EP 22 – Helping Other People Evolve: Tammy Lyn Connors’ Inspiring Story

In this powerful episode of the Begin Again Podcast, we sit down with Tammy Lyn Connors, a remarkable individual who has overcome addiction and is now on a mission to help others do the same. Tammy Lyn shares her deeply personal journey of growing up in an alcoholic household, experiencing tragic events that shaped her life, and ultimately finding herself trapped in a cycle of partying and substance abuse.

But it was a series of life-altering moments that pushed Tammy Lyn to the edge – the devastating loss of her son, the decision to leave her abusive partner, and her own battle with alcoholism. She takes us through her rock bottom moment of being fired from her job, which became the catalyst for her surrender and the beginning of her journey to sobriety.

Through sheer determination and the support of a strong network, Tammy Lyn found the strength to turn her life around. She shares the importance of surrendering and being willing to do whatever it takes to stay sober, as well as the fear of relapse and the need for a solid support system in recovery.

But Tammy Lyn’s story doesn’t end there. She went on to create the inspiring podcast “Helping Other People Evolve” (HOPE), where she interviews everyday individuals who have overcome their own challenges and provides a platform for them to share their stories. Through her podcast, she aims to spread hope and support to those struggling with addiction and other difficulties.

Join us as we delve deep into Tammy Lyn’s journey of resilience, loss, and finding purpose through her podcast. Discover how she uses her platform to connect with people, provide a positive space, and inspire others to overcome their own obstacles. From her powerful “Night of Hope” events to her plans for a nationwide expansion, Tammy Lyn’s story is one of transformation and unwavering hope.

If you’re looking for a story of triumph over addiction and a reminder that there is always hope, this episode is a must-listen. Tune in and be inspired by Tammy Lyn Connors’ incredible journey on the Begin Again Podcast.


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About Our Guest (Tammy Lyn Connors)

Tammy Lyn Connors is a remarkable individual who has overcome addiction and is now on a mission to help others do the same. Growing up in an alcoholic household and experiencing tragic events that shaped her life, Tammy Lyn found herself trapped in a cycle of partying and substance abuse. However, through sheer determination and the support of a strong network, she found the strength to turn her life around and is now dedicated to spreading hope and support through her inspiring podcast, “Helping Other People Evolve” (HOPE). Tammy Lyn’s story of resilience, loss, and finding purpose through her podcast is one of transformation and unwavering hope. 

Follow Tammy Lyn to stay connected and inspired by her incredible journey:

Website: www.tammylynconnors.com/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/tammy_lyn_connors/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tammy.l.connors


Show Notes

  • [01:13] Tammy Lyn Connors, today’s guest on the Begin Again Podcast, shares her journey of sobriety and her experience launching the Hope podcast, which focuses on helping others evolve, with 117 episodes and counting.
  • [02:45] Tammy Lyn shares her personal journey growing up in an alcoholic household, her father’s struggle with addiction and illness, and the tragic events that shaped her life, leading her down a path of partying and substance abuse in her teenage years. 
  • [06:12] Tammy Lyn highlights the impact of her son’s death from SIDS and her decision to leave her abusive partner in 1994. 
  • [09:40] Tammy Lyn shares her personal journey of alcoholism, starting from her functional drinking years in the late 90s to the point where her health deteriorated in 2002, leading to a wake-up call in 2004 when she was taken to the hospital with a blood alcohol level of 0.399.
  • [12:02] Tammy Lyn shares her rock bottom moment of being fired from her job due to her alcohol addiction, and how the fear of leaving her son without a parent led her to surrender and seek sobriety. 
  • [16:23] Tammy Lyn shares her journey of seeking help and finding support from a pastor’s family and attending AA meetings, highlighting the importance of occupying her time and relying on God’s faithfulness in her 19.5 years of sobriety. 
  • [19:06] Tammy Lyn Connors and Gary Menkes emphasizes the importance of surrendering and the willingness to do whatever it takes to stay sober, as well as the fear of relapse and the need for a strong support system in recovery. 
  • [23:54] Tammy Lyn shares her personal story of loss and resilience, emphasizing the importance of having tools and a strong mindset to overcome life’s challenges and avoid relapse in sobriety. 
  • [27:12] Tammy Lyn shares her personal experiences of heartbreak and loss, including the deaths of Kobe Bryant, her best friend Josh, her friend in Arizona, and her mother.
  • [33:37] Tammy Lyn shares her journey of starting her blog turned podcast, “Helping Other People Evolve” (HOPE), which aims to provide hope and support to those struggling with addiction and other challenges, inspired by a powerful overdose awareness event and her desire to share stories of recovery and resilience. 
  • [36:13] Tammy Lyn shares her experience of connecting with people through her podcast, where she interviews everyday individuals, providing them a platform to share their stories and helping others in the process, including a powerful story of saving a man from suicide. 
  • [30:44] Tammy Lyn emphasizes the importance of positive content and support networks in a world filled with negativity. 
  • [42:54] Tammy Lyn shares her insight on the weight of emotional burdens and how simply sharing them can alleviate the heaviness
  • [48:15] Tammy Lyn discusses her podcast “Hope” and how she started a project called “50 States of Hope” where she planned to interview one person in each state, but had to put it on hold due to the cost of gas, and instead started doing live interviews for a “Night of Hope” event featuring individuals who have overcome challenges and inspire others.
  • [50:21] Tammy Lyn Connors shares her experience organizing a Night of Hope event, where she donated the proceeds to two local nonprofits and plans to expand these events nationwide, culminating in a Christmas event called Toys for Hope, where children of inmates receive gifts and enjoy a festive party.

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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.