EP12: Basically, ALL THE THINGS

EP12: Basically, ALL THE THINGS - Less Alone: A Podcast About Connection

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In this episode, we tackle some of the talking points that were shared in last week’s episode as Brian and Kelsey McNeill (of A Light We Share) told us about what it was like to have not one, but two(!), near-death experiences and how those experiences have shaped their lives and changed the course of their future. 

We talk about the importance of connecting, and reconnecting, with those in our lives, how to cultivate the habit of telling people that you appreciate them (and why!) and how social media was utilized as a vital communication channel in a difficult time.

We also chat about how to be a good listener to people who are going through a hard time and how to give them the space to express themselves without necessarily offering advice or telling that that everything will “be okay”. Toxic positivity not allowed! 

We talk about all of this and more so be sure to tune in!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • A quick overview of the main takeaways from our conversation with Brian and Kelsey of A Light We Share.
  • The importance of reconnecting with people and expressing our gratitude of them, to them. 
  • How to use social media as a communication when seeking internal and external support. 
  • What to do when you repeatedly reach out to someone and they don’t respond. 
  • Learning who you can count on when you’re going through a crisis. 
  • The value of direct communication and sincerity.  
  • Navigating the balance between setting boundaries and not hurting someone else’s feelings. 
  • How to send text messages that cut through the nonsense and invite honesty. 
  • Exploring the idea of “toxic positivity” and how to hold space for any emotion a person might have. 
  • Defining moments in live and near-death experiences. 
  • And much more! 

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EP11: Living Once, Dying Twice, & Sharing the Light, ALWAYS w/ Kelsey & Brian of A Light We Share

 Living Once, Dying Twice, & Sharing the Light, ALWAYS w/ Kelsey & Brian of A Light We Share on Less Alone: A Podcast About Connection

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Welcome back for the 2nd season of the Less Alone Podcast! Today, we’ve got an incredible story to share with you! Joining us for our very 1st interview EVER are Brian and Kelsey McNeill of A Light We Share

Humans are magnificent beings, as Brian and Kelsey will testify. After Brian’s two near-death experiences, Brian and Kelsey have a new mission through their movement called A Light We Share, and that involves telling others about the incredible support that we can be to one another and the effect we can have in the lives of those around us. They share about their journey of hardship and pain, but more than that, about people’s ability to pull together and support one another. 

They also talk about how each person has worth and the fact that each of us brings beauty into the world and that we are all worthy of life. Brian and Kelsey share their in-depth accounts of the months though his illness and how the whole process has transformed their perspective on life and compelled them to share their hope with others. 

They have a truly incredible story! 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • The role of hospital staff in patients’ physical and mental recovery. 
  • Where the concept of A Light We Share came from.  
  • How Kelsey and Brian met and discovering that Salida, Colorado  was where they wanted to live.  
  • Being diagnosed with aortic stenosis at age eight and the symptoms that presented in 2018. 
  • Brian’s experience of being flown to Colorado Springs in a helicopter ambulance. 
  • Meeting with the surgeon, Dr. Muhammed Aftab, and having a heart attack in the hospital.  
  • Deciding between the two potentially life-threatening treatment options. 
  • How Brian had bleeding into the brain, spent two weeks in the neurosurgery ICU and experienced memory loss.  
  • How a six-hour surgery turned into a 14 hour one and what happened when Brian’s heart stopped. 
  • Brian’s “non-traditional” near-death experience and his consequent questions about purpose.  
  • A serious setback at home, having CPR for 50 minutes and a worse prognosis. 
  • Kelsey’s experience of being angry and grateful at the same time. 
  • Brian’s belief in God, humanity and our capacity to take care of one another.  
  • The blog that Kelsey wrote, suffering PTSD and the emotional work they’re both doing. 
  • The importance of each person taking CPR classes and knowing you can save a life. 
  • How Brian’s thoughts on life have changed and learning the value of intentionality. 
  • Figuring out what exactly A Light We Share will mean and how they will share their story. 
  • And much more! 

