PEP Talks: People Empowering People

Kasey Kellem and Greta Fechter

Kasey Crawford Kellem is a school counselor, author, yoga instructor, motivational speaker, former business owner and special ed teacher, and now, podcaster. She is a beacon of resiliency as she continues through her journey dodging hurdles but still dancing all along the way! The creator and author of Mind Over Matter Books, Kellem’s first five books, “Believe,” “Love,” “Laugh,” “Relax,” and “Dream” teach children the resiliency tools necessary to overcome obstacles. After her husband died from cancer, Kellem wrote, “Bella-Eve the Bounce-Back Dog” a book she has shared with thousands of children helping them cope with their challenges in life. Her adult memoir, “Don’t Stop Believing: Our Journey with Cancer” was written to help encourage others coping with a terminally ill family member or widowhood believe they can overcome the grief. She has spent her thirty-plus year career in education helping others overcome their hardships so they can live longer, happier quality lives.

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# 116 I can do hard things
Dec 31 2020
# 116 I can do hard things
Happy Thoughtful Thursday, Today’s breath is the Alternate Nostril Breathing which Integrates both sides of brain, Clears your mind, Improves focus, and will Calm and energize you. ·       Sit in a comfortable position with your legs crossed.·       Place your left hand on your left knee.·       Lift your right hand up toward your nose.·       Exhale completely and then ((((((use your right thumb to close your right nostril.·       Inhale through your left nostril and then close the left nostril with your fingers.·       Open the right nostril and exhale through this side.·       Inhale through the right nostril and then close this nostril.·       Open the left nostril and exhale through the left side.)))·       This is one cycle.·       Continue for up to 5 minutes. Today’s nudge is:  I can do hard thingsYou won’t know until you try! Think about something you thought was hard before you tried it, perhaps as a younger child. Maybe you thought riding a bike was hard, but now you can do it without even trying. Maybe you thought math was hard when you were younger and now it is coming easier for you! Perhaps there was a part of your job that you never thought you could master, but you did! Hooray! Those memories need to be relished so they can catapult you into trying whatever you now think is hard. Life is always going to present hard things for us to tackle. Remember how you were able to master those hard things in past experiences and go try whatever you are facing now. You can do hard things!! You’ve already proven that!I can do hard thingsI can do hard thingsI can do hard things  Have a great Thoughtful Thursday!Support the show (
# 116 I can do hard things
Dec 31 2020
# 116 I can do hard things
Happy Thoughtful Thursday, Today’s breath is the Alternate Nostril Breathing which Integrates both sides of brain, Clears your mind, Improves focus, and will Calm and energize you. ·       Sit in a comfortable position with your legs crossed.·       Place your left hand on your left knee.·       Lift your right hand up toward your nose.·       Exhale completely and then ((((((use your right thumb to close your right nostril.·       Inhale through your left nostril and then close the left nostril with your fingers.·       Open the right nostril and exhale through this side.·       Inhale through the right nostril and then close this nostril.·       Open the left nostril and exhale through the left side.)))·       This is one cycle.·       Continue for up to 5 minutes. Today’s nudge is:  I can do hard thingsYou won’t know until you try! Think about something you thought was hard before you tried it, perhaps as a younger child. Maybe you thought riding a bike was hard, but now you can do it without even trying. Maybe you thought math was hard when you were younger and now it is coming easier for you! Perhaps there was a part of your job that you never thought you could master, but you did! Hooray! Those memories need to be relished so they can catapult you into trying whatever you now think is hard. Life is always going to present hard things for us to tackle. Remember how you were able to master those hard things in past experiences and go try whatever you are facing now. You can do hard things!! You’ve already proven that!I can do hard thingsI can do hard thingsI can do hard things  Have a great Thoughtful Thursday!Support the show (
Tony Viola: Finding faith and perseverance in time of unfairness
Oct 12 2020
Tony Viola: Finding faith and perseverance in time of unfairness
Tony Viola, a former mortgage broker, was indicted three times and tried twice on identical charges by a multi-jurisdictional mortgage fraud task force. Prosecutors alleged Tony duped banks like JP Morgan into making 'no money down' mortgage loans that the bank didn't permit. Tony was convicted in federal court and sentenced to 12 1/2 years in jail. But from jail, and without an attorney, he proved his innocence at a second trial on the same charges using evidence the Justice Department hid before the first trial. Prosecutors possessed evidence proving Tony's innocence all along but never provided it to the defense. In 2019, the Justice Department admitted lying about evidence in Tony's case and in July, 2020, the FBI also admitted making materially false statements about this same evidence. Tony was released from prison this summer after spending 8 1/2 years in prison under false accusations and due to much corruption and fraud within the Department of Justice.  We learned from Tony:*There is always something to be grateful for*Church is a good community which can offer you energy, faith and perseverance *Having a purpose can help you get through trying times*We have to channel outrage for the good*Having just one person believe in you is very empowering*You have to take care of yourself and look out for yourself Learn more about Tony at www.FreeTonyViola.com Gretatude:I hate the unfairness of injustice. Anybody who thinks they are better than others or 'chosen' or feel they have an entitlement... be it through monarchy, government, or money. I think we are all born the same. We are entitled to an equal shot at life. Liam Cunningham Support the show (
Dallin Candland: Actions Gave Me a Voice
Sep 7 2020
Dallin Candland: Actions Gave Me a Voice
