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Have you wondered if that wine might actually be making motherhood…harder? Maybe you’ve questioned your relationship with alcohol, but you don’t want to go to AA and spend time in dark church basements. The Sober Mom Life is for YOU. Suzanne of My Kind Of Sweet and The Sober Mom Life is sharing all about her sobriety and what she’s learned in the 4+ years since saying farewell to alcohol. She’ll also have funny, open, honest conversations with other moms who have chosen to live an alcohol-fr ...
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"We all have defining moments that shape our lives. One of mine was spening the night in jail after a DUI in 2011. I was at my lowest point - raw and broken. It felt like my life was over, but what I didn't know then was that actually just beginning." Join best-selling author Amy Liz Harrison as she chats about being a sober mom of 8, deconstruction of faith while in recovery, and other family adventures in travel. New episodes every week, so please subscribe to the show and join in Amy's jo ...
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Salty Moms Gone Sober Podcast is NOT JUST FOR MOMS…created by moms, yes. Join me and surprise guests as we laugh our way through the bittersweet reality of sobriety, relationships and riding the wave of acceptance. My podcast creates a safe and comfortable space to let it all out. You are not alone! XOXO- Bree
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Susan Knower, my therapist mom, joins us today for an Ask Me Anything, therapist style! She is a licensed professional counselor with a substance abuse specialization and is here today to answer the most common questions you submitted on Instagram. We’ll talk about the challenge of convincing a loved one to stop drinking, if trauma can be healed wi…
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In this episode, Amy continues her exploration of life and sobriety through the lens of a circus analogy. Amy revisits the concept "hurting people hurt people," sharing a personal encounter with a struggling fire breather. Building on the previous episode, she delves deeper into the roles within a metaphorical circus to highlight various dynamics i…
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Shannon always went overboard with alcohol, from the very first time she got drunk from her parents liquor cabinet when she was 15. She spaced out her drinking in her teens and twenties because she always knew she would drink all night once she got started. Once Shannon began having kids she became obsessed with having a clean, healthy, non-toxic l…
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Audrey is back on the show today to celebrate Dry July and her own 2 year soberversary! She’ll tell the story of the last time she ever got drunk and how it kickstarted her path toward choosing sobriety. Plus, we’ll talk about the benefits you’ll receive from trying a Dry July, rising above the shame in early sobriety, the problematic trend of alco…
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Kathryn has been a lifelong overachiever, but that didn’t stop her from being a heavy drinker. It did, however, mask her view of what alcohol was doing to her life. In 2019, Kathryn received her first hint of a wakeup call when she fell down a flight of stairs after a night of drinking. This injury resulted in an emergency surgery months later and …
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Gill Tietz of Sober Powered is here to help me kick off Dry July with an Alcohol 101 lesson. From her perspective as a former biochemist, Gill drops some major bombs about alcohol’s effects that will forever change how you look at the substance. We’ll dive into what alcohol is, how it affects our bodies and brains, how alcohol consumption affects w…
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Today my brother Jay is joining me for a conversation that he and I both know a lot about - grief and sobriety. Our society encourages us to be quiet about the complicated and overwhelming feelings of grief, but it needs to be talked about, so today we’re doing just that. Jay lost his best friend one month ago in a tragic accident, and today he’s h…
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In this episode, Amy explores the different roles people play in the journey of life and recovery, drawing parallels to the term “Not My Circus Not My Monkeys” However you choose to relate yourself to this analogy, you’re sure to find ways it ties in some way in your own experiences! Amy shares her personal experiences and insights, highlighting th…
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Best selling author Emily (Belden) Bond joins me today for an eye opening conversation about her breast cancer journey and how it has changed her relationship with alcohol. Emily shares the unbelievable story of how she was diagnosed, how her treatment has unfolded over the past year, what she experienced when she shared her diagnosis publicly, and…
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Dawn’s parents never hid the dangers of drinking from her, and because of this Dawn grew up fearing alcohol. Yet, even as she became older and tried to put barriers between her and drinking, alcohol was waiting in the shadows of her life, ready to pounce. As the mom of four kids (including triplets!) there was no room in Dawn’s early motherhood for…
