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My Soul Delights is a Catholic podcast and programme exploring the beauty of our Christian faith and the way in which God's love restores and renews us. If you would like to contact us, email us at msdcatholic@gmail.com.
 
Welcome to Adventures in Autism! This podcast was created as a safe place to come together and share our journeys with autism. Host, Megan Carranza, shares her family’s experience with her son, Logan, and speaks with a variety of incredible guests. From fellow autism parents, to siblings, to experts in the field and individuals on the spectrum themselves! It’s all about support and finding a sense of community. These are people who just “get it”. If you’re familiar with autism, then you know ...
 
The Positively Living podcast, hosted by Lisa Zawrotny, helps multi-passionate, multi-tasking entrepreneurs optimize their life and business. Lisa is a Productivity Coach certified in Time and Stress Management who understands overwhelm personally as a wife, mom, business owner, and former caregiver. She teaches value-based decluttering for your whole life (inside and out) and gives you the tools to create the systems and habits that work for you. Join her and explore ways to do less, live m ...
 
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The prayer known as St Patrick's Breastplate is attributed to the great saint, St Patrick and it is considered a prayer of protection. The words of this prayer remind us that we arise each day through the strength of Christ with His protection as our shield and His wisdom to guide us. Music Credits: Inspirational Innovation by Ashamaluev Music Cont…
 
In this episode we look at the Miraculous Medal, a story that has many interweaving threads and contributes many examples of the providence of God and the closeness of our Blessed Mother Mary. The Miraculous Medal was a revelation of Our Lady to a young sister called Catherine Laboure, later to be declared a saint. St Catherine was born in 1806, Fr…
 
Today I’m kicking off ‘The Summers Series’ (which is more solo mini episodes through summer!) on AIA! On this episode I’m sharing the start of our summer (so far it’s been AWESOME!) and how we planned/prepped for our vacation. I recorded this episode the night before we left for Tennessee. Every time we take a trip, I get questions about how we mak…
 
There is so much confusion and misinformation about what goes into the products we use every day, some of which can be harmful and toxic to our bodies. That’s why episode 57 of The Positively Living Podcast is about eco-friendly living and clean beauty! In this episode of The Positively Living Podcast, Kelly Bonanno shares the importance of underst…
 
Today I’m flying solo with another installment of Hot Topics! This topic came highly requested and it’s dealing with difficult/challenging behaviors. I’m sharing some of the behaviors Logan has struggled with and how we’ve dealt with them. This topic was important for me to talk about on the podcast because as autism parents, it can be really tough…
 
While play sounds like the thing we have Kindergarteners do for their social skills, it is actually a surprisingly fun and simple way for adults to improve creativity and productivity. That’s why episode 56 of The Positively Living Podcast is about conquering your inner critic through play! In this episode of The Positively Living Podcast, Jeff Har…
 
Today I am chatting with the one and only, Jenny McCarthy! Jenny and I talk all about the early days with her amazing son, Evan. Everyone knows the public side of their story, but today Jenny is sharing the more personal side. We talk about Evan’s very scary seizure as a toddler and his eventual diagnosis of ASD. Jenny and I also discuss her feelin…
 
My goal when creating a podcast was to share hope and resources, but it has evolved into so much more than that. Like everything in life, there have been challenges and changes along the way that has made this podcast into what it is today. That’s why episode 55 of The Positively Living Podcast is about celebrating wins and lessons learned in life …
 
For this episode, I am once again bringing my sister, Melissa, on the pod for a sister chat! Today (May 26) marks one year since Mel had a massive seizure that led to her brain cancer diagnosis. We’re talking about how she’s doing now, and how it feels to be one year out from that life changing event. (If you are a newer listener, check out episode…
 
By reimagining the content you already have, you can easily create more content without reinventing the wheel. That’s why episode 54 of The Positively Living Podcast is about repurposing your content to increase productivity and income! In this episode of The Positively Living Podcast, Yong Pratt shares the importance of repurposing your content an…
 
