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

- Sharon Olds

When Comparison to Yourself is the Thief of Joy

August 13, 2017

There’s a thought that always runs through my head, every day, all the time: “You can do this better.” Continuous improvement is important to me, and probably to you too.…

What If I Told You That It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense?

August 10, 2017

“The one thing that really holds Logicians back is their restless and pervasive fear of failure. Logician personalities are so prone to reassessing their own thoughts and theories, worrying that…

9 Tips for Surviving and Thriving In a High-Conflict Custody Battle

August 3, 2017

Custody battles are the worst. When my ex-husband and I separated in January 2014, the divorce wasn’t final until January 2015. That meant an entire year of accusations, fear, anxiety,…

Anxiety: The Thorn in My Flesh

July 20, 2017

“Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord…

My (Not) Drinking Diary for A Girl & Tonic

July 18, 2017

Laurie at A Girl & Tonic asked me awhile ago if I would be interested in contributing to her (Not) Drinking Diary series, and to tell the truth, I was…

4 Stages of an Epic Martyr’s Meltdown

July 17, 2017

There will be gifs in this post because gifs make me smile, and we could all use more smiles. When my kids don’t want to clean up or do something…

The Benefits of Socializing Without Alcohol

July 14, 2017

The Early Sobriety posts were originally written in LiveJournal, either privately or filtered to a very small group of close friends. Some are slightly edited to protect other people’s privacy,…

On the Edge of a Relapse at Two Years Sober

July 10, 2017

Two days ago, I poured myself a glass of whiskey. If you follow me on Instagram and have seen any of my posts, you’ve seen me on the edge. I’m…

2 Weeks Sober: The Itch

July 2, 2017

The Early Sobriety posts were originally written in LiveJournal, either privately or filtered to a very small group of close friends. Some are slightly edited to protect other people’s privacy.…

What To Do When Sobriety Gets Boring?

June 29, 2017

“I know how stupid this sounds, but honestly I’m just BORED.” It was a muggy summer evening. I was in a little white church with a bunch of other drunks,…

5 Ways to Refocus When “Busy” Is The Enemy Of Growth

June 10, 2017

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…

Getting Sober: My First 30 Days

May 31, 2017

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…

Taking the First Steps Toward a Dream

May 28, 2017

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…

Win at Parenting: Tell Shame to Suck It

May 25, 2017

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…

To The Ladies Who Want to Work From Home

May 21, 2017

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…

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