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We Can Do Hard Things

Life is freaking hard. We are all doing hard things every single day – things like loving and losing; caring for children and parents; forging and ending friendships; battling addiction, illness, and loneliness; struggling in our jobs, our marriages, and our divorces; setting boundaries; and fighting for equality, purpose, freedom, joy, and peace.
On We Can Do Hard Things, Glennon Doyle, author of UNTAMED; her wife Abby Wambach; and her sister Amanda Doyle do the only thing they’ve found that has ever made life easier: Drop the fake and talk honestly about the hard things including sex, gender, parenting, blended families, bodies, anxiety, addiction, justice, boundaries, fun, quitting, overwhelm . . . all of it.
We laugh and cry and help each other carry the hard so we can all live a little bit lighter and braver, free-er, less alone.

Amanda’s Diagnosis & What’s Next (Pt. 2)

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  • 170 views
  • 28 days ago
  • 51:35

310. Amanda’s Diagnosis & What’s Next (Pt. 2)  In Part 2, Amanda shares more from the messy middle of her breast cancer diagnosis. She talks candidly about her hopes, fears, and what she has realized really matters.  To listen to the first part of our conversation with Amanda, click here: Amanda’s Diagnosis and What’s Next (Pt. 1) To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Amanda’s Diagnosis and What’s Next (Pt. 1)

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  • 150 views
  • 30 days ago
  • 55:44

309. Amanda’s Diagnosis and What’s Next (Pt. 1)  Amanda shares the news about her health and what’s next for her healing. Amanda, Glennon, and Abby go into the tactical, philosophical and emotional aspects of this diagnosis and all share how they’re feeling about it and working through it at this moment. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Brittney Griner On Coming Home & Recovering From Trauma

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  • 120 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 48:58

308. Brittney Griner On Coming Home & Recovering From Trauma  Glennon and Abby talk with athlete, humanitarian, activist–and one of the bravest people they’ve met–Brittney Griner. Brittney discusses her harrowing experience in the Russian prison system, as well as her basketball career, recovering from trauma, and her excitement over becoming a parent.  Discover:  -Why she went to Russia in the first place – and the gender pay gap in women’s sports;  -Her first thought as she stepped foot on American soil after her time in a Russian penal colony; -How she feels about America now that she’s back; and  -How she reconciled her relationship with her dad after having a tough time coming out  About Brittney:  BRITTNEY GRINER is a pioneer, humanitarian, and activist and was named as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2023. Griner is an NCAA champion, a WNBA champion, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. Winner of the Best Female Athlete ESPY Award, and a nine-time WNBA All-Star, Griner is one of the most decorated and influential athletes of this generation. IG: @brittneyyevettegriner To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Healing From Complex PTSD with Stephanie Foo

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  • 110 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 01:06:19

307. Healing From Complex PTSD with Stephanie Foo Abby, Amanda and Glennon are joined by author and radio producer, Stephanie Foo. They discuss Stephanie’s memoir, What My Bones Know, and her journey healing from Complex PTSD.  Discover:  -The difference between Trauma, PTSD and complex PTSD;  -What “THE DREAD” is and how to know if you have it;  -Why if the trauma is relational, the healing has to be relational, too, and what that means, in-action; and  -Whether you can ever truly give what you never got as a parent.  CW: Discussion of physical and verbal abuse and neglect. About Stephanie: Stephanie Foo is a writer and the author of the New York Times bestseller, WHAT MY BONES KNOW: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma. She is also a radio producer, most recently for This American Life. Her work has aired on Snap Judgment, Reply All, 99% Invisible, and Radiolab. A noted speaker and instructor, she has taught at Columbia University and has spoken at venues from Sundance Film Festival to the Missouri Department of Mental Health. She lives in New York City. IG: @foofoofoo To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

The Truth of OCD: Therapist Alegra Kastens on Living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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  • 110 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 01:00:11

306. The Truth of OCD: Therapist Alegra Kastens on Living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Therapist Alegra Kastens shares the truth about her lived experience with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) that is vital for all of us to understand. Detailing her own struggle, and work as an OCD specialist, Alegra helps demystify the relentless cycle of ego-dystonic, intrusive thoughts, anxiety, and compulsions that define this often-misunderstood and under-diagnosed disorder – sharing why so many people have OCD and do not know it, and ways to support people with OCD without enabling and reinforcing the compulsions. CW: Discussion of intrusive sexual and violent thoughts as well as suicidal ideation. About Alegra: Alegra Kastens is a licensed therapist, OCD specialist, writer, and the founder of the Center for OCD, Anxiety, and Eating Disorders in New York City. Fueled by lived experience with a lesser-known manifestation of OCD, education and advocacy about OCD are at the forefront of her career. IG: @AlegraKastens TikTok: @AlegraKastens To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

How to Self-Regulate, Heal Your Relationships & Accept That You’ll Never Be Finished

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  • 84 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 57:52

305. How to Self-Regulate, Heal Your Relationships & Accept That You’ll Never Be Finished  As we continue the discussion on Busyness, Amanda, Glennon & Abby share more of their thoughts about the cult of Busyness – how buying into it shows up in you and your relationships, and how it leads to dysregulation and dissatisfaction in all areas of life. We go through the signs that might indicate you’re too busy and burnt out, how to know the difference between building a life and living a life, and why dysregulation can be a breadcrumb toward healing. Discover:  -Why the addiction of busyness will never be pointed out or helped by most people;  -Why Abby says the idea of retirement is the greatest heist in human history; and -The emotional breakdown Amanda had, which led to starting her healing journey. Also check out: 304. Break Up with Busyness & Let Go of Your To-Do List 281. How Amanda Finally Calmed Her Brain & Her Letter from Love with Liz Gilbert  261. How to Stretch Time with Jenny Odell 139. No More Grind: How to Finally Rest with Tricia Hersey 93. BURNOUT: Do You Feel Half Alive? with Emily and Amelia Nagoski To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Break Up with Busyness & Let Go of Your To-Do List

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  • 92 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 47:39

304. Break Up with Busyness & Let Go of Your To-Do List Amanda delves into her relationship with Busyness and how she’s working through it. We’ll touch on topics such as the pervasive culture of busyness, productivity as a measure of self-worth, and the struggle to define personal boundaries and prioritize genuine happiness (after some hilarious banter between Glennon and Abby about how to deal with “disgusting” things in a relationship). Discover:  -Why Busyness is such a pervasive and oppressive cult for so many of us; -How to decouple your self-esteem and identity from your productivity; -The actionable tactic Amanda is using in her break up with Busyness; and -How your pets prove that the religion of busyness is a lie.  Check out these episodes, too: 281. How Amanda Finally Calmed Her Brain & Her Letter from Love with Liz Gilbert  261. How to Stretch Time with Jenny Odell 139. No More Grind: How to Finally Rest with Tricia Hersey 93. BURNOUT: Do You Feel Half Alive? with Emily and Amelia Nagoski To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

277. What Happened Last Weekend: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun & We DID!

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  • 410 views
  • 4 months ago
  • 59:45

Glennon, Abby and Amanda take you behind the scenes into the magic of their recent adventure at Brandi Carlile and Catherine Carlile’s GIRLS JUST WANNA Weekend in Mexico.  Discover:  Glennon’s triumphant – gyrating – return to the stage (and why it scared her nephew);  The breathtaking moment between Tish and the Pod Squad that brought the house down; The magic of centering: why every marginalized community needs its space; How to recreate the magic of LETTING GO and being out of control; Plus:  Amanda’s pantless debut!  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

276. Dan Levy’s Good News: No One Knows What They’re Doing

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  • 400 views
  • 4 months ago
  • 51:07

Brilliant actor, director, and Schitt’s Creek co-creator, Dan Levy, is here diving into the heart and complexity of friendship, grief, creativity, and the power of curiosity.  Discover:  Abby’s recent grief and how Dan’s new movie, Good Grief, impacted her; Glennon, Abby, Amanda and Dan attempt to answer, “Where did they go?;” The one simple question that started the Schitt’s Creek revolution; and How to start investing in the friendships that will sustain us.   About Dan:  Daniel Levy is an Emmy-award winning creator and actor who has built his career telling vibrant and comedic stories. Levy's directorial debut Good Grief, an original film that he wrote, produced, and stars in, is available now for streaming on Netflix.   He is best known for his work on one of the most beloved shows on television, Schitt’s Creek, which he co-created with his father Eugene Levy, and which garnered countless awards, including nine Emmy® wins for its sixth and final season. Levy is also the founder of DL Eyewear, a gender-fluid eyewear brand that gives back through its support of small businesses and entrepreneurs located in historically disadvantaged communities. Watch Good Grief: https://www.netflix.com/title/81462549 IG: @instadanjlevy To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

275. Why Do Birthdays Bring So Many Feels??

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  • 410 views
  • 5 months ago
  • 51:59

Today, we’re attempting to solve birthdays. For most of us, it’s a complicated day full of mixed emotions, expectations, and comparisons. Why birthdays have become a set up for disappointment; Glennon, Abby, and Amanda share their best and worst birthday stories; and Strategies for making birthdays better and celebrating each other outside of that one day. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

274. What Is Our Rage Telling Us? with Dr. Becky Kennedy

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  • 570 views
  • 5 months ago
  • 52:32

