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World-renowned inspirational speaker + national bestselling author John O’Leary wants to help you wake up from accidental living so you can do, be, achieve and impact more through your life.

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Mar 25, 2021

In the span of a few weeks, Nora McInerny experienced three unimaginable losses: a miscarriage, the death of her father and the death of her husband.

Yet in the wake of loss, Nora, host of the popular podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking and author of bestselling books No Happy Endings and The Young Hot Widows Club reminds us that we get to assemble something new from what is left behind.

Today, Nora shares about the painful experiences we inevitably face, how to cope with the emotional aftermath and the important balance between finding happiness and holding space for the unhappy experiences that have shaped us.

In a year riddled with painful losses, political divisiveness, social isolation, and so much more...

This conversation is a reminder that life will have incomprehensible tragedy... And yet, the foundation is firm and the best of our days remain ahead. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • Fall 2014:
    • October 3: Nora loses her pregnancy.
    • October 8: Nora's father loses his battle with cancer.
    • November 25: Aaron loses his battle with brain cancer.
  • While Nora wishes she had more video of Aaron, she's thankful they wrote his obituary + planned his funeral together. Read Aaron's viral obituary here.
  • "Your job when talking to someone suffering is not to fix it. Acknowledge what is and let them know you're thinking of them."
  • Showing up for others: Do what you can do + what you will do competently, consistently and humbly. 
  • Nora on hearing others share memories of Aaron: "The most beautiful part is realizing how many part of your person live within others."
  • “Even if you’re surrounded by people you love, figuring out grief is a solo project.”
  • “Ernest Hemingway wrote “the world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are stronger in the broken places.” 
  • Listen to Nora McInerny's Terrible, Thanks for Asking here.
  • Get Nora McInerny's books No Happy Endings, It's Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) and The Young Hot Widows Club.

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