How To Build Self Esteem With Self Love – Kouch Time

August 22nd, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

Building self esteem starts with self love. Confidence and loving yourself suffers when you are picked on, called names and bullied… it’s not always the words that hurt the most, but the energy behind them. Adolescence seems to be the time that we are bullied or cut down the most and the time when what others think is most important to us. Being able to look at yourself and love yourself is so important. Some people struggle with low self esteem and we as a community, family, friends, can help […]

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How To Forgive Someone Who’s Hurt Us – Kouch Time On Kirsty TV

July 25th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

How do I forgive someone who has hurt me so much? We all have asked ourselves that and want to know how we can move through those hard times and life altering events? Kirsty and friends discuss how to forgive when it’s hard. Sometimes intervention and counseling is essential, because there a need to form a new sense of security. Forgiveness is also key. Lisa tells us, “The forgiveness first has to be against the person that perpetrated these awful acts. It’s hard understand the concept that once we release […]

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How To Celebrate The Lives of Our Loved Ones in a Beautiful Way (Video)

June 20th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

To celebrate the lives of our loved ones in a beautiful way, is a healthy an peaceful way to let go. Kirsty and friends discuss how to say goodbye to our loved ones in a way that honors them and helps us let go. Join us on the Kouch for a chat! Life and death–who has had an experience with it? I haven’t yet, but my Grandfather is at that age where we are starting to look at nursing and care. My friends have had experiences with a loved one’s […]

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How To Deal With Problems: Are You A Survivor or a Thriver?

June 6th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

How to deal with problems and life’s challenges can be easier than you think! Kirsty and friends sit down to discuss the difference between the survivor and the thriver on Kouch Time.  “It’s how we relate to the issue that is really the issue.” @KirstyTV #KouchTime “It’s our decision, not our condition.” @KirstyTV #KouchTime Most people stay in the “why me”. The difference on how people respond to life’s challenges is the difference between the survivor and the thriver. A support system is very valuable and necessary. Coping strategies also […]

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Custody Battle, What It Takes To Fight For Someone You Love

May 8th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

Custody Battles & Fighting for your rights. What does it take and what would you fight for? In this episode of Kouch Time, I talk with my friends about the sacrifices we might have to make to fight for what we believe in or people we love.  When I watch a great movie like Conviction (a true story) starring Hilary Swank, where ‘A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to […]

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Oversexualization – Are Our Young Girls Too Sexy?

May 1st, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

Girls and women are constantly fed the message that taking it off and flaunting your body is what it means to be beautiful. Movies, video games, magazines, and now social media… During our Kouch Time Discussion, I learned that kids are having contests via social media as to who can post the sexiest pictures. That took me by surprise.  What will be next? Where does this problem of oversexualization stem from? And how can we send them out into the world with higher standards?  I think what could make a huge dent […]

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Everyone Numbs. What’s Your Vice?

April 24th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

Many of us do this without even being aware that we do. Reflect on your thoughts. When you’re stressed, angry or tense, do you find yourself wishing for a cigarette, a cup of coffee, a drink, a pill or a chocolate bar? Do you find yourself rationalizing your use of any addictive substances? Could you be using alcohol, cigarettes, food, sex, alcohol or drugs to cut yourself off from your feelings? We all do this! Sometimes we avoid our pain and anxieties for so long that our numbing can get […]

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The Price Of Success – Discussion On What It Takes & Can Cost Us

April 17th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

My friends and I were chatting about the risks involved when we go after our dreams.  There are almost always sacrifices… time, energy, money and sometimes we miss out on being with the people we love.   Personally, I took a huge risk leaving my career when I was at the top of my game to go into the unknown and spend years rebuilding. There were many sacrifices I had to make. So, what is that magical thing that pushes us over the tipping point and drives us to go for it?  […]

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Are Bigger Breasts Worth The Risks? Kouch Time Discussion

April 3rd, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

Breast augmentation is the #1 cosmetic surgery in the U.S.  Women and TEENAGERS aren’t happy with themselves as they are.  Is it the pressure of the media to live up to some ideal for perfection? Is it for ourselves or our partners? Why are so many Western women willing to undergo the knife when our sisters in Africa are not following this trend… Obviously there are some situations where women are rebuilding after mastectomies but they are not the majority having this unnecessary and risky surgery. What’s going on?  I […]

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Tragedy, When Your World Is Shattered

