a word that first meant "free from" in the legal world. Then over time, the world of medicine and science labeled our internal defense mechanisms as the immune system. But if we are free from threats, as immunity implies, why must we have an entire immune defense system? This is a great question he poses and answers in this episode.

Dr. Ed Cohen is a Ph.D. in Modern Thought from Stanford and for the last three decades he has been an award-winning professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality at Rutgers University. At thirteen, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease—a chronic, incurable condition that nearly killed him in his early twenties. At his diagnosis, his doctors told him that the best he could hope for would be periods of remission. Unfortunately, doctors never mentioned healing as a possibility.


In his book On Learning to Heal, Cohen draws on fifty years of living with Crohn’s to consider how Western medicine’s turn from an “art of healing” toward a “science of medicine” deeply affects both medical practitioners and their patients. He demonstrates that although medicine can now offer many seemingly miraculous therapies, medicine is not and has never been the only way to enhance healing. Exploring his own path to healing, he argues that learning to heal requires us to desire and value healing as a vital possibility. With this book, Cohen advocates reviving healing’s role for all those whose lives are touched by illness.

You can connect with Dr. Cohen and purchase a copy of his book here: -----

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Apr 20, 202301:31:37
Episode #53 - Now That I Know Who I Am, I Know What My Power Is with Andreena Leeanne

Episode #53 - Now That I Know Who I Am, I Know What My Power Is with Andreena Leeanne

Today's guest is exceptional, she is such a testimony to learning how to love and heal yourself using the power of telling your story. Listen as Andreena shares how she learned to treat herself with care and how she is helping make the world a more compassionate and inclusive place.

Andreena Leeanne (she/her) 41, is a Black Lesbian Lived Experience Speaker, Wellbeing Workshop Facilitator, Author & Poet who helps organizations with their inclusion and well-being strategy by speaking about intersectionality, authenticity, allyship also facilitates well-being workshops that focus on self-care.

Andreena writes and performs poetry to come to terms with and speak out about her personal experiences with homelessness, mental health, identity, childhood sexual abuse & the many other challenges she has faced in her life.

Her debut poetry collection CHARRED was published by Team Angelica in 2020 and was shortlisted for a Polari First Book Prize in 2021.

In January 2015 Andreena founded Poetry LGBT Open Mic Night which is a warm and welcoming space for the LGBTQ+ community to come together to share their experiences & creativity through poetry and spoken word both virtually and in-person. Follow @PoetryLGBT on all socials.

In 2018 Andreena was one of Stonewall’s Black History Month role models and was shortlisted for a Positive LGBT Role Model National Diversity Award in 2020.

In 2021 Andreena became a trustee of a charity called Action Breaks Silence whose mission is to end violence against women and girls.

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Apr 13, 202301:05:27
Episode #52 - Fearless Fitness with Danielle Jean
Mar 30, 202358:49
Episode #51 - The Goddess Compass with Deanna Hann

Episode #51 - The Goddess Compass with Deanna Hann

Deanna Hann is the founder of a navigational program -The Goddess Compass. The program's adventurous and inspirational journey in the Amazon jungle was her healing transformation. The Compass guided her to let go of her past and become who she was truly meant to be. A compass is a powerful tool that she shares open-heartedly with all, especially with one who struggles with depression, pain, suffering, or lack of confidence. She has spoken to over 400,000 women internationally to impact their lives in their quest for happiness.

She has been on a British Podcast sharing her story of faith and is also an executive member of the Positive Thinkers, A Club 33 years strong. Denna is the author of The Goddess Compass: her transformational journey from darkness to light. Her programs include The Cultivating Compassion Course, Marry Yourself First, and The Art and Heartful Living of a Goddess. My amazon jungle experience.

She naturally inspires others to a self-compassionate journey where she supports you abundantly to let you raise your sails in faith, and your heart becomes your Compass fearlessly. We will sail on this journey together no matter how stormy, so you will never lose sight of the shore- the sure of who you are truly meant to be. As a Happy for No Reason® certified trainer, Deanna loves spreading the happy message. Let's raise our sails together and navigate to your heart, so you are unquestionably on Destination Pleasure. Hopefully, you can feel the engine's vibration waiting for you.

