Melissa Pettignano

Following Your Dreams with Melissa Pettignano

At 26 Melissa Pettignano is launching her second book and her first album. She is a shining example of how a positive attitude and a deep faith can help us move mountains.

Melissa Pettignano
Melissa Pettignano

The Empowerment Show host Melissa Heisler and Melissa Pettignano discuss how to be a driving force to bring good into the world. Even when others may attack you, responding with love, understanding, and compassion can heal wounds. Staying positive brings more positivity into your life. Through forgiveness we free ourselves from negativity and create a space for self-care. Through understanding and accepting our differences and similarities we can come back together as one human family.

Learn more about author and performer Melissa Pettignano, the People of Distinction Humanitarian Award, and the charities she supports including the Homelessness Group and Persecution International Christian Concern. Melissa’s first book is Suzanne Lantana.

What can you be inspired to do today?

 

 

A Witch's Aura

Medical Issues Lead to a Writing Career – Devon Volkel

A young mother experiences a difficult birth and illness of her first child and then a difficult choice when her own illness affects her next pregnancy. Learn how writing became a saving grace and sense of hope during this difficult time.

A Witch's AuraDevon Volkel is now a 30 year old stay at home mom to a wonderful little boy named Gauge. After a very hard start into this world, Gauge reminds her daily of what strength really is. When her son was only three, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and has been in treatment ever since. Thankfully the cancer is in remission. But unfortunately just when they thought things were looking up, Gauge was diagnosed with Type One diabetes. After yet another terrifying stay in the hospital, their little family fights on.

Through it all, writing was Devon’s solace. Writing is her passion. It continues to be her bliss and light whenever she experiences the darkest corners imaginable. The world she created on the page is the light in her dark. Devon hopes in sharing her stories she can bring light to many, many more.

Devon’s first book, A Witch’s Aura, can be found on Goodreads, Amazon, and Penrose Publishing.

Listen in as author, writer, and cancer survivor Devon Volkel talks about hope, determination, and recovery.

 

Donna Scott-Nusralla author

Expanding Children’s Creativity with author Donna Scott-Nusrala

Donna Scott-Nusralla authorWhen is a children’s book not a children’s book?  When on the surface it is fun and engaging, but below the surface it promotes creativity, scientific knowledge, and being in touch with the senses.

Listen in to this fun conversation with author Donna Scott-Nusrala as she leads us through her collection of engaging, entertaining and inspiring children’s books.

More than just words on a page, Donna’s books are a feast for one’s imagination.  These books actively engage children by connecting with the senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and intuition.  The stories are not just told but are felt deeply and completely.

A former school teacher, Donna educates and expands a child’s thoughts, perceptions, creativity, and connection.  Whether she is teaching the metric system, helping a child understand the expansiveness of love, introducing vibrational frequencies of attraction, or expanding their imagination, the stories are engaging and fun.

Listen in to learn more about her books and how they can benefit the child in your life.  I know you will enjoy it Gazillions, Bunches, Oodles and Tonsalong with her other books Twinkle ToesThe Legend of TailsThe Purr-fect Twitching Tale, Building a Monster, and The Metric Family.

 

Opening Our Eyes movie

I Will Not Refuse – Gail Mooney & Erin Kelly producers of Opening Our Eyes

I watched a wonderful film the other day, Opening Our Eyes: Global Stores about the Power of One.  The movie shows individuals all across the world and close to home who are making a difference.  Whether they are opening orphanages and schools in Nepal, providing clean water in Peru, or helping the teen homeless population in Australia these average people are having a major impact in the lives of others.  Although their stories are amazing I often find them to be so far away from what I feel I am called or able to do.  Could I take my life’s savings and invest it in a community on the other side of the world?  Could I stand up to politicians to help those without a voice?  Could I have the courage to take on an enormous project?  The answer is truthfully no.  But there is something I can do. Opening Our Eyes

This movie starts out with a quote from Helen Keller I had never heard before, “I am only one, but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”  I cannot do everything so I will not refuse to do what I can.  What a powerful statement.  How often do we see the major issues of the world and feel powerless?  How often do we say, “I am just one person what affect can I have?”  We cannot do everything, but there is something we can and should do.  Look around you.  Look in your own backyard.  Look at your own family, friends, and community.  What is there that you can affect?  What is there that you can control?  What is it that you can do to make the world just a little bit better?  It does not have to be grandiose.  One of the other points the Opening Our Eyes movie makes is that it only takes one degree for hot water to turn to boiling.  What is that one degree for you?  Perhaps it can be helping out a family member or friend in need.  Perhaps it is volunteering in your local community.  Perhaps it is smiling at the cashier when you are buying groceries.  All of this has an impact on our world and how we experience it. Here are two ways you can make a difference:

  1. Find ways to volunteer in your local community.  Check out HandsOn Suburban Chicago if you are in the Chicagoland area.  Hands On is a hub for volunteer activities linking local non-profits with those who want to give back.  What I love is that they offer a myriad of ways to give back.  If the idea of working a soup kitchen doesn’t interest you, maybe you want to help out by creating a local community garden.  Perhaps there is a skill you have like website design or accounting that could be a huge benefit to a non-profit; you can volunteer your time and expertise.
  2. Host a screening of Opening Our Eyes to inspire those around you.  The filmmakers Gail Mooney and Erin Kelly are also looking to film more stories for an additional movie or potentially a television series.  If you have connections which could assist them or if you would like to help through a donation, contact these wonderful women.

Share below the ways you are currently or in the future making a difference.  What is that thing you will not refuse to do?