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  • Writer's pictureSharon Delaney McCloud

Working on Our Hearts and Minds

Updated: Dec 6, 2022

While I didn't workout on this podcast in the traditional sense, Linda Mitchell and I certainly worked our hearts and minds. Linda is a wonderful motivator, entrepreneur and inspiration to every women she meets.

As you can see in her photo, Linda is a fitness professional, graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, award-winning fitness competitor, author, and motivator with a passion for helping women discover the power of the Sisterhood of S.W.E.A.T. (Strong Women Empowering Achieving Together). But the headline here is Linda is 55 years old!! What?? Obviously, age is no excuse for not taking care of your body.

Linda is the real deal. She holds over a dozen fitness- and nutrition-related certifications and has many decades of experience working in the fitness industry. In total, Linda has helped her clients lose thousands of pounds of unwanted weight, but more importantly, she has also helped those clients feel more confident in their own skin and feel happier with who they are.

That's where I come in. Not the fitness part but about building resilience in the face of adversity and using grit and gratitude to face life's many challenges. Linda invited me to be a guest on her popular podcast. Check out the episode below and be prepared for some deep, vulnerable conversation.


Are you finding it hard to stay strong?  Have you been losing hope?  In this episode, we discuss how grace, god, and grit can get you through almost anything in your life. Sharon has struggled through child loss, cancer and other adversities in her life, and she continues to keep moving forward and making the world better.

In this episode I talk with Sharon Delaney McCloud, Emmy Award-winning journalist, cancer survivor, and bereaved mother, joins us to discuss her personal experiences using grit and gratitude to face any of the adversity in her life. We discuss the journey she went through with her daughter, finding your own resilience, balancing your professional with your personal life. This conversation goes deep and we don’t hold back, so be prepared for some tears, but this is a very inspiring conversation to help you find your own grit.


Questions Linda asked:

- Can you give people a background on who you are?

- How did you pick yourself up and keep going?

- What are your top tips for speaking to bereaved parents?

- Linda gives words of advice to get into a workout routine.

- Can you give us 10 tips for resilience?

- Where can listeners get the download, and connect with you?

Topics Discussed:

- Experiencing Ireland

- Eating Meat Free

- Raising a child while working in journalism

- Dealing with child illness and child loss.

- Childhood Leukemia.

- Overcoming negative circumstances.

- Doing a TED Talk on talking to bereaved parents.

- Facing loss in your life.

- Tips for resilience.

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Quotes from the show:

“I take my grief and throw myself into all things with tenacity.” @SharonDMcCloud @SisterhoodSweat

“I took that courage Macy taught me, and started my own company.” @SharonDMcCloud @SisterhoodSweat

“Face everything with bravery.” @SharonDMcCloud @SisterhoodSweat

“We can’t just lay down and not face reality. We have a son who needs his parents back.” @SharonDMcCloud @SisterhoodSweat

“There is no word for a parent who loses a child.” @SharonDMcCloud @SisterhoodSweat

How you can stay in touch with Sharon Delaney McCloud:

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