Fragmented to Whole

Life Lessons from 12 Step Recovery

This podcast can help you go from fragmented to whole. The title of the podcast comes from my journey of recovery in 12 step programs where I came in feeling fragmented and now I AM WHOLE. I talk about how that happened, and many of the lessons I've learned in recovery. I cover such topics as learning acceptance, overcoming unrealistic expectations, intimacy, forgiveness and boundaries.

All episodes are 20 minutes or less, most are less than 15. The first episode is my story in brief so you'll hear about the kind of profound life changes that I experienced in 12-step recovery. Other episodes cover specific topics such as Acceptance, Victim Mentality, Overcoming Negative Thought Loops, etc. You don't have to be in recovery to benefit from it though!

One last (very important) thing. I don't speak for or endorse any particular 12 step program of recovery. Though I'm a huge fan of 12 step recovery, and a member of two 12 step fellowships, I cannot speak them. Take what you want and leave the rest.


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90: Becoming Whole

By Barb Nangle | February 20, 2021

Show Notes Being whole means I’m no longer afraid to share the real me with others, I’m not hiding behind any facades any longer. In this episode I talk about all the various things that have contributed to my wholeness, including loving myself and setting boundaries. I also talk about how wholeness doesn’t mean bad…

87: How to Attract Emotionally Available People

By Barb Nangle | February 20, 2021

Show Notes If you’ve been hiding behind various facades or masks and acting as if you like things you don’t, or that you’re comfortable with things you’re not – that’s not integrity. Being emotionally available requires vulnerability, which is not possible if you don’t have integrity (i.e., if your foundation is cracked). Emotionally available people…

82: You Don’t Have to Believe Your Thoughts

By Barb Nangle | December 30, 2020

Show Notes Just because you think something, doesn’t mean you have to believe it! You don’t have to believe the thoughts running through your head! This pertains to thoughts about yourself (like “I’m not enough”) as well as  thoughts about others and the world. If you’re not choosing your thoughts *on purpose,* especially if they’re…

75: Becoming Entirely Ready to Change Your Life

By Barb Nangle | November 25, 2020

If you’re sick and tired of your life and want to make changes, this episode will take you through a process to do that. Show Notes If you are truly committed to changing your ways, this episode is for you! The process of changing our lives is what 12 step recovery is all about. In…

74: Privacy vs. Secrecy

By Barb Nangle | November 25, 2020

If you’re confused about the difference between what’s private and what’s secret, this episode will help clear that up. Show Notes In this episode, I clear up the distinction between what’s private and what’s secret. Private matters have to do with  setting healthy boundaries. Secrets have to do with hiding our shame. I use the…

73: Understanding Natural Consequences

By krativeadmin | November 5, 2020

Natural consequences are the inevitable result of a person’s actions and I explain how enabling gets in the way of this. Show NotesThe natural consequences of negative behavior are typically negative. However, many people buffer, block or filter the consequences of other’s behavior by enabling them. Enabling is when we fix, solve, or make the…

72: Stop Beating Yourself Up!

By krativeadmin | November 5, 2020

If you’ve been beating yourself up for years and want to know how to stop, this episode walks you through that. Show NotesIn this episode I teach you the step by step process I used to stop beating myself up. It starts with realizing that s****y things you say to yourself, then realizing, “This is…

71: Non-Fear-Based Decision-Making

By krativeadmin | November 5, 2020

If you’ve been making decisions your whole life based on fear, this episode is for you! Show NotesIf you’d like to stop making your decisions based on fear, this episode will help. I talk about how using the tools of recovery, and especially “acting as if” helps with this. I also explain what’s happening with…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 70: Top Apps to Stay Happy, Joyous and Free Part II

By krativeadmin | November 5, 2020

If you need help to get and keep your life manageable and to maintain your serenity, this podcast will help! This is the second of a 2 part series. Make sure you listen to Episode 69 first. Show NotesMost people who come to recovery have chaotic lives and  need all the help we can get…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 69: Top Apps to Keep You Happy, Joyous and Free

By krativeadmin | November 5, 2020

If you need help to get and keep your life manageable and to maintain your serenity, this podcast will help! Show NotesMost people who come to recovery have chaotic lives and  need all the help we can get to manage our lives. Using smart phone apps can be incredibly helpful in staying in touch with…

What listeners are saying

"Barb, it's clear that you're speaking from your lived experience, and what you talk about is beyond the rooms of recovery. You actually operationalize recovery."

- C

"Barb. My goodness. I just finished your [One Day at a Time] podcast. It was incredible. Thank you....

So I've listened to your first podcast. I was connected to what you said especially how your life has changed.  PAUSE, which I've learned about and love. And flawsome. Amen...Thanks so much. You give hope. It was powerful...

Just listened to #2 Acceptance. Gonna have to listen again. It was powerful. What really comes across is your sincerity. Thanks."

- K

"Hey! Finally started listening  to your podcast. It’s really good.  I listen to over 1000 podcast probably in the past two years. Your shit is official. You’re totally Flawsome.  You’re like a dynamic special ops recovery person. You're totally sensitive and have the [anonymous program]  active listening and true compassion characteristics. Combined with a little bit of adorable cheesiness (e.g. Flawsome). But then also like a tough guy old timer that’s gruff and doesn’t take shit from people."

- J

"I'm a minute and 22 seconds into your episode on Acceptance... I still have these [negative] thoughts...The solution: growth mindset and surrounding myself with this kind of information...thank you for doing this, definitely helps motivate me..."

- E

"Your podcast was a delight to listen to. Authenticity, sincerity starts within and re-parenting oneself with gentleness, humor, love and respect are the tools that fuels the process."

- A

"Full of useful, helpful guidance!!!! So, I say thank you for your efforts! It was not preachy at all - and I guard against 'preachiness.' ...Thank you for your efforts Barb."

- A.C

"I play [your podcasts] for people when I give them rides home from meetings. They find them awesome as I do...I am hoping to begin using your podcasts in groups at work - short enough to hold people's attention and wonderful topics that all can benefit from as we try to bring healing and freedom from suffering into the are a delight and a noble soul. Thank you. Grateful for your commitment to help heal our planet."

- R

"If I had to describe it....I bathed in episodes 1-3 this morning and I feel much more prepared to engage in the tasks that will bring me success...thank you."

- V

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