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Sober Gratitudes Podcast ™️

Sober Gratitudes Podcast ™️

By Sarah Elizabeth
Are you wanting sobriety or constantly relapsing? Whatever the reason, and where ever you are at, you have landed in the right place. I created this podcast out of the desire to share about my success story and how I stay sober to give you hope. This podcast also has guests who are experiencing long term sobriety and are happy. My name is Sarah and after 25 years of alcoholic drinking, I am so grateful to have been relieved of the obsession to drink and freed from the bondage of self. Sobriety doesn't have to be a struggle or hard! Long-term sobriety doesn't have to be a battle or difficult
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Grateful for you
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope this episode gives you peace and inspiration. We don't have to drink today.  If you are struggling, accept help. There is an easier softer way. There is a solution. 
23:36
November 25, 2021
Bonus Episode: Controlling an Active Alcoholic
No human power got me sober. I had to get to a place of complete desperation. The progression of my disease was a slow one. I stopped and started constantly. I tried so many different ways to control my drinking on my own. I tried to read things or watch documentaries that would co-sign my wish that I did not have a problem. I would seek out others who drank more than me so that I could find relief that I wasn't an alcoholic. None of that changed my relationship with alcohol and my ability to control it. No human power could save me. At the end of my drinking career I had to believe that I had a problem...but how could I live or live with out drinking alcohol? 
28:47
November 11, 2021
Bonus Episode: New Confidence as a result of Sobriety
In this Bonus Episode, I share about how getting sober and doing the work beyond putting down the drink has given me the courage to do things that I used to avoid out of fear of inability or fear of failure.  I also talk about an upcoming virtual event for Mrs. Wilson's treatment Center in Morristown, NJ. I will be the MC of this special event with keynote speaker Lisa Boucher, sober over 30 years and award winning author of "Raising The Bottom: Making Mindful Choices in a Drinking Culture."  Please join us on November 9th at 7pm EST on Zoom for this FREE event. If you miss it, you can watch a recording of the event at: News and Events at Mrs. Wilson's Treatment Services - Morristown, NJ (mrs-wilsons.org)
18:49
November 4, 2021
S3;E4 Mike from Silenced By Stigma
Trigger warning: details of sex abuse, grooming & suicide are discussed in the following episode . Please be advised . Mike from Silenced By Stigma shares details of his victimization as a youngster by an older woman & how he found recovery from both addiction & trauma. He is a fierce advocate for speaking out about ending stigmas. Please follow him @silencedbystigma on Instagram. If you are in danger and want to harm yourself , please call 911 or a crisis hotline RAINN at 800.656.HOPE , or call your doctor or any type of professional or referral , friend or family that can help & support you . THERE IS A SOLUTION!! THERE IS HOPE! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO THIS ALONE! REACH OUT!
01:09:45
October 14, 2021
S3;E3 Holding Onto Secrets Holds Us Back with Forrest
Trigger Warning: Please be advised that for the remainder of Season 3, my guests will share their experiences of sexual trauma and addiction. All will share how their lives improved when they uncovered the secrets of sexual trauma and became willing to do the work to heal.  In this episode, my dear friend, Forrest, shares how his honesty about his experience's have helped many people because it gives others the strength to open up having learned that they are not alone.  Forrest is a huge presence in the world of social media when it comes to both addiction and sex abuse. He is here to help anyone! He WANTS to help YOU!  You can reach him at Forrest Ferguson (@sober_texas) • Instagram photos and videos or his direct phone number 512-925-3469. 
48:45
October 11, 2021
S3; E2 I am sober today because I trusted my gut
Getting sober happened for me because I trusted my gut and I tried a new way to stay stopped.  Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  You can reach me at Contact | Sober Gratitudes or you can DM me on my Instagram account: Sober Gratitudes Podcast🎈 (@sober_gratitudes_podcast) • Instagram photos and videos
31:32
September 9, 2021
S3; E1: True Sobriety is an Inside Job
Kicking off Season 3 with the truth about how I healed from the inside out. How I am in a recovered state & relieved of the bondage of self. In my experience, True Sobriety is an inside job.  Disclaimer: Sober Gratitudes, its host and guests do not represent or promote any form of recovery. 
32:14
September 5, 2021
S2:E62 Holiday Weekend & Staying Sober
My Labor Day weekend kicked off with getting progressive glasses for my aging sober eyes.  Holiday weekends and staying sober in early sobriety can suck. But it doesn't have to.  I'm so glad you are here. Let's hang out this weekend. Let me know and we'll zoom.  Email: sobergratitudes@gmail.com Instagram @sober_gratitudes_podcast 
25:47
September 3, 2021
Monday's With Mackenzie- Summer Reflections & Series Wrap Up
We are so glad you are here! How was your summer? Mackenzie and I share about how our summer's were and how they looked nothing like we expected because we didn't have any expectations! 
27:45
August 30, 2021
S2:E61; Honoring sadness in sobriety.
In today's episode, I share about how I learned that feeling sadness is ok and that holding onto those feelings negatively impacts people around me. Essentially, I become irritable, distant, and bitchy with others.  I am grateful I can honor my feelings and calmly share with my loved ones how I am feeling with out hurting them in the process.  What feelings are you holding onto today?  You don’t have to do this alone. Email me at sobergratitudes@gmail.com
19:37
August 27, 2021
S2;E60 Sobriety's Impact On Relationships
I decided to share some thoughts on this saturday night- August 21, 9 years and 1 day sober - about how getting sober can have a huge impact on a marriage/romantic relationships. 
29:37
August 22, 2021
Monday's With Mackenzie - Bringing Recovery to the "Real World".
Practicing these principles in all our affiairs.  Please reach out ! Email us at sobergratitudes@gmail.com
37:55
August 9, 2021
S2:E59 My Guest is Mike from FaithfullySober
Mike from @faithfullysober shares how bad it got in his alcoholism and brings us to present day and how he a completely changed man. All because he did MORE than put down the bottle. He allowed himself to dig beneath the service to identify the “why” layered under his drinking , his attitudes and behaviors.
