On Dec 16, 2014 a terrible event occurred in Peshawar, Pakistan, which disturbed the country deeply. It’s effects were felt across the world and it turned out to be the 4th largest school massacre in the history of the world. On this day a terrorist group of 7 men invaded an Army Public School of Peshawar and shot and killed 149 people. 134 of those lives lost were children between the ages of 8-18. 112 more people were injured. Waleed Khan is a survivor of the attack but did not get away unscathed, he suffered 6 bullet wounds to the face and 2 shots to the body. His doctors and family did not believe he would survive, but miraculously he did. He was 12 years old at the time. Waleed now is 17 years old, and today on this episode he shares his experience of that terrible day and what he had to deal with in the aftermath of it all. Waleed also discusses the amazing transformation he underwent once he discovered a new purpose that gave him hope and created a desire to use his experience to help change the lives of others by sharing his story, and a powerful message of peace.
Welcome back, in today’s episode I speak with Daisy Torres and her struggles early on in life when she became a mother at the young age of 16 years old. Coming from a family that worked very hard to make ends meet, Daisy was devastated when she realized that being pregnant meant that she might not be able to get ahead in life and pursue the career she had always dreamed of- that of becoming an architect. In this episode Daisy shares her story of her early life and humble beginnings, the challenges she went through being a teenage mom, and how she was able to beat the statistics for teenage mothers getting a formal education. Daisy, thankfully and with a lot of hard work, was able to get herself through school and achieve her dream.
Daisy places a lot of credit for her success on the support that her family gave her throughout her journey that she says made it all possible. Due to this Daisy is very passionate about spreading awareness about the importance of empowering and supporting young mothers, along with praising them for choosing life, rather than frowning upon them. This, Daisy attests, is what is truly needed to help these young women succeed.
About the guest: Daisy Torres-Pertuz is the VP of Development for Crescent Heights, one of the nation’s leading urban real estate firms specializing in the development, ownership and operation of architecturally distinctive mixed-use high rises in major cities across the United States.
If you wish to support the organization that Daisy spoke about in the interview here is the information below!
Our Mother’s Home: A Non-Profit organization that focuses on assisting young women in the foster program by supporting them in a home that has been set up for them to keep their children under their care while they continue pursuing their high school education. Most women in these circumstances either have no family or have been abandoned by their families.
If you wish to help, please follow the link HERE
When you first meet Kat you will see a self-made woman who is living the dream life that many people desire to live. She runs a successful coaching business and is wakes up every day thankful for the life she is currently able to live alongside her husband and son. However, besides the success and accomplishments that Kat has had she has also dealt with an unfortunate past where her worth and dignity were belittled from a young age.
Kat has been holding in a secret about the past she experienced before the outward successes ever came into play, and she has made a powerful decision to share that secret with us today on the Relentless Minds podcast in hopes to inspire other women who may have experienced similar hardships. In this episode “From a Life of Abuse to a Life of Purpose”, Kat shares with us her painful memories being raised in an abusive household and how that affected her self-esteem growing up and led her to get involved in the sex industry at the age of 19. Kat openly and honestly shared her experiences being a stripper and dominatrix and how she was able to pick her life back up, learn that she was enough, and began to create the incredible life she is blessed to enjoy today.
*Attn: Unfortunately in this episode there were audio issues on behalf of the host and as a result some of her speech is muffled. However, Kat’s audio is crystal clear, therefore her entire story can be clearly and easily heard and appreciated. Thank you for your patience.
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Jim was diagnosed with type I diabetes at 17 years old and spent 35 years coping with the disease. After facing near failure of his heart and kidney he underwent surgeries spanning over 2 years to replace his heart, kidney and pancreas. This lead him to be cured of his diabetes and lifelong ailments. Now Jim dedicates his life to sharing his story and spreading hope to others. In addition to his stepping into the limelight as a speaker, Jim also runs a successful steel company based out of California, and has been doing so for the last 30 years.
In this episode I share the story of Christine Conti, a relentless and incredibly mentally strong woman who has had her share of victories as well as struggles. With a background in investment banking and teaching, she ventured into her passion in fitness coaching, crushed it, and even co-hosts a podcast called Two Fit Crazies And a Microphone Podcast. With struggles including sexual abuse, infertility and a final diagnosis of a severe form of Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 30, Christine walks us through her journey and shares her perspective that kept her pursuing her goals. Christine has run a total of 30 marathons and also completed an Ironman in 2018 all the while under chemotherapy for her RA symptoms. But she is far from done. Tune in to listen to Christine’s incredible story and see how she was able to experience her breakthrough!
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In this episode you get front row seats to raw conversation between myself and Vincent Miceli, serial entrepreneur and founder of Verb and the Body Blueprint Gym. Vincent has been through extreme weight loss- shedding off 100 lbs, Filing for bankruptcy due to a failed business venture, and quitting a life of drugs and alcohol to get to where he is today. Vincent is all about how our habits can either make us or break us. We discuss how many of those habits are learned through life and the importance of continuously being aware of developing habits that help us lead the lives we desire. Vincent has key principles that guide him through life and keep him focused on chasing his passion, and he shares them in this episode. If you want to tap into the mind of a resilient power house- this is the episode for you!!