**She has free giveaway for our listeners, her ebook Send her an email to with the subject heading I am a Goddess andshe will send it to you free. In addition you will receive an offer for a 30 minute free coaching session via zoom where you will receive her second e- book with an opportunity to get my latest book 365 journal which will be emailed to you after your session.**

Not just for women she works with knights too. Its called Knightshift


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Mar 16, 202338:21
Episode #50 - Nurture to Nourish with Angela Tucker

Episode #50 - Nurture to Nourish with Angela Tucker

Welcome Angela to The Flare Up Show, she shares with all of us about her practice that combines nutrition and food with emotional and mental counseling, as so often food seems to be connected to the need for emotional healing, not just the physical. As an ethical vegan Angela also has programs available for vegans that struggle living in a non-vegan world, a feeling referred to as Vystopia. We talk at length about body dysmorphia and diet culture. 

Angela is a Canadian Certified Counsellor, Registered Dietitian, and Certified Yoga Teacher in Manitoba, Canada. She is passionate about the mind-body connection, mindfulness, and helping people heal their relationship with food and their bodies. Her work incorporates the principles of trauma-informed care and self-compassion, to safely support others in exploring their inner worlds. Another important part of Angela’s practices involves supporting others to live their lives with greater compassion for all sentient beings, human and non-human alike.



Set up a free consult call here:

Instagram: @angela.tucker.rd

Free Meditations:

Edwin at Cats TNR & Rescue:

Suggested resources:

Beyond Beliefs by Melanie Joy:

Veganism and Eating Disorder Recovery by Jenn Friedman:


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Mar 12, 202351:54
Episode #49 - Grow Well, Live Better with Erin Tennant

Episode #49 - Grow Well, Live Better with Erin Tennant

Mar 02, 202341:36
Episode #48 - Thoughts to Live By and Important Update with Chrissy Cordingley

Episode #48 - Thoughts to Live By and Important Update with Chrissy Cordingley

Today my special guest is none other! I am going to share five of my favourite quotes and thoughts by brilliant people that have helped shape me into the person I am today. I am also going to share amazing news about a brand new venture I am starting with Ignite Purpose.

Please register for the launch of Ignite Purpose Canada by going here: recording will be available if you are unable to attend in person.

To learn more about our Positive Intelligence Mental Fitness Program you can go to our first community cohort starts on March 2nd, and would love to invite you to join us for this amazing workshop series. Email me at if you would like to discuss or learn more before committing to the program. 

You can find me on my new website: which will take you to all my different projects and goings on! 

Feb 23, 202333:19
Episode #47 - Mind Aid & My Experience with Schizophrenia, Matthew Dickson
Feb 16, 202301:02:12
Episode #46 - What is Trauma Informed Care with Maya Nelson

Episode #46 - What is Trauma Informed Care with Maya Nelson

Today Maya Nelson, RMHCI, joins the Flare Up Show to talk about heavy topics with bravery, a lot of heart and even a few laughs.  She shares what trauma-informed care is, and how it should look, then we look at a few specific areas there is a risk of trauma and pain such as race-based trauma, LGBTQ2IA+ affirmative care, and generational trauma. 

Maya is the Silent Syche and you can find her easily here: She has resources as well as her services available as well as a support group for black women. "FAM noir is the safe, free and therapist led group made to ease the tensions of black femaleness through Afrocentric resources and cultural authenticity that only melaninated queens could understand."

Maya is a University of Central Florida grad with a background in intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, the child welfare system, and at-risk youth. In between those, she has experience working with clients of varying backgrounds, gender identities, religious beliefs, family systems, and relational statuses. Maya's goal in therapy is to clear the fog of mind that stops clients from seeing the strength, courage, beauty—and ultimately—answers in themselves. If her eclectic counseling style and tele-health based services fit your budget and needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out!


You can find Chrissy Cordingley at

That is also where you can purchase the Happy Life Planner, Hypnobabies hypnosis products and read or listen to my other work out in the world. If you have show ideas or guests to refer please email me anytime at

Feb 09, 202358:07
Episode #45 - The Financial Diva, It's All About the $Money, Honey! With Victoria Woods

Episode #45 - The Financial Diva, It's All About the $Money, Honey! With Victoria Woods

Finances are included on the Flare Up Show because financial health impacts our human health.  If we are stressed, ashamed, worried, or feel out of our element with finances we can become depressed, anxious, or feel the other effects of chronic stress. Then if you need out-of-pocket health care that only makes access to funding more critical. 

Money should be viewed as simply a tool, but how do we take charge of our situation to feel like we can use it best?

Victoria Woods joins us today to enlighten, entertain and educate us all on financial health. As a very successful entrepreneur who came from humble beginnings, she has a mission to enrich other people's lives with what she has learned in her lucrative career. Today she will talk about personal empowerment, the flow of money, basic investing advice, and her personal story of how she became the woman she is today. 

