The Meaning of Midlife (with Dr. Sarah Baillie, N.D.)

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In the Season 2 closer, Sarah and I revisit our favourite guests and episodes from the last year, and what we’ve learned from hosting Bite-Sized Balance and from each other. I provide my favourite definition of the “meaning of life”, and we consider how it jives with our own approach to midlife. Sarah shares two recent moments of self-discovery and her decision to explore coach training, and I provide an update on my impending empty nest situation. We consider the patriarchal social norms around self-care for women and how those aren’t serving us, along with the problem with women’s overuse of the words “I’m fine" (us included.)

Join Sarah and me for a spirited, fun conversation with an important undercurrent: it’s totally OK to start focussing on you again as you move into your midlife.

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Taking Care of Me: What I Really Needed at 50

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In this short podcast episode, I provide listeners with an update on my commitment to “creating a life I don’t feel the need to escape from” before my transition to empty nester this fall, including my re-discovery of my love of writing. I share a piece called “Taking Care of Me” that will resonate with busy, worn-out women everywhere, where I explore what it really means to take care of yourself and the magic that’s available to you when you finally accept that you’re in the driver’s seat of your own life.

Don’t skip this one – it’s short and sweet but it also might be just thing you need to hear to take back some control over your one wild and precious life!

Does your life look great on paper, but it still feels like something’s missing? Grab your free Blueprint for Change Workbook here: www.wendymccallum.com/blueprint

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Christy Osborne - Alcohol-Free Mom in the UK

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Christy is a Certified “This Naked Mind” Coach helping moms in their 30s and 40s examine their relationship with alcohol. Christy grew up in Los Angeles but relocated to London in 2008 after completing law school and passing the California Bar Exam. Upon relocating to the United Kingdom, Christy started a hugely popular website to help other ex-pat women navigate the transition across the pond.

Always a social drinker, Christy found the stress of being a working mom caused her drinking to increase. In 2018 she lost her mother and her drinking increased again. Although everything looked fine on the surface, Christy knew she had to regain control of her life, for herself and for her family.

In today’s episode, Christy and I discuss Christy’s path to freedom from alcohol, why “rock bottoms” aren’t necessary and how waiting for them can keep women stuck, how to deal with social expectations...

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Ellie Crowe – Present & Sober in the UK

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Ellie Crowe is a Certified This Naked Mind Coach, Gray Area Drinking Coach, and co-host of the Present & Sober podcast. Ellie helps overwhelmed and sleep-deprived moms parent peacefully and happily, without needing alcohol to escape at the end of the day. She lives with her husband, three young kids, and three hounds in a very old pub in Cambridge, England. She’s a passionate yogi, Wim Hof-fer, and gymnast (back in training!).

In today’s episode, Ellie and I discuss Ellie’s path to freedom from alcohol, PMDD, early ovarian failure, perimenopause and the role of hormones in Ellie’s alcohol story, how somatic work like cold therapy can help increase your stress tolerance, tools for regulating your nervous system, the trouble with moderation, and the peace that comes with freedom from alcohol.

This is a light and engaging conversation you won’t want to miss!

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Casey Davidson “Post-Alcohol Transformation”

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Casey Davidson is a Professional Life Coach and host of the extremely popular “Hello Someday” podcast. She’s a wife and mom who spent 20 years climbing the corporate ladder while holding on tightly to her love of red wine. Like me, Casey specializes in working with women with full calendars and overflowing to-do lists, who are doing all the things and drinking to forget all the things.

Casey shares her own story of finding freedom from alcohol and all that was possible for her after she left wine behind.  She explains how so many of the reasons she thought she needed to drink were just problems caused by the drinking itself. 

Casey and I discuss our personal post-alcohol transformations and discuss why so many of our clients seem to embark on similar transformative journeys after alcohol -- including a newfound ability to live a life in accordance with their personal values and an incredible injection of energy...

