We’re back with another Listener Q & A episode! I plan to do these every quarter, and if you’re a member of Patreon, you can submit your questions for me and one of my expert friends to answer on an episode.
Today I have my BFF and fellow life coach, Amy Smith of The Joy Junkie joining us to answer a listener question about her family. We get a little off track talking about poop, but it’s one of those things that happens to everyone! ?
The Listener’s questions are:
How do you navigate family/friends when it comes to your self help journey?
Whether it be your spouse/partner who is trying to help, but may be too pushy or you feel like you're disappointing him when you are not reaching your goals quickly.
Or maybe your family who may be trying to protect you. They don't exactly discourage you, but are not exactly supportive of your big goals.
Or your friends/family who will not let you forget your past mistakes? Constantly bringing up embarrassing situations or failures.
Sometimes I feel like I am responsible for everyone's goals. And sometimes that makes me not want to try at all. It is a lot and I do not know where to begin.
I have a large family and sometimes it feels like I am the only one who wants a better life. It is very overwhelming and discouraging. I feel like I have to make enough money to ensure my parents/brothers/sisters are financially set for life. Makes me not want to try harder because then more will be expected of me. Sometimes I wish I could be happy in mediocrity.
Listen in as Amy and I give her advice on what to do and say in these tricky situations. Family can be the hardest to navigate, and virtually no one is immune to this! Thank you to our courageous listener for not only asking the questions, but taking initiate to change a situation in her life that she’s not happy about!
Resources from this episode
Follow Andrea on Instagram!
Andrea interviewing Amy on how to have hard conversations
The Joy Junkie episode on the pain involved with standing up for yourself
The Joy Junkie on when people don’t understand your personal growth journey
Dear Sugars episode that Amy mentioned
Elizabeth Gilbert's post on Tribal Shame
Amy’s website: The Joy Junkie