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Author: Dana Lewis

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Welcome to the Stop Faking Fine podcast, a show that will empower you to finally show up for yourself.   Your host, Dana Lewis, was the queen of faking fine after losing her husband unexpectedly to cancer.

We all create walls around us in order to survive the chaos of grief--whether it's caused by the death of a loved one, loss of a job, divorce, or anything that makes us wonder "how did this become my life?"


Dana is here to encourage you not to settle! In this podcast, she shares insight, strategies, and interviews with people who have been down these stressful roads, replaced their unhealthy patterns, and learned to thrive!


Dana will help you recognize and let go of the habits that are no longer serving you, and provide simple sustainable action steps to implement with each episode. It’s time to stop faking fine, because you are worth so much more.


Your circumstances may not be 100% your fault, but Your Life is 100% your Responsibility.

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EP27. Monica Hines knows firsthand the impact burnout, anxiety, and caregiving have on mental health. In this conversation, the nurse-turned-life coach, shares her insight from 18 years in the high-pressure environment of a hospital, revealing the tools she used to cope and how they reshaped her approach to health and wellness. Monica and I discuss the benefits of grounding and other mindfulness practices for mental wellness including the power of gratitude. This episode will help you underst...
EP26. In this conversation, Darla Bonk emphasizes the power of choosing how to respond to emotions and taking control of one's own happiness. Darla shares her experience of escaping an abusive marriage and the challenges she faced as a pastor's child. She emphasizes the importance of seeking help and breaking the silence surrounding divorce and emotional abuse. She also highlights the significance of having tough conversations with children. Her proven strategies offer a solution to managing ...
EP25. This is a special episode for me because my guest, Noah Lewis, is my oldest son. In this conversation we get real about how the anxiety and grief, following my husband’s and Noah’s dad’s death, really impacted our home. Everything I share in this episode is in the hope of helping you understand you’re not alone, and empowering you to have a more peaceful home vibe. We have grown through the most stressful times and can reflect back on that season with honesty, grace and a few giggles. W...
EP24. Laurel Denise, known as the internet’s most relatable planner girl, discusses the role of planning in reducing stress and anxiety. When we have so much on our to-do lists, we need space for these thoughts and dreams to live. Her approach makes planning feel doable and fun! In this conversation, Laurel shares her journey of creating a planner business that helps people connect the dots to all different areas of life so nothing falls through the cracks. She talks about the need for ...
EP23. Shifting your focus from problems to solutions is critical to reduce stress and improve performance. In this episode, Dr. Reed introduces the concept of Relentless Solution Focus, which is the mind's ability to stay focused on solutions in the face of adversity. She emphasizes the benefits of optimism and how it can lead to happiness, better health, and a longer life. More importantly, she provides practical tools to help retrain your brain. The conversation also highlights the power of...
EP22. Tricia Thirey shares her experiences of dating after the loss of a spouse and offers insights and encouragement for widows who are considering dating again.In this conversation we explore the challenges, the appropriate timing and the importance of understanding your own grief before entering a new relationship.Tricia and I get real about our own journeys dating as widows, from managing anger and sadness to laugh-out-loud moments that brought us both to finding true healing. We hold not...
EP21. Cory Chadwick, founder of The Mental Gym, talks about the importance of recognizing our potential and how to avoid the frustration of not knowing how to reach it. He shares his personal journey, emphasizing the need to prioritize mental health and break the stigma surrounding it. Cory explains that mental health, like physical health, has ups and downs, and shares his insight for systematically developing the resilience required to navigate the challenges. Our conversation e...
EP20. Dr. Sally Good shares insights on preventing dementia through small lifestyle changes and focusing on the gut-brain connection. She shares insights on how the gut-brain connection can play a key role in lowering inflammation. Dr. Sally Good is a course creator, psychologist, coach, and author. Twenty years of experience as a scientist and practitioner have led her to numerous conclusions, the most important of which is that dementia is, in many cases, a preventable illness. You ca...
EP19. Learning about the impact the gut microbiome has on our overall happiness and stress resilience was a pivotal point in my journey from an overwhelmed and anxious widow to a thriving single mom. What Dr. Shawn Talbott shares in this episode will help you outline your own path to developing true stress resilience.Our conversation is full of insight on how to naturally fortify the internal defenses that shape our responses to stress, leaving you with renewed peace and energy to face all of...
