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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 • 17.1K 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.

    Creativity, Chemistry & Claiming Your Joy

    Creativity, Chemistry & Claiming Your Joy

    1. How Amanda’s breaking point—when her life felt like all “shoulds” and no “wants”—led to simple, concrete changes. 
    2. Why the labels put upon us early—the sporty one, the smart one, the artsy one—can shut us off from exploring other parts of ourselves.
    3. How Glennon feels like Ben Affleck in Good Will Hunting—and why she wants Amanda to “go see about a girl.”
    4. What the chemistry of fire has to teach us about how we can resurrect our Fun selves.  
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    • 39 min
    WRITING & ART: When does your real self get to breathe and be seen?

    WRITING & ART: When does your real self get to breathe and be seen?

    1. How writing is a lifeline for Glennon because it’s the one place her real self can tell the truth.
    2. Why Abby feels that her time on the soccer field was art. 
    3. The unorthodox way Glennon’s writing evolved from hourly 5AM sessions to survive sobriety with three young kids to three New York Times Best Sellers.
    4. Why it’s horseshit that books by women authors are indiscriminately labeled “self-help.”
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    UNBOUND with Tarana Burke—Part 2

    UNBOUND with Tarana Burke—Part 2

    We’re continuing our conversation with activist, founder of the me too movement, and our personal friend and hero,Tarana Burke. We talk about: 

    1. What Tarana would say to her twelve-year-old self that might have changed the trajectory of her life.

    2. Tarana’s life-shifting realization that her relationship struggles with her mother were not due to her mother’s lack of desire to love her well, but her lack of capacity—and how Tarana built more capacity for her own child.   

    3. The one thing Tarana said to her child that changed everything—and why Amanda now says the same thing to her children.  

    CW: We reference sexual abuse and trauma.

    About Tarana: 
    For more than 25 years, activist and advocate Tarana J. Burke has worked at the intersection of sexual violence and racial justice. Fueled by commitments to interrupt sexual violence and other systemic inequalities disproportionately impacting marginalized people, particularly Black women and girls, Tarana has created and led various campaigns focused on increasing access to resources and support for impacted communities, including the ‘me too.’ movement, which to date has galvanized millions of survivors and allies around the world.

    Book: Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement
    Instagram: @taranajaneen
    Twitter: @TaranaBurke
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    • 42 min
    UNBOUND with Tarana Burke—Part 1

    UNBOUND with Tarana Burke—Part 1

    Please join us in the first part of our joyful, energizing, and hopeful conversation with activist, advocate, and our personal hero,Tarana Burke. We talk about:
    1. How the spoken and unspoken rules for girls led Tarana to constantly perform the role of “good girl” so that “her secret” would never be revealed.  
    2. The impossible double bind so many survivors live through: that the protection of our community is what saves us, but the need to protect our community is what silences us.
    3. Why Maya Angelou’s work changed everything for Tarana—and how, in her early twenties, she began documenting everything joyful in her life. 
    4. How dancing with Rob was the one place Tarana could safely explore her sexuality with no demands on her body—and how meaningful that was for her.   
    CW: We reference sexual abuse and trauma.
    About Tarana: 
    For more than 25 years, activist and advocate Tarana J. Burke has worked at the intersection of sexual violence and racial justice. Fueled by commitments to interrupt sexual violence and other systemic inequalities disproportionately impacting marginalized people, particularly Black women and girls, Tarana has created and led various campaigns focused on increasing access to resources and support for impacted communities, including the ‘me too.’ movement, which to date has galvanized millions of survivors and allies around the world.

    Book: Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement
    Instagram: @taranajaneen
    Twitter: @TaranaBurke
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Living by Your Own Original Music Instead of Crappy Cover Tunes

    Living by Your Own Original Music Instead of Crappy Cover Tunes

    1. Why Glennon believes the bravest thing she’s ever done was marching into her counselor’s office in high school—and what made her finally say, “I’m not leaving until I get some help.”
    2. How we can identify the difference between our Knowing versus our anxiety and conditioning.
    3. Why Glennon describes herself as Dory from Nemo, and how she returned to meditation when her mind became unmanageable.
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    • 41 min
    BEING BRAVE: What does it take to REALLY be Brave?

    BEING BRAVE: What does it take to REALLY be Brave?

    1. The story that led to Abby’s iconic haircut—how that decision terrified her, changed how she played the game, and changed how she lives her life. 
    2. How Abby and Glennon view “brave” differently—and why Amanda believes their perspectives may be more similar than they think.
    3. Why for Amanda the bravest decisions feel like “lonely certainty” that can never be explained or defended to others. 
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17.1K Ratings

17.1K Ratings

KarenHWCS ,

love love love

In a world that desperately needs truth, Glennon, Abby, and Amanda sit with us with flashlights in the dark and make us feel safer. What is more important than that?

Rozelind ,

Interview with Tarana Joy Burke on replay

Love.

Jazminmlocke ,

All the conversations you want to have but cannot find the words

Each time I listen I say “this is my life” more times than not. I love the conversational style, the hard questions from real people. I love that when I get done I feel less alone. I even use some of the podcasts to share with my husband to help provide perspective on my inner workings and aid in having hard conversations at home.

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