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Stories That Inspire Us / The Author Series with Doreen Padilla - 05.19.23

Stories That Inspire Us / The Author Series, welcomed to today’s podcast, Friday, May 19, 2023, Doreen Padilla. Doreen is a Speaker and Author and the owner of Barking Beagle Books. She authored her first book, "Outsiders: A Journey to Belonging" which is the true story of a dreamer's long and arduous journey home. Her work as an author has helped tell the stories of dreamers in America.

Part memoir, Doreen’s story of feeling as an outsider is not only her story, but the story of her husband, Saul. Through the mystical stages of life as teenagers, to young adulthood and beyond, to where they are today, their story of diversity and the struggles they went through, they no longer feel as though they have to hide behind their masks.

Doreen was a young, struggling, single mother when she decided to pivot and create a better future for herself and her daughter. She went on to be the first in her family to graduate from college and to earn a graduate degree.

As with any story, there are often twists and turns along the way. As Doreen shared today, she was inspired when she was an audience member listening to a speaker’s story. What Doreen took away from that speaker is two fold: there are often those stories where one’s biggest weakness later in life is embraced in such a way to their advantage - inspiring others!

This is one of those occasions when the true story of a dreamer's long and arduous journey home was meant to be shared. As Doreen and Saul have found through their stories, “you just never know”!

To connect with Doreen 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? Your story will inspire others as Doreen’s has! If you are interested in sharing your story, please go to my website and “register as a guest”.


Thank you Doreen - “Truly” these are the Stories That Inspire Us!!