March 27th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

Has someone supported you through a tragedy? Moving forward after trauma and tragic circumstances can be one of the most challenging times we can go through as a human being. I truly believe it is possible to move forward and heal. Healing takes time, self compassion, reflection, some core skills and coping strategies. Many of the people I have spoken with are strong advocates of counseling & support groups.  This week my guest was Petra Hensley who suffered unimaginable cruelty at 16 years old when she was kidnapped while waiting at a […]

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What To Do When You Are Feeling Blue Or Broken

March 20th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

We’ve all felt depressed at some point in our lives. For most of us it happens on occasion and now more than ever, it happens to more people for longer durations. The important thing to remember is that it can pass. There are things we can do to help the process like seeking help, eating right and exercising.    Join us on the Kouch today as my friends and I chat about the different types of depression, how we can help others and heal ourselves. Leave your comments below, I’d love […]

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Life After Prison

March 13th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

My friends and I chat about the challenges of integrating into society after being ostracized or ignored. We discuss how to overcome that challenge by “choosing again”.  Join the convo, by posting your comments below.  How important is it to have support, education and mentors? Where does that spark to change come from, to finally break old patterns? Watch my moving interview with ex-inmate and author, DJ Verrett. DJ spent 16.5 years in federal prison for drug related charges, being constantly transferred to 13 different prisons throughout the United States. […]

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Video Sneak Peak – Discussion On Fighting For Your Rights

February 27th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

My friends and I were chatting about what it must take to fight for your rights or the ones of someone you love.  In your opinion, what does it take? Have you ever been in a position where you had to go to battle? I’m lucky enough to meet and interview people who do face movie-like battles for their rights. People like Stacey Doss who fought a 4-year, 1 million dollar custody battle to keep her adopted daughter (watch her video).   Or Petra Sojka who fought to save her life after […]

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At What Cost Would You Fight For Someone You Love?

February 27th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

When I watch a great movie like Conviction (a true story) starring Hilary Swank, where  ‘A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders,’ I wonder if I would go that far to fight for my rights or the rights of someone I love. Ideally yes, yes I would! But I’ve never been put in that situation.  Do you ever wonder the same thing or […]

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Children Are Human Too: Children’s Rights

February 26th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

‘Under the law, children have long been regarded as the PROPERTY of their parents. State statutes and case law nationwide protect the constitutional rights of parents, often disregarding the rights of children. What is now common knowledge among professionals and the general public with respect to the importance of loving, appropriate child rearing, is generally not reflected in the law.‘ – Parenthood in America Stacey’s story was another interview that taught me so much about our world. I had no idea how many children are not being protected and that the […]

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Allan Takes Off His Shirt For The Ladies Behind The Scenes

February 26th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

Meet my friends Shay, Jules and Allan who are some of my most regular Kouch Time guests. This behind the scenes footage is a glimpse into why I love these smart and funny people! You can see how they believe that discussions on topics that we cover like addiction and overcoming tragedy are important ones to have. Shay Moore is an entrepreneur/humanitarian, writer/producer/lyricist, who believes we all should be a beacon of light at the end of a lonely tunnel for anyone that is suffering. Her motto is, “See you on the […]

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Video Sneak Peak – Discussion On Oversexualization Of Girls

February 21st, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

During our Kouch Time Discussion, I learned that kids are having contests via social media as to who can post the sexiest pictures. That took me by surprise.  What will be next? Where does this problem of oversexualization stem from? And how can we send them out into the world with higher standards?  I think what could make a huge dent into the momentum of this things is if our media and pop culture changed. I love what is happening with addressing bullying in our culture. It think it’s time we […]

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Too Sexy For Our Kids

February 20th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

Does society encourage women to be oversexualized? By ‘sexualization,’ we are referring to the perception of a person in regards to their sexuality.  So, by ‘oversexualized,’ in particular women, we want to discuss how girls and women are being bombarded with the pressure to be sexy.   Let’s start by addressing the sexualization of girlhood.  I’m talking about sexy media, dolls, video games, clothing, teenage magazines, just to name a few.    ‘Ample evidence testing these theories indicates that sexualization has negative effects in a variety of domains, including cognitive […]

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Strip Clubs: Preferred Over Fine Arts In America

