The ego likes to hide. But it’s patterns can be easily spotted when we know what to look for. In this episode, I interview Andrea Owen, author of the awesome book, “How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 Habits That Are Holding You Back From Happiness.”

We look at some common ego habits that people with anxiety may face. Andrea’s book is about 14 habits (in Course terms, EGO habits) that hold us back and how to overcome them. Join us for this lively conversation!

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Andrea Owen is an author, mentor, and certified life coach who helps high-achieving women let go of perfectionism, control, and isolation to choose courage and confidence instead. She has helped thousands of women manage their inner-critic to create loving connections and live their most kick-ass life. She is the proud author of 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life and her second book, which we’ll be talking about is: How To Stop Feeling Like Shit: 14 Habits That Are Holding You Back From Happiness. Andrea is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.

To learn more about Andrea’s work and her book, “How to Stop feeling like Shit: 14 Habits that are Holding you Back from Life” visit Andrea’s website at Your Kick Ass Life.



Wasn’t that a fun conversation? I love Andrea’s passion, energy and work in the world. Here are my takeaways:

  1. Take responsibility.
    In healing, we need to take what I call, “radical responsibility.” Whether you’re a Course student or not, we are the common denominator in every situation we find ourselves in. I was SO inspired by Andrea… she was at ROCK BOTTOM and rather than get stuck in blame and pointing the finger at others, she chose to take responsibility for her life. This is the first step in making new choices, whether our choice is for Spirit, or some other change we feel moved to make.
  2. Tell others how they can best help you.
    This point that Andrea made is so important. Often we lapse into thinking that others should be mind readers and know how to best help us. As I shared, when I was in the throes of anxiety, I didn’t want people siding with the unwell picture of me. I wanted people to side with strength. A great example of this is the story in my book where my stepdad looked at me while I was curled up on his couch, having panic attacks, and he said, “The Light in You Is TOO BRIGHT to fail.” So whatever it is that you need, choose who you will confide in and tell them how they can best show up for you. They will feel good about being truly helpful, and you’ll feel good for getting the help that you need.
  3. Be on the lookout for ego habits.
    Andrea shared some of the habits that hold you back, including Self-Sabotage, Compare and Despair, and Numbing. Of course there is more she covers in her book, but reflect on these and consider how you use them. After examining this with radical honesty, take what you uncover to Spirit!



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