Frankie Picasso with The Good Radio Network joins Super Power Experts Founder Tonya Dawn Recla to talk transformation, stepping up, and being committed to change the world! Listen in as these two powerhouses combine in a unique conversation about taking ownership of your choices and your life.
Hello everyone. This is Tonya Dawn Recla, your Super Power expert. Today, I am so excited to have with us just a delightful woman, and her story’s fantastic. So, Frankie Picasso comes to us from all kinds of fun stuff, but The Good Radio Network, which if you’ve spent any time with us here at Super Power Experts, we’re all in favor of raising the vibration of the world and changing things. So, anything that has good, radio and network together has to be something powerful, and she is. She really brings into this kind of trials and tribulations and then, how to overcome those, from a life-changing motorcycle accident, six months in the hospital. That perseverance thing that we see in a lot of our guests here, and then, the transformation, and how the world gets impacted from that space.
Today’s show is all about committed to change the world, and Frankie Picasso embodies that completely. So, please join me in welcoming her to the show. Welcome, Frankie. Thanks for joining us.
Thanks Tonya. I appreciate it. So happy to be here.
We’re so glad to have you. We’d like to start off and just ask, what are your super powers?
I just love that question. Oh my gosh, where do I start? I have a few. I think my first super power is being unstoppable. It happened to me when I was in the hospital. It showed up there, and it really is a commitment to finding my way through every obstacle that I meet. So, if I can’t go over it, I go under it or through it. I think that is in one power.
I just saw, wasn’t there a game, or something, when we were all kids, like you can’t go around or you can’t go through. I just saw somebody standing there, like this obstacle, and you’re like darting around, trying to go over and under. That’s beautiful.
The second is change. As a changemaker, I really help people to learn not to fear change. I wrote a book about it, a prescription for change in their lives, and I think it’s a big one, because I require change. Every couple years, I have to change what I’m doing, or at least add to what I’m doing. To that toolbox. I love the idea of change, and I like to inspire the love of change in others.
I would say another super power I have is animal communication. I am a precog, and clairaudient, and I do communicate with animals. I’ve taken many courses in intuition and in development in animal communication, and I just love it, ’cause I love animals so much.
All so fascinating. How did that come about to where you started to really own that, and acknowledge it?
You know what? Animals come up to me all the time. People come up to me all the time, too, and that’s probably where I became a coach, from that, because I would sit down, and within a minute, somebody would meet me and then tell me their life story. I’m like, “Oh. Okay.” It just snowballed. I’m like, “Why are all these people telling me their life stories?” I guess it’s an energy that I have. It’s the same with animals. They come up to me and they just stare at me, and I’m like, “Oh. Okay. You want that? Okay.” It’s just kind of like a knowing. It’s just them knowing.
So, I thought, “Okay. I’m going to take some classes in this.” I went to one of the best, Margaret Williams, and I took a number of courses with her, and I took a number of courses with other psychics. Just tried to develop that intuition inside me, and opened it up a bit more so that I could hear. Again, I’ve always had that. I’ve had that my whole life, but I was really became more open after the accident, where I went through what that’s referred to as the dark night of the soul. After losing everything that I thought was me, I had to figure out who I was, again.
All of these gifts opened up even more. I just went with it. I’ve always trusted my gut, and I’ve always told people to learn to trust their gut. There’s exercises that you can do to do that. I’ve always gone with my instincts, and when I don’t, you know that first thought when I don’t do it? “It’s always the right one.” Always, always, always. And you can always test it. So, I’ve learned no, you just go with that one.
It was like that with animals. Yeah.
I really give you a lot of credit for hearing that because I know a lot of people we talk to in our network kind of get that hint, or they think they talk to dead people or you know, talk to God, or have angels appearing, or entities or whatever the case may be. It’s easy, given our society, to think that there’s something wrong with you, and that you’re crazy, and all these other things. So, anytime people step fully in and say, “You know what? I’m gonna see what this is.”
