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Ep 25 Family Stories in My Mom's Own Words

On Mother's Day I wanted to take a minute to share a few words my mom wrote about her own mom and a funny story about her grandma. I hope Mother's Day wasn't too difficult for everyone out there. My love and heart goes out to everyone who is missing their moms today and every day. Thank you for listening to my show! Please check below for all of the links to my social media and come interact with me. Support Pearls From My Mom the Podcast by becoming a donor on our Patreon Page Come join...


Ep 24 Pearls From Toye's Mom, Sandy Releford

Toye Releford-Penny is the definition of a self-made success story. Unfortunately, losing her mom at a very young age played a big role in teaching her to be self-sufficient but she has absolutely taken those lemons and made them into lemonade. Check out Toye's hollistic health and lifestlye coaching business: SO 7 Health w/Toye Thank you for listening to my show! Please check below for all of the links to my social media and come interact with me. Support Pearls From My Mom the Podcast...


Ep 23 Pearls From My Dad, a trip down memory lane with Michael Kahat

If you like listening in on a father/daughter chat about life, boy do I have the episode for you. I wanted to make sure to give my Dad some time in the spotlight because I sure am glad that I still have him around. Find out what life was like for me having the coolest radio DJ dad on earth and what life was like for him, growing up in a tiny town in Western Pennsylvania. He even gave me some pointers about recording best practices and how to get that smooth radio voice. Thank you for...


Ep 22 Happy Birthday to My Mom and Happy 1 Year Podaversary to Pearls From My Mom

A few special words from people that loved my mom on what would have been her 69th birthday. A very special thank you to all of you who listen, I launched this podcast a year ago not knowing if anyone would want to tell their stories or listen to mine. I would love to interact with you so please click on the links below to check out more. Support Pearls From My Mom the Podcast by becoming a donor on our Patreon Page Come join me on social media or email me at...


Ep 21 Pearls From Dr. Cheli - We Talk Therapy, Grief and Jewelry

Dr. Araceli López-Arenas (Dr. Cheli) joins me today to talk a little bit about how the process of going to therapy works, also when and why people should try (or re-try) seeing a metal health professional. The conversation around mental health has opened up significantly in the last couple of years but there are still obstacles to overcome to avoid the stigma surrounding people seeking help with mental health issues. We also chat about grief and the grieving process. Dr. Cheli is also a...


Ep 20 Pearls From Our Moms - A very special Mother's Day episode

I realize that Mother's Day can be tough on those of us who have lost our moms. This week's episode is my gift to you. I have put together a super brief history of Mother's Day in the US, for a more comprehensive story you can check out this article from National Geographic. I also give you ideas from a blog post I wrote on my first Mother's Day without my mom: 10 Things to do for Mother's Day if Your Mom is Gone. As promised in the episode, here is the link to find more environmentally...


Ep 19 Pearls From Cassandra - Teaching Others How to Reclaim Community Deathcare

Many people are uncomfortable with talking about death, Cassandra Yonder is not one of them. You may or may not have heard that community death caring (sometimes refered to as death midwifery, death doulas, thana doulas, etc.) is making a comeback into our culture. I think my mom would have loved this had she known it was even an option. In this week's episode, Cassandra and I talk about what it means to take care of the dead as a community and how she is passing that knowledge on to other...


Ep 18 Pearls From Muse - How Winning a Radio Contest Changed My Life

When most people think of defining moments in life, they probably don't think winning a contest on a radio station to meet a band would be one of them. I am not most people. I have had a deep love for the band Muse since 2005 and it continues to this day. I also have a deep sense of inadequacy which has stopped me from pursuing my passions and going after what I want. All of this changed July of 2017 when winning a radio contest helped me realize what I am capable of. I promise all of this...


Ep 17 Pearls From Lisa's Mom, Naomi (Patti) LaCroix

Lisa's mom Naomi was as strong as they come. She was a business woman, a mother and a survivor of a Japanese internment camp in Canada during and after World War II. Naomi was a great role model for Lisa, who is a phenomenal woman in her own right. Listen to Lisa recount stories of her mom and talk about what has been helping her through the grieving process. We also open up a more broad conversation about death and coping. Lisa is the host of Super Power U. She interviews experts and...