Victoria Woods is CEO and Chief Investment Advisor at ChappelWood Financial Services, author of "It's All About the $Money, Honey!", TV contributor for the Today Show, Fox News, Fox Business, NBC, CBS, ABC and founder of The Financial District of Oklahoma, located in Edmond, Oklahoma. 

She was named the National Association of Women Business Owners' “Best of the Best,” and one of Oklahoma City’s Journal Record’s 50 Most Influential Women. Appointed by the Governor to serve as Commissioner on the Status of Women. Her other accomplishments include her 35 plus year marriage to Larry Woods, a grandmother, a godmother, aunt, and home stay mother to Asian students and enjoys Reno, her adorable rescue canine. Who welcomes visitors to her office daily.

Connect with her at:


Find me at where you can get your own Happy Life Planner and much more!

Plus if you would like to read my most recent article on money shame, you can click HERE.

Feb 02, 202301:13:58
Episode #44 - The Highly Sensitive Man with William Allen

Episode #44 - The Highly Sensitive Man with William Allen

Our guest today helps men understand their gifts of sensitivity from a masculine perspective. He shares that men should see sensitivity as more than emotion, to look at this gift as being like a highly-tuned instrument that is taking accurate measurements of the environment around it. 20-30% of the population is highly sensitive and for great benefit to the human race, which he will also shed light on

William Allen is a first-time author with a writer’s heart and researcher’s mind. After getting a degree in Psychology with an eye on doing psychology research, he recalibrated for a career in Information Technology. He found himself in a thirty-year career as an Information Technology manager at Wells Fargo who enjoyed managing highly intelligent, often difficult staff, many of whom were highly sensitive. He was awarded a prestigious Corporate Management Excellence award for his empathetic management style.

He retired early from his corporate job to found his Hypno-coaching and neurofeedback brain training business, BrainPilots, in Bend, Oregon. While in Bend, he co-organized the area’s first Introvert/Highly Sensitive Person discussion group. In late 2016, he began his blog, The Sensitive Man, about his experiences, as a highly sensitive man. The blog became the genesis of his book, Confessions of a Sensitive Man. He feels that HSP males need to take their keen insights and intuition and make them public. He would like to shed more light on highly sensitive males and the much-needed role they need to take in our society.






He also mentions Elaine Aron, the author of The Highly Sensitive Person and The Highly Sensitive Parent


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Girl with a Flare is now on Linktree: and on there you can find out how to order your Happy Life Planner, our Facebook Private Community and much more! 

Jan 26, 202346:41
Episode #44 The Power of Purposeful Adversity with Brad Ritter

Episode #44 The Power of Purposeful Adversity with Brad Ritter

Brad believes that getting beyond your comfort zone and "doing something that sucks every day" is monumental in unlocking your most powerful self.  He is a certified coach and founder of The School of Grit which positively transforms people through purposeful adversity that impacts them physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Today he shares with us the "mountains" he climbs with his clients in his school, his experience at the Kokoro Camp and much, much more. It has been an honour to have him on the show this week, please extend a warm welcome and check out his website. 

Brad Ritter is one of the world’s leading experts on performance.  He is the author of the best selling book, School of Grit:  Unlock Your Potential Through Purposeful Adversity. Brad has held various consulting positions in the medical device, higher education in publishing, and specialty print industries. He’s worked in big Corporate America since 2004 and has been an early adopter of the work from home movement since 2005.  In 2015 he reached a pivotal point in life and knew he needed to make a major pivot and take massive action.  He decided to sign up for Kokoro Camp which bills itself as the world’s toughest civilian training and find his purpose.  After graduating from Kokoro camp, he wanted to find a way to serve others, help people take control of their lives, and get unstuck.  That is why he created The School of Grit and his mission is to build a warrior class community.

You can find Brad on his website which will also share how to find his book and where to find him on social media. 

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My website is now here, you can access all my shows, check out my Happy Life Planner and find me on social media easily there! 

#girlwithaflare #theflareupshow #happylifeplanner #wellness #mentalhealth #strong #sharing #stories #podcast #chrissycordingley #coach #lifestyle #coaching #schoolofgrit #guest #talkradio 

Jan 19, 202354:23
Episode #43 - Hashimoto's, Horticulture and the Human Spirit with Justin McSweeney

Episode #43 - Hashimoto's, Horticulture and the Human Spirit with Justin McSweeney

Today's episode has a lot of content packed in with guest Justin McSweeney who hosts his own YouTube interview channel called Idea Cast. This series platforms persons from the social sciences, philosophy, the media arts as well as the musical arts. Justin seeks out conversations that revolve around meaning-making, sense-making, creative thinking, and examination of our potential and challenges.

