The Decision to Heal: Pathways from Suffering to Love
February 23, 2021
5.51 X 8.5 X 0.69 inches | 0.99 pounds
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About the Author
Josh Friedberg is a writer, essayist, scholar, music historian, tutor, storyteller, teacher, singer, and songwriter who lives in Chicago. He has won multiple awards from the Illinois Woman's Press Association's (IWPA) annual Communications Contests, including first place designations for the personal essays (On Crying and Music) and online feature articles (Racializing Rock: The '60s and the White Sounds of 'Pet Sounds'), categories. He has published over twenty articles, including as a columnist at the Good Men Project website and contributor to PopMatters, the web magazine on popular culture. He holds a master's degree in English from Northeastern Illinois University and has also been a radio DJ. He recently designed and taught an English course on contemporary writing about music that challenges conventional narratives of music and culture. He is proudly Autistic, which informs all of his work, as well as living with Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and other disabilities, and he hopes his story inspires others to channel their creativity and know that they are not alone!
Julie Raborn is a Life Coach and Self-love Coach living on the freshwater coast of Lake Michigan in Traverse City, Michigan. She loves writing, traveling, hiking, kayaking, yoga, copious amounts of laughter and coffee, loving and inspiring people, and a deep love for all thing's scarves, vests and beanie caps! Throughout years of bullying and physical abuse, and self-destructive thoughts, beliefs and behaviors, she had a painful breaking point knowing she could no longer tolerate this way of being. She was suffering from extremely low self-esteem, no belief in herself or her worth, and was in a vicious cycle of self-loathing. She made the independent, powerful choice to leave her corporate job, sell her home and move away from everything and everyone she knew to live where she'd dreamt to live all her life-in Traverse City. She made a decision to have her own back and pave her path of deep exploration and healing through coaching and self-love. She chose to live by soul-led desires instead of staying stuck in fear, self-loathing and believing she was not good enough in any capacity. She discovered her pain and experiences are her gift to help others. She provides transformational coaching with the knowing there is another side to suffering and supports others to get there; the magic is on the other side of fear. She inspires others into action to finally feel better, create experiences they desire, and liberate themselves from negative self-limiting thoughts, beliefs and behaviors.
Nicole Smith is a born and raised California girl currently transplanted on the Coast of Virginia. She is a proud wife, mom, foodie and ocean lover! Nicole is also a Military Veteran turned Life Coach and Mental Wellness Advocate. She suffered from an incredibly low self-esteem much of her life and found it impossible to love herself in order to feel good enough in just about every relationship. While serving our country, she silently fought a battle to remain in control of the anxiety and depression that overcame her. Finally hitting rock bottom was the breakthrough where her own transformation journey began. It was her blessing in disguise and led her to discovering her true self-worth and how to heal her life. Her path to healing transformed her so deeply that she decided to retire from her successful military career. Connecting to a new purpose, she created Navigate Your Freedom, and is now serving the military community in a new way by helping women who are burnt out from the military lifestyle to become just as committed to themselves as they are their country.