When I started my sobriety journey two years ago, social media (Twitter specifically) became a haven for me. Twitter, you say? Indeed. I created a totally new account for my blog and carefully curated my following list so that I was only interacting with other members of the sober community and thought leaders in the […]
I know I’ve written about this before, but today I fell down a little bit of a rabbit hole.
Once I clicked on the pin, Pinterest began suggesting to me a whole cache of personalized, mommy wine glasses. One after the other, they flooded my computer screen. All had some variation of the same message: Being a mom is hard. You need to drink to manage.
The first thirty days of sobriety can be rough. Like, want to pull your hair out and scream into a pillow “rough.” You’re going to need to be prepared to tackle both the physical and emotional challenges that await you.
When I first stopped drinking, I found books to be one of the most useful tools in my sobriety toolbox. I read recovery memoirs to help make sense of what was going on with my life. In order to fight my demons, I had to understand them. Luckily, I found excellent books for that as well.
On December 19, 2016 (for what felt like the millionth time) I decided I was done with alcohol. Nada mas.
It had wreaked havoc on my life in more ways than I could count. My health was deteriorating, my weight was skyrocketing, I was depressed, riddled with anxiety, and zombie crawling through life. That I functioned at all was a small miracle.
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.
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.