42:39
August 4, 2021
Monday's With Mackenzie: In Sobriety We "Get To" Do Things
Before we got sober and had a profound personality change, our attitudes and behaviors were much different. Our attitudes were "Ugh, we HAVE to do __________". Now, in recovery, our attitudes are mostly "Yes! We GET TO do things." Listen to our conversation to understand what this really means.  We are so glad you are here. There is a solution. Sobriety does not have to be difficult. Getting sober doesn't have to be difficult.  Reach out. We are here to help.  Sarah : sobergratitudes@gmail.com Mackenzie: kiesel.mackenzie@gmail.com Disclaimer: Sober Gratitudes is a podcast dedicated to sharing the hope in recovery from addiction. It is an inclusive show that does not promote or represent any recovery program. When we discuss what keeps us sober, we are referring to our own unique experiences. Our goal is to encourage and support the addicted and recovering community. 
34:13
August 2, 2021
S2;E58: Why I Love Being a Sober Friend! (Happy Friendship Day!)
My youngest son has autism. He is delayed in many areas of development but one thing we know for sure is that he embodies the ability to be genuinely friendly. He demonstrates how to be selfless while interacting with others. He gives unconditionally- with out any expectations of getting anything back (except that he is asked when his birthday is!) This morning he reminded me it is friendship day and he couldn’t be more excited to call people to wish them a Happy Friendship Day . This is one of the many reasons why I adore my son. So, of course, because of this, I decided to change the topic I was originally planning to discuss today and instead discuss Friendships in sobriety! How could I not ? This episode is dedicated to my beautiful boy, Cameron . DISCLAIMER: Sober Gratitudes Podcast does not represent or promote any forms of recovery . When my guests and I share about what keeps us sober , we are referring to our own unique experiences with the understanding and respect that many forms of recovery exist.
18:52
August 1, 2021
S2:E57; How Long Do You Want to Battle Alcohol?
I began to heal from my alcoholism when I stopped fighting everyone and everything, including myself.  The battle became too exhausting; I needed to surrender to what I or not any other human power could not control .
22:08
July 31, 2021
S2:E56; Feeling "Squirrely" as Your Sober Anniversary Approaches
A month before I celebrated 1 year sober, I started to feel very strange. My emotions were all over the place, I was moody, irritable and felt confused by this. Someone told me that this was a normal feeling before a sober anniversary, especially the first one. I discuss why that is the case and how now, as I approach 9 years sober on August 20th, my feelings about that has changed and why.  Please reach out. I'm here to help. DM me on Instagram, or Email me at: sobergratitudes@gmail.com
28:02
July 30, 2021
Monday's With Mackenzie: We don’t fail in sobriety when we have negative or uncomfortable emotions.
Hi! We are so glad you are back for another episode on Mondays' With Mackenzie! Today, we talk about literally what is happening in our lives right now and how it does not mean we are failing in sobriety or failing as humans. Feelings are facts and when we accept and acknowledge them without judgement, these feelings tend to be more short-lived which ultimately benefits everyone around us including ourselves. 
16:17
July 26, 2021
Monday's with Mackenzie: "The Real Alcoholic"
We are so glad you are here again! Today we discuss "The Real Alcoholic" as portrayed in the movie Flight starring Denzel Washington.  Disclaimer: Sober Gratitudes Podcast does not represent or promote any programs of recovery from addiction or alcoholism. When we share about what keeps us sober, we refer to our own unique experiences. 
30:20
July 19, 2021
Monday's With Mackenzie: Summer Vacations & Parties
We are so glad you are here for our third episode of Sober Gratitudes' summer series, Monday's with Mackenzie! In this episode we discuss what helped us not pick up during summer parties & vacations. 
29:24
July 12, 2021
Summer Series: Monday’s With Mackenzie, “Sobriety & Life Don’t Have To Be Hard”
In this episode we discuss how Life isn’t happening TO us anymore: Life is simply happening & we get the power to choose how we GET to respond.
27:37
July 5, 2021
Summer Series: Monday's with Mackenzie, Our First Sober Summers
We are so glad you are here to listen to us discuss our first sober summers! One of us relapsed, the other did not! But we made it through and today we are having an amazing experience in sobriety.  Tell us what you think! Leave us a voicememo or Sarah's IG account at @sober_gratitudes or Mackenzie's IG account, @kenzkiesel Sobriety does not have to be hard. We are here to help!  Love, Sarah and Mackenzie
44:47
June 29, 2021
Summer Series Announcement!
We are excited to announce Sober Gratitudes Summer Series, Monday's with Mackenzie! Listen to the episode to learn more and have the chance to send in questions or voice messages! 
21:39
June 17, 2021
S2;E55 A Retired Cop, Sober & Grateful
Chris, my friend and a retired police officer shares how letting go and asking for help saved his life from active alcoholism. 
59:06
June 10, 2021
S2;E54: For anyone doubting staying stopped for good...
The moment I knew for sure that my sobriety was positively impacting my relationship with my son. 
16:37
June 8, 2021
S2;E53: How Controlling things doesn’t work for me
Today I share about how my life was not only saved because I stopped trying to control my drinking , but how I stopped trying to contour people and situations around me.
26:58
June 3, 2021
Randomness
Sober Spring Weekends are Rad
24:19
May 24, 2021
Mrs. Wilson’s Treatment Center with Executive Director, Michelle Reyes
One of the gifts of sobriety is that I get the opportunity to give back. In this bonus episode, I speak with Michelle Reyes, Executive Director , at Mrs Wilson’s Treatment Center located in Morristown NJ. I have the honor to serve on the Board of Director’s of this amazing Rehabilitation Center and I am honored to have Michelle with me today to share about this amazing Treatment home for women. Mrs. Wilson's Addiction Treatment Center for Women & Halfway House for Drug & Alcohol Recovery Rehab - Morristown, NJ | Home (mrs-wilsons.org)
13:20
May 21, 2021
S2;E52: Daniele: Newly sober; newly diagnosed Autistic Son
Daniele, my dear friend from IG account @lifeonthefoxstrum, got sober when a friend voiced concerns about her drinking. Since that day, she has not looked back and I have had the pleasure of becoming close friends with her myself! Daniele and I met because she listened to an episode I was in on podcast called Adventures In Autism with Megan Carranza. I spoke mostly about being an autism mom but I briefly mentioned at the end of the episode how grateful I was to have gotten sober as it made me a more present mother. Daniele identified and then joined a zoom group I started that meets every Tuesday called Sober Autism Parent Community and you can find out more about this unique group on Instagram. On this episode Daniele shares about how getting sober has changed her life in many positive ways and how she is so grateful she can be a more present mom to her 3 year old son Xander, who is on the Autism Spectrum.  
