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“Every experience that has occurred in your life, up to this point, has been placed beautifully to help you confront and give you the tools to deal with what is going on.” – Laura Khalil 

It may be difficult to remember in times such as the ones that we are experiencing right now, but the greater the challenge, the greater the opportunity for growth. Today’s Finding Brave guest is an expert storyteller who reveals how we can begin to reimagine the stories we tell ourselves to build resiliency. Her inspiring message shows that nothing is in your way, but it is all on your way if you choose to see how the Universe is conspiring to help you grow.

Laura Khalil is an award-winning marketer, speaker, and trainer helping companies build engaged, inclusive teams by strengthening their communications skills. A storyteller at heart, Laura helps audiences reimagine the stories we tell ourselves to build resiliency and the courage to thrive.

She is the host of the podcast Brave by Design, which is focused on helping ambitious women rise. She is a regular contributor to media on business and technology. Laura has worked with Twitter, GE, Intel, Forbes, WeWork and has told stories at The Moth, RISK! and Detroit Women of Comedy Festival.

I hope you find this brave conversation with Laura as uplifting and relevant as I did, as she is someone who has consciously made the choice to be her highest, most powerful and confident self in the face of some staggering life experiences. 

Highlights from this Episode:

  • Laura’s fascinating “DNA story” and the major internal crisis she faced after discovering her past [8:23]

  • How she consciously chose an opportunity to not be a victim and to decide on the life that she wanted to live [13:13]

  • What she means when she says that “we all grow at the border of support and challenge” [15:59]

  • A simple practice she recommends to immediately reduce stress and overwhelm [17:43]

  • The subtle nuances between fate and destiny [21:27]

  • A choice that each and every one of us can make right now in order to master our own destiny [23:01]

  • Why simple acts of service are so powerful, and do not have to be elaborate or difficult to do [30:50]

  • An update of where Laura is at now in her personal life, and some exciting recent developments [31:38]

For More Information:

Resources Mentioned: 

Laura’s Brave by Design Podcast & Kathy’s Appearance on the Show 

I Submitted My DNA to Discover An Identity. Instead, I Found A Family (Laura on NPR)


Journey of Souls by Dr. Michael Newton

Kathy’s First Book, Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose

Eckhart Tolle’s Free Resources

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“We all tell ourselves stories. Everyone has an opportunity in this moment, in any crisis, to say either it’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you or it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you.” [12:52]

“We all grow at the border of support and challenge.” [16:08]

“Destiny is what we consciously choose to do with our fate that is in service to our highest potential.” [22:22]

“You have a choice. Do you want to live as a victim of your history, or a master of your destiny?” [23:01]

“I’ve been given these ingredients for living, now what kind of recipe do I want to make with them?” [27:29]

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