Serenity Now Podcasts2019-06-13T19:30:01+00:00

Ep 25: Olvr… Challenging Perceptions of Sexual Assault in the African American Community

Darius “Olvr…” Oliver is an upcoming musician and survivor of childhood molestation who shared his powerful story publicly for the first time during this interview. We discussed the perception that sexual assault doesn’t happen in the African American male community, and he shared how he is giving back to Freedom 4/24, a human trafficking non-profit. We also discussed his future in music and ended the show with one of his original songs, Overdrive, from his EP Clarity.

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March 20th, 2019|

Ep 24: Sharing Hope – Hope House Foundation, Charity Spotlight

Hope is the theme as I interview Debbie O’Handley, Executive Director of the Hope House Foundation. They are a local non-profit that provides housing and support services for women and children experiencing situational homelessness. We discussed the common denominator of pain among these women and how the resources and support provided by Hope House allows them to transition into a new mentality of hope and opportunity.

To learn more about the Hope House Foundation and how you can get involved or […]

March 11th, 2019|

Ep 23: Are limiting beliefs and low self-worth holding you back?

Tambry Harris is a survivor of childhood sexual assault, a life coach, spiritual director, speaker and founder of Going Forward: Survivors to Thrivers. She shared her backstory and we discussed how limiting beliefs and low self-worth can play out in our life decisions.

To learn more about Tambry, visit www.tambryharris.com

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March 3rd, 2019|

Ep 22: Choosing Joy – Mamie Neely’s Story of Thriving with Chronic Illness

Mamie Neely is a Chron’s Disease Patient Advocate and Mental Health Advocate who has risen above her struggles with chronic autoimmune illness, anxiety and depression. She openly shares her story and we discuss the importance of choosing joy and gratitude, even during difficult times. Counseling and meditation were helpful tools to Mamie and meditation continues to keep her on track mentally.

To learn more about Mamie, visit mamielneely.wixsite.com/website or follow her on Instagram at 

February 25th, 2019|

Ep 21: Rising above bullying & mental health challenges to lift others – Michelle Simmon’s Story

Michelle Simmons is a Mental Health Advocate, blogger, and women’s support group leader. She shared her story of being bullied as a child and her experience with anxiety, post-partum depression and multiple suicide attempts. In April of 2018, she made some big life changes that have positively impacted her mental health. We talked about ways we show ourselves love and support and hope that everyone listening will prioritize self-care as well.

To learn more about Michelle and her women’s support group […]

February 20th, 2019|

Ep 20: Autism After 18, Charity Spotlight – Unlocking Life’s Potential for Adults with Autism

I learned about Autism After 18, this month’s charity spotlight, through a local networking group, Business Leaders of Charlotte (BLOC). Brett Metcalf discussed BLOC and then Margaret Neelson, a chairperson from Autism After 18, explained their mission of unlocking life’s potential for adults with autism. Her son has autism and she had a vision of creating a support network where he could make friends and learn life skills. That vision has certainly come to fruition over the past few years […]

February 12th, 2019|

Ep 18: Integrative Nutrition & Behavior Change with Stephanie “SteFunny” McPherson

Stephanie McPherson is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Behaviors and Motivators High Performance Life Coach and Creator and Host of the Cooking Show, De Fa Rekin Licious. She was definitely one of my most animated guests to date and there were points in this interview where the WSIC sound expert couldn’t help but laugh along with us. We discussed the importance of mindset and focusing on your “why” so healthy lifestyle changes stick.

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January 30th, 2019|

Ep 17: Power through life transitions with counseling

Camille Wilson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Coach with a private practice, Full Journey Counseling & Wellness, located in Davidson, NC. She shared how her own mental health struggles led her to pursue a career counseling. We discussed trends she sees in clients who have experienced trauma or who are going through life transitions in addition to reasons why people are afraid to seek counseling.

To learn more about Camille, visit www.fulljourney.org and to […]

January 23rd, 2019|

Ep 16: Turning tragedy into purpose – HD Life Foundation, Charity Spotlight

This week I spotlighted a local non-profit, The HD Life Foundation. I interviewed Debbie Dalton, who has experienced incredible tragedy. Her son, Hunter Dalton shockingly overdosed from recreational drugs laced with illicit fentanyl in 2016. She has since turned pain into purpose and now educates others about the dangers of recreational drug use through the HD Life Foundation.

To learn more about The HD Life Foundation, visit thehdlife.org/. Debbie is available for group presentations of any […]

January 17th, 2019|

Ep 15: Want to keep your New Year’s Resolutions? Find your “why”

Rob Bennett owns and operates a few lake related businesses and is beginning a journey in empowerment speaking and mentoring with his new company, Disputelogic based out of Davidson, North Carolina.

We discussed New Year’s resolutions, vision boards, meditation, gratitude and the importance of determining your “why” of what drives you in life.

To learn more about Rob and his endeavors visit www.facebook.com/disputelogic.

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January 8th, 2019|

Ep 14: Integrative Medicine, A Mind-Body-Spirit Approach to Health

Dr. Russell Greenfield is the Medical Director of Novant Health’s Integrative Medicine Clinic. He shared how integrative medicine has impacted him personally and explained this mind-body-spirit approach to health. Integrative medicine combines conventional western medicine with nutrition counseling, physical activity recommendations, mindfulness practices, and other complementary therapies like massage, traditional Chinese medicine, Tai Chi, acupuncture, and yoga therapy.

If you are currently undergoing or have recently completed cancer treatment, call 704-316-5222 or visit www.novanthealth.org/integrativemedicine for more information […]

January 2nd, 2019|

Ep 13: Overcoming loss and getting “unstuck” in life

Dr. Damon Silas is a Clinical Psychologist, Hypnotist, Wellness Coach, Author and Speaker based out of Cornelius, North Carolina. He shared his story of pursuing psychology after being impacted by the loss of his sister from homicide. We discussed current trends in trauma treatment, including movement towards natural interventions and mind-body connection. I share how CBD Oil (Hemp Oil) helped me wean off pharmaceuticals and Dr. Silas shares a bit about tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques). We also discuss how meditation, […]

December 29th, 2018|