Audio: Do I Tell People I’ve Quit?

This is Sober Podcast Episode #175 for my weekly sober podcast series.

Thanks to listener ‘Out-of-the-Cab’ for submitting today’s question. She asks how to explain to people that we’ve quit drinking. So in my reply, I talk about who to tell, what to say, when to say it, and how to get support.

Do you tell your best drinking friend what you’re up to, and try to get her to understand? Do you tell everyone at family dinner that you’re going to the She Recovers conference?

Below i’ve posted a 2-minute extract from this longer audio (the complete podcast is about 20 minutes long).

You can listen to this extract now ๐Ÿ™‚ And leave a comment – what do you hear in this audio? Can you rephrase it in your own words? hugs from me

 

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Over the next 24 hrs, I’ll select 4 blog comments and each person will get access to a podcast of their choice from the archives.

Audio: Top 3 Factors that contribute to successful long-term sobriety

This is Sober Podcast Episode #174 for my weekly sober podcast series.

Gem64 sent me an audio question, asking what are the top 3 things that make it more likely that someone will be long-term sober.

Of course, I started trying to keep the numbers straight in my head but it turned into a bit of a mish-mash. Well anyway, the concepts are all there, but i’m not sure there are “3” things.

Thankfully podcast subscriber Ana Maria sent me this summary: “Belle, theย 3 factors I understood were: (1) Do not drift from your sober supports. (2) Do prepare for potentially dangerous situations by having your tool kit with you. The key being “prepared in advance”. (3) Accept shitty days as part of life. Accept that they will come and you can get through them without alcohol.”

Below i’ve posted an extract of the first few minutes from this longer audio (the complete podcast is 19 minutes long).

You can listen to this extract now ๐Ÿ™‚ And leave a comment – what do you hear in this audio? Can you rephrase it in your own words? hugs from me

 

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Audio: New Years Greetings 2017

Well this is a first. A new year’s day greeting compiled from YOUR voice clips, sent in from all over the world. No kidding, how great is this! I’m going to send this out to my sober podcastย subscribers, but wanted you to hear it too.

There’s something for you in here. I guarantee it. And if you don’t laugh and feel touched at the same time, i’ll be surprised. Thanks to everyone who submitted an audio clip. Really. So great to hear the voices from everywhere together in one sober place.

hugs from me

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Audio: Christmas 2016

This is a longer Sober Podcast Episode C16 for my weekly sober podcast series about how to deal with this time of year.

you know, what to consider, what to do,ย how to ‘check out’ without alcohol, and support looks like.

Usually i only put up an extract of the podcast and then tell you to go buy the whole thing and/or to sign up for the monthly podcast subscription.

But today I’d like you to listen to this audio in its entirety (36 minutes). I’ll leave this up for 48 hrs. You can listen in sections if you’re pressed for time. But make time to listen. There’s something for you in here.

My only request is that you leave a comment. Feedback is crucial ๐Ÿ™‚ What did you hear in this audio that you haven’t heard before, or what’s the one big take-away for you that you can carry around with you for the next few days?

hugs from me

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Audio: Celebrations

This is Sober Podcast Episode #173 for my weekly sober podcast series.

Thanks to rosalita for today’s question.

Is it possible to celebrate without alcohol? what about ‘raising a toast’ – what about acknowledging hard work? what about good days and bad days and any other reason your brain thinks that drinking might be a good idea?

Below i’ve posted a 3-minute extract from this longer audio (the complete podcast is about 15 minutes long).

You can listen to this extract now ๐Ÿ™‚ And leave a comment – what do you hear in this audio? Can you rephrase it in your own words? hugs from me

 

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Audio: The Melbourne Radio Interview

This is Sober Podcast Episode #172 for my weekly sober podcast series.

OK, it happened. The radio interview i’ve been talking about has been recorded. Here it is.

Triple R Radio (RRR 102.7 FM Melbourne), on the show ‘Multi-Storied’ with Elizabeth McCarthy & Louise Irving, recorded live December 7, 2016

I’m glad it’s done, and I’m glad I got to practise with so many of your questions in advance. It went better than I thought it would, which is good, considering i didn’t sleep much the night before!

