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. …

Pink Cloud: Summer Solstice Recovery Gals Art Exchange

I had so many ideas for this theme, I mean Pink Cloud, gah, can you get a better theme? I think not, Tammi and Sondra really outdid themselves with this theme, and I personally thank them so very much for putting this art exchange out into the world, it is just the coolest thing I’ve…

Rooted: Spring Equinox Recovery Gals Art Exchange

The theme for the Spring Equinox arrived to me quietly, and secretly, before it was officially announced. I knew that I wanted to create a tree, one that had deep roots, as this is symbolic of recovery to me. I have a “One Day at a Time” medallion with a tree on one side. I…