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Stop Thinking Start Doing

Alicia Papa, Erin Brewer, & Mary Bowlby

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By sharing stories and experiences, join three best friends as they learn again and again how to stop thinking and start doing to live their most abundant lives. Through laughter, tears, and “I feel nauseous” moments; they will share their truths with you throughout their wellness journeys, in hopes that you will come along. Released monthly and created with love.
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Catholic Nerds

Catholic Nerds

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Join the Catholic Nerds Podcast for quality Catholic nerdery. The Catholic Nerds basically nerd out on comics, movies, video games, and books, all from a Catholic perspective, plus a hefty helping of all things Catholic. There will be plenty of Jesus, Mary, and the Eucharist here! Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/scott-smith677/support
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Addiction psychiatrist and bioethicist Carl Erik Fisher explores addiction and recovery from the widest possible diversity of perspectives: from science to spirituality, from philosophy to politics, and everything in between. He interviews leading experts in areas such as psychology, neurobiology, history, sociology, and more--as well as policy makers, advocates, and people with lived experience. A core commitment of the show is we need more than medicine to truly understand addiction and re ...
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The power of surrender with em show notes: In this episode of the Stop Thinking, Start Doing podcast, we have a profound conversation about surrender with Em Lake. Em shares her perspective and life experiences, offering valuable insights into the concept of surrender. Em describes surrender as a state of being, emphasizing acceptance of what is, r…
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As a bonus for this special episode with the artist Erin Williams, author of What’s Wrong? Personal Histories of Chronic Pain and Bad Medicine, I got permission to post some of the illustrations from her new book, What’s Wrong? Personal Histories of Chronic Pain and Bad Medicine. Head over to my Substack page to see those. You won’t want to miss th…
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In this transformative episode, we delve into the profound concept of surrender and its impact on personal growth. We explore various definitions, highlighting surrender as the divine art of letting go and relinquishing control. We stress the importance of flowing with life instead of resisting and over-controlling. The personal stories shared incl…
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Dr. Ray Baker is a distinguished leader in the field of addiction medicine and a person in long-term recovery from addiction. This episode of Flourishing After Addiction particularly resonates with the theme of the longer-form writings I’m starting to post about frameworks for making sense of recovery, so I’m grateful to have the chance to talk wit…
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"Crafting Intentional Living: A Conversation with Lexi Merritt" In this episode, we dive into the world of intentional living, self-compassion, and personal growth with Lexi Merritt, the creative mind behind Pretty Decent Internet Cafe. Lexi's journey from turning her passion project into a full-time endeavor is both inspiring and enlightening. Pre…
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In the latest episode of Flourishing After Addiction, I am thrilled to be exploring the intricate relationships between addiction, recovery, pain, and embodiment with Margo Steines, a writer and person in recovery with a deep understanding of these themes. Margo Steines holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Arizona and serves as…
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This podcast episode delves into the concept of intention and its distinctiveness from other related ideas like goals, manifestation, presence, and resilience. It begins with a discussion on setting intentions and the essence of guiding oneself intentionally towards how one wants to feel in a particular situation. We share our personal experiences …
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This episode’s guest is a former educator turned full-time mom, Emily, who explores the intricate world of boundaries with her experiences of instilling boundaries in her two daughters and how it has led to self-discovery and growth for herself. The conversation unfolds with anecdotes from Emily's time as a kindergarten teacher, emphasizing the imp…
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Shame and self-stigma can be powerfully limiting and harmful, and they are especially common among people with addictions. We’ve discussed on prior episodes of the podcast that there may be valuable and wise forms of shame, but psychotherapy research has also shown that the wrong sort of relationship to shame can also inhibit growth and stand in th…
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In this discussion, we explore the intricate significance of boundaries, both in personal relationships and navigating societal expectations. We share personal stories, highlighting the value of setting healthy boundaries and the empowerment that comes with saying no, without over-explaining our decisions. We emphasize the advantages of boundaries …
