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Foster Care 101
John DeGarmo, Ed.D. is the author of 5 books, and an inspirational speaker who travels across the US on a weekly basis. His focus is helping children in need. He is a foster parent of 12 years, he has adopted three children from foster care, and has had over 45 children come to live with him in my home. He wrote my doctoral dissertation on the topic of foster care, and am considered one of the leading experts in the field. His latest book is called Foster Parenting 101: The Joys of Being a Foster Parent.
 

First Responders Need Help, Too!
Suicide is the #1 cause of death for police every year—nearly 200 deaths. Suicide is also a significant problem for all emergency first responders—police, fire, paramedics, military, and trauma workers. Additionally, 20% of all first responders will have at least one life altering addiciton.

Our guest is Captain (Ret.) Dan Willis, a police officer with 26 years of experience and a leader of Emotional Survival and Wellness Training for first responders and those who love them. His book is Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responder’s Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart has won numerous awards, and details practical steps that are not only effective but essential to protect and insure the wellness of those who serve.
 

The Money Nerve
Wouldn’t it be nice to worry less about money and focus more on financial freedom? A healthy relationship with money is freedom. It’s time to become aware of your personal decision-making process in order to create the new financial you.

Bob Wheeler’s new book, The Money Nerve: Navigating the Emotions of Money, is his latest effort to influence your habits to create a healthy relationship with money. This book is at the nexus of your heart and your wallet, helping you navigate your emotional response to money.
 

When Parenting Backfires
Aren't you tired of doing the same thing over and over with your kid and getting nowhere? It gets overwhelming. There is finally a parenting book that doesn't give you formulas, but helps you think about what you're doing a radically different way. And Knowing what your doing wrong is half the battle. It's called When Parenting Backfires: Twelve Thinking Errors that Undermine Parents Effectiveness, and we're speaking with one of the book's co-authors Dr. David Simonsen Ph.D.
 

Lessons of Labor
What if instead of trying to avoid the pain and uncertainty of labor, we asked what we could learn from it? In telling the intimate birth stories of her three children and miscarriage, Julia Aziz shows us how giving birth can be one of motherhood’s (and life’s) greatest teachers. Rather than giving advice on how to labor or how to parent, her memoir Lessons of Labor offers the message that a woman can grow through the challenges that life presents her and learn to trust herself.
 

Defeating the Debt Monster
At one point, LaTisha Styles was Twenty-two thousand dollars in debt to the credit card companies. She was at her lowest point, and something had to give. Learn about the steps she took to not only get out of debt, but also build a business, and save for retirement.
 

The Upside of Losing Everything
Travel blogger and adventurer Heidi Siefkas was a happily married, globetrotting professional who seemingly had it all—until a tree limb in New York’s Hudson River Valley struck her down, breaking her neck and leaving her unconscious. Suddenly, life as she knew it stopped. She lost her independence. She lost her career. She watched her marriage disintegrate as she confronted a trail of devastating lies about her husband’s double life.

She had lost all that mattered, but she was a survivor. She fought to restore her health, repair her broken heart, and rebuild herself. Along the way, she gained clarity about her core values, ultimately coming to a deeper understanding of what it means to have it all.
 

The Kick-Ass Guide to Life
Christopher Rausch is the creator of “The KICKASS Guide to Life,” the complete guide to living your best personal and professional KICKASS life! His program helps people overcome their self-created crap without the self-help fluffy BS!
 

Meeting Your Other Self
Napoleon Hill wrote, "The turning point in the lives of those who succeed, usually comes at the moment of some crisis, through which they are introduced to their 'other selves'." In 1998, Rodney S. Jones' crisis came in the form of one phone call. HeI decided to voluntarily assume full legal custody of his two younger sisters. He was 22 years old and they were 12 & 15. Suddenly he had a choice: Stay in school and try to graduate, or leave and get a job to take care of his sisters. He decided to leave. and said hello to his "other self."

Rodney is now a captivating and engaging coach, consultant, speaker, and trainer who teaches emerging leaders how to transition into high performance executives with the right knowledge, skill sets and coaching. He understands how unexpected circumstances can affect organizations and individuals as well. His path both personally and professionally, has now become other people's compass.
 

Make Your Love Life Extraordinary
Sex Therapist turned Relationship and Intimacy Specialist, Maggie Bain, slams the textbooks shut and pulls back the covers to reveal her secrets for making relationships rock solid and hot in her new book, LOVE ON THE ROCK. Her work helps expose the beliefs and behaviors that keep our love lives ‘ho-hum’ and she shares how to transform them into hot,extraordinary adventures.
 

The Blind Blogger
Lana’s guest this week is Maxwell Ivey, the Author of Leading You Out Of The Darkness Into The Light. Maxwell is a totally blind business owner, blogger, sometimes podcaster, and newly self published author. He has also lost 250 pounds after gastric surgery along with eating healthier, regular exercise and a positive attitude. Now he is sharing that positive attitude with others, helping people live a more fulfilled life where they go after their big dreams and goals, and live life the fullest every day.
 

Dean Roberts and the Art of Living Positive
On this episode we will meet Dean Roberts. He was expelled from school at age sixteen. By age 41, he had created a multi-million dollar manufacturing company. He shares his story in his new book I'll Fix My Head Before I'm Dead.
 

The Soulmate Experience
Mali Apple and Joe Dunn are relationship coaches, lovers, best friends, and authors of the award-winning books The Soulmate Experience: A Practical Guide to Creating Extraordinary Relationships and the newly released sequel The Soulmate Lover: A Guide to Passionate and Lasting Love, Sex, and Intimacy. They will share the secrets of their own soulmate experience to help couples transform their own lives.
 

Teen Wise
Teen Wise is a book that introduces the concept of using Self-Serving Strategies effectively in the daily lives of preteens and teenagers for the betterment of their future. Its focus is to help preteens and teenagers develop cognitive reasoning skills by providing real-life dilemmas and scenarios that they may encounter in their everyday lives. Its purpose is to provide solutions before problems develop or occur. We'll speak with the author of Teen Wise Ms. Celeste M. Gonsalves.
 

How to Succeed at Online Dating
Wendy Newman is the author of 121 First Dates: How to Succeed at Online Dating, Fall in Love, & Live Happily Ever After (Really!).

Wendy has made every imaginable dating mistake so the single people out there don't have to. Part guidebook, part personal tell-all, 121 First Dates chronicles Wendy's funny, real-life misadventures, and the practical wisdom she gained based on over a decade of research and 121 first dates. Her mission is to encourage those who want a partner to keep going!
 

Over 50 and Broke
For Chris Vaca, losing my mortgage business at age 56 was bad enough. But after also being evicted from his apartment, having his car repossessed and having to move in with his ex-wife for a place to live, he thought he was done. But he found the courage to reinvent myself. Now at age 61, he's Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Trainer and Author!
 

Life After Loss
“Will I survive? Will I ever be happy again?" Those were among the many questions that Harriet Hodgson asked herself after she was left to raise her twin grandchildren, while grieving for four family members, including her daughter. Harriet reminds us that we are not alone in our grief and, though losses may define our lives, they will not destroy them.

Harriet has written 33 books. Her latest is entitled Happy Again! Your New and Meaningful Life After Loss. It's Harriet's account of a journey from despair to hope, and it is filled with practical suggestions on how to once again have a meaningful life.
 

Comedian Lucas CorVatta
Best known for this honest, quick-witted and trendy style, Lucas CorVatta is a working Standup Comedian and Actor who currently resides in the eclectic City of Santa Fe. He is the resident Comedian for numerous Comic-Cons in the Southwest.

As a suicide-awareness, anti-bully and equal rights advocate, Lucas is passionate about bringing awareness to individuals whether young or old, gay or straight.
 

