Lisa Vogt: “Ever Better”

People represent themselves as who they have been told they are…not who they really are…not who they aspire to be.  My guest, Lisa Vogt, helps people create more fulfilling careers and lives by working and living in those areas that cause their Lights to shine.  Her unique ability to expose and empower her clients to step into their strengths and joy, is evidenced in our high-energy discussion and the examples she shares.

Considering changing careers? Lisa’s program “Just In Time Job Application” may be your answer.

Hope’s Story: You Think Your Situation is Different

It’s a common scenario.  High school sweethearts.  He treated her like she was precious, said all the right things, and she ignored the red flags.

The military sent him overseas so they got married so she could go, too.  One night while dancing, he misunderstood something she said and he punched her in the mouth.  She was taken to the hospital.  The military’s resolve to his violence was to send her back stateside!

He Beat Me Twice on Our Honeymoon

Her 2009 memoir about surviving domestic abuse, titled Crazy Love, is the subject of the very first TED talk by a domestic abuse survivor!

Leslie Morgan Steiner has been a guest on The Today Show, National Public Radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC?the list goes on!  Now she’s my guest on Surviving Abuse Podcast.

To Grow is to Create a Really Great Life

Most CPAs are black and white…no gray areas, no mushy stuff, no metaphysical beliefs?certainly no thinking like me! Deborah Williams is not that kind of CPA. She speaks about accounting and money mindset the way I talk about domestic abuse;

Life patterns affect our current lives
Our old ways of doing things may not fit who we are today
Everyone else is “normal’, why am I not?

I Choose to Wallow in the Good: Stephani Roberts


Stephani Roberts is also a podcaster.  Her show also deals with domestic abuse.  We are kindred Spirits? she and I ? and you.  Her podcast is called The Audacious Life.

After separation from her abuser, Stephani described herself as a “frazzled, anxious mess most of the time.”  With no family nearby, she decided not to lean on anyone else to get through her separation and transition.  She was not married to her abuser, the Father of their two children.  In some ways that made leaving easier.  In some ways it was much more difficult.

The Company She Keeps: Georgia Durante

She was the most photographed girl in the world (THE Kodak girl)…and became a mafia wife. Having grown up in Western NY, her story gets intense in New York City at a mafia-run club called Sundowners. She never knew exactly what went down at the after-hours club where she worked, but the intrigue drew her into the mafia’s underworld. “I end up in San Diego, and I was married to a guy in the mob at this time. He was very abusive.”

He Even Bugged Her Car


4% of our population are sociopaths, according to recent research. Like most of us, Stacy Brookman unwittingly fell in love with and married a charismatic man who appeared to be loving and caring; All that she ever wanted! He turned out to be one of the 4%… her ideal husband was a sociopath. She became a lifetime member of the Domestic Abuse Survivors Club. He could not keep a job, and that didn’t bother him.

He Hauls Off and Throws a Glass of Water in my Face


We present ourselves as confident, determined and gritty business women. We keep hidden in the shadows the truth about the life we live at home. Fear, anxiety and guilt are our constant companions but are seldom expressed. Like many of us, that was my guests’ truth. Carole Sanek shares with us personal examples of every dramatic phase of the domestic abuse cycle. Her charismatic, funny, and charming abuser manipulated her through control, financial, emotional and physical abuse.

She “Gets It”!!


Ruth Glenn is the President and CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). She has served with this organization since 2014 and is a domestic abuse survivor. She “gets it”!

We talk about victims wondering “how could I have allowed this to happen to me?” and other realities of domestic violence.

People Know and People See


My guest, Bonnie Frank, created and managed a flourishing business, from scratch and on her own, while living in the midst of a very damaging relationship. She created her business by live-stream, every day, in spite of grueling accusations, confrontations and undermining by her abuser. No one knew what was really going on away from the camera.

But What Does OK Mean?


“And yet, our society seems to think we should brush ourselves off after a life-altering change, go back to work and be OK.  But, what does OK mean?”

That’s a quote from Heather V. Shore’s new book, Deeply Wounded Hope

You Are Not the Only One. You are Not Alone.


Today’s guest, Lindsey Ellison, wrote in HuffPost, “While our culture gets criticized for being too pro-divorce, I’d like to counter that criticism and say we are a culture of over-tolerance. We tolerate bad behavior and bad relationships for far too long.
We are rewarded for “sticking it out” and are scolded by our society if we don’t. I am often amazed to hear what my clients and readers tolerate in a marriage, and how they feel guilty for even having thoughts of ending the relationship.

To be a Great Parent…


Anna Seewald, Founder of Authentic Parenting, brings clear insight and provides helpful advice for those of us raising children after experiencing domestic abuse.  We discuss the core of her teaching which is, “to be a great parent we need to work on ourselves.  By raising our children, we are raising ourselves, too.” Our discussion includes touching on Programmed Patterns, those things WE learned as kids and have passed on to our kids. 

I Remember the Exact Moment…


Addressing tough issues with confidence, encouragement and love of life, this show is both entertaining and inspiring. My guest is a survivor of sexual abuse (including rape); partner abuse; and is the mother of twins who were abused by their biological father after a judge granted him visitation rights when the children were three years old.

Freedom K9 Project

Do you know there’s a service dog a program for women suffering from PTSD as a result of sex trafficking and domestic violence? There is!

Lydia Wood founded an organization called Freedom K9 Project, specifically to meet the needs of women survivors of domestic abuse and human trafficking. 

Not Many Options

As a home-schooled young woman in a small, relatively closed community, at 19 Sarah was attracted to and married a handsome, charismatic and charming young man who swept her off her feet.  Almost immediately, though she was not physically attacked, his rage at the slighted provocation, criticism of her, dangerous, erratic driving, holes punched in walls and smashed dishes created fear and anxiety in her life. 

Loneliness is a Sign

Don’t you love synchronicity?  I do.  When two totally separate events come together to make sense, I love it!

In the past several days I’ve had people tell me they are lonely.  I’ve been surprised; that’s not something I hear very often. This show discusses loneliness and makes several suggestions to combat the emotion…the action is called personal growth.

No Bigger Illusion

Without regard to what the abuse was doing to you, were you taught not to embarrass your family by talking about your abuse?  Was the message loud and clear that talking about the way your abuser treated you would bring dishonor, disgrace, to him and the family? That is the lesson Mickie allowed to direct her actions and responses for many years.  Once she left, she believed that thought-process was resolved but suddenly, there it was again!

Am I a Fraud?

I was momentarily ecstatic when I read the news brief about me and Surviving Abuse network. Then the fear, the anxiety, the knot in the pit of my stomach erupted!

WHAT IF… WHAT IF… WHAT IF…