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Host Soraya Diase Coffelt is a lawyer, former judge, entrepreneur, children's author, wife and mother, who has a passionate desire to encourage and inspire you by sharing true stories of hope that involve people in a wide variety of circumstances. Today, we are too often inundated with stories that negatively impact us, hindering the hope that we have for successful futures - for ourselves and our children. Unfortunately, this also adversely affects our everyday lives, as we strive to build ...
 
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What does a parent do when a teacher labels your 7-year-old son as “the worst child ever”? Lois Letchford searched for ways to help her son. Now a dyslexia and literacy problem solver as well as an author, she shares her hopeful story of how she became a literacy specialist after helping her son to learn to read. He was eventually diagnosed with dy…
 
An award-winning author of over 30 books, Allen Klein loves to share how humor plays such an important role for our good health and mental well-being. He is a self-proclaimed “jollytologist”, a person who specializes in laughter and humor. It all started with his first book titled The Healing Power of Humor, which he wrote in 1989 after his wife di…
 
Afflicted for years with severe depression, anxiety and chronic physical illness, Staci Diffendafer suffered greatly. She shares about how she lived on ever-increasing amounts of medication to ease her symptoms but how medication alone was not the true way to full healing. As a Christian, she participated in the yearlong national Christian 12- step…
 
Known as “The Champions Coach”, Kyle J. Sullivan shares how he unleashed the champion within himself to become a husband, father, youth pastor and then establish his own coaching business. He passionately talks about the stage in his life when he was using drugs and drug dealing and how he overcame that. He emphasizes that each of his life stages h…
 
Veronica Williams is a master certified life coach, keynote speaker, certified facilitator and an influencer for women and married couples. She motivates us with her personal story of hope about waiting until she was 30 years old to get married. Happily married and a mother, Veronica epitomizes the successful woman who waits on the Lord. She encour…
 
A nationally board-certified health and wellness coach and university teacher in that field, Emily Marquis shares her personal story of how she experienced much emotional, physical, and mental abuse and pain but is now able to provide hope for others. Emily is a true expert in her field, with a master's degree in health & wellness coaching, NAHU ce…
 
Meet communication coach Tiffany Foote, “The Fearless Millennial”, who shares her story of hope in overcoming the fear of public speaking and living fearlessly. In a society enmeshed in social media, good communication skills have been lost. As a communication coach, she is passionate about helping millennials (and others) learn to speak up, establ…
 
Prompted by his teenage son asking "Why do you always have to be so negative?", my guest Steven Crane spent essentially all of 2020 exploring and ultimately answering that question - and others. The result was his book I Can Appreciate That, which is a collection of essays exploring episodes from his life (from his complicated medical history, and …
 
What does a parent do with the profound grief from the tragic sudden death of a child? My guest Hope Reger was told that her 19-year-old son Justin had been shot to death. She shares how she was able to take that immense personal pain and transform it into a true purpose to honor her son. She provides at no charge a virtual grief support group for …
 
Have you heard about equus coaching? My guest Nancy McKay is a former alcoholic and cancer survivor who is using her knowledge and experiences to assist others. She is now a recovery and resilience expert and a life and equus coach who helps women find their voice and build their courage. As a certified equus coach, she uses horses in coaching wome…
 
So many people talk about becoming entrepreneurs but what about those who want to be employees and improve their job performances by being more innovative & creative in the companies they work for? My guest Caleb Whittle shares how he gives hope by assisting employees in developing their intrapreneurial talents, so they thrive within their companie…
 
Guests Meridith & Schuyler Alexander, a mother and daughter team, share their story of hope involving the aftermath of a tragic accident in 2016 that left Schuyler with severe physical injuries. Schuyler was on vacation in Columbia, South America, already a world traveler despite her young age of 22. Meridith describes the grueling efforts to trans…
 
Can anyone truly understand what peace is and promote its development all over the world? My guest Steve Killelea is determined to do just that and gives us hope that thriving peaceful societies are definitely attainable. A successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, Steve has dedicated his life’s work to learning about and understanding peace and …
 
