Never Ever Give Up Hope

Never Ever Give Up Hope
By Carol Graham
About this podcast
Do you want to succeed? Need to be inspired? Want to be a victor instead of a victim? Are you looking for coping mechanisms? This show shares stories of everyday people who refused to give up hope in the middle of insurmountable circumstances; people who have transformed their lives and want to give you their secrets of success. Their message is one of hope, encouragement, laughter and inspiration. No subject is off limits, i.e. abuse, failure, health issues, depression, coping with stress.
Latest episodes
Nov. 15, 2017
Cheri Swalwell is the author of Hope During Heartache, a compilation of 13 stories of men and women who suffered the loss of a child. There are no words more devastating than "I'm sorry, but your child is no longer alive!" Cheri also writes a series Spoken from the Heart which deals with learning to live with the pain of losing a child, dealing with infertility, miscarriage, and stillbirth. Both her book and her articles will touch your heart.  If you know anyone, or if you have suffered a loss in this manner, you will want to connect with Cheri.   After listening to her interview, you will want to connect with Cheri's group to help you or someone you know cope with such a loss:
Nov. 8, 2017
Barbara Carter is a visual artist, author, and instructor.  Barbara is a memoir writer who connects with her readers to help them understand themselves.  Her stories offer hope and raise awareness about various issues including anxiety, depression, loss, grief, a difficult mother/daughter relationship, alcoholism and other addictions. She began as someone who didn’t think she had anything of value to say but through her various struggles has discovered that she has much to offer to the world. Her art and writing have led her to the importance of healing wounds from the past so that one can live in joy and peace. In her memoirs, she helps the reader reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly… to feel those feelings and process those experiences and at some point, let it go, lay it to rest, and be able to see the humor in a lot of those situations. Listen to her encouraging interview here:
Nov. 1, 2017
Lori Gano is a speaker, teacher, and author.  Lori has a passion for broken women and she goes into the trenches to help restore these women in rebuilding their shattered lives. Lori's career as a licensed general contractor and owner of a residential design and build construction company is what inspired her to help restore broken lives. Lori was born into a difficult family life whose parents were alcohol dependent and severely mentally ill.  She struggled through abuse, neglect, panic disorder, PTSD, and anorexia. But she was determined to make something of her life which led her to help others less fortunate. Marrying at 23, she was still suffering through panic disorder and anorexia.  She lost her mother-in-law to leukemia, became pregnant with twins but one was lost.  She lost her ability to work due to the high-risk pregnancy and they lost their home, cars and all their belongings.  They had to file bankruptcy and begin the process of starting over.   Lori knows what it means to restore what was lost and her story will grip your heart.  You do not want to miss her incredible story: 
Oct. 28, 2017
Colleen Adams made an impact in the world of fashion, but it was not the legacy she wanted to leave.  After years as a fashion executive, she left the industry to make a difference in the life of urban teens.  Sacrificing her financial security Colleen carved an innovative path of hope by establishing Empowered Youth USA.   In the depths of inner-city America, poverty and crime shape the lives of underprivileged youth. The children’s role models are drug addicts and criminals. Attending funerals of their friends seems as commonplace as hanging out at the mall and taking out the trash which might result in being shot to death. Electricity and functional plumbing aren’t guaranteed. By stark contrast, Colleen Adams hailed from the racially segregated south in the 1940’s and climbed her way to the elite end of the social scale. But after accomplishing hollow success as a fashion and publishing marketing executive, Colleen heeded her life’s calling to tackle the hopelessness and despair of disenfranchised inner-city young men. But could ONE person provide the means for youth from the most crime-ridden and poverty-stricken neighborhoods to actually achieve the American Dream? Colleen's interview will inspire you and hopefully, challenge you to help bring Hope in the Hood.  She has the unique ability to see the real person deep inside kids whom society has tossed aside.
