This book empowers you as an animal guardian with tools for a deeper connection and better health.
Creating Heart to Heart took Vicki on a spiritual journey of connecting with her heart and her passion for helping animals to a new level through all stages of life, even through the death process.
A natural born animal communicator, Vicki’s qualifications as a healer for both people and animals include being a licensed massage therapist, a certified acupressurist and Reiki Master/Teacher, and training in craniosacral therapy. No matter what stage of life your animal is in during your lives together, this book is a valuable resource that will benefit you both with optimum health and a happy and harmonious home.
Author Jen Kraakevik takes readers on her whole-hearted, beautifully messy journey to make sense of bipolar disorder in her book, The Impact of an Emotional High: How to Talk about Bipolar Disorder with Your Family. Learn from her deeply personal discoveries how she learned to talk about her father’s diagnosis with her family. She reveals her struggles, emotions, and the unhelpful thought patterns and viewpoints that colored her lived experiences to inspire and connect with others who have family members diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She gently guides readers to learn how to talk with their own family by creating goals, deciding what to ask, allowing for grief, practicing new ways of communication, and knowing what to do when they don’t know what to do. The Impact of an Emotional High gives readers a chance to process, connect, and talk about bipolar disorder so they can come out of hiding and make necessary changes in their own lives.
THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A MORE IMPORTANT TIME to live the life that you were preordained to live. Ignite Your Greatness is an instruction manual to living beyond your potential and making your desires a reality. Ignite Your Greatness is a guide that will empower you to recognize your gifts, revive your dreams, and establish a legacy that outlives you!
Ignite Your Greatness is based upon these basic principles:
Greatness lies within all of us, including you!
The past does not define us; we can rise above our circumstances and enjoy success and
abundance in life, love, and business.
Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes. Examples include stories of Muhammad Ali, Les Brown,
Ray Lewis, and Kobe, as well as Chelsea Werner, Bethany Hamilton, and Nick Vujicic.
Greatness is everywhere, as shown in evidence from scripture and science.
Ignite Your Greatness includes:
A foreword by Rod Smith, former NFL star and two-time Superbowl Champion
Greatness in action: Interviews with Angela DiMattia, Danielle Shoots, Lon Welsh, and
Questions and Action Steps in every chapter that challenge you to Ignite Your Greatness.
Don’t delay your dreams. Plan a future you are proud to live, and start to build the legacy that will make it all worthwhile. The power and the gifts are within you now.
“I found myself in Santa Barbara, California, living in someone else’s house. I went to cook dinner and the only utensils were chopsticks… What the f*%k am I doing?”
Diapers, naps, swaddles, and strollers.
This wasn’t Audrey’s plan.
The plan was to get a degree, get a job, make a family.
Rather, her plan looked like: get a degree, get a job, get a better job, get a better job than that, move back in with her parents… (you get the picture). Like every other millennial, Audrey just wants to make an impact. With several
social-science degrees to her name, she could care less about making a living and is more focused on changing the world. She certainly didn’t go to college just to be a nanny, but nannying ends up being the “better job” she was looking
for all along.
After countless failed attempts to score a “real job,” Audrey spent three years as a nanny for seven families across the country. With each family she worked for, she discovered her life’s purpose by simply caring for others. Channeling
the spirit of her mother’s nanny, Audrey explores the history of generations of nannies before her and the generations that will come after. Generation Nanny gives voice to the current state of the American childcare and education systems and unveils the intersectionality of women’s careers, family planning, and a woman’s pursuit for equality in the worldplace. Through the topics of privilege, feminism, and womanhood in the 21st century, Audrey reveals a universal truth that when women bind together to support each other’s families, careers, and lives, anything is possible.
Reverend Eugene Cason
Wisdom from the Woodshed
Eugene Cason had come a long way from his childhood, raised in Missouri in poverty. As an adult with a family and beautiful home, his life was on track. But after a heartbreaking divorce, health issues, and losing his home, he spiraled downward into depression and homelessness. This is his story of healing and the power of a positive outlook and spiritual faith.
Now remarried to the love of his life, Reverend Cason’s book inspires with the positive affirmations and belief in the strength of the human spirit that keep him spreading joy to everyone he meets.
Can you feel it? I can, and it is very exciting. We are about to see the ascendency of women over 55, standing up and saying, “OK, it’s time for a change.”
We will be seen for who we are. We are dynamic, involved, contributing, powerful, desirable, and vital. We will be included in the highest levels of decision making, planning, and forecasting. We will be revered as indispensable matriarchs of our families. We will be sought after for prime roles in all media. We will step proudly into our advancing years, knowing that we make major contributions to our families, our communities, and the world, and will continue to do so for many years ahead.
