If you can sense that you're destined for more and curious about how alcohol might be holding you back, then Present and Sober is the podcast for you! Join your hosts Sam and Ellie for a weekly dose of practical mind and body practices that will elevate your daily life and show you the wonder and potential of living life alcohol-free. Let's make life bigger, together!
Reflections on 8 Years Alcohol Free!
September 19, 2023 • 32 MIN
October 1st '23 will mark 8 years alcohol-free for that man Mr Sam, and it's 4 years this coming Christmas for that Ellie Crowe! Join Sam and Ellie as they riff on the things they've seen and now know to be true about the alcohol-free journey at this point in their journey ❤️.
The Change of the Seasons
September 12, 2023 • 35 MIN
It's that time of year again! The nights are drawing in, Christmas is around the corner, and there are potentially a lot of alcohol-free firsts on the horizon. But fear not! We've got you...
Things you can buy with your alcohol free savings!!!
August 29, 2023 • 25 MIN
Short and sweet this week, team! Come and explore some awesome things you can treat yourself to now you're not spending all your cash on booze 😎...
Where Have all my Friends Gone?
August 14, 2023 • 54 MIN
So you've made the leap and you're loving so much about alcohol-free life! But some of your friends are taking a while to warm to the change or you're worried about your social life in the years ahead. Boy have we got an episode for you...
Jeff Bowersox: Finding Your AF Afterglow
August 1, 2023 • 48 MIN
Jeff is the author of 'Finding Bishop Castle' and runs Afterglow Escapes with his wonderful partner Tammy. Together they're helping people discover their alcohol-free joy and find bliss beyond the bottle. Jeff is a HUGE part of the Present and Sober community and we're so happy to have him join us on the show!
July 25, 2023 • 43 MIN
This week we explore the joys and challenges of parenting sans alcohol. So whether you're a parent, a parent-to-be, or just not interested, come and see what insights we have. What with Sam's endless parenting experience, you're in for a treat!
Ben Tuff: Swimming My Way Out of the Bottle
July 11, 2023 • 50 MIN
This week we're joined by the inspirational Ben Tuff and we're diving deep into his story 🌊 (see what I did there)! Ben is here to share how sobriety, swimming, and self-discovery have made his life a beautiful and meaningful place to be! Check out his full bio below...
The Dos and Don'ts of Your First Week Alcohol (or Anything) Free)!
July 4, 2023 • 45 MIN
There's something about that first week, right? Or so it seems. It so often feels like there is something getting in the way of us just... jumping! We know there's magic awaiting but it's scary! This week we're diving deep into your first week alcohol free so we can release a bit of that magic so you can live your best life NOW!
Understanding Relief Drinking: Why We Turn to Alcohol for Stress
June 27, 2023 • 42 MIN
I'll set the scene... you get back from 'that event' and you didn't drink! In fact, you smashed it! But then... bam drinking thoughts! WTF is up with that? Today we're going to explore the why and the what to do about it if it happens. There's something in here for everyone no matter where you are in your journey!
Why am I Still Romanticising Alcohol???
June 13, 2023 • 47 MIN
It's common (and it's confusing) - you're still romanticizing alcohol despite the fact you know it's not good for you! This week we're taking a deep dive into why this happens and what to do about it! If you're looking to finally banish those alcohol thoughts for good, this is the episode for you.
Karla Adkins: This AF Life Just Keeps Getting Better!
June 6, 2023 • 46 MIN
The wonderful Karla Adkins returns to the show this week to update us on all the incredible things she has seen since the release of her book 'And She Came Tumbling Down'. Not only does Karla have a wealth of practical tips and tricks to help you find freedom but she is on a mission to change the story we all have around alcohol!
But my Partner is Still Drinking!!!
May 30, 2023 • 41 MIN
There's no getting around it when we stop drinking and our partner doesn't it can be challenging! But that doesn't mean we're a victim of whatever is happening or playing out in our relationship and there are a few things that can make this part of the journey a lot easier. Join us for a conversation on this very important topic!
Michael Leeser: Finding Faith in Your True Self
May 23, 2023 • 56 MIN
Faith. It's a loaded and troubling word for many people, but having faith in your true self is a wonderful thing to uncover on anyone's alcohol-free journey. This week we have the most amazing heartfelt story to share with you. Michael Leeser is a 'This Naked Mind' coach and academic whose passion lies in pointing people to the beauty of who they really are. This is an incredible conversation!
Inviting Self Care Into Your Life
May 16, 2023 • 47 MIN
Self care! It's something that most of us know is important but many of us struggle to find time for. A lot of this seems to be down to how we think about and relate to self-care and of course, the beliefs we have about it. Ultimately, if it's the last thing on the list, we'll struggle to build it into our lives. Come and learn how to invite more self care into your life.
3 More Amazing Reasons to be Alcohol Free!
May 9, 2023 • 41 MIN
So neither Sam nor Ellie expected today's conversation to go the way that it did! We start by exploring the magic of being able to drive whenever you wish but where we travel to is rather magical. We LOVE these explorations and hope you do too.
Surf's up! 'Urge Surfing' as a Life Skill
May 2, 2023 • 40 MIN
Maybe you've heard of 'surfing the urge'? Maybe you haven't? Either way, when it comes to habit change or processing our emotions, this is something incredibly powerful to explore, befriend and use in your life. It's the same process for alcohol cravings as it is for heavy feelings and emotions so there is something for everyone in today's episode!
EP 100!!! Jeff Salzenstein: Live Life Like a Pro!
April 25, 2023 • 54 MIN
We have a super special guest to mark 100 episodes of the P&S team, Jeff Salzenstein. In 2004 Jeff became the oldest American to break into the top 100 in men's tennis, something he did at the age of 30 (no mean feat). It's fair to say he has a few things to share about living life like a pro (and you guessed it, it doesn't include imbibing alcohol). However, most importantly, Jeff is here to share his brother's deeply moving and multi-layered story of addiction.
How to stop Sabotaging Yourself!
