Today I’m talking to a brave and determined young woman who’s speaking out against her culture and looking to make a change in her community.
Fatu was born in Sierra Leone. As a young girl, she was subjected to a cruel and brutal practice called Female genital mutilation (FGM) also known as female genital cutting or the somehow innocent sounding female circumcision.
This is by no means similar to male circumcision. FGM is the ritual removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. It involves the total removal of the clitoris and the narrowing of the vaginal opening through stitching or cutting and repositioning the labia minora or labia majora. The practice has no health benefits whatsoever. In fact, it harms girls and women in many ways and sometimes it leads to death.
It is one of the most extreme forms of violence against girls and women across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The practice has also been found around the western world, in countries such as Australia, UK, USA, Canada etc. It is estimated that more than 200 million young girls and women around the globe have been mutilated and are living in immense physical and psychological pain.
When someone suffers from drugs or alcohol addiction their entire family is paying for that terrible choice. Addiction brings about serious damage to families and to relationships. Those who take drugs can experience deadly consequences such as overdoses, crime, traffic accidents, violence and suicide. Children of alcoholic parents are at high risk of mental, physical and sexual abuse. They also suffer from low self esteem, loneliness and fear of abandonment. Sadly, I am one of those children…
In this episode I’m talking to an incredibly intelligent and beautiful lady, Natalie Calkins Rountree, who was kind enough to share with us her epic battle with alcohol addiction and her journey to recovery. Natalie came from a good background but, due to some poor choices, she became addicted to alcohol early on. She lost her self worth, dignity, the custody of her young daughter and almost took her own life. After a 15 years battle with alcoholism she had finally kicked the habit and has been sober for almost a decade. She rebuilt her life, got her daughter back, she’s happily married and has a very successful career.
Your story is your medicine. Your suffering is part of your sacred experience.
Sophia is a wise, unconventional and enlightened woman. In this interview she’s sharing and showing you some simple yet very powerful and insightful tips of how to make peace with the bully that lives within your mind and heal from the negative, destructive and damaging self talk.
To get in touch with Sophia visit her website here.
Mid-life crisis. Time for that Harley, the sports car, the younger love interest, or to get some work done on yourself. That’s the stereotype. And like most stereotypes it leaves a lot out.
Not everyone experiencing a mid-life crisis enjoy themselves. And I am not talking just about the protagonist, but the people around – the spouse, the kids, the siblings, the parents, the friends, you get the idea.
I am not going through a mid life crisis, at least not that I know of. But I do know people who are going through it now and I am sure so do you.
I recently spoke on this very topic with Maria Allyn and recorded our conversation for today’s episode. Maria is a mid-life crisis coach who spent her last 8 years helping women to get over this hurdle.
If you want to find out more about mid-life crisis, how it affects people and how to deal with it, you must listen to this week’s episode.
I hope you’ll find our discussion informative.
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