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What's With the Dalahäst? Meet My Great Grandmother, Signe

The Peterson Resilience Consulting logo is a nod to my entrepreneurial and Swedish heritage and to my specialty in helping folks who've experienced high-control organizations and religious trauma. Not many people know this, but in the 1600's, Swedish Christians referred to the dala horse as a "devil's toy" because it had ties to underground pagan practices. Fittingly, among other things, today the dalahäst is also a symbol of resilience. But here's the real reason for the dalahäst: meet my great…

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Historical Trauma: Land Acknowledgement & Commitment to Restoration

I share the following personal ancestral truths to acknowledge the resulting historical trauma and its long-term effects. Ancestry.com has proven what I've always dreaded about my genealogy... my ancestors officially colonized Massachusetts, the rightful Lands of the Nipmuck and Agwam peoples. Historians agree that, later on, other ancestors were likely compelled to fight and die in the American Revolution simply to retain their economic benefits from slavery. Even later still, their descendants…

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I Don't Do "Sales Calls"

This one time I was on a really intense sales call... Somehow I was suddenly talking on the phone (gasp!) with a guy named Chad. He was pitching me the latest "life-changing" 12-week coaching "experience" that I was about to miss out on it! Oh no! ;-)

Throughout the sales call, Chad managed to do the following: blatantly ignore my lack of consent, gaslight me and my experiences, negged me strategically right before he... expected me to give him $10,000+ I couldn't help but nervous-laugh him off t…

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Two Cautionary Tales: Testimonials & Why Entrepreneurs with Trauma NEED Evidence-Based Protocol

Please learn from my mistakes, so you don't make the same ones. In this post, you'll hear two cautionary tales from my mistakes. Both underline the benefit that an entrepreneurial trauma survivor gains from creating evidence-based business protocols. This especially applies to testimonials, referrals, and recommendations.

Understandbly, trauma affects our decision-making skills as business owners. We have more to gain than our trauma-free colleagues from establishing business protocols that are s…

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What's your business coaching philosophy? How did you get started doing this work?

The other day, we took a break to ask our founding director, Emilly Ann Peterson, a couple of questions about her background and philosophy. Her answers were pretty fascinating!

How does your background as a musician make you a better business & career coach for your clients who are trauma survivors?

Great question! In brief, the application of my philosophy is salutogenic, whole-person, and strengths-based. In greater detail, I'll start with some musical background, entrepreneurial beginnings…

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I Kissed Capitalism Goodbye: a Case Study on Commerce—Deconstructing Joshua Harris' Course Launch

"When we know better, we do better." ~ Maya Angelou

If you are Joshua Harris, and all you read is this paragraph, that's understandable. Of course, you may read the full post, but if you leave this page knowing one thing it would be this: You are like so many business owners with religious trauma—you are brave and you are imperfect—you are human. I see so much of my own story in yours. I hope you’ll continue to de-center yourself, listen intently, and learn to apologize sincerely. Please cons…

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There Will Be No Mountain for Mark Driscoll

Many of our clients have their own stories of survival. Decades can pass, but when one of an originating source of trauma pops up in the news or pop culture, this can trigger an upheaval of complicated feelings. It can make the day-to-day of life very challenging—jobs, relationships, and businesses. 

Below is a first-person account of how our founding director, Emily Ann Peterson, reacted when this happened to her.

Unfortunately, Mars Hill was not the only experience that contributed to he…

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How is the Evangelical View of Leisure Harmful to Nature & Women?

Emily Ann Peterson here! At the time of writing this, I'm in grad school getting my Master of Business Administration (expected graduation '22). This post is an adaptation from an Ecofeminism assignment. I found it particularly applicable to the work we do here at Peterson Resilience Consulting and wanted to share.

For those unfamiliar with ecofeminism, it's a pretty vast theory of study and political action and like Evangelicalism, it spans seemingly thousands of opinions and differing applica…

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Can Ecofeminist Theories Influence the Global Economy? 

By comparing and contrasting the GDP, ECI rankings, product differentiation in exports, and anecdotal evidence from Singapore and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we find evidence that economics is an ecofeminist issue and that ecofeminist theory can influence the global economy. We also find that a country's decision-makers have a substantial economic incentive to create ecofeminist-influenced policies, standards, and regulations affecting domestic and foreign business development, trade, …

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Positive & Negative Effects on the Global Music Industry from COVID-19

A Look at Two Segments of the Global Music Industry: Live Concerts & Country Music—It's no surprise that COVID-19 has rocked our world, but it's not been all bad. In this write-up, I outline two areas of the global music industry with altering effects from COVID-19's global pandemic: Live concerts & venues, and the genre of country music.

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