I believe real change always comes from within, and The Better You Podcast was born to discover hidden parts of ourselves and our stories…
a safe place where we have real, honest conversations with people from all walks of life to help better understand ourselves so we can become better versions of ourselves.
So come along on this journey of discovery with me and make each day – which is full of possibility and promise – start with a better you.
In this episode, I talk to the woman behind the Instagram handle @asoberfriend – Stefania Lewicki – about the reasons we drink, how we feel after drinking, and how difficult it can be to choose to be sober in today’s alcohol-centric society. Stefania is a Recovery Advocate at a drug and alcohol treatment center, currently working towards a Masters in Clinical Counseling, and at the young age of 27, decided to quit drinking and create a community dedicated to helping those struggling with their relationship with alcohol or how drinking affects their relationships with others or themselves.
In this episode, I talk with Jenifer Golden, dating expert and co-host of the It’s Complicated podcast, and we discuss what it’s like to be single these days – from how online dating apps like Bumble have created a lot of gender role confusion to strategies to remove the anxiety that comes with dating.
These days there is so much emphasis on taking care of ourselves and seemingly endless self-care options available to us, that it can become overwhelming and a new type of stress has surfaced – the stress of self-care. In episode 9, I talk to Megan Weigel, DNP and board certified Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse, about how to lessen the stress of trying to fit too much self-care into our day and instead approach our routine in a more manageable way.
In episode 8, I talk to our first international guest, Sam Jones. After losing his friends and the future he had planned in a fatal car accident, Sam opens up about his grieving process with incredible insight, vulnerability, and even some humor and wit. No matter what your experience with grief or loss has been, I know you will enjoy hearing Sam’s story, as he is a wonderful example of resilience and the importance of acknowledging and accepting where you are in the process.
In episode 7, I talk to Amy Pope-Latham, LCSW & certified EMDR therapist, about the importance of our mind-body connection and how certain experiences (known as traumas) can cause us to disassociate from our physical feelings. But through different therapy modalities and even practicing mindfulness, we can become more aware of what our body is trying to tell us and give it the time it needs to process through events that our mind didn’t allow it to.
Our moods and feelings can shift so slightly that sometimes it happens without us even noticing it. Before you know it, you can end up in a funk – feeling off, unhappy, unfulfilled, lost or disconnected. In my second solo episode, I get real and honest about the current funk I’m in and share my three-step plan to get out of it.
In episode 5, I talk to host for Afterbuzz TV and the It’s Complicated podcast, Lauren Leonelli. Lauren’s story is an incredible example of how we need to pay attention to how we feel while pursuing different goals in life, recognize when it may be time to walk away, and most importantly – find our own way of doing things rather than go along with what’s “normal.”
In episode 4, I talk to blogger, writer, and host of the Your BFF Podcast Mel Stephens. Heads up that Mel’s story is very intense – it includes her struggles with depression and anxiety, a chronic illness diagnosis, divorce at a young age, issues with support from her family, and a suicide attempt. There is so much valuable insight in her honesty, vulnerability, and perspective of life.
In episode 3, I turn the questions towards myself and share my story… starting with a big moment in my life when I was definitely the most disconnected from myself.
In episode 2, I talk to writer, poet, and author Michelle “Mocha” Thomas. Michelle’s story is one of leaving behind everything that was comfortable and known to her to start a new chapter focused on pursuing her dream of writing. But life had other plans for her and before she knew it, she found herself living the same life she left… just in a new city. Michelle is a uniquely positive person and has a refreshing outlook on life. She is a great example of the importance of being honest with ourselves.