Ep16: From Grief to Growth: Empowering Widows to Thrive featuring Pam Bates
How do our core values guide our decision-making in life?
In this episode of "Great Decisions, Incredible Lives: Retire with Intention," host John Creekmur emphasizes the importance of living with intention. He introduces guest Pam Bates, a retired dental professional, who shares her experiences as a widow and her career in the dental field.
Pam also discusses her book, "The Most Amazing Harvest," which details her journey. Additionally, she highlights her online book study, "The Most Amazing You," and her support group, Braving Widowhood. The episode sheds light on widows' emotional and financial challenges and offers advice on overcoming them through resilience and support.
📌 Key Takeaways:
1️⃣ Living with intention is crucial for a fulfilling retirement.
2️⃣ Pam Bates, a retired dental professional, shares her experiences as a widow.
3️⃣ Pam's book, "The Most Amazing Harvest," chronicles her journey.
4️⃣ "The Most Amazing You" is an online book study by Pam Bates.
5️⃣ Braving Widowhood is a support group founded by Pam Bates.
6️⃣ Widows face emotional and financial challenges.
7️⃣ Overcoming challenges requires resilience and support.
Pam Bates, 00:15:29, "I think becoming a widow makes you realize you have to be brave and there's a saying that my sister and I heard one time, it was in a crazy silly movie, but it said, 'Tens of bravery can change your life or someone else's.' And if you really think about that, it's like, just do the thing.It's tens of bravery can, you know, it will change your life. You'll say the thing or do the thing, you know, that could change somebody's life. And that was the whole behind the book and all the things that we do. If we have made an impact on one person, you know, we feel like we've succeeded. So that's kind of where we where that brave came from."
More information about Pam:
Pam lived in Galva her whole life until recently moving closer to her children and 7 grandchildren. She was married to Carl for 34 years and they farmed just outside of Galva. She worked at the Dental office in Galva from 1979 until 2022 when she retired after 43 years! She was the office manager for most of the years and then became general manager when they expanded to 7 office locations. When Carl passed away in 2015 she and her twin sister were led by God to "tell his story". The Most Amazing Harvest - The Man Behind the Story" was published in 2021. They then created Braving Widowhood a non-profit ministry to help widows find strength through faith and connection.
Visit website: Bravetwin.com
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