Thursday, May 27, 2021

How to Seize the Opportunity Covid Gave Each One of Us

Do you feel you have greatness trapped inside? Rick Ornelas is an ultimate success coach who can help you unlock your amazing potential.

Rick is the author of 12 Hours of Heaven; Lessons for a Better World. He is also the founder of I Spark Change, a community of those who seek to make the world a better act at a time. 

12 Hours of heaven

Rick went from hopeless to writing a best-selling book in under three months while envisioning and creating an incredible future. This fulfilled the dream he had been ignoring for years: to build a community to spread positivity, hope, and love while creating a ripple effect throughout the world.

His I Spark Change community has grown at a phenomenal rate of over 800% in only three months. Rick has been featured in, The Good Men Project, The Anti-Burnout club, The Authority, Thrive Global, and Beyond Brave. He continues to expand his influence on others' health and happiness as a contributing writer for Lifehack. 

Rick Ornelas

Listen to his amazing story of transformation and how you can realize your DREAMS:


Motivated to write this book by the ever-worsening times we live in, Rick Ornelas shares an uplifting story of hope for humanity. 12 Hours of Heaven is an inspirational guide to positive change


Change Your Life

Join Ezra as he teaches his young protégé Annabeth what it takes to become an angel.  As he shares his story, he recounts the many lessons learned when he found himself trapped in an elevator for 12 hours with ten people from all walks of life. In their short time together he helps each of them through their biggest challenge while maturing in his understanding of himself. This heartfelt story will absorb you and take you on an emotional ride through the deepest parts of your heart and soul.  In the end, you will feel empowered to spark change and create a better world.   







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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Each Year Over 125,000 Americans Die from Overdose and Suicide Combined

Each year, over 125,000 Americans die from overdose and suicide combined. And this is NOT even the other causes of death related to substance misuse.

They are our friends, our neighbors, our family members. They go to our churches, eat next to us at our favorite restaurants. They talk to us through our favorite podcasts. And these deaths are completely preventable.

Jay Shifman is a Mental Health and Substance Misuse & Recovery Speaker, Coach, and Advocate, and the host of the Choose Your Struggle podcast. 

Jay has been in recovery for ten years and survived multiple suicide attempts and an overdose. 

Jay Stifman

If YOU KNOW ANYONE who has a substance misuse problem or is concerned about someone who does.....PLEASE listen to this interview. It will excite you when you realize YOU can do something to help! Jay talks about the struggles and the outdated model of care our communities may or may not offer and shows us how we can help those close to us and our community at large.

"There are massive systems changes that need to happen. But until we can have honest conversations around these topics, these lives will continue to be lost. That’s why I produce the Choose Your Struggle podcast.  

I’ve been given a second chance in a country, and a world, where most people don’t even get their first. That’s why I get up every day and work to help end the stigma and ensure that those who need help get the help they deserve. Because we’re in this together. 

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Are You Uncomfortable and Not Sure How to Act When You See A Disabled Person?

When Kristin Beale was a teenager, a Jetski accident left her paralyzed from the naval down. Her determination to disapprove the diagnosis was only the beginning of a new life for Kristin. 

Kristin is the author of three books, a nine-time marathon finisher, and a nationally competing wheelchair fencer. She is the creator of a weekly comic on Instagram.

Her book, Date Me, is in the process of becoming a TV series. You won't want to miss that!

In her interview, Kristin will motivate you to never give up, soar to places you were told you could not go, and have fun while doing it.

Date Me


Date Me is a collection of comics that tells stories of dating in a wheelchair, social situations sculpted by people’s response to a wheelchair, and the struggle of trying to fit in from a different perspective. Dating is hard enough as an able-bodied person. Throw in the variable of a wheelchair and the “hard” becomes “almost not worth it.” 

Kristin Beale shares stories of her crazy family, the unique and often lousy ways people interact with her because of her disability, and her often failed attempts at dating in a wheelchair with a strained, but ongoing determination not to give up. 

Relatable for many people who have dated in the 21st century, Date Me offers a different perspective from a wheelchair user and how to interact with them. 

Greater Things


 A true story of disability and determination: “From flat-line to sunshine, this story takes you on an unbelievably heart-crossing journey.” —Scott Pettit, Double Take

At age fourteen, Kristin Beale was enjoying a happy summer vacation when a Jet-Ski accident turned her life upside-down—and nearly ended it. Ever since then, she has had to struggle to overcome not only the physical but the psychological toll of her injuries—and her grit and courage have been an inspiration to countless people.
In Greater Things, Kristin offers a raw perspective on everything from how people react to her, to learning how to navigate in and through an inaccessible world, to just trying to make the best of a crummy situation. Filled with honesty, humor, and hope, it’s a realistic yet ultimately uplifting portrait of what it takes to endure hardship with your spirit intact.

A Million Suns

A Million Suns is a continuation, of sorts, of Greater Things. These stories tell of my journey to find the passion that I lost with paralysis. That looks like: trying every adaptive sport, modeling, traveling the world and, eventually, meeting a man whom I love. This one is a lot of fun and I'm excited to share with you!




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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Do You Know Someone Whose Life was Affected by Substance Abuse?

Most of us have known someone whose life has been affected by a form of substance abuse. In Brad’s interview he shares true life stories of people who have suffered through the dark trenches of addiction and emerge victorious.

Brad Duncan

Brad Duncan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiography and works at the Baptist Health Hospital. He is the author of eight books.

At a visitation for a 21-year-old family member who passed away from a drug overdose, Brad's life and mission changed forever. He felt inspired to share stories of hope and began interviewing people from a variety of ages, races, genders, and social statuses who had gone through addiction, overcame it and are now living abundant lives.

During his interview, Brad shares several stories of people who have turned their lives around, including the most wanted man in California: 

Substance Abuse

Colors of Salvation: Substance Abuse shares the true life stories of people who have suffered through the dark trenches of addiction and have emerged victorious. A variety of people of all ages, races, genders, and social statuses share their remarkable journey of transformation, going from hopelessness and captivity, to freedom and victory! As a way to join the fight against addiction, at least one dollar from every book sold will go directly to a recovery ministry.



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