Monthly Archives: January 2019

Julie Freeman -054

Meet a woman who believes that during the toughest times in our lives, there is learning, there is growth and there is always hope. I have known Julie Freeman for nearly 20 years and although I heard bits and pieces of her story, I never really knew the extent of it until we sat down for this interview in Palm Springs, California: 3000 miles away from where we first met in Wellesley, Massachusetts. A gifted singer at St. John’s Church, Julie sang like an angel, yet something told me that she had the weight of the world on her shoulders.  And she did. Her book Sunflowers, Sapphires & SeraphimA Story of Healing & Transformation chronicles a life that has been both devastating and triumphant.  From an abusive first marriage to the tragic loss of her second husband to a brain injury to single motherhood, a cancer diagnosis and a nervous breakdown for one of her daughters, Julie Freeman is a survivor in the truest sense of the word.  Her transformative work as a registered dietician with a focus on eating clean and organic, combined with an understanding of the mind/body connection has fueled another exciting new chapter in her life. Julie is blazing a new trail by blending her nutrition knowledge with the idea of reducing toxin exposure so that we can lower cancer rates and live healthier lives.   For this exceptional woman, the road less traveled has led her to exactly where she knows she belongs.      @feelgreatlookgreatnutrition     #storybehindhersuccess     #16LifeLessons     #mydoveproductions

Amanda Carr -053

When I sing, I am in pure bliss and joy.

These are the words of singer, songwriter, musician, and philanthropist Amanda Carr.   Described by the Wall Street Journal as “a true jazz singer in a time of wannabes”, Amanda’s path from the little seaside town of Hingham, MA to stages around the world has not been easy. Her passion to create a life that has always been about and for the music is an inspiration to everyone who knows her. The daughter of a Big Band musician and singer, Amanda can’t remember a time when music wasn’t a part of her life.  In this interview, she shares stories of her childhood, remembering a time when she carried her keyboard to the local restaurant and nailed her first gig at 14. As the founder of the American Big Band Preservation Society, Amanda’s mission has been to preserve this art form. Shortly after the Boston Marathon Bombings in 2013, Amanda captured the unbreakable spirit of the city when she wrote The Boston Anthem, tapping Boston rocker Charlie Farren to perform the song. Now the Executive Director of WICN radio, the NPR affiliate in Worcester, MA, Amanda is using her love music and her unique brand of leadership to energize the legendary station. For this exceptional woman, it’s the lessons we take with us that make us who we are.    @amandacarrlife   @AmandaCarrMusic     @AmandaCarrMusic FB     #storybehindhersuccess     #16LifeLessons     #mydoveproductions


Elise Bates -052

Are you the mother of a child with a food allergy?  If you are, this episode is for you.  The statistics are astounding but true:  1 in 12 children in the United States has a severe food allergy.  What was once rare is now commonplace, yet the constant worry food allergy parents endure can be overwhelming, because when their children are out of their sight, they are vulnerable to foods that can kill them. So, what’s a mother to do?  Meet Elise Bates, President & Co-Founder of Ending Allergies Together, aka EAT.   Her non-profit has raised 1.7 million dollars to find out why food allergies are on the rise and what we can do to stop the epidemic.  Hear Elise’s story and be informed AND inspired.   #storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons   #mydoveproductions    @endallergiestogether   @EndAllergies   @EndAllergiesTogether

Kerry Brett -051

Do you like having your picture taken? If the answer is no, you are not alone. Enter award-winning portrait photographer Kerry Brett.  When she takes your picture, her goal is simple:  to make you feel so comfortable, you forget that there is a camera in your face! The daughter of legendary Boston Globe photographer Bill Brett, Kerry grew up watching her father tell stories with his camera.  A single mom with a work ethic that mirrors her father’s, Kerry has worked tirelessly to establish her own style and a client list that includes superstar athletes, A-listers and everyday people.  Her keen eye, creative spark and open heart are what truly set her apart.  A Master Photographer and staff photographer for The Improper Bostonian, Kerry’s distinctive portraits have graced countless magazine covers.  It is fair to say that Kerry Brett aims for your face and captures your soul.  #storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons   #mydoveproductions    @candyoterry  @kerrybrettlifestyleportraits @kerry_brett