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The Unruffled Podcast is a weekly show hosted by Sondra Primeaux and Tammi Salas that explores all topics relating to creativity in recovery. When an addiction is removed, there is a void that is left and this show digs into all of the ways to fill that void. The Unruffled is passionate about creating and making and how those pursuits fuel recovery, specifically from alcohol. Come with them as they unruffle the old stories and write new ones, to not just exist but thrive.

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The Unruffled Podcast is a weekly show hosted by Sondra Primeaux and Tammi Salas that explores all topics relating to creativity in recovery. When an addiction is removed, there is a void that is left and this show digs into all of the ways to fill that void. The Unruffled is passionate about creating and making and how those pursuits fuel recovery, specifically from alcohol. Come with them as they unruffle the old stories and write new ones, to not just exist but thrive.

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Awesomeness

By Armyolmos - Apr 29 2020
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Love these two ladies so much. Its like listening to two cherished friend talk.

The way to be

By TinaBbaby - Apr 21 2020
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Awesome podcast, I really enjoy the two of them. Great guests too

iTunes Ratings

265 Ratings
Average Ratings
239
14
4
3
5

Awesomeness

By Armyolmos - Apr 29 2020
Read more
Love these two ladies so much. Its like listening to two cherished friend talk.

The way to be

By TinaBbaby - Apr 21 2020
Read more
Awesome podcast, I really enjoy the two of them. Great guests too
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The Unruffled Podcast

Latest release on Sep 21, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 6 days ago

Rank #1: Episode 165 - Jardine Libaire + Amanda Ward

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This month on the podcast, Sondra is going solo with an author series. This week, she is thrilled to share a conversation with authors Jardine Libaire and Amanda Eyre Ward and their book, The Sober Lush: A Hedonist's Guide to Living a Decadent, Adventurous, Soulful Life--Alcohol Free. They talk about what it means to be a sober lush, they talk about the magic of living on the edge, and they talk about collaborative, creative alchemy. Sondra claims The Sober Lush as the new Unruffled manifesto. To learn more about Jardine, follow her on Instagram @jardinelibaireprojects and visit www.jardinelibaire.com. To learn more about Amanda, follow her on Instagram and Twitter @amandaeyreward and visit www.amandaward.com. You can also follow the life of The Sober Lush on Instagram @thesoberlush and purchase the book wherever fine books are sold. 
 
This week Amanda and Jardine share three items from their Unruffled Toolboxes: 
Amanda: (1) Adult snow day; (2) The Vanish; (3) Listen up.
Jardine: (1) Divine transgressions; (2) Staying Alive poetry anthology; (3) Honey,  incense and flowers.

Jun 01 2020

57mins

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Rank #2: Episode 164 - Emily Lynn Paulson

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This month on the podcast, Sondra is going solo with an author series. This week, she’s excited to share a conversation with Emily Lynn Paulson. Emily is a writer, speaker, recovery coach, mom of five and author of Highlight Real: Finding Honesty and Recovery Behind the Filtered Life. They talk about dishonesty, when it starts and where it can take us and how getting sober is a lesson in learning to trust ourselves again. To learn more about Emily, how to work with her and buy her book, visit https://www.highlightreallife.com/. You can also follow her on Instagram @highlightrealrecovery.

This week, Emily shares three items from her Unruffled Toolbox: (1) journal; (2) being of service; (3) meditation.

May 25 2020

54mins

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Rank #3: Episode 12 - Carly Benson Interview

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Today, Tammi and Sondra interview Carly Benson. Carly is a recovered addict turned faithful believer in miracles, she is the creator of the site Miracles Are Brewing, sobriety coach and yoga instructor, co-creator of The Bloom Club, a subscription-based recovery club and has recently launched Om Vibes Only, a conscious alcohol-free gathering integrating yoga, deep house music and mindfulness. In a nutshell, Carly is a sober, creative power-house and her enthusiasm is contagious.

This week Carly shares three items from her Unruffled Toolbox with our listeners: (1) Yoga; (2) Prayer; and (3) Essential oils.

Jun 26 2017

1hr 18mins

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Rank #4: Episode 88 - Before The Relapse

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This week on the podcast, Tammi and Sondra catch up about a topic that isn’t often explored until after it’s happened: Relapse, specifically life’s events that can lead to a possible relapse. They talk about the meaning of the word and how it can be broadened to encompass emotional relapse and lack of spiritual maintenance, and how those factors can be just the things that could lead a person to a lapse in alcohol abstinence. They both include very personal accounts and real-time solutions that helped them get through crisis before any real destruction of progress, and their hope is that they convey these lessons in a way that can be helpful to anyone listening to this conversation.

This week Sondra and Tammi share three items from their Unruffled Toolboxes: Sondra: (1) Meetings + meet-ups; (2) Service opportunities; and (3) Breathwork + cold showers. Tammi: (1) Social media break; (2) ‘Back to basics’ mentality; and (3) Daily log journaling.

Dec 10 2018

1hr 31mins

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Rank #5: Episode 44 - Laura McKowen

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Tammi and Sondra are so excited to have Laura McKowen on the pod this week. Laura is a Mama, writer, teacher and co-host of the very popular Home podcast with Holly Whitaker and co-host of a new podcast, Spiritual-ish, with Meadow DeVor. They talk about granting yourself permission to change, to say No to things so you can say a big fat Yes to others, and then the biggest Yeses that lead to the giant leaps. They also talk about when to take breaks from things, knowing yourself well enough to know the things you really want and then choosing those things, purposefully and intently. If you already know Laura and her work, they hope you will hear something that may give you a little more insight on a beautiful soul who brings so much light to the recovery space. To keep up with Laura and her goings-on, please visit her at http://www.lauramckowen.com/.

This week Laura shares three items from her Unruffled Toolbox: (1) Her cat, Piper; (2) Sleep; and (3) The energy of creating something new.

Feb 05 2018

1hr 28mins

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Rank #6: Episode 81 - Holly Whitaker

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On this week’s podcast, Tammi and Sondra are so excited to bring you a conversation with Holly Whitaker. If you don’t already know Holly, she in the founder and CEO of Tempest, Inc. (formerly Hip Sobriety, Inc.) and the newly launched media site, The Temper, and is currently one of the smartest voices in modern recovery. They talk about how she took her sobriety school from just a handful of students to the progressive company it is now, they talk about the decline of the beloved Home Podcast and how she personally channeled former accounting skills into her abounding and prolific creative output today. Holly is a visionary and her future looks bright. You can still find Holly’s blog at http://www.hipsobriety.com/ and her newly launched baby at  https://www.jointempest.com/ and https://www.thetemper.com/ or find Holly on Instagram @holly and @thetemper.

This week Holly shares three items from her Unruffled Toolbox: (1) Lavender essential oil; (2) Breathing; and (3) Tea bags.

Oct 22 2018

1hr 45mins

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Rank #7: Episode 13 - Sandy Ford Interview

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This week, Tammi and Sondra talk to Sandy Ford. Sandy is an attorney living in Chicago and the author of www.sobermormon.com. They take a deep dive into Mormonism and recovery, and how Sandy has reconciled the two. She shares the path to finding her seat in the rooms of AA and how she finally came to believe that she deserved a sober life that wasn’t miserable. Sandy also shares how she came see her honest, tell-all writing as a path to helping others.

This week Sandy shares three items from her Unruffled Toolbox: (1) Exercise; (2) Meditation: Headspace App + Dan Harris’s 10% Happier Podcast; and (3) Fiction.

Jul 03 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #8: Episode 110 - The Toolbox

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This week’s podcast is all about tools! A question was posted by a listener in The Unruffled Podcast secret Facebook group sourcing ideas for FREE sober treats that provided instant gratification but didn’t indulge consumer culture. We all know that a mani/pedi or a massage feels great, but there are so many treats, tools and indulgences that are available to all. Tammi and Sondra list out all of the listener suggestions and add their own personal riffs. Get a pen and some paper, you’re going to want to take notes. Be sure to listen to this one all the way to the end, as the ladies make an announcement about the next Unruffled meetup that you won’t want to miss!

May 13 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #9: Episode 144 - Laura Tully

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Continuing with the interview series of creative, sober women from the Unruffled community, Tammi and Sondra are happy to welcome Laura Tully. Laura is an adjunct professor and Deputy Director of a nonprofit teen center based in Arizona who is in recovery from a self-proclaimed “pupu platter” of addictions. In sobriety, she’s learned to incorporate art into her therapy sessions and credits her growth to this creative self-reflection. To learn more about Laura, you can follow her on Instagram @teetotaltul.

This week, Laura shares three items from her Unruffled Toolbox: (1) Her cat (2) Library card; and (3) Childhood pictures.