The Master Keys to Unlocking Success
Featured in The Wall Street Journal, contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive, voted a Super Lawyers’ Rising Star and recognized as a Zeta Phi Beta Woman of Courage, Angela Winfields story is pure inspiration. Despite being declared legally blind at age 10, being severely depressed, withdrawn and suicidal at age 14 and going totally blind at age 20, Angela Winfield transformed her life into one she absolutely loves living. She is practicing attorney, motivational speaker, life and success coach, published author, a community leader, real estate investor, wife and successful entrepreneur- all before reaching age thirty!

Angela is the blind woman with vision- boldly leading the way forward! Angela helps you see the way and guides you to your maximum potential and ultimate success through her 4 master keys to unlocking success.
 

How to Be a Great Dad
Keith Zafren founded The Great Dads Project to inspire and empower fathers to become great dads. The Great Dads Project helps transform fathers into great dads by teaching them three core fathering practices: affirmation, acceptance, and affection. Keith has also written a book How to Be A Great Dad, an inspiring guide into the adventure of fatherhood.
 

How My Family Survived Suicide
Carl David is a third generation Fine Art Dealer in a 4th generation family owned & operated Fine Art Gallery in Philadelphia. But at age 65, he is Aon another passionate career path as well. He has become a suicide prevention advocate.

His latest book, Bader Field; How My Family Survived Suicide (Nightengale Press) is the emotional story of his family's struggle to survive after his older brother at age 22 took his life.He was just 16 years old and the effects on him and his family were devastating beyond description. They had but two choices; to pull together or tear each other apart. They chose the former and used every bit of strength to rebuild their lives.
 

Michael Modzelewski's Wild Life
Author and Adventurer Michael Modzelewski has trekked the African Veld; swum with Killer Whales, and ran a marathon on the Great Wall of China. But nothing could prepare him for the wild world of dating. He talks about that experience with Lana, and also in his most recent book Wild Life.
 

Becoming Cyberwise
Do you know what your kids are doing online? A better question may be do you understand what your kids are doing online? Kids are much more tech-saavy than adults, so to get your kids prepared to handle the digital world, you will need to get a handle on it yourself first. Diana Graber and Cynthia Lieberman have created a resource called Cyberwise that can help. At Cyberwise, no grownup is left behind! They help parents and educators understand online safety, privacy, digital citizenship, and more. We'll learn all about their creation and the resources it provides on today's show.
 

Fathers Forever
Glen Warren is called the “Global Social Worker” by his peers because of 25 plus years as an experienced Social Worker and his ability to continue making people’s lives better. In 2008 Glen founded and became the Executive Director of Fathers Forever, a Non-profit Organization that serves as a map to help fathers chart a new course of fatherhood. Fathers Forever's purpose is to decrease the number of children being raised without the support of their fathers and decrease the number of non-child support cases in our court system.
 

Artist Eric McRay
The stars of the art world are usually seen as bad boys with tattoos, piercings, and all the clichés of popular romance. Eric McRay is no cliché. He is an original. He is neither the starving artist nor the profiteering commercial artist. “I am an extraordinary gentleman with an adventurer’s heart, but I’m no bohemian!” He is a man that has struggled throughout his career to achieve a high level of technical proficiency, pictorial intelligence and a sense of artistic legacy.

Unlike most painters who have a single style, McRay has a range of style and imagery through which he works up and back. He has a powerful pictorial discernment that enables him to go from paintings with a lot of splash and spontaneity to images with a sense of organization and reason. McRay works in themes and variations to empty himself of images.
 

The Fiery Truth-Teller Tim Carthon
Our guest Tim Carthon is at-risk youth advocate, keynote speaker/teacher, author, and educator. Tim has a passion for entrepreneurship, and with the state of our country’s economic climate, owning your own business is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. Entrepreneurship not only drives our economy, it also increases wealth-building opportunities in historically under- served communities; thereby, strengthening individuals, families and communities alike. Even so, entrepreneur.com reports only 15 % of all US businesses are minority owned.

Tim has partnered with Fiverr.com and is holding a series of Start-up Business Infrastructure (SBI) workshops in to foster entrepreneurship with immediate, on-site instruction that teaches specific steps and shares strategies to launch businesses. Attendees are guaranteed to leave the SBI workshop with a business framework in hand. For only $5.
 

Author Sherry Meeks
Sherry Meeks writes short stories as well as novels. With her novel, Finding Tambri, she combines both forms by creating a novel in stories.

Finding Tambri is the story of Tambri, a woman who suffers the loss of her young son and the disintegration of her perfect marriage to her high school sweetheart, Daniel. Although Tambri retains her sense of humor, she struggles with feelings of loss and guilt, and not being good enough for this world.
 

The Significance Factor
What legacy will you leave behind? Do you matter to those around you? Have you really pushed yourself to realize your greatness? If you’re unsure of how to answer these questions, it’s time to take action.

Eboni L. Truss challenges you to live your significance unapologetically through five key principles that she outlines in her book The Significance Factor. The book is a straightforward, no-nonsense guide on how to define your unique influence and take the necessary steps to make a lifetime impact.
 

Poet Bunny Goodjohn
Bunny Goodjohn, English professor and Director of the Writing Program at Randolph College in Lynchburg, is published in both prose and poetry. Her work has appeared in a number of literary journals including Connecticut Review, Zone 3, The Texas Review, and The Cortland Review and has won several prizes including The Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry in 2011 and The Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry in 2014.
 

Heaven Sent and Bent
Motherhood is one of the hardest jobs on the planet, but one of the most important ones as well. What do you do when your child doesn’t live up to society’s expectations of perfection and instead, gives you gifts beyond measure?

When Rene’ Steelman’s sixth child was born, he looked perfect on the outside. Yet, the inside of his body was damaged by Cerebral Palsy and other health challenges. In her book Heaven Sent and Bent, Rene’ shares the story of her life with a house full of imperfect children and grandchildren. This is a book of faith, humor, and inspiration for any mother who has struggled, loved her children fiercely, and laughed through her tears. "Every child is a gift, but sometimes not the one we expected.
 

Author Pam Ferderbar
Author and photographer Pam Ferderbar describes herself as the most optimistic person on the globe - perhaps stupidly so. It only makes sense then for her to have written a book about the virtues of seeing the glass as half full rather than half empty. Feng Shui and Charlotte Nightingale is the story of a girl with the worst luck in the world and the Chinese food delivery man who delivers a little on-the-sly feng shui with the Emperor's cashew chicken. At its core, it is a story about finding your inner strength and self-confidence, and how those things influence everything about the outcome of our lives.
 

Author Karina Kantas
Karina Kantas has been voted in the top ten of female authors of biker fiction. She writes stories that you have always wanted to read, but could never find. Stories that describe the violent lifestyle of street gangs, vigilantes, and biker gangs. But her own life story is quite different.

She was physically and mentally bullied all through her school years, and as an adult, had to suffer through type one diabetes, ,Underactive Thyroid, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain. Through it all, she has never felt once like giving up.
 

Out From the Shadow of Men
Years ago, Laila El-Sissi , a shy, impressionable and easily influenced 15-year-old, and her more rebellious 16-year-old sister, Rawyia, learned that they were betrothed to men they had never met. They refused to live in the prison constructed by their Egyptian society, hoping for a better life than that of their mothers and aunts. Running from their controlling father, an abusive brother, and arranged marriages to men twice their age, Laila and Rawyia risked their reputation and safety and plotted their escape. “Out from The Shadows of Men,” a memoir, tells the story of two sisters who found the courage to risk their lives and stand up to forces seemingly as large, strong and ancient as the pyramids so they could choose their futures. This is the account of two brave, intelligent girls not content to have their lives ruled by others—not even their father. It is a testament to the power of two courageous sisters, who stood and supported each other in order to create a better life and turn their dream into a reality.
 

