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.
A lesson on resilience from Army Veteran, Gold Star Widow, and military spouse, Jennifer Ballou   (35:28) August 03, 2022
Jennifer Ballou is many things from a speaker, yoga instructor, Army Veteran, mother of three, and a trained teacher of resilience. After the loss of her husband, Staff Sgt. Edward “Eddie” Loredo, in 2010, she was invited by the Army to take, and then teach, lessons on resilience. She has grown as a person to […]
Nathan Whiting on wrestling with divorce and the disappointments of life and coming out on top   (37:31) July 27, 2022
Nathan Whiting knew a bit about resilience as he wrestled for his high school team, but little did he know that the power to keep getting up would assist him in reaching his dreams. After an early marriage and early divorce, he wasn’t sure if he could reach his goal of becoming a veterinarian. With […]
Gold Star Widow Melissa Ault Ricci on developing ‘Compassionate Courage’ in the face of fear and loss   (31:51) July 20, 2022
The loss of a loved one is something that hurts forever. And for Gold Star Widow Melissa Ault Ricci, 15 years after losing her husband, Army Specialist Alexander Rosa Jr. to an improvised explosive device in Iraq in 2007, she is still building tools of resilience to overcome that pain. As a retired military member […]
Master Sergeant Aaron Hudgins on moving forward after the suicide of his military wife   (43:17) July 14, 2022
Army Survivor Advisory Working Group member Aaron Hudgins, a Master Sergeant with the Oklahoma Army National Guard, knew that service in the military would help shape his life but not that it would help him find the love of his life. After a whirlwind romance, he and Staff Sergeant Jari “JJ” Jeanine Hudgins married in […]
Cohost conversation: Becoming patriotic beyond Independence and Pioneer Day   (32:18) July 06, 2022
As Summer starts, Americans start to celebrate their nation with Memorial Day, Independence Day, and for the state of Utah, Pioneer Day. While we enjoy our picnics, parades, and fireworks, hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf share their thoughts on bringing those celebrated patriotic values beyond the events and into the fiber of our daily […]
Coming out, the ordeal of conversion therapy and ‘evil spirits’ with Jacob Bosen   (41:56) June 29, 2022
At the age of 16, Jacob Bosen faced the challenge of coming out as a gay man to his friends and family. But that challenge was soon overshadowed by the difficulties of enduring controversial ‘conversion therapy’ as well as a holistic practice not based in science. While his family had the best of intentions in […]
Lisa Valentine Clark on “living ‘til the end”  after losing her husband to ALS   (49:13) June 23, 2022
Days before their 25th wedding anniversary, Lisa Valentine Clarklost her husband Christopher to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) after a four-year battle. While both Lisa and Clark had been big figures in the performing circle in their area, they were astonished and humbled by the support they got from the community, friends, family, and even strangers. […]
Gold Star Widow Beth MacDonald Part 2: From stress to post-traumatic growth   (50:55) June 15, 2022
In this second part of a two-part series, Gold Star spouse, author, motivational speaker, and Green Beret Foundation Veteran Service Officer Beth MacDonald continues her story and advice about tackling grief with humor and acceptance. She discusses moving forward in your story along with your grief, and turning that post-traumatic stress into post-traumatic growth.  Even […]
Gold Star Widow Beth MacDonald Part 1:  Accept grief and continue to find the humor in life   (44:02) June 09, 2022
Bethanie MacDonald is a Gold Star spouse, author, motivational speaker, and Green Beret Foundation Veteran Service Officer. After losing her husband MSG Gregory Trent in 2012, she chose to continue living her life with humor and an openness to let people know they are not alone. Now she writes and shares her story of struggles […]
Widow Mindi Holmgren on continuing her chaplain husband’s calling after his tragic drowning   (45:43) June 01, 2022
Corey Holmgren, a Chaplain Captian in the Utah Army National Guard as well as a Marriage and Family Therapist felt called to help individuals, serve his country, and support his family. But tragically at the age of 35, he passed away in a drowning incident while on a family outing. His wife Mindi now continues […]
Retired U.S. Army Major Craig Wilhelm on honoring the  sacrifice of the crew of the Windy 25 crash with the Windy 25 Memorial Fund   (39:50) May 18, 2022
