Living Full Out though Resilience
In the world of motivational television, Living Full Out makes itself recognized primarily through a combination of solid core principles and a deeply intuitive host. Nancy Solari, founder of Living Full Out the company and renowned motivational speaker, has taken the many challenges she has faced throughout her life and decided to use them to assist other people. Despite her legal blindness, Nancy has not let it blur her vision of the future. As she makes the transition from a weekly radio program to a full-televised broadcast, Nancy works to draw people in through her personal perspective and the insight she offers to those she encounters.
Beginning the program is a fifteen-minute open question period, where Nancy and her co-host Anna receive and discuss questions and concerns from the Living Full Out audience. The two callers showcased in this segment were Lillith and Matt, each with greatly differing issues. Lillith wanted assistance in “opening [herself] up” to romance, having lived as a single mother for many years, while Matt was looking for advice on how to manage his time, money, and work while also exploring new opportunities. With both of them, Nancy was able to gently talk them through to her major conclusions; that Lillith needed to take more opportunities to be social and within the world, while Matt needed to work and plan a more clearly defined path to his preferred lifestyle. Through thoughtful questions and piercing comments, Nancy masterfully and insightfully convinced them of the validity of her ideas, setting them onto the path to fulfill their goals.
Following the open question segment was Nancy’s discussion with her motivational guest, Eric McElvenny. Eric, a soldier who lost his right leg while fighting in Afghanistan, achieved acclaim by competing in several Ironman Triathlons following his recovery, an astounding feat even for someone with all their limbs. After a brief video explaining the basics of Eric’s story, Nancy spoke to him one-on-one in order to fully bring his perspective to the viewers. During this discussion, Eric brought up several poignant moments that stood out for him over the course of his recovery. One of the most powerful of these was the reaction of his young daughter when she heard about the injury, a reaction that provided a sense of positivity and innocence than Eric sorely needed. Rather than focus on the negative, she chose instead to focus on the positive, realizing that he would be home for Christmas that year. This childish optimism served to reinvigorate Eric, as did the realization that the injury had not remotely changed how his daughter viewed him. Following these moments, Nancy brought the conversation to his athletic achievements, asking him to share his inspiration for competing in the Ironman Triathlons. When Eric talked about how his commanding officer asked him when he would be running his first marathon, he developed a message of strength and perseverance that matched perfectly with Nancy’s personal goals, enriching both her and the Living Full Out audience.
Following Eric was a celebrity guest, Kristen Renton of Days of Our Lives and Sons of Anarchy fame. Kristen was appearing on the show as a representative of Lupus LA, the most prominent Lupus-based organization on the West Coast. Lupus, for those who do not already know, is a currently incurable autoimmune disease characterized by the body’s immune system attacking normal tissue, causing a variety of external and internal problems. While Kristen does not have Lupus herself, she does have an autoimmune disease, which has characteristics of Lupus, specifically known as MCTD, a fact she revealed following a brief discussion on the nature of dealing with fame. From there, the conversation transitioned into a discussion of the trials of living with a disease that can have no physical signs, an experience that Nancy is quite familiar with due to her legal blindness. Kristen shared stories both of her own experiences and the experiences of others, including that of a fellow member who, after contracting Lupus, spent a long period of time being constantly told that she had nothing to worry about and that her symptoms were entirely in her head, a story that she herself shared. By discussing the implications of having a non-visible disease as well as the massive amounts of success that Lupus LA has achieved, Nancy and Kristen brought further awareness to a disease that needs the attention.
Finally, there was the Coaching Session, where Nancy assisted in helping a guest through his or her problems. The guest in this episode was Lucas Moen, a man who was afflicted by an unknown disease following a trip to South America four years previously. While the physical symptoms of the disease have since become less prominent, the mental aspects remain an issue, affecting Lucas’s sentence construction and short-term memory. The continuing presence of the disease, along with the inability of doctors to diagnose it, have left Lucas upset, frustrated, and in need of assistance. Nancy, after hearing Lucas state that the memory loss made communication and maintaining relationships difficult, began exhorting him to put himself back into the social world in order to rebuild relationships. While she understood that such things were difficult for him, she also did not want him to become completely isolated, using his memory issues as an excuse to withdraw from the world. She finished the session with a fervent appeal that Lucas allow his true self to shine through despite his difficulties, ending the show with an uplifting message.
As a television program, Living Full Out meets and exceeds expectations thanks primarily to Nancy Solari’s energetic attitude and effective advice. From her insightful discussions with Eric McElvenny and Kristen Renton to her work in helping Lucas Moen through his problems, Nancy demonstrates a keen insight and an empathic spirit, both of which serve her well throughout the show. As the episodes continue to be made, one can guarantee that people will continue to watch in order to learn how best they can start living life full out.