This episode highlights one woman’s journey through AA and beyond. During the course of this conversation, my guest, Racquel Reid will share her story of recovery and the benefits and, for her, pitfalls of a traditional 12-step program.
Racquel shares openly about the four years where she lived most of her life in the recovery rooms as an AA Poster Girl. Racquel quietly discovered that the longer she stayed in the program, the more disempowered she felt. She lost trust with herself and found herself simply existing vs. living. When Racquel decided she was craving fulfillment, she started a small group to support women getting outside the walls of AA and into nature. That led to a deep dive into mediation and eventually to discovering the work of Annie Grace and This Naked Mind. A TNM coach since 2021, Racquel has continued to stretch her sense of adventure and curiosity and in early 2023 Racquel will leave her permanent home behind and travel the world, connecting with people, cultures and adventure! She will continue to offer 1:1 coaching for women who are excited about finding their own passion for growth!
Racquel ditched the drink over eleven years ago and by design she assembled a small and safe life that made her feel stuck! Life is supposed to be great after you remove the substance. However, she was crippled with self doubt and still carried tremendous shame for her actions while under the influence! She lived “small” and felt living “big” was dangerous.
After searching for fulfillment in food, shopping, and a few failed relationships she’d had enough and committed to creating a spectacular purposeful life. She trained in meditation to reconnect with her soul and took up yoga to reconnect with her body. She lost over 70 pounds and became an avid cycler and coastline hiker. She ignited her passion for learning which ignited her passion for empowering other women. This led to her becoming a TNM certified coach. For the first time in years she felt truly alive, empowered and free!
As she continues to grow into herself she knows she’s now living in line with her purpose and her personal values. Recently she has decided to honor another passion, that is travel. She’s about to head out on her own to start a nomadic life of full time travel with no return date, it’s something she’s always dreamt of doing. This year’s motto is “It’s time for a new adventure”!