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I’m Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed – the book that was released at the very start of the pandemic and became a lifeline for millions. I watched in awe from my home while this simple phrase from Untamed – WE CAN DO HARD THINGS – the mantra that saved my life twenty years ago, became a worldwide rally cry. Because we experienced the hardship of the pandemic collectively, many of us finally acknowledged what was true before COVID and will be true after: That life is freaking HARD. We are all doing hard things every single day – things like loving and losing caring for children and parents; forging and ending friendships; battling addiction, illness, and loneliness; struggling in our jobs, our marriages, and our divorces; setting boundaries; and fighting for equality, purpose, freedom, joy, and peace. On We Can Do Hard Things, my sister Amanda and I will do the only thing I’ve found that has ever made life easier: We will drop the fake and talk honestly about the hard. Each week we will bring our hard to you and we will ask you to bring your hard to us and we will do what we were all meant to do down here: Help each other carry the hard so we can all live a little bit lighter and braver, more free and less alone.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 22.3K Ratings

I’m Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed – the book that was released at the very start of the pandemic and became a lifeline for millions. I watched in awe from my home while this simple phrase from Untamed – WE CAN DO HARD THINGS – the mantra that saved my life twenty years ago, became a worldwide rally cry. Because we experienced the hardship of the pandemic collectively, many of us finally acknowledged what was true before COVID and will be true after: That life is freaking HARD. We are all doing hard things every single day – things like loving and losing caring for children and parents; forging and ending friendships; battling addiction, illness, and loneliness; struggling in our jobs, our marriages, and our divorces; setting boundaries; and fighting for equality, purpose, freedom, joy, and peace. On We Can Do Hard Things, my sister Amanda and I will do the only thing I’ve found that has ever made life easier: We will drop the fake and talk honestly about the hard. Each week we will bring our hard to you and we will ask you to bring your hard to us and we will do what we were all meant to do down here: Help each other carry the hard so we can all live a little bit lighter and braver, more free and less alone.

    How to Live So We Can Die Peacefully with Death Doula Alua Arthur

    How to Live So We Can Die Peacefully with Death Doula Alua Arthur

    1. What Alua has learned about living well from the many people she’s helped walk home as a death doula. 
    2. The “deathbed test” that guides her toward what is important and helps her stay present.
    3. Alua eases Abby’s immense fear of death by sharing her glitter-wave vision.
    4. The most surprising thing she wants us to know about death.
    5. Concrete steps we can take now to help prepare ourselves–and our loved ones–for the inevitable.

    About Alua:
    Alua Arthur is a death doula, recovering attorney, and the founder of Going with Grace, a death doula training and end-of-life planning organization that exists to support people as they answer the question, “What must I do to be at peace with myself so that I may live presently and die gracefully?” Going with Grace works to improve and redefine the end-of-life experience for people rooted in every community using the individual lived experience as the foundation. Alua was a keynote speaker at EndWell 2019, and has been featured in the LA Times, Vogue, Refinery29, The Doctors, and InStyle. She is inspired by the gift of LIFE itself and is always on the quest for the best donuts and fried plantains!

    TW: @goinggracefully
    IG: @going_with_grace
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    How Family Secrets Shape Us: Emotional Inheritance with Dr. Galit Atlas

    How Family Secrets Shape Us: Emotional Inheritance with Dr. Galit Atlas

    1. How we are each haunted by our family’s secrets and trauma–whether we know them or not–and how to break the cycle for future generations. 
    2. The astounding new research on generational trauma showing that our personal trauma is passed down genetically to our children and grandchildren.  
    3. Our unconscious need to heal what our parents could not–and how to mourn what we cannot control.  
    4. Why our bodies carry what our mind won’t remember–and how to release that burden.  
    5. Dr. Galit’s new book Emotional Inheritance and the incredible new way to understand ourselves.  

    About Dr. Atlas:
    Dr. Galit Atlas is a psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor in private practice in New York City. She is on the faculty of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Atlas has published three books for clinicians and numerous articles and book chapters. A leader in the field of relational psychoanalysis, Dr. Atlas is a recipient of the André François Award and the NADTA Research Award. She teaches and lectures throughout the United States and internationally. Her new book Emotional Inheritance was published in January 2022 and is being translated into 17 languages.

    IG: @galit_atlas
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Cameron Esposito: How to Save Your Damn Self

    Cameron Esposito: How to Save Your Damn Self

    Glennon and Abby welcome their dear friend Cameron Esposito to discuss:
    1. Cameron’s brutiful relationship with her body–and how it feels playing a sexy TV role.
    2. The way Cameron grew up using humor as self-defense and to become socially “valuable”–and the moment she wondered if comedy was no longer working for her. 
    3. Why Cameron says she’s able to cry for the first time in 35 years. 
    4. How as a gender-nonconforming queer kid, Cameron felt “overnoticed”–and how being a comedian allows her to “hide in plain sight."
    5. The rule Cameron and Glennon made to help them become better at friendship.

