Alex Franzen on one-star Yelp reviews, being the most calmest anxious person ever, and writing super hot erotica


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My Favorite Moments

“It is human nature to want to share the bright and shiny parts of our life.”

“Everyone has their own version of the One-star Yelp Review.”

“Adversity, large and small, is part of the human experience.”

“When you are going through something, the MOST important thing is not to isolate yourself.”

“Going through the trauma fucking sucks” ~ Me

“People don’t see the blood, sweat, tears, gnashing of teeth, etc. of the seemingly innocuous decisions.” ~ Me

What’s in this Episode

Alex and I haven’t talked in FORever so it was lovely to catch up on all things life including depression, anxiety, one-star Yelp reviews, isolating, and erotica…all wrapped up in our goofy sense of humor and willingness to go there.

What I love so much about Alex is what she shares through her writing is both uplifting AND intensely real. She practices vulnerability which such a sense of humor and delight and makes the world a better, kinder place one word/article/book at a time.

Alex recently published her new book, You’re Going to Survive, which is alllll about stories of people who have survived the ups and downs and pitfalls of life and it all started with a single gut-punching one-star Yelp review of her honey’s new restaurant.

What ensued was intense emotional fallout, a rattled sense of purpose and identity, and a discovery that she couldn’t do this alone. Alex did the smart thing—she reached out to her support network, even when her inclination was to isolate. What she found in the arms of those who love her most is that everyone has experienced their version of a one-star Yelp review. Can I get an AMEN?!

With her courage rallied, mind inspired, and heart still stinging, Alex turned these experiences of adversity (and more!) into an incredible new book.

Listen in this week as Alex and I talk all about how difficult life can be sometimes. We open up about opening up and share the places that are hardest to talk about.

It’s the last episode of the season, and what a journey it has been! A ginormous THANK YOU for joining me on this wild ride.

Listen in to hear Alex and I talk about:

  • The inspiration behind Alex’s newest book, and its mission to bring the light through the darkness.
  • Why sharing our rock bottom moments can help others feel not alone.
  • Isolating is SUCH a struggle for so many of us. How do we know when we are isolating for the right reasons?
  • Alex’s struggle with hidden anxiety and what she’s doing about it.
  • Triumphs, embarrassments, and the moments where we truly live.

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Resources + People mentioned

Alex’s new book, You’re Going to Survive – PERFECT for last minute holidays gifts!

Alex’s super SUPER hot erotica, Milk & Honey: A Love Story

Throne of Glass recommended by Alex’s friend Nicole Antoinette (check out her amazing podcast while you’re at it!)

Alex’s honey, Brandon’s, restaurant HunnyMilk. If you’re in Portland…GO!

More From Alex

Alexandra Franzen is a writer, consultant, and entrepreneur based in Portland, Oregon. Her writing has been featured in places like Time, Forbes, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, and Lifehacker, and she’s been mentioned in places like You’re The Boss! The New York Times Small Business Blog, The Atlantic, and Inc.

She writes about creativity, productivity, communication, goal-setting, and how to deal with adversity in your life and career—negative reviews, projects that don’t pan out, all kinds of painful moments that can rattle your self-esteem—and how to keep marching forward, no matter what.

Alexandra’s latest book, YOU’RE GOING TO SURVIVE, is a collection of true stories from people who’ve endured soul-crushing moments in their careers—failure, rejection, disappointment, public humiliation—and how they got through it, and how you will too.

You can find all of Alexandra’s current projects at


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