Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Your Attitude, Drive, and Enthusiasm Can Take You Further Than Your Talents


Lori Vober suffered a massive intracerebral hemorrhagic
stroke at age 29, which left her paralyzed on the left side. After a two-month stay in the hospital where she had two brain surgeries, she returned home and her husband lost his job in the aviation industry due to the effects of 9/11.  A cross-country move was necessary while Lori was still in a wheelchair.  Lori developed epilepsy from the stroke and lost more independence.

Seven years later Lori and her husband were able to adopt three siblings, a journey filled with both blessings and challenges. 

Lori's interview was both inspiring and challenging. You will love hearing her story:


Life Rarely Turns Out Exactly as You Pictured it

We All Face Challenges Along the Way

God always has a plan.

But He leaves it up to you whether you follow His plan or not

Life is about CHOICES

Lori Vober chose to depend on God's faithfulness through all life's challenges

  • Everyone has doubts about their own abilities, but God has a plan
  • Believe in Him - Don't give up
  • Your attitude, drive, and enthusiasm can take you further than your talents
  • Find happiness in who God says you are
  • Do not allow someone else to define your happiness






Monday, August 15, 2022

Does a Great Brand Change the Way Others See You - Or the Way You See Yourself?

Almost 8 years ago, Tonya Eberhart’s 20-year marriage ended, and she left behind two businesses. She walked out the door with her first BrandFace book in her hand and a newly founded business of the same name. She had one client. This brought a tremendous amount of stress and pressure but when your dream is strong enough, you push through the pressure.

Tonya Eberhart

Tonya Eberhart is an international bestselling author, host of the BeBoldBranding Podcast, and founder of BrandFace, a branding firm that helps podcasters, authors, coaches, speakers, and solopreneurs in four countries and 43 US states to stand out and become an authority in their market through the power of personal branding. 

Tonya's humble career began while selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door to pay her way through college. This led to a job in radio and listening to local advertising, she realized the power that personal branding has on a business. 

Almost two decades and many successful brands later, she founded BrandFace, a personal branding firm comprising a book series, speaking series, and personal branding program designed to help business owners and entrepreneurs differentiate themselves.

Tonya and Michael are partners in BrandFace, the only comprehensive personal brand-building system across the globe. Their mantra is, "People don't do business with a logo. They do business with a person." They help speakers, podcasters, authors, coaches, real estate agents, solopreneurs, and business owners to STAND OUT from their competition and attract their ideal customers so they can become recognized and sought-after authorities.

In her interview she will share how you can unveil your inner star for massive recognition and riches using their 3-D Formula:

People don’t do business with a logo. They do business with a person. Marketing yourself as an entrepreneur and the face of your business has become more complex. New marketing tools and platforms are being introduced almost daily. 

In order to break through the clutter and noise, you must define your point of differentiation and learn to develop and display your unique personal brand in a powerful, memorable way. 

In this book, you’ll learn many of the principles and tactics we’ve used to position and market our clients for success, such as: 

• How to Become a Recognized Authority in Your Industry…even if no one knows who you are right now

• How to Develop an Attractor Factor That Naturally Appeals to Your Ideal Customers…so you can work smarter, not harder

• How to Stop the Cycle of Poor Prospecting and Become a Sought After Expert…without the arrogance that can turn prospects away

• How to Use Today’s Marketing Tools Differently…and avoid the same vanilla marketing tactics your competitors are using

• How to Set Yourself Up for Long Term Success…regardless of the ups and downs of your industry.


The Raising of a Rebel is a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story of a young man who grew up as a product of the moonshine industry in the mountains of North Georgia. His daddy was a moonshiner, and his mama helped in the business, as well. They were both alcoholics. 

Follow his journey through a tumultuous childhood, high school basketball stardom, the choice that changed it all...and the man it sculpted along the way. 

You'll learn about the one person who shaped his morals and provided him with "10 years of wisdom for every 10 minutes they spent together." You'll feel his disappointment, give voice to his rage, and raise your hands to his victories. You'll cringe, laugh heartily, and shed more than a few tears throughout. And there's a good chance you'll find a little bit of yourself in his story.

Tonya Eberhart









Sunday, August 7, 2022

If You Have Been Broken, Do You Know How To Move Forward?