Today I’m chatting with autism mom Emily Comer, all about her adorable son, Levi. Levi is 4 years old and was just recently diagnosed with ASD in September. Emily details their journey leading up to the diagnosis and shares how they’re doing since. Emily and I talk about the differences of having both neurotypical children and kiddos on the spectru…
 
Codependency has a personal and professional impact on our lives, but thankfully there are ways to work through it so you can improve relationships and explore self-love. That’s why episode 53 of The Positively Living Podcast is about codependency! In this episode of The Positively Living Podcast, Mallory Jackson shares what codependency is, where …
 
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and photographer, Alexys Berry. Alexys shares her journey with her daughter, Charlotte, who was just recently diagnosed with ASD in 2020. Alexys talks about the early signs that led them to seek a diagnosis. She also explains how the pandemic made the process more difficult. She actually received Charlotte’s diagn…
 
If you are dealing with mom guilt, know that you aren’t alone. You are in good company with so much empathy from me and all the other moms who are trying to move on from it. That’s why episode 52 of The Positively Living Podcast is about moving beyond mom guilt! In this episode of The Positively Living Podcast, Rachel Bailey and I are sharing the i…
 
In a special episode of the Poetry Podcast, Kimiko Hahn, Monica Youn, Paul Tran, and Megan Fernandes join Kevin Young to read their work, and to discuss Asian-American poetics and the role of poetry in our tumultuous times. Kimiko Hahn, a distinguished professor at Queens College, City University of New York, has received a Guggenheim Fellowship an…
 
Today I’m flying solo and sharing some life updates. First, I’m talking about some of the more difficult stuff I’ve been dealing with lately. There has been a lot going on and I’m truly just so thankful for this community. You guys really are the best! Next I’m talking about how we’re planning for summer break which is right around the corner! I te…
 
As a busy mom balancing family and business life is challenging enough, but when you don’t have a workspace that promotes productivity, it’s even more difficult. That’s why episode 51 of The Positively Living Podcast is about optimizing life and business through the lens of a Productivity Boost session! In this episode of The Positively Living Podc…
 
Today I’m catching up with returning guest, Eileen Shaklee aka Mama Fry. Eileen is the lady behind the very successful blog “Autism With a Side of Fries” and she’s basically the OG autism mom blogger. I’ve been a fan of Eileen’s for years and she was last on the pod back in early 2019! Today she’s giving us updates on her beloved Kiddo who is on th…
 
Content warning: This episode contains brief mentions of death and suicidal thoughts. Music has been used to calm, connect, increase focus, soothe pain, and so much more. In Episode 50 of The Positively Living Podcast, Tim Ringgold shares the science behind how music affects the brain and how you can use music to increase productivity and reduce st…
 
Meditation can be difficult for some people, but it isn’t the only practice you can use to breathe easier. That’s why episode 49 of The Positively Living Podcast is about using breathwork to reduce stress and anxiety! In this episode of The Positively Living Podcast, Sarah Novak and I are sharing the importance of understanding trauma and how it af…
 
In this episode, we look at the story of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette. In 1858, Our Lady appeared to a young girl called Bernadette Soubirous, at the grotto near to Lourdes, at Massabielle. Bernadette came from a humble family who were familiar with poverty but her interior life proved to be a rich source of blessing not only reserved for …
 
Today I’m chatting with autism mom Nicole Gottesmann, all about her amazing son, Gabe. I am SO excited to welcome Nicole as guest. Ever since I started following her on social media, I have been so inspired by her story. Nicole is such an incredible and strong mother, I know you will be inspired too! Nicole started her motherhood journey as a singl…
 
Many of us navigate towards humor to diffuse a heavy situation and in episode 48 of The Positively Living Podcast we learn why it works so well, and how humor can connect us and help us communicate better. You’ll be inspired to use humor more in life and business! In this episode of The Positively Living Podcast, Lisa David Olson is sharing the imp…
 