Dr. Becky Kennedy is back to discuss something rarely talked about: “mom rage” – and the crucial connection between anger and our unmet needs.  What leads to these explosive moments – and why it's more common than we might think;  How understanding the story behind the rage moment can help us figure out what led to it and what we need.  The impact of society's shaming of anger in women; and Tips for managing our anger, recognizing our needs, and taking care of ourselves. About Dr. Becky:  Dr. Becky Kennedy is a clinical psychologist, bestselling author, and mom of three – who’s rethinking the way we raise our children – and named “The Millennial Parenting Whisperer” by TIME Magazine. Dr. Becky is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and founder of the Good Inside Membership platform, a hub with Dr. Becky’s complete parenting content collection all in one place. Dr. Becky hosts Good Inside with Dr Becky, a chart-topping podcast with over 20M downloads. In 2023, Dr. Becky delivered a TED Talk in which she shares “the single most important parenting strategy”. TW: @goodinside IG: @drbeckyatgoodinside To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

273. The Nine Truths That Just Might Heal Us with Laura McKowen

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  • 430 views
  • 5 months ago
  • 50:04

Author Laura McKowen is back to share the nine essential lessons she learned in recovery, from accepting that it's not your fault to the importance of seeking community and reaching out for help. What it means to take responsibility and why accountability leads to freedom; How we’re all capable of everything – and how to get unstuck when you’re feeling bad about yourself; and  The importance of being seen in your pain – and the transformative potential of helping others do the same. About Laura:  Laura is the author of the bestselling memoir, We Are The Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life and Push Off From Here: Nine Essential Truths to Get You Through Life (and Everything Else). She has written for The New York Times and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Atlantic, the TODAY show, and more. In 2020, she founded The Luckiest Club, a global sobriety support community. Laura lives with her daughter and partner on the North Shore of Boston. IG: @laura_mckowen To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

272. Why Sober Life is the Luckiest Life with Laura McKowen

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  • 400 views
  • 5 months ago
  • 01:01:29

Author Laura McKowen shares her incredible hard-earned wisdom about how to get sober and how to live with dignity, power, and peace.  Laura shares: Her gut-wrenching rock bottom moment that eventually led her to sobriety.  How healing often begins when we are forced to confront our deepest traumas.  The "Bigger Yes" – and why it's not about achieving grand aspirations, but discovering the beauty in simply being who you are.  Simple acts of self-care and the importance of stillness for self-discovery.  The two fundamental questions everyone needs to ask themselves: "How do I feel?" and "What do I want?" The special vitriol for mothers who struggle with addiction in a culture that tells mothers to drink in countless ways. About Laura:  Laura is the author of the bestselling memoir, We Are The Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life and Push Off From Here: Nine Essential Truths to Get You Through Life (and Everything Else). She has written for The New York Times and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Atlantic, the TODAY show, and more. In 2020, she founded The Luckiest Club, a global sobriety support community. Laura lives with her daughter and partner on the North Shore of Boston. IG: @laura_mckowen To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

269. Glennon Shares Her Love Letter with Liz Gilbert

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  • 560 views
  • 5 months ago
  • 58:02

Glennon FINALLY UNDERSTANDS FORGIVENESS! She reads a gorgeous letter about her newfound, hard-earned understanding of forgiveness and it helps us all breathe deeper. What happened when Glennon finally surrendered to the “Letters From Love” experiment.   The dance of forgetting and remembering – a cycle that holds the essence of what's worth living for; How to overcome fear and blocks that get in the way of creative expression; and Liz challenges Amanda to try doing something without being attached to the outcome. About Elizabeth:  Elizabeth Gilbert is author of the international bestseller, EAT PRAY LOVE, which has been translated into over thirty languages, and sold over 12 million copies worldwide. The book became so popular that Time Magazine named Elizabeth as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2010, Elizabeth published a follow-up to EAT PRAY LOVE called COMMITTED—an instant a #1 New York Times Bestseller, as well as BIG MAGIC: CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR. She is author of two novels: THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS, and CITY OF GIRLS. And she is the creator of the Onward Book Club, which takes place on her Instagram via a live chat, as a way of spotlighting, studying, and celebrating the work of Black women authors.  You can also find her on Substack and subscribe to her newsletter: “Letters From Love with Elizabeth Gilbert”. TW: @GilbertLiz IG: @elizabeth_gilbert_writer To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

268. Elizabeth Gilbert On Her Most Important Daily Practice

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  • 760 views
  • 5 months ago
  • 01:06:41

