Real-life people. Mesmerising stories. Everyday success.

Time for CHANGE with Dr. Michelle is a podcast designed to help you get the inspiration and tips that you need in order to maximize your potential and take control over your life, career and relationships.

Each episode presents real life people with real life stories of life transformation and rising above circumstances and challenges.

Join Dr. Michelle each week to hear from her special guests – top professionals, entrepreneurs, athletes and thought leaders as well as inspiring everyday people from around the world.

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In this episode, Dr. Michelle is joined by Amber Kierra, a blind speaker and coach.

Amber Kierra lost 90% of her eyesight growing up and has learned to use courage to overcome fear and navigate obstacles of any kind. She believes in a world where we are not held back by our circumstances rather we live our lives rooted in purpose with boldness and courage. This belief has instilled an immense drive to empower others to rise above their challenges, no matter where they are at.

Highlights of the show include:
  • How to live with a vision that will never blur (yes, even if you are blind)
  • How to gain clarity on how to break free from the stories that hold them back
  • How to design a purpose-first life
  • Three best pieces of advice for anyone who is struggling right now

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How To Overcome Challenges And Find Your Calling


In this episode, Dr. Michelle is joined by Dorenthea Nemeth, an author, speaker and minister. Dorenthea is an author and women’s conference speaker.

She loves to empower women to walk into their “next”, which happens to be the title of one of her books, Next: Four Steps to Get Unstuck and Walk Into Purpose. Dorenthea is a wife and mother and knows the demands that come along with that, along with having a career and a business. She empowers women by pointing them to the joy of walking in their purpose and pursuing their dreams that may have been at one point, forgotten.

Highlights of the show include:

  • The power of DOING when things seem hopeless
  • How to listen to yourself only, and avoid negative input from immediate environment
  • What spiritual lenses are and how to use them

  • How to go through the fire without smelling like smoke


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Welcome to the 15th episode of Time for Change! So glad to be joined by time management expert Yasmin Virajee.

Yasmin Vorajee is the creator and #1 bestselling author of Tiny Time Big Results where she helps service business owners run a profitable business in 20 hours a week.

A former Vice President of Leadership Development, Yasmin began her business following redundancy after a 12-year corporate career.

Deciding this was her moment for positive change, Yasmin began her journey which led to creating her unique methodology for running a profitable 20 hour week business.

Highlights of the show include:

  • How to manage time effectively while working from home

  • How to achieve big results in minimal time

  • How to get focused in spite of distractions


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So glad to be joined by author of “Think Like a Mind Reader” author and America’s Got Talent mentalist, Jonathan Pritchard!

Jonathan is a mentalist on and off the stage. He has been on America’s Got Talent, entertained United States troops stationed overseas, performed on Vegas main stages and cruise ships.

What is so unique about Jonathan is that over time he has figured out that the same psychological techniques that he uses on stage to make people believe he can read minds are the same techniques the best business people use in sales, marketing, and every other part of the business.

Jonathan shares his secrets and insights into using the power of the human mind overcome mind biases (spoiler alert: we only see what we choose to see. What do we choose NOT to see?) and openly shares his own personal journey of stepping out of his own mind biases and into the life he leads today.

Episode Notes:

  • The power of recognizing that our mind plays tricks on us in how we perceive ourselves and others within the context of our personal and professional lives
  • How to use the power of the mind in order to create the reality that we dream of and hope for, in any aspect of our lives
  • What ‘flashlight vision’ is, and how we can choose to shift it
  • How to regain control of your personal and professional life by thinking like a mind reader

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Episode 13: How to overcome obstacles by putting the pieces of your story together

Welcome to the thirteenth episode of Dr. Michelle’s podcast, Time for Change, where we bring about inspiring, real-life stories of success and transformation to turn your life around.

This episode’s guest is Nancy Legere, the author of  Life in the Shadows: A Journey Overcoming PTSD, Addiction And Childhood Sexual Abuse . Having been abused as a little girl and kept it to herself for decades, Nancy decided to go through therapy, self-reflection, and healing. In this inspiring episode, Nancy shares with us her journey of overcoming not only childhood sexual abuse but PTSD and addiction as well.

She shares with us the journey she went through until she was able to carve her way to a healthy lifestyle and find love. Nancy and Dr. Michelle discuss the power of putting the pieces of your story together in order to heal and adopt a healthier lifestyle, and the power of finding hope beyond the shadows.

Episode Notes:

  • The importance of understanding and telling your story
  • How to create a support system (and why it is so important)
  • Why we are more powerful and capable than we realize
  • The moral responsibility that we have to support and lift ourselves and others

Links and Resources: in the Shadows: A Journey Overcoming PTSD, Addiction And Childhood Sexual Abuse 

Episode 12: The Power of Focus and Positivity Toward Peak Performance

Welcome to the twelfth episode of Dr. Michelle’s podcast, Time for Change, where we bring about inspiring, real-life stories of success and transformation to turn your life around.

Welcome to the twelfth episode of Dr. Michelle’s podcast, Time for Change, where we bring about inspiring, real-life stories of success and transformation to turn your life around. Today’s guest is Dominique “Dom” Brightmon, an author and podcaster. Dom’s The Going North Podcast is a motivational podcast where authors share their life experiences to help others advance themselves.

His books Going North – Tips and Techniques to Advance Yourself and Stay the Course, and The Elite Performers Seven Secret Keys to Sustainable Success, are not only about what he preaches- but also about what he lives and practices in his day to day life.

Dom and Dr. Michelle discuss the power of focus toward positive mental attitude, and how we can all use positive mental attitude toward peak performance and being the best version of ourselves.

Episode Notes:

  • How to develop and maintain a positive attitude
  • How to become a better thinker
  • Why your time is more precious than money
  • Why you must continue to encourage yourself and others
  • The major key of elite performance
  • The habits of successful people that generate a dynamic life


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On this episode of Time for Change, I sat down with Dr. Lori Whatley, a clinical psychologist that helps people become more mindful, and by that – discover their best self.

Dr. Lori has worked with thousands of clients both domestic and international. Her client list spans CEOs and high-level executives of multi-billion-dollar companies, foreign diplomats, professional athletes and award winning producers.

As a thought leader in her field, she has been featured in Inc. Magazine, Yahoo News, ESPN, Business Insider plus many local and regional publications.

Highlights of the show include:

  • The challenge of accountability, and why it is the key to your success.
  • How to stop fixing people and best ways to reach out instead
  • How to stop running away from anxiety
  • How to avoid impulsive behavior and accept people from a place of respect and non-judgement.


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On this episode of Time for Change, I sat down with Tom Corner, an author, speaking and leader, to talk about combating fear and achieving the impossible.

Tom Corner is the author of Mommy, Why Do We Have Two Birthdays, Borrowed Eyes and Feet, Positive Thoughts, Positive Life and more.

He is a life influencer for leaders, students, athletes and employees on getting out of their own way in business and life to achieve the impossible and works tirelessly in his own life to do the same.

Highlights of the show include:

• How to discover your resilience through unpredictable challenges
• All about the triangle of fear, action and love
• How to hold your focus through adversity

• How to deal with anger and approach life from a place of love

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EPISODE 9: How to Stop Putting Up With Stuff

On this episode of Time for Change, I sat down with Michelle Dickinson, daughter of a bipolar mother, passionate about bringing mental health awareness to corporate America.

Michelle Dickinson is the author of Breaking Into My Life- a memoir that chronicles the impact that growing up with a mentally-ill mother had on author Michelle Dickinson, and how she finally reclaimed herself and the life she deserved.

Determined to share her story of perseverance and triumph as well as what she’s learned about dealing with mental illness in the workplace, Michelle launched what she hopes will be a public speaking career on Johnson & Johnson’s TEDx stage. She would love nothing more than to touch people’s lives with her story and insights in forums across the country.

Highlights of the show include:

• The impact of invisible emotional disabling

• Lessons on understanding your inner dialogue in order to stop self-victimization
• How to start expressing your own opinions and stop putting up with stuff

• How to reach your tipping point
• The importance of reaching out to someone who is hurting, mentally and emotionally, and how to go about it

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On this episode of Time for Change, I sat down with Greg Johnson, known to many as The Sober Specialist.

Greg is a sobriety professional, that has gone through the painful and oftentimes scary experience of being the son of an addict, to becoming an addict himself, nearly losing his life, and eventually pulling himself out of the cycle of addiction and becoming a coach, mentor and a source of guidance and strength to many who wish to remain sober- and sustain that change for life.

He shares his secrets to creating powerful changes, taking control over your life, and ensuring that your change is for good, without ever turning back to old, destructive and unhealthy habits.

