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From Ashes to Beauty l Heather Deffenbaugh, #50

From Ashes to Beauty l Heather Deffenbaugh, #50

May 28, 2022

Today's guest is Heather Deffenbaugh, the bestselling author of From Ashes to Beauty. In her compelling and inspiring memoir, Heather bares her soul as she takes us through her awe-inspiring life journey of how she survived a tumultuous childhood riddled with neglect, abandonment, and abuse, and overcame insurmountable odds. Her incredible story of surviving the pain of childhood trauma, the consequences of having mentally ill parents and having to become an adult at a very early age is nothing short of a miracle. In our conversation, Heather shares some of the stories that shaped who she has become. Ultimately, her message is one of hope and faith. 



Heather is an author, speaker, and wellness advocate who aims to help people overcome strongholds and become the very best version of themselves. She has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years teaching group exercise, personal training, and coaching transformation programs. As a certified holistic nutritionist, she has guided and taught people how to infuse healthy and delicious food into their daily routine in order to achieve optimum health. She is passionate about “wholeness” in one’s life and teaches others how to thrive by achieving overall wellness in 5 key areas: physical health, mental health, spiritual health, physiological health, and emotional health. She is a devoted wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend who loves to travel, cook for others, share the love of Jesus, and listen to music incessantly. 

You can connect with Heather through the links below:



FB: @heather.andersondeffenbaugh

IG: @heather_deffenbaugh




You can purchase From Ashes to Beauty on Amazon:







Unbecoming: A Journey to Finding HER l Deanna Herrin #49

Unbecoming: A Journey to Finding HER l Deanna Herrin #49

April 30, 2022

Are you a growth-minded woman who is feeling unfulfilled, unhappy and stuck? Do you find yourself searching to fill the void of knowing who you truly are? Then you will enjoy the conversation I have with our guest today. Deanna Herrin is the best-selling author of Unbecoming: A Journey to Finding HER. Her book gives you the tools to unlock the traps keeping you from becoming HER. 

In this episode you are going to hear about Deanna's story and how it allowed her to step into her own strength. And her story will inspire you to find the greatness in yourself as well. 

If you'd like to find out more about Deanna, you can find her at:


IG: @deannaherrin

FB:  deannaherrin

You can also find her book on Amazon:


QuaranTEEN Two Years Later: #48

QuaranTEEN Two Years Later: #48

April 4, 2022

In 2020, we gathered 9 teenagers together to write a book about their experience during the quarantine. Their book, QuaranTEEN: Our New Normal, became an Amazon bestseller in August 2020. Since then, it has continued to be one of Scriptor's bestselling books.

Today, I invite you to listen in as we interview those same 9 teenagers TWO YEARS later. I wanted to bring them back on the podcast to talk about where they are now, how they experienced the pandemic, but also to share what it's been like to be a best-selling author at such a young age.

As you listen, there's another surprise as well....hear how they react when they find out how they inspired another group of students in Australia. 

Although it's a longer episode than most, I hope you will enjoy it. I think you will come away with a sense of hope and inspiration for our future!


Click here to purchase Quaranteen: Our New Normal.


From Burned Out to Unstoppable l Alejandra Marques Mendez #47

From Burned Out to Unstoppable l Alejandra Marques Mendez #47

February 18, 2022

Burnout is real. It happens when we wear too many hats and become overwhelmed by everything.

In today's episode, bestselling author, Alejandra Marques Mendez, shares her story of burnout and how that led to her new book, From Burned Out to Unstoppable.

Listen in to hear tips on how to stop living for the hustle, release burnout and start living the life you desire.


Alejandra Marques Mendez is the go-to Productivity and Balance Mentor for entrepreneurs and business owners. She has helped driven women worldwide create the life they desire by using their time as their most precious resource. Her signature T.I.M.E. Method is a blueprint to elevate time management, prioritize balance, increase productivity and achieve goals with ease. Her expertise has been featured in Entrepreneur, Medium, Authority Magazine, Thrive Global, and more. 

You can follow Alejandra at:


IG:  @alejandramarques_yourplana


And her book is available on Amazon at:


Live! Pain Free: Your Journey to Move Better l Jacqueline Gikow, #46

Live! Pain Free: Your Journey to Move Better l Jacqueline Gikow, #46

February 9, 2022


If you are tired of hurting and have an inability to enjoy the things you used to...