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For this episode of Flourishing After Addiction, I wanted a guest who could offer some insights into the journey of seeking help for addiction and recovery. What is going wrong with our systems and services, and where can people actually find care? Brian Hurley is the ideal person to help us with these questions, with his extensive experience as a …
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In this episode of we dive deep into the evolving concept of presence. Exploring personal experiences and insights, we unpack ways to nurture and foster this invaluable state. Discussing practices to fortify our presence amidst life's whirlwinds. Our conversation extends to the pivotal role of self-awareness and the ongoing quest for self-explorati…
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Valerie Mason-John (Vimalasara) is a writer, Buddhist teacher, a person in recovery, and the founder of Eight Step Recovery. In this episode of Flourishing After Addiction, Vimalasara shares their transformative journey, beginning with childhood in an orphanage and evolving through various addictions, with a particular focus on their struggle with …
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In this enlightening episode, we dive deep into the significance of being present in our lives. Join us as we explore the transformative influence of presence through personal anecdotes and heartfelt conversations. We share stories of those moments when we truly felt the power of presence, whether it was in the quiet observation of nature's wonders…
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In this episode of the Stop Thinking Start Doing podcast, we have a delightful conversation with Derek. Derek is a host of Geckos & Grottos Comedy Adventure Podcast, a tabletop role-playing game actual play improv show. They do bi weekly live streams of our current spinoff show "Tales from the Grotto" and are currently doing our spooky episodes we …
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In this episode, we delve into the enchanting world of play. We define what play means and explore its remarkable benefits, drawing from our own experiences to illustrate its profound impact on our lives. We emphasize that play isn't just for kids; it's a gateway to pure enjoyment, a release from the shackles of perfectionism, and a fertile ground …
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In this episode, we have a heartfelt conversation with our dear friend Maria, a Spiritual warrior in search of her Holy Grail—Joy—and on a sacred mission to share with all on her journey. She is a Teacher, a dreamer, a hopeless Romantic, and a fledgling entrepreneur as the founder/creator of The Bespoke Rose and one half of Sun & Roses.But her most…
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Episode 362: So, we took almost another year off, but this time, we're actually back. While we won't be releasing weekly at first, we will definitely be releasing more than one episode a year... Notes for this episode: https://www.fourbrewers.com/362-oh-hey-there/ Subscribe: RSS | Apple Podcasts | Google Play | YouTube | Twitch Support the show: Pa…
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In this episode, we explore the concept of joy, distinguishing it from fleeting happiness. Joy is described as a deep sense of contentment and gladness that activates the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting calmness. We delve into passive joy, finding contentment in the present, and active joy, sharing joyful moments. Emphasis is placed on be…
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We’re reairing one of our most special episodes - Onwards and Upwards. This episode is the behind the scenes story of how we met and how Stop Thinking Start Doing came to be. It feels extra special to us to reair this episode as we get ready to announce some new and exciting updates to Stop Thinking Start Doing! If you want to be part of the first …
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In this episode of the Stop Thinking Start Doing podcast, Alicia, Erin, and Mary tackle all things "nature." From the physical outdoors to our human nature, they'll be diving deeper on what it means to live a life connected to nature and how it has impacted their lives while inviting you to do the same! Intro by: Derek Krykewycz Instagram @stopthin…
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In this episode of the Stop Thinking Start Doing podcast, Alicia, Erin, and Mary are joined by Mary's longtime soulmate and U.S. Diplomat, Tyler Brent. Tyler joins the crew to define pivot in his own words, share his experiences with pivoting in his professional and personal life, and remind us all of the transformative power of the pivot. Tyler Br…
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In this episode of the Stop Thinking Start Doing podcast, Alicia, Erin, and Mary explore the concept of "the pivot." They begin by defining what pivoting means to them and how it is central to the work of living. They discuss how pivoting works in our current society and offer tangible strategies to bring the concept of pivoting into your life. Int…