I love the fact that you got such clarity following such a life-changing situation. Can you tell us a little more about what happened in the accident, and I’m sure you’ve done the retrospection, but why you chose to come out of it and take the good out of it, and really grow from that space, as opposed to letting it consume you?
Getting the motorcycle was my midlife crisis, or what I call midlife transformation, or metamorphosis. I was 46. I went and bought myself a motorcycle. I always wanted a motorcycle. Took the classes. Did all the right things. Belonged to three motorcycle clubs, and that night, I was leading the ride. We were in the countryside, on a highway, a country highway, and there was no intersection marked, but a car ran a stop sign and t-boned me. I went flying, and ended up on the side of the road with two broken femurs, broken pelvis, hip, and numerous other injuries. I had an open fracture, so I was bleeding out. I didn’t know it, but I was bleeding out.
The ambulance took forever to come. Fire truck came first and they were like, “No. We can’t touch this.” The police came. There was a police woman. She was a rider, as well. She held my hand, and said, “I’ll just hold your hand.” I’m like, “My kids. My kids.” I was going through … I had just legally separated from my husband, but my children were my main concern. Of course, as a mom, you want to make sure your kids are okay. I think, “I have to hold on for my kids. They would be devastated if I left right now.” It would have been easy. So much pain. I never had experienced so much pain in my life.
Finally, the ambulance came and they took me to two hospitals. The first hospital was to stabilize me, and the second one was to do the surgeries. It ended up I was there for six months. Lots of not so good things happen in the hospital, and good things happen, but I did do a real amazing spiritual journey.
One of the first incredible ones was I was starting to read a lot of books, spiritual books, and a nurse came in one night and she was a big fan of Yogananda. She said, “You know, I’m going to see the Dalai Lama tomorrow night.” She had concert tickets, or whatever.
I’m like, “That’s fantastic. Enjoy that.”
She came back the next evening with a bracelet. She said, “The Dalai Lama wanted me to give you this.” I’m like, “You gotta be kidding me.” She goes, “No. He wanted me to give you this.”
I put it on, and probably two days later, I see a Buddhist monk walking down the hall. I’m like, “Wait a minute. I got a question for you.”
It was just crazy. When I needed the teacher, they were there.
I love those stories. Not only that, but you received. I think that’s a big part of it, is that we stop ourselves because it’s like we gotta question it. It’s always fear-based when we go into those spaces. For you to be in the hospital, going through what you were going through and being open to that, I think is really telling of your character, and what was to come next.
I never question the accident. I never go, “Oh, why God? Why did you do this to me?” Because, before the accident, I had really been feeling, “I know you’re trying to tell me something. I don’t know what you want.”
I went to a number of people, a channeler, different people, and I’m like, “What does the universe want? What is it? What do they want from me? What aren’t I doing?” I was just too busy, too crazy to hear it. I had a wonderful job that I loved. My title was Special Advisor for Spirit, believe it or not, and I worked for provincial government. It was so highly unusual and so entrepreneurial for that kind of dead kind of space, where the joy doesn’t usually live in the government halls, but it was really amazing. My job was to create programs and initiatives that the 60,000 public servants would help improve their mood, help improve the way they thought about their employer, and be happier at work, and all those kinds of things. It was a lot of fun, and challenging and creative job, but as I sat in that hospital, a new government came in and we were reorged out, and I found myself without a job.
Wow. I love that you just brushed over that piece of it. Oh yeah. The words government and spirit don’t really go together often, so I love that you would, of course, you would have this miraculous, hybrid model kind of concept going on. And, I love the honesty around, you knew. You were hearing the messages.
I remember during one of my biggest transformations, I was in the army and they were medboarding me. I was really, really sick and we couldn’t figure out why, but I kept resisting that process. I remember going to the chaplain and saying, “Hey. You gotta give me something, here. This is not going well,” and expecting him to tell me how to get through this so I could stay in the army, and everything else.
He looked at me and goes, “You know, God whispers to some people. Other people, he knocks upside the head with a two by four.”
I was like, “What?”
He’s like, “Leave. Go do something else.”
