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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.

We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle Glennon Doyle & Cadence13

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 22.8K 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.

    Natalie Portman: How to Know When to Say YES

    Natalie Portman: How to Know When to Say YES

    1. The moment Natalie called Abby to invite her to be part of Angel City FC–the first majority, women-owned soccer franchise.
    2. How to stop people-pleasing and learn to recognize a full body YES from inside of you.
    3. Why and how Natalie shows up for big projects before she’s ready or qualified. (Dude Moves).
    4. The best advice Natalie’s ever received–and why women should “Gossip Well.”
    5. How Natalie counters gender expectations by over practicing empathy with her son and decisiveness with her daughter.
    6. What Natalie says when a man suggests a woman is “crazy” or “difficult.”

    About Natalie:
    Natalie Portman is an Academy award-winning actress (BLACK SWAN), director, author, and activist. In Summer 2022, Portman will be hitting the big screen, returning to the Marvel universe as ‘Jane Foster’ in THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER.

    Previously Natalie appeared in Pablo Larraín’s film, JACKIE, in which she starred as First Lady Jacqueline F. Kennedy. For the role, Portman was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA Award, and won the Critics’ Choice Award. She wrote, directed, produced, and starred in A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS, which made its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and its North American premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Other past film credits include Noah Hawley’s LUCY IN THE SKY, Brady Corbet’s VOX LUX, and Alex Garland’s highly anticipated second feature, ANNIHILATION.

    Natalie and her producing partner Sophie Mas recently inked a first-look TV deal with Apple TV+ for their production company MounatainA. Through this deal, they are producing the Apple Original limited series LADY IN THE LAKE, which will be Natalie’s TV acting debut. Natalie’s other past production credits include the documentary EATING ANIMALS, which she executive produced and narrated. The film examines mankind’s dietary choices and is based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s memoir.

    In addition to her film work, Portman devotes her time to several humanitarian causes, with an emphasis on supporting women and girls. She is also a founder of National Women’s Soccer League team Angel City Football Club.

    In Fall 2020, Portman released her debut picture book, NATALIE PORTMAN’S FABLES, which is a New York Times’ Bestseller.

    Portman is a Harvard graduate with a degree in psychology and studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

    IG: @natalieportman
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    • 55 min
    Why Grief – like Love – is Forever with Marisa Renee Lee

    Why Grief – like Love – is Forever with Marisa Renee Lee

    1. Practical tips for guiding friends and family through your grief–and the permission slips to give yourself.
    2. Why there is no such thing as grief etiquette–and how it’s less about what you say and more about what you do.
    3. What it finally took for Marisa to surrender to the fact that she was not in control of her love or her grief. 
    4. How to integrate love and grief in order to find joy again after loss–and how, 12 years after her mother’s death, Marisa includes her mom in her son’s life.
    5. The life-changing perspective shift that Marisa gained from a conversation with Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton.

    About Marisa:
    Marisa Renee Lee is a called upon grief advocate, entrepreneur, and author of the upcoming book “Grief is Love.”

    Deemed “the friend we all wish we had in times of need,” by Elaine Welteroth, Marisa is able to utilize research-based advice and wisdom to help others navigate the complicated and challenging emotions we face when experiencing loss, offering unique insights for women and Black communities.

    She is no stranger to grief herself. In 2008, after a lengthy battle, she lost her mother to cancer. Shortly after, she lost her fertility, a pregnancy, and most recently, a cousin to the COVID-19 pandemic. These losses transformed her life and led her to question what healing truly requires outside the limited roadmap often handed to us by societal expectations. In the end, Marisa found that if we can own and honor what we've lost, we can have a beautiful and joyful life amid grief.

    In addition to her work in the grief space, Lee is a former appointee in the Obama White House and CEO of Beacon Advisors, a mission-driven consulting firm primarily focused on racial equity. She is a rabble-rouser of social healing: former managing director of My Brother's Keeper Alliance; co-founder of the digital platform Supportal; and founder of The Pink Agenda, a national organization dedicated to raising money for breast cancer care, research, and awareness.

    Lee also regularly contributes to Glamour, Vogue, MSNBC, and CNN and serves as an expert for Ritual's wellbeing app. She is a Harvard graduate and an avid home cook. Marisa lives in the Washington DC area with her husband Matt, their newborn son Bennett, and their dog, Sadie.

