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Brilliantly Resilient

By: Mary Fran Bontempo & Kristin Smedley
  • Summary

  • What's your train wreck? Everyone has one–past, present, or future. Why do some people come through stronger while others never recover? Hang on for the ride as Kristin and Mary Fran teach you to move beyond crisis to discover your brilliance and resilience. You'll face challenges with strategies to come through brilliant, not broken, for personal and professional fulfillment and success!
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Episodes
  • Episode 193: How to Create Activism Through Story-Telling, with "Live Through This" Author, Kristen McGuiness
    Dec 5 2023
    Storytelling is a Trojan horse, with our activism inside. It’s a much gentler approach to guide someone to a wider lens of understanding, compassion and empathy.

    ~ Kristen McGuiness

    Have you ever felt “changed” by a book? Those who love to read–and write–know what it’s like to become lost in a story, feeling along with characters and experiencing their trials and triumphs along with them.

    Kristen McGuiness, founder of Rise Publishing and author of Live Through This, believes in the power of storytelling as a tool to create understanding and change while building alliances for the greater good. An activist against injustice from a young age after losing her father to a long prison sentence, Kristen believes in storytelling as a way to share experiences and encourage others to see a different point of view. 

    Here at Brilliantly Resilient, we believe that broadening perceptions to include those of others is part of building resilience. When we are willing to look through a different lens, we learn and grow, as well as create alliances with others. Tune into this week’s episode of the Brilliantly Resilient podcast to hear more of Kristen’s wisdom and pick up your copy of Live Through This. Be sure to listen for these additional bits of brilliance:

    • Books aren’t banned because people are ‘afraid of turning gay,’ for example. They’re banned because we recognize that story connects us and the fear is that a perspective will be changed and you’ll become an ally of something others don’t like or endorse.

    • If we have the desire to write, we are often writing from a place of pain or hardship, and of someone who has had to overcome that. That is always a story of justice to me and of justice being served in some way.

    • The systems in which we live, like a five day work week with only two days off, can keep us from feeling we have the time to be socially active. We need to make a choice to build more justice in this world.

    We can make change. Let’s be Brilliantly Resilient together!

    XO, 

    Mary Fran & Kristin

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    40 mins
  • Episode 192: How to Build “Organization Muscle” in Your Business, with Author Kevin Nolan
    Nov 28 2023
    Building community both in your business and with your customer community is essential. I see community as “common unity.” Everyone in a community has something they care about and we want to be part of that. It’s good for employees and good for customers.

     ~ Kevin Nolan

    By their nature, entrepreneurs often start their businesses alone, taking on many roles as they try to build their companies into sustainable, viable organizations.

    But going it alone, without recognizing the need for a community of support–and for building a community of support for employees–can stop an entrepreneur’s dream in its tracks.

    Kevin Nolan is the founder of Nolan Painting and Nolan Consulting and author of the new book Organizational Muscle. Started to make money while he was in college, Kevin has built Nolan Painting into the nation’s largest and most successful family-owned residential painting company.

    Along the way, he’s learned powerful lessons, many of which dovetail with the Brilliantly Resilient tenets of building both a professional and personal foundation on a clear values system. Kevin’s success begins with the values he believes in as an individual and makes a part of his business, and which his employees share as well. Citing community as a primary value, Kevin makes certain to imbue his office culture and community outreach with a sense of community building, creating employee and customer loyalty in the process.

    Be sure to check out Organizational Muscle for dynamic tips and practical strategies for building a business. And listen to Kevin’s episode of the Brilliantly Resilient podcast for these additional bits of brilliance:

    • The way to build Organizational Muscle starts with 3 things: mission, vision, values, repeat.

    • If you’re not putting the culture in your company, someone else is.

    • You have to work as a team within your business. Human beings work together; make your business a place of collaborative opportunity for everyone.

    • Be careful of Hourglass management. That’s when you set yourself up to have to approve each grain of sand as it falls through. The only way to succeed is to get out of the hourglass; get others involved so you aren’t constantly overwhelmed. 

    • Organization muscle is building a team, working together and building strength and endurance with routines. Routines are grounding.

    Let’s be Brilliantly Resilient together!

    XO,

    Mary Fran & Kristin

     

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    40 mins
  • Episode 191: How to Tap Into Resilience Through Gratitude with Mary Fran Bontempo & Kristin Smedley!
    Nov 21 2023
    Gratitude is a tool that connects us to our happiness, success and power. 

    ~ Kristin Smedley & Mary Fran Bontempo

    NOTE** This episode was previously aired, but it's fun, has a great message and deserves to be run again! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

    Has it ever occurred to you that gratitude can help you tap into your power? We don't often think of thankfulness as a powerful thing. In fact, some of us feel that being grateful may make us seem weak.

    Here at Brilliantly Resilient, we are card-carrying members on the gratitude train. Even in our darkest hours, we were thankful for those slivers of light that held us up and gave us hope, whether they came from friends, family, or the experts who helped guide us through our crises.

    Training the mind to focus on blessings instead of lack opens up the spirit, and okay, we're going a little woo-woo here (with Mary Fran's blessing), the universe, to provide opportunities, connections and the strength to move forward instead of stewing in a pot of blech.

    Gratitude provides focus, as well as the positive energy necessary to make decisions and take action. This Thanksgiving, remember to be truly grateful for blessings both big and small. Live with an open heart and mind and use gratitude as a tool to live a Brilliantly Resilient life!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    XO,
    KS & MFB

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    23 mins

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Listen, learn, laugh? YES!A truly dynamic duo!

MaryFran and Kristen Launched this podcast at the beginning of the pandemic when all of us hit the wall or at least felt normal life been derailed. They seem to recruit some of the most amazing individuals, men women and kids! Each of them share their stories and acquired skills for realigning and in some cases restarting their lives
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