Beacons of Bravery Podcast

I see you and know you, because I am you. A person who lives a good life, but knows that it could be great. But fear holds you back. You might not recognize it as fear, but the procrastination, people pleasing and living by societal norms are all symptoms of your fear. Its time to live the life you were meant for. Prepare to be inspired and motivated to change your life by listening to interviews with guests who have faced their fears to achieve the life of their dreams (they’re our Beacons). Solo episodes highlight historical figures who have done the same, tips from books and inspirational nudges. If fear holds you back from anything, these Beacons of Bravery will light the way to freedom. We also address specific things such as: the fear of failure, fear of success, fear of public speaking, fear of being seen, fear of being around people and so many more. Tune in to get a high powered dose of inspiration to live your great and exceptional life.

Meet today's Beacon, Trish Bishop.  She has an amazing journey to share with you.  Trish authored a book called "The Question Journey" plus she's a speaker, leader, observer and innovator.  She will inspire you in so many ways.  If you need an injection of inspiration and enthusiasm, stay tuned.

Her life hasn't been a fairy tale, she talks openly about struggles and fears that she's faced along the way.  She's relatable, fun and inspiring.

Some of the things we discuss in this episode:

-how to lead with intuition

-you don't NEED a university degree to be successful

-there are angels among us (the people who turn up in the right place at the right time)

-how medical emergencies can wreak havoc and fear on family members

-how to overcome limiting beliefs when you feel that people don't want to hear what you have to say

-how being alone and comfortable with yourself can be a super-power

-how to develop "rockstar" skills

-how to develop a jaguar mentality

-"The Question Journey" book--how to stop looking outside yourself for the answers

Her book recommendation:

"The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" by Deepak Chopra

A quote she loves:

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart" by Carl Jung.

You can connect with her: (to get a copy of her book)

on IG@questionjourney

twitter @ questionjourney

FB @thequestionjourney (she has a FB page there)


Meet today's Beacon, Kelsie Whittington.  She's a dynamic and happy young woman who has overcome significant physical obstacles and is now living her best life.

Kelsie went through a major life change in her teenage years which would have sidelined most people.  Not her.  She beams a dynamic spirit, and with the love of a special man (James) she has gone on to be a happy, full-filled person.

You will want to tune into this show if you need a dose of inspiration, especially if you have faced physical limitations in anyway.

Her favorite quote:

"Don't ask God to move your footsteps if you're not willing to move your feet."

Who she likes to follow on social media:  Walnelda Farmer on Facebook

After you listen to Kelsie's story, please reach out to her and let her know how she inspired you.  You can connect with her on Facebook@ Kelsie Gagnard Whittington.  Or her Facebook group:  Catching up with Kels.  Or follow her on TikTok @kelsiewhit

I would also love your feedback.  If you have questions, comments, or future podcast guest suggestions, please email me at:  or DM me on IG @ cari.normand or message me on FB @ Cari Yocom Normand.  Your feedback is what keeps this show going!



In today's solo episode, I discuss your money mindset, and the "thermometer" you might have set which keeps you from achieving your goals.  

We specifically discuss the money block, but it pertains to any area in your life where you may feel stuck.

Do you have a fear of success?  Do you sabotage yourself and always return to the same set level?  Me too.  I give a personal example about this relating to my medical device patent.

Referenced in this episode is the following podcast:

Epic Success with Dr. Shannon Irvine.  

(any discrepancies in the details of her story are my own)

I hope this gives you a window of insight into your brain and that you can change patterns that hold you back--so that you can go out there and be the Beacon you were born to be!


Welcome today's Beacons Jodi Murphy and Jennifer Denny--my two sisters.  We have a chat about some of our favorite things.  Yes, the "Sound of Music" soundtrack should be playing through your head at this point :)

What you will get from this episode:  TONS of good ideas, links and conversations.  The things mentioned will help keep you organized, keep your feet safe and comfortable, and wow your friends with an amazing rice crispy treat recipe.  

Links are listed below for the things we mention in this episode.  I have no affiliates with any of these companies (meaning we don't get paid for mentioning them).  This is all in good fun.  Enjoy!

