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Colleen Ryan-Hensley

Reimagining mental toughness at the intersection of wellness and performance.

Take the reins and find the magic of embracing real life.

Colleen Ryan-Hensley

Reimagining mental toughness at the intersection of wellness and performance.

Take the reins and find the magic of embracing real life.

Finding ways to cope with what life throws at you isn’t easy. While the desire to escape is natural, what you choose to use, the amount and frequency of use, and how you judge yourself for your use make the difference between healthy and unhealthy. Often, we turn to unhealthy, mind-numbing coping mechanisms to help us escape and find the calm we struggle to get in our everyday lives…

But in doing this, you aren’t healing or creating peaceful, clear-headed states for yourself.

Instead, you’re simply distracting your mind from what’s happening around you and inside your mind.

This isn’t your fault. You weren’t taught how to express and process your emotions. Instead, you’re told to push through, and in doing so, you may turn to one of the many toxic or potentially toxic escapisms that your world showers you with.

However, there is another path that leads to more.

If you continue to avoid your emotions and the negative and distract yourself through escapism, you’ll find yourself becoming more and more disconnected from your life.

Disconnected from your feelings, your relationships and your purpose and you’ll never allow yourself to heal.

Only YOU can choose to redirect your energy, strive for more and reconnect with your life.

I know this because I’ve been there and lived it!

After spending many years using escapisms to disconnect from life under the guise of mental toughness, I have found a way to nurture healing through #BingingSober. Now, I am dedicated to helping others overcome their own blocks and find a path towards a healthier, more connected life.

Hi, I'm Colleen

Raised in a culture of “rub some dirt on it” and spending over a decade in the Navy, I embraced the stoic, masculine ethos that defined my early adult years.

By 21, I was celebrated for my robotic efficiency.

Admirable in a military context but detrimental to my emotional and personal well-being. This stoicism served me well in the face of duty but left deep emotional scars unaddressed.

For years, I lived disconnected, using escapism as a shield against reality. It was only through confronting these harsh truths and learning to manage escapism that I reclaimed my energy and began to truly heal and thrive.

This personal transformation ignited my mission to help other women navigate their complex worlds, manage the impacts of their own avoidance, and make conscious decisions to nurture a meaningful life.


The new mission

As a society, we have the potential to adopt a preventive and proactive approach to mental health. While we have come a long way, there is still room for progress and growth in this area.

The #BingingSober movement is here to inspire a new perspective and begin the evolution of mental toughness.

By healing ourselves we heal our families, our communities, our country and our world.

We create a space free from judgment. All experiences are accepted and embraced as necessary to the full experience of life.

We model, preach and teach vitality and balance. This leads to an appreciation for life and all of its parts.

We trust ourselves, the universe, and God in our own unique and inclusive way. With blind faith, we can step into our purpose and tap into pure guidance.

We embrace our authentic selves and full disclosure. We can only lead as far as we go.

#BingingSober is a practice to collectively move us towards a better future where we can all embrace the magic of real- life.

The true spirit of #BingingSober

Someday is now.

I’ve experienced how first-hand neglecting your mental health can have a severe impact on not only yourself but those around you. This is why I care so much about supporting, educating and empowering others to create the space they need to heal.

Life has taught me that the battles we don’t choose can be the very ones that define us. From the shadows of depression and alcohol abuse to the heart-wrenching loss of my grandfather, and confronting the trauma of an assault, I’ve weathered storms that could have broken me. But with each trial, I’ve grown stronger, more compassionate, and more committed to shining a light for others on their path to healing.

I want to debunk the myth that admitting to, let alone talking about our issues, is a sign of weakness.

There’s a grand adventure waiting for everyone on the other side of healing, and I’m here to guide you toward that horizon.

Let’s navigate together, find your North Star, and focus on creating more meaning in your life.

Ready to transform your life and break free from feeling weighed down by your stressors?

Ready to stop simply surviving and start reclaiming the wonderment of your youth?