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Amanda Nelson with Tony Grebmeier (main site)

One of the hardest things a person can do is starting the journey of overcoming addiction. Drug and alcohol addiction plague millions of Americans every day. With the rise in opioid addiction, the public is starting to pay attention to the lasting damage that addiction causes. Here to tell her story of overcoming addiction is Amanda Nelson. In her conversation with Tony, Amanda opens up about her journey to overcome addiction, lessons she has learned along the way, her plans for the future, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of Amanda’s inspiring story on this episode of BeFulfilled!

Hitting rock bottom.

If you are familiar with the journey of addiction, you know that most people need to hit rock bottom before they can begin their journey to recovery. Amanda Nelson had moments along the way when things would get better for a brief moment, but then she’d find herself back in the throws of addiction. As she looks back on her story, she points to a Mother’s Day visit from her teenage daughter that ended in with her daughter slamming the door in her face. Relying on her faith and the determination to turn her life around, Amanda stopped taking meth and began her journey of recovery.

Rising from the ashes.

Not only had Amanda fought a long battle with drug addiction, but she had also lost everything dear to her. Her relationship with her daughter was strained, and she had nothing, no home, no job, and no hope. Once she hit rock bottom, Amanda began her story of redemption and recovery. Having burned most of her bridges, Amanda didn’t have anyone to turn to so she started to talk to herself. She started encouraging herself and building herself up with positive self-talk. At the end of the day, sometimes the best person to have in your corner is the person looking back at you in the mirror! Hear more about Amanda’s amazing story of rising from the ashes by listening to this episode of BeFulfilled!

Helping others.

It’s a powerful testament to the recovery process when someone who has been through the most painful moments a person can endure to end up dedicating their life to help others. Amanda Nelson wasn’t content with just getting herself out of the dark shadow of addiction; she wants to use her story to give hope to others. Now Amanda is a public speaker and an author! She has also repaired her relationship with her daughter, and she’s going back to school at Penn State. To learn more about Amanda’s story and why she is focused on helping others, make sure to check out her book, “Patched Wangs.”

Loving life.

Have you ever met someone who exudes energy or a feeling about them that draws you in? Sure there are charmers and “people” persons out there, but then there is a whole different set of people who have been down a dark road and now truly appreciate the beauty of life. Amanda Nelson is a person who exudes a love of life, she has been through the wringer, and she’s come out the other side with a renewed joy and purpose. You can tell how much Amanda loves life just by hearing her talk. Catch some of Amanda’s infectious joy by listening to this powerful episode of BeFuflilled; you don’t want to miss it!

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • [0:33] Tony introduces his guest, Amanda Nelson.
  • [1:40] Amanda talks about her definition of success and her childhood.
  • [4:30] What did Amanda learn from her time in jail?
  • [6:30] Amanda talks about hitting rock bottom.
  • [12:00] How did Amanda turn her life around?
  • [18:00] Rebuilding from the ashes.
  • [20:50] Planning for the future.
  • [26:20] Amanda talks about her dreams.
  • [28:00] How Amanda is helping people with her book, “Patched Wangs.”
  • [29:45] A word of wisdom from Amanda.
  • [32:30] Amanda enters the Fulfilment Round; rapid-fire questions.

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