The Twelve Gifts with Charlene Costanzo

December 16, 2014
Hosted by Elizabeth Lutz, Danielle Schoenecker, and Melissa Schoenecker

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Join us on Tuesday, December 16, at 5 p.m. PDT, and hear our experience of the twelve gifts and how they show up every day. What 12 gifts, you ask?

Charlene Costanzo, author of The Twelve Gifts of Birth, joins us this week to share with us about her book and the additional books in the The Twelve Gifts Collection.

The Twelve Gifts is a beautiful simple story, written for Charlene's daughters, that expresses the twelve gifts that all children are given at birth and keep with them throughout their lives. That's right! You've got them, too!

Hear Charlene answer our questions about the inspiration for her books, her intention behind the series, and what she hopes that her readers can take away from her writings.

Communicating from the Heart: The Empowered Mother Daughter Relationship

Communicating from the Heart: The Empowered Mother Daughter Relationship

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Our goal is to educate and coach women on healthy, loving and fulfilling mother-daughter relationships. From the day we became a family, Elizabeth, Danielle, and Melissa have been a team. Together, we have experienced challenge and heartache, joy and celebration. Throughout it all, we have maintained an honest, caring, open relationship with one another. We have experienced times of anger, jealousy, and sadness just like any other family, yet we have maintained a deep faith in the love we have for one another. Our intention with this radio show is to share honestly and openly our experiences in the hopes that it may help you grow into the honesty and openness of whom you truly are.

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Elizabeth Lutz, Danielle Schoenecker, and Melissa Schoenecker

Elizabeth Lutz, Danielle Schoenecker, and Melissa Schoenecker

Elizabeth raised her children, Danielle and Melissa, as a single parent in Minnesota. With the knowledge that they would always support each other, each went their separate ways to pursue their dreams and welcome their next steps in the World. Soon after, they all separately found their way to sunny California, drawn to a remarkable and groundbreaking program where they received a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology. Melissa and Elizabeth also have an emphasis in Consciousness, Health, and Healing.

Elizabeth Lutz holds a JD, is a Certified Professional Coach and a member of the International Coaching Federation. She uses her humor, compassion and direct knowing to help bring out the best in others. Elizabeth’s commitment to growth helps her facilitate others to live into the relationship they have always dreamed of through making decisions from a place of loving neutrality and acceptance.

Danielle Schoenecker amazingly juggles raising her one-year old son while working as a Project Manager for a University. She believes in the ability of anyone to create positive, healthy relationships with family and friends, and most importantly, dedicating time for personal growth with oneself!

Melissa Schoenecker works alongside Danielle serving as the Registrar of the University. She does her best to begin and end each day in Gratitude, Love and Joy, believing in the beauty of everything. She maintains that if she can laugh about it tomorrow, why not today?

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Episode Directory

January 2015

December 2014

  • 12/30/2014: Harnessing the Power of Intention Listen Now
  • 12/23/2014: The Art of Loving Communication - Holiday Edition with Sharon Strand Ellison and Ami Atkinson Combs Listen Now
  • 12/16/2014: The Twelve Gifts with Charlene Costanzo Listen Now
  • 12/9/2014: Things I Wish I Could Share With My Mother Listen Now
  • 12/2/2014: Claiming Your Own Power! Listen Now

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Aurora Juliana Ariel, PhD, was one of seven finalists for PBN’s Hawaii Business Woman of the Year. With 40 years of pioneering work and dedicated service in the fields of Neuroscience, Psychology and health, and a host of advanced protocols, rehabilitation models, courses, and products now in place. Had her mother not become severely mentally ill when Aurora was 19, Dr. Ariel says her life would have been very different. Catalyzed on a quest to uncover the cause of suffering and a cure, her timely work and landmark discoveries resulted in the development of a breakthrough psychological healing system, TheQuest and advanced protocols that have had miraculous results with conditions once thought incurable, irreversible, or unchangeable. Dr. Ariel’s work has changed the lives of abused women, addicts, youth at risk, individuals with PTSD and trauma, and in the last years, she was able to successfully restore young adults from mental illness caused by substance abuse, which she says has been the crowning glory of her life’s work. View Guest page

