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Get Control Of Your Life is a podcast about growing a strong and fruitful life. We share inspiration and insight from a variety of sources—all designed to help you get unstuck and take your life to the next level. We invite you to visit our website at where we share inspiration and principles related to Career, Health and Fitness, Money, Personal Development, Relationships and Spirituality.

50: Transformational Relationships

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Podcast | 0 comments

Jeannette Slated is back to chat with Dr. Deb about relationships that are life-giving and help us grow.

Dedicated to helping people grow and develop, Jeannette Slater has been involved in professional life coaching for over 20 years. Dr. Deb is a communication professor at several colleges and universities.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Examining Relationships article

I Quit article including The Dip by Seth Godin

Trapped article discussing the Johari Window

Peter Rollins website:

The Liturgists website:

Rob Bell’s website:

Greg Boyd’s website:


Social Penetration Theory



049: Planting God

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Podcast | 0 comments

derekschoenhoffDerek Schoenhoff talks about his just-released book, Planting God, an attempt to make God more accessible to everyone.

Dedicated to rethinking stereotypical concepts of God, many of which are inconsistent with the bible and nature, Derek loves to talk about the nature and character of God, reconciliation, and the future of the church. His fun and simple approach to difficult issues make him relevant for all generations.

Check out the website for more information about the book. The book is available at in various formats from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other retailers.

048: Brave Dames & Wimpettes

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Podcast | 0 comments

A conversation with Jeannette Slater about how men and women communicate and are perceived differently. The episode touches on cultural expectations, social constructs of what is means to be a man & woman, understanding the sexes and being who you are. A timely episode as the U.S. struggles to understand and like its first female presidential candidate.


Jeannette & Debra

Resources mentioned:

Powell, John. (1995). Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am? Insights into Personal Growth

Isaacs, Susan. (1999). Brave Dames and Wimpettes: What Women Are Really Doing on Page and Screen

Landa Cope on The Unveiled Image of God:

Privilege Walk (What is Privilege?)

047: Gratitude

Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 in Podcast | 0 comments

Jeannette Slater & Dr. Deb discuss a cure to many ills and stresses: gratitude! The episode is full of reminders and perspective that we often lose as we experience everyday life. Jeannette read Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life by Arrien Angeles, internalized it and added her own reflections and experiences to discuss this important topic.

Table of Gratitude


Check out Angeles books and try using the table above for a self-reflective exercise.

Angeles Arrien. (2013). Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life

Angeles Arrien. (2013). Living in Gratitude: Mastering the Art of Giving Thanks Every Day, A Month-by-Month Guide

Angeles Arrien. (2006). The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom

046: Muslims where you live

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Podcast | 0 comments

In this episode, Dr. Deb has a candid conversation about Muslims with Egyptian, Ibrahim. Are they all terrorists? How can we inform our perspective and deal with our fears about Middle Eastern immigrants? What is Islam really like? What is a typical Muslim like? How might we be more welcoming and more Christ-like in how we treat our Muslim immigrant neighbors?

045: Jesus was a Middle Eastern Refugee & other uncomfortable truths

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Podcast | 0 comments

In a time when Islam and refugees are in the news every day, it’s helpful to get another perspective from someone on the inside. Vicki Witte works with refugees, helping them learn English and adjust to life in the U.S. She is a wonderful example of the power of volunteerism and how even small efforts can make huge differences in the lives of our new neighbors. She describes the history of migration in biblical times and the new opportunities we have to welcome the strangers in our towns.

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044: Independence

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Podcast | 0 comments

As The United States of America celebrates its birthday, Jack Woloshun & Dr. Deb thought it a good time to discuss various types of dependence and independence we have in relationships.

Related articles:

Independence (companion article)


Do You Need A Life Coach?

Mentioned by Jack: Book by Dr. Caroline Leaf: Think and Eat Yourself Smart: A Neuroscientific Approach to a Sharper Mind and Healthier Life

043: Find Your Day 2

Posted by on Jun 12, 2016 in Podcast | 0 comments

Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are when you’re born and the day you find out why.” In struggling to work through her own pain and purpose, Victoria Jeffs spent 10 years researching how to live a healthy life and designed a course to help others.

DAY2-VictoriaJeff’s passion for individuals to discover their purpose & impact their communities has led to the CrossRoads course tp be taught to High School students, Alternative Schools, Habitat for Humanity clients, Prison Re-entry, Workforce, Veterans, Social Services, Refugee Programs, Educators, Family development, Parenting, victims of PTSD, Business Start-ups, Faith organizations, and Corporate Leadership & Management.

Listen as Jeffs shares key principles to living a healthy and fruitful life. All Get Control podcasts are also available on iTunes and via the Stitcher App for Android & Windows phones and tablets.

Click to access the Find Your Day 2 website

Related articles:


Examining Relationships

Valuing Relationships

042: Mauricio in Cuba

Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Podcast | 0 comments

During a recent trip to Cuba, I recorded this interview with Mauricio, a young man who wants to be a positive influence in the future of his nation. As a graphic designer, Mauricio and other volunteers produce a small magazine for young people. He also helps develop young people in other ways by introducing them to critical thinking and resources that help them connect to ideas and healthy ways of living. Be inspired by Mauricio’s life and hear some fascinating inside knowledge of life inside Cuba during this historic time.

Mauricio & colleagues in Havana

Mauricio & colleagues in Havana

Thank you for your patience as the audio quality on this one is not up to our standards. Like everyone who lives in Cuba, we had to be creative and make due with what we had.

041: Changing Your Mindset

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Podcast | 1 comment

A lovely chat about relationships, theology, the universe, kids, mistakes, regLaura Thompsonrets, struggles, personal worth, turning a life around, finding positivity and purpose.  Laura Thompson is a wife, mother, and owner of small businesses. Mostly she’s a happy, peaceful, articulate, fun and normal person who thinks about what is real and good and is trying to live life to the best she can.

Laura’s essential oils website:

A short video on Denmark, named the happiest place on earth: