Podcast Episodes

Season 2, Episode 7

In part one of a two-part interview, Reverend Mark Sowersby shares his story of a childhood riddled with abuse of all sorts. He shares about his powerlessness and confusion associated with that abuse. He talks about his struggle with facing the truth of what had happened to him and how his identity was shaped as a victim with a chip on his shoulder. He speaks honestly about his struggle with pride, anger and unwillingness to trust.

In this session Mark shares some information about the myths around forgiveness. And he openly shares why he saw the need to forgive those who had abused him and why he chose to write this book.

We explore these topics and more that are found within the pages of his first book “Forgiving the Nightmare.” You can find a link below if you are interested in purchasing this book.

To catch up with Rev. Sowersby and/or purchase his book go to Amazon or https://www.forgivingthenightmare.com/

To reach out to Stephen Ray Watts, the musician performing “If You Only Knew” on this episode, go to https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett is https://lauralpadgett.com 

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Season 2, Episode 6

My guest today, Michelle Lazurek, shares her personal walk with anxiety that led her into understanding her need for total surrender to God. The idea that we are to surrender is indeed a struggle for many people, as is anxiety.

Through authentic testimony, she helps us understand that it is okay not to be okay. She offers encouragement through her new book, “I Surrender All (Sort of)” for living an honest walk that, although difficult, is the best way to heal and then be an authentic voice for others struggling with healing too.

She speaks about the importance of reaching out for help from professional counseling and the two very important lessons she learned in this process that led to wisdom around surrendering. Showing her vulnerability around what she learned when releasing performance, perfection and pride, she shows that true surrender can be accomplished with God’s help and our willingness to do the work. She also shares some practical steps for people who want to begin to adopt a life of surrender.

To learn more about the multiple-genre work Michelle has published including “I Surrender All (Sort of)” go to her website at http://www.michellelazurek.com. You will find ways there to connect with Michelle, read her blog and purchase her books.

To reach out to Stephen Ray Watts, the musician performing “If You Only Knew” on this episode, go to https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett is https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 2, Episode 5

As Easter is just around the corner, we pause to reflect on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this episode Pastor of the Montrose United Methodist Church, Lisa Petty, and I discuss the word resurrection.

According the dictionary the word resurrection means to find something that has been forgotten or lost, or to give new life into something that has died. Is it possible this concept can be used in our daily lives as we choose to resurrect our minds, our attitudes, our souls? Is it possible that we even need to look more closely into this concept?

Sharing insights from a recent message delivered to her congregation, on February 13, 2022, Pastor Lisa poses some questions and even some challenges for us to consider doing just that. Could our lives, relationships and the world be a better place if we were aware that sometimes we need to adjust these areas of our lives for the better?

To find out more about MUMC go to https://www.montroseumc.org/

To hear more of Pastor Lisa’s messages online go to https://www.facebook.com/montroseumc.org

To reach out to Stephen Ray Watts, the musician performing “If You Only Knew” on this episode, go to https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett is https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 2, Episode 4

This week James Early and I ask the question, “Who is this guy, Jesus?” from a modern day perspective. The answers we share are based on our own observations and opinions, only. But in this friendly and interactive conversation we still want to discuss this from the perspectives of:

Religious leaders of the day.
Politicians
Business leaders
Followers of Jesus

We are not going to answer the question for the listener. More importantly, we challenge the listener to answer for themselves, “Who is this guy, Jesus?”

To learn more about James Early and his podcast, check him out at https://thebiblespeakstoyou.com/podcast. And he has a special gift for those who have listened to this episode on my podcast if you go to his website https://thebiblespeakstoyou.com/livin/

To reach out to Stephen Ray Watts, the musician performing “If You Only Knew” on this episode, he can be found at: https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett is https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 2, Episode 3

In this episode my friend James Early and I explore the age old question of “Who is this guy, Jesus?” Different times, different cultures, different people and different religions all have different answers to this question.

This week we pretend we are at the very first Palm Sunday. We walk into the streets of Jerusalem and find a man riding on a donkey, people shouting and waving palm branches. We start asking people what is going on and who this guy on the donkey is. We want to know why everyone is here and what all the fuss is about. We ask:

Religious leaders of the day.
Politicians – Representatives of Rome
Business leaders
Followers of Jesus

We are not going to answer the question for the listener. But we will share information from what we have available from the Bible. More importantly, we challenge the listener to answer for themselves, “Who is this guy, Jesus?”

To learn more about James Early and his podcast, check him out at https://thebiblespeakstoyou.com/podcast. And he has a special gift for those who have listened to this episode on my podcast if you go to his website https://thebiblespeakstoyou.com/livin/

To reach out to Stephen Ray Watts, the musician performing “If You Only Knew” on this episode, he can be found at: https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett is https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 2, Episode 2

In our everyday lives, it is hard to imagine what we do or say can and probably does touch souls. On this episode I share the legacy of a pioneer in sacred dance, a woman who was my teacher and mentor. In many ways she deeply touched my soul. And she taught me that the dance can be used as expression to touch the souls of others.

