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February 20, 2023 47 mins

Can you make space for the whole truth in your life? The whole truth *of* your life? This week, best-selling author Alex Elle talks about the post-partum period after the launch of her newest book, and how her healing is intertwined with hearing the truth - the whole truth - about her own life. 


In this episode we cover: 


  • Why one of Alex’s friends told her she stop hoarding her stories
  • How owning your own story - and your own healing - impacts everyone around you
  • The intersections of writing, healing, and grief
  • How to give yourself permission to heal from the same thing more than once
  • Why learning to slow down is the key to self-healing 


Notable quote: 

“No one taught me how to be a mother. No one taught me how to be warm and nurturing.

I had to figure that out on my own. No one taught me how to hold space and not try to fix someone's tears. I had to figure it out on my own. I think part of my healing and my grief work is (exploring): ‘What did I need that I didn't get?’” - Alex Elle


About our guest:


Alexandra Elle is a New York Times Bestselling author, wellness educator, and certified Breathwork coach. Her work has been featured by a wide range of media outlets, including The New York Times, NPR, Good Morning America, Essence, MindBodyGreen, Forbes, and many others. She teaches workshops and leads retreats centered around writing-to-heal and self-care. Find her on social media @alex_elle, and at


Additional resources


Every month I host a live video Q&A session. If you’ve ever wished you could talk to me directly, this is by far the easiest way to do it. All the information is at my patreon page, right here.  Hope to see you there each month. 


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