Confessions and New Beginnings & Why I Wrote a Book

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This is a show of confessions and new beginnings. All over the globe people are deciding want they want for the coming year. With a feeling that something’s missing or something could be better, they make New Years Resolutions to go and get it. (Go to any gym in January and February and see for yourself.) The problem is most New Year’s Resolutions don’t work; they fizzle out as quickly as they start.

On today’s show host Julia Espey confesses that she’s never accomplished even one New Years Resolution, but she did manage to make a radical change nonetheless—a change that remade her life, her mothering, and even her love life forever. Julia talks about the time when she once felt “terribly alone, overwhelmed and inadequate as a single mother” but instead of jumping into short-lived hyper-activity to try and “fix it,” she steadfastly took another tack.Guest interviewer and speaker, Janet Matthews, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul, draws out Julia’s heartfelt story and the book she wrote as a result. Today’s show is a journey into how one mother made a dramatic change in her life, began a “quest,” and how her discoveries can help you in your parenting. You’ll find out the secret ingredient to sustaining activity, keeping focused on a goal, and never giving up.

You’ll get take-away parenting tips from If I Were Your Daddy, This Is What You’d Learn. And you’ll hear about Julia’s “new beginning” and the tearful message she gives you at the end of this show.


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Purpose and Prosperity

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Do purpose and prosperity go together? Not according to many who believe in the “struggling artist” concept and think that you can’t get rich doing what you love. Today guest is Edwene Gaines, a one time single mother and best-selling author who used to struggle until she discovered the connection between purpose and prosperity. In the process, she not only found her divine purpose and created wealth, but she also rebooted her whole life and created a greater sense of inner peace.

On this show, Edwene will help you to find your divine purpose, live more fully in it, and connect your purpose to your prosperity in a big way. This show is the fourth and final segment of the “four spiritual laws of prosperity” series.

Set your course for 2012 for greater prosperity and inner peace by learning from today’s featured single mother who transformed her and her daughters’ life by following four spiritual laws and putting them into daily practice!
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Forgiveness and Worthiness = Prosperity

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Is “being forgiving” essential for a single mother? Today guest, best-selling author Edwene Gaines, says yes! “If you’re unwilling to forgive someone it’s like stabbing yourself with a knife and expecting the person who did you wrong to feel the pain. Morevover, harboring a grudge completely blocks our ability to have peace of mind and shuts off your prosperity.” Everyone, but especially us single mothers, can’t allow this kind of poison to breed in our families.

On today’s show we’ll continue with our four part prosperity series and dive into “spiritual prosperity law #3: forgiveness and worthiness” from Edwene Gaines book entitled “The four spiritual laws of prosperity.” You’ll hear how Edwene was able to forgive her husband completely—even though he left her pregnant in a foreign country with little money! How forgiveness is the fastest way to get rid of debt, and how your life can blossom in prosperity when you adopt a daily forgiveness routine.  

Set your course for 2012 for greater prosperity and inner peace by tuning in!

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We’re giving away 3 prizes: Handmade Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls (value $120), a TARGET gift card (value $50), and a free copy of “If I Were Your Daddy, This Is What You’d Learn” book (for single mothers who have to be both mommy and daddy)(value $25). Anyone who give us feedback on the single mom talk radio show will be entered to win..

How Crystal Clear Goals Bring Prosperity

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Is goal setting directly linked to your happiness and prosperity? You’ll found out on today’s show as you unwrap part two of four series with Edwene Gaines, international speaker and best-selling author of the book, The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity.

As a single mother, Edwene lifted her and her daughter out of total poverty into a life that was once unimaginable. Her income double and tripled within the first year of practicing what Edwene calls “four spiritual laws to prosperity, ” and then it kept growing. She went through dramatic personal transformations, increased her faith, found courage, became happy, and dedicated her life to helping others.

Today show focuses on the part two to the prosperity puzzle: Goal Setting. You’ll find out why Edwene (and most leadership experts) feel goals are necessary, how to handle a fear of failure, how to set realistic goals by internally “checking-in, ” and what pragmatic steps you must take after you’ve set a goal.

