Here is the amazing Lora Anne Strong sending the Sober Vibes since 12/12/15...
“On 12/12/15, I decided, I wasn’t going to drink alcohol any longer.
With everything going on around me and watching those I adore, struggle with addiction, hangovers and losing so much - I had to be done. This was one of my, “why’s.” You see, I didn’t hit a bottom, of any kind.
I didn’t drink, “every day and sometimes, I’d go weeks without out drinking, maybe months...
None of that mattered.
I was tired of, the work it took to, return to “self” after I did.
A vicious cycle.
What mattered was, I hated how I felt, AFTER I drank.
It took from me.
And it held me back from showing up, FULLY, as my authentic self.
My, “WHOLE” self.
Life certainly isn’t a perfect ball of magic,
but I will tell you, without a doubt, the last 4 years have been a beautiful string, of sober days, filled with so much clarity, peace, and joy!
Sober Vibes Feature, Stories Save Lives!
Here is the beautiful and amazing Julie sending the Sober Vibes since 12/02/09...
“ 𝔂𝓮𝓪𝓻𝓼 𝓼𝓸𝓫𝓮𝓻
I’ve never had to do any of this alone. I felt alone, and so isolated all my life. No longer do I need to feel this way. I drank till I was near death, to fill the void. I thought it was the only solution. Today my solution is living a life of purpose.
If you’re like me, a hope to die drunk, there is a solution. You don’t have to survive. You can truly live.
What I’ve done is keep it simple:
Ask for help
Be of service
Trust the process....don’t second guess this. I promise it’s worth it.”
Keep kicking ass Julie in your recovery and inspiring others!
Are you sick of feeling like Sobriety is going to be boring or that you aren't going ever to have FUN again?
Or maybe you are in a little funk currently because you are in this current stage of your Sobriety journey.
I get it.
I've been on this road for over seven years and have gone through being stuck and early on of having the mindset that I would never have fun with alcohol again.
In time you do learn that the whole "sobriety is boring" is just a lie you told yourself because you were in your addiction cycle and into the drinking culture our society has today.
Drinking was everything to you, and when you are in it, you cant see the other side of it.
If both are true for you, it's ok!
I know what it's like to be in that cycle.
I put together 20 quotes I have heard or have come up with along my journey of Sobriety and Recovery. I use them to boost me up some days and remember where I have come from in the fight against my...
I had the honor to be interviewed for this series called F.A.T.E. Which stands for From Addict to Entrepreneur with Michael Dash and Thrive Global.
I will not share my truth because millions struggle with addiction, and the shame we carry keeps so many of us in that continuous cycle of addiction.
We do recover, and there is life after addiction!
I hope you enjoy it!
To read my interview, CLICK HERE!
In 2019 I celebrated my seventh year of sobriety! On August 18th, 2019, I had a little party for myself. HELL YES! I love this day and think that you should celebrate your sobriety, but on your sober birthday, it's that much sweeter.
Every year I am humbled on this day. To see where my life was to where my life is now is a complete 180.
The one change I made to my life compounded into the life I have always wanted.
As each year passes, I continue to learn and grow as a person. I love it.
I was even able to spend time traveling alone to Mexico and stay sober! Mainly because I’ve decided to stop fearing alcohol and letting it control where I get to go. Just because there would be alcohol involved doesn’t mean I have to drink.
So to celebrate sobriety and in the hopes of spreading it further, I wanted to share my top seven tips with you that have helped me in my recovery journey this far.
Sober in Mexico!
I had some anxiety doing this trip solo, as in not having my husband with me or a sober pal. Last time I was in Mexico I had all the tequila and mind erasers in the world. I didn’t know how sober Mexico would look with just me being around people who did part take in drinking. Not everyone who drinks has a problem and I made a decision 2 years into my recovery I wasn’t going to FEAR alcohol anymore. Yes, tons of uncomfortable feelings pushing thru a fear but it has to be done if you want the life you had imagined for yourself. Traveling for me is on top of that list. If I continue to fear booze, my circle and life would be very, very small. I want to see and live the world and alcohol is everywhere. There is no escaping it. I’m grateful for the friends in my life who do participate in drinking that always make sure I’m comfortable and ok! Love the ladies I’m with on this trip and appreciate the vibes
Again, you have to be ready with...
Since getting sober on August 18th, 2012, another problem surfaced to the top of my life, and that is one of emotional eating. OR eating my feelings is what I like to call it. Insert long Sigh.
I want to clarify before I continue, I do not believe I have a FOOD ADDICTION. I can stop eating and stay pretty consistent with eating healthy.
I noticed the emotional eating thing for sure that the first year of my sobriety, I pretty much just ate to cope and gave myself grace as the "the itch' for alcohol would come to haunt me every night past the hours of 5 pm. This too happens in recovery, when you get Sober, your mind and body crave sugar. Remember alcohol is sugar, and so if you are drinking every day, you are feeding not only your alcohol addiction but now a sugar addiction.
MY first year goes by, eat my feelings then get to a point around my one-year sober birthday and feel gross and ready to take on the vision I...
KISS me I’m SOBER
In my first two years of recovery, I went through a lot of emotions, and being angry at Alcohol was one of them and any holiday associated with it. Totes standard if you feel some rage towards it. It has/had/did/still destroy so many of our lives, but we also continued/continue to ruin our lives by continuing the cycle.
After grieving the life I once had and waking up to my new routine, I did see that I could no longer be a judgmental prick towards it.
We live in a booze-filled culture, and it’s our job to figure out how we are going to live in it. From restaurants, gas stations, t-shirts at Target being marketed towards young women to the stuff sitting in cabinets at our homes. It’s everywhere.
I went back to bartending to get out of my miserable 9-5 and start pursuing my entrepreneurial dream. Also going back for me meant not FEARING alcohol. It’s in my hands four days a week, and I don’t ever have a moment of wanting to use —...
Being a child of the eighties, I grew up with the constant media telling and showing you that the Supermodel look is what you should strive for, Crawford, Campbell, McPherson, Schiffer and then rolling into the nineties with the heroin sheik look.
Well, I fell into that trap of believing that’s what it took to feel beautiful, loved and enough. As someone who has always struggled with weight issues since I was a little girl, I did gain a huge complex. At one point of time in my early twenties, I would work out an hour a day and eat one meal a day because I thought that’s what it took to feel pretty, loved and good enough at a cool 120 pounds.
Now I say at 36 years old, fuck you to the media and instilling all those years of what pretty should be(which they still do to this day) but I know better now because I’ve put work into myself and to gain my own independence of what “pretty” means. For me, 150 pounds eating 3 huge meals(clean Whole Foods)a day with...
Lets support one another in the recovery community rather then letting each other know what the best way to recover is. For some support groups work, for some therapy works, for some more holistic practices work, for some online groups work and the list goes on.
It’s 2019 and the best thing about the time we currently live in, is that there are so many options for support and HELP! Which is amazing. Something that works for you doesn’t work for others which is OK, people should be listening to each other rather than inserting opinions.
Be open-minded and understanding that this journey is not a one size fits all. It’s on that person to walk their own path and figure out what works for them.
Instead of telling people they aren’t going to make it sober because they didn’t do(fill in the blanks) How about we say, “awesome job on your recovery and man that is badass that you are 5, 100, 500 days sober!” We all need support and someone to be our...