I’ve noticed something about myself in recent months. Something that is so different about me, compared to how I was when I was a younger woman in high school and college. Different from when I got my first salaried job at 23, or when I became a wife at age 24. Different from when I […]Read more "Stronger"
One of the best byproducts of this whole sobriety thing has been the steady increase in my drive to do well by myself, health-wise. When I was drinking, I’d always claim to lead a healthy lifestyle—I was doing the whole keto/paleo thing and counting calories and running and going for weekend hikes—but I refused to […]Read more "Getting (& Staying) Fit in Long-Term Sobriety"
It’s an interesting thing, this life I’m leading these days. This intentionally sober life, with intentionally sober surroundings. I’m now a long-term sober person (1.5 years and counting) working as a mental health therapist with clients who are trying with all their power to get and stay sober. I am dating a sober person, and […]Read more "What About Long-Term Sobriety?"
Yesterday I reached 1.5 years of sobriety. It was a quiet, uneventful day. I worked my long shift and took a nap when I got home, then had a lovely dinner and conversation with my partner, who is nearly 2 years sober. We talked about finding connection & community in sobriety, and the importance of […]Read more "“That’s the person you’ve always been”"
2017 was not a great year for the world at large by any stretch of the imagination (I won’t get into that), and it wasn’t even super stellar for me personally, but a lot of great, beautiful things happened in my life and in the lives of the people I love this year, and for […]Read more "Going into the New Year with Intention"
Every year, Christmas feels a little less jolly to me than the last. I’m 100% not sure when or where that change started to happen – I’m thinking the initial decline began in 2014, the year my life blew up. 2013 was the first and last Christmas I’d ever have as married woman. My ex […]Read more "Holiday Blear"
It’s been a while. I am here, I am sober. I’ve started dating someone new, a guy “N” who has been attending my creative writing group for about 10 months now. He started showing up a few months after I started the group, and has only missed a few meetups here and there. This past […]Read more "I’m Dating Someone New, and He’s Sober"