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Audio: What does drinking represent?

This morning I recorded a new audio for my podcast subscription thingy.

It’s about time travel.

You know, when you think that drinking will take you to another place. Like to the place before you had children. Or the place where you were single.

Does wolfie do that? Create imaginary scenarios and then convince you that by drinking you can GO there? Yeah. He does. The bastard.

Here’s a 2.5 minute extract from the podcast; the entire full audio podcast for subscribers is about 13 minutes long.

Please leave a comment after you listen to the extract … so that i know you’re out there.

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NOTE: If you sign up to be a podcast subscriber in the next day or so, you’ll be able to access this full-length audio AND the last ELEVEN audios available on the site. Audios are archived regularly. But if you log today you’ll see a big whack of things. And you’ll be able to listen to all of them.

 

Audio: Beach Postcard

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While I was at the beach on the weekend, i recorded an audio to send to people waiting to do the 100 day challenge. Yesterday morning I sent out the audio and I got several immediate responses, including this one:

“I just wanted to let you know that your sober postcard brought me to tears. It was so spot on, and how interesting and beneficial it was to actually hear you. I am looking forward to joining the 100 day challenge and receiving a penpal.”

So then today I thought I’d talk more about my beach weekend and turn the whole big thing into a proper sober podcast for my podcast subscription thingy. And I inserted the welcome audio into the full length podcast audio (i know, how meta).

Anyway.

Here’s a 2.5 minute extract from the Team 100 welcome podcast; the entire full audio podcast for subscribers is about 20 minutes long, and contains before and after commentary.

There is also, for your listening pleasure, some obnoxious beach/seagull noises in this clip.

Please leave a comment after you listen to the extract … so that i know you’re out there.

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Audio: Sober Time

On the weekend, I went back to the cricket-y park and recorded a new audio for the podcast subscription thingy.

We sometimes think that getting sober for us is HARDER than it is for other people. THEY have it easier. Those single people, those married people, those other people. Those people who work. Those people who are retired. Those people with busy lives. Those people with lots of time on their hands.

And then there’s the question of what do we do with all of our sober time once drinking is removed.

Please leave a comment after you listen to the extract … so that i know you’re out there.

Here’s a 2.5 minute extract from podcast; the entire audio is about 11 minutes long. There’s even an ambulance in this clip!

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Audio: Sober Musician

new audio recorded for my audio podcast subscription thingy.

What’s it like to be a musician, travelling, playing gigs, composing music … if you’re a drinker. Don’t we all associate being in a ‘band’ with partying?

This is a continuation of my series of audio podcasts where I read letters I’ve received from professionals about what it’s like to drink and do their job.  Doctors, lawyers, musicians, pastors.

Today’s audio is “What’s it like to be a musician who drinks?”

Musician CH (the now sober guitar player) tells us a bit about what it’s like to be a boozer in his profession.

There are some cricket noises at the beginning and the end of the audio.

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Below you’ll find the entire 3.5 minute audio; I’ll leave it posted for a couple of days.

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Audio: Sober Doctor

new audio recorded for my audio podcast subscription thingy.

What’s it like to be a doctor, dealing with patients, advising people to stop drinking … Do you think doctors drink more than other professions?

This is a continuation of my series of audio podcasts where I read letters I’ve received from professionals about what it’s like to drink and do their job.  Doctors, lawyers, musicians, pastors.

Today’s audio is “What’s it like to be a doctor who drinks?”

Doctor C (the now sober doctor) tells us a bit about what it’s like to be a boozer in her profession.

Right at the very end of this recording I mention some kids in the park. Here’s the photo. You’ll understand better once you listen to the audio.

Below you’ll find the entire 7.5 minute audio; I’ll leave it posted for a couple of days.

Click on button below to listen:

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Audio: No More U-Turns

new audio recorded for my audio podcast subscription thingy.

Interesting how the more i’m unplugged from responding to information, the more content I create. no shit sherlock. god i’m such a slow learner.

so yes, i recorded another podcast today. this one was recorded outside at the park on the hand-held device. this one is about doing a u-turn … we go out into the sober world, and then if we have a drink, we go back and have to begin again.

Thanks to Lucy for the link to the sober U-Turn video http://vimeo.com/100327840

And I mention the sewer blog post.

Below you’ll find the entire 11 minute podcast; i’ll leave it posted here for 48 hrs.

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Audio: Mind Tricks

new audio recorded for my audio podcast subscription thingy.

i did this today, off line, cuz i’m mostly unplugged in August. So it runs longer than normal (20 minutes).

This is episode #55, and it’s called Mind Tricks. Turns out my brain isn’t very smart. And I can lie to myself quite successfully in order to get things done.

Maybe you can too?

Below you’ll find a 2.5 minute extract…

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Audio: Can You Buy Hope?

yesterday I recorded a podcast #54 for my audio podcast subscription thingy.

This audio starts with a complaint I received by email.

“I have to ask, why are you SELLING sobriety? Why are you selling hope?”

Her comment was in response to a mini-sale I had on Saturday (which was only accessible to a very small segment of my mailing list as a test).

I’m sensitive to this subject of selling, and I’ve written about it here before.

So I’ve recorded a podcast about hope. Can hope be bought (or sold)? Do all of our accomplishments come from the inside … or does an outside tool help us get stuff done?

I talk about swallowing cement, Tour de France cyclists, being a dry drunk and sobriety itself as a tool.

I’ve posted the entire 15 minute audio here and it’ll be available for 48 hrs.

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Here are some comments from podcast subscribers:

Rollerskate: “Therapy, personal trainers, coaches, feng shui experts who people pay to literally move their furniture around….all in hope of being happier…better. Just hoping that you’ll get better is of value. People earn money and spend money on things. Would it be better to keep spending money on sabotaging yourself (booze) or to buy a little bracelet [or audio] that empowers you to stay healthy? And your blog is free! Podcasts, okay, trinkets and treats okay. Worth paying for because hey, you’re working to encourage folks and they like and need it. So yay for you! And for your friends and all us supporters :-)”

Paulita: “I don’t know if you are selling hope Belle. You’re being a life-line, a listening ear (and you DO listen), a cheerleader, an encourager. That’s all free. The ‘glitter’ (the care packages, the podcasts, the jewellery) is optional and if I want I can treat myself to some of that and other things too (flowers, nice cups, chocolate – whatever I want). I’m learning to be kind to myself through you. I’m badly expressing what i want to say but I don’t think you are peddlin’ hope or selling sobriety. In fact I have MORE money since I ‘met’ you :)”

C: “I get what your emailer is saying. That the experience of hope, or growth, is something we have to accomplish and sustain on our own, so the idea that you are selling it is a bit of a low blow. I think a lot of self help programs prey on this. They diagnose your problem, and sell you the cure … I don’t think hope is what is being sold, exactly, and this is a fine line. I don’t recall having to buy anything to do your 100 day challenge. I chose to sign up for the podacast, etc, but it was not required. So are we talking about selling for actual money, or just the idea that you are speaking from a POV of authority on a subject, i.e. “selling” the idea?  Back to the point, I think what is being sold is encouragement and infrastructure. If people derive hope from that, that is their experience. And in my experience it is essential .. we all need help, all the time … But what is the greater good? Who knows… you just turn and ask your heart what is right. If you don’t want the service, don’t buy it. Being a public person, people will build up expectations around what you are doing, so it is good that your intentions and parameters are clear going in. Then people can decide for themselves. I could go on, and think I won’t.”

Clara: “Just listened to #54 and I say keep selling hope. Please. I feel connected to others because of this. This is the only place where someone knows what “day” I’m on, where someone knows i have quit drinking and I am changing. Where it feels like someone gives a damn.”

L: “You don’t just sell hope. You do sell cheerleading and you do it for a price I can afford – we could use more of that in the world. Your time and thoughtfulness is what we’re paying for and your experience; you think about all of us with your packages, podcasts.  The fact that you keep adding content that is relevant is really a special talent. Due to the stigma, some of us can’t talk to anyone about our habit for fear of losing our jobs/license if we were to discuss our effort to get healthier and overcome a chronic habit. Rehab is largely inaccessible to the majority of people financially/time wise, and I hate the idea of the AA crap, those are some really bitter bastards in general.  I was a numb-aholic too. Many of us in your audience can’t talk to our colleagues, nor our friends or family either b/c of the stigma and the collective acceptance of alcohol and the perception that we don’t have a problem, it is our secret battle.  No one else is there for me thru this thing.  No one.  Belle, this is the perfect tool for those of us quietly trying to get better! And it’s working. It’s like a miracle to me.  I can’t thank you enough, you make this affordable and my health and happiness (my old self) is worth more money than I could ever give you. Also, no one is forcing your audience to pay, they can just read the free blog or go do something else.”

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What do you think?

[Note: Please be kind and thoughtful. I will gently edit comments that attack; I'm interesting in having a conversation. No shittiness allowed :) can you believe shittiness isn't in spell check?]

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Audio: Don’t Get Distracted

new audio recorded for my audio podcast subscription thingy.

Are you worried about finances? Fretting about decisions you made in the past. Anxious about shit that might happen in the future? This audio is for you.

[that sounds so much like a script for an infomercial! "got bugs, fleas, mice? this product is for you..."].

OK, really. This one is about how when we focus on shitty things, it distracts us from being happy.

Below you’ll find a 3.75 minute extract; the full audio is about 15 minutes long but this will give you an idea.

Click on button below to listen:

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Audio: This is what I deserve

Last night I recorded a podcast for my audio podcast subscription thingy.

Wanda sent me this email: “My husband has started saying WWBS? (What Would Belle Say).. Belle tells him he needs to relax more, have more treats, go to bed early, and not worry about getting things done…”

Wanda also emails me as she answers her own questions, imagining what advice I might give to her.

So I decided to do a podcast where I try to figure out what ‘belle’ would say to ‘me’…

… about how much sleep I get (or don’t get).

And holy good god i think it turns out to be about what I think I deserve.

I’ve prepared a 3 minute extract for you to listen to here. It starts playing from the beginning.

Click below to listen:

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Happy Day 50 to Hoops!

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Happy Day 100 to Ruth!

Happy Day 180 to FitFatFood!

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