Ismael Araya is a surfing legend, a survivor, and today a surf instructor who helps people find happiness, even though he doesn’t have full use of his legs anymore. Ish’s story is both heartbreaking and hopeful. He was a young, self-taught surfing prodigy who gained early fame as his surfing career started to take off. But his lack of discipline combined with a lack of support led to unhealthy drug use and an inability to control his anger. Ish didn’t reach the highest echelons in his sport at that time and instead, he floundered and simply survived. Until one day when he almost didn’t survive. Ish literally died twice under a bus when he went of out control on his motorcycle over 6 years ago. He was revived only to be told he would never walk again. That’s when the Ish I know today was born.
Stacy grew up playing sports and being active, then life happened… After too many years of not focusing on herself, Stacy renewed her love of running in 2009 at the age of 45 – and went back to college that year as well. She started with a couple 5Ks, and then ran her first half […]
Today I give an ode to motherhood on a few fronts. I recently interviewed Susie Rinehart (episode 93 to be released soon) and she said the phrase “I’m right where I need to be.” It really resonated with me to the point where I realized that mantra can give comfort when you need comfort, […]
Kelly McNelis is a community builder, an innovator, mom, wife, and more. Kelly has a very difficult past – she is an incest survivor who finally started processing her abuse and subsequently healing later in life. As she went through this process, she identified the stages that helped her heal most powerfully and realized that […]
Coach Christen is an All-American Division one swimmer, college swim coach, author of Naked Confidence: Revealing Your Whole Truth and Finally Moving Forward, speaker and entrepreneur/founder of Confidence Nuggets. After many false starts and disappointments, she uncovered the power of confidence coaching and realized that this would be the new direction for her life. […]
Meet Meagan O’Nan. Speaker, Author, Life Coach, Peace Warrior. She’s got it all going on! But she wasn’t always living her truth. Meagan is from a fairly conservative southern community, so when she faced her family and friends to tell them that she is gay, she wasn’t met with open arms and immediate acceptance. […]