If you are open to a holistic, natural approach to pain relief…

If you are curious about how you can relieve your pain…

And if you are ready to make a commitment to your well-being…

Then you are going to enjoy this episode.

Today, Jacqueline Gikow joins me to for a fascinating conversation about what it takes to live a pain free life. She is the recent bestselling author of Live! Pain Free: Your Journey to Move Better, and offers a path to apply the lessons she has learned, to yourself.



Jacqueline Gikow is a movement coach and rehab specialist, health & wellness coach. The owner of Audacious Living NYC, her holistic, health and wellness practice, Jacqueline focuses on pain relief through better movement. In managing pain from her own injuries and health challenges, she is empathetic to others in pain. Jacqueline supports your determination to hurt less, get stronger, and prevent reinjury.


Jacqueline is certified as a fitness professional through the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM), as a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach, and is a functional aging specialist (FAI). Jacqueline lives and works in New York City.





#Blessed As You Choose To Be l Matthew Maniscalco - #45

#Blessed As You Choose To Be l Matthew Maniscalco - #45

February 3, 2022

Matthew Maniscalco, the bestselling author of #Blessed as you choose to be, joins me in this episode to share a quick glimpse at his life. He has an inspiring story that begins as a simple American dream that leads us through a lifetime of overcoming obstacles, keeping your eye on the prize and never losing hope. Matt describes the love he has in his life and how it has helped him through the good times and the bad. 


His resounding message is that we are all “as BLESSED as we want to be.”


Listen in as he shares his story…






Matthew is President of Page Insurance Agency, he is licensed with both his 2-15 and 2-20 licenses giving him the ability to help clients in many aspects of their insurance and retirement needs. His career background includes an internship with the NFL, 5 years as a Market Executive in Radio and most prior 7 years in bank management. He has been named Best of the West for his respective profession by the Daytona Beach News Journal 3x as well as being named “40 Under 40” 3 times by the Volusia Business Report. Matthew was raised in Deland where he still resides with his beautiful wife, Kristy and 2 children.  His passion for his family, his community and his clients is what drives his success.  He has served on the Board of Directors for the West Volusia Young Professionals Group, is a graduate of Leadership West Volusia, proud board member of both the Deland Breakfast Rotary and the Advent Health Hospital Foundation, current Vice President of the DeLand Chamber of Commerce and last but not least a 2nd generation member to the local Sons and Daughters of Italy Deltona Chapter.  Beyond his community relations, Matthew enjoys coaching little league, working out, attending sporting events and spending quality time with his family.


You can find out more at:


Or follow him:


FB:  @pageinsuranceagency

IG: @pageinsuranceagency


You can find his book on Amazon.


Damned by the Diagnosis l Dr. Vince Catteruccia #44

Damned by the Diagnosis l Dr. Vince Catteruccia #44

December 28, 2021

If you or someone you love are suffering from chronic, even debilitating pain, and you desperately want to find a solution, a way to stop the pain so that life can—somehow—return to normal, or at least close to normal, then you will want to listen to this episode where I interview Dr. Vince Catteruccia, bestselling author of Damned by the Diagnosis.

Dr. Vince is one to tell it like it is. And he is the first to say that this journey to a pain free life is not easy. In fact, it’s hard work. But it’s work worth doing.

In this episode we discuss how you can understand and overcome your pain, so you can pursue the life you desire…for yourself and your loved ones. You can do it. 

Listen in now so you can get started...





 Dr. Vince Catteruccia is an internationally known Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Expert recognized for uncovering hidden sources of physical pain and producing lasting solutions for his patients — without medication or surgery. His natural approach to solving pain is guided by his unique combination of professional credentials including a Ph.D. in Behavior, a Master’s of Science in Kinesiotherapy, and a Master’s of Science in Human Performance. Dr. Vince is also a licensed neuromuscular therapist.


He’s learned from the best in the world, traveling the globe to uncover natural solutions to nagging pain including time in Prague at the renowned Motol Hospital of Rehabilitation and Manual Medicine. During his 30-year career, Dr. Vince is proud to have helped thousands of people end their battles with chronic pain. Today, he lives in Arizona with his wife, Jennifer, and his son, Gabriel, where he works with patients worldwide, virtually and in person.

