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New Episode: Breaking Barriers

New Episode: Breaking Barriers

With the NFL's First Female Ref and Author of Lady Ref, Shannon Eastin

Ever wondered what it takes to break through barriers and pursue your dreams relentlessly? In our latest episode, we talk to Shannon Eastin, the first woman to officiate in the NFL, and the author of Lady Ref: Making Calls in a Man's World.

Tune in to the full episode to gain valuable insights, practical lessons, and a dose of motivation to pursue your dreams despite the challenges.

A few highlights from Shannon’s Story:

  1. Separating Emotions from the Game: As an official, Shannon discusses the necessity of separating emotions from the game, offering valuable insights on staying focused and calm in high-pressure situations.

  2. Resilience and Overcoming Challenges: Shannon's journey involves setbacks, disappointments, and even a personal assault. Her ability to overcome these challenges is a wonderful reminder that every Uplifter has a deep well of resilience and determination.

  3. Surrounding Yourself with Supportive People: Throughout the conversation, Shannon highlights the impact of mentors, supportive colleagues, and her family in helping her navigate obstacles and achieve her goals.

  4. Value of Communication: Shannon shares her approach to diffusing tense situations through effective communication, a valuable skill applicable beyond the football field.

  5. Dream Big, Work Hard, Trust God: Shannon emphasizes the importance of dreaming big, working hard, and trusting in a higher power, and the significance of faith in her journey.

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Learn more about Shannon:


Instagram: @rileysmilescoopercares

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