Oct. 25, 2017
Lorraine Reguly, B.A./B.Ed., is an author and English teacher-turned-freelancer for hire. She offers 4 different services on Wording Well to help you with writing/blogging, and editing. Lorraine has helped many become published authors! In her interview, Lorraine shared her story of how she overcame suicidal thoughts that plagued her for years.  "Deciding what to do when you are suicidal is tough. You don’t know what to do. You don’t know who to turn to. YOU JUST WANT YOUR PAIN TO END."   Lorraine was raped when she was a 14-year-old virgin and tried killing herself when she was 15 years old.  She felt hopeless many times throughout her life.  She was a single mom who got involved with prostitution.  After going to school and becoming a high school teacher she quit teaching to return to prostitution. Her son ended up disowning her and in her pain, she smoked crack cocaine for 10 months. That was when she hit rock bottom.  There was nowhere to go but....up. After she nearly died from a burst appendix, it was a major turning point for her. She realized she did NOT want to die!  She wanted to LIVE!   She quit all negative things. She reconnected with her son.  She then started blogging and opened up her freelancing business a year later.  Then she wrote her books. Listen to her amazing story here:
Oct. 18, 2017
Judy Glenney is an author, speaker and a mover and shaker.  She wanted to compete in weight lifting but quickly realized there were no categories for women to compete.  Through a long process she started the competition sport for women nationally, then internationally, then into the Olympics. She has won several championships, both nationally and internationally.   As a late in life mom, she had only one son whose life was cut short by suicide at the age of nineteen. Judy's story of her son's life will grab you from the beginning of her interview as it is about the very timely and sensitive issue of transgenderism.   She openly revealed her emotions and frustrations both before and after her son's death.  She shares how she reacted to her son's wishes to become a girl to the guilt she encountered when he died.   Judy shares how the public school agenda is too quick to embrace the transition for young children  Listen to her interview to gain new insight  into the world of kids and transgenderism
Oct. 14, 2017
Charlana Kelly is an author of numerous articles and three books, “You are Not Here by Accident,”  “Reaching Out with a Message of Hope” and “In Search of the King's Court.”  Charlana's accomplishments are numerous; entrepreneur, pastor, community ministry leader, Podcast Host and CEO of SpeakTruth Media Group LLC.  At the age of six, Charlana found out that she was adopted which sent her on a downward spiral into her teens and beyond.  During her interview she delves into this subject and how it can affect kids.   Charlana learned many truths on her journey such as:   What we expect to come to pass.....will   There is always hope -- you are worthy and valuable   Hopelessness is losing your expectation of good   In her interview, she explains how to find your TRUE IDENTITY and how that can change your life.  She learned this truth after she grasped the truth about her adoption.     Charlana's question to you is -- Do you have a greater purpose than what you are living today?  If so, you are not alone.  You are part of a fierce army of ordinary people created to do extraordinary things.  There is MORE to you than you can imagine.
Oct. 11, 2017
Rebecca Faye Smith Galli is an author and columnist who writes about love, loss, and healing. Surviving significant losses—her seventeen-year-old brother’s death; her son’s degenerative disease and subsequent death; her daughter’s autism; her divorce; and nine days later, her paralysis from transverse myelitis, a rare spinal cord inflammation that began as the flu—has fostered an unexpected but prolific writing career. The Baltimore Sun published her first column about playing soccer with her son—from the wheelchair. 400 published columns later, she launched Thoughtful Thursdays—Lessons from a Resilient Heart, a weekly column that shares what’s inspired her to stay positive. Becky Galli was born into a family that valued the power of having a plan. With a pastor father and a stay-at-home mother, her 1960s southern upbringing was bucolic--even enviable. But when her brothe­r, only seventeen, died in a waterskiing accident, the slow unraveling of her perfect family began. Though grief overwhelmed the family, twenty-year-old Galli forged onward with her life plans–marriag­e, career, and raising a family of her own–one she hoped would be as idyllic as the fam­ily she once knew.           But life did not go according to plan. There was her son’s degenerative, undiagnos­ed disease and subsequent death; followed by her daughter’s autism diagnosis; her separation; and then, nine days after the divorce was final, the onset of the transverse myelitis that would leave Galli paralyzed from the waist down.      