Episode 37

Published on:

29th Aug 2023

Theresa Carpenter | Stories of Service: Embracing Healing for a Life of Meaning

Life is a series of building blocks. What is unknown is how those blocks will emerge, and the lessons they will unlock as we journey through life and experience setbacks that may be traumatic. How do you heal and come back from that?

In today’s episode, Theresa Carpenter joins Anil and Ashish to talk about her remarkable journey of healing and growth, and how embracing vulnerability has led to personal transformation.

Theresa Carpenter is an active duty Navy Commander with 27 years of dedicated service. She has harnessed her passion for storytelling through visual mediums, sharing her life's narrative online in a raw, authentic, and always honest format. A writer and podcaster for SOS (Stories of Service), Theresa has featured over 100 episodes highlighting ordinary people from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate exceptional service to their communities. Currently residing in the United Kingdom, she serves as the chief public affairs officer for NATO’s Maritime Command.

In this episode, Theresa will discuss overcoming challenges and breaking down the stigma surrounding emotional and mental well-being, fostering an environment for open conversations. She'll emphasize the pivotal role of seeking help in unlocking the path to healing from traumatic experiences. Additionally, she'll explore how embracing authenticity and vulnerability can lead to the development of more meaningful relationships and improved personal well-being.

Throughout the conversation, Theresa will also share her insights on reframing past experiences, releasing negative emotions such as resentment and anger, and offer practical strategies for finding the delicate balance between self-reliance and reaching out for support. She'll highlight the importance of sharing personal stories as a means to destigmatize discussions about mental health and much more.

Listen now and enjoy!

What You’ll Learn in this Show: 

  • The profound significance of sharing one's personal stories, actively contributing to the normalization of conversations surrounding mental health.
  • The transformative power of vulnerability in fostering empathy and deeper connections.
  • The ripple effect of reframing past experiences on personal growth and healing.
  • The significance of addressing trauma for personal development.
  • How vulnerability can lead to stronger relationships and enhanced well-being.
  • Practical approaches for fostering healthier relationships and embracing a more joyful life.
  • And so much more...


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Ashish Kothari is the founder and CEO of Happiness Squad, a company focused on democratizing happiness and touching a billion+ lives over the next 20 years and helping them live with more joy, health, love, and meaning.

Prior to founding Happiness Squad and writing his best-selling book “Hardwired for happiness”, Ashish spent 25 years in consulting, including the last 17 at McKinsey and Co, a premier management consulting firm, helping thousands of clients and their organizations achieve breakthrough performance by building new mindsets and capabilities.

Ashish is a trained ontological coach and a lifelong student of human thriving.

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Anil Ramjiani is an experienced senior leader at Nike, Inc., most recently as the Commercial Director managing key athlete partnerships and business with Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, and Marcus Rashford.

Anil's passion is grounded in empowering people, unlocking potential, and driving performance. He has worked in consulting and corporate across the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia acquiring over 20 years of experience in strategy, brand, and general management at IBM, Adidas, and Nike.

He created the podcast and platform Live. Breathe. Believe., to enable reflection, motivation, and inspiration for his peers. #Knowyoutobeyou!