Julie is the QUEEN of the sober lifestyle blog. She's a beautiful soul and OMG the mocktail recipes she posts! Amazing. I'm a lucky gal because not only do I get to meet her and hug her this May at She Recovers in NYC, but I get the privilege and honor of sharing space with her and nine other magical women on the official sober blogger team for the event. Laura McKowen, Holly Whitaker, Kelly Junco, Sasha Tozzi, Annie Grace, Jean McCarthy, Jen McNeely, Veronica Valli, and yours truly <3. We get to be with Glennon! Gabby! Marianne! Elizabeth! Elena! Dawn! Taryn! ALL THE YAYS.
Name: Julie Elsdon-Height
Age : 43
Location: Right where I'm meant to be
Recovery date (turning point for mental illness or addiction): 2/6/2010
Creative niche (art, music, writing, entrepreneurship, etc.):
Writing, owning, growing www.soberjulie.com ...a craft I had no idea I was passionate about until I was immersed in it. I am also an entrepreneur, owning a Marketing agency.
If applicable, drug of choice (or *not* of choice): Alcohol
Recovery story in a nutshell:
I was someone who at a glance had it all together. Had social media existed as it does now, no doubt I would have "outed" myself during my weekend black-outs as the drunk I was. I was a wife, mother of 2 young girls who defined myself by my career, my "successes" and other inconsequential things who lived for the "next big thing". My ride with alcohol began in my 20's when I began binge drinking on the weekend to "reward" myself for working so hard all week. Such a joke. Congrats on doing what everyone else in the world does....now go get hammered, cause mayhem and awaken hating yourself. This was my life pattern for far too long; wearing different masks and playing roles rather than looking into myself to fill the black hole where my self-worth should have been. For years I chased happiness and didn't actually live it in the moments. Finally at age 36 the shame took over and I realized that the fear of trying to live without alcohol was less frightening than the path ahead of me where I was about to lose my family and quite possibly my life. One fine Saturday afternoon I called out to God for help and then found a 12 Step meeting where I began my recovery journey. Each day has been different...life doesn't suddenly become easier because I'm sober, in fact it's often more challenging. The big difference is I feel grateful to be IN life and I know that I have a purpose now beyond anything "worldly". In recovery I've found my spiritual side which is the foundation for the peace in each day I live...that's the polar opposite of how I'd lived in the past.
Top 5 Recovery Tools:
1. My spiritual faith and staying connected with it
2. My recovery program - being active
3. My people - constantly nurturing those relationships
4. Being of service - thinking of others and feeling my purpose
5. Staying real with myself. Knowing where I'm "at" in each day