She not only taught me how to do the most soul satisfying dance I’ve ever done, she showed me how to take no for an answer gracefully and to continue in my own journey as a pioneer in this art form. Although not often seen as an acceptable worship art when I first started in early 2000’s, it is now being offered as prayer, praise and worship in hundreds of congregations in the United States and worldwide.

Please join me as I offer a tribute to a beautiful soul who was sent to earth to touch the souls of many in a powerful way for the glory of God. I pray her story will inspire you to touch the souls of others with your words, actions and mostly with your art.

The website to connect with Laura Padgett is https://lauralpadgett.com

To reach out to Stephen Ray Watts, the musician performing “If You Only Knew” on this episode, he can be found at: https://dotseroband.com

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Season 2, Episode 1

We live in a world where we are called upon to make choices on a daily and maybe even an hourly basis. During the last two years, we have all felt restrictions for our ability to make decisions. But even in the face of restrictions, there are still many decisions we can, should and will be making.

But sometimes our decisions are made on the basis of patterns established from various input sources. These may include childhood memories or teachings. 

Join me as I open season two of Livin’ What You’re Given with a personal story about one of the messages I received as a young child about why I was not recognized by God. Having carried that message for many years, it was the love of Christian friends and a selfless mentor that helped me move into the reality that I am in fact loved and recognized by God. So are you.

Perhaps this story will strike a chord with one of the listeners out there too. Perhaps it will inspire a person to move toward unpacking the untrue messages and opening themselves to the true messages.

The website to connect with Laura Padgett is https://lauralpadgett.com 

To reach out to Stephen Ray Watts, the musician performing “If You Only Knew” on this episode, he can be found at: https://dotseroband.com

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Season 1, Episode 29

I spent ten years as Captain of the Elves on the team called Rebels Without a Claus. During that time, I was privileged to be with some of the most selfless, generous, loving women I’ve ever known. We were volunteers in making merry, bringing cheer and joy to each Christmas Season in and around the Denver Metro Area. There are hundreds of stories of our adventures that we could share. And in this episode, we have chosen to share a few of those in an effort to help others see that, although we are entertainers to a point, our real job was to bring smiles, hope and joy to the Christmas Holidays that often can be riddled with stress. As the job evolved over a decade, it became clear that this was a ministry of sorts in our communities.

The ladies joining me on this episode bring tales of some of the funniest and the most touching moments they experienced while in costumes as Santa’s helpers. As they continue the legacy, even though the Capt. has retired, it is the hope of the team that we not only relate why we do this special work, but that we will inspire listeners to be in service, and maybe even ministry, in some way in your communities too.

Blessings and Merry Christmas from Rebels Without a Claus and their retired Captain.

The song for this episode is called, “The Perfect Gift” and is provided by Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero. Their contact information can be found at https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 28

Author, speaker and coach of creatives, Allen Arnold joins me today as we talk about the price our creativity pays when we are unable to dismantle the three pillars – comparison, competition and control of Queen Perfectionism. Allen has a fresh way of recognizing perfectionism in ourselves when we honestly look at our hold on being happy only when things go as we want them to go.

When we think we are valued for what we do and not who we are, as children of God first, we can miss the blessings of being in creative processes with God.
He tells us that concentrating on being flawless in our relationships, our holidays or any aspect of our lives can author toxic emotional environments for ourselves and all around us. Instead of competing, comparing and attempting to control outcomes, Allen encourages us to release people and situations into the care of God. By being expectant for God to do great things instead of clinging to our expectations of how we think things should be, we can find blessings not only at holiday time but all year around and in all situations.

He challenges us to think about who we want to be, what kind of atmosphere we want to create and how we want to show love instead of demanding perfectionism in our world.

To find more about Allen Arnold, his books and other work visit his website at http://www.withallen.com.

“The Queen’s Court” composed and performed by Gabriel Tafoya. You can reach him or find out more about his music at gtmeanboyz@gmail.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett is https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 27

Speaker, award-winning author and  a licensed parent and family educator and parent coach.  Lori Wildenberg, joins me today as we unpack the myths around perfectionism. Through the authentic voice of a mom of four, plus three (in-love kids), she offers suggestions for alleviating stresses brought on by perfectionistic expectations during our holidays.

With suggestions and insight, she helps us see that embracing the reality, “We are All imperfect” can enrich and, in some cases, save our relationships while creating treasured memories and more solid relationships for a lifetime. Through her gentle, truthful way, Lori walks with us as we embrace the reality that relationships (families especially), and life in general are indeed messy. And she reminds us that Pobody’s Nerfect.