It is our time.
This book is for senior women who want to thrive, transform how our culture depicts us, and make the best choices for our prime years. It is our time to step forward and redefine who we are and what we offer. Our time to find that spark that will ignite our way forward, illuminating our path and reflecting our gifts in the world. This is the spark in the prime of our lives. This is our Prime Spark.
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So, You’re In Sales…
Challenges to fuel your success (and keep you sane)
Are you new to sales? A seasoned pro? Somewhere in between? This book is for you.
While you work for your company, your clients are your motivators. Your products and customer service only go so far to earn their business; You are the differentiator when partnering with your clients. Through the art of relationship selling, you can learn how to increase your sales and create clients for life.
The three key sections of the book give you the advantage: 1. Cadence: Your Touchpoints and Monitoring Success 2. Presence: How Are You Showing Up? 3. Change: We All Get Stuck! Changing It Up Creates Momentum
Each section has challenges designed to help you level up to the next stage in your career. This book was created to take you from good to great and push you outside of your comfort zone, all while helping you develop a new sales perspective. Let’s freshen up your sales strategy and create success along the way!
Deciding to travel alone can be scary. It can also be the greatest gift you ever give yourself. Journey for One is the perfect place to start your solo travel. Imagine yourself conquering your fears and becoming a confident and empowered traveler, ready to take on the journeys and discoveries you’ve only dreamed of until now. Author Jodie Hopkins gently leads you on an adventure that will prepare you with the courage and skills you need to begin traveling successfully on your own. This book will not tell you where to go, what to see, or how to get there. Instead, it will give you the opportunity to gain understanding, learn from people who have “been there, done that,” and try out some activities to see if solo travel fits your needs, personality, and lifestyle. Filled with Jodie’s trademark humor, stories, and tips, Journey for One is like getting a kick in the pants from a friend, the encouragement of a coach, and the comforting words of a loving grandmother. There is no time like the present to start your Journey for One.
What could make a successful business owner shed her identity as a left-brained, performance-driven, profit-seeker and embrace a new identity as a creative? In Letting Go: How Less Becomes More, Deborah Cole shares her writing and photography as well as the story behind the journey. Finally embracing her new role as an artist, she provides a message of inspiration and hope. Her journey vividly illustrates that embracing your true desire involves letting go of what defines us before we can claim the joy, passion and purpose that awaits us all.
Soulfire Woman speaks to every woman who has felt her authentic self–the person she was meant to be–hijacked by rules, roles, obligations, relationships, divorce or past trauma. Author Dyanne Kelley’s hope in sharing her journey is for women to use what she knows to be true, to heal right along with her, and step into their own power. She wishes for you to be who you were always meant to be, a Soulfire Woman.
As Dyanne says, “You are not your story. You are what you do with your story. And so much more.”
Raped, beaten, nearly killed, bullied, abandoned, abused and broken. She shouldn’t have survived, but she did. Ultimately, she became a strong, independent woman who possesses qualities that are a perfect match for what life throws her way. Erin gained insight and resilience while traveling through peaks and valleys with the help of mentors, friends, parents, and coaches, who all made a difference in her life.
Erin rose out of her difficult childhood to become an accomplished golfer. In young adulthood, she endured a traumatic tipping point of abuse and rape. While searching for self-esteem, she found competitive bodybuilding and became a successful Figure Competitor. After experiencing a life-threatening heart condition, Erin also had to heal from a fluke accident that caused a traumatic brain injury. The strength that brought her through those medical issues is now guiding her through infertility. Her story shows how a strong woman stands tall like a tree, rooted to her beliefs. Just when you think you may break, you can bend with the wind to find another success.
Erin lives with the most energetic and positive outlook on life whose life purpose is to confront the “elephants in the room” and give all women strength. By inspiring and motivating, she teaches them to leverage all of what life throws their way to bring out the powerful women they truly are.
Brenda wondered why Glenn was so late coming home from his bike ride. Hours later she found him in a local hospital, barely hanging on…
Cocoon Chronicles is the story of how Glenn came back from a severe brain injury. Brenda’s love and strength was his constant support as he moved through each step of the slow recovery process. Glenn’s positive outlook and sense of humor shines through this story too. The funny quips Glenn comes up with along the way show his progress. Now a trusted professional speaker, Glenn guides teams to take back their power and unlock their greatest potential with thought-provoking and humorous presentations.
“My body is broken; I am broken.” “I don’t want this child.” “Am I worthy enough to be a parent?” These are the voices of eating disorders, shame, and infertility. Research has shown that 20.7% of patients struggling with infertility have had an eating disorder. Psychotherapy with this population can reveal shame rooted in unexpected difficulties in conception, pregnancy or early motherhood. The lack of open discussion around these topics increases internalized judgment and self-criticism. This book will focus on issues arising from challenges conceiving, sustaining a healthy pregnancy, and mother-child bonding in women who have had or currently have an eating disorder. Kate, who has been through an eating disorder and infertility herself, will share her story as well as the stories of many other women who have experienced these issues. She weaves a theme of resiliency and hope through the book to foster healing and self-acceptance and provides tools and resources to help clients in this population.
Like the Phoenix, adventure provides the fire through which you transform to live the life you desire. Adventure gets you out of your comfort zone and enables you to learn more about yourself as you shift your boundaries. Because it stretches you, it moves you forward on your journey. It helps you be the leader of your own life!
Author Susan Golicic’s passion is to help others discover their inner strength to be adventurous and authentic in their lives, work, and relationships. She believes your journey should be an adventure, which she embodies in her work and play.
The Lauren Danielle philosophy is about rebelling against the “cant’s” and rising up into who you were created to be. One of her favorite sayings is, “If it’s going to be, it’s up to me!” Lauren ignites your mind, body, and soul as she shares how overcoming childhood trauma helped her step into her purpose, passion, and leadership, and how you can too. Refusing to become a victim of the obstacles against her, including emotional abuse, bullying, addiction, obesity, and extreme grief due to horrifying losses, Lauren looked for the lessons and came back even stronger.
Lauren has learned from every experience, using them to become her best self, to create a powerful impact, and leave a profound legacy. She inspires thousands to let go of past events and rise into the people they strive to be.
Research has shown that movies with positive messages can make us stronger, kinder, and more empathetic people. They can heal us, uplift us, and allow us a safe way to work through our struggles. In addition, watching movies with loved ones can foster deep emotional connections.
Author Anne Feustel discovered over 15 years ago that watching one of her favorite movies of all time, The Princess Bride, dramatically improved her mental health during a manic episode. Happily, she was transported to a magical realm where her symptoms couldn’t follow. It became her go-to movie when she was struggling with mania, depression, or anxiety. Later, Anne realized that viewing specific movies had eased her emotional struggles since she was a child.
Anne shares stories from her mental health journey, and explores the history of cinematherapy as a tool to create healthy coping skills and
sustain personal growth.
For each of the recommended 12 movies Anne covers in Our Favorite Movies, she details how they can affect our mental health. She also adds her thoughts on each movie along with fun behind-the-scenes facts. Her selections include Inside Out, When Harry Met Sally…, Fried Green Tomatoes, and The Princess Bride.
So, film fans, it’s time to dive deep into some fantastic movies!
Exploring Your Authentic Life Path
Do you ever wonder if you are on the path that’s right for you? Or are you following someone else’s checklist of what it means to be happy? Author beth koritz thought that she was doing everything right. Except that it didn’t feel right for her.
“I had been in the ICU for weeks waiting for this moment. Waiting was all I could do. I was paralyzed from the shoulders down and on life support, with a tube down my throat so I couldn’t even talk. My own thoughts were the only thing available to me, and they weren’t very cheery.
“Things have to change.” I said the words, but I was really talking to myself, and it wouldn’t be the last time I’d have to coax myself into a reset.
We are not on one continuously linear path from point A to point B. We are not born to be on a zip line, pointing our noses toward the only goal we’ll ever see and then gripping the handles for dear life until we get there. The journey we are on changes just like the path in the forest erodes, fades, and deepens with the seasons.”
“Can’t” is not stopping author Lauren Danielle. Just because a dream seems unlikely or unreachable doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Take Lauren’s life for example. Through multiple traumas, Lauren came to believe she couldn’t be safe, have good relationships, or succeed financially. But her determination to understand herself and break through the barriers in her way have paved the way to happiness and great personal and professional success. Let Lauren show you how to make your own transformation from “I can’t” to “I CAN!”
Anything that alienates and divides us leaves us weak and exposed to disaster. Simple human compassion is more essential to our national resilience and strength than most of us recognize. Shallow values won’t suffice as the foundation
of our social and cultural infrastructure. With anecdotes and unexpected stories about growing up during the 60s and 70s
in Los Angeles and from her work in disaster recovery, Diane Burden Cox illustrates the importance of our relationships with each other to our national resilience. If we want a resilient built infrastructure as a nation–clean water supply, buildings, bridges, roads, energy grids, health and education systems–we need to recognize it rests on the strength of our interactions with each other.
