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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 • 13.2K 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.

    REDEFINING FAMILY with Craig: Does letting go of what family “should be” help us embrace the family we have?

    REDEFINING FAMILY with Craig: Does letting go of what family “should be” help us embrace the family we have?

    1. Craig’s first two thoughts the moment Glennon sent him “the text.”
    2. How Glennon and Craig told the kids they were divorcing. 
    3. The big mistake Glennon and Craig agree they made in the early days of blending their family.
    4. What Craig says is the most annoying thing about co-parenting with Glennon, and the best thing about co-parenting with Abby.
    5. How Craig really feels about Glennon writing their stories.  
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    OUR BODIES: Why are we at war with them and can we ever make peace?

    OUR BODIES: Why are we at war with them and can we ever make peace?

    TW // eating disorders
    1. Glennon’s “final frontier”—her attempt to stop controlling her body.
    2. The opportunity costs of a lifetime spent obsessing about our size and shape.
    3. How we’ve been taught to fixate over every hair, wrinkle, and pound—but have never been taught how our bodies actually work.
    4. How to quit conditioning girls to stay small in body, hunger, ambition, and desire.
    5. The tyranny of the weigh-in at the doctor’s office—and why BMI is horseshit. 
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    QUEER FREEDOM: How can we be both held and free?

    QUEER FREEDOM: How can we be both held and free?

    1. How Abby learned from church as a child to hate herself—and the healing moment she realized that God and religion are not the same.
    2. The miraculous letter Glennon received from a reader the day after she came out. 
    3. Glennon’s response to the statement “I disagree with your lifestyle, but I love you anyway.”
    4. When it’s time to either raise hell inside of—or leave—the institutions that require us to deny who we are or what we know.
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    SELF CARE: How do we identify our real needs and finally get them met?

    SELF CARE: How do we identify our real needs and finally get them met?

    1. How to create lives that we don’t need to escape from.
    2. Why our resentment toward others is our Secret Self-Care Signal.
    3. Why refusing to be selfless is the best way to care for others and the world.
    4. How to stop passing down the brutal legacy of martyrdom to our children.
    5. Glennon’s life-changing spiritual practice: Habitual Quitting.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    FIGHTING WELL: Is your conflict style making or breaking your relationships?

    FIGHTING WELL: Is your conflict style making or breaking your relationships?

    In this episode, in which Abby joins Glennon and Amanda, discover: 
    1. How Glennon and Abby realized that each of their recurring Five Fights (about money, food, etc.) are all actually about the exact same thing—and how it all goes back to their childhoods.  
    2. The guardrails Abby and Glennon built to protect each other when they fight.  
    3. How to handle a relationship in which one partner runs from conflict (Team Abby), and the other rushes toward conflict (Team Glennon).
    4. The one red flag that Amanda insists is a relationship-ender.
    TW // eating disorders
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    OVERWHELM: Is our exhaustion a sign that we’re CareTicking time bombs?

    OVERWHELM: Is our exhaustion a sign that we’re CareTicking time bombs?

    In the episode discover:
    1. How the constant to-do list ticker looping in Amanda's brain makes her feel like a dormant volcano.
    2. The job description we've somehow accepted for motherhood—and whether self-abandonment is a job requirement.
    3. The way gender expectations even creep into Glennon and Abby's marriage.
    4. How to know whether your partner is a co-builder or an assistant.
    5. How to make the invisible load of caretaking visible—and potentially bearable.  
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13.2K Ratings

13.2K Ratings

champagnesuzi ,

My favorite of all time

My absolute favorite podcast out there. I look forward to it every week. I laugh, I cry, I empathize and feel so grateful for the gift of Glennon. Thank you for helping me realize how connected we really are and for the real, hard, messy topics each episode.

nyoder12 ,

Amazing and life changing

I don’t rate things. Mostly because most “things” aren’t worth rating, but I read Untamed last summer and thought, why not? The first episode I listened to I was hooked. Now, I anxiously await for a new episode every Tuesday. Glennon and Amanda- keep talking about hard things. It makes those of us who are hesitant to tackle hard things want to tackle them. You both are amazing!

BHL-MISFJQ ,

I can do hard (inner) work.

I glean much from the hard (inner) work that Glennon has done and that she has broken free from cultural norms.

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