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In this episode we have a heart filling conversation with Sacora, a Intuit and Energetic Coach for HeartWarriors. We share more about being in the frequency of gratitude. We go into recognizing the importance of being present in the moment. Sacora shares about head and heart connections and some ways to practice that connection and so much more! Sa…
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In this episode of the Stop Thinking Start Doing podcast, the crew explores the topic of gratitude. They begin by defining what gratitude means and how they embody gratitude in their daily lives. They discuss the science behind gratitude and offering new perspectives around being grateful. They invite you to reflect on your gratitude practices in y…
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In this episode we have a beautiful conversation with Danielle, a mom of two and and the creator of Her Messy Bun. Danielle share about her wild start to entrepreneurship and how she embodies creativity in her life and how she shares it with her Consciously Creative Membership members. We explore new ways to view creativity, how the brain works wit…
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In this episode of the Stop Thinking Start Doing podcast, the crew explores the topic of creativity. They begin by defining what creativity means and how they experiment with creativity in their daily lives. They discuss ways to approach creativity in new and unconventional ways, and emphasize the importance of releasing the end destination and sim…
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Do you like board games? We do too! Especially when we can play them with our families. Well do we have a game to share with you! Cody, Erik and I got a chance to speak with Charlie McKinney, President of Sophia Institute Press. We spent a little time getting to know Charlie, where he is from and what exactly he does as president, and then we talke…
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This episode holds a conversation with our dear friend, Heather Kral, a busy mom of four, and also a middle school social studies teacher. We navigate around balancing self transformation with caretaking, on top of being honest. She shares her journey, how over the past three years, she has TRANSFORMED her mind, body, and soul, and it all started t…
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A bold conversation of the difference between transformation and change. From chosen transformation of hair journeys, to unwanted transformation through grief, the power of transformation lies in the strength of presence & self-awareness. Tune in to find out how a house analogy transforms our views on boundaries and decisions around Transformation.…
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Clancy Martin is a philosopher, an author, a recovering alcoholic, and the survivor of more than ten suicide attempts. His new book, How Not to Kill Yourself, is a chronicle of his suicidal mind, and—of particular interest to us here—an investigation of the ways his suicidal thinking functioned like an addiction. We dive into all that and much more…
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On today's episode we are joined by healer, yoga teacher, and treasured friend, Chalise Saunders. Chalise brings her kindness and wisdom to "The Power of Balance" and explores what it means to find balance within yourself. Through exploration of balance in personal, professional, and social avenues this episode will invite you to look at how you de…
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Hey! Its Erik Dumont going solo for this episode. A while back, I met one of the coolest priests, so of course I had to get him on the show. I invited Fr. Tony Smela on for an interview to talk about his story of answering the call to the priesthood, as well as talking about our favorite subject: video games. He's got his own podcast too, so when y…
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In today's episode, we're diving into the Power of Balance. We'll talk about how finding balance in our lives can help us reduce stress, improve our mental health, and cultivate a positive outlook. We'll also share practical tips for finding balance, whether it's through meditation, exercise, or simply taking a break from our busy schedules. Join u…
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In this episode, we are joined in conversation by Nick McGlinchey, sharing about the Power of Rest. Nick is a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of New England who offers us a scientific lens of rest and sleep, based on personal and professional experience. We journey through big life transformations and the essential role that adequate, restor…
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Judson Brewer ("Dr. Jud") is a renowned addiction psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has spent over two decades studying the mechanisms of addiction and the effects of mindfulness on behavior change. On this episode of Flourishing After Addiction, it was great to talk with him about some extraordinary connections between the science of addiction a…
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Today, we discuss the importance of rest and how it can help you clear your mind and live in the moment. We're all hustling and grinding, but let's be real, we all need a break sometimes, right? In this episode, we'll dive into why rest is essential for a balanced life, and how it can give your mind some much-needed clarity and help you live in the…