Resilience isn’t just one more thing to put on our national to-do list, it’s something we can actually enjoy and have fun cultivating together.
For nearly 30 years, Vicki Wind ran a business yet “never worked a day in her life.” This feeling of being where you belong and doing what you are meant to be doing is her wish for all of us.
In My Mother, the Gorilla, Vicki invites us to share her memories of hilarious escapades in the singing telegram business as—yes — a gorilla, but also a chicken, a 7-foot banana, Midnight Mary the Bag Lady, Surly Shirley the Waitress from Hell, and the dreaded Sister Mary Constipation, among countless other characters.
What started out as a collection of true stories to share with her grandkids has become this laugh-out-loud, inspiring memoir to share with the world. My Mother, the Gorilla reminds us, all at once, that finding your own voice is essential to a happy life, that possibilities are endless at any age, and that everyone has a story to tell.
Raised in a chocolate factory, educated in Catholic school, and trained as a radiation chemist, Vicki finally found her true self in a gorilla suit. Now retired and living in Evergreen Colorado, Vicki finds great joy living a mile and a half above sea level, communing with the wildlife she loves, and having the perfect backdrop to finally get down on paper stories about her own WILD LIFE.
Discover a new creative framework to help you transform your biggest ideas from imagination to reality, fusing the practicality of engineering design methodology with the magic of alchemy.
Spiral is an epic weaving of threads from engineering, design thinking, spirituality, business, and physics that will empower you as both a business builder and as a human. Rather than a step-by-step process for success that can feel like fighting the tide, this book acts as a guide to building your business on your own terms, in harmony with your own natural rhythms.
Based on her personal experience as a spacecraft systems architect, a serial entrepreneur, and a business strategy coach, Amy Simpkins offers simple-yet-powerful tools to approach the creative process as a whole person. Whether you are creating disruptively innovative solutions, a world-changing business, or a life that lights you up, Spiral helps you integrate all of the random, varied parts of yourself so that you are free to shine your brightest.
These Are They is a collection of inspirational stories that reflect the lives of our community’s finest citizens. We call them RAK-tivists. These stories of hope, overcoming, and encouragement are bound to inspire many to reach out and touch someone in a special way. By sharing their random acts of kindness stories and experiences, readers learn new and improved ways to positively impact the lives of others by extending genuine, kind and caring random acts of kindness to friends, family and even strangers. At the end of the day, after reading These Are They, we hope that you will agree that it’s not what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. Rather, it is about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better and what you’ve given back. After all, service to others is the rent we pay for being on this earth and an excellent way to pay it forward.
Launched September 2018
Sara B. Hart
The Upside of Downsizing:Getting to Enough
How can you make a significant downsizing less painful and exhausting? Sara invites you to focus on getting to enough, which is just sufficient. The book focuses on the emotional side of downsizing; how it FEELS to get rid of years of personal and family treasures. She also shares her sense of relief and of lightness as she gets closer to realizing she has just enough; that all the stuff is completely unnecessary for her sense of sufficiency and of joy. As you read about her emotional journey, you will know you’re not alone during yours.
Impact Founder: Inspirational stories of entrepreneurs who risk everything for what they believe in
After there were two suicides of startup founders and the sudden death of a third, Kristin Darga created Impact Founder to do whatever she could to help alleviate the feelings of inadequacy, isolation, stress, depression and suicide among founders by sharing real stories of real entrepreneurs’ struggles and successes. Through Impact Founder, she is on a mission to make sure another entrepreneur isn’t lost due to isolation, feelings of inadequacy, failure, or for any other reason. Self-doubt is part of life and sometimes entrepreneurs face the issue alone and lose their perspective. This book tells real stories of entrepreneurs to help all of us understand that we are not alone with the challenges.
The Gratitude Connection: Embrace the positive power of thanks
Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul. Gratitude is a high-energy emotion; once you start feeling it, it seeps into everything in your life, like air. Pretty soon it becomes a lifestyle and transforms you in subtle ways: You smile at someone you disagree with. You wake up in a good mood. You hug your loved ones and leave your fear and worry behind. You notice the beauty in nature. You shake off fear and face new situations with confidence.
When John Alexander was diagnosed with a degenerative disease, he decided to take control of his health and mindset by finding ways to motivate himself and others with Parkinson’s. John became a distance cyclist and triathlete after discovering that staying active is one of the best ways to combat the effects of the disease. John maintains his upbeat attitude by seeking inspiration from the Parkinson’s community. He stays involved in helping transform other peoples’ lives as a dedicated ambassador for numerous organizations and a sought-after inspirational speaker.
Suffering from severe spinal and head injuries after being run over on her bike, she knew she was dying.
Rynes, a scientist and confirmed skeptic, was shown the wonders of Heaven, experiencing joy, love, and beauty on such a grand scale that she wept at its magnitude.
In Awakenings from the Light, Rynes recounts the amazing sights of Heaven, and explains the remarkable insights into life she returned with to share with others. She was gifted with a second chance—a precious opportunity to bring a little bit of Heaven into her life on Earth. The wisdom she passes on could change your life as well.
The Social Diet: The 7 Essential Ingredients for Raising Socially Connected, Well-Balanced and Caring Kids (Especially Those with Social Learning Challenges)
Dr. Goresko is a true visionary. She understands that our children don’t just need to learn skills. They also need to learn how to become social, well-rounded contributors. Stacy helps families create connections that open up possibilities and a brighter future. Meaningful relationships are what it’s all about! If you are tired of hearing what your child can’t do, then take Stacy’s fresh approach to heart! There’s hope!
-Melissa B. (Parent)
Amazon Best Seller!!
Awakening Your Feminine Spirit: Finding Balance, Purpose, and Strength
A guidepost for women through healing, self-discovery and finding balance, purpose and strength, this book is a portal into a three step process of 1.Sacred Surrender (letting go of your guilt, story, blocks and resistance to what is holding you back from reaching your best life), 2. Sacred Embodiment (learning to feel and process through your body, becoming present, understanding energy and healing), and 3. Sacred Expansion (opening to miracles, synchronicities and your life’s purpose).
Bridging True Love Connection & Healing Between You and Your Animals: Holistic Healing For Your Cats, Dogs, Horses and You
For many years Vicki has been helping people and their animals connect more deeply, “bridging true love connection and healing” to live healthier, happier lives. She is now teaching you the proven powerful techniques so you can have this connection with the animals you love and work with.
“This book will work magic. It will not only help you be able to understand and resolve many issues with your animals but it will heal you in that process. What a gift indeed. Enjoy the journey…” Martha Norwalk, Animal behaviorist, trainer and host of Martha Norwalk’s Animal World
Dancing on The Edge: Clearly I have Issues
“Reading these poems is a lot like eating jalapenos; they all look the same, but some are a lot stronger than others. Your eyes water, your nose runs and your throat burns… But it’s oddly satisfying and leaves you wanting more. After you recover, you promise yourself you’re going to be more careful… Then, the desire for a jalapeno sneaks up on you. You find yourself once again dipping into the unknown with trepidation and fascination. This book is for all who need a little jalapeno for their soul.” Carol Jacobson
Upcoming Books by New Authors
Naked Soul (working title)
Through the years of working with celebrity clients and creating her super successful Beach Body Slim-in-Six Series and other programs, fitness guru Debbie Siebers makes it look easy and glamorous. But once you read her story, you’ll realize the immense obstacles this amazing woman has overcome. Positivity runs through Debbie’s veins and shows up powerfully in this narrative about her reinvention from an overweight small-town girl with every conceivable insecurity to the gracious, poised, funny, and inspirational trainer and speaker she is today.
In Open Book, Debbie shares her painful secrets as well as what it took for her to become a trainer and friend of stars such as Amy Irving, Penny Marshall, Barry Gordy, and many others. Now the owner of her own international fitness company, Livati, Debbie is still inspiring millions to recreate themselves and their lives.
He Must Be Lost
A love for the outdoors became an irresistable pull to the mountains of Colorado. Coming from the streets of Philadelphia, Michael found himself climbing a fourteener (mountain peak of 14,000 feet or higher) on his first weekend in the centennial state. Despite the pain of accomplishing that first peak, he was hooked.
This addiction to climbing turned into an amazing achievment – summiting all 54 of Colorado’s fourteeners – the first African-American in history to do so.
Michael’s story includes the lessons learned along the way, from death-defying slides across snow fields to the resilience and friendships that deepen with every new challenge.
Websites For People
The first quarter of the 21st century will go down in the history books as the very first technology boom. Before the millennial generation entered the workforce the Internet did not have a significant impact on the way businesses operated. Today, whether it’s improving an internal business process or improving the way a business or organization communicates and serves their community, the Internet has become the new face to face. Websites For People takes you through Heath’s journey as a self-taught programmer and in-between millennial and leaves you with a new optimistic outlook and vision for how businesses, organizations, cities, and your local community can implement faith-driven principles to form stronger, more meaningful relationships using technology.