Justin connected with me as he has Hashimoto's Disease, which is the same autoimmune disease I have, and wanted to share a bit of his experience with this. His diagnosis story is very interesting as well as how he tackled brain fog using his love of botany and horticulture as a source of mental exercise.  However, this is closer to the end of the episode as Justin is very philosophical and a free thinker that touches on many topics that I know will be of benefit to you the listener. 

In his words "I might identify as a philosophical hobbyist. I am interested in the philosophy of mind and ontology. At present, I enjoy process relational metaphysics and analytical idealism as curious systems to help decode ontological foundations. I am also interested in what I call the 'will to spirit'. It is humanity's drive to seek the transcendent as a means to relate to the ordinary".

To connect with Justin you can find him:


Or Twitter @LifeIllumine

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Jan 12, 202301:17:38
Episode #42 - Recap of 2022 Top 5 Moments on the Flare Up Show

Episode #42 - Recap of 2022 Top 5 Moments on the Flare Up Show

To kick off 2023 we are starting with a recap of my top five moments on The Flare Up Show from 2022. Choosing only five guests was difficult as every person that was on the show holds a very special place in my heart and life. These clips are inspiring, funny and informative, I hope it provides you a great start to the new year! 

At 7:59 - Christina Foxwell on the Gifts of Imperfection

At 18:26 - Kerry Tuschoff on Hypnosis and Personal Peace

At 27:51 - Dame Clarissa Burt on Self-Esteem

At 32:12 - Nate Scott on Life is Rich

At 38:29 - Terry Tucker Love and Living Life Well

Not in the show but also wanted to mention a big thank you to Andi Munsie from Alexa Where is My Period 28 Day Challenge, Sanjib Nandi  The Man with Zero Talent, Rachael Coonradt on True Health is True Self, and Marie Mosley from the Pretty Divorce. 

I wish I could include everyone!! 

Regular episodes will resume on Thursday January 12th, 2023 in the meantime feel free to connect with me at and take a look at my new Linktree:

Jan 03, 202347:10
Episode #41 - Motivational Check with Terry Tucker

Episode #41 - Motivational Check with Terry Tucker

When Terry Tucker's name comes to mind, the word motivational pops up immediately. Not only has Terry reinvented himself on a professional and personal level many times over his life he has also had to fight for his life against a rare form of cancer called Acral Lentiginous Melanoma, and continues to do so today. 

Terry shares in his bio, "One thing I learned during all my pain and discomfort is that you have two choices. You can succumb to the debilitating distress and misery, or you can learn to embrace it and use it to make you a stronger and more resilient human being. I chose the latter. Make no mistake, there were times I felt so poorly and was in so much agony that I prayed to die. Each day was a struggle to use my mind to override my body's apathy and distress. I realize pain and discomfort can beat you to your knees and keep you there if you let it. But I also came to appreciate that I could use my hurting and anguish to harden my mind and make me more resolute. I was no better at dealing with pain and discomfort than the next person. But every day, I found a way to survive, with the knowledge that I would need to do it again the following morning."

His driving passion is sharing what he has learned between his decade battle with cancer and his diverse professional background to encourage and support anyone his words touch to know that they are not alone, no matter what they are struggling against.  Through this trial of fire, Terry has come to live by the Four Truths and Ten Values of Sustainable Excellence which he shares in this episode, on his website, and throughout his book Sustainable Excellence, Ten Principles to Leading Your Uncommon and Extraordinary Life.  

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Dec 22, 202238:03
Episode #41 - Alexa, Where is my Period? With Andi Munsie

Episode #41 - Alexa, Where is my Period? With Andi Munsie

Andi Munsie describes herself as a regular girl who figured out how to love the Game inside herself and live the life of her dreams by her definition; living an authentic, joyful, meaningful, and fulfilling life with her true love that flows.  

In this episode Andi shares all about her Alexa Where is My Period 28-Day Challenge because for her "becoming conscious of the four phases of my Menstrual Cycle; Menstrual, Follicular, Ovulation, and Luteal has been the most powerful and healing way to reconnect to my body, my creativity, my power, my intuition, my soul, and reclaiming my Cycle meant finding female consciousness itself."

We talk about how menstrual cycles played a role in human understanding of past, present, and future prior to modern civilization, how our cycles are connected to the phases of the moon and the four seasons and how we can get use the understanding of our cycle to truly love ourselves. 

