Navigating life as a woman & mom in recovery, one day at a time.

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“I was a late bloomer. But anyone who blooms at all, ever, is very lucky. ”

- Sharon Olds

Drunk Me Is Not The Real Me

April 29, 2019

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say things like, “Whatever you say drunk is what you really want to say when you’re sober,” or “Drunk you…

Raising Daughters and Turning 33

March 20, 2019

I’ll be 33 years old tomorrow. When you’re an adult, the milestone birthdays are mostly decades. Your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and so on. The middle numbers aren’t quite as Big…

Small Acts of Defiance

March 12, 2019

Why get better? What’s the point? Apathy offers to numb everything for me. I crave it, I don’t want to give a shit about anything. It’s much easier to function…

14 Things I Believe About Myself and My Alcoholism

February 1, 2019

There was a time when I thought my opinion was gold, that I should tell everybody my thoughts and stances on everything all the time. That ship has mostly sailed,…

4 Things That Can Trigger a Mental Obsession with Alcohol

January 17, 2019

Obsessing about alcohol sucks. I hate the mental obsession that comes with this addiction. I loathe the clawing in my brain, the insatiable need. There are things I can do to…

Embracing My Inner Pollyanna

January 3, 2019

When I was younger, a few people mocked me for being too positive. I was too much of a Pollyanna, it was nauseating and I was naive. Or at least…

We Don’t Need No Expectations

December 16, 2018

“Hey! Anxiety! Leave my brain alone!…” Alright, alright. Anyway. Expectations are tricky. On one hand, it’s important to have standards and boundaries. Not just important, but necessary. It turns out…

3 Simple Habits That Are Changing My Life

December 8, 2018

The way we build and break habits endlessly fascinates me. When I read The Power of Habit last year, something shifted. I stopped worrying that a fleeting (and sometimes not…

“A Star Is Born” Scared Me A Little Bit

October 14, 2018

  ******SPOILER ALERT WARNING******   Sometimes, I like to go to the movies by myself. It’s rare. Just going to the theater in the first place is pretty rare for…

How I’m Tackling Weight Loss and Food Addiction in Recovery

September 16, 2018

I rarely do trigger warnings (mainly because my entire blog is probably one big trigger), but this post will deal specifically with weight, eating disorders, etc. Heads up if you’re…

Writing Away Anger

August 22, 2018

It’s been a tough week. I don’t even know why, to be honest. Everything is normal. Nothing crazy is happening. Maybe it’s just the season, or the heat, or whatever.…

Guest Post: My Daughter Is a Drug Addict

July 11, 2018

This is a guest post from my husband. It’s been a rough year, and he wanted to write and share this. Beyond some simple formatting, I didn’t edit it. This…

The Darker Side of Sharing My Story

July 3, 2018

“Your story is powerful.” Share your story. Put yourself out there. Be authentic. Be real. None of this is necessarily wrong, but I’ve seen some downsides since I wrote about…

Let’s Absolutely Insist On Enjoying Life

May 25, 2018

Recovery is not all sunshine and rainbows. But there are sunshine and rainbows. Earlier this week, I watched Remember the Titans with my daughters. It’s one of my favorite movies, and…

A Woman of Extremes

April 1, 2018

From my private journal, May 10, 2015: “This is the first time that I felt even mildly confident that I could quit, the first time in a long time that…

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