Pivotal Moments

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Melissa and Siria discuss how our emotional wellbeing impacts our physical bodies. They share their own stories of their bodies telling them something was off and how self-awareness helped them develop stress management tools.
Melissa and Siria close out their podcast series on the pivotal moments team with Melissa’s partial hysterectomy story due to fibroids and endometriosis. Melissa explains how she came to terms with not being a mother, her new lease on life, and the importance of advocating for your health.
Melissa and Siria continue their Pivotal Moments Team series with turning the mic on Siria. How did Siria go from Scared Straight to Bad Ass Litigator? Trigger/Content warning, Siria’s story involves domestic violence and self-harm. Listener discretion is advised. If you’ve been a victim of domestic violence you can reach out to: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Siria and Melissa start a new series interviewing the Pivotal Moments Team. You may have heard them thank their producer and music director Ron Johnson in the credits, but who is the man behind the curtain? Ron is an American Rapper, Beatbox, Actor, Musician, Producer, Writer, Voice Actor, and known by the stage name PHILASIFER, to name one of his aliases. Listen as they dive into the rotational pivot that is Ron Johnson's life.
Melissa and Siria discuss BDE, what it means, and how to channel it. They discuss how BDE relates to self-worth, how to build confidence, and techniques they've used along the way on their own self-confidence journeys.
Siria and Melissa interview ethical entrepreneur, coach, and business consultant Elma Glasgow. Elma shares her fascination with stories at an early age, her 20+ year career in PR, and how a diagnosis of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome changed her life.
Siria and Melissa interview vet and business strategist Casey Jourdan. They discuss Casey’s experience of surviving an IED bombing in Iraq and the impact on her physical and mental health. After years of fighting, Casey was rightfully awarded her purple heart for her Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) sustained in war. She now speaks for vets and brings awareness to TBI/PTSD issues. Casey shares her seven lessons learned from being blown up to deal with changes and hardships in life.
Melissa and Siria recap the last 13 episodes. They talk about what brought them energy and themes that have emerged. They are blown away at the reach of the podcast (hello Russia), having international guests, and the impact the stories are having on our audience.
Siria and Melissa interview Lee Chambers. Lee is an award-winning UK based environmental psychologist and wellbeing consultant. They discuss his journey towards fulfillment, legacy building, and helping people unchisel their purpose.
Melissa leads the conversation reflecting back on 2020 through an appreciative lens. In this model, we first identify the highlights of 2020, next we explore how our individual strengths helped us get through this challenging time, and use this foundation to look forward into 2021 with intention.
Siria and Melissa interview Trent Bray. Trent is a lifelong entrepreneur and a devoted family man. We discuss mindset as a catalyst for personal development and how it helped him leave his standard 9-5 job.
Melissa and Siria discuss their recent Thanksgiving holiday experience, the fact the 2020 Holiday season feels different, and how reframing can help get you out of a funk.
Melissa and Siria interview Zach Mathers. Zach is a former pastor who now runs a non-profit with his wife helping foster kids and hosts the podcast Braving the Journey. Zach shares how shame led to his alcohol addiction and how family and community ties fuel his ongoing recovery. To learn more about Zach and his podcast check out his website: https://www.bravingthejourney.com/
Melissa and Siria discuss the concept of emotional consent and how asking for permission before sharing one's problems with another person is an act of kindness. They also dip their toes into the sea of their daddy issues.
Siria and Melissa discuss family roles, family systems theory, and how to change our role.
Melissa and Siria discuss surviving the holidays, holiday stressors, and share their personal tips on how to get through family gatherings in one piece.
Melissa and Siria interview Marisa Lupo. Marisa, a divorce coach, discusses how she untied the knots of her divorce in her intertwined Italian family. Marisa shares how she stopped living a life of expectations and started living her truth.
Melissa & Siria discuss how they discovered later in life that they were people-pleasing and the consequences of that behavior. Siria discusses her 90% rule. Melissa describes how setting boundaries with her family improved her quality time and helped her overcome resentment.
Siria and Melissa interview world traveler and digital nomad, Sabrina Sabbagh. They discuss Sabrina's start in broadcast news and how a medical diagnosis forced her to change her career path. As she was thriving in her new path, a sex scandal derailed her career again. Sabrina shares what she learned from these forced pivots and her goal of living a happy life. Check out our private FB community for exclusive BTS content, including excerpts from this conversation with Sabrina. 
Melissa and Siria for the first time overlap on research. Together they explore growth versus fixed mindset, share their thoughts and reflections from Professor Carol S. Dweck's mindset research, and explore ways a person can shift from a fixed to a growth mindset.
Siria and Melissa interview Andrew McCorkle and Michael Corkrum of the Cork Bros. The Cork Bros discuss their pivot from restaurant consultancy to digital brand marketing. They talk about how shifting their mindset helped them demand their value and catapult their business. Head over to our private Facebook Community to check out exclusive behind the scenes content. https://www.facebook.com/groups/pivotalmomentshq On this episode, Mike dropped some flow in our Saucy Spittin' Sunday freestyle that will be exclusive to our FB Community. 
Melissa and Siria take time to celebrate the small win of 10 episodes under their belt. They recap the types of pivots that a person can face and reflect on what stood out for them in the last 10 episodes.
Siria and Melissa discuss the forced pivot and explore grief and mindset. Melissa shares steps for dealing with a forced change. Siria talks about the Scared Straight program and having FOMO for not going on a field trip as a teen.
Siria and Melissa discuss the life-changing event pivots that change the course of your life permanently. Melissa discusses the rare and universal impact of the pandemic on us as a species. Siria touches on impact bias and how we as a species are really bad at predicting how life-changing events will impact our lives and happiness.
Siria and Melissa dive into the natural reasons people pivot. Melissa goes HAM on social constructionism. Siria touches on the stages of life, including reading passages from her childhood diary.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Siria Gutierrez & Melissa Robaina
Podcast Status
Jul 30th, 2020
Latest Episode
Mar 2nd, 2021
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
33 minutes

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