Edwene makes goal-setting understandable, practical, and easy to teach to your children too. Edwene shares how she taught goal setting to her grandsons quite successfully, and how she obtained every goal she has ever set for herself (though not in the time table she wanted, or the way she expected.) “Sometimes I wanted something and I got it. Then I realized that it didn’t make me happy so I let it go, and I learned a lot in the process, ” says Edwene. “Goal setting is not about getting stuff (though you’ll probably get a lot of stuff in the process), it’s about learning what’s really important to you.”

So unwrap your gift of increased prosperity and inner peace—to keep all year long—by tuning into today’s show! LISTEN HERE!

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How Gratitude, Giving, and Tithing Lead to Prosperity

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Edwene Gaines was a single mother who was always in financial crisis. With barely an extra dollar to her name, Edwene did the impossible. She began to follow four spiritual laws of prosperity: tithing, goal-setting, forgiveness, and finding her divine purpose.

Within six months, Edwene’s income had doubled, tripled, and more.

Looking back, Edwene doesn’t view these results as extraordinary. She has seen thousands of other people lift themselves out of financial problems by following the same four principles.

As a holiday gift to each of you, host Julia Espey welcomes you into a series of lively dialogues with Edwene Gaines, now an international speaker and author of the book The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity. This week’s show focuses on Law #1: Gratitude, Giving, and Tithing. Edwene will make this law understandable, practical, and useful for us all.

So unwrap your gift of increased prosperity and inner peace—to keep all year long—by tuning into today’s show! LISTEN HERE!

Get your own copy of Edwene’s book to focus your holiday and New Year on prosperity here on Amazon.



Broken Families Still Deserve Holiday Cheer!

Posted in: Better You, Holidays, Parenting, Relationships, stress

The weeks from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day are the busiest time of the year for everyone. But for us single moms, the holiday season poses extra challenges.

If your family has gone through a divorce or the death of a parent, the holidays are when raw emotions and feelings of loss can hit the hardest. You’re worn out from shopping for gifts, decorating your house, and shuffling kids between in-laws. You’re financially stressed because the burden of your children’s expectations lies solely on you.

One single mom, Nancy, even felt “holiday cursed.” Check out her e-mail:

Dear Julia, I’ve always dreaded the holidays since my dad left us at Christmas when I was a little girl. Last year, my husband asked for a divorce during the holidays, and now we are divorced. I’m handling this OK, but I’m afraid that my eight-year-old daughter is not doing as well… Are we ‘holiday cursed?’  How can I reverse our luck and make the holidays cheery for my daughter? Help! —Nancy

On today’s show, mental health and parenting expert, and frequent Fox News commentator Dr. Karen Ruskin PsyD, LMFT, answers Nancy’s SOS call—and offers holiday solutions for stressed-out mommies.

Listen In. Blessings!


with Dr. Karen Ruskin PsyD, LMFT, – mental health and parenting expert

“Changes in families call for changes in traditions—into new, better ones,” explains Dr. Karen. By following her three-step plan, you can make those changes, and create new holiday memories!

Dr. Karen also offers insights into

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Parenting: Why Manners Matter

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Let’s talk about manners and kids: single mother reader, Nancy, wrote to me and asked if teaching manners was “worth all the effort.”  

Her letter got me curious. We are definitely a less formal society than in the past so I wanted to check out if etiquette protocols are yesterday’s news.

I interviewed etiquette specialist Irma Vorbeck and recorded this week’s show, (listen here) and I now believe that “etiquette” isn’t outdated; rather, it’s an old-fashioned word for very important and necessary today skills!  Modern day etiquette professionals don’t talk about holding a tea cup properly but treating your neighbor respectfully, being a good sport, having empathy and living by the Golden Rule.