Today I’m chatting with autism mom Valerie Gilpeer. Valerie shares her incredible story with her daughter Emily. Emily was diagnosed with autism as a young toddler back in the 90s. Though she was non speaking, Valerie never doubted her daughters intelligence. Throughout her school years, Emily’s communication was always her biggest struggle. Her la…
 
In this episode, we look at the meaning of Easter and its subsequent meaning and impact for all of humanity. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus reveal God's plan for humanity, one that is not confined to one place or time. The hope and glory of the resurrection is the focal point of our Christian faith, and a revelation of a God who is a God…
 
Innovation is a gift to the world that we access through creativity. But how do we unlock our creativity? This week, episode 47 of The Positively Living Podcast is about inviting creativity into our lives! In this episode of The Positively Living Podcast, Izolda Trakhtenberg and I are sharing the importance of mindfulness as a way to tap back into …
 
Today I’m kicking off Autism Awareness Month (one day early!) on the podcast! I’m sharing what this month means to me and how it’s taken on a different light for me over the years. I’m reflecting back on Autism Awareness day from four years ago and telling the story of why I decided to share Logan’s diagnosis on that day. I’m also talking about the…
 
“I realized that I wasn’t alone; there were so many people that were suffering and I wanted to do something that could help.” This quote sums up episode 46 of The Positively Living Podcast where my guest, Jake Doherty, and I are discussing the importance of pivoting in times of stress and sharing actionable steps you can take right now to make an i…
 
Today I’m chatting with fellow autism mom and podcaster, Hayley Augusta. Hayley shares her journey with her son Charlie who was diagnosed with ASD in 2019. Charlie is also hyperlexic and extremely bright. Because he’s a twice exceptional kiddo, Hayley encountered a lot of differing opinions while they were seeking a diagnosis. Hayley explains how p…
 
So many women start their business seeking freedom and then find themselves being slaves to their own businesses and lose sight of why they even started in the first place. That’s why episode 45 of The Positively Living Podcast is about freeing up your business through funnels! In this episode of The Positively Living Podcast, Megan Bingham is shar…
 
Toi Derricotte joins Kevin Young to read “We Feel Now a Largeness Coming On,” by Tracy K. Smith, and her own poem “I give in to an old desire.” Derricotte is a poet, memoirist, and co-founder, with Cornelius Eady, of the literary organization Cave Canem. Her honors include the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry and the Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustaine…
 
Today I’m coming at you with another installment of Hot Topics! This week it’s all about IEPs! I’m sharing our entire journey with the IEP process. From our first meeting (that I actually didn’t even realize was a meeting to discuss Logan’s IEP!) to this past year, and now gearing up for our fast approaching 2021 meeting, I’m sharing everything I’v…
 
What is an ethical marketing rebellion? It’s my way to describe taking a stand against marketing that disrespects consumers and damages businesses. That’s why episode 44 of The Positively Living Podcast is about Ethical Marketing! In this episode of The Positively Living Podcast, Dr. Michelle Mazur and I are sharing the importance of using ethical …
 
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and founder of ND Renegade, Sally Willbanks. Sally is coming to us all the way from Australia! On this episode, she is sharing her story with both her son and daughter. Her son was diagnosed with ASD first and Sally talks all about the early days of their journey and her concerns as a parent. More recently, her da…
 
Do you loathe the sales part of being in business? Have you ever found it difficult to sell your services? That’s why episode 43 of The Positively Living Podcast is about selling as a woman in business! In this episode of The Positively Living Podcast, Renee Hribar and I are sharing the softer side of sales and actionable steps you can take right n…
 
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and educator, Jackie Killam. Jackie is very seasoned in the realm of autism parenting. Her twin daughters Tammra and Brooke were born in 1990- so Jackie definitely had a lot to share! We talk about the differences between autism awareness and resources in the 90s vs now. Jackie also shares how her experience as an…
 
Although the phrase “work smarter, not harder” is easy to remember and sounds appealing, it still seems as though “work hard” is the one that secretly wins out. That’s why episode 42 of The Positively Living Podcast is about working smarter and not harder! In this episode of The Positively Living Podcast, Loubna Zarrou and I are sharing the importa…
 
