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Eternally Amy - A Sober Mom of Eight's Journey from Jail to Joy

"We all have defining moments that shape our lives. One of mine was spening the night in jail after a DUI in 2011. I was at my lowest point - raw and broken. It felt like my life was over, but what I didn't know then was that actually just beginning." Join best-selling author Amy Liz Harrison as she chats about being a sober mom of 8, deconstruction of faith while in recovery, and other family adventures in travel. New episodes every week, so please subscribe to the show and join in Amy's journey from jail to joy. https://www.amylizharrison.com/

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Step 12: Carrying the Message and Thriving in Sobriety - 12 Steps for Anyone Who Wants Them
It’s finally here! The final in our series “12 Steps For Anyone Who Wants Them” Amy delves into the final step of the 12-step program, offering guidance on spiritual awakening, supporting others in recovery, and applying principles in daily life! Don’t forget to go back and listen to steps 1 - 11 if you haven’t heard them yet.  Key Points: Spiritual Awakening: Explore personal growth and overcoming fear. Sharing Experiences: Discover the significance of supporting others on their recovery journey. Daily Application: Applying 12-step principles to enhance relationships and emotional health Step Twelve Insight: excerpts from Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book. Continuous Growth: Never forget, that there is always ongoing learning and personal development in the recovery journey! Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Explore Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv Visit Amy’s Website: http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi RecoveryJourney, 12Steps, SpiritualAwakening, Sponsorship, EmotionalSobriety, CarryingTheMessage, PersonalGrowth, EternallyAmy #RecoveryJourney #12Steps #SpiritualAwakening #Sponsorship #EmotionalSobriety #CarryingTheMessage #PersonalGrowth #EternallyAmy
44:13 4/9/24
102. From Rock Bottom to Recovery Author: Michele W. Miller's Journey
In this episode, Amy welcomes guest Michele W. Miller, an attorney and bestselling author, who courageously shares her journey of overcoming addiction, incarceration, and rebuilding her life. - Michele is an attorney and author of four published novels. - She is 34 years sober after battling a cocaine and heroin addiction that led her to jails, institutions, and near-death experiences. - Michele graduated from NYU Law School and became a lawyer at 22, facing a 15-to-life sentence for drug possession by age 25 under New York's Rockefeller Law. Despite avoiding prison in that case, she was disbarred for nine years due to a felony conviction. - In recovery, she regained her law license and worked as a public interest lawyer, later serving as NYC's chief government ethics prosecutor. - Currently, she is the General Counsel for The Fortune Society, helping the formerly incarcerated with re-entry services. - Michele continues to attend meetings and assist others in overcoming addiction. - She resides in Upper Manhattan, where her novels are often set, with her husband, twin sons, two cats, and a large dog. - Represented by Writers House, her novels have been published by Blackstone Publishing and Crooked Lane Books. - Her books have received accolades such as being named "Best of 2019" by Strand Magazine and a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. - Publishers Weekly praises her latest novel, "THE LOWER POWER," as a "superbly written tale of urban survivors fighting to save themselves once more." Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi   Learn more about Michele and buy her books at https://www.michelewmiller.com/ Hashtags For This Episode: EternallyAmy, RecoveryJourney, MentalHealthAdvocacy, AddictionRecovery, Resilience, Inspiration Author   #EternallyAmy #RecoveryJourney #MentalHealthAdvocacy #AddictionRecovery #Resilience #Inspiration #author
54:12 3/26/24
Unveiling the Human Experience: Jeffrey Mason; Hear Your Story Founder
In this episode, Amy welcomes Jeffrey Mason, founder of Hear Your Story, a venture born out of personal grief and a desire to capture life's narratives. Through candid conversations and heartfelt anecdotes, Jeffrey shares how Hear Your Story evolved from a series of guided prompts to a global movement empowering individuals to preserve their stories. Discover the power of storytelling in bridging divides and celebrating the shared human experience. In this episode, we also talked about: Embracing Diversity: Amy highlights everyone's unique story. Hear Your Story Origin: Jeffrey shares how his father's Alzheimer's inspired Hear Your Story. Reflection's Power: Jeffrey explains how prompts unlock memories. Deepening Connections: Jeffrey reflects on discovering untold aspects of loved ones. Legacy Preservation: They stress documenting personal histories for future generations.   Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi   Learn about Jeffrey and Hear Your Story at: hearyourstory.com/   Hashtags For This Episode: EternallyAmy, HearYourStory, Storytelling, HumanExperience, LegacyPreservation, PersonalReflection, EmpathyBuilding   #EternallyAmy #HearYourStory #Storytelling #HumanExperience #LegacyPreservation #PersonalReflection #EmpathyBuilding
45:45 3/19/24
Part 3: Writing and Failure