The Straight Talk Motivator
Yolanda M. Tucker, The Straight Talk Motivator, specializes in identifying and removing barriers that are stopping individuals, teams and/or business organizations from achieving their God given dreams. Yolanda delivers signature events, dynamic keynotes, and transformational seminars for corporations, faith-based organizations, entrepreneurs, colleges and universities nationwide. Her no-nonsense, truth-telling style, contagious energy and passion, personal transparency and laughter are good for the soul. Yolanda’s focused techniques will help you identify your core issues and produce positive results in the shortest possible period of time.
 

Life After Child Stardom
You may remember former child star Blake McIver, from The Little Rascals, Full House or Star Search. He hasn't had the easiest life. Being a child star, he was bullied at school. He came out as Gay, and had to face the challenges associated with that. And with acting opportunities drying up, he hit the skids emotionally. But he’s turned it all around and reemerged as a positive, musician.
 

Entrepreneurship in Entertainment
Clyde P. Riddlesbrood grew up in the entertainment industry working with my father at a Dinner Theater in South Jersey and started his own theater company in 2000. He has personally been in over 5000 shows in lifetime lifetime and as a company we have performed over 1500 shows. Currently The Riddlesbrood Touring Theatre Company is one of the most successful and vibrant theater companies in the New York, New Jersey area performing more than 150 murder mysteries and dinner theater shows per year at multiple locations.

Ryan is proof that artists can be entrepreneurs too & will talk about how artists can make it on their own without patrons.
 

In the Belly of the Elephant
Everybody needs to run away from home at least once. Susan Corbett told people she was out to save the world but really she was running–running from her home as much as to anywhere. Like many women, she was searching for meaning to her life and for a good man to share it with. In Africa, she hoped to find both.

Compelling and compassionate, In the Belly of the Elephant is Susan’s transformative story of what happens when you decide to try to achieve world peace while searching for a good man. More than a fish-out-of-water story, it’s a surprising and heart-rending account of her time in Africa as she battles heat, sandstorms, drought, riots, intestinal bugs, burn-out, love affairs and more than one meeting with death. Against a backdrop of vivid beauty and culture, in a narrative interwoven with a rich tapestry of African myths and fables, Susan learns the true simplicity of life and discovers people full of kindness, wisdom and resiliency, and shares with us lessons we, too, can learn from her experiences.
 

How to Pay for College Without Going Broke
Lana's guest is Reecy Aresty, author of the critically acclaimed, How To Pay For College Without Going Broke, an invaluable parent/student manual. For over 36 years Reecy has helped thousands of families send their kids to the college of their choice for less than they ever dreamed possible.
 

A Resilient Life: Living with Chronic Pain
Kat Elton was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age two, and, when she was in her early thirties, it became savage, basically rendering her non-functional. It was during this time that she began to research and try just about anything she found, to help her get out of the situation she found myself in. She also began to write a book for others who faced RA, and entitled it A Resilient Life, Learning to Thrive, Not Just Survive, with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Living with a chronic, painful illness taught Kat that true health is a way of life, requiring commitment and daily practice, and this knowledge has been the catalyst for each of her careers, first as an O.T., then as an author, wellness expert for rheumatoid arthritis.com, and radio show guest.
 

Facets of Joy
Joy Holland was a victim of abuse from childhood through adulthood, until she chose to become a mother. She wanted my children to know peace and possibility in each cell of their being and as their experience of life, so she did the work to learn it for them - to learn how to create a peaceful, fun home as well as to encourage and support them in exploring and celebrating all kinds of things in life.

After her divorce, she & her children lived aboard a sailboat for 5 years. During that time, she learned to turn all that she had learned inward. Her current business of teaching presence to peace and possibility in daily life unfolded from there. This living peace and possibility, with genuine love, gratitude and joy has become her way of life.
 

Cancer Warrior Heather Choate
When it comes to surviving some of life’s most difficult situations, Heather Choate has done it all. She was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 10 weeks pregnant July 2014. She gave birth to healthy baby girl who is now 9 months old. She brings her role as cancer-warrior into the lives of readers, addressing topics that affect them most.

Heather Choate understands we all have unexpected adversity in life. It’s those things that we think “will never happen to us” which sneak up on us like shadows turning sunshine into darkness. Despite adversity, nearly impossible challenges can be met, families can be strengthened and faith can sustain even the most desperate souls on their journey.
 

The Widow Next Door
According to author Mary Lee Robinson, 50% of happily married couples will become The Widow or Widower Next Door. Mary Lee joined that 50% in February 2013.Her husband suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage and was gone at age 63. She hit the wall of loneliness and grieving at 90 mph. It was startling to learn that most people don’t have the faintest idea what to do for the bereaved.

It was also evident to her that she was going to have to build her own life raft and she started an online widow and widowers club. The club offered a variety of events and activities in the area with others who were suddenly alone. Within a year, in a town of 30,000 residents, they had 170 members. That should speak volumes about an unmet need.
 

Live, Love, And Thrive With Herpes
Dr. Kelly Martin Schuh is a well-known member and advocate of the herpes community. She has a vast amount of knowledge on the management of an STD diagnosis, including the emotional turmoil that comes along with a diagnosis. She is also the Amazon best-selling author of the book Live, Love, and Thrive, with Herpes: A Holistic Guide For Women.

Dr. Kelly is dedicated to supporting those who have been diagnosed with genital herpes and feel that they have nowhere to turn. She supports her community by sharing her own story of her diagnosis along with statistics, facts, and tips that help women integrate back into life after a genital herpes diagnosis. Additionally, she serves as a life coach for many women in the Pink Tent™ community.
 

Growing Up Nobody
Tim "Timo" Olson grew up in a home with dysfunction and was bullied in school. He didn't feel like I had a safe and loving place to go. His dad suffered from mental illness. His parents divorced and his mom left him alone alone to take care of his dad when he was just seventeen. Three years later his mom died and he was left to take care of both his sister and his dad. He lost his father a few years later. In his book Growing Up Nobody, he talks about his experiences during those years including wanting to commit suicide. he opens up about his anger towards the world and everyone near him. In finding Christ, he found out how to forgive others and himself.
 

Miss Asia USA
A southern girl from Arkansas, Ashley Park now lives in Los Angeles. Growing up in Little Rock, where her multi-ethnic background can easily take a backseat to the southern world of football, grits and gravy, Ashley keeps it alive through language, food and travel with her mother, a Pusan native. She is the current Miss Asia USA 2016, and was this year's Miss Korea USA 2015 in the Miss Asia USA Cultural Pageant.
 

Actor Kelvin O'Bryant
Kelvin O'Bryant is a regular on the sitcom TABLE MANNERS. The upcoming 30-minute laffer tells of a young therapist, Natalie, who is in way over her head when she goes to work the evening shift at a men's group home for the mentally challenged. O'Bryant plays Reggie.

O'Bryant's other credits include a guest-stint on TVs ROLL DOGS, O with Martin Sheen and Julia Stiles, THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS from Jodie Foster, MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN with Vinnie Jones and Bradley Cooper, and TV fave THE UNIT from David Mamet. He is also a consultant on the documentary THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKOUT.
 

Be Extraordinary -- Make Your Life Count!
In her 40's Bonnie Pond started a new career as a professional educator, despite most people thinking she was too old to start and loved it. In her mid-50's, she began a new career as a career change coach for women over 40 who were unhappy, stuck, or just plain bored with their J-O-B-S. That morphed into life coaching/accountability coaching which led to her writing her first book The Power of Three: How to be Happy and Get What You Want in Life (Without Doing Anything Illegal, Immoral, or Unethical.) It's a self-help guide to finding your passion and living it. Her second book about unlocking your creativity will be available on Amazon in mid-January.

