Welcome to my new website!
Sept. 15, 2022

Stories That Inspire Us / The Author Series with Rita Desnoyers-Garcia - 09.15.22

Stories That Inspire Us / The Author Series with Rita Desnoyers-Garcia - 09.15.22

Stories That Inspire Us / The Author Series, welcomed to today’s podcast, Thursday, September 15, 2022, Rita Desnoyers-Garcia.  Rita has been helping people reach their true potential for over 30 years. She has a BA in Psychology from College of the Holy Cross and an MSSW from Columbia University. After a long career as a social worker in New York City, and while raising her family, she had a spiritual transformation.

She is now a spiritual teacher, speaker, life coach, and author, comedian and musician. She is the author of  3 books: Extraordinary Abundance, Outside of the Box Love Experiments, and The Self-Compassion Project and the creator of The Forest Meditations.

Rita, through her education and professional experience, has just that experience and more; however she found herself not being too kind with herself.  It wasn’t until Rita gave her work schedule for the day to her au pair and her au pair said “where is your lunch time”?   It was at that moment, Rita realized something major.

Rita has always been the type of hard-working person, a woman who is dedicated to what she does at full steam ahead; devoted to her husband and her (3) children and to her work.  She thought in some respects that she was a terrible person for not doing “something” more.  She paused for reflection. a moment and decided she would hire a coach.

In Rita’s first conversation with her coach, the coach pointed out to Rita “when are you going to be gentle and kind to yourself?”  Rita shared her raw and vulnerable emotions; she cried and realized in that moment that she was not a terrible person.  This led her to so many different things and eventually she wrote the book:  The Self-Compassion Project (along with (2) other books listed above.)

We all need a break, we all need to be more gentle and kind with ourselves and of course becoming emotionally stronger and more effective and happier is a bonus.  For most of us, this will continue to be a work-in progress, a day-to-day project.

To connect with Rita further, please check out her website and various social media platforms:






Let me know what you thought of today’s episode.  Also, do you have a story you want to share?  Have you written a book and want to share it on my podcast?  If you are interested in sharing your story, please go to my website and “register as a guest”.


Thank you Rita!  Self-Compassion may always be a work-in-progress but what a way to learn “How to become emotionally stronger, more effective and happier by giving yourself a break! - Truly we all need a little more self-compassion as these are the Stories That Inspires Us!!

--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/janis-melillo7/message