From Tragedy, to Love, to Purpose

February 29, 2024
Hosted by Sonna Johns

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Join me this week on Up Close & Empowered for an extraordinary conversation with Michael and Gina Spehn, New York Times bestselling authors, and co-founders of the New Day Foundation for Families. Their story is a powerful testament to love, loss, and the creation of a foundation committed to making a profound difference. Michael and Gina faced the heart-wrenching tragedy of losing their first spouses. Motivated by these personal experiences, they embarked on a mission to bring hope and support to families grappling with the emotional and financial challenges of cancer. Their incredible journey is beautifully chronicled in the New York Times bestselling memoir, "The Color of Rain”, extending a powerful message. "The Color of Rain" was also transformed into a Hallmark Original movie in 2014, extending its reach and delivering a powerful message to even more hearts. In 2023, the Spehns took the stage at TEDx Detroit, sharing their compelling story of resilience, faith, and love. Their message continues to inspire and empower audiences, leaving an indelible mark. Michael and Gina have graced known platforms such as The Today Show, Huckabee, and ABC World News. As national speakers and radio talk show hosts, they passionately spread a message of faith, hope, and love, making a lasting impact on communities far and wide. Tune In and Be Inspired: Don't miss this week's episode of Up Close & Empowered. Join us as we dive into the incredible journey of Michael and Gina Spehn. Let their story ignite faith, hope, and love in your own life.

Upclose and Empowered

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Welcome to Up Close and Empowered. A weekly live radio show and podcast hosted by Sonna Johns. Through authentic powerful conversations, Sonna's mission is to inspire you by helping you awaken to your inner power. Whether you're experiencing heartbreak, a lack of self-love, or going through a life changing event - you always have a choice to either allow circumstances to disempower you or empower you. This show will include real and vulnerable conversations from those who had the courage to choose themselves during their biggest challenges and use it to catapult them into becoming the highest version of themselves. We'll go deep, and we'll vibe high. Each week the mission is to share knowledge and inspiration that will help you lead a more empowered, confident and vibrant life. It's time to finally own your power! This show will support you on many levels. It's through Sonna’s own personal transformation that has inspired her to awaken you, to your own power!

Sonna Johns

Sonna Johns is the founder of Sonnalife. She is a dedicated empowerment coach, speaker and author that is devoted to helping others discover their true inner-power and live a conscious, fulfilling life. She believes in authentic empowerment and it starts within. In her early years she was a facilitator and trainer for various fortune 500 companies. For over 20 years she was a model and spokesperson for many household names including an exclusive contract with Comcast for a national tv commercial initiative. After a difficult divorce, she was forced to reinvent herself and begin a career in the corporate world. As a single mom raising two young boys, she struggled with life balance. The people pleasing patterns throughout her life, caused her to disconnect from her true-self. It was during quarantine and in solitude for months, she dove deep only to discover her biggest life lesson… self-love. She has always been fascinated with personal growth and Spirituality. All of Sonna’s experiences led her full circle to where she is today. It was through her own personal and professional challenges that she decided to take back her power and finally own it once and for all. She never looked back. Today Sonna is known to inspire, energize and empower those who want to become their highest self. Her strength is seeing the ‘light’ in others and guiding them to live an abundant life of love, peace and compassion for humanity.

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