Episode #145: From Drug Addict to Multimillionaire and Recovery Expert

John Giordano shares his incredible and almost unbelievable story about growing up in the South Bronx in a mafia like family, dropping out of school in 9th grade, moving to Florida as a young adult, and getting hooked on cocaine. His fascinating story is full of trials, tribulations, poverty, and bad decisions.

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Episode # 77: Strength, Courage, and Inspiration

Author, writer, real estate agent and dear friend Roni Lambrecht returns to The FemiNinja Project for a follow up interview. After losing their only child, Dalton, in December of 2013, Roni and John Lambrecht struggled to put their shattered lives back together. Consumed with grief, they tried to navigate their way through life without their beautiful son, and the hopes and dreams that were taken away from them on that terrible day.

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Episode #76: Resilience, Thriving, and Finding Your Voice

The ability to recover and thrive in spite of life’s adversities is an important part of our physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being. Meet Donna Mazzitelli, writer, editor, owner of Writing With Donna, and life-long thriver. Donna shares her story of resilience and thriving after struggling with two failed businesses two separate cancer diagnoses.

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Episode #72: Strength, Courage, and BJJ

Rhyan Diller is a realtor, entrepreneur, and a blue belt in Brazilian Jujutsu. She shares her remarkable story about how BJJ changed her life and led her to pursue a healthier and more active lifestyle. She also describes how BJJ gave her the strength, courage, and confidence to leave a job which was not in alignment with her personal and professional values.

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Episode #71: Survival, Choices, and Reclaiming Your Kingdom

Shari Petersen is a counselor, author, and a survivor. On February 24, 1989, Shari was a passenger on the ill-fated United Flight 811 from Honolulu to Auckland. Traveling four miles above the Pacific Ocean, the jumbo jet’s cargo door was ripped from its hinges, creating an enormous breach in the right side of the aircraft. Facing certain death, terrified passengers and crew were now at the mercy of the deadly incoming hurricane-force wind, ear shattering noise, and bitterly cold night air.

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Slow Down, and Proceed With Caution

Predators are everywhere, and they come in a variety of different forms. But they all have one thing in common. They are looking for an easy target. That’s why it is so important to pay attention, stay alert, slow down, and proceed with caution whenever you are presented with a situation that just doesn’t feel right.

Which is really important to keep in mind at all times. I don’t mean you should be over vigilant, just stay alert, and aware. It’s especially important right now as we are recovering (hopefully), from the pandemic. There are a lot of scams out there, and the bag guys are playing to our weaknesses, and profiting from our “pain points.”

For example, just a few days ago my husband and I received a notice in the mail. It was from the government (yeah, right), and appeared very official and legitimate. So, I opened it. Inside was a prepaid debit card for the two of us to use in the amount of $1,200. Nice! All I had to do was sign the back of the card, and call a phone number to activate the card. Easy enough.

I handed it to my husband, who was sitting next to me at the kitchen table. For some reason we seem to be spending a lot of time together these past few months. He looked at it and said, “Oh, wow! Nice!” I smiled at him and said, “It’s a scam.” He replied, “How do you know?” “Because they got your name wrong.”

When we got married, I kept my maiden name. The letter and the debit card had my uncle’s name on it, who unfortunately passed away last summer. My husband didn’t even notice until I pointed it out. Slow down and proceed with caution. Stay safe!

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