February 19th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

I just read this statistic aloud to my good friend. They giggled and said, “That’s funny, slash sad.”  I then proceeded to tell him a couple more; there are 5,000 strip clubs in America (sourcefirstamendmentcenter.org) and 9 out of 10 strippers will be assaulted AT LEAST once while at work (guardian.co.uk). “Damn, that’s not cool,” he said. Nope, not cool at all.   From an outsiders perspective, strip clubs can seem fun and wild but on the other side of the spectrum seedy, desperate or evil.  What are your thoughts on America’s […]

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Video Sneak Peak – Discussion On Addiction

February 14th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

We live in a numbing culture. Vices can be food, sex, pills, alcohol, shopping… Allan, talks about how he drank to numb his pain and anxieties for 10 years. We all do this! Sometimes we avoid our pain and anxieties for so long that our numbing can get out of control.  My good friend Allan sat down with me to share his story on alcohol abuse. He would use drinking to feel “normal.”  Watch this sneak peek of my interview with him where he tells me in detail what he […]

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What Do You Use To Numb? Really Think About It …

February 14th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

Many of us do this without even being aware that we do. Reflect on your thoughts. When you’re stressed, angry or tense, do you find yourself wishing for a cigarette, a cup of coffee, a drink, a pill or a chocolate bar? Do you find yourself rationalizing your use of any addictive substances? Could you be using alcohol, cigarettes, food, sex, alcohol or drugs to cut yourself off from your feelings? We all do this! Sometimes we avoid our pain and anxieties for so long that our numbing can get […]

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Boozing In The U.S.A.

February 12th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

It’s pretty common to pre-game (pre-party) before you go out drinking and then finish the night with a drink at home because hey, “The night is young,” right? Huh. Some parents think it’s more responsible to allow their teens to host parties in their home, using their alcohol, than to leave them to find another host because they’d, “…rather have them drinking under my roof, with my supervision.” Interesting… These are just some thoughts that are swirling around in my head at the moment as I learn about alcohol consumption in the U.S. The […]

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Video Sneak Peek – Discussion On Success

February 7th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

What does success mean to you? Is it possible to have it all? I believe when people share their stories they can inspire, heal and encourage others.  Stay tuned to www.KirstyTV.com for full episodes of our interviews, when our talk show launches in March 2013. We will be sharing inspirational stories from our interviews with celebrities, everyday people and experts. Sign up to receive to our VIP updates so that you are the first to see the stories as they go live.

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Hey Dreamer, Are You A Risk Taker?

February 7th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

My friends and I were chatting about the risks involved when we go after our dreams.  There are almost always sacrifices… time, energy, money and sometimes we miss out on being with the people we love.   Personally, I took a huge risk leaving my career when I was at the top of my game to go into the unknown and spend years rebuilding. There were many sacrifices I had to make. So, what is that magical thing that pushes us over the tipping point and drives us to go for it?  […]

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Where Do Most Entrepreneurs Come From?

February 5th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

Did you know that?  Think about the entrepreneurs in your life.  Are they part of the 90 percent? I found a bunch of great insights into entrepreneurship online at the Ewin Marion Kauffman Foundation:   ‘Professional networks were important to the success of their current businesses for 73 percent of the entrepreneurs. In comparison, 62 percent felt the same way about personal networks. Only 11 percent of the first-time entrepreneurs received venture capital, and 9 percent received private/angel financing. Of the overall sample, 68 percent considered availability of financing/capital as important. […]

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Video Sneak Peek – Discussion on Breast Implants

January 31st, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

It’s a sad reflection on society that breast augmentation is the #1 cosmetic surgery.  Women and TEENAGERS aren’t happy with themselves as they are.  Is it the pressure to compete for our partners or does it stem from our partners not being “happy” with our bodies.  What’s going on? Do you have first hand experience on the topic?  Or maybe someone has shared their experience with you (good or bad)?  Share your comments below. I believe when people share their stories they heal themselves and they heal others.   Stay […]

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Are Bigger Boobs Worth The Risk?

January 31st, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

It’s a sad reflection on society that breast augmentation is the #1 cosmetic surgery.  Women and TEENAGERS aren’t happy with themselves as they are.  Is it the pressure of the media to live up to some ideal for perfection? is it for ourselves or our partners? Why are so many Western women willing to undergo the knife when our sisters in Africa are not following this trend… Obviously there are some situations where women are rebuilding after mastectomies but they are not the majority having this unnecessary and risky surgery. […]

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Will Your Breast Implant Bust Within 10-12 Years?

