Sips of Story ‘n Sanity
Leaving In Style with Janise Graham

Leaving In Style with Janise Graham

May 3, 2022
For ten years, Janise Graham, President of Small Business Style, Inc. and Entrepreneur's Insurance Services, searched for a way to make the very challenging topic of Business Succession digestible and even fun for the business owners she wanted to serve.
 
Tune in to hear how Janise:
  • used story and some of her favorite real-life characters to make the book fun to write and easy to read
  • combined two of her passions to make industry-specific content digestible for readers
  • helped Amanda and a few of her team members avoid some of the risk they didn't see in their business
It's almost time to grab a cup of something delicious and enjoy these sips of story 'n sanity with us.
The Identity of a Writer with Griff Griffis

The Identity of a Writer with Griff Griffis

April 19, 2022
At ten years old, Griff found his calling when a book transported him out of his challenging childhood for a few hours. Determined to be part of the magic that made that possible for him, he took on the identity of Writer and has spent the last 40+ years wrestling with that identity and all that seemed to come with it.
 
Tune in to hear how Griff:
  • was saved by story -- literally offered a path and an identity that buoyed him through an unpredictable and awkward childhood
  • created his own rite of passage and changed his relationship to the identity and his life
  • navigated and learned from various forms of writing -- short stories, screenplays, and more!
  • became masterful at writing relationship dynamics and love stories
  • he'll be joining us again to talk about the creative process he's been working at for more than four decades
 
It's almost time to grab a cup of something delicious and enjoy these sips of story 'n sanity with us.
A New Paradigm of Education

A New Paradigm of Education

April 5, 2022
When Amanda and Aaron sent out their manuscript for "A Religion of Story," they had no idea what type of feedback they would get. As the educators, psychologists, spiritual leaders, change agents, and parents began to weigh in, this mother and son team decided it was a good idea to record a few conversations that future readers could tune into as they face their own religion of story and everything this book will bring up for them.
 
Next up this upcoming Tuesday is a conversation with educators, facilitators, and trainers who are operating from a more empowering paradigm of education -- one that cultivates the character and personal freedom children need to live happy, meaning-filled lives and steer our culture in a healthier direction.
 
If you are a parent, an educator, a facilitator or trainer or coach, or leader of any kind, the insights and wisdom shared on this podcast could change your life and work forever. And that is no exaggeration.
 
It's time! Get a cup of something delicious and enjoy these sips of story 'n sanity with us.
The Language of Story with Kate Herr and Karlyn Pleasants

The Language of Story with Kate Herr and Karlyn Pleasants

March 29, 2022
When Amanda and Aaron sent out their manuscript for "A Religion of Story," they had no idea what type of feedback they would get. As the psychologists, spiritual leaders, educators, change agents, and parents began to weigh in, this mother and son team decided it was a good idea to record a few conversations that future readers could tune into as they face their own religion of story and everything this book will bring up for them.
 
Next up this upcoming Tuesday is a conversation with two psychologists who spend their lives helping people rewrite painful stories and become the heroes of their lives.
 
We talked about the powerful Language of Story and how it can be used by adults to heal traumas and bring the shattered and shadowy parts of ourselves back to wholeness, and how parents and leaders can use it to help our children avoid unnecessary suffering on their path.
 
It's time! Get a cup of something delicious and enjoy these sips of story 'n sanity with us.
Story as a Spiritual Perspective

Story as a Spiritual Perspective

March 15, 2022
When Amanda and Aaron sent out their manuscript for "A Religion of Story," they had no idea what type of feedback they would get. As the spiritual leaders, educators, psychologists, change agents, and parents began to weigh in, this mother and son team decided it was a good idea to record a few conversations that future readers could tune into as they face their own religion of story and everything this book will bring up for them.
 
First up this next Tuesday is a conversation with readers with various religious backgrounds who were challenged and moved as they pressed on and read through to Aaron's conclusion.
 