For authors and aspiring authors! This is part 3 in the podcast series inspired by the book “On Writing and Failure” by Stephen Marche. In this part-three episode, Amy discusses the importance of embracing change and evolving perspectives, especially in creative endeavors like writing. Drawing from her own experiences as a best-selling author and mental health advocate. She delves into the nuances of communication through words and the intricacies of conveying messages, inviting listeners to reflect on the notion of failure in writing and offering a fresh perspective on success.  With her signature mix of anecdotes, quotes, and personal reflections, Amy encourages writers to stay true to their voices and embraces the diverse interpretations of readers, reminding us of the human connection at the heart of storytelling.  A must-listen to episode to be inspired and empowered as you embark on your journey as an author.  Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv Amy’s Website: http://amylizharrison.com/ Follow Amy on Social:  instagram.com/amylizharrison Writing and Failure by Stephen Marche: https://amzn.to/4bN05Qy   Hashtags For This Episode: GrowthMindset, Resilience, CreativeJourney, EmbracingChange, Criticism, PersonalGrowth, PositiveOutlook, ThankYouNext, EternallyAmy, WritingAndFailure, PodcastReflections #GrowthMindset #Resilience #CreativeJourney #EmbracingChange #Criticism #PersonalGrowth #PositiveOutlook #ThankYouNext #EternallyAmy #WritingAndFailure #PodcastReflections
28:43 3/15/24
Part 2: Writing and Failure
For authors and aspiring authors! Don’t miss this new series of episodes inspired by the book “On Writing and Failure” by Stephen Marche. In this part-two episode, Amy shares candid thoughts on handling criticism, finding positivity in creative pursuits, and embracing the challenges of the writing journey.   Drawing from her own experiences as a best-selling author and mental health advocate. She delves into the nuances of communication through words and the intricacies of conveying messages, inviting listeners to reflect on the notion of failure in writing and offering a fresh perspective on success.    With her signature mix of anecdotes, quotes, and personal reflections, Amy encourages writers to stay true to their voices and embraces the diverse interpretations of readers, reminding us of the human connection at the heart of storytelling.    A must-listen to episode to be inspired and empowered as you embark on your journey as an author.  Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv Amy’s Website: http://amylizharrison.com/ Follow Amy on Social:  instagram.com/amylizharrison Writing and Failure by Stephen Marche: https://amzn.to/4bN05Qy   Hashtags For This Episode: WritingJourney, FailureAndSuccess, CreativeProcess, Resilience, Authenticity, PositiveCriticism, SelfDiscovery, WritingCommunity, PodcastRecommendation   #WritingJourney #FailureAndSuccess #CreativeProcess #Resilience #Authenticity #PositiveCriticism #SelfDiscovery #WritingCommunity #PodcastRecommendation  
30:00 3/9/24
Part 1: Writing and Failure
For authors and aspiring authors! Don’t miss this new series of episodes inspired by the book “On Writing and Failure” by Stephen Marche. In this part-one  episode, Amy shares her insights on writing, failure, and the intricate dance between author and reader.    Drawing from her own experiences as a best-selling author and mental health advocate. She delves into the nuances of communication through words and the intricacies of conveying messages, inviting listeners to reflect on the notion of failure in writing and offering a fresh perspective on success.    With her signature mix of anecdotes, quotes, and personal reflections, Amy encourages writers to stay true to their voices and embraces the diverse interpretations of readers, reminding us of the human connection at the heart of storytelling.    A must-listen to episode to be inspired and empowered as you embark on your journey as an author.  Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv Amy’s Website: http://amylizharrison.com/ Follow Amy on Social:  instagram.com/amylizharrison Writing and Failure by Stephen Marche: https://amzn.to/4bN05Qy  
26:13 2/28/24
Journey to Sobriety: A Story of Courage and Transformation
Join host Amy Liz Harrison as she shares her journey from struggling with alcohol to becoming a best-selling author and mental health advocate. In this episode, Amy welcomes Jen Hirst, an alcohol-free advocate since April 24, 2013. They discuss the importance of holistic self-care in sobriety and delve into Jen's recovery journey, shedding light on the challenges and triumphs along the way.   In this episode, we also talked about: Breaking the Silence: Jen hid her alcoholism due to societal pressures. The Spiral: From occasional drinking to desperation, alcohol consumed Jen's life. Self-Discovery: Therapy unveiled the root of Jen's addiction. The Journey to Sobriety: Despite hurdles, Jen pursued sobriety with therapy and self-care. Finding Freedom: Sobriety empowered Jen, stressing community and self-compassion. Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv Amy’s Website: http://amylizharrison.com/ Follow Amy on Social:  instagram.com/amylizharrison  
59:08 2/21/24
Boozeless Bookclub The Woman in Me - A Journey of Freedom, Fame, and Triumph by Britney Spears
