Episode 11 - Sobriety in a Pandemic, Getting Tired of our own Shit, Depression - Anxiety - and Alcohol - Sarah P.
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by Dusty Koekenberg
11M ago
In this episode I was able to sit down with Sarah and discuss her journey into recovery during the pandemic. Sarah's sobriety started just before the world was rocked with the pandemic in early March of 2020. Sarah had flirted with the idea of sobriety in the past, but had never truly taken the hard step into a recovery process. After a strong night of drinking and waking up tired of her own shit, it was time. After telling her then fiancé that she was going to get sober, she launched herself into the social media sober community and into the journey of getting sober and has been sober ever s ..read more
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Ep 10 - The Power of Grandma, Moderation Does Not Work, Do Not Fake It Till You Make It... You Won’t - Sarah L.
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by Dusty Koekenberg
11M ago
For my 10th episode I got to sit down with Sarah and on the day of publishing she is celebrating her 365th day of sobriety! That 1 year mark is so big, and so important and I couldn't have been more excited to hear her story of getting here. Sarah's story is full of so many things that many of us have felt and endured in our journey to sobriety. She has been in-and-out of the rooms of AA, she's been to treatment facilities a couple of times. Trauma. Bad relationships. DUIs. It's a packed episode. My favorite parts of this conversation include our similar relationship with AA. The occurrences ..read more
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Ep. 9 - Becoming An Author, Letting It All Go, Dating & House Boats - Sarah A.
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by Dusty Koekenberg
11M ago
In this episode I had the opportunity to sit down with Sarah Alaimo, the author of the "quit-lit" memoir Pearls and Probation: Adventures of an Alcoholic Good Girl. This was a unique opportunity for me because it was the first time for me to interview an author who's book I had actually read. It's always interesting going into situations when you think you have a good feel for who someone is and then they totally surprise you and you get to see so much more! Sarah and I cover a lot of sobriety and recovery topics in this episode, but I found myself walking away from this one with so much joy ..read more
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Ep. 8 - Corporate Culture, Relationship Recovery, The Dark Thoughts
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by Dusty Koekenberg
11M ago
In this episode we take a little trip across the pond to the UK and I have the privilege of interviewing my first Brit. We get to meet Nat and hear her story of sobriety. We explore the normalcy of both alcohol use and abuse in the corporate world as well as talk about her relationship with her mum who is also in her own recovery journey and what that has done for their relationship as a whole. Nat doesn't necessarily classify herself as an addict with a hard rock bottom, but the negative impact that alcohol was having on her mental health is why she is now 20+ months sober. Be sure to follow ..read more
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Ep. 7 - Knowing It Is Forever, Always - All or Nothing, Oh, I'm An Introvert - Blair
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by Dusty Koekenberg
11M ago
In this episode I'm joined by Blair who some of you may know in the social media sober world as @sobrietyactivist and I have to admit I had a bit of a moment in this episode where I felt myself fanboying with Blair. As I was reviewing the pre-show notes I started to see a lot of similarities between us, but once we started talking there was a whole lot more than expected. I hope that you all enjoy this episode as much as we did recording it. Throughout the episode we touch on being a person that is all or nothing and something that isn't always talked about and definitely not for every person ..read more
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Ep. 6 - Self Care Justification, Sobriety & Mindset Coaching, Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping) - Amy
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by Dusty Koekenberg
11M ago
In this episode I am joined by Amy C. Willis and we get right into how the unexpected death of her father impacted Amy deeply and over time drove her to her sobriety and recovery journey after realizing that she needed to create and hold boundaries, and to begin to question her own problematic relationship with alcohol. Fast forward to today and hear how Amy has taken these unfortunate events to not only drive her own self awareness and recovery, but is also working as a full-time sobriety and mindset coach for others. We discuss Amy's teaching techniques and practices that are rooted in med ..read more
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Ep. 5 - 5th Grade, Building Community, Self Awareness - Gentry
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by Dusty Koekenberg
11M ago
In this episode I had the privilege of sitting down and talking with online sober influencer, Gentry. We talk about Gentry's approach to building an online community that is one of her top tools in sobriety that keeps her accountable and self aware. With roots in mental health awareness as far back as 5th grade Gentry has a story that will touch all of us. She's a single mom of 4 boys who is out here proving that moms are badasses and when you do it sober you're a real-life superhero.  We have a few laughs and even go as far as saying "addiction is awesome"! Be sure to join Gentry's soci ..read more
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Ep. 4 - Social Media as a Tool, Making AA Work for You, Celebrating 1 Year! - Krystina
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by Dusty Koekenberg
11M ago
In this episode I get to spend some time with Krystina. She is a mother, wife, student, and bartender. This episode is also airing on Krystina's 365th day of sobriety! We talk through how she has used social media (Instagram + Facebook) as a tool for her recovery and the community that has lead to. We also chat about her experience with AA. She has a very strong grasp on her sobriety and while she will not admit it, she is one of the most positive sobriety influencers that you will find on social media channels. Be sure to follow along with Krystina in her sobriety journey on Instagram: findi ..read more
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Ep. 3 - Actually Dying, Getting Spiritual, A Path to Better - Andrew
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by Dusty Koekenberg
11M ago
In this episode I get to sit down with Andrew who I have grown close to over the past few months. Andrew and I met through social media and are now working together in an online community to help those in early sobriety work on long-term sobriety. In this episode we get a little uncut and raw with Andrew's path to addiction and recovery. We cover the deep-rooted trauma and unsettledness of Andrew's youth and how that led him into 1 year and 4 months of sobriety around 2014. In 2015 he found himself leaving that sobriety to viciously slip deep into alcoholism which actually lead to him dying (f ..read more
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Ep. 2 - Deserving So Much More, Spiritual Awakenings, Sharing Out Loud - Seija
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by Dusty Koekenberg
11M ago
In this episode I was blessed to spend some time with Seija. This is a woman with a voice and a passion deeply rooted in her sobriety and desire to bring her story to the masses to simply help others. We touch on the fact that everyone deserves so much more than the pain and suffering of addiction, the continuing spiritual awakenings that occur in the sober journey, and how you can find comfort and healing by using your voice and experience to recover out loud and taking your story to others! Be sure to follow along with Seija in her sobriety journey on Instagram: s.nelson42 ..read more
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