Interview with Rise Author, Hallie Schaefer

posted on: February 11, 2018

There’s a myth that has circulated for far too long. We all think we are too ordinary to make a difference and make a change. This author is an advocate, an Abolitionist and an author but what was her great win this week????

She learned a new recipe.

Let that sink in. She is just like you and I but she’s a voice. She is asking a change for something that matters. Meet Hallie Schaefer.

What is your career? 

– Right now, I’m a work-from-home mother of three. I do freelance writing when I get the chance and hope that writing and storytelling will be a career later on. Before this, I was a social worker for several years working with at risk youth.

What is a goal you have that’s worth working for, starting now? What are you passionate about?

– I’m passionate about stories. I think stories are what connects us to each other and makes us feel like we can relate to one another. My goal is to share stories of hope and that they encourage those that I meet along the way.

Can you explain what human trafficking in America means and looks like?

– It’s not the Hollywoodized version that many are used to seeing. It’s not the street fights, Liam Neeson style version. It’s quiet. It’s hidden. It could be someone falling in “love” with the wrong person, a person who forces them to do sexual things for money. It’s minors being abused and used as sex objects. It’s being emotionally, mentally, or physically abused by someone that forces you to do things you don’t want to do.

Tell us about your book. 

– “Rise”, while themed around human trafficking, focuses on hope. In the story, the girls face the realities of human trafficking, dealing with the guilt, pain, and shame. They find that God still loves them, no matter how they see themselves. This unconditional love helps them break free of the invisible bonds their traffickers held on them.

What exactly made you passionate about being an advocate and bringing awareness to human trafficking in America? 

– I learned about human trafficking in 2008, during my freshman year at college. I had never heard about it before, but after the summer reading requirement of Not For Sale by David Batstone, my passion for it just grew. I wanted others to know about it too. With more awareness, people are empowered to protect themselves from it and know the signs well enough to be able to save someone else from it.

What wins did you have this week?

– I learned a new recipe! Sweet potato flatbread. I’m pretty sure that I’m the world’s worst cook, so this was a huge win. Lol

Can you begin by telling me what made you decide to follow your career path?

– I’ve always loved to write. But when I was figuring out my major, writing wasn’t considered an option because it didn’t seem like a worthwhile thing to study, but more of a hobby. I chose psychology with the goal of one day getting my doctorate. After working in the field for a few years, I realized it was not my passion at all. I still longed to write. And now that is what I am doing, and I’m loving it!

What is there to be said of difficult life experiences and how can we transform them?

– Adversity shows us just how much we are capable of. We can choose to let it crush us, or we can grow from those experiences.

When was the last time you were out of your comfort zone?

– All of the time. Lol I have social anxiety, and when I’m presented suddenly with an unexpected situation that involves strangers, I tend to shut down. I had an interview with a human trafficking organization last week and when I was interviewing the CEO, everything was fine. But once she turned the interview around on me and started asking questions to get to know me and to learn about my book, I physically started shaking! I wasn’t scared, but my body just took over and I had to really fight against my natural flight response.

What is your favorite quote or mantra?

– It’s a bible verse. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” I love that we are not defined by our pasts, but through Christ, we can be who we are supposed to be.

If you had a magic wand and could change one thing in your life, what would it be and why?

– Time. I would slow it down.

What advice would you give someone concerning Who they need to become in order to accomplish their wish/dream/goal?

– You already are that person. If you wait until you “have it all together” before you start your journey to accomplish that dream, you’ll never do it. Start now.

When do you feel like your true self?

– When I’m with my family. They’ve seen me on my best and worst days and still accept me for everything I am and for what I am not.

If you were the bravest version of yourself today, what would you be doing?

– I would be doing public speaking engagements, spreading awareness of human trafficking. And I wouldn’t be shaking while I do it.

What is keeping people from living their best life?

– Fear and self-doubt.

Do you have a nonprofit organization you admire or contribute to? 

