"My best piece of advice would be to keep going. Always do the next right thing, and when it gets hard, try harder. Don’t give up, ever. If you slip, drop the shame and guilt and keep going." - Michelle WinderRead More
"Don’t underestimate the power of prayer, like the drop-to-your-knees kind. Even if you don’t believe in it, just do it. There is so much light and joy waiting for you on the other side." - Ellen AtkinsRead More
The act of being seen and heard has been key in my own recovery from alcohol. Writing about my experiences, sharing my journey, owning my shit and telling the complete unedited version of the truth has helped me to see the beauty in my life.Read More
"I’m most proud of living a life where every word that rolls from my mouth is my truth. I’ve freed all of the demons from the closet and have faced them with valiant tenderness. With this kind of transparency, has come total and utter freedom." - Natalie CorreaRead More
It felt reassuring to use bold colors and make big, sweeping gestures with my paintbrush. It felt refreshing to paint a layer and then wipe it all back and see what remained. Finding beauty in the imperfections. This painting would require many, many layers and the process spoke to me - the adding and subtracting of it all.Read More
"My view is that my addiction and recovery does not define me, but it is part of me. I am open to discussing it. But I am so much more than it. I am Liv. I am whole and I am formed of my experiences, good and bad. Aren’t we all?" - Liv PinnelleRead More
Now I actually START projects and FINISH projects or put them on the shelf for a bit! At this point, I really don’t make a lot of creative demands on myself, I let the process take me where it wants to go. I also do more crafty stuff, it kind of feels like doing stretches before a run and it’s fun.Read More
"Removing alcohol from my life made me realize I’d been driving through life with my emergency brake on. Suddenly life is flowing forward with a momentum I hadn’t realized was lacking." - Sarajane ParkerRead More
What are you most proud of now that you live a life without the veneer of alcohol?
My courage. I had no idea how brave and strong I am. I am living an undiluted life. It isn't always rainbows and kittens, but I am fully HERE and feeling it all.
The radical self-care that I've exhibited over the past 24 months has shown me that by putting myself first and getting well, I can love my people harder, give from a more authentic place and show up in my own life in a much, much healthier way.Read More
It's hard to do things you don't know how to do, especially at my age, 46. Over the course of my life, I have too often worried what other people thought - about me or my decisions. I now know that to be honest and true to myself, I have to let those feelings of insecurity go.Read More
"I don't subscribe to a specific recovery modality. I have looked into or experimented with most of the options out there, but nothing felt completely comfortable so I have been on a twisty and slightly disorganized journey." - Hilary MassicotteRead More