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Candy O’Terry



“Always be ready because you never know when your big moment is going to come.” Candy O’Terry was working at Magic 106.7 when that moment came. The evening disc jockey was laid off and Candy had her first night on air – the start of a 25 year career in radio. She now has three podcasts, a radio network, is a published author, and is an executive communications coach at Brunner Communications. Tune in to hear about Candy’s journey.

“There is great joy in striving, I believe this, when we try, when we work as hard as we can, when we climb that mountain. It’s the journey; it’s not the destination.”

See Candy’s 16 Life Lessons here.   www.candyoterry.com     #liveyourbestlife

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Ruthann Bowen



When Ruthann Bowen had her first child, she decided to take a break from her successful career in PR to maximize time with her children when they were young. However, a lot changed in the PR world over 15 years, leaving her looking at a foreign landscape when she was ready to return.

Evidence to us all that it is possible to reinvent yourself, Ruthann happened into the world of web design and has since launched a successful business. She believes that with flexibility and resilience, one can do anything!

“As an entrepreneur, nothing’s guaranteed… Yes, I do struggle with that idea of failure, but at the same time I always think, “What’s the worst that could possibly happen?” So I’ll just pick myself up and start over. Look, I’ve already done it one time.”

For inspiration, whether you’re looking for a change in career or looking to return to the business world after time away, listen in.

You can find Ruthann’s book, The Female Entrepreneur’s Guide to Creating a Website in a Weekend, here.

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Mark Divine



“You can’t live your best life, I don’t think, if you’re not in alignment with your calling. If you don’t take the time to investigate, to listen for your soul … as well as just how you’re meant to serve, then you could spend a long, long time heading down the wrong path.”

Meet Mark Divine, Navy SEAL, founder of SEALFIT, and author, whose leadership focuses not just on the physical, but on the mental and emotional.

Breath in. Breath out. Tune in to this episode as we discuss life in the SEALs, meditation, mental fitness and more.

Be sure to check out Mark’s books, Unbeatable Mind, Staring Down the Wolf, and more. unbeatablemind.com

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Lia Valencia



“Lia, you are shining.  You are sparkling.  I see it,” said her mother as she gave her a pair of earrings. “…These earrings will represent the beautiful light and sparkle and greatness inside of you.”

Lia Valencia grew up in poverty, but worked from a young age to build a new path for herself. Attending college against all odds, she earned a Masters degree in education and obtained a job as a teacher, while also working behind the scenes at QVC.

Drawn to her longtime love of sketching jewelry, Lia started her own jewelry business, which was highlighted in a feature on QVC and, subsequently, by Oprah. Lia hopes that wearers of her pieces will unlock their love, light and joy. Tune in for this inspiring episode!

Visit valenciakey.com to shop Lia’s jewelry.

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Ta’u Pupu’a



When an injury ended his professional football career, Ta’u Pupu’a committed to pursuing his love of music. Moving to New York without a firm plan, Ta’u formed a connection with renowned opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa that led him to Julliard and a career that has taken him around the world. The hardest part of his journey, recreating his life and career, he says, was “Letting one go. Because in order to accept the other one, you have to let it go, so your hands could be open to receive the other one.”

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Pooja Goel



“How do you know you’re good enough to do the thing that you are desiring?” Dr. Pooja Goel asked. She was told that “if there’s even the tiniest voice inside telling you to do it, just know that that voice, it won’t lead you astray, and to start to listen to it, nourish it.”

Even as competing interests called to her, Pooja Goel stuck to her long sought “expected” plan to become a doctor. However, she felt a tug toward change that continued to grow. In March 2020, Pooja began work on her own clean beauty business, which is designed around culture and inclusivity. Pooja sees clean beauty as a continued tie to “preventative medicine” in a way – helping people and making a difference.

Listen in to hear more about her career transformation and visit haracleanbeauty.com.

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Emily Groden



Armed with degrees from two prestigious universities, Emily Groden was ready to take on the corporate legal world, just as she’d always dreamed. But in the midst of mergers and acquisitions, another interest filled her downtime – food. Always the cautious lawyer, Emily took small steps toward her dream, before going all in and launching her own frozen waffle company just as the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Listen in for a taste of transformation and visit eatevergreen.com to try Emily’s frozen waffles today!

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Cedric King



“Just take one step. Just one step. That’s all you need to do” says Retired Master Sergeant Cedric King. He’s used that philosophy to finish five Boston Marathons, two New York City Marathons, several half-Ironman triathlons, and many other challenges… all as a double amputee. King lost his legs in 2012 after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan. That could have been his breaking point, but, he says, he made the choice to make it his “making point.”

This decorated Army veteran’s courage, determination and resiliency will inspire you. His story will make you think long and hard about what you think you can and can’t do with your life.

Click this link to get your copy of King’s book, “The Making Point,” and learn how to turn your breaking point into your making point.

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Stephanie Carter



She turned 50 – “halftime” as Stephanie Carter likes to think of it – and a turning point in her life. Stephanie left a successful 25 year career in private growth equity to launch a startup. The Verse Media brought her back to the basics, learning the systems upon which her business would thrive. Now at its one year anniversary, The Verse Media provides content tailored to others in their “next half,” helping them to seize opportunities and to never stop exploring.

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Liz Walker



From Boston news anchor to ordained minister, Reverend Liz Walker has followed “the breadcrumbs of the universe,” as she puts it, which have led her through the chapters of her life. Drawn to humanitarianism while traveling with an aid group in Sudan, Liz attended the Harvard Divinity School, choosing to become a minister.

Joining the COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group in Boston at the request of Governor Baker, Liz reflects that “I can think of nothing, nothing more rewarding, than being a part of rebuilding our country after this devastating pandemic that has hit us all.”

You can hear Rev. Liz Walker preach at RoxburyPresbyterianChurch.org.

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