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I HAVE AN ADDICTION
One that has enslaved me and has ruled my entire life.
My addiction influences everything I do, and it has given me amazing highs but also incredible Lows.
Some have called it ambition, others have called it drive- but what it really is is an addiction to high-level performance.
From when I was 16 years old and in high school, I felt I had to balance 2 part time jobs on top of school and work.
During college at 18 years old I was a full-time student and worked full time to cover my expenses while living on my own.
Now in my adult life at 23 I have pursued 5 ventures in the last 2 years and have always had one thing in mind:
I didn’t believe in days or time off for ME, I didn’t believe in coming home at 5 pm and watching TV until bedtime. I had to always be working towards something, building something, “growing” in some way.
This sounds great in theory, but the lack of BALANCE led to my consistent demise.
Here’s the thing, my entire life I have used my performance as validation of my worth. You see I have always been a confident person; I’m forward, outspoken and secure of my views. But being confident in person does not mean I understood or acknowledged my value; the fact that my health, mental wellness and sanity mattered TOO.
I have only come to start to care about my value THIS YEAR, and it has transformed me in many ways.
I want you to understand that this has nothing to do with how I demand people to treat me, or what I expect to receive. This has EVERYTHING to do with how I treat myself. Having a low self-worth is not cured by demanding better from people and their interactions with you, it starts first within yourself and how you care about YOU and choose to put YOU first.
For me this meant acknowledging that my addiction for consistent high-level performance was not giving me self-worth, it was denying it from me, because I was denying myself the personal benefits of living a more balanced life.
Here’s how I came to realize my addiction; I burned out. I observed how my mind fought against me when I took time OFF to care for myself. I felt worthless every single day, for weeks. I stayed strong, more than because I simply couldn’t work because my burnout was so bad, but because I knew the right thing to do was to slow down and tend to myself.
I started to feel better, not only mentally, but that outward confidence started to be backed by a calmness and certainty of self that I had not experienced before. I went from feeling guilty from taking care of me to telling myself FORGET everything else, it’s ALL about me in this moment and that’s all that matters.
I say I told myself, because I literally did. I had that internal dialogue every hour of every day that I was “lazy”. I WENT ON STRIKE AGAINST MYSELF. I have always rebelled against outside influences, this time I rebelled against my own insecurities- and it was LIBERATING.
To all of you fellow high-level performance addicts that are hitting roadblock after roadblock, with all your luxuries, income, achievements and outward success, but lacking in fulfillment, joy and self-worth; try putting yourself first for a change and experience the clarity and peace of mind that comes with it.
Much Love – Laurie
Alexa Carlin is a sought-after speaker on women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, and personal growth. She is the founder of the Women Empower Expo (WEX) which is the largest event for female entrepreneurs on the East coast, where women can support each other, find funding, and connect with other like-minded individuals. She started her entrepreneurial ventures when she was only 17 years old, but at the age of 21, she went into septic shock, was induced into a medical coma and was given a one-percent chance of living. Alexa fought to defy the odds and used her near-death experience as a sign that she was meant to impact others in a bigger way.
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I came out to meditate and reflect on the transition I am making right now. The last couple of weeks have been one of the most transformative moments of my life. When it comes to a position of financial stability, I had that, but what I was doing was unfulfilling. So, I am starting all over, and jumping into an industry I am unfamiliar with, leaving everything I once thought I wanted, and it is all quite unsettling.
Understandably, I have been feeling heavy in my heart and head, not exactly expressed by anything specifically, but just a conflict of sorts. At the same time, I am calm and at peace with my decisions, It’s an interesting blend of energy.
Humans have emotions and these emotions are powerful. They can prevent us from living out our dreams. And the strongest emotion is that of FEAR. There is truly only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: The fear of failure. But going out and meditating by the river today I watched the river and I learned something.
A river is forever ongoing, its nature is to run continuously, and without ceasing. The river might face disturbances in the form of rocks, boulders, or the edges of the land that serve as guides to keep the river on its path. When the river confronts those barriers, it becomes tumultuous and unsettled. Powerful. This agitation continues until the river has passed the barriers and then it returns to be calm, it’s natural state. Throughout its journey to its destination, which will be something larger than itself (a bay, ocean, or lake), the river will meet with many barriers in different forms. It will become agitated, but it will then pass and return to tranquility. But most importantly, the river never ceases to continue on its path of destiny. It is destined to become something grander than it currently is.
It’s the law of the World. Humans are part of nature, part of creation, and we all deal with change in similar ways. We become unsettled and agitated, but nature understands this is part of life and fulfilling our destinies. Rivers do not cease to run, and trees do not cease to grow. They do not fear failure. They adapt and they conform. Fear of failing is usually more significant than the failure itself. But I would much rather live my life as I dream, free and with a sense of high, than to live a life formed by fear and never truly living. Therefore, failing by default.