April 18, 2023 • 57 MIN
This week we're talking self-sabotage! You know that thing you always do even though you know you shouldn't? That thing that you just can't seem to shake? Well, hopefully, today's episode will loosen its hold on you just a little. It's time to learn how to live from the 'creation orientation', follow your own trail of breadcrumbs, and listen to your heart's desire when making decisions.
Exploring Self: Self Enquiry
April 11, 2023 • 44 MIN
Self enquiry? What on earth are Sam and Ellie on about? This week we're diving a dive into the power of listening to ourselves (from the mind to the body and all in between). Why? Because the more in tune you are with what's going on 'inside', the more beautiful your life will become!
Exploring Self: The Power of Self-Talk
April 4, 2023 • 39 MIN
This week we explore the power of self-talk and how to befriend the voice in our head! So many of us are used to living with an inner voice that can be less than helpful at times. This isn't just about living with more peace, but about learning how to tap into a fully inspired life. See you there!
Exploring Self: Self Awareness (Part 1)
March 21, 2023 • 32 MIN
Join us for the first of our 'exploring self' series. First up, self awareness. Awareness had to be the be starting point for this exploration, as awareness is where everything starts! You're also going to find out why is obsessed with a big book about space, and why sam shouldn't be in charge of naming shows! Let's go!
The Cockerel With a Funny Song
March 14, 2023 • 29 MIN
Now you might think we've lost it (and it's possible) but this week we're cueing up something really special for you all! The next few weeks are going to focus on one of the most common things Ellie and Sam hear when coaching... 'Why am I so f*cked up', 'I'm never gonna figure this out' (or words to that effect), and what better way to do that than a story about a cockerel? Intrigued? You should be!
Jamie Smart: The Principles Behind Clarity
February 28, 2023 • 50 MIN
It's a truly special one this week team as Jamie Smart joins us to talk about living with Clarity! Jamie is one of Sam's mentors and if you've been touched by any of the conversations on this podcast, Jamie played a part in that! No matter where you are, how hopeless or different you feel, you're all connected to what we talk about on today's podcast and it turns out that's a very good thing!
Emma Gilmour: When the Sh*t Hits the Fan...
February 24, 2023 • 36 MIN
Sometimes it's not until the sh*t hits the fan that we realise how much our AF life is supporting us or how far we really have come! Join us for a raw, vulnerable and honest podcast where Emma returns to not only share her wisdom but an awesome offer for you all!
What to do When Someone is an As*hole!
February 21, 2023 • 30 MIN
Yep, we're going there! What to do when there is someone in your life who is being an as*hole. Perhaps they're not listening or trying to force their opinions on you. It doesn't matter the circumstance, this conversation will open up an opportunity for you to see things differently and step into your power!
Does length really matter?!?
February 14, 2023 • 33 MIN
Join Sam and Ellie for a discussion around one the most powerful tools we can add to our alcohol free arsenal - lengthening! If you're wondering what on earth 'lengthening' is, you better get your ears around this one. But it's fair to say that this is a powerful thing to explore if there is ANY habit or addiction in your life that you would like to release!
Prof. James Brown: What the Adult ADHD!?!
February 7, 2023 • 59 MIN
Join us for one of our most requested topics ever! A discussion all around ADHD & its impact on addiction, with a leading expert in the field. Sam and James explore what ADHD is, what it isn't, and sort the facts from fiction so you don't have to. This has been a long time coming and will help you sort through a lot of the misinformation and bias which has been spread by the sensationalist media over the past few decades.
2 More Awesome Reasons to be Alcohol Free!
January 31, 2023 • 38 MIN
We've only gone and done it again! Yep, we're exploring two more awesome reasons to be alcohol free. There isn't much else to say other than, get your ears on this!!!
Change your Beliefs, Change your World
January 24, 2023 • 36 MIN
This week we're on a journey into the deepest layers of your beliefs, and discover that things might not be quite as they seem from the surface! If there is something you would dearly love to change in your life, from stopping drinking to feeling more joy, then there is something here for you 🙏!
I Get it 'Intellectually'! Why Won't it Change?
January 17, 2023 • 35 MIN
Knowing how to change something 'intellectually' just isn't the same as it truly landing and shifting for good. So often this feeling of 'I should know better by now' brings up feelings of guilt and shame and keeps us locked in our patterns of drinking, eating, or whatever it may be! Come hop on our magic carpet as we explore some parts of your internal landscape you may not have seen before!
Rethinking New Year's Resolutions (so they actually work)
January 10, 2023 • 40 MIN
How long do New Year's resolutions actually last for most people? Do you even set them? It's interesting that something that is so common can so often left up long forgotten even before the end of January! But it doesn't have to be this way. It's a bold claim but in rethinking what we mean and choosing again, we can open up a world of possibility for the world ahead. Come see!
5 Top Tips for an Epic Dry January
January 3, 2023 • 46 MIN
Happy New Year one and all! And Happy Dry January for those getting involved! There are so many ways to approach this month, and we thought we'd share our top tips to make it even more special. We do not hold back in this value packed episode. Be sure to share!!!
Tabbin Almond: From Wine to Water
December 27, 2022 • 62 MIN
This week the inspirational Tabbin Almond Joins us for the show. Tabbin's story is truly inspirational and it goes to show that whatever life throws at us, we're never down and out! From health to relationships Tabbin has come through some of life's great challenges and found true alcohol freedom. This is one to bookmark.
Not Your Normal Christmas Show 🎄🎄🎄!
December 20, 2022 • 41 MIN
It's Christmas!!! So wherever you are, and whatever you're up to, get your Santa hat on and come and join the party 🎄🎄🎄! If you're looking to add the icing to the Christmas cake, with a little festive cheer, we got you! Ellie also goes a bit 'crackers' (see what I did there?). This certainly ain't your normal Christmas show!
Turning Conflict into Curiosity
December 13, 2022 • 43 MIN
Conflict! It's something many of us avoid (or desperately try to), especially at the the times of year when we're celebrating and hanging out with our family. But despite the best of intentions, many of us innocently repeat past conflict patterns in our relationships. Perhaps it's 'that conversation' that always happens or the way we always get triggered by a certain someone (or the way they cook the turkey!). Well, today we take conflict head-on, and you might be surprised by what we find. Curious? You should be!
