Stories of Change & Creativity

Stories of Change & Creativity

Everyone has a story to share. An idea-generator, Judy Oskam explores how people deal with change and embrace creativity. University Professor+Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach+Tiny Habits Certified Coach............................................... Host & Producer - Judy Oskam....Audio Engineer - Anne Cox. For more information, please contact: drjudyoskam@gmail.com

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July 16, 2021 28 min

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On this episode, I talk with Anna Orenstein-Cardona. She's a London-based financial coach and an FEC certified financial educator. Anna is on a mission to close the gap in financial literacy. You'll hear about her fascinating journey and why she started her business, Wear Your Money Crown. I hope you enjoy our conversation.

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  • For well being, we all need mental, spiritual, physical and financial health.
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    "I don't fear showing up.  I don't fear being seen." 

    Sandra Mikulic is a mother of 4, a Plus-size Athlete, full time banker and advocate for all size athletes.  She wants all size athletes to be "fairly represented in media to change the stereotype that only " thinner" people can run or be athletic."

    Mikulic started a 5kms a day streak on January 1, 2019 with no signs of stopping.   

    She wri...

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    May 20, 2021 25 min

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    Many people search for their purpose.  For Mindy Henderson, purpose found her.  She gave her first speech at the age of 4.  Mindy was the Texas representative for the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Telethon

    I was honored to talk with speaker, author and coach Mindy Henderson about change, determination and life as an entrepreneur.     She was recently recognized by Austin Woman Magazine as a Woman to W...

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    April 16, 2021 25 min

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    Augusto Valverde is the creative force behind Global Child TV, the new generation world travel show that blends luxury, adventure and life lessons. He is also the founder of the BIG Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings together Christians, Jews and Muslims to help people in need, regardless of their faith or beliefs.

    Augusto Valverde grew in Mexico City and moved to Canada at the age of 19.  He returned to Mia...

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    I've been moved by recent violence and racism against our Asian American communities.  Years ago my husband and I adopted two daughters from China.  Our family is a blend of culture and color. 

    I found a thoughtful Facebook post by Asian adoptee Anna Rochelle Rangel.  I contacted Anna and interviewed her on Zoom.  Anna describes herself as  Phenomenally Asian & Proud Adoptee.

    Here's part of her Facebook post:

    T...

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    March 13, 2021 18 min

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    Lisa Byrne is an Exercise Physiologist, Certified Pilates Instructor and Movement Coach.  I noticed her creative posts on Instagram.   Lisa inspires me to find simple ways to keep moving.  She is studio owner and the creative force behind MoveMoreToday, Pilates for Sport, GardenCore and The Sidekick Stick®.  Based in Pennsylvania, she works with adults in her studio and online via zoom. 

    We talked about exercise and chang...

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    March is Women’s History Month.  And Monday, March 8, 2021 is International Women's Day.  The 2021 International Women's Day theme is is Choose to Challenge.  To recognize women who choose to challenge, I’m shining the spotlight on some of our outstanding guests from season 1.   

    A solo entrepreneur for more than 25 years, Elisa Victoria Jimenez decided at the age of 15 that her life would be her greatest work of a...

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    Marla Lackey's life changed when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Her mother had been her best friend, her rock.  Now the roles were reversed.  Marla, a registered nurse for years, took on the role of caregiver.   

    Throughout her journey, Marla started to experience what she describes as ‘full-circle” or ‘spiritual aha’ moments.   She wrote her memoir to share her story and  help others. 

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    Anna Mazurek's number one priority in life is to travel.   So far, she has traveled to more than 50 countries around the world.  And she's done it on a budget. 

    Anna Mazurek is a freelance travel photographer, writer and university lecturer based in Austin, Texas. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, AFAR and Rolling Stone. She is a budget travel expert and author of the book, Goo...

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    November 9, 2020 15 min

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    Have you ever wanted to buy a van, hit the road and travel the United States?  Well, that's just what YoungWa decided to do.  She moved to Austin from Seattle two years ago.  YoungWa grew tired of corporate life and decided to make a life change.  Using her savings, she bought a Storyteller Overland van and started making plans. 

