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

Early Sobriety

A Woman of Extremes

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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 I truly feel I’ve just had enough. I’m just done. Any other promises to quit were met with screaming voices in my head. Now, I…

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Things To Consider Before Coming Out As Sober

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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 single person about it, I would have. I was nervous about telling my boyfriend at the time (now husband), that I’d become a teetotaler. He…

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When You Miss The Anticipation of The Drink

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 have to remember sometimes. When I first got sober, I often missed the anticipation of the first drink. When I drank, I was always looking…

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Dear Self: Read This When You Want a Drink

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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 few times since then. Dear Self, If you’re reading this, I assume you are struggling to quiet the voice in your head that says you…

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The Benefits of Socializing Without Alcohol

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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, and photos were added for this blog. I hope they help somebody out there to not feel so alone. This was originally written June 2,…

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2 Weeks Sober: The Itch

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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. I hope they help somebody out there to not feel so alone. Today, I am 786 days sober (almost 26 months). Written 5/20/2015 I call…

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Getting Sober: My First 30 Days

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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. -Related post: How I Stayed…

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Why I Quit Drinking

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Around two years ago, I had an epiphany. I’ve written about my decision to quit drinking elsewhere, but it’s time to talk about it here. My first child made her way into the world when I was 20 years old. My second child was born a week before my 22nd birthday. I was homeschooled as…

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5 Months Sober: This Gets Boring Sometimes

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I can be thankful to be sober, I can enjoy being sober, and I can also be bored. It’s ok to be bored. At least, I hope it is, because I’m just going to embrace it and get over it. There’s no “right” that I have to be entertained, or be entertaining, at all times.…

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