Despite the waves of adversity, Galli maintained her belief in family, in faith, in loving unconditionally, and in learning to not only accept, but also embrace a life that had veered down a path far different from the one she had envisioned. At once heartbreaking and inspiring, Re­thinking Possible is a story about the power of love over loss and the choices we all make that shape our lives–especially when forced to confront the unimaginable. You will be inspired by Becky's interview.  Her warmth, her attitude towards life and her encouraging words for all of us as listeners are compelling.  When asked if she ever felt hopeless, here is her response: I don’t think I’ve ever felt hopeless. I have felt limited, separated from others and the world of mobility that they enjoy. I’ve felt sorry for myself that all of these losses have happened to me. I’ve felt angry that I cannot live the life I’ve planned. But despite the pity and anger, I’ve never lost hope. Sometimes I think it hides from me behind a dark cloud of doubt, perhaps. But it’s never gone entirely. In fact, it keeps me going to find what I can hope for. Sometimes that takes a lot of creativity, and trial and error, and reaching out and asking for help, something that is not (was not) natural for me given my independent nature. I’ve had to learn that others LIKE to help. That it’s ok to ask for it.  Here is her interview.  You will be encouraged:  
Oct. 4, 2017
Kelsey Matheson is an international entrepreneur who co-owns a number of socially and environmentally responsible companies.  She is a dancer and an actor who also dabbled in producing in the film industry. One of her companies BE Outfitter produces backpacks and outdoor gear that helps put children though school around the world -- this has become her passion along with her coaching business. While many new and exciting ventures were happening, Kelsey had her daughter and subsequently suffered through severe depression.  Much discovery led to recovery and the realization that Kelsey could help others. The call to coach was heard and now serves as a hub for those seeking to benefit from either her business prowess, through private 1:1 training sessions, or achieve optimal health through her brand new e-course The Optimal Health & Conscious Living Academy.   The Academy is an 8-week online course that allows women to take charge of their health and vitality. It’s an intensive program that covers hormonal balance, food sensitivities, fitness, sleep deprivation, meditation and mindfulness, as well as sex drive and body image. Both Kelsey and her various projects have received coveted media attention via Elle, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, Forbes and In Style, to name a few.   Kelsey firmly believes that everything that happened to her was for good reason and as a result she can empathize and help others who may be going through something similar. You will enjoy her upbeat and informative interview with lots of tips to start you on the road to optimal health
Sept. 27, 2017
Simone Pond is an award-winning USA Today bestselling author of dystopian fiction and urban fantasy. As a young girl, she loved writing in her journal and making up stories, though it took several years before she published her first novel. Since then she hasn’t looked back. Pond currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their Boston Terrier.  As a young girl, Simone felt overwhelmed with hopelessness, starting from the age of twelve when she realized her father was a drug addict and was selling drugs from our house. Her severely depressed mother locked herself in her room for about a year, while Simone muddled her way through puberty. She wanted to disappear. The shame was too heavy. She lived in the constant fear of her family being arrested.  She watched her father fading away before her eyes and at one point wished him dead.   In rebellion she became an alcoholic who was severely depressed and manic. Simone went through two divorces which left her suicidal. This devastating event was the pivot point in her life when she made the decision to take control, get help and she turned her entire life around.  Now, she has a passion to help other young women who may be going through similar circumstances.  Simone spent eight years working on her memoir, got numerous rejections, but still did not give up.  Most of her life, she did what she thought she was supposed to be doing instead of what she wanted to be doing.  Fear had kept her from following her dream but after 23 years working in advertising, she left the industry to pursue her dream and became a great success as an author who has written 16 novels. In 2013, she published her first novel, The City Center, which became a gold-medal winner in dystopian fiction.  The major theme in her books is the battle between good and evil.     Get lost in one of Simone Pond's novels -- suspense, intrigue, and super heroines
About Listen Notes
Podcast search engine with 395,934 podcasts and 23,113,094 episodes. Built by a one-person team. Learn more.
If you find Listen Notes useful...
Follow us
Monthly updates via email (past issues)