To reach out to Lori, find her books and resources visit: https://loriwildenberg.com/

“The Queen’s Court” composed and performed by Gabriel Tafoya. You can reach him at gtmeanboyz@gmail.com 

To connect with Laura go to https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 26

Author, podcaster and blogger Sarah Geringer shares some practical tips around how to simplify the holiday season and put perfectionism at bay this year. She tells authentic stories around lessons she has learned on her parental journey about what can serve as avenues to author meaningful and memorable holidays.

By dismissing the three handmaidens of perfectionism – comparison, competition and control, we can relax into peace this season. Yes, we can do this. We discussed Sarah’s book, “Christmas Peace for Busy Moms”. In her book as well as this interview Sarah and I discuss ways to make relationships the priority for the holiday celebrations, have reasonable expectations of ourselves and others and modeling healthy values around spending and holiday participation for our children.

To learn more about Sarah’s books, blog, speaking topics and podcasts, check out her website at https://www.sarahgeringer.com/. You can reach out to her there to find where she is located on other social media sites as well as how to connect with her.

“The Queen’s Court” composed and performed by Gabriel Tafoya. You can reach him at gtmeanboyz@gmail.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett is https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 25

With the Holiday Season upon us, we usually see an increase in stress. That stress can be magnified for the people giving care to a loved one. Sharing her experiences as a caregiver and a consultant for caregivers my guest, Nadine Roberts-Cornish, shares her wisdom to help release some of that stress.

Nadine offers resources for and suggestions of some ways we can support the caregivers in our world and ways for the caregivers to feel good about asking and receiving that support. Speaking about the truths, myths and blessings of the journey from the lens of the person giving care and the one receiving care, Nadine gives us examples of connecting with the caregiver and the care recipient by offering simple, loving ways to show support.

Through her two published books, Tears in My Gumbo: The Caregiver’s Recipe for Resilience and Prayers in My Gumbo: The Caregiver’s Recipe for Peace, she offers valuable and authentic insights and encouragement into the caregiver’s journey.

To purchase her books or reach out to Nadine for services her company provides for caregivers contact her at https://tcgcares.com

“The Queen’s Court” composed and performed by Gabriel Tafoya. You can reach him at gtmeanboyz@gmail.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett is https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 24

In the Bible Jesus said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” Matt 5:48 NIV. But did He really mean He expects us to be perfect? James Early, Bible Study teacher, blogger and host of “The Bible Speaks to You” podcast, joins me today to help us unpack the language in this verse so we can examine what Jesus really meant.

In this series of “Livin’ What You’re Given,” we are seeking to help dismiss the myths and pressures around the idea that we can and should attain perfection. James reminds us that as we see ourselves as perfect, we often feel others are less than, even in the body of Christ, if they do not do things as we do or see things as we see them.

As we walk into the halls of the castle that houses the Queen Perfection, supported by her handmaidens of Comparison, Competition and Control, we see that even in the relationships with the Disciples and Jesus, there was evidence of the unhealthy elements that support perfectionism. It is possible for us to identify and put aside the perfectionistic traits that harm us, our families, our churches and often remove the joy and peace of our holidays.

To learn more about James Early and his podcast, check him out at https://thebiblespeakstoyou.com/podcast. And he has a special gift for those who have listened to this episode on my podcast if you go to his website https://thebiblespeakstoyou.com/livin/

And do check out episode 103 to hear more about James’ take on the perfectionistic attitude.

“The Queen’s Court” composed and performed by Gabriel Tafoya. You can reach him at gtmeanboyz@gmail.com 

The website to connect with Laura Padgett is https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 23

Tis the season to be jolly, generous, family-oriented and oh yes…Perfect, right? Wrong.

Please tune into this episode where I describe why I think this is such an important time of year to dismiss the Queen Perfectionism, supported by her three handmaidens or court assistants – comparison, competition and control. When we focus on being better than, doing more than and holding onto controlling all outcomes, we risk not only loss of joyful parts of the season, but damaging relationships and authoring deterioration of our serenity and mental health.

Drawing from lessons I learned as I spent years performing, competing in and teaching the art of dance, we discuss the damage to the soul when our goal is perfection. Let’s try to find ways to put Her Majesty and her handmaidens out the door for our Thanksgiving and Christmas. I would love to hear how you are showing the Queen the door this year too. You can reach me at the contact info on my website below. You can also find my blog entree and other podcast episodes there.

