This podcast is about people’s stories. Stories of our struggles and the work it takes to overcome those struggles, of our failures and finding success, and ultimately of healing and love. My guests and I share stories of challenges and successes, especially in the second half of life. The second half means the second half of our lives and the unique issues we face during this period of time but it also means the pivotal decisions or circumstances that happen at any time in our lives that change and redefine who we are. I'm hoping that the stories that my guests share will help you feel less alone in your own struggles and will make us all feel more connected as a community. New episodes every week!
Tools to Build Your Mental Fitness
Wendy Reed talks about tools we can use to build our mental fitness to deal with anxiety, stress and other mental health challenges. Wendy is a certified professional coach in the DC metro area. She coaches clients across the US and facilitates live and online workshops with a focus on helping parents who are trying to "do it all" build their mental and emotional fitness in order to meet their unique challenges and to consistently access the best parts of themselves for their goals. Wendy is a parent herself and is committed to facing daily life as a parent with a resilient, positive mindset and doing the work to make that happen. She trains her clients to do the same using a research-backed mental fitness formula and somatic embodiment coaching practices.
What Today's Movements Can Learn from Women’s Suffrage
Lucinda Robb talks about the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, and the lessons modern movements can learn from one of the longest - and ultimately successful - civil rights movements in American history. Lucinda has been interested in the suffrage movement since her time at the Center for Legislative Archives, where she was director for an education project on the hundreds of thousands of petitions that women sent to Congress. Lucinda has a book coming out this fall with her co-author Rebecca Roberts titled The Suffragist Playbook: Your Guide to Changing the World. She also serves on several nonprofit boards including the National Archives and Running Start, which trains young women to run for office.
Tools to Cope w/ Stress & Anxiety During the Pandemic
Dr. Cecily Havert talks about different coping tools to deal with the stress and anxiety many people are experiencing during the pandemic. Dr. Havert is a family doctor with special interests in women’s health and mental health. She’s been practicing for over 15 years. She also teaches medical students at Georgetown University. She’s gotten a number of awards including Washingtonian Magazine’s top doctor award numerous years including the last three years.
Struggling w/ Anxiety & an Eating Disorder During Quarantine
Today, instead of a guest, I talk about the challenges of having anxiety and an eating disorder during the quarantine and the tools I've used to help me get through these challenges.
Life with an Eating Disorder
Amanda Long talks about her struggles with and recovery from an eating disorder. After 20 years as a journalist, she became a massage therapist in 2011 and loves communicating through touch. She checked herself into inpatient treatment for an eating disorder in 2017, and is yearning to care for, love and accept her own body after 25 years of letting an eating disorder control it. She recently wrote about recovery in quarantine in The Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2020/04/10/after-lifelong-struggle-with-an-eating-disorder-she-has-more-fear-than-coronavirus-during-self-isolation/?arc404=true).
National Eating Disorders Association - https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
Therapist mentioned during the show - https://www.mindbodyva.com/
Treatment center mentioned during the show - https://centerfordiscovery.com/
A Mother of a Black Son
Ericka talks about her experience of being a black woman and a mother of a black son in America. We discuss systemic racism, faith and hope for the next generation. Ericka has been a Montessori teacher for the past 13 years. Prior to that, she was a social worker for 10 years in North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia. Ericka, originally from North Carolina, has lived in the D.C. metropolitan area since 1997. She and her husband have been married for almost 19 years and are the proud parents of two high school honor student athletes.
Real and Honest
I binge-listened to TSH while meal-prepping this weekend. It definitely kept me entertained. The stories are real, honest and reminded me that we’re all normal with our own struggles and successes in life. I laughed, cried and learned about being a better person. Thanks, Rebecca for sharing these stories with your listeners. I’m looking forward to more episodes.
Storytelling connects us
I love how Rebecca uses storytelling as a means of sharing life experiences AND helping people feel connected to each other. So often interviews feel like a peek into someone else’s life. I do enjoy those, but this podcast seems to weave common threads that we can follow and even use to find facets to ourselves we didn’t know were there. So much about this “middle” age is about self discovery, and what better way to find something new than to see yourself through the lens of another person’s story.
At a time where most of the world makes it appear they are very connected with each other through social media, many are actually very disconnected and alone.
What a gift to have The Second Half, a Podcast that opens the door to a safe and loving environment where stories can be shared and judgement and pretense is left outside.
I love these stories and value their honestly. Their healing qualities are real and valuable.