55:06
May 8, 2021
S2:E51 Sunshine is the Anecdote to The Darkness
When I bring things out into the light, it takes away it's power over me.  An episode about mental health. Honesty with those who I love and love me about the times when Depression breaks through my medications. Offering you, my listeners, awareness of my own mental condition and allowing myself to ride through it with out shame or judgement; to take it easy and be gentle with myself when it shows up... all of this helps for an easier "go" the next time Depression shows up.  Being sober makes dealing with my mental health WAY easier! Another reason for being grateful for my sobriety. 
20:04
May 6, 2021
S2;E50 Coming undone brings me closer to God
Allowing myself to crack and crumble with another alcoholic , reveals my vulnerabilities and grow closer to God and Humans. 
25:52
April 29, 2021
Monday Meditations with Mackenzie
Monday Meditations with Mackenzie
12:16
April 27, 2021
S2;E49: Rebirth of The Senses in Sobriety
My friend Mackenzie and I share about getting our senses back after we stopped numbing them for years with alcohol. 
42:32
April 21, 2021
S2:E48 Sobriety & A Calmer Existence
My experiences living a slower paced & calm, peaceful life in sobriety.
19:44
April 20, 2021
S2;E47 Friday Evening Beverage Alternatives
Another quick episode about my Friday nights before and after getting sober. 
25:17
April 16, 2021
S2E46: Your Journey in Recovery Must come First
Focusing on your own journey served me well.  When I thought about what others might be thinking, it distracted my journey in recovery. 
22:22
April 15, 2021
S2E45: I Appreciate You!!
Please listen to this very brief episode (I know, amazing how short it is right?) I appreciate you and really need your help. Listen and find out why.  I love you all!  Love, Sarah 
18:08
April 13, 2021
S2E44: What relieved me of my Alcoholism
I am so glad you are hear. You are so important to me and I appreciate you. I love that you are seeking recovery or interested in learning about active alcoholism and sobriety.  I hope this episode gives you hope. 
31:15
April 5, 2021
S2E43: Finding A New freedom In Sobriety, with Mackenzie & Sarah
I talk with my dear friend, Mackenzie, about becoming freed from the Bondage of Self through the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. 
01:27:02
April 3, 2021
S2;E42 Dean: A New & Better Life in Sobriety
Dean, author of Was That a Red Flag?: Anderson, Dean S: 9781649526397: Amazon.com: Books, and I have such a great chat about life in sobriety and how it is so much more comfortable living free of the obsession to drink. We reflect on the ways we have changed and grown. Dean is kind, humble and helping others every day. We share how life changes so dramatically that we are, even after many years, are left in disbelief we go this opportunity to live a better life. I really love talking with people who are sober because there is a great sense of peace about them. Dean embodies that. It is one of the many many gifts we receive when we are willing to do the inside job with the help of the 12 Steps, after putting the bottle down. 
41:30
March 30, 2021
S2; E41 Jessica from NPR article about Sharp increase in Alcoholic Hep
Jessica Dueñas From recent NPR Article , “Sharp, Off The Charts’ Rise in Alcoholic Liver Disease Among Young Women joins me to share her story of what it was like to have Alcoholic Hepatitis and now living a clean and sober life. Visit Jessica at her website bottomlesstosober.com and her IG account @bottomlesstosober . You can reach me with any questions at sobergratitudes@gmail.com.
01:01:55
March 20, 2021
S2E40: Living a Joyful Life In Sobriety
My dear friend, Erin Dawn, shares her experience with Bipolar 2 Disorder and Alcoholism. It's not only a compelling story, but informative regarding the complexities of Bipolar 2 Disorder and how it can be effectively treated in a person if they are willing to do what is necessary to feel Happy Joyous and Free!! She is also an Opera singer and has a photographic memory. And she is hilarious!! Erin Dawn (@erindawn31780) • Instagram photos and videos
01:36:23
March 18, 2021
S2E39: Hitting Rock Bottom in a Dream
My most vulnerable (get the tissues) account sharing my rock bottom experience (a lucid dream!) in addiction which catapulted me into a new life in recovery.
01:06:53
March 16, 2021
S2:E38 Why I Recover Out Loud
Nearly 9 years ago, when I arrived at a place in my life when I realized I could never have just 1 drink, I felt ashamed. I told only a few people because I felt like a failure. I didn't understand back then, that my drinking problem was not a moral failing. I was not a bad person, I was a sick person and I chose to get better. I chose to do something radical according to societal standards and better my life by abstaining from alcohol forever, one day at a time. It baffled me that I could never have just one drink. I hated the shame I felt It had baffled me that I wanted to drink a lot. It baffled me that when I wasn't actually drinking, I was thinking about when I would be able to drink. In my 12 step program, I learned why I couldn't have just 1 drink. I learned I wasn't a failure or a weirdo. I learned that I had alcoholism. People helped me learn how to live a better life, freed from the chains of addiction. But for years, I was still incredibly embarrassed and ashamed and did not want people to know. But, what if, 9 years ago, I decided to lose weight because I was harming myself with too many calories through sugar of fat? .... Would I have had the same feelings of shame like I did when I quit drinking alcohol? Would I feel like I needed to hide it as a secret? Would I worry that I would make people feel uncomfortable when I said "no, no seconds for me." Would people say, just eat less for 6 months and then you can go back to eating sweets/high fatty foods! It'll be fine! I write this NOT to blame any person or group of people. Society has successfully made it perfectly normal to drink a legal drug to excess to cope with the normal realities of life. That's what made it so easy for me to hide my alcohol addiction. My ability to party hard was celebrated. Society cheers us when we wear shirts that say "drink wine because my baby whines." Do we see shirts that say "smoke that ciggy because your kids are exhausting you, so take a well deserved inhale"? There is no shame in wanting to quit drinking . I believe in you 🥰. #sober #soberlife #sobergratitudes #sobergratitudespodcast #wedorecover
45:28
March 15, 2021
S2;E37 Alcoholism Did Not Cause Autism
My own personal experiences of how sobriety helped me stop blaming myself for not just my children's autism, but for anything they struggled with- how I learned how to be other- centered, rather than self - centered in parenting. 