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One of the biggest worries that often comes up in our groups is: How do I travel without drinking? Whether it be a trip to Europe or an all inclusive vacation, it can be hard to envision what travel can look like when you take the focus off of alcohol. My mom, who’s almost 2 years sober, just got back from a trip to Paris! Today she’s here to share…
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Growing up on the road following the Grateful Dead tour, Elan didn’t experience much in the way of boundaries. This loose childhood caused Elan to feel uncared for and unsafe. Alcohol wiped that feeling away, and she quickly began to rely on the substance. As Elan got further into childhood, her father remarried, and his new wife installed strict b…
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Audrey and I are back with another installment of Ask Me Anything! Today we’re giving our thoughts on how to handle your new sobriety in so many circumstances - on vacation, during family visits, at sporting events, and more. Plus, we’ll share some of our lowest drinking moments, our advice for talking to kids about alcohol, an update on upcoming S…
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Katie and I are here for another installment of SobieTEA, where we spill the tea about our favorite escape: Bravo TV! This week we’re talking about the Vanderpump Rules 3-part reunion, the latest developments on The Valley, Carl and Lindsay’s breakup from a sober perspective, and the status of the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion. Plus - The T…
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In this episode, we sit down with Suki Jones, a San Francisco Bay Area-based writer, mother, and long-term recovery advocate. Suki shares her harrowing journey through addiction and trauma, detailing her path to sobriety and the impact of harm reduction programs. From her tumultuous childhood to raising two children as a single mother while battlin…
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Julia Dzafic is back on the show to share a story that is so relatable and important. If you are new to sobriety and summer is feeling like a challenge, then this is a must listen! Julia’s first appearance on the podcast highlighted her first experience with sobriety, but as summer rolled around that year, she felt like she had a grip on alcohol. M…
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Karen grew up in a home without alcohol, but that didn’t stop it from finding her in high school. Binge drinking quickly became a part of her life, and she chose not to go to college because she knew she would party it away. After making her way through beauty school, Karen became a mom, and drinking ended up slipping pretty easily into the backsea…
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Summer has arrived! The days are long, the weather is gorgeous, and the pool party invites are starting to arrive. If the idea of not drinking this summer is causing you anxiety, this episode is for you. Today we’re going to prepare you for your first sober summer, so you can experience the magic that can be found in these long, beautiful, alcohol-…
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Katie and I are here for another installment of SobrieTEA, where we spill the tea about our favorite escape: Bravo TV! This week we’re talking about the season finale of Vanderpump Rules, Brittany’s frustration at Jax’s drinking, the problematic drinking culture on Summer House, and Carl and Lindsay’s fight. Plus - PK and Dorit, Why budgets are bei…
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In this episode, Amy explores the 8th Step: The process of making amends, reflecting on past harms, and nurturing meaningful relationships. Step 8 of the 12-step program is a crucial step, not only in repairing connections but also in reclaiming self-value and embracing the freedom of sobriety. Key Points: -Step 8 of the 12-step program, emphasizin…
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Today, Kristen Beckett of @mocktailsandmarathons joins me for a great conversation about the false promise of moderation, the challenges of navigating drinking and sobriety with a partner, and the beauty of the online sober community. A fellow Wisconsite, Kristen grew up in a home where drinking was seen as a normal part of everyday life. After the…
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As a younger child in her family, Kelsi always looked forward to having her first drink. Her older siblings made alcohol seem like the centerpiece of belonging, connection and fun. This perspective stayed with Kelsi throughout high school and college, and since she was still able to stay on top of life while rocking a hangover, she never saw it as …
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Thank you to everyone who submitted questions through @thesobermomlife on Instagram! Today, Audrey and I are delving into the most popular topics that you asked. We’ll share our thoughts on non-alcoholic drinks, the challenges that arise in maintaining sobriety, how to handle it when your friends don’t handle your sobriety well, why we think that d…
