In this day and age, how do you escape the busyness trap of this world and how do you deal with feelings of "not being good enough" and other negative emotions like guilt, shame, doubt and more...

In this episode of Grace and Gratitude Podcast, Jenn Anderson, the Founder of The Arena Coaching, explains why it is important to respond to life instead of reacting to it. She also shares some valuable tips on how you can claim back your life by slowing down and being mindful.

If you feel some tension or stress in your life right now or maybe you simply want to relax, stay tuned and you'll  learn self-compassion tips and nurturing words to soothe and comfort you... 

More about Jenn Anderson

Jennifer is a Leadership Coach with a focus on Personal Leadership and Emotional Resilience.
She is an officially certified Daring WayTM facilitator having studied with Dr. Brené Brown and her team throughout 2016.

Founder of ‘The Arena Coaching’, Jennifer is also a facilitator, speaker, and mentor.

Jennifer currently resides in Brisbane, Australia. In her spare time, you will find her exploring the world around her, creating, discovering spiritual rituals and traditions, spending quality time with her husband and two dogs, or whipping up adventures of the
culinary kind for her loved ones.

- Certified Daring WayTM Facilitator (CDWF)
- ICF (International Coach Federation) Member + 2017 Queensland Leadership Team
- Real Education Coach and Leadership Program - Certified Level 5 Coach

What we talked about…

How The Arena Coaching came to be [1:22]
Personal Leadership and Emotional Resiliency [6:36]
Responding to life instead of reacting to it [9:29]
Slowing down and taking a break [10:54]
The importance of being mindful and paying attention [11:32]
The greatest lessons Jenn learned from Dr. Brene Brown [13:06]
The Self-Compassion whispers [15:31]
The difference between self-compassion whispers and affirmations [17:30]
Gratitude tips and gratitude habits [19:39]
What is grace and gratitude? [21:25]

How to add more gratitude, joy, love and meaning in your life...

"Don't be in a hurry. Take each moment as it comes. Life is a journey and not a destination. Slow down and enjoy every moment of it.
Enjoy being who you really are and just take it moment by moment." - Jenn Anderson


Get in touch with Jenn Anderson...


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Going through some setbacks in life?

In this episode of Grace and Gratitude Podcast, you’ll be inspired to dream again, love again and claim your life back again through gratitude...

Learn from Jhet Van Ruyven as she shares how she turns a lot of set backs in life to stepping stones for success.
From a life of poverty to a life of abundance...

From a journey of disease to ease...

From lovelessness to love-fullness again and again...

From knowing yourself to loving yourself ... and much more!

If there's a word to describe Jhet's life story, I'd just say, "Wow!"

Enjoy the nuggets of wisdom from this funny and inspiring conversation...

More about Jhet Van Ruyven…

Jhet “Juliet” van Ruyven grew up in a poverty-stricken family and faced many challenges at a young age and focused on her dreams to succeed. With nothing but passion and vision she was able to turn all her childhood dreams to reality.

Having first-hand experience with material and spiritual poverty, illness, career stagnation and romantic failure, she helps people move through these temporary set backs and make them building blocks to success.

Jhet has impacted audiences in Canada, USA, Germany, Australia, Holland, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong & Malaysia and in the Philippines where she was awarded "People of the Year" by Asia Magazine.

She is a life-long learner with mentors like T. Harv Eker, Tony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Canfield, Wayne Dyer, Robert Kiyosaki and many others.

She is named Top 30 Visionaries on Diversity in Canada and was nominated Business Woman of the Year in her community. She has traveled to 50 countries (still counting) and had been to all continents but Antartica.

She is best known for empowering and inspiring others to believe in the power of their dreams as documented in her #1 Amazon Bestselling book (Ethnic Women Category) “The Tale of Juliet - You Have The Power To Change Your Life where she shares stepping stones to success

Be inspired by her story, learn from her lessons and share it with someone who needs to hear it.

What we talked about…

How Jhet Van Ruyven rose from poverty and turned her dreams to reality [2:00]

Find out how Jhet Van Ruyven met Mother Teresa of Calcutta and her husband, Ted [10:05]

Hear the story behind the Pacific Ocean, the same ocean where all Jhet's dream began [10:42]

We are all spiritual beings having a human experience [13:13]

The greatest lessons Jhet learned from T.Harv Eker, Wayne Dyer, Jack Canfield and more [14:07]

How the power of gratitude saved Jhet's health, marriage and life [16:25]

Loving yourself and honoring your body [22:00]

All setbacks, failures and lessons are stepping blocks towards your success[22:28]

Live in a life of abundance, gratitude and purpose [23:20]

The grace is always in our hearts and always around us[24:03]

Always expect miracles [25:25]

Jhet Van Ruyven and Sha Nacino's new book, Gain From Your Pain, [26:37]

Jhet’s one big message to add more gratitude, joy love and meaning in your life…

"Trust and have faith..."