    In late October 2020, YoungWa and her dog, Kimchi, started out on their new RV adventure....

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    October 17, 2020 3 min

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    Stories of Change and Creativity - Shorts Takes  features savvy strategies and life lessons from experts.   

    Best-selling author and Ramsey Personality Anthony ONeal connects with young people and college students with a positive message about how they can reach their goals.   

    In this short take, Anthony talks about the importance of relationships and planning.   

    Please share, subscribe and review this podcast.  You can c...

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    October 9, 2020 6 min

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    Stories of Change and Creativity - Shorts Takes  features savvy strategies and life lessons from experts.   

    Chair Stylist Wendy Conklin created her company, Chair Whimsy, in 2012. She designs custom, one of a kind chairs and shares her expertise consulting and teaching online classes.

    In this short take, Wendy talks about courage, change and her journey as an entrepreneur. 

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    October 3, 2020 25 min

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    Todd Salzman is on a mission to help people deal with and understand depression and anxiety.  He knows about it first hand.  At the top of his game, Todd struggled with what he calls, the dragon. 

    You can find Salzman's book, Slaying Dragons: A Layman's Guide to Understanding Depression and Anxiety and Killing It!, at lulu.com.

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    One day while driving, Todd Salzman drifted toward a bridge abutment—fu...

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    August 28, 2020 24 min

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    Ignite your SHINE

    LaVonna Roth is a savvy thought leader who blends education, science and psychology. She works with educators and business professionals, teaching them how to connect, engage and motivate.   

    Roth is the creator and owner of Ignite your S.H.I.N.E. The acronym stands for:

    Self

    Heart

    Ignite

    Navigate

    Exceptional

    LaVonna Roth is on a mission to provide professional development – virtual or on-site - for educators an...

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    Please join me for a two-part interview with Texas Fine Art Photographer Melissa Fontenette-Mitchell.  In our first episode, we talk about Melissa's career path and some of her landmark projects.

    In part two of our interview, Melissa comments on the power of images and how video and photographs help illustrate stories about racial injustice. 

    Hope you enjoy our conversation. 

    ARTIST STATEMENT from MELISSA FONTENETTE-M...

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    Texas Fine Arts Photographer Melissa Fontenette-Mitchell knows the power of images.  In part two of our interview, Melissa discusses how video and photographs help tell important stories about racial injustice. 

    In our first episode (#016), we talked about Melissa's career path and some of her landmark projects.

    Hope you enjoy our conversation. 

    ARTIST STATEMENT by MELISSA FONTENETTE-MITCHELL 

    My Photography Fine Art t...

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    The global pandemic has changed the way we live, work and learn.  And colleges and universities will transition to meet these new demands.  On this episode, I talk with Anthony ONeal.  Ramsey personalities Anthony ONeal and Rachel Cruz wrote the award-winning book, The Graduate Survival Guide: Five Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make in College

    "This is the generation that can change our future..." - Anthony O...

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    In this episode, I interview Vicky Cardwell Balcou - about art, life and the creative process.  We also talked about how she embraces change and keeps moving forward.

    Fort Worth native Vicky Cardwell Balcou was destined to be an artist. Born into a family of artists, designers and teachers, her mother and father supported her creativity.  Since graduating from The University of Texas, Vicky has had a long, successful car...

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    The COVID-19 virus has impacted the way we work, learn and live our lives.  On this episode, I talk with Amy Webb.  We recorded this interview on May 15, 2020.  Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist and a bestselling, award-winning author. She is the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures.  She's also a professor...

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    On this episode, I feature an interview with talented harpist, singer and performer Kristen Gibbs. She and her band perform in and around Austin, Texas.  As a professional musician, the global pandemic has impacted her performance schedule.  So Kristen created a free neighborhood concert series to share her music with the local community.   

    "The Kristen Gibbs Band," also known as "The KGB," is a contempora...

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