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Calming the Chaos

Calming the Chaos is a podcast by Licensed Mental Health Counselor Tracy Kenela. She uses profound and often humorous stories from her own life to illustrate how chaos can show up, and how emotional it can be! Anxiety, depression, fear, worry, shame and overwhelm can be managed using a variety of simple tools, skills and techniques. Tracy uses her experience as a counselor and her own personal work to provide you with hope…as well as some simple coping techniques, support and encouragement... that will help you move toward a more peaceful and enjoyable life.

May 23, 2021

The Chaos of 38DDD – Podcast Interview with Michaela Cox

Calming the Chaos welcomes Author Michaela Cox to a Live Podcast Interview on YouTube. Michaela shares her interesting and chaotic journey through life. She refers to her journey as “My 38DDD,” which includes three main aspects: Disability, Divorce and Death by 38 years of age.  


In addition to her story, Michaela shares a formula she has developed that has helped her in her chaotic journey through the Triple Ds.  Michaela also introduces her upcoming book on her life story, called “Now I See.” Michaela and Tracy will also be answering questions from the live chat!


The goal: To share Michaela’s story, and a message that encourages people to develop resilience through chaotic life experiences.

  1. Michaela introduces herself (who she is and what she is doing personally and professionally)
    1. The chaos of the First D: Disability of lifelong legal blindness
  2. Interview with Michaela: “The Chaos of the 38DDD”
  1. Michaela’s Story
  2. Helpful ways of coping with the chaos of legal blindness
    1. Say “no” to what isn’t working
    2. Explore other options
    3. Access resources
    4. Family support


  1. The chaos of the Second D: Divorce at age 26  
  1. Michaela’s Story
  2. Helpful ways of coping with the chaos of divorce
    1. Express your needs in the relationship
    2. Boundaries: what am I willing to tolerate?
    3. Counseling, expressing, spiritual consultations
    4. Doing everything you can
    5. Knowing when to let go


  1. The chaos of the Third D: Death of a beloved Husband at age 38  
  1. Michaela’s Story
  2. Helpful ways of coping with the chaos of sudden death of a loved one
    1. This was the most difficult
    2. All other experiences helped Michaela cope with this one
    3. Resources, accessing help
    4. Spirituality and purpose
  1. The four-step method for managing chaos:
    1. Life is a choice
    2. Mind over matter – mindset is key
    3. Self-care
    4. Getting resources


  1. Talk about your books, including your upcoming book / autobiography “Now I See.”
  2. Michaela’s Website link: