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Suzanne Renee – Guest

If you told me two years ago that I would write a book and be participating in a youtube interview about that book I would have told you “no way”. You see, I believed that because I hadn’t mastered life, no one would want to listen to me. I wasn’t famous, I wasn’t a celebrity. I didn’t have it all figured out just yet. That is what makes the Write or Die Show so special. It celebrates people who have had life challenges and now are seeing the other side of what can be possible in life.

Speaking to Randi-Lee was like sitting down and having coffee with a friend. She reminded me of why I wrote Conquering the Undertow in the first place. Life can be so much more than just existing, moving from one day to the next. When we stop questioning life, and instead just accept that this is how it is, are we living life or is life just happening for us?

I believe one of the best things you can do is observe how you relate to yourself.

● Where in life do you settle for a fine or ok experience?
● What physical symptoms do you just deal with as being part of your body?
● Do you accept all emotions as useful or feel disappointed in yourself when you feel sad or angry?

My best coping tip is to slow down and ask yourself how present you are being. When you walked home did you stop and notice the people around you or were you too consumed with your own thoughts. Stop and really taste that sandwich choosing to only focus on the hot bread in your mouth. I suffer from anxiety so I know this can be difficult but you need to train your brain. Stop running and take in the sunset. Feel the blood flowing through your veins.

For other transformative tips, check out Conquering the Undertow-Learning to Breathe Again to learn how to turn surviving into so much more.
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Guest Douglas Weiss

When I started Amazing Limits, I hadn’t even the clue if it would come to completion. Even More came after 12 Amazing Limit’s ( 1 for the original 12 disciples in Jesus’ Ministry). After Pentecost, 3000 were added to the church on that day, and as such, Even More to today, hence the name. 

Today, I sit with copious idea’s forward how to advance this pictorial nonsense; However, I do not feel IT IS nonsense. Amazing Limits and Even More, are just a guide to my hope in Christ through the real madness that is everywhere right now.

To describe it any other way would be wrong: Amazing Limits and Even More are my Love letter’s to Christ and my Family.

Both Amazing Limits and Even More, hope to bring about the change in hearts of people around the world. 

The opportunity to write and create has been a passion in my recovery. Being able to openly talk about my disability candidly has been very helpful. I encourage other Author’s and even aspiring writer’s: Pursue your dreams, and put your will and life into the hand’s of Christ. What ever your heart’s yearn toward, Jesus Christ can make it happen. 

What has occurred because of this interview, essentially flipped me out of my own defeatist attitude. I fail when I fail, not because who you are what you say or you do. Those are identity issues that don’t fall on my conscience any further. If god can forgive Me, I can forgive me.

Try and narrate your life in 26 mins or less. It’s hard, fun enjoyable and rewarding. Douglas Weiss: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

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It was truly an honor to be a guest on Randi-Lee’s podcast Write or Die.

I always enjoy when a host can create a safe place for a conversation and that is exactly what Randi did. I was able to share some of my lived experiences, even those that were emotionally charged.

I particularly liked the term “Truth Bomb” that Randi used which focused on us speaking the truth. Shows such as Write or Die do just that as they provide a means for us to speak that truth.

I found it very easy to share my stories because Randi knew the right questions to ask to keep our conversation flowing. Her point about making bad decisions struck home for me on a number of fronts.

Relationships are important to us today in fact even more so with struggling with COVID and what that has done to our conversations and how we communicate. Having lost my wife and best friend to cancer in February of this year there is a void that I struggle to live with.

I touch on a lot of these issues in my second book which is entitled “You Are Not Alone” which is set to be published January 17th, 2022. The book speaks to mentoring and mental health and how mentoring can be a part of the support structure for mental health and mental well-being.

You can also take a look at my first book “The Gift of Mentoring” which is available on This will give you the foundation of mentoring processes and concepts.

If I could leave you with one thing that would be to “Ask for Help” – reach out and get the help you need to begin and continue your healing journey. 

Doug Lawrence

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Guest Peter Topside

I had the pleasure of being invited as a guest on the Write or Die Show several months back.  It was my first interview about my horror trilogy (Preternatural), and was also going to cover some very sensitive and extremely personal topics concerning mental health.  So I was nervous as a cat walking into it, but Randi ran the entire thing so well, that I felt completely at ease.  I opened up quite a bit and was as honest as possible, which was made so much easier with her encouragement.  I think we actually spoke for an extra 30 minutes beyond the actual interview, and both had a blast.  

I also really want to emphasize that the things said during my interview are my lived experiences.  I am not claiming to be an expert of any kind, but hope that my experiences can be of use to others.  Even though Randi and I joked a bit, we did so to create a warm, inviting environment to discuss my mental health struggles which included PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, alcohol and drug abuse, etc.  Having been through my own journey, stemming from an upbringing centered on stigmas about the topic, discouraging mental health services, and being taught to just ‘act normal,’ I know how hard it can be to change your mindset.  But I encourage anyone who thinks they may be having a mental health challenge to reach out and talk to any of the multitude of appropriate professionals for the proper treatment options.  Mental health is a very critical part of overall well being and everyone deserves to feel their best.

Thank you again for everything, Randi!

Peter Topside