Interviews

Episode 92: How to Honor Loss & Why It Matters With Rachel Marie Kang

By Alison Cook | February 29, 2024

We experience big and little losses all the time. A friend moves away. An opportunity passes you by. A relationship ends. Learning how to recognize and honor the losses we all experience can become a beautiful part of life, leading to more kindness, self-compassion, and connection with others. But we don’t often talk about our...

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Episode 91: Self-Worth–How to Believe You Are Enough & Transform Your Life with Jamie Kern Lima

By Alison Cook | February 22, 2024

Do you doubt yourself? Struggle to respect your own worth? Self-worth is foundational to both our psychological and our spiritual health, and today’s episode is all about how to develop it. My guest, Jamie Kern Lima, is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, New York Times bestselling author, and founder of IT Cosmetics, a company she started in...

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Episode 90: Parenting Through Transitions—How Their Challenges Catalyze Your Growth

By Alison Cook | February 15, 2024

Navigating transitions with your children is a deep dive into raw emotions, facing conflict, and your own unhealed wounds. These transitions aren’t easy. The stakes feel so high! But when you face them with courage, compassion and curiosity, you’ll find your way through the wilderness and onto a beautiful path. As you do your own...

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Episode 89: When A Relationship Has to Change—How to Tolerate Discomfort, Face an Attachment Void, & Resource Yourself

By Alison Cook | February 8, 2024

We need attachments to other people, places, and to God. Yet transitions have a way of shaking up those attachments-even healthy ones! Today we’re talking all about how to balance our need to hold on to others – and also the need to let go. It takes skill and self-compassion to navigate these seasons of...

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Episode 88: Navigating Transitions—What to Do When Change Stirs up Anxiety, Uncertainty, or Confusion

By Alison Cook | February 1, 2024

What do you do when life feels disorienting or uncertain? Maybe a relationship ends, you change jobs, or your children no longer need you in the same way. Change is disorienting. We don’t always recognize the value in slowing down to process these in between places-when we’ve left something (or someone) behind but aren’t yet...

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Episode 79: Surviving Trauma & A Path to Forgiveness—Finding God In the Hardest Parts of Your Story With Esau McCaulley

By Alison Cook | November 16, 2023

I was thrilled to have this conversation about a book that’s easily one of my favorites this year. The brilliant author, professor, and public theologian, Esau McCaulley is here to share his personal experience with the many faces of trauma and how he stayed connected to the goodness of God through all of it. Esau’s...

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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 76: When Self-Help Isn’t Enough—Finding the Faith & Strength to Move Forward after Loss & Heartache With Granger Smith

By Alison Cook | October 26, 2023

I read country music singer Granger Smith’s new book in one sitting and cried my way through it. It’s a powerful story of the unspeakable loss of his 3-year old son and what happened in the aftermath as he attempted to cope. Granger tried everything to cope with the trauma, including numbing and every self-help...

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Episode 75: Your Secret Weapon Against Stress & Anxiety—How to Transform Your Mind Through the Power of Prayer

By Alison Cook | October 19, 2023

Prayer is where self-awareness meets God-awareness. I’ve come to cherish it as an intimate, deeply grounding practice. But I haven’t always felt that way. It used to evoke anxiety and activation inside of me as I worked to earn God’s favor. That’s why I love this conversation with Kayla Craig, author of the new book...

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Episode 74: The Neurobiology of Hope and How to Find Hope in Hard Times with Dr. Curt Thompson

By Alison Cook | October 12, 2023

I am so thrilled to have my friend, Dr. Curt Thompson, on the podcast today. I have been deeply transformed by Curt’s work, and in today’s conversation, Curt breathes fresh life into a topic that is too easily tossed around and oversimplified-Hope. We take a deep dive into the intricacies of hope from a neurobiological,...

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Episode 68: How *Not* to Lose Yourself—Remaining You While Raising Them with Alli Worthington

By Alison Cook | August 31, 2023

I absolutely loved this conversation with Alli Worthington. We get so real about the toxic traps all around and how to stay sane as a parent. From “parenting book trauma” to bad advice about friendships, we’ve got you covered. You’ll learn practical tips & fascinating research from Alli’s new book, Remaining You While Raising Them....

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Episode 67: The Inextricable Link Between Faith & Emotional Healing—Gen Z & A Hidden Search for Meaning

By Alison Cook | August 24, 2023

Today’s episode is straight up . I got to know Cindy Gao last year, when she reached out to me about an internship. As a student at Harvard College, she experienced a crisis of meaning and found her way to faith-and-to emotional healing. I have loved getting to know Cindy, and I know you are...

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