34:03
March 10, 2021
S2;E36 Tanya: Through the discomfort , we feel the joy.
Today I spoke with Tanya Aouhrabka, from Tanya Ouhrabka (@tanyaheals) • Instagram photos and videos and Tanya Ouhrabka about how she has evolved from a spiritually sick, active alcoholic into a Life Coach where she guides women to "Heal the parts of you that want love. Remember the parts of you that know your innate answer to joy, passion, and purpose. Let’s begin your journey back to self, free from the constraints of who you think you’re “supposed to be” and what your life is “supposed to look like.”"
01:03:15
March 4, 2021
S2;E35 The Tool of pausing and listening in Sobriety
When I learned to pause before I spoke, and truly listen to my friend, it was both a relief for me (I am not responsible to solve their problems), and a relief for my friend because he felt heard.
28:14
February 22, 2021
S2;E34 Letting Go Gave Me Power
Being told to “Let Go,” when in sobriety can often feel like we are giving up our power. In my experience, (and much to my surprise ) letting go actually gave me MORE power. Listen to how that worked.
34:45
February 19, 2021
S2; E33: Michael , Sober Cancer Warrior
Michael from @michaeltoberteck ia my guest for today . He is self proclaimed a“SuperHero Coach, Gratitude Gang Leader, Cancer Warrior , Artist, Happiness Activist , Dad, Pop to little Lily and Josie,” and just all around great guy whose story of addiction to Sobriety is sure to inspire !
48:06
February 16, 2021
S2:E32 Love Yourself First
I could not authentically love others or let other love me until I forgave my past actions and behaviors and love myself as imperfect.
29:06
February 14, 2021
S2; E31: Children Do As They See
When we show our children that drinking alcohol excessively is how we relax or cope with life problems, they will do the same (most likely in my opinion).
25:40
February 11, 2021
S2;E30 Autism Did Not Make Me An Alcoholic
I share about how I was an alcoholic long before I had children . My sons’ Autism Diagnosis did not make me an alcoholic.
14:50
February 10, 2021
S2: E29: Hilary: The Gifts of Long Term Sobriety
Nowadays I am making more and more connections over social media in the sober community that are authentic and meaningful. Hilary, @time_to_fly_mama , is one of those people. In this episode, I get to talk with her about recovery, parenting, mommy wine culture, what helps us feel the real benefits of sobriety,  and more.  She shares about her experience getting sober at 20 years old and what has key her sober and happy for 28 years! She offers an incredibly helpful perspective.  Listen and you may be surprised with what you hear from my new friend, Hilary. 
01:12:18
February 4, 2021
S2E28: Sarah : When I did the work, my outsides matched my insides.
Getting sober is really hard. Doing the work beyond just putting down the bottle is hard as well, but ohhhhhh, so worth it. This episode is dedicated to my “Normie” friend, Mary , who inspired me to so this episode. Thank you Mary. I love you and our friendship deeply. This episode is also dedicated to every mom in the world . You are worthy of self love. ❤️🙏🏻🥰
27:07
January 28, 2021
S2;E27: Jim Hernandez- Facing Past Traumas was The Key to Ending Relapse
Jim, from Jim Hernandez (@jher76) • Instagram photos and videos , Valor Fitness Clothing (VFC) (@valorfitnessclothing) • Instagram photos and videos & Women’s Activewear 💪🏼 LA ☀️ (@valorfitnessclothingwomen) • Instagram photos and videos is approaching 2 years of sobriety and has been in constant action- "Grounded Action" as he states,  giving back, doing great things in the addiction community - literally on the streets of LA and through his clothing company,  Valor Fitness Clothing. (1) Best Workout Clothes, Women and Mens Gym Clothes Online (valorfitnessclothing.com) & and he shares how he continues to expand his action in recovery to help others, working with youth and starting a podcast - Raw, Real and alot of Recovery • A podcast on Anchor Jim is perfect example of how to stay stopped!  He did more than just stop drinking. He dug deep and learned how to let go of the traumas of his past by no longer playing the role of a victim. He lives a selfless life, giving back daily, focused on helping others and giving back.  Thank you Jim for sharing your Recovery story with Sober Gratitudes! 
43:06
January 23, 2021
S2: E26 Mike Govoni: Healing Beyond Recovery
My guest, Mike Govoni, and I discuss many things regarding addiction and trauma, and go into how true healing from traumic experiences begins when we face the pain on a very deep level with the support of a trained professional.  He believes that "your trauma is a prerequisite to your {life} purpose" Mike,  from Integrative Holistic Recovery Coaching | Mike Govoni and Mike • Healing Beyond Recovery (@mikegovoni) • Instagram photos and videos has 15 years of sobriety and is a certified Holistic Health & Wellness Coach and a certified Addiction Recovery Coach.  He has his own private practice as a trauma informed Integrative Holistic Recovery Coach. His program supports people in taking an integrative Holistic approach and addressing the whole person in Body Mind and Spirit, so that they can experience a much deeper healing transformation. He helps people heal the relationships with themselves. He helps people break the patterns that keep them stuck.  He also hosts a podcast called The Healing Beyond Recovery PODCAST | Mike Govoni where he brings you leading experts in the field of trauma, addiction, recovery, spirituality, health and consciousness. As I love to show in each episode, Mike, is yet another example of a life dramatically changed after getting sober & the undeniable Hope in Recovery- that an amazing life is possible if we truly want it!  Website: www.mikegovoni.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikegovoni/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MikeGovoni23 Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-healing-beyond-recovery-podcast/id1506251076
01:00:26
January 10, 2021
S2E25: Kristen: Admitting Powerlessness over Alcohol saved My Life
Kristen from @authentically_unaltered is a beautiful sober woman, wife, mom , authentic in every way . I was drawn to her deep kindness and dedication to her recovery and helping others . I adore Kristen and grateful we finally found each other. We have become instant friends because of our ability to keep an open heart and see each other for who we truly are. This is one of the many gifts of sobriety . Happy New Year to you all !