The Gift of an Alcohol Free December
December 6, 2022 • 45 MIN
It's getting cold, Christmas is around the corner, and many of us might be having some 'thoughts' and feelings about this time of year (from all parts of the emotional spectrum). If you'd like to turn what can be a daunting time into a time of magic and joy, this podcast is for you.
The Tale of the Tennis Racket
November 29, 2022 • 33 MIN
We're releasing something different into the world this week! Think of it like an unreleased album that's sadly been gathering dust, but it's suddenly time for in to go out into the world. It's a tale of a tennis racket which involved a trip to the hospital, connection and a lot of learning.
Luke Raymond: Why Drinking No Longer Makes Any Sense
November 22, 2022 • 55 MIN
This week Luke (One of Sam's best pals) joins us on the show to share his journey to becoming alcohol-free. Sam and Luke go way back (they met in Poland 10 years ago) so not only is this interesting because of Luke's inspirational story, but also for anyone who wants insider knowledge on what it is really like to hang out with Sam every day!
Processing 'Negative' Emotions
November 15, 2022 • 46 MIN
This week we take on the topic of 'negative' emotions and how to process them. At the heart of the discussion is one powerful question. Are 'negative' emotions really negative? Could a new perspective not only shine a light on what to do when they inevitably come along but also allow us to feel peace while experiencing emotional pain? It's a biggy!
Amanda Thomson: How to be Noughty AF
November 8, 2022 • 41 MIN
This week we're joined by the amazing Amanda Thomson, CEO, and founder of 'Noughty' AF drinks (yes there is such a thing as alcohol-free wine that tastes good!) for a really interesting and important discussion. This isn't just about replicating taste and offering a tool for AF socializing, but also the opportunity to change the alcohol industry and society at large to the benefit of all!
Lynnie McGivern: Walking the Path to Alcohol Freedom
November 1, 2022 • 50 MIN
This week our good pal, Lynnie McGivern joins us to talk about her journey through This Naked Mind's 'The Path' and how she found true freedom from alcohol. For anyone who has been considering hopping into a program for extra support on the AF journey, this is one awesome podcast to tune into! Lynnie is a true inspiration and she is destined for big things!
The Dangers (and Opportunity) of Sober October!
October 25, 2022 • 58 MIN
As Sober October and alcohol-free 'challenges' grow in popularity, there are some really obvious benefits to taking some time away from booze. From better sleep to less stress there are so many benefits from a break but are there dangers too? Can we use these periods of time as a way of proving 'all is well' for another year, when there could be some far better on the menu? Come and join us to find out how to get the most from a month away from alcohol!
How to Set Boundaries
October 18, 2022 • 41 MIN
It's a big topic this week - boundaries, and how to set them. You know the scene, someone asks you to do something, and you know with your whole body the right answer for you is a strong 'no', and yet, a different word comes out of your mouth. So if you know it's time to make a stand for yourself but you don't quite know how to, tune in!
Kate Baily: Love Your Sober Year
October 11, 2022 • 43 MIN
Winter is closer and the leaves are changing colour, yep, it's the change of seasons. Sobriety has it's seasons too, and understanding how to navigate them can be the difference between feeling like we're surviving or thriving alcohol free (even when the nights are drawing in!). Come and join us as we have a heartwarming chat with Kate Bailey about her amazing new book and learn to embrace the rhythm of change that is all around us.
4 More Reasons to be Alcohol Free
September 27, 2022 • 39 MIN
We love this mini-series! It's always a laugh to record and there are so many amazing reasons to explore together. We do things a little differently this week - come and find out how... (plus you can find out Sam's hair care routine).
Karla Adkins: Liver Damage Couldn't Happen to me, Right? (Part 2)
September 13, 2022 • 58 MIN
This week the amazing Karla Adkins joins us once again to talk about her journey through addiction and cirrhosis to joy and healing shame. In part 2 we take a deep dive into Karla's personal healing journey and the wider implications for society. Let's break the stigma!
Karla is on a mission to normalize not drinking and to help people make the shift from feeling shame to being courageous. After a life-altering event, her perspective on life changed, and through that experience, she created a safe, judgement-free zone where people can talk about their alcohol fears without being labeled.
Intention vs. Expectation
August 30, 2022 • 44 MIN
This week, Sam and Ellie consider the seismic shift in our life experience when we start to live from intention and drop many of our (often invisible) expectations. It might seem simple on the surface, but this represents a deeply important and ruthlessly practical practice and life choice. Wherever you're at on your journey - there will be something for you here!
3 Things We Wish We'd Known About Sobriety
August 16, 2022 • 35 MIN
Wouldn't time travel be useful? Imagine if we could report back from the future! Well in this episode, Sam and Ellie do just that - report back on a few things they wished they had known early on in the journey. Wherever you are in your alcohol free journey - this is one to stick in your pocket and return to again and again. Let's go!
Karla Adkins: Liver Damage Couldn't Happen to me Though, Right?
August 9, 2022 • 63 MIN
This week Karla Adkins joins us to talk about her journey through addiction and cirrhosis to joy and healing shame. It would be an understatement to say that this is an important episode so you'll just have to trust us and tune in! Karla's book 'And She Came Tumbling Down' is available to purchase this September.
How to Dance Sober
August 2, 2022 • 38 MIN
It's summer, it's festival season, and it's time to dance! But how on earth are we supposed to do so without our 'crutch'? Fear not! There is a way, and we're gonna show you just how in today's episode. Come and get your groove on...
Margy Jackson: I am Enough
July 26, 2022 • 47 MIN
After struggling with anxiety and depression during her formative years, Margy turned to alcohol to self-medicate and quieten her inner turmoil. Through two failed marriages and fractured relationships, a teaching career spanning thirty-two years, and two children, Margy finally kicked the wine witch to the curb and found her own voice. Such as great chat!
The Comfort Crisis (part 2)
July 19, 2022 • 35 MIN
We all love to be comfortable, right? It's just nice to be warm and cosey when it's cold outside! But what if our endless pursuit of comfort was actually messing us up? Like REALLY messing us up? This week we're exploring this question from a different angle and it's full of hands-on things you can start trying today!
