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Surviving Abuse Podcast

I’m Mickie Zada and I lived in abuse…for 34 years…from age 19 until I was 53. I believe we create our realities, and I chose to stay in a damaging relationship for so long because I thought it was my Calling. I was wrong. I changed me. I am now an enthusiastic participant in Life. “The words ‘I am’ are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.” A.L. Kitselman I am a strong woman, a fabulous woman, over 60 years old. I am a Change-agent. I am an encourager. I am uniquely qualified to speak to living in abuse, getting out and surviving to the fullest extent. I know what it takes. I know the fear. I am a survivor. I am a coach. I am happy to have these “I Am” words to reach back and claim me! The actions I teach and share are those that I’ve learned in my Journey from choosing to live in abuse to choosing to create my authentic life; safe, sound, Real. I invite you to read through this web page. Think about who I Am. Read blogs, listen to some podcasts, watch live videos. Do we connect? I am open and exposed. Choose to reach out to me or not. What I know for sure is that I lived the life of abuse, and got out, and I’ve thrived, to serve as a beacon to other women. If you live in abuse, or you’ve recently escaped, it’s my Mission to support and encourage you to choose and live a healthy life. The materials, the tools, the support is here. It’s your responsibility to grab hold and change yourself, from the in-side out.
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Dec 14, 2016

The first time Mickie experienced expecting-Magic-and-it-happened was in 1964.  The most recent occurrence was 18 months ago…and there are many instances in between.  Positive thinking is a good thing, but it won’t create magic.  Discover the missing ingredient and how to expect and create Magic in your life.

Dec 7, 2016

Do you believe that our personal resistance to the things we desire causes health issues?  Mickie highlights a personal experience and questions whether she created it.  Is high, positive Energy important in our lives?  Does what we think effect our success and our health?  All these ideas are addressed in less than 10 minutes.  What do you think?

Nov 30, 2016

Attitude is the Master Key to life’s little locks.  Mickie shares a story that will stick with her for a long, long time…reminding that response to situations is our Choice.  After listening to this show, I bet you carry around a handful of shells, too.

 

Nov 23, 2016

Imagine the toothless grin of a baby…or the giggle of a two year old. If you have either image (or both) in your mind, I bet you’re smiling.  Some people go through life without smiling much…I’m not one of them and I hope you’re not choosing to be either!

Nov 16, 2016

What do carpenter ants have to do with thought process?  Listen and find out.  Is “average” OK?  Mickie’s Mom said it was so she didn’t strive to achieve more; Average was her limit.  What we think creates who we are…and it creates the quality of our lives.  Mickie explores how our Life Lessons, even when they don’t serve us well any longer, continue to affect how well we live our lives. 

Nov 9, 2016

It’s amazing how everyday interactions affect our lives, long term.  A recent interaction caused Mickie to wonder about people’s attitudes toward life.  People with positive, joyful attitudes live in a healthy, safe world.  People who are angry, sad and frustrated live in a dark and gloomy world.  But it’s the same world.  We choose our attitude toward life and create our reality.  Here’s what happened…

 

Nov 2, 2016

I enjoy traveling to new places, seeing new things.  But my favorite exploration is in my mind…Sure taking vacations to unfamiliar places, near our homes or on the other side of the world, that’s fun.  Exploring people's definition of themselves, our beliefs about who we are, our personal warning system:  That’s my favorite exploration.

 You won't want to miss this episode, so please join us!

Oct 26, 2016

Quitting a six figure job to move to Key West couldn't be a mid-life crisis, could it?  Actually, it was a mid-life discovery!  Christy Haussler shares her journey from leaving her job, scaring herself to death and finally re-inventing herself to become the person she was always meant to be!

Oct 19, 2016

Laurie Holmes lives on Hilton Head Island. She had cataract surgery on Tuesday and Wednesday was told she had to evacuate her home because of Hurricane Matthew.  In spite of all the upheaval, from a hotel room in Savannah, Laurie chose to be a podcast guest!  Having already moved from Where she was to Who she is, Laurie and Mickie discussed human reaction to unexpected events and the choice we have to panic or accept our minute-to-minute reality with smiles on our faces and happy expectation.

Oct 12, 2016

Louise Rusinak is Mickie’s only long, long time friend; they met in 4th grade.  Get the inside scoop while they talk about adventures from grade school through Who they’ve become today.  Listen in as they jog your memories of good times with your girlfriends; Mickie gave Louise her first Beatles album; they bought Dr. Kildaire and BosaNova shirts together!!  You get the idea…take a walk down Memory Lane with Mickie and Louise.  Great fun!