Jan 06 2020

1hr 25mins

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Rank #10: Episode 119 - Guest Co-host, Laura McKowen

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Continuing with the summer guest co-host series, Tammi gets to spend some time talking to Laura McKowen. You may know Laura from her previous interview (Ep. 44) or as the former co-host of the wildly popular HOME podcast. Her newest podcast creation is Spiritual-ish which she co-hosts with Meadow DeVor. They talk about creating online courses and charging what you’re worth, how Laura tackled writing her forthcoming book, We Are the Luckiest (releasing 12/31/19), as well as getting into the nitty gritty about recent panic attacks and so much more. Over the years, Laura has become a trusted friend and really walks the walk when it comes to her sobriety and creativity. To learn more about Laura and her work, you can find her at https://www.lauramckowen.com/ or connect with her on Instagram @lauramckowen.

This week Laura shares three items from her Unruffled Toolbox with our listeners: (1) Box Breathing; (2) Insight Timer App; and (3) Sweat.

Jul 15 2019

1hr 23mins

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Rank #11: Episode 95 - Boundaries

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This week on the podcast, Tammi and Sondra address a topic they felt reluctant to talk about as they didn’t feel they had much to say until they started rolling: Boundaries. It was after they both looked at what their lives looked like before they got sober and could clearly see instances where they lacked boundaries that they could see how they are intentional and decisive in their lives now. They define boundaries, discuss examples of their power and usefulness and share how they are each working to strengthen boundaries in their lives.

This week Sondra and Tammi share three items from their Unruffled Toolboxes:
Sondra: (1) Freethinkers’ meeting; (2) Church; and (3) Attending to micro-goals.
Tammi: (1) Boundaries + Protection by Pixie Lighthorse; (2) Beta-blockers; and (3) Studio purge.

Jan 28 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #12: Episode 107 - The Discomfort Zone

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Today, Tammi and Sondra riff on a Robcast, An Anatomy of Restlessness (Episode 231) or in their terms, the discomfort zone. They talk about the many uncomfortable places we find ourselves in, like overwhelm, change, boredom and impulsivity. They talk about what this looked like when they were still drinking and the work they’ve had to do in recovery to reframe these situations as an invitation rather than something to merely tolerate. This is an episode packed with solutions, so you may want to bring a pen!

This week Sondra and Tammi share three items from their Unruffled Toolboxes:
Sondra: (1) Getting in the flow; (2) Unplugging; and (3) Laughter.
Tammi: (1) Collaging my feelings; (2) Daily theme song; and (3) Building my creative wheelhouse.

Apr 22 2019

1hr 34mins

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Rank #13: Episode 20 - Chris Aguirre

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Today, Tammi and Sondra catch up with Chris Aguirre. Chris is the co-host of the Since Right Now podcast, curates the recovery site Klēn&Sōber and this year will celebrate his twentieth year of sobriety. They talk about what it’s like to work in the online recovery space while finding time to address mental health, his own creative projects, and what it’s like to be a stay-at-home, sober Dad. Chris is candid and funny and we really appreciate the platform he has built and the creative recovery community he has helped to foster.

This week Chris shares three items from his Unruffled Toolbox: (1) Exercise; (2) Meditation; and (3) Making creatively fulfilling work.

Aug 21 2017

1hr 34mins

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Rank #14: Episode 56 - Janelle Hanchett

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Today, Tammi and Sondra are ecstatic to share a conversation with Janelle Hanchett. Janelle is a Mom of four, a writer and the founder of the very popular website, Renegade Mothering. Janelle has a story in which becoming a Mom was not enough to save her from her addictions and it is raw, tender and harrowing. This story has a happy ending, though, and one being that she wrote a beautiful memoir, I’m Just Happy To Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering. They take some time to weave through her story, one that involves religion, depression and writing as redemption, all set in a West coast landscape. Janelle is warm, effusive and so funny, you will definitely want to devour her book after this conversation. They are just so happy she’s here.

This week Janelle shares three items from her Unruffled Toolbox: (1) I’m honest with myself; (2) Working with other alcoholics (service); and (3) Staying part of the world + practicing gratitude.

Apr 30 2018

1hr 59mins

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Rank #15: Episode 102 - Kristi Coulter

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This week on the podcast, Tammi and Sondra are excited to welcome Kristi Coulter. Kristi is a Seattle-based writer, dog-lover, running enthusiast, unofficial expert on red lipstick and is the author of the 2018 essay collection, Nothing Good Can Come From This. They talk about getting sober in the tech world, patriarchal influences on women’s alcohol use and of course, her Medium essay “Enjoli” that nudged Kristi’s writing career forward. This conversation is packed with gems and if you want more from Kristi, visit http://www.kristicoulter.com/ for links to her excellent blog and to purchase her book.