This conversation around arguably the most important topic with which humans wrestle -- Is there a God? Where did we come from and where are we supposed to be going? And is there only One Way? -- will hopefully inspire you to get curious about all the ways in which the answers are always arriving... even through Story.
Feathers From The Fire with Karlyn Pleasants

Feathers From The Fire with Karlyn Pleasants

March 1, 2022
When she sold her business, Karlyn Pleasants, Psy.D. knew she wasn't done. There was more for her to do to share the wisdom she had gleaned in her twenty-five years of developing therapeutic community programs for individuals with complex mental illnesses. But what?
 
Tune in to hear how Karlyn:
  • discovered that writing fiction could be her next powerful way to change the paradigms of care in mental health
  • decided to blend her expertise with her love of legend and synchronicity into an unforgettable journey that demonstrates the power of curiosity, truth-telling, and love
  • navigated a serious case of writer's block and later realized that she had actually been healing a story she didn't know existed
It's almost time to grab a cup of something delicious and enjoy these sips of story 'n sanity with us.
Open Space for Change with Torey Ivanic

Open Space for Change with Torey Ivanic

February 1, 2022
Once she realized that her story of putting her perpetrator behind bars was inspiring others to speak up and call for justice, Torey Ivanic knew she had to put her story in a book. But how?
 
Tune in to hear how Torey:
  • healed her body and mind in open spaces
  • navigated the memoir writing and deeper layers of healing in just 3 months
  • enlisted the permission and support of people in her past and present
  • stayed true to her message when her publisher insisted on a pseudonym
  • shifted gears to stay "on brand," even when it meant abandoning her initial vision
Time to get a cup of something delicious and enjoy these sips of story 'n sanity with us.
Racing Toward Freedom with Cheryl Herrick

Racing Toward Freedom with Cheryl Herrick

January 25, 2022
Serial (and successful) entrepreneur Cheryl Herrick found herself stuck when it came to clarifying her next venture, but she continued to practice the basics she had learned as a child, a mother, a business owner, a race car driver, a transformational facilitator, and a seeker. When the vision finally became clear, all she could do was laugh.
 
Tune in to hear how Cheryl:
  • discovered her superpowers as a child who played team sports and raced competitively
  • came upon the practices and philosophies that have made her a successful serial entrepreneur and a powerful change agent in her home, her community, and her industry
  • realized that Transformation and Healing could be easier and a hell of a lot more fun
Time to get a cup of something delicious and enjoy these sips of story 'n sanity with us.
The Good Girl Gets Her White Picket Fence with Marlia Cochran

The Good Girl Gets Her White Picket Fence with Marlia Cochran

January 18, 2022
Former youth pastor Marlia Cochran wanted to write the perfect book about others' stories, but there was another Plan afoot -- a plan for healing and restoration that would begin with her beliefs about God and herself, and ripple into every other area of her life.
 
Tune in to hear how Marlia:
  • insisted on telling others' stories until she witnessed a divine connection she could not ignore
  • navigated months of deep loss before she realized it was playing a key part in her writing process
  • discovered and rewrote a core belief that was ruining her relationship with her Creator and setting the next generation up for disillusionment and pain
  • witnessed the restoration of every loss that led her to writing a book in the first place
A Pastor, A Mom, and A Sex Therapist Walk Into a Retreat with Ciara Gutierrez

A Pastor, A Mom, and A Sex Therapist Walk Into a Retreat with Ciara Gutierrez

January 14, 2022
When Ciara Gutierrez's friend was on the cusp of stepping into an abusive relationship, she decided the only way to help her and other young girls was to write her story and show them how it starts, how it twists, and how it can end... if only they will dig deep and realize how much power they already have.
 
Tune in to hear how Ciara:
  • quickly began writing, and then realized her initial approach wasn't going to work for the reader
  • recognized her writing process was creating a mess in her new and beautiful relationship
  • chose the path of healing and found other ways to share her message while life required her to step away from the book
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