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Chicken Soup Anyone? – Amy Newmark talks about the Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Series

There is power in people’s narratives and the world needs more inspirational and uplifting stories right now! Join us as we talk with Amy Newmark about Chicken Soup for the Soul. Amy is the bestselling author, editor-in-chief, and publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. Since 2008, she has published more than 170 new books, most of them national bestsellers in the U.S. and Canada, more than doubling the number of Chicken Soup for the Soul titles in print today. She is also the author of Simply Happy, a crash course in Chicken Soup for the Soul advice and wisdom that is filled with easy-to-implement, practical tips for enjoying a better life.

Amy is credited with revitalizing the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand, which has been a publishing industry phenomenon since the first book came out in 1993. By compiling inspirational, true stories curated from ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences, Amy has kept the twenty-five-year-old Chicken Soup for the Soul brand fresh and relevant.

When Amy and her husband Bill, the CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul, are not working, they are visiting their four grown children and their grandchildren.

Follow Amy on Twitter @amynewmark and look for books and more at:

Grief and Loss during COVID 19 – What if we gave ourselves space to truly feel?

On day 60 something of quarantine to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, Shari and Jann discuss grief and the importance of allowing ourselves to “feel”. In the busyness of our lives, we often distract ourselves from feeling anything that makes us uncomfortable and the problem with that is the inevitable mental, emotional and physical ramifications that befall. During this time, we need to be especially kind and nurturing to ourselves and one way to do that is to allow the feelings to come over us, embrace them and then let them go.

Shari and Jann travel the country (when not quarantined), speaking on their book, Which Way?, mental health issues and the power of our stories.

Mind Oasis – A true “oasis” in a time of chaos and uncertainty. Meditation and healing from the comfort of your own home!

Don’t miss our guest Karuna Schwartz, Executive Director and Founder of Mind Oasis, a nonprofit, online service that provides group meditation (free through June, 2020), yoga and classes that offer a deeper study to support meditative and spiritual life. Karuna offers listeners specific and tangible practices that take a few seconds each day to help manage anxiety and enhance a feeling of grounded-ness, even amidst a global pandemic. Her eloquently told story of grief turned into a meditative practice that ultimately saved her life is inspiring! But the story doesn’t end there. Karuna’s new lifestyle morphed into a worldwide, online platform that allows hundreds of people the ability to engage in yoga and meditative practices from the comfort of their own homes.

Karuna (Kelly Schwartz) has two decades of experience in nonprofit management and brings unique insight to Mind Oasis from running nonprofits varying in budget size from 250k – 13 million. Her passion is bringing the timeless benefits of meditation to practitioners worldwide. Her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University coupled with many years experience as a Director of Development and Executive Director make for a powerful intersection in leadership of philanthropy and wisdom.

For more information on pricing and to sign up for a free group meditation class, visit

Proze – CBD products for Mental Health

CBD?!?! Is it addictive? What are the benefits? How do I know if I’m getting a product that is pure? Join us as we talk to Sanjeev Javia, CEO and Product Formulator of In this podcast, Sanjeev reveals the benefits of CBD for mental issues such as depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances and more. With his team, Sanjeev has created a proprietary blend of the most potent medicinal and performance nutrients such as essential oils, plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, herbs, and spices. all rooted in organically grown, legal & certified hemp.

Sanjeev and CSO, Dr. Jim Silliman offer pure CBD oils, isolates and topicals for a path to optimal performance. Their products become a helpful treatment protocol in conjunction with counseling, medication, mindfulness, etc.

Sanjeev obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology and Biopsychology and a graduate degree in Business Administration. His goal with Proze is to show that your path to optimal performance doesn’t have to be difficult to understand and navigate. Proze’s products combine the forces of nature and nutrition PLUS educational enlightenment to help you on your wellness journey be simple and sure, so you can achieve your highest potential.

To purchase Proze products, visit Which Way listeners will receive an unlimited 15% off, by typing the PROMO CODE: whichway15

The Center for Family Outreach – When you need help for your family or teen!

