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Your Recovered Life Series with Elizabeth Edwards, Singer & Songwriter

Elizabeth Edwards, Singer & Songwriter

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I first met Elizabeth Edwards, an amazing singer and songwriter, at a gala benefit celebrating recovery – fancy hotel, fancy food, fancy clothes and no-bullshit conversation.

We ended up seated next to each other and it was a highlight of the evening!

We talked about everything from recovery to passion and purpose and love with lots of emphatic nodding and laughter.

I was intrigued by her story of having had a calling when she was young and walking away from it and even resisting it in sobriety. I wanted all the details…especially how she returned to honor it seven years into recovery. Continue reading

Your Recovered Life Series with Rev. Everett Alexander, PhD, Death Mid-Wife

Rev. Everett Alexander, PhD, Death Mid-Wife

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I have known Reverend Everett Alexander since the early days of my recovery. During that time, I’ve seen him walk through the good and bad with an admirable and unshakable dignity, grace, faith and humor. He has beaten ridiculous odds in terms of overcoming his addiction and living HIV positive for 30+ years. 

I’m excited to share this conversation where he shares how when faced with an unfulfilling career that ‘just dried up’ he used a technique (he now teaches others) to find his Heart’s Desire… Continue reading

Your Recovered Life Series with Tim Harrington, Intervention Specialist & Recovery Advocate

Tim Harrington, Intervention Specialist & Recovery Advocate

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Tim Harrington is fiercely committed to the world of recovery. He helps people get and stay sober – in whatever way works best for them AND takes daily actions aimed at reducing the shame and stigma of addiction.

The first time I saw Tim in action was at a big conference on addiction treatment. It was during a panel discussion that he raised his hand and asked a simple question.

He referenced how we, who understood addiction and treatment, were all there to learn more…but what about all the people ‘out there’ who weren’t in the know? Especially those whose lives addiction crashed into and who hadn’t a clue about the disease and even LESS about recovery. What if we had a conference for THOSE people? Continue reading

Your Recovered Life Series with Ellie Schoenberger, Recovery Advocate

Ellie Schoenberger, Recovery Advocate

HERE IT IS!

The first conversation for Your Recovered Life Series: True Stories from the Future is with the inspiring and inimitable Ellie Schoenberger.

Ellie wears many hats (see bio below) but I think of her most as a woman who takes a stand for bringing alcoholism and recovery out of the shadows – Letting us know that recovery is not only possible but phenomenal and that no matter where you are in the process, you are not alone.

I have admired her work from afar for years and personally known many women whose lives she has touched with her advocacy for telling the truth and taking the shame and stigma out of our addictions. I was thrilled to talk to her for this project and am now honored to call her a friend.

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Your Recovered Life Series: True Stories from The Future

What it’s about!

I’ve been working on this project for a while now and it’s time to start sharing.

I am beyond lucky to be able to bring these amazing stories of experience, strength and HOPE to you.

I will be posting videos of these conversations starting tomorrow.

I will keep posting them here on my site AND it’s a podcast you can subscribe to on iTunes.

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You can also see the videos at the Your Recovered Life YouTube channel here!

ENJOY!

xo

Courtney

Change Your Life in 30 Days

Watch this video – It’s short and sweet and can change your life.                            

30 One day at a times…

If you can’t spare the 3 minutes and 28 seconds – here are the bullet points:

  1. The next 30 days are going to pass whether you’re doing something to make your life better or not – so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?
  2. You could try something new or cut out something you don’t want in your life.
  3. Small changes are sustainable – i.e., You don’t have to (and most likely CAN’T) change your whole life in one overwhelming swoop so pick one manageable thing and go from there.

So?? *she asks excitedly*

What do you want to do or not do for the next 30 days?? Continue reading

How I Won Big in Vegas

It’s a hot Saturday night in Vegas and I am on my way to a bullsh*t cocktail reception –  the start of a 3-day conference with a thousand people I don’t know – small talk and trying not to be shy. Not the best attitude to start this adventure with…

The day started with an easy flight, a great hotel, lunch with friends, body surfing in the pool (gotta love Vegas), and then a thrilling downpour complete with thunder and lightening. It had been FUN and filled with unexpected cool stuff happening yet here I was dreading what was coming next.

A presenter for the evening had written a book about drinking wine to unleash your creativity. When I had seen this listed in the events I thought, “Great, I don’t drink so what are you saying? That I can’t be as creative?”

I’m really building my case for this to suck, huh?

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Thank You, Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs died yesterday.

This is the video and transcript of his 2005 commencement speech at Stanford.

I watched it last night and cried. It touched me deeply.

Here are two quotes:

“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

I could not agree with him more.

Day to day, I sometimes forget – so thanks for the reminder.

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Allow Ease, Invite Possibilities

Here was the assignment from last week:

“Make a list – of things, experiences, feelings that you want to have – declare what you deserve. Think big and bold and sweet and simple – go for 100!”

Okay, so??

How many things did you get on your list?  If you didn’t do one and want to, go for it! We can wait…

Asking that question, I realized I hadn’t done this exercise in a while so I just did it. I got 100 things. It took about 10 minutes. Some repeats, some big goals and some simple sweet stuff. And wouldn’t you know, there were times when I had a mean little voice saying “Oh, really??? You deserve these things, huh? Who do you think you are?” Continue reading

What Do You Deserve?

Recently, I was working with a client*, who was looking to bust a move – she wants change. She has a job she loves, amazing family and friends and contributes to those around her in a big way. AND she wants more money, more abundance, and more freedom.

We started exploring what that would look like. She recalled a period when she had nothing. It was the happiest time of her life.

I could hear it in her voice – the purity of that time.

Then I got one of those intuitive hits – and something felt off – I wondered if there was some sort of disconnect – or subconscious denial of self of having this life of wealth and abundance. After all, if she was the happiest when she had nothing, would having ‘it all’ mean that she would be unhappy?

So we dug a little deeper. What was holding her back from this life she so wanted? We were quiet and waited and then she heard the voice…“You don’t deserve it.” She nearly gasped.

Wow. Whose voice is that? Da-da-da-dum…cue the scary music. Continue reading