Dallin currently is a college student at BYU in Idaho. He is studying business management with an emphasis in marketing. In school, he didn’t make the basketball team but later ended up becoming the basketball manager. This led Dallin to join track where his mindset and physical strength were tested and stretched every day. He met many wonderful people who lifted him through that experience. Slowly but surely his confidence and mental game became stronger and he started to lift others which is what he enjoys doing now. Dallin served a two-year mission trip for his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and was able to inspire people there. Now, Dallin does a podcast, is writing a book, and is involved with some other endeavors, all with the intent to lift others and help them be heard and live their dreams.  We learned from Dallin:*Small actions of connecting with others can help give you your voice as they give you an opportunity to speak.*Don’t tell yourself why you can’t, tell yourself why you CAN!*An acronym for YIELD: Yes, I Envision Love Demonstrated*Trust God and move forward. Your journey will all make sense when you look back.*Yield to the prompting of God and go help others*God prepares us now for what we will experience later*Like Johnny Appleseed you can plant seeds even if you don’t know what happens to them.  You can find Dallin on his podcast, “Yield Today” and his new book, “Five habits to Find Your Voice in your Youth.”Support the show (
Pearl “Escape” Howie: We all need to escape sometimes
Aug 31 2020
Pearl “Escape” Howie: We all need to escape sometimes
Pearl comes to us having traveled the world to learn from healing masters: a  Sikh yogi, a Toltec family, a Bhutanese monk, a Vietnamese nun, an  African shaman, a Native American healer, an Indian guru and experts  in Borneo, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Hawaii.   She has had a diverse history of careers including a filmmaker, with a Masters in Film and working in finance until she realized her job wasn’t serving her.  And She is now a Zumba® Instructor, not just teaching master classes, but also pioneering Zumba Gold® with chair classes for people suffering from multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s.  She is the award-winning author of 70 books, of which more than 35 are  officially best sellers. Her book "free Feeling Real Emotions Everyday" is about waking up to the things inside herself she had numbed.  She didn't do it with alcohol or drugs, prescription painkillers, gambling, work or even perfectionism, mainly she did it with positive thinking - looking on the bright side and shutting down anything that wasn't "keep smiling." We are going to learn how Pearl helps people feel alive, wake up to their own life, and follow their hearts through writing, photography, books, classes, videos, whichever tool feels right!!  We learned from Pearl:Whatever you experience in a lifetime is worth sharing.*You don’t have to travel in order to explore.*You can wake up your life by reading, watching videos, taking classes, writing and photography*You only get one life-Live it fully*If you are spending your weekends recovering from the stress of your workweek maybe it is time for a change. Support the show (
Munira Premji: Choosing Hope
Aug 17 2020
Munira Premji: Choosing Hope
Munira is the author of Choosing Hope: One Woman. Three Cancers. the story of how she battled three advanced cancers: Stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Stage 3 multiple myeloma, and Stage 3 breast cancer, within a period of five years. Munira shares her inspirational story about resilience, courage, and hope in the face of overwhelming odds. Munira tells her experiences at home, in the community, and in hospitals, revealing with utter honesty and catching humor her moments of darkness and light, of intense pain and blissful but precarious relief. Choosing Hope captures the psychological, physical, and emotional trauma of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. It is easy to read and anecdotal in style and will have special appeal to recently diagnosed cancer patients, survivors, and their families, to caregivers, and to many others facing health challenges. We learned from Munira:*Life has to be lived*Cancer can be seen as a gift in a strange way, a gift that keeps on giving. This includes community, friendship, love, gratitude, and learning what is important to you and realizing the fragility of life. *Be obsessively grateful for all your blessings*Not until you are at death’s door do you value life fully*God does not put you through what he can’t pull you through*Embrace life’s sadness, ecstasy, and learning Blog: I-Will-Survive.orgPodcast: Choosing Hope: Ordinary People doing extraordinary thingsBook: Choosing Hope: One Woman, Three CancersGretatude: if God brings you to it, he will bring you through it. Support the show (
Shannon Sabol: Grateful life
Aug 10 2020
Shannon Sabol: Grateful life
Shannon is a certified Holistic Health Coach, a yoga teacher for over a decade, and a mother of two awesome kids.  As a health advocate and wellness guide, she helps parents prioritize their own self-care and bring more awareness into their lives.  Her dedication to helping other parents who struggle with balancing life came from her own need to recommit to self-care.  After a tough divorce and messy transition into single parenthood, she realized that she couldn’t help her kids until she helped herself first.  Shannon leaped into creativity to help her process undigested emotions and express herself an authentic-lee ally.  She discovered creative outlets like writing, creating haikus, and her health coaching business - Grateful Life Health Coaching as a way to steer her mind in a positive direction and found healing along the way.   Shannon’s newest creative endeavor has been creating her new health coaching business - Grateful Life Health Coaching.  She has woven together her love of educating about the body, mind, spirit connection, and passion for healthy living, and loves helping others expand their view of health.  She believes that by incorporating healthy, sustainable food and lifestyle habits, anyone can create the life that they want! Shannon lives in Lakewood, Ohio with her two kids and dog Hugo.  She loves yoga, music, writing, poetry, traveling, cooking, being creative with her kids, and learning about anything that expands her mind. You can find out more at www.gratefullifehealth.com and follow her on social media (Instagram and Facebook) @shannon.gratefullife    We learned from Shannon:*Stillness balances movement*Love yourself first, once you establish this love will ripple out to others.*A healthy partnership is when two people support each other but take responsibility for their own experiences in the world.*Love-if it feels forced, it probably is not meant to be.*It is important to stay true to you.*Continue to live a life aligned with your values and follow your passions. Someone who truly loves you will support you.*Know the difference between caring and controlling.*Nothing is a failure if you can find lessons underneath. Mistakes are how we grow.Support the show