Does your family need a timeout to find ‘normal’ again? Are the current COVID restrictions adding more stress to your family? Is the family tension escalating? Join our guest, Laurie Klith, Executive Director of The Center for Family Outreach, as she talks about services The Center provides to help youth and families. The Center’s employees, therapists and case managers specialize in treating family conflict, substance abuse, mental health issues and defiance.

In a time where our world is forcing families to be in close quarters with one another, Laurie provides valuable online resources, such as individual, family and group therapy. Living the motto: Relationships Change Behavior, The Center has been responsible for changing the lives of countless youth in Larimer County over the last 20 years.

For more about The Center and how they can help, call 970-495-0084 or visit:

Eating Disorders and Body Image – How to help turn the tide on a worldwide issue

This candid podcast features guests Catherine Brown and Christina Tinker who struggled with eating disorders earlier in their lives. While the details around their stories differ, both women agree that to begin to turn the tide of unhealthy body image issues, the dialogue around dieting needs to change. Revealing that eating disorders have very little to do with food, they both stress the need for engagement and connection when interfacing with someone who possesses an eating disorder. Catherine and Christina provide helpful suggestions for anyone who battles with their own negative body image or knows someone who does.

Catherine and Christina co-edited their book, Hope for Recovery: Stories of Healing From Eating Disorders. To find out more about them or how to order their book, please visit:

Catherine is currently writing her second book and is interviewing professionals who work in various capacities to foster body positivity. She is collecting essays from people who have found ways to make peace with the bodies they are in and can be reached at:

Christina is a corporate speaker and courage cultivator and can be found at:

Straight talk about shame and self-acceptance: “Every layer of who you are is welcome here.”

“You’re too much.” “You’re not enough.” “You’re too short.” “You’re too tall.” We’ve all heard the negative messages. This podcast is special for many reasons, one of which is that Megan is a new member of our family! Bias aside, she speaks unabashedly about battling a shame narrative that began in her youth, then manifested as body image issues and continues to affect her pursuit of healing as an adult. Social media plays a profound role in how we see ourselves, as do the subtle messages we receive throughout a lifetime (“enduring vulnerabilities”) that annihilate our sense of worth and cause deep wounding. Megan candidly reveals her journey of self-acceptance with an insight that is both relatable and inspiring.

Megan lives in Colorado. Aside from working as a blogger and educational development liaison, she is active in church ministry alongside her husband, Hunter.

Awakening – When the Soul says it’s time to wake up!

Author of Hugging Trees In The Dark – Finding The Courage To Free The Heart, Robin Jillian joins us for this podcast to discuss what she refers to as her “dark night of the soul”. With transparency, she discusses her own battle with inner demons and the choice she made to take action toward creating the life she was destined to have. Robin eloquently points out that sometimes “we have to fall apart to come back together again”. She can be found at or Hugging Trees In The Dark – Finding The Courage to Free The Heart can be purchased on Amazon.

Wrongly Accused – “Locked Up for a crime I didn’t commit”

On this podcast, our guest, Spencer Delva lived out anyone’s worst nightmare when he was wrongly accused of a crime he didn’t commit as an adolescent. He was thrown into juvenile jail and then residential treatment with no way to fight back. Spencer rose above the very system that attempted to crush him, with integrity, dignity and purpose. In the end, Spencer found the best justice of all….running his own business and starting his own facility for endangered youth.

The Lenses We View the World From

In this show, podcasters Shari and Jann Simmons discuss how our experiences can be perceived differently when they are viewed through a lens of gratitude or trauma or pessimism, etc. For example, when viewing life from a lens of positivity, one might see a traffic jam as an opportunity to spend some time alone in the car, listening to music. If a traffic jam goes through a filter of negativity, it will most likely be seen as a frustrating inconvenience that leaves us tense and stressed out. The power of these filters in determining our choices is discussed. Join us for Part II in a couple weeks when we talk about how to throw out filters that no longer work!


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