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A Message to Help You Stay Sober This Holiday

To 50 and Beyond - Sobriety for Midlife Women

Release Date: 12/20/2023

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To 50 and Beyond - Sobriety for Midlife Women

Episode 288  I first came across Dr. Dawn’s Instagram account and was immediately drawn to her passion for helping others and the way she teaches and shares her wisdom - which is why I reached out to invite her back to the podcast to help us understand more about what hormones are the hormones that are the key players during menopause and how alcohol affects our hormones during this time. Dr. Dawn is a Naturopathic physician with extensive experience in the treatment of substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, and is doing work in ketamine therapy, which she...

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Episode 286  What does it mean to drink moderately?  Hello! I'm glad you're here.  This episode will help you understand what it really means to drink moderately. I will share the latest research, and then we will look at what it looks and feels like to be the moderator of your drinking. I’m going to share my experience with trying to be a moderate drinker and why I couldn’t.  I talk about the "moderation game" I played with myself and why just a little alcohol wasn't enough.  This episode is for you if you’re working at drinking moderately and disappointing...

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Episode 285  Hello, friend! I'm glad you're here! If you have ever found yourself saying, "I deserve a drink," or feel deprived when you stop drinking because you think of alcohol as a reward, you are not alone.  You will appreciate today's episode with two of my favorite people: the twins are back!  Leigh and Anne Walkup are the Founders of Retro Rodeo Publishing, LLC and Front Porch Life Magazine.  They drank together and got sober together. They know a thing or two about using alcohol to treat themselves.  In this episode, you will hear the signs of viewing alcohol...

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Episode 284  Hello, friend!  A short and sweet episode for you today where I reflect on what I needed to hear before I stopped drinking.  One of the things I needed to hear before I quit drinking, wasn't easy to hear, but it was the catalyst for me to get to sobriety two years later.  This episode goes out to those brave souls who are standing at the crossroads of sobriety. It is a nudge, not a push, to listen to more of what you're saying to yourself because chances are that is what you need, and deserve to hear today.  Mentioned in this episode:  Join my email...

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Episode 283  This is an episode about the change of addiction and 12-step programs throughout the years and where we are today, with a woman who proudly shares how AA helped change her life: Angela Pugh. Angela Pugh is a Master Life Coach, speaker, and the host of the highly popular podcast, Addiction Unlimited. In this episode, you’ll hear: How alcohol affected her life, and what her drinking looked like before she quit drinking. Angela’s decision to seek support through AA after she caused a serious car accident. How AA meetings work today and how to make the program work for...

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To 50 and Beyond - Sobriety for Midlife Women

Episode 282  Hey there!  I'm happy you're here.  Today, we are exploring the concept of giving yourself permission to do and not do what you want. If it sounds silly, let it be!  This episode is inspired by a group coaching meeting that I recently hosted inside my community, Team Alcohol-Free.  In this episode, I talk about the insights women face when giving themselves a "permission slip," why giving yourself permission matters, and 25 ideas to help get you started.  You can find the show notes for this episode Download the 25 Permission Slip Ideas PDF Here is...

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Episode 281  Hey there!  Today, I'm sharing a reintroduction to the podcast as it turned 6 this week!  I also give you an update on life as a 56 year old sober woman. I share my thoughts, discoveries as I've gotten older, and why and how I maintain long-term sobriety.  I talk about what I consider midlife, and how I manage past regrets, and what I'm doing today to keep my sobriety going.  I also share an update about the future of To 50 and Beyond.  I appreciate you for listening to and supporting the podcast. Always!  Thank you!  To read this episodes...

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Episode 280  Coach Helen Bennett is here with us to share her story of disordered eating, including binging and purging, and how she started to find freedom and heal her relationship with food.  I invited Helen to the podcast because I appreciate her compassionate approach to using practical tools to get started in recovery and empowerment toward food freedom.  Helen Bennett is a certified Health Coach and Addiction Recovery Coach and the founder of Disclaimer: This episode offers insights into binge eating and bulimia, along with practical tips to initiate the journey towards...

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Episode 279  Have you ever found yourself questioning your relationship with alcohol? It's not like your drinking is “that bad,” but it's far from being something you can manage and still feel your best as you get older. You've noticed some downsides to your drinking, but quitting altogether feels like a big leap. The fear of judgment around being a non-drinker adds another layer to the mix. If this sounds familiar, you're not alone. You might be a Gray Area drinker, joining a rising community of individuals navigating this middle ground. Let's explore together. In today's episode, I...

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Episode 273 

Hello, friend! Happy Holidays! 

I have a message for you today that I would have loved to hear when I was celebrating my first few holidays alcohol-free. 

If you are in a place where you are having a hard time staying sober due to the memory of drinking during the holiday, this episode is for you. 

I talk about challenging the "just one glass" theory to ride out cravings and F'it moments and give you some of my best mantras and tips to help you stay focused on what you more than drinking. 

I encourage you in this episode to focus on your "why-power," the reason why you started on this sober journey to begin with. That reason matters to you, and because it matters to you, it matters to me. 

I'm with you! 

 

Stay Connected 

Join my email community to stay connected to upcoming offers and To 50 and Beyond updates. 

Send me a direct email to share your intention to stay sober this holiday. I'm here for you! 

 

Here are some other episodes to help you during the holidays: 

5 Essential Solutions to Help You Manage the Urge to Drink Without Drinking

Living Alcohol-Free: Your First Year with Co-Host Casey McGuire Davidson 

The Three Types of People Who May Derail Your Alcohol-Free Journey

 

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