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Helen Bradley

Helen Bradley is a Transformational Creativity Coach and the Owner and Chief Facilitator at Playful Art Studio, a safe haven for adults to relearn & reengage with their creative self expression, play again and witness their own transformation in a FUN way! Many of Helen’s clients have gained confidence and discovered their ability to connect to “who they really are”, which is part of her mission. Some have even changed professions, written books, and become professional Artists. Helen grew up in Texas and started her professional life as a Kindergarten/ Preschool teacher after obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics/Child Development from Texas Tech University. She has always had a creative flair and has a special gift of seeing the creative spark in everyone, child or adult! In the classroom with young children you could find her diving into many creative projects. Helen moved to California to further her education and life experience, and there she worked to earn an M.A. degree in Spiritual Psychology, with an emphasis in Consciousness, Health and Healing from the University of Santa Monica. During her studies, Helen heard a calling to follow her own creative path and courageously quit her job to pursue creating and launching her own business. In the process of realizing her own dream and calling, she also became certified as an Expressive Art Facilitator and a professional Creativity Coach. View Guest page

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Mariah Brown

Mariah Brown, Hawaii's Business Woman of the Year winner, in the for-profit category. Accomplishments and awards are nothing new for Mariah. She is the Co-owner of 2 highly successful award winning Da Kitchen Restaurants on Maui, whose food and service have been heralded as ‘the best in the islands” from a multitude of TV shows (Cheap Eats, Local Ventures, Travel Channel Bizarre Foods, Maui Today, Channel 8 News, and more), newspaper and magazine articles (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Maui No Ka Oi, LA Times, Washington Post, SF Herald, PBN, and in the upcoming USA Today), and awards from (Maui No Ka Oi, Maui Times, Maui News, Honolulu Magazine, Hawaii Magazine, Hale Aina Awards, Aipono Awards, Pacific Business News). Mariah also won Small Business Person of the Year for Maui in 2011. View Guest page

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Ami Atkinson Combs

Ami Atkinson Combs worked at Lincoln Child Center in Oakland, CA, with children who have suffered childhood trauma and as an Interim Manager of the Stanford Child and Adolescent Division of Psychiatry. As Sharon Strand Ellison's daughter, she was an active participant in the discussion and development of Powerful Non-Defensive Communication from an early age. Ami is exceptionally skilled at helping parents identify and change specific family patterns at the root of conflict and stress, including: tantrums, argumentative behavior, defiance, and low self-esteem, creating a foundation for a family life that is open, honest and loving—very real and spontaneous.

Ami co-produced the audio-book, Taking the Power Struggle out of Parenting, winner of a Benjamin Franklin Award. View Guest page

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Charlene Costanzo

Charlene Costanzo is an award-winning author of The Twelve Gifts of Birth, a richly illustrated gift book that resonates across generations. In addition to this, Charlene has an additional five published books, including: The Twelve Gifts for Healing, The Twelve Gifts in Marriage, The Thirteenth Gift Touchstones: Stories for Living The Twelve Gifts, and A Perfect Name

The Twelve Gifts of Birth is the result of a mother’s dream, the flowering of a seed of inspiration that had been planted in Costanzo’s heart long ago. Originally written for her daughters as they approached adulthood and sought direction in this next stage of life, The Twelve Gifts of Birth has become an important piece of literature for any person who has ever been born. View Guest page

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Sharon Strand Ellison

Sharon Strand Ellison, a pioneer in the field of eliminating defensiveness, is an award winning speaker, an international consultant, the creator of the Powerful Non-Defensive Communication™ process, and the author of Taking the War Out of Our Words. Sharon shows how for centuries, across lines of race, class, and culture, we've used the "rules of war" as our infrastructure for verbal interactions. She brings her cutting-edge theory together with a remarkable ability to demonstrate practical, realistic, life-changing skills for any environment. Sharon has more than 30 years of hands-on experience working with families and youth.

Sharon also co-produced the audio-book, Taking the Power Struggle out of Parenting, winner of a Benjamin Franklin Award. View Guest page

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