For Bonnie, life is an ever-evolving journey. Now in her mid-60's, her focus and mission is to inspire women (and men) to get past their fears and doubts so they stop wishing and dreaming and start living bigger lives. Currently she writes and speaks about these topics. Her third book centered on these subjects will be available in late 2016.
 

Gewanda Johnson Parker: It Only Hurts When I Can’t Run
Who do you turn to when some of these horrific acts are committed by those who are supposed to be your number one provider and protector – including your own mother? Meet educator, minister, and entrepreneur Gewanda Johnson Parker, Author of It Only Hurts When I Can’t Run: One Girl’s Story.

Gewanda shares her remarkable story of survival suffering physical and emotional abuse by a mother who really did care about her but was overpowered by her own demons and addictions. Molested and raped on more than one occasion, by men considered upright and pillars in the community. Yet through it all, her faith, spirituality and deep trust in God never wavered. Her incredible resilience, allowed a young girl, turned woman, to forgive those who hurt her and to reach out to all those who hurt with a message of God’s love, healing, transformation and hope.
 

Battling Psychosis
After growing up in rural Alabama as a stable and contented youngster, Shannon Love married her childhood sweetheart and joined him in a life of travel and adventure. Then, as life sometimes does, it placed a detour directly in her path. Unsympathetic to her location or circumstances, Mother Nature tinkered with her neurotransmitters while she was living in Beijing, and thus, fate sent her to a new destination- the world of psychosis, a place far more alien than any she had yet visited. Hijacked by happenstance, she was pulled out of my sane world and transported to a bizarre planet filled with hallucinations and delusions.
 

Jessie's Story
Jessie Rogers entered the porn industry at the age of eighteen and left one and a half years later after many abusive and harmful experiences, including suffering a severe injury and contracting herpes. Jessie then spoke out and testified in favor of mandatory use of condoms in pornography. Jessie is now helping to educate the public about the harms of pornography as a volunteer for AntiPornography.org,through YouTube videos, her written story, and in interviews.
 

The Bitch in Your Head
This week's guest Dr. Jacqueline Plumez is on a quest to to help women stop their inner critic from holding them back in love, career, family, and all areas of life. Her recent book, The Bitch In Your Head: How to Finally Squash Your Inner Critic, is packed with advice on identifying and stopping negative self-talk.
 

Reconnected: How To Be A Mentor To Your Child-Self
Nazim Rashid is a Life Coach, Professional Motivational Speaker, Radio Talk-Show Host, Author and Personal Development Specialist. But it was a long path to get there. Nazim went from a childhood of suicidal fantasies to drug abuse in his adolescent years, to drug addiction, suicide attempts and homelessness. A 12-Step program and conversion to Islam were the first steps on his path to abundance, and now he helps others to raise the self-esteem, self-image, self-confidence and optimism levels so their goals can be realized.
 

Conscious BEING
Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose?How can I live peacefully? These are universal questions that most of us ponder no matter our gender, race, age or societal status. Author TJ Woodward opens a door to the dialogue of such ideas in his book Concious BEING.
 

Divorce 101
This week's guest is Cherie Morris, Certified Divorce Coach and founder of Life Transitions Matter. Cherie and her partners will soon begin a series of webinars called Divorce 101: The Basics which will give anyone at any stage of their divorce the tools and knowledge to make a smoother life transition.
 

Financial Freedom from Domestic Abuse
Are financial worries keeping you stuck in an abusive or unhealthy relationship? Do you want to break free but don’t know how to make it work financially? Drawing on personal experiences and nearly a decade of financial expertise, Sarah Hackley is helping women take charge of their finances so they can break free of the relationships that are holding them back. Her book is called Preparing to Fly: Financial Freedom from Domestic Abuse.
 

About HouseJerk
This week Lana welcomes Jonathan Reid and Don Jacobs , house flippers, real estate investors, and partners in a venture called HouseJerk, which is a networking system for people involved in all facets of the real estate industry. HouseJerk’s mission is to provide tools, information and business opportunities as they relate to real estate investing and create an online community of individuals interested in real estate.
 

The Kingdom Hall, Part 2
Rapper, radio host and author Daniel Chamberlayne AKA Geechie Dan grew up in Hollis Queens, NY where he lived a double life balancing Hip Hop with artists such as LL Cool J and Run DMC, and his home life of a Kingdom Hall Jehovah witness rearing. In part two of our chat, we find out how and why he left the church, and what happened in the aftermath.
 

The Kingdom Hall No More
Rapper, radio host and author Daniel Chamberlayne AKA Geechie Dan grew up in Hollis Queens, NY where he lived a double life balancing Hip Hop with artists such as LL Cool J and Run DMC, and his home life of a Kingdom Hall Jehovah witness rearing. Join us as he sits down to talk with Lana about his life in both worlds.
 

Whose Apple is it Anyway?
As a survivor of emotional and physical abuse, rape, divorce, a 17-year marriage to a man who was later convicted as a sexual predator, two emotional breakdowns, homelessness and grief, Linda F. Williams learned a remarkable lesson- The difference between victim and victor lies in leveraging the pain to make it all count for something. Making it count begins with forgiveness. As long as we fail to forgive we fail to heal. If we fail to heal we are stuck in the muck and mire of abuse – it colors our entire lives. It taints our perspectives and influences every life-decision. It relegates us to a relentless cycle of victimization to the point of remaining in perpetual grip of the same hurtful events that sidetracks us months, years, even decades, later.
 

Marsha Barth: The Shattering
Marsha Barth has been an inspirational speaker for over 20 years. Her book The Shattering is her true story of overcoming childhood sexual abuse. The book is written in novel form and more than a story of victimization; it is a story of the joy of overcoming. It is a story of the power of love, the promise of hope, and the inspiration of knowing that what has happened to us does not define who we are.
 

Author Vince Guaglione
Vince Guaglione is a guy who asks a lot of questions, not only of himself but of his society and the world around him. Although he has claimed he has found no real answers, that hasn't stopped him in his quest to gain perspective on a little something we call life.

After the sudden death of his significant other in early 2012, he began journaling to process all of the emotions he was feeling. Those journals became the basis of his book The Narratives: Keeping The Soul Alive. He will discuss how he used writing to work through his personal grief.
 

Small Change, Big Difference
About 8 years ago, Michael McManus and his wife and were flat broke with twin newborns. They struggled badly but had what little help his wife’s parents could give. They’ve since built a successful business and overcame those hardships. Now they want to do this for others.

This is why Michael started a non profit called Gethrr. Gethrr is a community dedicated to serving the needs of others through a monthly membership program. We take all the donations for a given month and use it to help someone in need. Michael believes its not about how much you give but simply that you do give. The beauty of Gethrr is that donors give a just small amount. There are no million dollar donors, just ordinary people with big hearts. We all matter and we all make a difference, together.
 

Sustainable Recovery
Keith Kay was well on his way to becoming a hopeless alcoholic. He got sober in the traditional, Twelve-Step way. Over the course of his recovery, his life's journey brought him outside the mainstream of the conventional way people get sober. He became first a registered nurse, then studied alternative and energy healing, and then moved on to the psychology, science and spirituality of personal transformation.

He realized that his sobriety was effortless, while observing the majority continue to struggle for months, years and decades into recovery. He dedicated himself to understanding how this amazing transformation happened. He came to understand that his way of being is sustainable; he has a sustainable recovery.
 

