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8.6.20 Big city crime, telemedicine, and WORLD Watch
"The world everything in it is made possible by listeners like me. I'm phoebe Toy Wesley from. Houston Texas, I'd like to congratulate my brother Michael Wong for graduating from. Arrowhead Park Medical Academy. A hope you enjoy these program. Good morning violent crime has spiked this summer in big cities across the country. We'll find out what's behind that trend. Also, today doctors increasingly rely on technology to meet with patients virtually will examine how telemedicine is changing healthcare plus behind the scenes look at world's latest venture speed the truth to twelve year you'll be amazed at how many adults. It's Thursday August sixth. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio I'm. Megan. Basham dime. Nick Eicher. Good Morning. Up Next Kent Covington has the news. Rescuers in Beirut were still digging piles of twisted steel and concrete Wednesday looking for more survivors of Tuesday's massive explosions. Meantime, investigators began searching through the wreckage of the port looking for clues to the cause of the blasts that killed well over a hundred people and injured some five thousand others. Buildings are damaged or destroyed for miles and hospitals have been overwhelmed. Semi Nater leads a think tank called the length institute. For Strategic Affairs he is based in Lebanon and said, he's never seen anything like it. I went through the civil war. In Lebanon, I was with miss to Hariri, bombing to other from being so targeted politicians. But nothing of this scale I have seen in my life nature said quote, the whole city of Beirut was built economically and urbanistic. This port and he said when you had this cataclysm to covid nineteen and the financial crisis, it will likely take more than a decade to recover. US. Intelligence officials say there are no indications that the explosions were the result of a terrorist attack. Investigators are now focusing on nearly three thousand tons of ammonium nitrate stored at a warehouse in Beirut for years that has a highly explosive chemical used in fertilizers. Officials want to know how that much of the volatile substance came to be stored there and why nothing was done about it. U. S. businesses slashed hiring last month suggesting the recent covid nineteen resurgence has slowed the economic recovery World Jones reports. Payroll processor. Reported Wednesday that US firms added just one hundred, Sixty, seven, thousand jobs in July. That's a stark contrast to June's gain four, point three, million and maize increase of three point three million ADP says July's limited hiring means the economy's still has thirteen million fewer jobs than it did in February. Hiring collapse companies of all sizes and in nearly all industries, a category that mostly include restaurants, bars and hotels added just thirty eight thousand jobs last month after gaining more than three million in May and June combined. In spite of that report stocks surged on Wednesday the Dow Jones industrial rose one point four percent and the Nasdaq hit another record high closing almost eleven thousand. Reporting. For World I'm Lee Jones. With negotiations over new corona virus relief bill moving very slowly president trump said Wednesday that he may act alone the White House says pushed for a payroll tax break in the next stimulus bill something many Democrats have rejected and trump told Fox News well I may do it. Myself win shooting right now I have the right to suspend it and I may do. It myself I have the absolute right to suspend the the payroll. One of trump's economic advisers to Stephen Moore wrote an op Ed this week in the Wall Street Journal. He said the president could order the Treasury Department temporarily stopped collecting the tax using the same provisions of the tax code used to delay the dude for twenty, nine, thousand, nine taxes earlier this year. The move would be tax deferral but more said, the intention would be for the next president. Trump or Joe Biden to forgive the tax payment. But trump said, he is still hopeful that the White House and GOP lawmakers can strike a deal with Democratic leaders on a new relief bill. And with the election, less than three months away, the trump campaign is suing the state of Nevada, a lawsuit seeks to stop a new measure Democratic governor. Steve Says lack signed into law that sends mail-in ballots to all registered voters. President Trump said Wednesday absentee voting. Great. But. This mail in voting with a male mid indiscriminately millions and millions of ballots to people. You're never going to know who won the election you can't have that. Republicans argue that the law will allow for so-called a ballot harvesting sends it expands who gets to collect enhanced in ballots. They say volunteers working for political groups can easily hold back or turn in large quantities of votes to sway the election. But Democrats charge that Republicans are only trying to silence the voices of voters who don't have safe access to polling stations during the pandemic. Americans in at least twenty two states recently received mysterious packages of seeds in the mail sent from overseas and the US government is now investigating world's Kristen Flavin has that story. The Department of Agriculture says the unsolicited packages many Americans received include a variety of seeds, cabbage, lavender, mint mustard, rose sage, and others. The USDA is working with other agencies to investigate the packages but it has no evidence that there an act of ECO terrorism or a health threat. The agency said the seeds were likely part of a brushing scam to generate fake reviews and boost online sales. Still authorities are warning people against the packages or planting the seeds. The USDA recommended recipients, mail them to their state plant regulatory authorities, or State Plant Health, director reporting for world. I'm Kristen Flavin. Kent Covington straight ahead. What's behind the violent crime plugging America's big. Cities Plus Cal Thomas on a leading candidate to be Joe Biden's running mate. This is the world and everything in it. It's Thursday, the sixth of August twenty twenty. Glad to have you along for today's edition of the world and everything in it. Good Morning I Megan Basham. First up today a spike in violence in America's cities. On July twenty first fifteen people were shot outside a funeral home in Chicago. The funeral was for a victim of another shooting the week before the month of July with Chicago's dealiest in almost thirty years. But the windy city is not the only metropolis plagued by violence. This summer crime statistics from the nation's largest cities. Show homicides are up this year by almost twenty five percent. The summer months do tend to be more violent than the rest of the year, but this season has been unusually deadly worlds and Johann reports on what's behind the trend. Two people shot here early evening. I don't know the ambulances aren't. leaving. So. That might not be a good sign Donovan Price Calls Himself a first responder that he's not the traditional kind. He's a street pastor father you know this situation you know the Your will. Heavenly Father Please Let. These people be okay to see another day into when a person is shot in Chicago price is one of the first people on the scene is goal is to minister to the victim's family friends and community. Sometimes, he posts real time videos on his website as he prays out loud. Tonight. God. Please bless the city in the city be at peace tonight. This summer. There have been few nights of peace in Chicago or in any of the major cities across the United States in Chicago in the month of July, killings were up almost one hundred and forty percent compared to last year in New York it was almost one hundred and eighty percent other cities like Philadelphia Detroit, Omaha and Phoenix. At double-digit, rates. Lance Williams teaches urban community studies at northeastern Illinois University. He says violence in Chicago is nothing new, but this summer has been different. He flags a couple of main contributing factors. There's been a difference and policing. It's been this heavy criticism directed at law enforcement right for the races and being Brousseau right in a community, his having impact on how particularly the regular reconfirm how police officers feel they feel Williams says police officers are too. Afraid or too angry to intervene. So sometimes, they aren't stopping crime even minor things data from the Chicago Police Department show that traffic stops in June dropped by eighty six percent Williams says he saw at first hand on his block the same morning we spoke a couple of cars running red lights going seventy in a twenty five police officer posted on the corner did nothing about it S. so now we see guys who are just. You know they don't fear being stopped by police. They feel like they can do whatever they want to do Dan. SCHOBER is a professor of public health at Depaul University. He also works with Chicago Gun Violence Research Program and he says, this trend isn't new resort sewer trend in two thousand sixteen where there was a lot of discussion about police it seems like when there's Big events that puts on scrutiny on the police law enforcement there tends to be a change in violence the happen so more violence and less trust in the police that makes it really hard for officers to do their jobs. Schober says that's reflected in Chicago's clearance rate. The number of cases the police are able to solve to arrest rates after shooting is less than fifty percents. That goes back to how well can they police address and work with community who has a better sense of what goes on day to day. So it's not just the protests shaking things up corona virus lockdowns have also destabilized a lot of social structures, churches, schools, and community organizations have all been sidelined for months institutions that infuse communities with a sense of hope are just gone. Lance Williams points to another factor that might be contributing to the spike in violence in March and April Chicago officials worried about covid nineteen spreading in overcrowded areas. So they released over one thousand inmates from the city's largest general New York City used a similar tactic. William says, releasing those prisoners wasn't a bad thing in and of itself they weren't in jail for violent crimes but he says officials should have handled the process differently. You cannot just empty out the jails and don't the people back into the community with no resources no support nothing Chris Butler as a pastor at Chicago Embassy Church. He says, it's important to look beyond the big picture to the individual the broken missed the soul deep broken. That has to be Anna person to be the perpetrator of this kind of violence. We also have to think as a human society bow. How do folks? So many folks get this way. And what can we do about those things years ago Butler started a type of street outreach. He calls positive loitering. We would go out bare late on Fridays and just hang out Shan Lights. Flashlights, and Carlights. Candlelit counts read saying him just Kinda hang on to fill up spaces where negative things would usually happen with positive activity. It was just one small thing and Butler knows there will never be a magic cure for this kind of societal sickness but he hopes Christians will realize they have part of the cure. Named the name of Christ. Church in any level, we are called to this. Butler recommends asking questions. What do I have the capacity to do and what is God calling me to do? Then do those things. Reporting for world. I'm Ana Johnsson. Additional support comes from Mir Anathema Baptist University flexible biblical engaging online options from high school to Graduate School M B. U Dot Edu. From Samaritan Ministries Samaritan members care for one another by praying encouraging and sharing healthcare costs all without the use of insurance more at Samaritan ministries dot org slash world. And from the Bible speaks today the best-selling commentary series. Now, within a single study, Bible learn to apply the Bible for everyday life more at the Bible speaks today DOT com. Coming up next on the world and everything in its seeing a doctor without an actual office visit despite covid nineteen patients still have chronic and routine ailments to deal with to avoid potentially catching the virus doctors. Offices many are trying out telemedicine. That's where health professionals provide medical consultations by internet or phone. The nonprofit group fair health says the use of telemedicine increased eight, thousand percent between April. Twenty. Nineteen and April twenty twenty but patients and doctors alike say the tool presents both benefits and Challenges World Senior Correspondent Candy Gawltney reports. Injury boy ED is still paying for a fleeting mistake. He made while studying abroad in France fifteen years ago, driven by all the Hubris a twenty year old could muster he and classmates decided to climb a moss covered exterior wall at what remains of Richard the Lionheart. Castle. My goal was to climb higher than everybody else. Which I did. But after climbing forty feet boy, it remember that what goes up must come down. Just jumps because it seemed like it wasn't that far but it it was he still feels the pain of the resulting herniated disk and it flared up again earlier this year his doctor's appointment arrived in. April, just as the corona virus hit the United States in medical practices canceled most in office visits boy it's doctor consulted with him through an online platform boy. It didn't even have to leave work and he says that convenience will make him a repeat telehealth customer telemedicine has been around for several years. The pandemic has caused many patients to experience it for the first time and like boy it many of them will likely continue utilizing it when they can. Andy Khan is an ER physician turn telemedicine provider. He left hospital practice in December twenty seventeen and transitioned virtual visits. full-time some doctors have brick and mortar offices and offer the option for telehealth. Like con contract with online only telehealth providers. Concepts his work has an annual rhythm you seek out a seasonal things. So in the summer, there's not as many patients, but you see more like swimmer's ear and poison ivy from hiking and people wanting medicine before they go traveling somewhere with altitude motion sickness things once school starts calls begin rolling in from teachers and students who picked up a bug in class October through March con an increase in flu and respiratory related calls then in a typical march things slow down a bit but. If Twenty Twenty twentieth proven anything it's that things just aren't typical these days mid March this year on noticed a spike in the number of patients using telehealth services because their primary care doctors weren't taking non emergency cases, there were so many people calling in the you know there weren't enough doctors on telemedicine. So people were waiting a long time and and sometimes the system would crash and so on. Line platforms quickly got the bugs worked out after that initial influx of patients as weeks. Went on in doctors offices began reopening patients still wanted to avoid waiting room exposure. So telehealth patient volume has remained steadily. High Con has also noticed more providers joining telemedicine networks. Tear cavazos is a doctor of nursing practice who runs a Dallas clinic before the pandemic hit Cavazos his practice was set up for telemedicine visits through its electric health record system, and we probably were doing I mean I would do one or two telehealth visits a week at most if even that by mid March. Though vases and her partners took nearly all appointments. Virtually, her office was authorized to do cove nineteen testing. So it was important to limit in office exposure for healthy patients with a huge shift from office visits to nearly all virtual visits, Cavazos, and our partners face hurdles mainly figuring out the financial side of the technology plus dealing with less tech savvy patients that may be the biggest obstacle to tell a health on the one hand. CON says most patients can get online everyone has an. Internet connection with their phone or their laptop like you can. But that's just the first step. Patients also need to create an account log in for the online platform and make sure they're using a computer with a camera or a smartphone or tablet. Cavazos says providing that tech support puts an additional strain on her offices front desk staff she was relieved when the federal government announced in late. March it would waive privacy law restrictions against providers using less secure technologies for patient consultations our office when that came out, we made the. Decision to use something more familiar with patients like older patients don't have facetime their grandkids so they would know how to pick up the call. So we used our office IPADS, facetime or Google hangout virtual consultations are convenient and more affordable than an urgent care visit. But KONIN CAVAZOS say they don't hesitate to tell in e health patient when they should be seen in person by provider. There are the few that we just need to get into the office ticket bloodwork needless to the heart and lungs are complaining if. Your pain and you know we need to look in the ear some providers worry the growth in telehealth will widen the chasm between underserved patients and Quality Care Dallas doctor of nursing practice. Katie Vogel said her low income patients many of them refugees have language barriers that make telephone encounters difficult. That is if a patient even has a fountain to do telemedicine, you have to have a way to communicate with someone I. So you have to have a reliable telephone. Some places require you to a video chat will that requires you To have a smartphone, Cavazos says, many doctors agree that telemedicine isn't for every patient even providers get a little weary from it. We didn't go into health care to view behind a computer. You know we went into cared to you know part of a holistic approaches seeing touching talking to a patient and when you are behind the screen as you lose some of that. But like so many trends sped up by the pandemic telemedicine is here to stay and it's poised to make lasting changes to help care for patients and providers alike. Reporting for world I'm Katie Golden. Jill Carafe ski is a brand new justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Core. She had her swearing in during a marathon ceremony last weekend and when I say marathon I don't mean that the ceremony was particularly long. I mean that literally she was sworn in in the middle of a marathon award one, hundred Mile Ultra marathon to be precise Kurowski took the oath of office during an outdoor ceremony in south central