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LAF Life was voted one of the Top 10 new recovery podcasts in 2022. It is a weekly lifestyle podcast hosted by a couple of friends living alcohol free. In a booze-soaked world, we all made the unpopular decision to become "AF" (alcohol-free). What makes us different? This podcast is about sharing our unique perspectives on how we managed to pull ourselves out of this cultural epidemic and create a beautiful alcohol free life. Without using labels to define our choices, we debunk some of the ...
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We walk the talk with guest Lindsay Sutherland Boal founder of She Walks Canada and The Uncovery App. An incredibly insightful conversation where we explored how women are showing up in all areas of life, the definition of problematic drinking, the pitfalls of trying to moderate, and so much more. Determined to create solutions she struggled to fin…
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The topic for this episode was inspired by a recent burst of social media posts popping up in our feed for products claiming to be healthier "alternative to alcohol". Another scary new trend of substances declaring they give you "all the BUZZ" of alcohol with none of the negative side effects. We're curious to understand what's in these products an…
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Great conversation with author Paulette Kengg exploring her spirit led sobriety. Paulette came from a very tragic childhood growing up with 2 alcoholic parents. Surprisingly her own drinking was never problematic until she experienced an extreme bout of insomnia in her early 50's and an old friend recommended "just have a glass a wine" as a cure to…
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In this episode your hosts are having a meaningful conversation about Alcohol. Since choosing an alcohol free lifestyle we are often approached by people with lots of questions. We believe these conversations are important to have as you never know who you may be helping. We also recognize that some of those conversations can feel awkward or challe…
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Self published author of "Pretty Wrecked", Tracy Viola is letting the stink out of her trash can as she divulges the challenges she faced as a teenager that lead her to believe when she tried drugs & alcohol that she had found the answers to everything! Tracy was a teenage addict that was fortunate enough to find recovery at the young age of 20. Tr…
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Our guest Katey Armstrong comes to us with a unique perspective on living alcohol free. Unlike most of our guests Katey didn't grow up struggling with her relationship with alcohol. Katey was actually only an occasional drinker who never really enjoyed it. What Katey did always struggle with, were the objections she continually got every time she s…
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In this episode we discuss the possibility of a connection between alcohol use and our self-esteem. We question if the way we feel about ourselves is directly related to our alcohol consumption and why people start to use alcohol at a young age to fit into social situations. We also speak about the flip side that relying on alcohol for a false sens…
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What a great conversation we had with our guest, accomplished author Bryan Wempen. Bryan had an instant love affair with alcohol the first time he tried it at the young age of 14. That was followed with many years of battling his tempestuous relationship with substance abuse. Bryan has spent the last 14 years of sobriety being actively involved in …
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In 2023 the world saw "Alcohol Free" trending everywhere, in 2024 those trends are forecasted to continue to grow. As 3 friends living beautiful alcohol free lives, we couldn't be happier to see this! This is why we have been doing what we do with LAF Life Podcast for the past 2 years, to help raise awareness and normalize living an Alcohol Free li…
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Meet Samantha Lander, See Fit Living. Samantha is a successful Health & Fitness entrepreneur who is recovering out loud from drug & alcohol abuse. Extremely resilient and persistent Samantha struggled with her addiction on and off for 15 yrs and after a 13 yr stint of sobriety she relapsed and began to abuse alcohol. Through many of life's ups and …
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What are we seeking when we are drinking? Are we searching for more meaning or lacking purpose in life and that's part of why we lose ourselves to alcohol. Is drinking part a ritual we practice? We explore these questions and many more in this episode. We reveal some of our favorite spiritual practices that have helped us find a deeper purpose in s…
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In this episode we question the idea that alcohol gives us confidence?? On the contrary, we believe using alcohol can be detrimental to our confidence by putting us in a poor decision making state that contributes to a lowered self-esteem. Making the decision to say "No” to alcohol can be the first step to re-building our confidence. Trusting ourse…
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In this episode we discuss things we wish we knew or someone told us when we were drinking. As we dive into some of the things, like how drinking increases anxiety or how lonely drinking can be we also question whether if we knew any of these things would they have stopped us. The reality is probably not but is there one thing or a certain person i…
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Your hosts are excited to be back with you, after their long Winter break! We are starting off 2024 with reflecting back on some of our most memorable episodes. Come reminisce with us as we take a trip down memory lane. Although we found it hard to narrow down our favorites, we manage to come up with a list of 10 standouts with a few honorable ment…
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It's been an incredible start to Season 3 so far with 10 great episodes released. Were going into the holiday season and it's time for LAF Life to take a little Winter break. We will be back with more great episodes in 2024! Join us here for this special Holiday Wrap-up episode, where we offer our listeners some tips for the Holidays as well as try…
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This episode is guaranteed to take your Holiday hosting ideas to the next level! Our guest Jessie Halliburton, co-owner of The Sobr Market, just rocked the LAF Life podcast! Join us to hear about her amazing alcohol-free journey. Learn how Jessie and her husband Shane are transforming the non-alcohol beverage market . This dynamic duo are proudly c…
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Living Alcohol Free like many things, is not a one size fits all approach. We started this podcast to show people that there are many ways to live a beautiful alcohol free life. We choose this somewhat controversial topic because we were disappointed with some of the judgment we'd seen recently in comments on Social Media regarding how people choos…
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Great guest episode chatting with successful Real Estate agent Deborah Leblanc. Deborah is a perfect example of someone who grew up in an environment where drinking alcohol was the norm. As she carried on to adulthood her drinking progressed into a daily habit. After an ongoing health issue that she was convinced was due to her drinking habit, she …
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Drinking is not our Identity! In this episode we explore what our identity is made up of and when we define ourselves we do not want societal labels to be part of self definition. We often allow societal labels to describe a part of who we are or mistake activities we participate in be associated with who we are, but we are human BEINGS not human D…
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In episode 5 we discuss the impact changing our relationship with alcohol has on the people around us. When we make the decision to change we can't expect everyone to follow, as we were the ones who made the decision to change. Changing ourselves can be scary for the people closest to us as our new behavior's and habits are not what they are use to…
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It's always a pleasure when we invite our fellow Podcasters to share their story with us. In episode 4, Gary Menkes, host of The Begin Again Podcast, had the ability to convey his 17 years of sobriety in such a unique and impactful way. Gary took us on a transformational journey as he recalled his very dark relationship with alcohol and the unexpec…
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We definitely brought a higher vibration to this episode with lots of laughs and additional insights from our guest co-host Jamie Swaile. We all know alcohol works to lower inhabitations, but what you may not realize is that it comes at the cost of lowering your vibration. In this episode we define what living at a higher vibration means to us and …
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In this episode we had a truly enlightening conversation with Eva Angvert from BEAMLiFE International. After a very traumatic childhood, Eva had her own struggles with addition, In support of her husbands sobriety, she gave up alcohol over 30 years ago and has been sober ever since. In 1995 she started her own coaching business to help other with u…
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We are opening Season 3 with an always HOT topic, dating sober. We talk about how to have what may be difficult conversations about alcohol with kids as well as your potential love match. As your hosts catch up on what they have been up to over the summer, our 2 single ladies share some big news about how they found their great new dating partners.…
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In our Season 2 Finale we celebrate 50 published episodes by taking a moment to reflect on our own personal "AF" journey's including what we have taken away from all our amazing guests this season. We have compiled our own lists of the things we know to be true in our healing journey that we coined "The LAF Life 12". These are things we believe cou…
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In our last Guest episode of Season 2, it was such a pleasure to sit down with fellow podcaster Deb Masner from Alcohol Tipping Point. After many failed attempts at moderation and taking a few short breaks from alcohol, Deb finally reached her tipping point and gave up alcohol for good in January 2020. Shortly after she decided to create Alcohol Ti…
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This topic sparked an interesting discussion about how we define what it means to be a High Functioning Alcoholic. Is this term contributing to the stigmas society has about what it looks like to have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol? High functioning perpetuates the idea that its ok to reward ourselves for our accomplishments at the end of t…
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In this weeks episode we touch on all things with a WARNING label. A somewhat controversial topic but one we believe is extremely important to bring awareness to. There can be many dangers when mixing alcohol with medication, even simple over the counter medications can effect you differently when mixed with alcohol. We are by no means experts on t…
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It's that time of year that everyone looks forward to....Summer! Are you looking to cut back or go alcohol free but find the thought of summer socializing without alcohol daunting? We have some tips for you in this Summer Scattegories episode. Summer time is the perfect opportunity to find so many things to do without alcohol. It's a time when we g…
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In this episode meet Caroline Barrett, Recovery Sober Coach. Caroline has been sober 7 yrs and shares her struggles with alcohol abuse and how subconsciously she always knew one day she would never drink again. After attending an enlightening AA meeting with her brother and then losing her close friend to addiction, Caroline promised to create a li…
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Guest Jamie Wild bring us his original free spirit, Feragaia! After years of working in the alcohol industry Jamie found his daily norm quickly became a life that revolved around drinking alcohol. As he found himself searching for more meaning, Jamie and his friend Bill started on their journey to cultivate a more inclusive alcohol free drinking ex…
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In episode 19 we had the pleasure of speaking with another fellow Canadian, Hayley Scherders. Hayley broke free from her addiction to alcohol and cocaine almost 3yrs ago. By doing so she has discovered her own passion for helping others break through the cycle of addiction. Inspired by Anne Grace and certified through This Naked Mind, Hayley has cr…
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Our guest in episode 18 Ben Tuff, is a life long educator who has set out to inspire not only his students but now others in the recovery space. Ben is a record holding ultramarathon swimmer who only learned how to swim in his thirties as part of his recovery from alcohol addiction. In his upcoming documentary "Swim Tuff: How I swam my way out of t…
