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TLBTV: Rebecca Sounds Reveille – Wake Up To – Fatherlessness

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  • May 27, 2018

Rebecca Sounds Reveille – Wake Up To – Fatherlessness – With Guest … Our NEW Assistant Media Director & Author, Rick Amitin

By TLB Project Media Director & Show Host: Rebecca L. Mahan

A powerful episode ensues as my guest and I discuss the pain around children who grow up without a father., Rick Amitin survived a heartbreaking relationship with his mom and three stepfathers, before he reached nine years old. At fifteen, he set out on his own to travel the world in search of his biological father… finding it impossible to live happily without one. One misguided decision and painful consequence after another, Rick made his way through the military and answered the calling to ministry.

Rick’s early life is an example of the emptiness, pain, and internal struggle a child often feels when a biological parent is not involved in their, more specifically the father. There are also questions a child has about why the parent is not involved and if it is their fault. Unfortunately, we rarely hear about how the children feel or even offer hope or a way to fill the void. We usually just see statistics of destructive behavior that has been displayed by children who don’t have a father in the home. How does that really help the child…or even motivate a couple to stay? Negative statistics does nothing but look at an end result rather than look at and offer prevention techniques to unite the family unit. Think about it. We teach all the basics we need to navigate through life less the most important one- healthy relationships.

Rick focused on lifting people’s spirits across the country and around the world while the wound of “fatherlessness” wreaked havoc on his relationships and other life pursuits, making him grapple with lack of identity and a sense of worth. It wasn’t until he was given the gift of being a grandfather to his grand-baby boy, who was dropped out of heaven and into his arms that was the catalyzed to his journey of healing. Rick gets real and opens his heart to the audience and describes how his life changed.

Rick Amitin is a Writer, Author of If Only I Had a Dad, Inspirational Speaker, Blogger, and Founder of He traveled extensively as an Evangelist, pastored for many years, and built a multi-million dollar insurance business in Los Angeles before embarking on the journey of personal transformation inspired by the life of his grandson. Rick is an Ordained Minister, a Certified Behavioral Analyst from The Institute for Motivational Living, Licensed Insurance Agent, and a Transformational Life Coach.

He is a lifelong student with several certifications, has attended numerous seminars in personal development, and is an avid reader and researcher. Rick is a former member of The Dallas Fort Worth Writers Workshop and the Writers Guild of Texas. He has been mentored by some of the leading voices of our time, Ford Taylor, Jack Canfield, Sanford G. Kulkin, and Kevin Knebl.

Rick’s raw-polish approach to sharing his story and hard-earned wisdom will help other fatherless men and women to:

• Identify the True Cause of All the Messy Dysfunction

• Discover the Power on the Other Side of the Pain

• Become the Parent They Never Knew They Could Be

If you have been searching for your father, wanting the pain to stop, If Only I Had a Dad is a must read along with watching this episode of Rebecca Sounds Reveille.

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PPP005: I’m Melanie and I Quit My Job to Work for Myself

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  • May 27, 2018

Today we welcome guest Melanie Lockert, a self-employed freelancer who quit her job in a non-profit to work for herself. She also happens to be one of our writers here at Personal Profitability.

Melanie Lockert Dear DebtMelanie began her career with plenty of student debt after attending college in California and graduate school at NYU in New York City. She moved out to Portland, Oregon hoping for the best, but found the job market leaving her wanting more. After struggling to find a non-profit job with a steady salary, she walked away to pursue her own online income dreams, where she now generated a full time income.

You can find Melanie’s work on this site, at her own popular and growing blog, Dear Debt, and many client sites around the web. You can find her on Twitter at @DearDebtBlog.

Resources Mentioned
Dear Debt
Ignite FinCon
New Media Expo
Jason Steele
Carrie Smith
Portland Finance Bloggers

Get Rich Slowly
Frugal Portland
For Profit Blogging
Retire by 40
Concepts Discussed
Moving to Portland to Follow a Dream
How Student Loan Payments Work
How to Shop for a Car Loan
How I Paid Off My Student Loans in 2 Years (and six days)
Full Transcript
Eric Rosenberg: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, welcome back to the personal profitability podcast. I’m your host, Eric Rosenberg, and I’m so excited to bring our second guest onto the podcast today. Today we have one of the writers for our own website that you’ve gotten to know, and [inaudible 0:01:04.6] writer, Melanie. So she is here with us, and she is going to share a bit about her journey from working in the nonprofit industry and going on to self-employment and now she works for herself full time as an online freelancer. So welcome, Melanie, and if you want to say hi to the fans and tell them a little about yourself, go for it.

Melanie: Thank you so much for having me, Eric. I’m really excited to be here. I am a freelance writer, hustle coach editor, virtual assistant, and all-around site-hustler and I love making money in different ways and have had quite a journey with the whole blog and writing adventure. So I’m really excited to talk to you about it.

Eric: I think that a lot of our listeners will have something in common with that liking to make money thing. That’s something that brings us all together. So welcome and I’m so excited to have you not just as a writer but an audio voice for everyone to get to meet and say hello to. So everyone, say hello to Melanie, and just a quick pause for those who like to partake in my tradition of drinking a beer with us as we go through the podcast. Here’s your opportunity to press pause and go grab the beer of your choice and then come back.

