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

It’s Ok To Just Keep Showing Up This Year

January 2, 2018

It’s a new year as I write this post. 2018. Somehow, it feels like just another day. Maybe because it is just another day, hm? My biggest achievement in 2017…

I Ate a Salad, Have I Lost Weight Yet?

December 22, 2017

I’ve been eating pretty healthy for about a week now. Woohoo, go me! Right? Well. Here’s the thing: I haven’t lost any weight in the last 24 hours, and all…

I Stopped Apologizing For Not Wearing Makeup

December 17, 2017

“Sorry I’m not wearing makeup, it’s been one of those days.” I’m somewhat embarrassed that it’s taken me this long to stop apologizing for my face. The last few times…

Dear Self: There Are Some Things You Need to Know

December 9, 2017

A letter I wrote to myself after a bit of a meltdown: Alright, Ashley. There are some things you need to know about how to live. You don’t really know…

“Mom, Do You Still Want to Drink Sometimes?”

November 26, 2017

“How long have you been sober, Mom?” It’s a little weird to hear that from a child’s mouth, but that’s my world now. My oldest daughter is 11 years old.…

How I Stay Sober Through The Holidays

November 22, 2017

Yep. It’s that time of year. Look, let’s be real. I’m an alcoholic. Every time of the year could be a difficult time to stay sober, if I’m being honest.…

Gifts Under $30 For Women In Recovery

November 18, 2017

Do you know a woman in recovery? I have a hunch that a fair number of you can answer yes to that (either for yourself, or others). Well. I actually got…

Things To Consider Before Coming Out As Sober

November 15, 2017

When I decided to quit drinking, I wasn’t sure how to tell anybody, or if I even should tell anybody. Frankly, if I could have stayed sober without telling a…

My Journey From Shame to Sobriety

November 13, 2017

This is an excerpt from a post that I wrote for the wonderful Holl & Lane magazine in May 2017. “My journey to sobriety has been twisted, stubborn, and miraculous.…

3 Ways I Focus on Solutions, Not Problems

November 12, 2017

The kids won’t go to sleep. The neighbor’s dog won’t stop barking. The HOA fees are due and I’m broke. The IRS won’t leave me alone. My child is sick.…

It’s Ok To Get Tired of Recovery – I Hope

October 28, 2017

It gets kind of old talking about recovery sometimes. I should be cured, you know? Why do I have to think about sobriety and recovery and one day at a…

When You Miss The Anticipation of The Drink

October 22, 2017

When you quit drinking, the world doesn’t quit drinking with you. That’s the first hard lesson that I learned over 2 years ago, and it’s a lesson that I still…

Tackling My Addiction to Social Media

October 2, 2017

“Taking a break” from social media isn’t nearly as intense as it is from drugs or alcohol, but it’s still not easy for me. A lot has been written about…

I Stopped Being Grateful

September 24, 2017

The kitchen is dark except for the counter lights under the cabinets. My favorite sign is leaning against the wall on the counter, “This Kitchen Is For Dancing”. We’ve danced…

Sometimes I Cry For No Reason. It’s Weird.

September 23, 2017

A picture might say a thousand words, but this picture doesn’t tell the whole story. You’d never know from this picture that just 20 minutes ago, I was sobbing into…

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