How do you balance your life between work and self-care?
Kristi Coulter is a woman in long-term sobriety and a former high-level executive at Amazon. She justified her drinking because she didn’t look like those other people who were problem drinkers, and she was successful.
Sobriety gave her a story but also the stamina to do difficult things. Kristi was a high achiever as a young person and then quickly continued that in her career. At Amazon there was so much to do and the jobs were so hard it was impossible to be an overachiever. This became a perfect storm for someone who needs to overachieve.
After her first year of sobriety we start to ask ourselves what do I want. Kristi also shared that she had to learn how to be nice to herself and her creativity started coming back. With time she learned to set healthy boundaries which was huge in her growth. This helped her balance her work life and her personal life and learn to respect herself in long term recovery.
We discussed the power of sustainable change, slowly doing things consistently over time to make HUGE transformations.
Kristi Coulter is the author of the memoirs EXIT INTERVIEW and NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS. She also works as a freelance editor and writing teacher. Kristi lives with her husband and their golden retriever in Seattle and Los Angeles.
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