Nancy v Blizzard

Snow with the words "Nancy v Blizzard"
How did Nancy walk home in the Oklahoma Blizzard of 1983?

The solstice has passed, and now the days are getting shorter. I am slurping up every delicious moment of summertime while I can. Meanwhile, my guest today has a winter’s tale for you.

She couldn’t see the purse at the end of her arm. How did Nancy make it home through the blizzard of 1983?

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Moxie and the Absent-Minded Professor

Debra Trappen is the leader of the Fire Up! movement and strategist for WomenUP! She’s a spectacular keynote speaker, author, and strategist, and she wrote an empowering chapter for Option Ocean – Navigating the Sea of Possibility.  This month, Debra invited me for a Moxie Chat on her podcast, Fire up Your Moxie with Debra.

She was kind enough to share the audio so you could hear it on mine. You can watch the live interview on Facebook. If you’re like me and prefer podcasts short enough for a walk around the block, I’ve segmented out the interview in the 1 Moment Wiser podcast. Listen on your favorite podcasting source or click below to listen on Anchor.

Part 1: Success, feedback, and keeping our stories, even when we don’t like the endings.

Part 2: The three words which describe me (absent-minded professor?) and how happy I became when I learned other people don’t have to be exactly like me.

Part 3: Moxie, a girl named Kathy, and why I avoid cafeterias.

Ordinary Stories, Extraordinary Impact

I couldn’t have paid those trolls enough. They illustrated my point perfectly.

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Last year, Erin Garcia invited me to speak to her Shift88 women’s group. Shift88 is great—there’s always good breakfast; an inspirational speaker; and creative, encouraging ladies to meet. It’s the kind of place where hugs abound and nobody stands 6 feet away. This month, we decided meet online, rather than serve COVID with breakfast. As much as I miss hugging these ladies, I was pretty excited. My friends are all over the world, so now everyone can enjoy my musical, lighthearted, secret-spilling presentation, Ordinary Stories, Extraordinary Impact.

That makes me happy, but it’s not what makes me laugh.

What makes me laugh is the way the trolls helped out. When you watch the replay, you’ll be spared from the comments too gross to keep. You will notice an occasional pause, because while I was in the very midst of saying, “Being sexy doesn’t make a girl powerful,” creepazoids were posting things like “Show us your” (words I’ve deleted because I’m a lady).

Perfect timing.

We try to protect our kids from bullies by yelling at principals, other parents, and people online. I’d love a world without trolls, but I’m feeling very grateful right now. Mom taught me to keep my head up and keep going. She encouraged me to look past behavior to what’s driving it. In his later years, Dad encouraged me to stay true to myself and my purpose. In five different high schools, on stage and as a teacher, I’ve had mega-opportunities to practice pushing forward.

When the devil tries to disrupt God’s work, he becomes part of God’s triumph.

Thanks to my friends who stood by me today. You lifted me, and I love you.

If you missed the live broadcast, I bet you’ll enjoy the combination of song, stories and opportunities to come up with your own stories to share. Catch the replay through the following links:



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Empower Hour Replay: Jaresha Moore Interviews Guest Kristi Bridges


How did sidewalk chalk change my future?


What piece of advice saved my marriage?


What’s the most important lesson I’ve learned? (I’m still learning)


How can you end every day with a smile?


Why does the world need YOUR story?


Do you have a morning or afternoon drive? Do you take evening walks? Do you cook dinner? Click to hear the episode of Empower Hour in which Jaresha Moore asks me these questions and others.

If you’d like a free preview of my books or course, visit 

The Insightful Ann Harrison-Barnes

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It began as an interview invitation. Podcaster and author Ann Harrison-Barnes wanted to hear more about Option Ocean – Navigating the Sea of Possibility. It’s all I talk about lately, because the book is making such an impact on readers. It seems everyone wants help finding that sweet spot where they connect with their Creator and use their gifts in careers which keep them motivated.

Before our interview, I took a walk and listened to a few episodes of Ann’s podcast, Inspirational Journeys.

