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Badass Women at Any Age

Dec 28, 2021

Kristin Smedley and Mary Fran Bontempo faced devastating challenges as young mothers.  Kristin found herself raising two blind sons and Mary Fran navigated  her son’s heroin addiction. Refusing to be defined by their challenges and determined to survive and thrive, Kristin and Mary co-founded Brilliantly Resilient offering skills, tools, strategies and action plans to help others navigate through challenges and reset with resilience to rise and reveal the brilliance within.  Kristin and Mary Fran are resilience experts, TedX speakers, best selling authors, program creators and presenters and media hosts, with over 250 interviews conducted and followed in 700 countries.  Their latest book, Brilliantly Resilient, is an Amazon Best Seller.

What You Will Hear in This Episode: 

Kristin Smedley and Mary Fran personal stories

What Kristin learned about herself when she found her first son was blind

The dangers of assuming challenges

What Mary Fran learned about herself when faced with her son’s heroin addiction

Letting go of the things that don’t matter and focusing on the things that do

Lessons learned by Kristin and Mary on women dealing with resilience

How Kristin and Mary met

What they have learned from each other


“When you are faced with a challenge or a crisis, you have a decision to make. Either visit the place of crisis or live there.”

“We do the best we can with what we know at the time we are going through it.”

“We need to look at how we are looking at our challenges. Look for the possibility and potential of a way out.”

“Life is not perfect. We will face challenges every day.”

“Surrender is not a defeat. It is an action step.”


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