In this episode of Eternally Amy, host Amy Liz Harrison and Alysse Bryson  dive into the revelations from Britney Spears' memoir, "The Woman in Me". The conversation covers Britney's early life, struggles with conservatorship, and the lasting impact of her public persona. From mental health challenges to navigating the harsh spotlight, Britney's journey is explored with candor, humor, and a critical eye on media portrayal. In this episode, we also talked about: Britney's Return: The hosts discuss Britney Spears' comeback after conservatorship revelations. Conservatorship Impact: Emphasizing the 13-year injustice despite Britney's functionality. Media Disparity: Highlighting unequal treatment in media interviews compared to male counterparts. Resilient Legacy: Amy and guests admire Britney's resilience and creativity amidst challenges. Media Distraction: Trivial aspects overshadow significant issues in Britney's coverage. Artist Advocacy: Amy passionately supports artists' freedom, citing Britney's struggles under scrutiny. Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/  
34:13 2/14/24
Sober Jibber Jabber: From Recovery to the Runway
In this episode of "Eternally Amy," host Amy Liz Harrison discusses the evolution of media portrayal regarding mental health struggles, emphasizing positive recovery stories of celebrities. The episode takes a two-part format, starting with a focus on New York Fashion Week and Amy's participation in the event. Alysse Bryson, the founder of the Sober Curator, provides insights into the event's significance, featuring indie designers whose work intersects with mental health themes. The Break Free Foundation, supporting the show, aims to channel net proceeds into helping individuals access treatment centers. The episode also highlights the Sober Curator's role in promoting a vibrant sober lifestyle. In this episode, we also talked about: Media Evolution: Shift in media portrayal of mental health struggles. Positive Recovery Stories: Celebrities recovering out loud, contributing to the greater good. New York Fashion Week: Overview of the event, indie designers, and mental health themes. Break Free Foundation: Channeling proceeds to support individuals in treatment. Sober Curator: An online lifestyle publication promoting a vibrant sober lifestyle. Amy's Participation: Walking the runway at New York Fashion Week. Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/  
62:55 2/6/24
Step 11: Seeking Through Prayer and Meditation - The 12 Steps for Anyone Who Wants them
In this episode of "Eternally Amy," your host, Amy Liz Harrison, takes you on a journey through Step 11 of the 12-step program.  Step 11 involves seeking through prayer and meditation to improve conscious contact with a higher power. Amy discusses the power of pausing when agitated, embracing humility, and becoming a channel of peace. In this episode, we also talked about: Step 11 Introduction: Emphasis on prayer and meditation. Monthly Recap: Quick transition from powerlessness to seeking a higher power. Exploring the Big Book: Emphasis on prayer, seeking guidance, and clearing wrong motives. Prayer of St. Francis: Powerful guide for seeking harmony, forgiveness, and understanding. Practice of Pause: Introduction to pausing for thoughtful responses over impulsive reactions. Efficiency through Spiritual Fitness: Gaining efficiency through spiritual fitness, shifting to serenity. Closing Thoughts: Reflection on transformative power of seeking, praying, and meditating. Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi Hashtags For This Episode: EternallyAmy #Step11, PrayerAndMeditation, SerenitySeeking, SpiritualJourney, 12StepProgram, MentalHealthAdvocate, PodcastHope #EternallyAmy #Step11 #PrayerAndMeditation #SerenitySeeking #SpiritualJourney #12StepProgram #MentalHealthAdvocate #PodcastHope
43:36 1/31/24
Breaking Free: From Religious Mold to Authentic Spirituality
In this episode, Amy Liz Harrison welcomes Lorinda Boyer, author of "Straight Enough," to discuss Lorinda's journey from a strict Christian upbringing to finding her authentic self. Lorinda shares her experiences, starting with a pivotal moment when her husband's infidelity led to a loss of their home, prompting her to question her beliefs and embrace her true identity. The conversation explores the challenges of navigating sexuality within a fundamentalist Christian context, the liberating power of authenticity, and the shift from organized religion to a more personal and evolving spirituality. In this episode, we also talked about: Lorinda's strict Christian upbringing and the internal conflict it caused. Turning point: Loss of home and husband's infidelity sparked Lorinda's journey to self-discovery. Struggles with reconciling sexual identity in a fundamentalist Christian context. Embracing authenticity: Lorinda's choice to live true to herself brought genuine joy. Transitioning from organized religion to personal, evolving spirituality. Reflection on limitations of rigid religious beliefs and the importance of embracing change. Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Find Linda’s Book Here: https://amzn.to/3vHErg7 Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi Hashtags For This Episode: BreakingFree, Authenticity, SpiritualityJourney, SelfDiscovery, ReligionVsSpirituality, PodcastInterview, LGBTQIA+, PersonalGrowth, EvolvingBeliefs #BreakingFree #Authenticity #SpiritualityJourney #SelfDiscovery #ReligionVsSpirituality #PodcastInterview #LGBTQIA+ #PersonalGrowth #EvolvingBeliefs  
62:33 1/26/24
Embracing Sobriety and Authenticity
Join Amy in this episode of "Eternally Amy" as she interviews author Erica C. Barnett, a journalist and veteran in the world of writing and publishing. Erica, a local in Seattle, shares her journey of sobriety, focusing on her memoir, Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery. The conversation delves into the struggles of addiction, the impact on relationships, and the transformative power of recovery. In this episode, we also talked about: Erica's Sobriety Journey: Erica outlines her journey, battling alcoholism. Redefining Rock Bottom: Amy and Erica challenge the notion of a "rock bottom." Transformation in Relationships: Discussion on alcohol's impact on relationships. Discovering Authenticity: Exploration of authenticity in sobriety. Embracing Vulnerability and Relapse: Amy applauds Erica's vulnerability. Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi Hashtags For This Episode: EternallyAmy, SobrietyJourney, QuitterMemoir, AddictionRecovery, AuthenticityInSobriety, RockBottomRealities, RelationshipsInRecovery, EmbracingVulnerability, PersistingThroughRelapse, RecoveryIsPossible EternallyAmy #SobrietyJourney #QuitterMemoir #AddictionRecovery #AuthenticityInSobriety #RockBottomRealities #RelationshipsInRecovery #EmbracingVulnerability #PersistingThroughRelapse #RecoveryIsPossible  
47:35 1/20/24
Throwback Episode: Navigating Work, Parenthood, and Wisdom Nuggets with Dorothy Reed
Note: This is a podcast episode throwback to a 2019 conversation, however the message is still a relevant one today! Join Amy Liz Harrison in a candid conversation with Dorothy Reed, a full-time working mom who has mastered the art of balancing career and family. Dorothy shares insights into her unique job, managing spreadsheets, and how she orchestrates her work life from the comfort of her home. From handling conferences to parenting challenges, Dorothy's approach to flexible scheduling provides a refreshing perspective on the modern working mom. In this episode, we also talked about: Dorothy's role: auditing large insurance policies, allowing remote work with a flexible schedule. Balancing act: Navigating parenting, work commitments, and unexpected challenges. Dorothy's preference for flexibility over a heavily planned schedule. Unveiling creativity: Finding order and predictability in seemingly structured tasks. Juggling work and family events, occasional challenges in managing travel. Team dynamics: Dorothy's unique work environment, collaborating across different states. Chaos of managing work, parenting, and home remodeling, with occasional mishaps. Reflecting on pivoting strategies when faced with unforeseen circumstances. Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi Hashtags For This Episode: WorkingMomLife, RemoteWork, CareerAndParenting, FlexibleScheduling, WisdomNuggets, ModernParenthood, LifeBalance, PodcastChat, CareerInsights #WorkingMomLife #RemoteWork #CareerAndParenting #FlexibleScheduling #WisdomNuggets #ModernParenthood #LifeBalance #PodcastChat #CareerInsights  
37:48 1/11/24
Podcast Throwback: Fireside Chats with Amy Liz Harrison's Eight Kids
Join Amy Liz Harrison in this heartwarming episode of Eternally Amy as she engages in Fireside Chats with each of her eight children. This episode of Eternally Amy is a throwback to Amy’s previous “A-Team Mom Podcast” from 2019. From discussing favorite classes to sharing insights into their lives, this episode offers a glimpse into the diverse personalities of Amy's kids. In this segment, Amy interviews Archer, Annalise, and Ava, covering topics such as favorite classes, experiences in school, and their unique interests. Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi Hashtags For This Episode: #EternallyAmy #FiresideChats #LargeFamilyLife #SchoolLife #ParentingJourney #SiblingStories #DreamPets
34:56 12/28/23
Casey Davidson on Sobriety, Motherhood, and Building a Life You Love Without Alcohol
In this episode of Eternally Amy, host Amy Liz Harrison welcomes Casey Davidson, the host of the Hello Sunday podcast for sober curious women, boasting 1.2 million downloads. Amy introduces Casey as an inspiring individual with a magnetic energy, sharing her journey from a red wine enthusiast to an advocate helping busy women stop drinking and create fulfilling lives without alcohol. Casey's story unfolds through her experiences climbing the corporate ladder, navigating motherhood, and ultimately finding sobriety. In this episode, we also talked about: College Awakening: Casey's rugby days are a crash course in problem drinking. Mommy Wine Culture: In Seattle, Casey juggles alcohol, motherhood, and a corporate career in the "mommy wine culture." Moderation Struggle: Concerned about drinking, Casey faces a growing problem with moderation rules. Turning Point: A memory-shaking realization propels Casey on the journey to sobriety. Sobriety Path: Casey shares her journey, featuring a 100-day challenge and support from a vital coach. Life Coaching: Amy explores Casey's role, helping women quit drinking and overcome real-time challenges. Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi Hashtags For This Episode: EternallyAmyPodcast, CollegeDrinking, MommyWineCulture, ModerationStruggles, TurningPoint, SobrietyJourney, LifeCoaching, RealTimeChallenges, AlcoholFreeLiving, SobrietyCoach, WomenInSobriety #EternallyAmyPodcast #CollegeDrinking #MommyWineCulture #ModerationStruggles #TurningPoint #SobrietyJourney #LifeCoaching #RealTimeChallenges #AlcoholFreeLiving #SobrietyCoach #WomenInSobriety  
49:39 12/22/23
Beyond the Bottle: A Journey of Sobriety with Maz Compton
