I’ve been struggling lately. I’ve struggled to even say that – not because I don’t want to admit it, but because I’ve been happy lately, and for most of my life, I’ve defined happiness as my life’s goal. But in terms of sobriety, I’ve been struggling. I fell off the wagon with my first sober vacation […]

Recovery Toolbox #1

It’s important to take advantage of the “good” moments to set things up to make it easier to get through the “bad” moments. So today – or the next time you’re feeling great and strong in your recovery, take out your phone and do a google search for something that makes you happy. It could […]


Well, it’s been 3 months and 2 vacations since my last post. I have also – spoiler alert – had 3 lapses since my last post. I’ve worked hard to examine these failures, or stumbles, or whatever you want to call them, and to use them to strengthen my recovery and teach me about myself. […]


A few days ago, I reviewed and recommended Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin. I mentioned in that post how “easy” quitting alcohol and weed has been for me this time around. And I really meant it, I have marveled often at how painless it has been, how little angst I have suffered, and how […]