Kate Wallinga spent her professional life in the fields of mental health

and criminal justice, before breaking her back and being put on

permanent disability in 2014. She has worked in the fields of

correctional psych, forensic psych, and crisis assessment.

Kate studied criminal justice and mental health counseling and worked

in the New Hampshire State Prison system, locked psychiatric facilities,

and several emergency rooms.

Ignorance Was Bliss

In 2010, Kate had a near-death experience, which led to her being

housebound for a year. In 2014, Kate broke her back and had to

leave her career. In 2019, Kate's father died by suicide. She has

battled health issues including epilepsy and deafness. But, as she

will share today, although broken, Kate moved forward and she

will show you how to as well - no matter what you have gone


After accepting the necessity of leaving her preferred career, Kate

spent a few years moping, then started listening to podcasts. She loves

true crime genre and soon realized this is what she wanted to do - to

connect with and share other people's stories.

In her interview, she shares her incredible story and how she became a

story-teller, a story-collector, and a.....herder of cats.

Kate Wallinga

Podcasting seemed the logical next step after Kate worked in the fields of

forensic and correctional psychology, and crisis assessment.

Ignorance Was Bliss is a show about how we become who we are and 

making just about anything sound normal - from PTSD to podcasting to 

serial murder. It is about people's stories.

This podcast is about how we become who we are - about making 

just about anything sound normal. Over time, the focus of the show 

has widened to include the normal, the average, the ordinary, that 

all of us can understand...but we continue to think of ourselves as 

somehow messed up, weird, wrong. 

We're not.

You're not.


Connect with Kate Here




Friday, August 5, 2022

How Would you Cope if Told Your Child has Severe Multiple Disabilities?

Vickie Rubin was 24 years old and about to deliver her first child – she also had chicken pox. So begins the story of a first-time mom who learns her infant daughter has severe, multiple disabilities. Facing the challenges of caring for her daughter, marriage struggles, and the question of having more children, Vickie Rubin gives a glimpse into the world of her family and transformation while Raising Jess.

Vickie holds a master’s degree in Exceptional Education from SUNY Buffalo State College. Before writing her book, she was the director of the Early Childhood Direction Center and is experienced in working with professionals and families of children with special needs.


Vickie transformed from a young mom with no experience to a well-known regional advocate for families and children with special needs.

“When Jessica was young Vickie experienced many panic attacks. I had three children under the age of five, one who needed total assistance and had complex medical issues. Our financial situation was difficult and I was unable to work because my daughter needed so much care. I ALWAYS felt helpless when Jessica experienced a seizure, I admit that my go-to was panic. Fortunately, my husband was calm, cool-headed when Jess had seizures.”

Her interview and her book will delight you and make you want to hear more of her story. It is a must-listen for anyone who has felt like giving up and anyone who has a child with special needs. And….why every family needs to do an exit interview -- what's that?



Vickie Rubin, M.S. Ed is the author of  Raising Jess: A Story of Hope, the powerful story of one family’s survival when faced with adversity. Written with compassion, honesty, and humor, it tells of a family changed forever by the birth of a child with special needs, and their courageous decision to choose hope. This beautiful, gripping memoir will delight and leave you wanting more.  

One grandparent's review: "I am the father of a grown daughter with a nine-year-old child with special needs similar to Jess. My daughter and I read your book at the same time and found we were constantly laughing, comparing stories, and being amazed at the similarities in their lives and ours. It opened up many conversations allowing us to share our feelings that until then were unspoken." 

Vickie’s Views is a hopeful, humorous, inspiring commentary about various topics, including raising a child with a disability, observations of everyday life, family, marriage, plus navigating the world of COVID-19. She started writing the blogs in March 2020, about the same time we were all told: DON’T LEAVE THE HOUSE!  

Vickie loves to write and has published numerous essays in her local newspaper, The Buffalo News.


Vickie’s Mom nagged/motivated her to write a book, and her excuses were, “I have three kids, a full-time job – who has time to write a book!"  But then she retired. Still overwhelmed by the task she had boxes of Jessica's notes and journals and she wrote about Jess’ incredible journey from the perspective of a mom who never, ever gave up hope.



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