Bounty: Summer Solstice Recovery Gals Art Exchange

I wasn’t going to participate in the exchange this quarter as I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed lately, and I’ve especially been feeling anxious. As someone who didn’t used to have panic attacks, I’ve been having those on a regular basis, especially while driving. It has been terrifying for me at times, and I have felt…

Bloom: Spring Equinox Recovery Gals Art Exchange

The theme “Bloom” is so vast that at first I couldn’t focus on what I was going to do. Blooming in recovery means so many things, it’s like peeling those layer of an onion back. As you look deeper into yourself, you see more and more that is uncovered and realize the work has only…

Illuminate: Winter Solstice Recovery Gals Art Exchange

The theme for the Recovery Gals Art Exchange for the Winter Solstice was “Illuminate”.  The definition of Illuminate according to the dictionary is: “Make something visible or bright by shining a light on it.”  I immediately thought of the moon; without it we wouldn’t be able to see the night sky, or the dark waves…

I Don’t Want to Be a Good Mother

I am sorry to say that I don’t remember what secret my oldest daughter is telling me in this photo. It looks like a nice picture of a mother and daughter, and it is that – but the truth is, we were at an outside concert and I was on my second bottle of wine….

Radiance: Spring Equinox Recovery Gals Art Exchange

The theme for the Spring Recovery Gals Art Exchange was Radiance.  This theme really resonated with me.  I love the sun.  I love how it feels on my skin, I love the vitamins it gives me, I love the symbolism of it.  My dad called me his sunshine girl when I was little and still…

What the Coronavirus has Taught Me about my Sobriety

I have been free from drinking alcohol for over 2 years (884 days at this writing, but I don’t count the days, I just checked on my countdown app). When Covid-19 hit, I thought I was prepared. Prepared mentally, as far as grounded in my sobriety. Then Zoom happy hours started happening, and drinking memes,…

North Star: Winter Solstice Recovery Gals Art Exchange

The theme for the winter solstice recovery gals art exchange was “North Star”.  This theme held so many possibilities!  It was a bit overwhelming, as I love galaxies and stars, and maps.  I envisioned creating a map of my partner, Jill’s sobriety journey, but that was a little too complex for me, although I did…

1,025,882 minutes sober. Make it Count: My Story

A few things happened in my life to make me pause and look at my drinking habits. Most notably, my “habit” of drinking wine. Lots of wine. I had joined a 12 step group for disordered eating in an attempt to get a handle on my emotional eating, and in that program, depending on your…

Nest: Fall Equinox Recovery Gals Art Exchange

For the recovery gals art exchange the theme was “Nest”, and the first thing I thought of was my mom and how she would crochet and make things for all occasions for me and my sisters.  I laugh when I think of the time in the 70s she crocheted us all bikinis using “waterproof” yarn. …