I owe everything in my life to sobriety. Recovery for me is about making spiritual principles act like superpowers in my life. At times I am irreverent. I love to laugh. And I always carry the message that everything starts with staying physically sober, but you’re missing it if you stop there. THis blog is a way for me to carry the message of 12-step recovery to a wider audience than I might find in my meetings.
I have a smartypants husband (I refer to him on the blog as JM), two children, a 10-year-old St. Bernard, a 21 lb. cat, 2 guinea pigs (one of which is freakishly large) and a tank full of fish. It’s Petco at my house, and a lot of days I stumble to my first cup of coffee wondering, how did I get from here to there?
My grown up sobriety life has given me the opportunity to pursue a lot of professional interests. Most of them revolve around communication. I own NLM Communications, my professional writing site, freelance for an incredibly talented lady who is a social media mastermind, and have recently started a non-profit called The Media Awareness Project; we give at-risk kids a camera and teach them how to tell stories about their lives. You can connect with me on Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, or YouTube.
I never know what’s going to happen next, and I’ve learned not to worry about it as much as I used to. Living sober is about showing up and doing the footwork. It’s about staying out of the results. Go to meetings. Call friends. Check on newcomers. Stay in the middle of recovery and build out from there. Do these simple things and everything else kind of falls into place.
My professional path as a writer has included all sorts of interesting projects. I’ve worked for non-profits, created marketing collateral, written lots of speeches (one of my nerdy little passions), done social media work, and am currently working on my first book!
Drug addiction and alcoholism have incredibly devastating effects on society and culture in this country and around the world. Addiction can be found at the root of poverty, homelessness, mental illness, incarceration, foster care, and a wealth of other ills. That’s why I’m passionate about changing perceptions about drug and alcohol use and sharing the joy of the recovery path. Quite simply, I know it changes lives.