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If at First You Don’t Succeed, Fix Your Ponytail and Try Again…

I am still sore from last weekend. I was in Jacksonville for four days. Two of those days started with a boot camp, exercise class with my daughter, Lauren (see big tires in photo above…) at Delta Life Fitness.   Exercise and Recovery…...Show More Summary

Take two and if you live...

I recorded and saved the HBO documentary “Warning: This Drug May Kill You” which was directed by Perri Peltz who was one of the producers of Risky Drinking. I wanted to watch it at a time when I would not encounter any interruptions by Riley or the telephone. Show More Summary

it was a baseball bat

from my inbox: this is from B (day 299). “I used to think that booze was medicine, that it would help me with life’s ills. I was compelled to drink because if I didn’t then something terrible would happen – I would have to face real life sober.  Even if I didn’t feel like drinking, […]

Ben Harper Drugs Don't Work

No matter what happened or how tired you are... Everyone has something they are fearful of. Fear breeds more fear - it becomes like an amoeba, engulfing your vision, your dreams, your self belief. Fear leads to inaction. Simply - why...Show More Summary

How Many “Firsts” Can One Woman Have in Recovery?

I am continuously surprised by the “firsts” in my sobriety. After almost four years, you’d think I would have done all the things I did drunk, sober. I know I write about widening the path to recovery all the time, but I am amazed by how wide it really is. Show More Summary

Trust

Sometimes I make a decision and this little voice gets into my head and whispers “Rethink your decision” or “Great idea”. It’s disturbing, really. I may be totally confident in my decision but once the little voice steps in, I begin to doubt my reasoning process. Show More Summary

Soundgarden in Suburbia

Soundgarden in suburbiaWandering through a smoky room, somewhere in suburbia, kitchen bench cluttered with glasses and bottles and lean long youths I've never seen before, all in black. Girls with honey blonde wispy hair that smellsShow More Summary

What’s Your Generation’s Drug of Choice? Let’s Find Out…

Every generation has its trends. From hairstyles, to music, and yes, even drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been studying the drug habits of Americans for decades. Their survey results reveal patterns of drug use among the most recent generations. Those age parameters are: Baby Boomers – born 1943-1962 Generation...

Contract negotiations coming up

Tomorrow my boss and I will sit down to discuss my contract. I have been all over the place since the audit only to come back to earth since this morning. I slept in, came to work at 10:00 which … Continue reading ?

When Mother’s Day Hurts

Usually when I write a post on this blog, I write it with the hope that what I have to say will be helpful to someone else. I write it hoping that someone who is going through what I have gone through, whether they are in recovery or not, will be able to see that … Continue reading When Mother’s Day Hurts

I Forgot I Used to be Called “Bucket of Wine Marilyn”

There is something I really love about Facebook. It’s the fact that people from long ago and far away find me. And they send me “Friend Requests” or private messages. Sometimes it brings back fond memories.  These days I communicate with Russian artists, Bahamian Lotharios and a smattering of long-lost school chums. Show More Summary

Catastrophic Thinking: Alcohol Isn’t Your Great Escape

Cassie’s heart began to race. “Am I dying?” she thought. “What if I’m having a heart attack?” Jeff’s wife was running late. He worried there had been a terrible car accident. Jeff pictured his wife lying all alone in a ditch somewhere, broken and bleeding. Molly’s daughter loved to play softball. It was less fun for...

Natural Tick Repellent

Spring has arrived which means that all of the bugs are out and about. We have been on the hunt for a natural tick repellent for dogs and kids and we’ve landed on this one! Olive and Cocoa are our beloved family members and with our family choosing to use natural essential oils from doTERRA […] The post Natural Tick Repellent appeared first on Sober Julie.

And… sleep is important

So, sleep is good. I woke up to another day and life is just life again. ???? Sigh, I really, really need to learn to put these things in perspective. Well, I am learning. How do other people do that? … Continue reading ?

We made it!

Yay! Passed the audit today. And where I was expecting a meagre 75% max score we got an astonishing >95% which means we are Higher Level at the first audit already! That hardly ever happens. Specifically not in this timeframe … Continue reading ?

Breaking The Stigma of Alcoholism at She Recovers

This weekend I have been in New York City for the She Recovers event which I’ve been looking forward to for more than a year. As somebody who is recovering from alcoholism, community has meant everything throughout the life of my sober journey. Show More Summary

Huh. I Always Thought I HATED Musical Theater (till I Got Sober)…

This sobriety “thing” is a gas. After four years, I still learn something new about myself all the time. Not everyday, but frequently enough to surprise myself, and “myself” is one of my favorite subjects…   When you say “yes” because you like someone, even when you know you’re going to hate it… Full disclosure – when […] The post Huh. Show More Summary

Audio: BBC Radio 5 Live with Emma Barnett (May 3, 2017)

This is Sober Podcast Episode #192 for my longer sober podcast series. This was my first experience ‘explaining’ sober coaching and quitting drinking to someone in the media who doesn’t know anything about it, is perhaps skeptical, and wonders why we quit. I didn’t realize, of course, that asking provocative and slightly confrontational questions makes […]

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