cabin somewhere around the thirty five Mile Marker and will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of set office the best of my ability to the best of my ability. So help me God. I'm impressed. That's terrific. Breath control but I don't know I guess it comes from a lot of running the fifty four year old justice finished the race and took her thirty four hours to complete the whole thing. I would have just thrown myself on the mercy of the court I don't know. It's the world and everything in. Two. Today is Thursday August the sixth thank you for turning to world radio to start your day. Good. Morning I'm Nick Eicher and I'm Megan Basham coming next on the world and everything in it a brand new way to get the news of the world on May First Watch News in three made its debut on. Youtube. It's a video news program for students from. Grade School to high school. Now on Monday, we launch the full World Watch program and world senior correspondent. Myrna Brown takes you behind the scenes of our latest venture nearly forty years in the making. This. Is What's known as a splashdown. It's early afternoon at the world headquarters in Asheville North Carolina team of young reporters and staff are working feverishly putting the final touches on the next day's World Watch video news. program. This will become. Off. It's Tuesday August fourth. We'll watch news in three world. Watch is the latest development in a forty year dream in one thousand, nine, hundred, eighty, one, Joe Bells began the Children's publication. God's World News in honor of his father. Speak the truth to a twelve year old and then he said you'll be amazed at how many adults are listening in. And they were. Parents were asking for a news publication from a Christian moral view of their own and world magazine was born. CEO Kevin Martin sees the World Watch News League return to bail founding vision. The reason we still serve kids is because Joel started serving kids I. It is full circle because he started with kids papers and expanded that into world magazine, and that became the podcasts and the digital, and now we're going back to kids again with the video. So the current pandemic provided a great opportunity to step in and help families and educators. The timing was right all these kids who couldn't go to school we're at home and so in. In April. We started saying, well, why don't we start producing a short version of this program and to see what we can do with it so really trying to bring up bring a little light to it. Yeah. Seventy shows later, the World Watch team is finally settling into a production rhythm. This this week that you get us is operatives starts around a black table in a small conference room overlooking a huge green screen. Before World Watch associate producer rich bishop kicks off the morning editorial meetings pitching stories. He discovers from various sources evaluating whether the footage. gives us some good visuals work with and whether it's truly a headline story and whether the kids. Really number one should know about a number to know about it. So the team settles on content and flow reporters get their story assignments. What was Sarah Do? Let's have Sarah do NASA milestone story. That voice sounds familiar. It should Nick Eicher Co host of the world and everything in. It has also helped to launch world magazine and world digital for the past three months he's been working on World Watch with program director and host. Brian. The Big Bash Basham, what else would you call him? He is he's big and he is. Happy and he lights up every room that he walks into and it's just like it's the big bash is fun to work with. He's got a lot of energy. He's got a lot of broadcast Knowledge Basham uses that experience to lead and mentor the team of six reporters. World Journalism Institute graduates Hannah Harris and Michelle Slaven along with a few voices heard before kristen? Flavin Sarraj Weinsberg Janna Joe. They're helping out of just helping out as as they can. Say. Similar. Liberty University Graduate Taylor Farrar and rounding out the crew, a television news veteran who spends his days making every frame cows you tomorrow. Every time we get to the end of the show. He adds this little element to take us off. He didn't want to have. Also has a signature closing and remember whatever the news the purpose of the Lord will stay a lot of bad stuff in there are a lot of stuff you don't really want to dwell on. We just wanted to let the kids know you're going to hear a lot of bad stuff you're to be you're GONNA be living in a lot of stuff that's not great. But but at the end of the day that doesn't really matter does it because the Lord's got your back and he his purpose prevailed when World Watch news expands on August Tenth Joe Bells, we'll be watching and celebrating. Earlier this week, he stopped by the studio to encourage the team. Who chose this auspicious day? August, tenth is Pretty Big Day. It's my birthday. I can't imagine anybody having a grander. Gift. To See all this unfolding. And with such a still a group of people. It's wonderful. So thank you. Thank you the hordes name. After many years of Drina and months of planning, Nick eicher reflects on Bell's legacy. He does sell by quoting from Deuteronomy six. We're harvesting from vineyards that we didn't plant we're living in homes that we didn't build. we've got giants on who shoulders we stand. Or pointing for world. And Asheville Carolina. Today is Thursday August sixth good morning. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio I Megan Basham and I'm Nick Anchor Commentator Cal Thomas now on Joe Biden and the veepstakes. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden appears to have painted himself into a corner with his promise to select a woman as his running mate and based on his reported finalists. It seemed sure to be an African American woman. This means people with good ideas need not apply if they don't fit the predetermined demographic criteria press reports have indicated congresswoman. Karen Bass Democrat from California is a leading contender. She chairs the congressional black. Caucus and unlike Biden presents well on TV with her appealing smile and soothing voice all. Candidates, have baggage ambassador has plenty of it especially when it comes to Cuba Bass had visited Cuba multiple times of the nineteen seventies when she and Hollywood celebrities were praising the literacy and health care programs. So the communist dictatorship in a Fox News Sunday interview Chris Wallace Reminded Bass of her statement on the two thousand sixteen death of dictator Fidel, Castro. She said quote the passing of the common. Dante. An heavy is a great loss to the people of Cuba unquote. Best. said that her perspective on Cuba. Developed over time and that she now understands the Castro government was a brutal regime Bass said she spoke with colleagues from Florida, which has a large Cuban than anti-castro population in Miami and they raised concerns about her comments. She said she would not do that again for sure and profess not to be a socialist or communist but that begs the question why did it take her so long to become educated about Cuba? Was it only in the last four years that she learned about the repressive nature of the Castro regime? Did he think communism was of a different brand when practiced in Havana that in Moscow or Beijing where people are jailed or executed? For speaking ill of or resisting the government on other issues, bass seems consistently in line with the party's Bernie Sanders Wing. She was the lead author of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of twenty twenty, a partisan bill passed the house and went nowhere in the Senate among other things. The bill would have prohibited police officers from quote, intentionally pointing a firearm at an individual what about the intentional pointing of a firearm by a criminal at a police officer the bill has nothing to say about that criminals would love it. Any real journalist should ask bass about these subjects and more before she anywhere near one heartbeat away from the presidency I'm Cal Thomas. Tomorrow the second part of our culture Friday conversation on Racial Division and the Church and a little known film that avoids the Common Pitfalls of the Christian movie genre that and more tomorrow. I'm nick and I'm Megan Basham the world and everything in it comes to you from world radio world's mission is biblically objective journalism that informs educates and Inspires proverbs tells us the lot is cast into the laugh, but it's every decision is from the Lord I. Hope you'll have a great rest of the day we'll talk to you tomorrow.
The Search For The Hidden Place
"And. I. Don't know about you when I'm looking for plumber. I like to read reviews. On visor dot com gave me some reviews on our sponsor art of plumbing. Call Them. They arrived on time immediately found the plumbing issue and fixed it. Right the first time I called him last year can. It was great? I called him again this year. Because I had a problem again, the came out. They fix the problem. They even gave me solutions to help. Stop the problem in the future at five, four, one, nine, four, zero five. Over. Thank you so much for joining us on other people's shoes as you know, I'm your host Neal Matthews and this is again exciting times that we live in. I love it when we get to get on a plane together and go to someplace. We've never been before and this is true. We've never been to South Dakota's show I. Don't know what here I don't know. If there's Buffalo, there could be Eskimos. There could be snow I. Really don't know. But what I do know is we're GONNA. Find a very amazing woman. In fact, she is so amazing. She is probably the sweetest voice in spirit. That I've encountered in a little while, so help me welcome in my guest, von Johnson, Von, how are you today? Fabulous thank you. Thanks for having me on the show today I love your intro we do have buffalo know Eskimos and no snow today. Well that's a little disappointing on the on the snow. Thing because you know I. Don't wait. Wait wait a couple of months. We'll have it I actually don't I don't love to driving style of deplane snow, but I don't like to drive in snow, so do do you struggle with that? I love snow and I one of the funniest things to do is when you get piled up in can go hopping your driving buzz around and. Push people out of that. Yeah, I think that's awesome. Well. I think the reason why I don't live to to drive in snow when I. Tell You this, maybe this'll I hopefully it doesn't change your mind any but I was driving in our little area. Of Oregon, I was driving up to this place called Diamond Lake actually no check that we're going to send river. We were near Diamond Lake with story takes place, and it was late at night, and I was with my friend John John were just talking. We're having a conversation in and all the sudden. We're in my trailblazer. Trillion does a four three sixty. Korea and we weren't going. We weren't even going that fast. I think we might have even been doing like thirty I mean it's dark anyway. Three sixty, so John is like six to. He's going to be mad at me. If I get the the weight wrong, but he he's a big dude. He's and he would even com a big black balled man, so he's a big dude. He could probably play football and so out of instinct I don't know what I was thinking, but I put my arm out like an arm bar and I go across the passenger seat to somehow hold his big. You know amazing man of God in his seat. And, What's interesting about that N-? None of US got hurt. The trailblazers pretty pretty mangled in the front because we hit the SNOWBANK. But fast forward. We're on our way back and I didn't want to drive in the snow. So John's K.. All drive I'm like okay. Cool, you drive. So on the way back, it's light. It's you know. Stay time. On the ground and we do it again, we do another three sixty. And you know what's interesting about that. John did not hold me in the seed. Army. No, so I'm telling you right now. You know, how many times hold that over him like. Billy I in fact, that reminds me. I should like him right now after we're done and. And Yeah, remind him of the fact that I saved his life. He always this is when that happens so anyway it can be very dangerous. I literally one time we were on our way, we should not have been driving, and you know you look long enough. You should just know better, but my son was playing hockey employees, catching a ride down about three and a half hours normally away, and it was icy. We knew it was cruising down the interstate. There wasn't anybody else around as we were. Driving purchase started going sideways nine. We kind of whip back around just very. It was actually very beautiful because it was like in slow motion. The driver fortunately didn't panic and pull us out of it. We just kept right on going, but that could have better. Hold different stories so I'm just going to venture author. You probably were driving in snow operation driving on ice. I think we wear, but. Definitely was powdery for sure so right so before we get any way too far. The snow road see transition. That's that's that's a technical term for a transition for those who are taking notes at home. That's called a podcast transition. Let's talk about this. The most important question I think you'll ever be asked in your lifetime, and that's this question Vonda. What's a shoes? Do you wear? and of course I knew this question is coming and. I'm GONNA throw you career loop because I wear a size thirty nine. So you gotta be European style right. Okay so that's awesome. I love that and so people can go find out what that means or Google. That and do all that fun stuff which I love the intrigue on that? That's fun. Is there a style or brand that you like more than another? Absolutely and it kind of goes back to I sent you a message after we talked a while back I am berkinstocks girl. I have four pair lined up by my door right now. I can slip in before I had al, and what's the really cool part of? It is off season when I can't wear singled anywhere. I love wearing boots. And I have my birkenstock inserts to wearing the boots. Altay. So we mentioned at the onset first off birkenstocks, I don't know if I'm really excited about that still, so we're going to maybe set that on the table and just kind of move forward. But. We talked about the opening. Right here in the South Dakota area, so gonNA help us out. What on! Earth possesses somebody to be in South Dakota, and then what are you? What are you? GonNa do there I mean 'cause I'm envisioning like this. Hold another world of I know my magin probably is running rampant, and not giving me accurate information, so I'm going to need your help to to give us some accurate information. You know it's pretty much like anywhere else. We're just very remote. We have our two largest cities on either side of the state I'm smack in the middle live on the river, so I grew up Go to the beach everyday. No, this is not the beach like I love to go to say in Florida or wherever, but I I got to to go play in the water most days every summer, when I was growing up but truly where where I'm at, we have like. Quote Mountains on one side of it. You know the state probably anything like you're used to. But the Black Hills, and then we have not rushmore witches there. In the middle where I'm at, we have rolling, hills Not Allowed to trees very flat, but I mean we do all the things you know way. When my kids were little, my son played soccer. He played hockey I was a hockey. I you know I. Mean we just we live and work I you know we. Do Everything. Everybody else says. We just don't have traffic here. Like for me a traffic jam when I was driving to work. would be when it took me more than five minutes to get there. You mentioned work in the first off hockey. Mom, that probably has its own excitement and its own stories to it. I would imagine I grew up playing hockey, but SRIDHAR. Not? Not Ice Hockey. There's the snow reference again but I grew up playing street hockey and to me there is nothing. Than getting out and playing playing hockey on the asphalt. Lot of lot of scraped hands. A lot of fun just. Spent playing street hockey, but you talk about your work, and and what you do, so I am curious. What do you do? Out There in South Dakota. What what kind of helps, get you up in the morning? And and maybe it's a job. Maybe there's other things. But currently I. I'm a coach. Life Coach on author and a podcast her. all all those kinds of things. I retired from the affordable housing industry, three and a half years ago so I had a really great career as a public servant for thirty years, and then decided that. God wanted me to go. Do something different than so I'm starting over again. Is that I mean because we're in the search series, right? Is that been part of your search? Is this idea of trying to start over and and trying to find? Maybe vonnas purpose if the if you will. Absolutely. Without a doubt it has been. A search. It's been I thought. I thought I was. Going to. Find the answer I started out as a health coach, I had some health challenges because of all the stress and. Everything that comes with being a professional I think in today's world, and so I kind of stumbled on his health coaching. Thing got my certification there and it didn't take very long to realize that. For me it, it was more about. Eighth and trusting God and helping others. Turn this this life that we create ourselves. You know it's like we try so hard to being and do everything you know supermom, Super Employing Employer servant the church, all of those things in were. I don't think that's really the way God wants us to to live our lives and scientists trying to help people. Have Peace and fulfillment, not one nuts the other bowl. In Alan those and I know people don't like that balance I? Don't know if that's that's a good way to say it, but I think that we hold in a lot of things to try and do a lot of things that God doesn't ask us to do and I'm just to help. People pull away from some of that and trust him with some of the details that will we burden ourselves with? So you mentioned your Europe podcast, and I'm not embarrassed to say that and I, a I don't think. We'll ever get embarrassed about saying. Hey, I have a podcast in some people now kind of get that and they've been around us long enough at least around our team long enough that they know that and. You know but for me. When I was thinking about starting a podcast like. Struggled with one. Hello where we even start. What do we talk about right? Did you at all. Have that struggle or that? That kind of wondering of like what do I have to say in? On Earth do I have this message? That somehow is more important than somebody else's or or maybe not more important, but what? How does my message bring value in an worth to to this world in this conversation? Yeah, that's a great question. You know I i. Am all over the place with