Welcome to the latest episode of "Eternally Amy," hosted by Amy Liz Harrison. Amy Liz Harrison sits down with the incredible Maz Compton, former MTV personality turned wellness coach, fitness studio owner, and sobriety advocate. Maz shares her inspiring journey from the glitz of the media world, traveling the globe and interviewing celebrities, to her personal struggle with alcohol and the transformative decision to embrace sobriety. Maz provides valuable insights into her self-discovery process and offers practical tips for navigating social situations without alcohol. Join the conversation as they discuss the power of giving oneself permission and the ongoing journey of progressive revelation in sobriety. In this episode, we also talked about: Maz's background in media, MTV, and her transition to health and wellness. The turning point: Recognizing the negative impact of alcohol on her life. The experiment of sobriety: Maz's one-month challenge and the life-changing results. Navigating social situations without alcohol: The clutch purse hack and concise responses. The power of self-discovery in sobriety: Finding a new identity and giving oneself permission. Sobriety as a progressive revelation: Learning and growing through the journey. Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi Hashtags For This Episode: Eternally Amy Podcast, #SobrietyJourney #WellnessWarrior #SelfDiscovery #BeyondTheBottle #EternallyAmy #MazCompton #Inspiration #HealthAndWellness #MindfulLiving #ProgressiveRevelation #PodcastInterview  
37:52 12/21/23
Boozeless Bookclub: Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery - Erica C. Barnett
Welcome to the latest episode of "Eternally Amy," hosted by Amy Liz Harrison. Today, Amy delves into the powerful memoir, "Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery," written by local Seattle author Erica C. Barnett. Joined by her friend Alysse Bryson for the Boozeless Book Club, they embark on a candid discussion about the book's themes, particularly the challenges of addiction, resilience, and the impact on relationships. In this episode, we also talked about: ● Amy reflects on reading "Quitter," drawing parallels to her own experiences. ● Introduction to Barnett, a local Seattle author, and relevance of her story. ● Discussion on relationship challenges and the intensity of Erica's journey. ● Recognition of complexities in relationships during addiction and recovery. ● Elyse humorously shares her take on relationships. ● Brief summary of "Quitter," praising its brave narrative on addiction challenges. ● Amy's love for "Quitter" memoirs and their impact on her aspirations as a writer. ● Invitation for listener engagement and anticipation for future episodes.   Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and RecoveryBook Link: https://amzn.to/47EErvt Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi Hashtags For This Episode: #EternallyAmyPodcast #QuitterMemoir #AddictionJourney #BookClubDiscussion #RecoveryReflections #SobrietyStories #RelationshipChallenges #MemoirReading #BookPodcast #BoozelessBookClub
50:17 12/6/23
Unlocking Potential and Breaking Stigmas with The Kicks Shrink, Dr. Suleman Aziz Mirza, MD
In this episode of "Eternally Amy," host Amy Liz Harrison introduces Dr. Suleman Aziz Mirza, renowned as The Kicks Shrink. As a Triple Board Certified Physician in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Mirza blends his expertise with a unique persona, intertwining mental health discussions with his passion for sneakers. The episode delves into Dr. Mirza's extensive experience, from his role as a staff psychiatrist to his mission of breaking down mental health stigma through edutainment. Amy and Dr. Mirza also explore the connection between addiction and ADHD, shedding light on the complexity of these intertwined issues.     In this episode, we also talked about: ● Triple Board Certified: Dr. Suleman Aziz Mirza in Adult Psychiatry, Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. ● Edutainment Mission: Breaking mental health stigma with engaging content. ● ADHD-Addiction Link: Exploring the connection often overlooked. ● Professional Wisdom: Dr. Mirza's approach and changing psychiatry perceptions.     Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi #EternallyAmyPodcast #MentalHealthJourney #KicksShrink #ADHDandAddiction #BreakingStigma #PsychiatryInsights #Edutainment #TripleBoardCertified #SneakerPsychiatrist #MentalHealthAdvocate #PodcastHighlight  
61:05 11/28/23
Unleashing Your Greater Purpose with Alcohol-Free Empowerment Expert, Karolina Rzadowoloska
In this episode of "Eternally Amy," host Amy Liz Harrison welcomes Karolina Rzadokowolska, an alcohol-free empowerment expert, bestselling author, and founder of the Empowerment AF Coach Certification Program. Karolina shares her journey from a deep party lifestyle in college to discovering her greater purpose through sobriety. In this episode, we also talked about: Empowering Lives: Amy Introduces Carolina, Alcohol-Free Living Expert Navigating Shadows: Carolina's Struggle with Alcohol Sober Awakening: Carolina's Dry January Transformation Beyond Sobriety: Carolina's Journey to Empowerment Intuitive Living: Sobriety's Impact on Self-Trust Author's Triumph: Carolina Overcomes Writer's Block Conscious Choices: Carolina Inspires Alcohol Reevaluation Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi #EternallyAmyPodcast #SobrietyJourney #Empowerment #AlcoholFreeLiving #TransformationStory #SelfTrust #WriterTriumph #ConsciousChoices #Inspiration #HealthAndWellness #EmpowermentExpert  
64:28 11/23/23
Step 10: Continuing Inventory - 12 Steps For Anyone Who Wants Them
