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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.

Life is freaking hard. We are all doing hard things every day – we love and lose; we forge and end friendships; battle addiction, illness, and loneliness; care for children and parents; struggle in our jobs, our marriages, our divorces; we try to set and hold boundaries – and we fight for equality, purpose, joy, and peace right in the midst of all the hard.

On We Can Do Hard Things, my wife Abby Wambach, my sister Amanda Doyle, and I do the only thing that has ever made life easier: We talk honestly about the hard. We laugh and cry and help each other carry the hard so we can all live a little bit lighter and braver, free-er, less alone.

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We can do hard things, and yet, sometimes we can try easier. Glennon, Abby, Amanda – and the Pod Squad! — share the strategies they’ve used to suffer less – giving us simple Life Hacks for relationships, home, tech, travel, and saving time. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1. Big and small ideas for what to let go of — so that we can all live freer this year. 2. The thinking trap that prevents us from creating new habits.  3. The heaven of resigning from the role of everybody’s problem solver.  4. What to say when folks say something offensive – so you don’t have “walk-away regret.” 5. How to know if you are an “overfunctioner” in a relationship – and how to change that destructive dynamic. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1. Mae, Glennon, Abby, and Amanda each explore their sexuality by delving into what sexually attracts each of them.  2. The sex-positive way Mae’s parents taught them about sex – and orgasm(!) – and how they never made assumptions about Mae's sexuality.  3. Gender as creative expression and a way to have fun. 4. Simple ways to switch up the monotony of routine; to transform boredom into exploration; and dopamine-infused alternatives for addictive personality types. 5. How fear of abandonment / fear of dependence can take over our lives.  About Mae: Mae Martin is an award-winning comedian, actor, writer, and producer who can be seen starring in Feel Good, which they also created and co-wrote. Mae is currently in development with their upcoming scripted project Programmed for Netflix and stars in season 2 of The Flight Attendant on HBO Max. Mae Martin's Guide To… series about sexuality and addiction are available to listen to on BBC Sounds. Mae is also the author of Can Everyone Please Calm Down?: A Guide to 21st Century Sexuality. TW: @TheMaeMartin IG: @hooraymae To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Glennon shares more from the messy middle about how she knew she needed help and what we can all learn from her early recovery. If talk about eating disorders and mental illness helps: Listen today.   If it triggers: Skip today.   CW // eating disorders If you have an eating discover, you may find the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) hotline a helpful resource: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support/contact-helpline  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Before delivering her speech to mark today’s 50th anniversary of Roe, Vice President Kamala Harris decided to sit down with one community—The We Can Do Hard Things Pod Squad—to get real about: 1. Her first call, and how she really felt when she heard Roe was repealed; 2. Why she says the repeal is rooted in shaming women’s sexuality; 3. What’s at risk for birth control and fertility treatments; 4. Why she thinks we must “take the flag back” and show up with our “Shoulders Back, Chin Up;" 5. Why she believes – if Democrats are in power in 2024 – they will write bodily autonomy into law once and for all.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1. How to make peace inside your own head by getting to know your “parts.” 2. Why our “manager,” “firefighter,” and “exile” parts are running our lives – and how to get them to step back. 3. How Glennon is using Internal Family Systems in her eating disorder recovery process. 4. Understanding that the parts of you that you might struggle with most right now were originally developed by you to protect you. 5. How to tap into your wisest, most trustworthy self. About Dr. Becky: Dr. Becky Kennedy is a clinical psychologist, bestselling author, and mom of three, named “The Millennial Parenting Whisperer” by TIME Magazine.Dr. Becky is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and founder of the Good Inside Membership platform, a hub with Dr. Becky’s complete parenting content collection all in one place. Her podcast “Good Inside with Dr. Becky” – was one of Apple Podcasts “Best Shows of 2021.” TW: @goodinside IG: @drbeckyatgoodinside To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dr. Becky Kennedy is back to help us understand Attachment Styles, how our past comes alive in our present – and how to free ourselves and raise freer kids. 1. Why attachment styles are at the heart of our most intense conflicts (in ourselves and with others).  