Listen to today show and see if you don’t realize it too–that if we take the time to teach and reinforce (and reinforce, and reinforce) the best way to treat others, to eat in polite way (that doesn’t gross others out!), to conduct oneself with a certain kind of refinement– our children won’t be limited in life by his social and people skills–which is what etiquette is really all about.  Read the show description below, and listen in as I also share my family secret to getting my son to have good table manners!  – Love, Julia ***


Progressive private schools across the country are adding etiquette to their curriculum. Good Morning America is airing features on teaching etiquette to children. But one single mom has asked me if it’s worth the effort. “Is it really important?” she said. “Is it worth the daily struggle and endless corrections it takes to teach good manners?”

Today’s guest, etiquette consultant and columnist Irma Vorbeck, answers YES. She explains, “Etiquette is the glue that holds a child’s education together. Without it, your children will flounder.”

Strong words indeed—but words Irma backs up with history. George Washington, for example, overcame his humble background (including being raised by a single mother) through superb etiquette. (His 110 Rules of Conduct are listed here:

However, we’ll get current, too. On today’s show we’ll touch upon the challenges of teaching manners and the reasons they’re just as important now as in the past. Besides giving children increased self-confidence and social poise, etiquette will help them build constructive friendships. “Like attracts like,” and if you take the time to teach your children to respect others, they won’t choose friends who are disrespectful.

But you don’t have to go it alone. For the busy single mom, Irma suggests enrolling children in a local etiquette program. And program host Julia describes the totally silly, but effective, game she invented that resulted in perfect table manners for her son. (No kidding!)

You’ll also discover how etiquette rules go way beyond saying “please” and “thank you” and using your fork properly. Etiquette is the foundation of how people relate to each other, and your children can’t be truly successful without it.

Tune in! Leave your comments below.


Too Sexy? Too Violent? Too Soon?

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Here is THIS WEEK’S RADIO SHOW: Listen here 

with developmental psychologist, Dr. Nancy Buck 


Hello Single Moms & Friends,

In our sexed-up, violence-based media world, experts are asking if our children are being bombarded with images that are far too sexy, too violent, too soon. As a researcher and mother, I say, “Absolutely yes!” But today’s guest, developmental psychologist and mother Dr. Nancy Buck, begs to differ. “Every generation of parents has said the same thing,” she argues.

While her argument doesn’t sway me (I remain horrified at the effects the media are having on our teens), she and I do agree on one thing: if parents don’t mitigate the images and influences, then these images and influences will shape our children’s values for life!

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Scientific Proof That Your Child Is a Genius

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(28 comments)  Hey Single Moms & Friends, 

Do you consider your child a genius? In most school systems, only a handful of kids are chosen for gifted-and-talented programs. If your child isn’t selected (as most aren’t) does this mean that he or she isn’t gifted?

Today’s guest, international educator Paul Scheele, answers with an emphatic “No!” And he cites the latest scientific brain research to prove why. “Your child,” says Paul, “absolutely is a genius.”

As parents, this revelation can spur the single most important gift we can give our children: to help them recognize and live in their “genius zone.”

In this show, you’ll learn

  • ·      how to identify your children’s unique brand of genius
  • ·      how to encourage their genius potential, even if they’re struggling in school
  • ·      why schools may not be teaching to your kids’ learning preference, and what to do about it
  • ·      how parents and educators inadvertently “de-genius” children

You’ll also hear stories of how kids get “wounded” in school and come to  incorrect conclusions like “I’m not smart. I’m not good at math. I’m not…”—conclusions that can limit them for the rest of their lives. Change those conclusions, and help your kids live lives of genius!

Were you ever wounded in school? Was this show useful? Leave a comment.



The 9 Environments of Great Mothers and Great Leaders

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Hey there Single Moms and Friends,

Whether you know it or not, you live in nine environments that define you. They’ve conditioned you. They’ve formed you into the person you are. And they’re constantly shaping your results—past, present, and future. 

These nine environments include: 

  • your body
  • your self
  • your spiritual environment
  • your natural environment
  • your physical environment
  • your network
  • your relationships
  • your financial environment
  • your beliefs

Understanding how these nine environment work can make the difference between living a life by default and living it by design. 

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