I was like, “What? Aren’t you supposed to be encouraging me to stay in?” This is unheard of. Chaplains don’t say this. But, it was so beautiful, much like your experience with the bracelet and the Dalai Lama, and all these real, synchronistic events that occurred, it was like the message was clear. I think, sometimes, it-
You’re so right, Tonya. You’re so right, because I wrote in my book, I said, “I didn’t get hit by a two by four. I got hit by a tree trunk.”
The universe will do that to you. I’m sure, now that you’ve interviewed so many people, that the same stories emerge of trauma. Trauma wakes people up. Trauma is the event, let’s say, that takes you out of your socialized self, really, and takes you into this new consciousness. So many people that I’ve interviewed have started with an event. A sickness, an illness, a trauma, a car crash, whatever it is, because that stops what you’re doing. It gives you time to just rest for a moment, and hear.
Yep. I think that’s a great way to explain it, even though, a lot of times we want to look at it as this horrible occurrence and this tragedy, and everything else. I would say that is the make-it or break-it. I can tell you what someone’s gonna do in the world by virtue of how they respond to that trauma. What they choose to do with it afterwards.
That’s a big part of the reason why I love your show. You have set the stage for all this, already. You’d been picking up all the pieces and everything else prior to the trauma, so then it was just a matter of piecing it together and being brave. Really being brave enough to say, “I don’t know what this is going to look like. For sure, it’s going to be different, but maybe that’s okay.”
Universe doesn’t leave you helpless, though. I was working out like a maniac. I had just made the Canadian National Dragon Boat team. We were gonna go to Shanghai eight days before my accident happened. Or, eight days after the accident happened. I had been working out crazy on my triceps. I’m like, “Why am I working on these triceps so much?” I don’t know why. Anyway, without having two legs, you have to hold yourself up by your arms. Everywhere you go. Transfer from a bed to a wheelchair. Transfer from a wheelchair to a bath. All that. They’re like, “We’ve never seen women be able to do that before.” I’m like, “Oh, that’s because I worked out so much.”
You’re like, “Well, it just so happens …” Oh, very cool.
Well, you’ve been listening to the Super Power Podcast with Frankie Picasso, talking about committed to change the world. We’re gonna take a quick break, and when we come back, we’re gonna talk about some of the tips, and tricks, and techniques that you can implement right now in your existence that will help you persevere some of these experiences a little bit more, and develop that determination to push through. So, stay tuned. We’ll be right back.
Awesome. Thank you so much for staying with us. This is the Super Power Podcast, and we’ve been talking with Frankie Picasso. Committed to change the world. I think that that is an absolute perfect encapsulation of this woman.
So, Frankie, what advice do you have for people? I know we’ve talked a little bit about, actually we talked the whole show about that kind of perseverance, and determination, and perspective, and all that good stuff. What can people do if they know they’re in a rut and want to embrace that kind of perseverance? What can they do right now to make some of those changes?
Absolutely, read, listen, find out everything you can about people, and model behavior. I think modeling good behavior is a wonderful way to get out of a rut. Also, help other people. When you’re helping other people, you’re not thinking about yourself. Mother Teresa said, “You can’t walk fast and be depressed.” I agree. When you are busy doing something for other people, you’re not concentrating on what’s happening with you. Even-
That’s so perfect. That’s so perfect. We talk a lot here at Super Power Experts about the idea that a lot of people stop in the personal power journey right before it gets really, really good. The reason why they stop is because we’re all so indoctrinated with this kind of hero’s journey. Climbing our own mountain, and all this other stuff, and there’s so many people that are sitting right at that precipice, and often times, the information that comes through for them is, “Stop making it about you. Stop. Go do something else. Commit to being of service. Commit to doing good things in the world. Commit to helping other people,” and that actually solidifies all of the growth.
It’s like everybody’s waiting for this magical moment for the gates of Heaven to open up, and like, “Ahhhh. You are anointed, now you’re ready.” Like, you’re never ready. Go do good things anyway. Go help anyway.
That’s it, exactly. Don’t think you’re not good enough. I’ll tell you a quick story if I can, if we have time.