Jenni's Favorites: (and special recipe)

  1. Magnolia Network on Discovery+ 
    1. Johnnyswim, Home On the Road, Zoe Bakes, Magnolia Table, The Lost Kitchen
  2. 5 Year Journal -One Line a Day
  3. Brooks athletic running  socks
  4. Every Dollar Budgeting App
  5. Weekly meal & schedule- adapted from The Neat Little Nest Weekly Reset 
  6. Meat browning utensil thing - Ground beef chopper 
  7. Olive & June Nail Polish 
  8. Spotify Playlists- from instagram and podcasters blogs 
    1. White Farmhouse, Lazy Genius,  Bri McKoy and The Nester
  9. Christos Pizza
  10. Escape to the Chateau on HGTV for current episodes  and all episodes on Peacock TV 
  11. Brown butter deluxe rice crispy treats

Delux Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats

¾ cup butter - divided

16 oz bag of marshmallows

1 t vanilla

¾ t  kosher salt- if using unsalted butter

5 cups rice crispies

5 cups corn flakes

1 cup choc chips

In dutch oven or stew pot brown 1 stick (½ cup) butter. For details on brown butter, check this out on  Allrecipes  Turn off heat and stir in ½ stick (¼ cup) butter until melted. Over low heat add bag of marshmallows and stir to melt and combine completely. Turn off heat and add vanilla.  Add rice crispies and cornflakes. Gently fold in to cover cereal completely. Add choc chips. Gently stir. Add to lightly greased 9x13 pan. Lightly tap treats in pan with wet hands- keep loose. Let cool and cut into squares and enjoy. Can add sea or pink salt to the top before serving. 

Jodi's Favorites:

  1. School/Office Supplies
    1. TUL pens
    2. Full Focus Planner (Michael Hyatt)
    3. Power Sheets
  2. Black Butte Ranch
  3. Wooden puzzles like these
  4. Curly-ish hair products/routine
    1. Wet hair
    2. Sun Bum 3 in 1 Leave In 
    3. TIGI Catwalk “Curls Rock Amplifier”
    4. Blow dryer with diffuser
  5. Book related
    1. Goodreads for tracking reading books
    2. Library Tools
      1. Libby and Hoopla for audio
      2. Placing books on hold, especially before they are released so you’re at the top of the list
    3. Recent Helpful Read
      1. The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Strategies for Putting Technology in Its Place - Andy Crouch
  6. AllRecipes (ex. lemon bundt cake)
    1. Can search by a lot of different variables
    2. See how others rated a recipe
    3. People give tweaks that are also voted on that help fine tune recipes
  7. Podcasts
    1. The Alisa Childers Podcast
    2. Every Little Thing (lots of random info)
    3. FBI Retired Case File Review
    4. Office Ladies
  8. YouTube Channel: The Minimal Mom

Cari's Favorites:

1. Brooks Running Shoes:

2. Tillamook Cheese:

3. Canva (design app):  also an app in the apple app store

4. Navaris Magnetic Dry Erase Board.

5. SonXtronic Running Headphones:

6. The Book:  "Someday is not a day of the Week:  10 Hacks to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of your Life."  by Sam Horn.  Available on Amazon.  Also follow her on LinkedIn

7. Audacity--free opensource audio software.  Record and edit your audio.

8. Salt & Straw Ice Cream:

9. Powel's Books: https:

If you enjoyed this episode, let us know about it!  (and if you want more episodes like this).

Jenni is on IG @: jennidenny

Jodi is on IG @: clive4ever

I'm on IG @: cari.normand

You can also email me at


Today's  Beacon is Bessie Coleman, who was a Beacon over a hundred years ago.  Her light is still shining.

This episode is for you because it focuses on helping you remember your dreams and desires...what lights you up.

Many of us have let our dreams go by the wayside when we became "responsible adults," or when our dreams see too far fetched.

If you're not inspired by Bessie's life, you might want to check your pulse.

Your desire is in your for a reason, and I hope this episode lights the spark to help you go pursue your dreams.


Meet today's Beacon, Tara Roberts.  She is an extraordinary human who has achieved very high levels and she has faced her share of personal and family struggles.  Many of you will relate-- what someone's life looks like from the outside isn't usually what it looks like from the inside.  Tara has been a mentor, motivator and cheerleader to me and I know she'll inspire you as well.

Some of the topics we cover in this episode are:

-how a person (and especially a woman) can be confident and not have to apologize for it

-how its your reaction to your circumstances, not the circumstances themselves, that can change your perspective on life--even in the midst of family addiction, miscarriage, bankruptcy and illness.

-how God is always pursuing you, even when you're not pursuing Him

-how we are all perfectly imperfect

-how to keep what is good in your life, honor what was hard and commit to changing what you can

-how being passionate about what you do can give you confidence

-how we can't do it alone.  Let your friends help you.

She drops a golden social media nugget:  before you post, pause, because the moment is fleeting but what you put out there is forever.

Her book recommendations include:  "The Shack" by William P. Young.  "The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry" by John Mark Comer and "Greenlights" by Matthew McConaughey

Some of her favorite quotes are:  "Smile where you are...God is."  and "Don't let your blessings become your burdens."