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Dec 15, 202249:02
Episode #40 - Taking Control of Your Fertility Journey with Dr. Jane Levesque

Episode #40 - Taking Control of Your Fertility Journey with Dr. Jane Levesque

Joining me today is Dr. Jane Levesque a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in fertility based out of Calgary to shed some light on the myths and truths around fertility, reproductive health, miscarriages, delivery, and even post-partum care for new parents. She shares openly her own story of having a difficult pregnancy, a miscarriage, and chronic health issues that had her seek answers from several different practitioners before she found the one that really understood her and helped her heal. 

Her mission is to help high-achieving women feel confident and in control of their fertility journeys. In her 6+ years of industry experience, Dr. Jane has helped 100’sof couples optimize their health and prepare their bodies for pregnancy, which allowed them to get pregnant naturally, have complication-free pregnancies, and give birth to healthy babies.

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Dec 08, 202256:38
Episode #39 - The Man With Zero Talent, A Story of Reinventing Oneself with Sanjib Nandi

Episode #39 - The Man With Zero Talent, A Story of Reinventing Oneself with Sanjib Nandi

The description of Sanjib Nandi's book The Man With Zero Talent summarizes his personality and our conversation perfectly. "In a world where many give up far too soon, settle for mediocrity and engage in meaningless pursuits, there is a voice in the wilderness that shouts, “No, I won’t accept anything less than an awesome life!” That voice belongs to Sanjib Nandi, a man who made the life-altering decision one day to discard negativity and embark on an odyssey of epic proportions."

Sanjib shares his story of transformation and renewing his zest for life that took him from working as a pharmacist to becoming a novelist, speaker, musician, and founder of the incredible wellness and healing app Luvo. 

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Dec 01, 202237:18
Episode #38 - Career and Chronic Illness, Keeping the Human in Human Resources with Felicia Renaud

Episode #38 - Career and Chronic Illness, Keeping the Human in Human Resources with Felicia Renaud

Today Felicia Renaud joins me, an amazing human and HR pro that also has Hashimoto's disease which is an autoimmune disease involving the thyroid. The symptoms are often weight fluctuation, hair loss, extreme fatigue, and anxiety, it is not an easy illness to manage, yet Felicia is a highly accomplished professional and leader in her industry. She mentions in the episode how she achieved many large milestones while also being very sick at the time. 

This episode touches on both her personal journey with autoimmune disease and also provides an HR perspective for employers on how to accommodate or work with employees that might be struggling with a personal chronic issue that is mutually beneficial for the person and the business goals. 

She describes herself as an eccentric Human Resources Professional with a passion for Employment Law, Labour Laws, and Employee Relations. Successful in strategizing, planning, building, and sustaining core Human Resources functions. "Compliance Crusher", believes in the endless possibilities through learning, training, and development opportunities. "Giving up is just not in my DNA. Knowledge is power, and I can prove it. I have learned so much, but I never want to stop learning, and growing. I believe in others and feel true elation when I help someone to achieve their goals." Nothing drives me more than a challenge that *seems* out of reach.

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Nov 24, 202238:11
Episode #37 Rachael Coonradt, True Health = True Self
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Episode #36 - Angelique Joan on Ready, Set 30: A Tale of Figuring It All Out, Whatever That Means

Episode #36 - Angelique Joan on Ready, Set 30: A Tale of Figuring It All Out, Whatever That Means

Want to know a secret? No one has it all figured one. Our guest today shares openly her story of self-discovery while simultaneously chasing her dreams and healing her anxiety and eating disorder. 

All the way from London, England Angélique Joan is an actor, a voiceover artist, screenwriter and now the author of the book Ready, Set, 30: A Tale of Figuring it all Out, Whatever That Means. The book is a clever, fun read that shares plenty of laughs along with excellent wisdom gained from her life experience. 

This episode will touch on terrible dates, odd jobs, and how she learned to embrace her whole self as more than good enough, just as she is. 

To view a short video segment of our chat please go to my YouTube Channel, please subscribe while you are there!

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Angelique Joan is a British and French actress, currently based in London. Angelique is known for BBC Doctors (2021), The Crown (2020), the award-winning film 'For the love of Fred'(2017), 'The Darkest Hour' (2017), Private lives of the Monarchs ( 2017) and 'Allied'(2016). She can be found on IMDB.

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Nov 10, 202242:48
Episode #35 - Nate Scott on Life is Rich, How to Create Lasting Wealth

Episode #35 - Nate Scott on Life is Rich, How to Create Lasting Wealth

This week we shift gears into the world of finances. Financial stress takes a toll on our health and well-being, the average person is living paycheque to paycheque or only $400 away from needing to borrow money for an emergency expenditure. Nate shares how he created a wealthy, and healthy, life and why he devotes his time now to helping others thrive and experience freedom. 

