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Nicola O'Hanlon

About Nicola O'Hanlon

Meet our Editor-In-Chief, Nicola O'Hanlon. She created this website, along with the help of the InTheRooms team in Septebmer 2015. Her work has been published in several recovery magazines, including Recovery Today, In Recovery Magazine, AfterPartyChat.com, Psychology Today and Reach Out Recovery to name but a few. She has also had her work published in two Feminist anthologies and a book of personal recovery stories. Born and raised in Wexford, Ireland she still lives there with her two children, Christopher and Jessica. Her background is in healing through Massage Therapy, Reflexology and Sechiem Energy Healer. She has combined her professional and life experience and now coaches women on how to empower themselves. She runs the Womens Wisdom Healing Circle meeting, on InTheRooms.com every Sunday (Noon est 5pm UK & Ireland), which is a non program specific gathering of women seeking support, encouragement and healing. Already an expert on how not to live life she is a constant seeker of new and better ways of being. Nature is her Higher Power and she believes in magic, crystals and blames the phases of the moon for her multiple personalities.

Anna Davids Webinar Replay and Course

  Hey so remember that webinar I told you about? Well, if you didn’t get a chance to make it, the replay is available for another few days. You can see it here. Anna’s online course, How to Sell a Book About Your Recovery (From Anything), is also now available and it’s a pretty incredible resource if you’re interested in writing and selling a book about your recovery. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Recovery Month than to make a commitment to share your recovery journey with the world. Follow this link to sign up for her course but I highly recommend, after taking a look at it, watching the webinar for more information about what it offers. Anna’s launch ends on Friday, which means that while you can still purchase the course after that, the cost will rise considerably and you’ll have lost out on… Continue reading

Free Webinar on How to Make Your Recovery (From Anything) Story Into a Book

Plenty of people want to share their recovery stories with the world. A far smaller group of people DO share their recovery stories with the world. The difference between those two groups? The second group knows what to do. Now, during National Recovery Month, you can join the second group. On Sunday, September 10th at 5 pm PST, Anna David is going to be doing a free hour-long training where she’ll be converting people from the first group to the second. She’ll be teaching exactly what she did to write and sell six books and thousands of articles about her recovery. Then, at the end of the training, she’ll be launching her online course on the same subject. Check out the course, How to Sell a Book About Your Recovery (From Anything), but I strongly encourage you to sign up for the webinar so you can get a preview of… Continue reading

Want to Sell a Book About Your Recovery? Anna David Can Show You How

As my friend Anna David says, we’re all in recovery from something and we all have stories to tell. She would know. She went from drug-addicted dog-walker to sober New York Times bestselling author of six books about her addiction and recovery. Since getting sober, she’s launched recovery websites and written about addiction and relationships recovery for The New York Times, Time, Vice, Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, among many other publications. She’s the first to admit that she accomplished this not through talent or even hard work but because she followed a system. And now, during National Recovery Month, she wants to teach her system to you. Next week, she’s having a free webinar to launch her online course, How to Sell a Book About Your Recovery (From Anything). In it, she walks people through how to figure out their book angle and then how to craft every element a book… Continue reading

Podcast with Jodee Prouse, Author of The Sun Is Gone

Jodee Prouse is a speaker, blogger and author of the powerful memoir The Sun is Gone: A Sister Lost in Secrets, Shame, and Addiction and How I Broke Free. She is an outspoken advocate to eliminate the shame and stigma surrounding Addiction and Mental illness as well as empowering women to survive life’s challenge’s and family crisis. Jodee has two adult sons and has been married to her husband Jim for 27 years. They share their time between Sylvan Lake, Alberta and their cottage in Oroville, Washington. I talked to Jodee Prouse recently about her deeply intimate book, The Sun Is Gone. Everyone in the world should read this book. It’s a story of family and the consequences of addiction for all it’s members. It is raw and honest and brave, but full of compassion and empathy. Jodee and I spoke the day after she had to put her beloved dog to sleep, so… Continue reading

Shame Will Kill You – By Nicola O’Hanlon

  I’ve had a revelation, just this morning actually, that most of my life has been spent trying to avoid shame. I’m not alone in that pursuit either. It seems that most of the world is running from it too in one form or another. I have also been angry most of my life. The seed that created all of that anger is absolutely, unequivocally, shame, and every time someone attempts to shame me still, an anger rises up that I can’t resolve easily. The two emotions are intrinsically linked. Someone told me the other day that what I do is not actually real work. I was rooted to my chair, unexpectedly. Usually I’m not afraid of an argument. Usually I’d have defended myself and my work, but the person calmly walked away from me after saying what they said. It was clear that the comment was meant to put… Continue reading