Highlights of the show include:

• The power of creating, keeping and sustaining change
• How to use spirituality in the context of change, no matter what your religion or spiritual denomination is
• How to turn the lowest point in your life into your turning point
• How to find your purpose and direction in life
• How to take control of your life, no matter where you came from and where you are at

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Quotes by Greg Johnson:

“When we allow fear, doubt, and worry to overcome us, we create uncertainty that leads to mental instability and emotional upset.”

“We must create a foundation of spiritual certainty for our lives.”

“There is something more for your soul to discover about living your best life.”


On this episode of Time for Change, I sat down with Maxwell Ivey, known to many as The Blind Blogger.

Max is a blind man who grew up in a family of carnival owners, learned from the family business how to pull through any situation, lost 250 pounds and authored the book Leading You Out of the Darkness Into the Light – a Blind Man’s Inspirational Guide to Success. He is an inspiration to many and his favorite tagline is “What’s Your Excuse”.

He shares his secrets to figuring things out, no matter what the challenge is, and his belief that there is always a way for us to reinvent ourselves and lead a meaningful life.

Highlights of the show include:

• The power of working your way out of any situation
• How to position yourself as a source of inspiration to others out of a place of struggle and difficulty
• How to drop your excuses and focus on what you CAN do
• How to see the light even in the darkness
• How not to let your circumstances define you

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Quotes by Maxwell Ivey:

“I do my best to help others, and do so mostly by encouraging them to take steps towards their ultimate goal, or to continue on the path they have started.”

“If you don’t ask – they can’t say yes”

“What’s your excuse?”

Episode 6: On the Importance of Moving Forward

Highlights of the show include:

  • The importance of not dwelling on the past
  • How to find inspiration when everything seems hopeless
  • How to get out of a bad relationship
  • How to avoid stepping back into toxic relationships
  • How not to let your circumstances define you
  • How to choose to step up of the victim role
  • The role of leadership, mentorship and mutual compassion along the way to recovery and growth

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Quotes by Rustie MacDonald:

“I made choices for the wrong reasons and denied myself exactly what it is that I needed. As I get older, I have come back to a place that I am still wrestling with. The PAST and NOW”.

“Life is a ride for sure. Everything that I do, I do with positive intention”.

“I walk with the knowing that I am strong, brave, and capable”.

“I have lived a challenging life but have grown into this person I never thought possible”.

“I am in the happiest place I have ever been and I only feel as though it will only get better”.

How to Deal with Adversity

Welcome to the fifth episode of Dr. Michelle Rozen’s podcast, Time for Change. It offers inspiring, real-life stories of success and transformation to turn your life around.

Remember, change is constant, growth is optional. Today’s guest is Melvin Keihn, a football player for Maryland and Virginia Tech.

Keihn’s story got national attention last summer when he was accompanied by an ESPN reporter and camera crew on his trip back to Liberia to see his mother for the first time in nearly a decade.

Melvin and Dr. Michelle discuss the power of staying focused through adversity, and how we can all channel anger and frustration into channels that will build us rather than destroy us

Episode Notes:

  • Difficulties of coming from war torn Liberia and having to leave his mother behind
  • Integration into an American school when coming from a different culture
  • How parents can play an influential role in a child’s life through role modeling and love, even through harsh conditions and forced separation
  • Making winning choices through challenges and adversity
  • Utilizing sports as a means of staying focused and positive

How to Identify and Deal with Toxic People in Our Lives

Do you want to lead a better life and change and improve relationships with your parents, partners, and others? Look within yourself to know your values and develop boundaries. Focus on “being” more than “having” and “doing.”

Today’s guest is Dr. Rhoberta Shaler, who talks about hijackals—how to identify and deal with toxic people in our lives. Rhoberta has authored 16 books on relationships and interpersonal dynamics.

