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Now displaying: April, 2019
Apr 29, 2019

April's theme is Time & Energy Balance. As a tool for finding balance, Rukshana Triem joins us to talk about connecting with nature.

Connecting with Nature is an amazing session to help everyone understand the importance of our health when we expose our mind and body to the outdoors. The simple things that we can practice and implement into our daily lives so we have more inner peace, love and energy. The audience will have clear understanding that nature is not intimidating but taking one step at a time that builds confidence to taking bigger steps towards other things in life. In this workshop Rukshana will share the five key values that she Teaches in her various coaching programs.

Rukshana has a huge Hunger to serve, to bring deep connection to transformation women all around the world. Rukshana Hafez Triem is an Author, inspirational Speaker, and CEO of a Womens Lifestyle Coaching LLC. Her journey started in Zambia living in a Refugee camp. Due to Trauma and overcoming her sexual abuse past, she was able to create a comfortable lifestyle that supports her family. She shares her story with others as she travels around the world, doing public speaking, workshops and Retreat and her New Mission Building schools in Africa, in Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. For upcoming events in your area, sign up for the news letter here.

Call recordings for this and all past calls can be found in the Embracing Intensity Community.

In this episode, Rukshana shares: 

  • A brief guided meditation on nature.
  • Her 5 steps to connecting with nature.
  • How nature helped her get through leaving a war torn country as a young refugee. 
  • How connecting with nature helps connect with yourself.

Links:

Embracing Intensity Community

Embracing Intensity Patreon

Rukshana's Website

Firmina Foundation

Apr 22, 2019

Do you or someone you love struggle to find balance in life because of the effects of ADHD? This is the show with the answers! My guest has been where you are because he has ADHD and his passion is to help others.

Brendan Mahan has a Master’s of Education and School Counseling. He’s an internationally-known ADHD Executive Functioning consultant, coach, and host of the ADHD Essentials podcast. He helps people manage the emotional, academic, and lifestyle impacts ADHD has on the people who have it and those who care for them. I was introduced to Brendan when he appeared on the ADHD ReWired podcast with Eric Tivers, where Brendan talked about his concept of “The Wall of Awful.”

Show Highlights:

  • The things Brendan is intensely passionate about: helping parents and non-ADHD people understand, storytelling, being a husband and father, and martial arts
  • How Brendan’s intensity shows itself in stress and sensory overwhelm
  • How Brendan grew up as a sensitive kid who was afraid to disappoint adults
  • Brendan as a product of the 80s and 90s toxic masculinity who also had a nurturing side
  • How he learned to say “the quiet parts” out loud
  • How ADHD makes you impulsive and large, and Brendan tries to rein it in and not overwhelm others
  • Establishing boundaries when people unload on you
  • How to decompress
  • Two recent moments of overwhelm for Brendan
  • As an ADHD coach and consultant, Brendan works with kids, adults, families, schools, and mental health organizations as a speaker, podcaster, and (now) interim principal
  • How Brendan inverts the fire of anxiety to use it to be more compassionate and empathic
  • Why we need to give each other permission to struggle with mental health issues just like physical issues
  • Habits that help Brendan the most: a calendar for scheduling time and commitments, and his wife and kids who help slow him down at times
  • Why Brendan doesn’t believe in “lazy,” but believes it’s learned helplessness born out of a lack of skills
  • Why you shouldn’t tell a kid, “This is easy”
  • How much of Brendan’s coaching work comes down to problem-solving
  • Why you CAN do that thing you think you can’t
  • How you disempower those who want to help you when you don’t accept their help
  • Brendan’s advice: “Be willing to be vulnerable with those whom you care about and care about you.”

Resources:

Find out more about Brendan and his work:

Brendan Mahan

Email: brendan@adhdessentials.com

Self-Reg by Stuart Shanker

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April 27: Seasonal Potluck in the Pacific NW

April 29: Ignite Your Power course: Time and Energy Balance

May 11: A (10:00 am Pac.) group call with Kate Arms on Thriving with Intensity

Apr 16, 2019

This week I was going to share our group call talk with Rukshana Triem, but life happened so instead I thought I'd share a quick story about my own school experience and how it led me to crash hard in college! 

Highlights:

  • My best educational fit in school.
  • The importance of interpretation beyond just test numbers.
  • Why learning more about how we learn and process information can help.
Apr 8, 2019

Can you look in the mirror and say, “I love you”? Today’s guest explains why this is important, along with cultivating a passion for lifelong learning and learning that you can’t carry the negative emotions of those around you. Dive in deep with us!

Shannon Meade is a homeschooling mom of two boys who is a Pacific Northwest native but also a global traveler. Most recently, she took her family to Thailand for 14 months to provide space and time for them all to be together and to provide her husband a respite from his busy career as a 911 dispatcher. As the “Queen of Ease,” Shannon offers workshops and speaks to women about their inner critic and ways to foster better relationships with themselves.

Show HIghlights:

  • Shannon’s intense passion for being a learner, embracing new ideas, and understanding and connecting people to the resources they need
  • Why Shannon loves “slow traveling” to get a feel for other environments
  • Shannon’s intensity in getting fired up about things and not letting them go
  • How she’s learned not to carry other people’s emotions and to let heavy emotions go
  • Shannon’s cultural factors that affected her intensity in childhood
  • With a bipolar dad, she had to tone down and tune out to tiptoe around his mood swings
  • How she would “push buttons” on purpose just so she could have some control over family meltdowns and blowups
  • How Shannon’s intensity got out of control with interactions with her sister
  • How Shannon sees the gift in her intensity and can speak to others’ needs for insight and resources
  • How Shannon harnessed the power of her intensity by working with a hypnotherapist and life coach
  • How this podcast and a book by Suzanne Mathis McQueen helped Shannon
  • How Shannon learned to let go of the “shoulds”
  • How Shannon uses her fire in a positive way by engaging as a learner
  • Shannon’s work in hosting retreats and speaking to women’s groups
  • How we can overcome the polarizing effect by finding similarities and common threads with others
  • Why you should say “I love you” to yourself

Resources:

Find Shannon Meade, Queen of Ease on Facebook

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

The Joy of Genius by Gay Hendricks

4 Seasons in 4 Weeks by Suzanne Mathis McQueen

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, MD

The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald D. Davis and Eldon M. Braun

Dyslexic Advantage by Brock L. Eide, MD, M.A.

Apr 1, 2019

Navigating relationships successfully can be one of the most challenging things we ever do. The intensity and outside-the-box nature of twice-exceptionality (gifted plus disability), adds in a whole new layer of challenge. In this episode, Dr. Melanie Hayes shares both the joys and the hurdles of twice exceptional relationships.

In this episode:

  • Common issues in all relationships.
  • Additional challenges for twice-exceptional people.
  • Meeting our unmet needs in relationships.
  • A recipe for twice-exceptional people to connect with who they really are and have fulfilling lives. 

Links:

Embracing Intensity Community

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