Wendy McCallum: Booze, Burnout & Being With Yourself
July 12, 2022 • 63 MIN
Burnout! It's a term we hear A LOT these days, but how many of us know what the word is actually pointing to and how many of us may have experienced it without even knowing what was going on? If you've ever used alcohol to manage stress and anxiety then this podcast is a must! Not only will you learn the truth about burnout and learn the signs that you might be experiencing it, but you'll get an awesome insight into how to truly be with yourself too!
Alex McRobert: Sober Yoga Girl
July 5, 2022 • 40 MIN
The power of community on the alcohol-free journey is a running theme here at the Present and Sober podcast and if there is someone who embodies community, it's Alex McRobert! many of you may know Alex from the 'Sober Yoga Girl' podcast where she talks all things yoga and sobriety (the clues in the name), and this week she's raced (literally) back to her studio to be with us to share her story. Come and learn how the power of community guided Alex back home to her best self.
June 28, 2022 • 45 MIN
Relapse, day one, failure!!! Or could it be data? Could drinking when we didn't plan to be a wonderful gift that helps to set us free? Come and join us for an honest discussion all about 'data points' on the alcohol-free journey. This could be the MOST important thing you can learn on your journey to alcohol freedom. Living Present and Sober is deeply connected to our understanding of this topic!
The Comfort Crisis (part 1)
June 21, 2022 • 43 MIN
We all love to be comfortable, right? But what if our endless pursuit of comfort was actually messing us up? Like REALLY messing us up? Come and explore this question with us - you might be surprised where we go with this! This is such a HUGE element of any of our alcohol-free journeys!
Susan Joy: Lessons Learned from Prison
June 14, 2022 • 65 MIN
The thought of going to prison is enough to strike the fear of God into most of us. By its very nature, prison is designed to be out of our comfort zone, a deterrent, a punishment. But does it do what it is 'designed' to do? What are the true realities of prison sub-culture and what would you do if you were there? This week we have the inspirational Susan Joy back with us as she reflects on the lessons and harsh realities of the prison system. We cover the challenges and the gifts of one of life's most challenging experiences.
Am I an Alcoholic?
June 7, 2022 • 40 MIN
"Am I an Alcoholic?"... "so you were an alcoholic?"... how many of us have been on the receiving end of these questions? Whether they come from our own personal questioning, or others, creating our own authentic answers is an important part of the journey for many of us. Language is powerful and yet it's not always that effective in pointing to our truth. Join us for an honest, down-to-earth discussion of a range of ways of looking at this question. You might be surprised where we end up.
The One Year Anniversary Show!
May 31, 2022 • 46 MIN
Can you believe it's 52 weeks since we embarked on this amazing journey together? Us neither!! So we thought we'd put something super special together to celebrate - we had such a laugh doing it too! not only are we having a super cool giveaway (info in the show notes and on the show), but we're also having a VERY serious awards ceremony 😉 to celebrate our top 5 most downloaded guests! Thank you sooooooo much for all the support - we love you all!
How to Trust Your Inner Guide
May 24, 2022 • 54 MIN
It's all about getting out your comfort zone, right? Right. But with so many options, so many things 'to do' how we know we're doing the right this FOR US and not for those around us? It's a biggy and this week's podcast tackles this question head on. We all have an inner GPS, the thing is, how do we listen to the guidance when we've innocently drowned out the 'voice' of our inner guide for so long? On the alcohol-free/sober journey, this is a HUGE topic so don't miss it!
Mary Davenport: Finding the Motivation for True Change
May 17, 2022 • 56 MIN
Today is the 50th episode of the 'Present and Sober' podcast!!! How on earth did that happen so fast? Yet at the same time, we've learnt so so much and we hope you all have too. This week's guest, Mary Davenport, is with us not just to share her story but to talk about motivation, the comfort zone, and the joy of living an alcohol-free life. We wanted to deliver a truly special episode for this milestone and Mary 100% delivered!
'Why am I so freakin' Angry all the time!?!'
May 10, 2022 • 53 MIN
"IT'S BEEN FOUR MONTHS OF ALCOHOL FREEDOM WHY AM I STILL SO IRRITABLE/ANGRY?" That's how the post (which became the inspiration for this podcast) started...
How is it that in doing something so amazing (letting go of alcohol) our experience can shift so profoundly? Sometimes into uncomfortable feelings we'd rather not have? This is the journey Sam and Ellie go on in this week's episode. The answer might surprise you...
Rachael Layton: The Gray Area Drinking Trap
May 3, 2022 • 54 MIN
When Rachael had to navigate a huge life event, alcohol quickly became the support she thought she needed - until she realised it was taking far more than it was giving. Join us as Rachael shares her story through gray area drinking, navigating a divorce, and many of the ways alcohol is conning us into believing it's a good friend.
Susan Joy: A Sudden Rock bottom, Prison and Returning to Joy
April 26, 2022 • 62 MIN
Prepare yourself for an emotional episode full of twists and turns as Susan Joy shares her incredible story for the first time. This week we talk about rock bottoms, surviving prison, and using dark times as a beacon of light for others on their alcohol-free journey. Susan's story is as harrowing as it is fascinating and it highlights the deep power in taking radical responsibility for our lives and the power of hope to guide us back home.
Susan is a certified 'This Naked Mind' and Health Coach with a Master's Degree in Counseling. She has a special interest in working with sober-curious women who are experiencing midlife psychological, biological, and social transitions.
Karolina Rzadkowolska: Euphoric; Gain a Happier More Confident You
April 19, 2022 • 53 MIN
It's time to balance the books! Our guest this week - Karolina Rzadkowolska, is all about finding that happier, more confident you (without the booze). Let's be honest, the story out there about living alcohol-free is seriously one-sided. How many of us have been told that living AF is 'unfortunate' or just something we'll 'have to deal with'? The thing is, nothing could be further from the truth! Come and discover the amazing personal and professional edge that choosing to be alcohol-free provides us.
