Cracking Open Podcast
with Molly Carroll, MA, LPC
Hi, I’m your host, Molly Carroll.
Join me each week as I share the stories of thought leaders and spiritual teachers, actors and athletes, parents, and prophets’ on how their “cracking open” moment; the death of a loved one, getting thrown in jail, bullied in grade school, or hitting rock bottom with an addiction changed their life forever and will change yours too.
So get comfy in a chair and grab yourself a cup of tea, or buckle up while driving and listen while we dive deep to what it means to crack open and forever be transformed.
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I will never forget sitting next to my mother's bedside as she was taking her last breaths. It was an out-of-body, shocking, and life-altering experience. I felt honored to hold space for my mom with deep love and respect as she passed on.
If you could ask yourself one question every morning that would allow you to tap into a heightened awareness of the world around you and your place in it, wouldn’t you?
Episode 20: Tehillah Alphonso, Grammy Nominated Singer, Helps Us Discover How Determination, Grit, and Belief in Yourself Is the Key to Authenticity and Success
What do Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, and the Grammys have in common? Tehillah Alphonso.
Episode 19: Gina Muñoz, the Trevor Project’s Board Chair Teaches Us How Accepting Our Sexuality Means Accepting Our True Selves
I met Gina Muñoz 20 years ago at the wedding of one of my husband’s college friends on Martha’s Vineyard. As a Midwesterner who went to a state college, I remember feeling a bit intellectually insecure with these, albeit incredibly kind, Williams college grads.
Episode 18: Therapist and New York Times Best Selling Author, Terry Real, Teaches Us How To Heal Our Trauma, and Reconnect With Our Partners To Create Healthier Relationships
I will never forget the day I was in my therapist’s office sharing about how my anxiety was through the roof. I was grieving the death of my father, saddened by my mother’s cancer diagnosis, and fearful that my husband’s business would have to close its doors. I was the epitome of “down and out” in my life and marriage.
My therapist had the ability to show deep compassion but also called me out on my denial when necessary. She said, “Molly, you need help and I think you should begin with the book Fierce Intimacy by Terry Real."
Episode 17: Discover How Sobriety, Death, and Service Taught Life Coach Scott Anderson About the True Meaning of Life
Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts & leave a 5-Star Rating & ReviewHave you ever had a moment when you know you are in the presence of a true sage? Well, that is exactly how I felt in the presence of Scott Anderson. In today’s episode, Scott will openly...
Episode 16: Discover How Olympian Kelly Gunther Comes Back From What ‘Could Be a Tragic’ Yet ‘Turned Triumphant’ Story
“It’s not an easy road and there will be days you will not want to get out of bed and face your challenges… but through your struggles, your mess will become your message.”
This quote is from our incredibly vulnerable and raw podcast guest today, Kelly Gunther, an Olympian skater known as the Comeback Kid for all the times she has had to persevere and come back from a challenge.
Episode 15: Discover How Prison, Divorce, and a Loving Family Created More Peace and Joy With Eric Plantenberg
“Never worry about the numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”
This quote by Mother Teresa is one of Eric Plantenberg’s favorites, and I now know exactly why.
While you are listening to today's guest, you will feel like you are the nearest person to him, and will be mesmerized by the wisdom he has attained from the ups and downs in his life.
Episode 14: Learn How the Tragic Death of a Best Friend Created True Forgiveness With Kelly Pascuzzi
Have you ever had a moment in your life where you met someone and instantly knew that interaction or conversation would change you forever? That is what happened to me when I met this week’s podcast guest, Kelly Pascuzzi, and will happen to you while listening to this week's episode.
Episode 13: Elizabeth Lesser, Super Soul Sunday Guest and New York Times Bestselling Author Helps Us Uncover How Birth and Death Can Be Our Greatest Teachers
Welcome to our first episode of Season 2 of the Cracking Open Podcast!
I want to pay homage to my guest today, Elizabeth Lesser. I first came across Elizabeth’s work about 11 years ago after my dad died. I was in deep grief, and someone told me about her book Broken Open. While reading it, every word made me feel like I was going to survive the death of my dad. Broken Open radically changed my life and it is my go-to gift that I give to anyone who I know is going through a difficult transition in their life.
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