The Not Your Average Lives Podcast
An Amazing Story of a Coma Patient, His Skeptic Wife, and A Gifted Woman Who Gave Him a Voice

An Amazing Story of a Coma Patient, His Skeptic Wife, and A Gifted Woman Who Gave Him a Voice

June 1, 2020

EP32: Do you believe in the afterlife? Have you ever had a personal encounter from someone you love who has died? If you could communicate with a loved one who has passed, who would that be? And do you even believe that would be possible? 

If you think this is a bit crazy, maybe today's episode will change your mind because my guests have a fantastic story to share, It's actually a tragic story of a life-ending illness that took a beautiful soul too soon, but it's also a story of love & peace, as you will soon find out.

My guests today are Jocelyn Montanaro and Catherine Weissenberg, who co-authored the book, Beyond Ever After .This book is the story of Kevin, Jocelyn's husband, and his end of life journey, and Catherine's & Jocelyn's experiences "connecting" with him over his last few weeks.

Jocelyn is a lawyer with a natural feistiness and strong-will, who was lucky to marry the love of her life: kind & caring Kevin. When Kevin fell ill, they were on their last day of a amazing Hawaiian vacation and she was feeling like she was living her best life when her husband had a seizure in their hotel room and was rushed to the hospital where he received the worst possible diagnosis of a deadly form of brain cancer.

Her relationship with Catherine, begins a bit later, after Kevin's 2nd brain surgery, when he has been in a coma for about a month, 

As Jocelyn is facing many decisions, sleeping by Kevin's side, feeling exhausted and at her wit's end, her sister, who knows of Catherine, and her amazing gift of being able to talk to God, convinces Jocelyn to set up a call with Catherine.

Jocelyn, being a total skeptic and non-believer, went into her first session with Catherine, assuming it would be her last, and thinking it was hocus-pocus, but she learned very quickly that Catherine IS special and was dumbfounded as things came up in this first session that only Kevin could have known.

With her gift, Catherine is able to access the stream of universal consciousness and transforms that energy into prose, which she calls "a reading." 

It is a fascinating story and I promise, if you are open, you will be changed by listening to it.

If you're interested to get a copy of the book here is a link to Amazon: https://amzn.to/36Jto5I

Official website: https://beyondeverafter.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Beyondeverafter.press

More about the authors:

About Catherine A. Weissenberg

For several decades, Catherine Weissenberg has been sharing her unique ability to communicate and dialogue with God, the deceased, and coma patients. To retain a lasting record of these communications, Catherine writes the conversations longhand as they occur, calling them “Writings.” Although intimate to the recipient, the Writings are beautiful in their imagery and metaphor, often involving universal themes of self-growth, interpersonal relationships and life challenges. She is grateful to serve others by facilitating the transmission of spirit, wisdom, and healing energy. Using God Writings from retreat settings, Catherine has created the concept of Loveality® as a love-based approach to living and experiencing reality. She offers

Loveality workshops, books and cards. For more about the transformative energy of the Writings, please visit loveality.net.

About Jocelyn Montanaro

Jocelyn has spent most of her life in California, but was educated on the East Coast and in Europe. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and a law degree. For many years prior to writing Beyond Ever After, Jocelyn was a lawyer, working with divorcing couples, criminal defendants, and in general litigation. She also helped Kevin with his very successful legal mediation practice. Jocelyn is an avid reader, but never imagined being an author. With some surprise and apprehension as the selected messenger, she welcomes the reader into the story of her life just before and after Kevin’s death. Jocelyn recognizes the responsibility she has in sharing with others this story of love beyond ever after. 

If you'd like to connect with ME, you can find me at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright/   

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma/  

Website: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com/

 

Got a midlife story to share? I'm always looking for interesting guests. Let's connect!

 
My Long Journey To Creating My Own Online Business

My Long Journey To Creating My Own Online Business

May 28, 2020

EP31: Going back to where it all started! Sharing with you the story of my career from being a college dropout, waiting tables to entering the corporate world and actually becoming a Vice President at America Online (AOL). It may sound enticing with the fancy title and attractive salary but I would always find myself comparing my achievement to others and feeling less than instead of realizing my infinite potential which I now know exists in every human being.

I thought that by sharing the looooong path I took to get to where I am today and the choices I made in my journey, I'd inspire some listeners who think they may be too old to start something new. It's my story of never giving up on finding work I'm passionate about - work that makes me truly happy at my core and gives me purpose I've never known in any other professional job I've had before.

Starting a business is not as hard as you may think, especially in this day and age. I am proof it is possible when you don't have a clue but have a passion.

If you are feeling stuck in a job where you are counting down the days to your retirement "escape," I hope you realize that that is not a way to live your life. Let my story give you hope that there IS something better for you out there. The fact you are unhappy is the universe trying to tell you to do something different.

Let this episode be yet another whisper from the universe (because there have likely been others that you've been ignoring if you're like the old me!) that will kickstart the beginning of a brand new life adventure! 