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Nate Scott is the author of “Life Is Rich: How To Create Lasting Wealth” and CEO of Life Is Rich Global, LLC. Life Is Rich Global is a B2B company that delivers value through leadership & sales coaching and customer acquisition. Nate is a combat enlisted soldier, West Point graduate, and former Infantry Officer/Ranger.

Corporately, he was a licensed financial advisor at a global wealth management firm and the Chief Financial Officer for an INC500 Fastest growing company. As an entrepreneur, his single largest real estate acquisition has been a 40-unit apartment complex, and he owned a tax franchise business.

Nate is a man of faith, a husband, and a father.

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Nov 03, 202251:33
Episode #34 - The Pretty Divorce with Marie Mosley

Episode #34 - The Pretty Divorce with Marie Mosley

Joining me today is Marie Mosley who is an inspiring author, speaker, and coach to share her story of recovery from abuse. Marie was only 14 years old when she met her ex-husband and gave birth to their first child. They remained together for 25 years in a toxic cycle of narcissism and devastation. She believes in making her test into a testimony and deems herself a "rose that grew from concrete." TW: Marie shares details of domestic violence in this episode. 

Although her divorce was anything but pretty, Marie now finds herself at the light at the end of the tunnel full of confidence and enjoying thriving relationships with her children and new spouse. This is the pretty part of her divorce. Her mission is to help people heal and regain their self-confidence, self-esteem, and determination after leaving their toxic and abusive relationships. As a former Guidance Counsellor with a strong background in mental health, Marie coaches women on growing their mindset, from victim to hero. 

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Oct 27, 202201:38:32
Episode #33 - The Self Esteem Regime with Clarissa Burt

Episode #33 - The Self Esteem Regime with Clarissa Burt

Most people will, at some point in their lives, experience low or diminished self-esteem. Clarissa Burt is a great example of how self-esteem issues do not discriminate. She is an award-winning actress, international media personality/producer/director, writer, author, public speaker, and supermodel with hundreds of television and film credits to her name. 

However, she struggled with negative thoughts about herself and her success. In her book, The Self-Esteem Regime, she describes herself as "the woman who secretly viewed her life as a half-empty, cracked glass."

In this talk, she shares her personal journey with self-esteem and how to apply her self-esteem regime to live a confident, happy, and fulfilling life. And guess what, you deserve to feel good about yourself right now...just as you are. 

Clarissa is the CEO/Founder of In the Limelight multi-media platform for women entrepreneurs. The In the Limelight Media mission aims to elevate the position and condition of women entrepreneurs globally both personally and professionally, by providing educative, entertaining, and empowering content.

You can purchase The Self-Esteem Regime on Amazon.

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Oct 20, 202247:32
Episode #32 - Courage in Retirement with Sharon Rolph

Episode #32 - Courage in Retirement with Sharon Rolph

Sharon is a bundle of energy, a 74 year old coach that works specifically with people transitioning into or struggling with finding their place in retirement.  Sharon says, " I picture a world where Boomers are excited and engaged globally in doing good and making the world a better place."

In this episode we talk about the draw of wanting to remain invisible, Sharon even shares her very personal reason for playing safe and invisible most of her career and where the spark came as she retired to find the courage to be seen and share the valuable wisdom and compassion she has for people. Sharon shares the best tips for those entering retirement and how to find your inner essence, what can give you purpose for your life when life is changing. 

Sharon offers an Inner Spark 90 Day Discovery Program you can find details and access her free gift A Call To Courage on her website

You can also purchase her book Fresh Courage in Retirement: Finding Purpose, Essence and Fulfillment which is your do-it-yourself Guide to finding your new purpose in retirement with Action Steps at the end of every chapter. Then, additional resources such as movies, books and websites are included in the APPENDIX. The chapters are arranged around the top 7 things people want: Conserve Resources, Conserve Time, Build Social Network, Gain Status, Be Generous, Accumulate Resources, and Desire Meaning

And don't forget to check out to read my blog, find previous episodes of the Flare Up Show and book your free consultation with me I'd love to work with you on building your happiest life ever. 