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Do you have an "Alter Ego" when you're drinking? What character do you become? In Episode 17 we question all things as our drunk selves. Is alcohol really a truth serum or is it bringing out buried trauma when were drinking? How did our journey through our drunk "Alter Egos' help us identify our true selves and form who we have become today. Tune i…
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The topic of trauma has been brought up in many of our previous episodes but we decided to fully dive into it in Episode 16. Exploring how childhood trauma shows up in all areas of our lives. We are ringing out the sponge on our own personal trauma and how it is uniquely defined to all of us. We are sharing the ways we have work through it and cont…
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We are shakin' things up in Episode 15! Our youngest guest yet and the son of our co-host Kelly, Carter Evans joins us. Carter wanted to tell us why unlike most young people that have turned the legal drinking age, he has made the decision to abstain from drinking alcohol. After experimenting with drinking in his younger teens and realizing it wasn…
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Special Guest Sonia Kahlon joins us for episode 14. After 5yrs of sobriety Sonia was tested when her husband unexpectedly ended their marriage. She didn't feel she had the tools to handle that kind of major life change without alcohol. Find out how she slowly built her toolkit to hang onto her sobriety for one more day. Learn how building on those …
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This is an important episode! Here your hosts discuss some of the warning signs they experienced when they were consuming alcohol. From this discussion we came up with our own list of 17 Signs that we believe were strong indicators that our relationship with alcohol was becoming unhealthy. If you or someone you know are contemplating their relation…
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Celebrating our co-host Kelly's 5 years AF! Kelly dives into the 5 truths she has learned since becoming alcohol free. We openly discuss how Kelly came about these truths on her recovery journey and what each of them means to us. ✨️Being hangover-free never gets old. ✨️Healing is hard. Staying in denial of our own personal truth is harder. ✨️I’ve n…
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In Ep. 11 we welcome special guest, Deborah McNairn. Deb is a Yoga and Barre instructor who joined us to share her journey to recovery. After a scary trip to the hospital due to severe alcohol withdrawal, Deb was finally faced with the decision to give up her daily alcohol habit. Deb's path to recovery lead her to discovering Yoga. After learning m…
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Your Hosts are excited to be back! In this welcome back episode we catch up from the holidays and discuss many HOT topics, including the do's & don'ts of discussing our alcohol free journey at work. We deep dive into the World Health Organizations new guidelines for drinking alcohol, how we've seen people react and what we think is holding them bac…
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This is our Holiday Wrap-Up Episode. We had fun with this episode playing some holiday Scattergories, reminiscing about the ghosts of drunken Christmas past and sharing our top holiday party tips for surviving holiday gatherings alcohol free! LAF Life will be taking a break for the holidays to enjoy sometime with our families. Tune back in when we …
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In episode 10 it was great to meet our guest Kim Kearns a fellow sober and strong Mom and Podcaster. Kim just released her 1st book "On the Edge of Shattered", a memoir of her experience discovering freedom through sobriety. Kim shares her personal struggle with ending her unhealthy relationship with alcohol which like many had started in her youth…
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Enabling is something that occurs often in the relationship dynamic with an addict. It happened very unintentionally when we are trying to help our loved ones but we are actually supporting their negative behaviors. In Ep. 9 we explore some of our past actions when we were drinking that reinforced negative behavior. We identify what enabling is and…
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In this episode we had a heartfelt conversation with special guest Steve McDonald. Steve is a recovered alcoholic and crack addict who went from living in his car at the peak of his addition to becoming a teacher and author. Through his years of experience in rehab and attending AA & NA meetings, he composed a collection of quotes he heard from oth…
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In episode 7 the girls talk all things toxic! How that can include our relationship with substances, romantic partners and even work environments. Popular buzz words around toxic behavior like gaslighting and narcissist. We share some of our own experiences with toxic relationships as well as discuss 14 signs you may be having a toxic relationship.…
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Martin Lockett blew us away in Ep. 6 with his amazing journey from Prison to Purpose. Martin is a recovered alcoholic that spent 17.5 years incardinated for a DUI that tragically took the lives of 2 people and severely injured 1. This episode should make anyone question every bad decision they have ever made! It's a perfect example of how poor judg…
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Join your hosts in their own mindless chatter about how the little voice in our head, can either hinder or help us. The impact drinking had on our self worth and how once we all came to the bright side of life that our negative self-talk slowly turned positive. Our daily tip to help remind yourself how amazing you are, even when you don't believe i…
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In Season 2, Ep. 4 Listen to how our guest Jamie Swaile's passionate spirit through has carried him through his 11 yrs of sobriety amid many struggles & challenges. How he has found his worth and continues to strive to be his most authentic self. The joy he’s found in nurturing and healing his inner child through raising his daughter Grace. Jamie r…
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In this episode we explore the good, the bad & ugly sides of Social Media. How it has become the latest addiction that everyone needs to overcome. Ways to unplug and knowing when to put our phones away. Try some of our more nature suggestions for boosting your daily dopamine. Re-visit some of the old school practices we have lost touch with like a …
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