Part 1: In this episode, I talk with Molly Edelstein, founder of Personal Growth Design. Multiple Sclerosis has been a part of Molly’s life since she was very young, from her father’s diagnosis when she was 6 and then her own diagnosis at 20. The spiritual lessons she has learned from MS have changed her life, brought her freedom and joy, and has now led her to provide coaching and education. She comes to this work with a background as a homeopath, business professional and lifelong spiritual seeker and loves to help women fully embrace and leverage their ME-ness.
Part 2: Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda shares an email from Dr. Robert Anthony titled, “Becoming More Powerful by the Minute”
Part 1: Donna Dwyer, President and CEO, of My Place Teen Center joins me to talk about their mission to provide a safe haven for youth ages 10-18, sustaining them with comfort, meals, resources, and hope. My Place Teen Center (MPTC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, regional organization headquartered in Westbrook, Maine, with a temporary location secured in Saco, and a soon-to-be new one in Biddeford (opening in 2022).
They are a year round, free, out of school time program. They provide academic assistance through tutoring, study skills, the Learning Technology Lab, and Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM) programs. They offer instruction in character development, leadership development, life skills, job skills, and financial literacy. They focus on aspects of healthy, responsible moral development that builds strong character, self-esteem, academic, and leadership skills.
The culture at the Teen Center is one in which they are loving first and firm when needed. A family-type, anti-bullying, safe environment is their hallmark. When youth walk through their Red Doors, they see kids who have the potential to thrive with mentoring and guidance. Their niche is fostering grit, perseverance, curiosity, passion, and accountability. These non-academic pursuits are the success indicators of positive, thriving futures. They are committed to engaging these young people in positive relationships and meaningful activities that allow them to be courageous in the face of their traumatic life circumstances.
Given their transient, middle and high school population, they know that hunger and homelessness are on the rise and parent substance use is a contributing factor to their kids’ exposure to early trauma. Confronted with the fallout of childhood trauma, they are asking why do some children adapt and overcome, while others bear lifelong scars that flatten their potential? A growing body of evidence points to one common answer: Every child who winds up doing well has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult.
Please consider donating to help My Place Teen Center continue their mission. Not only will you be helping children today, but also our future adults!
Part 2: Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda shares a story about a recent encounter with an angry parent and provides tips on how we can have a positive influence on our children.
Almost everyone has directly or indirectly experienced how chemical dependency can affect a loved one. Lynda is joined by the creators and subjects of a local Maine television documentary series, Voices of Hope – The Rugged Road to Recovery. This series is a project started by SEED (Students Empowered to End Dependency) and is a variety of very personal stories shared from the people who struggle with substance use disorder and are in recovery to the families who have lost loved ones.
SEED was formed to add the voice of students to help explain the insidious brain disease of chemical dependency. Their main objective is to amplify community messaging about use of chemical substances by explaining the science underlying the disease model. In so doing, it is their hope that fewer people will start using drugs & alcohol and more will seek recovery. This series is their first project. You may watch the whole series on their website and stay tuned for more episodes, as they are in the process of being filmed!
If you or your loved one struggles with addiction, please seek out local help. There are a variety of resources on the Voices of Hope website.
This show is a montage of 3 of my favorite Maine non-profit organizations providing updates on where their organizations have been, where they are now and what they need to continue helping so many!
Debby Porter is the Founder & CEO, of the non-profit organization Hair Matters. As a hair stylist, when Debby heard the words, “you have breast cancer” she was not only terrified for her life, but she wondered how she would cope with hair loss. She found there was no place to turn for help with hair loss and during her recovery she vowed to create the kind of help she wasn’t able to find. That’s how Hair Matters was born. Today, Hair Matters works to restore vitality and hope and reduce fear and isolation for all who seek their help by providing emotional support and hair loss solutions in a non-medical setting. You can hear the full interview I did with Debby in Episode 67.
Amie Marzen, founder of Madeline’s Mission joins us to share the story of her beautiful daughter Madeline, whom she lost at just 4 years young to a brain tumor. When Amie found herself in this “child loss club” she felt lost, alone, and scared and couldn’t find the support she and her family needed to help them during this difficult time. That situation motivated her to create this non-profit organization in honor of her daughter so other families will have the support they need while coping with the loss of a child. You can hear the full interview I did with Amie on Episode 33.
Catherine Ann Wilson, founder of Stop Trafficking US, is a child sexual abuse and sex trafficking survivor. Catherine shares her very personal story through a worldwide platform to help prevent what happened to her from happening to other young girls and boys. In this episode, she shares about the huge difference her organization is making by providing training to social workers, law enforcement officials and more! You can hear the full interview I did with Catherine in Episode 35.
Part 1: Michelle Lappin is a lifestyle coach and founder of Get Good at Living. In this episode we talk about how making small shifts in routines, habits, and behaviors can have a huge positive impact in not just your life, but in the lives of those who surround you! And the tips she provides will help in all areas of your life no matter what your goals are like getting healthy, improving your finances or relationships, finding a new career and more!
Part 2: Weekly Words of Wisdom – Lynda asks you to think about what you and your health are worth