I walked three extra miles. Ann is fascinating. Like herself, many of her guests are blind, so their conversations about writing and entrepreneurship gave me a new perspective. In her interview with Laura Legendary, I discovered a new kind of jewelry. It’s not just pretty to the eye—it’s pretty to the fingertips, engraved with braille notes such as “I love you” and “Friends.” When their conversation shifted to the challenges of being a blind entrepreneur in this day of social media marketing and DIY websites…

I thought of you.

Many of you are web designers, app designers, social media marketers or instructional designers. Are you including accessibility for the blind in your designs? Maybe you are trying but don’t notice the navigational hang-ups which turn them away in frustration. There’s a terrific niche you could be serving. After my Option Ocean interview, I asked Ann to be a guest on my podcast. We talked so long, I divided the interview into three episodes. Even if you’re not a designer, you’ll enjoy listening to Ann share her writing process and the source of her inspiration.

In part 1 of our interview, Ann discusses the source of her imaginative plots and gives tips to aspiring authors. In part 2, she offers great ideas for anyone who wants to design accessible apps and programs for writers and entrepreneurs who see with their hands. In part 3, she shares the source of her strength and peace.

If you are subscribed to the 1 Moment Wiser podcast, I’ve changed platforms. These recent interviews may not appear in your episode listing. You could do a new search on your podcast host for 1 Moment Wiser, but I’ve made it more accessible for you. Accessibility is the word of the day!






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1 Moment Wiser Podcast guests Donna Branch (top), Coni Meyers (bottom left), Yong Pratt (bottom center)

1 Moment Wiser has a podcast! Are you interested in learning how other people are applying and sharing wisdom? Listen to 15 minute interviews with people who share tips on parenting, self-care, relationships, business and much more!

Recently, I’ve enjoyed interviewing:

Yong Pratt of Our Young Creators – Yong teaches parents how to turn kids’ screen time into a bonding, future-building experience. She also teaches grown kids like myself how to multipurpose our business efforts.

Coni Meyers of Kickbutt Leadership – An experienced leader, Coni teaches how each of us can live with more focus and joy–and increase our brain capacity.

Donna Branch of Three to the Third – An HR director and the queen of connections, Donna connects employers with resources to retain employees during tough times. She’s also launched the first Where We Belong Family Stories group. The group provides guidance and professional help with writing, formatting and even interviewing family members.

1 Moment Wiser can be found on your favorite podcasting service, or  you can click here to access it now.

Purposeful Parenting – Parents to Partners Interview Link

1 Moment Wiser exists to help you live wisely in every area of life. You can read my blog posts, books and magazine articles, watch daily devotional videos and now you can meet the wise people I know! Once or twice a month, I also do a live Facebook interview with someone who has proven wisdom in the areas of psychological, spiritual and physical health, or someone who has good financial or entrepreneurial wisdom, or someone who can help you communicate better and have better relationships.

Today, I interviewed Keysha Truss Chester, M. Ed. Keysha is a master educator, diagnostician and special needs evaluator. As the founder of Parents to Partners, she helps parents avoid the crazy cycle of disrespect and emotional responses. How? By clearly expressing their purpose as parents and the reasons for their choices, and by helping children discover their own purpose and make choices in line with who they want to be.

Keysha shared SO MUCH MORE in our 30-minute interview, including the best gift idea ever! Click here to watch the interview.

Vulnerability Warrior

angela stillwell

My business, 1 Moment Wiser, exists to help you live wisely in every area of life. You can read my blog posts, books and magazine articles, watch daily devotional videos and now you can meet the wise people I know! Once or twice a month, I’ll be doing a live Facebook interview with someone who has proven wisdom in the areas of psychological, spiritual and physical health, or someone who has good financial or entrepreneurial wisdom, or someone who can help you communicate better and have better relationships.

Today, I interviewed Angela Stillwell, founder of Vulnerability Warrior. We spoke about the power of being authentic and vulnerable, and she showed us how to reduce stress hormones and release the chemicals that help us and others in the room feel peaceful and energized. As Angela says, “Our bodies are these great chemistry labs.” Use them!

Click here to watch the interview.