January 29th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation was the number one cosmetic surgery in the country in 2011 with 307,000 women getting the procedure. This is a 4 percent increase from the previous year and a 45 percent increase from 2000. Does it shock you that within 10-12 years, most women will have at least one broken implant?  Do you have implants and/or know someone who does?  I think most of us do.   What are your thoughts on the the topic?  Leave your comments below. Stay […]

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Video Sneak Peek – Discussion On Moving Forward From Abuse

January 24th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

This week we discussed coping with tragedy. My guest Petra Sojka suffered unimaginable cruelty at 16 years old when she was kidnapped while waiting at a bus stop in the Czech Republic. She was taken into the vile underworld that is the sex trade industry. There are more people in slavery today than any other time in history. Estimates are that as many 27 million people are enslaved. This is a topic that need our attention and we need to be having conversations around. Get her full story before this […]

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No One Said Moving On Would Be Easy

January 24th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

Moving forward after trauma and tragic circumstances can be one of the most challenging times we go through as a human being. I truly believe it is possible to move forward and heal. Healing takes time, self compassion, reflection, some core skills and coping strategies. Many of the people I have spoken with are strong advocates of counseling and support groups. Moving forward is not an easy path but one that can ultimately lead us to our healing. What has been your experience with healing  and moving on?  What has […]

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More Enslaved Today Than Ever

January 22nd, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

Before this interview there was so much I didn’t know.  THIS SHOCKS ME – There are more slaves in the early 21st century than at any previous time, but opponents hope slavery can be eradicated within 30 years. I stumbled upon a USA Today article (June ’12) while I was doing some research on human trafficking before my interview with guest, Petra Sojka.  In it, ‘Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton decried the enslavement of up to 27 million people around the world as her department released its annual report […]

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Video Sneak Peek – Depression Overcome Through Movie Making

January 18th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

It’s pretty remarkable how just knowing you’re not alone can help you turn the corner to overcoming sadness or strife!  You are not alone.  That’s a common sentence, but when we’re in the middle of something tough and difficult to talk about, we can forget.  That’s why it’s important that we share our stories of trial and those of triumph too.  You never know who you could be helping to heal.    This week we discussed how someone can identify and cope while living with clinical depression. Jules Bruff is […]

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Video Sneak Peek – What Happens After Prison?

January 18th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

This week we discussed how someone can move forward in life after being in prison and how we as society can assist. As I learned through interviewing DJ Verrett, not everyone in prison is a bad person. They may have just made some really bad choices that took them down the wrong path.  Don’t we all know someone who has made bad choices and gone down the wrong path?  Have you done something that could have had lasting repercussions on your life?  Do you know someone who’s been there?  I […]

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Beat Your Bad Mood Down In 10 Minutes

January 17th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

I once read, ‘10 minutes of exercise is not enough to loose weight, but it is enough to elevate your mood.’  So when I am pressed for time and stressed, I remind myself just to go for a brisk walk or park the car further away from an appointment.  That should do the trick. Where do u find 10 minutes in your day ? Play with the kids, park 10 minutes away from your appointment or go for a 5 minute jog.  Amazing how just a few steps makes you […]

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Depression Affects 1 in 10, But Perhaps Dr. Seuss Can Help Unslump The Slumped

January 15th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

                  Like everyone, I have several friends who suffer from depression, yet they still find it so hard to reach out when they are feeling down. I know when I feel sad it is so hard to pick up the phone and talk about it. How can we reach out and get support when we are in a funk?   On the flip-side, if you have a friend who is in a slump, this witty poem is sure to make them smile. […]

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Do You Know Someone Who’s Gotten Into BIG Trouble?

January 10th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

Post your comments below.  Don’t we all know someone who’s make a bad move and taken a wrong turn in life?  Can you relate?  Catch my moving TV interview with DJ Verrett, who shares his story of a time when his bad choices cost him 16.5 years in prison.  Coming soon on Kirsty TV. In the meantime, sign up to receive to our VIP updates on interviews with celebrities, everyday people and experts. 

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Startling Prison Statistic

January 8th, 2013 | Added to: K Experts, Kommunity, Kouch Time | Comments Off

A sad and shocking statistic.  How can we help erase this statistic?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Comment below. Stay tuned to www.KirstyTV.com for full episodes of our interviews, when our talk show launches in March 2013. We will be sharing inspirational stories from our interviews with celebrities, everyday people and experts. Sign up to receive to our VIP updates so that you are the first to see the stories as they go live.  

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