FB: Living Pain Free Method

IG: DrVCatt



You can purchase Damned by the Diagnosis on Amazon. Here's the link:



Choose to R1SE l Jenna Mango #43

Choose to R1SE l Jenna Mango #43

November 23, 2021

In the episode, we feature Jenna Mango, the recent bestselling author of Choose to R1SE. Choose to R1SE is a book about fighting to be the best possible version of yourself and striving to get 1% better every single day in all aspects of life. Jenna Mango has been consistently tested from a young age. Her life takes a turn in high school, and she has mental wars within herself to fight through the bullying, heartbreak, burn out, abuse, invisible illness, and family struggles. Throughout it all, she finds the strength and confidence within herself to keep moving forward. Jenna vulnerably shares these experiences in the book and her story encourages you to reflect on your own life. Her advice and wisdom will inspire you to choose to rise! 






Jenna Mango currently works at Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA, as a Certified Personal Trainer and Performance Coach. She has a master’s degree from Western Connecticut State University in Applied Behavior Analysis and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in Psychology. She was a former collegiate field hockey player. Upon graduation she accepted the position of Assistant Field Hockey Coach at WestConn and spent four seasons with the team. She is also currently a WTBA Coach and NLP Master Practitioner while continuing to train in Hawaiian Kempo, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing and Boxing.


Follow Jenna:


FB:  @jennamango

IG:   @jmanggg13

Shine On You Crazy Diamond l Catherine Owens #42

Shine On You Crazy Diamond l Catherine Owens #42

November 2, 2021

On today’s show I am talking with Catherine Owens, bestselling author of Shine On You Crazy Diamond…Even When Your Crown Gets Heavy! It is a deep conversation that moves from why she wrote the book to what happened as she worked through the vulnerability that comes with writing your own story. Her experience is real and is something so many authors experience. Catherine speaks authentically about what it was like to go through the writing process and how she arrived at a book that will inspire so many women! 

Shine on You Crazy Diamond is a book written especially for women. Through inspirational quotes and personal experiences, Catherine shares lessons learned as she went through the process of clearing out the debris of shame, guilt, unrealistic expectations from self and others, social stigmas and conditioning, childhood traumas, and all the other unnecessary and unrealistic pressures that we as women often put on ourselves. 

Catherine’s hope in writing this book is to inspire you to use your personal experiences, circumstances, past decisions, hurts and disappointments, as opportunities for healing and growth. She knows it is possible to free yourself from the cages that keep you from believing in yourself, to live your life with intention, joy, love and purpose, to stand in your truth and light and to become the incredible woman that you are meant to be.


Listen in as Catherine shares her story….



Catherine L. Owens is a consultant, speaker and author. As one of the industry’s most well-respected senior living experts, Catherine has seen how seniors and their families can become overwhelmed while trying to make quality-of-life decisions. 

Her passion for helping seniors and their families inspired her to write “Be Your Own Hero,” a book outlining the senior living decision process and offering her insights to those considering senior living options.

Catherine speaks to audiences across the country about trends in the senior living industry, little-known senior resources, the right time to research senior living options, and the role that adult children often have in the decision process.

Catherine's goal is to help seniors and their families make educated decisions when it comes to senior living, and to help senior living communities provide the best information and customer service possible. 

Learn more about Catherine at



Catherine's book is available on Amazon at:




Living My Better Life l Katie Shugars #41

Living My Better Life l Katie Shugars #41

October 31, 2021

Today’s episode features bestselling author, Katie Shugars. In our conversation, we discuss her recently published book, Living My Better Life: Finding Freedom in Healing. Over the last two years, she found herself sitting in front of a therapist talking about her life. While she documented key takeaways of nearly every therapy session, she had no idea she was writing a book all along. Throughout her pain, shame, and fear, she found herself healing from grief, trauma, and toxic thought patterns and behaviors. For someone who thought there was no hope in escaping the darkest pit of my life, she found freedom in healing. She also shares her idea that no one is actually “living their best life” because we can all heal, grow, and learn from our experiences. Her vulnerability and authenticity are an inspiration and will help you to live your better life.




Katie Shugars is a purpose-driven follower of Jesus who wants to see people find freedom in healing. As a young adult who unwillingly discovered the importance of her mental health, she seeks to share her experiences with others with a slight fear of being known by so many, yet a great joy in knowing that other people can live a fuller, healthier, and better life because of her experiences. You can usually find her in her church community, speaking at events, and now, awake past 8pm living her better life.



You can order Katie’s book on Amazon at



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