– There are way too many to name. For this entire year, all proceeds of my book “Rise” will be going to human trafficking organizations dedicated to helping victims. Each month, I will choose a new one, highlighting them on my website.

How can people know more about that nonprofit? 

– I will be posting information about each organization each month so that others can learn about them.

How can individuals achieve goals without sacrificing their values?

– By keeping true to themselves and prioritizing.

How do we make our values a reality?

– By making a plan and a commitment to do so.

What are a few of your new year goals? 

– Figure out a better work/life balance and to do things I’m afraid to do.

If anyone is interested in contacting you further what’s the easiest way(s) to reach you???

– Either my email or message me on facebook

Thank you for helping with exposure!! 🙂

Girl, Taken – An interview with Author Elena Nikitina

posted on: February 6, 2018


Elena Nikitina


To me, age is a state of mind.  Depending on the day, I can feel myself anywhere between 18 and 90.

What are you passionate about? 

I’m an artist at heart.  I enjoy writing, painting and photography.  My other passions are Latin dance and shooting weapons at the range.  I love to work out and create things as well.  I love to design new stuff from scratch or transform ugly things into beautiful ones. I love fashion and my dream is to create a fashion clothing line one day. I’m also passionate about real estate – I’m a licensed agent in Ohio.

What human trafficking looks like and how does it affect American youth? 

Human trafficking is illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor.  Behind those words there are many broken human lives.  Each story is an incredible tragedy of a person who is torn away from his normal life and deprived of his freedom and human rights.

Young people are particularly vulnerable, as criminals can find victims and manipulate them through internet, social media and private chats. One report cited “13 years old as the most common age in Ohio for youth to become victims of child sex trafficking”.

What motivated you to write a book and more importantly what inspired you to get involved with bringing awareness to human trafficking? 

The book Girl, Taken – is a true story about kidnapping and survival.  The plot of my book took place in real life and I just described it in my own words.

I saw and experienced things no one should have to go through.  I’m sure that right now, right at this particular moment, there is someone who is suffering from being a victim of kidnapping or trafficking or facing a similar ordeal in life.  I wanted to deliver a message to those who seek hope or to those who are about to give up. Hope and faith should never leave you, even in the moment of total and all-consuming despair.

Every human trafficking story looks similar to mine.  The incredible tragedy that involves not only one person – it’s an adversity for all family members.  Unfortunately, most people consider human trafficking as a problem of the past or believe that it is limited to being outside the United States only. Only by bringing awareness and education about this problem taking place everywhere there will be a chance to fight this crime.

Tell us a few statistics concerning human trafficking in your city and the surrounding areas. 

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state, including Ohio.  Ohio ranks number five in the nation for the most human trafficking cases. Last year, 375 Ohio trafficking cases were reported based on calls to the national hotline–according to Polaris, a nonprofit organization that tracks human trafficking cases in America and across the world.

If any readers might think a loved one is in harm’s way what would be a few actions you would suggest so they can get the help they need?

The professional help from the therapist and a good family environment are the best sources, in my opinion.

What steps did you take to begin bringing awareness and getting involved?

I’m at the very beginning of my journey at the moment. I think social media is the best way to bring the awareness.

What challenges have you faced and how did you overcome them? 

Through the horrifying months of my captivity – witnessing atrocities, surviving bombings and sexual violence, and trapped in a land where countless people were dying every day, I fought desperately to stay alive, stay sane and not lose the one thing that kept me going – my hope.

We never know what we are capable of until we are placed in a situation when you have to make a choice – stay strong or break down.  Choose to remain a victim or choose to become a survivor.

At some point, I decided for myself – I wanted to be a survivor and not a victim.  I like to believe we can all make this choice, no matter the hardships we face in life.

What advice would you give to parents of youth? 

Pay attention and talk to your children.  Be proud of what they are accomplishing.  Love them.

So many people have dreams and want to start nonprofits or businesses because they have a burning desire to change the world. They want to be men or women of influence with a powerful message. Then doubt sets in or failure happens. 

