Ep 75 Sarah Montana - Why Risk Forgiveness?

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Forgiveness is hard. You have been wronged. Something may have been taken from you and you are left with hurt and possibly bitterness about the injustice. How do you overcome that? What is the process for truly forgiving someone? This is a difficult topic that we are tackling in this week’s episode with Sarah Montana.

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As a young girl in her early twenties and only a few days before Christmas, Sarah Montana’s mother and brother were murdered in their home by a 17-year-old who broke into their house. Her incredible story challenges us to dig into the meaning of forgiveness and begin the process towards true healing.

If you have struggled to let something from your past go or release someone from built up bitterness this is a MUST listen. We talk about the healing process, the difference between anger and hatred, and how to reclaim and move on with your life after a tragedy.

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Questions I Asked Sarah:

  • How can we free ourselves from wanting revenge?

  • How did you get to the place where you were able to forgive?

  • How did you know you forgave him?

Topics Discussed:

  • The process of forgiveness.

  • The moment when she discovered that she did not know what forgiveness was.

  • How we know if we are forgiving for the wrong reasons.

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Quotes from the show:

  • “By sharing my story that meant that I was in control of my story. My story was mine.” @SarahMontana

  • “Forgiveness and justice have an important relationship.” @SarahMontana

  • You cannot forgive until you know exactly what happened to you.” @SarahMontana

  • “Forgiveness is freedom.” @SarahMontana

  • “Anger and hatred are not the same thing.” @SarahMontana

  • “Your struggle is your strength.” @LindaMitchell

  • “The more the world tries to write you off as a victim the more you want to prove that you are more than that.” @SarahMontana

  • “You can’t out run grief.” @SarahMontana

  • “Forgiveness is about choosing yourself.” @SarahMontana

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Linda Mitchell

Linda Mitchell is more than qualified to help women reach a point of empowerment . As an Institute of Integrative Nutrition graduate, an award-winning fitness competitor, and elite obstacle racer. she collaborated on the fitness portion of the book “Fat Flush for Life” with mentor and New York Times Best Selling author Ann Louise Gittleman. This book was listed in Time magazine as one of the top ten diet books for 2009. As a former columnist for 12 years for Ms. Fitness magazine, Linda decided to put everything into a book and it really evolved and became “The Sisterhood of S.W.E.A.T.”.  Her book and the studio are all about helping women build confidence and self-esteem and learning to feel 100% great about themselves.    

Mitchell launched The Chickfit Studio in 2013. She says “At Chickfit, our priority is building women’s self-confidence. Our belief is that their newfound self-love will transfer into giving support and love to one another. Self-improvement equals empowerment.”

Mitchell was inspired to open The Chickfit Studio after she found that deep down in her heart she wanted to do something that was worthwhile and made real, lasting changes in people’s lives. She opened The Chickfit Studio after working as a group fitness director and personal trainer for about 25 years.