2.19 Empowered and Alcohol-Free with Karolina Rzadkowolska
This week’s guest, Karolina, is an Alcohol-Free Life Coach & Author who helps women (and men) change their drinking habits and unleash a new level of health and happiness, so they can realize their full potential.
Karolina shares her journey with alcohol, and how questioning her beliefs about drinking have allowed her to chase her biggest dreams. We discuss leaning into curiosity, the impacts of alcohol on our physical and mental well-being, and how we can tap into our potential.
You don’t have to have a “problem” to benefit from this episode, but if you’re at all interested in what life might look like without drinking, or have ever questioned if it’s really serving you, then you won’t want to miss this episode.
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5:02 - Karolina shares her background with drinking and what caused her to question her relationship with alcohol.
“For some reason, every Sunday morning, I woke up feeling so much shame, I woke up feeling so low, I felt so disappointed in myself, I didn't feel physically well, I felt like all the progress I had made during the week of trying to live this healthy lifestyle was just erased by the weekend.”
10:19 - How curiosity led Karolina to discover new knowledge and frameworks that completely changed how she thought about alcohol.
“And that moment, that moment really also aided my personal growth, because every day I was showing up and smashing my Achilles heel. And this confidence started spilling out into other areas of my life.”
“Even this idea of wanting to just fit in… that had trapped me in so many insecurities for so long.”
14:34 - Looking at the sociological conditioning of alcohol, and what needs it satisfies for us whether we are aware of it or not.
“What happens over time is that we come to believe that our human needs can somehow be met with alcohol. It's very subtle, it's very subconscious.”
17:07 - How Karolina’s own perception and beliefs around drinking, as well as a lack of awareness around alcohol, put her in a dark and isolated place.
“Because I believed I was doing it wrong, I thought I was wrong. I thought that there was something wrong with me. I really internalize that. And I just felt really alone.”
19:03 - Karolina quickly touches on some of the ways alcohol affects the body and brain, and discusses the shift from trying to “do it right” to prioritizing her happiness and self-esteem.
“It almost didn't matter how little I drank, I was still always feeling low. I didn't understand why alcohol is affecting, you know, my mental chemistry the way it did.”
23:03 - How alcohol affects mental health and numbs us from feeling our emotions, and how removing that crutch can help us rediscover our sense of self and purpose.
“It challenged me in so many ways, because like when you're used to having a habit, like alcohol, it's really good at numbing your emotions. And so when you remove it, you have to feel those emotions.”
“How intentional are you about looking at self, so that you can form a deeper more intimate relationship with self, and then from that place of being, choose to create.”
31:24 - Examining the “Why” behind drinking, and how we often need something outside of ourselves in order to feel like we belong.
“Instead of emotionally growing, alcohol emotionally stunts you, and you'll have the same type of insecurities if not compounded because alcohol is telling you even more how you're not good enough on your own.”
34:33 - Choosing to shift into a higher frequency, lean into intuition and become more empowered to live your fullest potential.
“Sometimes we position things like, it's a no in your life or you can't you can't do something anymore. I just hate thinking of it that way. It's really a yes you're saying to something bigger.”
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