How to Find the Sure Path to True Healing

How to Find the Sure Path to True Healing

Heather D. Shover is a featured author in our latest anthology book, The Call to Soar. She is a fellow purpose-seeker and an amazing person to know when it comes to healing. I am happy to introduce her to One Degree Shift and everyone that visits our community blog. Cassandra: Hi Heather! Share a little more about yourself. Heather: First and foremost, I’m a wife and mother, and those are my two most important roles. Until recently, I was also a partner in a boutique commercial real estate firm in Dallas, Texas. However, this January, I resigned from my longstanding career to follow my passion and purpose. I am now 100 percent focused on teaching and inspiring healing to those suffering from chronic disease. Cassandra: Wow! That’s exciting and I’m sure it scares you a little too. Tell us more about what you are passionate about doing as it relates to healing. Heather: There is a different way to heal, and I feel called to share this with those who are looking for answers to their chronic health conditions.  While Western Medicine or conventional medicine is wonderful and life-saving in so many ways, often times those with chronic health conditions lasting longer than three months get caught in the gerbil wheel of using pharmaceuticals to manage symptoms instead of actually addressing the root cause, so they never find true healing. I feel called to bring greater awareness to other healing modalities which treat the person and not the disease. Cassandra: Treat the person not the disease? Say more about that, Heather. Heather: Yes. The human body has a remarkable ability to heal itself, given...
What is the Secret Code to Unlock Your Hidden Confidence?

What is the Secret Code to Unlock Your Hidden Confidence?

Susan K. Younger wears an interesting set of hats. She does architectural drawings for design firms and private clients. She is a licensed massage therapist, a three-time author, and a certified B.A.N.K. trainer and business consultant. I’ve known her for several years, and she has supported me in several of my coaching programs: a founding member in One Degree Shift and co-author in the first book in our best-selling anthology series, Strengthen Your Wings: Amazing Stories for the Journey. It will be fun to introduce her and share what she’s up to with all of you. Cassandra: Hi Susan! I’m excited to finally have the chance to introduce you to One Degree Shift. You and I have been acquainted for several years, and you’ve been a part of this community since its beginning. Tell everyone a little about your background and what has shaped you into the person you are today. Susan: I was a shy girl — tall, clumsy and smart — from small town Iowa. My mom would tell me, “People are going to mistake you for stuck up unless you learn to reach out and let them know who you really are.” This reminder would serve me well in life and business. It wasn’t always easy, and I remember family friends worrying that even college would be a challenge I would not complete because I was so shy. Cassandra: Good advice from your mom. It’s interesting that you were so incredibly shy back then, because I don’t see that part of you today. How did you overcome your shyness? Susan: When I finished college, I was sure I would be moving to Texas to...
Is Your Need to Know Everything Keeping You Stuck in Life?

Is Your Need to Know Everything Keeping You Stuck in Life?

I’m eager to introduce Johnnene Addison-Gay as our featured member of One Degree Shift. Johnnene is a fellow purpose seeker and contributing author in the best-selling anthology book, Emerge: Real Stories of Courage and Truth. Cassandra: I met Johnnene a few years back when I was speaking at the Ambitious Woman’s Conference. On the last day of the event, she told me that she woke up hearing my voice ringing in her ear, and she signed on to be a coauthor in my second anthology book. Johnnene, I’d like you to introduce yourself. Johnnene: Well… my name is Johnnene Gay – actually, Addison-Gay is my legal name. I like the initials JAG so I planned my last name like I’ve done with a lot of my life. I planned when I would have kids and how many I would have. Last year was the first year I allowed myself to “let go and let God;” although, it’s still a work in progress. I’m learning to be more in the moment and to stop trying to predict my future. Cassandra: You are not alone in that struggle because I’m a recovering perfectionist and control freak. Tell us more and maybe we’ll understand what made you that way. Johnnene: I grew up in historic Savannah, Georgia. I’m the youngest of six children (really eight if I include twin sisters from my dad’s previous relationship). I have been married to my college sweetheart for 19 years, and we have two smart, athletic, teenage boys. I have always enjoyed assisting people in reaching their goals and aspirations. Cassandra: So, you’re a Georgia peach! Maybe being the youngest sibling has something to...
How to Reignite Your Joy in Life Again

How to Reignite Your Joy in Life Again

I’m delighted to introduce Suzanne R. Duque as our featured member of One Degree Shift. Suzanne contributed an inspiring story in our latest book, The Call to Soar, released this month in paperback and Kindle book. CASSANDRA: Suzanne, you’ve been an active member of One Degree Shift for a couple of years. You enthusiastically step up and take the lead to support others in our community, and I appreciate you for that. You’ve written in two of our bestselling books: Emerge in 2015 and The Call to Soar which we released this month. I’ve watched you dig deep, make discoveries about your motivation, your fears, and make shifts towards action that will bring you more of what makes you happy and feels purposeful. I’m excited to introduce you! Tell us a little more about you. SUZANNE: I was raised in a small-town south of Houston, Texas called West Columbia, where I have lived my entire life. My parents, Mary Lee and Pickens Rasco, taught me the importance of hard work and the integrity of your word. Dad was a bulldozer operator and my Mom was a florist. They both had wonderful singing voices, so music has always been part of my life. Both could play by ear; they would hear a song and then play it. Mother at one time sang with a big band, and Dad, his sister, and cousin provided music for tent revivals. At our family reunions, we would always end up around the piano. God touches my heart through music. My husband, Johnny, and I have been married for 37 years. We are active in our church. We have 3...
Finding a Gift in Your Grief

Finding a Gift in Your Grief

This month, I’m delighted to introduce Sue Corbran as our featured member of One Degree Shift. Sue is one of my amazing co-authors in the Amazon bestselling book, EMERGE: Real Stories of Courage and Truth.  CASSANDRA: Hi Sue! I am excited to finally introduce you to One Degree Shift and the readers of our community blog. I have enjoyed watching you step out of your comfort zone, take small risks, and follow your passion. So, I am really happy to share your story because I know others will be encouraged by it. Tell us about yourself. SUE: I am a proud mom of six kids, a grandma with five granddaughters and one grandson. I have a passion for children’s ministry. I love teaching the kids at church because I get to do all of the fun activities too. CASSANDRA: I was about to say that you are a kid at heart, but you beat me to it. Tell us more. What else are you passionate about? SUE: Besides playing golf, traveling, reading books, and listening to praise music, I enjoy encouraging people and making new friends. Plus, I have notebooks full of personal stories just waiting to be published in a book or two. CASSANDRA: I know that you love writing, and I am glad to see you pursuing what you enjoy. You told me once that your sister nicknamed you “the girl with many voices.” My guess is she was referring to the many stories you have within you, and I suspect we’ll read a lot more real soon! Do you plan to make writing your career? SUE: I would love to do that. It...
Find the Beauty in the Simple Things of Life

Find the Beauty in the Simple Things of Life

This month, we’re featuring Miriam Ilgenfritz in One Degree Shift community. Miriam is a woman of adventure. Read how this mother of 16 children, wife of 32 years, award-winning writer, long distance runner, serial entrepreneur, and mentor to young moms finds the beauty in the simple things of life. CASSANDRA: Hi Miriam. You’ve been a member of the One Degree Shift Community for a few months. I’m excited to introduce you. Please tell us about yourself. MIRIAM: I’m the daughter of a missionary doctor, and I spent most of my formative years in the jungles of Zaire. I thought I had seen it all, but I was wrong. None of those experiences in the jungle prepared me for the jungle I found myself in after marriage. CASSANDRA: Wow! You grew up in the jungles of Zaire. No one I know has had that experience. Tell us more. MIRIAM: I lived in Zaire, now People’s Republic of Congo, for twelve years. Dad would sometimes take us with him to small villages where he would hold clinics. We got to hike through the jungle, paddle in crocodile infested waters, and sometimes sleep out in mosquito-filled cabins. When I returned to the states in my teen years, I was surprised to find most people didn’t live the adventure filled life that I had always thought was normal. CASSANDRA: Your life was an adventure, but what do you mean when you say “the jungle I found myself in after marriage?” MIRIAM: I’m a proud, and sometimes exasperated, mother of ten and half dozen children. That’s 16. I have my own list of FAQ’s:...

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