July 4, 2017

If You Fall into a Ditch – Don’t Decorate It [video interview]

I have something really special for you here – an interview with my buddy Kirsten Johnson.

Kirsten is a life coach, author, and video blogger – and her personal story of recovery is incredibly inspiring. I guarantee that, no matter what you’re going through, Kirsten’s story will show you that human beings are capable of profound, life-altering CHANGE.

I’m super excited to share this interview with you. Want the nutshell version?

Kirsten has been sober for more than seven years, and she just moved back to the Bay Area from Bali, Indonesia, where she was bugging around on her little scooter and generally living a vibrant, full-throttle life.

KJ pool

Prior to that? Kirsten struggled with panic disorder, generalized anxiety, and the specific phobias of public speaking, freeway driving, and dogs. She was also agoraphobic (afraid to leave the house), and addicted to alcohol and the anti-anxiety medication Klonopin.

To put it in Kirsten’s words: Her world had become very small, and she felt as if she’d fallen in a ditch. Her coping strategy prior to her recovery was to try to “decorate the ditch.”

But she lived to tell the tale (boy did she ever) and in this interview we talk about:

  • How Kirsten finally realized that it was time to get sober (that part of her story is powerful)
  • How recovery required that she learn to feel her feelings, and the theories that we both have about the messed up messages we get in society about how to manage emotions (I LOVE how Kirsten talks about this, it’s right up my alley)
  • Kirsten’s VERY practical advice around meditation and mindfulness and how we can live in the moment more right here, right now

And more 🙂

This conversation is VERY spirited and about half way through we just start dropping F-bombs like crazy, so be careful if you have small children around or adults with sensitive ears.

You can check out the video by clicking here or on the image below, and if you have a reaction you want to share come join us in the Facebook group that I have set-up for newsletter subscribers. Kirsten will be there to answer questions, etc., and I only send emails out when I have something really worth sharing.

KJ SS

Ps: Kirsten has a few URLs so check these out if you want to know more about her and her work:

richerexperiences.com
digitalanxietypill.com
richerexperiences.com/mic-check

xo.
Leslie

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