Editing Our Drinking and Our Lives
By Jolene Park & Aidan Donnelley Rowley
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Aidan Donnelley Rowley and Jolene Park talk about their decisions to make an Early Exit from the drinking life, the gray area of drinking and the ongoing edits they make to their lives.
||CleanEpisode 30 - One Year Of EDIT Podcast||Aidan and Jolene look back on one year of podcasting together and talk about the things that have happened in their lives as a result. They both shared their bright light moments -Jolene talks about her TEDx talk that she gave in November 2017...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29 - Reality Check||While every aspect of our lives can improve sans alcohol, the reality is there are still aspects of our lives that can still be difficult after we stop drinking. Both Aidan and Jolene have found that finding their flow, purpose, and focus helps them...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28 - Reaching Out||Jolene and Aidan talk about reaching out to a therapist, people in our lives who are supportive and we know are like-minded or communities online or in person. Opening up to people in our life versus trying to figure out this drinking question on our...||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27 - Hard Moments||Jolene and Aidan share experiences they recently had with alcohol being front and center in their life. Even though they no longer drink they still encounter hard moments. These moments can be confusing, baffling and hard, no matter how good, strong...||6/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26 - #Dry Life + Social Media||Jolene and Aidan talk about how social media and Instagram initially brought them together to start this podcast. They discuss how online platforms have played a role in changing how we think about drinking. It has become easy to quickly form...||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25 - Other People's Opinions||What do others say when they are drinking or not drinking around us? How did Jolene and Aidan navigate other people's opinions early on? People will certainly have conversations and opinions, but the fear of what others will think and say is...||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 - The Moderation Question||Is it possible to moderate? What do Aidan and Jolene think about moderation? Aidan says she could moderate but felt miserable. It wasn't pleasant to think about and plan for all the time. It takes the joy out of her day. However, moderation helped...||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 - Memes + Marketing||Jolene and Aidan discuss the troubling marketing of alcohol memes toward women and moms. The promotion of excess as a way to escape and cope is what's being promoted. These memes send the message that drinking is the way to make life better. As...||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 - Finding Your People||Aidan and Jolene discuss how they found alcohol-free like-minded people through blogging, Instagram, FaceBook groups, and when social media connections can turn into friendships in real life. Jolene mentions how This Naked Mind and The HOME podcast...||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 - Public or Private?||Aidan was public with her decision to not drink in 2012 with her Year Without Wine blog posts, but Jolene stayed quieter and more private in the early months of quitting drinking for good. Jolene shares how she wrote a blog post when she was 60-days...||1/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 - New Year, New You?||Do you make New Year's Resolutions? What happens when, if you fall off course or routine? In this episode, Jolene and Aidan discuss The Four Tendencies (the upholder, the obliger, the questioner, and the rebel) by Gretchen Rubin. They...||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 - Special Occasions||There will always be a holiday, a special event, anniversary, or celebration during the calendar year. It doesn't matter if it's December, April, July or any other month. Aidan talks about her recent holiday party that she hosted and Jolene talks...||1/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 - Anxiety Part Two||Jolene talks about the role GABA plays in anxiety and how she used lemon balm, passion flower, holy basil, inositol, and L-theanine in the early days of quitting drinking to help regulate her own anxiety. She talks about how yoga can boost GABA levels..||10/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 - Anxiety Part One||Aidan and Jolene talk about their early anxiety stories. Aidan didn't think of herself as an anxious kid, but Jolene did identify as an anxious kid early on and had panic attacks in Junior High. They both resonate with being high achievers who...||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 - Should You Stop Drinking?||If you're asking the question, it's probably something you'll want to pay attention to. Sometimes just asking the internal question is more important than getting an external answer from others. Also, if you're questioning your drinking it might...||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 - Introvert Or Extrovert?||Aidan and Jolene talk about how they view their own introvert and extrovert personalities. How they feel about being alone vs with others as a way to recharge and regenerate. Aidan mentions the book Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can't..