Dr. Cherie Safapou was born and raised in Iran until the age of 14. She ran away from home with the help of an uncle, who helped her get to London, England. After three months she left London and moved to Nice, France, where she worked as an au pair, and earned her high school diploma. At 19 she immigrated to the United States. She started her journey by going to Los Angeles City College, and later on attended San Diego State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Western American University. In 1995 she moved to Marin County. Dr. Safapou, the Founder and Director of Wise Wishes Institute has over 24 years of experience as a psychological assistant, personal consultant, and motivational development specialist. She has worked with the very rich and very poor, the young and old, those incarcerated, both in juvenile hall and in prisons of the mind. Dr. Safapou’s observations and experiences have been detailed into the approach employed at Wise Wishes Institute. Her own life is a rich source of knowledge and compassion as she has experienced abandonment, abuse, and sexual assault, as well as the challenges and joys of being a single mother, a student, and a professional. Dr. Safapou was recognized as an Honored Member and qualified for inclusion in the 2006-2007 edition of The Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives and Professionals. She has accreditation with the San Diego Society of Psychiatric Physicians. Dr. Safapou is deeply involved with her community, participating in many community-based organizations and political events, often acting as an advocate for children’s and women’s abuse issues in Family Court.
The Light Within by Diana BELLEROSE
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Each of us is born with amazing traits which we all forgot about because of the difficult times or painful events. Whatever the reason might be, we all have the capacity to bounce back and not allow darkness and negativity to alter our perception. When we align with the laws of the Universe which is a pivotal requirement in the process of creating the best possible existence for ourselves and the society, and then we will see the difference we all desire.
Have you ever asked yourself this question?
There should be time for everything in our life, and we must listen to our body and soul always because the answers are inside of us, not outside. I know life is not a fairytale, but we can at least try to make it enjoyable and do what makes us happy. Yes, happy because this is important for our health and well being, and we all have what it takes to cope with most difficult situations. All we have to do is change the way we view life, it is pivotal step towards anyone’s way of life and even people who we meet and interact with every day. Do not forget the basic rule of the Universe is: “What we send, that is what we receive back”- The Universe
So start thinking about this simple rule, look around if there is something which is no longer service
your best interest and sabotage your growth. If you are in the same place you were a year ago, even two years ago, it is time to reevaluate your life and start asking questions: What I am doing wrong?
Why I feel the way I feel? Am I receiving what I am looking for? Is it time to change something? Am I moving forward?
A lot of questions to ask ourselves if we want to receive what we want from life. Otherwise, we will be like a hamster on a wheel, riding the wheel of life and not getting what we want.
This week thing about what you can start and do differently? Is there anything you have been thinking of doing from a long time, but fear keeps you away from it?
Fear is the worst enemy of all time, it destroys hopes and dreams, do not let it overcome you, be fearless, you can do it.
If you need a book to get you going and answer the most basic questions:
“Every step we take, even a small one brings us closer to our dreams and desires.”- Award Winning Author Dianna Bellerose
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About Mandy Trouten
I live in South Carolina, where I was born and raised. I graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Computer Design and Drafting, later returning for another degree in Multimedia. I love to read, write, create graphics, watch movies, play online games, hang out with family members/friends and network. More than anything, I enjoy helping victims/survivors of abuse in their path to healing. I have always said I would undo the abuse and its effects in a heartbeat, but I am grateful for the opportunity God gave me to use my experience. I grew up hearing that there’s a silver lining to every cloud and I used to think “not this one.” In time, I realized “not this one yet.” If I had never had to experience the undeserved attentions of classmates, my life might have been normal. I might have gotten the career in architecture that I’ve always dreamed of, but I would not be a part of the fight against abuse because I would know nothing about it. That’s my silver lining.