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Today’s real sober mom, Sara, is back on the pod after first appearing in November of 2022! If you haven’t listened to her first episode, be sure to check it out here. Today, Sara catches us up on how she’s been doing now that she is almost 2 ½ years sober - with sobriety, her family, and her personal life. We’ll talk about how dabbling in moderati…
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In this episode, Amy delves into the world of writing with novelist and essayist Stephen Marche. Stephen shares insights from his book On Writing and Failure, discussing the unique perseverance required to endure the life of a writer. From personal anecdotes to historical narratives, Stephen's reflections offer a refreshing perspective on the chall…
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Madeline Campbell from Happiest Sober is on the pod today to share her unique sobriety journey. You guys, Madeline quit drinking in her 20s. Can you imagine?! One of the biggest reasons why Madeline began to question her drinking so early in life is because she had a great role model growing up: a sober mom. Today, we talk about Madeline’s childhoo…
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Like so many small town girls, Abby’s first drink was a wine cooler in the middle of a field. Though she hated the taste, she learned that alcohol could be a tool to rely on: for an escape from her painful home life, as a way to fit in, and to help her ignore the nagging feeling that she didn’t belong. Throughout college and young adulthood, she le…
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This is such a pinch me moment! The incredible Annie Grace is on the podcast. Annie’s first book, This Naked Mind, changed my life. And I’m not alone! So many women in the Sober Mom Life Cafe have had the same experience. In addition to being the bestselling author of multiple books, Annie Grace is the founder of This Naked Mind, where millions of …
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Katie and I are back for the second installment of SobieTEA where we spill the tea about our favorite escape: Bravo TV! This week we’ll deep dive into The Valley, and Katie will explain why the pool party gave her ‘the ick’. Then, we’ll share our thoughts on Carl and Lindsay’s impending breakup on Summer House. Plus, Lala’s insemination party, the …
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In this episode, we dive into a heartwarming conversation with Kim Bellas, the founder of "Sober is the New Cool." Kim shares her inspiring journey of sobriety, which began as a commitment to support her son, Matthew, through his epilepsy diagnosis. From personal challenges to societal pressures, Kim's story illuminates the transformative power of …
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Society has done such an effective job of teaching us to restrict our emotions that it can feel hard to believe that emotions are a completely natural human experience. So many of us learned to reach for a drink when we started to feel an uncomfortable emotion, and we lost touch with how to feel anything at all. Learning how to feel your emotions i…
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Today’s real sober mom, Ashlee, made a pledge to herself when she was young: she would never drink. Ashlee had experienced first hand the damage caused by a parent who drank, and she never wanted to be that mom. Yet, when she turned 21 and had her first drink, things got complicated. For her, it was ‘love at first sip’. Today, Ashlee tells the stor…
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It’s an exciting day on the pod - The incredible Emily Ley is finally here, and she is telling her sobriety story publicly for the very first time! In today’s episode, Emily will share about how she began to self medicate with alcohol to manage undiagnosed ADD, her silent sober curious journey, the doctor that completely invalidated her urge to qui…
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In this flashback from May 2023, I’ll share my approach to sobriety, and how I found myself at the place I am now with alcohol. When I began my sober journey, I only knew what I didn’t want: I didn’t want alcohol to take one more day away from me. Now I know what I do want: a full, expansive and beautiful sober life. Your sober journey gets to look…
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It’s finally here! The final in our series “12 Steps For Anyone Who Wants Them” Amy delves into the final step of the 12-step program, offering guidance on spiritual awakening, supporting others in recovery, and applying principles in daily life! Don’t forget to go back and listen to steps 1 - 11 if you haven’t heard them yet. Key Points: Spiritual…
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Today, Audrey and I are tackling a big topic: Why we believe pregnancy does not count as a true sober experience. We know that might sound harsh, but stick with us! Because our goal in today’s episode is to empower you to see all that sobriety has to offer you that you didn’t experience during pregnancy. We lay out how sobriety differs from pregnan…
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Kelly is a mid-40’s mom of three, on again/off again stay at home mom who is working on figuring how to navigate a new ADHD diagnosis and sobriety. She began her drinking career in high school like many of us. It wasn’t her favorite, due to the lack of control she felt when drunk. Between joining the military at 20 and then being a mom not wanting …