||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 - The Count Or Not To Count||The decision to count or not count alcohol-free days is different for everyone. Jolene and Aidan discuss why they both like counting days and which apps they use. Aidan uses NOMO and Jolene used Good Habits and Quit That. Counting days...||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 - Sleep + Drinking Dreams||This episode explores the havoc that alcohol plays on sleep and dreams. Alcohol can contribute to hormone, blood sugar and cortisol imbalances which disrupts sleep patterns in the middle of the night. Jolene mentions the Chinese Medicine theory...||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 - The Forever Question||Aidan and Jolene talk about why they committed to not drinking when they could get away with continuing to drink. Aidan wrote about her long-term commitment/decision in her blog post, Saying I Do To A Life Without Alcohol. But let's be...||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 - Kids/No Kids + Drinking||Does parenthood or lack of parenthood impact our drinking? Jolene and Aidan discuss how their personal desires to have children intersected with their own drinking. Whether it's the loss of the dream of having a child, the loss of...||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 - Socializing Without Alcohol||Jolene and Aidan talk about how they engage in their social lives without drinking. Both admit they are more of introverts than they once thought. They share some of the phrases they have ready if someone offers them a drink such as, “no...||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 - F-It Moments||The evening hours are often a hard time to stick to the resolve of not drinking alcohol. Especially after a full, stressful day, you might say, “Why am I being so hard on myself? I can have a treat, I can have one drink.” You might...||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - Hangovers||Aidan looks back on her drinking days and talks about the surprisingly positive mental, emotional, existential aspects of her hangovers. Jolene shares the negative physical effects of her hangovers and how they ultimately motivated her to...||7/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - The Power Of Vulnerability||Jolene and Aidan debrief what it feels like to have the first six episodes of their podcast out into the world. They talk about the vulnerability hangover of sharing their stories along with the overwhelmingly positive response they’ve received...||7/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 - Life Without Alcohol||Aidan and Jolene talk about what life without alcohol has been like so far for them. They share what the best parts of the dry life have been as well as acknowledge the tougher parts. This episode is an honest, if surface, peek into life without...||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 - Jolene's Stop Story||Jolene talks about dancing back and forth between drinking and not drinking for many years and about how she reached her quiet tipping point on December 14, 2014. It wasn't planned and she didn't think of this as her last day of drinking, but after...||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 - Aidan's Stop Story||Aidan talks about her "dance" between drinking and not drinking. She recently heard Elizabeth Vargas, author of Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction, speak at the She Recovers Conference. Vargas said, "when you start to drink to numb,...||5/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - Jolene's Drinking Story||Jolene gives a glimpse of what her drinking looked like in the beginning. She didn't grow up around a lot of drinking and rarely drank in high school or college, but there was a pivotal point in her late 20's when things changed. She began using wine...||5/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - Aidan's Drinking Story||Aidan gives a glimpse of what her drinking looked like in the beginning. She talks about coming from a family where alcohol is often celebrated and acknowledges that she has many good memories associated with drinking. She talks about getting...||5/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Welcome To Edit Podcast||The Gray Area of Drinking & Our Early Exits||5/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
HOME podcast was on a break and I found I was missing listening to a real, inspirational podcast. Discovering Edit filled that void. These women are very motivational!
Fills the void!
I wish I knew how I stumbled upon this, but so glad I did. Finally a discussion about the "grey" area of drinking in a culture that romanticizes alcohol. Aiden and Jolene are smart and open and are bringing to light a better way to walk through life. Love every episode so far
Intelligent, informative, respectful and completely without judgment, this podcast was a breath of fresh air for those of us who exist in the grey area between drinking and teetotalling (I'm a food writer so good wine in large quantities is in my face all the time). I've listened to other podcasts of the same genre whose hosts claim to decry labelling but then go on to attack anyone who doesn't label themselves a problem drinker. Life is not black and white; would that it were so simple. Brava to Jolene and Aidan for putting a human face on this subject, and for creating a great podcast meant for intelligent adults.