that? There are times when I feel so confident that I know exactly where I'm headed in worth that messages, and there are other times when all of volunteer that comparison mode that I think we all. Follow into on occasion and I'll be like why honor isn't even trying to do this. So and so is so amazing and I'll never be able to compare. I should just pick up my blocks and go halls. But honestly, when I when I first started out I was kind of there was a coach that I was following in. She offered a ninety day challenge to start your podcast and she hasn't made podcast, and he's still listen to her to this day and was kind of build as this'll be a great way to build your clientele that. in as I mentioned godless. Kinda whispering in my ear. This faith thing and And so honestly you know my podcast. Today is called Mommy for more, and that was change changing your ago. When I started my podcast two years ago, the name of it was reviving your soul. It's based on Song Nineteen. Seven where talks about that scripture in. Our Soul in for me, that's really the basis of it. All is to point people to scripture and help them realize that that's that's where it's at. That's where we're gonNA find that peace. That's what we're going to find the fulfillment that's that's the answer to all the questions we have. I? Don't really struggle that hard with material because I just use my everyday life, and then I get to have these conversations with people which helps help skill gaps when I don't have anything to say. Yeah I. I th thanks for being a little transparent on that right I didn't know that about you. I really, didn't you have? How many how many episodes roughly are you at now? I know you're in the. Are you in the hundreds? Actually, so as we're recording this this week, the episode that you and I recorded on my show released in that was episode one hundred ten. That's fantastic and by the way for those that don't know. That's a tough feat to get to. It's kind of a bit of a badge of honor to get to one hundred episodes, because in this type of industry like a better word. Is Hard to get past the first couple episodes because you. You have this so much self doubt in your mind. Listen. Is Anybody going to download? It is any. Care that I'm that I'm doing this and so? You know in that. I. I gotta ask. How did you come over that hurdle I? Know you talked about a little bit about this comparison game and you know you. You had this kind of mentor in this coach that you were Kinda modeling in some respects modeling what you're doing after. But how did you get over that kind of mountain? I know exactly how I did it. I can remember the conversation as a coach I always have a coach I've always got somebody that's helping me through those things and I literally remember having the conversation with my coach and I was I was having all those questions and all those doubts. And she was like wait a minute. She said just remember. She said if you touch one life. If one one person finds Jesus because of your podcast, and it will have been worth it. And you know, and then as I in the numbers kind of started happy, you're whatever and I was again. It's like Pan. You know. This isn't working out the way I. thought it would. She said just remember. Chases had twelve. Hours If it new. If you get twelve or more here, you're. You're on the same lines as Jesus. You know the rest of them. He'll take care of Albert details and that really kept me going. Because you're right, it's hard to get people to listen in and follow, and you know I know that some episodes are better than others I know that. I mean I can even feel it. There are somewhere on just like out there pushing because that was so amazing in there, others we like. You won't want to touch it this week and if you don't go. But was what I find interesting, is I? Go back on I? Just recreated a whole new website in going back and manually, because I just set pushing the button thing that I thought was going to work to switch all my podcast, and only blogs over that didn't work, and Ritz manually copy paste a grim over on the new site, not looking through those going all. I I, that was Kinda good. So that's that's where the books come. In is I'M GONNA I'M GONNA. Take some at staff. Foil it down to until. Is there one episode or or maybe a couple that jump out at you that you're like man. That was that was pure gold. That was just it. It moved you it maybe. Maybe didn't change your course of direction per. Se but kind of made you look at like. We say so often here, right this change of perspective this. This different pair of shoes. You know that's that's our phrasing of course, but but is there one for you that Kinda stands out. You know there there is there are several of them. I can't tell you how many times I'll You know all introduce a gas and they'll be like in. This is my favorite one. Because it's almost it's almost like each one is, but there's one in particular and ironically it's. a cousin of lines. Being there, daughter-in-law never met her well. I I met her at a funeral briefly. she were friends on facebook never talked anything like that, but she was announcing that she had published a book. And I like to interview authors. I think it's kind of a fun way to help them out in for me I love books so finally for me to find out what's going on, so I asked her if she would like to do the interview to did in her story her. The name of her book is in God's tiny. And she tells the story of how she doesn't like to read something like she. She doesn't like to write, don't anything? But she and her husband had been married eight years, and they've been trying to have a baby and have not yet. King seat, and she talks about how one day God said I want you to write down and she's like okay I'll do that. You know just as soon as I get pregnant. And he said no on do it now, and so she said she she literally just sat down and wrote like this long blog in, and she got just a flood of responses on it, and all of that and so then. Then he came back and said I want to publish it and she's like an I'll do that as soon as as I can see you. No, I want to now. She just talks about how. That, instead hold is putting every Oliver Faint in in human and how you know, she's still waiting for that day. But the growth in the experiences she's had fully trust in whom it was so powerful. I I really loved that episode so I'd have to say that's probably the one. That that sounds powerful. Mean I I love the empathy, obviously aspect of it I can I can kind of relate whether. you know obviously. She's a woman I'm a man can't relate on that level, but just this idea of. When? You know when you're called to do something. That the data yourself, right, that's above yourself and then taken dot calling seriously enacting on it. Yeah, that's that's good stuff for sure. So. I'm curious about this. A from a couple of different standpoints. You mentioned being you know a a life coach in to me. There is still the stigma perhaps around a life coach like. Do I really need a life? Coach I don't want anyone telling me what to do. How dare highlife and dictate things to me? And and then there's the other side of it that that people would say no. I need a life coach like I. Want Somebody to come in and organize my life. I need that that kind of kick in the pants to to get me to to the next step or the next level or whatever? So talk about what that what that's like in? Both sides of the coin if you're willing. You know and that's. That's really a great question. because I think ill. I even myself I go through that those you know I I really need somebody eating. I can do this way self and. I think. For me from my standpoint. The. Hardest part of it is the fact that. I'm I'm talking about faith. EGAS free. You don't have to pay for salvation. We! You know you shouldn't need somebody you know anything. Go to church and get all of that, and so I had a lot of inner work. I had to do myself and in reality is that. Some people can get there, and it's not on our own because I know that the Holy Spirit is is walking by our side, and helping us all the time, but sometimes there are a lot of inner. Hurts that that people need to get through before they can trust Stephen Guide and And because I've got you know, add so I started out with the health certification. And then I moved into my life certification, and then I thought of mastery, level certification, and so I'm you know I'm able to really dig deep and find out what some of those those trauma things and I'm not a counselor and I don't WanNa you know it's like if you need therapy, go see a therapist. But if you're ready to move forward from where you are I'm I'm more than happy to do that. We can look back somebody. It's more really about holding Metz Face to help you step forward, and and beyond those things it's about betting go. It's about crookedness. We need to forgive ourselves so much, but you're right. There's there. People are all over the place and truly where I. I haven't I have not been. Highly successful as a coach, I have coached people I had nearly successful with the people that had coached I feel like a really difference, but I haven't been dotted the clients, and and part of that is the inner work I've had to do. Now. Say That over again almost all of its inner work that I had to. It's been more about me letting go of control all those things that I got I could do on my own in in God saying. Anna now where we're. We're GONNA. Do little character development here girl and you can just keep trying all you lineup just going to say wait until live to let me do this, and so I've I've had that. My biggest challenge has been learning how to know. What is his and what is mine? Because it doesn't mean that I sit on the couch and wait for the phone to ring. It means I keep doing the thing that he asked me to do and the next thing that he asked me to do. I don't know where this is going to end up but I. Keep doing you know the thing and I get frustrated. Because it's not happening in the time frame and literally. You talked about God whispered revere one day. He didn't whisper he. He kind of shouted I don't know exactly, but I could say the voice that I heard it in my head. In Wet, he started. And that just resonated with me so much because I have a tendency that it's not happening the way I think it should all go something else to do because we need to keep it moving and. He's like no. No, no, we're! We're here. But one of the things that I. Have done that, I think makes it easier to use into that as I created a a mastermind community. and I call it living your faith, and it's really bringing professionals together so that. They can. Support Not me coaching one one to each group, but the group coming together in a very small intimate and helping each other out, and also somebody put out with their challenges this week, and we all take turns saying. Why have you tried whatever in Ek so cool to watch? The UV in the friendships develop call strangers came to the table and are all very very supportive of one another, and so basically what have doing us in creating these small recruits like that and those are all you know, have a particular call, and then bringing them all together. for kind of larger communities. So that's that's kind of cool and. What makes it different than any other mastermind? As far as I know is the fact that it's all about being able to use your faith. And rely on your faith to get you those challenges that we can worry more coins. That's a long answer to your question, but. It's okay, it's it's. It's a gorgeous by the waves very well articulated so I love that I love that a lot. I'm a big google earlier. I don't know if anyone else's hands up on that, but but I love to Google weird stuff. Okay, maybe not that weird stuff. People's minds just went crazy. But. But I see Google. Do I need a job coach? Do I need a life coach. Right and so I came to this article. That is from lifelock Dot Oregon. They gave me twelve steps on determining whether I need a life I wanted to power through these with you and then get your thoughts on if you want. So. Okay, so here's here's number one. I feel lost I doubt myself I. Have No vision. But no clear plan or I have a vision, but no clear plan. I want to change my profession. I'm just going to skip over that one. We're just gonNA just kind of just move on quickly from that. Just moved move fast. I need to improve my health again. I feel I just need to move quickly quickly on past that one, I tend to forget things seriously like it's like they're in my head. I don't always follow through. Did somebody like seriously like punk me right now and like this is. I'm a broker estimator. Okay, it's getting worse bonnet, we're. We're GONNA. We're almost done, but it's getting philly gets is getting worse for me right now. Do you feel like this was written just for you. Yes, yes, I did! Number nine. We're almost there homestretch now. We're almost there I have a lot of time to waste. Okay Fair enough. I need to make money need to make more money. Who doesn't want to do that right? I. Have I am. I'm skeptical. I'm skeptical. Okay Great. You're skeptical. I'm skeptical to okay I have self confidence, but need a boost so there we are there are there are twelve staff life hack dot org twelve steps to determine whether we need a life coach or not. Yeah I love pack. It's a great resource for all kinds of cool stuff. But Yeah You know win. IN MY WORLD! You know. It's kind of like you know to to every hammer. Nail, right. On but in my world once you get coaching. And you realize the value of having somebody. So it's not. An cosell, a coach and a mentor I've been around the block a few times, and so I've I've pretty much experienced. I can't say I've experienced everything. You'RE GONNA run into in the work world. Ben I'm coming close. And so so sometimes I wear my mentor and I just say you know. Have you you know. Have you thought about this? But when learned my coach hat? It's more about. It's not me telling you what to do. It's me asking the right questions because you already know what to do. You just need to give your per cell permission to acknowledge it and move forward with it. In Sometimes Just having that sounding board, tend to bounce off those crazy things that are not your head is worth. Everything just I mean there's two things. It's one acknowledging that you have it there. Three things acknowledging its there. Then it's having the courage to go ahead and do it, and then the third thing is having the accountability to keep doing it because I don't know like noon I you know I even. Confessed it earlier finish any started in how many times do we start things and then the either get discouraged or distracted? And coach will help keep you accountable now. There's people out there. That are really lucky. And they had some really great friends or spouses, or whatever that can play those rules for them and good for them I. I love my husband. We have an amazing relationship, but he is not any of those things were me. and. That's okay, So anyway, that's that's my take on. Like I said I. Just I thought it was Kinda cool so Am I probably listening to staff the Internet for a while? I don't know or or as I mentioned before. Maybe we just need to get on that phone and go through one of those sessions and and work through a couple of things. Maybe we do because I. I really feel like that you know von could maybe get some some guidance for the show that is that the show is so desperately. Seeking Garrett has I always tell people? Gary probably has the hardest working job in the podcast. You know industry If there is such a thing as the podcast industry I I really firmly believe that and maybe I'm biased because. You know we're on this team together. This team journey but I was just A. Bill so three him. And, what's what's his job could still yeah, so geared does a lot of geared does a lot of the behind the scenes stuff. He'll do our show notes. He is a great sounding board for me. Creatively you know I might say Hey Garrett I'm thinking about doing this and he'll say. Yeah, you sure or you know. Hey, we're gonNA, bring this person on, and he'll say Oh, interesting and his Oh interesting sometimes is like what what do you mean by that and he's like well. Where are you going to go and where you're going to you know? What are you GonNa do and so? That's what that's why I say that because he has worked with me and I am. I, despite what people may believe, I am the worst like scatter brained person on the planet. And so I'm very rarely. Cinema Times if that meant by that I'm just not buying it That's that would be what I believe when what I would say is one of the lives that that the devils gotten convinced. Keep you from being all that you can be kids. You. Have a really. AMAZING PERSPECTIVE! I love the questions you bring to the table, so stop telling yourself that. Kiss. Coaching session right there. Have you ever seen? This is one of my favorites. Have you ever seen the cliff? Are you a Bob Newhart Fan? yeah, it's been a while. Yeah, He! He was probably GonNa be a little girl. So I do remember from the the Bob Newhart show, but it's. So. Clip he's he was a psychiatrist and there's there's a clip where he had a GAL coming in. Every time, she would say something he would just say. Stop It. Just, stop it. I mean everytime she would bring up or you stop it. You know and that's kind of what I want to say to. You is quit telling yourself that that you're scattered brain in you. You're not good because you are really good. And so yes, that is a free coaching session, and and the first one's always green for you. I might even do a second one. I might need a second one. So this always blows. People's minds away I. Don't I don't typically write notes. I don't typically write questions and the time gearing doing a couple episodes together. When we work together we do phone. You know what we're doing right now. A phone interview and you know we sat down and we we you know unpacked a gear. We start getting ready and set up my headphones and all that stuff and He said your notes and I was like. What are you talking about and he goes? To the question, you're gonNA. Ask this person that that we're going to talk to right now and I said Oh you're. You're going to find that out. I don't typically have notes and he's like blown away. That I can have this you know, articulate conversation come up with questions so quickly, and how that works and I still don't to this day. Know How that works, but anyway so I to me. That's what's beautiful about then I. I I, that's how I. Do my show to an interviewing. It's all just a conversation and I never know where it's going to go. So I I I'm not comfortable. When you put me in a box until me, we have to follow this formula. I can't follow a recipe to the TV because I had a beer off somewhere and do something different, so I think I think those very open on his conversations are are the best anyway. I