Today’s episode is a good one! I’m starting off a new, ongoing series on the podcast: hot topics! These episodes will be covering one specific topic and go into detail on our experience. For this first one I’m talking about all things AAC! I’m going way to back to the beginning and sharing the process of Logan starting his AAC and everything that e…
 
In this short episode, we look at St Joseph. This year is being dedicated to St Joseph by the Church, known as the Year of St Joseph. #YearofStJoseph There is an increase in materials, prayers and talks relating to St Joseph and the consecration to St Joseph taking place! This humble man and saint, who was the most blessed and found himself in the …
 
Have you ever said, “I just want to be happy.”? I think we all have in one way or another. That’s why episode 41 of The Positively Living Podcast is about intentionally achieving happiness! In this episode of The Positively Living Podcast, Julie Leonard and I are sharing what happiness truly means to us and the choices we have to welcome it into ou…
 
Today I’m chatting with autism sibling, Jessica Leving. Jessica shares her journey with her brother, Billy. Jessica and Billy are both adults now and they have an awesome relationship. Growing up, Jessica felt discouraged the lack of services and resources for fellow special needs siblings and she wanted to change that. Her passion led her to write…
 
I have come to learn that forgiveness is really for ourselves and is a healthy way to cast off toxic emotions, allowing us to move on and to grow. That’s why episode 40 of The Positively Living Podcast is about forgiveness and resilience. In this episode of The Positively Living Podcast, R. Patryce Bryant and I shed light on self-forgiveness and ho…
 
Today I’m flying solo and reflecting back on the beginning of our autism journey. Since starting the podcast, I hear from parents everyday who are all on this journey with me. Some of them are just starting out, some have been at it for years. I felt inspired to do this episode for those parents who just heard the diagnosis of ASD. What I’m sharing…
 
Embracing movement as true self-care hinges on seeking it for your own benefit. This means doing it for the right reasons. That’s why episode 39 of The Positively Living Podcast is about giving ourselves MORE through movement! This episode of The Positively Living Podcast with K. Aleisha Fetters is going to help you evaluate your current relationsh…
 
Today I’m chatting with autism dad and author, Aaron Wright. Aaron shares his journey with his daughter (who is now a teenager) and explains how their experience navigating SPED led him to write his book ‘Thirteen Doors’. Aaron talks about the difficulty he faced when trying to gain access to appropriate services for his daughter within their schoo…
 
In this short episode we take a look at the Holy Spirit, who desires to be our best companion, draw us deeper into the life of the Trinity and ignite in us the fire of God's divine love. We can make a prayer to the Holy Spirit everyday and ask Him to fill us with His gifts and fruits; to enlighten us in our decisions; to guide us towards truth; to …
 
The words to the Litany of the Holy Spirit. This Litany can be used as part of your own prayer time. As you pray, may the words inflame your heart with the light of the Holy Spirit. Music Credits: Inspirational Innovation by AshamaluevMusic and Folk Inspiration from Pixabay Contact Email: msdcatholic@gmail.com…
 
Words to a prayer of St Francis, also known as the Prayer of the Cave or the Prayer before the Crucifix, seeking the wisdom and light of God. Music Credits: Inspirational Innovation by AshamaluevMusic Contact Email: msdcatholic@gmail.comBy Eileen O'Driscoll and Joyson Joy
 
What does it mean to find your “fabulous”? It means finding your passion and intentionally and strategically structuring your life in a way that drives you toward it. That’s why episode 38 of The Positively Living Podcast is about finding your fun and fabulous self! In this episode of The Positively Living Podcast, Lauretta Nkwocha and I have a ton…
 
Today I’m chatting with autism mom and life coach, Corinne Crabtree. I first became familiar with Corinne after listening to her podcast, ‘Losing 100lbs with Corinne’, which has been a game changer for me! Today, Corinne is sharing her journey with her 18 year old son, Logan. Corinne talks about some of the early signs and gut feelings she had that…
 
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