CNM 005: Chelsea’s Story of Turning Sensitivity Into Strength

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This is an exciting session because it kicks off the first episode with one of our readers who wanted to share her personal story. This is part of a new program we’ve launched called our Share To Repair program, where our audience is invited to share their stories, 1) to help them process and heal, and 2) because the rest of our audience wants to know they’re not alone. You’ve told us that it’s inspiring to hear stories from other real people who are in your shoes, so we’re creating a place where you can find all these stories in one place!

Chelsea’s story begins with similarities to many others, experiencing lots of dysfunction in her family. But Chelsea has a spark about her that has driven her down a road of healing, and much of the hard work is now behind her. She experienced pain and the negative emotions for a while, but when she learned that there was a name for her struggles, this thing we call “codependency”, she sprang into action. She began to read and learn everything she could about it. Staying focused and committed has paid dividends for her. Chelsea shared that in the last couple years she’s made big progress, particularly at work where’s she been able to establish boundaries and reduce her stress level even as she takes on more responsibility. She gives great advice about recognizing triggering moments and processing through her emotions before reacting.

In this session, we discuss:

  • Growing up in a family with abuse, addictions and mental health issues
  • How Chelsea became aware of her codependency issues
  • Heightened sensitivity to other peoples’ emotions and reactions
  • How Chelsea recognizes triggers and what she does about them
  • How she processes her emotions before reacting
  • How Chelsea created and held a new boundary in the workplace
  • Chelsea’s best advice for codependents

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We LOVE your comments. Feel free to comment below the episode. Questions? Comments? Anything you wish we would have discussed more about?


~William Heart

  1. Thank you for the beautiful truth and sincerity.


    • Shelby,

      Thank you so much for listening and for the kind words! I think it is so great to have a support community here!

      My Best,


      • We’re considering adding some type of community support function for people to connect more easily. Does anyone else want this?

  2. This is really helpful! I like the oxygen mask analogy in dealing with reactivity. Thank you!

    • Hi Kelly,

      I am so glad the podcast was helpful to you! Thank you for listening and I hope you can apply that oxygen mask analogy to many areas of your life!

      My Best,


  3. Outstanding. Thanks, Chelsea (and good work)!