Get in touch with Jhet Van Ruyven…

*Music Attribution: Corporate (Success) by Scott Holmes, Corporate (Uplifting) by Scott Holmes


It can be difficult to feel positive and grateful when you live with Chronic Pain or when you deal with emotional pain. So to bring some light and inspiration, we are joined today by Lauren Zalewski also known as the Gratitude Addict and the founder of Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain.

In this episode of Grace and Gratitude Podcast, you’ll hear Lauren’s journey and an honest conversation of trials and triumphs.

More about Lauren Zalewski…

Lauren was diagnosed with Lupus and Fibromyalgia back in 2001. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. It can cause severe fatigue, joint pain and muscle pain.

She became depressed, alcoholic for years, had a DUI (Driving Under Influence) and woke up in a hospital without her knowing how she got there.

As she puts it, “Life is hard. I hit a bottom, it’s horrible but you can come out of it… I never thought I could, but you CAN.”

Be inspired by her story, learn from her lessons and share it with someone who needs to hear it.

I learned a lot in this vulnerable and authentic conversation, so I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for listening!


What we talked about…

Hear Lauren Zalewski’s journey and the inspiration behind Gratitude [1:08]

Find out Lauren’s rock bottom and how she changed her life [4:52]

The greatest lessons Lauren learned from practicing gratitude [6:33]

Being real, wholehearted and authentic in a world that’s trying to portray perfection [8:52]

Sometimes emotional pain is more debilitating than physical pain [11:12]

How to exactly practice gratitude during tough times [12:20]

The simple gratitude practice that you have to try [17:13]

It’s ok to slow down, to stop trying to be so perfect, to admit that we have problems and we need help [21:16]

How Lauren Zalewski would like to be remembered [25:01]


Lauren Zalewski’s one big message to add more gratitude and joy in your life…

"There is no shame in admitting that you need help. Talk to someone about it."

Get in touch with Lauren Zalewski…

Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain

Gratitude Addict


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Jessica Cox was born without arms. The doctors do not know why she was born “differently-abled.” But she does. Jessica has made achievements with her feet that most people only dream of.

Her most famous accomplishment was learning how to fly. It took three states, four airplanes, two flight instructors and a discouraging year to find the right aircraft: a 1946 415C Ercoupe Airplane. She received the Guinness World Record for being the first person certified to fly an airplane with only their feet.

Jessica now works as a motivational speaker. She travels the world sharing her story and encouraging people to be creative and innovative with the slogan “Think outside the shoe.”™

Now she shares her story with people around the world.


What we talked about:

One thing that keeps Jessica Cox excited these days [1:13]
Jessica Cox's story [1:50]
Who inspires Jessica COx aside from her parents [3:00]
The angry Jessica Cox [3:59]
The miracle moment or aha moment of Jessica Cox [4:59]
The most difficult time for Jessica Cox [6:44]
Boosting self-confidence [7:39]
Jessica Cox's greatest fear [8:56]
Jessica Cox's one big message to someone who's going through tough times [11:49]
What you have is exactly what you need to live a happy life [12:55]


Jessica Cox's Awards and Accolades:

Plane and Pilot Magazine’s 10 Best Pilots, 2013

Inspiration Award for Women: Most Aspirational, 2012 USA; Inspiration International, 2013 UK

Guinness World Record: The First Armless Person in the World Ever to Have Obtained a Pilot’s License, 2011

AOPA LIVE Pilots Choice Award 2010: Most Watched Female Aviator

Published in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, 2009


Get in touch with Jessica Cox:

Jessica Cox's Website

Jessica Cox's Facebook

Right Footed, a Documentary about Jessica Cox



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Music Attribution:
Corporate (Success) by Scott Holmes, Corporate (Uplifting) by Scott Holmes

Courage is to tell your story with your whole heart.

In my recent conversation with my guest Shannon Kaiser Writes, a Happiness Guru, Top 100 Women to Watch in Wellness by Mind Body Green, labeled a modern thought leader on the rise by Café Truth, Best-Selling Author, and a six-time contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul, she courageously bared her soul on how she came up with her new book, The Self-Love Experiment. I love the vulnerability and authenticity in this conversation.

More about Shannon Kaiser…

Shannon Kaiser is an inspirational author, speaker, travel writer, and life coach who left her successful career in advertising several years ago to follow her heart and be a writer. Her unique and adventurous twist to self-help inspires people to take risks and embrace the unknown so they can live openly and courageously from their heart.