Highlights of the show include:

  • Definition of Hijackals: People who hijack relationships for their own purposes, and then relentlessly scavenge those relationships for power, status, and control
  • Toxic people display specific patterns, traits, and cycles; as children, they learned what to do to survive and usually don’t choose to behave this way
  • Different Dynamics: Most people are toxic at home, where they want to control someone
  • Other people’s fears, concerns, and expectations put on you, make you doubt yourself
  • How to identify hijackals:
    • No matter the topic, the other person has to be right or win the conversation
    • Black-or-White Thinking: Hijackals don’t have love to give you, they only have uses for you
    • Everything is your fault, over blaming by the hijackal
    • You try to please hijackal to gain their love; hijackals have little to no empathy
  • Psychological diagnosis doesn’t matter; if they behave like a hijackal, then they are one
  • Step out of situations and comfortable being uncomfortable, despite possible alienation
  • Hijackal Parents: Foster care may have been better; it’s not you, but them
  • Life After Hijackals: Compassion, grief, transform, and take care of yourself  
EPISODE 4: How To Identify And Deal With Toxic People In Our Lives

The Power of Mentoring in Getting from Welfare to Wealth

Do you want to be a female entrepreneur? Do you want to make a lot of money to live the life you’ve always dreamt of? Have you ever experienced the power of mentoring and inspiration?

Today’s guest is Violette de Ayala, founder and CEO of FemCity. She’s a virtual mentor to more than 20,000 women. Violette shares her personal story of going from welfare to wealth.

Highlights of the show include:

  • Entrepreneurial Journey: Latchkey kid launches small businesses during dinosaur era of technology
  • Grow by Going Global: Share lessons learned to avoid making the same mistakes
  • Craving Community: FemCity supports and provides feedback to women in business
  • FemCity Expansion: Available in 120+ locations
  • Biggest Challenge: Elevate circle of influence for inspiration; know better, to do better
  • Inspirational and Entrepreneurial Breakthrough: Growing up without stable grounding of worth and what could be possible
  • Aha Moment: Shift your mindset to be positive; you’re destined for something greater
  • Growing Up Watching Mentors: Oprah‘s show helped define that you can achieve more; from hardship comes greatness
  • Invest in becoming a member: Network and surround yourself with people doing bigger things to make yourself think bigger
  • Success doesn’t need to look a certain way or follow a style for women in business
  • What’s your superhero talent? How can you share your talent with the rest of the world?
  • Open your mind to opportunity; money comes to you through people you meet
  • Connect, Connect, Connect: To powerful and positive talents, inspirations, people, literature, and opportunities
Episode 3: The Power of Mentoring in Getting from Welfare to Wealth


How can we break addictive and damaging behaviors to reframe our experiences and go from a place of pain to growth?

Today’s guest is Dr. Tracy Thomas, a psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in personal development. She has created a ground-breaking technique for living life to the fullest.

Highlights of the show include:

  • Passion for Change: Family full of emotional turmoil sabotaged their true potential
  • Struggling with Emotions: Separating emotional reaction patterns from specific person
  • Success without happiness is not how most people define success
  • Emotional Environment: Creates anxiety, depression, shame, and coping mechanisms
  • All scars/wounds are not visible; stop being frustrated, and start studying behavior
  • Awareness doesn’t always make an impact, practical mechanics are necessary
  • Shift from being reactive to intentional:
    • Connect with yourself during the day, not only during times of stress
    • Give yourself intention and purpose of outcomes, not the issues
  • Emotional Re-engineering: Change how you emotionally respond to everything to change your emotional state
  • Live Your Potential: Change/condition emotional reaction patterns, thought processes


Welcome to the first episode of Dr. Michelle Rozen’s podcast, Time for Change. It offers inspiring, real-life stories of success and transformation to turn your life around. Remember, change is constant, growth is optional.

Today’s guest is David Trotter, host of the Inspiration Rising podcast. For more than 25 years, David has helped people get unstuck by clarifying their goals around life, love, and leadership. David and Michelle discuss the power of asking simple option-generating questions to get yourself unstuck. What questions can you ask to make the right choices?

Highlights of the show include:

  • Renaissance Man: Going from pastor to podcast host to pass on inspiration to others, especially women
  • Equality Issues: White-male domination and leadership
  • Characteristics of being Stuck: Creatures of habit trying to eliminate possibilities to feel empowered rather than overwhelmed
  • Change your habits by asking accessible questions to get unstuck
  • Look toward the future for possibilities and options: What if…?
  • Take time to ask yourself and others without enforcing personal beliefs, opinions, and options: What do I/you want?
  • Unhelpful, harmful, judgmental, negative, and limiting questions: What were you thinking? Why did you do that?
  • Shift from Habits to Questions: Are there other possibilities? Is there a more fulfilling path?
Episode 1 – The Power of Asking Questions to Get Ourselves Unstuck

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