    CW: eating disorders

    About Cameron:
    Cameron Esposito is a queer, gender non-conforming standup comic, actor, writer and host.
    As a standup, Cameron has headlined tours and festivals nationwide and internationally. As an actor and host, Cameron has been seen across television and film, appearing in big budget films and beloved Sundance indies, and on Netflix, HBO, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Starz, Comedy Central, Logo, TBS, IFC, E! and Cartoon Network. Cameron's podcast, Queery, features hour long conversations with some of the brightest luminaries in the LGBTQ+ community, including Emmy and Grammy winning performers, Olympians, politicians, even an astronaut. Cameron's writing has been published by The New York Times, Vulture/New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, Bon Appetit, Refinery29 and more. Cameron's first book, Save Yourself, was an instant bestseller and is available in paperback March of 2022. Next up, Cameron is set to recur on the ABC series A Million Little Things and appear in HBOMax's Moonshot. Cameron lives in Los Angeles and likes to swim.

    TW: @cameronesposito
    IG: @cameronesposito
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Why Elizabeth Gilbert Disappeared & What She Came Back to Say

    Why Elizabeth Gilbert Disappeared & What She Came Back to Say

    Part Two of our gorgeous conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert:
    1. Liz describes Rayya’s death as “a fist fight”–and how Rayya went out swinging.
    2. In the wake of Rayya’s death, how Liz grieved, and what helped.
    3. Liz’s spiritual practices: communing with a higher power, her recovery community, and starting over.

    About Elizabeth: 
    Elizabeth Gilbert is author of the international bestseller, EAT PRAY LOVE, which has been translated into over thirty languages, and sold over 12 million copies worldwide. The book became so popular that Time Magazine named Elizabeth as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2010, Elizabeth published a follow-up to EAT PRAY LOVE called COMMITTED—an instant a #1 New York Times Bestseller, as well as BIG MAGIC: CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR. She is author of two novels: THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS, and CITY OF GIRLS. And she is the creator of the Onward Book Club, which takes place on her Instagram via a live chat, as a way of spotlighting, studying, and celebrating the work of Black women authors. 

    Elizabeth divides her time between New York City, rural New Jersey, and everywhere else.

    TW: @GilbertLiz
    IG: @elizabeth_gilbert_writer
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Liz Gilbert Shares the Whole Story for the First Time

    Liz Gilbert Shares the Whole Story for the First Time

    Part One of our intimate conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert:
    1. When Glennon called Liz about Abby–and Liz then told Glennon about Rayya.
    2. The moment Liz imploded her life as she knew it.
    3. How, after a decade of friendship, Liz finally told Rayya that she was in love with her.
    4. The brutal chaos of Rayya’s addiction at the end of her life–and what Liz had to do and say to protect herself.

    About Liz: 
    Elizabeth Gilbert is author of the international bestseller, EAT PRAY LOVE, which has been translated into over thirty languages, and sold over 12 million copies worldwide. The book became so popular that Time Magazine named Elizabeth as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2010, Elizabeth published a follow-up to EAT PRAY LOVE called COMMITTED—an instant a #1 New York Times Bestseller, as well as BIG MAGIC: CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR. She is author of two novels: THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS, and CITY OF GIRLS. And she is the creator of the Onward Book Club, which takes place on her Instagram via a live chat, as a way of spotlighting, studying, and celebrating the work of Black women authors. 

    Elizabeth divides her time between New York City, rural New Jersey, and everywhere else.

    TW: @GilbertLiz
    IG: @elizabeth_gilbert_writer
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    • 1 hr
    BURNOUT: Do You Feel Half Alive?

    BURNOUT: Do You Feel Half Alive?

    1. With everything going on in the world, and in our lives, is “Burnout” the reason we all feel like zombies? 
    2. Why stress is like trash: You have to get rid of it often or your life starts to stink.  
    3. Emily and Amelia Nagoski – the authors of Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle – answer our Pod Squad’s burning questions about how to bounce back from burnout. 

    About Emily: 
    EMILY NAGOSKI is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling Come As You Are and The Come As You Are Workbook. She earned an M.S. in counseling and a Ph.D. in health behavior, both from Indiana University, with clinical and research training at the Kinsey Institute. Now she combines sex education and stress education to teach women to live with confidence and joy inside their bodies. Emily’s new podcast, Come As You Are, is launching this Summer and her forthcoming book, Come Together, will be released in 2023. She lives in Massachusetts with two dogs, a cat, and a cartoonist.

    TW: @emilynagoski
    IG: @enagoski

    About Amelia: 
    AMELIA NAGOSKI, Amelia is the co-author with Emily, of the New York Times bestseller Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. A Doctorate of Musical Arts, her job as she describes it is to run around waving her arms and making funny noises and generally doing whatever it takes to help singers get in touch with their internal experience. She lives in New England with her husband, one cat, and two rescue dogs.

    IG: @amelianagoski
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22.3K Ratings

22.3K Ratings

Kelvin P ,

My saviors, my gurus

These three women are truly kind and real and funny and smart. They have changed how I deal my problems and sadness and happiness and crises. Glennon, Abby and Amanda, my only complaint is that we don’t get to hear your kindness and wisdom every single day.

SarahBastian ,

A Powerful Episode

I’m new to the podcast and just recently finished the episode with Dr. Galit Atlas. What powerful information and conversation about transgenerational emotional inheritance. It reminds me of the foundation ideas that systemic constellation work is based on. I look forward to more listening to episodes with you wonderful women!

MFMAHW ,

Best guests; wonderful rapport

Abby and Sister and Glennon are so wonderful.
This podcast is a gift. The guests are always such a treat.

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