small notes about christmas (5-6)


email from C: “Having a SUPER tough Christmas morning. Usually about now once the gifts were open, I would have a mimosa (or 6) as a ‘job well done’.
Got this gift from my 11 year old daughter though.
I’m on day 8 (had gone 46 before Thanksgiving) … this and lots of deep breaths will get my through a Tuesday! Thank you for your emails ❤️”



it’s ok to leave early. it’s ok to get up and go for a walk, to play with the baby, to snuggle with the dog. it’s ok to sit in the bathroom and listen to an audio. it’s ok to leave early from any event (at any time, always). if you’ve gotten to here, then that’s enough. you don’t have to stay for dessert. you can excuse yourself and say that you have to go and lie down, have been up since early, have a bit of a headache. it’s ok. you’ve gotten to here. you protect this now, going forward. that’s your job for today (and any day).


we don’t drink. we exit the booze elevator. we take exit 284 and we get off now.


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

  • I often wonder what the consensus would be if asked whether having children is a boost to getting and staying sober…. I personally think it goes both ways.(well it works that way for me ) Can feel like an incredible pressure and huge great guilt/blame game . It can also be an encouragement-seeing pictures like the above one. Knowing how proud they are of you…..
    I guess it’s the same whoever it is- no good to be sober for anyone else but it can help having people behind you..