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From “Othered” To Owning Myself: A Journey of Discovery

With Featured Guest

Mirinda Kossoff

Curious • Adventurous • Self-Aware

Top Takeaways From This Episode

  • No matter how much you change, prejudice will still find you. Be strong.
  • Regardless of how you show it, you can never escape your culture or your lineage and this is not a bad thing!
  • Those who may be different from us should never be “othered.” 
  • Remaining curious makes you a great audience for any story.
  • Sharing your story can be helpful for others, even though it may result in some blowback from family.

Culture Over Religion

Mirinda Kossoff always felt a disconnect from her father. He was mysterious, isolating, and distant. But she longed to know him, even after his death. That’s why Mirinda wrote about his life in her new book, “The Rope of Life.” 

Her father's journey through life was complicated, isolated, and heartbreaking. A New York Jew turned Southern Baptist, Miranda’s father rejected much of his upbringing and culture and this left her very curious. For Mirinda, much of Judaism is culture rather than religion. Why did her father convert from his culture, from his heritage? Perhaps he chose to convert for the love of his life, or did he convert because of the damage he saw during his time in WWII?

Bless Your Heart

Growing up in the South, antisemitism, while still prevalent, was subtle. Being “othered” weighed on Mirinda so much that she became known as the quiet, shy girl. All the while, a ruckus young woman was hiding inside, waiting to play, waiting to feel safe finally.

Gutted at 32

Losing your father at any age is heartbreaking. Losing your father to suicide is life-altering when you need him the most. For years Mirinda's father struggled with depression, leading to 24/7 suicide watch. Mirinda's father took his own life, suffering from years-long decline, chronic pain, and depression.

Reactions to her Book

Airing family grievances is among the most vulnerable things one can do. Much to Mirinda's surprise, this simple act of vulnerability would affect many. Stories about her father continue to touch the souls of people across the world. 

Connect With Mirinda

You can connect with Mirinda on her website mirindakossoff.com, or on Facebook. On her website, you can find her book “The Rope of Life,” sign up for her reading list, enjoy her blogs, and explore resources for writers.

You can also find this book and all of our featured guest's books on The Brave Files Library List featured on Bookshop.org.

You Are Not Alone

 If you or someone you know is considering suicide please contact the national suicide prevention lifeline. They are available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.

Giving is Good

Twenty years ago Mirinda’s entire life was shaken when her son was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia at the age of 21. Now in remission, Mirinda shares that none of it would be possible without the help and support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is a global leader in the fight against cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

"My goal was to understand my father, while I didn’t find the answers I was looking for I learned a lot about myself."

- Mirinda Kossoff

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Meet your Host, Heather Vickery

Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.

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