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

- Sharon Olds

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…

What Does It Mean To “Never Question The Decision”?

September 19, 2017

Not one drink. No matter what. I’m a stubborn woman at times. Shocking, right? Well, it’s a blessing and a curse. When it comes to sobriety, it has been a…

Dear Self: Read This When You Want a Drink

September 13, 2017

This is a letter to myself that I wrote in March 2016 (around 10 months sober), to keep and read when I needed it. I’ve read it more than a…

How I Stayed Sober for The First 30 Days

September 7, 2017

May 5, 2015 was the last day I drank alcohol. I don’t always remember a lot of specifics from my recovery journey, but I do remember the first 30 days.…

3 Actions To Help Overcome Anxiety

September 3, 2017

Anxiety is a funny thing. Sometimes it looks like anger, overthinking, people pleasing, or codependency. Fear can be a good thing, though. Don’t drive 100 mph, you could die. Don’t…

My Pros & Cons for Taking Medication in Sobriety

August 26, 2017

When I quit drinking, I stopped all other substances of any kind, prescribed or otherwise. For a while. At 10 months sober, I got an impacted wisdom tooth as my…

We Will Not Regret The Past – Really

August 24, 2017

“We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.” Even as my eyes struggled to open, waves of regret would start crashing against my entire…

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