will being really. Candidates new though when I'm doing a monologue. That thing is written out edited and I I literally just read it on the Air I cannot. You know as as green wheeling as I can be in a conversation the minute. It's just me. I can't just talk without stumbling stuttering all over the place so. It's Kinda Kadhamy of being Johnson gives a love it, though I love the insight I love. Obviously, let s I. I caught behind the curtain. Right INS inside backstage. If you will I was like stuff like that, because I was like to see other people do it because again I. I think Kim. We do it better. Is there you know like we were talking about on your show? To do better than I did the day before right? That's a big mantra of mine, but but going back to you because you know I'm sure people didn't come to hear my opinion. Even though it's my show I should be able to hit every now and then. Stop the tax. Stop people saying it's not about you. It's my show I can make a bad for a moment, but she can't, but I wonder about this, too. getting a little deeper into into your stuff. What was that breaking point, or or maybe it wasn't a breaking point, but was there even a moment or a moment of clarity that you just realize man. This is not my life I mean. I'm thinking like Robin Williams in Mrs Doubtfire if you ever saw that movie, but He ends up working at that film studio. Right where they're filming this. The you know kind of like Mr Rogers type of show. You know this guy doing the dinosaur things and. He's like this is not my life as he's like, you know. Getting the film loaded up in the truck and he says this is not what I wanNA, do like that's obviously not Robin Williams like we know him. As this guy and fun, loving guy, and but in this movie right in Mrs Doubtfire, he's. He's doing the most menial job I like. The the lower end entry level work if you will, he wants to begin front of camera. But he realizes in this moment. This is not my life I mean did you have that moment for you was that? was there a moment of clarity? No. Corneille. And and it was, it was for me. I had an amazing job. I I had a team of twelve to fourteen, depending on where we. Was not the executive director, but I step down on Iras, influencing was an expert, not just do my state, but in the nation speaking at national conferences and I was I was at the top of my game, and doing really well, and like I said it was kind of that health thing, but it was more. God just saying Okay Corral. I this. This was fun. But we got more for you. There's there's there are other things we need to accomplish in. I was like really guys. Are you sure? I I don't I don't know that I get and of course. I was in from the health thing because I've been studying health things I have a lot of allergies and things like that have been really successful on gaining overcome being in so I got into it from that standpoint, but for for me, the big moment was. The realization. That he wanted me that. Step Away From Health coaching. And Start Talking Bout my fate and he did it just in taking into these situations where. I would I was drawn. I was invited to care. The homily at our local heritage festival church. Knows that the. Sports arena the RODEO grounds and I am like near. You can only kidding me. But, but it was like okay. I do that so The thought that I was having this as I was telling that though is that for me? The big moment was I was a it was a coach, and we were going through this kind of meditation exercise and I literally did not remember anything that led up to this that she's blocking us, you know. We had our eyes close near deep breathing. She was asking all these different questions when we thinking she staff in, she said. What are you hiding? and. It was just like. Tears just rolled and in their word that came to my mind plays faith. I was trying so hard to do all these things, and then I had this station that that's what I had done. My whole professional career was I would wear my professional hat and I. Would you know dress the way that I thought I needed to address and be the way I thought needed to be. and then I could go you know Sunday morning, Irene, go to church and I would do all of that, but it was one or the other. The people who really knew me. Knew than I was I was strong in my faith in the Bible studies and things like that but I help hell that really close because I I don't know if I was people were going to be abandoned, Kakavandi or wide. And so when Monette coach, you know brought that to the forefront. It was kind of like okay I. You know and so that's part of that three year journey that I've been on just figuring it all out and. And I really feel like it's all alignment and I really believe that we're going to be stressed out in overwhelmed. As long as we are out of a line in the minute that things start mining up and coming into the way that it's intended to be when we start walking in our purpose, then all of a sudden, it's just like. Things all away in feels free goes good. As. As powerful. It was it was no, I'm. Really, really powerful like I'm. I'm picturing you know again. I'm just such a visual person, which sometimes perhaps detrimental in some respects I don't know how it could be, but but I try to go where when someone's telling me an account or An event that's taking place in their life I. Try to put myself into their story. Maybe that's why I I love what I do so much in this podcast is I really try to again. Put myself in your shoes right right the burden. You're talking about well, thank you. Very. But I but I, but I mean your living on having this moment with you and I'm like what are you hiding? Yeah. Crazy, but what's really cool about it? Is there three times along the journey? When and I I know you know when you're getting close and get an emotional about something and the David. The Gal called me. I was supposed to be the backup speaker at this church thing. Because the guy that was I mean the kind it was supposed to do. It has been a professional speaker his whole life. He was radio personality when I was a kid, I mean I admire this man like to no end, and but he was gonNA maybe out of country when it was time to do, so he told them they need to get it back up. So for you know when they asked me Mike Asher whenever. The day she called me and told me that I was on and I i. wish I had the words because it's cowboy thing so it's like put on your spurs manno about. And I'm not a cowgirl. My Dad, my family, everybody is when I'm not, but anyway I hung up the phone from that conversation. and. I cannot explain but I- glitter fell to my knees in tears and. And two other times. You know like the day the podcast released. Or that week. I had a a good friend of mine. WHO IS We've done tons of Bible studies together like that and she called me. I didn't talk to her ahead voicemail from her. And she said girl. So powerful, she said God has a plan for you on just so grateful. You're doing this and again down the street I literally had to pull over and cry because it was bigger than me. and I you know so so it's a kind of know where this is going, but I know tonight POW and I just have to keep saying. He asked when he pulls me out I compromising tip for next up. Okay so I'M GONNA. I'M GONNA. Do something I've never done on the show before, so we're setting a precedent here. Do you have a Bible near you or or maybe you can look on a phone of some sort. Sure! Case I'm going to have you go to the Gospel of Matthew Chapter Ten. Verse Thirty Three and I'd like you to read that verse for us. Ok. Well, she looks for that. Yeah, Tim Thirty three while she looks for that. If you're listening in your in your cue in into to this and you're on with us. I want you to turn their as well. Invite you to do that. We've never done this on the show before. This is the first time ever Vanni you're. You're Guinea pig if you will. Love being a trailblazer. Trailblazer for sure and we're in Oregon. So that works trailblazers in Oregon so so what does chapter ten verse Thirty Three say? It says in this is the new living translation. But if anyone denies me here on her, I will deny that person before my father. So as you're telling me. The story and the recounting of that story about you feeling like. You weren't sure if you were kind of putting on A. In a sense, what I heard you say in maybe again, correct me if I'm wrong, but you're putting on Jesus in one environment and then kind of taking him off in another environment. Was that accurate? I in a way. Yeah, I mean it was just. I believe the lie. that. To Be Professional You you couldn't. Have that persona, it might be offensive. I literally remember. There were times when I wouldn't wear. My Cross necklace. because. I would have a big meeting and didn't know who who might not be. Christian might take it wrong. And I really hate that I did that. And Not Sitting in a seat in judgment in in sake that you were terrible. person in you know how dare you deny Jesus in clearly scripture says right here you know but everyone who denies me on. Earth will also be denied before you know the heavenly father. I'm not by any means sake sitting in a seat of judge over you. I'm just calling to our attention for those who are of faith who listen. What are you doing? What is that search that you've been on? Are you searching again for these? These things of this world in von is here to tell you. You might be searching in the wrong area. We started with his crazy google. Search right, do i. need a life coach. Do I need a you know a a you know. I don't know. Do you need some direction in your life? You need guidance. Do you need a compass I? Love that word and so I'm just curious like when when you were talking about that. Did that ever come into your mind that you are denying him in? And if so, did you ever feel what did that feel like? If you did feel that way? You know. Maybe a little bit. For me. You know it's funny because I didn't think of this when you ask the question before they didn't put it together because there was a big gap in it. For me, the defining moment and it wasn't work-related. Law that this this is my why. This is why I. Do what I two? Years Ago Twenty cal. Kennedy on. Twenty years ago. They know what's funny. How you? You can remember. Every. Just like every minister. I was at work and. My, I was on a conference call at my desk. In the head multiple line in my phone rang and it was my husband. You know he didn't call very often, but you know whatever probably launch or something. So I didn't answer it, and then in later was my husband again. Another couple of minutes owner unit was my dad. and. I'm like what the heck. And then. Another couple of minutes Steve called, and it was like okay What the and I was on the phone with my boss, and the attorney and my boss was in her office. The attorney was in a different community. I kind of left them I. Put my left the phone on hold. And they got up and went into the other room and conference room was next door to my office and I called my husband like what's going on. He said. Jodi. WHO was a cousin of mine and. was kind of like just a world. Stop turning at that moment and So I got on this I I gotta go and so I, laughed and So two days later were at her prayer service. The. Canadian for her her funeral. Ten I was it was really hard for me because. As much as I loved this girl. Closed that we weren't like together all the time close. We grew up together, but we'd kind of kicked hard in our adult lives. It was at this prayer service and I didn't know how. It know if she'd been saved. And it was killing me. But as the preacher would not meet. Talk in butter and he talked about how soon would come into his office and she would. Fight with within about his sermon, and she would challenge him on whether he was writer. Marrone was like Oh. Thank God She was just fine. I I literally just broke down and cried because I knew that she was going to be there when I got to heather. And I promised myself that day. They were never. Going to miss the opportunity to tell somebody that I love about my guide and Jesus Christ in what they needed to do to be sade and. I can't say that I've done that perfectly, but I've been I. mean that's why I'm doing would do it because we all need to have that promise to ourselves. We all need to make sure everybody loved is at that Reunion. When we get there actually have a stance statue our little. Thing in that. I bought after she died in A. Figuring two women hugging dancing it's. women of the way or something like that, but it's basically to reunion what it's GonNa be like Rick together again. And that reminds me of that commitment to myself and I. I literally had my birthday was a couple of weeks ago. And your family for our I get togethers because of all the covert thing and. there are a couple Kinkel there who? One of them professes and I. You know we are not my place to judge that I. Question Sometimes and other one is proclaimed agnostic. And we got into this discussion about religion and my sister like Whoa whoa wait. We are not going to have this conversation and I said. was my birthday. I get to have the last word. And so I told him that story and I said I just want you guys to know that I feel I I will have this conversation anytime. This is your invitation I. Feel like I have now done my obligation. If you guys don't WanNa, talk about it fine, but. I needed to say this because I really care about one. And that's that's why. Did, I want to empower every one of the listeners to do the same thing. I love that. I needed. A Long Story I. Don't even worry about that. I'm just trying to gather myself after I heard I, just heard. I never realized averse. Would create what just happened. That was powerful. You're. GonNa you're you're just losing with wisdom. I love that about you. I love the fact that. that. You know through a planted seed in my heart of my wife. You know as you know the story for those that listen long enough because we were on your show, but. You know if she never says the me. Start a PODCAST I. Don't Yvonne Johnson? I don't meet the eighty. Some odd people that we've you know. We lovingly say you know had their shoes on with. You know who tried our best to squeeze our ten and a half eleven foot into the shoes. You Know I. To me that that doesn't happen and hats. That is honest to God. Why I love doing this is because I get here. So many cool, just encounters everyday. Little, Jim, a little treasure chest of awesome so. That was awesome. That was good stuff, so we'll try to wrap up here the best we can. Our going to do. We're GONNA. Try and I'm really shot one of those transitions. Transition here, but but it's really sad because you know i. get so excitement. When we started. You know we started an episode. We start recording together and then I get very sad when I. See it coming to an end. It's like I. Don't WanNa win. I WANNA I WANNA I want the conversation to go you no longer in in farther and any event it will it, will it. These guys might not be there. I'm pretty sure. Neil you and I will have more conversations. Hope so I hope so for sure because I, do I. I love what you're doing and I'm privileged to in my own little way for someone onto to greater things you know and and I just do I value. What you what you brought to us today. But I want to come in as I said. Wrap up with this this thought. And that's this and I. Often ask this question I'm always fascinated by the answer of it, but but how do you want to be remembered in in? What do you WanNa be maybe remembered for? I want to be. Remembered. Or, that person that helped. People realize the impact that they're having another people's lives. And to go of all of the stuff that doesn't matter. into mealy cling to the things that do matter and and primarily. You know. Their faith and in the relationship with Jesus, but the other relationships, too I wanNA help them bring peace into their life because I don't think we were intended to be. Crazy Harry. Scrambling everywhere people that we've made ourselves. Assets Been Kulikov covid is it's made a slowdown? Tell people keep it. Yeah I think Cova has been good from that standpoint, I mean if if we're going to give cove it some some credit for something it did create people this. This idea of slowing down my hands up on that I I am saddened that there was no college basketball last year. I show proper is not even on. Can you imagine? Are you kidding me? Days lives been canceled. Something bold and the beautiful. At least it was guiding light or something of that branch. Years ago. I don't even I'm just pulling out whatever hopped into my head, but but but Donna. How can people get in touch with you in working people? Go and listen to your show and what you're doing. It's it's all right there at Ana Johnsson. Dot Com. and. Is, it's felt rom. The Owen a Johnson that come with the novel Johnson I've never seen Johnson visiting my way, anyway, yeah my town for my podcast. If you don't like podcast series, the monologues are the area in the form of a blog but my an e book they're. the. Top reasons why you feel unfulfilled and what to do about it. I got a a my latest deal. Is Post Co vid if you don't if you're dreading, going back to that crazy, hurried life that. You had before I got a guide to some questions to lead you through. On creating a life of peace and fulfillment. Picking out the things you wanNA bring back in what they don't. Kind of sorting out and creating designing a life long, so it's all right there. I would love for people to stop in and. I would love to have a conversation if anybody. Is Curious about where it might be hiding in their life by love to help figure that out. That's that's what brings me. In your on the social media's to right. You have some facebook instagram. yeah, Finding Johnson on facebook either GonNa Johnson Ron Johnson Coaching I. I'm not good at Remembering I. Think Johnson coaching most item. That you can find links on my website to those to apologize. That's okay. That's right. You know we're not judging. Stuff might be you know little nudity. You maybe I don't know. I've been around for a while. It's just yeah I I I mean to. This remember which ones are which I think I think instagram in. Palpably facebook on Johnson coaching. Link. Anyway Willing Willie is in our show. We'll help you find. Incumbent are so I can send them to you. I just can't think about the thought that'd be geared. Do something with some work today. Right guaranteed go so. Geared do something he needs to do something that's. Like I have a feeling, you are in big trouble right now I probably. I probably am, but I'm I want to end with one last question, because because one just kind of creeped into my head, which is dangerous sometimes, but I think it's important to say. So I'm thinking of a woman who. Just may be struggling with some some self doubt. Some self esteem issues some you know. Maybe some body image issues. Maybe some just I call it your mentality, right? What