While I love radio and having a syndicated show represents the holy grail for me, having amazing people join us on Reinvention Radio and seeing the impact their stories have on the lives of others reflects the real reasons why the show puts so much fire in my soul.

M Shannon Hernandez shared a hidden secret that had consumed her for years today on the show (see below). I had no idea she had never revealed this publicly before. I thank her for her trust and am humbled that she choose Reinvention Radio as the platform with which to allow herself to break free from the shackles that had relentlessly consumed her.

In doing so, she has, perhaps, unknowingly but undoubtedly empowered others to break free from their shackles, their demons, and their secrets. Though you never know how your words will impact someone’s life, know that there is someone out there RIGHT NOW who is literally praying for you to appear and needs to hear what YOU have to say… in this very moment.

Shannon didn’t just show up today and share the pain of her history, however. She stood up and, with courage and conviction, told HERSTORY. In doing so, someone’s life will forever be altered… for the better.

So, thank you Shannon for having the courage to selflessly ‘expose’ yourself for the world to see and for recognizing that the temporary discomfort of revealing these painful truths will inevitably be replaced by the outpouring of love you will inevitably receive.

And, like Shannon, you too are holding within the words that represent the solution to someone else’s problem. Share freely. Share openly. Share with strategic abandon. And, for the love of God, share often.

We await your message.

It took me just about 9 years to be able to speak publicly about this…but today I broke the silence with Steve Olsher, host of Reinvention Radio. We talked about Reinventing Personal Identity.

What most of you don’t know is that 9 years ago, I woke up one day, literally, over $40,000 dollars in debt. I was blindsided, I was devistated, I was confused, and most of all, I was hurt. My ex-husband owed lots of money to lots of bookies, and they wanted what was due to them. Gambling on sports teams finally had caught up with my ex, and well, to be honest, I didn’t know any of this was happening.

I called my sister, Julie Thompson Cline, for help. I had $5 in my wallet and had no way to get groceries. She of course helped, financially, but most of all, she helped me emotionally. She let me cry on her shoulder daily, she helped me to see the whole picture, she tried to help me figure out how much we owed to who. And she never, ever said a word to anyone.

I tried to do the right thing. I stuck by his side. We went to counseling. We went to Gam-Anon, but the next year, after working our assess off to pay off that initial debt, I woke up to another $20,000 in debt–same issue. This time I knew that I had to make some tough changes.

Did I love him? Yes, we were great friends. But…I loved myself and my future more.

So, we parted ways and I began the soul-work of rebuilding myself up after being so broken. After being so betrayed. I was lonely. I was hurt. I was getting divorced, and I had to move out on my own again. I had no money, but I had hope–even during that dark time. Hope that my life would get better. Hope that I would heal. Hope that I would be able to trust and love again.

It took time to get there…but I never gave up hope. I didn’t let my past define me. I didn’t look back, but learned to set new goals and take care of myself first, before anyone else.

Reinventing your life, and having the courage to do so, can (and should) happen at anytime when you feel something “isn’t quite right.” These are topics I am very passionate about sharing when my new author brand launches in a couple of weeks. I want to really reach people who are “stuck” and are scared to make changes, or not sure which way to go, or who to turn to. I’ve been there so many times myself…and I promise, if you can embrace it and learn the hard lessons that life is trying to teach you, you only come out stronger on the other side.