Andrea Owen | How to Stop Feeling Like Shit | My Instruction Manual

Stop Feeling Like Shit with Andrea Owen

Andrea Owen, author of How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t, reveals 14 toxic habits that are holding us back from happiness. And host Keith McArthur speaks with fitness contributor Kathleen Trotter about exercise resolutions for the new year.

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Episode 13 Show Notes

[00:00] Welcome and Intro

[1:04] Featured interview with Andrea Owen

Andrea is author of How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 Habits that Are Holding You Back from Happiness. She is a life coach based on North Carolina and hosts the Your Kick-Ass Life Podcast.

In this conversation, Keith and Andrea discuss:

  • When Andrea hit rock bottom  [2:13]
  • How Andrea became a life coach [4:19]
  • Andrea opens up about her struggles with co-dependency, eating disorders, love addiction and alcohol abuse [5:30]
  • How Andrea identified the 14 toxic habits that hold us back from happiness [9:31]
  • Keith admits that he sees 13 of the toxic habits in himself [10:53]
  • Andrea talks about the most common habits that hold us back  [11:30]
    • Negative self-talk [11:30]
    • Isolating and hiding out [13:36]
  • So many of us struggle alone with our toxic habits [14:18]
  • Dealing with these habits takes work [16:10]
  • The habit Andrea is currently struggling with [17:38]
  • When you want to cancel, is it because of fear or self care? [18:54]
  • Why Andrea doesn’t believe in affirmations, but does recommend mantras [22:02}
  • Andrea on meditation [25:26]
  • Practical tools:
    • Make a list of all the things we’re scared people will think about us [28:00]
    • Talk to others about our successes [32:29]

[34:34] Andrea Owen’s Instruction Manual

1. What are the habits you maintain every day to stay happy and healthy? [34:49]

  • Getting enough sleep
  • Drinking enough water
  • Exercise

 2. What personal development book do you recommend? [35:08]

  • Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
    • “it’s foundational in the work that  I’ve done with myself and my clients”

3. Favorite personal mantra / inspirational quote [35:30] 

  • Mantra: “Well, that just happened.”
  • Quote: “If you don’t change your direction, you’re going to end up exactly where you’re headed.”

4. What’s your one guilty pleasure? [36:22]

  • Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream

5. When your time comes, how do you want to be remembered? [36:50]

  • As someone who helped others to feel less alone

Andrea talks about the Your Kick-Ass Life Podcast [37:40]

[38:32] Where to find Andrea

[39:29] Fitness contributor Kathleen Trotter on exercise resolutions for the new year

Kathleen Trotter is author of Finding Your Fit: A Compassionate Trainer’s Guide to Making Fitness a Lifelong Habit

In this conversation, Keith and Kathleen discuss:

[44:48] Closing words

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