Karolina is a certified alcohol-free life coach, host of 'Euphoric the Podcast', and the bestselling author of 'Euphoric; Ditch Alcohol & Gain a Happier More Confident You'. She specializes in helping highly intuitive women make alcohol insignificant and harness their true potential - be sure to check out her amazing work and website below!
2 More Awesome Reasons to be Alcohol Free!
April 12, 2022 • 39 MIN
This week we're back to one of our most requested topics - all the awesome reasons to be alcohol free. Come join us to find out the magic of no longer being afraid of yourself, what Pampas Grass has to do with anything and why we lose Ellie to a giggling fit for a whole 2 minutes!
Kim Raysmith: Constructing An Amazing Alcohol Free Life!
April 5, 2022 • 63 MIN
How do you reconstruct your life after the destruction that alcohol can bring? You get real, get raw and get building, and this week's guests Kim Raysmith is the queen of helping you build a sober life full of fun and adventure. Kim is the face behind the 'Sober Party People' Facebook group and her coaching business 'Reconstructing Drinking' is changing alcohol culture in the construction business brick by brick (see what we did there!). Come join us for wild tales, tears, and lots of colourful headdresses!
Carol Urry: How to be a Warrior Mum! (World Autism Acceptance Week)
March 29, 2022 • 67 MIN
This week is World Autism Acceptance Week & an incredible opportunity to spread some love and understanding on a very misunderstood topic. Carol Urry (This Naked Mind coach and badass warrior mum) is with Sam and Ellie to talk about the challenges and gifts of her son's autism including her personal challenges with alcohol over the years. A very important discussion with a wonderful guest!
Matt Siegal: How to find the Light in Dark Times
March 22, 2022 • 61 MIN
This week Sam's good pal Matt joins the podcast for a chat about finding the light in dark times. 2 weeks ago Matt released a video into the world (link below) highlighting all the incredible things he had seen in Poland since the war in Ukraine began. Put simply, it highlighted the incredible unity right now in a world that can appear truly divided. Matt also discusses how he found equanimity when facing some of life's greatest challenges over the past few years. It's a special one!
Helena Lucia: Beyond Burnout (Into Abundance)
March 15, 2022 • 51 MIN
This week we talk to Helena Lucia - a trauma-informed money and burn-out coach who has a powerful personal journey with alcohol. We talk about how leaving alcohol behind has been one of the greatest gifts in Helena's life as well as covering topics from burnout to abundance and how to make money your friend. Helena is a true inspiration and her podcast SISU journey is built on the beauty of stories of resilience, something she embodies in spades.
Is Moderation Worth It? (Part 2)
March 8, 2022 • 55 MIN
This week we continue our discussion on the topic of moderation, if it's worth it, and why it's such a slippery fish (difficult thing to define and or maintain - yes another 'samism'). It's an important discussion as there is a lot of 'wonky' information out there on this topic and it really can be hard to figure out what's best for us (and what's possible). So in part 2, we take a deeper dive into themes from part one - neurology, tools and tactics, and why it's such a frequent part of the alcohol-free journey. Don't miss it!
Is Moderation 'Worth It'? (Part 1)
March 1, 2022 • 63 MIN
MODERATION!!! You know (that thing that means a thousand different things to a thousand different people) - the thing that so many people believe is the 'ultimate goal'. Well this week, we tackle it! Over here at Present and Sober, we're all about being present and sober (surprising that) but we also acknowledge the important learning that can come from moderating (or moderation attempts). We are also all different and we want you, to do you, whatever form that takes. In part one we take a deep into the question - is it worth it? As well as exploring our own personal experiences with moderation. This is an important and nuanced topic. See you here!
Christy Osborne: How to be Unashamedly You!
February 22, 2022 • 63 MIN
This week's guest Christy Osborne is not only a great friend but a great coach to boot! On today's episode, we dive deep into authenticity and owning who you are - no matter how others react. For so many of us, this is a HUGE part of finding freedom from alcohol as we navigate the world of healthy boundaries and learning to trust ourselves again. Christy is full of energy and her contribution to the alcohol-free movement is beyond inspiring. Can't wait to see you there!
Emma Gilmour: An Adventure in Self Love
February 15, 2022 • 67 MIN
Not only is Emma a beautiful spirit but she is also a qualified counselor, psychotherapist & This Naked Mind coach, living in Melbourne, Australia. Emma worked for 20+ years in corporate marketing and despite looking like she had it all, she was 'running on empty' on the inside using caffeine and booze to keep herself afloat. As she reached her mid-forties, alcohol started to take more than it was giving and so began her long and very messy break-up with booze. Nothing stuck until her eldest asked her to 'stop bringing wine into their bedroom' then it finally landed for her.
Emma started the process of rebuilding herself as an adult, with nurturing care. She discovered her values, stopped drinking, and had to create a whole new identity. Kicking the booze to the curb gave Emma a previously unknown level of confidence and personal power to pursue her dreams and become a qualified counselor and coach. Still very much a work in progress, Emma is an Aussie-based peri-menopausal mum of neuro and gender-diverse teens. She loves stand-up paddleboarding, ocean swimming and has recently purchased some gorgeous hot pink roller-skates. The focus of her coaching work is women in midlife curious as to what could open up for them and their families if they took a break from or stopped drinking. Come join us for an adventure in self-love!
Scott Pinyard: An Adventure in Consciousness (part 1)
February 8, 2022 • 64 MIN
As head coach at 'This Naked Mind', Scott Pinyard has a lot that keeps him busy. Yet, he remains obsessed with the topic of today's podcast - how our personal story about the world brings life to our individual realities. Many of you will know Scott from his awesome work on the 'Live Alcohol Experiment' and many of TNMs programs but today we explore some topics that you may not have heard Scott talking about in-depth before! There is so much more to the alcohol-free journey than simply stopping drinking and this a great discussion no matter where you on the journey. Come and re-author your reality with us!
Dry Jan's over... what's next? (Plus 3 more reasons to be AF!)
February 1, 2022 • 40 MIN
It's a time of change (and decisions) for many of us coming off the back of an experimental January - perhaps you even completed the Live Alcohol Experiment! This can sometimes feel like an ending but truly it's a beginning - whatever you decide for your 2022. Come and join us for a discussion around this and 3 more reasons to love an alcohol-free life!
