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Dr. Alexandra Katehakis is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Founder of Center for Healthy Sex and she joins me to discuss the topic of healing from love addiction. While love addiction may not be something affecting your life where you need to seek treatment, it could be something to look at in terms of some unhealthy coping mechanisms affecting your life.

We discuss what love addiction is, the root cause (which stems from father abandonment), and what the steps to healing look like. Dr. Alex offers amazing insight and advice about what it means to be a love addict and how to step into recovery. I hope this episode is helpful to you, in some way. 

In this episode you’ll hear: 

  • What is love addiction? And how it differs between men and women. (5:59)
  • Women struggle with a concept called ‘mother hunger’ and therefore it is crucial for women to find support from other women in order to heal from sex or love addiction. (12:33)
  • The root cause of love addiction. (14:45)
  • There comes a point when we realize we are hurting ourselves, plus why going into the pain (withdrawal) is how we can heal. (18:22)
  • What sobriety looks like for love addicts and some of the first steps someone can take to heal. (22:03)
  • How to assert healthy boundaries for more equal relationships. (35:11)


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This September is the 10th year anniversary of Your Kick-Ass Life! Over the years, the YKAL team has evolved and grown. In this episode, Liz Applegate, our lead coach here at YKAL, joins me for a conversation about shit that matters. 

We are talking about aging, perimenopause, and depression. One of the reasons I wanted to have a conversation about these topics was to shine a light on some of the ways they can show up in one’s life, especially in 2020, and the curveball we’ve been thrown this year. 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Liz shares her history with depression and antidepressants and how she gave herself permission to seek mental health help. (8:30)
  • I share my experience of how a discussion with my therapist about burnout turned into one about high functioning depression. (19:33)
  • Our thoughts and feelings (and struggle) on being middle-aged. (22:08)
  • What we think about navigating perimenopause. (34:25)

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Happiness. It’s 2020 and I have a feeling that many of us could use a dose of that. Right? Well, you’re in luck because Kim Strobel, happiness coach, joins me to talk about how to be happier. Happiness isn’t always born from unicorns and rainbows. In fact, you’ll hear how Kim’s happiness coaching was born out of her own trauma, darkness, and suffering. 

Together we discuss toxic positivity, why turning off negative feelings isn’t helpful, and the importance of putting your happiness first. Kim also shares some of the happiness habits we can practice in order to increase happiness levels. Finally, we also explore the Arena of Bigness, what it means, and how to step into the Arena with courage and do really hard things. 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Kim opens up about her struggle with mental illness and what that looks like in her life now. (5:20)
  • Why today’s culture of positivity and the conventional formula for happiness is wrong. (21:30)
  • Putting your happiness and wellbeing at the forefront is of the utmost importance. (23:54)
  • We all have a set baseline happiness default. Kim talks about how we can work to retrain the brain to feel happy even when struggling through tough times. (26:47)
  • How somebody who feels as though they are living a small life can step out of that and into the Arena of Bigness. (42:08)


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This week on the YKAL podcast we’re talking about resilience and intuition. To help me unpack this topic is my guest, Dr. Andrea Pennington. She is an integrative physician, acupuncturist, meditation teacher, #1 international bestselling author, and TEDx speaker.

Together Dr. Andrea and I discuss what it means to be resilient, how tolerating stress is not the same thing as being resilient, and how self-care plays a key role in resilience. Plus, she shares what it means to learn who you really are, how to share your personal story, and listening to your intuition.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Dr. Andrea shares her story of debilitating imposter syndrome and how it led her to do the work she is doing today. (9:18)
  • What it means to be resilient and some traits of resilient people. (11:30)
  • Tolerating stress is not the same as being resilient. (14:20)
  • In order to embrace who you are, you must first need to learn who you are. (17:49)
  • Dr. Andrea shares about her own struggle with depression and how music has been such an influence and help. (24:09)
  • The power in sharing your personal story and how you can start sharing yours. (36:01)


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Are you a woman who struggles with asking for what you want at work? This week we are talking about some of the things that hold women back in the workplace with guest, Sara Laschever! Sara is an authority on the challenges that shape women’s lives at work. She is the co-author, with Linda Babcock, of Women Don’t Ask, the groundbreaking study that first focused public attention on the forces preventing women from negotiating on their own behalf. I stumbled upon Sara’s work while doing research for my third book and I was fascinated. I am thrilled to have her on the show!

In this episode you’ll hear: 

  • Some common obstacles women confront in the workplace and some ways in which they can overcome them. (5:35)
  • The impact of subconscious biases on women in the workplace. (13:07)
  • Direct or controlling behavior in men at work will often go unremarked, yet with women, we tend to mark it. (18:12)
  • Some ways in which women can go through the process of evaluating their talents and target what will make their personal and professional lives more fulfilling. (19:31)
  • Why most women find it hard to negotiate their salaries or ask for the things they want. Plus, some small steps they can take towards asking for what they really want.(22:22)
  • Has the culture of work changed? I asked Sara if the struggle with negotiations is more of a Baby Boomer, Gen X, Millennial, or Gen Z generation problem? Listen in to hear her answer. (30:59)


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