On April 6, 2005, a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicoptercrashed in a windstorm in Afghanistan killing all five crew members along with 11 passengers. The call sign of the helicopter is the Windy25 and the commander of this 159th Aviation Regiment, Retired U.S. Army Major Craig Wilhelm, is keeping their memory and legacy alive with […]
Cohost conversation:  Facing changes in relationships and connections when you lose ‘your person’   (49:30) May 11, 2022
There is a massive ripple effect on your life when you are widowed or lose ‘your person’ in one way or another. Often ‘your person’ was your connection to friends, family, and acquaintances that somehow get lost as well. In this special cohost conversation episode of Relentlessly Resilient, hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf share […]
Holly Crowley-Rabanne returns to talk about National Police Week and the legacy of her late father, Lt. Jim Crowley   (38:45) May 05, 2022
Previous guest Holly Crowley-Rabanne is back to discuss her hero father, and how we can celebrate those who put their lives on the line for National Police Week. While Holly’s dad, Lt. James “Jim” Crowley, did not die in the line of duty, he had a monumental 41-year career as an officer serving and protecting […]
Retired Marine Luke Brooks on how growing up military shaped his life for April’s Month of the Military Child   (41:06) April 26, 2022
April is the Month of the Military Child, and on today’s Relentlessly Resilient podcast our hosts talk to a military child turned Marine, turned father. Luke Brooks grew up in a household where both parents served in the Navy and inspired their children with their examples. Today, Luke shares what that was like, how it […]
Listener Ben Kauffman on how this podcast helped him find resilience when his father passed away unexpectedly   (37:19) April 20, 2022
Loss can often be an unexpected surprise. But even amid the grief and pain of losing a loved one, there can be a surprising oasis of comfort. For listener Ben Kauffmann the unexpected death of his father was tempered by the lessons of resilience he had gleaned while listening to the Relentless Resilient podcast. Today, […]
Maryse Howard returns to discuss how being on the podcast helped others in surprising ways   (35:36) April 12, 2022
Have you ever wondered what happened to a guest after the show? In this episode of Relentlessly Resilient, returning guest Maryse Howard takes us into her experience of being on the podcast and the surprising ways sharing her story helped herself and others. While listeners heard a portion of this interview in our KSL Newsradio […]
Conference Conversations extended edition: Learning Relentless Resilience   (37:26) April 05, 2022
In this extended Conference Conversations KSL Newsradio special, the Relentlessly Resilient podcast celebrates one year of inspiring listeners through real-life stories of individuals overcoming adversity with new interviews and insights. Hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf share their own powerful story of widowhood that bonded them. Talk to returning guest Maryse Howard, who tells how […]
Holly Crowley-Rabanne on finding hope in the ashes of a house fire   (51:17) March 29, 2022
How do you find hope in the ashes of a house fire? Holly Crowley-Rabanne joins this episode of the Relentlessly Resilient podcast to share how the accidental destruction of her home offered her more than hope, but gratitude for the things she still has. While most of her possessions were destroyed, her 2-year-old daughter miraculously […]
Marriage & Family Therapist, Amberly Johnson, on accepting the suicide of a sibling through a compassionate mindset   (50:19) March 22, 2022
Amberly Johnson is the oldest of five children and was particularly close to one of her brothers. They bonded over skateboarding, midnight snacks, and deep-thought conversations. But even so, she hadn’t known he was struggling with depression amid all their talks. He was 25 years old when he decided to complete suicide, leaving a pregnant […]
A mother on finding justice for her children who had been abused by a family member   (52:00) March 16, 2022
Brooke Bennett faced one of the most difficult situations a mother could face, when she found out her children had been sexually abused by members of her own extended family. While the family wanted to dismiss or downplay the abuse, Brooke knew she needed to seek justice for her children. Through the Utah Children’s Justice […]