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.
Thom Brockbank on learning to live with love after his near-death experience   (45:12) October 01, 2022
Thom Brockbank lived a good and healthy life, which is why he was shocked when in May 2022, he was struck down by a “widow maker” heart attack. Thinking quickly he was able to call for help and receive the life-saving care he needed to survive the ordeal, which included an out-of-body near-death experience. He […]
Cohost conversation: Relentlessly Resilient celebrates 100 episodes by exploring Jenna Ahlschlager’s Five Pillars of Resilience   (01:03:11) September 22, 2022
In this celebratory 100th episode of Relentlessly Resilient, hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf discuss the lessons they have learned while helping to share the many inspirational stories of others. While we all experience challenges that push us to our limits of endurance, they have found patterns of resilience and gratitude to fortify us on […]
Gold Star wife and attorney Traci Voelke on staying connected after loss through service   (39:10) September 14, 2022
Surviving a spouse is always difficult, even when the spouse has a high-risk military career. For Gold Star wife Traci Voelke, losing her husband and high school sweetheart Major Paul C. Voelke was a heartbreaking reminder of the importance of connecting with those we love. After Paul’s death in his fifth deployment overseas, and facing […]
Patti Elliott a Blue Star turned Gold Star mother honors her son by continuing to volunteer in the military community   (47:08) September 08, 2022
Patti Elliott knew from an early age her son was a “kind of adrenaline junky,” but she didn’t know the heartache that would leave her with. At the age of 21 her son, Army Specialist Daniel Lucas Elliott passed away on his second deployment due to a roadside bomb in July 2011. Taking her from […]
‘Hope is Alive’ even amid the heartache of the drug overdose death of a loved one   (45:15) August 31, 2022
Addiction is not only dangerous for the victim but devastating for the people that love them. For Jeff and Rosemary Masters of Oklahoma addiction took their 28-year-old son Jeremy to an overdose in October 2019. The military couple had always lived a dream-type life, even being nicknamed Ken and Barbie by friends. But when their […]
Cohost conversation: Learning to let go in spite of back-to-school stresses   (46:29) August 24, 2022
Back-to-school time can lead to lots of back-to-school stresses, and in this special Cohost Conversation episode of Relentlessly Resilient, our hosts Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf talk about how they have delt with that stress, as well as other dramas in 2022. We take the time to catch up on new houses, lost romances, and […]
How medical cannabis helped restore this cancer survivor’s life, and how she helped lead the charge to legalize its use in Utah   (38:30) August 17, 2022
In late 2018 Utah’s governor signed a medical marijuana compromise into law, legalizing medical cannabis in some instances in the state. But for years before the legalization, patients and caregivers lobbied for medical cannabis acceptance, often taking risks into their own hands by illegally obtaining the drug for relief. One such advocate and lobbyist is […]
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 […]