Do Daughters who have great relationships with their fathers have less depression?

Fatherless Daughters

Here I am right before a segment about fatherlessness at my weekly roundtable on NBC’s Atlanta & Company.

A recent study found that daughters who have great relationships with their fathers are at lower risk of developing depression and anxiety and are better at handing stress. You know I had a lot to add to this discussion on Atlanta & Company’s REAL TALK roundtable. While many fatherless daughters do battle depression at some point in their fatherless journey, many go on to live amazing lives once they understand how his absence has affected them. Listen here to hear the entire discussion from 4 women, 3 of whom are fatherless.

 

 

Join me in the Poconos for Campowerment September 21-24

The Poconos

JOIN ME IN THE POCONOS! Come see the retreat that Oprah, the Today Show and Forbes are all raving about!

This September 21-24th I am honored to be one of the speakers at Campowerment 

I will be speaking about healing from your past and turning your pain into power. Get to know the full ExCpert line-up of their 22nd women’s weekend, in the Pocono Mountains. To register to #ReigniteYourLife with us, pronto: https://bit.ly/2IY0C4C

Join me at the hbo theatre in NYC Oct 29 & 30th

REIMAGINE TOUR

 

CALLING ALL NEW YORKERS!!!

 

What: I am teaming up with ReImagine to explore questions about life and death. I, along with an esteemed group of authors, experts, journalists and more will 2 days talking about mother and father loss. The experts include: Cara Guzze Belvin, founder of empowerHER, Hope Edelman author of Motherless Daughters, author and journalist Allison Gilbert, and Rebecca Soffer of Modern Loss.

Who: This is for anyone who has lost a parent. It is going to be a lifechanging 2 days.

Where: The HBO Theatre, New York City

Tickets will be available later this summer. Details to come!!

www.letsreimagine.org

The Beyond Fatherless Conference was a life changing event

I was honored to be part of the inaugural Beyond Fatherless Conference in Atlanta. Watching so many experts come together in hopes of changing the lives of the fatherless was truly inspirational. Go to Beyond Fatherless or The Fatherless Generation to hear more.

 

Parenting: Is it harder after the first one?

Atlanta & Company

 

Always a good time at the roundtable for Atlanta & Company’s Real Talk. This week we all four discussed parenting. Does it get harder when the second one comes along? Do you love your kids differently? I spilled the beans on all of it. To watch the segment in full click here

Announcement! I am now an expert with Campowerment

I am excited to announce my new partnership with Campowerment! I will now be able to get my message to an even bigger audience. Join me this September 21-24 in the Poconos for my new workshop: Resilience: Turning Your Pain Into Power. To register go to https://www.campowerment.com and use the word (RESILIENCE-in all caps) for my discount.

Come see what Oprah, The Today Show, Forbes, The New York Times and many more are raving about. You deserve to treat yourself.  

Who Wore The Biggest Earrings?

Atlanta & Company Shenanigans

We ALAWAYS have a blast on Atlanta & Company. This was during a commercial break where we all noticed we each had on BIG earrings! On this day we discussed the Royal Wedding and family drama. We all have it. Lot’s of laughs and always a good time with these ladies.

EDIN Celebrity Dance Challenge

Edin Celebrity Dance Challenge

 

We had an absolute blast dancing in the EDIN Network Celebrity Dance Challenge. Thanks to many amazingly giving people the 7 couples who danced help raise 100k for this beautiful charity. Almost 20% of fatherless women said they, too, suffered from an eating disorder while on their journey through fatherlessness. It was an empowering night. Visit myedin.org to learn more.

Beyond Fatherless Conference

Beyond Fatherless Conference

If you are fatherless or love someone who is, join us June 14-16th in Atlanta for the inaugural Beyond Fatherless conference. Go to www.BeyondFatherless.com to register. I will be speaking about how to transform and reconcile your difficult past into a thriving future.

Even the Royals Have Family Drama

Even Royals Have Family Drama

Photo courtesy of TMZ

Wedding Season is upon us…and even the royals have drama!

If you are like me, you feel sorry for Meghan Markle. She and her father have been somewhat estranged for last 12 years per the reports.

She, like all fatherless daughters, probably wants the fairytale. I am sure she wanted her father to walk her down the aisle. It is unfortunate that under the current circumstances he will not be able to do so.

My advice to her and any fatherless daughter during wedding season is to not let the actions of others take away from your special day.

If you are getting married this season and are fatherless here are a few pointers:

-Allow your day to be surrounded by love. Don’t invite or feel like you have to invite anyone who may make you feel less than loved. You deserve one day to be just about you.

-Let everyone know who or what is off limits to be discussed around you during your special day. You should focus just on that amazing fiancé of yours.

-Choose a gutsy friend to be your gatekeeper. If that Uncle who likes to drink too much starts to get out of hand, give your friend instructions on how to excuse him from the festivities.

-Take some time to talk to your fiancé and his family about any concerns you may have about your family. Getting it all out in the open will free your mind and let you enjoy the day.

-In today’s world it is acceptable to walk yourself down the aisle, have a friend, or even have your mother do the honors. Don’t fret. We make our own rules.

-If your father is deceased, decide how and if you want to honor your father. Perhaps you write a sentiment in your wedding program or dance with your brother for the father-daughter dance. Some brides choose to forgo the dance all together. There are no rules, it is your day!

What is most important is you have found your soul mate. You waited a long time for your fairytale. Make sure you protect it. Don’t let your past have a front seat in your happily ever after.

P.S. Yes! My alarm is set for 5am eastern on Saturday!