Did you know that how children treat their pets is often an indication of their compassion, kindness and empathy? Mother, children’s author, and dog lover Lisa Wiehebrink shares how she strives to inspire children to develop kindness, compassion, and empathy toward others through her books about dogs. Her books are used in classrooms for character …
 
Did you know that our brains are built for survival and not happiness? Biologist Dr. Rebecca Heiss shares how personal tragedies propelled her to break patterns and behaviors that held her back due to fear and a desire to “stay safe”. Using her science background, she seeks to help others become less fearful and happier through learning transformat…
 
A passionate and lifelong advocate for victims, Vivian St. Juste Schweizer shares her story about how her advocacy skills for the vulnerable started at home at a young age as she advocated for the rights of and services for her disabled brother on St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands. Over the years, her advocacy for the vulnerable has helped innumerabl…
 
We all go through various stages in life. How can we successfully handle those transitions? Ayanna Hall, an accomplished entrepreneur, shares her story of overcoming challenges as she went from being a successful pharmacist and working mom with three children, to a stay-at-home mom, and then to building a business based on a now popular website, al…
 
Growing up as a Hispanic male who was viewed as a nerd in high school, Liudeli Torres suffered from poor social skills. As a young adult, he would go out of his way to avoid interactions with people. He tells us how he made a dramatic turnaround by being disciplined and focusing on self-improvement strategies he learned from books. He slowly but in…
 
Do you wonder how a mother and her 10-year-old daughter were able to write a book together? Join this unique team as they talk about why they decided to partner together and spread hope for us all through encouraging more kindness in our world. In their book Adventures in Kindness, they motivate children to do acts of kindness often. It is filled w…
 
Education officials have called “bullying” an epidemic. It affects children of all ages and economic statuses. Victims of bullying often suffer in secret. Angela shares her personal story as a parent of a child who was bullied and gives advice as to what parents should do to help their children during those difficult times. She wrote a children's b…
 
Author Joy Williams shares her inspirational story of how she overcame the stigma and profound feelings of loss associated with infertility and how she and her husband eventually brought love into their home by adopting a child. She also discusses her book Friendship MAPS: A Journey through Maturity, Aspirations, Perspectives, and Struggles, which …
 
What do you do when you are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD? Dr. Willie Jolley used that setback to achieve a tremendous comeback! Dr. Jolley shares his struggles from his humble beginnings and the many setbacks that he encountered, including losing his job, that inspired him to make major shifts in the direction of his life. He em…
 
We often don’t want to be the recipient of tough love but Deb Sofield believes that having a no-nonsense attitude about improving your life will inspire you to make the necessary adjustments to be successful. Deb shares her story as to how she became a well-sought-after speaker, coach, and teacher on such impactful subjects as public speaking, cris…
 
How can you help your children to learn more about and be proud of their race and heritage? African American mother Amber O’Neal Johnston decided to research and compile information for her children. Then, she made a life-changing decision to share this information with others and created a website heritagemom.com that has an immensely popular foll…
 
With all the ups and downs that our economy has taken during the past year during the Covid 19 pandemic, many salespersons and businesses are wondering how to increase their sales. Look no further! Veteran sales and marketing expert Michael P. Hamer shares his expertise of over 28 years of experience. He offers insightful and practical principles, …
 
After settling in the mountain region of La Esperanza, Honduras, American Missionaries Gene, and Robin Willis share their acts of service for the people there. When the Covid 19 pandemic forced a lockdown in the rural area where they live, even closing down all forms of public transportation, they were able to assist with opening up small pharmacie…
 
Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a Christian missionary and live in a foreign country? Guests Gene and Robin Willis, a husband and wife team, tell us their poignant story of how they left the comforts of their lives in Georgia to attend Bible school for three years and be trained as missionaries. Not knowing where they would eventuall…
 
Some people give up hope in the face of traumatic personal events but my guest Nicole Gneiting has fought the good fight and persevered successfully. After being diagnosed with head and neck cancer in her 20s and given a 50% chance of survival, she chose to undergo hours of surgery and then rely on her faith for recovery. She became cancer free but…
 