-What are your thoughts about this? 

Robert Kiyosaki – famous American businessman and author – once said: “Winners are not afraid of losing.  But losers are.  Failure is part of the process of success.  People who avoid failure also avoid success”.

Pursuing things that truly matter gives people a sense of purpose and this, in turn, will help people persevere in their pursuits.

-What would your message to these people include? 

Take a risk to make a difference.  If you win, you will be happy.  If you lose, you learn.

What is your favorite quote or mantra?

This too shall pass.

My favorite of all times, meaning that nothing is permanent.

When everything is good, remember that it won’t last forever. So, enjoy and cherish it while you can. When things are bad, remember that it won’t last forever. Have faith, bad times eventually will pass.

What motivates you?

Achieving the desired results motivates me.

When was the last time you were out of your comfort zone?

A few days ago, I was honored to give a public speech about my book Girl, Taken.  That was something I have never done before and had zero experience with. I was way out of my comfort zone.

What are your most important gifts you have to offer your city and state?

Every voice has an influence. Many voices have the power to change the world or to stop a crime.  To be involved in the organization or a group with like-minded people – is a gift that every citizen should offer to their community to improve the quality of life.

If anyone is interested in contacting you further what would be the easiest way to reach you? 

The best way to reach me is through one of my social media accounts:

Is there anything else you want me to know that will help me write this article?

As I mentioned earlier, I wrote a book Girl, Taken – A True Story of Abduction, Captivity and Survival.  In 1994, just after my 21st birthday, I was drugged and abducted from my hometown in southern Russia by a group of gangsters. The idea was to hold me for ransom, but an unfortunate thing happened.  Soon after my kidnapping, the first Russian-Chechen War broke out…

I would love to share my story with the readers of your blog.

Readers love Girl, Taken.

Here’s a small sample of what they are saying:

“This book will astonish and inspire you.  It is the harrowing tale of a young woman who saved her own life through nothing more than courage, determination, and inner strength.”

“One of the best books I’ve read in the past few years…”

“Girl, Taken kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.  She is lucky to be alive.  Very intense, hard to put it down.  I would definitely suggest you enjoy the book for yourself and feel what it’s like to be kidnapped…”

Girl, Taken – A True Story of Abduction, Captivity and Survival.  You can check it out on Amazon

What is Theology? My interview with Theologian, William Hemsworth

posted on: February 1, 2018
Let’s begin with your degree.
Where did you go to school? Graduate from?
After high school I joined the Army and served as a Chaplain Assistant for 6 1/2 years.  I went to school sporadically during my service.  I started to take it seriously when my wife and I found out that our first child was on the way.
I enrolled at University of Phoenix and earned a Bachelor’s in Business Management.  After graduation I felt that I wasn’t done…that there was more to do.
After a lot of prayer I enrolled at Liberty University and earned a Master of Divinity in Church History in April 2017.  Church history is a passion of mine.  There is just so much to learn, and most still applies to the modern church.
I am currently enrolled at St. Joseph’s College of Maine where I am pursuing a Master’s in Sacred Theology.  I am tossing around the idea of pursuing a Ph.D at some point, but we will see where God leads.
What is theology?
This is a great question, and it also seems to intimidate people.  Theology is made up of two Greek words.
The first is Theos and means God.
The second is Logia and means study.
Theology literally means the study of God.
We will never know everything, and that is why I love the subject so much.
Why do you feel/believe theology still matters?
I can’t begin to tell you how many times someone has said to me “I don’t need theology.  I just need Jesus”.
Amen to that!  Who is Jesus?  Is he divine?  Did he have one nature, two, or three?  Did he have to die?  Was he just a good moral teacher?  Once you ask who Jesus is you are practicing theology, and what that theology says about Christ can mean the difference between someone having eternal life or not.
That is why theology still matters.  It matters because it answers those questions about the Christian faith.  Not only that, but if you are a Christian you may be involved in a theological activity and not even know it.
  1. Do you read the Bible?
  2. Do you pray?
  3. Sing during Sunday worship?  All theological activities and very important.
You are an author. When did you publish your first work? Title?
Before I answer this question can I just say that I love writing?  I can do it all day without a break if allowed.
Anyway, the first book I published was a devotional titled “A Closer Walk:  Forty Short Devotions to Strengthen Your Faith”.
I was inspired by a friend of mine who said that he just didn’t have enough time to read anything that was devotional in nature.  I wrote the devotions in such a way that they will take only five minutes to read.  I am proud of it, and will work on more.
Who did you publish your work through?
I originally published it through Kindle Direct Publishing, but I recently republished through Theology Still Matters Publications.  That is a trade name I registered to publish my books.  I did that to make it sound more official.  The paperback is distributed through draft2digital, and the paperback will soon be available through
How did you begin podcasting?
Podcasting brings me a lot of joy, and it is funny because I fell into it.  I was asked to be a coauthor on a site by the name of  We called it “The Vine” for short.  The site was owned by a good friend of mine by the name of Jeff Perry.  He called me one day and said that we will be doing a podcast every Tuesday and Friday, an this was in addition to the Tuesday and Friday blog release.  I fell in love with it.  I currently host two podcasts.  The first show I have been doing for a little over a year and goes by the name “Theology Still Matters”.  It is  a weekly show, and right now I am doing a series on the nature of Christ.  The second show is named “The Daily Bible”.  I look at 1-3 verses per day and give a little real work application.  I am really excited about this show as I will be going through every verse in the Bible, no skipping, but every single verse.  The show launched December 1, and I started with Matthew because of Christmas.  We are currently in Matthew chapter 4.
Do you have a large listening audience for your podcast?
As of now I have 337 direct subscribers, but I share the show on every page I run, and every social media outlet.  Many listen though they may not subscribe.  If you are thinking about doing a show my advice is to go for it.  It doesn’t matter how many listen, though that is nice, but all that matters is that someone is listening.  You never know how your show can impact someone else.  Around the middle of last year, when I was thinking about ending the show, a lady from Indonesia reached out to me on Instagram.  She heard the episode I have up about idolatry.  She said it helped her see that she was putting many things above Christ.  I don’t say that to brag, but encourage.  If God can work like that through something I touched he can work through anyone.  Go for it!
Where can we find you online?
Pretty much anywhere, but first you have to get through all the links on Chris and Liam Hemsworth.  My website,, is always a good place to start.  You can also go to my amazon author page (  From there you can see the books I have written as well as my blog posts.
What social media platforms do you work on?
At times it seems like way to many, but social media is a great way to interact with your readers and build relationships.  I can be found on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, google+, and LinkedIn.  You can also find me on YouTube.  As of now my podcasts get posted to there, and there are a couple of videos.  In the future I plan to do more videos.
I follow you on Twitter. Recently, you tweeted one of the most powerful things we can do for another person is to actually listen and not just listen to talk but to hear. Can you explain the difference and expand on your thoughts?
