Ep 0169 – Our Brave New Year

Laurie and Mark waiting for the train at Disneyland during the holiday season. Mark is wearing his Hawaiian surfing Santa shirt.
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Mark and I perfect our social media smiley look during our Christmas trip to Disneyland.

Podcast Recap

Social Media doesn’t reflect my reality. Big thanks to Amazon shoppers. Why I closed down Stories and Voice. BC Kat from S.Jersey calls the bravery hotline to share her thoughts about acceptance and getting older. Dawny posts her tale. BC Kaydence, who used to be known as BC Kevin, is on the bravery report for sharing her authentic journey of change. Kaydence also shares a meaningful quote and support for Dawny. We greet new BCs Melinda and Jen. Can feeling too good cause a binge? Holiday Foolish Fun from Dawny. Mark and I reveal our focus words for 2019 and let you in on one of our secrets for getting along.
Satsumas on a botanical print plate

One of my favorite blessings living in Southern California – we have Satsuma trees in our yard. I call them my Christmas Oranges.

New BCs


The Last Show

Dawny’s Post on Thanksgiving

Kaydence’s Poem, The Invitation from Oriah Mountain Dreamer

The book Kaydence mentioned, Eating in the Light of the Moon by Anita Johnston

How to Send Audio

Ways to support the show financially


Host: Laurie Weaver
After Thoughts Announcer: Mark Weaver
After Thoughts Commentator: Kat from S. Jersey
After Thoughts Commentator: Kaydence from NY
Participation Announcer: Mark Weaver
Foolish Fun Announcer: Mark Weaver
Foolish Fun: Dawny

Other Sounds

  • Crowd Cheering
  • Applause

Main Theme:
Circle by Hartley used with permission by agreement with SHUTTERSTOCK MUSIC CANADA ULC

Other Sounds and Music used with permission from AudioBlocks and IBAudio

4 thoughts on “Ep 0169 – Our Brave New Year

  1. Dawny

    Thanks Laurie. I appreciate you…. a lovely episode with amazing compassion. I’m glad you took your trip even tho you weren’t at your best. Says she who’s couch/housebound 2 weeks now lol.

  2. Dave

    Santamental…..LOL…Good one Dawny.

    Dawny you have amazing strength and sense of humor, I doubt I could have survived the year you have had.

    Welcome back Kaydence . I admire your strength in taking the next step in your journey, to being whole. I send you prayers and karma of peace and comfort. I can not imagine the emotional struggles you are going through, but know there are those of us out there who think about you and care for you.

    Laurie I can sympathize with the frustrations that come with physical challenges due to the damage we have done to our bodies. The emotional struggle is real and I know you are strong enough to overcome, you have been winning for 4+ years now. You have a great big heart and are such a big giver. Thanks for still making this podcast.

    Welcome to Jenifer and Melinda.

    I use food to numb, the same way some people use drugs and alcohol, with professional help I have discovered the issues (deep dark down issues) that are the root cause. The biggest struggle I have is still lack of faith in myself, which triggers some massive mood swings. I weigh now more than I did at the beginning of 2018 and I am in constant pain. I had a lot of good things happen in 2018 and I’m doing my damnedest to start 2019 positively. I just caught up on the last 3 podcast and I am really grateful for the idea of doing stuff because I love me instead of having to do something. (I am exercising because I love me, instead of I am exercising because I have to lose weight.)

    I admit that I have troubles loving the man in the mirror, and certainly don’t love the image I see either, however my focus on healthy eating and exercising is not to be “pretty” but to do the things I love with those I love.

    Thanks to all BC’s new and old, your stories keep me going.

    1. Laurie@CompulsiveOvereatingDiary Post author

      Hi Dave it’s wonderful to hear from you! I’m glad you are trying out some of the self-love tips I’ve been talking about and trying myself. I relate to how hard it is to start to love the you in the mirror. Years of conditioning have fed our critical self disgust and sometimes, even hatred. But I know you are a spiritual man. So I will tell you how I got through my initial resistance to the mirror exercise. I looked until I saw myself as a soul doing its best in this world. A soul who was learning and striving to add love – even if making mistakes and missteps along the way. I could love my soul and in time, I saw the rest as window dressing. I see my eyes have more sparkle now, despite my recent weight gain and despite my physical challenges. I still gripe and worry and wish some things were otherwise, but overall, I have found comfort in viewing my inside out and loving how I was created to be. I hope this is comforting, my dear friend, because in addition to the darkness you face, you have provided light to me and to many other BCs here and we love you! xoxoxox

      PS, I will be away and unplugged for a week for a voice-over learning event. Fingers crossed it goes well. xoxo

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