In this episode of "Eternally Amy," host Amy Liz Harrison delves into the transformative 10th step of the 12-step program. Amy shares personal insights on daily inventory, growth, and embracing mistakes without shame. She encourages listeners to apply these principles beyond addiction, adapting them to various life challenges. In this episode, we also talked about: Unveiling Step 10: Personal Inventory and Growth Journey with Amy Beyond Addiction: Amy's Emphasis on Adapting 12-Step Principles to Life Candid Reflections: Amy's Daily Review on Addressing Flaws and Fears Swift Amends and Compassion: Amy's Approach to Helping Others Embracing Mistakes: The Key to Ongoing Personal Development Amy's Insights: Unlocking the 10th Step Promises for a Positive Life Tools for Transformation: A Reminder from Amy to Become Your Best Self   Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi Hashtags For This Episode: EternallyAmyPodcast, Step10Journey, BeyondAddiction, DailyReflections, EmbraceMistakes, PersonalGrowthTools, PositiveLifePromises, 12StepWisdom, TransformativeReflections, BestVersionJourney
37:41 11/16/23
From Numbing to Thriving: Justin's Journey to Sobriety and Therapy
In this episode, we explore Justin Lamb’s remarkable journey from using alcohol as a coping mechanism to becoming a graduate student on the path to becoming a therapist. Justin's story is a testament to personal growth and transformation.   He shares the challenges he faced, the turning point that led to sobriety, and the pivotal role of therapy in his healing process. Justin discusses the use of non-alcoholic beers and the value of crutches in early sobriety, emphasizing that everyone's journey is unique.   We also delve into Justin's self-doubts and imposter syndrome as he pursues his dream of becoming a therapist. His story serves as an inspiring reminder that it's never too late to make positive changes and find your own light bulb moments on the path to healing and self-discovery. Tune in for this powerful narrative of transformation and growth. In this episode, we also talked about:   The Power of Crutches in Early Sobriety: Justin's Non-Alcoholic Beer Journey    Overcoming Self-Doubt: Justin's Pursuit of a Therapist Career   Shame, Sobriety, and Self-Discovery: Justin's Healing Journey   Finding Light in the Dark: Justin's Transformation from Addiction to Ambition    Imposter Syndrome to Empowerment: Justin's Grad School Success Story Learn more about Justin:   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FriendRequestPod   Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi Hashtags For This Episode: SobrietyJourney,TherapyInspiration, MentalHealthMatters,SelfDiscovery, OvercomingAddiction,Empowerment,PersonalGrowth,ImposterSyndrome,RecoveryStories,FromNumbingToThriving,NonAlcoholicLife,Resilience,Transformation,HopeAndHealing,GraduateStudentLife  
62:14 11/8/23
Step 9: Making Amends My Friends - 12 Steps for Anyone Who Wants Them
In this episode of the "Eternally Amy" podcast, Amy explores the transformative process of making amends. Discover the power of amending letters in the 12-step journey to recovery. Amy shares her personal insights and guidance on crafting sincere amends letters. Learn about taking responsibility, expressing remorse, and seeking forgiveness. She provides a sample amends letter and real-life examples.Whether you're on a journey to recovery or supporting someone through it, this episode offers valuable insights.    In this episode, we also talked about: ●  "Step Nine: Making Amends and Seeking Redemption" ●  "Amends in Recovery: Finding Peace in Apology" ● "Amends Letters: A Path to Healing and Recovery" ● "Making Amends in Sobriety: A Personal Journey" ● "Amends and Forgiveness: A Sobering Perspective" ● "Amends Process: Reconciliation and Redemption in 12-Step Recovery" ●  "The Power of Apology: Making Amends in a 12-Step Program" ● "Amends and Rebuilding Relationships: A Story of Recovery" ● "12 Steps to Freedom: Step Nine - Making Amends" ● "Amends in Action: Restoring Relationships on the Journey to Sobriety"     Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi   Hashtags For This Episode:  12StepRecovery, AmendsProcess, RecoveryJourney, MakingAmends, 12Steps, AmendsLetter, AmendsExample, AmendsFramework, PersonalGrowth, Forgiveness,HealingJourney, 12and12, AmendsInRecovery, RecoveryLife, AmendsLetterTemplate, AmendsWork, AmendsHealing, AmendsExamples, AmendsProcessSample, RecoveryIsPossible, AmendsLetterIdeas,
47:22 11/3/23
Breaking Free from Codependency: A Journey to Joy
In this podcast episode, Sarah and Finn from the "Leaving Crazy Town" podcast discuss their journey and collaboration, which began during a Zoom meeting in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. They created an online codependency recovery group and a YouTube channel, emphasizing that recovery can lead to a joyful life. The conversation delves into the origins of codependency, often rooted in chaotic family dynamics, and the feeling of responsibility for others' happiness. The hosts share personal experiences and insights into codependency and how it affects relationships and parenting. They encourage self-awareness, authenticity, and the importance of prioritizing one's emotional well-being. In this episode, we also talked about: Navigating Loss and Offering Compassionate Support  Listening with Empathy: The Art of Judgment-Free Communication  Parenthood Dilemmas: Balancing Support and Independence  Fear of Judgment: The Parenting Pressure Cooker Stuck in Unhealthy Situations: Breaking Free from Fear  Advocating for Yourself: Overcoming the Silence  Codependency Chronicles: Trapped in the Web of Others' Needs  Fear of Hurting: The Emotional Barriers to Self-Care  Honesty and Healing: The Transformative Power of Open Communication Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi Hashtags for this episode: LossAndSupport, EmpatheticListening, ParentingChallenges, FearOfJudgment, BreakingFree, AdvocateForYourself, CodependencyJourney, FearOfHurting, HonestyAndHealing, RelationshipGrowth  
