My guest for Happy Hour #107 is Deidra Riggs, author and speaker, and the visionary behind life-changing events for writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and other fabulous people who have an amazing dream. Through her engaging and relatable talks, practical and inspiring books, and first-class events, she works to cross cultural boundaries, build bridges with those who are different, and create more peace in the world while making it all feel like a fabulous celebration of life. When she’s not inspiring women to live life to the fullest and push past invisible boundaries, you can find her frolicking in the ocean, dancing to loud disco tunes, or hosting a group of her closest friends around the dinner table.

In today's conversation, Deidra shares what it's been like for her and her husband to embrace empty nesting. She shares that somewhere along the way while raising children, they decided to start building an empty nest. I love her perspective, and Aaron and I really try to make our marriage the top priority in our family, so that when our kids leave the nest, we still know each other and love each other. Deidra shares practical tips on how they've been successful and are still madly in love after 30 years.

She shares about loving her children through difficult circumstances and choices, her love for disco, her cartwheel regimen and her online book club for open discussion on all things hush hush. I absolutely loved my conversation with Deidra and I really hope you will too.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Deidra's Book: One: Unity in a Divided World (available for pre-order now)

Deidra's Book Club

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman + Healing the Heart of Democracy by Parker J. Palmer + Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson + The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson + Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates + The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Equal Justice Initiative

The Get Down

Primal Pit Paste

What Deidra is loving: Olympics, The Great British Baking Show and Crystal deoderant

Music from Jason Poe

Connect with Deidra

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram


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