Podcast Episodes

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

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

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

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

“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

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:

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

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

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

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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