2. How to rewire our original mental coding (75% of which is complete by age 3), so we can have more peace.  3. How our physical and emotional attractions in adulthood are dictated by childhood attachments. 4. Why it’s never too late to initiate relationship repair, and the warning signs that we’re starved for connection. 5. How we can help our kids trust their instincts, use parenting as a path to grow in the ways we’ve always wanted to grow, and build empathy for our own imperfect parents. About Dr. Becky: Dr. Becky Kennedy is a clinical psychologist, bestselling author, and mom of three, named “The Millennial Parenting Whisperer” by TIME Magazine.Dr. Becky is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and founder of the Good Inside Membership platform, a hub with Dr. Becky’s complete parenting content collection all in one place. Her podcast “Good Inside with Dr. Becky” – was one of Apple Podcasts “Best Shows of 2021.” TW: @goodinside IG: @drbeckyatgoodinside To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Following Glennon’s diagnosis, she, Abby, and Amanda go deep with Sonya Renee Taylor - author of The Body is Not an Apology – exploring the personal and global promise of Radical Self Love: 1. Examining the way we talk to our bodies – and how to change negative self-dialogue. 2. How to shift from a relationship with our body based on dominance and control to a relationship based on trust.  3. The pitfalls of “body positivity.” 4. Recognizing this global moment we are in as a gift inviting us to collective Self Love.  5. The full life that is possible only if we stop believing our body is our enemy, and start seeing our body as a teammate.  About Sonya: Sonya Renee Taylor is a world-renowned activist, award-winning artist, transformational thought leader, author of six books including The New York Times best selling The Body is Not an Apology, and founder of the international movement and digital media and education company of the same name whose work has reached millions of people by exploring the intersections of identity, healing, and social justice using a radical self-love framework. She continues to speak, teach,write, create, and transform lives globally. IG: sonyareneetaylor To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
This moving conversation delving inside the “wonderful, dangerous” mind of Tracee Ellis Ross covers: 1. Tracee’s go-to strategies to stop questioning herself, to pick herself up when she feels unlovable, and to tether herself to her truest self.  2. How she made peace with the fact that she’s “not everyone’s cup of tea” – and stopped trying to change the things about her that others don’t like (but she does).  3. Inside Tracee’s 50th birthday party – the honor of being “Fifty and Free,” and what moved her to sing her mother’s song in her mother’s dress. 4. Tracee’s recent personal journal entry rejecting the lie that a woman’s purpose is to be “chosen” – and how she creates a beautiful, full life outside the roles of mother and partner.  5. Tracee’s incredible view of friendship: How to be brave enough to become a barnacle in your friends’ lives, and to find your Cauldron people  About Tracee: Tracee Ellis Ross is an award-winning actress and producer best known for her roles in ABC’s award-winning comedy series BLACK-ISH and GIRLFRIENDS. For her role as “Rainbow Johnson” in BLACK-ISH, as a comedic leading actress, Ross won the Golden Globe Award in 2017 as well as nine NAACP Image Awards. She was nominated for five Emmys and two Critics Choice Awards.  Ross is the CEO and Founder of Pattern, a haircare brand for the curly, coily and tight textured masses.  Ross recently executive produced and narrates Hulu’s THE HAIR TALES, a docuseries about Black women, beauty and identity through the distinctive lens of Black hair.  Upcoming, Ross will be producing a ten-episode podcast “I Am America,” which aims to break through the noise during this divided time in our country in an effort to create space and to heal.  TW: @TraceeEllisRoss IG: @traceeellisross To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Glennon, Abby, and Amanda each share a No they are leaving behind – and a new Yes they’re bringing into their lives this year. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Glennon shares from the messy middle about her new diagnosis and what’s next for her recovery. If talk about eating disorders and mental illness helps: Listen today.  If it triggers: Skip today.  CW // eating disorders If you have an eating discover, you may find the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) hotline a helpful resource: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support/contact-helpline To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
What Anxiety Feels Like

