Ep 0154 – Friends Who Care and All We’ve Shared

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I express myself this week through the love of Tiger. He loves to sit on my lap every morning and also every time I sit down to edit the show. He is the show’s unofficial editorial supervisor.

Podcast Recap

A story from my past makes me ponder compassion. Mary S. asks me a deep question for After Thoughts. Dawny gives Mark some props and has a great idea for focusing on the new year. BC Dave and his wife, BC Kathleen are on the Bravery Sports Report for ignoring their fears and playing Disc Golf in a tournament. Supportive comments from BC Suz and BC Dave. BC Josephine lands on the Bravery Report for lending her voice to our new feature, Inspirational Quotes. My friend, voice actor Hayley Mix also shares a quote and the powerful story behind it.

Train tracks under the oak trees

I enjoy following the miniature train tracks through the forest in Descanso Gardens on my way to my usual podcast spot.

Laurie smiling in profile with curly long hair free from her ponytail

I let my hair down at Descanso Gardens


The Last Show and comments

Day 120 – the Finale Show where you can hear Dave and the Robot Aliens

The Holiday Show

Daily Adventure Tales – my first podcast

Read our Inspirational Quotes from today – and Find an Available Quote to send

Alen Standish’s Podcast, Inner Effort

Our newest BC, Sarah from NY’s blog, Mindfully Sarah

Ways to support the show financially


Host: Laurie Weaver
After Thoughts Announcer: Mark Weaver
After Thoughts Commentator: Laurie Weaver
After Thoughts Commentator: Dawny
After Thoughts Commentator: Mary S.
BC Bravery Sports Report Announcer: Mark Weaver
BC Bravery Sports Reporter: BC Dave G.
Quote by Harper Lee Voiced by: BC Josephine
Quote by Rocky Balboa Voiced by: Hayley Mix

Sounds Used in BC Bravery Sports Report

    Sports music


    Sports crowd

Other Sounds

  • Crowd Cheering
  • Applause

Circle by Hartley used with permission by agreement with SHUTTERSTOCK MUSIC CANADA ULC

Other Sounds and Music used with permission from AudioBlocks and IBAudio

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10 thoughts on “Ep 0154 – Friends Who Care and All We’ve Shared

  1. Dawny

    I love love love all the little side shows. Tidbits. Intros n fun!!!! Keeps things happening and alive.
    I’m so glad your here and continue to entertain is with all the musings friend.

    I appreciate your truths Laurie. It takes such true bravery and strength to be as straight forward and honest as you are.

  2. Josephine

    Hi Laurie,
    I loved your ponderings and also the After Thoughts. What a great addition to the show! I got a kick out of your old boyfriend’s nickname and I think it suited perfectly. Also, I’m a little late saying so but I love the new song. The first episode without Josh “letting go” felt a little odd but after listening to the words of the new song, along with your explanation of looking at something in a new way (embrace rather than getting rid) I think it puts a more positive spin on making our lives better, healthier, and happier. Sort of the “glass half full” concept.

    Also, my heart went out to Hayley, whom normally I would think I’d have nothing in common (since she’s literally a bikini model) but when she spoke of depression and anxiety, I can relate to the devastation it can have on a person’s life. I’m glad you are a fighter, Hayley, and thank you for sharing with us BCs.

    And I must mention how proud I am of BCs Dave and Kathleen! What an accomplishment for both of you but extra kudos to Kathleen. My goodness, how truly brave to be the only gal on a whole team of guys!! You guys are an inspiration!


    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Hi Brave Josephine!
      I know what you are saying about missing Josh and the Letting Go song. It was such a big part of my thought process, it was like giving up some comfy old slippers. But there’s no rule saying I can’t slip it in every one in awhile. One of the ways I’m living my word of 2018, Self-Confidence, is allowing myself to try new things, new ideas without second guessing – and knowing that most decisions are not life changing – and can be changed. For me, it was a BIG STEP to try out a new song and see how that felt. So thanks for your feedback about it.

      Also, I’m so happy you shared your appreciation for Hayley. It was a big lesson for me too. We can’t assume what people are going through, or what kind of issues they had/have in dealing with their bodies – no matter how perfect they might seem or not seem.

      We, as people, are all unique in spirit and physical form and no one truly knows what we go through 100%. So, even, as I tried to do with the story of former boyfriend Jerk, I’m trying to cut others more slack, and finding that one idea is helping me with my relationships and my ability to let things go. Even if what people do or say is not what we would do or say – and possibly even to the point of saying good-bye for our own sake, we can still usually have compassion, which I find makes my own heart more happy than holding onto resentments. I won’t lie, it is hard sometimes to wish people well vs. thinking screw you! But is truly makes my life better when I can accomplish that.

      And I agree with you 100% that BCs Dave and Kathleen both deserve their spots on the bravery report. Kathleen, I am in awe of your courage and Dave I’m in awe of both your own Disc Golf courage and your loving heart in bragging on Kathleen.

      1. Josephine

        Yes to everything, Laurie. XOXOXO
        PS: I extra LOVE how you mentioned BC Dave’s “loving heart in bragging on Kathleen.” They remind me of you and Mark and how you guys go out biking together. I’m so glad to know there are couples out there who truly enjoy each other’s company.

    2. Hayley Mix

      Josephine, thanks for your thoughtful comments. A little humbling, considering I did 1, just 1 show and was in “top shape” for all of about 1 day. (Lol) that was an extreme measure designed to push my discipline my limits my fears aside and help me use healthy methods to fight the depression that had pulled me down. It worked, but after the show I had to actively work to find balance and joy in life when my entire regiment didn’t surround training and diet. Going out for dinner and drinks with friends can be a healthy fun thing, enjoying holidays is not a crime, so nonetheless I’m seeking to find contentment in a frame 22 lbs heavier than show weight and listen to what I need for myself. I’m currently reading a book called Women, Food, & Desire, and it addresses much about cravings, and not avoiding them, either. I’ll report back if it’s a must read. Anyway, yes, we are all fighting our own battles, and to that I say, “fighters fight” and thanks for the support!

      1. Josephine

        Hi Hayley,
        Even if “perfection” was short-lived, remember that you did something I could NEVER do! And bravest of all is fighting depression through healthy options. Yay you!! I love what you said about finding balance and joy in our lives — it’s an ongoing struggle, at least for me. I’ll be anxious to hear what you think of the book. In the meantime, when I need a bit of courage, I replay your voice in my head and it sounds so courageous that it makes me feel brave, too.

  3. Patty

    Making some changes. Haven’t had a Diet Coke in three weeks, a big step towards decreasing anti-anxiety meds. Have about 10 pounds to lose but years of poor eating habits to overcome. Met with a wellness coach today. A little anxious about the caloric restrictions she suggested but pretty sure I won’t starve to death 😉

    1. Josephine

      Hi Patty,
      Congrats on giving up the Diet Coke! Hopefully, it’s getting a little easier every day. I’m working with a nutritionist and one thing she told me might help you: she said think of every single bite as a choice. Doing this has helped me slow down and actually THINK before I eat. It really helps fight off those ‘robot aliens’ that Laurie used to talk about. (I think she has managed to chase them away!! YAY Laurie!) Hang in there, Patty….you will be glad you did.


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