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Disrupting Divorce: Conversations for Women

Apr 30, 2021

On this episode Rhonda welcomes Christine Bannister, a Courage Coach, mom of two, and a full-time Dispatch Supervisor for 911 center. Christine shares about her own experience of raising children as a single mom, building her career in emergency services, and PTSD as a result of being overloaded and not dealing with the trauma of divorce.

Christine’s message for those who are going through divorce is: This is not the end of you. There is hope. As you progress, and move through the trauma, and start dealing with things, you continue to find yourself and discover who you are.

Here are some of her thoughts:

  1. In all the moments when you feel exhausted and overwhelmed, and you feel like you can’t take care of yourself, stop everything you’re doing, and rest, or go for a walk, or choose a better food item that can nourish your body or your brain in a different way. Because ‘someday’ takes a really long time to get here.
  2. We all have trauma, but we just ignore it. It is really critical to know and understand that trauma does not get better, it just gets buried. Identify it, talk to someone, and keep processing.
  3. Remember that you’re not alone. What you’re going through is normal when it comes to dealing with abnormal circumstances, like divorce.

Contact Information and Other Resources

Our guest today was Christine Bannister. Christine is a Courage Coach and 911 Dispatch Supervisor.

Here’s how describes herself:

After being numb, exhausted, frightened, rundown, and just trying to survive... the worst hit and PTSD struck me down. But I was brave enough to decide that it would not dictate to me whether my career would be over and I fought to gain my life back. The journey through PTSD has been tough but has increased my capacity to love and learn and evolve. It forced me to deal with me, deal with self-care deficiencies, and deal with the pain & trauma long hidden in my heart. The healing is not done yet but what glorious good God has done through it all.

Now, I am wrapping up my 26-year career in emergency services and working to launch a Coaching business while earning my degree in Crisis & Trauma Counseling from Liberty university.

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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®

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