What Anxiety Feels Like

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At the end of our first full year together, Glennon, Abby, and Amanda reflect on We Can Do Hard Things, this community, some of their favorite episodes, and they reshare the very first show: 1. The original idea for the podcast and how it’s evolved. 2. Glennon describes how an anxiety attack feels – and the 3 strategies that help her find calm. 3. Amanda shares some special “thank you” messages to Glennon, Abby, and the Pod Squad. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1. Why we should stop expecting people to forgive. 2. Rabbi Danya’s five step-by-step process for repairing a relationship.  3. What makes a good – and a terrible – apology. 4. What to do (and to not say) if you want to make amends and change. 5. Why repentance is a process that has nothing to do with the one who was hurt. About Rabbi Ruttenberg: Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is an award-winning author of 8 books, including On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World. She serves as Scholar in Residence at the National Council of Jewish Women, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Salon, Time, Newsweek, and many other publications. TW: @TheRaDR IG: @rabbidanyaruttenberg To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Glennon, Abby, Amanda and the Pod Squad share their most brutiful and hilarious holiday stories. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Holiday Expectations are the joy robbers. Here’s how to leave room for yourself, and be sturdy this holiday season (and always). 1. How in our preparation for making things perfect, we leave no room for the peace and joy that is actually in front of us. 2. The opposite revolutions that Glennon and Amanda are having right now – and why they’re at the core the same. 3. The final frontier: How to be who we are wherever we are – and let our people be who they are wherever we are, too. 4. What it felt like for Glennon, Abby, and Amanda to watch Tish’s first live performance on stage. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1. Fortune’s life as a debutante without a couch and her first coming out party.  2. Fortune’s 21st birthday, and her family’s complicated relationship with Hooters.  3. The joys and perils of growing up as an 80s kid, and the shock of moving to LA from a small Southern town.  4. What Fortune was watching when she finally realized she was queer, and how she built community when she realized she was the only gay person she knew.  5. How she learned to let go of being someone she’s not – and starting living to please herself. About Fortune:  Fortune Feimster is a standup comedian, writer, and actor. Her first Netflix special, “Sweet & Salty,” was nominated for a Critics Choice Award, and her new comedy special – “Good Fortune” – is streaming now on Netflix. Fortune was a writer and panelist on the hit show “Chelsea Lately” and starred in “The Mindy Project”. She has also appeared in “2 Broke Girls,” “The L Word: Generation Q,” “Glee,” and “Life In Pieces”. TW: @FortuneFeimster IG: @fortunefeimster To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Featuring Luvvie, Reese, Ash+Ali, Sam & Cam. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1. Cutting off contact with family is on a dramatic rise – how to know if there’s hope of repair, or if self-preservation requires distance.   2. How to have present, productive conversations with our parents about the past.   3. Why we grieve the loss of a family member even if we know it’s healthiest to cut them out.  4. Attachment styles, emotional honesty, and the difference between forgiveness and repair.  5. What to do and say – and what NOT to say – when attempting to reconnect with an estranged loved one.    About Dr. Atlas: Dr. Galit Atlas is a psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor in private practice in New York City. Her new book Emotional Inheritance was published in January 2022 and is being translated into 17 languages. She is on the faculty of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. A leader in the field of relational psychoanalysis, Dr. Atlas teaches and lectures throughout the United States and internationally.  IG: @galit_atlas To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Glennon, Abby, Amanda, and Sarah Edmondson continue their conversation:  1. “Love bombing” and other red flag strategies used by cults to reel people in.   2. The jarring similarities between cults and abusive relationships – and how in both your best qualities are used against you. 3. What to do if someone you love is pulled into QAnon, 4chan, or another conspiratorial culture.   4. The moment Sarah realized she had been initiated into a sex pyramid, and how she escaped.  5. The responsibility she felt – after having been such an avid recruiter – to expose the truth of NXIVM and help take down its leaders.   CW: Discussion of cult culture and sexual coercion About Sarah:  Sarah Edmondson is an actor, podcaster, author, and cult-recovery advocate.   Sarah has starred in a number of TV series, yet she is most recently known for her real-life saga escaping the multi-level marketing company NXIVM – and DOS, a “secret sisterhood” within NXIVM – which can also be seen on HBO’s The Vow. Sarah’s memoir Scarred shares her true story from the moment she joined NXIVM, to her harrowing fight to get out and bring its founder to justice. Sarah co-hosts the podcast A Little Bit Culty with her husband Anthony ‘Nippy’ Ames, and lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons.   TW: @sarahjedmondson IG: @sarahedmondson   Sarah’s resource page: https://www.sarahedmondson.com/resources Steven Hassan’s BITE model: https://freedomofmind.com/cult-mind-control/bite-model/ To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1. How attending a personal development training at a Holiday Inn led to Sarah being branded in a sex "secret sisterhood" initiation ceremony. 2. Her path from top recruiter to the whistleblower who helped take down the cult and its leader Keith Ranieri.  3. Why we’re all susceptible to cult culture – the need for belonging, the temptation of simplification, and how we’re trained to deny our gut instincts. CW: Discussion of cult culture and sexual coercion About Sarah:  Sarah Edmondson is an actor, podcaster, author, and cult-recovery advocate. Sarah has starred in a number of TV series, yet she is most recently known for her real-life saga escaping the multi-level marketing company NXIVM – and DOS, a “secret sisterhood” within NXIVM – which can also be seen on HBO’s The Vow. Sarah’s memoir Scarred shares her true story from the moment she joined NXIVM, to her harrowing fight to get out and bring its founder to justice. Sarah co-hosts the podcast A Little Bit Culty with her husband Anthony ‘Nippy’ Ames, and lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons. TW: @sarahjedmondson IG: @sarahedmondson Sarah’s resource page: https://www.sarahedmondson.com/resources Steven Hassan’s BITE model: https://freedomofmind.com/cult-mind-control/bite-model/ To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (78)

Kara Kochenderfer

Thank you, beautiful, Life Warrior. Your new diagnosis is here to teach you more about yourself. Trust that you will be held, loved and guided each day.