Dealing with a hearing loss at any age can be very painful, but especially so in the life of a child. Prolific Caribbean artist Mark Isaacs shares his story about how he chose to face that challenge and others with a positive attitude, intentionally not viewing challenges as obstacles but rather as exciting new ways to learn. In fact, he learned to…
 
What was it like for women who wanted to attend law school back in the 1970s? Very difficult, but some women persevered, such as Dorothy Isaacs. She is a successful lawyer who did not give up on her dream to become a lawyer when few women were being admitted to law school. She shares her stories with us, including one major case where she represent…
 
Is the concept of peace an elusive one? Not for Reem Ghunaim, who is the executive director of Rotary Action Group for Peace which promotes peace throughout the world. She grew up close to the Palestinian refugee camps and came to the US to study as a Rotary Peace Fellow. She advocates peace as an ecosystem that requires our actions and intentions.…
 
Do you want to help your children deal with important events in their lives like the first day of school, bullying, being afraid of the dark, and wearing glasses? Best-selling children’s author Dr. Qooz has written a series of books that contain creative stories with funny characters to encourage children and parents to talk about these important i…
 
Are you wondering what you can do to better handle stress? Instead of allowing sickness and stress to deter her, guest Lauren Baptiste used it to propel her to establish her own business to help others. Today, she owns and operates Acheloa Wellness. She uses lessons learned from her past stressful lifestyle to help others transform burnout and feel…
 
The weight battle can be disheartening, but it can be won! Wondering how you can finally win the battle with your bulges? Listen to Arash Pahlavan as he details how he triumphed in a battle that he struggled with for many years. Being overweight affected every aspect of his life as he was unable to achieve direction, success, and true happiness. Fi…
 
Don’t let challenges in life keep you back! My young guest Raven Phillips tells her story of how she overcame significant challenges in high school to eventually graduate, attend college, and then win the coveted title of Miss University of the Virgin Islands. At the tender age of just 22-years old, she put together a platform about promoting liter…
 
Any worthwhile self-help path succeeds because the participant fully embraces the principles and processes being championed. For Kevin Harding, he was “all in” to learning and improving his life through becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Hear him tell his story of the positive impact that a Christian small group program Brothers in Disciples…
 
Have you ever wondered why some churches have so few men attending and what can be done about it? Michael P. Hamer shares his stories as a leader and program facilitator in the Christian program Brothers in Discipleship at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in the Washington, DC metro area. Listen to how this intense small group program has led …
 
Our discussion with author Bernardo Salcido continues as he provides insightful answers to our many questions: What really works with teens? How do we parents get them to open up? Is it too late to build a strong, loving relationship? His book is filled with precious gems that parents can put immediately into practice. https://connectingwithteens.w…
 
Don’t keep pulling out your hair or yelling in frustration at your teens! Author Bernardo Salcido shares his time-proven strategies of how to successfully raise teenagers. He is a former teacher, junior high school principal, and father of two. His book, ConnecTeen, gives many illustrations and practical suggestions as to what parents can do to dev…
 
Are you tired of stories about teenagers getting into trouble? Are you yearning to hear stories that involve young people succeeding at worthwhile causes? Please listen to this heartwarming podcast of two 16 year-olds, Kashish Chainani & Alexandra Bohla, who are positively impacting their communities. They have discovered an interesting and importa…
 
Would you like to positively impact the life of a child through books and reading? Are you convinced that there is a direct connection between children who read well and adults who succeed? Perhaps you would like to start a non-profit organization or help underprivileged children. Please listen to three-time Emmy Award winning journalist Dhomonique…
 
Hope, along with the courage and confidence that arises from that hope, can be yours! Soraya loves to engage people from various backgrounds who overcame challenges that wonderfully and often amazingly transformed their lives. She collects and enthusiastically shares their stories via weekly podcasts with the goal of encouraging and convincing us t…
 
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