When I started The Good Radio, I had been doing my show, Mission Unstoppable, and about seven other shows for, like, seven years. I took two years off. I didn’t think it would be two years, but I took almost two years off. I said, “I don’t want to do this. It’s not fulfilling anymore. What can I do? What should I do?” In the meantime, I’m a coach, and hypnotherapist. I do other things, but radio is my baby. I love it.
I go, “Okay, universe. Tell me what it is I’m supposed to be doing. Just give me an idea. Give me a kernel. Give me something. Please.”
I sat through every day, and I meditated a little bit, and finally, “Ahhhh.” The heavens did open up for me, and they said, “Okay, Frankie.” People had been saying to me, Tonya, “What am I supposed to do? Who am I? I’m just one person. How can I change the world?”
I’m so sorry.
So I said, “Okay. That’s your idea?” I said, “Go out and find people that are changing the world.” That’s what I did.
I’m so sorry. I can’t turn this off. It won’t go off.
No apologies. This is life. This is getting the information out, no matter what. That’s determination.
So, I said, “I can do that.” I started a radio show called, I Change the World. I went looking for people, big and small changes, who were changing the world, one person at a time. I said, “Here’s somebody that you can model. Here’s somebody that, either you can join them,” because obviously, we’re gonna use the help, “or you can start your own, but this is how they did it.”
Then, I thought, “That’s not enough. I’m gonna start The Good Radio Network. I’m gonna go back to my Mission Unstoppable show. I’m going to take talk radio to a new level. It’s gonna be socially conscious radio that actually does a world of good. We’re not just gonna talk about doing good things. We are going to do good things. We are going to give money, make relationships, support people when they need it, help them out, here, there, whatever.” That’s what I started to do. I love it.
Beautiful. You know what I love so much about the work that we all do is that we all heard the same calling. It was just how we chose to adapt it is so unique unto who we are. You know, what I did with that calling was, with my husband’s help, created a Super Power NET, and that’s the network of people that do exactly what you’re talking about. They are the change agents. They are out doing things, but they need support. I contend that you can’t truly change the world and hone your super powers and everything else if you’re not willing to work with other people. If you’re not willing to allow people to support you. If you can’t grow transparently in the presence of others, and all of that good stuff. There is this point that we get to, where, we’re not gonna be able to do it on our own.
So, I love that you did that in radio, similar to what we did with the podcast, but I didn’t see it that way. We had the network, and then we had the podcast that really generates the content around it, but I like that you tied it all together. It’s beautiful.
Thank you. Sorry, there was a … I can’t believe this is happening today. It was dead. It was crawling on me, too. Oh my gosh.
The other thing that you can do is if you have a challenge, use it. I’m an artist. I paint. I paint for social impact, so that means that when I get a custom order, especially an animal, somebody’s animal that they want me to paint, I use the money that I get, and I pay for cleft palate surgery for children. Or, I pay for VVF surgery. Or, I give it to the Donkey Sanctuary. Or, I give it to the Lions Tigers and Bears. Whoever needs it that week. Whatever’s coming to me, that’s who gets that gift, and that’s important. You can use all the things, all your skills. Do Habitat for Humanity if you know how to build. Teach people how to do it. Give people skills that you have and allow them to show up in the world, too.
I love that. I remember … our daughter is seven. She’s the host of one of our shows, Super Power Kids, but she started in the business arena around two, but around, I don’t know, she was four or five when she came to us and said that she wanted to help soldiers. She had seen her dad and I at different veterans tributes and stuff, and she was really moved by it. At that time, she had just started drawing a lot of pictures, so she wanted to give people pictures, and give them to soldiers and let them know that she appreciated them. It was so beautiful to watch exactly what you’re talking about, that kind of transformation, and she was insistent that they shouldn’t have to pay for those pictures. She wanted to gift them with them.
It was a great opportunity, because we talked about, “Well, how is the business gonna make money?”
She goes, “Well, I don’t want the business to make money.”