We live in a society where everything is about the individual.  Not only that, but we are in a constant rush.  I have noticed a tendency, myself included, to listen to talk.  What I mean by that is that we are already thinking about what our next words are going to be before the other person is even finished talking.  When we do this we are actually not listening and telling the person that what they have to say is not important.  We need to get back to valuing what the other person says, even if we disagree.  To hear and to genuinely care.
It is never too late to set another goal or dream another dream. In the new year, do you have goals or resolutions?
I have bad knees.  I have had five surgeries on my left with two of them being reconstructions.  I need to drop more weight to take the pressure off of my knee. My surgeon says that I need a replacement and am too young for it.  I dropped 60 pounds in 2017, and need to drop the same in 2018.  That is my goal.
IF you could have an article in an academic journal, what would it consist of?
I am a self-professed Church History nerd.  Especially when it comes to the Christological heresies in the early church.  My article would consist defending the nature of Christ.  I am actually working on an article right now that I will submit to journals that defends the nature of Jesus against the ancient heresy of Arianism that taught that Christ was the first creation of God.
Have you ever created a vision board?
I will be honest.  I have never created a vision board.  We did one in business school, but I have never done one since.  I should though.
How do you go about reaching goals?
I have come across a lot of people who become discouraged because they have not achieved a particular goal fast enough.  We all have goals.  We may have small goals, or huge goals. Personally I start with a large goal and work backwards.  I start with the end goal, and create small goals that lead to the next and so on.  Before I know it the large goal has been achieved.  You can’t write a full book in one sitting.  It is written one page at a time.  A goal may be a chapter in a month, or one podcast episode every two weeks.  Start small and before you know it the large one will be achieved.
What books are you working on publishing now?
Write now I am writing a devotional that is based entirely on the book of 1 John.  The tentative title is “Our Eyes Have Seen”.
What books are you currently reading by other authors? You should say, Pushing Back the Darkness (which is mine, but….)
Right now I am reading a commentary on the Letter to Philemon  The title is “The Letter to Philemon” by Scot McKnight.  I am also reading a great book on leadership titled “Paul and His Team:  What the Early Church Can Teach Us About Leadership and Influence” by Ryan Lokkesmoe.  I recommend both of them.  They are very interesting and inspiring.
What advice would you give a millennial who wants to set goals and create?
My advice would be to find something that you are passionate in and create based on that.  If you are passionate about baking then do a blog, YouTube video, or podcast on that.  You often people want to create based on what the hot fad is.
The problem is if you are not passionate about the topic that will turn off your audience.
Next set realistic goals.  You will not have 500 blog readers on day one.  It takes time.  Publish something new on a regular basis.  If you have a blog or podcast maybe try to put out one item every two weeks to start, and work to do something weekly.  The same can be said about YouTube videos.  If you are an author set a daily goal to write.  Whether it be 10 minutes or 30 minutes you will be making progress.  Lastly, find a support system that is honest and will give you good feedback.
If you want to grow, the last thing you need is a bunch of “yes” men.
Accountability. It is something we don’t hear about as much anymore. What do you think accountability consists of?
Accountability almost seems to have a negative connotation anymore.  However, accountability will help to keep us on the straight t and narrow.  Accountability consists of someone making sure that we are being responsible, that we are doing the things that we should be doing.  My blog, books, and two podcasts are teaching the Bible and Christian Theology.  It is very important that I do and teach proper doctrine.  If not I need that accountability to set me straight and to make sure I don’t lead others astray.
Do you have a business team that you are accountable to?
No.  I don’t have a business team that I am accountable to.  I am small time and it is only me.  I have some followers I confide in and have asked that they review everything I put it.  If I do something they have an issue with they reach out and, in a loving manner, may ask questions to make sure we are on the same page.  Thee was one situation I recall a few months ago where I was going off on a particular issue, and reached out and said that, though I was right, I was going about it in a horrible manner.  I was very appreciative.
What would you define accountability as and how would you suggest this generation become more accountable?
I would define accountability as someone helping to make sure you are on the right path.  Not necessarily the right path career wise, but making sure that success is not going to your head.  It helps you remember where you started so you can be thankful for the good things that come around.  My advice is to get an accountability partner.  This is someone you can count on to give it to you straight.  You can help each other through life, and whatever your goals are.
Do you have a certain quote or mantra you live by?
C.S. Lewis once said, “You are never too old too set another goal or to dream a new dream.”  Once a goal is achieved make a new one.  Never stop growing.
Thank you for the questions.  I really enjoyed it.  God bless!

Broken Silence- an interview with human trafficking Survivor, Chong Kim

posted on: January 7, 2018

I met this incredible lady on a podcast we did together months ago. She is an author of a book called Broken Silence. Please subscribe and show her love. Leave a comment and share her post. Thank you. January is National Human Trafficking awareness month.

Chong Kim breaks the silence that has muzzled generations of cultural oppression and unties the invisible “gag” that has muted the voices of Asian-Americans for centuries. Broken Silence is the unbridled testimony of one person’s account of cover-ups, racism, sexual abuse and human trafficking.

Thankful she agreed to share parts of her story with us. Enjoy and share!

Meet Chong Kim :

What is your career?


What is a goal you have that’s worth working for starting now?

Utilizing film, art, music and poetry to share awareness, share story, express pain and pass on wisdom to others.

What are you passionate about?

Creating a safe place for Children globally.

Can you explain what human trafficking in America means and looks like?

I believe it is misunderstood; In America on one hand we want to rescue the world, be the strong hold, but when corruption, scandal or severe abuse happens in our own backyard we cling onto ‘denial’.  On the other hand we have those that want to fight the atrocity, but are receiving limited information, which makes our advocacy work limited.

What exactly made you passionate about being an advocate and bringing awareness to human trafficking in America?

When I became a mother, the fear of the very thing that took your life has a repeated cycle that can happen to your children if you’re not aware, careful or find the right help, cope and healing.  I didn’t realize in the beginning it was a passion, I was just so afraid of my children being a by product of someone else and I had to survive, sacrifice my own selfish emotions to make sure my children wouldn’t have to go through or be susceptible becoming ‘at-risk’ kids.

What wins did you have this week?

My perseverance, my daily life I still battle with flashbacks, triggers, anxiety, PTSD and etc.  But I continue to fight to get up, smile and move forward.

Can you begin by telling me what made you decide to follow your career path?

I wanted to leave a legacy behind and that was I did my best while here on earth to bring the truth of the corruption, the scandal and to let those who were willing to hear my voice to protect their children.  If I remain silent and work in a regular job, I would not be at peace.  I haven’t slept peacefully in years and through my coping and healing it is still difficult, but while I’m here and alive I want to change the world by being a voice.

What is there to be said of difficult life experiences and how can we transform them?

When we aren’t listening to each other.  Shouting over each other, opposing views gets threatened and immediately defamed or bullied.  How can we change the world when no one is listening?

When was the last time you were out of your comfort zone?

About two weeks ago, when I had to go through a sleep study in a lab.  Being a survivor of child rape, I have learned to adapt to many changes, except when it comes to my face.  I had a pillow over my face when I was a small child, I was suffocated by my own mother..  Ex boyfriends who tried to choke me to death, then when I was trafficked, I had a mask forced on my face.  Repeated fist thrown in my face, because of those incidents I am afraid of the dentist, when I have to have surgery and they have to put a mask on me or when I have to use a Cpap or Bpap machine, I have to put something on my face.  Nothing scares me more than having something on my face.  That is stepping out of my comfort zone.

What is your favorite quote or mantra?

The best way to avenge your oppressors is to become the success they can never imagine.

My son’s father before he died shared that with me when I was still prostituting to survive on the street.  He told me that what the traffickers did, still have no power over my future.  I still hold the key to my own future.

If you had a magic wand and could change one thing in your life, what would it be and why?

I use to think about this alot when I was going through trafficking, now God has blessed me and taught me in ways I never thought he could so my answer would be none.  To me God picked me up in my darkest time and taught me that I could do anything and turn my tragedy into triumph.

What advice would you give someone concerning Who they need to become in order to accomplish their wish/dream/goal?

I would first have them chant, “I am worthy.’

Survivors have dealt with verbal and emotional abuse, the evil words in their heads.  They must learn to embrace their worth before they can begin to move on.  The negative thinking from our past abusers are so strong and toxic.

When did you begin to feel like your true self?

When I began to live a sober life 2-22-2000

If you were the bravest version of yourself today, what would you be doing?

I am doing God’s will, he gave me a purpose and I am in awe of him.

What is keeping people from living their best life?  Any ounce of insecurities.

Do you have a nonprofit organization you admire or contribute to?

Yes, Alert Ministries in Dallas; they do support groups at the Dallas Juvenile Detention Center and Women of the Well a survivor led ministry and shelter for victims/survivors of sex trade and trafficking.

How can people know more about that nonprofit? and

How can individuals achieve goals without sacrificing their values?

I don’t know how to answer that, but let me share my example.  I was pregnant at 21, my baby that I carried was my trafficker.  I didn’t believe in abortion, but I also didn’t want my baby to be harmed by the trafficker, so I sacrificed my selfish love as a parent to be a mother first.  I placed her for adoption so that she can be safe in someone else’s arms rather than mine.  It was the most painful and difficult decision I ever made, but I don’t regret it.  I don’t know if I answered your question, but when we weigh out the pros and cons of our situation along with sharing what we want to achieve, everything else begins to make sense.

How do we make our values a reality?

For me, I’m a go-getter.  I just do it, but if I have some hesitancy or I need direction, then I pray and just listen.  No rush and just be patient.

What are a few of your new year goals?  Finishing up with my second book, “Save Me” which will be the inspiration for my TV series I want to launch about Human Trafficking.

If anyone is interested in contacting you further what’s the easiest way(s) to reach you???

Here is my information:  Chong Kim you can view my website at:


Chong Kim, LLC










To order my memoir, “Broken Silence”

Be sure to check out my youtube videos “Let’s Talk with Chong”

LTWC Weekly

“Make every moment your only audition.” – Chong Kim

Stolen angels- an interview with New York designer and Abolitionist, Liz Midkiff

posted on: December 31, 2017

I’m completely thrilled about this interview with a fellow Abolitionist. To clear the air before we begin- an Abolitionist is a person who favors the abolition of a practice or institution, especially capital punishment or (formerly) slavery. Meet Liz. She has exciting news about a launch in less than two weeks!

Tell my Readers a little about yourself first. 

I live in western New York. I have two dogs, a wonderful husband and I am launching a clothing line January 11th to raise awareness about Human Trafficking and to educate our customers on how to fight sex trafficking in their communities.  I love to cook, design, and write poetry.  

What is a goal you have that’s worth working for starting now?

-I am launching my clothing line January 11th, one of the goals I have for the line is to support at least one survivor at a local safe house at the

“Potters Hands Foundation”   Basically, that’s 25k a year.  That’s not an easy goal being my first year  in business but its worth fighting for her freedom.

What are you passionate about?

– Rescuing victims of Human Trafficking and raising awareness about the cause.  

What wins did you have this week?

– We got finalization of the venue for our launch party  in January. I got to present my product line to a well known car dealership and they agreed to test market my key chains! The key chains glow in the dark!  The reason behind it is -women are usually afraid of getting robbed or hurt at nighttime.  And a huge problem is during night when they can’t find their keys or drop them and have to look for them.  BUT if the Keychain can glow in the dark suddenly it is so much easier! And it gives you a sense of safety having that light in your hand.  

What career position do you hold currently?

-Personal Banker / Owner of STOLEN ANGELS, INC.

Can you begin by telling me what made you decide to follow this career path?

– I entered the banking industry six years ago looking for more knowledge about finances.

-I started my clothing line from a passion to rescue victims of Human Trafficking. One of my really good friends was trafficked in the states and I felt called to create a line that fights trafficking and creates and supports safe houses.

What is there to be said of difficult life experiences and how can we transform them?

-Bad things happen to everyone, its up to you whether you let that define you or you use it to fuel your calling.  I believe everything happens for a reason and that those hard situations is what transforms us into who we are.


When was the last time you were out of your comfort zone?

-When I met the NEWSBOYS after their concert and asked their lead singer if I could mail them shirts from my line if they would take a picture in them. 

Do you believe in the power of prayer? Mediation?

-yes!  I pray ALL the time.  This is the one part of my life where I can be completely myself and can just tell GOD all my problems, questions, or just about my day.

 What is your source of peace?

-cuddling with my dogs and laughing with my husband.  Also praying while sitting by the water.  I find water very peaceful.

What is your favorite quote or mantra?

-You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” -William Wilberforce

If you had a magic wand and could change one thing in your life, what would it be and why?

-To be able to open a transitional house for girls who have been trafficked.  Because girls that have been trafficked need extra support and resources and people to keep them safe and a home…

What advice would you give someone concerning Who they need to become in order to accomplish their wish/dream/goal?

– They need to be motivated! You have to be a “go getter” to accomplish your dreams.

How do family members go about helping the ones they love that struggle with addiction?

-be loving, sometimes that is hard but to be forgiving but to also be the voice of truth while having a listening ear.

When do you feel like your true self?

-when I am designing clothes 

If you were the bravest version of yourself today, what would you be doing?

– I would walk the darkest areas of the city where I knew girls were being trafficked and I would rescue them no matter what happened.   

What is keeping people from living their best life?

– Fear

Do you have a nonprofit organization you admire or contribute to?

–  Yes the Potter’s Hands Foundation 

How can individuals achieve goals without sacrificing their values?

– make your vision and write down your values and ONLY do what falls in line with that, your goals should mirror those.

How do we make our values a reality?

-I personally put my faith in Jesus which is ultimately where my values come from, through prayer and wisdom is where we see our values show in our life. 

If anyone is interested in contacting you further what’s the easiest way(s) to reach you???


Interview by:

Author Laura Aranda

Pushing Back the Darkness

Fearless Journey, an interview with Author Bridget Padilla

posted on: December 21, 2017

Bridget Padilla has been very passionate about her writing since college. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters who have been constant cheerleaders in her life. She currently resides in Michigan.

I met Bridget online a while back and wanted to get the word out about her writing endeavors.

There are many hurting people that need to know that they are not alone as they face trials.  Sharing her experiences with others allowed this author to be open and vulnerable instead of closed off and unapproachable.

Right now she is self published and locally printing Fearless Journey, a book of poetry.

Below is an interview about her work. She is on social media platforms as well if anyone wants to find her and reach out. Enjoy.

This is your first book to publish? Yes-Thank you for choosing to read these words. Each poem comes from what my life experiences have taught me. I pray this book that came straight from my heart will speak straight to yours. I deeply appreciate the encouragement I have received along the way.

What is the Title? Fearless Journey. Also, the illustrations are all free hand. I asked for guidance from God about what to sketch.

What is this book about? Poetry of the journey I’m talking with God through my personal experiences.

Below is an example :

Why did you decide to cover this topic? There are a lot of hurting people that need to know that they are not alone.  Sharing my experiences with others allows me to be open and vulnerable instead of closed off and unapproachable.

Where can readers go find and buy it? Currently I am printing it locally and selling it on my own.  I can send it to them personally once they place an order with me.

• When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?  I’ve had a passion for writing since college, but just over two years the desire to be a writer really developed.

• How long does it take you to write a book? This one took two years.

• What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? I typically try to focus for a few hours at a time during the evening since it’s usually quieter.

• Where do you get your ideas? Personal experiences 

• What is your writing process like? Praying and asking God to give me the words to write and show me what to sketch.

• What advice do you have for writers? Don’t rush, it’s not a race, you will get to the finish line.

• What is your greatest strength? Ability to be tenacious 

• What is your greatest weakness? Self doubt

• You mentioned prayer. How is that important in your life? Without prayer I would not have been able to write this book.  He has guided my every step.  Life with Jesus is better than trying to do it on my own.

• What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?  Cheryl Reynolds; she has given me positive feedback which pushes in me in a good direction.

• What are your favorite literary journals? His Princess and Jesus Calling

• What is your favorite childhood book?  The Little Engine That Could 

• Add anything additionally that you want to talk about or cover or want readers to know about you.

Each book will be $10.

Thank you again so much!  If anyone would like to talk to me about my book I am more than happy to speak to you. I pray that my book will be a blessing.  I can be reached via email which

As always, feel free to share and contact me via email

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