Your Recovered Life Series with Owen Osborne, Photographer

I had the good fortune to be seated next to the incredibly talented and kind Owen Osborne at a gala event not too long ago… He was there as the personal photographer for a VIP getting an impressive award.

We chatted for a bit and after noticing some code words, realized we were in the same secret club. Woo-hoo!

He had such a great way about him – he was clearly working – but he had a charm and ease and professionalism that made it seem like he would have been happy doing this even if he weren’t on the job.

Of course, I wanted to know more.

So I asked him.

He told me about being a professional fisherman for years in Florida and how everything changed during his journey to recovery…about selling his boat and buying $25,000 of camera equipment on a whim and what happened next.   Continue reading

Your Recovered Life Series with Greg Williams, Filmmaker

Last spring I was minding my own business on Facebook ( ;) ) when I happened upon a kickstarter video that rocked my world.

Greg Williams, was talking about a film he was making called The Anonymous People (see description below). I sat at my kitchen table with my little boy on my lap and was riveted. By the time my husband had come over to see what was making me so excited, I was crying the best kind of tears. It was so inspiring.

I was raised to believe that one person’s voice can make a difference and here was this new fact for me: 23 Million Americans are living in long-term recovery.

WTF?!?!

What if WE used OUR voices to start defining the conversation? The options for treatment? Put an end to the shame and stigma that, even if we don’t personally feel, exists in the world and certainly in the media? And how about this one: That living in recovery isn’t a slog but a joy and a spring board for an amazing life?

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Your Recovered Life Series with Mike Bornhorst, Therapist and Coach

I was excited when Mike Bornhorst, LICSW, CPCC agreed to talk to me for Your Recovered Life Series: True Stories from the Future. As soon as he heard about this project, Mike was an enthusiastic supporter. He gave generously of his time and heart as I was figuring out the best way to bring these stories to light…and his Boston accent always brightened my day!

Mike gives new meaning to the phrase, “a guy’s guy” – he’s not about hiding out in the man cave with a cooler and a flat screen. Mike’s mission is to free and connect men’s hearts.

Bam. 

Just like that. 

And he’s doing it.

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Your Recovered Life Series with Ro Rowan, Musician

I’m so excited to share this powerful conversation with the incomparable Ro Rowan as the next installment of Your Recovered Life Series: True Stories From The Future.

Ro is a gifted cellist, songwriter, composer, photographer and videographer.

She’s the quintuple threat ;)

She’s currently rocking her dream at the Berklee School of Music in Boston where she is enjoying huge success, performing with and for a who’s who of the music industry and winning more accolades and scholarships than I can list here. (Go here to read more or see her official bio below…)

And oh yeah, she’s REALLY happy!

Along the way to owning her calling she was a collegiate athlete, worked as a video editor and was the owner of her own fitness business.

I had the opportunity to hear her story and was inspired by her honesty, passion and willingness to walk through the fear in order to live a life of connection, authenticity and joy.

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Your Recovered Life Series with Robyn Cruze, Author

I am thrilled to share an inspiring conversation with Robyn Cruze, a trailblazer in the world of eating disorder recovery and co-author of Making Peace with Your Plate: Eating Disorder Recovery.

We had a chance meeting at the Barnes and Noble on the 3rd Street Promenade when I was chaperoning my son’s field trip. In the calm of the storm when the kids were being read a story I told her about this project and she immediately raised her hand to share her story. It is one of persistence, courage and hope. :)

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Your Recovered Life Series with Ellie Schoenberger, Recovery Advocate

HERE IT IS!

The first conversation for Your Recovered Life Series: True Stories from the Future is with the inspiring and inimitable Ellie Schoenberger.

Ellie wears many hats (see bio below) but I think of her most as a woman who takes a stand for bringing alcoholism and recovery out of the shadows – Letting us know that recovery is not only possible but phenomenal and that no matter where you are in the process, you are not alone.

I have admired her work from afar for years and personally known many women whose lives she has touched with her advocacy for telling the truth and taking the shame and stigma out of our addictions. I was thrilled to talk to her for this project and am now honored to call her a friend.

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Your Recovered Life Series: True Stories from The Future

I’ve been working on this project for a while now and it’s time to start sharing.

I am beyond lucky to be able to bring these amazing stories of experience, strength and HOPE to you.

I will be posting videos of these conversations starting tomorrow.

I will keep posting them here on my site AND it’s a podcast you can subscribe to on iTunes.

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You can also see the videos at the Your Recovered Life YouTube channel here!

ENJOY!

xo

Courtney

91 Seconds of YES!!

I’ve been thinking about what happens after you’ve got your recovery on track…and what I stand for here at ‘Your Recovered Life.’

If you’re wondering if there’s more and if it’s okay to ask if there’s more?

Here’s my answer.

Consider it an invitation.

Change Your Life in 30 Days

Watch this video – It’s short and sweet and can change your life.                            

30 One day at a times…

If you can’t spare the 3 minutes and 28 seconds – here are the bullet points:

  1. The next 30 days are going to pass whether you’re doing something to make your life better or not – so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?
  2. You could try something new or cut out something you don’t want in your life.
  3. Small changes are sustainable – i.e., You don’t have to (and most likely CAN’T) change your whole life in one overwhelming swoop so pick one manageable thing and go from there.

So?? *she asks excitedly*

What do you want to do or not do for the next 30 days?? Continue reading

How I Won Big in Vegas

It’s a hot Saturday night in Vegas and I am on my way to a bullsh*t cocktail reception -  the start of a 3-day conference with a thousand people I don’t know – small talk and trying not to be shy. Not the best attitude to start this adventure with…

The day started with an easy flight, a great hotel, lunch with friends, body surfing in the pool (gotta love Vegas), and then a thrilling downpour complete with thunder and lightening. It had been FUN and filled with unexpected cool stuff happening yet here I was dreading what was coming next.

A presenter for the evening had written a book about drinking wine to unleash your creativity. When I had seen this listed in the events I thought, “Great, I don’t drink so what are you saying? That I can’t be as creative?”

I’m really building my case for this to suck, huh?

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