Give Tara a shout on social media if you enjoyed what she shared on the show.  On IG @ta_joy_ra  or on Twitter @ taratroberts1 or on FB @ Tara Amos Roberts.

You can connect with me on IG @ cari.normand or on FB @ Cari Yocom Normand, or you can email me @

Now...go out there and be brave (and confident) today!

Welcome today's Beacon Abigail Roberts.  She's a breath of fresh air!  Among her many achievements as a 19 year old college student, here are a few:

She started a non-profit called "What's Your Dash?" as a 13 year old.  (You'll hear more about this during the show). She's a Division 2 athlete and scholar.  She's an actress and most of all, a compassionate young woman who has a heart for others and for God.

If you're jaded about the future, or the younger generation, take heart and listen to this amazing guest!  She holds herself to a high standard and has dealt with perfectionism and people-pleasing, but she's learning how to give herself grace.  She says that it's only when we have an abundance of grace for ourselves that we can truly give it to others.

We discuss many things that you will relate to, no matter your age.

One of her favorite quotes is by Erma Bombeck that goes like this:  "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left.  You could say I used everything you gave me."

She mentions a favorite book/devotional called "New Morning Mercies." by Paul David Tripp  and also "The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry" by John Mark Comer.

Give Abi some love if you connect with her message.  Screenshot the show title and share it on social media or DM her on IG @Abigail.Roberts19.  You can also find out more about "What's Your Dash?" on the FB page of the same name.

If you share on IG, tag me too @cari.normand, we want to thank you for the shares.  You can also email me

My hope for you is that you will be inspired to go out and live your purpose!

Welcome today's co-host, Jennifer Denny--my sister, my original Beacon.

We talk all about the book " Share Your Stuff.  I'll go First." by Laura Tremaine.  We get vulnerable here, so stay tuned.  (Also, shout out to Jennifer's husband Steve, the one who provides music for the show).

This book does as it intends to do...spark meaningful conversations.  It's about getting real with your friends and family and discovering their true stories.

I disclose the 10 lessons I learned from my big sister.  And I'm sure you can relate this to lessons you've learned from others.  Keep in mind... you never know the impact you have on someone else's life.

Recommendations from the show...

First and foremost the book: "Share Your Stuff, I'll go First." by Laura Tremaine.

Also her podcast:  "10 Things to Tell You."

Jenni recommends the book "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone." by Lori Gottlieb

also "Educated" by Tara Westover and "Atomic Habits" by James Clear.

Your host recommends the book "The Traveler's Gift" by Andy Andrews  (and anything else by Andy)

We hope you enjoyed this episode!  If you did, take a screen shot and share it to your social media of choice.  Tag me so I can give you a shout on IG @ cari.normand or FB @ Cari Yocom Normand.  You can also email me @

Be brave today--share your stuff!

Welcome back to the show!  In today's episode, I go solo to share with you how a friend helped me achieve a big goal.

I don't know about you, but I like to do things on my own.  I'm not a "group" person.  But we can't achieve our biggest goals alone.

This episode has a through line of "running" in my life, which is really just a metaphor for whatever in your life that has brought you peace and flow.

Put yourself as the hero of the story, see where in your life you could use a "little help from a friend."

Meet today's Beacon, Alysha Myronuk.  Wow, does she have a life story to tell!  From body dysmorphia in childhood, to losing her parents at an early age, to marriage and divorce at an early age, suicidal thoughts/attempts and alcohol and prescription drug abuse, to name a few. She was even present during a mall shooting!  But that's not the end of her story, in fact she is grateful for all of it.

Alysha has turned her seeming tragedies around, and has coined the term "Myrony." (my + irony) which are those crazy things in life that lead us to the right place.

Things we discuss in this episode:

-we all start out free and uninhibited, but then start to compare and shrink ourselves, this is when our body shaming begins

-if you don't go through things, you aren't able to help others.  We go through everything for a reason

-when you're suicidal, it may be one person or one thought that can give you strength and pull you through

-being grateful even in the midst of chaos and drama

One of my favorite quotes from her during this podcast was:  "It was the ugly that I had to go through so that I could see the beauty in what I was ultimately being prepared for."

And another:  "sometimes when things aren't moving the way we want them to move, its because we still have something to learn."

To learn more about “That’s Myrony” Podcast, “My Myrony” Mentoring or to follow on Social Media:

As a note, I allow my guest to express THEIR truths, I am interested in them and how they have arrived in the world.  My guest's views do not necessarily represent my own, but I believe they all need to be heard.

You can connect with me on IG@cari.normand, on FB @ Cari Yocom Normand, or you can email me at

Thank you for listening!



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