Ep 16 Pearls From Julie's Mom, Diane Ostrow

Julie is a dynamite lady who happens to have one of the greatest laughs I have ever heard. She lost her mom Diane 25 years ago, but has managed to hold on to some beautiful memories of her. Listen as Julie tells us about her mom and reflects on love, grief, compassion and you'll for sure want to hear what Julie thinks her mom's ghost outfit looks like. To learn more about Julie or contact her (believe me, she is the kind of person you will want more of in your life):...


No one should feel alone, joining the conversation on mental health

This is a short episode to about joining the conversation around mental health in honor of #BellLetsTalk Day January 31, 2018. So many people either suffer in silence themselves or they know someone who is afraid to seek help for mental health issues. The more people that join the conversation, the less stigma there will be on individuals who are dealing with mental health issues. If you need help, please look into resources in your area or if you are in need of immediate assistance dial...


Ep 15 Pearls From Lisa's Mom, Gertraud (Ann)

Lisa's mom was an incredibly strong woman and loving mother. She came from Germany by herself and went on to become a successful business woman in the US. Lisa learned a lot from her mom and drew inspiration from her to start her own business. Lisa herself is an amazing woman, she is an organizing and productivity coach with her company Positively Productive Systems, LLC. Check her out on her website: She is running a free program in February called...


Ep 14 Pearls From Nancy's Mom, Bertha (Elizabeth)

Nancy is a super awesome woman who was lucky enough to have her mom around until she was 92 years old. Nancy tells us about what her mom was like and how her mom's wisdom is helping her live her best life. I was introduced to Nancy by her son Alexander, who hosts a super cool podcast called The Podcaster's Life w/The Podcaster's Coach and you can check it out here: I was actually a guest on his show so if you can't get enough of my voice, check it...


EP 13 Pearls From Anne, my conversation with a psychic medium

In my conversations with people who have lost loved ones I have found that many of them have either gone to or are interested in seeing a psychic medium. Almost every single person I have interviewed so far has said they believe their mother visits them in one form or another, is it so crazy to think that they might use a living person to connect with us? I have never been to a psychic medium, was curious about how it all worked, and thought I would find a psychic medium to see if they...


Ep 12 Pearls From Cierra's Mom, with special guest Cierra Seay

Cierra lost her mom, Amy, 6 years ago and for a while she wasn't able to talk about it. I am so happy she is now because she sounds like she was an incredible woman. Listen as Cierra recounts some of her favorite pearls of wisdom and stories from her late mom. Also, learn what Kentucky Fried Chicken is called in Quebec and what item is left off of the menu here (side note: there are actually 2, mashed potatoes are also not on the menu in Quebec- which is upsetting). Cierra is passionate...


Ep 11 Pearls From Anita's Mom, Fenna Heidema

Anita Heidema joins me on this week's episode to talk about her mother, Fenna Heidema and how her death from a misdiagnosis of Lewy Body Demetia led her to start a foundation in her mother's name. Anita's story is beautiful and inspiring, have a listen and then share it with your friends. Please check out Anita's amazing work:


Ep 10 A Pearl From My Mom: If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all

My mom said it to me, her mom said it to her, I say it to my kids, and you have probabaly been told this at some point in your life. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. But does this principle still ring true in the internet-connected world in which we live today? Curious about the origins of this phrase and what do a bunch of strangers I asked on facebook think about it? Listen to find out...


Ep 9 Pearls From Kelli's mom, Dawn Timmons

Kelli doesn't have regrets about the way she left things with her mom 5 years ago, she does have some excellent advice for people going through grief. Join us as we chat about working with your mom at her Mexican restaurant and what it was like for her mom to seek cancer treatment in South Korea. Check out Kelli's insanely cool business website: I know what I will be getting my family for Christmas this year...


Ep 8 Pearls from Melissa's mom, with special guest Melissa Salerno

Melissa just lost her mom a few months ago and she bravely asked to come on the podcast to tell her mom's story. Join us as she shares her favorite memories and the lessons she has learned on her grief journey thus far.


Ep 7 Pearls From Charles' mom, with special guest Charles Kelly

Charles lost his mom suddenly 4 years ago, he has a great sense of humor and has used this in dealing with such tragic circumstances. We talk about learning new things about his mom after her passing and how to deal with the loss. Charles is the host of a comedy podcast that I recommend for when you just need to laugh, check it out at: