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When to Keep Sobriety to Yourself and When to Share

To 50 and Beyond - Sobriety for Midlife Women

Release Date: 10/04/2023

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To 50 and Beyond - Sobriety for Midlife Women

Episode 294 In this episode, I’m answering a question from a To 50 and Beyond listener, Maggie. Maggie sent me an email and said: I’ve heard you talk about your social anxiety when you were 14 and started drinking as you got older. Did having anxiety hold you back from quitting drinking? And how did you manage it once you stopped drinking?  Anxiety has been one of the most difficult things I’ve had to experience and manage throughout my life. I didn’t talk to a doctor about my anxiety until I was in my 40s. I wanted to hide it. Pretend like I had everything together, and even...

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Episode 293    Q & A episodes:   Thank you for listening! Wanna help me spread the word!  There is another option besides drinking in midlife. If you liked this episode and want to take a few minutes to support the podcast, I want to encourage you to leave a positive rating and review on Apple Podcasts. So many women out there don’t know there is an “alcohol-free” option and are struggling with their drinking. Your support will help these women find the podcast this week and learn about an alcohol-free lifestyle later in life. ➡️Click, scroll to the...

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Episode 292  I enjoyed drinking alone, and I know that being alone can be a challenge when you stop drinking.  Whether you live alone or find drinking alone an enjoyable “reward,” but you don’t want to continue drinking, this episode is for you. Today, I’m answering a question from a To 50 and Beyond listener, Kim, as part of my six-week Q&A series.  Kim sent me an email saying:  I go about 30 days without drinking but find it hard to keep it going, mainly because I live alone. No one will know if I drink, so I often give in and tell myself—I’ll have just a...

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Episode 291 Today, I’m answering the question: What if my drinking isn’t “bad enough” to quit?  I’ve heard this question from midlife women for years and asked myself this question for two years. f you are on the verge of going alcohol-free but aren’t 100% certain that your drinking is at a place where you “need” to remove alcohol completely, this is the episode for you. Even though my drinking was considered “bad enough” to quit on paper and in my heart, it didn’t mean that I stopped. For two years, I tried to justify and compare my drinking to others whose drinking...

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If you have a question you would like answered on the podcast, Episode 290 If you are a gal in midlife who is questioning her drinking and having a hard time getting sober, I’m with you. In this episode, I answer a client's question: What was the hardest part of getting sober for you? After she asked me this question, I didn’t hesitate. The hardest part for me was deciding to stop drinking. I spent two years feeling stuck in decision fatigue and putting in lots of effort to make alcohol work. On August 11, 2013, I decided to go all in on what I wanted more than drinking alcohol. In this...

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Episode 289  Hey there, friend!  This episode comes straight from my heart and is for the moms and grandmas of the world who feel regretful about their drinking.  I share what becoming a mom was like, how I started drinking the day I came home from the hospital, and why I quit drinking for myself, not my son, but stay sober for him today.  I also talk about how I'm living with the regret of my drinking as a mom.  In honor of Mother's Day and where I am today on my motherhood road, I wanted to talk about this topic to let you know you are not alone.  My favorite...

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Bonus episode  Hello friend! I'm popping in today to share with you a new free resource I created, The Daily Sobriety Toolkit.  I'm so excited to share this toolkit with you!  The Daily Sobriety Toolkit is your trusted companion to help you plan your day and stay connected to the reason why you are choosing yourself over alcohol today. Not forever. You can grab your toolkit Thank you for listening!  I will be on a break until May 8, 2024. See you back here then.    Do you need extra support in going and staying alcohol-free?  Learn more about my community,...

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Episode 288  I first came across Dr. Dawn’s Instagram account and was immediately drawn to her passion for helping others and the way she teaches and shares her wisdom - which is why I reached out to invite her back to the podcast to help us understand more about what hormones are the hormones that are the key players during menopause and how alcohol affects our hormones during this time. Dr. Dawn is a Naturopathic physician with extensive experience in the treatment of substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, and is doing work in ketamine therapy, which she...

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Hello, friend. I'm glad you're here! 

Sobriety is a personal journey and not an easy one to come to terms with at any level of drinking.

I had to decide who to share this precious information with when I stopped drinking. I didn't want others to know of my decision before I understood it more.

Inside this episode, I share my insights into when it's a good idea to share your sobriety and when it's a good idea to protect your choice and not share.

Thank you for listening. I appreciate you. 

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