Silver Lining radio host boasts positive affirmation

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Maria Walden Sullivan host of Silver Lining radio show host.
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From left to right, Jesse Till, Maria Walden Sullivan and Jennifer Kramer.
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Maria Walden Sullivan hosts “Silver Lining” radio show daily on the United Intentions Network.
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I have had some unique experiences of my own, of which I know firsthand, how it feels to have loss or misfortune.”

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Silver Lining radio show host Maria Walden Sullivan lives by the three words: believe, inspire and hilarious, along with the power of positive thinking and prayer. That mindset translates to her work.

The seven-month-old show on the United Intentions Network was inspired by the positive affirmations she would post on social media that received strong feedback, including from her future boss.

Founder of United Intentions Tim Ray reached out to Sullivan after seeing some of her online posts. The two paired up and decided to create a show.

“On the show, I interview and talk to people who have experienced a significant tragedy and that they have found the silver lining in it along the way or after the experience,” Sullivan said. “These are people who made lemonade out of lemons, and we highlight these people and share their stories with the hope to inspire someone else.”

The show is growing in popularity. It airs the last Monday of each month and will soon be on twice a month and on FM radio soon.

Each month brings a different theme. Some notable interviews include Don Miguel Ruiz, the author of the book, “The Four Agreements,” Sam Bracken, the author of “My Orange Duffle Bag” and Mary Frances Bowley, founder and executive director of Wellspring Living, an organization fighting childhood sexual abuse and exploitation.

The conversational tone of the show allows guests to talk about their experiences while Sullivan asks detailed questions. Then it lightens up, transitioning to a description of how they were able to turn the situation around.
Sometimes, Sullivan draws from her life for inspiration.

Her life has been filled with positive moments from the time she started volunteering at age 10 from nursing homes to bingo halls delivering doughnuts and coffee.

As an adult, she worked as a facilitator and national motivational speaker to corporations and inner city youth. She later opened charity consignment stores, Vintage and Vogue and I Do and I’m Done bridal boutiques, in Roswell.
Most recently, she featured her son on the show.

“I have had some unique experiences of my own, of which I know firsthand, how it feels to have loss or misfortune,” Sullivan said. “Recently, I asked my son to be a guest to discuss living and growing up in a single-parent home. I had been a single parent for the majority of his life.”

Instances like this help her show feel genuine to listeners and give guests a chance to share their experience making lemonade from moldy lemons.

“Anyone who can create this type of product in their lemonade stand is a success and I would love to interview,” she said. “My favorite thing overall is that I get to help share stories and be the conduit to opportunities for others to listen and hopefully be inspired in making a difference in their own lives.  There is so much negativity in this world, and it’s been great to provide a platform for something positive.”

This summer, Sullivan is working with Aurora Day Camp in Dunwoody to help children with cancer. She took the post after her granddaughter was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis. The program is for children ages 3 1/2 to 16-years-old and their siblings. It’s free to attend.

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