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This is a big deal, everyone! I quite literally had to talk myself into even inviting Annie to be on my podcast.
If you don't know much about Annie Grace, she's HUGE. I mean HUGE HUGE. She's a big deal and she's the real deal. She also, quite literally, changed my life.
I wanted to interview her SO badly, but I found myself struggling with my own limiting beliefs and fears. After a little "self-coaching", I leaned into them, wrote her a long email explaining why she was my #1 dream guest, edited it about 1000 times, took a deep breath, and hit "send" (and then felt slightly nauseous for the rest of the weekend). But she said YES! (I'm sharing this story to remind you that I'm human, just like you, and that sometimes you just need to feel the fear and do it anyway to get what you want in life.)
In this episode, I interview my mentor Annie Grace, the author of This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life and The Alcohol Experiment: A 30-day, Alcohol-Free Challenge to Interrupt Your Habits and Help You Take Control.
At age 35, in a global C-level marketing role, Annie was responsible for marketing in 28 countries; and was drinking almost two bottles of wine a night. Knowing she needed a change but unwilling to submit to a life of deprivation and stigma, Annie Grace embarked on a journey to painlessly gain control of alcohol -- for her that process resulted in no longer wanting to drink. Never happier, she left her executive role to write and share This Naked Mind with the world. 120,000+ people across the globe have now gone through Annie’s Alcohol Experiment.
Annie’s approach provides a brand new, compassion and curiosity-driven approach to looking at the role of alcohol in our lives. It provides a safe space for “grey-area drinkers” who don’t identify as “alcoholics” but suspect alcohol is now taking more than it’s giving. Annie Grace preaches compassion over shame and blame and offers a proven alternative to the largely ineffective recipe for so-called “success”—the one that says anything less than 100% abstinence is failure. Annie doesn’t teach people how to be sober; she helps them quash their desire to drink in the first place.
We discuss the downside of the “alcoholic” label, women’s burnout and the alcohol connection, the troubling increase in “mom drinking” during the pandemic, and the revolutionary approach to changing your relationship with alcohol that is the This Naked Mind philosophy. Annie provides a few of her best tips for maintaining balance as a busy, working mom and incredibly successful entrepreneur, and advice for anyone who’s starting to question their relationship with alcohol.