I started this blog in September 2011, a couple of months after I’d stopped drinking. I was going to meetings then and just struggling to get a handle on the feelings and fears I had about staying sober. What I found online was an incredibly supportive community of people who were also not drinking, but going about it in a number of different ways. It was at once a wake up call and huge comfort to learn there is no one right way to get and stay sober.

Funfact: the vast majority of sober people I followed back then are still happily sober. Some even have books, forums, online challenges, and podcasts.

Since June 2011, I have attended 12 step meetings, quit 12 step meetings, taken up running, admitted it’s really jogging at best, eaten sugar like it was my job and found the most reward and solace writing here because of the connections with an amazing community.

I’m also a working mother and wife. Here is my How I Got Sober story. You may notice this blog is not always about sobriety and feel gypped if that’s why you visited. The bottom line is I am too lazy to start a new blog but mainly this: life without alcohol opens up in endless and surprising ways.

If you’d like to leave a comment or just say hi, please do so below via the form. I will respond. 

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  1. Thanks for the follow and the LIKES. You have an anniversary coming up. Yeah. I’m 48 and mom of two. Just wanted to get connected. I like hooking up with other sober moms. Lisa


  2. Thanks for your blog and your comments in the blogosphere. I’m only early days yet, but I know from reading yours and others stories that I am most certainly not alone in realisng moderation is bollocks! I couldnt count the number times I’ve tried and still found myself worse than I was a year ago…

    This is it for me. No moderation. Forever. Not one. Am giving AA a go for the first time, and blogging about my experiences which is quite a “mindful” act. Take care and thanks again, Paul.


  3. Hello. I just found your blog today I can’t wait to be sober for over a year. It’s been a tough journey and I struggle at least twice a day but I’m getting past the cravings. Only on day 27. Almost one month! This post reminds me a lot of my past experience with booze.

    I’m going to continue reading your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!


    1. Those early days can be rough, but then I think back on last summer and feel like a year went by fast. And one day I just thought hey, I haven’t craved a drink in awhile. I’m so glad you stopped by.


  4. There’s always a story. I just love to know ‘the story’. I think you’re a bit amazing to not drink while pregnant- that is very commendable.

    Beer was never my thing, except a good pot of guinness. I still smile at the thought.

    Thanks for sharing your story. It helps to know there’s someone else out there struggling the same thing. Ridiculous thing – loss of self control over a drink and more – but they know the same pain, nonetheless. Excellent you’ve been able to fill that void, because I haven’t.



  5. I just found your blog today and I cant stop reading.. thank you for sharing. I never realized there are people like me out there!


  6. I just wanted to leave a message on your about page because I enjoy coming to your blog – I love your writing and your bridge post was one of my favorites so far. Your posts are varied, but most are short articles that I take with me and think of at the most random times. Glad I found this blog (thanks to Christy at ROS….)
    and well, looking forward to checking in throughout 2014. 🙂


  7. So, it would seem that Heather Kopp and I are not the only folks out there blogging about sobriety. Who knew!? Anyway, I figured perhaps they’re right. Perhaps it’s not all about me, after all. Perhaps it was high time I checked out some other sober folks’ blogs. And I’m glad I did! From what I’ve read so far, you’re hilarious! I hope you don’t mind if I trudge alongside you for a while. 😉


  8. Hi Kristen!
    How is it that I’ve never stopped at your “about” page before?? I just love your site and come here often to read and reflect…does that make me a stalker? I hope not!
    In fact, I just finished reading “Like Lichen” (again!) and would really love to quote a paragraph from that passage if it’s okay with you. I’m putting together the next Braveheart post for Christy at RoS and your words fit right in with the theme. You can let me know at your convenience and in the meantime, I hope you don’t mind if stop in from time to time 🙂


  9. Hey Kristen,

    Thanks for the follow. I’m a little behind on catching up, lol. Btw, I love your name. It’s funny but when I was pregnant with my daughter I had only heard the name Kristin or Kristen, once, but after she was born — suddenly it was very popular. 😀

    Congratulations on 3 years and I hope you have a fantastic weekend.



  10. Thank you for sharing your story. This has been a challenging year as I’ve been being supportive of my husband as he embraces sobriety. In 2 days, it will be 9 months, and he’s dong great. It’s been a bumpy ride, but well worth it. You are an inspiration! Thank you!


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