Real Talk Radio

Laura McKowen on Writing, Sobriety, and The Art of Telling the Truth

Real Talk Radio with Nicole Antoinette
Real Talk Radio with Nicole Antoinette
Laura McKowen on Writing, Sobriety, and The Art of Telling the Truth

Laura McKowen is a writer, yoga teacher, speaker and recovery advocate. She writes an internationally recognized, award-winning blog at and is the co-host of HOME podcast, a show that takes up the big questions of life through the lens of addiction recovery.

Laura earned her MBA from Babson College and worked in advertising and marketing for fifteen years, where she led international teams and managed what she calls "stupidly large marketing budgets" for Fortune 50 companies. In 2016, she made the leap to entrepreneurship and now writes, teaches yoga-based workshops and retreats all over the U.S., and consults on marketing, personal branding, and online business strategy.

Laura lives with her daughter on the north shore of Boston and is currently writing her first book, a memoir.

In this episode, Laura shares one beautifully honest story after another, covering everything from sobriety to motherhood to work and writing and more.

She talks about how difficult it was for her to get sober, and we dig into the damaging cultural depictions of drinking that keep many of us stuck. We also talk more generally about the many challenges of trying to change your life and the frustration when change winds up taking much longer than you hoped.

Laura tells us her thoughts on the purpose of pain, the healing power of writing, and how to tell the actual truth about your life.

This conversation was an absolute joy for me, and Laura's openness makes it truly one of my very favorite episodes to date. I hope you love it as well!

Connect with Laura

Website // Podcast // Facebook // Instagram

Selected Links From This Episode

Books, Resources & People Mentioned

Help Support the podcast (+ get exclusive bonus content!)

Join the Real Talk Radio support squad over on Patreon (just $8+ per 8-episode season!) and get immediate access to over 30 hours of bonus content, with new stuff added every month.

This includes:

  • Bonus episodes with former guests
  • Fun conversations and interviews that aren’t aired publicly
  • Solo end-of-month reflection episodes from Nicole (what worked, what didn’t, personal goals, etc)
  • Access to (and a chance to be a guest on!) the SquadPod – a private, shorter version of Real Talk Radio where you, the members of this family, are the guests
  • The chance to be featured in an upcoming outro
  • Frequent opportunities to help shape the future of the show
  • Exclusive access to my popular weekly email series, Notes of Grit & Grace
  • All seven workbooks & tiny books from my former $4 Shop
  • 24/7 access to the community feed for conversation with me and everyone else …. and more!

So for all of that and more, simply head over to to make your pledge.

Thank you so much for your support!!


Music & Audio Editing by ADAM DAY

Join the Conversation

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.