Relentlessly Resilient

We live in challenging times, and it seems only to be getting tougher. Michelle Scarf and Jennie Taylor are no strangers to overcoming adversity.  Michelle lost her husband to metastatic prostate cancer. Jennie's husband, Major Brent Taylor, was killed in the service of our country.  Learn how these two women crossed paths and join them as they visit with others enduring challenges and teach us how they are exercising resiliency, finding value in their grief, and purpose in moving forward.
Suicide attempt survivor Ledger Skinner on acknowledging the love and fighting for hope   (40:47) October 12, 2021
As a teenager, Ledger Skinner had suffered from mental health issues for a large portion of his life, an issue his parents were aware of and working with him to help resolve. But when the self-hatred and suicidal ideation became too much for him he decided to take his own life in a car crash. […]
Taking a sad song and making it better – David Martin on the BeatALS benefit concerts for Lou Gehrig disease patients   (43:36) October 05, 2021
When teacher and performer David Martin found out that his friend and music director Chris Clark was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in early 2016, he was devastated. But Chris’s pervasively optimistic outlook on tackling the terminal diagnosis changed David’s own life outlook. David launched a performance program to educate the public and raise […]
Living Hannah’s Hope: Laura Warburton’s quest to identify and educate on suicide prevention after the passing of her teenage daughter   (39:46) September 28, 2021
Hannah was a vivacious teenager who hid her pain and completed suicide at 16 years of age. Because she thought there was no hope for her life to change, her mother Laura Warburton is trying to encourage that hope of change in others with the Live Hannah’s Hope Foundation. She joins this episode of Relentlessly […]
Survivor Jenny Evans on dealing with adversity through adventure   (46:37) September 21, 2021
Jenny Evans found herself in her mid-thirties in the midst of trials she had never planned for. After a divorce and surviving a traumatic motorcycle injury, she decided not to waste a moment more in life. From running to opera, unplanned travel excursions to trapeze, she is accepting the adventure that is her own personal […]
9/11: We are resilient because ‘We Remember’   (01:20:28) September 14, 2021
In this special episode of the Relentlessly Resilient podcast, the team marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the War on Terror, and discusses the lessons of resilience they offer us. While these events are tragic, we cannot push them aside. We must remember the past because it teaches us resilience, Host Jennie Taylor […]
Author, speaker, and podcaster Julie Lee on how connecting to others with compassion can save lives   (40:40) September 07, 2021
Author, speaker, and podcaster Julie Lee grew up in a family impacted by mental illness and believed that ordeal was in her past when as a young married 21-year-old she had her first mental breakdown. While she still struggles with her mental health she has sought out therapy, medication, and importantly an interconnected network of […]
Entrepreneur Mary Crafts on summiting success through love-based living   (01:00:08) August 31, 2021
From catering business to multi-million dollar empire and living inspiration, Mary Crafts has invested blood, sweat, and countless tears into building up her dreams and now is helping others do the same through her public speaking, hosting her podcast “Crafting a meaningful life”, and more. Today she joins Relentlessly Resilient host Michelle Scharf to discuss […]
Holly Richardson on the lessons of gratitude and resilience with her disabled children   (41:19) August 24, 2021
Activist, politician, writer, and more, Holly Richardson has taken on a lot of titles over her life, but the one she is most fond of is mother. Through birth and adoption, she and her husband are parents to 25 children, a number of whom have disabilities. Holly has learned a lot from her children about […]
Linda Scharf on going from a young widow to a newly married stepmother and more   (48:44) August 17, 2021
In the second part of a two-part series featuring host Michelle Scharf’s sister-in-law, Linda, she talks about going from a young widow to a newly, and quickly, married stepmother then birth mother. She expands on her previously learned lessons of finding joy amid trials, giving herself permission to discover who she is, to giving herself […]
Linda Scharf on young widowhood and being okay with your version of grief   (43:37) August 10, 2021
