Facing Tomorrow

Facing Tomorrow

Creating community for those facing a new tomorrow.


May 4, 2023 33 mins

Every once in a while, we will have the pleasure of checking in with our Facing Tomorrow guests. Our conversation today will allow us to get reacquainted with our guest from October 25, 2019 - Courageous Fire. 

On that date, Courageous was about two years out from her turning point. There were three key mission goals for the Courageous Fire movement as part of that podcast episode. Our follow up allowed us to check in on her progre...

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"I cannot put to words how that felt being a nurse and not being able to help; there's a level of helplessness when you're taking care of a baby who is dying, but it is even worse when you can't impact their experience in a positive and healthy way. All of those experiences together sparked Walk with You."

We are proud to be joined by the founder and president of Walk with You, Kylie Collins. This episode tells the story of Kylie's...

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Nearly one in four pregnancies ends in loss. The sadness, guilt, self-blame, sense of failure and worthlessness, anger, and uncomfortable envy can surprise or even shock the bereaved, who bear all this with no sure sense of how or how long to grieve, nor confidence to talk about an experience that has been relentlessly silenced.

So, why is it that only 25% of employers have pregnancy loss as part of their bereavement leave package?...

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February 23, 2023 39 mins

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen." - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Struggling to find the support she needed after her best ...

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This episode centers around Danny's decision to leave a job where he had created a successful career - a leap of faith in order to save his mental health. A "nagging in the back of (Danny's) mind" was the impetus for Danny's recentering of his priorities and an important conversation with his wife while in France. This decision was not an ease one.

The transition from the job he had built from the ground up to a job with no promise...

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“Life is a wonderful adventure… you never know what adventure is going to be presented to you… take the risk on what this adventure will hold for you!” From the stone of the Alhambra, overlooking the majesty of Granada, Spain, Dennis Markway made a decision that would change the course of his entire life. 

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January 13, 2023 46 mins

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Learn learn more about the Why along with how Maslow got the why wrong in our chat with Chief Executive Officer of Greater Des Moines Supportive Housing, Emily Osweiler.

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January 10, 2023 1 min

After a bit of a hiatus, Facing Tomorrow has returned! Our website has gotten a refresh, our intro music, as you can hear, is also a change. What will not change is the same great storytelling you have grown accustomed to from Facing Tomorrow. Check out all the episodes at FacingTomorrow.org and stay tuned for our first episode of this new kick-off: Maslow Got it Wrong, featuring Emily Osweiler.

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Listen in on a conversation between my middle school student and her mother regarding the topic of loss and grief due to suicide.

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September 13, 2020 66 mins

For more, visit facingtomorrow.org "Hope just shows up! Life is so messed up... this world is tough... I want my goal to be nice to everybody; I can bring them kindness." Ryan Nesbit is a respected suicide prevention advocate and presenter of evidence-based training programs QPR and ASIST.

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For more, visit facingtomorrow.org "One thing that helped me through... was just having a supportive community and family... who would just say to me, 'All you have to do today is put on your shoes and go for a walk.'" Brett Brinkmeyer is an overcomer; hear his mental health adventure and the impact he is making as a Peer Support Specialist, storyteller, poet, and author.

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February 18, 2020 38 mins

For more, visit facingtomorrow.org "At the time, I was recording [the videos] because I thought I was going to be recording my death; nobody was helping protect me, nobody was listening to me, and at least through videotaping what was going on, someone would be able to go back and watch these videos [to let] people know that they are not alone." Char shares her personal experience with DV/IPV, her support of Jane Goe's, and the gen...

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January 24, 2020 41 mins

For more, visit facingtomorrow.org "I'm not scared of anything now because I know we as parents, and as a family, and as a community are capable of providing her with the stepping stones that she needs to do whatever she wants." - Sara and Jarrod discuss the struggles of learning their daughter will be born with Down syndrome, and boldly face tomorrow with joy, strength-and a beautiful child.

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For more, visit facingtomorrow.org The "C" word. No one wants to hear that word. Cancer takes many forms and is indiscriminate toward victims. As we learn from Tina, Jay was a healthy, young, vibrant man, with no family history. Cancer didn't care. But as we hear from Tina, the care both patients and family receive during the journey can strengthen people even through the darkest of times.

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October 24, 2019 40 mins

"When you lose a limb, it's visible. How might it look when you have lost part of the inside of yourself?" - Courageous Fire. For the nearly half of all women and men in the United States who have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime, they may find that help is more difficult than if the violence is physical or sexual. Courageous Fire shares her experience and provides encouragement.

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October 7, 2019 38 mins

Matt and Haley had always planned on having kids - up to five, in fact. Excitedly, they began the journey without hiccup with the birth of their first son, Hudson. Their second child, to be named Fletcher, would become a blessing for different reasons.

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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. We will delve into this topic in a raw, honest manner to bring awareness to the commonality of miscarriage - one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage - and to create community for those who have lost a child at any stage of pregnancy. We begin this topic with an introduction - our story of heartbreak.

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September 24, 2019 15 mins

Leah DeMarest from Flourishing Engagements joins us to discuss grief and loss strategies. Leah holds a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from Walden University, and holds CADC and T-MHC licenses. The topic of suicide has touched her life in both a personal and professional context, and Leah is determined to fight the stigma associated with mental health. We are thankful that she was willing to spend a few minutes with...

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September 21, 2019 28 mins

Since the loss of our brother, we have made it our mission to connect with others who have lost loved ones to suicide. The quarter-million estimation from American Association of Suicidology is telling; we need to work together to end the stigma around mental health and around suicide. For those who are suicide loss survivors, may you find strength in the stories presented in this podcast, and that you are able to find help in the ...

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September 20, 2019 2 mins

Welcome to Facing Tomorrow-Creating community for those feeling loss, hurt, sadness, and uncertainty; giving a light to the path of hope. These stories create community for those feeling loss, hurt, sadness, uncertainty; we invite you to come bring your true selves, and join the community as we realize we can boldly, confidently face tomorrow.

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