EP 39 – Empowerment: Jen Hirst’s Inspiring Story

In this powerful and inspiring The Begin Again podcast episode, we delve into the extraordinary journey of Jen Hirst, a woman who triumphed over addiction and transformed her life in unimaginable ways.

Jen opens up about her personal struggle with addiction, sharing the pivotal moments that led her down a destructive path and the harrowing consequences it had on her life. From hiding her struggles for years due to fear of ruining her image, to self-medicating with Adderall in college, Jen’s story is a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.

But it is in the face of adversity that Jen finds her true purpose. Through her journey of recovery, she discovers a passion for helping other women overcome addiction and embrace a sober lifestyle. She becomes a Beachbody coach, using fitness as a tool for healing and empowerment. Jen’s story is a beacon of hope for anyone who has ever felt trapped by their circumstances.

Join us as Jen shares her experiences of taking back her life, finding inspiration in motherhood and fitness, and building a community of support for women seeking sobriety. With honesty, vulnerability, and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by those on the path to recovery, Jen’s story will inspire you to embrace the endless possibilities of living a sober life.

If you’re seeking a supportive and empowering community focused on self-care and wellness, Jen provides valuable resources through her Instagram account and website. From book club discussions to meetings and guest speakers, Jen’s platform offers a safe space for women to find support and embark on their own journey of transformation. Don’t miss this incredible episode that will leave you feeling inspired and ready to embrace sobriety as an incredible opportunity.


Disclaimer:

The views and opinions expressed by our guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the stand or beliefs of the host or the podcast. We aim to provide a diverse range of perspectives and ideas, fostering open and respectful discussions. We encourage critical thinking and forming your own conclusions. Enjoy the show!



About Our Guest (Jen Hirst)

Jen Hirst is an inspiring figure who has overcome addiction and transformed her life for the better. Her journey towards sobriety began with a significant moment, which she commemorated by getting a tattoo on her wrist. Initially resistant to seeking treatment, Jen eventually found solace in realizing that she was not alone in her struggles. Multiple stays in treatment facilities proved to be transformative experiences for her.

For years, Jen hid her addiction, fearing that it would tarnish her image. However, a pivotal moment in college led her down a destructive path of self-medication with Adderall. This addiction took a toll on her life, even leading to a collapse on her wedding day. It was this rock bottom moment that finally prompted Jen to seek help and embark on her journey to recovery.

Through sheer determination and resilience, Jen managed to turn her life around. She achieved her dreams of having a family and a successful career, becoming a Beachbody coach along the way. Jen now uses her story to build trust with others and help women get sober through a combination of exercise and support. She has created a group coaching program and membership that focuses on embracing sobriety as an incredible opportunity.

If you’re seeking a supportive community focused on self-care and wellness, Jen Hirst’s Instagram account and website are great resources to explore. Follow her on Instagram @jenleehirst for insightful reels and visit her website at joinlighthousesobriety.com for support, book club discussions, meetings, and guest speakers. Join Jen on her journey of sobriety and be inspired to embrace a life free from addiction.


Show Notes

  • [00:00] Introduction
  • [02:39] Jen Hirst shares the significance of her ÔÇťsober-bursaryÔÇŁ, a date that falls a week before her birthday, which she chooses to celebrate more than her birthday, and how she got the date tattooed on her wrist as a constant reminder of the day that changed her life for the better. 
  • [05:05] Jen discusses her initial resistance to seeking treatment, the relief of realizing she wasn’t alone, and the transformative experiences she had during her multiple stays in various treatment facilities. 
  • [11:56] Jen shares her personal journey of hiding her struggles with addiction and the fear of ruining her image, which prevented her from seeking help for many years, until a pivotal moment in college led her to self-medicate with Adderall. 
  • [14:37] Jen talks about the initial allure of feeling amazing to the destructive consequences it had on her life, leading up to her wedding day and the subsequent collapse that prompted her to seek help and recovery. 
  • [18:39] Jen shares her harrowing journey of addiction and the devastating impact it had on her life, from the strain on her health to losing everything she had worked so hard for. 
  • [21:31] Jen shares the moment of realization that led her to make a change in her life. 
  • [25:01] Jen Hirst shares her journey of taking back her life, and achieving her dreams of having a family and a successful career, and taking things one step at a time. 
  • [28:18] Jen shares her journey of sobriety, motherhood, and finding inspiration in fitness, leading her to become a Beachbody coach and embrace her story to build trust with others. 
  • [31:05] Jen shares her personal journey of coming out as an alcoholic and how it led her to discover her true purpose in helping women get sober through a combination of exercise and support, leading to the creation of a group coaching program and membership focused on embracing sobriety as an incredible opportunity. 
  • [34:36] Jen discusses the endless possibilities of living a sober life and being a positive example for others, encouraging them to question their drinking habits and explore the benefits of sobriety. 
  • [37:32] Gary Menkes discusses the impact of small things and gratitude in his journey to sobriety, highlighting the importance of being present as a sober parent and overcoming fear and anxiety. 
  • [46:34] Jen discusses the importance of choosing a recovery lifestyle and how sharing one’s journey can help others while also aiding in personal sobriety.
  • [48:58] Jen discusses the importance of embracing all emotions, including sadness and anxiety, in order to fully experience life and provides advice on how to process and understand these emotions in a healthier way.
  • [53:49] Jen Hirst shares her recommendations for those seeking a sober women’s community focused on self-care and wellness, offering information about her Instagram account and website where women can find support, book club discussions, meetings, and guest speakers.

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About Gary Menkes

Gary Menkes was born and raised in Port Washington, NY and struggled with alcoholism since his early teens which took him to places he never wants to go again and which took a toll on his health, relationships and professional endeavors. However, Gary completely transformed his life when he was given the gift of sobriety on May 13, 2006. Determined to break free from the cycle of self-destruction, he embarked on a remarkable journey of recovery.

Today, Gary is an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous in New York, married to the love of his life and father of two amazing children of which he owes all to his sobriety. Gary is now launching his own podcast, The Begin Again Podcast.