69:24 10/24/23
A Journey to Sobriety & Finding Strength in Vulnerability
In this episode of the "Eternally Amy" podcast, Amy welcomes guest Michelle McDonald and engages in a candid conversation about their personal journeys in sobriety. They share their experiences with triggers and difficulties, as well as helpful insights into overcoming them, with one another. Finding tools and methods that help with recovery is talked about. For instance, writing in a journal, meditating, and doing breathwork are all given as examples. Also, they say to live in the present and enjoy the little things in life. The episode shows how people in recovery are always negotiating with themselves and how strong it is to say no to the wine "bitch." This is a story about strength, finding oneself, and the importance of sharing one's real sobriety journey.   In this episode, we also talked about:   Embracing Early Sobriety's Challenges The Identification of Useful Restorative Methods Effects of Journaling and Mindfulness Meditation The Benefits of Taking It Easy Using Breathwork as a Healing Tool. Recognizing Trauma as Part of Recovery Learning to Thrive in Our Weaknesses Dealing with Travel-Related Triggers The Life-Changing Process of Healing Avoiding Time-Consuming Compromises The Significance of "Me Time" Learning to Love the Word "No" Lessons from Relapse Experiences The Emotional Disconnect and Reconnection Sharing the Unfiltered Sobriety Journey Providing Support and Inspiration   Learn more about Michelle:   Instagram: @‌thesoberconnection   Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi Hashtags For This Episode: SobrietyJourney, RecoveryStories, OvercomingAddiction, SelfCare, MentalWellness, LifeAfterAlcohol, StrengthInSobriety, MindfulLiving, Inspiration, Empowerment, HealthyChoices, SobrietySuccess, TurningPoint, SelfDiscovery, WellnessWednesday  
53:04 10/18/23
Fearless Transformation: Breaking Barriers and Embracing Opportunities with Daniel Garza
In this episode of "Eternally Amy," host Amy Liz Harrison interviews Daniel Garza, a multi-talented individual with a breadth of experience in various fields. They discuss overcoming fears, self-doubt, and the importance of embracing opportunities that come our way. Daniel shares his journey of recovery, discussing how fear can manifest and how breaking down barriers can lead to personal and professional growth. In this episode, we also talked about: Daniel's Diverse Background Challenging Societal Norms Fear's Role in Sobriety Introducing "The Alignment" Program Learn more about Daniel: Instagram: @iamdanielggarza   Email: danielggarza@lilmesicanproductions.com  Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi Hashtags For This Episode:  #FearlessLiving #PersonalGrowth #RecoveryJourney #OpportunityKnocks #BreakingBarriers #SelfDiscovery #Empowerment #MentalHealthAdvocacy #SobrietyJourney #PodcastInterview
59:46 10/11/23
A Journey to Self-Love: Lisa Schmidt's Triumph Over Adversity
In this episode of the "Eternally Amy" podcast, Amy welcomes guest Lisa Schmidt, also known as the Sober Hipster. Lisa shares her powerful journey, navigating addiction and her hidden identity. Raised in Texas after her parents' divorce, she excelled academically but turned to drugs and alcohol to hide her true self. Lisa found solace in religion, but her struggles persisted until a life-changing moment during a mission trip in Cairo. A stranger's message of love prompted her to come out and face the losses that followed. Lisa's story is one of resilience, self-discovery, and the transformative power of self-acceptance and love.   In this episode, we also talked about:   A Pivotal Moment During a Mission Trip Story Of The Decision to Come Out Impactful Conversations on Acceptance The Power of Vulnerability and Authenticity Loss and Estrangement from Family Rediscovering Community and Belonging The Healing Journey through Art Therapy Life's Ongoing Process of Recovery and Growth The Importance of Staying Open-Minded   Learn more about Lisa:   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesoberhipster/ Email: thesoberhipster@gmail.com   Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi
64:55 10/5/23
Laura's Voice: Navigating Sobriety and Beyond