The Struggles of America's Undocumented Immigrants
Our guest Eylin Urquia She came to the US in 1998 with a temp resident card. She lived for many years thinking she was a not legal resident when in fact she was. Shady lawyers hid the truth from her in order to basically steal her money. For the past few years, as a single mother she has had to work under the table to support herself and her child along with other obstacles. She currently is in the process of getting her US citizenship.
 

The Quest for Marriage
Dan Farnow shared the tale of his quest to find a bride, in an off-beat and unorthodox relationship book called The Quest for Marriage. In it, readers are taken on one man's journey from courtship to getting married and beyond, while including both the highs and the lows during his travels. It's a practical, straight-forward book which gives men a broader perspective on women that will enable you to be better equipped as you embark on your own quest for marriage.
 

Klepto Cat Mysteries
Patricia Fry has been a professional writer for nearly 40 years. Most of her 50+ published books were for authors on writing, publishing and book promotion. She also wrote hundreds of articles and blog posts on those topics over the years.

But in 2012, she began writing fiction. She is now the author of 10 Klepto Cat Mysteries involving a veterinarian couple and their cat, Rags who has an uncanny ability to dig up clues to crimes and mysteries. Patricia Fry has been a professional writer for nearly 40 years. Most of her 50+ published books were for authors on writing, publishing and book promotion. She also wrote hundreds of articles and blog posts on those topics over the years.

But in 2012, she began writing fiction. She is now the author of 10 Klepto Cat Mysteries involving a veterinarian couple and their cat, Rags who has an uncanny ability to dig up clues to crimes and mysteries.
 

Advocating for Improved Health and Safety in the Porn Industry
Cameron Adams is a former porn performer who was known in the industry as "Cameron Bay." Cameron only did porn briefly for a few months in 2013, but during that time she sustained a serious injury to her breast, got a serious kidney infection, and contracted HIV.

After these tragedies and leaving porn Cameron could have retreated into anonymity to protect her privacy and just take care of herself alone. But instead she has bravely decided to speak out to improve health and safety standards and practices in the porn industry, (particularly advocating for mandatory condom usage), in order to prevent others from going through the nightmare that she has, and to raise awareness about HIV prevention and treatment and to end stigma for those who are HIV positive. (Cameron has worked with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation while doing this.)
 

I Hear You, But..
Rick Goodfriend has been teaching and practicing proactive communication skills for over a decade. He is a certified corporate speaker, author and accredited to teach innovative and effective communication skills that develop trust, cooperation and connection with anyone, instantly. He has collected his communication tips in a book called "I Hear You, But ..." Over 101 Effective Communication and Active Listening Skills & Tips.
 

Clearing the Clutter
We all have gifts & talents. Julie Coraccio supports people in Reawakening their Brilliance through decluttering their lives. Julie helps turn chaos into order for her clients by clearing the clutter both inside and out.
 

The Unstoppable Frankie Picasso
The Unstoppable Frankie Picasso, CH CM, CI MCT, specializes in the Impossible! Reborn after a near-fatal motorcycle accident, this former Radio Host and Human Rights Activist is a Professional Certified Metaphysical Master Hypnotherapist, Spiritual Counselor, Master Coach Trainer, Energy Healer and Artist- Painter.) Today, she leads, supports, and inspires anyone in her path to produce exceptional results in their lives.
 

Dating & Marriage: What to do before and after you say I Do
Having a successful relationship with your significant other takes a lot of work. And that work doesn't stop after the wedding. But the work doesn't need to be hard if you know what to do. My guests YG and Toby Nyghtstorm are the dynamic duo of life management, and they'll share their tips on what it takes to make a relationship work and last.
 

The Hooker's Daughter
In 1950s Jewish Boston, Dale Stanten’s mother established a home-based business as a prostitute to remedy her husband’s inability to provide for his family. At age six, she was was answering the front door for johns. Neighbor children were forbidden to play with her and even the Girl Scouts asked her to leave. What a terrible irony, in a family with so many strange and twisted realities, her gay sister, “coming out” at age 16, was the only thing her parents focused on as contemptible.
 

Best Unique Strategies for You
Marnie Swedberg is the online mentor to over 14,000 leaders from 30 countries training B.U.S.Y. - Best Unique Strategies for You. She is a syndicated radio talk show host, the author of 12 "how-to" books, plus she personally oversees two businesses in the retail and restaurant industries. She consistently shares practical, doable success strategies to shorten your learning curve, increase your productivity and skyrocket your delight in life.
 

Healing Words
Author Mary Ellen Ciganovich is no stranger to life’s uncertainties. She has prevailed over two major illnesses, an abusive childhood, and the difficulties of single parenthood to become a whole and dynamic person. She shares that hard-won knowledge in her extraordinary book, Healing Words: Life Lessons to Inspire.
 

Jean Day
Jean Day was working as a mental health therapist in a private practice when she began began experiencing schizophrenic-like symptoms such as hearing voices, fearing being alone and paranoia. In a short amount of time, her entire life unraveled as she tried survive what felt like my own horror film. Doctors did not have any answers, and even as a therapist with a degree in psychology and she couldn't heal herself.
 

One Last Hurrah
Mark Smith spent many years as a professional wrestler. But the greatest battle he ever fought wasn't in the squared circle; it was in his own home.

He shares his life's story in One Last Hurrah. He wrote it to show people that that, from the most meager beginnings wrecked with abuse and negativity, a human being can emerge as a whole person who has much to give to the world around him.
 

How Not To Suck At Love, Success And Happiness with Melissa Krivachek
Our guest started a coaching company in her parent’s living room, in a town of just 300 people in Fort Atkinson, Iowa and in just 4 years transformed it into a successful global business. Her name is Melissa Krivachek, and she is The President of Briella Arion. This 26 year old powerhouse from the mid-west helps her clients build successful brands, companies, and cultures.
 

Touched By Hannah
Chris Hennessy is a full-time independent filmmaker based in San Jose, CA. His short films have generated more than Four Million Internet Views. But it his latest project that is nearest to his heart. He is producing a full-length docudrama based on his own life called Touched By Hannah. He shares the details on the project on this week's program.
 

There is a Fine Line
Teresa Joyce s book covers more than one issue. It is a true story that ranges over a period of many years. It covers the first married years of her mother s life, and the abuse she received from her now deceased father. The hardship her mother found within her life in so many ways, no one should have ever had to go through, but sadly it just seemed to follow her around. Some years later, her mother remarried, but unfortunately this union would tear her once more into tiny pieces. She would see everything slipping away from her. Was her husband really having an affair with her daughter? It seemed to her that was the case, why would he lie? It would see the breakdown of her complete family unit, scattered to the wind without care.

Teresa would find herself in a situation that she had no control over, and in the grip of a complete madman. To follow there would be self mutilation, and the bartering of shot guns as if it were an everyday occurrence. The threat to life was very real, her own included.
 

Impotence to Intimacy
Michael J. Russer is a prostate cancer survivor who was rendered completely impotent as a result of the cancer and its treatment. But because of his ED (erectile dysfunction), he now experiences extraordinary physical and emotional intimacy with my partner beyond anything most normally functioning couples could possibly imagine.
 

Create the Life That You Want
Edna White wants you to make small changes that make big differences! She is passionate about helping people live their best lives now. And she doesnt just talk about that, she lives it. She is a self-published author, and world traveler who can share how to achieve their dreams NOW! Edna is committed to helping survivors to start where they are and use what they have to create the lives that they want.
 

How To Succeed As A Private Investigator
Celebrity Private Investigator to the stars, Ed Opperman, reveals his tricks of the trade in his new book How To Succeed As A Private Investigator. It's a step by step guide to a career as an investigator targeted at those trying to break into the business and people in the investigative field looking to expand their knowledge.
 

