Susan returns from Austin, Texas where she spent last weekend at the Paleo FX conference. In this week’s show she shares her experiences at the conference and tells us her favorite take aways.
Recently we had a mindfulness podcast episode where we talked about feeling all of the feels when they happen. As alcoholics and addicts this has to be a constant work in progress. We learned to numb our feelings for so long that it can feel uncomfortable and foreign to suddenly force ourselves to feel them. Learning how to successfully feel everything is crucial to staying sober. I kept thinking about that all weekend after tragedy struck. On Saturday, nearly 4,000 people died because of an earthquake in Nepal. It reminded me of another tragedy almost 14 years ago.
We like to call this episode “The Feelings Show.” We discuss learning to feel everything from joy to pain without self-medicating. We also talk about the role of mindfulness in living sober.
Sixteen years ago, on 4/20/1999, as everyone was glued to their televisions watching the devastating aftermath of the Columbine shootings, my little world was changing forever as well. That day I awoke from what used to be called a “crank coma,” meaning a meth and alcohol withdrawal-induced, dead to the world sleep, in a jail cell. Yep, that’s where my addiction took me…locked up with the key thrown away for quite a while. Continue reading Susan’s Tips for Long-Term Sobriety
This week’s show topics:
Evolved Recovery 2 hour workshop this Saturday, April 18 in Charlotte, NC with Kendall. RSVP here
I Am Not Anonymous photo shoot in Charlotte, NC
Silicon Gives Day: Donate to a recovery home for moms and their children
com·mu·ni·ty – a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
It takes a village, right? But what if you live in a world where the concept of the village is long gone and you live the nuclear family life that started after World War II. That is our story. The saying actually goes “it takes a village to raise a child”, but I like to think of it more as “it takes a village to be a human”. For millions of years we operated as tribes. To be without community equaled death. What does it equal now?
Communities aren’t gone but they aren’t the same. Generally they can be found in churches, schools, and sometimes in the workplace. There are exceptions. Some neighborhoods are still very community based but for the most part we live in our own boxes and keep to ourselves as a society.
You have questions and we have answers! On this week’s edition of the Evolved Recovery Show we cover these questions:
- What meal tracking software do you use or like?
- What do eat when you go to a party or potluck?
- I’m trying out the eating strategies you recommend but my husband, kids etc. won’t go along with it. What should I do?
Yesterday I celebrated my (mumbles her age unintelligibly under her breath) birthday! My birthday and my sobriety anniversary are forever linked together in my mind as 16 years ago I knew in my heart of hearts that my drug and alcohol addiction neared the end, but I didn’t want to get sober because don’tcha know I needed to celebrate my birthday. Looking back, it still makes me laugh because it wasn’t even a big birthday, I turned 32 (now I know you just calculated my real age in your head). At the time, I couldn’t get my noggin around having a birthday sober so I partied like it was 1999 because…well, it was 1999! Continue reading 7 Things I’m Grateful for on My Birthday!
Spring is here and so is the sun. This week Susan and Kendall dish out their tips for safe exposure to the sun. They discuss the importance of vitamin D absorbed directly from sunlight plus why the cover up campaigns have failed to protect against skin cancer.