Tracey Casciano Featured on #WSATV Women Leaders’ Interview

Woman Speakers Association (WSA) is THE go-to place for innovative leaders, change-agents and women with a message to connect, collaborate and grow their visibility worldwide in order to fulfill their mission. As the first-ever global community for women speakers, WSA provides a platform for women to get seen, booked and paid AND be part of a growing network reaching women in 120 countries on 6 continents. Whatever her “stage”…be it the classroom, a boardroom, the floor of the U.N., WSA is dedicated to empowering women to authentically express themselves, build a thriving, prosperous business and cause serious transformation in the lives of their clients, companies, communities and the world.

I had the opportunity to be interviewed on Women Speakers Association TV last week with two other amazing women and wanted to share it with you. WSATV interview

“Never give up hope. We often don’t understand why things are happening when we are in the middle of it, but once you get to the other side, you often discover your purpose.” Tracey Casciano

 

 

 

 

Coming Out of the Fire

I had the opportunity to talk with crisis coach Faydra Koenig on her podcast recently. You can join Faydra, America’s Crisis Coach, on iTunes as she interviews high-achievers who faced unimaginable obstacles and came out on top. She presents a bold approach to crisis management. I hope you’ll take a minute to listen!

Grab your listen here: http://doinglifewithfaydra.com/podcast/tracey-casciano
13267716_10206504224546014_5482182039889616081_n

Me too!

Isn’t it reassuring when you find out that someone else has a similar situation or problem as you? When we are filled with doubt or concern, the words ME TOO, can make us feel less alone. Perhaps it’s a situation at work or difficulty in a relationship. Maybe it’s something from the past that we’ve been nervous to share. We begin to wonder if it’s just us and when we make that connection it is a relief! Finding others who have a similar past or current situation is comforting. This is why it’s important that we share our journey with others.

When a counselor who I had been seeing suggested that I share my story, my initial reaction was to laugh. I had kept my past, my secret, for all these years, why would I share it?

NO WAY.

But something kept nudging me and her words kept replaying in my head, “What if you could help someone who is suffering like you did for so long?”

I remember the sick, scared feeling I had in my stomach the first time I shared my story of being sexual abused with others. I feared being judged and feelings of shame and guilt from the past flooded my thoughts. When I finished, I was surprised to find that audience members were coming up to thank me for sharing. And then something that I hadn’t expected happened. The guests, people I didn’t know, starting telling me that they had a similar past…..what? Women told me that they too had never told anyone. As much as it comforted me, I also felt angry and sad.

How is it that in a culture of tell-all, reality TV, there are so many suffering in silence? We donate money and time to help others in foreign countries, but aren’t addressing the serious issues that are in our own churches, neighborhoods and schools.

We need to come forward, get past the shame and guilt and help each other heal. The more we do, the more we can bring attention to this all too common issue and prevent it from happening to others.

This is why I share my story.

20160303_091831

I recently had the opportunity to appear on Real Life and Real Life 360 on Cornerstone TV in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I shared my story with the hope of helping others realize that they aren’t alone. God loves us…messy past and all!

Write 31 Challenge- Word of the Day

October 16 Word of the Day: Doubt

31 day word challengeHow many times do we find ourselves doubting the path that we think we should be on? Doubt, fear, and negative thoughts creep in our head.

“I’m not good enough, smart enough, qualified, pretty, strong….”

Thoughts like these can make us second guess ourselves and often times we give up. As I started this journey of writing and speaking, I was definitely filled with doubt. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to write my story in a way that would honor God. And would anyone care about my story? There were times when I almost gave up. But God didn’t give up on me and kept nudging me to continue.

 When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:19 (NLT)

Tell me about a time when doubt led you away from your journey.

Want to be a winner?

DaySpring.com is celebrating all of the amazing Write 31 Days readers who are supporting nearly 2,000 writers this October!

To enter to win a $500 DaySpring shopping spree, just click on this link & follow the giveaway widget instructions. Good luck, and thanks for reading!

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ff92849712/?

Write 31 Challenge: Word of the Day

October 8 Word of the Day: Passion

Passion is a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something. We are all passionate about something; maybe it’s music, sports, exercise, teaching, or art. I like to think of passion as something that makes someone feel happy.

31 day word challenge

My current passion is writing and speaking. It makes me feel happy, but I don’t do it just for myself. I want to help others by sharing my experiences and emphasize the importance of faith. I have seen what God can do and feel called to share it!

Ok, your turn……What are you passionate about?