To connect with Laura go to https://lauralpadgett.com

“The Queen’s Court” composed and performed by Gabriel Tafoya. You can reach him at gtmeanboyz@gmail.com

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Season 1, Episode 22

Join my guest, Sue Donaldson, and me for a fun-filled romp through the castle of the evil queen Perfectionism as we dismiss her three handmaidens – Competition, Comparison and Control. As Sue shares her stories with wit, humor, and authenticity about what she sees hospitality is, you will feel like you have known her forever. One of those reasons is because she is open, warm and has a great message and tips about helping us connect with others regardless of how inadequate we feel.

She helps us to understand that entertainment is always about the host but hospitality is about the guest. And if we can get over our egos we can dismmiss the excuses that cause us to compete, compare and try to control so we feel perfect in our hospitality endeavors. She has some tips and helpful resources for us at the links listed below too.

Sue blogs at WelcomeHeart: Knowing and Showing the Heart of God and hosts a weekly podcast: Make it Count: Living a Legacy Life- https://welcomeheart.com/podcast

Sue’s books include and can be found here: https://welcomeheart.com/from-welcome-heart
Come to My Table: God’s Hospitality and Yours
Hospitality, 101: Lessons from the Ultimate Host, a 12-Week Bible Study
Table Mentoring: A Simple Guide to Coming Alongside
Say Something Special: 252 Conversation Starters, The Ultimate Guide to Stimulating Table Talk

Sue’s 15 keynotes and 8 Retreat Series can be found here: https://welcomeheart.com/speaking-topic-detail

Join Sue’s FREE Hospitality Facebook group Welcome Heart, Welcome Home https://www.facebook.com/groups/welcomeheart

FB https://www.facebook.com/suemooredonaldson/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/suemooredonaldson/

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 21

Worship services, fellowship gatherings, Bible Studies, men and women’s groups, outreach to church members and the marginalized communities in need of food, clothing and visitation. These are just a few things that have typically defined churches in the U.S. Then COVID hit, and it hit hard. This was a harsh blow to churches who were told to close their doors immediately for an undetermined amount of time. 

My guest today is Pastor Lisa Petty of the United Methodist Church in Montrose, CO. The story of how the leadership and church members in this rural church pivoted in and out of their pews is inspiring. Through prayer, conscious decision-making and heart wrenching choices, this congregation chose to continue worshiping God, loving each other and their community well. 

“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere” Psalm 84:10 (NIV). This verse calls all who claim a Judaeo-Christian faith base to ask and answer the question, “Where exactly are God’s courts?” Pastor Lisa and MUMC redefined worship with online and outside services as well as making worship packages and delivering tablets loaded up with worship services to shut ins. Their determination to love each other and their community meant being creative in finding ways to deliver meals that once were served daily in the church basement once they could not let anyone in the building.  So, they hired a food truck to deliver meals in the parking lot. The tender story of meeting with parishioners through their windows and on cell phones will melt your heart. 

These are just a few ways this church rose to the occasion of loving each other well while in lock down of COVID. They are a stellar example of “When the going gets tough, the tough get creative.”  

To find MUMC on line or to find out about times and days of worship services and outreach opportunities go to: https://www.montroseumc.org/

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com 
 
 The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 20

The unspeakable pain of losing a child, at any age, is our topic today as my guest shares her journey and her pivot forward from that agony. Gwendolyn Burton lost her adult son to a seizure from his epilepsy. In the hours, days, weeks, months and years since his passing she has walked a path of deep dark days, tears that spoke to God for her pain as she could not, and seeing truths about how we are taught to grieve loss and how we often “try” to help those who are grieving.

In this episode, Gwen talks about her observation of not wanting to show her true pain because she did not want to cause others to hurt. This is an all-too-common place for those grieving loss to find themselves in. Once Gwen decided she needed to be real to heal, she knew she needed to dismiss the idea that others’ pain was more important than her healing through authenticity.

She says she will never be totally healed from this wound until she is reunited with her precious son, Miles, in their eternal home. She also notes that her earthly healing has been increased by reaching out to others. Gwen founded Sister’s in Solace (SiS), a support group for mothers of child loss, and is currently writing her first book, “You Don’t Know Just How I Feel.” Additionally, she is keeping Miles’ legacy alive by establishing the Christopher Miles Burton Memorial Scholarship.

To find out more about Gwen, her upcoming book, the CMB Scholarship or to reach out to her please visit:  https://www.gwendolynoburton.com

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com 

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 19

Could you save your life if you had to? Could you pivot from a mindset of panic and into one of self-preservation? That is exactly what Realtor Dawna Hetzler had to do while showing a house to a man who was threatening her life and demanding she comply with his instructions. She tells of the slow motion, tunnel vision of reality when she knew she was in a dangerous and maybe even deadly situation.

Because she carries a firearm and is trained in its use, Dawna was able to escape harm and maybe death. She not only relates that this could happen to anyone, she is intentional about telling people to train, train, train if you are going to be a firearm carrier. Additionally, she emphasizes that a gun may not be your choice for self-defense but to always be aware of your situation and be on alert for possible danger.

Dawna has used this experience to train other realtors in safety measures and often collaborates with a former police officer turned realtor in this endeavor. She is convinced that her life was not saved because she carries a gun, but because she knew how to and was willing to use it.

Dawna is the author of the book “Walls of a Warrior” and has another book coming out in 2022. She is a national speaker and founder of Jericho Girls Ministry based in Denver, CO.

To follow Dawna Hetzler’s blog, find her books, or learn more about Jericho Girls Ministry, she can be found at: https://dawnahetzler.com/

“The Pivot” was composed and performed by Gabriel Tafoya. You can reach him at gtmeanboyz@gmail.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett is https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 18

After decades of writing award winning nonfiction books as well as articles for such publications as In Touch Magazine, Our Daily Bread, Guideposts and many more, Patricia Raybon decided to finish a novel she had stared years before the 2020 COVID lock down. This novel is a Christian fiction mystery about a clever, black, female theologian who takes on the daring challenge of solving crime in the 1920s KKK era in Denver, CO.

In this interview, Patricia tells us why she chose to pivot genres, what she is hoping will come from this book, which is based on research of the time period, and how she sees this as being right in line with her mission of writing at the dangerous intersection (especially today) of faith and race.

Her journey is one of saying, “Yes” to God and taking a leap of faith. To find where to buy this new book, “All That is Secret”, as well as connect with Patricia on various platforms, see her information below.

Website for Patricia Raybon at patriciaraybon.com
Twitter at twitter.com/PatriciaRaybon and Facebook at Facebook.com/PatriciaRaybonAuthor
On my Faith Journey Newsletter at http://bit.ly/2jgpasW
Also find her work at Our Daily Bread, Be Encouraged for Day Spring.

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 17

Calling all creatives. If you have ever been in an audience for one of Allen Arnold’s presentations, you will know that his words, his work and his honest accounting of his own life is a blessing of inspiration and encouragement. He invites us to offer our storytelling as a way to “nudge people toward a welcome awakening.” 

If you have never been in one of his presentation audiences, here is your chance to listen to a man whose life is spent helping others bring their creative gifts forth not only for God, but with Him. Allen welcomes us into a world of God’s promises by telling us to just have a desire, voice our willingness and get excited about God’s plan for us when we enter into life of creativity with expectancy. Then sit back and watch God do more than we ever expected or could have ever dreamed of. 

‎While discussing the invitation in his latest book, “Waves of Creativity”, Allen shares many nuggets of how to live into a mystery that hold no guarantee other than God. He encourages us not to settle for anything less and to reject living in a small story life.

To find books by Allen Arnold go to Amazon.com and look for “The Story of With”, “Chaos Can’t”, and “Waves of Creativity”. 

Connect with Allen on his website at http://www.withallen.com 

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero   https://dotseroband.com 

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 16

It would not be uncommon for a person blessed with multiple gifts and talents to use those for their own fame, calling attention to their accomplishments. But that is simply not the case or intentions of my guest today, Deonte Bolden.

This actor, author, play write, producer and podcaster has a completely different take on how his gifts should be used. And he shows that in his many productions and two books. In discussing his latest book with me today on my podcast he explains that the real fulfillment for him comes when he hears or sees that his work has made a difference in calling attention to and raising awareness of issues we need to address in our societies.

His latest book, “Differently Abled” does just that. Relating his own experiences of watching what life was like for his older brother, Jaquan, Deonte chronicles truths, dismisses myths and encourages readers of all ages to understand that people with disabilities “Have big hearts, are intelligent and have feelings too.” Although a children’s book by design, this work and his words call all of us at any age to begin pivoting our attitudes while modeling that bullying and exclusion are unacceptable.

To find more on Deonte including where to buy his books go to

Instagram.com/DeonteBoldenProductions

Facebook.com/deonteboldenproductions

http://www.deonteboldenproductions.com 


The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com 

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 15

Stephen Watts and his wife owned a successful jazz club in Downtown Denver. He also was a successful musician, touring with a band he helped create. He and his wife hosted multiple international events in their club. Then COVID hit. Suddenly his opportunities to tour, play music and run his business went away. He and his wife struggled to keep their business viable. But like so many others, they had to close.

With few options for work, he had to find a way to pay bills. He accepted a job or “side hustle” as he calls it. He began delivering flowers. During one delivery he found a new opportunity to do his unique ministry of speaking to and helping other alcoholics begin their journey of recovery, as he had done many years before.

In this interview, Stephen unpacks some of the gifts he received even in a time when the world, his in particular, seemed to be disintegrating before his eyes. His words of encouragement, inspiration and faith are a wonderful example of how to look, even in the dark times, for the gifts God is offering. His gifts are always perfect.

