This week we interview JASON SMITH, author of The Bitter Taste of Dying, A Memoir. Jason is also the Creative Director of TheRealEdition.com, an online community that allows addicts and their loved ones to publish their stories of addiction and recovery. He is heavily involved in the recovery community in Northern California, where he frequently shares his experience, strength, and hope in getting out of the hell that is addiction.
Last Friday I was scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook and started seeing friends post tributes to a young woman in Louisiana who I quickly realized was in the Cajun music scene. The friends I saw posting about her are Cajun musicians. So is my husband, which is why this story got my attention. I was curious if he knew her so I clicked on the link.
As I read the story, it revealed there was another mass shooting attack (I can’t believe I even have to say “another” because one is too damn many). After reading the story and coming to some conclusions, I’d like to create somewhat of a picture of connections. I got to the end of the story and read some comments from TV news anchors that used to work in my hometown. They remarked how the shooter used to call them at the news station to complain about politics and I realized the shooter was from my hometown.
Breathing is the most important job a human will do in their life, except most of us are doing it wrong! Today we get some great tips from Lucy Hendricks, graduate of the Lexington Healing Arts Academy Personal Training program and a current Student Massage Therapist. She has her FMS certification and is also a certified Restorative Breathing Coach. For the last four years, she’s been an integral part of the GYM Laird Strength and Conditioning team. You can also find Lucy at Darkside Strength.
The past week was one of the best experiences of my life and I owe it all to recovery. It was a very simple thing really. Nothing in comparison to some of the bragging rights of my past, but far outweighs any of those ego driven experiences. I went on vacation with my family. Nothing new, I’ve done this many times. What was different? Me.
Everywhere you turn people are touting the benefits of essential oils, smoothies, juices, juice pills, supplements. Especially thanks to Dr. Oz and those like him. People have been selling “cure alls” for centuries. Take snake oil for instance. This week we discuss the importance of holistic health and how it takes multiple components to achieve optimal health.
Kendall talks about her experiences making smoothies with over 20 vegetables and fruits every morning. Spoiler alert: pink poop is in this conversation.
Some of the most common complaints I hear about eating a real food diet – “It’s too hard!” or “I don’t have enough time to cook!” Well, if that sounds like you, I’m here to help you out – with something called a recipe round-up. Continue reading Recipe Round-up: 20 Easy Home-Cooked Dinners
This week Susan and Kendall check in and discuss alcohol and recovery themed articles.
“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”
― Henry David Thoreau
I used to watch a show called Charmed about three sisters who were witches with different powers. Alyssa Milano’s character “Phoebe” becomes an empath, meaning she could feel other people’s feelings. Being empathetic is not just a magical power. It’s something most humans are capable of. Well, perhaps sociopaths are incapable of being empathetic. Alcoholics and addicts can have a difficult time feeling empathy. We are generally self-centered during the time when this deadly disease is consuming our lives. A theory I’ve been looking at is that perhaps alcoholics and addicts are highly empathetic. We’re certainly a sensitive lot! I wonder if experiencing other’s feelings is too much for us. Just like pain and joy can be difficult to feel, we medicate all of the feelings, including empathy. In my quest to be more empathetic, I’ve begun a research project to better understand how empathy works. I imagine it could take years, perhaps decades, to complete this work but for now it’s a beginning.