Liz Gilbert returns to share with us her transformative practice of planning her days and her life by writing two-way letters to love every morning.  Why Liz shaved her head! The unwavering presence that’s accompanied Liz her whole life; The concept of "two-way prayer" – and how it can help us find the kindest, wisest version of ourselves. How to find solace and guidance in creating a higher power of your own understanding; and  Abby shares her own letter on self-love and acceptance, a declaration that she will not abandon herself. About Elizabeth:  Elizabeth Gilbert is author of the international bestseller, EAT PRAY LOVE, which has been translated into over thirty languages, and sold over 12 million copies worldwide. The book became so popular that Time Magazine named Elizabeth as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2010, Elizabeth published a follow-up to EAT PRAY LOVE called COMMITTED—an instant a #1 New York Times Bestseller, as well as BIG MAGIC: CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR. She is author of two novels: THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS, and CITY OF GIRLS. And she is the creator of the Onward Book Club, which takes place on her Instagram via a live chat, as a way of spotlighting, studying, and celebrating the work of Black women authors.  You can also find her on Substack and subscribe to her newsletter: “Letters From Love with Elizabeth Gilbert”. TW: @GilbertLiz IG: @elizabeth_gilbert_writer To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

How to Let Go of Perfection this Holiday (Encore)

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  • 470 views
  • 6 months ago
  • 42:31

Holiday Expectations are the joy robbers. Here’s how to leave room for yourself, and be sturdy this holiday season (and always). 1. How in our preparation for making things perfect, we leave no room for the peace and joy that is actually in front of us. 2. The opposite revolutions that Glennon and Amanda are having right now – and why they’re at the core the same. 3. The final frontier: How to be who we are wherever we are – and let our people be who they are wherever we are, too. 4. What it felt like for Glennon, Abby, and Amanda to watch Tish’s first live performance on stage. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

267. The #1 Relationship Strategy with Dr. Becky Kennedy

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  • 550 views
  • 6 months ago
  • 48:56

Dr. Becky Kennedy returns to walk us through the #1 strategy for all relationships: REPAIR. She teaches us how to repair by revisiting hard moments to infuse them with love, connection, and new perspectives – and what happens when we don’t repair (it’s not good). Dr. Becky highlights how lack of repair can traumatize us by leaving us alone to make meaning of disconnection.  Plus, we deep dive into the difference between repair and apology, and why it can be so hard to apologize (particularly for Abby to the kids and for Glennon to Abby). About Dr. Becky:  Dr. Becky Kennedy is a clinical psychologist, bestselling author, and mom of three – who’s rethinking the way we raise our children – and named “The Millennial Parenting Whisperer” by TIME Magazine. Dr. Becky is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and founder of the Good Inside Membership platform, a hub with Dr. Becky’s complete parenting content collection all in one place. Dr. Becky hosts Good Inside with Dr Becky, a chart-topping podcast with over 20M downloads. In 2023, Dr. Becky delivered a TED Talk in which she shares “the single most important parenting strategy”. TW: @goodinside IG: @drbeckyatgoodinside To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

266. How to Love Family When You’re Divided On Beliefs with adrienne maree brown & Autumn Brown

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  • 450 views
  • 6 months ago
  • 01:07:52

Just in time for the holidays: adrienne maree brown and Autumn Brown join us for a heart-opening, mind-bending conversation about sisterhood, justice, family, and how to love ourselves and people with different values simultaneously.  Why their family holidays used to end in explosions – and the strategy they used to transform family time into peaceful respites. Their intentional practice for creating a more beautiful way of spending time together - including their weekly “Sister Check-ins.”  What their mother did as children to protect their dignity, and what they are doing now to protect hers. Their beautiful vision for the future – and invitation to all of us to go with them.  For our conversation with adrienne, check out 239. Why Are We Never Satisfied? With adrienne maree brown.  About adrienne:  adrienne maree brown grows healing ideas in public through writing, music, and podcasts. adrienne has nurtured Emergent Strategy, Pleasure Activism, Radical Imagination and Transformative Justice as ideas, frameworks, networks and practices for transformation. adrienne’s work is informed by 25 years of social and environmental justice facilitation primarily supporting Black liberation. adrienne is the author/editor of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds; Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good; Grievers; and Maroons.adrienne lives in Durham, NC. TW: @adriennemaree IG:@adriennemareebrown About Autumn:  Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, theologian, artist, and facilitator. The youngest child of an interracial marriage, rooted in the complex lineages of counter-culturalism and the military industrial complex, Autumn is a queer, mixed-race Black woman who identifies closely with her African and European lineages, and a gifted facilitator who grounds her work in healing from the trauma of oppression.  Autumn is a facilitator with the Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance (AORTA), a worker-owned cooperative devoted to strengthening movements for social justice and a solidarity economy through political education, training, and planning. Prior to joining AORTA, Autumn served as the Executive Director of RECLAIM!, a non-profit that works to increase access to mental health support so that queer and trans youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms. Autumn co-hosts the podcast "How to Survive the End of the World" with her sister, adrienne maree brown. She lives in Minneapolis with her three brilliant children. IG:@autumnmeghanbrown To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices