How To Live A Joyful Life After Trauma
Okay, so you read that title and you maybe thought, “She’s nuts. Doesn’t Michele know there is no joy after trauma?”
The short answer: Yes, I know it feels like there’s no joy after trauma. If you’ve read my trauma/PTSD recovery memoir you know that it was that very belief – that joy was not possible for me — that set me off on a joy quest that became the catalyst for my full healing.
So the title of this show reflects what I know from my own experience: there are ways to tap back into your joyful self after trauma. But you don’t have to just take my word for it. I’ve got stories from clients who have experienced this same transformation.
This week’s guest, however, came from outside of my own world. Angela Shelton is the pied piper of how to live a joyful life after trauma. She joined me for the full show to talk about her own journey out of trauma, plus offered tips for how you can move through yours.
MEET MY GUEST:
Angela’s directing debut, the multi-award winning documentary Searching for Angela Shelton, led to appearances of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours Investigates, NPR, Lifetime Television and the cover of the New York Times. She later wrote Finding Angela Shelton about her experience during the making of the documentary and the epidemic of abuse and violence.
She co-wrote the screenplay for Tumbleweeds, winner of the 1999 filmmaker’s trophy at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie was based on Angela’s life and a chapter from her first manuscript, written when she was 19. Her Emmy award winning performance as a Superhero for children in the video series, The Safe Side, has taught countless children about Stranger Danger and other important topics.
Angela has traveled the country speaking to various audiences about the epidemic of abuse. She has spoken in Congress, universities, military bases, high schools, elementary schools, community centers, conferences and seminars nationwide and abroad. She has helped over 30,000 people learn how to move forward and live “happily ever after.” Her unique perspective and joyful humor inspire others “to live a joyful life no matter what you’ve been through (and we all have a story).
The Be Your Own Hero Workbook is Angela’s most popular product, helping people move past pain and into living fun healthy lives. It is used in classrooms, support groups, and therapist’s offices around the country. Her extraordinary new children’s book series, The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton is filled with lots of life lessons and is written to expand the heart, mind and vocabulary.