July 23, 2017

Hi, {!firstname_fix},

This weekend was one of those *catch up* times after vacation. Tasks included putting away the crate we used for the injured peacock, putting fertilizer on the tomatoes, putting back the dirt that the dogs had kicked up from the *run along the fence* games, repairing the screen door from where the dogs had jumped through it, repairing the hole the dogs had ripped to go from the north to south side, painting the dog scratches on the front door and cutting back the elm that snuck up between the lilacs.  And, most important was using WELL water to soak the parched lilacs.  Ten years of working on that problem and it was wonderful!!!

We have also been doing a lot of planning and thinking about how we can best serve you and support you in your process.  I will be talking with the mentors this week about upgrades and shifts in what we are doing. Look for the fruits of that discussion in next week's newsletter. And make a point of coming to chat if you are in Living or YLD...we will be talking there as well.

 Support for Your Program
Ongoing Groups

Discover ongoing discussion geared to the step you are on, or special considerations like depression, parenting or fitness.

Radiant Coaching

Coaching is individualized support. We are just started a new sequence for beginners so if you are beginning the program and would like to have individualized support from Kathleen, please come join us. The commitment is for 2 week intervals. n 

If you are further along in the process and would like to join Skilled Coaching, write me at kathleen@radiantrecovery.com


We are not starting any classes on Wednesday, July 25, 2017.
This class will start on Aug 2, 2017:

Using the Resources of the Community

This is a FREE orientation that will show around the community and give you a sense about how things work, what we offer and how to make your way around.

The more you are able to just observe and note your food and feelings, the easier it will be for you to make changes in them. ​​​​​​​ ”

Testimonial of the Week

Things were pretty bad in my marriage. I had been working the DA program and getting clarity on money stuff for almost a year. My partner was not working DA, but was working with me on the money. The previous December/January we really got a clear picture on where we were financially.

He went into a deep depression and I went into fear. I called his son for support for he ended up going to the doctor and going on antidepressants. I continued to work my DA program to the best of my ability. My mother had also just been taken into the hospice program and my little dog was quickly deteriorating at the same time. It was a hard time.

I was very angry and fearful... I was scared because I had no idea what we were going to do and I had no one to take care of me.

I moved into the guest room. It became my sanctuary. I continued to do the DA work and called my sponsor a lot. I did phone meetings every day. At the encouragement of my DA sponsor I also attended Alanon phone meetings. I did the food to the best of my ability. I listened to the Safe Place CD every single night without fail. It helped me to sleep and quieted the fears. I talked on the lists.

A day at a time things changed. Our life today is almost unrecognizable from a year ago. He feels much better and finally seems to be on the right amount of medication. We are working together on our finances. All of the finger pointing is gone, we are a team. I moved out of the guest room last September and feel safe.

I still do not know what will happen financially. That part is not steady yet, but it is changing. I have a part-time job that I love and fills me with joy and helps a little with the financial piece. I am still working pretty hard. Money recovery is pretty big for me, it is turning out to be a really core part of who I am and how I am in the world. I still listen to Safe Place every night as I go to sleep. It makes me happy.

Yesterday He came home after his eye exam and told me he needed new glasses. I asked him if he ordered them and he said "No, I wanted to talk to you first about when the best time would be financially to do that." Oh my goodness, I could hardly believe it, such a huge thing between us. We are a little tight this month because we are paying for my knee surgery and usually it is me being frugal and cautious, but this time again, it was a team effort. There are more and more of those.

I feel better than I have ever felt in my life, both emotionally and physically. I am pretty surprised how my money pod affected so much of my life and how clean it feels to have such clarity and strength. I am so grateful and I just wanted to share about it because this program is a big part of my money recovery. 


Radiant Recovery Store​​​​​​​
Think about getting Pycnogenol. It is an amazing little supplement that has an impact on lots of different things. Kathleen went over to PubMed and looked to see what had been studied. The studies include inflammation, skin problems, ADD, diabetes, asthma, DVT, cancer, arthritis, endometriosis, erectile dysfunction, sperm motility and a number of other things. You can go look as well.

You might want to consider adding it to your healing protocol. 

Please send questions and suggestions.  My name is David and I am Kathleen's oldest son. I run the Radiant Recovery® Store and I love hearing from you and truly want to help you do your program better.

Come visit at the Radiant Recovery Store.
Radiant Kitchen​​​​​​​

Sweet Potato Waffles (or Pancakes)


  • 1/2 pound sweet potatoes, peeled, cooked and mashed (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. oil
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk (cow, soy, oat)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (optional)


Preheat waffle iron.

Combine the cooked sweet potato, oil, egg white and milk in a large bowl and beat until well blended. Add flour, baking powder and salt and beat until smooth.