Oct 5, 2016

Caroline Jasper’s Mom supported her artistic talent but encouraged her to become a teacher, as a solid source of income.  She chose to teach art! And she became an art student.  In fact, for Caroline, art became Life. After listening to this conversation you’ll be motivated to investigate her web site.  Check it out! www.CarolineJasper.com

Sep 28, 2016

Jan Janke shares her personal experience in living “Every Day is a Wonderful Chance to Be What You’ve Dreamed”.  Rather than sit around thinking and wishing for the things she wanted in her life, Jan learned to take action to create her dreams.  A retired school teacher, Jan now hosts a Monday morning “Splash Call”.  You’re invited to listen in:  dial 605-475-3215 and access code 726853# at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time…just 15 minutes and an inspiring way to begin your week.

Sep 21, 2016

Pat Monday shares her year of transformation from Where she was to Who she is;  acceptance of not being happy, decisions about herself and her marriage and finally, living the Life she loves.  This conversation takes us inside Pat’s inspiring story!

Sep 14, 2016

Need some inspiration?  It’s right here! Just days into retirement, Louise’s husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.  He passed away 2 years later.  She didn’t sit back and feel sorry for herself.  On the long nights when she couldn’t sleep, Louise planned fantasy trips. And, her survival therapy was to bring two of those trips to life; a trek on Camino de Santiago and immersion in an intense Spanish class in Spain.  You’ll laugh and smile through this fun conversation!

Sep 7, 2016

Synchronicity is the result of meaningful coincidences;  meaningful coincidences have created changes in Mickie’s podcast!  No more playing small…Today she stood at a milestone in her Life and decided it was time, again, to move from Where she was to Who she is. 

Aug 31, 2016

Muhammad Ali said “It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.”  Unhealthy life lessons, thoughts that undermine each of us reaching our true potential, are the pebbles in our shoes.  Soon those pebbles become rocks that weigh us down on our climb to the summit of success.  Mickie discusses those rocks each of us carry in our metaphoric backpack.  She identifies three different types of people and how they deal with their rocks…which are you?

 

Aug 24, 2016

In this episode Mickie asks, “What happens when you decide to break those long-held life patterns…what if you decide NOT to live your life the way everyone else has.”

Everyone in your family smokes so you smoked.  Everyone in your family went to college, so you went to college.  Everyone in your family got married and had children, so you did, too.  And, NOBODY got divorced.

The only thing consistent in life is change.  Don’t let it freak you out!

 

Aug 17, 2016

For 25 years my guest, Tracy Dill, lived with eating disorders controlling her life.  Hear this survivor describe waking every morning thinking she did not deserve to eat; her days consumed with thoughts of how to “get rid of” the food she did allow herself; constant validation, in her mind, for hours of exercise to burn “unnecessary” calories.  Listen to how it all started and how Tracy moved from Where she was to Who she is.  This is an eye-opening conversation.

 

Aug 10, 2016

Mickie uses her life experiences to illustrate the fact that the importance of achieving goals is about how we want to feel.  It’s not about getting the new job or sculpting our bodies…it’s about how having that job or that “look” will make us feel.  Here’s validation that setting a goal isn’t enough;  emotion drives action and success.

Aug 3, 2016

Mickie’s youngest sister, Judi, is her guest.  Together they explore memories and perceptions of their upbringing with ten years difference in their ages.  Theirs was a PTA/stay at home Mom who did not drive, as Mickie grew up; she was a long working hours career Mom with pierced ears and a drivers license in Judy’s memory!  Listen as they discuss different perspectives yet how their Second 53 Years are still quite similar.

Jul 27, 2016

One of the things dying people regrets that they didn’t allow themselves to be happy.  Recent polls report that fewer people are happy now than in the past several years.  But, it turns out that those of us over 50 are in the happiest group.  Mickie discusses her reasoning behind this fact and shares a story about the discovery of the secret to happiness.

 

Jul 20, 2016
 
Life is more interesting if you don’t have all the answers…does that statement resonate with you?  Those of us who are risk takers realize we don’t have all the answers…and that is both frightening and exhilarating!  Mickie shares stories and ideas to inspire getting out of our comfort zone.
Jul 13, 2016

Mark Twain said “The older I get the more clearly I remember things that never happened.”  We always remember life experiences a little differently than the way they originally happened.  Mickie explores the possibility of remembering our stories in ways that empowers us!

Jul 6, 2016

It was Satchel Paige who said “Don’t Look Back…something might be gaining on you!”  Mickie explores how our past, especially in our second 53 years, may be holding us back from creating the future we envision. Even past accomplishments and success can be allowed to hinder our future plans: an interesting perspective.

 

Jun 29, 2016

Mickie has known this week’s guest for about 10 years…Mickie has known her as Tammy.  In Tammy’s personal evolution to move from Where she was to Who she is, she recently chose to change her name to Alex.  Alex, like Mickie, could be a male name…it’s not about that.  Alex is all woman…she’s chosen to move to a new town and make a fairly fresh start. As it happens, about 12 years ago Mickie legally changed her last name to one of her choice: Zada.  What’s in a Name?  A Lot!

 

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