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

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

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…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 68: How to Stop Enabling Other People’s Dysfunctional Behavior

If you’ve been enabling others addiction and/or dysfunction, this episode will help you stop! Show NotesWhen we enable other people’s addiction and dysfunction, we’re allowing them to NOT face the consequences of their behavior. We serve as a buffer for their difficult behavior so they don’t have to feel those effects. We’re not helping them!…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 67: Why We Say, “The Truth Shall Set You Free”

This episode is for those who used to lie and hide, who are the only ones who can understand what it means to be set free by the truth. Show NotesIf you’ve lied, and withheld information, and kept things from people your whole life like I did, you know what a prison that can be.…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 66: How to Stop Comparing Your Insides to Other People’s Outsides

Learn how and why to stop comparing yourself to others. Show NotesIf you suffer from feeling that you’re not enough or don’t have enough, this episode may help. Comparing yourself to others is potentially endless – you can always find someone who has it better than you. That means it’s almost always a losing battle.…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 65: How to Go from Anger and Frustration to Loving the World

This episode lays out just how the 12 steps of recovery transform us from angry and frustrated with the world to loving it. Show NotesIn this episode you’ll learn just how the 12 steps allow us to clean up the wreckage of the past, heal lifelong wounds, and transform. We become happy, joyous and free…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 64: From Indecisive to Decisive

Learn a variety of ways to go from being indecisive to decisive. Show NotesIf you have difficulty making decisions, this episode should be helpful. You’ll learn strategies such as minimizing the number of decisions you need to make. You’ll also learn how focusing on your decision-making process rather than the outcome of your decisions leads…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 63: Reading People’s Minds Doesn’t Work!

If you’ve been expecting other people to read your mind, you might find this episode helpful! Show NotesI realized early in recovery that I’d been expecting other people to read my mind. I came to understand, with the help of some of my fellows in recovery, that this was because that’s how I thought it…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 62: GET To vs. HAVE To

Learn how to change your perspective so that your new behaviors are seen as a privilege instead of a burden. Show NotesThe recovery process, just as any process of personal growth, is in large part one of changing perspective. In this episode I cover the perspective shift where we move from “I HAVE to _”…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 61: Willingness to Change vs. Wanting to Change

You don’t have to want to make changes, but you do need to be willing which you’ll learn about here. Show NotesFor anyone who is trying to grow and change, including those in recovery, willingness is key. If you’re willing to make changes, even if you’d don’t really want to, that can be enough. Learn…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 60: Tips and Scripts for Saying “No”

If you have trouble saying “no” this episode is for you! Show NotesI share several tips for how to say no. I also share several scripts – specific words and phrases you can use in various situations to set boundaries with others. These include scripts for saying “no” to friends, family, bosses and clients.

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 59: Making Things Mean Things That They Don’t

If you interpret other people’s actions as against you all the time, this episode might challenge your thinking. Show NotesIf you decide that things that happen around you almost always mean something negative, you might be “making things mean things that they don’t.” In this episode I give a really good example of how I…

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"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."

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"Thank you, Barb! Listening to your podcast gave me hope that you could help me.

Framing everything through the lens of “boundaries” made sense to me. Something “clicked.” I realized many of my own struggles – maybe all of them – could be seen through the same lens. I also felt – after bingeing your podcasts – that I already knew you and that you were a straight shooter. You experienced many of the challenges that I was facing, and I greatly appreciated your willingness to share openly and honestly. And I was so encouraged to hear you talk about how much better your life is after starting your own recovery journey." ~ K

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