The Trusted Friend

The Trusted Friend

Welcome to ”The Trusted Friend,” the podcast that’s like a group therapy session, but without the awkward silences or the stale pastries. We all know that life can be a wild ride - sometimes it feels like we’re soaring on cloud nine, and other times we’re face-planting into the dirt. But no matter where we are on that rollercoaster, there’s one thing that can help us all feel a little less alone - sharing our stories. So if you’re looking for a podcast that’s equal parts heartwarming and hilarious, tune in to ”The Trusted Friend.” We promise to be the friends you can count on - even if we’re just voices coming out of your headphones.


April 17, 2024 46 mins

Michele Johnston, the powerhouse behind Fiercely Authentic Coaching! Raised with a strict religious ideology of what a woman “should be”, she married young and became a devoted mother of four. For years, she masked her struggles to fit society's perfect mold. As her kids got older, she prioritized self-care. Pushing a truck full of kettlebells was her "aha" moment, revealing her incredible strength—physically and mentally. Michele ...

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In honor of National Primary Immunodeficiency Month,we follow Aubrey, a resilient young woman living with Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID), as she navigates the complexities of her condition.

Aubrey’s life took and unexpected turn at the age of 19, all excited to go off to college and live her long awaited college life dreams, to be hit with a diagnosis that changed the course of her life.  Aubrey...

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In this heartfelt episode, we follow Debbie's journey from unimaginable loss to profound purpose. After tragically losing her beloved son to mental illness and addiction, Debbie undergoes a transformation, discovering her true calling in helping parents navigate similar struggles. Through her own grief and pain, she finds solace in aiding others, becoming a beacon of hope and support in the community. Armed with her own experiences...

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In this episode we'll listen to Atousa's story and her metamorphasis from living in fear to living in Love.  She has also written the book Change yourself, change the world available on Amazon.  It's a concept we all nod along to, but let's be real, putting it into practice is no walk in the park. Atousa's got this serene, loving vibe about her that's infectious, and like all our guests, she's here to drop some wisdom...

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March 20, 2024 44 mins

Today We've got a tik tok superstar in our midst, none other than the fabulous Anna Przy, making her grand return to the Trusted friend podcast!

Get ready to dive headfirst into a whirlwind of chatter—from dissecting the latest binge-worthy TV shows like Love is Blind and Bachelor, to uncovering the secrets behind Anna's sensational book, "Keep It Up Cutie," and her uproarious comedy show tour. Oh, did I...

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March 12, 2024 60 mins

Tara shares her powerful story in the form a testimony, appreciating and recognizing God in her journey of healing.  Through childhood sexual abuse leading to eating disorder to later on in life dealing with infidelity of her husband and later her personal journey with infidelity and working through even more family traumas.  Through all her peaks and valley's she came to understand the power of using God has her companion and help...

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March 5, 2024 35 mins

In this episode, join Stephanie, a seasoned portrait photographer, as she opens up about the extraordinary journey that shaped her into the resilient woman she is today. Stephanie candidly shares the challenges of discovering her pregnancy with twins during high school, navigating the complexities of raising two children  —one of whom lives with the challenges of Cerebral Palsy.

As she weaves her narrative, Stephanie shares the cha...

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February 27, 2024 45 mins

Step into the architectural world of Holly McNeil, where at 26, she found herself at the helm of the largest historic preservation project in the state, navigating construction sites with a confidence larger than life. With projects from the cancer hospital in Stanford to the Holy Mosque hospital project in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where they literally moved a mountain to create a breathtaking...

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February 20, 2024 45 mins

Join us for an extraordinary episode as we listen to the life’s experiences of Danielle Cobo, the former Fortune 500 Senior Sales Manager known for instilling grit, resilience, and courage in others. Beyond her professional success, Danielle opens up about the profound impact of her tumultuous childhood, including being kidnapped by her mother, which severed her connection with her father, shaping her unique perspecti...

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In this episode, we tackle the story of Eileen Noyes, a woman who has experienced the highs and lows of life in the spotlight as the wife of an NFL football player. From the glitz and glamour to the struggles of identity and purpose, Eileen opens up about her marriage and divorce, raising eight children, and blending her family with seven stepchildren.

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In this episode, Kerri opens up about the relentless bullying she endured, facing exclusion from elementary school through college. She candidly explores the profound impact it had on her sense of self-worth and identity. From the depths of isolation, Kerri takes us on a transformative journey, sharing her 'a-ha' moments that became catalysts for change.

Discover how she reclaimed her power, reshaping n...

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Welcome to a compelling episode of the Trusted Friend podcast. In this deeply personal conversation, we sit down with Hannah, a remarkable individual who has not only excelled on the basketball court but has also navigated the challenging terrain of body image and eating disorders.

As a college basketball player, Hannah currently holds the prestigious title of the number 4 top player in all of Alberta fo...

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Lynsey shares with us her journey in overcoming her battle with addiction to alcohol and completely changing the course of her life.  She is now a mindset and mental wellness speaker, working mom coach, and licensed therapist, Lynsey Retzlaff, LCSW shares her insights to impact lives near and far. 

She is a mother of two and has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. Through this experience, she has found joy in he...

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January 9, 2024 73 mins

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Lena shares her powerful story in this impactful episode.  Lena was born and raised in a post-USSR Ukrainian iron mining town. Her parents struggled in their marriage. Became an alcoholic, lost well paying jobs, eventually divorced losing custody of their kids.

She has struggled in poverty trying to survive and was abused and raped numerous times. After the loss of her ...

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January 2, 2024 44 mins

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Join Avery on a transformative journey as she shares the profound shifts that led her to redefine her identity. From the challenges of medical setbacks and a life-altering diagnosis to the realization that she was no longer the person she once knew, Avery takes viewers through the emotional process of shedding her former self.

Discover the courage it takes to rename and reclaim agency over one's identity,...

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December 24, 2023 57 mins

More about Jen  including some  of Jen's delicious cookie recipes

Jen and I sit down (via zoom) and chat all things Christmas in this special episode.  Jen is the youngest of 9 children and has wealth of Christmas memories and traditions.  We both share our Christmas memories coming from large families.  Our interview is based on a Christmas letter she sent out to her family the year her dad passed away. in 2022.  See website for c...

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December 19, 2023 72 mins

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Jami, a mom to seven, courageously shares her battles with getting her son the much needed help with his mental health and overcoming his struggles and the dark cloud looming over his head.  At the young age of 7 he had thoughts of wanting to end his life due to the mental health darkness.  With raw authenticity, she shares the pivotal moments that led her to getting...

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December 12, 2023 57 mins

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This episode we meet Alyssa Williamson's as she shares her journey of overcoming her own need to be perfect and the immense pressures, anxiety, and sleepless nights it caused. 

Drawing from her own experiences, she empowers individuals to break free from perfectionism's shackles. And now as she’s about to be a new mother for the first time she shares the strategie...

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This is a Mental Health Fitness Exercise.

I'm not one for breathing exercise because my mind wanders and I can't sit still and feel awkward. But when she did this at the end of our interview I felt like having a nap afterwards and so here it is for you as a bonus episode you can listen to any time you need.

Whether your in the middle of trying to get all the presents wrapp...

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November 29, 2023 11 mins

In this short bonus episode, Yvonne Caputo joins us again (see her episode Flying with Dad) and takes us on a personal ride through the heart and soul of Five Wishes. She shares how this game-changing document lets you call the shots on your healthcare – from who's in charge when you can't decide, to the kind of treatment you do or don't want. It's like leaving a note for your family and doctors on how you want to be ...

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