'Should I Split the Bill?'
January 25, 2022 • 45 MIN
It's so easy to get lost in our thoughts around things like splitting the bill (especially when our friends or guests may have racked up a large alcohol bill) and this can get in the way of us enjoying ourselves if it becomes a worry! Well, this episode is all about breaking this down so you have a lot more clarity about what to do the next time you head out!
Skye Nicholson: Addiction, Alcohol & Awakening
January 18, 2022 • 60 MIN
Skye Nicholson is a fellow TNM coach and author of 'Unexpected Alchemy' a collection of poems that move the reader through Skye's personal journey from alcohol abuse to freedom and awakening. She has written some beautiful words so be sure to check them out below! Join us for an amazing (and emotional) episode!
Amy Holly: Find Your Alcohol-Free Groove
January 11, 2022 • 53 MIN
Join Amy, Ellie & Sam this week for an exploration of all things binge drinking, dance, and reconnecting with yourself. Amy is a professional dance teacher based in the UK and her journey from binge drinker to free thinker is one that many of us will be able to relate to. Amy's connection to movement and dance is something that many of us would love to have & on an AF journey, learning to throw some shapes on the dance floor can become a real challenge for some of us. Relearning how to let go of our inhibitions & tap into body awareness is an important part of finding freedom and this is what this episode is all about! So if you'd love to discover, reconnect, or deepen that part of you that loves to move, then groove on over to today's episode (sorry, I couldn't help the pun)!
Annie Grace: Beyond Alcohol
December 28, 2021 • 46 MIN
Annie Grace is the founder and friendly face behind 'This Naked Mind'. Her books & podcast were key in setting Ellie and I free from the clutches of alcohol & this podcast is heavily influenced by her groundbreaking work. Many of you will have heard Annie talking expertly about the reality of alcohol use previously, so on this episode, we wanted to provide the opportunity for Annie to talk about some different topics (first and foremost because we're super interested to know her thoughts on them) stopping drinking is just the beginning of this amazing journey after all! From abundance mindset to human connection, we cover it all here - come join us!
Jolene Park: Why 'Mind Work' is Not Enough
December 21, 2021 • 71 MIN
Jolene Park is a functional nutritionist specialising in 'gray area drinking' a term she coined that many of our listeners may be familiar with as it speaks to the truth of the spectrum of alcohol use, dependency, and addiction. Jolene's work around the somatic or 'body' piece, is incredibly powerful in setting people free and helping them to understand what feeling good in their bodies actually feels like. If it wasn't for Jolene's amazing work, this podcast simply would not exist as it was on Jolene's coach training just over a year ago that Ellie and I met. Be sure to check out all of Jolene's awesome resources including her viral Ted Talk below. It's a special one, don't miss it!
William Porter: Alcohol, sleep & nicotine
December 14, 2021 • 83 MIN
William Porter has had a profound impact on the alcohol-free world and for many, his books 'Alcohol Explained 1&2', have been an integral part of their journey to freedom. He was a natural choice for our most influential teacher series as Ellie and I have been so deeply impacted by his work. William has a wonderful way with words and an equally lovely manner, but through this, he conveys deep and important messages that society needs to wake up and hear. We talk about many things in this podcast but we take a deep dive into alcohol and sleep and talk about William's book 'Nicotine Explained' which is a must for anyone who would love to leave nicotine behind. Do not miss this one!
Andrea Kwiatkowski: Most Influential teacher series
December 7, 2021 • 65 MIN
Andrea is a dear friend of Ellie's and an advanced Jivamukti Yoga teacher with a wealth of positive energy and wisdom on the power of the Yogic path to bring us home to who we really are. Having studied directly with Sharon Gannon and David Life (the founders of Jivamukti), Andrea is positively impacting many through her classes and online courses. She was a natural first choice for the first episode of our new 'most inspirational teachers' series and Ellie was talking about this episode for weeks before we got to record! Come and see how Yoga is a beautiful way to connect with the real you and see that at our core, none of us are broken. Andrea is deeply experienced in a number of spiritual disciplines such as Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Buddhism and Her teachings are always infused with stories , laughter and lightness. Check out Andrea's resources below!
Maria Fox: Alcohol, the police, wellness & weight-loss
November 30, 2021 • 73 MIN
Maria Fox is a senior leader in the police in the UK who is on a mission to radically change the story around alcohol, stigma, and addiction support in the services. Maria is also very active as a mentor in the 'This Naked Mind' world and many of you may know her from the 'Live Alcohol Experiment' where she offers a wealth of positive encouragement to participants. Not only is Maria a brave voice calling for change, but she is also incredibly informed about the impact of alcohol on our metabolism & finding a healthy weight for us as individuals. Through her work with 'Lumen', she is helping people to reclaim their health and feel good about themselves. Jump in - it's a good one!
Simon Chapple - Why you need connection
November 23, 2021 • 46 MIN
Simon Chapple (of awesome 'besober' fame) is a successful sobriety coach, author and speaker who helps people master sobriety and completely change the direction of their lives. Simon is one of the original 'This Naked Mind' coaches and has accomplished a huge amount, while having a hugely positive impact, on the growing alcohol-free movement and community over the past few years. It's our pleasure to be talking all things connection with Simon today - be sure to tune in to discover a way to come and meet us all in person this coming January at Simon's super exciting event - Sobriety BREAKTHROUGH live! Details below...
Megan Brooks #3: I'm humble (but I love myself)
November 16, 2021 • 71 MIN
Megan's journey from self-awareness to self-love is not just inspirational, but a wonderful roadmap for anyone who feels like they need a little more self-care in their life. For many of us on the alcohol-free journey, the words ' self-love' make us feel 'funny' or downright uncomfortable - I mean, what do they even mean, right? Loving others is something we can work with, but ourselves? If this is you, you're not alone, which is why we know you'll resonate with the third part of Megan's incredible journey home to herself.
4 more awesome reasons to be alcohol-free!
