In this episode of the My Simplified Life podcast, host Michelle Glogovac interviews Natalie MacLean, a drinks journalist and author of the book “Wine Witch on Fire.” They discuss Natalie’s personal journey with wine, her struggles with divorce and online mobbing, and her insights on the perception of wine drinking for women. Natalie shares her experiences and offers valuable lessons on finding balance, recognizing underlying issues, and embracing personal growth.
In This Episode, Michelle Talks About…
- Wine as a Reward: Natalie discusses the dangers of using wine as a reward and the importance of questioning the motivation behind drinking. She encourages finding alternative ways to cope with stress and taking time for self-reflection.
- Resilience and Self-Reflection: Natalie shares her experiences with online mobbing and its impact on her mental health. She emphasizes the significance of self-reflection, taking personal responsibility, and rising above challenges with resilience.
- Redefining Wine Culture: Natalie addresses the problematic marketing of wine to women and challenges the notion that wine should only be associated with special occasions or stress relief. She advocates for redefining wine culture and embracing personal preferences without judgment.
Wine as a Reward
Natalie discusses the dangers of using wine as a reward and the need to question the underlying motivations behind drinking. She shares her personal journey of using wine to cope with stress and highlights the importance of finding alternative ways to relax and unwind without relying solely on alcohol. By taking time for self-reflection and exploring other activities, individuals can develop healthier coping mechanisms and regain control over their relationship with wine.
Resilience and Self-Reflection
Natalie opens up about her experiences with online mobbing and the toll it took on her mental health. She emphasizes the significance of self-reflection and personal responsibility in overcoming challenges. By acknowledging one’s role in difficult situations and seeking therapy or support, individuals can develop resilience and grow from their experiences. Natalie’s story inspires others to face adversity head-on and emerge stronger on the other side.
Redefining Wine Culture
Natalie addresses the problematic marketing of wine to women, highlighting the unfair expectations and judgments placed upon female wine drinkers. She encourages individuals to redefine wine culture and embrace their personal preferences without feeling the need to conform to societal norms. By celebrating individual tastes and enjoying wine without guilt or judgment, people can cultivate a healthier and more inclusive wine culture that focuses on enjoyment rather than stereotypes.