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Shana Bresnahan: Transforming Family Betrayal, Shame & Pain into Power and Purpose

Shana grew up in Brentwood, TN just outside of Nashville. From the outside looking in, her family was perfect. They were known very well in their small community, she was successful in school, top of her class and cheer captain.

But her world was turned upside down in 8th grade when her father was incarcerated.

Her family was no longer loved and welcomed by her community, her teachers turned on her and she learned at a young age that while community has the incredible power to heal, it has just as much power to hurt.

In this episode she shares the coping mechanisms she turned to at a young age, how faith played a significant role in her healing and the life-changing power of discovering her true identity.

We talk about everything from forgiveness, setting boundaries in relationships and keeping a book of evidence to chronicle our struggles and triumphs so that we never forget how much we’ve overcome and are reminded of our growing resilience and strength.

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Cari Kenzie: The Healing Journey of a Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor

In 2013, Cari Kenzie was a runner in the Boston Marathon. She had just completed the marathon when 2 bombs went off near her, which took the lives of 3 people and left more than 260 injured.

She believed she walked away uninjured externally, but the invisible impact of this traumatic event turned into Epstein-barr, Lyme disease, seizures and several other unexpected illnesses.

It would take several doctors and months of research before she realized the bombing and her illnesses were actually connected.

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Justin Roethlingshoefer: The Power of Taking Ownership

Growing up Justin was an athletic, but overweight kid who had an immense joy and love for sports.

As he entered his teenage years and started training for hockey, he began losing weight and received a lot of applause and recognition from his peers, instead of the usual criticism and bullying he had been experiencing.

These positive affirmations about his appearance led Justin to a near fatal battle with anorexia, depriving his body of proper nutrition for years in an effort to avoid gaining back the weight.

During our conversation Justin shares many valuable and meaningful lessons he’s learned on his journey from anorexia and how he found strength in vulnerability.

We talk about everything from realizing your self-worth, when to trust others, overcoming insecurity, doubt, the power behind taking ownership and the freedom that comes from speaking up for what you believe in.

Today Justin coaches NHL stars, Fortune 500 executives and entrepreneurs looking for holistic health solutions to improve their lives. This is one of my favorite episodes so far, he shares so many incredible lessons we can all learn from – you don’t want to miss this one.

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Kim Vargas: How She Found Courage, Strength and Grace Through the Unexpected

You may know Kim Vargas as the wife of Pete Vargas, owner of Advance Your Reach. We have become close friends over the last couple of years and I knew I wanted to share her unbelievable story on the show.

This episode is going to feel a little different than previous episodes – it is the most intimate conversation I’ve had so far.

Despite the unbelievable hardships and challenges Kim has faced in her life, there is a confidence about her that I admire and a quiet strength she holds that is truly remarkable.

In this episode, we dive deep into the details of some of the many challenges she and Pete have faced including her Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis and the impact it had on her daily life in her early 20’s, the journey to grow her family through adoption, unexpected heartbreak she and her husband faced and a stroke that nearly ended her life.

Kim has such a sense of peace and calmness about her that most people lose when they are put through trying times. She has not let it harden her heart and her wisdom and experience shared in our discussion around perspective, hope and gratitude is something everyone needs to hear.

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Kelly Ruta: Finding Strength While Battling a Chronic Illness

Kelly Ruta has been a licensed therapist for over two decades and although she has the skills to manage many of the challenging things we face in life, nothing could have prepared her for the hardship she has faced over the past 4 years.

In 2020, Kelly got Covid and believed that after a few weeks of quarantine and some over-the-counter medications she would be back to normal. She never imagined that 4 years later her body would still be suffering from the virus.

In this episode, we talk about what life as a therapist battling a chronic illness is really like, the effect it had on her family dynamic and the unexpected blessings she found along the way.

We discussed everything from mindset to practicing gratitude to building a book of evidence, finding the strength to surrender to the unknown and how to choose your hard.

Kelly shares what helped her get through some of the darkest times in her life and helped shape her into a stronger and more resilient person.

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Ashley Pereira: This One Thing Helped Heal Childhood PTSD

Ashley’s journey in healing her complex PTSD from her childhood trauma is a beautiful story of redemption and faith.

Like many of us, it wasn’t until adulthood that she started to discover the true weight of the pain and trauma she was carrying and how it affected her personal relationships and self-worth.

She walks us through the tools and resources she used to help heal her old wounds and shows us why embracing your authenticity and vulnerability is so important to rediscovering your true self.

Hear how Ashley turned her trauma into triumph and the incredible impact she is having on entrepreneurial women today.

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Chris Webb: When Speaking Up Was the Difference Between Life & Death

Police Officers witness the worst of humanity every day.

They hardly have time to process some of the horrific things they’ve just seen before they’re off to their next call.

Over time, in order to cope with the evil they interact with, they shove down the trauma deep inside and never talk about it.

In fact, talking about it isn’t safe, because they could lose their jobs if their peers or boss thinks they’re not mentally tough.

So they find other ways to numb the feelings. Numb the pain. Numb the trauma.

This doesn’t only happen to law enforcement. We all experience this in one way or another.

Ignoring it doesn’t make it go away though.

It continues to fester… until some day, you’re forced to face it. And by that time, it’s often ruined many parts of your life.

If you’ve ever been afraid to speak up to a boss, a friend, or a spouse about an internal suffering that you’re carrying, I invite you to listen to this episode with Chris Webb.

It just might set you free.

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Jenny C. Cohen: How She Triumphed Over Her Battle with Breast Cancer

Jenny has a long list of huge accomplishments like being a multi #1 international bestselling author, actor, voiceover artist, and comedian as well as having a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and a long list of other professional certifications.

But behind the scenes of this impressive list is a story of breast cancer, IVF treatments to conceive her twins, her husband’s cancer diagnosis and so many more painful life challenges.

In the episode, we dive deep into the details of how she made it through so much heartbreak and setback and built the resilience that helped her become the strong woman, wife and mother she is today.

I was really surprised when I found out how much “dancing” helped her to heal many of the traumas in her life. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised too.

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Ron DeHaas: Finding Hope and Building a Legacy after Losing His Entire Family

I’d like to believe that I would somehow still be able to go on with life if I lost my whole family, but honestly, I don’t know that I could.

I don’t even know how I would get out of bed, let alone, ever have a smile on my face again.

But Ron DeHaas faced that exact scenario.

His wife and two young children were killed in a fiery car accident.

And rather than him going into a deep depression and giving up hope of ever experiencing joy again…

He created a business that saves marriages and families… and has helped over 300,000 men and women change their lives.

I’m honored to have the founder of Covenant Eyes on the how.

This episode is for you if you or anyone in your life has faced deep grief, addiction or hopelessness. It’s also a beautiful story of redemption… something I know we all could be impacted by.

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Jill Savage: How Her Husband’s Affair Helped Save Hundreds of Marriages

After more than two decades of marriage, Jill’s world was torn apart when she discovered her husband was having an affair.

Through prayer, faith, and several years of counseling, Jill and her husband were able to reconcile and find their way back to each other. Now, they are committed to helping other struggling couples save their marriages.

In this episode of The Resilience Factor, Jill discusses healing through the heartache of infidelity and how she and her husband rebuilt their marriage together.

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