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.


Listen to Fragmented to Whole:
Life Lessons from 12 Step Recovery

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 56: How I Got Over People-Pleasing and You Can Too!

By krativeadmin | November 5, 2020

If you are tired of your people-pleasing ways, this episode is for you! Show NotesI didn’t even know I was a people-pleaser, I thought I was nice. It turns out people-pleasing isn’t nice, it’s dishonest and manipulative. Ugh! But there’s hope! I talk about how I got over my people-pleasing ways and you can too.…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 55: Stop Hiding

By krativeadmin | November 5, 2020

If you feel like you have to hide who you really are to be accepted, this episode is for you!We hide by isolating and telling lies. We’re afraid to show our flaws. But being flawed is just part of being human. Once you can accept this in yourself, it’s easier to accept it in others…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 54: Improve Your Relationships

By krativeadmin | November 5, 2020

This episode covers 9 rules for improving your relationships. Show NotesEveryone wants their relationships to be a safe harbor. To help you achieve that, I borrow nine rules from David J. Lieberman as a way to structure this episode. I then share what I’ve learned about each rule from my recovery to illustrate them. The…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 53: Focus on What You CAN Control

By krativeadmin | November 5, 2020

This episode adapts Stephen Covey’s Circle of Concern and Circle of Control concepts to the COVID-19 situation to help us focus on what we can control. Show NotesControl is an issue for people in recovery, and right now it’s probably a concern for just about everyone given COVID-19. Covey’s model of Circle of Concern vs.…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 52: Trauma Response Prevention During COVID-19

By krativeadmin | November 5, 2020

This episode covers the preconditions for trauma and the strategies to prevent or at least reduce the impact of trauma from the pandemic and quarantine. Show NotesThere are a number of predictable conditions that lead to trauma. These include unpredictability, immobility, loss of connection, loss of a sense of safety and others. These can be…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 51: Life on Life’s Terms

By krativeadmin | November 5, 2020

If you’re having difficulty dealing with the COVID-19 situation, or anything else that’s causing you difficulty, this episode can help! Show NotesLiving life on life’s terms means being able to accept and face life as it comes, not as you wish it would come. You’ll hear about how I made the shift from being pissed…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 50: Q&A from Listeners

By krativeadmin | November 5, 2020

For my 50th episode I took questions from listeners and answered them, such as what’s the difference between grief, depression and unmanageability, and how do I have better boundaries with my kids? Show NotesIn this 50th episode, I take more time than usual to answer a variety of listener questions. In addition to grief, depression,…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 49: Soothe Your Mind & Heart During COVID-19

By krativeadmin | November 5, 2020

I suggest previous episodes that will help you soothe your mind and heart during this pandemic, whether anxious, depressed or overwhelmed. Show NotesIf you’re stuck in negative thought loops, catastrophizing about the future, or burned out and overwhelmed from rescuing others I can help! Rather than creating a new episode this week, I make suggestions…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 48: Boundaries of Self Containment and Self Protection

By krativeadmin | November 5, 2020

I make the distinction between boundaries of self containment and self protection and give examples of both in my life. Show NotesLearning boundaries of self containment means I only share things that are personal with trustworthy people. Boundaries of self protection means I get to decide what I will and will not tolerate. I give…

Fragmented to Whole Podcast 47: Be Prepared to Lose People

By krativeadmin | November 5, 2020

Learning to live with losing people, whether to death, relapse or friendships that have faded, is much easier in recovery. Show NotesBefore recovery, I subconsciously assumed that losing people somehow took something away from me. Now that I’m in recovery and recognize my wholeness, I realize it’s just part of life to lose people. Perhaps…

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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