If you wish to check out some of Dotsero’s music, see below.

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 14

Jerry Schemmel told himself, “If you are dead, you are not going to be able to do anything. But if you are not, if you happen to survive and are not hurt seriously, don’t panic. Don’t flee the plane but try to help other people and stay calm.”

Those were his thoughts the last two minutes before the plane crashed. He did survive, and he did help others out. But he also witnessed the death of many around him.

In this episode Jerry relates what it was like to spend forty-five minutes knowing that the plane was going to crash, and not everyone was going to walk away. He talks about survivor’s guilt, dealing with the post traumatic trauma and how he pivoted in his life into a ministry to take his story to others who have suffered trauma.

He also encourages others in his book, “Chosen to Live: The Inspiring Story of Flight 232 Survivor, Jerry Schemmel.” You can find that at Amazon Books.com

“The Pivot” composed by Gabriel Tafoya. You can reach him at gtmeanboyz@gmail.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett is https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 13

What is the cave? According to Pastor Scott Distler, the cave is that place in your life where you retreat when you have been hurt. In his book, “The Cave: When Ministry Becomes Misery”, Scott shares the story of being betrayed heading into the four signs that can signal we are heading into the cave. The four signs he talks about are fear, isolation, self pity, hopelessness. He introduces us to those well-intentioned dragons who believe they are on a mission of good but can do great harm.

But he also wants us to know what he learned in the cave and how he pivoted out by involving his wife with sharing his authentic feelings, looking for and reaching out for help, offering specific prayers, looking for the fingerprints of God along the journey and walking into forgiveness.

Whether you are a person who has a paid position as a pastor, you are a lay minister or you find yourself being betrayed and hurt by someone in any situation, this book will help you to walk in, through and out of that cave in healthy and authentic ways. A gift for your mental and spiritual health when the dragons come calling.

To find this book from Pastor Scott Distler go to https://www.amazon.com/Cave-When-Ministry-Becomes-Misery
Also available from Barnes and Noble
Go to your local bookstore and ask for the title and author.

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 12

In part two of our two-part interview, Karen DeArmond Gardner talks about life after she left her abusive marriage of thirty years. She tells us that leaving is just the beginning and not the end on the road to healing from domestic abuse. As she discusses various aspects of seeking help from God and her family, she tells us about writing and publishing her book, Hope for Healing from Domestic Abuse: Reaching for God’s Promise of Real Freedom.

Karen says this is not a self help book but a book to help women who have escaped domestic abusers learn to love, rely upon and trust again, starting with their relationship with God. By her own account she is a myth buster, truth teller and freedom fighter. And her words in this interview as well as her book prove that to be exactly who she is. Founder of Another One Free Organization, she will inspire you to listen to, learn from and believe the women who are in abusive relationships. Even if you are not in this situation, chances are you know someone who is. Her contact information for her book and website are below.

The Safe House – Your Safer Place app is on both IOS and Android.
Hope for Healing from Domestic Abuse: Reaching for God’s Promise of Real Freedom by Karen DeArmond Gardner is available at Amazon.com.
Another One Free website https://anotheronefree.com

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 11

Karen DeArmond Gardner is an authentic voice in the area of domestic abuse, having lived thirty years in a marriage where her husband was verbally, emotionally and physically abusive. In this first of a two part interview, she shares what she learned, when she decided to leave but mostly how she, with the love of her family and relearning about the love of God, began her healing journey. Today she is living a life of freedom in a new marriage of eleven years, and is helping educate and advocate for those still living in intimate terrorism.

Karen tells of the defining moment when she realized she had had enough and that she needed to get out of the home. She helps us understand what domestic abuse or intimate terrorism really is, why we cannot always recognize it and in what ways the church and society fail women due to distorted doctrine and lack of resources. According to Karen, leaving is just the beginning and not the end of healing from the trauma of an abusive marital relationship.

Tune in as she candidly unpacks the truths, myths and processes in the traumatic time after making the decision to leave. She has written a book that she states is not a how to book. Rather it is a Biblical-based guide to rediscovering the love of God and relearning that He indeed loves us and can be trusted to keep His promises.

The Safe House – Your Safer Place app is on both IOS and Android.
Hope for Healing from Domestic Abuse: Reaching for God’s Promise of Real Freedom by Karen DeArmond Gardner
available at Amazon.com
Another One Free website https://anotheronefree.com

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 10

In my next installment in the series about pivoting, author Deb Hall talks about the various pivot points of not being able to conceive or give birth to a biological child. Infertility is a subject few people are brave enough to talk about outside of close family circles and support groups. But Deb has written a book that openly deals with the pain, frustration and feelings of hopelessness that can be part of this journey. It is her hope that this work will help others to no longer feel alone on this path.