I'm always looking for interesting guests with cool stories so if you know of someone who has a great story of reconnecting with an old love, please have them contact me on one of my social media sites or via email at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com!

If you'd like to connect with ME, you can find me at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright/   
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma/  
Website: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com/

How A Dying Pet Changed Its Owner’s Future

How A Dying Pet Changed Its Owner’s Future

May 25, 2020

EP30: “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

Losing a pet is one of the most painful feelings a pet owner can experience. Some would even say it is even worse than losing a human. 

For Wendy Van de Poll, losing her dog Marley to a tragic tumor was extremely difficult, but a life-changing one, in ways that are beyond normal logic.

Marley encouraged Wendy to follow her true calling -- pet hospice and animal mediumship. She then became a certified end-of-life and pet loss grief coach and opened Center for Pet Loss Grief which offers complete and intuitive heart based support for people who are either losing a pet, are dealing with the loss of a pet, and animal mediumship services for those that would like to know more about their pet in the afterlife.

In this episode, you gain a better understanding of how Wendy was led to her true calling and more about Wendy's gift. She offers a valid and beautiful experience that helps many people navigate through their sadness. 

 

To connect with Wendy and learn more about her services, you can reach her at:

Website: https://centerforpetlossgrief.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/centerforpetlossgrief/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/center_for_pet_loss_grief/

 

If you'd like to connect or reach out to ME, you can find me at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma/

Website: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com/ 

Got a midlife story to share? I'm always looking for interesting guests. Let's connect!

A Second Chance at Love, 27 Years Later

A Second Chance at Love, 27 Years Later

May 21, 2020

EP29: This is definitely my most personal and vulnerable episode! I share the story of how I met my husband in 1977, at age 18, (I think I misspoke and said 17 in error, during the episode!), how we reconnected in 2006, and finally tied the knot in 2009 - 32 years after we first met. As I listened back, there are things I left out that I wished I shared but I also know that it's long enough as is!!!

What I know is that some people who hear this episode will not agree with the decisions I made, but that's ok. I also know that some who hear it will be inspired to take positive action towards a more passion-filled life, whether that is addressing and fixing the problems in your current relationship OR discovering you are better off apart and choosing to explore love elsewhere.

I'm always looking for interesting guests so if you know of someone who has a great story of reconnecting with an old love, please have them contact me on one of my social media sites or via email at lauriewright@notyouraveragegrandma.com!

If you'd like to connect with ME, you can find me at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright/   
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma/  
Website: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com/

Finding Hope & Purpose Through Adoption

Finding Hope & Purpose Through Adoption

May 18, 2020

EP28: For Angie Sanders, the path to motherhood was not easy. She endured 3 heart-wrenching miscarriages, with the last one happening on Christmas Eve - right before she was about to share her pregnancy news with family - and sending her into early menopause.

But her strong desire to become a mom did not stop her from finding a way. She found solace and support through therapy and helping care for the children of friends and began the journey to become a parent through adoption.

When she and her husband could find no support groups for people who were going through the same situation as them, Angie decided to start one herself. It's called Adoptive Parents & Family Support Group and has grown to over 300 members. You can find it here: https://www.meetup.com/AdoptiveFamilies/

Her deep desire to be a "difference-maker" and better support the families in her group led her to become a certified Peaceful Parent Educator through the "TEACH Through Love" program and start her own business called "Evolving Parents." She also speaks at public events and adoption agencies, when she has the opportunity, about her passions: adoption and parenting.

She is a wonderful example of how a bad experience can lead you to an unrealized passion and then a purpose! She never let her pain keep her from moving one foot in front of the other and finding the lessons she was meant to learn. And now, as a result, she is giving back in a big way. 

Click on the following link to listen to the Ted Talk Angie mentions in the episode: "Do schools kill creativity?" by Sir Ken Robinson, 
https://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_do_schools_kill_creativity

Other information Angie provided that may help those who are dealing with infertility and for those who have suffered
miscarriages is: https://resolve.org/

The name of the video game inventor that Angie mentioned during the interview is Ralph Baer. He was known as 'The 'Father Of Video Games.'

To learn more about Angie, here are some links where you can find her:

Website: http://evolvingparents.com/
Adoption Support Meetup Website: https://www.meetup.com/AdoptiveFamilies/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Evolveparents/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/everevolvingmom/

I'm always looking for interesting guests so if you have a great midlife transformation to share or know of someone who does, let's connect!

If you'd like to connect with ME, you can find me at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright/   
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma/  
Website: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com/

The Simplest Way To Finding Instant Calm - Your Breath!

The Simplest Way To Finding Instant Calm - Your Breath!

May 11, 2020

EP26: Nick Demos is widely recognized in the creative industry. He is a Tony and Olivier Award winning producer, a filmmaker, a writer, and an artistic director. He transitioned the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma into a multi-million dollar business and received the “Living Treasure Award”. Nick has achieved the kind of success in his career that most people dream of having. Yet Nick continues to live his life by going where his heart leads him.

