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Disrupting Divorce: Conversations for Women

Feb 26, 2021

On this episode Rhonda talks to Rachel O’Connell, founder and CEO of Pinnacle Parent and Divorced Family Coach about the choices that make a difference in life and parenting.

Rachel’s message today for our listeners is: You will get through it; you are going to be OK, and you will probably be better than you could even imagine. Here are some of her recommendations:

  1. Accept and own the choices you have made, and you’ll be able to grow and move through them and make different choices in the future.
  2. Everything starts with the parents. We have to address what’s going on internally. We have to get in touch with our authentic self.
  3. Accountability, support and a safe space are important for you as well as for your children. Create the space in your home where your children are experiencing the safety of being able to have conversations with their parent.

Heal stands for:

H – honoring the space and the place you’re in

E – expanding yourself

A – affirming your new identity

L – live

Healing is important. Choose to honor your space, yourself, and deal with your trauma and your emotions. And do the same for your kids.

Contact Information and Other Resources

Our guest today was Rachel O’Connell, the founder and CEO of Pinnacle Parent and Divorced Family Coach.

Here’s how she describes herself:

I am a 40-yr-old mom of 2 teens and they're amazing! And I am passionate about helping people in all walks of life. Pinnacle Parent was birthed out of this passion. As a child of divorced parents, and having repeated the cycle of divorce with my own family, I knew there had to be a better way to thrive in divorce. I have been around divorce for 28 years through my childhood, marrying into and immediately becoming a step-parent, then divorcing, and then re-marrying and bringing a step-parent into my children's lives. It's a vicious cycle. One that I now know how to break because I have done it differently! Pinnacle Parent's proprietary system has been developed by compiling personal experience (28-years), research, and tools/methods from thought leaders in the mindset and spiritual realm.

Culture has told us who we are in divorce (step-parents/co-parents/wicked step-mother, etc.) and what divorce looks like (full of hate, bitterness, pain, hurt, belittling, low self-esteem, arguing, WIIFM attitudes). This is what continues the divorce pattern repeating. The majority of families fall into the trap of the numbing effects of divorce. They just try to survive, forget about thriving. And this ultimately affects the children the most, with unseen deep wounds that just perpetuate the cycle in their adult lives. Pinnacle Parent is here to transform the landscape of divorce in the nation and the culture of divorce in your own family. My 8-week 'Foundations' course will begin you on your journey of being the change-agent for your family. And I will be right by your side through it all. After completing the 'Foundations' course, Pinnacle Parent offers 1:1 coaching to any member of the family that wants to continue with the change. Pinnacle Parent is also open for speaking engagements of all kinds. Together, we will not only make your years of divorce thriving years, but we will work to break the chains of divorce off your future generations, and the world, one family at a time.

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Our host of Divorce Conversations for Women Podcast is Rhonda Noordyk, CFEI, CDFA®

Rhonda Noordyk's relentless pursuit of financial justice for women going through divorce drove her to leave the financial industry in 2014 to open The Women's Financial Wellness Center. She was in search of a better way. She used her knowledge, passion, and experience to build a leading-edge business model. The intention was to create a business that provided a safe place for women - especially those in a vulnerable position - to find their paths, find their voices and find the financial confidence they need to lift themselves out of seemingly hopeless situations. Since starting the Women’s Financial Wellness Center, after a 10+ year career in the financial industry, she has helped alleviate financial vulnerability for thousands of women.

In addition to being the CEO of The Women’s Financial Wellness Center, Rhonda is also a professional speaker. While her platform is women’s money wellness, it is not just about money. Her topics include: assertive communication, boundaries, leadership and overcoming financial myths. Her speaking experience includes: GE Healthcare, UWM Women’s Leadership Conference and Marquette Law School. In addition, she has appeared on Fox6 News, Real Milwaukee, and Morning Blend. Her dynamic and inspirational style leaves women with a sense of empowerment.

Rhonda Noordyk, CFEI, CDFA®

CEO | The Women's Financial Wellness Center | (262) 522-1502

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