When I was pregnant with my first child, the wild nature of birth terrified me. One way or another, a human would be exiting my body. Whether it happened in a worst or best case scenario, it was going to happen and there was little I could do to control it. Me being me, I did my…Read More
When you forget what life was like “before”, things can get a little shaky. Thankfully I journal, and it helps me remember. I made the active decision to quit drinking 4-6 days after I’d had my last drink. Now, I’m going to share a few writings from my first 30 days. I’m going back to…Read More
My heart is racing. Years ago, I stumbled across The Nesting Gypsy somewhere on Pinterest. At the time, I think it was under The Happy Janssen’s. In any case, her RV interior blew my mind, and as I read more and more about their lifestyle, my heart leaped. Everything in me lit up, and that…Read More
The hardest part of recovery, for me, was forgiving myself for how my mistakes impacted my children. The fact that I got sober while they were too young to ever see me drink stays on my gratitude list, but the impact is there. Shame tends to creep into our parenting when we least expect it.…Read More
If you’re anything like me, you hear all of these people talking about “finding your passion”, “embracing your potential”, blah blah blah, and you kind of want to punch those people in the throat. You don’t have time to meditate under a palm tree and find your inner goddess. You have bills to pay, baby…Read More
What is perfectionism? Short answer: paralysis. Whether it’s visible or not on the outside, perfectionism often looks like chaos and disorder. It’s the exact opposite of what we strive to achieve. Perfectionism shows up in my life as an immobilizing fear of failure. It looks a lot like depression because it is so closely linked.…Read More
Note from Ashley: I asked Randy to write a guest post for me, after coming across his book and story in a Facebook group. His post on his blog, The Question I Never Asked Myself, hit me in all the emotions and I may or may not have teared up. I asked him to expand on…Read More
Sometimes it’s all we can do to get out of bed. To shower. Make the bed. Sometimes it’s all we can do to keep showing up. To return that call. Answer that text. Sometimes it’s all we can do to put one foot in front of the other. To check the mail. Bring cupcakes to…Read More
Years ago, a friend of mine shared out of the blue that she quit drinking. She joined AA and started writing about it. At the time, I was still drinking and joking about the frequency like any other overwhelmed mom (I thought). I never knew anybody in my life who quit drinking. You either drank or…Read More
I’m 22 months sober today. Woot woot! *confetti* Top – taken within the past 30 days. Sober, silly, grateful. Bottom left – 2013. Bottom right – 2010. Blacked out in both. Miserable. I have thoughts. This won’t be very structured writing, I’m letting it flow freely and disjointedly. First thought is, do you have any…Read More
Hi, I'm Ashley. I'm a sober mom, writer, and website designer. I write about motherhood, self-improvement, recovery, the chaos of life, and mental health (to name a few topics). Gratitude is the name of the game, with some humor and ranting thrown in every now and then for good measure.
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