Dating Coach Mr. Locario
Mr. Locario is an NYC-based dating coach, and the author of several books including of several books, including The Magnificent 10: Crucial Dating Tips for Men, It’s Your Fault You’re Single: Tips on Finding Mr. Right, and and the critically acclaimed How to have Sex with 2 Women a Day.

He is striving to men and women the knowledge, truth, and confidence to understand what they want. Thus, helping create the best options for themselves in Love and in Life.
 

Paying Victory’s Price
Despite being legally blind for over forty years, Roger Lambert drew from his experiences from a 27 year career as a basketball coach in his hometown of Allegan Michigan, while writing his book entitled Paying Victory’s Price. As an author Lambert discusses the price of success. He points out to his readers, that victory and success are never cheap. Despite this Lambert says, “No matter what obstacle stands between you and your victory, you’ll find that the wide variety of success stories included in this book will be helpful in motivating you to reach beyond the obstacle in your way.” The book also includes tools to help you on the path to success, motivational quotes, and Biblical examples.
 

From Insanity to Sane
Barbara Archer spent thirty-two years living within a prison in her own mind. In life, she had to overcome rape, abuse, criminal incarceration, several failed marriages, and abandoning a child she conceived. But through God's grace, she is redeemed and Renewed in Mind, Soul and Body. Today, she lives for God and only God, and it is her passion to see all women healed and restored.
 

Author Nazaree Hines-Starr
After dating solely within her own race and religion throughout college, graduate school and the whole of her twenties, Nazaree Hines-Starr experienced an accumulation of less than ideal males. Feeling disappointed in African-American men and still searching for Mr. Right, Nazaree finally decided to cast a wider net, opening herself up to men of all races and religions. She joined the interracial dating website where she met Michael, a professional, never married Jewish man who was two years her junior.

In Why Every Black Woman Should Marry A Jewish Man, Nazaree chronicles her intimate, tumultuous and eye opening journey that led to her finding her Jewish Prince Charming.
 

Your Guide to Life Happily Ever After
Sandi Athey is an intuitive psychic, author, and radio personality who is blessed with the ability to tune into the Universe. Sandi's psychic abilities developed after an attack that left her near death and severely injured. Through determination and the power of love, she danced with the Universe and healed her body, mind, and spirit. Sandi uses her intuitive gifts with her clients, both human and animal, and teaches us how to embrace each day with gratitude, joy, and love.
 

Recovery After Attempted Suicide
In January of 2011, Nancy Virden attempted to take her own life. Now she shares her story of recovery.

Nancy has battled major depression for over 30 years,. She now confronts the stigma surrounding mental illness, depression, and suicide, and tries to help those who are suffering the way that she was.
 

Author Merle Temple
Merle Temple was on the front lines of the first War on Drugs under Nixon in the 1970's. From there, his life's path led him from the corporate world, to politics and prison. He found God, and now writes about some of his experiences in fictional form.
 

The Inspirational Woman Project
Bri Seeley is a successful entrepreneurial sensation that is passionate about sharing her story, and the stories of other amazing women. Her training and passion as a fashion designer led her to create a fashion label dedicated to femininity and helping women connect with their true selves. Seeley has paved her path by surrounding herself with inspirational women, which revealed to her a disheartening trend that she is dedicated to change. She recognized how intensely women search outside of themselves for happiness and validation, losing touch with what makes them women and conforming to external pressures of how women should show up in the world. This gap between how women define themselves and how society defines them has created an immense amount of discord and unhappiness.

On September 3rd, she launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund The Inspirational Women Project, a book dedicated to inspiring women and the exploring what it means to be a WOMAN.
 

Are You Living or Exisiting
Our guest Kimanzi Constable is a former bread guy, who for twelve years simply existed. In 2011 he said enough was enough and finally took action on his dreams. He completely failed at first, got back up and has been running ever since. He is now truly living. He is a best-selling author, international speaker and life coach. His mission is to help you figure out what your dream is and how to make your dream your reality.
 

Fight Fear and Foster Faith
Jana Flaig a Stage 3c ovarian cancer survivor whose greatest battle was against fear that overwhelmed her and threatened to defeat her. She won that battle, and now she's sharing practical tips to knock out fear that overwhelms you, robs you of hope, attacks your faith, and threatens to defeat you.
 

Finding Your Purpose in Life
For the last 27 years, Wanda Frazier has gone from one health crisis to the next. Bouts with pneumonia, shingles (twice), bell’s palsy, and countless of other and endless illnesses, which came back to back were more than one human should have to endure. But through it all she fought, and was able to find her purpose in life. She understood what her destiny and contribution was to be to herself, her family, to others, and society.
 

Confessions of a Middle-Aged Babe Magnet
It's never to late to meet your soul mate. And Chad Stone proved it. After his marriage ends, he began a middle-aged dating adventure in search of the last great love of his life. He shares his story, and the tips he learned along the way, in his memoir/dating self-help book Confessions of a Middle-Aged Babe Magnet.
 

Who Am I
What makes Megan Cyrulewski's story so special? One word: Unbelievable. So much has happened to her in the last three years of my life, that people told me her she needed to write a book.

That book Who Am I? How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again is about her journey into post-partum depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, stays in the psych ward, divorce, domestic violence, law school, how she managed to graduate from law school and a beautiful little girl who emerged from all of this chaos.
 

The Power of Adversity
At the age of 18,Tiffany Mason was sexually molested and exploited by my coach's husband. After this traumatic situation, she was at a crossroad; she had the option of either allowing this man to negativity affect the rest of her life or to learn and grow from this experience. At the age of 19, she made the mental decision to learn and grow from every experience I encounter.

For the next five years, she researched and studied the topics of personal development and what it takes to have a healthy and loving marriage. Now, at the age of 24, she is the founder and owner of Mason Coaching and Consulting. She inspires and empowers women to unleash their feminine essence from the inside out so that their life and marriage are both meaningful and joyful.
 

How to Bounce Back in Life So You Can Do More, Have More, and Be More
Jimmy Burgess has ridden the roller coaster of life. He was a millionaire at 35, and lost everything financially. He bounced back from bankruptcy quickly by starting a new company in an industry that he had no experience in. He had revenues in excess of $1 million dollars within the first year out of bankruptcy.

But, the biggest benefit of bouncing back wasn't that he bounced back financially. It took him losing everything money could buy in order to appreciate and have all the things that money couldn't buy. This experience led him to write the book What Just Happened? How to Bounce Back in Life So You Can Do More, Have More, and Be More. This has ironically turned his mess into his message.
 

Tales from The Biker and The Beast
Foster Kinn is called the ‘Mark Twain of the biker world’ with his down to earth wit and wisdom, and he always makes the audience feel better about life and travel itself and dispels mythic fears that some have about bikers and motorcycles in general. He is the author of Freedoms Rush: Tales from The Biker and The Beast, an amazing story of life on the road on 2 wheels across US and into Canada. And what ‘freedom’ really means.
 

Finding the Purpose in Your Pain & Healing Old Wounds
Terri Lomax is the founder of, Mocha Girls Pit Stop, a personal development blog for young women. The blog's mission is to help women, refuel on motivation, get inspired and ignite their lives. She will discuss The power of forgiveness, the top 3 tips to building self-esteem, and making meaning from the lemons that life gives.
 

How to Survive Life (and Death)
Robert Kopecky is the author of How to Survive Life (and Death) A Guide to Happiness in This World and Beyond, just released by Conari Press/Weiser Books. The book is based on his three very compelling, and distinctively different Near Death Experiences, and what he learned about how to live from each of them.
 