58:20
January 1, 2021
S2E24: Erin Ranta: A beautiful life in sobriety after nearly dying from liver disease.
Erin Ranta , from Instagram account @soberpilatesmom,shares her incredible story of surviving near death from severe liver disease to a beautiful life in recovery ! Please visit her account where you can find movement videos under her IGTV for anyone who is looking for stretch/core/Pilates. The videos are casual and short. She is available for zoom private or small group Pilates, and soon to be available for recovery/life coach sessions (All hour sessions unless otherwise requested, and ALL sessions extremely personalized). Best way to reach is Email: Soberpilatesmom@gmail.com
44:59
December 29, 2020
Dear You....
Just sharing some of my experience about getting sober- that even though it is hard sometimes , it always gets easier and it is just a better life for me.
29:42
December 25, 2020
S2:E23: Clay F "Everything's Ok"
I'm so honored to have Clay F. back on my podcast for a second time. He was a stranger and my 6th guest back in January 2020, and has become a dear friend of mine and my family. Much has changed for both of us since we first connected in January 2020.  Clay F is a dedicated and loyal member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 31 years. He is a loving husband and Godfather, faithful friend, and Author of 4 books which you can find on his website https://www.sarcasticbigbook.com .   On Clay's website, he states "The books come from a loving and helpful spirit, and its author has been guilty of everything the books contain. They aim to bring levity as well as provoke thought, as an inverted message often galvanizes the one that’s actually true." You can also find him at https://www.Instagram.com/sarcastic.aa.book/  Please listen to his amazing podcast loaded with great recovery and lots of laughter at https://www.recovery radio.buzzsprout.com
34:30
December 18, 2020
S2;E22: Seija, Motivation , self care & service work in Sobriety
Seija from https://www.Instagram.com/s.nelson42/ , shares how her life turned around in amazing ways when she surrendered to her alcoholism. She is highly motivated in recovery doing service work daily. She is most visible doing service work with https://www.valorfitnessclothing.com
41:23
December 12, 2020
S2E21: Tara: Coping with Covid Holidays
My dear friend, Tara, who has over 13 years of sobriety in the program of AA, shares what the holidays were like for her in active alcoholism compared to how they are today. We get into a conversation about the covid holidays as well, and how we are coping with that as mothers. 
26:03
December 10, 2020
S2:E20 Gill: The impact of alcohol on sleep patterns
✨During the holiday's we may not get enough sleep. Add alcohol consumption, the quality of our sleep declines and over time can negatively impact our internal physical, emotional and psychological health. In this episode, my guest, Gill, a Biochemist, and a woman in recovery, shares her knowledge on this topic. ✨After desperately trying to learn moderation for five years, Gillian's drinking progressed to a terrifying place. Seeing no other options, she chose to embrace her forever sobriety. With a BS in Chemistry and a MS in Biology, she is dedicated to learning about why she can't drink like everyone else and what is going on in the brain. In the Sober Powered Podcast, Gillian will share how she stopped chasing the buzz, the science of alcohol addiction, and why sober life is the best life. On her podcast, she talks about the science of and psychology of addiction. She mixes her own experiences in with hard science of addiction.  ✨Please visit Gill at Gill | Sober Powered Podcast (@sober.powered) • Instagram photos and videos and @sober.powered | Linktree
49:43
December 5, 2020
S2;E19 Gayle from Sober Bliss
Gayle is my guest during this "Staying Sober Through The Holidays" series. In sobriety, Gayle has dedicated her life to helping women stuck in the destructive cycle of drinking to find freedom from alcohol and transform their lives. She does this with the variety of coaching programs that she offers on her website, Sober Bliss - Coaching Program to Help You Achieve an Alcohol Free Life .  Currently, she is offering a special holiday coaching workshop called "Magical AF Christmas Experience." She proclaims self care and connection are two important things to do during these difficult times and during the holiday season.  Listen to hear more!  Where you can find Gayle from Sober Bliss:  Gayle Macdonald (@sober_bliss) • Instagram photos and videos Sober Bliss - Coaching Program to Help You Achieve an Alcohol Free Life (sober-bliss.com) Sober Bliss | Facebook
35:46
December 3, 2020
S2,E18: Chris Nell & Sober Holidays
Chris , my dear friend from South Africa, who Hosts a podcast called “Having A Cuppa” shares his story and provides insight on his experience staying sober during the holidays . Please visit Chris at https://Chrisnell.co.za to learn more about this talented young man - he’s a multi-tiered performer with experience in Broadcasting, Film , TV and voiceover ! He is beyond a “triple threat” with regards to talent !!
01:01:12
November 29, 2020
S2:E17 Sarah : Staying Sober during the Holidays🍁🍗🎄🕎
This episode starts off the “Staying Sober During The Holidays “ series where I share my own personal experiences in early sobriety about managing to stay stopped during the holiday season. Subscribe to my podcast for alerts on upcoming episodes with guests discussing their experiences & tips about staying sober during the holiday season!
47:55
November 24, 2020
S2:E16 Jackson: True Recovery Occurs When We Stay Stopped
I had a blast talking with Jackson, my friend in recovery, who owns and operates the official recovery apparel brand, Stay Stopped. They  "have created an Authentic Recovery Lifestyle Brand to attract unity and to encourage sustained long-term sobriety." When you "wear recovery, [you] live recovery."  You can purchase apparel at https://staystopped.shop/    You can find his website at: https://www.staystoppedunited.org/ He can be reached at staystoppedunited@gmail.com or his Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/stay.stopped/
56:32
November 14, 2020
S2;E15 Matt: A life Recovered
Matt from the Instagram account, @aliferecovered, once a drug addict and alcoholic who lost everything, shares how his life has changed drastically since finding sobriety and because he put great effort into his recovery program. He is visible on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/aliferecovered/ where he features others who were once trapped in addiction and are now recovering out loud to help others who are struggling. Visit his account to be featured! Please follow him on Instagram for inspiration and hope! 
46:33
November 2, 2020
S2;E14 Dominique: A "Unique Pivot;" helping others
Dominique, from the Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/uniquepivot/ is my guest today on Sober Gratitudes. In 2010, Dominque needed surgery to address an incredibly painful medical condition. Post-surgery, doctors prescribed her with a combination of medications to help with the pain and in 4 years, she found herself addicted, obsessively pill counting and even stealing pills from her sick relative. The shame of being found out almost cost her her life due to an accidental overdose. Not long after, she decided to reach out for help.  She has now dedicated her life to helping others who are addicted to Opioids in a soon to be released website - www.uniquepivott.com. You can also find her helping others at her instagram account.  Please visit her and follow her account! She is a true inspiration!  If you are struggling with drug addiction of any kind or alcoholism or any type of mental health related disorders, please visit https://www.samhsa.gov/ and you will  be helped. If you are in a state of crisis, please dial 911. 
38:45
October 31, 2020
S2: E13: Coming Out Sober & Ending Stigmas with Christopher Laury
Christopher, a former college co-ed of mine from Allegheny College, has 13 years sobriety after many attempts to get clean and sober. His sober date is 5/28/10. Before getting sober he came out as Gay and found a community there. It would be years before he finally quit drugs and alcohol. Since getting sober his life has had a complete transformation. Sobriety allowed him to be his total authentic self with no shame. Follow him on Instagram @christopherlaury
56:13
October 22, 2020
S2: E12 “Raising The Bottom: Making Mindful Choices in a Drinking Culture” with Author Lisa Boucher
Award winning Author , Lisa Boucher, has over 30 years of sobriety through the program of Alcoholics Anonomous, is a mother of twin adult sons and has been an RN for nearly 30 years as well. Please visit her website - raising the bottom.com, follow her on Twitter @LBoucherAuthor and Instagram @lboucherauthor and FaceBook @raisingthebottom
59:37
October 16, 2020
S2: E11: “Ballad of A Sober Man: An ER Doctor's Journey of Recovery”
Dr. JD Remy share's about his book, "Ballad of A Sober Man An ER Doctor's Journey of Recovery." Publication date 10/6/20 You can find him on Twitter https://twitter.com/remy_jd You can purchase his Memoir on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GM6PRBT
28:34
October 3, 2020
S2;E10 Don Cummins: Breaking Free From The Prison Within
Don shares how is life took a complete turn when he finally accepted help and was willing to do the work. His story is so unbelievable that he wrote a memoir called, The Prison Within: A Memoir of Breaking Free  https://don-cummins.com/
28:27
September 21, 2020
S2E9: Sobriety: A Gift For Our Children. With Celeste Yvonne
Things get really real with my guest and founder of The Ultimate Mom Challenge, Celeste Yvonne. Https://www.andwhatamom.com
38:13
September 12, 2020
S2;E8 Miracles Of Recovery with Harriet Hunter
An amazing interview with a woman - Harriet Hunter- who spends pretty much all her time doing service with others. Her mission is much like mine - helping people find the Hope in recovery . Please go check out her website at https://www.harriethunter.org where you can buy her book and get FREE audio of daily medications that are so uplifting and inspiring . You can also find her on Twitter at @elizza6 . Her book won the President’s Book Award from the Florida Authors & Publishers Association, Inc.
48:55
September 4, 2020
S2; E7 Sober Is The New Cool
Kim Bellas, from https://www.soberisthenewcool.org/ decided to stop drinking to support her son with a siezure disorder, and she got a lot more than she expected. Listen here. 
34:57
August 29, 2020
S2; E6 with Clean Twin Mom
Ellen, from @cleantwinmom shares about her struggles with drugs and alcohol and infertility. She is living a better life now that she is sober and is dedicating herself to helping others who have experienced struggles much like her own !
29:23
August 25, 2020
S2; E5 Life with Gentry
Gentry , from Instagram account @lifewithgentry twitter account @lifewithgentry and website https://www.lifewithgentry.com
01:06:35
August 16, 2020
Season 2: Episode 4: Ang, from Sober During Crisis Podcast
Ang, who identifies as non-binary, is a stand up comedian, teacher and hosts an amazing podcast called Sober During Crisis on Podbean,  I love this conversation with Ang.  It's my first episode recorded on Zoom where we can see each other so it makes for a very different kind of episode that you will surely enjoy. Sit back and relax or take a long walk and listen to some great material, then go to her podcast for more good stuff! 
01:19:38
August 11, 2020
Season 2, Episode 3: Wayne, From “A Soul of a Phoenix”
Wayne, The Soul Of A Phoenix, is a substance abuse speaker with over 34 years of sobriety . He tells us an incredible story with courage and full transparency. You can find him on Twitter , and Instagram. He also has a website where you can book him for speaking engagements. Http://www.thesoulofaphoenix.com
59:37
August 4, 2020
Season 2, Episode 1: Brian Hyman. “Turning Our Mess Into A Message.”
Brian Hyman, a Yogi from California, who recently created/published the 30-day audio course at insighttimer.com, - “Recovery: Principles for a Purposeful Life,” shares about his journey to get to emotional sobriety. Brian teaches Yoga as a form of recovery from addictions of all kinds at a California rehabilitation center. https://www.brianhymanyoga.com/
01:02:59
July 25, 2020
Season 2 Episode 2 with Kevin
Kevin my pal who calls me “Kid.”
29:42
July 25, 2020
Bonus Episode with “Resurrektion” Jen Elizabeth
Jen, Author of Shape of a Woman and Instagram account @resurrektion_of_me and author of “Shape of a Woman”. Jen will be the keynote speaker at a virtual event on Zoom to help support www.mrs-wilsons.org - a rehab near and dear to me on July 21st at 7pm. All are invited to this open live event!! Meeting ID : 965 2938 0258 Passcode: 894548 If you miss it, you still can watch it when you go to Mrs Wilsons website .
01:09:04
July 13, 2020
Episode 24: Season 1 Finale! A Thank you Episode
A snap shot of gratitudes from each episode from Season 1 in honor, and with thanks to all my guests who have made this podcast more than I ever imagined.
16:44
June 7, 2020
Episode 23: Victoria. A Recovery Trailblazer ending stigmas.
...warning - talk of trauma in this episode which may effect some listeners.... my guest for this episode - Dr. Victoria F. Burns from Instagram account @betesandbites got sober in 2013 and is a fierce advocate for ending stigmas around trauma, addiction and mental health. She is a courageous trailblazer in her profession - a profession that typically suggests to “be quiet” about being in recovery. She is a transparent warrior, who speaks her truths about being in recovery while holding a PhD and treating others.
01:00:30
May 31, 2020
Episode 22: Carmell. Increased Self healing = increased compassion for others.
In this episode I get to talk (and laugh a lot!) with my friend , Carmell , from www.carmellpelly.com, who inspired me a few years ago to lean into my desire to begin a recovery podcast . She has been sober for 15 years and has a comprehensive website that houses her own podcast in Recovery LifeStyles , coaching classes, zoom interviews with many inspiring humans in the recovery realm, and so much more ! Follow her on Instagram at @carmellpelly
58:46
May 24, 2020
Episode 21: Cassie. An extraordinary story of transformation
Cassie, from Instagram account @cass.andralynn , lived a turbulent life as a youngster in her family of origin where she first starting using drugs and alcohol. Pull up her Instagram account while you listen to her extraordinary story of transformation from drug addiction to a Certified Life Coach “obsessed with activating women to achieve their full potential and create a life of their dreams.”
59:33
May 18, 2020
Episode 20: Jay. Getting Sober Meant Healing The Pain
I am incredibly humbled to have Jay Barnard of chefrecovery.com, on my podcast for this episode . He shares his jaw dropping story of drug and alcohol addiction, prison time , institutions, suicide attempts and how he finally got sober . Now, over 12 years clean and sober he is a highly successful CEO & Corporate Chef at Freshwater Cuisine in Ontario, Canada. The rest of his time is spent doing service work from the rooms of his recovery program to venues all over Canada , like The Salvation Army and TEDx talks. Thank you Jay for taking the time to join my podcast family non helping me to share and celebrate the hope in recovery !!
01:15:42
May 14, 2020
Episode 19: Tim, former Heroin Addict turned “Sober Guru”
Tim, a former IV heroin drug addict, shares with incredible transparency and courage about how he always felt something was missing - a void- and how an opiate prescription from a car accident turned into a means of numbing his emotions that were never addressed. Opiates to IV Heroin drug use....Learn how an emotional breakthrough and surrendering to his disease resulted into a renewed self love, sense of belonging and purpose. This “Sober Guru” created a huge online support program (The Sober Guru), and a 34k following Facebook page . This is an episode that inspired me being measure. PLEASE Take an hour to soak up this Incredible story of hope and redemption. Visit his Facebook site “The Sober Guru and his website http://www.thesoberguru.com/ or call at (866) 316 - 4557
01:12:39
May 11, 2020
Episode 18: Mackenzie: “Living happy, joyous and free!”
Never feeling comfortable in her own skin, Mackenzie turned to alcohol to help her feel “normal,” and medicate her anxiety. Her entire young life she was Riddled with shame, guilt and perfectionism - this only fueled her addiction. Until one night, after hours of drinking , she was left on a snow bank ..... listen to Mackenzie’s incredible story of courage and willingness to end her battle with alcohol. See her beautiful life on Instagram at @mackenziekiesel .
52:29
May 7, 2020
Episode 17: Mike. Finding Inner Peace in Sobriety
Today’s guest is a brave young man who got sober while working as an Intelligence Specialist with the Navy. He is a husband and father and is so grateful to finally be free of the chains of addiction . He went to rehab to bravely wrestle with some past demons and let go of some difficult emotions. He was a joy to talk with and listen to his happiness with being sober.
47:50
May 5, 2020
Episode 16: Karen. The Gift of Desperation
Learn the amazing way I met my special new friend , and the guest of today’s episode . Karen shares her story from active alcoholism to 9 years of sobriety. She truly believes that her desperation , willingness and courage helped her to get sober. Her daily work in AA and gratitude is what keeps her sober, one day at a time. ❤️🙏🏻
01:00:40
April 21, 2020
Episode 15: Kenny Down , Living an Awakened Life
Today's guest is Author and awakened spiritual seeker, Kenny G. Down. Kenny's story is amazing! His transformation from active addiction to recovery is incredibly inspiring. Now that he is sober, he spends time writing. Through his writings and Vlogs, he encourages spiritual seekers to rid themselves of harmful thinking and pursue their hearts desire; creating the life they were meant to live. Kenny has an incredible calmness and peace about him. I actually felt so relaxed and serene after our conversation. After the episode , be sure to visit his website at newthoughtlife.org. There, you can connect with him and his work and learn more about what he can offer you in enriching your spiritual life. Www.Newthoughtlife.org  Twitter Account @newthoughtlife 
51:38
March 23, 2020
Episode 14: Steve. "Stuck in the Attic"
Steven Michael Matthews, Host of the anchor podcast "Stuck in Attic"  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/stuck-in-the-attic/id1493411991 and Instagram account,  https://www.instagram.com/soberlife78/ tells of a life of drugs, alcohol, chaos and consequences, that is now turned into a life of faith, service, health! He considers himself a "sober athlete" inspiring people to take action and improve their lives! He is 12 years clean and sober!  Steve's transformation is one to celebrate and shows us how much hope there is in recovery from addiction and alcoholism. 