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Oct 13, 202201:02:38
Episode #31 - COVID, Seratonin and Hormones a Deadly Mix - Chrissy Cordingley
Oct 05, 202201:01:21
Episode #30 - Hypnobabies and Healing Births with Kerry Tuschoff

Episode #30 - Hypnobabies and Healing Births with Kerry Tuschoff

This week I have Kerry joining me to share her amazing service that has positively impacted hundreds of thousands of births across North America.
Founder and Director of Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis, Kerry Tuschhoff is a nationally renowned speaker and writer on a wide range of pregnancy and childbirth concerns. Her subjects include fertility, prenatal and childbirth choices, informed consent issues, health and low-risk status concerns, comfort in childbirth, the power of birth language and midwifery advocacy. As a childbirth educator since 1989, a doula and hypnotherapist, Kerry has developed many educational programs for pregnant people, birthers, medical and childbirth professionals and hypnotherapists. These efforts have become immensely popular and have started a chain-reaction of interest to change the way we give birth, how newborns are cared for, and the way natural childbirth is perceived by the general public as well as the medical community. Kerry created a very comprehensive childbirth program of her own; Hypnobabies Childbirth Education. This unique program has trained hundreds of thousands of students to use medical-grade hypnosis techniques and give birth in a much easier and more comfortable way.
Hypnobabies is a very successful 6 week complete childbirth education course that was adapted with permission from Master Hypnotherapist Gerald Kein’s “Painless Childbirth Program” techniques (medical grade, somnambulistic hypnosis). This allows our Hypnobabies students to enjoy “eyes-open childbirth hypnosis”, easily remaining deeply in hypnosis while walking, talking and changing positions; being as mobile as they would like to be during childbirth. Hypnobabies is well-known for helping people create much shorter, easier and more comfortable births, helping to make childbirth the joyful experience it was meant to be
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Sep 29, 202259:22
Episode #29 - Discovering Your Identity with Urmi Hossain

Episode #29 - Discovering Your Identity with Urmi Hossain

Joining me today is the author of the book Discovering Your Identity: A Rebirth from Interracial Struggle to discuss their own struggle with identity as a Bengali woman born and raised in Italy and now living in Montreal, Canada. Urmi shares openly about the back and forth between preserving heritage and culture while still embracing our individual character and lifestyle choices. We also talk about the difficulty in finding the right career and facing rejection while seeking new roles or fresh starts in life. 

Urmi was blessed in life to have mentors that became such amazing friends she now calls them "friend-tors". Their positive impact inspired her to write her story and create a community where other women that struggle with identity or a sense of belonging can come together to find themselves and find their own friend-tors. 

Urmi Hossain is a full-time female worker in the financial services industry. She has been working in this industry for about six years and she comes from an educational background in Finance. She is currently pursuing her CFA designation. In her free time, she volunteers for causes such as women's empowerment and giving back to the non-privileged. She is a big proponent of self-investing and continuous learning. Ambitious and Go-Getter are the two words that describe her the most. Indeed, one of her big ambitious goals is to deliver a TED Talk. Some fun facts: She loves eating pasta and practicing Muay Thai. 

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Sep 22, 202243:21
Episode #28 - Love at Work with Christina Foxwell of Ignite Purpose

Episode #28 - Love at Work with Christina Foxwell of Ignite Purpose

Joining me today is Christina Foxwell, the Managing Director of Ignite Purpose in Australia. Christina shares openly her story of transformation as a leader from the persona of "ninja-barbie" a hard-working, successful manager that was also cold and adept at obliterating those in her way, to a leader that builds a foundation of compassion and love. Her message is we are better together. 

In fact, a 2021 Ernst and Young Study showed that 88% of workers cited empathy from their leaders as their main motivation in remaining loyal and boosting their performance in their companies. 

Christina teaches organizations all over the world how to flourish with love-focused leadership rather than fear-driven management. If your team goals are solely measured through productivity, dotting all the i's and crossing all the t's, you may have created a culture of fear that will only lead to short-term results and high turnover. 

This episode shares how leaders can evolve using her three-step process that is revolutionizing the business and corporate world. She also shares how those that are employees at work can influence their work environments to become more compassionate and trust-centered. 

If you have struggled with corporate politics, water-cooler cultures, or even toxic, demoralizing workplaces this episode is for you. Christina is a beacon of empathy, love, and kindness in addition to being very wise and strong. I know I am a better person for the time I have spent with Christina and believe you will be impacted positively too. 

Christina is passionate about understanding people, helping them grow in their own lives and being more effective in the impact they leave on others. She is a coach, a leader, a business owner, an author, a speaker, and mostly a mother, wife, daughter, and friend.

