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#005: What is Counseling?

In this episode, Victoria will be discussing common questions she gets asked about counseling. Listen more to learn about the benefits of counseling and where to find a counselor!

Here is a summary of the main topics from today’s episode:


Victoria is an associate professional counselor and associate marriage and family therapist in Atlanta, GA.

She answers some important questions that are commonly asked about counseling such as:

  1. What is counseling?
  2. Why do people seek counseling?
  3. What do you do in counseling?
  4. How long will counseling take?
  5. What if my counseling is not going well and I feel like we aren’t getting anywhere?
  6. Where can I seek counseling?

Listen to learn more about these important questions!


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#004: What is Life Coaching?

In this episode, Nikki answers the questions, “What is life coaching?” Nikki is a certified life coach and she shares her journey with you of how she became a life coach, the difference between life coaching and counseling, lays out what it looks like to have a coaching session, and helps to determine if YOU need a life coach.

Host: Nikki Romani

This is episode 4 of The Great Return podcast. Today I, Nikki Romani, will be your host. When I share with people I am a certified life coach many respond with a smile and a nod and say, “Oh that’s so great!” and then their voice because hush and they ask, “What is a life coach?” This has happened countless times, so today I will be answering this question for you. I will also share my strategies in coaching and what it looks like to have a coaching session with me.


First let’s define what life coaching is and includes:

  • dealing with the immediate obstacles that are preventing growth
  • building the vision and plan to tackle a life’s dream and goal.
  • aligning a person’s’ potential with performance
  • A coach sets targets or a plan for each session and may set you additional challenges
  • A coach asks questions to get the client to come up with the answers themselves, because as a client deep down you know what you want, but you may need the correct prompting and guidance to find the answer.

Coaching is not:

  • dealing with any past emotional trauma or turmoil that is preventing the participant from moving forward
  • Counseling or therapy
    • With that many people ask what the difference in coaching and counseling is and I explain it as this: coaching is helping people establish goals and a path to get there while counseling is dealing with past hurts, and pain and walking through that. Victoria explains more about counseling in episode 005.

I share my story of how I heard about life coaching and my journey of becoming one. And what I do now as a coach.

I share what it looks like to have a coaching session with me.

How do you know if you need a coach: ask yourself these questions-

  • Do I feel stuck where I am and I don’t know how to get out?
  • Am I moving to a new city and feel lost and unprepared?
  • Do I feel my life has no direction and I don’t know which steps to take?
  • I hear people talk about goals but I don’t know how to set them for myself. It sounds overwhelming so I don’t make goals.

As the coaching enthusiastic with M2B, I want to share what the coaching aspect will look like moving forward in this space. I am creating a network of coaches throughout the US. I want M2B to be the place you can go to find a coach if you think this is right for you. A coach is a great idea if you resonated with anything I mentioned or need someone like a mentor. M2B is the hub for coaching resources for you as the short term missionary. 

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#003: Who Am I?

In this episode, Nikki, Betsy, and Victoria will be discussing the big question, ‘Who am I?’ If you have returned from a short-term mission trip, this is probably one of the biggest questions that you are wrestling with right now. And if you’re looking for ways to help answer this question, this is the episode for you.

Here is a summary of the main takeaways from today’s episode:


Spiritual Gifts:

  1. What does the Bible say about spiritual gifts?
    1. 1 Corinthians 12
    2. Given from the Holy Spirit
    3. What are your passions and desires?


Mark Batterson Quote: The key is finding the place where gifts and desires overlap. God-given gifts are what we’re best at. God-ordained desires are what we’re most passionate about. And the place where those gifts and desires overlap is the sweet spot.



  1. The Parable of the Talents
    1. Given according to ability
    2. How are you using your talents?


Tips for Identifying your own Gifts and Talents:

  • Pray, brainstorm and write down any that come to mind
  • Ask friends or family what they think
  • Ask yourself, what brings me great joy?


If you want to dive deeper into this topic, we have something really special for you. The M2B team has created a training on identifying and using your spiritual gifts and talents. Learn more at m2bministries.org/who-am-i


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#002: How to Overcome Re-entry

In Episode 2 of the Great Return you will hear from three members of the M2B Ministries team, Nikki, Betsy, and Victoria.  They will be sharing some practical tips, strategies, and their own personal experiences and stories for successfully navigating re-entry. Whether you are preparing to return home, have just returned, or have been home for a year or more, you’ll find tangible ideas to help you wherever you are in your re-entry journey. This is also a great episode if you are a parent, friend, or family member of a returning or returned short-term missionary.

Here is a summary of the main takeaways from today’s episode:


Betsy’s Tips:

  1. Create routines + structure in your life
  2. Maintain meaningful and life giving relationships with teammates or friends you served with overseas. Encourage each other and hold one another accountable
  3. Find a way to serve others
  4. Gratitude: hot showers


Victoria’s Tips:

  1. Listen to the Lord’s prompting
  2. Slow down, patience
  3. Grace, yourself and others
  4. Find a routine


Nikki’s Tips:

  1. Rest
  2. Nutrition, sleep, drink water!
  3. Journal
  4. Make 3 month goals for yourself
  5. Where to live, what city
  6. Finding a job
  7. Use your resources
  8. Take action
  9. Spend quality time with Jesus


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#001: What is the Great Return?

In Episode 1 of the Great Return Podcast you will hear from 3 former World Racers and current members of the M2B Ministries team. You will learn more about who they are, what they do, what led them to M2B and finally, why they are so passionate about re-entry and helping short-term missionaries.

Here is a summary of the main takeaways from today’s episode:


What is The Great Return Podcast?

  • A guide for navigating life after The World Race or post short-term missions.
  • What is M2B?
    • M2B is a ministry designed to equip and empower returning missionaries during their transition home.
  • What do we do?
    • Provide resources for STM and their friends and family to all thrive during re-entry.
    • Supportive programs to equip not only the missionary, but their support team on how to receive their missionary well during return.
    • Partner with AIM and have plans to partner with other STM orgs and churches to help est. successful re-entry plans.


Why is M2B ministries starting this podcast?

  • We love podcasts and a great way to share content, interviews and guidance for those in re-entry.
  • What do we mean by re-entry? Many of you have gone on a short term missions trip for maybe a week or up to a year, like the World Race
  • On these trips, you experienced things that no one else understands that have changed you and yet you’re unsure how to implement it. It can be completely confusing and debilitating. You’ve experience a shift in who you are and how God sees you but the biggest question you have is what’s next? What steps do I take?
  • Returning home after serving abroad can feel lonely and overwhelming. Maybe you lack community or have community but in reality you’re not sure who to talk to and how to talk to them.
  • Perhaps you returned home 2 or more years ago and yet you’re still struggling and facing a new transition.
  • We are always facing transitions in life and I believe that God doesn’t want to take you out of it but redeem you in it.
  • Our heart is to provide that guidance and hope while your navigating re-entry. We want to journey together.


What can you expect as the listener?

  • Weekly episodes every Thursday
  • 3 of us on the M2B team
  • Mix of solo shows, interviews, etc.


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