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If anyone can make sobriety look glamorous, it’s Morgan Matkovic. Morgan is a lifestyle blogger, special needs advocate, mother, and author. On top of all that, she is almost three months sober! Morgan and I have been blogging buddies for nine years, and I am so happy that our paths have crossed in this wonderful way! Today Morgan talks about the r…
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Katie joins me today for the first episode in a new series: SobrieTEA! Like so many sober moms in our community, Katie and I are both obsessed with Bravo. Plus, Katie is plugged into the reality world professionally! So today we're here to spill all the tea from the Bravo world, with a special lens on how alcohol plays a role. In this episode we ta…
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In this episode, Amy welcomes guest Michele W. Miller, an attorney and bestselling author, who courageously shares her journey of overcoming addiction, incarceration, and rebuilding her life. - Michele is an attorney and author of four published novels. - She is 34 years sober after battling a cocaine and heroin addiction that led her to jails, ins…
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Erinn O’Neill of the 2 Sober Girls Podcast joins me today! Erinn is a big proponent of AA, and she should absolutely be in charge of the organization's rebrand. She was so kind to answer all of my burning questions about AA, and her approach to sobriety is so soulful, light and non-judgmental! In this episode Erinn shares her sobriety journey, how …
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Growing up, Kara felt like her father had chosen alcohol over his family. He was in and out of rehab for alcohol addiction when she was young, which ultimately led to her parents divorce. Kara’s mom remarried when she was four and Kara grew up in a blended family of six kids. Though it was a great family life, with so many kids in the house there w…
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In this episode, Amy welcomes Jeffrey Mason, founder of Hear Your Story, a venture born out of personal grief and a desire to capture life's narratives. Through candid conversations and heartfelt anecdotes, Jeffrey shares how Hear Your Story evolved from a series of guided prompts to a global movement empowering individuals to preserve their storie…
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Lifestyle reporter Rachel Paula Abrahamson recently penned the article Sober Moms are challenging wine mom culture one playdate at a time for Today.com, and I am honored to welcome her to the show for her first podcast conversation about her own sobriety. We’ll talk about how drinking became central to her life, the reasons she ultimately chose to …
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Today’s real sober mom, Aimee, is a dietician who spent years educating others on the dangers of alcohol… all while struggling to find her own way to sobriety. Alcohol became Aimee’s primary way to cope after she became a mom. She leaned on it to get her through sleepless nights, a job she despised, and the fear and stress of working in healthcare …
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For authors and aspiring authors! This is part 3 in the podcast series inspired by the book “On Writing and Failure” by Stephen Marche. In this part-three episode, Amy discusses the importance of embracing change and evolving perspectives, especially in creative endeavors like writing. Drawing from her own experiences as a best-selling author and m…
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We just returned from the AMAZING Sober Mom Life retreat! The laughter, the tears, the hugs (!!!) and the connection with other IRL sober moms in our community was so much more meaningful than we could have ever imagined. We left elated, renewed, exhausted, and full of stories. Join me, Audrey and my mom Susan as we recap our personal highlights fr…
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For authors and aspiring authors! Don’t miss this new series of episodes inspired by the book “On Writing and Failure” by Stephen Marche. In this part-two episode, Amy shares candid thoughts on handling criticism, finding positivity in creative pursuits, and embracing the challenges of the writing journey. Drawing from her own experiences as a best…
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For most of Emily's life, she only knew one way to drink: ‘Wisconsin-style binge drinking’. (I can relate. We grew up in the same town!) After becoming a nutritionist, however, a subtle sense of guilt about her drinking began to bubble beneath the surface. She didn’t think much of it, though, because she had no idea how toxic alcohol was - they nev…
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You made it! 365 Days have been marked off the calendar. You are officially one year sober! …Now what? Today my mom & our resident therapist, Susan Knower, is here to talk about this unique point in the sobriety journey. We’ll chat about the thoughts that arise when the novelty of sobriety wears off, how to deal with the emotions that lie beneath y…
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