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Why Moving To A New City Will Not Solve Your Problems

In 1999, I moved from a small town in Indiana to a private women’s college in Atlanta, GA. I hated Indiana and desperately needed to get out. At first, Atlanta electrified me. The people, the school, the opportunities. I felt alive for the first time in forever.

Until I didn’t.

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Strategies to beat bad habits

The Easy Way You Can Break Bad Habits Starting Today

I recently listened to a Ted Talk by Judson Brewer about bad habits and how to break them. If you’re reading this right now, chances are you have a bad habit that you would like to break. He talked about using mindfulness as a strategy to break bad habits, a strategy that I have used in my own life to help get myself out of some pretty dark places, so his lecture really spoke to me and I hope that it can be effective for you as well. 

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Understanding that I was an alcoholic

Am I an Alcoholic? How I Finally Realized I Needed to Stop

Alcoholic. When you hear that word, what image comes to mind? Is it the drunk, out of control father sitting in his comfy chair in a wife beater pounding sixers and wreaking havoc on his wife and family? Is it the stumbling homeless guy who smells like pure ethanol begging for change on the corner and sipping something out of a brown, paper bag? Maybe it’s …

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How to beat negative thinkig

4 Things You Can Do Today to Crush Negative Thinking

I was recently scrolling on Twitter (yes, I know) and I came across a tweet that really made me pause.

I wasn’t alone in thinking that this seemingly obvious yet easily overlooked choice was in its own way, a revolutionary act. At the time I saw it, this had been retweeted over 288,000 times. It got me thinking about all the “what ifs” that have kept me up at night, stolen my thoughts throughout the day, and kept me from pursuing things I thought could make my life better.

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Letting go of relationships that hurt your sobriety

How To Break Up With Friends Who Are Bad For Your Sobriety

Congratulations! You’re newly sober and absolutely killing it. It’s been a few weeks (or months) and you’re finding your sober stride. Things are looking up! You’re working out, you’re taking care of yourself, you’re reveling in this new you that is radiating all over this blue planet of ours andddddd…. you’ve never been so lonely. 

As it turns out, this amazingly sober “you” is having trouble connecting to the people in your life. 

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What to do when you want to get loved ones on board with your sobriety

How To Get Others On Board With Your Sobriety

You’ve finally done it. After months (years?) of going back and forth with yourself about your drinking habits, self-reflecting, devouring recovery memoirs and self-help books, and secretly joining Facebook groups for sober people, you’ve decided to change your life. You’re going to quit drinking. 

Congratulations! You got this, and on those days when you don’t, there is an entire virtual community of folks in the exact same boat who will support you and keep you on track.

But what about the people in your real life? The ones who call you to go to the bar every Saturday or your significant other who owns half the bottles in that liquor cabinet in your living room? Or what about your work boo who likes to bring over a bottle of rosé and dish about all the people you can’t stand at the office? How are you going to tell them that you’re not drinking anymore?

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