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Season 1 FINALE! – EP10: The Most Complicated Connection of All – How I Learned to “Friend” Myself

Less Alone: A Podcast About Connection. Episode 10: The Most Complicated Connection of All - How I Learned to “Friend” Myself

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We can’t believe it but we’ve come to the end of Season 1! This is the Season Finale episode of the Less Alone podcast! 

In this episode we continue our conversation about our connection to ourselves. Now, we’re discussing our connection with our “higher” selves. 

Through the work we’ve done on ourselves, we’ve been taken to a place of wanting, and being able to, show up as our authentic selves in the world. We’ve gone from looking outside of ourselves for validation and worth to a place where we’re more comfortable than even in who we truly are. 

We talk about how our spiritual lives and connection to spirituality has changed over the course of our lives. We also get into the ways in which we can begin to find our true selves and connect with this person, and we share the role that meditation, yoga and self-help books have played in helping us to become the best version of ourselves. 

And, if you thought that self-love is just another trendy word, think again. It is so important to understand that we cannot love anybody else if we do not love ourselves. Our relationship with ourselves is the foundation of all other connections we have, so we better we sure to nurture it! It’s time friend yourself!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Feedback on our experiences doing the hand-to-heart, hand-to-belly awareness nugget. 
  • The butterfly hug as a great self-soothing technique. 
  • Our upcoming live episode in Denver at the House of Pod! 
  • Erin’s connection to self in the form of being grounded and connected to her higher power. 
  • Anna’s journey of connecting with her spirituality rather than with a religion. 
  • Asking yourself what your priorities are when you are your best self.
  • Some of the things we have done to grow in our connection to ourselves.
  • Erin on meeting her healing touch mentor and deciding to train in it herself. 
  • The importance of open-mindedness and paying attention to the things that you are drawn to. 
  • The powerful moment when people understand self-love and self-compassion. 
  • How do we get to that point of being able to show up as our authentic selves? 
  • Developing yourself to the point of not caring as much what people think of you. 
  • How when we’re young we’re willing to change ourselves to what we think others will like. 
  • Being vulnerable only with people who have earned it. 
  • The power of sharing secrets and the “beautiful mess” effect. 
  • Developing a personal philosophy by asking yourself these four questions…
  • An overview of what has stood out for each of us in Season 1.  
  • And much more! 

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EP9: Our Bodies, Our Fine A$$ Selves

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In this episode (Part 1 of our 2-Part Season 1 Finale) we’re focusing on our connection to our physical body AKA our fine a$$ selves. 

Our physical bodies are so deeply-tied to our emotional and mental state and it’s something that cannot, and should not, be ignored.  

We start off the discussion looking at issues around weight and body image and our early experiences with self-loathing (gulp.)  From there we talk about how empowering and stabilizing it can be work our physical selves with the goal of feeling strong and healthy rather than with the goal of being “skinny” or “thin” to meet external or societal expectations. 

We extract the feelings of connection and relaxation as the noticeable signs of being in-tune with our bodies and we talk about when we feel, and have felt, the best in our skin. The conversation then turns to diets, fasting and talking about our eating habits. We then get into the practices that help us remain grateful and present in our bodies. 

Erin unpacks some ideas around trauma and overcoming its legacy as it’s stored in the physical body and she then offers some great and simple ways to mitigate its negative effects. 

We finish off the episode with some thoughts on aging and ways to teach kids body autonomy. For all this and more tune in to the Less Alone Podcast! 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Society’s conditioning around weight and its link to self-worth
  • Exercise routines and connecting to the body through athleticism and strength rather than with the goal of being “thin” or “skinny”
  • Times when we feel best in our bodies; connected, relaxed and at peace 
  • Fasting, diets and rephrasing eating as a period of nourishment 
  • Times that we have felt the worst about our bodies; movement, our guts and boundaries.
  • Loving our bodies through the amazing memories attached to it
  • Trauma and the way the body stores and holds onto bad experiences
  • Two exercises to bring us back “into body” through the power of breath and hands at the belly and heart
  • How to teach body autonomy and ownership to kids 
  • The honor of aging, growing older, wiser and less hot
  • This week’s awareness challenge for getting in touch with your body and self!
  • And much more! 

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EP8: Chronic Connection

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Through a chronic digital connection, we can choose to NEVER experience boredom. We can also choose to never be “out of the loop”. Want to be “connected” ALL THE TIME, 24/7/365? Done. 

In this episode we talk about how the internet — and all of our devices — have become the ULTIMATE frenemy. Honey pie, there’s a new BFF in town. 

And, is all this chronic connection good? Bad? A mix?

We talk about smart homes, forming alliances with technology, and how you can show up authentically online. As the middle-aged ladies we are, we also do our fair share of reminiscing about the bygone era where landline telephones, encyclopedias and mix CDs reigned supreme. 

If you love the digital world but kind of hate it too you won’t want to miss this episode!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Updates from Episode 7’s Awareness Nugget about creating the home you want
  • Smart homes, Nest and how much does Alexa really listen to you?
  • Connecting to the digital world through apps and podcasts
  • Faster internet and the race to control digital information
  • What we love and hate in the digital world
  • The new tech of relationships and how we form alliances with technology
  • Is technology a barrier, an enhancement or something in between?
  • Reminiscing about life before smartphones
  • The effect that phones have on social interaction
  • How to do social media “right” and authentically and how fulfilling and rewarding it can be
  • Anna’s experience at the recent Facebook Community Summit in San Francisco, California 
  • Safety, security and kindness in online communities 
  • How to connect through music, mixtapes and online playlists!
  • Awareness Challenge around notifications and intentional attention
  • And much more! 

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EP7: This Feels Like Home

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Take off your shoes, undo the ol’ bra, sprawl out on the bed, let your guard down, be the most honest version of yourself and fart freely! This episode we’re talking about the connection to home! We share tips for creating a cozy home, decluttering your physical and emotional space and understanding the relationship we have with our environment. We also have a special in-studio guest, Amy’s dog, Dory! This is an episode you don’t want to miss! 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • How to step out of cycle (and trick!) of living up to society’s expectations of balancing motherhood and career 
  • How with children (and all relationships!) quality matters more than quantity
  • Revelations around the Inner Critic, how it can steal joy and hold you back
  • Learning to enjoy the process rather than on waiting for a result or conclusion
  • The value of being real, imperfect, and doing it anyway
  • The importance of being direct in communication 
  • Our associations and connections to “home” 
  • Home as an extension of ourselves 
  • Rituals on how we turn houses into homes 
  • Thoughts on clutter and re-gifting
  • How physical decluttering can help with emotional decluttering
  • The emotional connection to material objects 
  • Anna’s super helpful How to be Fearless Minimalist in a Cluttered World Guide
  • A practical call-in laundry tip! 
  • And much more! 

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EP6: What’s So Wrong With Being Mediocre?

Less Alone: A Podcast About Connection, Episode 6: What's So Wrong With Being Mediocre?

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If you’re an all-or-nothing type, a high-achiever, if you feel like what you do is NEVER enough or if you always give 110% at everything you attempt, (or know someone like this) you’re gonna love this episode! This episode is all about our connection to our internal drive, ambition, and the will to succeed! We discuss “mediocrity” (a big taboo for perfectionists and overachievers.) We talk about how living passionately (and sometimes extremely) is the only way that some of us feel our lives have meaning and worth. We talk about how being driven and productive can be an asset but how, on the flip side, this constant internal drive can also be incredibly exhausting and, at times, detrimental. We look at why some of us feel the need to prove our worth and when ambition stops being a good thing and starts to become a shield, or defense mechanism, to larger issues we may not want to look at. As always, we talk candidly about our own personal experiences and bring the real-ness. Be sure to tune in for this episode!  