would you say to her? Or maybe even him we'll. We'll make it both you know. What would you say to them? When I hate to call people at them, but I think that is proper English or those people. That even sounds bad. I don't know. What would you say to that people group? I. I would remind them. that. They. Are Guide Starter Godson. They were created. By the creator of the. Of the world. And who? Who knows every detail I mean he knew. Everything about us before we were even born. and. He doesn't make mistakes. Has Given each and every one of us and talents. That we can news inexperienced. That we use as we, we've are light through our lives, and we bring those together to fulfill the purpose that he has and I think sometimes it started out talking about comparison I think sometimes we look at other people, and is pretty smarter shares, or whatever might opportunities are different. And the beautiful thing of it is that? We don't need to look what anybody else is doing. All we have to do like you were saying earlier. We just have to be better each day. We just have to figure out. Why didn't is he's asking will take what step. It is the next step. In and take it in. Just keep one infinity other, and there are times I mean you know? Sometimes we get knocked down in the hats when he carries us. But at some point, he will stop it. He will put us at a week where where we can do in our own, or if not then maybe that's our purpose is to allow others to serve. Yeah again. I I just. I just think which was them so I hope people kind of check out what you're doing and again we'll make Garrett link all that in our show notes so so they can find out more about you ve ANA so. Game I love to in a show with game, and so this our game. We like to call senseless course. Von And you know this being in the health industry that you were in. You know that we have five senses right? Right! Okay just checking. There are those they use those in my coaching. Good those to create our anchors perfect so I just WanNa make sure I did have somebody say once we have five? Think about we have five so anyway, so here's our dice. Roll your south, Dakota, not in Oregon Oregon depending on how you want to say I say Oregon but. You got a number four. I rolled for you. It was awesome. It was a good role. You got a number four. So, what sound or noise do you love to hear? That's a good one for me I love, music and I love going to outdoor music Sol's and. Still Holding my breath that we go to one every year in the hills, and still hold my breath that that will be held in the middle of September, but yes I love. Good music in fact, I was GONNA. Tell you I really like your your son their intro. That's cool. yeah, so the story behind it I gave the gentleman who saying his name is Lucas. It's a guy. Go to church with. And we're starting the show and I really wanted the few podcasts that I listen to before I started. Didn't have a theme song and I'm a big. TV Guy like that's my background like I always wanted to be TV, and so I thought our show needs a theme song, right? You know when it comes on like that's. That's the theme song and so I gave him. Shoot US perspective. That's all I gave him. and. He came back with what you hear now. And then we added in the guitar part with our worship leader, because it needed some music behind it, you know because it just does and Every good song needs like a little music behind the music that I. Think is the term that you could use, but anyway so that's the story behind the song and. we went away from it in a in a season back last season, and because I had a friend say I can write it better. You know there's always those that are out there. That want to do a better right, so we tried it and I I. Mean I'm not GonNa say I hate it. But I just felt like for this season. I wanted to go back to where we started and really go back to the essence of the show, and so therefore we brought it. We brought it back and so. My brother-in-law, who is our sponsor so shout out to plumbing and I think this is the first time I'd probably give it a shot and a while for him, but he's our sponsor. You does a lot for the show financially. In some respects and and he thought I had bought the song or that somebody had we somebody out. There had already made it I'm like no, that's that's an original, so there is the story behind the song so there you go I I hope that Lucas is doing music somewhere and if I ever get to Oregon I'd like to go listen to more because I I. I like that kind of news, so they're cool. Yeah, and I was GonNa ask you like you talk about. Hopefully we can get music again. I know a lot of artists not on Christian. Ours but secularists have been obviously shut down because Kobe Kankan Arenas and amphitheaters and things of that nature, but is there a certain style music that you would love to hear more than another? Well so I I like like the classic rock and stuff like that the festival and I'm talking about. They have what they call the deadwood jam in the beautiful Black Hills of south, Dakota, and so we sit on historic deadwood main. And there's mountains all around, and it's just gorgeous. It's so we get everything from. Blues reggae. you know not much country made either some of US including but just Kinda poke staff. In just a nice mix. I'm probably my favorite's probably blues. All right bb king may be right. Oh Yeah. Yeah? Well von thanks again so much for coming on I just want to say, and I mean is, and I, think you know it, but you really are Jim, and it has been such a pleasure getting to know you in getting to know more of what you're doing and I to be honest. I am just excited about it and I just wish you. Not only great blessings in what you're doing but I just really truly believe also that you can help people, but the question is is if they're going to surrender off. To allow someone to step into their life and speak into their life, and I hope they do I hope that they would nurse to take that into account. Here's the, deal. I think that's why God called me to do the typecast I think that's why. God called me to write the book. Is that there's only a handful that are gonNA step. Van Gogh all with the coach and the mastermind. Whatever and that's okay. who has blessed me in so many ways that I'm just here to serve, and and just yes, just doing. A couple of times you really been very gracious and said some were kind things about me, and honestly it's it's all the Holy Spirit I. Just Go I. Just say what he tells me to say in doing what he tells me to do. And there's that's that's the answer. Folks like there, so thank you for having me the suspend. Always enjoy your conversations in. It does feel like we're just sitting down having a cup of coffee so someday we're going to do that. Yeah absolutely I I really do I look forward to that I would love one day. You know if funds were you know obviously. which I don't know will ever happen, but who knows you know crazy. Things have been known to happen. I would love to actually go visit. People face to face, and and bring him a token of of generosity to say thanks for giving us. Know piece of what you gave us. Maybe a like a pair of shoes or something I don't know. WACKY caps but. Hey birkenstock. Style out. Yeah, we have a lot of those in Oregon so. To be pretty easy to to to meet that need of yours, but but von. Just again, thank you. Thank you for coming on and. Just really appreciate it, so guys. We do me a favor. I know, ask a lot of favors, but. Will you go check? Von Is doing. We do me that favor. Will you go in just at least see if that's something that she can help you in? And if it is great, there's ways to reach out to others ways for her to to get in contact with you. She wants to continue the conversation much like we do, but guys I mean that find a way. To have somebody really speaks to your life because I think we've all been locked up so long now we believed these lies and to me I think it's time to finally admit to ourselves. That we've been hiding. And that. We've been scared and that we need some help. It's okay to admit that you need help I need. Help all the time. Hello, that's why we have Garett. So, guys go find your Garrett today. Maybe that's von. Maybe that somebody else, but really go find somebody who's GonNa Speak Truth in your lives. I just want to remind you guys of this. Of course as we say so often remember when you walk in other people's shoes, you really do get a different perspective on life on behalf of executive producer Garrett at myself neal. Matthews thank you so much for listening in stay tuned till next week when walk. In other people's shoes. Thank you so much for joining us on other people's shoes this week as you know I'm your host new Matthews I wanNA. Say thank you again to our guest. for coming on giving us some moments today to share with us how we can get out of that hidden place how we can tap into that and really see are more really have are more not from. From a from gratification standpoint no, but the more of our life in this new normal that we're in that. She's on this quest that she's on as well. 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AWTR Show #732: American Corporate Partners- Military Spouse Program
"Attention know spouses families and service members. It's now time for another empowering episode of Army White Talk Radio the leading and longest running podcast of its kind. Awt are is doing gauge. Educate and encourage you by sharing dynamic interviews social media connections news and empowering military life information here are your Awt our hosts your army wife Network Command team hello listeners. Thank you so much for tuning into our army wife. Talk Radio PODCAST. Which is the leading and longest running podcasts of its kind? This show is specifically designed to engage. Educate encourage and empower those living. This military life journey. Whether you're a military spouse or you have a family member serving wherever you are around the globe we are here for you. This is episode number seven hundred thirty two and I'm your host army wife. Networks social media assistant joy Ortiz joy and special projects coordinator Maron Cheney. Toya's so right army wife network wants you to know that you are not going through this journey alone. We have the resources you need to you. Exactly where you are in military life including segments such as resource recon empowerment in action and interviews with empowering guests and so much more scheme interviews. Stay tuned because in a few minutes. We've got a very special show in store for you. I will listen to an interview conducted by Army Wife Network Commander A-block as she chats with guests. Lucy Piper Military Scouts program coordinator with American corporate partners. Then later in the show will also hear from Army Wise Network Sponsor. I command when we hear from their CEO about financial resources available to service members in response to cove in nineteen x for that man. I'm super excited to be hosting me today and I'm pretty sure this is our first together. So what's been going on in your neck of the woods for you right now. Well not a whole lot. It's been a little quiet over here with the whole social distancing shelter order. My husband is primarily teleworking occasionally. He's going to office. That has been a unique transition. We've been trying to navigate as we're both home twenty four seven which is not something we've ever been you scale so we've kind of gone with the little schedule like doing. Are Things in the morning at Ned? Making sure we have the evenings as we normally. What night was is kind of helped? But we've been playing lots of games than watching shows and all that good stuff. I feel like I've been cooking more than normal which is not usually my Ford today. By what else? What else do we do so? Yeah it's been chill. It's definitely abandon bake adjusted but just trying to make the most of it yeah. Hopefully we won't be here too much longer intuition. But how are things on your end? I'll thank you for asking I actually am. We're working from home. Full time I worked for our cancer center here and while it used to work for cancer center here in Jacksonville but I'm actually I actually just started a new job Last week For another. It's a financial company here in Jacksonville. But it's worldwide so I have been there for a week now and I worked primarily remotely which has been great Saiga to transition from working for home like I was used to it and to permanently working for this company so it came at a good time considering everything that's happening in the world right now the only downfall downfall but it's just hard to manage having to home school a five year old. Luckily his schoolwork isn't to craziest. Nothing like core method math or anything crazy like super super hard for a five year old but just by being a pet trying to balance you know his schoolwork and my fulltime work and we have a one year old. So it's crazy the house for a little bit so really. Yeah you never really realized how much patience it takes. Teach five year old When we used to have to do homework during when school's in session they have homework properly like once every two weeks and like it was just hard have patients with him. 'cause you never really put yourself in his shoes. You don't know how to think like a five-year-old obviously but now like you really appreciate those people that the teachers take time out of their day and you know went to school for this and have all that patients to teach a group of five year olds so shout out to teachers. If your t-shirt listening power to you guys you guys are really really. Vp's for parents because we cannot do this without you. I could not come up with a curriculum every week. Luckily they still do that. So we're really doing is facilitating and an overseeing what they're doing but for real teachers out there. If you're listening you know we are behind you on. A percent and parents mature a lot of parents to their teachers for granted and and we're not doing that anymore. So but it's been really nice like you said to have the still might time. Have the family time likely us. We're used to. It has been hard trying to schedule are trying to bounce different schedules. Because we're all everybody. Is everybody on top of everybody. All the time so But we you know it's nice to have everybody home and looking forward to whatever this court is over and covert is not part of our lives for a long time. I think that's a good point too like I know I was talking with my sister. She was like we internalize how it affects us individually but also thinking about hot effects. The kids how their schedule so different is important too so yacht even especially with doing school from home but congrats on the job. That's so exciting. It's definitely a silver lining during this time for the I. Thank you for The congrats I do appreciate it. like I said. I'm still learning everything you know with that. Do this new chapter of my career So but pray for me that I'm able to have that smooth transition still But it's good to catch up the American So Nelson as Lucy Piper military spouse program coordinator with American Corporate Partners A. K. Acp talks about how she is responsible for creating partnerships and cultivating relationships with veterans mill spouses business leaders and other veterans organizations greetings and welcome to another empowering installment of Army Wife. Talkradio's interview segment. I'm sure Rita Knob. Lock Your Army Wife Network owner and Commander. Today we will chat with Lucy Piper a US veteran spouse and military focus social worker who manages American Corporate Partners A. C. P. for short free mentorship program for active duty military spouses. Acp is a national nonprofit that assists military veterans and families with career readiness through mentorship in her role as program coordinator. Lucy is responsible for creating partnerships in cultivating relationships with veterans military spouses business leaders and other veterans service organizations. A New York native. She relocated frequently to follow her husband's nine year career in the Marine Corps which took their young family from coast to coast like most military spouses. Her career has been diverse by necessity and includes roles such a stylus fitness director Military Family Readiness Advisor and program director at the corporate offices of a health and wellness company following her husband's transition from the military life back into civilian life. Lucie obtain a master's in social work with the focus on military families and veterans from Stony Brook University in New York. She also holds a bachelor's degree in health and wellness. Lucie is a member of the fire. Alpha Honor Society for social workers and also a proud mother of three. Wow Lucy you are one accomplished woman welcome to the show likewise thank you so much for having me. It's an honor to be here absolutely. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your story and sharing that with our listeners and also learning more about A. CPA so I say we jump on in their awesome. Let's do it. What Lucy can you tell us a little bit more about your military story beyond what we just heard in your bio absolutely so? I think that my story is probably similar to a lot of others. My husband and I met in high school We so we were high school sweethearts We are from New York City. Both of us so we we kind of did our thing end had a career in life together Before he eventually enlisted in the Marine Corps so we were married right before he left And you know the rest is history. I think that we all experienced very similar things moving to a new duty station. Kinda try to figure out who you are in this new role. I know that bootcamp M. C. T. mls school and all of those were a really big shift for me. Learning how to acclimate to military lifestyle. What does it mean to be a spouse and then shortly after we started having kids and so then you learn a new role? What does it look like a mom To be a military spouse to live in place without family supports everything else and My husband was a careerist until he suddenly wasn't anymore and we didn't really have a good contingency plan because it kind of wasn't will be expected You know and that's kind of what led you came back to New York and became a social worker. Because I knew that was just so passionate about giving back to the military and veteran community. I didn't WanNA part with that. We kind of register rust out of it really quickly And that's kind of what landed me back into a role like that's working with active duty military spouses. How did the military impact your professional development looking for career pursuing that social work opportunity? Yeah I think that it definitely led me down a road that I didn't see myself going so before. He joined a hairstylist at a salon on Park Avenue New York City and I really thought that that was it. I was making really good money. But you know we. We run into the US These impasses military spouse. I couldn't transfer my license over from New York to California seamlessly So I kind of put that on hold and thought about what I wanted to do and ended up going back to school and I got my associates in military history which is probably the most useless decree there But I just didn't know what I wanted to do and I so I kind of just jumped into something that I thought was really interesting and it was and then I was done with that. And now we're way do you know. What would you do with that so then? I went back and got my bachelor's in health and wellness because they started to really understand that I loved being home with my little but that wasn't who I was I needed. It's just for me And so I started to feel that out and the one thing that I felt I was really connected to was the one thing I loved about. Working in a salon was talking to people and helping people In some way shape or form and that's kind of how it played out so that having to learn to adapt and overcome heading to Reform at who you are and what you WANNA do. Based on all of these things really led me down a different path and eventually led me to social work. I feel like your story is really going to resonate with a lot of our listeners. Also because we here at aws we joke about it all the time but we say that we live by the no plan plan. We have the plan and then we're like that's not really a plan. And here's here's a new direction in. That sounds exactly how you were called to your field in health and wellness and social work now with a C. P. Yes ma'am thinking thinking about all of that. How did the How was the transition from active duty life to civilian life for your family? Your husband your kids and yourself yeah. It was really rough. I you know I had again. I had multiple careers So I I did my health and wellness that put me working in a company that did a nutrition planning I love that. And then we to Cherry Point North Carolina. So they're already Marine Corps. His vase listening. You all know that. It's it's kind of a very remote place and that led me Director in a well-known Jim. I was like okay. This is what I'm going to do. And then then we have transition to civilian life so once again I had to recreate. Why wasn't gonNA look like and it was. It was hard. It was hard for all of us And that's what really threw me into. Social work is that I just couldn't imagine a you know what I was. GonNa do without my identity. Which for the last nine years had been military spouse you know and so I needed a way to reconnect reimagined. Who I was and how I was going to give back to people And and also just re acclimate to life had been gone for so long You know nine years goes by in a blink and also is a very long time to be way from home so New York City fell so different than it did before we left pre kids pre military pre like family and makes a lot of sense and I even though it was difficult. I appreciate how that rocky kind of transition maybe informed your professional experience and now has really given you of course boots on the ground experience of these military spouses and families who are also transitioning and trying to create or discover their own plan. Absolutely absolutely thinking back. If there's one thing that you could go back and tell yourself when you're on active duty military spouse what would it be or what would you tell their spouses? Now that maybe are in similar position. I would say that you know to myself. You can be an amazing military spouse an amazing mom and also have something. That's all your own. I think that was one of the things that I felt like was missing at the end and I think that's why it was so hard to transition back into civilian life is those things were so important to me and I'm not saying that they shouldn't be you But reserving some small sliver of yourself for just yourself whether that means a professional career or a love for yoga or I don't know creating you know jewelry. Whatever that is for you take the time even if it's just a few weeks to invest in yourself because that's what I didn't do enough I just didn't feel like I knew my son went up at the end to what to do with myself when all of a sudden my density was gone. That is very sage. I'm like I'm like subconsciously. Like writing that down. Sure we'll see. How is your background in military? Social work now prepared you to take on this role as military spouse program coordinator at American corporate partners. I think it just played in tremendously. And it's one of those kismet moments So I went back for a degree in social work and I was kind of prepared for a very different career I interned in a homeless veteran services which I loved but I just didn't connect to quite as much And then I didn't internship at the. Va where I worked on a military sexual trauma unit which was amazing and beautiful and also so heavy and as a mom of three kids ages ten and under Who need me to be able to come home and be a mom and WANNA listen and not WanNa shut myself up in my room Because I'm just mentally and emotionally exhausted. I just couldn't continue on down that path right now I would love to revisit it maybe later but right now I just couldn't dedicate one hundred percent of myself to that kind of work and that's what you need to do So I started thinking. What else can I do within social work? What is my education on my background prepared me for and I think that it's it's advocacy. It's growing relationships with other military spouses with veterans with other organizations who are military spouses and veterans and veteran families To make sure that we are working our best to support their needs. Because I know at an I see it every day. The needs of the military community are so much different than their civilian counterparts. And that's not to say that we're better or worse off. It just isn't that we're different so there needs to be somebody who can say I've lived this lifestyle and I understand the obstacles. I also understand how amazing this community is. And how resilient and loyal These houses really are. They're going to be some of the best employees that you could ever have. You just need to learn how to adjust to their lifestyles a little bit better. And so that's really brought me into this program and into this role. I WanNa commend you for your wisdom as far as seeing that trauma career experience that you enjoyed but knew this. Maybe just wasn't the season for that. You have the bandwidth for that I. I've been in the same position you know. I'm working on my doctorate right now in pastoral. Care and counseling and I'm really passionate about trauma but I'm like I have two small humans right now and I have to have the bandwidth to like take care of them so maybe in a future season. Kinda like you said maybe maybe later you might revisit that but for now focusing on a different note plan plan that is even a a great fit for your skillset but also a great fit for your family. Needs and your season of life What Lucy. I've enjoyed a ton already just talking to you. Learning about your history and kind of what led you down this path with American corporate partners. And I'm excited that in just a few moments after the break to dig deeper and learn even more about your role with. Acp listeners if you'd like to connect with ACP or Lucy Piper you can find them online on linked in Lucy Piper that's L. U. C. I. E. 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Email empower at army wife network Dot Com to get started. We sincerely thank you for your support to empower military spouses families and their service members around the globe. We are back talking with American Corporate Partners Military Spouse Program Coordinator Lucy Piper Luc-. Let's get even deeper and more specific about your role with this organization. Tell us what is a C? P. In what does ACP do for military spouses so ACP was actually founded in two thousand eight And it started as an organization that works specifically with post nine eleven veterans and transitioning service members. And it's kind of premised on this idea of big brothers big sisters of and so what we do is we provide free one on one mentorships with our corporate partners to help with all things professional development so over the course of twelve months. We're hearing veterans and transitioning service members and now including military spouses With field experts to help do lots of different things. It's really a matter of you know it's customizable. So it's completely up to what that participant needs to focus on whether it is Resume translating military skills leveraging volunteerism filling gaps in resumes Working on networks or linked in or or really whatever they need to do so in the past a little over a year now. We started this program for military spouses. Premised on program but now really identifying things that are specific to spouses 'cause earlier. I shared you to our obstacles or different We are really well educated I think that we're we're great employees an end but I think we struggle with those same kinds of things. How do you talk about gaps in your resume? How'd you into an interview And confidently talk about You know having to leave a career or having left multiple careers or change or shifting gears within your career so it's really a wonderful program and aimed specifically at the things that I think we've all dealt with. I feel like there's such a gap in that like you. Guys are feeling such a gap. I used to work back in the day before I said I do to my beloved soldier I worked in. Hr for a corporation and hiring people and seeing those gaps in the resume. I didn't really encounter a lot of mill spouses necessarily but I even see that now like I dabbled a couple years ago with. Maybe I should get a job and just trying to step out and get my toes wet. Dip in the water was really difficult. Because it's like I've been doing a lot of cool stuff But how do I translate that into? This is why we move every two years or I have small humans at or what do you mean overqualified. Isn't that a good thing? You know so I'm really glad you guys are fill in that gap and I'm sure your your value added for the organization helping military spouses but tell us. Oh go ahead. I was going to say absolutely think that it was one of those. You know we really became experts at facilitating these one on one mentorship and that's why we just decided there's more that we can do. There are more you know we can help support military families you know going in and and providing mentorships for active duty servicemembers who want to continue a twenty plus year career may not be the best fit but we can do is support the family on by making sure that the spouses of those servicemembers are well supported in there So you know. I think that it was important value out. I think it's it's just been amazing for me to come on board and be involved in it and just see these success stories these spouses go through the program and really feel like they're being heard and they're being valued and somebody is in their corner whether it'd be a sounding board or a cheerleader or whatever they need throughout this journey. I don't think it's any secret based on your Tony that you are so super passionate about this and you're just jazzed up and this is your jam and I love that. Tell us why why. You're so passionate about this program. Lucy it's I think it's just who I am and who I've become over the past decade or so. These are my friends. These are my family I it's no secret to you or anybody else. Tuning in You know when you become part of a military family you leave behind Your own blood family in some way and you have to rely on your neighbor is your new best friend who you just met two weeks ago because you just pcs there And so I've watched my friends myself. You know go through this journey and I know that there is just so many beautiful things that they can accomplish. They just don't have the tools and they're all of these job placement programs which phenomenal But if you're not up to speed if you don't know how to get your foot in the door if you don't know how to talk about these things or you're uncomfortable you need somebody just guide you through. How do you do that when you're constantly moving and also putting out fires at home and doing all of these other things that we all do day to day? Let's talk even more specifically because I love how just a few minutes ago. You mentioned of course corporate partners. These corporations this customizable plan person on person. What kind of mentors Mentorships are available for military spouses when they're ready to connect yet. So the great thing is I did mention corporate partners in that how was founded. We partnered with a couple of really wonderful companies. Now it's grown to over eighty corporate partners from from all different walks of life all different kinds of companies. Some of the ones that you would come across every day but the wonderful thing is that the spouse program kind of came out separately from that so while we do have our mentors from all of our eighty plus partner companies which V jump on the website on the Teresa had mentioned before you take a look at all those wonderful organizations but the spouse program is funded under grant and the wonderful thing about that is. We knew that not every military spouse was gonNA WANNA be paired with somebody from a corporate environment You know there are different things that spouses dude. They are interested in entrepreneurship and small business and helping professions in healthcare. In lots of other places that we didn't have corporate partners per se So what we were able to do with. This amazing grant is start looking elsewhere for mentors who were better equipped to deal with military spouses and and their obstacles and what they're dealing with so we were able to bring on mentors from lots of different areas Education and who are themselves your small business owners or a career coaches and lots of different things to make sure that we are able to provide a mentor who can really speak to what the specific military spouses enrolling in our program wants to do where they need the most help. Well here's a question if the military spouse doesn't know what they'd like to do professionally or maybe they have a lot of different ideas. How do you guys help? Guide them in that process. What we do is we are very very high touch We do everything by hand here at. Acp so no program Algorithm is GonNa just kind of pair up our military spouses coming in her mentors So once you apply for the program you'll actually a real person who will reach out to you and do A phone call to get to know you a little bit better. So they're going to ask you questions about what you're most interested in. What type of supports do you need? What kind of person? Ideally would you like to be linked up to And so they're going to work through that with you. I'm in a joint effort to make sure that we're identifying somebody who can help you but even still at the end of this call if you're if the person is like I'm not sure what I WANNA do. That's okay too. You've got twelve months with somebody to figure that out. So maybe it's kind of I would generally like to go into this field or have ideas of maybe doing this Let's let's figure that out. Maybe it's a career coach. Maybe it somebody who isn't specifically involved in one career field at all but can speak to sorting out the process or maybe it's who's going to guide you more on the education side. What degrees might be interesting to you? what are the? Next Steps. How do we you know and work through that? So there's a million different paths because not military spouses are like no to mentorships are alike. No two mentors are alike so everything is going to be completely to each pair that we have. What other support as a C. P. Provide military spouses? So as well as the one on one mentorship. I'm so you'll have your monthly calls with your mentor. You'll also have your monthly calls with an ACP point of contact here Who's GonNa Check in with you on your mentor? Every four to six weeks or so. I'm to see how things are going. Make sure that you both are staying connected trouble. Shoot anything that comes up. We're also GONNA fill in any gaps that may occur so we'll be there to send use specific resources that you need at any given point during your mentorship and we also have another side of the house where we do a monthly workshops online. Unusually there Zoom some of them are facebook. Live now where we have special guests. Most of them are mentors in our program. Come on and talk about things that are specific to women in professional development. You know so. Some of them are going to be specifically military spouse focused. Some of them are just be more general women in Corporate America or a female dominated world. Those kind of things WanNa make sure that we're supporting all around. You know not just through the one on one mentorship that we're creating a safe space for all of our military spouses to learn how to grow professionally so before we move on like. I'm poking around your website here ever checked it out once but I'm falling more and more in love with it as we talk. Skip me all excited like I don't feel like I'm called to go back to work right now but I'm like I don't know maybe maybe but You guys you guys. Acp is a nonprofit right. Yes ma'am okay. So is there when a military spouse is like okay. Is there a risk? Is there a cost to them or signed for the program? What is what does that process. Look like none at all so You know for on our veterans side. The mentorships are financed by our corporate partners on the spouse side. It is completely financed through grants that we've received there is never zero. Never ever ever any costs military spouses or our veterans So it is one hundred percent free. It is very very low risk. It is very high reward. Really the only thing that you will have to do is invest your time and it's investing in yourself so for us it's for you So it's really you know you deterrence we ask that you connect with your mentor for one hour per month but again we don't micromanage relationship between you and your mentor. We're here to help facilitate were here to check in but that looks different for every pair. It's maybe it's a one hour block once a month. Maybe it's our bi weekly. Maybe it's fifteen minutes a week in between bath and bedtime. Whatever that looks like Is completely fine. Because it's up to you and your mentor. Decide what's going to work best for the two of you. Some pears talk more than one hour impairs. You know that's kind of the minimum. And that's all they do. You're really in the driver's seat. So you get out of this program what you put into it so quick question. Also with that if someone's interested hopefully lots of our listeners are interested How do they how do they get? The application process