Spray hot waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Cook waffles according to manufacturer's instructions using 3/4 c mix per waffle.

Serve with yogurt, fresh fruit, fruit compote or unsweetened applesauce.

If making pancakes, heat griddle until a sprinkle of water dances on griddle. Drop 1/4 cup batter on griddle. Cook until bubbles form on surface (about 3 minutes). Flip and cook on other side until golden brown.

Both waffles and pancakes can be frozen and reheated later. 

 For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.
Radiant YLD

Radiant Your Last Diet is a special membership program for people wanting to lose weight in an entirely different way. Often you have tried 100s of diets. You may know how to lose weight, but you always regain. Come learn about how sugar sensitivity affects weight loss and what you can do to reprogram your body.  Here is a great quote from one of our members.

I saw a quote today, 'Every journey begins with a single step.' Ooooh how apt. True of this program and certainly true of starting to move our bodies.

We have been chatting about exercising and I remembered the first time I stepped onto a cross trainer. I huffed and puffed my way to two whole minutes. I felt like I was going to die. Looking back I think I could have said one minute would have been just fine, because it wasn't long before two minutes turned into three..... Just taking that first step felt so good.​​​​​​​

Steph x 

YLD is a lifetime membership. You can ALWAYS come back.If you would like to join us in YLD, come find us here.  
Radiant Living
We had a fascinating discussion about the direction of one of our online groups. I asked the group if they might talk a little less to make room for newcomers...and man, did that touch a lot of buttons for some people. Be quiet, be good, stop making noise, stop having fun...pages and pages rolled out. Old messages, old messages about giving up our joy, our playfulness, being good, being quiet.

So...since that really and truly was not the message, LOL, we started talk about what happens when an old story of wounding gets touched. And we began to talk about how to heal those places. This is part of what Radiant Living is about.

If you would like to join us in Radiant Living, come find us here.
Blessing Introversion

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

Those of you who have been around for awhile, know that we have worked hard to understand and value what the introverts bring not only to our community here, but to recovery in general. We have been doing some deep thinking about what our role is in service to all of you who want to get better. We have a lot of introverts here. and that is a very, very good thing. Here is why.


  • are thoughtful and reflective
  • have an astounding inner life
  • have an amazing capacity to listen
  • are self-contained and carry grace within themselves
  • take the time to make sense of the world before acting
  • are deeply compassionate
  • are aware of others, and take that into consideration when making decisions
  • can sort out many variables and make sense of complexity
  • can persist and follow through on tasks that require attention
  • are incredibly steady
  • have amazing powers of understanding how things work
  • have a depth of awareness that is powerful and mighty
  • are very, very funny
  • are able to be quiet and calm when all around is not
  • are good observers
  • are VERY Intuitive
  • are able to see things in others that many fail to see
  • are adept at conflict resolution
  • are able to enjoy themselves when no-one else is around
  • are able to balance the impulsivity of others
  • are able to see the big picture, yet understand systems theory in depth
  • are very able to in assuming a calming presence
  • will "hold the place" for others
  • are in it for the long haul
  • are very tenacious and persevering
  • are very loyal and "true blue"
  • are very trustworthy
  • rarely step on others' toes
  • allow others to be in the limelight
  • are graceful
  • don't get bored easily
  • think about the consequences of their actions
  • have a quiet energy" (told to me by an extrovert)
  • are very real and vulnerable when they feel safe and can set the tone for that
  • are not satisfied with cursory statements and "I'm fine's." They gently probe or nudge to go deeper
  • notice quieter, peaceful things and help extroverts to see them (or maybe this is just healed SS)
  • despite perhaps an awkward first impression, can really help include others and help them feel OK
  • are very loyal to those they love and care for
  • help keep extroverts from burnout. :)
  • are careful with what they put into their body (more thoughtful about it?), or what they read/watch etc. (again, maybe just healed SS)
  • see the vision/big picture, and also can help encourage those who are playing a part in it
  • see others and their contributions, because they are sitting back more and watching
  • really admire bubbly, outgoing people! (at least this one does) But we also naturally appreciate the quiet ones and give them a chance, the benefit of the doubt (because we understand them!)
  • have the wackiest, goofiest dry humor I know. And I am very partial to it myself. :)
  • read until the cows come home, and process a book for days. I can be on a "book high" and be digesting it/more pensive, but then after it makes me more talkative as I describe all I'm learning. It becomes more a part of me as I process with others, especially extroverts. :)
  • don't require 'babysitters' or entertainment
  • can amuse themselves almost anywhere
  • have deep inner reserves and resources
  • understand other introverts and respect their space
  • are sensitive to other peoples' moods
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