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.
John and Monica open up about losing their daughter, Tabitha, to SMA years after losing Taleah   (45:24) March 04, 2021
We continue our discussion with John and Monica English. In the first episode, we spoke with them about the loss of their daughter, Taleah and in this episode, they open up about being able to help contribute towards Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) research following Taleah’s passing, why it helped when their daughter Tabitha was born […]
John and Monica English remember their daughter — Taleah — after being diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy   (51:34) March 02, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by John and Monica English to remember their daughter, Taleah. They recall the moment that Taleah was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), how they were able to provide the best care for Taleah, and the impact that Taleah’s diagnosis had on their family. […]
Sue Duckworth explains how she was scammed for over $90,000 through online dating apps   (45:52) March 01, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by former Rep. Sue Duckworth (House District 22) on adapting to a new world of dating as a widow, the dangers of online dating, and how she was taken advantage of for over $90,000 of credit card debt. Sue also dives into her feelings […]
Jeff Smith talks about overcoming the physical and mental struggles of losing his eyesight   (44:52) March 01, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Jeff Smith to talk about the challenges he’s experienced after losing his eyesight decades ago, how his memories have been ingrained in his mind, and how he overcame the negative mindset that initially came with losing his eyesight. Then we also talk about […]
Kitty Dunn recalls losing her son, David, to cancer and how her grief has evolved over the years   (53:41) February 23, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Kitty Dunn to remember her son David. She talks about when he became hospitalized with pneumonia but was later confirmed to have a tumor in his kidney and the moment he was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s Disease.  Then Kitty talks about how […]
Jane Horton remembers and shares her love for her husband — Spc. Chris Horton   (38:10) February 17, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Jane Horton (Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon) to talk about meeting her husband, Spc. Christopher Horton, his love for our country, and his decision to go to Afghanistan to serve his country.  Then Jane opens up […]
Cindy Cloninger recalls the moment her husband, John, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme   (47:28) February 09, 2021
In this week’s episode, we’re joined by Cindy Cloninger to talk about her husband John, how 9/11 shaped their lives during their relationship, and how they moved to Morgan, UT to continue building the perfect family.  She then recalls the moment in 2010 that led to John going to the ER where doctors ultimately diagnosed […]
Brittany Taylor on how mental health has shaped her relationship with her ex-husband   (52:18) February 02, 2021
In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Brittany Taylor to open up about her experience with resiliency after meeting her ex-husband Bryan, how she felt like she found her best friend that she didn’t know she needed, and how Bryan’s mental health began to slip after he began to experience […]
Ryan Wilcox shares his story of overcoming a life-altering car accident   (55:48) January 26, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Ryan Wilcox (Utah House Representative – District 7) to talk about the moments that led up to an accident that would change his life forever. Ryan describes the injuries he sustained in the car accident, the most challenging parts of his recovery, and the […]
Timothy Hawkes remembers his late mother — MaryJane Davidson Hawkes   (46:30) January 19, 2021
Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Timothy Hawkes (Utah House of Representative – District 18) to remember Timothy’s late-mother — MaryJane Davidson Hawkes. He opens up about how his younger brother, Ben, struggled with mental illness at an early age, how Ben’s substance abuse and mental illness impacted his family, and the moments […]
Ganel-Lyn Condie talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting suicide rates   (59:16) January 12, 2021
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Ganel-Lyn Condie (award-winning journalist and the former editor of Wasatch Woman magazine) to talk about how the pandemic is affecting our mental health and why she suspects a rise in cases of suicide due to the various effects of COVID-19. Ganel-Lyn also talks […]
How Tiffany and Travis Vendela embody what it means to be resilient   (48:47) January 07, 2021
In part two of this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are continuing their conversation with Tiffany Vendela about her and her husband, Travis’s, journey after he suffered a serious injury while deployed in Iraq. Tiffany opens up about how some of life’s most simple activities became much harder after the accident, Montel Williams […]
Tiffany Vendela shares her and her husbands journey after he was hit by an IED in Iraq   (55:53) January 05, 2021
In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Tiffany Vendela to talk about how she met her husband, Travis Vendela, how they fell in love, and how deployment to Iraq led to Travis suffering a catastrophic injury that changed their lives forever. She explains the events that took place on February […]
Sarah Galvez opens up about being diagnosed with limbic encephalitis   (40:54) December 22, 2020
In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Sarah Galvez, who is the daughter of recent guests, Tony and Amy Galvez. She talks to us about how suddenly passing out in a bathroom led to her being diagnosed with limbic encephalitis after a series of misdiagnoses. Then Sarah talks about the […]
Aimee Winder Newton opens up about almost losing her daughter, Aubree, due to a brain tumor   (46:53) December 17, 2020
In this week’s episode, Michelle Scharf and Jennie Taylor are joined by Aimee Winder Newton to talk about her experience when she was told by doctors that her then two-year-old daughter, Aubree, was going to require brain surgery after doctors found a tumor growing in her brain. Aimee also opens up about how her family […]
Domenic Rossetti opens up about overcoming hardship and the joy of helping others in need   (47:49) December 15, 2020
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by Domenic Rossetti to talk about joining the army in his early twenties, being deployed to Bosnia, and how the tragedies he witnessed began to take a toll on his mental health. Domenic then opens up about moving to Utah to train UFC fighters […]
Charlotte Ekstrom recalls how a water skiing accident taught her how to be resilient   (47:10) December 10, 2020
In this week’s episode, Michelle and Jennie are joined by Charlotte Ekstrom who recalls how a water skiing accident led to her requiring knee surgery that completely halted her normal life of being a mom to multiple children and a wife to a husband. She talks about the struggles she encountered during her recovery period, […]
Maryse shares the heartbreaking story of losing the love of her life due to suicide   (01:19:24) December 08, 2020
In this week’s episode, Jennie Taylor and Michelle Scharf are joined by their friend Maryse to talk about meeting her husband, Curtis, and how he completely took her heart the first moment she met him. Maryse also opens up about how the two of them built a beautiful life with an amazing family. Then we […]
Ryan Craner on why it’s so important to start planning for your financial future now   (01:03:22) December 03, 2020
In this week’s episode, Jennie and Michelle speak with Ryan Craner, the founder, President, and CEO of Strategic Planning Group, to talk about the importance of financial planning for life’s hardships, the benefits of investing in a Wealth Management Advisor sooner than later, and the questions we should be asking about managing our finances. Then […]
Celebrations of life and handling grief during the holidays   (45:31) November 26, 2020
In this week’s episode, Jennie and Michelle open up about feeling grief during the holidays and how it can affect you both mentally and physically. Then Michelle talks about why she decided to start planning funerals for her family in order to have enough time to truly honor a loved one and how John’s funeral […]