Podcast Episode #99: Meaningful Holidays in a Complicated Year

Creating a meaningful holiday gathering this year can benefit from early planning. Talk to those you love and listen to their desires and concerns. Balance safety with an opportunity to connect with family and friends by staying non-judgmental, allowing everyone to set boundaries consistent with their values and priorities. In this [...]

By | December 9th, 2020|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #98: Know Pain, Know Gain: Life is a Workout

Viewers of the Survivor's Guide to Life on YouTube won't be surprised to hear that Peter is a gym rat. Jenny doesn't miss a workout, either. Dedication to exercise and fitness is an essential part of our self-care. The familiar phrase, "No pain, no gain" carries a kernel of truth [...]

By | November 10th, 2020|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #97: Thamahr Alexis-Woon on Serving as Hospice Nurse: A Difficult But Fulfilling Profession

Join Peter and Jenny for a video conversation with Thamahr Alexis-Woon. Thamahr is an Army veteran who has practiced her 20-year nursing profession in pediatrics, corrections, and now hospice care with Vitas Healthcare in Tamarac, Florida. Among her many patients, Thamahr provides loving care to Pauline Bernstein, Peter's 95-year-old mother. [...]

By | October 27th, 2020|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #96: Time to Let Go of Business As Usual

With the COVID crisis, jobs are disappearing and established businesses are going under. Could it possibly be the right move to start a new business during economic hard times? Peter and Jenny propose just that. Reinventing yourself as an entrepreneur and following a dream, while carrying risks, can also bring [...]

By | October 13th, 2020|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #95: A New Yardstick: How Do You Measure Success and Self-Worth?

In hard times, you can be forced to examine your life focus and priorities. If you've tended to define success and self-worth by the amount of your wealth and material possessions, you can find that these resources aren't enough to personally sustain you through a crisis. Other resources are needed, as well as [...]

By | October 6th, 2020|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #94: Another Epidemic: The “Fear” Flu

In early fall of 2009, the swine flu added another hardship for Americans struggling through the Great Recession. Recommendations by health authorities at that time were much the same as today - frequent handwashing and limited contact with anyone who might be carrying the virus. Peter and Jenny revisit a [...]

By | September 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #93: The Blessing of Urgency; the Value of Mini-Vacations; and Guest Randy Mayfield

The "blessing of urgency" is a way of looking at our challenging situation as an opportunity for change, to be creative and try new things, to find new ways to overcome the difficulties we are facing. In the midst of a long-running crisis, an extended vacation may not be possible. Setting [...]

By | September 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #92: The Blessing of Urgency: How to Respond in a Crisis

Crises urgently call for responses based on strength, skill and clear thinking. Even in the worst of times, correctly handling ourselves and our emotions can bring about good changes. In the first segment of this podcast, Peter and Jenny describe the nature of crisis, what it can feel like, and the [...]

By | September 22nd, 2020|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #91: Can Suffering Be a Gift?

Is it always best to try to avoid pain and trauma, or can the experience of suffering be of lasting value? Philosophers, sociologists, soldiers, holocaust victims, and ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances have debated this question. Two trains of thought exist: extreme suffering wounds the mind and soul beyond the [...]

By | August 25th, 2020|0 Comments

Podcast Episode #90: Shifting Your Mindset from Negative to Positive in Challenging Times

It can be too easy to get stuck in a negative mindset during hard times. We are limited and human, unable to control all that we'd like to, and our negative emotions and reactions can be triggered and take over. It's important to start by developing an awareness of when [...]

By | August 20th, 2020|0 Comments