This Life, Reconsidered

This Life, Reconsidered
The podcast that focuses on uncovering the lessons we’re meant to learn.

Reflection: Why the protests matter
May 31 • 13 min
In this episode we try to take a human, sensitive look at the protests and demonstrations… And what we should really be learning from them. For more insight, check out the show’s blog on Medium: Why you need to pay attention to these protests
The Five W’s and H of Moving On
Apr 28 • 18 min
In the midst of of the most game-changing live events, we’re so focused on getting OUT of the issue, that we forget to ask ourselves the basic questions that allow us to really understand how we can be better versions of ourselves. To dig into this idea,…
Learning from Moments of Crisis
Apr 14 • 11 min
When navigating a crisis (or a pandemic), what normal looks like also change. That said, I highlighted a handful of lessons to try and keep things in perspective. Reference: This Life, Reconsidered on Medium: Learning from Moments of Crisis
Social Distancing, Reconsidered (The Pandemic Effect or COVID-19)
Mar 26 • 35 min
Since coronavirus (or known as COVID-19) has evolved from epidemic to pandemic, it’s immediately led to illness, death and changing the way we live — even the way we interact. In this episode, host Jenina Nunez talks to therapist Monica Gonzalez of…
The Breakup, Reconsidered
Oct 30, 2019 • 63 min
Breakups are a sad reality of relationships. That said, when a romantic coupling ends, how often can we look back and without doubt, own our own mistakes in how things went? In this special episode This Life, Reconsidered, talk to Elaine, a divorcee that…
Mini-Episode: Healthier ways to cope with stress
Oct 5, 2019 • 12 min
In this follow up to our episode about understanding trauma, we speak with Monica Gonzalez, owner of Balanced Lotus Counseling & Wellness ( She offers some suggestions on how we can consider dealing with the…
Understanding trauma (An interview with Monica Gonzalez)
Oct 2, 2019 • 42 min
Live events impact people differently. However, how can a distressing event affect you? In this episode, we speak with Monica Gonzalez, owner of Balanced Lotus Counseling & Wellness ( to understand this experience.…
Mini-Episode: Acting BOLDLY (Insights from Lillian Ruiz)
Sep 13, 2019 • 10 min
Lillian Ruiz, former former COO of Civil Media Company and the Civil Foundation bestows some of her best tips on what it means to act & live BOLDLY, something that can be empowering when you need it!
Some advice on being BOLD (Interview with Lillian Ruiz)
Sep 10, 2019 • 35 min
In this season two opener, I kick things off by focusing on one of the most empowering messages we tend to forget - how to being afraid of the choices we need to make for ourselves, especially if we’re going to pursue the lives we want. To dig into this…
Same podcast, just a new name!
Jun 12, 2019 • 5 min
Launched as “Stroke of Wisdom,” Jenina rolls out this brief news update to explain the new title before new episodes roll out later this summer. Email the show at More to come!
Why you have to let go to heal
Apr 30, 2019 • 21 min
At the end of Season 1, Jenina parts with the lesson she learned after all the other ones: that’s letting go in order to recover. Healing doesn’t happen overnight, but once you can let go, then you can make the rest count. Season 2 will return later this…
Recovery is a journey
Apr 24, 2019 • 13 min
As Jenina reflects on Season One, she also shares one of the biggest lessons she’s gathered since her life-altering trauma. Thoughts and insights? You can always reach the show at podcast [at]
Keeping the stress factor in check
Apr 9, 2019 • 12 min
We all get to that point where things get rough and stress bubbles over… So, for Stress Awareness Month, Jenina shares some of the simple tactics she’s embraced to deal with stress. It’s not supposed to be foolproof, but food for thought as you get your…
7 Obvious Life Lessons You Should Know
Apr 2, 2019 • 10 min
Sometimes it takes trauma (or even a stroke) to drill certain life lessons into your head that you probably should have already known. That said, I pulled together this round up of some of the most meaningful lessons I realized as I recovered, although…
This is what real survival looks like
Mar 26, 2019 • 10 min
Actor Emilia Clarke’s personal story of surviving two aneurysms really hit close… Her experience is not only a powerful story about being stronger and willing to share, but it’s a reminder that getting past the event itself is just part of experience.…
When it’s not so bad to be selfish
Mar 19, 2019 • 16 min
The word ‘selfish’ has always had negative connotations. But, in this week’s installment of Stoke of Wisdom, we poke at this idea, even suggesting why it may not ALWAYS be a bad thing… ***Reach out to Stroke of Wisdom by email (podcast…
What makes gratitude hard
Mar 12, 2019 • 18 min
Gratitude is good for the soul (or so they say) but it requires some real of effort, especially when it comes to getting past trauma. It’s these feelings that host Jenina explores in this episode of Stroke of Wisdom. Some casual reads on gratitude: The…
The main lesson from Luke Perry’s story
Mar 8, 2019 • 6 min
His unexpected passing has sparked plenty of conversation, but what should this tragedy teach us? ***Reach Stroke of Wisdom by email (podcast[at] or leave a voicemail (312-275-5777) and maybe we’ll use your voice note for a future…
Denial isn’t just a river
Mar 5, 2019 • 11 min
After the intro, host Jenina uses this mini-episode (also called a short) to highlight why denial is an essential part of the healing process… And how you benefit from going through it. ***Feel free to reach Stroke of Wisdom by email…
Introduction: A new view of the world
Mar 5, 2019 • 20 min
In this inaugural episode of Stroke of Wisdom, host Jenina recounts the life experience and stroke that gave way to the podcast, ultimately inspiring her to flip her view on life… Or at least to work on how she sees things. *** How have you had trauma…