Photos: Sober Support

Assignment #17: Sober Support (here are the photos!)

The goal for this assignment was to take a picture of one of your sober supports. What makes you feel better, and therefore more likely to be sober. 

Thanks to everyone who sent in pictures, this post is now closed to new submissions.




These are the things helping me with my sober journey. Bike riding thru this park is so helpful, in the evenings after dinner especially. In the picture I also have water and my green smoothie I drink everyday for breakfast. In the last year i discovered hula hooping and I am obsessed, I’m officially a hoop dancer!

I loved this project because it forced me to ride to the park with my hula hoop, I had been thinking about it but thought it would be a pain in the butt, but it wasn’t it fit right over my shoulder and handlebar like it belonged there. I hooped in the redwood grove till I was dripping sweat 🙂 It’s also the were my husband and I were married, so it was pretty magical 🙂

So Thank you for the gift of “the art project”.


I use branches that the neighborhood kids deliver to my door (they know I like to bring nature indoors — I have a REALLY big collection of pine cones thanks to those sweeties, you can imagine).  I use the most beautiful yarn I can get my hands on-wool, silk, flax.   I sit and wrap.  It takes a really long time to get it right and it takes both hands — thank goodness.  It keeps me busy and sober.  Someone asked to buy one while I was out taking the photo!


Shrubs made from berries I picked. Soon I’ll strain the jars and put sugar in them, refrigerate them for a week then I’ll have a fun drink to have before dinner.


Something that’s been keeping me going is getting up to catch the morning sunrise over the ocean.

After about 3 weeks of being sober I started an every other day routine which has become daily some weeks as I feel better. My treat is to walk or run & then change into flip flops & sit on the beach to drink my coffee, think & gather my thoughts for the day.  I see dragon flies & cardinals that in my mind cheer me along the route. For me its like a mini celebration & a reminder of this renewal of life. When Wolfie drops by its one of my first thoughts, … ‘well if you pour that glass of wine, you won’t be at the beach tomorrow’

This picture is from this morning 🙂 Happy Friday Hugs ~*~ Sheena


First off thanks for putting so much effort into your blog, reading it has helped me maintain my sobriety since leaving a rehab facility a few weeks ago.  For me one of the sober activities has been getting back into macro photography.  I used to photograph aquariums (corals and fish and such) however in my active drinking the beautiful aquariums are long gone.  Luckily we have a few hummingbirds that visit the yard lately.  I’ve found the challenge of not only me sitting still long enough for the bird to show up but trying to get a solid photo shooting with manual settings has been a pretty frustrating but rewarding experience.


If you want to join in for the next assignment, stay tuned.

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I want to put this online, to hold myself accountable. I want to document the noise in my head. I'm tired of thinking about drinking. date of last drink: june 30, 2012

  • Loved these.. probably my favorite assignment of yours (and that’s saying something given I love all of them).. have tweeted the link, hope that’s ok. xxx

  • I LOVE this. I relate to almost every one of these in some way. Others, I have new support ideas. Sheena, your particularly resonated with me…what a way to start the day. <3

  • When I am sober and not hung-over, I paddle out on the lake by my house. I do it to see the birds, the rocks, and be on the water. In the summers when I was a girl, I used to take a boat out and take a book. I would stay out all day and part of the night – as long as possible. It was a way to get away from my screaming drunken parents.
    Somehow I have found calm water again.
    Paddling and floating these days makes me feel like someone gave me a gift.