In her book Barren and Beautiful: Discovering Joy and Healing in the Wake of Infertility, Deb shares her own story of pain, loss, healing, and eventually the realization of blessings and gratitude for the joy she has found in her own life and in the process of adopting two boys. Her authentic, tender approach to helping readers find hope and healing is a work inspired by her faith in God and a desire to help others find ways to heal and thrive. Even if this is not a subject you have dealt with personally, perhaps this book will be of value to someone you may know.

Available at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Barren-Beautiful

To connect with Deb Hall go to http://thewriteinsight.com/
Email is deb@thewriteinsight.com

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 9

Years invested in education and experience can author the message that we are stuck in a profession or relationship because of our investment. But sometimes we have to make the decision to pivot out and into something that feeds our soul, encourages our true  mission and ministry and feeds that creative soul God gifted us with.

Join Dr. Don Owsley as we explore the paths of pivoting when necessary and what that may look like as we yield to the God who paves our way and determines what we are to do with our lives and for others.

A story of walking through the fears of rejecting the images others promote for us to conform to. If you are considering a new path, a new direction or a new way to serve others, this story is for you.

References mentioned:

Don Owsley website: https://www.relavate.org/  where Don blogs and offers services information on his books.

Website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero   https://dotseroband.com

Website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 8

What happens when you kiss your spouse goodbye and go to work, then get a call telling you that was your last kiss with your beloved? What happens in the hours, days, weeks and years as the healing journey progresses?

Beatrice Bruno is a woman who has been pivoting her whole life in beauty, strength and grace. Please join us as she candidly shares the lessons she learned during the stages of her grief as she pivoted into widowhood and a ministry God gave her to help others pivot in their own grief and pain as well.

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life, leaves no soldiers behind…no matter what branch.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrillSergeantofLife/

Website: http://www.drillsergeantoflife.com

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 7

Eric Nevins is my first guest on the section called pivoting on my podcast. In this episode Eric tells us how he discovered he was not doing what he was called to do and decided to pivot out of the financial world and use his experience in podcasting to help other people launch and improve their podcasts.

Eric encourages listeners to weigh the cost of staying where they are not fulfilled against the cost of stepping out into a world where their hearts are longing to be. His experience as a podcaster and his story of his own career pivot makes Eric an authentic voice in the world of life changing decisions.

You can catch up with Eric, listen to his podcast Halfway There or check out other spiritual growth resources at https://ericnevins.com/

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 6

We start a new series this week, lasting at least two months, where we talk about pivoting in circumstances as a result of our own choices or choices made by others that affect us but are out of our control. Join my guests and me as we explore what it is like to pivot out of jobs, life altering results of violence or catastrophe. We will talk about the difficulties faced when suddenly finding ourselves grieving the loss of a loved one or understanding the issues of infertility or cancer.

It is a great line up friends to help you no matter what your age, stage or circumstances to keep livin’ what your given.

Website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

Website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 5

At the age of 75, after decades of loyalty to her employer and multiple awards for excellence as an employee, Rebecca Danigelis was called into a management office and told this would be her last day. No notice, no warning. The reason?  According to her son, Sian-Pierre Regis, “She was fired for being too old.” Even though Sian-Pierre could not get her another job, he could tell her story.  And tell her story he did. It turned out to be a story that was universal with thousands of people responding and saying this was their story too.

Through the use of terrific storytelling and photo journalism, the movie Duty Free was born. The trailer was viewed by over thirty-eight  million people and premiered in thirty theaters  in May 2021.  But this is not just a story of loss. It is a beautiful story of pivoting in unfairness of ageism while modeling honesty,  grace, beauty and love. All of these attributes define the mission of this mother and son team to dismiss the myth saying that as we age, we no longer have worth or the ability to be useful to our society.

If you see only one movie in 2021, let it be Duty Free. Details on how to do that are below on the website listed. I think you will want to hear and see this story time and time again.

Website for Movie Duty Free and information about Impact Campaign https://www.dutyfreefilm.com/

FB page for Duty Free Film to keep up with upcoming announcements including a big one coming soon https://www.facebook.com/DutyFreeFilm

Changing the Narrative to end ageism https://changingthenarrativeco.org/

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero   https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 4

“Loosening the reins and leaning into a creative life” is the philosophy of my guest this week, Jayme Mansfield.  And she tells us how she does that in fine art and in her writing journey.

In her latest book, “Seasoned,” she chronicles a story through the lens of fiction that is based on real life experiences.  While unpacking some of the issues and challenges that were faced by the main characters in her book, she shares  common threads that reflects the challenges faced by many older couples when finding a second chance at love.