In this episode. he shares one of his biggest realizations that came over him right after he heard his name called when he won the Tony award. The question that popped into his head: “This is it? Now what?"

We also talk about his journey in unveiling his deeper creative self and discovering his significant soul-centered calling. He shares his knowledge about breath work (Pranayama) and its benefits which can be very helpful in times of crisis such as dealing with this pandemic.

To learn more about Nick and what he does, you can check his online pages below:

Website: https://www.thenickdemos.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheNickDemos/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenickdemos/

 

If you'd like to connect or reach out to ME, you can find me at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma/ 

Website: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com/ 

Discovering Greater Purpose in the Face of Cancer and Divorce

Discovering Greater Purpose in the Face of Cancer and Divorce

May 4, 2020

EP25: Determination, tenacity and purpose. Those are just some words that best describe Barbara Majeski. With a tireless promise to fulfill in taking care of her younger brother with special needs, she put herself through college and eventually launched a successful sales company. Barbara then became a wife and a mother of three.

Her seemingly perfect life suddenly took a 180 when she was diagnosed with colon cancer and then, just a few short weeks later, her marriage came to an end. But Barbara's tenacity and will-power to survive brought about a major transformation in her life.

Her determination to overcome cancer and divorce gave her a greater purpose to seek a life worth living. Now her passion is to share her life story and inspire others to find their purpose and pursue their dream.

 

You can connect with Barbara through:

Website: www.barbaramajeski.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/barbaramajeski

Baring it All Podcast: https://www.barbaramajeski.com/podcast

 

If you'd like to connect or reach out to ME, you can find me at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma/ 

Website: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com/ 

How My New Puppy Has Transformed My Midlife!

How My New Puppy Has Transformed My Midlife!

April 27, 2020

EP24: In this episode, I share the joy that adopting a new puppy has brought to my life, especially in light of being cooped up at home with this pandemic. He has brought love & laughter back into our home after our 15 1/2 year old Chihuahua passed away in January.

But this episode is more than just me talking because I've invited my dog trainer to join in the conversation! Yep!!! I've been getting a little help in my puppy parenting skills from The Dog Academy and its founder Sherry Nativo.

Sherry & I had fun discussing the joys and challenges that having a new puppy brings, as well as the misconceptions many dog owners have when it comes to their dog's behavior. I am so thankful to have had Sherry to help me navigate these early days with Moji, my 4 month old Pooton.

Make sure to stick around to the end when Sherry opens up about her own story of how she got into dog training 10 years ago after her mom suddenly passed away. It's a great story!!!

 

To connect with Sherry, here is her contact info:

Website: https://allabouttrainingdogs.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllAboutTrainingDogs

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allabouttrainingdogs

Podcast: https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/naughtydogpodcast

 

Suggestions for your dog:

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Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Treat Tumble Dispensing Brain and Exercise Game: https://amzn.to/2x7EpQV

Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball: https://amzn.to/3cJfAtJ 

 

If you'd like to connect or reach out to ME, you can find me at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma/ 

Website: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com/ 

Turning Battles Into Blessings: Learn How This Mom Listened to God’s Calling and Redirected Her Life

Turning Battles Into Blessings: Learn How This Mom Listened to God’s Calling and Redirected Her Life

April 20, 2020

EP23: Julie Sanford has made some bad choices in life that led to battles with addiction, bipolar disorder, and suicide attempts by her 2nd husband. However, those challenges did not defeat her. Instead she returned to her foundation of faith and let God lead her to her midlife transformation and the healing process.

She has found her calling and is using her experiences as an inspiration to many facing similar battles through her Grace Over 40 brand.

Finding purpose in the midst of trials is no easy task and that is why she is determined to share her message & help transform the lives of others facing similar circumstances, using the bible as a tool.

 

To connect with Julie, here is her contact info:

Website: https://graceover40.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/graceover40

Instagram: http://www.instagram.xom/graceover40

 

If you'd like to connect or reach out to ME, you can find me at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma/ 

Website: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com/

Part 2: How A Chiropractor Is Transforming Her Business & Leaving Her Comfort Zone To Connect With Her Patients Virtually

Part 2: How A Chiropractor Is Transforming Her Business & Leaving Her Comfort Zone To Connect With Her Patients Virtually

April 13, 2020

EP 22 (Part II): Welcome to the second part of my interview with Dr. Eileen Whelan. If you haven't listened to Part 1, do that first before listening to this episode.

In this episode, we continue to talk about how lifestyle and the choices you make will benefit you in the long run. Dr. Eileen discusses the basic tenets of the 100 Year Lifestyle and we get into a more personal conversation about how we ended up working together.

 

To learn more about Dr. Eileen, you can check her online pages below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Orange-Chiropractic-Family-Fitness-143446602354168/  

Website: https://www.orangechiro.net/ 

 

If you'd like to connect with me, you can find me at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma/ 

Website: https://www.notyouraveragegrandma.com/ 

 

I'm always looking for interesting guests so if you have a great midlife transformation to share or know of someone who does, let's connect!