Now that you’ve pressed play again—because I don’t know if you know, Melanie, I like to have a beer when I talk money as we’ve done at the bar a few times.

Melanie: [Inaudible 0:02:36.5]

Eric: Totally. There’s no reason personal finance shouldn’t be fun. So beer is definitely fun. So my first question for you, Melanie, is if we can go back a little bit in your journey, how did you get started in your career and end up in the nonprofit world?

Melanie: So I started in the nonprofit world pretty much right after college. I graduated with a theater degree so you can all start laughing now, but I actually use my theater degree with arts education early on. So I was a theater teacher. I also was an arts administrator for a nonprofit program in Los Angeles so pretty much for my whole career, I would say about the past nine years I was working in nonprofits in LA, in New York, in Portland—they were a variety of different educational services. So there were a lot of arts-based cultural educational programs that I worked for, sort of managing programs, managing budgets, teaching, working with grants, administering city programs. The nonprofit world has sort of really helped me prepare to be a freelancer because you wear many different hats. You know one day you are the janitor and one day you’re the executive director. You’re all working together to make something that is a highly imperfect work and you’re dealing with very limited funds. I’ve worked in a variety of different sectors in the nonprofit field, both in arts education and intercultural education, but a lot of it has been around sort of helping people really understand that you can transform your life through arts and travel. So that’s pretty much how I started my career for the past nine years and then fully transitioned to being a writer which I still see as a highly creative field.

Eric: Can you shar

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S01 Episode 12: The Power of Facebook & Getting Published with Elle Croft

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  • May 27, 2018

So, I’ve realised I have a potty mouth. It’s terrible! I’m actually going to stop swearing as much so I can have an episode rated CLEAN, which I haven’t managed since the episode with Monica. Facepalm. My wonderful guest this week is Elle Croft of Elle is a blogger, social media expert and a PUBLISHED writer — yep, she wrote a BOOK. She is also one of my favourite writers and human beings in general




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10 Times The Simpsons Predicted The Future

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  • May 27, 2018

From predicting Donald Trumps run for presidency to the massive outbreak of the Ebola virus, we count down 10 Times The Simpsons Predicted The Future.

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Plundergrounds Hangout #1: Solo Gaming w/Sophia Brandt

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  • May 27, 2018

CONTENT STARTS AROUND 5m30s! You don’t have to listen to the chatter. 🙂 The guest for our first Patreon hangout is Sophia Brandt. She’s a supporter of the Plundergrounds zine (, frequent poster in the Lone Wolf Roleplaying G+ community, and writer of Die Heart, an RPG blog with a focus on solo role-playing.

“Uh, Ray, did you say ‘solo role-playing?'”

Yes, that’s what I said. Not one GM/one player. Literally a single person playing an RPG all on their own.

“How is that even possible?”

Well, it’s certainly different than the way you play an RPG with a group at a table, but maybe not so different from some of the things you do when preparing or testing an RPG on your own before game night and/or when you write up actual play reports. Join us and learn all about it how it works, what tools are available, and why it’s an enjoyable activity. We’ll also talk about the suitability of Dungeon World ( and Plundergrounds for solo play.

From Sophia’s Blog, Dieheart:
— The big list of solo RPG resources from my blog
— Getting started with solo role-playing primer:
— Actual play reports solo
— Dungeon World solo plays: and
The Mythic Game Master Emulator:
The 9 Questions: (download)
The 5 Room Dungeon:
Lone Wolf G+ Community:
Products from the former
Rory’s Story Cubes:
Adventuresmith (Android):
Itras By:
Itras By (Just the cards):
Ray’s Random Dungeon World Move Generator:
John Yorio’s Excellent “Solo Role-Playing Series” of blog posts:
Marshall Miller’s Dungeon Starters:
Logan Howard’s Sword Breaker zine:–The-Hollow-Fingers
Joe Banner’s Adventures:
The Armitage Files:
Todd vs. The Black Hack (online solo play):
H is for Hex Mapping (with Rory’s Story Cubes):

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Blogging for Authors: Interview with Patsi Krakoff

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  • May 27, 2018

The Blog Squad attended the Publishers Marketing University in Los Angeles. Patsi Krakoff gives a recap and shares the advice we give authors, speakers and other professionals who want to know where to start with their blogging.

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To Know a Scientist – Brian Switek, Science Writer

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  • May 27, 2018

On this episode, we get to know the author of “My Beloved Brontosaurus,” Brian Switek. Probably the most famous dinosaur fanboy out there, Brian, or Laelaps as he’s known online, is a freelance science writer and blogger for National Geographic’s Phenomena blog. The author of fan favorite, “Written in Stone,” Brian has become well known for his love of dinosaurs and being able to bring real paleontology to the masses.


Camera and editing, Gabriel Santos

Creator & Producer, Gabriel Santos
Producer, Diana Gurfein
Archaeology Advisor, Jeannine Pedersen
Paleontology Advisor, Meredith Rivin

The Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center is a partnership of OC Parks and California State University, Fullerton.

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A Day in the Life of a Freelance Writer with Erika Cuccaro

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  • May 27, 2018

Get a look at a day in the life of a freelance writer with Erika Cuccaro, writer and owner of James Street Writing Co.

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In this video, you will get an inside look at what a freelance writer does in a day. Are there other careers you are interested in learning about? Comment below!

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