Mary and Erin share their personal stories that inspired them to create Rise and Thrive. The peace, joy and freedom they found in healing sadness, anger, fear, anxiety, and depression caused by disappointments, abuses, traumas, mistakes and tragic losses in their lives. Their hopes and dreams for creating a place where friends help friends get through and get over negative emotions and crappy feelings and heal the wounds they leave behind. A place with fun conversations filled with inspiring real-life stories, fresh attitudes and new ideas for living a healthy life full of peace and joy.

Episode Highlights, Ideas and Wisdom:

  • Our worst stories can become our best stories.
  • How Mary became who she knew she was inside – strong, bright, wise – when outside she was stumbling along with old issues hanging around that left her feeling shy, troubled, and full of fear.
  • There are ways to handle negative emotions and crappy feelings besides drinking an extra glass of wine and beating your dog.
  • How Erin got through and got over the pain of a stressful job, a messy divorce and terrible problems with anxiety.
  • How Mary healed her seething anger, let go of feeling abandoned and developed a loving relationship with her dad even though he drank heavily and was often in his cups until she was 16.
  • Good coexistence with other human beings is not easy because we’re all a rather dicey lot.
  • When it comes to our emotional health and our psyche, there are no quick fixes.
  • We all have little characters inside us that are either helpful or unhelpful. Some of them really cause us trouble. Like the inner addict. The one that makes you eat a whole bag of cookies at 11 o’clock at night even though your goal is to lose 15 pounds. These characters really get in our way at times. We have to learn how to work with them.
  • It’s so important to get to know yourself. Get to know what it means to be you and how to be happy as the creature that you are.
  • If you’re an extra sensitive person, you need extra tools. A few more ways of being in the world where extra sensitivity is a gift and not a liability.


  1. Heidi on November 3, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I am soooo excited to dive into this! I am so glad you are back! I have missed you both terribly!!

  2. Susan Corcoran on November 28, 2017 at 3:38 am

    So glad you are together and back bringing us wisdom and insight into the crazy emotional world we are living. Looking forward to spending time with you again!

  3. Teri Clynch on December 1, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Totally great & most helpful!
    I wish the world could know you two.
    Sincerely, Teri C.

  4. Teri Clynch on December 1, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Totally great & most helpful!
    I wish the world could know you two.
    Sincerely, Teri C.

  5. Erin Warhol on December 10, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks, Heidi, so glad to have you join us! We have missed YOU too!

  6. Erin Warhol on December 10, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks Suzie! We all need a little help and wisdom when it comes to navigating the crazy emotional world! So agree. Thanks for joining us!

  7. Erin Warhol on December 10, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks so much Teri!!
    We appreciate your good wishes and are glad you are joining us for these conversations!