Boundaries

Episode 85: The Goal of a Healthy Family & 6 Roles We Take On In Dysfunction

By Alison Cook | January 11, 2024

It’s hard to lead a family. It’s even harder when you didn’t experience health in your own family as a child. Today, I’m walking you through what a healthy family looks like and what happens when it gets out of balance. This is a practical, non-shaming guide to identifying what’s working in your family and...

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Episode 84: The Truth About Happiness and 4 Proven Ways to Feel Happier

By Alison Cook | January 4, 2024

Most of us want to be happier, but we don’t even know what true happiness means! We walk around feeling unmotivated, stuck, and unsure of our next steps. The truth is that the path to happiness is just a few steps away. In today’s episode, I’m walking you through exactly what happiness is and exactly...

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Episode 83: How to Turn Anger, Sadness, and Fear Into Powerful Allies

By Alison Cook | December 21, 2023

Most people feel anger, sadness, or fear at some point during the day. It’s normal to feel these emotions. The question is, what will you do when they show up: Will you let them sabotage you? Or will you turn them into your allies? In today’s episode, I teach you the skills you need to...

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Episode 78: The Mental Health Benefits of Forgiveness & Thoughts on Grace with Max Lucado

By Alison Cook | November 9, 2023

Today’s episode is packed! First, I walk you through some practical, research-backed thoughts on forgiveness and grace. Then I invite you into a conversation I had with none other than Max Lucado about how God’s forgiveness and grace played out in his own life. Here’s what we cover: 1. The difference between grace & forgiveness...

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Episode 77: The Dark Night of the Soul—Why It Happens & What It Means

By Alison Cook | November 2, 2023

Have you felt far from God? Do you find yourself wondering what in the world God is doing amidst all that is hard? I would argue that a dark night of the soul is a healthy response to pain, brokenness, or suffering. We need to create space for these seasons of wrestling with God-not try...

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Episode 57: Should I Turn the Other Cheek? Why It’s the Opposite of Being a Doormat & How to Stand Firm in the Face of Gaslighting, Manipulation, and Toxicity

By Alison Cook | June 8, 2023

Phew! Today’s episode gets fiery 🔥🔥🔥! Many of us were taught to “turn the other cheek” as a call to be a doormat or to naively “love someone” into change. In today’s episode, I’m not holding back as I paint a picture of what I think the Bible really teaches about standing firm against toxicity....

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Episode 56: Am I Really Supposed to Die to Myself? Misconstrued Messages and How to Disentangle From Them

By Alison Cook | June 1, 2023

We’re hitting hard today on this question “Am I really supposed to die to myself?” So many have been encouraged to misapply the message of self-denial in ways that are not healthy. So what does the Bible really say about it? Here’s what we cover: 1. What “deny yourself” really means 2. 3 different types...

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Episode 30: Protecting What’s Good Without Denying What’s Hard at the Holidays

By Alison Cook | November 24, 2022

Today’s episode of The Best of You Podcast is in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, and the holiday season in general. If you’re dealing with a mixture of emotions today, this episode is for you. Holidays are complicated, and in today’s episode, I walk you through how to honor what’s hard, even as you give...

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Episode 29: Perfectionism and Proving Your Worth: How to Stop Chasing Approval and Start Living the Life You Actually Want

By Alison Cook | November 17, 2022

OK, buckle up, today’s conversation on The Best of You podcast goes deep, and we both get really honest about own struggles. I could have talked with Mary for hours about how to get off the treadmill of perfecting and proving your worth-and start claiming the life you actually want. You do not want to...

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Episode 28: The Pain of Performing For Others and How to Claw Your Way Out with Toni Collier

By Alison Cook | November 10, 2022

On today’s episode of The Best of You podcast, I’m talking with the wonderful and wise Toni Collier who shares bravely about finding herself stuck in the performance trap, and how she clawed her way out. Toni’s capability & high capacity helped her survive, but she also wound up exhausted, broken, and numbing. As Toni...

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Episode 27: 7 Ways We Manage Perceptions Instead of Forging Real Connections

By Alison Cook | November 3, 2022

We’re kicking off a new series on The Best of You Podcast as we move into the last 2 months of the year. How do you shift from managing the perceptions of others to showing up more authentically? In today’s episode, I cover the 7 ways we tend to manage perceptions and why it doesn’t...

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Episode 26: Types of “No” Part 2—How to Say “No” to Toxicity, The Real Meaning of Turn the Other Check & How to Form a Boundaries Committee

By Alison Cook | October 27, 2022

This week on The Best of You podcast, we’re getting into how to say No to toxic behaviors-including practical strategies, scripts, and misconstrued bible passages. There’s no one-size fits all when it comes to setting healthy boundaries. A strategy that might work in a healthy relationship won’t work with toxicity. It’s important to understand the...

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