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Just another epic Catholic Nerds Lord of the Rings nerd-out. No big deal. Except we were joined by Mr. Big Deal, himself, Bill Donaghy. Bill is the Senior Lecturer and Content Specialist of the Theology of the Body Institute (www.TOBinstitute.org), Co-Author of RISE (www.MenRiseUp.org), and Editor for STRIVE (www.STRIVE21.com). Join us for a discus…
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Todays episode is with the incredible and inspiring Erika Hawley as we explore the power of magic and how we can all allow a little more magic into our lives. Erika is an experienced Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner providing health & body advocacy services in Buffalo, NY and virtually. She simplifies complex nutrition, body, and health …
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In today's episode, we explore the concept of magic and how it can be used as a mode of rationality to influence events and affect change in our lives. We delve into the idea that magic exists in the everyday moments and the invisible forces that can shape our reality. Join us as we discuss the power of magic and how it can bring a sense of wonder …
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Today we are joined our dear friend Mindy, the creator and author of her blog, Peaceofmind.y. Mindy is an expert when it comes to finding peace within oneself and is the perfect guest to continue our discussion on the Power of Peace. You can find Mindy on Instagram at @peaceofmind.y or follow along on her blog at www.peaceofmindy.com Intro by: Dere…
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Zach Siegel is one of our most respected and prolific journalists on addiction and drug policy. He is also a thoughtful, introspective soul who thinks deeply about his own history of opioid addiction. In his many writings, he has often referenced that personal history, but he's never really had the chance to tell his own addiction story from start …
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Welcome back! Today we talk about the Power of Peace. Peace is both freedom of disturbance and freedom of war. We discuss the opposite of peace, conflict, and it's relationship with peace. When we avoid conflict, to make peace with others, we start a war from within ourselves. Intro by: Derek Krykewycz Instagram @stopthinking_startdoing @blooming.b…
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Catholic Music Nerd-Out with Emma Fradd (now Kruse) and David Kruse! Now presenting ... The best Catholic musicians you are about to discover and fall in love with! Emma and her husband David Kruse are launching a new Catholic record label this December called Enemy Love Records. Check out all their amazing music and artists here www.EnemyLoveRecor…
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The Good, Bad, and the Idiocy -- another Good ol' fashioned Catholic Nerd-Out about the newest cinematic offering from the Tolkien Universe: Amazon's The Rings of Power. So many things to love. Alas, so many more things to grunt and grumble about. Here are our Top 5 Love & Top 5 Hate of the Rings of Power. Here are some of the many topics we dive i…
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Today we are joined by our close friend and creature of community creation, Danny Hajjar, to continue our discussion on the Power of Community. Learn more about the Danny and his community on Twitter @danielghajjar (https://twitter.com/danielghajjar/) Danny is also the creator, founder, and head writer extraordinaire of an amazing newsletter! Learn…
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Today, we talk about the Power of Community. Community is sharing a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. When sharing experiences with others that have similar mindsets as our own, we create bonds that give us strength to carry on knowing that we are not in it alone. Intro by: Derek Krykew…
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Good ol' fashioned Halloween Catholic Nerd-Out with Emma Fradd (now Kruse) about Catholic Horror Novels ... and just in time for Halloween!! Though awesome in her own right, Emma Fradd is the sister of Matt Fradd, the Catholic speaker known for his podcast Pints with Aquinas. First off! Emma and her husband David Kruse are launching a new Catholic …
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A little over 40 years ago, Dr. Steven Hayes experienced his first panic attack—when he was a young assistant professor in psychology, no less! In the intervening years, and drawing in part on his own recovery from panic disorder, he developed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and produced a huge body of work that has revolutionized our understandi…
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Today we are joined by the lovely Alyssa Washington, owner of Jagged Edge Boutique, to continue our discussion on the Power of Authenticity!!! Check out Alyssa Washington on instagram at @shopjaggededge or pop into the storefront or order online! Jagged Edge Boutique 123 Haddon Ave Haddon Township NJ 08108 www.jaggededgeboutique.com Intro by: Derek…
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