Jan 26th
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Laura D

Parenting a young adult? Learn to move from Manager to Consultant. That phrase helped me learn to back off the control and probing questions.

Jan 21st
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Laura D

"thank you, special part, for your years of service" - Dr Becky 😥 such a wonderful phrase. beautiful episode, lovely people.

Jan 21st
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Laura D

THIS IS GOLD. I learned sooooo much and hearing some of the things I've read about attachment helped me understand my own childhood issues as well as figuring out the attachment issues of my ex partner in a recently failed relationship. whoa love Dr Becky, reading her book now to look at how I patented in the past (now a grandma), and recommending book and podcast to my 3 amazing children who thankfully love me!

Jan 19th
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Sara Poirier

I always absolutely love the podcasts with Doctor Becky. I have a question and Im not sure if this is the right place but here goes, with reguards to the reference to the gymnastics birthday party, what if your child is already coded with being anxious and untrusting? How do you help them regain trust in themselves and find safety in trying new things? Im not asking the right question. How do I offer security and support without potentially creating or perpetuating avoidance? How do I help them learn to trust themselves and trust that they can do hard things? How do I help them hear themselves outside of the anxiety? Hopefully, that makes sense. Thank you! Sara

Jan 17th
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SW

Bio-identical all the way!! Never go with pharma!

Jan 16th
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Sara Currier

OMG!! The same soup 💜

Jan 12th
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Robin

I really appreciate this episode. It's what I've been feeling and saying for years and it feels good to hear it talked about by someone else. The first segment was such a relief! I'm also grateful for the example of the groceries so that I can hopefully teach my kids to do better. And at the same time, I also found it very privileged to say we should just hand off a responsibility and live with what happens. I'm sure if they actually only got crackers, they would eventually get fed up because that isn't sustainable for very long. What are you going to wipe with when you use the toilet? How long can you go without eating any protein or fruits or veggies before you get sick? I know this was probably meant as an exaggeration but for some of us, we would truly be in a bad situation if we weren't taking care of the things we are. So in the end, I was left feeling like I'm responsible for my situation... it's my responsibility to stop taking care of things and live with the consequences. I've done that as much as I feel is safe/healthy and I'm still overwhelmed. So then what?

Dec 17th
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Heidi Mavir

this is one of my favourite Podcasts

Dec 17th
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Nitesh J

amazing podcast. really hit home

Dec 16th
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Debra Scott

Enjoyed this

Dec 12th
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Sara Poirier

This episode hurt my heart! It's so true. There are many moments in my children's lives, Im either not documented in or the pictures are selfies. 😞

Dec 10th
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Cyndi Jones

Defintely eye opening. Looking forward to the next one.

Dec 8th
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Jai Cooper

I absolutely LOVE this episode! I've loved so many, but this one...! Well done!!!

Nov 18th
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Suzzi ViTaris

Crying! Before my husband died, he said he knew Id be alright because im a good cryer 🧡

Nov 15th
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Jai Cooper

I f*cking LOVE this and you all!

Oct 17th
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Laura D

oh gosh, my story with minor differences. Took me 3 years after my epiphany to pull the plug. I wish I'd had a Brene, a Jen, a Glennon... but I did it and am living better and stronger 10 years later. Our bodies tell us.... yes, Jen. But still things aren't where I'd like them to be, where I'd thought they'd be years later. How to have patience and trust that all will work out?

Aug 10th
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Martha Gruber

Wow! This episode hit home with me. I lost my mother in 2004 and I was the one that got the phone call from her Dr telling me that she had stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. I was the one that had to tell her and my dad. I did the same thing. I stayed up all night "researching" treatments knowing there were none. Grief doesn't go away. I'm still dealing with it. Thank you for this episode!❤️

Jul 14th
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Kaat Van Boxstael

aha erlebnis for me. thanks!!!

Jul 1st
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Afshin aghazadeh

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Jun 30th
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