This week Kristi shares three items from her Unruffled Toolbox: (1) Writing on her MAC laptop; (2) Bullet journaling; and (3) Exercise.

Mar 18 2019

1hr 44mins

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Rank #16: Episode 31 - Not This

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Over a year ago, Elizabeth Gilbert published a short essay on her Facebook page called Not This. It really resonated with so many, one that Sondra went back to many times since it was originally posted, that she and Tammi decided to do an episode on the many Not This moments in their own lives. As these things go, they both had similar ones around religion and divorce and of course, the biggest they both share are the moments that led to their sobriety. This is an emotional episode and they hope that it inspires you to reflect on your own Not This moments. Perhaps you have some Not This moments that are yet to happen, but that you will see, although scary in the moment, they are almost always opportunities for change and growth.

The ladies share their top three tools in their Unruffled Toolbox for the week:
Sondra: (1) Staying with discomfort; (2) Dietary changes; (3) Knowing what I DO like and want in my life. Tammi: (1) Dietary shifts; (2) My former book club; and (3) G.O.D. choosing Grace Over Drama.

Nov 06 2017

1hr 29mins

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Rank #17: Episode 28 - Mid-Life Solution

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Today, the ladies dive deep into what it’s like to get sober in your forties. Tammi and Sondra both describe pivotal moments that made them reframe this whole getting older thing, changed their stories and have been evolving ever since. Whether you are approaching your 40s, in it and thinking life has passed you by, wondering if sobriety will really be a catalyst to help you achieve your creative goals, or if you are right there with them, they want you to know that it’s not a crisis, it is the #midlifesolution (let’s hashtag the hell out of this)! They really hope there are many takeaways in this episode that you’ll latch on to…”It’s not a moment, it’s a movement.”---Hamiliton

The ladies share their top three tools in their Unruffled Toolbox for the week:
Sondra: (1) Live Theatre; (2) Girlfriend Time; and (3) New Creative Project #sheslikearainbow.
Tammi: (1) Vitamin supplements; (2) Monthly facials/massages; and (3) Color in my life.

Oct 16 2017

1hr 32mins

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Rank #18: Episode 163 - Jocellyn Harvey

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This month on the podcast, Sondra is going solo with an author series. This week, she is excited to share a conversation with Jocellyn Harvey. Jocellyn’s life changed in 2016 when she gave up alcohol and as a life-long sharer, she immediately began talking about her recovery online. Her topics of interest grew organically and out of that, she was inspired to write a decluttering guide for sober women called Recovering the Home. She shares her four-step process the reader can take into every room of her house, guiding her to her own inherent discernment while taking out the overwhelm. Jocellyn has mastered the space between introspection and action and is offering listeners 15% off of Recovering the Home by entering UNRUFFLED15 at checkout. Go to www.recoveringthehome.com, and follow her on Instagram @sharingmysobriety for her recovery-focused posts. To learn more about Jocellyn’s newest offering, go to www.soulandmindset.com  and on Instagram  @soul_and_mindset. 

This week, Jocellyn shares three items from her Unruffled Toolbox: (1) Time-management; (2) Walks; (3) Being flexible.

May 18 2020

56mins

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Rank #19: Episode 62 - Amy Newman

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In this week’s episode, Tammi and Sondra were happy to talk to the radiant Amy Newman. Amy is a health and wellness advocate, where she makes her love of plants as medicine accessible to all over on her platform, Whole Life With Amy. She has also adopted the alcohol-free lifestyle, and the ladies talk about how she came to that decision as a powerful choice that went hand-in-hand with the taking back of her health. There is so much to Amy’s fascinating story, from Mormonism to embroidery and cupcakes, you will leave this conversation lit up. To see all of Amy’s offerings, you can go to http://wholelifewithamy.com/ or to catch her wonderfully informative and instructional videos, follow her on Instagram @wholelifewithamy.

Jun 11 2018

1hr 56mins

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Rank #20: Episode 63 - Natalie Fairbrook

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In this episode, Tammi and Sondra are excited to have Natalie Fairbrook on the podcast, helping them kick off a slightly new Summer format called the Sober Sister Summer Series. Natalie is a friend (often referred to on the pod, *that* Natalie), sober Mama, yoga teacher and recovery coach in training and from party-girl to passionate teetotaler, her story is sure to resonate. This series is all about the beautiful life anyone can create in recovery, and Natalie is a radiant example of that. You can learn more about Natalie and her offerings at www.nataliefairbrook.com or follow her in Instagram @nataliefairbrook.

Jun 18 2018

1hr 29mins

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