Living With Intent
Overwhelmed with the stress of being a mother, a wife, and a successful entrepreneur, Mallika Chopra felt guilty about not giving her children, husband and her career the attention they equally deserved. Mallika was trapped in the pressure to be “perfect” as the daughter of famed spiritual leader Deepak Chopra. She realized she needed an action plan for change so she set out on a journey to find more meaning, joy, and balance in life. She provides a road map for how we can all move from thought to action to outcome. Mallika is an author, speaker and founder of Intent.com. Her new book is Living with Intent.
Taya Kyle, the widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, shares her private story: an unforgettable testament to the power of love, faith and service in the face of war and unimaginable loss. Taya founded the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation in honor of her late husband Chris Kyle, legendary U.S. Navy SEAL and author of the bestsellers American Sniper and American Gun. The foundation is devoted to strengthening the marriages of veterans and first responders. An active public speaker, Taya inspires others to find strength and persevere through struggles. Taya is the author of the new book, American Wife.
Be Safe, Love Mom
Elaine Brye, like many moms, cried when her kids left home, wishes they’d call and write more, and spends sleepless nights worrying about them. But Elaine’s tears and concerns are more poignant than most mothers’ because Elaine is the mom of four military officers, one each in the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines. Elaine joined the Naval Academy Parents’ Listserv, and began a 15 year journey of helping parents adjust to their new lives as military parents and she offers advice to help guide parents on the long and bumpy road of having a child in uniform. Elaine is the author of the book Be Safe, Love Mom.
In 1928, 16-year-old Minka was raped. This innocent farm girl was pregnant. The baby was secretly born, named Betty Jane, and placed for adoption. For decades, Minka wrote letters trying to get news of her daughter. Nearly 80 years later, Minka whispered her prayer: Lord, I’d like to see Betty Jane before I die. I promise I won’t bother her or interrupt her life. I just want to lay eyes on her. Unbeknownst to Minka, that same day, a judge was releasing the sealed adoption records to her 77-year-old daughter. Soon, Minka’s phone would ring. In her book, The Waiting, Cathy LaGrow (Minka’s granddaughter) brings three generations together to tell a story of faith, forgiveness and love.
Bold, Fat & Crazy
Having a baby is a monumental, life-altering experience, and so is adopting a child; being diagnosed with cancer comes with its own transformative, emotional and physical entanglements. Now, imagine what it would be like to experience all three at once. Stephanie didn’t have to imagine it, she lived it. Stephanie takes us on a gut-wrenching, tearful, and joy-filled rollercoaster ride from those first days after learning she had breast cancer to her amusing wig shopping spree, the birth of her second child, and the homecoming of her adopted daughter. She is the author of Bald, Fat & Crazy.
Wired for Love
“What the heck is my partner thinking?” is a common question in relationships, and with good reason. Every person is wired for love differently, with different habits, needs, and reactions to conflict. The good news is that most people’s minds work in predictable ways it’s possible to actually neurologically prime the brain for greater love and fewer conflicts. Drawn from neuroscience, attachment theory, and emotion regulation, Stan Tatkin, author of Wired for Love, discusses how and why love lasts. Stan is affiliated with the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine’s department of Family Medicine and has a private practice in Calabasas, CA. He and his wife Tracey founded the PACT Institute.
Elaine Brye: Be Safe Love Mom
June 21, 2015