September 20, 2012
Hosted by Dr. Irene Conlan
More than 408,000 children nationwide are living in foster care in The U.S, Even more startling is that after “aging out” or emancipating from the system, many of these individuals experience homelessness, unemployment, and incarceration, among other unfavorable outcomes. Capri Cruz will share her experiences growing up in the child welfare system and her parallel struggles with abuse, sexual molestation, self-medication and racism. Along with sharing her story, Cruz’s memoir, From Foster Care to Fabulous, is also a guidebook to self-transformation, aimed at empowering individuals to take control of their lives and embrace their full potential. “We must learn that our current problems are not ‘the worst,’” says Cruz. “What seems like an impossible situation is really just an opportunity — a challenge to explore a new way of thinking to conquer the situation.” Don't miss her compelling story.
The Self Improvement Show
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The Self Improvement Show was created because almost everyone wants to be better, do better, and achieve more, but we don't always know how to do that. We aren't looking for perfection. We are simply trying to improve in ways that allow us more happiness, contentment and success with some laughter along the way. We address issues common to us all and suggest useful tools that will help you tap into your strengths and your wonderful uniqueness. We think most self improvement is an "inside job" so we talk a lot about how to "go within" to make lasting changes. We talk to people who have struggled and won and have great stories to tell as well as those who live ordinary lives in extraordinary ways. The show is laid back, informative and down to earth. The welcome mat is always out and we invite you to join us.
Dr. Irene Conlan
Dr. Irene Conlan is serious about helping you find the tools you need to achieve your self improvement goals and begin to experience the happiness you deserve and desire.
She has a Masters degree in nursing and a Ph.D. in metaphysics. Irene has taught nursing at ASU, served as Administrator of Nursing at a major Phoenix hospital, and served as Assistant Director in the Arizona Department of Health Services. A certified hypnotherapist, Irene has had her own therapy practice for the past 16 years.
Irene believes that in this stressful world we need help more than ever. We rush from one place to the next, to work, the store, to appointments, to get our kids to soccer practice, ballet, gymnastics, school or the mall. We can be found 24/7 by email, cell phone, or pager. We are stretched to the max and wonder why we can’t sleep, can’t think, and can’t relax. We are enticed by drugs, alcohol and sex to give us an outlet or deal with the stress and many choose to use them. Some rage. Some over-exercise. Some go out and shoot other people. Some simply quit.
In this frenetic activity there is one constant – we are each looking for happiness. Ask the addict, the thief, the anorexic, the debutante, the CEO, service professionals, people you meet on the street or while shopping – ask them what they want. They will, if they can verbalize it, tell you what they truly want is happiness.
Let’s talk about the improvements we can make that help us be happy now.