In this episode of the "Eternally Amy" podcast, Laura shares her journey of recovery, discussing the common misconception that sobriety instantly leads to a perfect life. She highlights her raw and honest experiences post-treatment, including heading to the pharmacy, revealing her love for Ambien, and her evolving relationships, all while navigating the challenges of recovery. Laura's story emphasizes the importance of patience, intentionality, and self-love. The conversation also touches on her upcoming auto-fiction novel, which explores a painful betrayal from a place of neutrality. Additionally, Laura discusses her podcast, "The Only One in the Room," featuring unique stories of individuals who have felt alone in various situations, fostering empathy and understanding.   In this episode, we also talked about:                                           ●     Writing as a Form of Healing ●     Impactful Book Covers and Their Importance ●     Laura's Post-Rehab Struggles and Growth ●     Common Sobriety Misconceptions Debunked ●     Patience and Order in Laura's Love Story ●     Sneak Peek into Laura's Auto-Fiction Novel ●     The Journey from Self-Discovery to Self-Love ●     The Diverse Stories on Laura's Podcast ●     Navigating Infertility as "The Only One" ●     Overcoming Resistance to Start Writing   Learn more about Laura: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lauracathcartrobbins Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lauracathcartrobbins/ X : https://twitter.com/lauracrobbins?lang=en The Only One In The Room: https://lauracathcartrobbins.com/   Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi  
67:07 9/27/23
Bridging the Gap: Recovery, Writing, and the Journey Within with Tim Gager
In this episode of the "Eternally Amy" podcast, Amy Liz Harrison interviews her guest, Tim Gager, about the intricacies of personal growth and recovery from addiction. They candidly explore their initial belief that achieving sobriety would instantly transform them into a better person, only to discover ongoing challenges even after completing the Twelve Steps. They emphasize the profound role of connection, both in recovery and through the art of writing. The difficulty of juggling multiple responsibilities and navigating recovery community politics is also discussed. In addition to advocating for individual approaches to spirituality, they describe the journey toward a higher power. This episode has lessons to be learned about healing, self-exploration, and the creative process. Listen to learn more!   In this episode, we also talked about:   ●     Personal Struggles with Sobriety ●     Expectations After Completing the Twelve Steps ●     Seeking Relationships While Recovering ●     Vulnerability and the Craft of Writing ●     Internal Conflict Management ●     Group Interactions and Rehabilitation Communities ●     Managing Multiple Roles in Life ●     Changing Notions of a Superior Power ●     Personal Versus Shared Higher Powers ●     The Process of Writing and Character Development   Learn more about Tim: http://www.timothygager.com   Hosted by Amy Liz Harrison Buy Amy’s Books: https://amzn.to/3ys8nuv http://amylizharrison.com/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3Lgxy8F Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3vHHHoi  
58:40 9/20/23
Boozeless BookClub: From Sobriety to Surfing- Crafting Addiction Fiction with Will Thatcher
In this episode of the "Eternally Amy" podcast, Amy Liz Harrison discusses with Will Thatcher his book, "Killing Hurt." The book follows Troy Martin, a recovering addict with a troubled past, as he embarks on a surfing trip to Nicaragua to find a new path in sobriety. The episode goes into addiction fiction as a genre and shows how hard it is for the characters and how deep they are. Will Thatcher talks about where the story came from and how he writes flashbacks. Did the book do a good job of showing the long road to recovery after the initial sobriety? They also talk about the relationships between the characters, including the mysterious Andy. Overall, the episode gives a look into the world of fiction about addiction and how this interesting story came to be. Learn more by listening to this episode! In this episode, we also talked about:   Is Addiction Fiction a Unique Literary Genre? The Complex Character of Troy Martin Deepening Character Development The Ongoing Journey of Recovery Beyond Early Sobriety Who is Andy In The Story? The Inspirations and Motivations Behind the Book Will This Get A Sequel? Exploring Different Aspects of Self Recovery Outside of Meetings Continuation of Life Beyond Recovery Book Link: https://amzn.to/3QJRNkI  
51:05 9/13/23
Feeding the Body, Feeding the Spirit: Recovery Beyond Addictions and Eating Disorders
In this episode of the "Eternally Amy" podcast, Amy Liz Harrison and Kate Vitela delve into the often overlooked connection between eating disorders and addiction, particularly focusing on the concept of 'Drunkorexia.' Through their own experiences, they show how disordered eating and drinking too much can be linked in unexpected and sneaky ways. The discussion shows how social pressure, shame, and keeping secrets can keep these problems going. By talking about their own experiences, the hosts emphasize how important it is to talk about these problems openly and to understand them. They tell people to meet people where they are, have empathy for them, and not criticize their food choices. Lastly, the episode encourages people to recover out loud and help each other on their way to healthier relationships with food and drugs. In this episode, we also talked about:   Relationship Between Alcohol Abuse and Eating Disorders The Vicious Cycle of Bingeing and Purging With Food and Drink Insidiousness of the Drunkorexia Phenomenon Cultural Stigmas Against Eating Disorders Influence of Societal Compliments on Body Image and Behaviors Transitioning to Intuitive Eating and Using Food for Fuel The Importance of Self-Esteem, Agency, and Honesty in Recovery Supporting Friends in the Midst of Disordered Eating Struggles Meeting Others Where They Are in Their Healing Journey Impact of Comments and Peer Pressure on Eating Behavior Developing Boundaries and Asserting Choices Around Food Addressing Physical and Mental Health Issues
55:02 9/5/23