I said, “Okay, cool. Well, how are you going to get paper to do the pictures?”
She’s like, “I have paper.”
I was like, “That’s my paper. How is your business gonna have paper?”
It really required her to go, okay, and she stood her ground and said, “Okay. No way, no how are the soldiers gonna pay for their pictures, so how can I go about this?” Not, “Oh, well I guess I can’t do that.” It was so awesome to watch her go through that process, and I kept pushing just to see how she would respond. But, she figured it out. She started with a buy one-
Yeah, exactly. A buy one, get one program, and now she does corporate sponsorship with it, and her venture’s called Spreading Light, Love and Pixie Dust, and it’s been going on for about three years.
I love that.
No matter what other business ventures she took on, that’s been consistent. So, I love what you’re talking about. It’s that creative expression. She loves touching people. She handed out about a thousand pictures on last Veteran’s Day. They were all sponsored by companies, and the company got to put their logo on ’em, but she did that because it was important to her. For all the reasons that you’re talking about, it allowed that creative expression to come through, and provided so much in the process. So, I think it’s a really great testament, to those of you listening, to what Frankie’s talking about. It’s not hard. She was four when she started this.
Do something. Stop waiting for that perfect moment, or for all the stars to align, or whatever it is.
If you do that, you’ll never start.
You’re never ready. Never.
No. No. It’s just like people say, “I’m gonna wait until everything’s ready, and we’ll have a kid. We’ll have a child.” There’s never enough money in the world for having a child. Or for anything. But, you do it, and you get through it.
We all do it. Then, like, your kids invite somebody to dinner. “Oh, but we don’t have enough food.” Yeah, you got enough food. Somebody eats a little less.
You know? There’s always enough.
That’s right. You’re not gonna die.
I love that. I love everything that we’re talking about. I love you. I love so much about it. It’s beautiful.
I know we have folks that are gonna want to know more about you. Where can we send them?
Please send them to thegoodradionetwork.com. They can reach out to me there. Or, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Unstoppable Frankie Picasso on Facebook. Happy to hear from you anywhere you want to meet me.
I love the concept of unstoppable. It’s very, very, very cool. I would say that you have absolute proven that you are committed to change the world, and I appreciate everything that you are doing in the world, and I honor that in you.
Ditto to you, Tonya. This is an amazing show. Love it. Absolutely love what you’re doing, and helping so many people. Opening their hearts and minds to being light workers, or just being intuitive, or finding out more about what other people are doing, so that they, too, can open up their gifts and look forward to doing that. Especially that message is so important. Don’t wait. Don’t wait. There’s never gonna be a right time. Ever. You just have to jump in. Jump in. There’s no trying. In my chapter, trying is lying. It’s true.
I love it.
You dip a toe in the water, you take it out. You go, “Eh.” That’s not being committed. You want to do something, you have to commit. When you commit, it’s a vow, like getting married. You have to actually do it. You have to say, “I do.” Trying is lying. Doing is doing. If you want to try to drop your pencil on the floor, go ahead. Did it drop on the floor? Then, you did it. You didn’t try.
I love it. Such sound, sound advice. We always think it’s so scary. It’s like this huge, gaping chasm when it’s in front of you, and as soon as you step over, you look back and realize it’s just a little crack. The perspective’s always different on the other side of it.
Chinese have two characters for change: danger, and opportunity. The danger’s the scary part, but the opportunity lives outside your comfort zone, too. So, if you ever want to do anything, you have to go into that no man’s land. You have to go there. Nine times out of ten, you’re gonna find, “Oh. I was scared for nothing.” Yeah, no big deal.
But, it’s only after you take this step.
Yes. You have to do it.
Otherwise, it’s always gonna be scary. It gets easier, folks. It really does.
Very cool. Well, Frankie, thank you so much. You’re such a bright light in the world and we appreciate you shining a little bit of that, here, at Super Power Up.
I love this show. Thank you.
Aww, thank you. To all of you, out there, as always, we appreciate your loyalty. Until next time, go out, uncover your super powers, and change the world. Take care everyone.