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Reader question about how to go from an acquaintance to a friend 
  • How to strike the right balance between being overly-sensitive vs. thick-skinned in potential friendships
  • We talk about last episode’s challenge: giving sincere compliments about non-physical attributes 
  • The impact of our Love Languages 
  • How (sincere) compliments are great connectors and help others open up
  • The advantages of being serious and driven
  • How Brené Brown feels perfectionism is a debilitating defense mechanism
  • How to embrace your intensity and music to “chill” to 
  • How perfectionism can lead to procrastination  
  • Seven questions to find out if you’re a perfectionist or an over functioner
  • Transitioning from the first to the second mountain: from self-oriented to other-orientated. 
  • How our society focuses on the self rather than on community
  • Be obsessed or be average: all-in kind of people
  • The societal pressure and internal conflict around being a working mom
  • And much more! 

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EP5: What’s Up With Women?

Less Alone: A Podcast About Connection What's Up With Women?

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This episode is about women and their relationships with each other! It’s got a lot of laughter while still serving up lots of helpful wisdom nuggets. We reflect on what it means for someone to “stand in their own truth”, how insecurity is often the root of cattiness, how feeling secure in oneself leads to celebrating, supporting and lifting other women up. We talk about “sisterhood”, the #MeToo movement, and so much more!

Key Points From This Episode:

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  • Reflecting on being in awe of people who “stand in their own truth”
  • The feeling you get when you’re in the presence of someone with an energetic radiance 
  • Contemplating the heaviness around the previous episode’s topic of toxic relationships
  • Being on the outside: when you don’t have friendships with women
  • Insecurity tripping up women who are able to “stand in their power”
  • Getting judgmental about aspects in other women that we ourselves have
  • A few key points from the book, You’re the Only One I Can Tell
  • How much money it take for you to ditch your best friend?
  • Why we think the #MeToo movement has positively affected female relationships
  • The connection between coming out about being sexually assaulted and shedding shame
  • The experience of being in, or not being in, a clique
  • How to lift up other women
  • An awesome snippet from Abby Wambach’s book, Wolfpack
  • And much more! 

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EP4: How to be a Terrible Friend

How to be a Terrible Friend

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Welcome back to the Less Alone Podcast! We start off with our experiences from the listening challenge then we talk about what it means to be a terrible friend. Last week we talked about how to be a good friend, so today we are flipping the switch to really dig deep and find out what qualifies as being a bad friend. In our conversation, we define one-sided relationships, we look at what causes people to get into unhealthy relationship cycles, and how EMDR can be used to get to the root of your issues. Next, we discover why conflict is not always a bad thing and how to use the rupture and repair technique to communicate in relationships and sort through recurring problems. We also discuss the difference between toxic vs. bad relationships and learn how to set those must-have boundaries by teaching others how they should be treating you. So for an incredible episode on the intricacies of friendship, be sure to join us today!

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Key Points From This Episode:

  • A shout-out to our listeners and their reviews
  • What we learned and our experience with the “listening challenge”
  • Why children often feel less heard and why it’s important to give them that space
  • Outlining the characteristics of what a bad friend is
  • Understanding what a one-sided friendship looks like
  • Why people often repeat patterns from their childhood in their friendships
  • The benefits of using EMDR to get to the root of a problem
  • Stories of our personal experiences of being a bad friend
  • Why conflict isn’t necessarily bad
  • Understanding the concept of rupture and repair
  • 9 tips for making a true apology
  • Learning to differentiate between toxic and bad relationships
  • Recognizing gut instinct versus fear
  • Implementing boundaries: teaching others how to treat you
  • Practical tips to get out of toxic relationships
  • Awareness challenge: learning to use “I feel” statements
  • And much more!

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