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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Ep 260 – Loving What Is with Wendy Foster

Content Warning: This episode contains mentions of suicide and suicide attempts.  The trauma we experience as children stays with us and can manifest into mindset blocks, negative self-worth, and coping mechanisms that turn into addiction. Today’s guest Wendy Foster shares how, through recovery, she was able to overcome her addiction, take her power back, and…

Ep 259 – When Unexpected Blessings Come from Bad Things- Turning Adversity into Opportunities

I know in the core of my being that just because something looks bad or feels bad doesn’t mean it IS bad, at least not in the long run. This week’s episode 259 of the Fragmented to Whole Podcast is about when unexpected blessings come from bad things- turning adversity into opportunities. Support the show…

Ep 258 – How to Go from Overwhelm to Ease: Transforming Work-Life Balance with Boundaries- Part 3

When I started this series, I only envisioned having two parts. But as I started recording, I realized that between working at Yale and now running my own business, I had so much more to share. After all, so much of our time and energy is spent at our place of work making this a…

Ep 257 – How to Go from Overwhelm to Ease: Transforming Work-Life Balance with Boundaries- Part 2

Last week on the podcast, I shared some scenarios in which I helped some of my clients set boundaries in the workplace, helping them achieve the work-life balance they have been longing for. This week’s episode is a continuation of that as I continue to share my advice for creating balance in your workplace through…

Ep 256 – How to Go from Overwhelm to Ease: Transforming Work-Life Balance with Boundaries- Part 1

Many of my group and private clients come to me specifically for issues in the workplace. Interestingly enough, even when they come to me for help in other areas of their lives, they often have massive shifts in the workplace, realizing they can have the work-life balance they never thought was possible. This week’s episode…

Ep 255 – How to Move Through Life with Confidence, Self-Love and Compassion

It will be impossible for you to walk through life with any kind of confidence and compassion if you don’t stop beating yourself up. That’s why the thought work I do every single day is hands down the most important work I do. This week’s episode 255 of the Fragmented to Whole Podcast is about…

Ep 254 – 10 Steps for How to Prepare for and Have Difficult Conversations

One of the most important things I’ve learned to do in recovery is how to have difficult conversations. My inability and unwillingness to have difficult conversations perpetuated my codependence, leading me to suffer in situations just because I was not willing to have the conversations that would resolve it. This week on episode 254 of…

Ep 253 – Healing Through Step 5- Unveiling Family Secrets and Finding Freedom

Traditionally, step 5 in 12-step recovery is where we admit to God, to ourselves, and to another person the exact nature of our own wrongs. The idea is that we get to take a look at the things we’ve been doing in our lives that are creating chaos, dysfunction and wreckage and acknowledge them. In…

Ep 252 – Spillin’ the Tea on My Family Secrets- This is How Family Dysfunction Gets Passed Down- Part 2

Through recovery, I have radically changed my ways, healed my trauma, and changed my deeply entrenched patterns of behavior. By sharing my and my family’s secrets, I hope to show that dysfunction doesn’t always look the way you might think so that you might recognize patterns of your own dysfunction and begin to heal in…

Ep 251 – Spillin’ the Tea on My Family Secrets- This is How Family Dysfunction Gets Passed Down- Part 1

We often say in recovery, “You’re as sick as your secrets.” That being said, I’ve decided to share my family’s secrets (as well as some of my own) as part of my journey to heal and to identify with other people so they know they’re not alone. This week on episode 251 of the Fragmented…

Ep 250 – Healing The Root Causes of Addiction with Arlina Allen

There is more to addiction than the need to get drunk or high. And when Arlina Allen realized this and began to uncover the root causes of her addiction, it was then that she was able to shed the layers of her trauma and begin to heal. This week’s episode 250 of the Fragmented to…

Ep 249 – How a Simple Shift in Language Can Change Your Life

Whenever I hear clients say something along the lines of “I have to…” I like to reframe their sentence to instead say, ‘I get to…” or “I could do…”. The language change is so small, and yet the conceptual change is HUGE. This week’s episode 249 of the Fragmented to Whole Podcast is about choosing freedom: how a simple shift in…

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

"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 world...you 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."

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"You have opened doors in my mind that I did not know existed. Listening to you and your podcasts has made an enormous impact on my life, and now my outlook. You rock!" ~ A.

"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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