Hope, faith and forgiveness in gentleness are themes that Jayme shares as we walk this road with two people carrying baggage of the past, navigating  family dynamics and the truth of challenges faced by couples no matter the stage or age.  In an expertly crafted book, she shares that  older people are still valuable and wise with needs, wants and desires for companionship, community and love.

The book “Seasoned” is available, along with  other books by Jayme and information about her art studio at her website  https://www.jaymehmansfield.com

The website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotseo   https://dotseroband.com

The website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 3

Marla is most grateful for her role as daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves her deeply and knew how  to restore broken areas of her life… and continues to do so. She had the awesome privilege — and challenging job — of taking care of her earthly father, Bob Lindstrom, when his wife of 60 years who was also her mom, Bev, passed away in 2016.

When Marla became a caretaker for her father she tells us their relationship was not that of best friends. She and her father were not close. But God had some lessons planned for her as she said yes to this role. She also learned about love, reconciliation, redemption and restoration  as she began to see changes in herself while  learning from both her earthly and heavenly father. 

She shares with us several poignant stores all of which taught her what it means to not merely live FOR God, but to live vibrant life in communion WITH Him, enjoying his presence!

Marla is an award-winning writer coach and mentor, editor, book project manager and creative journalist (particularly fond of telling peoples’ true stories). She loves encouraging others to succeed in using and developing the gifts God has given them, and she’s proud of the recognition they’ve earned. She had the privilege of serving on the ground floor of Good Catch Publishing as a freelance project manager, editor and new writer trainer from February 2008–April 2019. She has helped in the writing and publishing of 30 books.

To reach out to Marla, you can find her at:

TellYourStoryToo@msn.com
Facebook: Marla Lindstrom Benroth, Writer Coach & Creative Journalist
Telling God’s Ways Through Peoples’ Stories

“Fighting for Integrity” by Dr. Russ Frase found at https://www.amazon.com/Fight-Integrity-Russ-Frase

Website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotseo   https://dotseroband.com

Website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 2

In the first several sessions of this podcast, we  explore some of the myths, truths, beauties and challenges of the aging process. One aspect of aging that fits all of the above is caregiving. My guest today is Nadine Roberts Cornish is a lady who takes care of those who take care of others. She helps shed light on some of the challenges we may face and the resources that are available as we face those challenges as caregivers and as those who are receiving care.  Nadine points out that there is no way a caregiver cannot be changed to reach their higher self when on the caregiver journey.

She defines conscious caregiving as caring on purpose with intent and a plan. She shares stages of caregiving and resources for finding help and support for the caregiver in the journey of caring for a loved one or friend.

Nadine attended the University of New Orleans where she studied Business Administration.  In 2013  she earned a professional Certification in Gerontology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.   She is also a Certified Senior Advisor, Freedom Coach and Elite Life Coach and Founder of the TSE Master Mind Group for women business owners.  

Through her two published books, Tears in My Gumbo: The Caregiver’s Recipe for Resilience and Prayers in My Gumbo: The Caregiver’s Recipe for Peace, she offers valuable and authentic insights and encouragement into the caregivers journey.

To purchase her books or reach out to Nadine for services her company provides for caregivers contact her at https://tcgcares.com

Website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotsero https://dotseroband.com

Website for Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Episode 1

Every age and stage offer us opportunity to enjoy beauty, growth, grace and purpose. Dismissing the messages that others put on us that attempt to define us, especially as we become older, is the first step into enjoying the life we have been given. We are loved, cherished and important to God in all our places and spaces on life’s journey. The aging process is not to be devalued, avoided or dismissed as not worthy of honor.

Join Laura on her first solo episode as she describes why she lives by the philosophy that when the going gets tough, the tough get creative.

Website for Stephen Ray Watts and the band Dotseo https://dotseroband.com

Website to connect with Laura Padgett https://lauralpadgett.com

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Season 1, Pilot

The regular, weekly episodes of this podcast will begin on my 70th birthday of June 9, 2021.

This is the pilot episode for my podcast. In it, I explain my process of overcoming fear of technology as well as dismantling and dismissing negative messages fueling doubt around completing this project.  

We can achieve new goals, find varied ways of creating and sharing our gifts no matter our stage or age.  We can be defeated by lack of confidence that is based in misinformation or the wrong belief about our limitations. The only person who can limit us is ourselves. 

Bio: Laura is a multi-awarded author of two books, available on her website, as well as a dancer, public speaker and storyteller. For information on how to buy her books, schedule her for a speaking engagement or teach a class on dance or writing, see her website at the address listed below.  If you want to follow her storytelling blog, that is also available on her website.

Laura’s website: https://lauralpadgett.com/

Website for music from Dotsero Band: https://dotseroband.com/

2 thoughts on “Podcast Episodes”

  1. I’m eager to watch this bloom open! Happy birthday, and congratulations, Laura!

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