28:33
March 16, 2020
Episode 13: Michelle. Waking Up Free
In today’s episode , I speak with Michelle , an autism mom, former educator and special education specialist with a focus on autism spectrum disorders . Michelle is a fierce advocate for creating and maintaining an education system that fits all children. She also hugely advocates for parental self care . Michelle uses her educational credentials, knowledge and creative gifts to offer various ways for parents in recovery with special needs children , to express their feelings about daily living. Michelles biggest accomplishment is being a proud mom in recovery. She is dedicated to reaching out and helping other moms fighting to get and stay sober . See and buy her work on amazon.com/author/michellegutierrez The Link in her Instagram bio. Her Instagram account is www.instagram.com/wakingupfree
42:57
March 11, 2020
Episode 12: Dan. “Sobriety Gave Me Purpose.”
My guest in this episode is Dan. He has been in recovery for over 10 years & is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor & Certified Clinical Supervisor at the Caldwell Counseling Center in Houston Texas. Dan also offers teletherapy through his practice in many states ! www.caldwellcounselingcenter.net
43:05
March 4, 2020
Episode 11: Malia. A Richer Life In Sobriety
My friend in real life, Malia, reminds us how we get to really show up for life and be truly fulfilled in body, mind and spirit , when we quit alcohol for good.
50:53
February 26, 2020
Episode 10: Gigi Langer. 50 Ways To Worry Less Now
Gigi Langer, received her PhD at Stanford University and is an award winning author having written "50 Ways to Worry Less Now." She is also a recovering alcoholic. Gigi's story tells us that alcoholism does not discriminate.  Gigi Langer, PhD 50 Ways to Worry Less Now Winner: 2018 Indie Excellence Award www.gigilanger.com
01:00:09
February 19, 2020
Episode 9: Ann, Coming Clean and learning to be authentic
Author of her memoir "Coming Clean," Ann shares about her story of ending her "affair with alcohol"  and learning to be her true authentic self!
48:56
February 12, 2020
Episode 8: Gabby. “Finding Peace In Sobriety as an Autism Mom”
My Guest for this episode is, Gabby, from www.recoveringartfully.com. She is an Autism Mom and she is Sober.  She shares about difficult personal experiences in active addiction including a suicide attempt, and her courageous work to change her program of recovery, with the help of another alcoholic.  She shares her gratitudes in sobriety including an improved relationship with her husband, and becoming a more present mother to her son with Autism. I love Gabby's story because it is an example of how when we, as parents, make positive progress through sobriety, our children make progress, too. For Gabby, getting sober gave her a better and more manageable life. It also meant finding peace in recovery as an Autism Mom. I can really identify with Gabby's story. I have 2 children with Autism. For me, getting sober meant no more blaming myself for my childrens' challenges. In my experience, drinking alcohol was a coping mechanism for issues in my life. One of those issues was coping with my own insecurities and fears with being an Autism Mom.  In recovery, I developed the tools that helped me parent with more confidence and selflessness, and I see the positive results in my children today! If you are parent who is struggling, it is never too late to ask for help. If you have a child with Autism and need help, call The American Autism Association at 877 654 GIVE For help with addiction or mental health issues, call 800 662 HELP.
50:17
February 5, 2020
Episode 7: Emily. “Staying Grounded In The Truth”
Emily, from https://www.instagram.com/emily_redondo/, no longer wasting her days in addiction, shares her heroic story of overcoming chronic relapsing by changing just one thing. 
58:51
January 29, 2020
Episode 6: Clay, “Living a life that was worth saving”
Clay, from, instagram.com/sarcastic.aa.book , is an author and a podcast host with long term sobriety. He is a funny guy who doesn't take himself too seriously, and has humbly achieved 30 years of sobriety, one day at a time.  Check out Clay's website!  www.sarcasticbigbook.com ("The Version no one should take seriously") Check out Clay's podcast! Recovery Radio- KMP3, recoveryradio.buzzsprout.com
49:10
January 22, 2020
Episode 5: Manny. Sobriety in the face of Cancer
My guest , Manny, shares how battling cancer was made easier because she is emotionally sober.
46:32
January 15, 2020
Episode 4: Brad. Letting Go Gave Me Power!
Brad, from, Instagram.com/just_brad_mmxv , shares how he came from near homelessness, and is now working towards a career in addiction counseling.  An amazing story of transformation that you won't want to miss! 
53:03
January 8, 2020
Episode 3: Julie. "The Joy of Self Discovery"
In this episode, I had the pleasure to speak with Julie from https://www.instagram.com/julie__ann__davidson/ Recording this episode was initially scary for her, but she found the courage to "punch fear in its face," and go for it!  You will be glad she knocked out fear because she will truly inspire you with her passion for life and the gratitude she has because she quit alcohol for good!   She shares how she pealed some layers to find the reasons why she drank, and then discovered the incredible freedom that comes from living a sober life! She is so excited to share with you the FREEDOM in sobriety, and hopes that her story will help at least 1 person.  I have a feeling she will help many more. 
48:22
January 1, 2020
Episode 2: Paul. Life With No Artificial Filters.
Paul Silva, of www.paulsilvacoaching.com, and I discuss the mind shift that occurs when we stop drinking and get emotionally sober. 
36:30
January 1, 2020
Episode 1: Sarah & Sober Gratitudes
Sarah , the creator and host of Sober Gratitudes
02:40
January 1, 2020
What is this podcast about?
If you drink alcohol or not, you will be inspired by the stories of former drinkers whose lives changed dramatically when the quit drinking for good. Sober Gratitudes Podcast does not promote or endorse any specific kind of recovery . When me or my guests discuss what keeps us sober it is simply to share what works for us, not intended to cause controversy or harm people. SG purpose is to help save lives.
00:33
December 3, 2019