Her new book The Glass Angel is being released this fall, follow her on LinkedIn to receive an invitation to her virtual book launch

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Sep 15, 202201:30:07
Episode #27 - Finding God at Her Garage Sale: Life After Narcissm with Dr. Marni Hill Foderaro

Episode #27 - Finding God at Her Garage Sale: Life After Narcissm with Dr. Marni Hill Foderaro

Dr. Marni shares her story of recovery and healing after experiencing abuse from her narcissistic former spouse which resulted in her losing everything - her marriage, friends, support, finances, her home, and eventually her relationship with her adult children. While she knew she needed to be free from her abuser, the unraveling and aftermath were traumatic themselves. Narcissists have a way of manipulating and positioning themselves as the victim and influencing those nearest and dearest to us to start to believe their false narratives. 

During these dark and isolating days, Marni found her faith and spirituality, which led to her healing and recovery journey, at an unexpected time - her garage sale! This sparked the idea for her book, a collection of stories called God Came to My Garage Sale and her healing inspired her set of books titled "True Deceit False Love" that help people recover from family trauma, parental alienation, abuse, and narcissism.

Dr. Marni Hill Foderaro is an award-winning and celebrated author, speaker, and educator. She earned her doctorate in education from Northern Illinois University and completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard during a very successful and rewarding 35-year career as a high school special education teacher, with 12 years as a university graduate school adjunct professor.

Marni is a lover of animals, nature, music, and world travel. She values honesty, integrity, equality, and goodness and prays for peace on earth. She was born in the South, raised her children in the Midwest, and made the Caribbean her home.

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In this episode I also mention my favorite book on dealing with uncertainty by Pema Chodron, link is here:

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Sep 08, 202254:13
Episode #26 - Surviving the Typical World as a Non-Typical
Aug 21, 202247:28
Episode #25 - Under My Skin, My Journey With HS with Ayla Horton

Episode #25 - Under My Skin, My Journey With HS with Ayla Horton

Joining the podcast today is my friend Ayla Horton, who was recently diagnosed with Hidradenitis suppurative (HS). HS is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects your skin throughout your body - both on the surface and inside the deep layers of the skin. 

It is painful and can be obvious to the human eye which can contribute to self-consciousness and embarrassment. Plus, as it is a rare condition, often medical advice is misaligned and sometimes hurtful. Ayla was told she should try "showering more" by the first doctor she shared the issue with. 

Thankfully Ayla did not allow that doctor to be the final word and continued a journey of learning and advocating for herself to get to the bottom of her disease. Now Ayla is on the road to recovery, she is optimistic and feels heard.

Her story will inspire you to speak up for yourself, filter unhelpful advice or information, and most importantly be kind to yourself. Ayla is one of my favourite people in this world and I really hope you find this talk informative and enlightening. 

If you suffer from unusual symptoms and aren't sure who to go to to get the best guidance or just need a safe space to start the conversation about what is happening with your body or mind please reach out to me anytime I cannot provide medical guidance but I can encourage you and ask the right questions so you can determine your best next step. 

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Jul 21, 202229:35
Episode #24 - Recovering from Comparison

Episode #24 - Recovering from Comparison

In this episode I share a talk I did for a Mindful Lunch with all about why the human brain loves to compare and how we can use it as a compass rather than a measuring stick of our worth. There are three helpful tips on how you can recover from unhealthy comparison. 

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Jul 12, 202213:56
Episode #23 - The Power of Telling Our Untold Stories II with Patlee Creary

Episode #23 - The Power of Telling Our Untold Stories II with Patlee Creary

Very excited about this sequel!!  A self-described ‘recovering academic,’ Dr. Patlee Creary uses her expertise in narrative inquiry, phenomenology, and peace and conflict studies to create stories of healing, gratitude, and resilience. Today she shares with us many more powerful stories including the creation of the Untold Stories Expressive Storytelling Studio.

The Untold Stories Expressive Storytelling Studio brings together people who are hungry for better states of mental and emotional health. Our philosophy is simple: through an emphasis on mindfulness, consistency, and community, each workshop, mindfulness tool, and community session we offer creates a pathway to mental and emotional health. We call ourselves a studio because we are a dynamic online and in-person community wherein multiple things happen to serve the central theme of helping people cultivate new and different stories about their purpose, their relationships with others, and how they really want to show up in the world.  and on Facebook

Patlee is an author, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Facilitator, Mental Health First-Aider, and Holding Space facilitator who also holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies. With over 15 years of experience designing and leading seminars and courses ranging from workplace health and safety to political science, she now grounds herself in workshops and courses that support conflict transformation, wellness, mental health, and identity re-construction.

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Jun 18, 202201:07:15