Since coronavirus (or known as COVID-19) has evolved from epidemic to pandemic, it's immediately led to illness, death and changing the way we live -- even the way we interact. In this episode, host Jenina Nunez talks to therapist Monica Gonzalez of Balanced Lotus Counseling & Wellness about one of the byproducts of this current global crisis -- the impact of social distancing. Why is this a big deal? How do we make the best of it now? And, how do we learn from it?

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October 30, 2019

The Breakup, Reconsidered

Breakups are a sad reality of relationships. That said, when a romantic coupling ends, how often can we look back  and without doubt, own our own mistakes in how things went? In this special episode This Life, Reconsidered, talk to Elaine, a divorcee that takes a hard look at the person she was in her marriage. Above that, she allows her to learn from the hurt and the turn of events. What we learn from this episode is that it IS possible to learn from the end of a relationship, if you're open to it.


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In this follow up to our episode about understanding trauma, we speak with Monica Gonzalez, owner of Balanced Lotus Counseling & Wellness ( She offers some suggestions on how we can consider dealing with the moments that challenge us. 

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Live events impact people differently. However, how can a distressing event affect you?

In this episode, we speak with Monica Gonzalez, owner of Balanced Lotus Counseling & Wellness ( to understand this experience.

In a special follow up bonus episode, Monica shares some advice on managing personal stresses.

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Lillian Ruiz, former former COO of Civil Media Company and the Civil Foundation bestows some of her best tips on what it means to act & live BOLDLY, something that can be empowering when you need it! 

In this season two opener, I kick things off by focusing on one of the most empowering messages we tend to forget - how to being afraid of the choices we need to make for ourselves, especially if we're going to pursue the lives we want.

To dig into this important lesson, I interviewed Lillian Ruiz, former COO of Civil Media Company & Civil Foundation. As a person that has made big, bold decisions to create her own reality, I thought she's have some great perspective to share. 

Tune into this discussion for some motivating and insight stuff.


Launched as "Stroke of Wisdom," Jenina rolls out this brief news update to explain the new title before new episodes roll out later this summer. 

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At the end of Season 1, Jenina parts with the lesson she learned after all the other ones: that’s letting go in order to recover. Healing doesn’t happen overnight, but once you can let go, then you can make the rest count.

Season 2 will return later this summer with new episodes. But don't worry, there will be mini updates to keep plugged in! :-) 

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April 23, 2019

Recovery is a journey

As Jenina reflects on Season One, she also shares one of the biggest lessons she’s gathered since her life-altering trauma.

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We all get to that point where things get rough and stress bubbles over… So, for Stress Awareness Month, Jenina shares some of the simple tactics she's embraced to deal with stress. It's not supposed to be foolproof, but food for thought as you get your head in the game to tackle the stuff you'll inevitably need to address...

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