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Jillian Fullarton: Breast Cancer & Medically Induced Menopause

 

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Jillian joins me to share her story of breast cancer and the medically induced menopause that resulted from her treatment. She highlights the most difficult parts of her diagnosis and treatment, and shares what she’s learned during the past year in the hope that it will help other women undergoing breast cancer treatment or supporting someone who is.

Jill and I discuss the many different types of breast cancer and the treatments, including hormone blockers, and drugs for the side effects. We also talk about hormone replacement therapy for breast cancer patients (and how it’s often not an option), the life-changing magic of pelvic floor therapy, the importance of mammograms and colonoscopies, and what not to say to a cancer patient. This is an informative and hopeful conversation about a very important topic that you won’t want to miss.

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Victoria Yates, RN-BSN: Body Image & Food Freedom

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Victoria Yates, RN & Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, is passionate about helping women ditch diets and stop hating their bodies.

In this episode, Victoria and I discuss why quick fixes don’t work when it comes to our weight, why intuitive eating is the answer to freedom from food, and how we can start listening for the language we use around our body image and change it if it’s not serving us. Victoria explains how to harness the brain’s incredible ability to create a new set of thoughts that are rooted in self-love, and the freedom women gain from making that shift.

Wendy shares the surprising things she learned when she ditched her scale over 4 years ago, and how she came to love her (slightly softer!) body after the bumpy ride of menopause (and decades of self-criticism.)

Learn more about Victoria at www.victoria-yates.com or @nondiet_rn on instagram

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Dr. Carol Scott - How Our First 7 Years Impact Our Success as Adults

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Dr. L. Carol Scott, PhD. (Psychology) is a TEDx speaker, author, and coach who uses a unique model to help women succeed in their business and personal lives through self-aware emotional and social intelligence.

Carol mixes hundreds of years of child development theory with 21st Century brain imaging research, decades of her own experience with hundreds of developing humans of all ages, and her own lived experience of recovery from childhood trauma and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In this episode of BBB, Carol and I have a fascinating conversation about how the first seven years of our lives impact all aspects of our adulthood, including our business competence, parenting, and personal relationships.

Carol explains the seven assets that we are meant to develop as kids (trust, independence, faith, negotiation, vision, compromise, and acceptance) and how easy it is for us to be missing some of these as adults because of...

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Susan Larkin – Worthiness, Burnout and Gray Area Drinking

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In today's episode, my fellow Certified TNM Alcohol Coach, Susan Larkin joins me to share her story and message for busy women who are drinking more than they’d like to manage stress.

Susan’s career in medical education at an Ivy League medical school started late in her 30s. It was then that she started drinking to cope with the stress of balancing a career, family life, and getting her MBA. As her career progressed, she found herself hustling for her worthiness which led to burnout and more drinking. That nightly glass of wine turned into 2-3 or more, and she became a "gray area drinker" living an increasingly gray life.

Now an alcohol-free empty nester, Susan is passionate about helping women get their drinking under control, take back their power of choice, and create an amazing vibrant life!

Grab Susan’s free AF Socializing Guide at: www.susanlarkincoaching.com/about

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Ask The REWIND Alcohol Coaches (2) with Emily Lynn Paulson

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My friend, author, fellow Certified TNM Alcohol Coach, and partner in my popular women’s program, REWIND, Emily Lynn Paulson, joins me to answer a few common FAQs from women who are actively trying to drink less or stop altogether.

Emily and I answer questions about what to do if you’re trying to drink less or quit and your partner still drinks, how to deal with social situations if you’re newly alcohol-free and not sure if it’s forever, and how to know if you’re ready for change when it comes to your drinking. No matter where you are in your alcohol-free journey, we share lots of tools and strategies for making alcohol small and irrelevant. There’s something for everyone in this episode!

Are you questioning your own drinking? Our next FREE 5-Day Challenge is a fantastic place to start. Find out the keys to drinking less without willpower. Disrupt your thinking and patterns around alcohol...

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