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May 31, 2019

Welcome to Onward, hosted by Emily Harman; a new weekly podcast consisting of authentic conversations about overcoming adversity and moving forward. Subscribe now! In this interview  Emily interviews author Sheila Garner. Sheila’s book Taking Care of a Stranger deals with her personal journey of learning to live without a close relationship with her mother, who had eight children, and how she learned to find inner peace. During the course of the interview Sheila speaks about moving onward in the face of adversity, and the power of forgiveness and reconciliation.  


Episode Highlights:

  • What is Sheila Garner’s book Taking Care of a Stranger about?
  • Who is the stranger in the book?
  • What was Sheila’s life like as a child?
  • How did Sheila change as she learned to seek reconciliation with her mother?
  • Did Sheila ever have a heart-to-heart conversation with her mother?
  • What was Sheila’s mother’s love language?
  • What made Sheila decide to write a book about taking care of her mother?
  • What difficult experience did Sheila deal have with her father?
  • Sheila talks about the power of forgiveness in her relationship with her mother.  
  • Sheila discusses the topic of her second book.
  • Take the time to learn who you are.
  • Sheila was diagnosed with breast cancer on January 10th, 2019.
  • Recalibrating and repositioning her life took Sheila owning her role in her divorce.
  • What does Sheila mean when she says she wants to leave a legacy?
  • Never go to bed angry with your loved ones.
  • How can you stop yourself from holding your happiness hostage?


3 Key Points:

  1. Sheila’s mother loved her children, and showed her love in her own way.
  2. Letting go of hurt and healing the anger buried within takes time and effort.
  3. To be happy you have to be brave and you have to love yourself.


Tweetable Quotes:

  • “We never heard the love word in our home, at all.” – Sheila Garner
  • “Journaling as a child made me feel better because we weren’t talkers at home.” – Sheila Garner
  • “Reconciliation came and forgiveness came after I read the book a second time and I could feel the hurt all over again.” – Sheila Garner


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