Parent Advocate Karen Kain
With the ever growing percentage of families today who are raising 'special needs' children, Karen Kain has become a beacon of light and inspiration sharing the life skills she learned about surrendering and how to embrace life's journey when her only daughter was injected by a bad vaccination at 6 weeks old and became a quadriplegic with daily seizures. She truly carries an inspiring message that resonates deeply in the hearts of all of us.
 

Sister Jenna
This week, we have an enlightening conversation with Sister Jenna. She is an expert in the areas of fostering respect and understanding amongst religions, cultures, and nations; women empowerment, spirituality for health, and meditation. She will also talk about Creating Trust in a Fear-Based Environment.
 

Invisible Girl
As an inspirational speaker and advocate for change, Cynthia Luce will “WOW” you with her strength, compassion, and perseverance. Her book Invisible Girl provides personal narratives of severe problems plaguing society today (bullying, abuse, foster care, and more). It reveals what happens when children go unseen, unheard, and remain invisible, as she exposes the most painful parts of life that ravage children.
 

Recognize Your Greatness
In 2010, a semester away from graduating with a MBA, Floyd D.A. Miley, III faced the greatest storm in his life. Unemployed, penniless, and homeless, he was haunted by past failures, disappointments, and abandoned dreams. In what should have been the darkest moment of his life became his most enlightened moment. The poem A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes renewed his passion to pursue my dreams which ultimately led to discovering and accepting my purpose. He is now a rising author, life coach, and public speaker with an innovative approach to achieving the greatness God has predestined. Hus debut book, Recognize Your Greatness, inspires, encourages and empowers people to accept their inherent greatness. It stands as a testament to his endurance and desire to empowers, encourages, and inspires others navigation and potential maximization.
 

When Divorce Do Us Part
Hogan Hilling a proud father of three children, fatherhood advocate, co-founder and member of many dad-related organizations and groups. His latest book is When Divorce Do Us Part, a self-help divorce survival handbook filled with simple strategies and proven results on how to survive and thrive during the divorce process and after the decree.
 

Fiona Fine
As an Author, Speaker and Publisher, Fiona Fine is growing a movement for women who want to live and love on their terms. As the Editor-in-Chief of Women Who Run It: Your Life - Your Love - Your Terms! and the platform: How To Put The Fun Back Into Dating, she advocates for women who want to create their best life of love, work, passion, and... fun! Get a free copy of her new book B.I.T.C.H (Babe In Total Control of Herself)
 

Health with Henna
Prepare to be inspired by a teen on a mission! Henna Hundal is an advocate for young people's health, fitness and wellness. She works to inspire young people to lead active, healthy lives, and tries to open up a meaningful conversation about the issues that often preclude them from achieving that today. Her cardinal goal is to help individuals find empowerment through living and loving the healthy life.
 

Michelle Bland: A Survivor's Story
This week, Lana talks with Michelle Bland. Michelle is a breast cancer survivor, and she now volunteers for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. In 2010 she received the Maryland Affiliate "Survivor Award."
 

You Are Valued
On this episode, Lana will introduce you to Ricky Roberts III, an author, speaker and founder of You Are Valued, a nonprofit organization to promote positive change. You Are Valued embraces the value of the individual. The more people are reminded of the greatness in who they are, the more productive and joyful their lives will be, and the more they will contribute to the well being of the world at large.
 

Wired to Thrive
Chris Sprague is best-selling author who focuses on working with people to help them understand how they are wired. Understanding how you are wired is key to reducing frustration, increasing performance and increasing happiness. People can do anything they want and be anything they want as long as it's within their wiring. As Chris says, there's no use canoeing upstream without a paddle when the shore is right next to you. You can always get out of the boat and figure out a better way.
 

Breaking the Cycle of Dysfunction
Robin Marvel speaks from a place of absolute truth. Her inspiring story of personal struggle, abuse, teen pregnancy, and homelessness is a testament to her strength and courage. She is a living illustration of the power of choice in an ever-changing world. Her latest book is called Life Check~ 7 Ways To Balance Your Life!.
 

Award-winning Author Marala Scott
Marala Scott's story is one of struggle, triumph and courage. She is indeed a woman powered by inspiration and faith. Through her writing, Marala shares her thoughts and words of wisdom that helped her forgive and heal. As Marala's journey consist of healing through faith, personal growth and understanding relations, her passionate and honest words will challenge you to become a better, stronger more passionate version of you.
 

Tuna Breath
Doug Pedersen lost 125 pounds in 8 months by eating only a can of tuna a day. But it was easier to lose that weight than 18 years of self-pity. In his new boot Tuna Breath, Doug shares the knowledge he learned along his journey from overweight teen to a balanced adult.
 

Adoption
This week's guest is Marni Pasch , the director of Mended Hearts Adoption Consulting. She helps couples and singles navigate the domestic adoption process. There are a lot of fears and myths surrounding domestic adoption and, she helps educate people who are looking to complete their family this way.
 

Don't Be Afraid of Your Father's Ghost
Certified life and relationship coach Hannah Edia lost her father at age sixteen. The first thought that crossed her mind after the loss I suffered was, what now? This question stuck in her brain until one day she called myself to order. She thought, there is need for her impact to be felt in the society and from then on, she began to think differently. Loss can be an inspiration for a better life.
 

Decreasing the Number of Children Raised in Single Parent Homes
The number of children living in single-parent homes has nearly doubled since 1960, according to data from the 2010 Census. Today, one-third of American children – a total of 15 million – are being raised without a father. Nearly five million more children live without a mother. But what can be done to address this issue? We'll discuss with Yolanda Nollie, Executive Director and President of Singleparent Sisterhood of America Inc.
 

Jackie's Miracle
Our guest this week is Emeka Iwenofu, author of JACKIE'S MIRACLE. Emeka teaches young readers, through engaging works of fiction, how to achieve their dreams. While the teachers of yesterday have transformed the lives of many people, young people today may not be aware of those teachings. Emeka brings those life-changing messages, filled with hope and promise, to the youth of today in ways that are engaging, transformative and powerful.
 

Overcoming Eating Disorders
Andrea Logan is in her forties and is healthier than she has been at any time in her life. She eats healthy foods in proper proportions and maintains a strong and athletic body through regular CrossFit workouts. But there's more to her story than that - for thirteen years, she struggled with bulimia. But her story is not just about her struggles with an eating disorder but choices in life that lead her to where she is today.
 

False Accusations
According to a a nine-year study conducted by former Purdue sociologist Eugene J. Kanin, in over 40 percent of the rape cases reviewed, the complainants eventually admitted that no rape had occurred. Today on "Don't Box Me In," I'll be speaking with James Smith, who was falsely accused of a sex crime 18 years ago and see how it has affected his life.
 

Radical Self-Care
Nurturing Wellness through Radical Self-Care is a guide and workbook its author Janet Gallagher Nestor christened Mindfulness Based Recovery and Rejuvenation. When used intentionally, this program leads the reader out of chaos and suffering into joy and well-being. Janet believes strongly in alternative health strategies to achieve wellness and wholeness. She feels confident that individuals suffering from stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and other distressing symptoms can feel better about themselves and their lives.
 

A Survivor's Story
On this episode, Lana will introduce you to Staysha Hackmann. She is a survivor of human sex trafficking and now speaks as an advocate for others. She was "pimped out" from the ages of 18 to 21 before she managed to break away.
 

Escaping the Porn Industry
Vanessa Belmond aka aka Alexa Cruz spent seven years in the sex industry from the age of 18 to 25, and decided to leave in March 2013 because of how harmful it was to her and others. She is now volunteering for AntiPornography.org and supporting their vitally important mission by speaking out against the devastating harms of pornography, prostitution, stripping, and related forms of sexual exploitation and abuse.
 