EP18. It’s easy to think that athletes practice, practice, practice and simply show up to the game and play. But it’s not always that simple. The mental nuisances of competitive sports is an underrated challenge, especially in our youth. Coach Mike Atunrase is back to talk all about the anxieties that plague young athletes. In this episode he shares how preparing your skillset, body, and mind are the keys to alieving depression and anxiety before you walk onto the field. We will also dive int...
EP17. Amie Uitvlugt-Valenzuela is a powerhouse mom of three who joins me to discuss her journey of widowhood. We met on social media, and when we realized that we had both been on this widowhood journey for nine years, we instantly became heartfelt friends. In this episode we dive into all the coping mechanisms Amie tried as she worked through the shock of grief. She shares how she learned to embrace the grief and come to the realization of how God’s unanswered prayers are still answers, afte...
EP16. Imagine if you had permission to express what you are ACTUALLY feeling without judgment… and you felt more in control of your moods and emotions. What would you say? What would you do?Nadia Fiorita might change the way you look at therapy. She is a licensed therapist and holistic health coach. You might not think those things go together but for Nadia Fiorita it’s been a game changing combination for herself and her clients.We will dive deep into chemical imbalances in your brain,...
EP15. Dr. Shawn Talbott shares some scientific insight that will make losing weight easier. We discuss the benefits of intermittent fasting, how to balance your hormones, and what specific probiotics you can add to jump start the process. This is an enlightening conversation that will change your perspective and help you ditch the weight for good. Are you ready to find your ideal weight without trying? Listen in...Dr. Shawn Talbott is a nutritional biochemist, leading expert...
EP14. What is your Big Vision? Are you clear on the difference between your big vision versus a dream? In this episode, I will give you three questions to ask yourself in order to clarify your big vision and outline the steps to help make it a reality! I’ve used these strategies for myself to take my big vision from version 1.0 to 2.0 and counting, and I have coached countless clients to do the same. This episode will leave you dreaming bigger and fired up to take action! Listen in...
EP13. Bouncing back… We use that phrase with relative ease, and yet the actual process of bouncing back is anything but easy. Maya Tyler is the CEO and Founder of Widows DO Bounce Back. She is also a best selling author, speaker, and certified life coach. In today’s episode, we will dive into action steps for how you can bounce back, grow in yourself, and show up in the way you aspire to. Listen in.As mentioned in this episode:⇢ Get the Book! And Then She Bounced Back.with Co-Author, Da...
EP12. In the rush of everyday life, it’s easy for marriage to take a back seat. We focus on the kids, our jobs, and the relationship at the center of it all often gets put on the back burner. Before you know it, you are faking fine in your marriage. Listen as life coach and author, Julianne Kirkland, mom of six (including quadruplets!) talks candidly about the struggle. Find out what happened that was the turning point for Julianne that could make a difference in your own marriage. Some of th...
EP11. Have you ever tried to shove a beach ball underwater? No matter what you do, it eventually pops back up... Sure, you can hold it under there a little while; but, the second you move... it shoots up like a cannon and knocks someone near you in the head. Or, better yet, it hits you directly in the face. I basically treated my feelings like a beach ball for far too long, until I learned a better way. In this episode, I’m sharing my strategy for moving through the pain without stuffing your...
EP10. Our bodies are not our enemy or a project to complete. Sarah Larrabee started on a weightloss journey at 300 pounds. Starting in an obsese place, she shares her story of going from wanting to "fix herself" to "healing herself," and that's when things really changed. Comprehending that wellness is not a destination, but rather a choice to make a million times every day; and, she shares her secrets to long lasting success--mentally and with the scale. As mentioned in this episode:&nb...
EP09. Tune in as my dear friend and fitness mentor, Becky Attard, shares her journey of going from being a fitness professional and living out her dream, to being diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at the start of the pandemic. Everything in life was amazing until this diagnosis, and then life took a turn. She will share how her cancer journey brought her to faking fine, and what she did to grow though this pain. As mentioned in this episode: ⇢ Happy Juice Pack, including Mentabio...
EP08. Elizabeth Benton is a master at becoming a better thinker to become a better decision-maker. In this episode, Elizabeth shares how recognizing patterns in your own behavior can be the catalyst for change to help you get where you want to go. Learn how to stop chasing the next shiny plan and what to do instead. In this conversation we dive into weight loss, finances and growing through grief. Get new tools to help you grow through whatever grief you are feeling at the moment. Liste...
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