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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Ask The REWIND Alcohol Coaches

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My friend, author, fellow Certified TNM Alcohol Coach, and partner in our 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.

One question comes from someone who’s still drinking but would like to take a break, another from a woman who has been alcohol-free for a short time but is struggling with cravings, and a third from a person who has been sober for a long time but is still feeling like the “odd mom out”. 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 REWIND Challenge is a fantastic place to start. Find out the keys to drinking less without willpower. Disrupt your thinking and patterns around...

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Ann Dowsett Johnston (Author of Drink): Writing Your Recovery

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Ann Dowsett Johnston is an award-winning journalist and the bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, a book named one of the top 10 of the year by the Washington Post. Ann is also now a psychotherapist, and my mentor and writing coach. 

Ann joins me for a discussion about the new face of women’s recovery, and the powerful role that writing can play for women recovering from addictions and over-drinking, eating disorders, illness, and trauma. We also discuss the new ending Ann has planned for the 10th-anniversary edition of Drink and what Ann is exploring in her second book, which she’s hard at work on now.

We discuss why, almost 10 years later, as Ann so aptly stated in Drink, alcohol is still “the modern woman’s steroid”, and how the overwhelm and stress of the pandemic has spiked drinking levels and continued to normalize women’s drinking as a...

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Why We’re Overdrinking

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My friend, author, and fellow Certified TNM Alcohol Coach, Emily Lynn Paulson, joins me for an honest discussion around why women’s drinking has been rising dramatically during the last couple of years.

We discuss the connection between stress and alcohol, the additional anxiety and overwhelm of the pandemic, and how that has spiked drinking levels and alcohol-related disease, the normalization of women’s drinking as a necessary tool of motherhood through the media, and the science behind the addictive nature of alcohol.

How do you know if it’s time to make a change? Emily and I both believe that labels aren’t helpful and that objective tests for “problem drinking” just keep women stuck in patterns that aren’t serving them. The only question that matters is “how is alcohol making me feel?” and if the answer is “not great”, then you owe yourself the opportunity to explore it...

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How to Drink Less Without Feeling Deprived!

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Women’s drinking has been rising dramatically during the last couple of years. It’s become our go-to for numbing and escaping the challenges of modern, busy life in a pandemic. The good news is more and more women are questioning their relationship with alcohol.

If you’re starting to wonder if alcohol is still serving you, please celebrate that awareness! Drinking less (or not at all) is a positive wellness choice, and I'm on a mission to normalize that decision.

Join me as I share the 5 keys to making alcohol small and irrelevant in your life. Based on the practical, science-based approach of This Naked Mind, my path to achieving freedom from alcohol has worked for me and thousands of others. It’s like nothing you’ve ever tried, and it’s truly the way to take alcohol out of the driver’s seat. If you’re ready to take back control over alcohol, and drink less - start...

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Ally’s Garber’s Story – Running Towards Recovery

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Guest Ally Garber, successful career woman, mom of two, and lover of running, shares her personal story of mental health challenges, alcohol dependence, and recovery -- with honesty, insight, and a great sense of humour.

Ally and I discover we have a lot in common in terms of our shared stories, including the decision to stop drinking during the last year of a parent’s terminal illness.

This easy conversation includes a new take on “mommy wine culture”, a discussion of the pitfalls of moderation, advice for sober-curious “gray-area drinkers”, and the unexpected joys of becoming alcohol-free.

Want to start exploring your relationship with alcohol? Maybe drink a little less? No need to commit to anything, start with my FREE 3 video series, here: www.wendymccallum.com/myths

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Jessica Landon: Laughter, Gratitude & Connection in Women’s Recovery

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Jessica Landon was a successful Hollywood actress living a charmed & glamorous life, but it all fell apart when she spiraled into full-blown alcoholism at age 26 which led to jail, then living on the streets, weighing just 78 pounds. She lost it all, but somehow, after 9 trips to rehab, she found the will to leave alcohol behind and build a life she didn't need to escape from. 

She now lives in Los Angeles with her fiancee and beautiful baby boy, and is an advocate and coach for moms in recovery.

Jess shares her powerful story with raw honesty, including the role that laughter, gratitude, and connection played in her own recovery.

Jessica and I discuss gray-area drinking, the sober curious movement, mommy wine culture, and the critical importance of community and connection for women when it comes to healing and recovery.

Follow Jessica on instagram at @jessicalandon12 and find out more about Sober Mom Squad meetings...

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Wendy’s Alcohol Story

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In this special episode, guest host Julie Lesperance takes the reins to interview me about my personal alcohol story on my 3-year anniversary of living alcohol-free. I explain how and why my relationship with wine changed over the course of my life, when and why I started to question it, and how I found freedom and went on to become a Certified Naked Mind Coach. 

If you think you’re the only one questioning your relationship with alcohol, you’re not. If you’re thinking things aren’t “bad enough” to make a change, you’re wrong. 

"Grey-area drinking" exists on a huge spectrum. You don't need to objectively have " a problem", be an "alcoholic" or hit a "rock bottom" to change your habits. The truth is: you simply don't HAVE to drink (or drink as much), and it's 100% up to you! (Boy, was it ever liberating when I realized that!)

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Guest Emily Lynn Paulson (Author, Speaker, and Recovery Coach): Women & Alcohol

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In this episode of Bite-Sized Balance, I interview Emily Lynn Paulson, writer, speaker, fellow Certified Naked Mind Coach, She Recovers Designated Coach, and a member of the long term recovery community.

The conversation gets spicy & deep on a few hot topics, including social media and women’s mental health, “grey area drinking”, “mommy wine culture”, the importance of mindfulness when it comes to alcohol and what “true freedom” from alcohol really looks like.

Sober since January 2, 2017, Emily has appeared on media outlets including The Doctors, Parade, Today Parents, and USA Today, discussing how to end the shame and stigma of mental health and substance abuse. 

Emily is the author of Highlight Real: Finding Honesty & Recovery Beyond the Filtered Life, and a contributor in Addiction Diaries: Stories of Darkness, Hope, And All That Falls In...

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