November 9, 2021 • 47 MIN
Sam and Ellie's list of awesome reasons to be alcohol-free is growing and growing. This week we talk about 'high-quality nos', all the things Sam has lost (yes including his mind on a few occasions), and how wonderful it is to be able to trust yourself again. Come and tune in for some laughs (and a few serious points of note).
The Truth about Sugar! (Teri Patterson)
November 2, 2021 • 79 MIN
SUGAR!!! It's a thing, and it's EVERYWHERE. Whether we're alcohol free or not, navigating the world of food is just not possible without sugar playing some part. The things is... there's 'added' sugar, 'healthy sugar', 'hidden sugar' (the list goes on) so how on earth do we figure this stuff out? We get a guide, that's how! And today's guest is just that. This Naked Mind coach and functional nutritionist Teri Patterson is here to save the day with the low down on the sweet stuff and what we can do to take back control if we've found ourselves eating too many donuts over lockdown. Come tune in to get some clear, up to date and actionable ideas around sugar.
How to Make Habits Stick!
October 26, 2021 • 66 MIN
So you've decided to make a change in your life, and you're all in! You've bought the yoga mat, signed up to the gym or bought the journal - it's habit building time. The thing is... how on earth do you make it stick? How do you move through that bit 'at the beginning' where we're forming the habit? If you're asking these questions, you are 100% in the right place! Not only are these questions normal but they are a sign you're super close to making those healthy habit stick (for good). Come and get it done!
Foundational Habits You Need in Your Life!
October 19, 2021 • 51 MIN
So what are the foundational habits that really make the difference? You know, the ones you can 'stack' other habits on top of? The type of habits that form the foundations for a life that fills up your cup rather than draining it. There are many to choose from journaling & meditation to cold showers? In today's episode, Sam & Ellie dive deep into the habits that help them support their best life - come tune in for lots of awesome ideas on how to build healthy habits in your life!
Why you Need Better Habits...
October 12, 2021 • 51 MIN
Habits. You know what I'm talking about... those routine things you do that support you to achieve your personal and professional potential. The thing is, they can be a little elusive, a little hard to make, and way too easy to break! So... if setting (and keeping) healthy habits is on the agenda for you, this podcast will be right up your street. In the first of a three-part mini-series, Sam and Ellie will help you get to grips with the habits that will help you create a life so big, alcohol will be left by the wayside wondering what happened to you. See you there.
'How Stopping Drinking Helped me Heal from Cancer' (Kath Elliott)
October 5, 2021 • 58 MIN
This week Kath Elliott is with us to talk about Aussie binge drinking culture, breast cancer awareness, and her incredible journey to a bigger life!
Check out her bio below and be sure to tune in for a truly inspiring story.
Kath works as an Alcohol Mindset Coach based in Melbourne Australia and has been living alcohol-free since July 1, 2019...
5 More Reasons to go Alcohol Free
September 28, 2021 • 54 MIN
The list of reasons to explore an alcohol-free life is endless and exploring them is huge amounts of fun. Of all the tactics for the journey, keeping this list at hand is very often one of the most powerful. Why? Because it reminds us of all the incredible things we're gaining! Come and tune in to Sam and Ellie talking about all the awesome time you will save, how the small things in life are really the big things and how true freedom is the ultimate goal. See you there!
Why isn't it easier to stop drinking?
September 21, 2021 • 43 MIN
Are you truly taking responsibility for your alcohol-free journey? Do you often find yourself blaming circumstances or others for the challenges you face? This is a biggie, and it's not always easy to see where we might be giving our power away but we all unknowingly do this to some extent. If you have ever found yourself blaming others for things being difficult (and who hasn't at some point?), then this is the podcast for you. Come see how taking RADICAL responsibility can make the journey to alcohol free-dom not just easier, but more deeply rewarding.
Am I ready to stop drinking?
September 14, 2021 • 50 MIN
How do we know when we're ready to stop drinking? There is ALWAYS a reason to continue but there are so many powerful reasons you stop. If you feel like 'you're there' but it's just not sticking, or you're just curious about when the right time could be, then this is the episode for you. This is not all about knowledge, in fact it's about a whole lot more and waiting until you 'feel you know it all' before you stop might not be the best course of action. Come see.
Top 5 Reasons to go Alcohol-Free
September 7, 2021 • 52 MIN
So often when we stop drinking, we focus on all the things we're moving away from... lost Sundays, arguments, and those dreaded hangovers (you know how it goes). But what about all the amazing things we are gaining? We're motivated by both, us humans, and this mini-series is built around focusing on the positive we are gaining from this amazing journey! So come and join us for this week's episode of the Present and Sober podcast where we start the VERY long list of reasons to be alcohol-free!
How to deal with alcohol cravings!
August 31, 2021 • 36 MIN
We've all had them, and they certainly aren't 'fun', but cravings really can be a magical doorway into learning on anyone's alcohol-free journey! With the right frame, we can up-skill and move through alcohol cravings with more and more equanimity. The bonus? They don't last as long and they become fuel for our freedom! If all this sounds to good to be true, tune in for an episode full of tools and tactics to help you leave alcohol cravings behind for good!
Alcohol triggers - what you need to know
August 24, 2021 • 56 MIN
We're surrounded by alcohol. It's in the supermarket, down every street, and at (almost) every party - and this can be scary. It can make us feel like we're walking into a sea of triggers and potentially - cravings. But this alcohol-free journey is all about making life bigger, not smaller, right? And we can't constantly alter the world 'out there' to make ourselves comfortable. But we can upgrade our understanding and learn tools and tactics to help us move through and beyond triggers. Come and join us for episode 12 of the Present and Sober podcast where we talk about how to do just that.
'How stopping drinking was easy for me' (Megan Brooks; Part 2)'
August 17, 2021 • 31 MIN
Join us for episode 2 of Megan's awesome journey through adversity to a place where the 'work is the joy'. In this episode, we cover a lot of the tools and tactics that served Megan to move into this place of change and forgiveness. Wherever you are on your alcohol-free journey - you will get a lot from this one - Megan is a true inspiration and humble to boot.
