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Ep 075 A Year of No Nonsense with Meredith Atwood

May 21, 2020

Meredith Atwood (@SwimBikeMom) is a former attorney, podcaster and speaker. She is the author of two books, the latest: The Year of No Nonsense. Host of the “The Same 24 Hours” podcast. Featured in The Boston Globe, New York Post, the Seattle Times. Contributing writer to Psychology Today and an advocate for sobriety.

“My purpose in this world is to seek no master purpose: rather, to do the work that is right in front of me, do it well and feel with my whole heart the direction I need to go.”

What you will hear on this podcast:

  • how calm she feels just listening to my voice after a very busy hectic day
  • growing up with helicopter parents
  • the way perspective changes as she grew up
  • the moment she no longer needed to impress her parents
  • healing emotions and true sobriety which only happened in the last month
  • emotional sobriety and being an addict
  • if 1 is good 10 is better
  • if you could heal your addiction what would that life look like
  • the messages we are told that bring us to addiction to try to feel better
  • the idea of emotional sobriety is the way of not always seeking that external hit to feel better.
  • finding the strength within yourself to find that peace.
  • the need for comfort and where does she now get that from
  • the addiction cycle to feel better: pain, need comfort; go get it; the relief followed by the crash and it starts all over again
  • constantly seeking to feel better and emotional sobriety of feeling peaceful inside and not needing to seeing it externally. I feel all of that and yet want to have something sweet to comfort me and the desire to have more of them
  • when you decide to become emotional sober, you become emotional sober
  • are you living a life in conflict to who you say you want to be. if you are you are probably addicted in some way to something that we need to take a look at
  • playing with ordinary and extraordinary
  • the cross between the expectation that we need to be extraordinary and find out purpose and the suffering that creates addicts
  • how pushing people to be extraordinary pushes people into addiction
  • what is a year of no nonsense mean?
  • when people say they want one thing but act as if they don’t want it
  • where being conscious plays in defining what we believe
  • what to do to rid yourself of nonsense
  • start with the truth.
  • a slap to the culture of positive vibes only
  • does perspective change truth?
  • dismantle the truth you think is true and find your real truth
  • the goal of her book, to remove the stigma of addiction
  • what has brought her the peace she now feels and what are the voices that hold us back
  • dream big and do things in the direction of the dream
  • one thing people could do right now



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