Host Michelle Scharf’s sister-in-law, Linda, talks about losing her first husband less than six months into their marriage without a known cause. As a newlywed widow, she had to break free of unrealistic expectations of life and learn to grieve in her own way. Which for her was learning to let others help her, acknowledging […]
Mother Laura Ward on trusting her intuition and learning to advocate for her sick infant sons   (43:14) August 03, 2021
Laura and Trevor Ward knew something was wrong with their firstborn son early in his life, but doctors thought it was first-time parent jitters. They learned to advocate for their child and themselves, finally receiving a diagnosis and treatment for a rare genetic disorder, Guanidinoacetate methyltransferase deficiency or GAMPT. Because they had learned to advocate […]
Widow Tabitha Farmer on perseverance after her Green Beret husband was killed in action   (46:26) July 27, 2021
Army Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Farmer was killed by a suicide bomber in Syria on January 16, 2019, while the Green Beret served during Operation Inherent Resolve. He left behind his wife, Tabitha, and four small children. In this episode of Relentlessly Resilient, Tabitha discusses their love story, how the Special Forces shaped Johnathan’s life, […]
Janel Taylor on grieving and living after miscarriage and postpartum depression   (46:46) July 20, 2021
Hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Sharf are joined by a very special guest on this episode of the Relentlesly Resilient podcast. Jennie’s sister-in-law, Janel Taylor, shares her story of love and loss as a mother of three living children, as well as three children who passed before their births. While postpartum depression had occurred with […]
Cultivate perspective amid the disasters of life with Sonja Nordstrom: Former FBI agent and SAR K9 handler   (42:30) July 13, 2021
Former FBI agent Sonja Nordstrom has faced many challenging situations in her 24-year career, and even more as a search and rescue K9 handler. She and her canine companions have traveled the nation from assisting in body recovery at 9/11 ground zero to extensive field experiences in the collection of forensic evidence. Now in retirement, […]
Coach Babe Kwasniak on winning the mental health battle by connecting with others   (58:15) July 06, 2021
As a state champion basketball coach, West Point Graduate, and Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army, you would think Babe Kwaskniak’s success would mean a relatively worry-free existence. In reality, as with many others, he struggles with feelings of depression, mental health issues, and is a suicide attempt survivor. In this episode […]
Faithful Resilience: The story of Jennie and Brent Taylor   (51:14) June 29, 2021
In this candid conversation between hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf, we take a deeper look into Jennie’s story of resilience through faith amid loss. While many know Jennie as the widow of North Ogden Mayor, Major Brent Taylor, today we learn more about Brent and Jennie’s relationship. She discusses how mutual respect and their […]
Darcy Van Orden opens up about Alzheimer’s impact on a family and losing her father to the disease   (50:07) June 22, 2021
In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor talk with Darcy Van Orden about her amazing father, Robert Joseph Taylor, how he was such a great influence on Darcy, and how cancer has affected their family. Then Darcy opens up about how she began to realize that her father was showing signs of Alzheimer’s, […]
Nicole Martin talks about how Alzheimer’s disease affects the entire family   (47:55) June 08, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Nicole Martin who opens up about all that Alzheimer’s has taken away from her throughout her life, learning to cope when her mother began showing signs of Alzheimer’s, and the moment she realized that her mother was deteriorating at an alarming rate. Then […]
Raven Albertson talks about the shocking reality of dementia   (55:35) June 01, 2021
In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Raven Albertson to talk explain the dangers of dementia, some of the hurdles involved with even getting a diagnosis for dementia, and the shocking data behind the deadly disease. Then Raven dives into some of the early signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, […]
Samara Songer opens up about her experience with being sexually assaulted while serving in the U.S. Navy   (52:20) May 25, 2021
In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Samara Songer to talk about finding her passion in the Navy, the changes that she had to make to adjust to the Navy lifestyle, and some of the challenges she faced during her time in the Navy.  Samara then opens up about being […]