Usually i only put up an extract of the podcast and then tell you to go buy the whole thing and/or to sign up for the monthly podcast subscription.

But today I’d like you to listen to this audio in its entirety.

Listen now ๐Ÿ™‚ My only request is that you leave a comment. Feedback is crucial. hugs from me

 

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Audio: Interview Practise Part 3

This is turning into a marathon session of interview practise! I’ve been working on a longer audio, and I have finished recording Sober Podcast Episode #171 for my weekly sober podcast series.

This audio is a bit tighter that parts 1 and 2. There are fewer stories, and my answers are more ‘informative’ — i think therefore this audio is ‘dull’ but that’s just me ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess if you’ve never heard of me before, you’d be curious about these questions … and perhaps less interested in being ‘entertained’ by my hilariousness.

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Questions answered:ย 

Do I think I’d still be sober if I hadn’t started the blog?

Can I pick one quality that makes someone more likely to be successful at being sober…

And finally, what advice do I give the most often, and what do I say that makes the difference to the most people.

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Usually i only put up an extract of the podcast and then tell you to go buy the whole thing and/or to sign up for the monthly podcast subscription.

But today I’d like you to listen to this audio in its entirety.

i am posting the whole audio (15+ minutes long) and I’ll continue to make it available for you for 48 hrs so that you can hear the entire audio even if you’re not a podcast subscriber. So please listen now. right now. My only request is that you leave a comment. Feedback is crucial ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Audio: Interview Practise Part 2

So i’ve been working on a longer audio, and I have finished recording Sober Podcast Episode #170 for my weekly sober podcast series. You’re familiar with the one-minute audios. These are longer, meatier.

This part 2 of the “me pretending i’m being interviewed” podcast. I’m obviously very bad at condensed answers. at one point in this one, i basically have to go ‘offline’ to tell you stuff that didn’t fit into the prepared response. you can let me know which bits in this are necessary to keep in, and which parts i can ditch.

Usually i only put up an extract of the podcast and then tell you to go buy the whole thing and/or to sign up for the monthly podcast subscription.

But today I’d like you to listen to this audio in its entirety.

i am posting the whole audio (30+ minutes long) and i’m going to leave it up for 48 hrs so that you can hear the entire audio even if you’re not a podcast subscriber. So please listen now. right now. My only request is that you leave a comment. Feedback is crucial ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Audio: Interview Practise Part 1

Just a couple of days ago, I recorded Sober Podcast Episode #169 for my longer, weekly sober podcast series. You’re familiar with the one-minute audios. These are longer, meatier.

In this episode, I am practising for an upcoming radio interview and I answer subscribers’ questions submitted by voice memo.

Usually i only put up an extract of the podcast and then tell you to go buy the whole thing and/or to sign up for the monthly podcast subscription.

But i know it’s the weekend, and so I’d like you to listen to this audio in its entirety.

i am posting the whole audio (15 minutes long) and i’m going to leave it up for 48 hrs so that you can hear the entire audio even if you’re not a podcast subscriber. So please listen now. right now. My only request is that you leave a comment. Feedback is crucial ๐Ÿ™‚

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Audio: My Chat with GW (episode sp167)

I recently recorded Sober Podcast Episode #167 for my longer, weekly sober podcast series. You’re familiar with the one-minute audios. These are longer, meatier.

In this episode, I spoke at length on the phone with one of my sober penpals as he celebrated a pretty large milestone.

Usually i only put up an extract of the podcast and then tell you to go buy the whole thing and/or to sign up for the monthly podcast subscription.

Today i think this audio needs to be heard in its entirety.

So i’m going to put up the whole thing (40+ minutes long) and i’m going to leave it up for 48 hrs so that you can hear the entire audio even if you’re not a podcast subscriber. So please listen now. right now. My only request is that you leave a comment. Feedback is crucial ๐Ÿ™‚

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