Thursday, February 16, 2017

Prepare to be SHOCKED! Hope - Her Only Thread to Survival

CeeCee James has written a series of memoirs that you will never be able to forget.  Absolutely. Guaranteed.

During her interview, I was at a loss for words. I have heard many stories of abuse but I never heard one as intense as CeeCee's.  She is an incredibly gentle, warm woman who survived horrendous pain, neglect and hatred by her mother.

Listening to her story, you will be drawn to tears and anger as you hear CeeCee share how the only touch she had ever known as a child was one of pain.

At TWO WEEKS old, her father burned CeeCee's face and body with an iron. Her mother refused to feed or change CeeCee's diapers because she did not want to be manipulated by a baby's cries.  She wanted to teach her NOT to cry.  This was only the beginning of a lifetime of trauma.

CeeCee never remembers a time as a child when she was not hungry....or cold.....or alone.....or hated.

Yet, all CeeCee ever wanted was love. Even as a toddler she worked hard to please her mother, hoping for one gentle touch or one kind word.  She never got one! 

CeeCee holds no animosity.  No bitterness. No unforgiveness.   No blame.  Instead, she understands the true necessity to forgive and move forward.  She is not looking for sympathy and her humility is unique, feeling that many others may have suffered more.  She wants people to understand how to let go of their past and hang onto hope -- the only thread to survival.

This is a must 'hear to believe' podcast.  You will never be the same when you hear her story and realize the strength of the human spirit to survive.

Her most recent interview is the first one below and a more in-depth interview of her incredible story is the second one below:


You can purchase her books here:

  Ghost No More Series   

Winner of SIBA 2016 best memoir  Behind the glitz and the glamor of the beauty queen mother lies a web of secrets. CeeCee is a child desperate for a touch of approval, the love of her mother. Her reality is her mom's retreating back, abandoning CeeCee in front of a burning car.

Here is a review on Amazon that sums it up perfectly:  "Hauntingly beautiful. Honestly and unflinchingly written, Ghost No More held me in its grasp as I turned from shock at the cruelty of some people to awe at the strength of one little girl to overcome. It is more than the story of an abused child; it's a story about the capacity of the human spirit to survive and thrive. It will leave you feeling empowered in your own life journey." -- Leslie G Nelson, author of Everything I Needed to Know About Parenting I Learned in Prison: A Correctional Officer's Tale

                         Wrecked and Yours Series

                            A Second Chance Romance Series
                         What happens when two broken people fall in love?


The Sweet Taste of Murder Series

The only thing worse than a used car salesman showing up on your doorstep is finding one dead.

Connect with CeeCee here:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Courage is Fear Turned Inside Out and Fleeing Forward

S T Wilkinson
S. T. Wilkinson lost everything after a debilitating car crash:  health, job, social network, abilities, stability, joy, income and......the list goes on.  She picked herself up, began a new career but her life-partner became abusive, not handling the transition.  

She had to flee for her life, leave her country and everything she owned.  But her story does not end there.

S.T. Wilkinson is the author of the upcoming book ‘Obstacle Buster ™ - How To Create Big & Bold Shifts For Lifelong Success.’

A creative motivator, breakthrough strategist, and excellence coach, she receives outstanding international references from top-level professionals. 

S. T.'s Message 
It's okay to be yourself and be 'different
It's okay to say "No" and mean it 

It's okay to be a very strong woman and stay feminine

It's okay to be human and make mistakes

It's okay to fail.....and start over

It's okay to create the life you want to live


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Do You Know What a Surthrivor is?

Lost, alone, hopeless are words that were part of this little girl's life.  But Marnie Grundman would not accept that life and chose to be not only a survivor, but a surthrivor!

At FIVE years old, Marnie's mother threw her out of a second story window.  She ran away from home seeking the love she needed to survive.  Marnie was a child who belonged to no one - a child lost!

Her story will grab your attention as she shares how she turned all that pain and suffering into helping others.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Fear, Anger, Sadness -- They are all Tied up with Love

Courtney Lund is a professor and writer who is currently working on a memoir about her relationship with her disabled brother, Gavin who suffers from AGS Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome.

Courtney received the news about her four-month-old baby brother when she was 19 and in college. She dropped out of college to be with him and her family -- and to learn to love him, despite his death sentence.

There was nowhere for Courtney to turn for help as there was no resource to help people who had to cope with losing a sibling, to a disease or death. Feeling like she was up against the impossible, while also feeling

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Life is the Most Fragile Gift of All

Melissa Weaver
Melissa Weaver is an author and Licensed Clinical Social worker who has committed her work to helping others.  She is a facilitator of grief support groups, inspirational speaker for TMI consulting, adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University and she provides various volunteer services.

In August of 2013, Melissa was diagnosed with breast cancer and her life changed forever.  Her memoir was written to help anyone who wants to change their focus and their life.

Her interview was encouraging to anyone who has suffered a loss of any type.  It was motivating to all of us who want to Be More, Give More, Connect More and Do More for ourselves and for others.

Melissa also shared how to deal with grief and that we need to realize there is no time limit to grief.  

To Create Change
Be the Change

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Would You Like a Mind and Money Makeover?

Millie Leung
Millie Leung is an entrepreneur, bestselling author, and international speaker.  Her passions are in entrepreneurship, financial education, and women empowerment.

Her mission is to help individuals to start a business and be able to escape the rat race.  

Millie followed the traditional path of success and graduated with a Masters degree and worked hard in corporate jobs for more than ten years.  She was paid well but became TIME-BROKE and STRESSED OUT.

Then the economic crunch hit Millie and her husband - hard.  Millie's story of one idea that led her on a new road to success will inspire you on every level. She went from living under the US poverty line to an annual turnover in excess of TEN MILLION DOLLARS -- this she accomplished in five short years.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Exchanging Hurt for Hope

Sheryl Biesbrecht
Exchanging hurt for hope is Dr. Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus—a message she shares with audiences as a radio personality, author of three books, and a speaker. A dynamic teacher and motivating leader, Sheryl has endured many changes and challenges. She has overcome drug addictions, cancer, and even widowhood and shares her story in her book, Get Back Up.

Her latest book, Experiencing God Through His Names, answers the question: What's in a name?  Names are more than groups of letters that represent a person or identify objects.  Names are powerful.  A person's character and destiny can be influenced by his or her name.  When it comes to God, His attributes and personality support His unique and distinct names.

In her interview, Sheryl walked us through those difficult years of her drug addiction, hopelessness, loneliness and trying desperately to be accepted by her peers.  She also shares her remarkable story of recovery from cancer in her bone marrow and the loss of her husband who was killed in a motorcycle accident that she witnessed.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

How to Recognize an Abused Child

Lisa Gray is a licensed mental health counselor, minister, author, and speaker. She travels extensively speaking at women's conferences, jails, and seminars to bring awareness to the complex and emotional topic of sexual abuse.

"They Don't Tell - Child Abuse:  A Mother's Perspective" is her powerful book especially for mothers who have to deal with the pain, hurt, shame, and guilt that comes with discovering that their child had been sexually abused.

"Mom, if I had something to tell you, would you be a mom or would you be a friend?" Those words are forever etched into Lisa's mind when her 16-year-old daughter finally told Lisa that her stepfather had been sexually abusing her since she was in the third grade.

This is the day Lisa's life changed forever and began a process of dealing with the shock, pain, guilt and shame surrounding the abuse.  She is passionate about bringing this awareness to parents, teachers, counselors, and anyone who works with children whose innocence was stolen.  She is an advocate for these women and to help bring the abusers to justice.