Her website was named top 100 self-help blogs on the Internet by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

Shannon Kaiser writes best-selling books and wildly popular blogs about happiness, inspiring people around the world to ditch what doesn’t serve them and follow their paths to true joy and satisfaction.” —Mind Body Green


What we talked about:

Shannon's journey to finding her purpose and passion [01:11]

Shannon's recovery from depression [02:00] 

The greatest lessons Shannon learned by becoming a travel writer [03:26]  

Your biggest fears are motivators [05:07]

The Self-Love Experiment: 15 Principles for Becoming More Kind, Compassionate, and Accepting of Yourself [07:31] 

Self-Love Principles and Gratitude Tips [09:30] 

Grace is allowing yourself to be where you are and connection to your authentic truth. [12:57] 

Gratitude is an appreciation of life. [16:34] 

The epiphany of Shannon during the Self-Love Experiment [17:05] 

Being authentic and being vulnerable [20:24] 

Shannon Kaiser as a catalyst to help people understand their Truth. [21:35] 

Be kind to yourself and all problems are pathways to greater understanding [22:33] 

Powerful Mantras and Affirmations [23:25] 

I am right where I want to be to go where I want to go. [25:32] 


Get in touch with Shannon Kaiser:

FREE Love your Life to the Fullest Guide on her website



The Self- Love Experiment


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Music Attribution:
Corporate (Success) by Scott Holmes, Corporate (Uplifting) by Scott Holmes

Overcoming the Loss of a Loved One and Keeping the Legacy Alive

“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure…”

Have you ever experienced a loss, whether it’s a pet that you loved the most, a loved one, a family member or a friend? Grieving is a process we have to go through at some point in our lives.

In this episode of Grace and Gratitude, I had a good conversation with Jesse Kahat. the Founder of Pearls from My Mom.

Losing her mom has awakened a new sense of purpose in her life. This sisterhood/brotherhood is the reason she started the site. She knows there must be others out there like her who want to share the pearls of wisdom that have been handed down to them.

Pearls From My Mom s a space to share those pearls, recipes, crafts, laughs, and anything else you want. They can be from your mom, dad, sibling, friend, grandparent- anyone who has given you worthwhile advice. It’s all about sharing to keep the legacy alive…

What we talked about:

Jesse Kahat’s background and upbringing [1:08]

The inspiration behind Pearls From My Mom [2:18]

Great lessons learned from her mom [4:40]

Going through grief, depression & life’s challenges [6:10]

What’s grace and gratitude? [8:25]

The world is a reflection of yourself [9:43]

Examples of Self Affirmations [10:44]

Jesse Kahat as a kind and compassionate person [13:30]

How to add more gratitude, joy, love and meaning in your life [14:42]

Failures are learning opportunities [15:20]

Share your story and your vulnerabilities [16:25]

Get in touch with Jesse Kahat:

Pearls From My Mom Website

Pearls From My Mom Facebook

Pearls From My Mom Podcast

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Instagram: @gratefulandjoyfulsoul


Music Attribution:
Corporate (Success) by Scott Holmes, Corporate (Uplifting) by Scott Holmes

Gratitude as a Way of Living

Have you ever caught yourself comparing your life to others? Have you ever fell into the trap of wanting more and achieving more yet your life still feels empty?

In the first episode of Grace and Gratitude Podcast, I had the privilege to talk to a humble and insightful person, Georgian Benta, a Gratitude Coach, Host and Founder of The Gratitude Podcast.

His core message in this interview is gratitude as a way of living. But what does it all mean?

How can it help you become more grateful and joyful when you have a bad day and when you are faced with a lot of challenges in life?

In this interview, Georgian shares not only about gratitude but he also shares the challenges he currently experiences and the issues he presently deals with.

He also explains the importance of breaks and pauses because the brain has a survival mechanism and people have the tendency to always move to the next thing – The next goal, the next big project!

Another note worthy insight in our conversation is the reason why some people aren’t satisfied and happy even if they have a lot of money and even if they have achieved a lot of things in life already. And the dangers when you compare yourself to others.

Further, if you are in a bumpy relationship right now, his practical gratitude tips and relationship advice will help you bring back some spark and love in your life.

What we talked about:

Major lessons, tips and advice from gratitude experts [2:09]

The importance of rethinking our day [4:25]

How can we value the things that we have right now? [6:00]

The key secret to appreciating what we have at the present moment [6:32]

How to be grateful when we have challenges in life? [8:23]

Reliving the first time experience [9:43]

The survival mechanism of the brain and the happiness mechanism [11:37]

Compare and Despair [13:45]

Overcoming relationship challenges [16:23]

Gratitude as a way of living [21:35]]

How to add more gratitude in your life when you’re having a tough time [26:55]

Get in touch with Georgian Benta:

The Gratitude Podcast Facebook 

8 Lessons this interview taught me:

Being is more important than doing. (Maybe that’s why we are called Human BEings)

Intentional pauses, breaks, and reflections are great tools to bring us back to joy.

If you want to change your outer world, you have to change your inner world.

When you start to change the way you think, you start to change your life.

Never compare yourself to anyone else, because your potential is uniquely yours. Gratitude unlocks joy.

Thank you is more than a word.

Just breathe and celebrate life.

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Instagram: @gratefulandjoyfulsoul

Music Attribution:
Corporate (Success) by Scott Holmes

Corporate (Uplifting) by Scott Holmes


Here's a sneak peek of the first episode of Grace and Gratitude Podcast, Gratitude as a Way of Living with Georgian Benta, host of the Gratitude Podcast.

Music Attribution:
Corporate (Success) by Scott Holmes

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