big or small

planning for 2017.

ideas welcome. ask for anything.

What could I do this year that would make this sober thing better.

anything. you can suggest anything, big or small.

topic for a podcast?

thing you want me to do / create / say?


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

  • Belle, thanks for helping me. Just passed a week (this time), feeling great. Feeling greater about the community. You’re on the leading edge of sober thought. The message is starting to appear on posts I wouldn’t have seen in the past.

  • How about a few deluxe mocktail recipes? I had this amazing drink the other night at dinner made with fresh raspberries, mint, spices and lime decorated with frozen raspberries and mint and it just hit all the taste sensations while looking absolutely beautiful. I did not want the flavour of that ruined with ethanol.

    Also, perhaps a private Facebook (or other platform) community group as the current FB page is too public for me to feel comfortable liking and commenting.

    Sober earrings
    Individual charms or pendants


  • I’m thinking maybe a live like your dying (because we were before we quit drinking) werkly challenge for a month or something. You give us fun things like go do something you loved as a kid this week or buy something small you want but haven’t gotten yet. Stuff like that:) I’m 22 days sober today and it’s my Birthday weekend so I went skating and feel so alive. It got me thinking about that time stealing fun sucking Wolfie and how he can bite my butt because I had so much fun with my girls and friends this week SOBER! Suck on that Wolfie and choke. Anyway that’s my idea. Hugs and pink clouds to you πŸ™‚

  • I’m feeling like bugjune. Close to day 100 and feeling weird. Good but weird. I guess all the epiphanies are slowing down and my sober car is just cruising along. Waiting for the next scenic drive.

  • Forgive me if this is a repeat. Maybe each person could get like a link to their Google calendar and motivational sayings for the milestone they are on.

  • Hey there Belle! I am 628 days sober (HOLY SHIT..I didn’t realize until I looked it up just now) and I still love hearing your voice and reading your emails. It’s definitely easier but also a different kind of struggle. I worry now that I will get to a place where I will forget how hard it was and think because I have come so far I must not have really had a problem; that’s why I keep checking in. I think about your little sober car all the time and that keeps me moving forward. Because of you I learned that it’s okay to be the sober one in my group of friends. As a matter of fact, now that I don’t drink I see that the “drinkers” are in the minority. You taught me that I am fun and interesting without drinking and it really was just a matter of breaking habits and replacing them with new ones. Thank you. I appreciate you more than you will ever know. Keep on keeping on Belle; you rock.

  • You should consider writing a novel, seriously, I love the snippets I got in the mail (you know, the fiction thingy). You’re good at it, you’re a natural, you should focus on that. I’d be happy to pay for a collection of made-up stories, with different characters dealing with different situations. And I’m sure we, the sober community, are a great inspiration, right? You take our stories, twist them a bit, and put them in a new light. So we deserve a book like this! Haha I’d buy the book, you know! With or without credits at the beginning, with or without my name in it, I’d buy it! Vegan sober kisses to you, keep up the wonderful work πŸ™‚

  • I thought about it, and I honestly think what you’re doing is working. You have free omm, you have podcasts specials, subscriptions, production weeks, paid calls, paid pen pals, newsletters, daily emails, a book, and an audio. You do it alll!!! And you do it well! Thank you!

  • I would love for you to come to Southeastern US. A meetup would be great. Also, just a thought, would be a sort of retreat weekend where many of us could meet together and have a relaxing weekend. I love what you are doing. Pretty much the first thing I do every morning is look for word from you. It’s also the last thing I do every night. Thank you for my 127 days of sobriety.

  • I was wondering if people who want to can be introduced through your site. Sober people and sober people getting together and emailing one another as well as you and reporting back about sobriety. Kind of a TOTAD ripple effect, or making sober disciples to spread the sober word of Belle.

  • I love everything that you do already! One thing I don’t want to happen is for u to go the social media route . I notice in one of you emails you asked if we were following along on Facebook? I don’t do any social media and I don’t want to. There are a couple other blogs I follow (not related to sobriety) and there is some content that I can’t access because I’m not a member of Facebook….frustrating!