'Stopping drinking was the easy part' (Megan Brooks; Part 1)
August 10, 2021 • 53 MIN
We have an incredible alcohol-free guest on this week's episode of the podcast for - Megan Brooks. Megan has an amazing story of resilience in the face of some truly difficult life experiences, and she has moved into a place of discovering that 'the work is the joy'. Come and learn how removing alcohol from our lives and facing difficult experiences from our past can become the catalyst for our living our best life, and learn from someone who is truly walking the walk.
'I drink to connect'
August 3, 2021 • 62 MIN
'But alcohol is needed for connection, right?', this is the message we've all received for years. Movies, adverts, and society at large all sending us the message that 'alcohol is the secret sauce when finding friends' or 'a party isn't a party without alcohol!'. But is this really true? If you look around an alcohol-fuelled party at 1 am, are we really seeing 'connection' or something completely different? Come and join us for this week's episode of the Present and Sober podcast as we dive into this belief and consider the reality behind this 'promise' of connection. Regardless of where you are on your alcohol-free journey, we know you'll gain some inspiration and insight from this one!
'I drink to relax'
July 27, 2021 • 63 MIN
Why did/do you drink? Do you still hold the belief that drinking is the ultimate shortcut to relaxation? We're certainly told this (and sold this), on adverts, billboards, and just about every Hollywood film known to humankind. Watch any high-pressured TV program and what will the winner say after they're handed the title? 'I NEED A DRINK!'. The message? Alcohol relaxes us, alcohol regulates our emotions. But is this the whole picture? Is it possible we've been lied to by big alcohol? When Ellie realised that drinking might not just be the silver bullet for relaxation that she had always believed it was, it propelled her on a journey to her best self and she's never looked back. Come and join us as we shine a light on the truth behind a belief that many of us have held as 'fact' for a long time.
'I'm doing the best I can!'
July 20, 2021 • 49 MIN
When you look back on your day, what are the parts you remember? Do you see the whole picture and remember the small wins you had that made you smile, or do you focus in on the one negative passing comment that your boss made? As humans having a bias towards the negative has kept us safe as we have evolved into the modern world, but ensuring we're seeing the bigger picture and practicing compassion for ourselves and others is far from a fluffy practice, it has the power to change our worlds. Wherever you are in your journey (be it alcohol-free or otherwise) this is a powerful piece of the puzzle. Come and see how you really are doing the best you can in this week's episode (even if you feel like you're not)!
'Covid Gave me an Alcohol Free life!'
July 13, 2021 • 52 MIN
Covid has changed the world in many ways over the past 18 months on both the macro and the micro. This week, we have a truly inspiring story (from our first guest!!!) that shows how the worst things in life can become incredible gifts if we trust in the journey and keep looking forward! When Siobhan from @what.the.doctor.orders realised that alcohol could no longer be a part of her story, she was hit the realisation of just how ever-present it had been in her life up to that point - and it wasn't easy to accept. But over the course of the next year, she turned the 'worst thing' that had ever happened to her into the 'worst best thing' and built a life she would never have dreamed possible. Get ready for a story full of pain, resilience, joy, and a lot of fancy mock-tails! Let's go...
'Why you might be stuck...'
July 6, 2021 • 37 MIN
Alcohol and celebrating go together like coffee and cake, right? You just CAN'T have one without the other! That's the message we see all around us - a celebration isn't a celebration without a drink in our hand! But is this REALLY the case? Is this reality or just something we believe and never question because everyone has bought into the story? Come and join us for this week's episode where we explore the different layers of belief that keep us stuck in an unhealthy relationship with alcohol (or any other substance). Understanding how things work at the level of substance, society and self is a huge piece of the puzzle when we're setting ourselves free from behaviours that no longer serve us and we know you'll her a lot from this one!
'I'll be happy when...'
June 29, 2021 • 45 MIN
Do you ever find yourself in 'I'll be happy when' syndrome? Is there something in your future that you just know will finally solve all your problems - the house, the partner, the long holiday? If you never fall into this way of thinking and truly spend your whole life in the present moment, you're a superhuman (or the buddha) and we want to know your secrets! In this week's episode, Sam and Ellie explore this very common way of seeing the world and talk about how coming into the present can bring you more happiness than anything outside you ever will. Holidays are nice, but how do we make life a holiday? We loved recording it and we hope you love listening to it! See you here - Sam and Ellie.
Sam's Alcohol-free Story
June 22, 2021 • 44 MIN
This week we go on a whistle-stop tour of Sam's life and journey to leaving beer behind for good. A 'typically British' attitude to drinking (you know, more, more and more!) led Sam through his teens and college, before uni and 8 years of travelling saw things start to unravel. Finally ending up in Poland with a career but one hell of a drinking problem. Come and explore the twists and turns that have led him to truly believe that not drinking truly is the most rebellious and badass thing you can do with your life, and discover why a packet of mouldy cheese holds the true secret to freedom!
Ellie's Alcohol-free Story
June 15, 2021 • 42 MIN
Come and join us for Ellie's inspiring alcohol-free story. For years Ellie considered herself to be a social drinker and never questioned the role alcohol was playing in her life. But in raising three amazing young children, she was shown the impact that alcohol was having not only on her relationships with her children but also with herself.
Let's make life bigger, together.
May 23, 2021 • 47 MIN
Present and Sober
'Let's Make life Bigger, Together!'
So here we are with episode one of The Present and Sober Podcast! Come and join us to find out more about who your hosts (Sam and Ellie) are and why they are so passionate about the alcohol-free lifestyle. Despite having very different life experiences Sam and Ellie both sensed there was much more to life and embarked on a journey that ultimately led them to meet on a coach training specializing in gray area drinking. If you're interested in discovering how mind and body practices can help you upgrade your life, and you're curious as to how drinking might be holding you back, then this is the podcast for you!
- Why Ellie gets angry at the radio (sometimes) - (1.55)
- The importance of the mind-body connection - (11.58)
- How one of Ellie's clients found freedom from drinking - (32.00)
- 6 Vital things about Moderation - https://learn.thisnakedmind.com/six-vital-tips-on-moderationa
- The Alcohol Experiment - https://learn.thisnakedmind.com/the-alcohol-experiment-registration
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