Overcoming Adversity
Arnold Harvey has an absolutely incredible story of overcoming adversity. 10 years ago while serving in the Army, he was brutally stabbed 12 times by another US soldier. He actually died 3 times and woke up paralyzed from the chest down. He learned to walk again after a year but fell into depression and alcoholism. He was able to turn his entire life around and is now one of the world's leading experts in helping people to overcome adversity. He shared his story in the book Every Decision Matters.
 

Inside the Jehovahs Witnesses
Our guest is Gregorio Smith, the director of the new documentary Here Lies The Truth, in-depth look into the Jehovahs Witness organization. H has a wealth of information to share on loss and what those inside the organization feel. He will also provide tips on how people can escape from cults (like he did) and steps people can take to heal.
 

Which One am I?
There are at least 16 personalities inside James Darrell Williams. But who is he really? And why? That's the question James was searching for with his partner, and this week's guest Thomas Smith. Darrell and Thomas dug deeply into family secrets, Southern culture and Darrell's own psyche to explore portrayals of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) in popular culture and the psychiatric community, linking them with the events that made Darrell the man he is.
 

Brain Aneurysm Awareness
Every year, over 30,000 people in the United States will suffer from a ruptured brain aneurysm and over 40% of these individuals will die. Those who survive often face harsh challenges. Our guest Allen Anderson was one of the lucky ones. was one of the lucky ones through. His brain aneurysm was discovered before it ruptured. He shares his inspirational story about his life before and after discovering his brain was a ticking time bomb that could explode at any moment.
 

The State of Hip Hop
Danny Skrpcha (“Skrp”) found a love for Hip-Hop at age nine. The cultivation of Skrp’s versatile and potent flow is largely influenced by an older sibling forcing him to read books. Skrp’s compelling and controversial lyricism is comprised of commentary on current events and personal stories. His lyrics showcase literary prowess, extensive vocabulary, and a vast knowledge on an array of subjects. His first single Crazy gained him exposure on the hip-hop scene and was featured on Rapzilla, Sphere of Hip Hop, and Heatcasters. Lana talks with him on the state of Hip Hop and it's continuing influence on our culture.
 

The Children of Drug Addiction
Over six million children in ‪America‬ live with at least one parent who has a ‪#‎drug‬ addiction. On this week's episode, Lana Reid will be talking with Andrea Vidalia, a child of a drug addicted parent who has survived and triumphed.
 

Mama Hazze
This week on "Don't Box Me In" Lana Chats with Melba Gilkey aka Mama Hazze who has spent a lifetime as a community activist. From her involvement in the JFK Fair Housing campaign in the 60's, the "Free Angela Davis" movement, organizing peace rallies for the anti-war movement to co-founding the Hazze Hip Hop Culture Dream Center in East San Fernando Valley, Ca.
 

Profiting from Addiction
Families of ‎drug‬ addicts often live with shame, guilt, and worry as the hope to find some way to make things better for their loved one. On this week's show, I chat with parents Terri and Mike Dacy who not only lost their son to drug addiction but who were also preyed upon by the ‪‎Narconon‬ rehab facility. Narconon never treated their son, Jonathan for his drug habits but yet billed them for services and took out credit cards in their family’s name.
 

Recovering from Rough Beginnings
Just because your beginning was rough that does not mean you have to stay there! Lana chats with Donald Eubank, who shares his remarkable life story. From being the child of alcoholic parents who tried to kill him and his siblings to becoming a counselor and radio/TV personality.
 

Bringing Order to Hip Hop
This week, we're talking with Alfredo Barrios of Order of Hip Hop 26 about his life, Hip Hop and his mission to reach and influence youth through positive music.
 

Born to Praise Ministries
Lana chats with Eva Sabiniano, the sixteen year old Filipino American unsigned Christian artist and songwriter from Lynnwood, Washington. She is also the Founder and President of the Born to Praise Ministry, a nonprofit organization helping needy children.
 

Living with HIV
Being HIV positive is no longer a death sentence, as it was in the early days of the AIDS epidemic. In fact, more than 34 million people are living with HIV. This week's guest is one of them. Derek Brown has been HIV positive for over 20 years. He shares his story with Lana.
 

Internet Addiction Recovery
Research around the country is demonstrating the perils of the digital age: addiction, distraction, immaturity, disconnection, lower empathy, lowered creativity and analytical abilities, increased depression, and the list goes on. That’s one of the problems with technology; it’s becoming increasingly hard for individuals to unplug and find themselves. But our guest Hilarie Cash
 

Interesting Things That Moms Do
Her family calls her Tina Blundetto, but to her roller derby friends and fans, she is Yoshi Ground Pound of the New Jersey Roller Derby. She's also a new mommy, and blogs as The Roller Derby Mom. We'll talk to her about how she manages to balance marriage,motherhood,work and roller derby.
 

Joshua Brown's Empowerment Program
Joshua Brown was introduced to marijuana at age 15. At age 17, he started smoking on a regular basis. By age 18, he was selling crack on street corners. From there, he became one of the biggest drug dealers in Harlem. This eventually landed him in prison, where he was introduced to the world of social services. After 15-plus years of working with paroles and prisons, he has created his own program to help ex-convicts called the J.Brown Empowerment Program. We'll examine programs such as his that help convicts ease back into society, as well as a system that is not properly designed to ensure felons don't end up back in prison.
 

Finding Miracles in Everyday Life
For the first 30 years of my life, Leah Carey lived with chronic depression and wanted to find a silver bullet that would make everything okay without having to work too hard at it. Eight years ago, she finally got the help she needed and discovered that there is no silver bullet. There are tiny steps taken every day that add up to a life that she can be proud of. The most important of those steps for her has been consistently asking What's going right in my life...right now?
 

Guys with Pride
David Anderson and Tre'Darrius Anderson met in July of 2010, and their love story had begun. On January 17 2013, they were legally married in Washington DC. David and Tre’Darrius have started a campaign called Guys with Pride. Their mission is to promote self-affirmation, dignity, and equality rights, as well as to increase their visibility as a social group, build community awareness, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance, as opposed to shame and social stigma of being gay and afraid to be who they are!
 

The Suicide Epidemic
Carla Jackson is a suicide survivor. It has been over a year since her last death effort and she still finds herself alone in a big world of people. In her own words, "I walk around feeling like I have a dirty little secret, knowing that if I shared what i did, i would be judged. Yet I feel surviving is a skill that should be recognized. And like most things in history, if the past is studied and understood, then one can take steps to make sure the same mistakes are not made."
 

The Bullying Epidemic
Tony Bartoli was born two months premature with the condition known as Cerebral Palsy. CP struck the left side of his body affecting his coordination. Doctors told his mother, Linda, Tony will never walk!

In spite of great odds against him, and contrary to then-established medical opinions, Tony would learn to walk through the help of family, friends, and, especially, God. Tony's personal journey and testimony is an inspiring message of hope, encouragement and perseverance. Now, Tony travels around the country now sharing his inspiring message with young people. His message is especially relevant to today's bully-culture found in nearly every school in America.
 

Doctor Dave
David Ores isn't your typical MD. And that's not just because he's covered in tattoos and drives a Harley. Unlike most doctors, Dr. Dave's practice provides general medical care and other community medical services for the working poor and people without any health insurance. We talk with him about his upstanding work in the community, as well as the stereotypes that come with being a tattooed professional.
 

The First Lady of Motown
Claudette Robinson was named the First Lady of Motown by Mr. Berry Gordy, legendary founder of the hit-making enterprise. She is an original member of The Miracles, and the FIRST female signed to Motown. After many years touring the world with the band and then-husband Smokey Robinson, Claudette’s story is one of extraordinary experiences, challenges and triumphs. Claudette will join Lana Reid as her very first guest to share her incredible journey, including her faith in God’s daily “miracles.”