    TW: @MarisaReneeLee
    IG: @marisareneelee
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    How to Survive This Absurd Life with Samantha Irby

    How to Survive This Absurd Life with Samantha Irby

    1. Sam’s life-changing strategies for (reluctantly) interacting with humans.
    2. How we use humor to hide the lava of rage churning beneath our surface.
    3. Sam’s friendship theory and why she doesn’t need a deep soul connection with every “lowercase f friend.”
    4. Sam’s embrace of JOMO (Joy of Missing Out)–and why she genuinely believes no one else is having a better time (except maybe Abby).
    5. The behind-the-scenes story of the “Fat Babe Pool Party” Shrill show–and why that episode was one of the most important things she’s ever written.

    About Samantha:
    Samantha Irby writes the "Bitches Gotta Eat" blog, and is the author of WOW, NO THANK YOU; WE ARE NEVER MEETING IN REAL LIFE; and MEATY. She has been a writer and/or co-producer for TV shows including And Just Like That, Work in Progress, Shrill, and Tuca & Bertie.

    IG: @bitchesgottaeat
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    ABORTION: Family Meeting on Four Things to Do Next

    ABORTION: Family Meeting on Four Things to Do Next

    Pod Squad Family Meeting! To see each other’s rage and grief, talk about how we got here, renew our resolve to fight forward and to take tender care of each other as we do, and to share four concrete steps we can all take to join the fight for reproductive justice. Because what got us here is not going to get us out of here.
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    • 31 min
    Billie Jean King: Abby’s Hero Shares Her Hardest Battle

    Billie Jean King: Abby’s Hero Shares Her Hardest Battle

    1. How Billie Jean could not live as her full authentic self until age 51.
    2. The moment Billie Jean knew that Abby was not okay after her USWNT retirement. 
    3. How to visualize a reality that doesn’t yet exist – so you can be it, even when you don’t see it. 
    4. How Billie Jean numbed herself through an eating disorder and how she recovered by not being a “good girl.” 
    5. Why Billie Jean does not regret her pre-Roe abortion, and the degrading process she endured to access it. 

    CW // eating disorders discussion
     
    About Billie Jean: 
    Named one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century” by Life magazine and a 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Billie Jean King is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, founder of the Women’s Tennis Association and the Women’s Sports Foundation and part of the ownership group of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Angel City FC and the Philadelphia Freedoms. King also serves on the board of the Women’s Sports Foundation.

    In her legendary tennis career, King captured 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles, including a record 20 Wimbledon championships. Her historic win over Bobby Riggs in the 1973 Battle of the Sexes, is one of the greatest moments in sports history. In 2017, Fox Searchlight released the critically acclaimed film, Battle of the Sexes, which depicts the cultural and social impact of the groundbreaking match. 

    In September 2020, King became the first woman to have an annual global team sports event named in her honor when Fed Cup – the women’s world cup of tennis – was rebranded as the Billie Jean King Cup. Her memoir, ALL IN: An Autobiography, is available now.

    TW: @BillieJeanKing
    IG: @billiejeanking
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    • 57 min
    Introducing History is US

    Introducing History is US

    Written and narrated by award-winning author and Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, “History is US” is a 6-part audio documentary produced and developed by C13Originals that asks questions about who we are as a nation, and what race might reveal about our current crisis. Through the voices of distinguished historians and scholars, this limited series gives listeners the background and education to understand how we got here and how we can all use history to clarify the choices before us. There will always be something distinct about our present day, yet history haunts. “History is US” is a presentation of Shining City Audio, a C13Originals and Jon Meacham Studio.

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    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22.8K Ratings

22.8K Ratings

divine choices ,

Thank you!

Thank you for educating us on what we can do!
We can do hard things!!!

Llwordsmith ,

Happily podvested

I was a fan of Abby’s from soccer and like her didn’t know of the wonderfulness that is Glennon, and through Glennon Amanda.
Thank you all for everything you stand for, believe in your core, and plainly state for all with the courage to do hard things, of which listening to this podcast is not one.
Being open to hear and hopefully learn is a gift that is lost on so many today, thanks again for making easy.

Lisa M. Little
Bloomfield, NJ

fattyfaster ,

Sweet mercy

This podcast is special. Amanda is the best part! (I love Abby and Glennon too of course) but Amanda, wow! Sharp as a tack. She’s a critical thinker and really brings it every time!

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