started. Yep It is Super Super Simple. So if you go to our webpage. Acp Dash e Dot Org and you hover over whereas mentoring program. You'RE GONNA go down to the spouse application tab and then you'll you'll hit the apply now and start entering information. I want to make everybody where like I said earlier. We're going to call you to capture all of your information to make sure that we're pairing you with the absolute best mentor that we have available for you so you don't have to sit with this application for hours and hours and fill in every detail. We're going to call you to get that. This is just the first step to make sure that we are able to contact you and to get you enrolled in the program so it's super simple coupled screens. Just enter in. You know as much information as you have right on hand. And then we'll fill in the gaps on the back end. We just WanNa make sure that we are getting spouses in and getting them linked up with mentors. Who truly just WANNA help. They are volunteers. So they're here for you because they want to help you succeed. Well I am so excited to learn about this. I feel like I was not tracking this but ACP the mill space sides. Only been around for. What did you say year yet so we just had our one year anniversary? November so Almost a year and a half now And it is newer program so we get that quite often. People think that it's only a veteran program and we're trying to build a presence in. That's one thing that we're starting to fill out We just started a new instagram page. That we can better connect with our military spouses and find out more about them and connect with them a little bit more personally You know we're we're still feeling out how this all kind of looks a firm military spouses. And how do we pull out the the great parts of the veteran program that have worked so well? And how do we adapt them to make sure they fit the needs of military spouse population? We WanNa make sure that our military spouses. No we're not grouping you in with veterans. We know you are different. We know that you you've got your own needs in your own wants and your desires and you are your own people And so we're just trying to build a program that works for you guys. That's what it's all about. It's so great and I'm so glad that I mean I'm I'm glad you've only been around a year and a half because now I don't feel like I'm late to the party now. I should wear have I. How do I know about this? This is so cool. And that's what I love about doing these interviews as it's so profound even for me. My husband was asking me this morning. What was you know going to try to do today with both children at home in the background is like well? I've got a podcast interview and He asked me who it was with and I gave kind of a very short elevator pitch and he started asking questions that I was like. I don't know like other than poking around their website. I don't know but man when he comes home today. He's getting an earful. It's GonNa be good. Tell them what I learned to. This is awesome. Well I hope to see both of your applications. Come through at some point with us. We love to help you both well. I'm here marking these things. Because he's going to be a transitioning out in the next few years so I'll be like here's a whole list of resources. Go go and that's the big piece for that transition. I touched on earlier for for me. you know the other piece. I think if I could go back in time and just say to myself like feed better prepared. You know what's coming be better prepared so definitely for those spouses who are are looking towards their service members transition into retirement Get involved now. Don't wait till the last minute You know even if that that is a couple of years down the road It's only going to help you. You're only going to grow And again that's figuring out what you WANNA do when you grow up. How many times? I use that phrase in my life when I grow up I will be. I have no idea. That's okay but that's okay next next next big kid job. That's what I say. Like what am I gonNa do when I'm a big kid? Question good question. Will they see where our listeners go to find out even more impairing information about this Super Great Program as mill spouse mentorship with ACP? Yup again you want to jump on the website and put in an application so that we can reach out to you directly Also give you my email address. I'm which is L. Piper that's Ellison Lucy P. I p. e. r. At ACP DASH USA DOT ORG. I am always one hundred percent ecstatic to jump on a call with somebody who wants to find out more information or wants to see if this program is right for them a as you. I'm sure you guys can tell I live sleep. Eat Breathe this My husband hates me that some days. I'm on my phone until way later than I should be because I just. I just love connecting with other militaries also so much so please. Email me a go to our website. Acp Dash e Dot Org and put in your application Check US out on instagram. We've got a new page. Acp MILITARY SPOUSE So like us on their follow us on their You know we want to connect with you on whatever works best for you answer any questions you have get you linked up with the mentors that we can help you. Let us let us do the heavy lifting twist my arm like I feel like mill spouses. We do a lot of heavy lifting anyways. You know that experience and so anytime we can outsource that or ask for a little bit. Help to carry our mill spouse. Metaphorical rucksacks comes to building a career. I think is absolutely a win for everyone? Yes absolutely lucy you know our primary mission here in Army Wife Network is empowerment so we always want to hear what empowerment means to our guests. Tell us how would you complete sense? Empowerment is so my social workers. GonNa show here. I think to me in power is finding that confidence that is needed to take authority over. Your own needs your own. Wants your own beliefs and feelings. Whatever that looks like to you yes. I don't feel like we could end this interview any stronger than that. Absolutely I support that one hundred twelve percent. Thank you so much Lucy. What a great conversation. I just so appreciate you taking time out of your schedule to share your experience as program coordinator for the Middle Spouse program at a C P. We do wish you all the best as you continue to quit military spouses for their educational journey. What a joy it is to talk to you awesome. Thank you so much I appreciate you having me. It's been a pleasure and I can't wait to see all those applications coming in guys. Open the floodgate. Yes let's go network can't wait. Acp and get your application and for sure what a great interview so thankful for Lucy Piper for joining us this year her empowering resources about ACP and the services they provide to the military community with us this week again if you would like to connect with ACP check them out online on facebook Edlington at American corporate partners at twitter and Instagram at a C. P. Underscore USA and youtube at ACP points. It's nice to be able to have resources like ACP for veterans and their spouses as they transition out of the military. And I wish I had known about this type of organization when my husband gotta the Army back in Twenty sixteen it would have been super helpful for me Especially just because you know. Try to find work as a military spouse get out. Luckily I have a mash degrees. So it's not as hard but I can only imagine for those who don't have the education background like that. Getting into a workforce that you're not familiar with You know going to a place where you're not familiar with where whether it is you. Don't go back home or you go back home for wherever that may be for anybody. It's hard to transition out of what you're used to however many years you're in the military to something that you're not used to having a resource like this is very helpful for veterans and their spouses Even though I didn't use it in an I didn't know about it. When we got out it would have been helpful. But we made it work when I transitioned out of the army and instead of my husband going directly into the workforce he uses Gi Bill. And he's almost dead has the rest of the semester and then summer and that he's done so maybe we'll use this resource one of the time comes Or maybe we won't but it's just nice to know that we have it there And for those. Who Need these resources? Har- heartwarming to know that they exist and that those veterans and their spouses don't have to be in limbo once it with the military. What did you think about the injury? Mirren so I absolutely loves listening to this interview. I felt so much more energized and empowered and like all the wheels were turning when I was listening to this interview because I felt like I resonated with so much about what Lucy shared with us. Especially me being a new military spouse. I know for me when I graduated college. In two thousand seventeen. My initial plan was in my head like Oh we'll go to college then all you're GonNa Masters or go to law school that my husband and I ended up getting engaged which completely changed her plan. Especially since our current duty station doesn't have law school relatively close off so that was really difficult for me. I was trying to figure out like you know I always wanted a career and I knew I wanted to be in the legal field so I took a slight detour. I've been working as a paralegal. The last three years which honestly has been really fulfilling. I've loved it Great and I know like after we don't engage. My husband was deployed during our engagement so I recently moved to. Fort Bliss. I know. Pc ICING job-hunting is so hard. And I just want to encourage fellow. Nelson's out there I. It's so hard to feel discouraged if you can't find the exact job you're looking for or whatever your Avenue Group has is but I've been trying to just look at it as a roadmap to getting to where I want to go and it's helped me a little bit of stress. I know it's not exactly what we would dream of but something is. Something is what I keep telling myself so. I know that I can greatly benefit from. Acp Especially I know as you mentioned Tackling interviews explaining the gaps in change of employment as can be so beneficial. Because I feel like I've been told you know some employers. Don't love the fact that you could be leaving so soon and I never know how to navigate that so that would be really helpful and my husband. He's not sure if he's doing career. Or how many years will stay in. But I'm always trying to play in the next step in kind of get ahead of whatever we're going to face next as much as I can in the army I'm really take this free and customize resource and my husband's also trying to figure out what he's going to use his Gi bill tune so this is definitely going to be really beneficial for both of us. Here's another one of our command members with weekly EMPOWERMENT PATROL REPORT. Hello. Awt Our listeners. For this week's empowerment patrol report. We are showcasing band of blogger. 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I'm so excited to dive in and get some feedback to learn a little bit more about I command and how military families can be financially responsible during this time so talk to us as we start here about some things we can do as family now to be sparred about our finances from a savings perspective. Th there's a handful of things I'd recommend the first one is is sit down with your you yourself or with your spouse or significant other and in review your budget and really start to understand where your money goes in what you're spending What you're spending your money on and I think at times like these we start to realize the nice to have from the half the haves and if you're looking to save money there's probably some nice to haves it. You know maybe we don't. We don't really need you know at least for the next few weeks and you might find that you don't need them for the long-term either one of the things that you know has kind of uh. I guess if there's a silver lining in all this some of the benefits with gas prices have come down. Quite a bit and people aren't driving nearly as much anyway. Things like dining out or going to the movies. Those those expenses are gone. I'm on zoom calls and I'm seeing people aren't getting nearly as many haircuts these days like that so those are some big ones just to start capturing those expense reductions and making sure that you understand the money your savings that you used to spend on those things and start talking that away into a savings account. I'd also encourage people to look at monthly subscriptions things that get hit hit our credit card every month that we just sort of forget to pay attention to whether that's a a subscription to magazines or subscription to Jim Subscriptions are great. One so our memberships right. So gyms are closed. But that doesn't mean people are the the gym's aren't still hitting your credit card for those those monthly fees. And if you're not going you probably don't WanNa be paying so you could at least suspended for a while. Debt consolidation loans are big thing. People have tend to have two or three credit cards possibly in there running up balances there and with interest rates coming down so much There's an opportunity to take those high interest rate credit cards and refinance them into a single debt consolidation loan that will typically carry a much lower interest rate. So you can save a lot of money. Just Lowering your interest rate on what you're paying on the credit card for instance refinancing your your mortgage if you've got the opportunity that if you own a home and it's been awhile since you've refinanced your mortgage mortgage rates have come down significantly. So that's where it's taking a look at unlike the financial crisis of two thousand and eight. I'm seeing a lot of banks and credit unions stepping up and offering assistance that they've never offered they didn't they weren't in a position to offer in two thousand eight when the banks were in a much tougher financial position but over the last twelve years or so. They've really short up their their capital requirements and are a much better position in a really stepping up to offer support to their customers as well you see. Auto manufacturers postponing payments reducing interest charges those sorts of things. So I WOULD. I would explore every one of those things and you might come to find that. There's a lot more savings at your fingertips and you might have originally thought and in which I think. One of comforting factors as it starts to put people in a position where they feel like they've got a little bit more control over their situation and to have everything dictated to them and I think that alone just from a mental standpoint helps people feel more secure and more competent with what's going on in the final piece. Tell us the cares. Act checks that have been being sent out or being sent out you know the government would really love to see people take that money and spend it and stimulate the economy and I get that and that's important for all of us have a strong healthy economy But the first academy. You've gotta take care of his the one right at home and so if that money is better spent savings or if it's better spent paying down credit card debt or putting towards your mortgage or a car payment you know instead of running right out and buying a brand new TV or the money some other way. Just make sure that you're applying that money. Our fits your personal situation best. Yeah I think viewing this season this situation in the light of the suggestions you just shared reflecting on what you actually spend money on and is it truly necessary now or in the long run and different opportunities to invest in save. I think that really helps us. To transition our mindset from feeling very deprived because right now can feel very much like deprivation and instead as you mentioned the shift in mindset it helps us to become more empowered which is really what we want to do here at army wife network so I think from a financial viewpoint. Those are really solid tips to transition from deprivation or being deprived to being empowered. That's really great agree completely agree that that feeling of empowerment is so important to us all and hopefully those tips p put people in that position. Just speaking of tips thinking about our kids right now. now in long-term what tips do you have for teaching our kids about savings boy? This is a good time. I mean it's I can tell you we my wife and I have five kids between us and So I've never seen my kids with more time. They don't have After school activities don't have sports the extracurricular stuff that they use to get involved in their seeing their friends Far Less frequently and far fewer of them than than we ever have in the past so for us a silver lining in all of this is. We're actually getting more time with the kids but in that time it's a great way. It's a great time to sit down and teach kids you know about About saving money and the importance of putting money aside for situations like this and all those tips that I just shared not every parent is going to be comfortable sharing everything about their budget but instead of sharing the entire budget with with With the kids you can start sharing them with them and help them be part of the decisions you're making do. We eliminate this from our monthly budget. Could we do on less than this? If you'RE GONNA cancel subscription or to talk to them about what you're doing why you're doing it and as much as you feel comfortable pulling your children into the same discussions. We just had about how we can empower families to be more in control of their finances. I would encourage families to to do that. It makes it. You know trying to teach my own kids about money when it's just a concept they don't have a real reference point. It's harder for them to understand that in grasp exactly what you're teaching them or why but if you can apply it to your exact Personal situation and it becomes more real for them and they. I think they'll grasp it better. And I think it'll stick more and those will be lessons. They'll remember this right. This won't be well. Let's hope you know you keep saying you know. Unemployment is higher than it's ever been and it's gone faster than all the way back to the Great Depression so and in some ways I'm not comparing this to the Great Depression but in some ways are certain things that reflect that era and people remember for the rest of their lives the lessons they learned during the Great Depression or during the two thousand eight financial crisis. We and our children will remember this these times forever in the lessons you teach them now. I'm willing to bet will stick with them literally for the rest of their lives. I think talking openly to our kids about finances. Of course you know with some with some wisdom with some boundaries but just some level of disclosure and working through that takes away a lot of the intimidation factor in the stigma of handling finances responsibly. Being you know I didn't grow up in household with conversations like that it was we. Just don't talk about it and so becoming an adult. I was like what I want to be responsible but I literally have no idea. So I think you're right on the money Pun intended just came out of nowhere. But I think you're right on the money with talking to our kids especially in the season where it's like. Okay let's make some adjustments in. We're going to be okay. It really really equips them for the future. You know I think to if you make them part of that process and they get to be included in the discussion. Hey we've got two or three things we might WANNA cut out. Let's talk about which ones GonNa go. It just includes them into decision they learn more and they feel like they've contributed to the family as well and as crazy as it sounds. It's just more time you get to spend with your kids and maybe it's time you wouldn't have had in the past because we're also busy not working from home and they're off doing their activities and so on it cultivates maybe a team a team mentality instead of the US versus them parents versus the kids. A camera and dad cut this. But like here's why or I had say in this decision to do. What's best for our family in this season? That's really really solid. So I mentioned a couple of seconds ago just thinking about finances in general seems intimidating at least from my perspective when I grew up so tell us about the services and offerings that I command creates For servicemembers their charge to meet with an adviser. And what can they expect when they meet financial adviser? I'm really glad that we have a very Specific financial planning process that that we try to work through with each one of our clients especially our new clients On the front end we we literally just try to take time to get to know. There are potential clients. And do they believe this would be? We'd be a good fit for them. Will they be a good fit for us and really make sure that we're going to gel then assuming that the person or the couple wants to move forward? I think we would do is sit down and and really understand the person's goals and dreams and where they are today and what they're trying to accomplish financially as they go forward what type of risk they're comfortable taking and all those sorts of things and that helps us establish Nali the baseline but would to really establish where you're trying to go five or ten or twenty years from now. From all that information our advisers will then create a financial plan for the prospective client. And then that person that family will come back for a second meeting and the advisor will deliver that financial plan to the family up until that point. What's great about our process is there is no cost or no obligation all the way through that plan delivery so if you get that plan in your hands and you say well you know this is great but maybe. I'm just not ready to do something about this yet. There's no cost or no obligation for that. But if they say you know what this makes a whole lot of sense to us and they see your recommendations and we'll get ready to move forward with those recommendations that whatever fees or commissions that come with The solutions that are implemented that financial. Plan those normal fees and commissions would apply but the fact that we do not charge ever an active duty military family for the financial planning process or the financial plan that we delivered to them is something that. I think goes a long way in the military market years ago. We actually did charge so if you wanted a financial plan delivered to you. There was a fee for that in several years ago. We got away from that and the reason we did is we found. It was too much of a barrier to entry for too many military families. Too many military families think financial planning is either too expensive for them to afford or that. They don't have enough money for a planner to want to work with them and for us. We've tried to take both of those away so no longer. Do we charge for the financial plan itself. Which has helped more people get on a path to financial success? The other issue that we've addressed is this whole issue of. I don't have enough money and there is no minimum to work with. I command you. Find a lot of financial services companies out there that have you know minimums in the tens of thousands of dollars for instance and we're very happy to start clients. That have very little or no money. The first step with them is we have to get him out of credit card debt too often. We find military families have ten or fifteen or twenty thousand dollars in credit card debt. And the first thing we have to do is help them refinance. That debt like we talked about earlier. Get that interest rate down. Start paying off that debt and then start with a small investment planner of fifty or even one hundred dollars a month or a small insurance plan to get them the level of insurance. They need so happy to work with those small amounts in the military. That's often the place we find ourselves. As working with very small investment amounts insurance amounts paying off credit card debt and getting people on a much better financial path. And maybe that's the third point I make to Sri Lanka's it's is there a charge for the financial plan? No do I have enough money? We do not have a minimum. What we often say is we. Don't chase wealth I command. We actually help people build it but the third often keeps people. Away is the Boy My finances are a mess. And I'm kind of embarrassed and I don't really want to go in and and have to confront this Iowa just implore people to not let that be a barrier to going down sitting with a financial advisor if you think yours is a mess. We've probably seen worse and we're not going to judge people right. We're really there to help. They often say the best time to start building. Your financial plan was yesterday. And if you didn't do it yesterday the second best time is today in the sooner you get on that The better you're going to be for the long term and you mention the word empowerment earlier person. I don't think from a financial standpoint. There's anything more empowering than sitting down in developing with you you and your significant other what your roadmap is GonNa be to get you to financial security over some period of time. Yeah I completely agree and I don't want to make this interview all about me but you know my husband and I just ten months ago I think got connected with I command here and I'll Paso and initially I was like Oh man I don't even know what's he gonNa say and Holy Cow Georgia's been so good to us as far as help teaching us things but he just knows his stuff. He's prior service so he gets the military he gets the you know like him and I feel like George bencher in my husband could be. Bff's even though even though there's a couple of decades of age separating them they are just like hardcore and intentional but still so so Georgia's let us go at our own pace and you know he shoots high and then we're like I don't know if we can pull it off and so he'll pull back and he's he's so authentic and we have just you know we're on the path now and really feeling a whole lot more empowered unless like intimidating and overwhelmed with that and we got connected with. I command through your relationship army wife network because I didn't even know you guys really existed in all the great things you do until partnered with us so that's been really really cool for our family and we're excited to see where that goes just feel like you guys are in our corner which is awesome. That is so great to hear him. I'm not surprised but you know I can't tell you how great it makes me feel to hear that Georgia's excellent adviser That Our office out there at Fort Bliss outstanding so many former military people in so many passionate people there in with we've got roughly five hundred advisers around the world in eighty district advisers that support them and eighty percent of our field force is either former military or military spouses themselves. So you say they could be. Bff's there is an immediate obvious. You all know immediate credibility in an immediate understanding and an empathy for the challenges that military families face and that connection goes a long way that trust goes a long way and the fact in something. I probably should have mentioned earlier. The fact that our advisers understand the military benefit so well so you talk about empowerment. I mean how many military families don't understand and therefore take advantage of all the benefits they have available to them well deserved benefits. But if somebody doesn't sit down with him and explain here's what this is and here's how it works and here's how you. WanNa use it to your benefit a lot of those benefits. Go on US and that. That's a shame and so for me. It sort likely even free money on the table. If you don't take advantage of it to have somebody that can only explain them to you but show you how to leverage. Those benefits is another big win. I think -solutely I. I completely agree with that. We've seen that from our relationship with the first command office here at Fort. Bliss and Georgia's commitment to help us signed paperwork social distance wise like he's came to our house in medicine across the driveway like papers down. Let us sign. You know following all the rules and rags but just so like. Let's make this happen for you guys so that's great. We're trying to do as much as we can electronically and make it easier for clients and advisors and we've added you know it's funny when you're pressed people get real creative on how we can find more ways to do more electric work you know quicker than we ever have but every once a lot still requires a you know a face to face interaction if that face to face is six feet or more away but It's great to see that moving forward and and we're doing everything we can to make sure people get on and stay on that path that financial success even through this pandemic you mentioned just a couple of moments ago talking about hiring lot of prior service in military spouses and looking at military spouses and sometimes the barriers to employment that we sometimes face tell us a little bit more about the hiring process. Or what you guys at first commander doing With hiring military spouses in your organization. We are a big fan of of hiring military spouses. I think upfront. We often hear from folks. Boy You know I. I didn't go to school and get a finance degree and I never thought about being a financial adviser. Is that possible? And we'll tell them if you have a passion or love for serving the military in virtually every military spouse does and a strong work ethic than you know we will teach you everything else you need to know and and for US military spouses being highly educated. Hard working there. Many of them are most by far. Most of them are making the majority of families financial decisions already so they they understand the issues. They empathize with the challenges. That military families face military spouses are incredibly resilient and many of them were from what I've seen and what we've seen are looking for careers. Not just jobs in too often win. The economy gets a hits a rough patch like we have now that the military spouses are in or quickly. The ones that are eliminated. I and therefore that puts obviously puts a strain on on military families but with such high unemployment and underemployment. We are always looking to hire military spouses because again you know all the reasons I mentioned in there they have an immediate market right there well connected to other military spouses. Their highly trusted that that. I don't have to tell you how how well network you know. Military spouses are and it. Just presents a an opportunity? A sort of a natural market for them to go out into grow their business. And what really Excites US is? This is really an opportunity for military and military spouses to improve the lives of other military families by continuing to serve those who serve and while they're serving others are adviser. Spouses are also pursuing financial security for their own families. This ends up being a career. We can do really well by being by doing good. And I think that's a huge attraction for our military spouse advisors and it's probably no surprise. They they tend to be some of our best performing advisers because of the natural market and that trust they have in the work ethic That they bring to the to the position we have about one hundred and eighty offices around the world the vast majority of them are near military installation and whatever skills you develop in one I command office or completely transferable to another I command office so as our military families piecing from one location to the other our military spouses can take those skills and transfer them to the next location and so it it really ends up becoming a career that it's transportable as opposed to getting one job in this location at different job with a different company another location and so on and so on and that's been a big attraction for military spouses and we've got positions as advisors as associate financial advisors as administrative assistant office managers. So if being an adviser isn't right up your alley and you'd like more of a support position. We tend to have those opportunities in all those offices as well. Yeah I think that sounds like a a win for everybody involved for you. Guys are mill spouses for their families. And Yeah so any. Hr listeners out there interested in employment opportunities. Look Up. I can't. I can vouch. That they're great company and very supportive in bear out for excellence so I'm grateful for that will mark as we get ready to wrap up our special feature time together. Would you be willing to share with US? A favourite budgeting or just a personal finance. Hit that you've developed over the years the one I would give you right now is is. Don't panic and I know that might sound a little cliche. I've been I hate to admit it but I've been in this business almost thirty years now and while every one of these crises are different to me. They always end up the same. We always work our way through them. We always seem to come together and band together and work our way through them. People go back to work the market start to go back up. You know when it will that happen. And how aggressively will that happen? No one really knows for sure but this will pass. And if you can find ways to stay focused and empower yourselves to go through all those savings tip that we tips that we mentioned to look at your financial plan review it or to build it For the first time and really take control of your personal financial situation. Don't panic as you said when we started early when we were talking. Maybe a silver lining in all this there. There've been too many government shutdowns where the military was threatened. Did Not get their pay or than the last one. The Coast Guard didn't get their pay at least on the military shy You know our military men and women are still collecting a paycheck which is great at least I e even if both spouses collecting income right now at least one of them still is and this will pass and people will go back to work so stay empowered. Stay positive don't panic and We're GONNA get through this and as usual. We're GONNA come out stronger on the other end. I can't think of a better way to end This very special and important interview just the word of encouragement and empowerment of. Hey we're in this together. Hunker down you know. Tighten your belt little scratch over like let's ride through this storm and we will all come out the other side possibly even better off than when we started. Who knows so well? Mark as we do Close this out. Can You let our listeners know where they can go find? Even more empowering information about creating a financial plans physically with I commend. You just hit our website at www dot. I command DOT COM. I command DOT COM on there We've got Places where you can go to get to look into how you start your financial plan. There's a section called getting started. There's a career section on there and just I think today in fact we're announcing our Cova Nineteen Resource Center. Where we've got information from our chief investment officer Articles around those things articles around Mental Health. Flyer staying at home how to avoid scams that are popping up all over the place because of Kobe. Nineteen I've got client letter to on there But all of our cove in nineteen corona virus information all in one place in the Corona Virus Resource Center. So lots of great information. There are team in the home. Office has been doing a great job. Getting great information out and putting it all in one place and then really encourage folks to take a look at it. Because I think you'll find it very helpful absolutely and I. I noticed that you guys had I. I don't know if I I wouldn't say I was surprised but I was like all. They have stuff about mental health about help for home schooling. It's not just financial stuff but you guys have really branched out and providing a wide variety of resources for us during this challenging time within our nation country world. So we're really grateful for that and mark. I just so appreciate you making time in your schedule because I know you are a busy busy man as CEO. I command and I just thank you for sharing these resources with our listeners. As I mentioned husband and I we've been working with I command for probably the last ten minutes or so and it is made such a difference already. Just we'd just joke about. Were adulting we feel like such grownup now. I is helping us with that. Feel good you will thank you for having me on. It was honestly it was my pleasure and privilege to be here. I can't thank you enough for having me and Say just say as I sign off stay safe. Everyone and we'll get through this. Thank you so much mark listeners. I encourage you to go ahead and get connected with. I command financial services. Both in person perhaps office call. I 'cause they might be closed. But they're still available online through their website. I command dot com and you can also connect with them on social media on facebook twitter and instagram. At I commend. You can also reach out to mark on linked by searching Mark Steffi. Last NAME IS SPELLED S. T. E. F. F. E. Thank you guys so much and now. I've always wanted to say it back to the studio with our house. Such powering financial information. Thank you. For schematic team. Remember if you would like to tap into the resources connect with them online at facebook twitter and Instagram at first command and Lincoln at Mark Steffi. Well listeners our mission is accomplished for this episode of Awt. 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